Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 5, 1969 · Page 57
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t '. Housekeeper on $500,000 budget By BARBARA SHUMWAY Changing sheets, mopping floors, cleaning rooms, doing dishes — that's all woman's work. It goes right along with the flag and apple pie bit. Until it's magnified into a $500,000 a year operation with 135 employes who mop the floors, change the sheets and all that. Then it becomes a fulltime career that's attracting more men every year. "People kid you a lot," grinned A. J. Etter, who took on the job as director of housekeeping at Good Samaritan Hospital eight months ago. But it's all in fun. This male housekeeper is a former sheriff of Camp Verde, where he owns a 173-acre-ranch, and has a wife, three boys and four horses here in Phoenix. A fourth son is serving in Vietnam. Etter, 45, is one of four male members in the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Executive Housekeepers Association, which includes about 40 women. The association will sponsor an exhibit and reception from 7 to 10 p.m. April 14 at the Scottsdale Civic Center, 2311 N. 76th St. It's free and open to the public. Etter, a native of Phoenix, came to Good Samaritan six years ago to work in the hospital's security division. He had been promoted as high as he could go, he said, "and there was no challenge left." The challenge, he said, is the reason he took his new position. "The director of housekeeping is a politician, a father .. confessor," he said. He is responsible for training em- ployes and works mainly with unskilled labor. "It takes us roughly three weeks to train an employe," he said. "Just anybody can't do the job." All that training just to push a mop? Not exactly. Hospital rooms have to be germ free and immaculate. Culture counts are taken periodically to make sure the job is done right. "Surgery is done every day two or three times," he said. And he talked about static electricity control, special waxes, sterile techniques. Every otic* a poet Children linguistic geniuses Housekeeping director A. 7. Elter checks with hospital nurses "It's a constant checking, more than anything else," he added. Housewives can buy a can of cleanser at a time—Etter buys it in 15- to 20-case lots. Wax comes in 55-gallon drums, mops are bought three or four dozen at a time. It's a task different from running a three-bedroom house. "Until recently," said Etter, "there was no educational background for this job." He now is in his second semester at Arizona State University in a 2-year course for certification as an executive housekeeper. The course load includes human relations, philosophy, communications, interior decorating, floor care and maintenance, social science, economics. You'd think the last thing Etter would want to see when he got home was a floor. "The three boys and Arlene and I, she's purchasing agent at Phoenix General Hospital, split up the work at home. I do most of the waxing and floor care." White dinner jackets and frilly party dresses were the order of the evening during the recent eighth grade Junior Assembly graduation dance. Youngsters at the dance included Toddy Fannin, left, Doug Griffin, Mark Kunde and Sandra Laney. The invitational classes are held at 5611 N. 16th St. beginning each fall shortly after school opens. Party manners are as much a part of the curriculum as the latest dance steps. And would you believe it? These kids can waltz. Republic Photo by Walt Johnson 'Round the Valley Trombone arm without music By MAGGIE WILSON 1". . . so he's an ophthalmologist ... so wouldn't you think he could give me a jazzier diagnosis than 'trombone arm'? ... But that's what I've got. Means I keep sliding my arms out farther to make the print come into focus." That was Channel 5's Tom Sherlock explaining his new glasses and an affliction of the vision sometimes known as acute myopia. Yes, Virginia, there is a whole other world out there. Mrs. A. L. Horowitz of Trumbull, Conn., belongs to it. She was here as a winter visitor once several years ago and bought some clothes at the Kiva shop on Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale. This winter, she wanted some new ones. So she just Heart better in big family The bigger and happier a family is the heartier the outlook for all its members— especially where heart health is concerned. That is the