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D«t Meinti Register^ QMf 22 Fri.,July 2S, l»69 ' 'Big 9 Mania Crushing The Arts * By Leonard Feather ft Th« Los Angeles Times I F civilization survives it, this century may be remembered as that in which megalomania became endemic lo American life, and in the process took a giant (bigger, ever bigger) step toward crushing the arts and poisoning the creative juices. Recently I was witness lo two manifestations of the bigness syndrome. They took place in areas of show business as far apart psychologically as oeograp/iicaHy. Newport, R.I., has been the site of a jar/, festival every summer since 1954. At the Cut- set it was reasonably modest with. lofty esthetic ideals. Two days, three concerts, plenty of time to take in the sounds of Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Dizzy Gillcspie, Eddie Condon. Lennie Tristano. The Sunday evening finale attracted 7,000 — enough fans to insure a modest but immediate net profit. The festival organization, self-sustaining from that point on, .expanded from two or three to four days, from three to five to seven concerts. In 1968, producer George Wein could proudly announce a record total of 54,800 paid admissions. H OW do you get bigger than the biggest? This year, r o c k having out-boxof f iced jazz, it was decided to insure bigger crowds with bigger sounds: American rock, Eng- 1 i s h rock, Canadian rock, even, for God's sake, Danish rock. There was valid music involved (Blood, Sweat, Tears and John Mayall were there), but several of the groups seemed to have been bought indiscriminately. Sure, everything grew bigger, to the distorted tune of more amplifiers per customer than ever before, and more customers per square inch. Pins an uncontrollable, unpaying throng that tore down fences, stormed the gate, threw cherry bombs and beer bottles, ultimately bringing down civic wrath on Wein's aching head. The ugly mood that hung over this nonfestive festival — proved-that the lowerthe-mu^ sical level (and the higher the ' decibel level), the poorer the quality of spectator. In short, bigness hit the target, then hit the fan. Next year, a quality-before-quantity concept may be the only assurance of continuance for an institution through which Wein has created international goodwill for jazz. r recuperate from Newport, 1 repaired to Las Vegas, where the entertainment patrons, though as numerous, are somewhat less concentrated. Yet here again there was evidence of the thrust toward bigness. A vast hotel, the International, had just opened. The star of the town's biggest showroom was appearing for history's biggest salary. Dinner for two cost a minimum of $30 plus drinks, tips and the rest. None o/ the grandeur could persuade the critics to give th\s star the biggest raves, which were reserved for the girl next door, struggling along in a smaller room on a pittance rumored to be less than $100,000 a week. It cost much less to see her, but who cared as long as she gave a stunning per/ormance? The best all-around musical package in Las Vegas was ; playing in the smallest room I visited, the Blue Room of the Tropicana Hotel. The Trop's "Summer Jazz Festival" provided a more agreeable ambiance than all tho&ejour days of Newport hullaballoo. The entire show ran two hours — and the chairs were upholstered. Most of this year's Newport soirees, if you could stay the course, required six hours on a wooden chair. The concert halls and festival fields, casinos and showrooms, TV and radio, all are victims of the insoluble battle between the profession of artistic validity and the passion for heroic enormity. Gore Vidal once observed that "No commercial network can exist part profane and part holy." His dictum is no less applicable to the other media. ft the talent merchants continue to think in terms of hugeness -whether it be of salary, of sound, or of statistics — then we are in serious trouble, for which some sort of government subsidy of the arts would seem to be the only viable solution. ROAMING SOW COSTS $13,350 The Iowa Supreme Court Thursday upheld a $13,350 verdict against the owner of a 450- pound pig who wouldn't stay at! ! home. i The pig, referred lo in the unanimous decision as "the trespassing sow" and "the intruder," knocked down a neighboring farmer, broke his back and put him out of