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February 22, 1985 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-02-22

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Friday, February 22, 1985


ABC's & 123's

Chef Boy-ar-dee

armpit. I wondered if there
wasn't something wrong with
me for laughing. But now, he's
a superstar.
"I toured with the Irish Rov-
ers and Doc Severinsen but
never took myself seriously.
The big thing for me was going
upon the stage and entertain-
ing. If I didn't have fun I
couldn't get anyone else to
enjoy themselves.
"If you're an entertainer,
you want to be the best you can
be, and for some that means
recognition as a superstar. To
me it means being good
enough to be a superstar and
there is a difference. If I feel
I've done a show that would be
accepted anywhere in the
world I don't care if I'm doing it
in L.A. or Troy, Mich. Everyp-
lace is important and I'm ful-
filling my ambition by doing a
good show. I can't worry about
what might happen years from
now. I have to worry about the
next song and next show and
be the best I can; then the fu-
ture will take care of itself."
Coden is critical of
entertainers who feel they are
wasting their talent in a local
market. "Too many times I've
seen performers in a local
situation who feel they're pay-
ing dues until the big break
comes along. An audience can
sense this and if someone is
devoting their time to listen-
ing to you, you should be giv-
ing 100 percent."
"Success on a broader basis
would be nice for the variety of
entertaining I might gain but
I'm not going to give up my

family and a stable homelife to
sing in front of a 30-piece or-
Ron became involved with
the Hot Fudge children's show
on television through his
friendship with puppeteer Bob
Finickey•and spent eight years
with the show.
"The show is on hiatus now.
We signed contracts to do more
episodes if the need arose and
there has been some talk of re-
viving the show for sales to
overseas markets. It's still
seen in syndication nationally
(including Detroit on Sunday
mornings) and the producers
found it more profitable to
• show reruns than keep turn-
ing out new shows."
He is very proud of Hot

"Success on a
broader basis would
be nice . . . but I' m not
going to give up my
family and a stable
homelife to sing in
front of a 30-piece

Fudge and the message it
sends to children.
"Hot Fudge dealt with the
feelings and emotions of a
child: It won many awards and
I thought it was very well
written. It's a timeless show
and it may be back."
At present he is involved
with his own cable show on the

Tribune United cable net-
work, doing his first episode
last month with Phil Marcus
Esser as the guest. "I still see
many of the local people like
Phil and Charlie Latimer. Our
show is a comedy-variety for-
mat like our act and I like the
freedom cable gives you to do
your own thing."
He also does many commer-
cials both locally and nation-
ally including the Highland
Midnight Madness voiceover.
He said he would like to do
more commercials because
that would give him the free-
dom to be more selective about
his work.
"Being the kind of person I
am, I would have to be per-
forming somewhere. The only
thing I feel I've lost over the
years is that sense of anticipa-
tion or butterflies a performer
gets before going on stage. The
excitement comes now after
I'm on stage and into my
music. Every once in a while
I'll get the feeling and wel-
come it. After performing for
so many years you lose the lit-
tle anticipation of what might
happen on stage. You feel that
no situation will come up that
hasn't come up before.
"The only way to get the
feeling again is to cut back on
performing. I don't want the
act to feel like a conveyer belt,
(it should) stay fresh and excit-
ing," Coden says.
"I never want to be nonchal-
ant about entertaining. I want
to always keep the good feel-
ing of anticipation and ex-
citement when I perform."

Senate Mengele Investigation Underway

Washington (JTA) — A Senate
subcommittee was repeatedly told
Tuesday that continuing public.
ity is the best means of spurring
U.S. and international action to
apprehend Dr. Josef Mengele, the
notorious "Angel of Death" of Au-
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.),
chairman of the Juvenile Justice
Subcommittee of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, said there
is evidence that the U.S. Army
had Mengele in its custody after
World Wax: II and the subcommit-
tee wanted to know why he was
not tried and why he has not been
arrested since. Sen. Howard Met-
zenbaum (D-Ohio) was the only
other subcommittee member who
participated in Tuesday's hear-
ing. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY)
said publicity on the Mengele case
has already helped bring confir-
mation that Mengele was held by
the U.S. Army in 1945 in the
Idar-Oberstein prison camp in
U.S.-occupied Germany.
He said that as a result of the
news of the legal action taken by
Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the

Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los
Angeles, and himself to receive
information from the U.S. Army
on Mengele, two persons who
were stationed as privates at the
prison camp have come forward to
say that Mengele was there at the
One of ' them, Walter
Kempthorne, said he came upon
guards with a man and the guards
said "This here's Mengele, the
bastard that sterilized 3,00.0
women at Auschwitz." Sen.
D'Amato said the second person,
Richard Schwarz, a Washington
lawyer, told him this week that
when he was at the camp he was
told that one of the inmates was
the "sterilization doctor" who had
"sterilized 6,000 women."
Meanwhile, Rabbi Hier tes-
tified that the latest evidence on
Mengele, who he believes is still
alive, was in 1982 when the West
Germans arrested two persons on
drug smuggling charges. One of
them, Ricardo Riefenstahf, who
had been associated with Asun-
cion University in Paraguay,
claimed to have been a roommate

of Mengele at the time. This in-
formation was given by a person
who had formerly lived in
Paraguay to a leader of the San
Francisco Jewish community, ac-
cording to Hier.

Sen. D'Amato said there is "no
doubt this monster Mengele is
alive." He said Mengeld, who en-
tered Paraguay in 1951 and was
naturalized a citizen in 1959, may
have fled to Canada in 1962 for a
short time, after Israeli intelli-
gence had tracked him down. He
said that at that time, a "Joseph
Menke" was in Canada and it is
believed this may have been

A separate investigation on
Mengele and other Nazi war crim-
inals has been started in Canada.

Sen. D'Amato said that
Mengele was in the international
drug trade in Paraguay under the
name Enrique Wohlman fraom
1972-79. He said that in 1980,
friends in Paraguay received
Christmas cards from Mengele
from Portugal.

ABC's & 123's
from Chef
are tasty
pasta alphabet
letters- and
numbers covered
with a rich tomato sauce. The
children wi!I absolutely love it as
a delicious hot lunch and as a
tasty dinner side-dish. And so
will the adults! Either way you
serve it, getting the children to
eat is as easy as Aleph Bez!

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