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Sunday, December 15, 1963
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Free Press Telephones For Home Delivery 222-6500 To Place Want Ad 222-6800 City News Desk 222-6600 Sports (after 2 p.m.) 222-6660 Insurance Dept. 222-6470 All Other Calls 222-6400 Today s Chuckle Advice to the bridegroom: "No matter' how she treats you, always try to look a , little hurt." Sunday, December 15, 1963 TIIE SECOND FRONT PAGE Page 3, Section A A I Green: Center of Storm over Cobo Hall Cash If i-v.r - . r :t. t - ,s - 1 it 1 " V -. Y awwrnmnwa-awtia ft -i,, iimn - na, ,iin SiSyfllflllKi t 1 1 n n n t i AI Green: Storm's Center Singer Dinah Washington Dies by viv r, s TITER represented the singer's legal r - affairs in Detroit for nearly Free Press Staff Writer In the jazz clubs they say that Dinah Washington merely stepped out of a hand-clapping church choir, dropped by the Brill Building to pick up some lyrics and began to wail. The regulars in the jazz clubs were wailing Saturday. Dinah whom they considered the greatest blues singer since Bessie Smith is dead at 37. Her husband. Detroit Lions defensive back Richard (Night Train) Lane, was awakened early Saturday by the dull humming of a bedroom television set in their home at 4002 Buena Vista, He saw that his wife, clad in pajamas, was unconscious, and on a nearby night stand was a bottle of orange and blue pills. HE COULDNT revive his wife of only six months, and neither could a hastily summoned physician. But Mrs. Ethel Harrison, 67, who lives with the Lanes, wouldn't give up. A tired and frightened woman, she stayed by the bed and stroked Dinah's hand, the one with the small, royal tiara mounted on a gold ring. An autopsy was performed Saturday at the Wayne County Morgue, but the cause of death will not be known until a microscopic analysis is completed. Mrs. Harrison said the pills were prescribed for a nervous condition. She said, "Dinah probably took too many accidentally." The ring was Indicative of Dinah's success. She had just played the Thunderbird Hotel in Las Vegas, Basin Street West in Los Angeles, and the Steve Allen Show. The ring also was a sign of her personal happiness. She sang "Make Someone Happy" , on the Steve Allen show, and worked into the lyrics: s "Make just one someone j happy, And I've made Night Train happy . . ." DinJh sat up late Friday night with a friend of many years, Beatrice Buck, who receives complaints for the Department of Street Railways. "She had a very good heart," Deep All information from'U. Weather Bureau Detroit area: Partly cloudy, continued cold with snow flurries. West winds 10-16 mph. High 18-22. MICHIGAN FORECAST SE and SW Lower Mich.: Partly cloudy, continued cold with scattered snow flurries. West to northwest winds 10-20 mph. Low Sunday mornina S to 5, high Sunday 18-25. NE and NW Lower Mich.: Partly cloudy, continued cold with snow Until FiavtM Show law lamparalu'Ol Eiatd htaUa !' N.I l4ca4- Canmh NATIONAL SUMMARY Much of the nation received a sharp taste of winter. Bitter cold has enveloped the northcentral part of the country and cold wave warnings are out for the northeast. Locally heavy snow squalls continue to the lee of the Great Lakes. Scattered snow was noted in the ranges of the central and northern Rockies and also in the Appalachians. Rain soaked most of the southeastern coastal states. VA , S I Oofo from Sunday M.,i,- m - i ' -1 s $ 1 iC . -Ji-tJ HAPPY DAYS were enjoyed by Dinah Washington and Lions star Dick (Night Train) Lane after their July marriage. Miss Buck said. "She had presents for everyone, her cook and waitresses and just everybody you can think of." THERE WERE wrapped gifts and recently arrived boxes cluttering the living room of the Lanes' second-floor residence. There also was a white Christmas tree which Dinah had been decorating Friday, a mink trimmed couch, Christmas cards and several footballs and sports trophies. Dinah liked football. In the bedroom were two packed Miitcases. She and Xight Train were scheduled