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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 15

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Sunday, April 27, 1969
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Simdav. ApnJ ;7. 'W .1-. 10 Years of 'Tooze Against Booze' A Christian Soldier in the War on Bob DETROIT FREE FRES' Drink There are 250,000 of them 250,000 little ladies, all dedicated to keeping you and me off the bottle. They don't march for prohibition any more, but the Woman's Christian Temperance Union still evangelizes its sobering messages as fervently as ever." Their president for the last 10 years, Mrs. Fred J. JIMMY DURANTE'S theme song while he's at the Elmwood should be his "Young at Heart" recording. At 75 he's more than able to keep up with the antics of his adopted 7-year-old daughter CeCe well, almost. Says Jimmy: "She hates to go anywhere with me because somebody always asks for my autograph. So she keeps pullm me away and saying, 'Daddy, I'm going to pull your nose off and you won't be famous Anymore.'" ANOTHER young-at-heart gent at 75 is Arthur Fled- 1 il J I ( J 1 4 J 1 . LL , ' v ier, tne iamous pops contractor, askbq ii more preuy , fooze of' Evatuton 111 pirls would jazz up the symphony orchestras a Httle, dogJt g(orm barooJ medler narrumpnea: My answer to your question is tbt same answer Sir Thomas Beecham once gave. He aid he frowned on women in symphonies because , if they were attractive enough, they bothered his players. And if they were unattractive enough, they "bothered him." RON McKUEN' and Frank Sinatra share more than just a new record album the first Sinatra has ever done devoted solely to the works of a single composer. Duranlt Charlolt4 Their other mutual interest: Charlotte Ford Niarchos. McKuen has an NBC-TV special May 10 called "The Loner." And wouldn't Charlotte like to change that "loner" description of McKuen, the "now poet" who lives in Hollywood Hills with his two cats and a sheep dog? . . . Petula Clark's favorite female singers are Feggy Lee, Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin: "I've been an all-time Peggy Lee fan for longer than she and I would both like for me to say. I adore Dionne, who may be the most subtle singer in the business. I love Aretha, but I couldn't sing that way in a million years. I just love to listen to her." COUNTRY MUSIC is definitely the "in" thing at the moment. Johnny Cash has a summer show set on ABC, and Buck Owens has been tabbed to fill the Smothers Brothers summer spot on CBS. Record firms are frantically searching the hills and plaint for country performers. Warner Brothers-Seven Arts has even gone no far as to offer bonuses to the heads of rodeos, trucking firms and Teamsters locals who can uncover potential country singing stars. YOU CAN EXPECT to see a rash of dramas and maybe even one musical on Broadway concerning assassination of political figures. David Merrick has discussed the possibility of doing a musical version of the Clay Shaw-Jim Garrison New Orleans conspiracy trial involving the John Kennedy assassination . . . And the British Broadcasting Company wants to commission a mod musical of "Cinderella," to star Mama Cass Elliot as Cinderella, Michael Pollard as Prince Charming and are you ready? Tohn Lennon as the Fairy Godmother. AMC CHAIRMAN ROY CHAPIN says the words for new small cars "subcompact" and "minicars" just won't do. He feels they're either too long or other wise unattractive and would like a new word. Coupettes? MOTOWN'S five Temptations are riding as high as they've ever been. Each owns his own Rolls-Royce, and between them something like 1,000 suits ... And Marvin fiaye has a wardrobe to match, but. he'll settle for khaki one when he. begins filming "Corporal Crocker" with Joey Heaiherton this summer. . . . Speaking of clothes, country singer Johnny Cash is popularizing the old swallowtail coat. like Carrie Nation used to, hut she'll take on politicians any time. "The example of some of our national leaders promotes inebriety," says Mrs. Tooze. "They hold a whisky glass in one hand while extending public aid in the other." Mrs. Tooze looks and talks the way a WCTU president should. Here's how she answered your questions: What exactly 1 It that all you ladies have against liquor? K.R., Detroit. Well, we don't care what the name of the beverage might be, It's the alcoholic content we're against that's what's harmful. Alcohol affects the faculties the Godlike qualities in the upper portion of the brain of judgment, reason and self-control and conscience. A man staggers in his head before he staggers in his feet. He doesn't realize what has taken place his whole body is bathed In alcohol. It makes the complete rounds of the circulatory system twice every minute. A little alcohol, a little Injury. Much alcohol, much Injury. No alcohol, no Injury. That's a little saying we use. Do you ever (jet the feeling nobody's listening? No. There are those, of course, who may not pay too much attention. They may not heed all we have to say and probably don't. If you could swinp It, would you bring bark Prohibition? A.S., Flint. We are committed to that, yps. But the country isn't ready for it. It would be most difficult, of course, to work it now. You have to have at least 50 percent or better yet, 75 or 80 percent of the people sold on the proposition. Don't yon get sort of discouraged, knowing that