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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-08-29

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Friday, August 29, 1986

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

toire. "They do strictly dixie-
land whereas we go back and
do the '20s, '30s and '40s."
Jacobs' interest in the
banjo extends back to his
high school days. He studied
clarinet and played a little
piano, "but I wasn't very good
at it. I just love the banjo."
Educated at the College of
San Mateo and San Francisco
State University, Jacobs ma-
jored in music and business.
His father, a retired dentist,
wanted him to have a pr6fes-
sion, so Jacobs tried to sell
insurance "to make my father
happy. But," he said, "I
couldn't stand it." The banjo
became his livelihood and has
been for more than 25 years.
At age 18 he played at the
Red Garter Club in San
Francisco and at 20 opened a
club with a buddy, the Crazy
Horse Saloon. "I never made
any money, but I • had a ball,"
he recalled.
He went back to the Red
Garter and they asked him to
go around the country to
open up other Red Garter
clubs. That's what brought
him to Detroit.
By appearing on the tele-
thon and at affairs all over
town, a certain celebrity
status has been ascribed to
Jacobs. But he doesn't let it
go to his head. "I never
wanted the stardom," he ad-
mits. "I've enjoyed making
people feel good. It's amazing
the joy you bring to other
people."
Public relations executive
Dennis Horwatt said that
Jacobs is careful about let-
ting his fame spill over into
his private life. "He knows
how to keep his ego in
check," he said. Attorney
Hadley concurs. "Off stage he
is really off stage. He doesn't
have an entertainer's ego. Off
stage he tries to downplay
who he is, almost to the point
of being shy."
Wife Nancy gave an exam-
ple of that shyness. Several
years ago, Jacobs took tap
dancing lessons, but kept it a
secret from his friends. One
day his friend Shoup dis-
covered Jacobs' tap shoes
when he borrowed the
entertainer's car. Shoup tap
danced into the bar where he
and Jacobs and some friends
were to meet. Jacobs was so
embarrassed he never took
lessons again until he and
Nancy recently decided to
take them together.
Is he any good? "Doug's
very good. He's better than I
am," Nancy admits, "He does
the soft shoe really well!"
Ladbroke's Raymond said
because Jacobs relates well
with his audiences and avoids
the holier-than-thou star atti-
tude he is frequently invited
back to entertain.
On stage, Jacobs is
enthusiastic, smiling and
dances in place to the music.
Wife Nancy relates -he's just
as happy off stage. "He's
happy more the time than
anyone I know." According to

attorney Hadley, the exuber-
ance he exhibits on stage is
just what one will find when
meeting Jacobs away from
the spotlight.
Because of their hectic
schedules, Jacobs and his
wife have little time together.
"Sometimes we don't see each
other until midnight," Nancy
said, "but when we're to-
gether it's very special. We
cherish that time together."
When they have spare
time, the Jacobses go to the
Bahamas or visit his family
in San Francisco. In summer
they "just relax" on their
pontoon on Cass Lake.
Does Jacobs have aspira-
tions beyond the local scene?
If so, he's not telling anyone.
"I'm very, very happy where I
am," he admits. And he gets
his greatest joy out of per-
forming. "What really does
turn me on is when I'm work-
ing and people are really
enjoying it."
His greatest fear is being
sick for an engagement. He
boasted he hasn't missed a
job in 26 years.
The telethon appearances
have been beneficial for
Jacobs and the Red Garter
Band. The "fans" who see the
group on TV come to its ap-
pearances elsewhere. He's
grateful for their loyalty and
appreciative when they say
how much they like the
group. "The compliments
make you feel good." 111

U.S. Extradites
Kach Member
To Israel

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Craig
Leitner, a 25-year old former
American citizen and mem-
ber of Rabbi Meir Kahane's
Kach Party in Israel who
escaped fom custody in Israel
over a year ago, was return-
ed here on last week, on ex-
tradition from the U.S.
He had been charged in
Israel with six attacks on
Arab vehicles and homes in
Ramallah, Hebron and Jeru-
salem and was also suspected
of participating in a bomb at-
tack on the Al-Fajr Arabic
newspaper offices in East
Jerusalem.
Leitner had agreed to serve
as state's witness against
four other accused Jewish
underground members. His
testimony helped convict
three other Kach members.
But he escaped from a hold-
ing cell in October, 1984,
before he could testify in
court against another -mem-
ber, who was -subsequently
acquitted for lack of evidence.
Leitner was arrested by U.S.
marshals last January, on the
basis of an Interpol request
initiated by Israel.

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