The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on December 1, 1982 · Page 3
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December 1, 1982

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 3

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THE BAYTOWN SUN Wednesday, December 1, 1982 3-A 'Junk' Pieces Are Sometimes Valuable TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Roman Storch isn't a sttanger to finding that "junk" stringed instruments are far more valuable than their owners had supposed. He did it again recently when he appraised a violin brought to him by a Tempe woman and discovered that it was worth about $140,000. Suzanne Roberts said she had been close to junking the violin when she <2?cif*ed on a whim to have it appraised. It turned out to be the work of Italian master violin maker Tomasso Carcassi in or around the year 1760. Nor is that the only masterpiece Storch has uncovered. A master of luthiery with more than 20 years of study and experience in making and appraising stringed instruments, Storch said he had discovered an original 1890 work worth $4,000 and a junked violin that turned out to be worth $3,000. Storch also pur- chased a valuable Russian fiddle made in the 1850s for "almost free," he said. Its owner didn't understand its value and was ready to put it in the garbage when Storch approached him. It was an original Rubus "Now the National Museum of American History wants the fiddle, "Storch said. Since 1976, he has been making his living here repairing and appraising stringed instruments and tuning pianos. Storch, who tied his native Czechoslova- kia in 1968, one day hopes to be able to afford the very expensive equipment needed to make stringed instruments. Storch did make stringed instruments in Czechoslovakia and left his mark on six classical guitars, he said. Inside each is inscribed: "Made by a slave under Communist dictatorship.'' He was a conservator of musical instruments at Czechoslovakia's National Museum in Prague when Russians stormed the city to quell rebellion on Aug. 21, 1968. Soon he fled to Denmark, where he lost several fingers in an industrial accident. He then studied folk musical instruments at the Royal Copenhagen University until he came to the Unilr.d States. Storch says most musical instrument owners don't know what they have because, they have never seen the insides of their instruments. There, like Storch, the world's violin masters have left their identifying m a rks. VIRGINIA MILLER, right, sixth grade science teacher at Alice Johnson Junior High in Channelview, reviews class schedules with sixth graders. Ms. Miller is one of several teachers at the school working to prevent ad- justment problems among new secondary school students. With Ms. Miller are, from left, Hope Harper, Jose Molena and Johnny Keith. Orientation Helps Adjustment CHANNELVIEW (Sp) — Have you ever considered the possibility that the person you believe is "snobbish" may just be very lonely? This is one of many questions posed to sixth grade stuHents at Alice Johnson Junior High during an orientation program at the beginning of the year. The orientation is an attempt by school officials to smooth the emotionally and academical!^ difficult transition from the protective elementary environment to the more demanding routine of secondary school. According to Harvey Brown, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, achievement test scores have traditionally dipped at the sixth grade level, indicating that many of the young people had personal adjustment problems which were damaging their ability to concentrate on school work. "A student who is having difficulty finding his locker, remembering his class schedule and making friends is experiencing a great deal of stress which is naturally going to interfere with' his school performance, " said Brown. The orientation has been an attempt to make sure e%'ery student, no matter how shy or withdrawn, understands his daily routine and realizes that his teachers are willing to answer questions and provide understanding and guidance. Barbara Despres, sixth grade counselor at Alice Johnson, said it is difficult to evaluate at this time just how successful the orientation has been. "The response from both teachers and parents, however, has been very positive," said Ms. Despres. "Most of the people I've talked to believe the orientation hat, been extremely helpful." Ms. Despres said the orientation material, which contains information such as how to take notes, how to schedule time, how to study for a test and how to resolve personal problems will be reviewed throughout the year. SHUGART COUPON SAT. DEC. 4th GRAY PHARMACY 2306 N. Alexander 19r, WALLET SIZE COLOR PORTRAITS j Extra charge U X It)/ far ***«'""** GROUPS 10% DISCOUNT ON EVERYTHING IN THE STORE Thursday, Friday & Saturday! December 2, 3, & 4! 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