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March 13, 1987 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-03-13

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of saving the breast.
The trick is catching it
early. And that's exactly
what a mammogram can do.
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best news yet for detecting
breast cancer. And saving
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"I understand they were perfectly happy
until they found out they were missing
a big party at The Westin."


Stage Struck

Continued from preceding page

made major contributions to
the writing, production and
performance of several
professional-caliber musicals.
Creating these entertaining
extravaganzas for the Jewish
dental fraternity, Alpha
Omega, he has called upon
the expertise of professional
choreographers, musicians
and lighting and sound tech-
nicians. The cast and crew of
these shows have been mem-
bers of Alpha Omega, who
are local dentists, and their
Most recently, LaKind was
director and technical adviser
and performed in a dental
musical revue of selected
numbers from several past
Alpha Omega shows. These
productions have been excel-
lent devices for generating
funds for the group's charita-
ble endeavors and, for
LaKind, among his most
enthusiastically received
creative endeavors.
After seeing the top-flight
shows that Dr. LaKind pro-
duced for his fellow dentists,
other local groups began to re-
quest his theatrical guidance.
He was retained by Tam
O'Shanter Country Club for
whom he first wrote and di-
rected a golf-related musical,
Fore for the Money, followed by
Paint Your Wigwam, another
LaKind original built around a
plot wherein a group of Ameri-
can Indians lay claim to Tam
O'Shanter's property. His next
effort for the country club was
a pared down version of Fid-
dler on the Roof, but one with
all the songs left intact. Pre-
sently, LaKind is condensing
the script of Guys and Dolls for
Tam's next theatrical under-
Working on Women's
American ORT's behalf,
LaKind wrote and produced a
show, We Have Promises to
Keep which included the song

Not Every Jewish Boy Can Be a
Doctor. Temple Israel also

When you want your next
social event to really be an occasion,
start at the place that can do more
for you: The Westin Hotel in the
heart of Detroit's renaissance. It's
not just the world's tallest; it's world-
class. Choose from a variety of
rooms, each more perfect than the
next. Call on our staff of chefs who
appreciate your tastes, and want
your menu to be uniquely fitting to
your affair. And get the counsel and
the help of our group of catering
professionals who put their experi-
ence at your service.

So next time, give us a chance
to show you how we can get you out
of the ordinary and into the extra-
ordinary—at The Westin. Then ask
yourself: can we do everything to
make your next event a complete

Of course


we can.


Renaissance Center Detroit

Catering Department 568-8400


Friday, March 13, 1987


enlisted LaKind's services in
the direction of a musical.
Actually, LaKind considers
himself an amateur when it
comes to writing and produc-
ing. He proudly admits, how-
ever, to being a professional
trumpet player, whose credits
include playing under the di-
rection of Leonard Bernstein
and performing with the
Doobie Brothers, on four sepa-
rate occasions, at Pine Knob.
During dental school at the
University of Maryland,
LaKind played weekend stints
with five or six other dental
students, performing for
dances, parties and b'nai
mitzvah. These days, he looks
forward to his twice-monthly
jam sessions, when he and
urologist Dr. Bill Rattner join a
few other fellows who, accord-
ing to Dr. Rattner, are a terrific
group of "half-baked musi-
cians, people who have grown
up playing for a living and who

find wonderful relief and re-
lease in music. Of LaKind,
Rattner says, "Stuart is a
source book on songs and has a
wealth of information and
knowledge, musically."
The LaKind family tree
reads like a directory to the
stars. His sister was a profes-
sional opera singer who ended
up in light opera, singing coast
to coast. His brother, who, at
his mother's insistence became
an attorney, never practiced
law, but was a member of the
Doobie Brothers. LaKind's
grandfather was a conductor,
two uncles played with the
New York Philharmonic, one
cousin is an Emmy Award-
winning television producer in
New York, and another cousin
used to appear regularly on the


Milton Berle Show.

Raised in the midst of such
enormous musical talent, it
was only natural that LaKind
attend the New York (High)
School of Music and Art, con-
centrating on the study of
classical trumpet and rubbing
elbows with such notables as
Peter Nero, Shari Lewis and
Bob Gladstone, who is first
bass player with the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra. Sum-
mers were spent at camp in the
Borscht Belt, where playw-
right Josh Logan happened to
catch LaKind's performance in
a "waiter" show. He was im-
pressed enough to invite
LaKind to appear in his newest
play, Wish You Were Here.
LaKind however, deferred to
his mother, who insisted on a
practical and professional — as
in D.D.S. — education for her
son. Following graduation
from the University of Mary-
land, LaKind pursued studies
in orthodontia at the Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania.
When asked about his spe-
cial talents and how he inte-
grated them into his personal-
ity as he grew older, LaKind
asserts that he possessed the
"same talent as every other
Jewish kid growing up in New
York — a big mouth! The dif-
ference," he continues, "is that
they all became commedians
and I became a dentist." At
family gatherings, LaKind
was always expected to "get up
and . . . be funny, entertain
." But still, the overriding
message remained: Be a de-
LaKind followed that advice,
and, after eight years of prac-
ticing general dentistry, re-
turned to graduate school, wife
and children in tow, to pursue
Though his office staff rarely
gets to glimpse the musical and
theatrical side of Dr. LaKind,
his entire family is intimately
acquainted with LaKind's
creative attributes. In fact, his
wife and children share similar /\
interests. His wife, Peggy, a
family and marriage coun-
selor, recently switched gears
to become a chef. Steven, an

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