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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-02-09

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

34—Friday, February 9, 1968

Ziprin's Recollections .. .

M iss
i ss G
omman
oldman Engaged
to Harvey Pearlman

About the Royal-Now Defunct

By NATHAN ZIPRIN

(A Seven Arts Feature)

The once-green Second Ave.
pastures are now largely seared
to me, yet the urge to return in
nostalgic memory is often irresist-
able.
What beckons most is the Cafe
Royal, where I spent more days
and nights than I care to remem-
ber, talking about the sacred and
mundane, discussing art, listening
to gossip, evaluating the girls,
playing pinnochle and resting from
the turmoil of the street.
There were many stories circu-
lating about the cafe, among them
one that its last owner won it in
a pinnochle game. However, what-
ever the legend, the truth is that
it was one of the rarest enclaves in
the world, attracting the elite, the
poor, the rich, dignitaries and-
charlatans, purists and gamblers
and such disparate segments as
writers and actors.
For some reason I have never
been able to fatho m, the Yid-

Podhoretz to Speak
for AJ Com m ittee

Norman Podhoretz, editor of
Commentary magazine and author
of the current best-selling "Mak-
ing It," will ap-
pear at the Jew-
ish Center under
the auspices o
the American
Jewish Commit-
tee, 11 p.m. Feb.
20 on the topic
"How Jewish is
Commentary?"
The public is in-
vited.
A native New
Yorker, Pod-
horetz was a
Pulitzer schola
at Columbia Uni-,
versity. He holds!
degrees from
Podhoretz
Cambridge Uni-
versity where he was a Fulbright
and Kellett Fellow. He studied at
the Jewish Theological Seminary.
He has taught English and philo-
sophy at Cambridge and was edi-
tor in chief of the Looking Glass
Library, publishers of children's
classics.

Scientist's System
Makes Objects Float

REHOVOT—A magnetic method
which permits objects to "float
in the air" has been developed by
Ben-Zion Kaplan, of the Weizmann
Institute of Science.
Kaplan's system is based on the
fact that the inductance of an elec-
tromagnet varies in accordance
with the distance between it and
any ferromagnetic body, such as
iron, within its field. The electro-
magnet used is part of a series
resonance circuit, fed by an AC
voltage source, whose frequency
is slightly higher than the reso-
nance frequency to which the cir.
cuit is tuned.
Objects can be suspended below
this electromagnet and held in
place. Moreover, even when
weight is added, equilibrium can
be re-established quickly, leaving
the object "floating in the air."
Similar systems have been de-
veloped independently in Britain
and the United States, but Kaplan
has made a special contribution
to the field by explaining the ten-
dency of the suspended body to
oscillate by an analogy to para-
metric electromechanical systems.

Almogi to Speak Here
for Labor Zionists

Yosef Almogi, former minister
of development and housing and a
member of the Israel Knesset, will
address a dinner sponsored by the
Labor Zionist Movement Israel
Bond Committee 7 p.m. Feb. 21,
at the Labor Zionist Institute.
For reservations to the dinner,

call Israel Bonds, DI 1-5707.

