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April 15, 1988 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-04-15

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program at the Book Cadillac
Hotel. He accepted. When I
introduced him in his capaci-
ty as program chairman, he
commenced by saying, "I'll
sing White Ch ." Mrs.
Israel Goldstein, then in the
U.S. as a guest from
Jerusalem with her husband,
the world Keren Hayesod
chairman, tugged at his
jacket and said: "You'll sing
`God Bless America!' He did.
The guest speaker at that
banquet was U.S. Senator
Alvin Barkley who was soon
to become vice president of
the United States. He was
half-an-hour late arriving
from his Book Cadillac guest
room. He explained that he
had a temporary upset from
the oysters he had eaten. In
my introduction, I made note
of the oysters, and said, "It
would not happen to me!'
What was not mentioned was
the liquid that accompanied
the oysters.
There was charm and
simplicity in Irving "Izzy"
Berlin. His enrichment of
musical history and the
legacies he created for this
land in which had more than
nine decades of active roles
will, fortunately, be honored
and acclaimed anew with him
present. at the anticipated
great event May 11 in historic
Carnegie Hall marking his
100th birthday. The
distinguished participating
artists, who will include the
most accomplished American
composers and musicians,
have a collective assignment
from all Americans to include
all of us in the "Happy Birth-
day" salute to him.

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Tel Aviv (JTA) — The Saudi
army has been put on a high
state of alert to fend off any
possible Israeli attack on the
sites for intermediate-range
missiles it recently acquired
from China, the Israeli news-
paper, Davar, reported.
The newspaper, which
quoted American sources in
Saudi Arabia, said the CSS-2
missiles, which have a
2,000-mile range, will be
deployed at two separate sites
60 and 375 miles south of
Riyadh, the Saudi capital.
The Saudi deputy defense
minister, Prince Abed Al-
Rahman al-Aziz, condemned
Monday what he called
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Berlin had sliced away
part of a finger while mak-
ing himself a midnight
sandwich, observed in
withering accents: "Well,
that won't interfere with
his piano playing."
It makes a most in-
teresting picture when Irv-
ing Berlin and Jascha
Heifetz sit together at the
piano, and try to play a
duet. Both these Russian
Jews have made fame for
themselves in the field of
music, but along what dif-
ferent lines! Perhaps of
Berlin's early life had been
the same as Jascha's, he
too might have achieved a
different distinction. It
must be remembered that
from the very cradle,
Heifetz was regarded as a
future virtuoso, and he was
guarded and trained ac-
cordingly. All that money
and comfort and ease
could accomplish were
devoted to the musical
education of Jascha
Heifetz, while little Izzy
Baline gained his meager
training by going to the
synagogue on the high Ho-
ly Days and listening to the
plaintive chanting of his
father ...
Izzy Berlin was 23 when he
composed his first hit, "Alex-
ander's Ragtime Band!' His
soldier camps show song,
"Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in
the Morning," was another
composition which kept corn-
manding attention for a musi-
cian who could not read
music. Then came "A Pretty
Girl Is Like a Melody," among
the many others.
In World War II, he compos-
ed "This Is the Army" and he
personally appeared in it in
New York and , on tour of
many cities, including
Detroit.
are
Unforgettable
"Everybody's Doin' It" which
dates back to 1911, and in
their totality the popularity
embraces the scores that are
Berlin's.
Berlin's marriage to Ellen
Mackay, daughter of Clarance
Mackay had a dominant role
in Postal Iblegraph, for a time
kept arousing interest in his
sensational marriage to a
Roman Catholic. His ballads
remain to this day the chief
interest in the man who con-
tinues as a living legend on
the eve of his 100th birthday.
A reminiscence about Izzy
Berlin not to be ignored.
There was a national con-
vention of the Jewish Na-
tional Fund in Detroit in
1944. Berlin then was appear-
ing with one of his shows at
the Lafayette Theater and we
invited him to be a guest and
to participate in the banquet

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