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Tuesday, December 19, 1972
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Memorial Christmas Party for Retarded ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, TUES., DEC. 19, 1972 Page 5 Takes Role of Santa in Tribute to Husband By CAROL HIGGINS St. Nicholas and elves met Saturday for a different kind of Christmas party, — a party for children who never write letters and address them to the North Pole. They are children who do not live with their own parents because they are crippled and need professional care. The gifts of toys and candy which Santa brought were purchased through a memorial fund for W. J. Willett, a disabled veteran of World Warn. Mrs. Frieda Willett had decided such a party would be a fitting tribute to her husband, who died Oct. 25, 1972. Estherville's VFW Santa promptly became a part of the plan, Frieda and her office help atWillett's Bookkeeping and Copy Service began baling Christmas cookies, buying and wrapping gifts for children. Then, as Santa's helpers, they needed to be appropriately dressed and Frieda devised elfish tunics with red pointed hats. Saturday afternoon, Santa and his helpers, Mrs. Willett, Mrs. John Juist, Diane Vagle and her brother, David, along with some friends trooped to Jackson to the Julie Billiart Home for Children. Arrangements had been made by letter with Mrs. W. H. Halloran, director of the home. The nurse carried and gathered into a playroom the children who are aware of events around them. Santa entered with a Hearty "Ho, ho, ho," and the response was a terrified crying from a little boy in a high chair. Others in walkers, wheelchairs or lying without the use of arms or legs simply looked on in wonderment. Santa went to the boy in the high chair for a soothing chat about Christmas and toys and candy while the helpers scattered about the room. The children understood and responded to the warmth of voice and touch, Some talked to Santa's elves while some could only lick a gettable. "Bye, Santa, bye Santa, candy cane held to their mouths bye Santa." and savor the sweetness. The little boy In the corner was soon laughing and Santa went on around the room visiting with each. As he left with his red-frocked elves, a little girl called, "Bye, Santa, bye Santa, bye Santa." About 30 youngsters up to 12 years of age are cared for at the home by a staff of 20. It began, says Mrs. Halloran, a registered nurse, when she was caring for one of her own children, a Mongoloid. Then she took in a spastic child while his parents went on vacation "and it just grew." She named the home after a French girl who grew up an invalid and, on becoming cured, went on to help others. Dr. Halloran, a friend of Estherville's late Dr. Birney, announced retirement several years ago, says his wife, and finally closed his office doors six months ago. Mrs. Halloran, now 75 years old, says she does not believe in retirement although she admits it may be inevitable. Bill Willett would have understood why Mrs. Halloran finds it hard to leave those children. "In these last years when he hasn't been working," Frieda says, "the house was always full of neighbors' kids. There wasn't a time that he walked down the street, that he didn't reach into his pocket for nickels or dimes and take the kids into the store and buy them candy, tt got so that we tad every kid in Wallingford going to the grocery store with us." Bill was well known in their home in Wallingford. Having had a shrapnel wound in his knee he walked with a brace to support his leg. Whether this memorial to Bill Willett was to be the first of an annual event or the only Christinas party of its kind cannot now be known but it was unfor- Still More Presents David Vagle holds up Santa's bag to see how many are left while Frieda Willett bends down to chat with one of the youngsters. She found that few of the children have an understanding of the Christmas tradition. A Private Chat Santa's hearty "Ho, ho, ho" frightened the little boy in the corner so the old gentleman went over for a private talk. At left, Diane Vagle of Estherville, who assisted him, visits with a youngster as she hands out candy. Plenty of Fun Enjoying a laugh with the child in the high chair are Diane Vagle at left and Bev, who helps with the youngsters, although physically handicapped herself. Showbeat Caan Works Because He's Broke By DICK KLEINER HOLLYWOOD-(N E A)— "The Godfather" is making more money than a combination diamond mine-oil well- m e a t market. And you're probably under the impression that everybody connected with it is rolling in loot. You're wrong. James Caan was Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather," one of the key roles, and he was superb in the part. I ran into him on the set of his new movie, "Slither," and he bared his poverty-stricken soul. He says "Slither" is his first work since "The Godfather" and the great TV film, "Brian's Song," which he made back to back. It's been seven months since he's worked. "Then I had to go back to work," Jimmy said. "I was broke. I made nothing on 'The Godfather.' Nobody did. Me and Al Pacino and Bobby Duvall—we made nothing. "But they knew that everybody wanted to do that movie, so they had you over a barrel." Of course, a success like "The Godfather" helps an actor's bargaining position. Jimmy Caan estimates his salary has gone up from one- third to one-half on the strength of being a star in a golden goodie like "Godfather." He says he's making four times his "Godfather" salary in "Slither." "I could make even more," he says. "I got offered a lot of money to do some Italian westerns but I'd rather do this." There's another side to Caan you have to consider. He really doesn't like working very much. If he wanted to he could have a TV series—at great big money— tomorrow, or maybe the day after. Any time he wanted it he'd have his own series. "I won't do a series," he said. "I don't want to work that hard, in the first place, and, besides, TV doesn't mean anything. Look at Peter Falk—he isn't getting overwhelmed with movie offers. He's making a lot Of money but he'll be Columbo the rest of his life. "A man has to pick his own thing. Even some movie guys keep playing the same part, like Steve McQueen. For me, that's not