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Page 14, Thursday, Aug. 21, 1969 Redlands, Calif. Redlands Bowl series, a community asset Redlands Community Music Association's 46th summer series comes to a close Friday night with the production of Puccini's opera "La Boheme." Long one of the favorites of American audiences, the opera will be sung in English. Redlands through the years has taken pride in the summer Bowl concerts. They have brought desirable attention to the town both in a publicity way and by the great pleasure Ihey have given thousands of people in Southern California. Harry Farbman formed the Redlands Bowl Symphony orchestra 12 years ago for the late Grace Stewart Mullen, founder of the Music association. The orchestra, although its personnel changes considerably from year to year, is a fine musical organization. Farbman has wisely chosen the more widely known and popular classics for his programs, often featuring only the works of the old masters. The increasing attendance at the orchestra concerts and the wild enthusiasm of the audiences are testimony to the quality and appeal of the programs. Farbman has shown exceptional ability in selecting young artists and giving them an opportunity to play with his orchestra. These young people have talent of the type that is required for success in later years in concert halls throughout the nation and abroad. To the Redlands Bowl-goer it is always satisfying to look at the names of the current greats in the musical world and recall how many of them got their start in Redlands Bowl or were invited to play here in the formative years*of their careers. The Bowl concerts were started originally as community sings and the tradition has been continued to the enjoyment of many who come on Tuesday nights to sing together under the stars. Ruth Grinnell Fowler, the talented piano accompanist who has played for the sings for all of their 46 years, and Wilbur Schowalter, the song director, have done yeoman service for many years. They, and the community, are rewarded by the interest shown in the Tuesday sings. Redlands Bowl concerts are designed to appeal to all ages and they do. Having an 18- year-old girl play the piano with a symphony orchestra is certainly a way to bridge the generation gap, and judging from the composition of the audience Tuesday night, it succeeded. The most amazing feature of Redlands Bowl is the fact that the concerts are open to all without admission charge. A free-will offering is taken at the intermission and helps to defray the costs of the programs. However, this is not nearly enough and the balance is made up by the subscription of hundreds of individuals, businesses and professional organizations. It takes a lot of doing to put on such a fine series as is offered in Redlands on a free admission basis. This season the audiences have been hearing the concerts through the marvelous new sound amplification system made possible by the efforts of the local Soroptimists club, a dedicated band of business and professional ; women whose goal is service to the community. The fidelity of the system has been so pure that there is no seat in the Bowl where one can hear better than in any other. The Bowl is a labor of love for many, many people, from Conant Halsey, president of the board, from Charles Perlee, coordinator, from the Bowl Associates, the Jaycees, to all of those who do things big or small to continue this most worthy community undertaking. Although the concerts are not tax supported, the City of Redlands and its Park department are important in the maintenance of the Bowl and the surrounding landscaping. This year fine new benches and paving added much to the comfort of the audiences. For newcomers to Redlands and for those who have come to call themselves Redland- ers, Friday night is the last opportunity of the year to spend an evening under the stars and the quarter moon at the Bowl. If you have missed the Bowl this year, possibly you owe it to yourself to go to "La Boheme." The Newsreel By Presidential proclamation, National Highway Week begins September 21. Methods of celebration are optional, but a good way might be to stay off of them. i -. Taking account of their financial situation on their fifth anniversary, the young couple down the block recalls nostalgically that when they were married they had only three credit cards. New York is trying to conserve on power. The conscientious visitor will leave his electric toothbrush at home. It was unbelievable that the astronauts came through the Apollo 11 flight, and miraculous that they survived the celebrations afterward. With a Grain Of Salt By Frank and Bid Meet* "Thirteen members in three generations of the same family were born without finger, palm and toe prints .... Several have webbed toes." — from the cartoon - illustrated panel, "Strange As It Seems." Although Ernest H. Hix, Jr. was born with normal finger prints, and with webless toes, there is also within his family a powerful genetic transmission. This emerges as a sort of survival instinct to carry on with the production of "Strange As It Seems." Ernie told us about it yesterday when he came out from Hollywood to show us the panel and offer it for sale to the Facts. "John Hix. who was my Uncle, created the feature in 1929," he said, "carrying it on until his death in 1944. "My father, Ernest, picked it up but was killed in a plane crash four years later. "Then my mother produced 'Strange' for many years. She was married in 1965 and is now Elsie Chamberlain. I travel a lot, including trips to see her in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and in Florida." When Ernie went to USC, he had no intention of becoming the "Strange" man. Nor did Phyllis, another member of the USC class of 1958, bargain for any connection