you're never going to reform the world? No. I tell you we believe we're in the right and we have a captain in lhe.Ird who has called us to this work and we've been brought to the kingdom for such an hour as this. Sometimes things may be a bit. discouraging now and then. But we're not discouraged. These are times that try men's souls and we have :m mmm iimsmmmmmmm mxmmimiAmMwmfwmmmmmmd f : is m$ Simmmgwmmmmmv mm& ar jBpki4a mmmM' m$xiM ataaMW'iw - :- - "-' W'S. S ' - .: m,v - fv ' - I ft : ' i A a 71 TsTy hfi' f Beelme 1 x ' iV 2 ''Si " '' ' .jiv The WCTU Lady: 'Much alcohol, much injury; no alcohol, no injury." to keep at it. There are boys and girls who need to know the truth. Would yon like everybody in the world to be teetotalers? P. M., Detroit. That would b ideal, but I doubt very much It will ever materialize. There are those that don't have the benefit of our information, so they think they can handle this in mod- Next Week: Censor Foe Next week's guest on Beelme is Mason WiU Warns, guitarist, singer and writer for the Smothers Brothers till TV censors started breathing down his neck. Call Williams tit 222-f82) or write in your questions to Box SSI, Detroit 482U. eration and some may be able to. But no one knows when they take that first drink whether they'll become an alcoholic -or not. They're ruining their physical and spiritual " lives and getting caught in the throes of alcohol. Teetotalism is the only safe and sure and known cure for alcoholism. ' When I think of the WCIT, I picture a hunch of little old ladies in tennis shoes running around with picket signs. What are your members like? Well, I think that they are the cream of the crop a group of Christian women banded together for protection of home, the abolition of liquor traffic and the triumph of Christ's golden rule. Go into any church and look ovr the body of women you see and you'll see the type of women who are members of the WCTU. You mean you've never in your whole life had a drop of liquor? T. K., Detroit. Never. I took the pledge as a child and I kept that pledge. I just stay away. No thank you. I've never tasted it, Don't you wonder if yon might like It? No. . Do you get a lot of ribbing because your last name rhymes with booze? M. N., Detroit. Oh, sure. I always say it's Tooze against booze. Do you believe in the use of wine in the church communion sacrament? J. H., Inksler. No, we're against that, too. There are some churches that use it, but if you refer to the record of the lord's Supper in the -Bible, the word wine does not appear. It's always fruit of the vine or the cup. Fruit of the vine is never wine. It's interesting that many churches insist on use of crackers or wafers of unleavened bread. But then they go ahead and use a beverage that has leaven in it. How come you don't let men in the MCTL? G. S., Detroit, Oh, we say that ' there's room in the organization for every member of the family. Men can be honorary mem bers. For babies, we have the White Ribbon Recruits. The mother pledges that she'll train the child in Christian princples. For youngsters, we have the Loyal Temperance Legion. For teens and people in their early twenties there is the Youth Temperance Council. For young business and professional women we have Iota Sigma. There is-also the men's American Council on Alcohol Problems --in a sense they are the men's organization. But they have no abstinence pledge as far as I know md no dues. Do you have any figures ou how much the government spend on liquor, including expense accounts of congressmen and diplomatic receptions? Mrs. B. ., Detroit, No. But we do ki'.ow that last year this country spent SUV billion for liquor. There aie about 9 million alcoholics in America and we're making them at the rate of 250,000 a year. Isn't that something? As far as you know, are we Hie tlrinkingest country in the world? France leads. But America is second. I will say this; Like other nations or other civilizations that have gone down to defeat with liquor and breaking down of moral standards. America is not going to escape, unless it repents end rids Itself of this evil which is destroying God and man and soul. Some people say that liquor is more harmful to people than marijuana. Do voti agree and would you rather see marijuana legalized than liquor? K. G., Detroit. Oh, no. Marijuana is a dangerous drug. We're not for legalizing marijuana oi any other narcotic. Do you have a lobby in Washington? A. P., St. Clair Shores. Yes, we have a registered lobbyist, Mrs. Mildred Harmon. We maintain an office there and pay her salary. names ffaces Her Plea: Go, Potties! Mrs. March Fong, a petite assemblywoman trying to outlaw pay toilets in California, added impact to her campaign by smashing one to bits with a sledgehammer on the fteps of the state Capitol in Sacramento. A Dixieland band provided background music- "Th Best Things in Life Are Free" while a crowd of 200 shouted support and waved placards paying "Go Now Pay Later" and "Down with Pay Potties." Mrs. Fong said she was sure the bill would become la.w If the vote didn't go "along potty lines." But later In the day an all-male group of legislators put the lid on her efforts: They didn't vote the bill out of committee, so it's lost until next year. Kohh Loses His Heart To His Little Girl Marine Maj. Charles Kohh, who arrived in Texas after 13 months in Vietnam, may have escaped the Vietnam war, but former President