dish poets and writers of belle
lettres always kept themselves
aloof in one corner of the cafe
as if by silent agreement with the
more talkative actors. One could
tell which was the actors' corner
by its exuberance and the exhibi-
tionism of its occupants. its gaiety
and the string of unusually, and at
times exotically, dressed women.
The corner where the writers were
wont to congregate was generally
more subdued, except of course
on the frequent occasions when
they were engaged in literary, poli-
tical or personal feuds. At all
times, the actors seemed to be
beyond the pale of the dreamers.
At its heyday, the Cafe Royal
fevered with Jewish writers, intel-
lectualsY poets, actors, playwrights,
producers, journalists, bon vivants
and /what then seemed to us, the
younger set, an array of the most
beautiful, most interesting and
most exotic ,women in the world.
Such was its fame as a literary cafe
that it attracted celebrities from
every part of the world and in ev-
every field of human and creative
endeavor. Trekking to the Royal
was like going on a pilgrimage.
An ineradicable event in this
writer's memory is the night when
the Hebrew poet Hayim Nach-
man Biahk came to the Royal. An-
other is the black night of terror
when Sacco and Vanzetti were exe-
cuted. All of the Royal then seem-
ed frozen in silence.
An indelible recollection is the
occasion when Abe Cahn, the leo-
nine editor of the Forward and a
literary figure of world renown.
learned the meaning of "a Jewish
gazlen." He and his wife were
seated at a table with a prom-
ising young writer whom he
apparently antagonized. Angered
by the rebuff, the young man be-
gan shouting unwholly unprintable
deprecations and raised a butter
knife against the now frightened
editor. However, before he could
lower the boom, the young man,
the would-be Jewish killer, fell in
a faint from which he was revived
by Cahn and his wife. When the
turmoil was over and the white
faced young man was revived,
Cahn ordered the waiter to serve
him a cup of hot coffee. Revived
and still boiling with anger, the
young man tried his hand anew at
murder, but it would not obey
him. He fell prostrate again, ob-
viously convinced that he was not
fated for murder. When the con-
fusion subsided Cahn remarked,
"Now I know what it means when
people say about one that he is a
`Jewish gazlen.' "
To stray visitors the Cafe Royal
was a curiosity. To its habitues it
was a sanctum to which they trek-
ked daily.- One met friends there,
but more often than not the meet-
ings were moments in literary dia-
logues, exercises in disputations,
and at times, promenades into the
pardes that is within the exclusive
domain of the creative. The tables
at the Royal over the years were
often silent witness to literary
judgments that either spelled ra-
diance or extinction for aspiring
writers. They were witness too to
the germinating of new literary
movements on the Yiddish rialto
and to literary conspiracies by the
ungreat who feared fresh voices.
The Royal, of course, also at-
tracted the queer, the bizarre and
the unsavory of character.
The closing of the Royal — an
inexorable victim of time and
change—ended the reign of a uni-
que Jewish way of life not only
on Second Avenue but on all the
streets, avenues and nooks and
corners of the East Sides through-
out the Jewish world, bringing an
end to a climate that can never
be imitated.
The story of the Royal is of
the very folklore of the now large-
ly vanished Jewish East Side. Only
the poets and writers who were of
its stream are competent to record
the story of that unique corner of
12th and Second Ave.

!

MISS MIRIAM GOLDMAN

Mr. and Mrs. Saul Goldman of
Burton Ave., Oak Park, announce
the engagement of their daughter
Miriam to Harvey Pearlman, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Moe Pearlman of
Roselawn Ave.
Miss Goldman is a graduate of
the International Data Processing
Institute, and her fiance a grad-
uate of the Detroit Institute of
Technology.
An April wedding is planned.

Beth El to Host
Dr. Hunter Sunday

Dr. Sam Hunter will be the third
lecturer in the Theodore and
Mina Bargman Memorial Scholar
Series of Temple
Beth El 7:30
p.m. Sunday.
Dinner will be at
6:30.
Dr. Hunter, di-
rector of the Jew-
ish Museum, New
York, since 1965,
will speak on "Is
There Jewish
Art?"
He has lectured
widely on mod- Dr. Hunter
ern and contemporary art at
museums and public galleries in
this country and in Canada. He
was formerly lecturer in fine arts
at Barnard College; assistant pro-
fessor of fine arts at the Univer-
sity of California; visiting profes-
sor at Harvard University; art
critic for the New York Times and
associate curator of the depart-
ment of painting and sculpture at
the Museum of Modern Art.

Ex-Detroiter Gets
Research Grant

Former Detroiter Dr. Arnold H.
Kadish, son of the Jack Kadishes
of Patton Ave., is principal investi-
gator of the project which recently
received a two-year grant for study
of automation control of blood glu-
cose.
The $118,866 grant, to Cedars-
Sinai Medical Center in Los An-
geles, was by the John A. Hartford
Foundation of New York.
The grant will aid in the develop-
ment of an on-line computer sys-
tem and will be directed toward
more precise prescription of in-

sulin.
Dr. Kadish, a member of the
California Institute of Tech-
nology's Metabolic Dynamics
Foundation, attended the con-
ference on hormonial control sys-
tems in health and disease in Oc-
tober in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
He was recently appointed senior
research fellow in engineering by
CIT.
Dr. Kadish was Instrumental in
the development of a miniaturized

system for the continuous monitor-
ing of blood glucose, which will
allow rapid and accurate, precisely
timed determination of the proper

insulin dosage and, also, the com-
position and timing of meals for
"brittle" diabetics.
He is the author of "Cybernetics
of Blood Sugar and Fat in Health
and Disease," a paper published
by Acta Diabetologica Latina, a
Spanish-English journal.

