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"He's Very Busy, But You Can See Him on TV"



Seventieth Year
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual opinions of staf writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprirk.

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' Amphitryon 38
Dull Come'dy
MODERN FRENCH COMEDY has set in at Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre for what looks to be a long weekend. The play is "Amphi-
tryon 38," an early (1929) effort of Jean Giraudoux, in an adaptation
by S. N. Behrman that is even duller .than many of his own plays--
if that is possible.
With Hugh Z. Norton directing, the speech1 department players
have had to struggle to make the play at all palatable for a 1960
American audience; that they fail to do more is not entirely the fault
of the actors.
For Giraudoux has written a comedy that is all talk and no
action, and that talk demands a certain.elegant, sophisticate delivery

President's Stand on NDEA.
Passive Liberalism?

'S SURPRISING that President Hatcher has
committed the University to the liberal posi-
tion on the NDEA loan disclaimer affidavit,
considering the administration's passive re-
sistance to it up to now,
As his telegram to Congress stated, "Uni-
versity of Michigan Regents, faculty and stu-
dents have separately taken action favoring
repeal" of the affidavit provision of the Na-
tional Defense Education Act loan plan, but
formerly support from the administration had
been conspicuous by its absence.
While the President's position obviously does
not require that he reflect any position taken
by the various elements of the University com-
munity, his endorsement lends to such a posi-
tion the luster of official sanction. The optional
quality of administrative endorsements ren-
ders them rare and appreciated.
N THIS INSTANCE, the President's support
in opposing "vague and discriminatory ele-
ments of the present law" was doubly unex-
pected, since the administration has avoided
taking sides on the issue.
University officials, discussing the contro-
versy over the affidavit requirement (which
Serixo sly. .
SUMMERTIME is playtime, according
to practically everybody but the studi-
ous summer collegian.
Even the University, whose Summer
Session purportedly exists to further the
ambitions of serious students, seems to
concur with those who feel that summer
should be nothing but FUN.
Thus, one searches in vain for an open
library after 9 p.m. any night and all day
Sunday. Study is evidently out of the
question-but then so is relaxation on
these hot, sultry evenings. One of the
principal installations of air conditioning,
somewhat of a rarity around here, resides
within the sacred walls of the safely-
locked UGLI.
-K. M.

specifies that applicants for the loan must
swear they are not affiliated with any subver-
sive organizations), have fastidiously skirted
the issue. It isn't a question of ethics, they
declared, but of expedience - the University
frankly can't afford the "disservice" which
would result from refusal of NDEA funds for
student loans.
The moral question that the issue raises is
twofold. First, as President Nathan Pusey of
Harvard University has said, there is the ques-
tion Congress should have asked itself upon
submission of the NDEA. Is it right-or Ameri-
can-to try to regulate belief? Second, a ques-
tion which universities have been asking them-
selves: is it justified to sacrifice benefit to up-
hold principle?
The University has replied that the degree
of benefit which would be lost has a valid bear-
ing on the second question. Naturally, since
NDEA funds are correlated to the size of the
institution, the University would stand to
lose more than a small and/or privately en-
dowed college like Swarthmore or Harvard.
y E AMERICAN Association of Universities,
headed by Harvard's President Pusey, of
which the University is a member, was unani-
mous in its condemnation of the affidavit of
disbelief. This with the amount of reaction
against it from students, faculty and Regents,
underlines the equivocal position of the Uni-
versity. If justifiable, this position is hardly
enviable or admirable.
, Even less admirable is its corollary conse-
quence-the burden of moral choice is left to
the student. The University has essentially
left him with the option of submitting to what
they admit is a morally objectionable and
humiliating requirement if he needs the money
that badly.
In the light of this hypocritical position on
the part of the University, one wonders
whether this telegram - sent on request of
President Pusey-reflects hearty support for
the liberal AAU position or only an attempt
to make acceptable to liberals maintenance of
the conservative position-and NDEA fund sup-
port. Passive liberalism would seem an effort to
have your cake and eat it too.

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Oldsters' political Party.

a la francaise that is understand-
ably out of reach of young Ameri-
can actors.
* S** .
known play "Tiger at the Gates,"
"Amphitryon 38" tells what
"really" happened in the events
of a popular Greek legend while
serving at the same time as a
transparent mask for contempor-
ary satire on all manner of hu-
man foibles, from religion to the
use of hair lotion and adjectives.
"Amphityron 38" concerns Jupi-
ter's problem of how to father a
son (Hercules) by a woman who
insists on remaining faithful to
her husband. The husband is the
general Amphitryon, a sort of
Everyman (which includes some-
thing of the stooge). His wife
Alkmena is an Everywife, and
Giraudoux's portrait of her is
devastating (i.e., perceptive).
Of all the players, Janet Rob-
erts probably most nearly succeeds
in her characterization of the
wife, Alkmena,
AS JUPITER, Carleton Berry
shared the rest of the cast's 'un-
easiness with the play, stumbling
over words now and then and not
really finding the right comic
rapport with. the audience. The
Amphitryon, Albert M. Katz,
clumps on and off stage without
making much of an impression.
Some relief is found in the-
clever comic acting of Russell.
Brown, no stranger to Lydia Men-
delssohn, who appears in the role
of a servant. For a while, Janet
Kosse, too, has command of a
short character role.
Conrad Stolzenbach, as Mer-
cury, is troubled with an angular-
ity of gesture that distracts; Rich-
ard Levy as a trumpeter over-
enunciates and fails to substan-
tiate a short character role; Bruno
Koch as a warrior is amusing, but
his accent is puzzling.
is the transparent-solid combi-
nation one comes to expect of
this kind of play, although the
"statues' are a surlmise. His cos-
tumes are the usual bright pink,
dark red and violet that : every
Greek wore.
A prolonged third act was al-
most seriously bungled last night,
leading one to think the cast
could be more familiar with the
play, uninspiriting as it is. One
actor even threw away-a line that
had some contemporary signifi-
cance: ". . and for a general,
I'm highly articulate."
-Vernon Nahrgang

