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PAGE TWELVE ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26,1963 Poitier Had Hard Road To Fame Bv HAI, BOYI>E NEW YORK (AP>—" I think of Jifr as a struggle." said Sidney Poitirr. "Hnri a struggle at the CX.IPO of which is man's effort to fashion order out of chaos. "Because he has a mind and a brain, he is prodoomed to this struggle eternally." At 39 Poitier. a man who says he "had to live in a hurry," is! rated by many as the world's j greatest Negro actor. AJthough he feels that personally he is the exception to racial discrimination in the theater—"if there is an exception" — Sidney has taken a leading role in the fight against segregation. "I have to be active in it," he said, "because I believe that out of that chaos must come social order. And part of that order will be integration." Poitier's own life has been a victorious struggle against ignorance and poverty. Raised in barefoot and happy freedom on an is land in the Bahamas, he came to this country at the age of 15 alter only one year of formal schooling. Before he joined the Army, which trained him in physiotherapy, Sidney worked as a longshoreman, ditch digger, pin boy in a bowling alley, truck driver, store clerk and parking lot attendant. It was after leaving the service in 1945 that he decided to become an actor. He set out in an intensive program of self-education, listening to the radio to improve his pronunciation, endlessly reading and studying the dictionary to build his vocabulary. He worked as a janitor to support himself while taking acting lessons. "It was lonely work, and I hate loneliness," he recalled. "But loneliness has been my partner all my life — and still is to some extent. "I don't lead a social life. I don't go to dances or night clubs. I am as much of a recluse as I can be and not have it too noticeable. My greatest recreation is doing things with my three children." Poitier won recognition from critics in such stormy pictures as "The Defiant Ones" and "The Blackboard Jungle." In his latest film, "Lilies of the Field," he plays a low-key role as a wandering workman who comes to the aid of five refugee nuns trying to build a chape] in the Arizona desert. "I've been the angry young man for too long," he said. "I want now to do pictures that make people feel glad they're human— and that point out being alive is fun." Be alert today, alive tomorrow. SAVE AT ... ^ • DOWNTOWN ALTON • EASTGATE PLAZA Those days are gone foreverl REMOUNT Iff •• • N 't V" ^ M ' four diamonds in new TERLOCKING RINGS tftiKSf < Modern bridal pair mount- Ings. Stream* lined. $19.95 With 7 dt*> monds. Ided mounting •»• semble. $79.95 tlngl LIBHItAK ALLOWAN/IC FOK VOUK OLD KINUS Hundreds of Other Styles. Fast, quality work done in our own shop. PAY NO MONEY DOWN ONLY $1.00 WEEKLY Home of Bonded Notarized Guaranteed Diamonds und Bulovii and Elgin Wutches M U RWI XX 818 \V. Third St. Downtown, Alton Open Frl. & Won. Till 8 P.M. IBa*tgat« Plaza Shopping Center, Ka»t Alton Open 10 a,ro. to 8 p.m. Daily DISCOUNT ONE DAY ONLY! TOMO 9 A. M. 'Til 9 P. M ON 300 E. BROADWAY 20% OFF OUR REGULAR PRICES NATIONALLY FAMOUS BRANDS INCLUDED! NO MONEY DOWN MANY MONTHS TO PAY! Bedrooms • Bedding Living Room Suites NO EXCEPTIONS • Rugs • Dining Rooms »Dinettes • Automatic Washers • Refrigerators Gas & Electric Dryers • Heaters • Gas & Electric Ranges EVERYTHING AT 20% DISCOUNT! * No Fictitious Prices! * Make Your Own Purchase . . . * Then Figure Your Own Savings EVERYTHING IS TAGGED! We are repeating this DYNAMIC SALE by popular demand . .. Join the many who have SAVED during this MOST UNUSUAL EVENT! . . . Imagine, getting a 20% DISCOUNT on the FURNITURE AND APPLIANCES THAT YOU HAVE NEEDED for so long . . . NOW is the time to BUY AND SAVE! Come in, check the tags then deduct 20% and you have an unbeatable value! REMEMBER! SALE ENDS FRIDAY EVENING! SAVE IN A BIG WAY During these . . . 12 BIG HOURS FRIDAY 9 A.M. Til 9 P.M FAMOUS BRANDS INCLUDED * MAGIC CHEF * HOOVER * NORGE * KROEHLER * MAYTAG * ENGLANDER * SIMMONS * ZENITH * HOTPOINT And Many, Many Others, Hurry! PLENTY OF FREE STORESIDE PARKING 4 BIG STORES 300 E. BROADWAY t ST. LOUIS. 11th and Franklin • GRANITE CITY, 18th and Dilmar t EAST ST. LOUIS, 227 Colllnsvllli It's Easy To Buy At FRANKLIN UNION, No Down Payment!