work for three months, the High Court found. The Wessex Saddleback sow repeatedly escaped from her quarters on the Fred Dreher farm in Pottawaltamie County, apparently through a hole in a : fence, the decision by Justice 1 Maurice Rawlings said. Court Gives Orphan, 2, to Aunt's Care Scared Chickens On Aug. 20, 1965. Vcrnon. Leaders, used to finding the wandering hog on his property, discovered her "up by the brooder house eating* feed and upsetting the water." The pig then went into the brooder house and began terrorizing the chickens. Leaders, the decision said, was unable to get the trespasser off the property and called his wife, children and dog lo help. "The children, with the j assistance of the family dog, began chasing the swine to- | ward a white gravel lane | leading to a country road, " the decision said. Leaders stationed himself at the end of the lane, hoping to herd the pig onto Ihe road toward home. Instead, the sow charged straight at Leaders and upended him. He landed on his head and shoulders and the resulting back injury required a spinal fusion. Leaders has a 10 to 15 per cent permanent disability and could not farm for three 1 months, the ruling said. Hole in Fence Rawlings cited evidence that there was a hole in the fence on the Dreher farm and quoted an Iowa law which says "all animals shall be restrained by the owners thereof from running at large." Rawlings concluded that Dreher was negligent in allowing his sow to roam. He said Leaders acted reasonably in trying to drive her off his farm. The decision upheld a ruling b y Pottawattamie District Judge Bennett Cullison. Fine 6 Firms in uinine Cartel ffl The Waihlnglon Post BRUSSELS, BELGJUM_r: By Jon Van • A baby girl who was or phaned by an auto accident in, June, 1968, will live with her late father's sister instead of her maternal grandmother, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The ruling concludes a yearlong court fight over custody of Suanne Marie ,La Mar, 2 year- old daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. John W. La Mar, 39, of Des Moincs. Dr. La Mar, his wife, Patricia, 33, and four of their children were killed In an auto accident near Lena, 111., June 21, IMS, on their way home from a vacation trip. Suanne was staying with her grandmother Mrs. fllara Zimmerman, 74, in Iowa City at the time of the trip. The child has lived in Iowa City since the accident. Mrs. Zimmerman attempted to keep Suanne at her Iowa City home but was sued by Mrs. Harold Stensland, Dr. La Mar's sister and the child's aunt. Jix European companies have been fined $500,000 by the Common Market Executive Commission for establishing a secret quinine cartel, it was an nounced here Thursday. This is the first time the commission has imposed a fine or an infringement of the mar ket's anti-trust regulations. The drug companies are Ned c h e m of the Netherlands Boehringer and Buchler, both of Germany, and three French companies, Pointet-Girard, No >entaise and Pharmacie Cen .rale. Together they control a east 50 per cent of ..tneJrvorld market in quinine. Nedchem the largest of the firms, ha been fined $210,000 and Boehr inger $190,000. Quinine, the traditional curi for malaria, is being use heavily in Vietnam where new types of the disease have bro ken out. It is from the bark o the Cinchona tree, chief!j grown in the Congo, Indonesi and some Latin American coun tries. Quinine, in compound, i a drug used to combat hear ailments. Child's Interests Polk County Judge Gibson Holliday ruled that under Iowa law, custody of a child should be determined by "what will best serve the best interests of said minor child." In this case he found that the Stenslands, who farm 320 acres north of Huxley and have four children of their own, would be best for the child. The grandmother and other relatives could also provide good homes, the judge stated, but he found the Stensland situation best. Mrs. Zimmerman appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice Clay LeGrand agreed with Holliday's opinion, noting that "the factor tipping the scales in favor (of the Stenslands) is that the child's parents expressed the wish she (Mrs. Stensland) have the care of Suanne if "anything should happen to us.' " Parents' Wishes j Suanne's parents' wishes, while not controlling, are en- tied to consideration," the jus- ce