with the feature when they were married. On the contrary she went on from being an occupational therapist to becoming a lawyer. As things turned out. Ernie's training as a civil engineer led him into becoming a builder in Los Angeles. When the construction boom of '65 collapsed, and his re-married mother wanted to pass "Strange" along to him. he was in a mood to accept the proposition — and he did. The authorship line on the panel correctly gives Phyllis co- billing with her husband as the producer. "She reads quickly," he says admiringly, "and is good at ferreting out the kind of facts we need." With her earlier background as an occupational therapist it was rather natural that Attorney Phyllis Hix gravitated into the Los Angeles firm of Dryden, Harrington and Swartz where her principal concern is the defense of doctors in malpractice suits. Her specialties are an aid in digging up material for the panel which complement the nuggets that are mined by her civil-engineer husband. At 33. Ernie is a trim, handsome man with blonde, curly hair. His appearance of being physically fit is not a mere illusion. Two years ago, as a member of the Overseas Crusade basketball team, he toured the southeast Asia circuit. He not only enjoyed this athletic adventure but picked up curiosities for his feature in the eight lands he visited. Because high interest rates have made financing so difficult, he has been retired — temporarily, at least — from his business of building apartment houses in Los Angeles. Faced with that situation he has taken over from the United Features Syndicate the direct selling of "Strange." He will, however, leave the overseas selling with United. The feature is published in such far places as Cairo, Paris, Mi- Ian, Tripoli, Frankfurt and Saigon. A cartoonist drawing the pictures for "Strange" would not, of course, have a common name, such as Smith or Jones. Ernie's illustrator is named Ozark — like the mountains. ... Jack Ozark. We told Ernie that he ought to be the subject of a Grain of Salt because in the newspaper business we meet many interesting people who should be shared with others. He is one of them. Ho rests hopes on U.S. public opinion By RAY CROMLEY Redlands Yesterdays FIVE YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest 96, lowest 56. Mrs. Paul R. (Joyce) Crawford accepts appointment as chairman of the Special Gifts division of the forthcoming Redlands Community Chest campaign for $155,500. University of Redlands Summer Music Clinic orchestra will present the closing concert of the term tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Chapel. TEN YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest 92, lowest 51. Study of the 91-page appellate court reversal in the Orange County suit against Redlands and three other cities shows Orange county has succeeded in obtaining court limit on the amount of water the city may use but the court has now permitted acquisition of water stock and other private water. Firemen halt blaze'in attic and mezzanine of J. C. Penney company after a 2"«-hour battle but considerable smoke damage is expected. Jerry Rogers, a representative of Sage's, tells Traffic commission that as soon as the shopping center is opened it will generate so much traffic that a signal at Cypress-Highway 99 will be required. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest 80, lowest 55. The Jaycee-sponsored emergency campaign for the March of Dimes raises a much-needed $515. Mrs. Erna Clarke travels 44,790 miles on her round-the- world trip. John C. Cummings wins senate confirmation as postmaster at Yucaipa. One Minute Pulpit "For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few." — Matthew 7:14. Life is a race. Don't whimper if the track is rough and the goal is distant. One day you shall reach it — Joseph R. Sizoo, American clergyman. Berry's World © IW if HE*, inc. "Sure, thefve banned burlesque mi topless waitresses h New York. But you should see them oH-bnadway shews!" WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by Sens. J. William Fulbright and Frank Church, gained an unexpected ally this week in their fight with the Administration over the right of the Senate to see a secret 1964 document setting forth our commitments to Thailand. Thai Premier Thanom Kittika- chorn, whose power to determine U.S. policy had previously been thought inferior to that of President Thieu of South Vietnam, announced from Bangkok that the Defense Department would have to get clearance from him before showing the document to our Senate. It is a novel constitutional doctrine. We have put some 45,000 troops into Thailand, mostly to man bases from which we bombed North Vietnam, but who remain though the bombing has ceased. In addition, we have poured more than half a billion dollars into Thailand over the past five years, largely to prop up Kittikachorn's government threatened by revolt from its neglected people in the Northeast. Under these circumstances, the premier's assertion of a right to decide which documents the Senate of the United States may or may not see is likely to be regarded as a bit arrogant, even by Administration defenders. No man is a hero to his valet, as Goethe told us, but this may be going too far. Kittikachorn, an emerging statesman in the mold of Gen. Nguyen Cao Ky. the vice president of South Vietnam, also announced that if U.S. forces were committed to fight in Thailand they would do so under his command. If this is true, it is good news for the Doves; nothing is more calculated to stay the hand of the Joint Chiefs. It is to test the truth of these startling assertions that Ful- Quick Quiz Q — What food product was developed as a result of a prize offered during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870? A — Olemargarine. Napolen III