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Time* Herald, Carroll, la Saturday, October 3, 1959 TOMMY STEELE: No nightingale in Red Square. Rock n' Roll For Squares in Red Square By TOM A. CULLEN NEA Staff Correspondent LONDON — (NEA) —"They're pretty square in Red Square." That's the verdict of skinny, yellow-haired Tommy Steele, rock 'n' roll idol of five million British leon-agers who now has brought this shining example of Anglo- American culture to Moscow. The skinny, yellow-haired vocalist was quickly dubbed by the Russians "Tommy Stalin," meaning "Man of Steel." But Stalin or Steele, the 22-year-old entertainer slopped traffic in Red Square with his guitar and cockney accent. While Muscovites gaped in astonishment, he wriggled and writhed, made teen-age love to his guitar and bawled his songs like a train- caller. No Interference Did the police try to interfere? "Naw, they just blew whistles if anyone stepped oft the curb," Tommy said after his return to London. The cockney's latest film, "The Tommy Steele Story;" got a better reception, however. It was given 3 showing in a movie house inside the Kremlin, itself, and afterwards Tommy was congratulated by the Soviet Minister of Culture. Steele was sent to Russia as Britain's gift to the Moscow Film Festival, but he views his mission in a more serious light. "I came with my guitar as a representative of British youth," he says a trifle pompously. As a British youth representative "Tommy Stalin" must have astounded his Soviet hosts. An ex- bell hop and ship's cabin boy, he now earns more than most of Britain's top executives. His films, records, personal appearances grossed over $3 million last year, with this year's take expected to be higher. He has sung twice before the Queen at Royal Command performances, but his following is' by no means confined to the British Isles. He is a great favorite in the Scandinavian countries and has toured South Africa. In Dundee, Scotland, last year Steele was mobbed by hysterical teen-age fans, who knocked him unconscious, tore out some of his hair by the roots. "It was massacre," he recalls. "1 was pulled, punched, kicked, scratched, bitten and clawed." What is Tommy's appeal? To teen-age girls he represents the dream boy-friend. To parents, he is that nice kid next door. "His music," a critic wrote recently, "sounds like tin cans falling through the roof. But he has grace," the critic grudingly admitted. His songs are punctuated by remarks in purest cockney. "Shar- rup, or I'll sick the boys on you," he will yell to quiet the din. "I love you, too," he will gurgle at the girl fans, then becoming business-like, "Button it, while I sing a square number." Hot Air Publicity Tommy rode to popularity on a wave of hot-air publicity. Born plain Tommy Hicks in London's dockland, he was discovered three years ago by John Kennedy, his manager, in a Soho espresso bar "singing just for kicks and coffee." "At that time rock 'n' roll was a sordid word," Kennedy recalls. "It meant Teddy Boys breaking up things. So 1 decided to promote Tommy into high society." Kennedy phoned every model he knew, invited them to a cocktail party to meet Tommy, then palmed the models off as society debu lanles with clouble-b a r r e 11 e d names. The press fell for it, and Tommy hit the headlines. On the strength of that and similar stunts, Tommy got a booking at the Cafe de Paris, which features such headliners as E a r t h a Kitt, Noel Coward and Marlene' Dietrich. Living up to his teen-age fans' demands has condemned Tommy i to a Spartan-like existence. Offic; ially he has no steady girl friend (because his fan mail slumped when it was reported last year that he was engaged to a chorus girl). Tommy never touches a drop of alcohol. When the Soviet Minister oi Culture raised his glass in a toast to youth, Tommy passed up the vodka for a cup of coffee. Krocht Children Honored at Party (Times Herald News Service) WESTSIDE — Zoy and Steven Kracht, daughter and son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kracht, were honored with a birthday party Friday evening. Guests were 21 members of their 8th grade class in Vail, and their cousin, Kay Brockman, Arcadia. The evening was spent playing games and dancing Zoy was 14, Sept. 25 and Steven, 13, Sept. 20. Mary Lou Noack and Janet Anderson visited Betty Peters at Cedar Falls Sunday and Monday. Betty is a junior at Iowa State Teachers College. Dinner guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pahl, Sr., were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Oiler and Les, Omaha, their guest Mrs. Betty Blakley, Casper, Wyo.; Mr. and Mrs. Len Wessling, Carroll and Lena Meyer. Callers Sunday afternoon of Mr. and Mrs. Walt Rothmeyer were Mr. and Mrs. Delmer Sommers and family, Webster City, and Mrs. Walt Sommers, Lake View. