Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 9, 1968 · Page 10
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 10

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A40 ALTON EVENING TELEGftAPt* TUESDAY, JUL¥ 9, 1968 Ghetto Gets Study Center By ROY MAtONE AttMKtated Press Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anthony tteby, a Negro, wants to go to Harvard. He has called the university three times and has made a trip to Cambridge, Mass., to seek admission. The 18-year-old junior at predominantly Negro Vashon High School in St. Louis once failed the eighth grade, so the odds are against him. Yet Anthony still thinks he has a slim chance of entering Harvard. His thread of hope is called Sophia House. Sophia House is the second floor rooms in a shabby tenement in St. Louis' north side Negro ghetto. It's a study center for boys, mostly from a nearby housing project. The house which gets its name from the Greek word for wisdom, came into existence because of the efforts of some understanding white people. About 25 teen agers use the center each night because they like the atmos phere. They write poems, plays fiction and term papers, or col- Invite a kid to an accident. He's only 13 and itching to drive a car. There's yours. Unlocked. Keys in the ignition. Tempting. Tempting. Tempting. Then off on an impulsive joyride that you could have prevented. A joyride that ended without joy. Smacked into a brick wall. You ought to know that 64% of people who live long enough to be arrested for car theft are under 18. And you ought to know that 76% of stolen cars were left unlocked. ' Jfearfy half also had the ignition keys in them. And you ought to know what to do about it. Don't help a boy go bad. When you park, take your keys Advertising contributed for the public good in cooperation with The Advertising Council and i the Internationa.! Newspaper Advertising Executives. laborate on individual projects designed for their own growth Most are thinking about going to college, if they can get scholar ships. The house was started 18 months ago with the help o: Dennis O'Brien, a 25-year-old Jesuit seminarian at St. Louis University. O'Brien, from Ft Dodge, Iowa, wanted to tutor some boys. With about 75 boys coming to the house, O'Brien now gets help from fellow semi narians and anyone else who is interested. His charismatic "let's do it 1 approach is the intangible something that has made Sophia successful. Sometimes intense, but al ways simple and direct, O'Brien admits he sometimes treats the youngsters as if they have more ability than they have demonstrated. But this only, sparks them the more. Robert Davis, a 16-year-old junior who wants to earn a business degree, describes O'Brien as "A little bit of everything— psychiatrist, artist, writer, hu manist. He is here. And we are lere, but on our own. No one stands over us. The tutors don't Make you do anything. This is ike college." As Davis talked, Anthony Osby, who has read about famous Americans who have attended Harvard, strolled into the room. Though short, he has an aggressive personality, impish grin and talks at a fast clip Since that bad year in the eighth grade, his marks have steadily improved. "I had no reason for going to school then I do now. I want to major in social science and become a politician." Will Harvard take him? "At first I thought it might be impossible—that they go by grades completely. But then I read where grades aren't every thing," he said. Anthony called for a brochure, called again, and callec once more for an appointment I wanted to see the school anc try to make a good impression on them," he said. O'Brien arranged the trip to Harvard anc ,qok four other boys besides Anthony:. ••.,..,/• The idea of poor youths from arge families improving themselves in the midst of slum life las captured the imagination ol many civic leaders and educators in St. Louis. 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The combination has garnered many honors, ranging from a certificate for lifesaving signed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1901 to another for 25 years' service in the Selective Service system signed by President Johnson last year. He was voted Oregon's first Doctor of the Year when the State Medical Society started naming outstanding members of its profession in 1956. He was the state's oldest county health officer from the standpoint of continuous service when he retired from the posi- tion in Morrow County in 1963 after serving for 50 years. But Dr. McMurdo would rather discuss the latest football game or prospects for his next hunting trip than bask in ation of his work. He.satrted playing football in high school and continued at the University of Virginia, in his na tive state, where he graduated in 1909. It remains one of his favorite sports and he refers to it as "my lifesaver." For 25 years he served Without pay as physician to the local high school teams, He is an avid TV football fan and also flies to the Rose Bowl game each New Year's Day. When home he sometimes turns up in odd places. One day he was seen skittering up a ladder to the top of the fire hall in quest of a swarm of bees. With bare hands he grabbed the branch of an adja> cent tree on which they had set tied and shook them into a hive while they buzzed around him. "Watch out, Doc," a bystander yelled, "you'll get stung." "No I won'.t" he called down. "They won't pay any attention to me when that queen is in there." He was right. Dr. McMurdo still carries on a regular practice in Heppner and is on the staff of Pioneer Memorial Hospital, the county facility which he was instrumental in obtaining. FRANKFURT, Gefttlany (AP) —America's political violence likely will stop only when the political slaying of aft "Unknown Negro or freedom fighter" stirs as much outrage as the killing of a national figure, a West German commentator says. The United States need "a purifying of moral conscience," declared Friedrich Langhe-lm of the Rheinische Post of Dusseldorf. Langhelm was one of a host of foreign analysts trying to explain why Robert F. Kennedy was slain, and pondering where 'Purifying America is headed. the Sunday Times of London said; "The Vietnam war and the crisis of the urban Negto are the two burning issues, and they, have defeated solution by ednventtonal politics, Together they have produced an almost intolerable tension in American life, and the climate, If not the specific cause for assassination." "This may seem like a heart less way 'of saying it," said the newspaper Asahi of Tokyo, "but the united Slates is feeling the •reprisal from the war'" in Vietnam. 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