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`MANNERS' from page 67

accountant and tax attorney, were god-
sends to Gordy, according to Posner.
Not only were they scrupulously hon-
est, but they also made Gordy a more
careful and responsible businessman, savC:
ing him millions of dollars over the
years. They were dubbed the "no men,"
and, without them, Motown would not
have been suc c essful, Posner says.
T The Novecks elicited a strange com-
rnen.t,from Motown president Jay
Jewish
Lasker, who apparently
self, Lasker:often referred to the
Novecks as "those Jews." .

JN: When having a bar/bat mitz-
vah, can you invite people to the
service and not the party?
JM: The service is a solemn reli-
gious ceremony and is the point of
the bar or bat mitzvah. What has
happened to b'nai mitzvah is that
people have come to think of them
as parties with a little tedious cere
mony.
You don't distinguish among
guests who are welcome to the party
and those who are not. Of course,
everyone who belongs to the congre-
gation is entitled to come to the
service, and you are not obligated to
invite them to the party.

jam S essions

Clarene Wayne owns the Wonderland
Music Stores in Dearborn and Novi. It
was at the Dearborn store that many
of the Motown musicians used to buy
their instruments and the famous
groups got their sound equipment.
"The singers like Wilson used to
come in and just hang out," he recalls.
"The Dearborn store (at Michigan and
Schaefer) was definitely the 'in' place
to be. The bands would get together
and hold impromptu jam sessions in
the basement.
"One time, Stevie Wonder surprised
passersby by doing a performance
right in the window of the store."
Wayne's parents, Ruth and Shockey
Wayne, started the business as Maestro
Music, which later evolved into the
Wonderland that Wayne operates with
his brother, Larry.
A former saxophone and clarinet
player at Detroit's Cass Technical High
School, Clarence Wayne still keeps in
contact with Berry Gordy. "And they
shot a scene from the recent documen-
tary Standing in the Shadows of
Motown right here in the Dearborn
store," he says.
Another Jewish figure backstage in
Motown was Dick Jacobs, who'd been
an arranger for the Tommy Dorsey
Orchestra and other big bands.
Jacobs helped Wilson and other
singers bridge the gap between pop
music and rock 'n' roll in the 1950s
and '60s, achieving many crossover
hits that sold millions of records.
The Jewish influence on Motown is
a bit puzzling and sometimes amusing
for Motown insiders. .
For one thing, says Abrams, Gordy,
who claimed he never even met anyone
Jewish until after he started Motown,
didn't think it was possible for a person to
be a Russian and a Jew at the same time.
Also, he adds, it wasn't until the
1960s that Gordy learned there was
such an event as the Holocaust. ❑

.

JN:, What is the etiquette when
going to someone's house to pay a
shivah call?
JM: You should bring food, because
the mourners are not in an emotion-
al state to go about taking care of
the things needed to sustain their
daily life.

JN: How have manners in America
changed over the past 30 years?
JM: There have been vast improve-
ments. Open expression of bigotry
is no longer tolerated.
At the same time, we have a cou-
ple of generations of Americans
who've liked the idea of being
assertive — do what you feel like
and don't worry how it effects other
people.

JN: What are new forms of eti-
quette?
JM: We have added a lot of new
tools, such as e-mail and the cell
phone. E-mail is a wonderful device
falling somewhere between the tele-
phone call, which has the advantage
of being instantaneous but the dis-
advantage of interrupting people,
and the letter, which is more grace-
ful but slower.
People ask if they can send their
wedding invitations by e-mail, and
the answer is no, unless it's an
extremely informal wedding.
However, following up on a job
interview with e-mail is fine — it's
the main kind of communication in
business.

JN: You were in Detroit in
December promoting your book.
What do you think of the manners
of people in Detroit?
JM: I was there briefly, but I met a
lot of charming, nice people. I
observed nothing but politeness. ❑

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