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September 13, 1963 - Image 42

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-09-13

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Friday, Sept. 13, 1963 — THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS —

Joey Adams' Humorous Tale of
Trip for U.S. in His New Book

Joey Adams not only is one
of the great comedians who en-
chants his audiences when he
appears on the


stage: he has
proven equal-
ly adept at de-
scribing h i s
antics in
printed narra-
tives and his
books indicate
a deep under-
standing of
human nature

and a marked
ability to, tell a joke well.
His newest book, "On the
Road for Uncle Sam," in which
he describes his "bittersweet
adventures" with a vaudeville
troupe in Southwest Asia, is a
creditable work. Published. by
Bernard Geis Associates (a
Random House associate), "On
the Road for Uncle Sam" is
both a travelogue and a book
of fine humor. It is also a re-
vealing human document be-
cause the author, while punning
about his wife Cindy, his travel-
ing companion who assists much
in entertaining people overseas,
also injects much good sense
and evaluates a way of life. -
Adams tells of his good-will
tour with his group of enter-
tainers in India, Nepal, Thai-
land, Afghanistan, yieth a m,
Indonesia and other southeast
countries. He made the trip at
the invitation of the State De-
partment. As he puts it, when
the invitation came he wrote
the President; "Have jokes, will
travel." That he did, and he
certainly had the jokes. They
must have multiplied, because
his full length book is chuck-
full of them.
He was informed in ad-
vance of the value of such a
trip to counteract communist
propagada, to make friends.
It was to be "democracy in
action," heralding the "let's
be friends" message. "In
choosing our show," he states,
"we select e d entertainers
with character and talent not
because of the church in
which they worshiped or - the
color of their skin. Our pro-
gram had Jew and Gentile,
Negro and white—all work-
ing together in harmony on
one stage, and incidentally
proving to the world that
America is not Little Rock
nor the bombing of a house
of worship in Atlanta, nor a
Nazi called Rockwell."
The stories, the account of
friendships established, of good




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will spread, of a mission well
performed, is told in -the typical
Joey Adams fashion—and while
Cindy and the other entertain-
ers played their roles, Joey
truly acquired a wonderful
stage in this book.
There is a wonderful epilogue
in which Joey Adams explains
what the mission accomplished.
In the course of this evaluation
he recalls the days of his youth
when there were battles among
various nationality groups in
New York, and he summarizes:
"We showed these coun-
tries that Americans are hu-
man beings just like they
He makes these interesting
points in telling of the impres-
sion that was left by the enter-
tainers: "No more will we be
just a faceless mass of wealth
and power and atom bombs—or
even numbers on a ledger to
these people. Perhaps some of
them know us now as flesh and
blood people just like they are
and not as the militaristic, im-
perialistic aggressors we're
made out to be. Maybe America
will be a singer with soft brown
hair whom they heard in church
one morning, or a comedian
with a straw hat whose hand
they shook one afternoon. Or a
Negro dancer who showed them
that we know the meaning of
brotherhood.' That's the good
we did."
Joey Adams' Detroit friend
Leonard N. Simons became so
excited upon reading this book
that he became a one-man am-
bassador to encourage its widest
distribution. It was more than
a friendly gesture: it was the
recognition of the value of an
exceptionally well-told book by
a great entertainer.

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Parents of the newlyweds are
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of Malmo, and Mrs. Mollie Cher-
rin, 19916 Roslyn, and the late
Sam Cherrin.
The bride wore an American
designed floor-length, pearl-em-
broidered, pure silk organza
gown with a floor-length train
and a Swedish designed quad-
ruple ballooned pure silk veil
with a crystal and pearl head
Bridesmaids were Ruth Winit-
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of Copenhagen, Denmark, cou-
sins of the bride.
• Michael J. Cherrin, a naval
officer serving in North Africa,
attended his brother as best man.
Ushers were Morey Kerinerman
of Detroit and Philip Feig of
Bay City.
Other guests from America
were the bridegroom's mother,
his grandmother, Ida Cherrin of
Oak Park and Miami, Fla., and
his aunts, Mary Hillock of Oak
Park and Rose Feig of Detroit.
Following a southern Euro-
pean honeymoon, the couple will
reside in Detroit.

Helene Winitsky became

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teach his son the Torah? As
soon as the child begins to talk
the parent must begin to teach
him the Biblical verses, "Moses
commanded us a law, an in-
heritance of the congregation
of Jacob" (Deut. xxxIII, 4), and
"Hear, 0 Israel, the Lord our
God, the Lord is One" (Deut.
vi, 4). After that, the parent
is gradually to teach the child
other Biblical passages until the
child reaches his sixth or sev-
enth year, depending on the
child's capacity, and then he is
to take the child to the teacher.
If it is customary in the lo-
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father must pay for the in-
struction, and he must continue
paying until his child is able to
read the whole Bible. Where it
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