wrote. The high court found no er- ors made by the Polk County udge in handing the case. The combined La Mar estate is valued at more than $110,000, and a detailed will was left establishing a trust for her, but did not state in writing who should have custody of the child should the family be killed. The family's preference for he Stenlahds as guardians was mentioned during testimony in District Court, based on conversations with relatives. Court Rules on Police Role In Waiting to Take Blood Test REGISTER PHOTO BY HENRY BARNETT End of a 160-Mile Cruise Algona canoeists Neil Anderson, left, and Randy Studer, both, 17, removed their canoe from the Des Moines River near the MacVicar Freeway Bridge in Des Moines Thursday afternoon after canoeing 160 miles downstream from Aigona. The youths began their voyage Sunday. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. William Studer, both of Algona. By Nick Lamberto A peace officer who charges a motorist with drunken driving .doesn't have to wtit around two hours to see if the driver Changes Ms mind about taking a blood test,' the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In M tptalot by Justice C. Edwin Moore, the court up- MM KM MUM of Pi*"* Safety CmmlMtMer Jack M. Fihofl to •oipendlBg the driver'! Itcane of Kemeth Kraeger, 47, of Knoxville, for ttd days. Krueger, through his attorney, E. Raymond Mick of Knoxville, had appealed the suspension in District Court. District Judge M. C. Herrick ruled Jan. 13 against the suspension of the license by the Public Safety Department. Appeal Decision The Public Safety Depart ment's appeal of this Distric Court ruling was upheld Friday by the Supreme Court. Under Iowa's "implied con sent" law, a person who oper ates a motor vehicle has given his consent to a chemical test to determine the amount of alcohol in his blood. Refusal to take such a test can result in suspension of driver's license from 120 days to one year. Krueger was arrested near Knoxville at 2:40 a.m. on Oct. 13, 1188, by State Highway Patrolman Gerald Kephart. Krnef er was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated bat declined an opportunity to call tils family or an attorney, the court said In Its summation. At 3:15 a.m. Krueger refused to submit to chemical tests to determine the amount of alcohol in his blood. Later, he called an attorney who was told on arrival at the Knoxville police station that his client had been transferred to the Marion county Jail. Al 4:25 a.m. the arresting officer left in response to a radio call. ALL SERVICE BANKING INCLUDING Plea Not Clarified ; Rape Verdict Upset iThe Iowa Supreme Cour Thursday overturned the rape conviction of a 17-year-old Sto- ryi County youth because the jutlge did not make it clear to Lhk-boy what his guilty plea meant. The court, said Story Distric Judge Harvey Uhlenhopp made "no effort" to determin if the youth understood th charge, the fact that he ha made it voluntarily, and it consequences. "Admittedly, the defend ant's attorney told the court his 17-year-old client recognized the consequences of his behavior," the court said. "But this is a far cry from an expressed understanding of the penal consequences of the criminal code." According to the record, the boy's attorney recommended that he plead innocent, but the boy decided to plead guilty. The boy, Thomas E. Sisco, ne of nine children, was sent o the Iowa Training School for Joys when he was 14, the court aid. Tests showed he had an Q of 84 and fifth-grade abili- ies. "Ultimately he was sent to he Nevada Halfway House/I he Court said. He became acquainted with the wife of an employe, and later jvent to her home in Ames where the incident allegedly occurred. U.S. Suit on Bias In Housing Sales WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The government filed its firs open housing suit against a pri v a t e subdivision developer Thursday, charging a New Or leans firm with anti-Negro bias in the sale and financing o homes. The suit was filed under pro visions of the 1968 Civil Right Act which went into effect las Jan. 1. It charged that the firm ha "engaged in a pattern or prac tice of racial discrimination' ever since sales began on resi dential lots in the 5,000-acre de velopment. babbit Contest At State Fair Rabbit entries at the Iowa tate Fair are open to the wld, and some come