to leave Freeze flurries. West winds 10-20 mph. Low Sunday morning 5 to 5, high 15-22. Upper Michigan: Cloudy and cold with snow flurries. Northerly winds 10-20 mph. Low Sunday morning 5 to 5. high 10-20. Monday's outlook: Partly cloudy, and cold with snow flurries. us. wrarHr iuimu laial SUNDAY Dry but cold weather will prevail over most of the nation. Snow flurries are expected from the Great Lakes region into the northern Appalachians, scattered rain or drizzle in the Pacific Northwest will turn to snow Inland across the Rockies to the western Dakotas and central Nebraska. It will be colder along the Atlantic seaboard while warming up a little over the southern plains. BY HARVEY TAYLOR FrM Pres Star! Writer The center of the storm whirling about the $58,000 in missing revenue from Cobo Hall food services hovers over a short, balding, hard-bitten, hard-driving man named Albert M. Green. Green, 63, is a long-time Detroit restaurateur who holds the exclusive catering contract for the city's massive convention and exhibit complex at Cobo Hall. He currently is under fire from Common Council and the Civic Center Commission because an audit disclosed that $58,000 in catering revenue has disappeared. Green has made good the shortage by paying the City $15,000. The City gets a 29 per cent cut from all Green's Cobo Hall business as the result of his contract. But the shortage and the rumblings of discontent with Green's operation may result In his losing the contract. The Civic Center Commission will take up the issue at its meeting Friday. Green came to a downtown office to talk about himself and the controversy. He answered questions guardedly. SLIGHTLY stocky yet not soft, Green was wearing a dark blue suit, a maroon bow tie and a pair of suspenders. The suspenders are a trademark from the days when-he slipped behind the bar of his swanky Grosse Pointe for Chicago at 2 p.m. Sat- urday. Night Train Isn't making the trip now, and the Lions will go against the Chicago Bears Sunday without him. "After the Packers game Dinah said the Lions owed her a check because she pulled so hard," Miss Buck recalled. "They should take the guys out of the game and let the wives go in there and fight," Miss Buck quoted Miss Washington as saying. "DESAH HAD found a real man in Night Train and was very happy," said Lawrence W. Massey, the attorney who has Tightens Temperatures U.S. and Mich.: The 24 hours tndini MICHIGAN H L Pre H Duluth 12 Indnaplls 9 KanCity 16 Milwake 12 Mpls-St.P S St. Louis 14 L Pre. S .00 Alpena BayCity DET. Escnaba Flint 23 0 .00 2 .00, ly 14 25 .00 .00 .00 .00 .04 .00 .00 .00 19 GdRaoid 22 11 EAST Houghtn 18 -2 .18 Albany 2 17 00 .00 Jackson Lansing 11 -3 .00 18 4 .00! Boston Buffalo NwYork Philadel. Pitsbuqft PortMe. Washgtn 32 22 Marqette 23 0 Muskegn 24 12 PeMston 24-10 SStMarie 16 -5 TravCity 23 4 Ypsilantl 14 5 16 14 .00 ElPaso 45 29 37 29 .03iFt.Worth 36 26 .211 .10' .18 33 23 00 .00 .11 .00 17 8 25 12 36 25 MIDWEST H L Pre. Bismarck 4-24 .00 SOUTH Atlanta 41 2S Brmghm 32 25 Charlstn 55 52 Jacksnvil 76 53 Luisville 22 11 Memphis 27 21 Miami 80 71 .37 .40 Chicago 14 3 Cleveland 9 3 Columbs 10 4 DeMoines 4 4 .00 .00 .00 00 tie .00 .00 .001 EXTREMES 88, South Miami, Florida) 28, Willistnn, North Dakota. Snow Depth: 14 in. Kincheloe Air Force Base, Sault Sta. Marie, Michigan. Greatest Snow Depths At 7 a.m. Saturday "N" indicates none: "T" indicates trace) Alpena Bay City DETROIT Escanaba Flint Grand Rapids Houghton Jackson 5" 5" 9" 3" The Past at DETROIT TEMPERATURES: Year ago Sunday: Low 20, high 27. Dec. 15th records since 1872: Low 1 (1916), high 61 (1933). Dec. 13th mean 19, normal 30; departure from normal 11; departure from normal since Jan. 1st . In the LAST Dec. 1 NEW Dec. 15 IRST Dec. 30 FULL Dec. 21 C O D O Sun rises Sunday 7:55 a.m.; sets 5:02 p.m. Moon rises Sunday 7:21 a m ; sets 4:55 p.m. Saturday's Humidity: 1 a.m. 10 years. "She and Night Train were looking around for a house here," he said. "Happiness didn't come easy to Dinah, but she finally found it." Dinah, who was