Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 31, 1973 · Page 19
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 19

Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, July 31, 1973
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bints 9 Prove Profitable for Texan ^jalesbufg Registef*MgH# Gofesburfl,, III. Tuesday, July 31,1973 fl9 'Private Morality 9 Blamed for Scandal HOUSTON (tfl»I) - When Norris Womack ran barefoot through the crttton hulls in Ofoveton, Tex., during the depression, he dreamed of many things— like any 6 -year- old. But never did he dream of making a million dollars as a barber before he was 40. Mis father was a barber in that little cotton and sawmill town deep in the piney- woods of feast Texas. His family spoke in revered tones about his grandfather, who was a barber in the Southern Army and. one j cut General Lee's hair* • , £Llttte Norris had loftier aspirations. "I hated the barber business," Womack said. "Never intended to get into it." Studied Gir'v The family moved to Groveton When Norris was still: in elementary school, and his: dad Opened a shop oa the East Side. "I thought my father as a barber was a putdown," Womack said. "All the other fathers were doctors and lawyers." He had other dislikes too- such as studying. "The only thing I studied in school was girls, and the only thing I passed was gym," Womack said. "I was voted the least likely to succeed in my 1.0th grade class." That was Womack's last year at a summer school. He got a itiminsr job digging ditches for a chemical company, but that was too much work. The only way his father would left him stay out of school without working was for him to go to barber college. Took Up Gambling "I hated it, but I would do anything to get out of school," Womack said. After finishing barber college, he went to work in his lather's shop. The next seven years involved a series of fights with his father ("I quit or got fired about 8 or 10 times."); bad marriages (four); bad debts; and other personal problems. "I quit the shop and started cutting the hair of about 15 friends in my garage apartment," he said. "I gambled and sort of lived off the fat of the land. •> . "One morning while reading a paper I saw this black man's picture on the front page and wondered why it was there," Womack said. "I read further and found out he was a millionaire barber. From then on I realized I really wasn't a nut and could do anything I wanted to do." Womack picked a spot in an alley- in quaint Westbury Square, a shopping center. Using $700 a friend borrowed on his Volkswagen, Womack bought two 100-year-old barber chairs, spent $30 to have them reupholstered and installed stereo music. Charged $5 "I worked from 1 to 10 p.m. because I didn't like to get up early," Womack said. "You had to have an appointment, and I charged $5 instead of the going rate of $1.25. "It was private and people enjoyed coming out at 8 or 9 at night. I gave them more individual attention than the clip joints." This first "Norris of Houston" shop (grossed $20,000 the first year. He outgrew the two- chair shop, moved to a bigger shop. Later, at ithe request of John Mecom Jr., he moved to the plush Warwick\ Hotel. Mecom, the owner of the New Norris Womack ... barbering proves profitable ALL SUMMER Mod Straps Vz Price MENS NYLON WATCH STRAPS Barbara Walters Signs Contract NEW YORK (UPI) - Barbara Walters, star of the "Todlay" show since 1963, has signed a new long-term contract with NBC television. Richard C. Wald, president of NBC news, said, "We are happy to be able (to maintain the continuity of the longest running television program With Barbara, Frank McGee as host, Gene Shalit and Frank Blair, fine "Today" program has been increasingly successful." Miss Walters joined the program in 1961 as a writer. Two years later, she became the first writer to make the transition to being a full-time on-the-sair personality. Orleans Saints professional football team, is the son of the hotel's owner, Oilman John Mecom Sr. Norris' growth was spectacular. His clientele were among the rich and famous- conductor Ander Previn, quarterback Dan Pastorini, outfielder Rusty Staub, Uberace and Robert Mitchum and other celebrities. Plans World-Wide Chain He opened a 20-chair shop, the largest in town, in one of the city's most exclusive shopping centers and