F,.vndon B. .Johnson's son-in-law was oa,ptured by the daughter he saw for the first time, "You are just as cute as you can be," he said as he held 6-month-old Luclnda Desha for the first time. "I can see right now that we are going to have to get much better acquainted," j. r : I )tl' Mrs. Wong strikes out against pay potties on Capitol steps Imprisoned Rudolf Hess Still Third Reich Rooster His Dream Is Granted, He Can Mow Carpet fiorge Moore, automotive writer for the Indianapolis Star, has always dreamed of owning a riding mower. He finally won one as a door prize the day after he sold his home and moved into an apartment. His only companions at Spandau Prison in Berlin are the birds he feeds on long walks inside the walls, but Rudolf Hss refused to see his wife and son even on his 75th birthday. Prison guards said Hess told them it would be below the dignity of Adolf Hitler's deputy fuehrer to be visited in prison. ' In talks with the few people, who have seen him Hess loves to dwell on the glories and victories of the Third Reich. But he refuses to talk of their defeats and of the camps Hitler built to exterminate six million Jews. "I do not want to think about that," he says. will visit. Moscow in July at the invitation of the Soviet government, a member of Humphrey's staff announced in Washington. The trip will be a relaxed one, with emphasis, on sighlsecing rather than meetings with government officials, the spokesman said. Hubert Will Visit Soviet Union in July Former Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey Dr. Rarnard Told: Heart Ticks Too Loud Mrs. Alf I'rins, of Capetown, South Africa is real grateful to Dr. Christiann Barnard for putting that plastic valve in her husband's heart. But she says the thing ticks so darn loud that It keeps her awake at night. "The noise the valve makes is much louder than the ticking of the alarm clock next to the bed," she complained. "It sounds like a water pump. "I've even tried sleeping with the radio on but the heart ticks louder than the hourly news pips." Leo Gorcey BY RICHARD LAM TAUSKI The leader of the Dead End Kids, East Side Kids and Rowery Boys was born in New York City in 3317. Leo Gorcey came by the accent that was to make him over a million dollars quite naturally during his boyhood in the Washington Heights section 'of New York City. It was more refined than "Dead End," but not much. During the Depression, his father sn actor, suggested he try out for a Sidney Kingsley play being cast. There were a number of parts in "Dead End" for tough-talking young street hoodlums. He won the part of Spit, the leader. The others were Sidney Lumet (now a top Hollywood director), Huntz Hall (who does an occasional TV role), Bernard Punsley (now a Beverly Hills obstetrician), Billy Halop (who works as a male nurse in California) Dell (a, top Broadway comedian) and Bobby Jordan (who died in 1965). . LEO'S SALARY was originally $35. He Bfked for a raise, which was refused. "There are hundreds of kids on the streets of New York who can play this role," the playwright told Leo. "Ya," answered Gorcey, "well, go out and find one." His next paycheck was $50. Samuel Goldwyn bought the screen rights a.nd hired Gorcey and the others to re-create their roles. The picture was released to rave reviews in 1937. The kids were put under contract to Warner Brothers where they made some of their Best pictures. They were with Humphrey Bogart in "Crime School" 11938), Jimmy Cagney in "Angels with Dirty Faces" (1938) and Ronald Regan in "Hell's Kitchen" (1939). LEO RECEIVED star billing and always was able to command the largest pcr 'w r - NOW: "I don't want to work. I dont have to," so he left lluntx (left) in Vegas. THEN: Hard-as-nails little leader of a z.any gang of tough guys. salary. That he was admittedly "the worst actor of the bunch" amuses him. When Leo's father, who had played the role of the sweetshop owner "Louie" In many of their films, wa.s killed in sn auto accident in .1955, Leo called K quits and has remained close to hi ranch in northern California. When the New York boy who hadn't been to his home town in over 20 years, visited Manhattan in 1968, his clothes were so outlandish he was refused service in a neighborhood bar. In his pictures, Spit might have gotten tough with the barkeeper. Nowdays he just makes a joke of it and goes on his way without bothering to show them the loaded revolver he keeps tucked inside his belt. Ec,?lrJ?.,?.cCY oermlssion of Crown Publisher, ln. from "WHATEVER BECAME OF . . . ?" Second Serlei by Richard Lamoarskl; (Si 1968 by Richard Lampankl. Now : Much'M arried, Unwilling to Work "It's a big kick to get on a tractor and plow the fields and chase cow around," says Gorcey, now 52, who still indulges a fondness for fin liquor. "People think I'm crazy to live up here, but I think they're crazy to be down there." He says he seldom goes back to HoHyf wood and never sees any of the old gang. "Aw, I was supposed to do an engagement with Huntz Hall in Vegas. But cither he was late or I was early, so I just got on a plane and flew home. "I don't want to work. I don't have to. I never liked it in the first place." Gorcey married wife number five nine months ago. "I'm a sucker for punishment," he says. But he thinks this one will last "maybs 15 or 20 minutes more," t . . . ?.n-.L i.V't 4MAV-fi"'i .'. ... .. AS.. lO

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