married nix times was born Ruth Jones In Tuscaloosa, Ala., and was given music lessons . by her mother. By age 11, Dinah was singing and playing the piano in a Baptist church on Chicago's South Side. She won a talent contest, worked the clubs, and then signed up with Lionel Hamp- j ton's band. The story or ner professional success can be purchased in any record store. "The singing life is hard," Massey aaid, "and Dinah helped a lot of young entertainers. A lot of people are still at it today because she helped them out." A great thrill for Dinah was to have her two sons by previous marriages, George Jenkins, 17, and Robert Grayson, 15, come on stage and accompany her with the bass and drums. SHE LDaED to talk the blues, and was an obvious product of the hand-clapping "Happy am I" church music. But she also possessed a worldly philosophy. Into her simple and direct style she would work such melancholy lines as. "Since you took the best, why not come back and support the rest?" The song that put Dinah on the road to success was "Evil Gal Blues," and she had start ed an autobiography with that as a title. She had a new album coming out with a song she particularly liked. It is titled "Stranger on This Earth," and one of the lyrics goes: "Some fools don't know what's wrong from right, But somehow they still belong. But me, I'm jurt a stranger on this earth." "You know, Bea," Miss Buck quoted Dinah as saying Friday night, "that's the story of my life." Grip I p.m. Saturday; others 4 p.m. NwOrlns 40 38 Richmnd 41 33 Tampa 79 67 Helena 18 LsVegas 53 LosAngel 68 OklaCity 28 Omaha 4 Phoenix 61 PortOre. 43 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .02 .12 .00 .C4 .00 .00 WES I H L Pre 1 .OOlAlbrarne 38 11 .00 1 .00 Amarillo 34 10 .00 Boise 37 22 1 Rrumull 41 10 .101 RaoidCty 10-12 .25SLakCtv 31 23 Casper 30 1 Oonuer 41 10 SnAnton SanFran Seattle Spokane Wichita 45 44 40 21 21 Galvestn 45 36 THE WORLD At 1 p.m. Saturday Aberdeen 37' Madrid 39 Cs'bl'nca 64 London 37i Oslo 18! Tokyo 44 Birm. 37 Stock' Im 32 Mexico C 44 9 pans ii Kome san juan 85 Geneva 23 Ankara 5 Havana 86 Berlin 14 Warsaw -6 Kingston 84 Vienna 20 i Nassau 81 I I Bermuda 72 Lansing Marquette Muskegon Pellston 3" 7" 10" 9" Sault Ste. Marie 8" Traverse City 4" Ypsilanti 3" a Glance DETROIT PRECIPITATION: 24 hours ending 7 a.m. Friday .01 In ; total this month 1.03 In.; normal this month 2.08 in.; total since Jan. 1st 20.15 in.; departure from normal since Jan. 1st 9.60 in. Total snowfall this month 4.9 In. Heavens PROMINENT "STARS": M E R-CURY reaches greatest eastern elongation Dec. 18 and may be visible for a week in the western sky after sunset; MARS and VENUS are also in the early evening western sky; JUPITER resumes its normal eastward motion before the stars of Pisces and Is high In the east at sunset; SATURN is well to the west at sunset in Capricornus. 47; 7 a.m. 72; 1 p.m. 41. restaurant to serve drinks to the wealthy, call them by their first names and recall the "glamor" of the Twenties and prohibition. Claiming that the only thing he knows about his current problems is is "what I read in the newspapers," he said: "Everybody's talking but nobody's talking to me. The Mayor's been talking, Jerry 3Ioore's been talking (Moore is president of the Si vie Center Commission, (Councilman James II.) Brickley's been talking but to the newspapers, not to me." Green said he'd like to sit down and tell them about Cobo Hall. "I've done all the 'guinea pigging' work," he said. "Any caterer could move in and make a profit at paying the City 29 per cent of the gross for operating it." He said that more than $4 million in revenue has passed through his company's hands since he got the contract in 1961 and the missing money is less than 1V2 per cent of that. Bank3 sometimes have deficits amounting to that much, he said. GREEN WAS born into the food business in Chicago. His father and mother, Morris and Lena Greenstein, ran a restaurant there. The family name was changed to Green. He came to Detroit .when he was 19 and got off to j