was looking for a satisfactory butter substitute. Q — What was the first public telegraph message sent by Samuel Morse in 1844? A - "What Hath God Wrought!" Q — How many humps does a camel have? A — There are two kinds of camels: the Arabian camel, which has one hump, and the Bactrian camel, which has two humps. Now You Know By United Praia Interniiionil The last surviving male member of the "Mayflower" company which founded the Plymouth colony was John Alden, who died in 1687. He was remembered chiefly because of his Tole in the Henry W. Longfellow poem "The Courtship of Miles Standish." Thailand: A mystery pact By FRANK MANKIEWICZ and TOM BRADEN WASHINGTON - Strangely enough, by a most curious type of logic, men high in the administration now believe that we assume Hanoi will not make an agreement, and therefore we prepare for an endless war, and if Hanoi can become convinced that we are indeed planning to go on forever, then, and only then, will Hanoi be prepared to negotiate in earnest. It is for that reason that both in Saigon and in Washington, military-political analysts are watching with the most careful attention the autumn 1969 plans for student-youth antiwar demonstrations in the United States. It is a major reason for the gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops. It is behind the strong words of praise President Nixon had for President Thieu during his visit to Saigon. Administration analysts here and in Saigon believe we are winning the war in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh also faces growing problems at borne. Under normal circumstances, they believe, Ho, therefore, could be expected to negotiate. Except for one thing. Captured documents and intercepted Hanoi radio broadcasts make it clear he expects to win in Washington. As in the war with France, Ho counts on public opinion to force an American pullout at any price. That is. if Ho believes American public opinion against the war is rising to dangerous levels, as in the last days of the Johnson administration, he need only wait awhile to win. But, or so the theory runs, if Ho believes Nixon has public opinion under control, then he will negotiate, because in Norfh and South Vietnam his situation is growing steadily worse. Thus the watch on the dem- bright, Church and their allies have precipitated what is rapidly developing into a major constitutional crisis. Several weeks ago, investigators for the Foreign Relations Committee stumbled across the existence of the 1964 agreement with Thailand. People who have seen it say it is a lengthy document, describing in great detail where and how U.S. troops will be used in Thailand, and under what circumstances. It is a formal bilateral agreement, signed by the foreign minister of Thailand and by Lt. Gen. Richard Stilwell, then commander of U.S. forces there, for the United States. It was signed at a time when the Thais were uneasy about us. President Lyndon Johnson, campaigning for re-election, was saying that American boys should not be sent to Asia to do a job Asian boys should be doing, and the Thais feared he might mean it. Under the SEATO treaty, we were bound to do no more than act "in accord with our constitutional processes" in case of invasion, and to "consult" in the event of "internal subversion." That, obviously, wasn't enough for the Thais, who saw in our need for air bases an opportunity to extract something more. At first, Secretary of State William Rogers didn't see any problem. He promised the senators he'd send the document right over. It never came. After three weeks, State passed responsibility to Defense, although the matter obviously involved foreign policy, and said the senators couldn't see it, but anyhow it wasn't important. It was, they explained, a "contingency agreement" which didn't commit us to anything and certainly didn 't go beyond the SEATO language. The senators said if that's all It is, why the secrecy? And they wondered what kind of "contingency agreement" it is which is formally signed by two countries and sets forth the obligation of one country to come to the aid of another? Some said that had all the earmarks of a treaty. Finally, Pentagon spokesmen said the senators could come to the Pentagon and look at it. The senators said they didn't do business that way. When they come back from vacation, the battle will resume. The White House is roughly halfway from the Pentagon to Capitol Hill, and it will surely be caught in the cross fire. (Copyright, 1969, Los Angeles Times) Timely Quotes Frankly, we have enough problems persuading young people to become interested in religion without having Nixon support it. —Theologian Harvey Cox, on Sunday services in th* Whit* House. I don't see how you can withdraw funds from institutions without punishing the innocent. —California Gov. Ronald Roagan, opposing th* cutting off of fed- oral funds to colleges which fail to control wtdwrt domon- ttrations. onstrations. If they are large and effective and attract a good deal of public sympathy, Hanoi may be further convinced Nixon cannot hold out for long. If the demonstrations fumble, the analysts reason, Ho might rethink. So far as is now known, there are four crucial dates upcoming, in addition to the recent Hiroshima-Nagasaki Week demonstrations held Aug. 3 to 9: October 11 — The Students for a Democratic Society and the Black Panthers plan a major Chicago demonstration in sympathy with eight activists indicted for their part in last year's riots at the Democratic national convention. October 15 — Students previously associated with the 1968 McCarthy presidential campaign plan a nationwide student school shutdown. November 14 — The National Student Mobilization Committee plans a nationwide student strike to "Bring all our GIs home now." November 15 — The