40 Years Ago Is
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, November 11, 1966-13
Aid for Belgian Causes
By BENNETT CERF
but it might as we'l be." — Kin
The Conference on Jewish Ma-
The kids at a school in West Hubbard.
terial Claims Against Germany last
Palm Beach have a sense of humor.
year allocated a total of $570,000
The 40th anniversary of Harry
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Old "he-she" jokes used to dom- for educational, medical, relief and
Houdini's death was marked Sun- A new teacher, determined to im-
press the boys with the fact that
day, and a host of memories recur- he meant business, wound up his inate the humor magazines and other projects in Belgium.
red here of "The Man No Jail first session by reminding them, undergraduate publications, but
Could Hold." Houdini died in Grace "It's going to take more than just they're rarely considered sophis-
ticated enough for present-day
the proverbial apple a day to get readers.
The fifth son of a Hungarian by in THIS class." So the next
Here are a few hardy relics:
rabbi, Erich Weiss had many a morning they brought him a water-
1. He: Do you enjoy Kipling?
Largest Supplier of Books to the
She: I don't know. I've never
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Jewish Book Fair
A very wealthy, very clever
2. He: Have you a hobby?
Is pleased to offer you the new book by the
theatrical impresario — so mean
She: No. Ay bane single.
world renowned, foremost living Hebrew Novelist
and untrustworthy, however, that
3. He: I'll stick to you like glue.
he didn't have a true friend in the
She: The feeling's mucilage.
4. He: I'm glad I'm not a French-
world — was rewriting his will for
the fifth time in a year. This time
he inserted a clause leaving $10,000
Winner of the Nobel Prize
outright to every servant who had
He: I can't speak French.
been in his employ for five years
at the day of his demise.
"Some after-dinner speakers are
"That's very generous of you,"
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exclaimed his lawyer in surprise. so windy they should be called
"Not so very," chuckled the im- gusts of honor." — George I. Hart.
"Except in crowded cars and
presario, "I've never had a ser-
vant yet who stayed with me for elevators on should never be un-
more than six months — and just
think how good this will make me Henry.
"It is fun to be in the same
look in the newspapers !"
century with you." — F.D.R. to
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A Columbia undergraduate spent
"Show me where Stalin is buried
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law office. Asked what the old plot." — Irving Hoffman.
In the Dexter Davison Shopping Plaza
©1966, by Bennett Cefr, Distributed
break in Detroit on his way up to man paid him for his labors, he
by King Features Syndicate
becoming the renowned escape figured out that it came to three
thousand dollars in all: "Two hun-
dred bucks in cash — and the re-
Mark Beltaire, in his column
Houdini's famous escape trick off mainder in legal advice" (None of
which he took.)
in the Free Press, mentions
the Belle Isle Bridge Nov. 27,
Q. What do the following places
He was handcuffed, tied with
ropes, then locked in a trunk and have in common: Amsterdam, An-
lowered into the water. Houdini twerp, Athens, Belfast, Bombay,
Cairo, Hamburg, Lisbon, Liverpool,
managed to work out of his bonds
Paris, Rome, Rotterdam
—as he always did.
An early break was a booking at
A. They're all in New York
Moore and Wiggins' Wonderland,
a dime emporium on Woodward, State !
Q. To which Indian tribes would
Beltaire writes. In one of Houdini's
books, "Miracle-Mongers and Their the following be likely to pledge
Methods," Houdini spoke of the allegiance: 1. Lawyer. 2. Carpet
Wonderland as a "gold mine" of Weaver. 3. Wild gambler. 4. Lock-
experience for young performers. smith?
He published many of his methods A. 1. Sioux. 2. Mohawk. 3. Pawnee.
in books and magazines and left 4. Cherokees.
his equipment to his brother, Har-
Q. Where does a 100-pound
deen, also a performer.
A collector of historical papers,
A. Any place it darn pleases.
Houdini spent a fortune on his
collection. He could afford it, earn-
Another psychiatrist gag? This
ing $1,200 a week in the major
one has the usual frustrated wife
vaudeville houses of the world.
Houdini died from a ruptured with the poor husband, for a
appendix, the result - of a playful change, convinced that he's a lawn
punch by a medical student testing mower. "Let him be," advised the
Houdini's claim that he could steel psychiatrist. "I've never come
across a more harmless fantasy."
himself to any blow.
"It's fine for my husband," agreed
the wife, "but me, I'm getting sick
Return to Zion
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Though he goeth on his way
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bearing his sheaves.
Galbraith on Warburg
and Warburg on the U.S.
James P. Warburg's "The United
States in the Postwar World" will
be published this month. John Ken-
neth Galbraith has written Athene-
um, the publisher:
"On foreign policy, James War-
burg is a discouraging figure. He
is lucid, well-informed and very
.interesting. But he is not in favor
of war, even with De G a u 11 e;
doesn't call automatically for
strengthening NATO; has a com-
passionate view of the problems of
poor countries even when Commu-
nist; is not pompous; avoids cliches;
often make an allowance for doubt .
and does not accept the transcend-
ent wisdom of John Foster Dulles.
Why does he insist on taking these
far-out positions? He won't get
In the country of the blind the
one-eyed man is king. — Erasmus.
"Picasso has painted about 3,000
canvases in his lifetime — of which
about 10,000 were sold to Amer-
icans." — John Rosenfield.
"History is the story of the
victor." — Malcolm Muggeridge.
"A man dies as often as he
loses his friends." — Billy Graham.
"It's no disgrace to be poor —
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