even it could not handle all -the customers. This year he built a $400,000 shop containing 22 chairs in partitioned cubicles, a shampoo room, a manicure room and three pedicure rooms. The shops are so busy it takes eight receptionists to make the appointments and greet customers. Early in his expansion years, Womiack had difficulty finding qualified stylists. He solved that problem by buying a barber college and training his own. Today, most of the stylists in Texas are graduates oif his college. Interviewed at his $340,000 home, Womack said ite plans in another 15 years to have shops all over the world. "We're looking in Dallas and Atlanta and we're going to New York," he said. "We're going to do with hair what Coca-Cola did with a soft drink." * Norris,. now 39, quit cutting hair four years ago except for three or four special customers. Despite a millionaire status, he shuns the plush hotels. Even on his four or five trips to Europe, he stayed in $2-to $5-a- day youth hostels. Now You Know ... By United Press International The average annual snowfall in Antarctica is 5 inches. ST. LOUIS (UPI) - The general board of the Christian Church Disciples of Chtist Monday blamed "strictly private morality" as a cause of the Watergate scandal. The 221-member church body lumped Watergate, the Ellsberg case, Cambodia bombing and the alleged use of the Internal Revenue Service for political purposes together in a single morality crisis. "The morality of self-interest has too often become the morality of the nation in­ cluding Christians and Christian Institu-- lions," the board of the 1.3 million member church said. The board also criticized "using illegal and immoral means to promote any end, noble or ignoble" and "people in power hid-, ing their actions from the people." The board also voted to recommend a resolution calling for amnesty for those who resisted the draft. ClubatEllisvilte Sets Areola Trip For.Augustl2th ELLISVILLE - Junior Modern Woodmen of America members will meet at the Ellisvill,e school Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. to go ta Areola for the club's annual [educational tour. Spoon Raver Evening Star Homemakcrs Extension Unit members will meet at the Fairview Reformed Church Aug. l| for their annual trip. Windows in the name of Mrs. Francis Fuhr were shattered! July 12 when a gas stove exploited. Mrs. Fuhr saiid the accident occurred when her nephew, who was babysitting for her children, attempted to light the oven to prepare a meal. She said the oven apparency had filled with gas before it was ignited. No one was injured. Avon Fire Department was cail'cd to the Robert Chatterton home July 25 when a motor in the basement overheated. No major damage occurred, according to fire department officials. "Bedknoibs and Broomsticks," a now ohiildren's book, has been added to the library shelves, according to tho librarian. Sen. Stennis Is Discharged WASHINGTON (UPI) - Sen John C. Stennis, D-Miss., wounded seriously in a Washington street holdup last Jan 30, was formally discharged from Walter Reed Army Medical Center Monday but he will not resume his full duties in the Senate for several weeks Stennis, 72, had been able to leave the hospital! for brief periods during his treatment. A spokesman for the senator said his progress toward full recovery "continues to be excellent." Leo Stein & Sons inc. JEWELRY 349 E. MAIN ST. Downtown Goletburg ONE TABLE CHILDRENS SHOES Values To $10.99 2 ««1 ONE TABLE CANVAS SHOES Rtg. To $5.99 $|47 ONE RACK Ladies Shoes VALUES TO $25 $100 LADIES MENS SHOES SANDALS $ 2 00 * $ 3 00 $|97 , o $ 3 97 LADIES (Narrow & Medium Widths) CANVAS SHOES $497 WAREHOUSE SHOE CENTER OPEN Mon. & Fri. 9-9 Tye*. thru Thurs. 9-5:30 Sat. 9-6 120 E. MAIN ST. PH. 343-0725 WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1 i ALL ;'f. SUMMER JEWELRY V2 PRICE DON'T MISS ELLIS JEWELERS ON DOLLAR DAY ELLIS Jewelers 219 E. MAIN ST. Downtown Galesburg Phone 343-5188 Dollar Day Specials DRESSES / regular tnd long $C00 $700 $J10O $1700 JUNIOR SPORTSWEAR GROUPS 60% off SWIM SUITS 60% off TOPS $300 _ $B00 PANTS 60% off JEANS $joo PANT SUITS 60% off Fall Sportswear Groups HALF PRICE All New Fall Coats & Jackets DOLLAR DAY ONLY 10% off PURSES $3<x> — $500 BELTS All Purpose Coats & Jackets HALF PRICE GALESBURG

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