from a istance for judging. Last year 22 were exhibited. The rabbit hutch is the Wai- Requests Test At 4:36 a.m. Krueger's attorney advised the highway patrolman by radio that his client was requesting a blood test but had been told the two-hour period during which one must be given had expired. Commissioner Fulton contended the section of the law which contains the provision for a blood "test within two hours after an arrest" applies only to a period when the test must be offered. Fulton contended once there is a refusal to take the test, the arresting officer is not required to wait until the two-hour period has elapsed. Krueger's attorney maintained his client could withdraw his original refusal any time within the two-hour period. 9-Page Opinion In upholding the public safety commissioner, Justice Moore said in the nine-page opinion: It was the officer's duty to request the driver to submit to »• test and the duty was performed. "Toh6idthe officer was required to consider a refusal as only conditional or subject to withdrawal during the two-hour period after arrest would require the office to remain with or near the arrested person. "... it would mean when he makes the arrest he would practically be out of service for two hours. This would lead to unreasonable, absurd consequences and defeat the purpose of the law." Iowa Supreme Court Decisions The Iowa Supreme Court handed down the following decisions Thursday: Woodkwry Dlilrfet Court— Meuial BltumhSui Material t Supply Co., affirmed. _ ,• I rw»l vi. work- Pelk—Lamar vi. Zimmerman, child cm- today, affirmed. r»tlk-1n •» f state Cory, will conteit, affirmed. Emmet-Farm Service Co. vi. Ask. eland, stock, affirmed. vi. McDonald, con- • Bd wK f "vW ut Warehouse. The entry dead- ne is Aug. 1. The registration ee is $1 for single rabbits and market pens and. 50 cents in the ur classes. Premiums will to- al $732. Francis P. Bennett, of Sioux City and Darrell E. Bramhall f Mason City, will begin judg- ng at 10 a.m. Aug. 17. Rabbits will be received and inspected from 8 to 9 a.m. that day. Owners must pick them up between 4 and 11 p.m. Aug. 19. Sweepstakes classes are offered 'for American Chinchillas, American English-Californiansr Checkered Giants, Dutch Flemish Giants, Havanas, New Zea- and Blacks, Reds and Whites, Palomino, Rex, Satin and Silver Martens. The fur classes are normal colored, white and Rex. _ • _ ^_ Two Men Die in Plane They Built WILKES-BARRE, PA. (AP) — Two men were killed Thursday when their homemade, single-engined plane crashed in the backyard of a home in suburban Exeter Borough. The crash narrowly missed a housewife hanging clothes in the yard. She was not injured. Police said the dead men had built the two-seat plane. A witness said the plane's engine appeared to quit. vi. Silt*, rape, nvirutl fitMfi vi. Thom»*on, land "Up SBrttSkr •'Humphrey vi. Happy, colllt- •r-.rlmlo vi. •cenemy Fir* A ffiitoe?y»VuitefftiHtir-i II- "USBfeiir UiMtrhPlmv.. SMit Auto fc CasuaHy Underwriters, Insurance, reverted and remanded. vi. Limerick, vi. iooth, rape, at- vi. larch, concealed ireedl vi. McTague, ludi- tarli vi. Kantarli, dl- -Krfeu-fo Ss^m&a&n 30 Cars Derail, Carbide Afire BLA1RSTOWN, IA. - Thirty cars of a North Western freight train left the tracks and a boxcar containing carbide was burning'in a derailment near here Thursday night. Fire Chief Richard Fiester said both sets of tracks on the line were blocked and at least 100 feet of track was torn up in the derailment. He said several cars were overturned and badly damaged. Fiester said the derailment, about three miles west of here, happened when a car lost a wheel journal which was melted by a hot box. He said firemen were standing guard to keep the fire from spreading but that the proper chemical to put out a carbide fire wasn't available. No injuries were reported. Secluded Beach For Nude Sunning MARSEILLE, FRANCE (AP) — Cabaret owner Serge Bonfanti likes to sunbathe in the nude — but on a secluded beach for nudists nowhere near the resort town of Saint Tropez. He is suing a Paris publication for 124,000 for running a picture of him with an article entitled, "A Danger Which Menaces Our Beaches: the Nudists of Saint Tropez." pure cotton, pure comfort! the beginning of bargain buys it's the year of fashion chains . 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