Parking 1 1LO Toy Guns for Children The Battle Rages On BY VAX G. SALTER Free Press StaH Writer A hard-sell Christmas promotion, heard daily in Detroit and other cities across the United States, recently provoked a group of New Jersey parents to denounce toy guns and war weapons as unsuitable gifts for a season marking the birth of the Prince of Peace. The parents were quickly labeled in some circles as weak-kneed pacifists, and L. John Swedlin, president of the Toy Manufacturers of the United States of America, Inc., said he considered the grievance to be wholly unrealistic. " have made weapon and armies a part of our lives," Swedlin said, "and .children merely mirror what they see In adult life." Suitable gifts or not, the toy six-shooters and mortars and gatling guns are an integral part of the domestic toy industry, which last year boasted record wholesale sales of $1.1 billion. "Sales for 1963 are running about 6 per cent ahead of last year," a toy manufacturer's statistician said, "but we don't have any breakdown on guns and the military stuff." He reported, however, that "there is a distinct trend in toy military weapons across the country." DETROIT is no exception. "This is no toy department," a minister said recently while purchasing gifts for his children in a downtown store, "it's an ordnance depot." "Guns In the last five years have been fabulous," said Morris Lazarus, a toy buyer for the Bennett Wholesale i Distributors of Detroit. I "The old-fashioned gun and j holster has always been popular," said Mrs. Charlotte Er-man, co-owner of Dick's Toy jTown. "But this year the Army- type things are the most pop ular." There is certainly a variety available. ONE BIG seller this season is a guerilla scatter-gun, with 'pump action and camouflage. This can be worked into the j"Combat Guerilla Set," which . conveniently contains a ma chine gun, knife, camouflaged poncho and a smart blue beret. The boy who is handy at field stripping and assembling weapons can enjoy a "motorized, electronic monkey gun, which converts into a pistol, tommy - gun or grenade launcher." "It's our big seller in the field," a spokesman for the manufacturer declared. "It's three guns in one and gives you the action of an entire assault force." This same organization also produces the long-range bazooka, heralded in countless radio and television commercials this season. JUNIOR JUNGLE fighters are invincible with power-packed long-range bazooka, the manufacturer's publicity material advises. "Pop the rocket into the tube chamber, adjust the sight, Get New Chief: fay? IjffM III f I N'r '"w 1 V ffl " ; K I MaiaaaKWiwOKMaKMiaKBj Toys for a settle shoulder rest into position . . . pull the trigger and WHAMMO! ... a full 30 feet away the enemy pillbox explodes," the promotion adds. All that for $5.98. Some people in the toy industry have experienced qualms about the material they sell. "When I saw some kid put a toy rifle to his shoulder and look down the sight," Lazarus said, 'I thought about Kennedy and Oswald. But if a kid wants a gun, he just wants a gun." "Some people are very sensitive about buying guns since the President's death," said Miss Jo Beckman, of the Punch and Judy Toyland. "The child is the one Who prefers this type of toy, they see a lot of it on television." JOSEj?H E. VENOLA, proprietor of Joe's Village Shop, said purchasing of toy guns by parents varies from family to family. "Just like some drink and some don t, he oDservea. "One parent In 20 won't buy the army stuff," he said, "and the grandmothers don't buy any at all. Well, I say the kids will learn about the army stuff fast enough when the time comes." a successful start here by opening a prohibition-era night spot. " ' . Green operated one place on Woodward and Duffield while his older brother, Jack, now manager of Al Green's restaurant, 15301 E. Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park, operated another prohibition-era place called The Stork Club on Rowena. The Stork Club was the site of a gangland killing in 1932 when two men shot down St. Louis hoodlum Milford Jones. AI Green and his wife, Torch they have no children later operated a neighborhood bar for the wealthy in Grosse Pointe called "The Pines." He then opened up the restaurant on E. Jefferson and the place soon became the favorite neighborhood meeting spot for wealthy and successful East Siders and Grosse Pointers. TIIE GREENS opened another plush Grosse Pointe restaurant call Al Green's on the Hill, on Kedcheval in Grosse Pointe Farms. It was destroyed by a fire in 1962.- Green also is chairman of the board of Al Green Enterprises, a 17-state catering operation which handles food for industrial firms and airlines, but he is not active in its management. His interest is in Detroit. He and his wife own a home at 2115 Melrose, Ann Arbor, but spend much of their time here where they maintain an apartment. Authority child's Yule Mrs. Jane Schultz, of the House of Taj's, feels that television molds the child's toy interests. "What they see," she said, "is what they want. But there is nothing harmful in toys." Dr. Jean B. Rosenbaum, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who is professor of humanities at Wayne State University's Monteith College, disagrees vehemently. "All children have an intrinsic destructive drive which they hopefully discharge by means of fantasy and playing," Dr. Rosenbaum said. "A child's work in life Is to play, and through play they discharge their destructive drives, learn early modes of socializing and enrich their imagination. "But one must distinguish between fantasy games of ag gression and the things , with which the games are played. Children will invent and con struct their own crude toys for aggression from what they find around them cannons from logB, guns1 from sticks, bombs from stones and swords from twigs." DR. ROSENBAUM said a Turn to Page 4A, Column 1 City Health Secretary To Step Up Edwards Triggers Four-Way Shuffle BY FRANK BECKMAN Fraa Press StaH Writer William L. Finnin will become director of the Municipal Parking Authority (MPA) in a four-way shuffle of City officials triggered by Police Commissioner George Edwards' pending appointment as a Federal judge. Finnin, 45, of 17600 Strath-moor, has been secretary of the Detroit Board of Health since August, 1962, and before that was manager of the Greyhound Post House cafeteria. He was a campaign worker when Mayor Cavanagh was running for office. The shuffle will work this way after the Senate confirms Edwards appointment. The Senate vote was delayed Friday for at least a week. Edwards will leave the Police Department to become a judge of the Sixth Circuit Court-of Appeals. Ray Girardin, the Mayor's executive secretary, will become the new $21,000-a-year police commissioner. Fred J. Romanoff, director of the Municipal Parking Authority, will replace Girardin as the Mayor's chief aide at a salary of $16,827. FINNIN WILL move into Romanoff's $15.847-a-year park ing job, leaving his $11,179 Board of Health post open for another Cavanagh appointment. The Free Press disclosed in September that Romanoff would succeed Girardin. al though the Mayor has yet to say so officially. Romanoff is a former law partner of Cavanagh and a former member of the Detroit Arts Com mission. The Mayor would neither confirm nor Finnin 0. deny that Finnin will get Romanoff's MPA job. But sources close to Cavanagh said Finnin has been learning aspects of the job in preparation for taking over. The MPA owns and operates six downtown parking garages. Including four in the Civic Center, and 19 neighborhood lots. Its gross income, including revenue from parking meters, is nearly $2 million a year. - j Smoke Kills Oldster ; Special to the Fret Press " ' ALGONAC John Anna-bring, 74, crawled under his four-room house Saturday at Pearl Beach, three miles west of here, with a blow torch to thaw his water pipes. The blow torch set fire to some paper under the house. Annabnng was asphyxiated by the smoke. The house was not damaged. 4

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