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Dick Kleiner's Showbeat Fiddles with Ringsted ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS. FRL, JAN. 5, 1973 Page 4 Hold Potluck Dinner to Honor Birthdays Jack Benu> "J iicve to rio c TV shot or c special cmcc in awhile to v'ovt to the natior, at large that I'm still hvina." By DICK KLEINER HOLLYWOOD - (NEA) For the first time since I've known him the word "retirement" didn't make Jack Benny grimace. Like most veteran performers — and remember that Benny is pushing 40— he's scoffed at retiring. But this time, when the subject came up, he scoffed not. "I don't think I'll ever retire fully," he said. "I'll always do concerts. I love them because they involve the two things I Jove the most, talking and playing the violin — but I am trying to cut down. "I want to take it a little easier from now on. But it isn't easy to take things easy. You get involved." He pulled out his schedule and showed how involved a star can get. There was a long list of appearances but most of them were benefits. He says if you say yes to one. it's hard to say no to some other. He says the whole list of his dates includes only a couple that mean any money coming in. One of these is his NBC show, Jack Benny's First Farewell Special, coming on Jan. 18, with RCA picking up the whole tab. "I have to do a TV shot or a special once in awhile," Jack says, "to prove to the nation at large that I'm still living." He says if he does a benefit in Philadelphia or plays Las Vegas for a few weeks, the people in Philadelphia and Las Vegas know about it. but nobody else does. "You have to have some national exposure," he says, "or else the whole countrj' thinks you're either dead or retired." He has a contract for another NBC special, which will probably be called Jack Benny's Second Farewell Special, and is tentatively slated for spring. He says he thinks his first farewell special is good but he stresses the word "thinks." He says he'd be surprised if it wasn't good but adds that a performer can never really be sure about these things. "We generally do pretty well if we start out with a good idea," he says. And he thinks this farewell idea is a pretty good one. His manager, Irving Fein, thought it up, although Benny says it goes back in the dusty history of show business to such greats as Sarah Bernhardt and Sir Harry Lauder. "I worked with some good writers on it," he says. "And, actually, I've always thought that I was a much better editor than I was a comedian. You know you can be a good comedian but if you're not a good editor you're in trouble. "We've spent hours already editing my special and we're not through yet. Editing is a very important part of the business." He says he may come up with an idea. He bounces it off his writers. Maybe six on a special. He says he won't use his idea, no matter how great he thinks it is, unless four of the six agree. Benny says this may be one of the reasons many young comedians trip on their way up the ladder. They come to have too much faith in their own ideas and disregard the cautionery words of others. But he says there are some young comics he enjoys. He singles out Flip Wilson — "but he's been in the business a long time, don't forget"—and Bob Newhart. "You have to give a lot of credit to any young comedian today," he says. "They didn't have the schooling my generation had. We had a chance to be bad, before we were good." (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) A potluck dinner was held Sunday at the Merle Flint home to honor birthdays of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Richard of Iowa City, Merle and Nancy Flint and Beth (Meson. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Martin (Meson, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Oleson, Beth and Bonnie, and Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Oleson, David and Tlmmy, Armstrong; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Richard, Iowa City; Donald Glasnapp, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Christensen and Laurie, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Christensen, Terry, Jerry and Cindy, and Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Christensen. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Richard of Iowa City have concluded a five-day visit at the parental Don Richard home at Wallingford and the Merle Flint home here. Mrs. Otis England was honored on her birthday recently by her granddaughter, Mrs. Gary Barrett, at Armstrong. Guests for supper were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Krause and daughters of Fenton, Mr. and Mrs. Otis England and James Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bensen and Mrs. Minnie Hoien visited at New Ulm, Minn., Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Entgelmeier and family visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Van Sickle, at Humboldt, and at the parental A. W. Entgelmeier home, in Lehigh. Mrs. Lillian Riedel spent several days at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herbert Underwood at Omaha, Neb. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jensen and family of Fairmont, were New Year's Day guests at the Irvin Jensen home. Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord 01 sen drove to Rochester, Sunday toget their daughter, Colleen, who had been a patient at the Methodist Hospital there. They visited at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Harold Wilson in Rochester, and with the Rodney Olsons at Eagle Lake, Minn., en route home. Mr. and Mrs. Randall Bloomstrom and family of Mankato and Mr. and Mrs. James Buchan and family of Armstrong were New Year's Day guests at the home of Mrs. Ray Fessler. Holiday guests of the Gaylord Olsens were Mr. and Mrs. Dave Macumber and family, Palatine, 111.; Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Olson , and daughters, Eagle Lake, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bratrud and family, Jackson; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dunn, Graettinger; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Beaver and daughters of Yu- calpa, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Olsen, Estherville; and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Bratrud. Members of the Curtis Olsen family, Estherville, held a gathering. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jacobson and family of Vinton, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Zitterich and family of Terril, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Preston and family of Swea City, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Preston and family of Swea City, Mr. and Mrs. David Olsen and daughter of Superior, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Beaver and daughters of Yucaipa, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Olsen and family and Mrs. Cleo Classon. Mr. and Mrs. James Merrill and sons of Fort Dodge and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Petersen were recent guests at the Ranold B. Nelson home. Stanley Nelson of Brookings, S.D., spent the holidays there. Mr. and Mrs. John Christensen and family of Cedar Rapids will visit his mother, Mrs. Cassie Christensen, this - weekend. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Moore and family were recent visitors at the Ranold B. Nelson home. Mrs. Ella Christensen entertained her grandson and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Christensen of Longmount, Colo., and Mrs. Agnes Christensen and Robert of Mankato, Minn., recently. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Haworth and Tommy of Naperville, III., concluded a week's visit at the parental George Johnson home Saturday. The Johnsons were New Year's Day guests at the home of her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bussa. Alfred Fink joined his son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Fink, Greg and Bill for New Year's. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Larson and family of Redwood Falls, Minn., spent the weekend at the home of the latter's brother and sister, Roy and Mabel Homann. On Monday they were all guests at the Norman Larson home at Fenton for dinner. On Sunday Harold Kramer spent the day with the Homanns and their houseguests. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Long and family of Polk City recently visited her mother, Mrs. Esther Jensen. Mrs. Alfred Eness of Ames has concluded a 10-day visit with her sisters, Mrs. Alfred Ullestad, Mrs. Otto Wilberg and Mrs. Esther Jensen. Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Petersen visited with Mrs. Sophie Rasmussen at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Voetmann at Dolliver recently. Family members gathered at the Otto Wilberg home. They were Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Carey and Mrs. Alfred Eness of Ames, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berkeland and Steven of St. Paul, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Jerrold Halverson, and Mrs. Leone Halverson of Fenton, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Long and family of Polk City, Mrs. Esther Jensen and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ullestad. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Larsen of Swea City visited recently at the M. H. Petersen home. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berkeland and Steven of St. Paul, Minn., spent several days at the parental Otto Wilberg home. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Petersen, and Mr. and Mrs. Ron Whittle and sons of Armstrong and Berthina Petersen, were New Year's guests at the M. H. Petersen home. Nancy and Roger McMillin, students at EU, spent the holidays at the parental Clifford McMillin home. Larry and Wiley Hansen entertained Mrs. Cora Nolte of Estherville, Mrs. Maribelle Lou Cook and a friend from Des Moines and Mrs. Edna Olson for supper recently. Mrs. Velma Lund spent several days with her mother, Mrs. Ellen Johnson, and with her sisters at Swea City. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tindall spent the holidays in Hawaii. Diane, David and Danny Jensen, children of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jensen of Fairmont, spent several days at the home of their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Jensen. Pat Pedersen of Mankato, Minn., visited her mother, Mrs. Andrea Pedersen. They were guests at the Nordein Petersen home at Wallingford and at the Raymond Jensen home at Armstrong while Pat was home. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Jensen and family of Fairmont were guests of his father, Irvin Jensen, on his birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hansen and Michael of Sheldon were recent guests in the parental Leo Powers home. They attended the Graettinger -Ringstedbasketball game in which Douglas Hansen's brother, Kevin, played. Mr. and Mrs. Avery Spooner, Charles and Walter of Kellogg, Minn., are visiting In the parental Bernard Twait home. Mrs. Spooner and sons have spent several days here. Paula and LeRoy Twait of Willow Lake, S.D., are visiting at the home of their grandparents, the Bernard Twaits. Marcia Gaworski, Fairmont, also visited Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Milow, Jon and Scott of Zumbrota, Minn., Dick Widdel and Joan Clark of Estherville were Sunday guests at the parental Merwin Widdel home. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tietz of Spirit Lake were New Year's eve guests at the Widdel home. Mr, and Mrs. Ivan Petersen and Judy and Mrs. Anna Kimmet were New Year's dinner guests at the Floyd Yackle home at Dolliver. Nancy Yackle of Mankato, Minn., was also a guest. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Powers and Angela Hansen visited recently at the Henry Irmiter home at Armstrong. Petersburg Club Elects Mrs. Hakes Armstrong James Pfeils Entertain Sioux Falls Guests The 3wnea PfeiHr euttatatned Saturday lor Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Christensen and Heidi Pfeil of Sioux Falls, S.D., Mr. and Mrs. Douglas PleiJ and Aaron of Ringsted and Mr. and Mrs. Arden JangiKrg. The Dennit Hoiens entertained or, Monday for Bertha Olson, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dan- iel&aru Mrs. Janict Soren&on, Faitt: and Jon. Flo&sis; and Ferr> Maniev had ets guests Mr. and Mrs. Orin Aanon&on and family of Gruver, Ed Mitcheli of Fenton. Mr. and MTE. George Manley, Mr. and MTE. Kenny Manley and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Manley and family. Holiday guests at the Millard Nutt home were Mr. and Mrs. Gary Fieler and fam iiy of Love- sperk, 111., 'Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Toms and family of Walters, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Gerlad Hanning and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Doug Nutt and Robb of here, and Murray Berggren and Sharon Gangstead of Estherville. Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Crouch entertained the Frank Papes, and Mrs. Libbie Hakeman recently. Holiday visitors of the Peter Loofts were Mr. and Mrs. John Yon Bank Sr., and family of Sberburn, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Looft of Hinckley, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Verle Looft, Dale and Susan of Spirit 'Lake, Mrs. La Von Von Bank and Linda Kay of Blue Earth, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Woodyard and family of Algona, Mr. and Mrs. John Von Bank Jr. and Christine of Blue Earth, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Harder and family of Ceylon, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Leiding of Mora, Minn., Mrs. Gert Carmakckle, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Looft and family and Mr. and Mrs. Duyane Von Bank and family. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Looft entertained Mr. and Mrs. Dana Gilmour, Susan and Joyce of Falls Church, Va., William Looft of Penn State University, State College, Penn., Mr. and Mrs. Peter Groetken, Jennifer and Rebecca of Sioux City, and Thomas Looft from the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls. Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Mclntire were recent guests at the Clifford Huntley home of rural Armstrong. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Red-' lhg joined family hi&hbers at the home of their son, Larry Reding, and wife and sons at Sac City during the holidays. Mr. and Mrs. Everett Peterson of Des Moines and Jealeen Reding of Carroll were also present. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Helgason, Kurt and Jon of Waseca, Minn., were guests recently at the L. E. Mclntire home. Others present were Mr. and Mrs. James Kollasch and Chad of Estherville, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Peterson and Mrs. Etna Mcln tire. Amy Walters of Minneapolis is a guest in the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Rankin. Other guests have been Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson of Cedar Falls and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Walters of Minneapolis. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Schumacher, Scott and Tammy of Perry, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Schumacher, Kelly and Kristin of Athens, Ohio, have been guests at the parental Lawrence Schumacher home. Mr. and Mrs. Austin Fretty and their houseguests, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Blue of Brooklyn, Mich., were recent visitors in the Edwin Blue home at Grand Forks, N.D., and the Vincent Heimark home. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Benson and family of New Albin were recent visitors atthe LeRoy Opsal home. The Opsals were holiday guests at the Don Becker home at Sherburn. The Friendly Hour Club met at the home of Mrs. Rudy Soucek Sr. New officers elected are president, Mrs. Arden Hakes, vice-president, Mrs. Don Clarken, secretary-treasurer, Mrs. Bud Ross. Members present were Mrs. Harold Yonker, Mrs. Bud Ross, Mrs. Lum Levell, Mrs. Don Lamack, Mrs. Ronald Sands, Mrs. Arden Hakes, Mrs. Cletus Heim, Mrs. Edgar Howell, Mrs. Jake Phillips and Mrs. Tom Moore. Mrs. Anna Gruhlke returned home recently from the cities where she had spent the holidays at the home of Eugene Gruhlke and Elmer Kropelin. Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wieskus Susan and Sara, Mr. and Mrs. John Wieskus, Harold Stanwick from Brookings, S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Weiripe and Kelly from Terril; Mrs. Myrtle Dilley of Jackson were recent dinner guests at the Homer Ruskell home. Harold Stanwick from Brookings, S.D., Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Nasby, Mr. and Mrs. John Wetz- Mrs. Francis Jensen, Mrs. Alvin Knutson, Mrs. Linus Smith, Mrs. John Wieskus, and Mrs. Floyd Hoffmeyer visited Mrs. Olena Schneckloth. Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wieskus Susan and Sara, Mr. and Mrs. John Wieskus were recentguests at the Homer Ruskell home. Mr. and Mrs. George Roggow, Mr. and Mrs. Orrie Werner, Cindy and Craig were recent supper guests at the Ray Allen home. ler, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Rasmussen visited at the John Wies kus home. Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Larson, Chris, Molly and Doug from Brooklyn Park, visited at the parental Sidney Larson home. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Rribyl Jr. and family from Jackson were recent supper guests at the Sidney Larson home. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sabatka, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Larson were recent supper guests at the Forest James home. Superior Harry Perkins Host For Family Gathering The Perkins family gathered at the Harry Perkins home recently. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Kuinba and daughters of Fairmont, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Ben Doughty and family of Glennwood, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McDonald of Estherville, Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Gail- brath of Lake View, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Campbell and family of Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Craig Bartholmew and son of Mason City, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powell and daughters of Jefferson and Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Perkins. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Doughty and daughters of Glennwood, Minn, were recent visitors atthe R. E. Perkins home. Recent guests at the H.D. Griffee home were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Danielson and Daryl, and Irving Martens of Estherville and Mrs. Cora Griffee. Mr. and Mrs. Garhardt Jensen, Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Kath- man and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Stratman were recent coffee guests at the Ed Nauss home. Mrs. Dale Barber and Warren and Brian visited during the holidays at the Lloyd.,Hruby home at Park Rapids, Minn. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hruby of Minneapolis and Marlene Hruby of Fairmont. Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Griffee, Mrs. Nancy Scott, Tonja and Travis of Estherville and Mrs. Cora Griffee were supper guests at the Robert Dice home in Lake Park. Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson and Jennifer and Mrs. Esta Johnson were dinner guests at the Virgil Johnson home. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Barber and family were guests at the Wayne Dayton home in Spirit Lake. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Svenby and family were recent dinner guests at the Dora Langfeldt home. SOT. STRIPES... FOREVER by Bill Howrillo THE BORN LOSER by Art Sontom <g) H71 »y HI A, l«, T.M. h$ US, M. OH. CARNfVAL by Dick Turner SIDE GLANCES by Gill Fox WINTHROP by Dick Covolli UNCONCERNED WITH WHATfe GOING ON IN OUR TROUBLED TIMES... THE BADGE GUYS by Bowen & Schwarz (A /&£z $?f*- ^G-J&lf POLICEPERSON TfcASK gp^ I WAS GIVING ME ANOTHER OF HER WOMEN'S LIB "Can I go to the Majestic tomorrow, Pop, and see 20 Cartoons . . . . or do you wanna jutt put up with mtf" "You probably won't believe this, but I'm here purely In the interest of moral decency, too!"