The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on May 10, 1970 · Page 73
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 73

Des Moines, Iowa
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Sunday, May 10, 1970
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This is one in a series of interviews on "The Best Advice I Ever .Received." Toddy's interview is with Ed Breen, 71, oivner and president of Station KVFD-TV in Fort Dodge. ' .,...,. ...... . ' •>•*'*' • ' •' * f » tit* "AS FAR as I can>emember, no one •** has ever given me any advice that I have either listened to or followed as such. But there are certain phrases that have been said to me at one time or another that I'll remember forever. One such time was when I was going tojthe University of Wisconsin as a freshman during World War L I was too young to be in the service, but I had a very close friend whose father was a professor, who had just .been called to serve. .This boy's friendship -meant a great deal to me and I went to the station with his father to see him off. As I was saying good-bye to him, I shook hands and said: 'I wish you _ all the luck in the world.' His father finished my sentence with, 'but, always with honor. 1 That made my words seem empty and trite and I admired the words of his father and never forgot.them. . "Another time also occurred when I was a college student. I was an English major, considered a very good student, and was studying under William E. Leonard, an American writer, who conducted a very unusual class in that we spent all our time writing and talking. Mr. Leonard was one of those unusual professors who took time to talk with his students. He became very annoyed with me one Breen you be? You're a fortunate person. You have a good home, you've had all the attention and affection a boy could want, and your father is paying a lot of money so you can get a good education. What do you really owe people?' Although this was really not given to me as advice, but rather, strictly as criticism, I have never forgptjten it. '-'"L -suppose because of my English background words have always meant a good deal to me. There are a few other phrases that have stuck'in my mind that I'd like to mention. One was fronv rhy uncle who was talking of some man he admired very much—who had come to the midwest to live and work. In speaking of time because I hadn't been doing well. him, .my uncle saidr 'He got out on the One day he pulled me over and asked Sitfiat the green chalk dust on my lapel was and" where I had been spending all my evenings. When I told him J.tiad been playing pool he became Angry and told me I shouldn't even be in his class and that I had no sense'of 'noblesse oblige', a French phrase I later found out to mean, 'nobility obligates'. <* "This made a terrific impression on me. I thought to myself: 'How selfish can prairie where a great thought has room to grow.' Another.truism my uncle frequently stated referred to people who seem to work all the time but never get anything done. He said of them: 'They never really accomplish very much because they're always too busy.' "These little truisms are not really pieces of advice, but are rather like old pictures you keep and take out to look at once in awhile," (Interview and photograph by Carol Bradford) Sunday IrgMrr .May 10, 1970 1 .,'•••..' ' ''' In This Issue The Cover Story By Nick Baldwin Page 4 A Fashion Tip for. Summer.. Page 11 Fun at West Waterloo High School Page 12 How to cope with life By Dr. John P. Kildahl Page 14 Departments My Best Advice By Ed Breen .....; Page 2 Words To Live By Selected by John Dewey Page 2 Hy Gardner Answers your questions Page 9 Build It Yourself Steve Ellingson's pattern Page 18 Soft-Sell Sam Cartoon feature Page 19 Editor Carl Gartner Assistant Editor Charlotte Brunk Art Director ..„.. Will Connor Pktart Matuliw wilc>mn *n, tart TM RwitMr «mi fw we* CMtrMwMfM. If ttotr bt Words To Live By "When men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe that the ultimate good is better reached by free trade in ideas." —Oliver Wendell Holmes Today's Words To Live By were selected by the late John Dewey, philosopher and teacher. never has been a time~when it was as important as it is today to take into pur heads the spirit that inspires these words. In a time of extreme distress and uncertainty tv we, reach out blindly for some "final and" f flushed truth. Justice Holmes reminds us that truth is a matter of never-ending search In a time of long- ing for external authority, he reminds'us that the open mind, manifested in free search and free discussion, is the sole method of conducting the search with safety and assurance, In a time when reasonableness and intelligence are under going eclipse, he reminds us that fact, discovered by continued inquiry, is in the long run the~ only ground uporr which realization of human desires can be tained.. John Dewey • '•' PA6E 2— PIS MOINES SUNDAY 10, J970 (Copyright 1970 by Ow Mainm RmUter «# Tribw. Company. All rlghlf rew^rt).

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