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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-01-02

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with their many associates
guesting in person, as some do
Since Larry has been known
to purchase- an appearance on
the now-defunct PM Magazine
show via a donation to WTVS,
this young bachelor has al-
ready "auditioned" on TV. So
has Monte. But their present
appeal doesn't hinge on a sin-
cere gaze or the cut of their
What qualifies this father-
son duo to speak as experts in
their respective fields? Plenty.
A graduate of Wayne State
University and its law school,
Monte has practiced law, been
a real estate broker, a general
insurance agent, a registered
investment adviser, a general
securities principal, a regis-
tered options principal and a
futures representative.
Larry's background is
equally diversified. He was
graduated from Michigan
State University with a
Bachelor of Arts degree and
has advanced work in market-
ing, history and building con-
struction. He has studied at
Oxford University, in Oxford,
England and earned a J.D. de-
gree at the Detroit College of
Law. He continues to take
classes all over the country in
areas he finds of professional
Why are they listened-to?
Certainly Ask The Lawyer and
MoneyTime are educational.
But there is no denying that
it's also absorbing fun to
Callers known only by their
stated first names and cities,
freely .detail far more about
their income, savings, retire-
ment funds, real estate and
stock market ventures than
they're apt to tell best friends.
Larry and Monte share their
own personal problems from
time to time, too.
Listeners were intrigued
when Larry got a speeding tic-
ket. Instead of his customarily
brisk, authoritative periona,
Larry was the concerned citi-
zen, mea culpa. Commending a
police force "all too often unap-
preciated by the public it pro-
tects," he followed his own fre-
quent advice and used a kid
gloves approach in his minor
brush with the law. "If you
have a radar detector in your
car, it doesn't look good. I don't
have one and I don't recom-
mend them."
During the six hours each
Saturday and Sunday after-
noon, "except during Rosh
Hashanah and on Yom Kip-
pur" when gentile associates
take over their on-air duties,
Monte and Larry handle a
variety of pre-screened calls
that their producers expect
will attract — and hold — lis-
teners' interest. Should too
many divorce questions come
in, for example, Larry's pro-
ducer, Bill Cataldo, asks cal-
lers to call back during the
next show.
Could a Korn and Korn fan
listen in on both shows? Lloyd
Groves of Royal Oak says,

"You • could tape one, or dial
back and forth . ." IRA
changes, new tax laws attract
Monte's listeners, while
landlord-tenant disputes —
and preventing them — are pe-
rennials on Larry's show.
In addition to six hours of
fast-paced broadcasting per
weekend, Monte and Larry
spend weekdays in their sepa-
rate investment and law prac-
tices — "easier to do, because
we have good partners," smiles
Unlike many talk show
hosts, the Korns don't talk
down to their listeners or "zap"
them into oblivion. Yet when
Larry's brisk pace is broken by
an overwrought caller who re-
peats and repeats her problem,
Larry chides, "Mary . . . you're
not listening!"
A longtime, vociferous critic
of certain auto insurance prac-
tices and costs, this young man
— always in a hurry on and off
the air — assumes the role of
the protector, the consumer
advocate. Certain types of
abuses whet his appetite for
swift retribution.
Just a few miles away in
Royal Oak, to mark the 45th
anniversary of Pearl Harbor,
Monte, amidst financial files,
newsletters and corre-
spondence, reads "In Flanders
fields, the poppies grow . . ."
Mixing poetry with stock
market updates seem a very
good idea to station manage-
ment when Monte began
broadcasting in Michigan.
Monte prevailed. Today, lis-
teners send him their own
poetry, hoping to hear it on the
Larry sometimes quotes
Shakespeare on his program.
On one occasion, Eleanor
heard Larry say, "Mom, I know
you're listening -- did I get it
In the 1950s, author Eve
Merriam observed that people
were more secretive and
guarded about money matters
than they were about their sex
lives. Thirty years have
changed all that. While other
shows take listeners into the
boudoir, the Korn shows ex-
pose real people who are at risk
for possible criminal prosecu-
tion, as well as others' some-
times amazingly naive legal —
and illegal — boo-boos. To ob-
tain free counsel that could
help them to get on track
again, callers tell all.
Like a Smothers brother,
does a caller feel that his par-
ent really did love brother
more? Though his inheritance
problems may require both
Monte and Larry, sympathetic
listeners may come to recog-
nize that the best of wills may
leave a fall-out of sibling rival-
ries. Or worse, there may be no
will at all .. .
Such drama can be compel-
ling, instructive, entertaining.
As one critic who considers
these dialogues show business
wryly observes, "They're cer-
tainly worth the price of ad-
While commending the pub-

lic service aspects of both
shows, some traditionalists
view "media professionals"
negatively, along with profes-
sionals who advertise. But who
is to know if the critics aren't
taking mental notes as they,
too, listen in? Undoubtedly,
should the Korns ever aspire to
producing a sitcom about their
family, there are plenty of sub-
plots to be had, and a large cast
will be required.
Larry's twin, Linda, wife of
Dr. Mark Diem, mother of Jef-
frey, 18 months, is a special ed
teacher and Borman Hall vol-
unteer. Then there is Dr. How-
ard Korn, and his wife, Lynne;
Judge Stephen Korn, District
Judge; daughter JoAnne, and
her husband Dr. Michael
Rowe, all of Oakland County.
Newlywed Rick, and his bride
are in Jerusalem, where he is
studying to become a Judaic
judge. Howard Korn is a prac-
ticing veterinarian in San
Francisco. Nancy, the
youngest, is in law school in
Coral Gables, Florida.
With so much activity going
on, is there time for reflection?
Monte responds, "I am always
conscious of my respon-
sibilities as a Jew."
It is not enough, he says, to
ask many conference planners
to donate his speaker's fee to
the Istanbul synagogue which
was desecrated and to support
other Jewish causes.
"Treating every member of
my audience with respect and
dignity is part of my Jewish-
ness." fl

CCS Institute
Names Dancer

The Institute of Music and
Dance, an affiliate of the Cen-
ter for Creative Studies, an-
nounces that dancer Joanne
Danto has been appointed to its
Beginning this month,
Danto will teach ballet for
youth and adults at IMD/
North, located in the Interna-
tional School on 13 Mile and
Evergreen Road.
A former principal dancer
with the Pennsylvania, Jof-
frey, and National Ballet
Companies, Danto also has
worked with George Balan-
chine. She has appeared with
the ballet companies of
Frankfort, Louisville, Mary-
land and Chicago.
A native Detroiter, Danto
has recently returned to the
area upon completion of her
duties as guest teacher at the
Ballet Academy of Gothen-
berg, Sweden. In 1985, she was
guest master teacher at Teatro
Filarmonico and ballet mis-
tress at Centro Internazionale
Danza iii Verona, Italy. Addi-
tional teaching credits include
the Interlochen Arts Academy,
Marygrove College and the
University of Michigan.
For information on IMD
dance classes, call the Institute
of Music and Dance, 831-2870.

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