major conclusion of a report in the April, 1969, Medical Group News, a periodical sent to America's 37,000 medical group practioners. Based on a study of 2,044 high school students from farm families in the Salinas Valley community of King City, Calif., the study found that the more children there are in a cohesive family, the less risk they run of contracting coronary artery disease after age 40. The Southern Monterey County Medical group study indicates that risk factors previously associated with coronary heart disease in older persons—such as obesity, heavy smoking, high uric acid and cholesterol levels—seem to drop as family size increases. climbed aboard a plane, flew across the breadth of this great nation, landed at Sky Harbor and headed for Kiva's, where she spent a happy day selecting silk- screened jobbies in woolens and cottons. And then flew home again. * * * Twenty-five years ago at North Phoenix High School they were known as Leslie Gibson, Carolyn Melczer and Barbara Griswold. Now they are, respectively, Mmes. George Taylor, Ralph Diamond and George Phil Fagan. And they are trying to locate all their other classmates from the 1944 graduating group to invite to a reunion June 6 and 7. Tpm Stapley (who was always known as Tom Stapley) is general chairman of the whole shebang. That's liable to be one big hullaballoo in purples and blue before the last "say" has been said over in Scottsdale anent the picture called "Besade Amor." The Scottsdale Fine Arts Commission recommended it for hanging in the new Civic Center building; the city councilmen rejected it. The city fathers thought it was a picture of the inner workings of a female human's anatomy and that it was designed to "jar, shock and jolt." The artist, Rip Woods, took irate exception to that and said, "For goodness sake! If that had been a picture of the insides of a woman, believe me, I would have done a flawless job of illustrating." He said his purple-and-blue painting is simply a statement that all men (or women) are the same, once you tear away the facades. "I take this rejection not as a knock to my conceptual or technical artistry, but as a rap to my integrity and what I believe in. And I consider that a threat and a challenge. "I'm not trying to fight city hall," he said, "I'm just trying to justify my position. If the city fathers don't want to 'live with' my work, that's their business and fine with me. But to infer I've put shocking obscenities. .." Well, eye of the beholder and all of that. Meanwhile, the arty crowd around the valley is wondering if this rejection won't bring more commissions, fame and fortune to Rip Woods. You know, a la Peter Hurd when LBJ commissioned him to do a portrait and then called it "the ugliest thing I've ever seen." Some of the more waggish of the bunch are telegraphing Rip to "Send 100 elk heads to Scottsdale Civic Center immediately." (Because one city employe, don'cha know, refused — until April Fool's Day — to take down his own contribution to the wall hangings: A huge elk head.. .and a fine example of the art of taxidermy.) Want a thoughty one to conjure on this Holy Saturday morning? It's the rule to live by from a Methodist minister's son who is big in business here locally. As a boy, his mentor counseled him to "Be big enough to be big enough to be big." For him, it kinda said it all, once he was big enough to figure it out. SHOP AT 1107 E. Cam el back FOR The Valley's Finest Selection of Caitral Furniturt Leisure Outdoor Furniturt ftwcltlUI in P*tt» 0 C*tu*l Mraiiur* 1017 i. 244-4011 UPTOWN PLAZA SPECIALIZING IN • Half Sizes 12>/ 2 to 32 Vz • Large Sizes 38 to 52 • Tall Siies 8 to 42 A. for the TALL GAL Cotton Checks In 19.98 Perfect for Easter, or wherever your busy life takes you! 2-pc. cotton and acetate washes like a dream (handwashable) is crease- resistant and has an elaiticized skirt band for easy wear. Brown cr blue check. Sizes 12 to 40. I. f nglish Garden Print A gay ramble of hedgerow flowers on wonderful 100% Dacron, no ironing neededi quick drying and wrinkle resistant, An Easter joy in blue or lime/white. Sizes !4'/2 to 24'/2. C. For the Easter Parade by Herbert Levy A "status maker" carefully detailed by a master hand. A two-piece costume destined to show up beautifully at important gatherings. Jacket fully lined. Navy blue Dacron and cotton, dotted with white. Sizes !4'/» to 26Vj and 38 to 48. 