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hannah, Anaheim, Calif., were Friday visitors of Mrs. Alice Fleming. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Brotherson called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Meyer at Sac City Sunday afternoon. Mr. Meyer recently returned from the Methodist Hospital in Omaha where he underwent back surgery. Guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Chatman were Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Engstrand, Sioux City, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rutherford and daughter, Sac City, and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ruch and family, Denison. Guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vern Wilken Sunday evening' in honor of Mr. Wilken's birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Lee Nobiling and family, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hansman and son, Mr. and Mrs, Keith Lueders, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Lenz and Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Schoessler. Weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Johnson were Mrs. Clara Johnson, Mrs. Pete Pick and Cathleen Hatz, Remsen, and Darlene and Edna Mae Fiedeler, Sioux City. SPACE HAMMOCK . . . Tomorrow's astronaut may be suspended in space in more ways than one. A nylon net suit, resembling lung-handled underwear with steel cables sewn into its seams, could hold him in a hammock arrangement inside a spaceship. It is claimed that the method, while weighing much less than an ordinary seat, would protect the pilot from extreme effects of acceleration and deceleration and permit him to freely operate all controls. Its designer, Boeing Airplane Co. engineer Gary Graham, demonstrates the scat-suit in a revolving simulated cabin as engineer Peter Downey looks on. Hey! There's No Room for Gloom I The Dollar You Spend Help Make Us "Boom"! WITH CONFIDENCE FROM CARROLL MERCHANTS! That old saying, "It TAKES money to MAKE money 11 was never truer! The money you spend right here in Carroll stays HERE to work for you and the entire community. And that's the secret of economic "good times. 11 A dollar that circulates from merchant to merchant to wage-earner actually earns "interest" each time it changes hands! So remember - the BEST TIME to shop is now — the BEST PLACE to shop is Carroll. SHOPPING IS A FAMILY AFFAIR—bring the kids! It's more convenient here to shop for all your needs for the family and the home in one quick, no-strain trip! YOUR "HIGH-FASHION" CENTER—you'll find more of everything at the price you want to pay ... in all sizes, colors, and the very newest styles, of course. NO NEED TO DRESS UP—come as you are! Your neighbors welcome you! Be comfortable while you shop at your leisure in your own community. FLINTY OF PARKING AREA—No need to spend time, gas and effort just looking for a place to park. We've plenty of both free and low- cost parking room for all! THESE PROGRESSIVE MERCHANTS ARE SPONSORING THIS BOOSTER PAGE AMUSEMENTS Carroll Theatre LOB E. 5th St Dial 9400 AUTOMOTIVE Houlihan Motors Hwy. 71 & 3rd DiaJ 2377 Lockhart Automotive Service North of Hotel Burke Dial 3593 AWNINGS AND GLASS George Miller 104 4th St DiaJ 9449 BAKERIES Carroll Bakery 520 N. Adam* DiaJ S33T FARM IMPLEMENTS Burgess Tractar Co. 302 N. Main St DiaJ 3181 FARM MANAGEMENT V. Stuart Perry 511 N. West St Dial 8863 FINANCIAL ORGANIZATIONS Commercial Savings Bank 626 N. Adams Dial 3337 Loan* A. Dougherty Farm Loai 509 N. Main Dial 9546 FLORISTS Park Gardens East on Hwy. 30 DiaJ 2320 GIFT SHOP The Loft 715 N. Carroll Dial 0738 MANUFACTURERS Carroll Creamery Co. 317 W. 5th St. DiaJ 2221 Helder Manufacturing Co. 122 W. 3rd St Dial 3571 MORTICIANS Huffman Funeral Home 705 N. Carroll DiaJ 225S PLUMBING & HEATING Joe P. Frank 213 EL 6th St Dial 3393 Scheck's Plumbing & Heating 218 West 5th St Carroll. Iowa Dial 3X68 •HOI REPAIR Anderson Bros. Shoo Storo 510 N Adami Dial 9887 Kramer Shoe Shop 4071* N. Main Dial 2578 SOFT WATER SERVICE Frank J. Buchhelt 317 N. Main DiaJ 9916 UTILITIES Iowa Public Service Co. 629 N Main Dial 3518 Oas Division low* Electric Light & Power 120 W 6th St DiaJ 3316 WHOLESALE HOUSES Farner-Bocken Co Hwy. 30 East Dial JJOJ Why Go llttwhore When Cirroll HJ« "IT"