Man and Wild Animals

By DAVID SCHWARTZ

(Copyright 1968, JTA Inc.)

The world's leading dealer in
wild animals is Frederic Zeehande-
laar. His son was Bar Mitzva last
week in New Rochelle, N.Y. The
World Almanac contains a brief
account of Mr. Zeehandelaar's
business. A full biography will
shortly appear, written by Paul
Sarnoff and published by Prentice
Hall.
It seems strange to find a Jew in
this business, but after all, maybe
it is not so strange. Take the name
Ben-Gurion. Gur means a young
lion. Yael—of Yael Dayan—means
gazelle. The Bible shows a great in-
terest in animals. Solomon bids us
learn from the ant planning for the
future nad points to the success of
the little spider in entering even
kings' places. Isaiah admiring the
eagle prophesied that man would
yet soar on wings like an eagle and
looked to the time when the lion
and the lamb will lie down together
peacefully. His first prophecy of
man's flying has materialized. Per-
haps, his second about peace, may
some day also be realized.
The Bible Zoo in Jerusalem aims
to have all the animals mentioned
in the Good Book and by the way,
during the recent snow storm in
Jerusalem, the zoo animals suffered
severely. A power blackout cut off
the heat of the building; and what
do you suppose the animals did.
when there was no heat?
They had a schnapps! The hip-
popotomus and the orangoutang,
were given shots of brandy, and
the other animals had wine.
Frederick Zeehandeelaar (the
name is Dutch for sea merchant)—
he had escaped from the Na
was born in Amsterdam. He
planned a medical career, but as
Mr. Sarnoff explains, he was im-
patient with his medical studies,
dropped out of school and went
into the pharmaceutical export
business. Then came the Nazis. He
was arrested but succeeded in es-
caping. His father and mother were
murdered in concentration camps.
When peace came, Zeehandelaar
immigrated to the United States
and returned to the pharmaceutical
export business.
He owes his success to the fact
that one of his customers in Mada-
gascar couldn't pay his bill. He
offered instead "some monkeys
and some snakes."
What sort of monkey business is
this, Mr.
Zeehandelaar first

from the dove not to commit
adultery; from the cat to be mod-
est; and from the rooster, good
manners."
"A calf may wish to suckle but

the cow wishes even more to give
suck." (That is, the teacher has
need to teach as much as the pupil
to learn.)
"If you do not teach the ox to
plough in his youth, it will be diffi-
cult to teach him when he is grown.
(The early years are the most form-
ative of character.)
"When the ox falls, many are
ready to slaughter him. (The lamen-
table trait of some men to jump on
a person when he is down.)
"Lions are before thee and thou
inquirest of foxes." (The practice
of consulting inferior advisers.)
The Talmud says a good word
even for the most despised crea-
tures! Even concerning scorpions,
spiders and insects, it is written
"It is good."

Author to Sell Manuscript
of 'The Passover Plot'

NEW YORK, — Dr. Hugh J.
Schonfield, author of the contro-
versial best seller, "The Passover
Plot," has donated the original
manuscript of his book to World
Service Trust. The original manu-
script will be sold to the highest
bidder above $5,000, and will be
accompanied by a signed title
page and a personal letter from

Dr. Schonfield.
The fee received will be used by

the World Service Trust in its
humanitarian work giving relief to
victims of natural disasters. The
World Service Trust is a regis-
tered charity in Great Britain.
Offers for p u r.c ha se of the
manuscript must be received by
March 31 at the offices of the pub-
lishers of "The Passover Plot,"
Bernard Geis Associates, 130 East
56th St. New York 10022.
Dr. Schonfield's next
book,
"Those Incredible Christians" will
be published in June.

thought. Then he got busy and
made a very profitable sale of
them and with this began his new
career. He introduced efficiency
into the wild animal business that
it had not known before and be-
came world famous.
Perhaps subconsciously, as a
Jew, he had absorbed from the
Talmud a respect for the superior
qualities of many animals. Had
the Tore not been given," says
the Talmud, "man could have
learned from the ant not to rob;

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