45.98 By DOROTHY RICH Washington Post Service At preschool education conferences the name "Kornel Chukovsky" is mentioned with awe. Although he is unknown to most parents and teachers in this country today Chukovsky was the dean of Russian children's authors, virtually a national hero. Educators here don't refer to him for his stories, however. They speak of his classic book (first published in 1925) entitled "From Tow to Five." This delightful book describes that great miracle of self- education, children's acquisition and use of language. What a shame that this book is available only in hardback (University of California Press) because here is a rare work on children. Chukovsky, who died not long ago, was a poet rather than a pedant. He recorded children's words like any proud parent. He defended a child's inherent poetic nature. He was a loving yet analytic observer of a child's growing into language. Young children are poets, wrote Chukovsky. At twoj they are linguistic geniuses. From a chaos of every sort of word and sentence children classify, systematize, and organize. If children didn't have this amazing talent, said Chu- kovsky, they'd lose their minds by age 5. Language creativeness fades. By about 6 and by 8, said Chukovsky, children are very much on their way to the pallid, everyday language of most adults. This needn't be if parents knew how to encourage the child's intense interest in language. There is a saying that if children were taught to talk the way they're taught to read, they probably wouldn't learn. Unfortunately children learn to talk on their own and during the 2 to 5 period, they really explore with language. Chukovsky cited many examples: "Mommy, turn off the sun." "What is a knife— the fork's husband?" "How can a cloud walk when it has no legs?" Children are intoxicated with words. Tliey play with them. They tend to use them in rhymed pairs: "Over there on the stair." They use rhyme to ease the hard job of pronouncing two different words in a row: "Night night" rather than "good night." Chukovsky was defender of nonsense rhymes and fairy tales for children. His defense was particularly appropriate for Russia in the pragmatic 1920s. But it's still valid in America in the 1960s, when realism has often been thought more beneficial for little children than fantasy. "Fantasy," wrote Chu- kovsky, "Is the most valuable attribute of the human mind and it should be dili- gently nurtured from earliest childhood as one nurtures musical sensitivity. "I, at least do not know a single child who has for a single moment been led into confusion by nonsense verse. On the contrary it is a favorite mental game by which children of this age detect absurdities and see them in relation to reality." Cows jumping over the moon are useful to children, Chukovsky argued, because they help a child verify his newly acquired knowledge about the way things really work. This playinf with words in topsy-turvy rhymes also helps children develop a sense of humor. Chukovsky issued his own manifesto for writing for children, worth thinking about when you're picking material to read to your very young. —Look for writing that suggests lots of pictures. —Look for lots of rhyme ;ind in a way that the rhyming words carry the burden of the meaning. Chukovsky suggested covering all but the rhyming words to see whether the content comes through. —Look for rhythm in the writing that encourages listeners to clap, sing, "and dance along with the reading. A young poet is full of animal spirits. —Check to be sure the content reaches the child and brings him to within reach of adult understanding. THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC WOMEN'S Saturday, April 5, 1969 Page 35 Open Daily to 5:30. Thuriday 'til 9 t $033 N. Central at Camelback Ph. 264-9885 t Charge t Budget t VNB Master Charge • BankAmericard • Layaway Crazy Horse ribs it long IT PllClS WAY-AY-AY DOWN... BELTED, RIB KNIT CARDIGAN OF DURCNE COTTON KNIT. WEAR IT OVER SHORTS OR PANTS, OR WITH A SWINGING SKIRT,.. IT'S A GREAT KNIT FOR SPRING WEATHERl IN WHITE OR RED, SIZES S-M-L, 17.00. YOUNG ARIZONA JUNIOR SPORTSWEAR 9HOPf»AMKeCNTI(AU9:90A,M.*f P.M..,MONDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY »;JQ A.M,-f)0» k»,M, •COTT6DAUE |;)0 A,M,»| P,M,.,MONDAY AND THURSDAY 8:30 A.M.- 9:00, PHONEI79»||t! .\

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