Mobilization Committee also plans a March on Washington preadver- tised as "the largest anti-war action this country will have ever seen." Gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam is, of course, intended to demonstrate first that U.S. troops and expenditures can be brought down to levels acceptable to the American public (which will enable us to stay in the war all the longer) and second that South Vietnam's troops, even with lessened U.S. support, will be able to handle the fighting. The high Nixon praise was intended to give Thieu the political backing he needs to put through a series of governmental and economic reforms which are the heart of U.S. and South Vietnamese hopes for victory. Pleased to meet you, anyway By NORTON MOCKRIDGE NEW YORK — If you're nice and formal (and. of course, you are!) you no doubt have had trouble some time or other in meeting a stranger at an airport, a pier or a railroad station. Once I picked up (in line of duty) a beauteous young lady whom I took to be the movie starlet I was to meet and we were halfway through a S23.47 luncheon before I realized she was just a pretty manicurist visiting New York for the first time. (She was amazed at the warmth of her reception!) Well, it's happened to all of us. but let me tell you about the champion mixup of all time. Let's have it in the words of Charles Axtmann. of Birch Corner, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey, England. Mr. Axtmann is an executive of the Decca Record Co.. Ltd.: "One Friday evening I flew off from London Airport in a BOAC Stratocruiser bound for New York to meet Mr. Harry Kruse, vice-president of London Records, Inc. I took that plane, even though the DC-7 was faster, on the advice of a friend that it was much more comfortable. "The Journey through the night proved uneventful, although I could not sleep, and eventually we reached Kennedy Airport one and one-half hours late. And I went straight to the BOAC counter where Mr. Kruse had cabled me that he would meet me. "Meanwhile, the BOAC DC-7 had raced us to New York, carrying among its passengers an officer of the London branch of the Guaranty Trust Co. of New York, a man I shall call Bill Wavell. Mr. Wavell was being met by the vice -president of the foreign department of that American company, also at the BOAC counter. "After his arrival, Mr. Wavell passed through customs and approached the BOAC counter where he was warmly greeted by a pleasant man who said: 'Good morning, and what sort of a journey have you had?' Then he promptly ushered Mr. Wavell into a waiting taxi and they drove off toward New York. "To the gradual surprise of both gentlemen, each began to wonder what the other was talking about. Mr. Wavell kept calling the gentleman 'Watt' and finally that worthy said: 'I think there is something wrong. Aren't you Mr. Axtmann of Decca?' 'No, said Mr. Wavell, 'and aren't you Walt Zulch of the Guaranty Trust?' '"No,* said the man, "I'm Harry Kruse of London Records, and I'm supposed to meet Charles Axtmann!'" "The men laughed heartily and got the cab driver to turn around and take them back to the airport "Meanwhile, I blissfully had landed and gone to the BOAC counter to meet Mr. Kruse. He wasn't there, of course. Although I was an hour and a half late, I was sure that he would have waited for me, so I had him paged. A few minutes later there appeared an elderly gentleman, white-haired, wearing glasses and accompanied by a charming young woman. "Seeing me, he immediately approached and I held out my hand and said: 'Mr. Harry Kruse?' 'Oh, how do you do'." he said, 'I'm so very sorry to be late but, unfortunately, I overslept myself. I should have been here two hours ago but yesterday was so beautiful that I cut all the grass in our garden and I overslept this morning.' "He then introduced me to his lovely daughter, Muriel, and we went to his car outside. He explained that I would stay at his weekend country place on Long Island and that we would go to the city on Monday. "Several times during the ride I was wrongly addressed as Bill. I tactfully suggested that perhaps I was being confused with my London colleague. Bill Townsley, but this brought only rather odd looks from my host and his daughter. "When we got to his country place I was installed in a spare bedroom. Later, having coffee in the living room. I was introduced to another charming young daughter, and I was told there was a third at college. Then a lady appeared who was introduced as Mr. Kruse 's wife and I was startled because I was sure he was a widower. "But when the lady shook hands with me and said: 'How do you do, Mr. Wavell?' the penny dropped with a clang and I guessed something terrible had happened. I turned to my host and asked: 'Aren 't you Mr. Harry Kruse of London Records?' 'No,' he said, 'I'm Walter Zulch of the Guaranty Trust Co. Who are you?' "When we finally got introductions straightened out, Mr. Zulch got on the telephone to the airport and found that Mr. Wavell had returned there and was waiting to be picked up. Mr. Kruse, after making many fruitless inquiries about me, had returned to New York to find out whether I'd gone to the hotel where he had me registered. "Mr. Kruse, Muriel and I got back into the car and raced back to the airport. There, at the BOAC counter, was Mr. Wavell, waiting patiently. We all had a good laugh. Mr. Zulch took Mr. Wavell to his home and I took a cab to my hotel in Manhattan, where I eventually met Mr. Kruse. We had spent the entire day just getting together! "When I arrived home In London a week later, I surveyed my own garden. The grass needed cutting, but I had profited by my lesson. I had a sleep instead!" (Copyright, 1969, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.)

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