where it's at—I like playing different characters, like Brando does." So here he is, on the set of "Slither," a modest little adventure yarn, with comedy overtones, about a murder and a chase and some kooky characters. He's starring in it, with Peter Boyle, Sally Kellerman and Louise Lasser The big thing in "Slither" is a chase on the open road involving a car pulling a trailer against a mobile home. It should do for recreational vehicles what "The French Connection" chase did for slaloming beneath the New York elevated railroad. On the set, Caan is nervous, always doing something. He can't sit or even stand still. He's either throwing a football around or punching a bag or, mostly, practicing roping with his stand-in-double-friend, J i m Nickerson. The two of them go off on weekends to rodeos and compete in the team roping event. "How about that?" Caan says. "A Jew from New York in the rodeo. But it's great for me, to get away from all this nonsense crap and into something else." He showed me the prize rodeo belt buckle he won. "I'm prouder of that than a —." He couldn't seem to find the right comparison. "Than an Oscar?" "Well, I'm not so sure about that." This picture also could make the world Louise Lasser-conscious. Everybody knows her face, because she's done more commercials than Danny Deodorant. But not too many people connect the name with the face. The world also knows that she's the ex-Mrs. Woody Allen and she's had smallish parts in almost all of Woody's films. But there she was always in Woody's shadow—a small shadow but an intense one—and here she's just Louise Lasser, girl on her own. "It's great to be achieving something on my own," Louise says, "but I'm not sure if I like it or not. My first taste of fame was bad because it was through Woody and I knew everybody was just wondering what Mrs. Woody Allen was like. "It's a little different being on my own, but, up until now, I haven't really done anything I'm overly proud of." Curiously, she's prouder of her commercials than she is of the rest of the things she's done. She's not one to put down the commercials. "I like doing commercials," she says. "I think that they are essentially honest acting—the only lie is the product—and I'd rather do that than some situation comedy which is essentially untrue from beginning to end. "But, really, so far my ability hasn't been tested. Only my little finger has been tested. I'm doing things now I should have been doing three years ago." The director of "Slither" is Howard Zieff and, like Louise, he's a product of TV commercials. This is his first feature film. He's done many of the top commercials—the Benson & Hedges broken cigarette ads, the Alka-Seltzer "spicy meatballs" blurb among others. He says he's had chances to do features before this— "But I wasn't ready. Now I am." (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) Moderate Accomplishments For U.N. General Assembly UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) - The U.N. General Assembly ends its 27th session today with modest accomplishments in the areas of environment, sea law and education. "Quiet accomplishments . . . not somebody shouting at each other," said outgoing U.S. Ambassador George Bush, summing up positive actions by the assembly during its annual 13- week session. The United States failed in its bid to have the assembly take action against international terrorism. But the assembly agreed to the U.S. demand that its share of the regular U.N. budget be cut from the present 31% per cent to 25 per cent. The assembly decided to set up a 58-nation environmental governing council and a professional secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya. It will begin work next fall on the recommendations of the Stockholm environment conference. It also decided to begin a conference on the law of the sea late in 1973, which is expected to extend into 1975. And the assembly voted to establish an international university, a dream of former Secretary- General U Thant. Chinese-Soviet confrontations were few compared to the harangues which occurred every few days last year. But the Soviets and Chinese each accused the other of trying to help Israel to the detriment of Arab countries. East Germany appeared on the scene in the same observer status long held by West Germany. Both are expected to become full members by next fall. The most frequent confrontations were between rich and poor. President Salvador Allende of Chile highlighted these differences in an 80-minute speech setting forth his feud with the International Telephone and Telegraph Co. and Kennecott Copper. The Soviets won two partial victories in the face of American opposition. One was the assembly's decision to sound out members about convening a world disarmament conference. The other was a proposal by the Soviets to begin work on principles to regulate television broadcasts from space satellites. "SLITHER" blends comedy with murder overtones and some offbeat characters played by (left to right) Louise Lasser, Sally Kellerman and James Caan. Warn of Cattle Scabies WASHINGTON (AP) - Cattlemen in the southwest and parts of the midwest are being warned by Agriculture Department health inspection authorities to be particularly watchful for outbreaks of cattle scabies this winter. The disease, which affects the skin of cattle, is caused by tiny mites. Those, USDA says, are much more active in colder weather and thus increases the danger of spreading the disease. Some 46 counties in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma remain under federal-state quarantines imposed when the disease broke out last winter in the worst scabies epidemic in 30 years. More than 65 ranches and feedlots were affected, including more than 300,000 head of cattle. The disease has been found to some extent in the area each month ever since, the department said, including outbreaks in 11 feedlots and ranches affecting 150,000 cattle since Oct. 1. Although the quarantine areas are in only the three southwestern states, some infected cattle the past year have been found in parts of the mid­ west where they had been shipped. yours for only When you come In for a free demonstration of any New Zenith Quality Product. 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