Spokes man
Associated Pres News Analyst
THERE ARE undoubtedly those
among the British laboring
class who would tell you, that, if
he could have known his beloved
miners were talking strike again,
Aneurin Bevan would have mai-
aged somehow to stave off death .
for a while. t
For 45 years he never missed
one of their fights. To them he
was the voice of change, of im-
provement and of revolution.
He blamed the Conservatives,
personally and collectively, for
social conditions at the Welsh
mine pits where he was born. He
was bitter, immoderate and totally
unrestrained about it.
He spent considerable effort re-
jecting Communism.
BUT IN PREWAR 1938 he had
been willing to form a coalition
with the Communists to get rid
of Neville Chamberlain's Conser-
vative government. A great many
Britishers and Americans alike
accepted his non-Communist pro-
testations, although often won-
dering just what was the effective
In Britain's postwar dream of
get-well-quick, Labor's brief rise
to power gave Bevan one of his
great aims, state-paid niedical
treatment for all. But the ways
in which it didn't work contri-
buted much to return of the Con-
servatives t power, and to the
end of the Welshman's dream of
the prime ministry.
Bevan never did get above the
rank of second man in the Labor
Party. He never achieved full na-
tionalization of all the means of
production for which he 6trove so
Just two days before he died,
his tongue having been stilled for
six months after a cancer opera-
tion, his miner friends expressed
a fear that the Conservatives were
promoting decentralization of
mining management as a step to-
ward denationalization itself.
The face of Britain's labor sit-
uation, and of the status of social-
ism itself, is changing. A whole'
block fell out of the mosaic on



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MAX 1 L E R 4 rE r R
Doubts Kennedy

EVERY FOUR YEARS Harry Truman tries
to act as President-maker, raises the Demo-
cratic roof, is written off as a troublemaker
without power or influence-yet he persists as
a force. His blast at Kennedy and his nominat-
ing machine is an important event because it
brings to the surface a good deal of anti-Ken-
nedy feeling which has gone largely unex-
Truman expressed it. The Democratic Party
has three wings-South, North and Harry Tru-
man. He occupies a separate wing of the old
Party house, rentfree and carefree including
the belfry. He has indisputably assumed the
role, vacant since Harold Ickes, of the old
curmudgeon. Irascible, incalculable, cantanker-
ous and explosive he carries on the old tradi-
tion of smalltown, crackerbarrel politics.
THRE ARE THOSE who lay his action to
spite and frustration, especially at having
the Democratic Party bypass him in his Presi-
dent-maker role.
Certainly he is passionate of conviction,
quick to take the offensive, unrelenting toward
the targets of his wrath. Yet beyond his per-
sonal preferences and prejudices he usually
manages to put his finger on the sensitive nerve
of what a large number of people think and
This was true in the 1956 convention press
conference attack on Adlaf Stevenson. While
Truman couldn't stop Stevenson's nomination
he pinned on him the lethal tag of a Hamlet-
like inability to make decisions, and Stevenson
was stuck with it.
So, now, with the "are you certain that you're
quite ready?" tag, addressed to Sen. Kennedy.
Don't underestimate the bite of Truman's sav-
agely barbed if seemingly bland question.
The charge of inexperience and immaturity
expressed the doubts that many besides Tru-
man feel about Kennedy. It will stick and hurt,
not perhaps in preventing a nomination but
certainly in the Presidential campaign itself.
Kennedy's reply is that many men in history
were great leaders when still young, that he is
the only candidate who has fought in every
primary, and that he won't let Truman or any-
one else deny him the fruits of his labors. To
the query "are you ready?" his answer in effect
is: "Ready or not, here I come."
c fatC41.0ll Vt

ONE OF THE THINGS Truman will accom-
plish is to make the Kennedy bandwagon
delegates think hard about how the man meas-
ures up to the crisis occasion and the great
Under the British system of cabinet govern-
ment a Democratic victory would bring into
the top office either Adlai Stevenson o Lyndon
Johnson, both men of first rate ability, the
former far more suited to the liberal temper of
the party today. Under our own convention
system both these men are waiting their turn
if Kennedy as frontrunner falters.
As another deadlock possibility one should
add Chester Bowles, now in the Kennedy
The level of ability of these men is high. How
then has Kennedy, perhaps the least dis-
tinguished among them, come to the front?
Behind his drive has been hard work, organiza-
tion, timing, money, skill in political maneuver,
and good advisers.
BUT MOSTLY KENNEDY is where he is be-
cause the early question about him was
centered on his religion, and the West Virginia
primary seemed effectively to dispose of that.
Yet West Virginia was a turning point which
failed to touch on the real difficulties Kennedy
will encounter. If Kennedy gets the nomina-
tion his worry will not be about the open bigots
or the anti-Catholicism of the backward areas
of the South. There is a quiet undercurrent of
opposition to him in the labor-liberal groups,
despite his recent movement leftward and the
intellectuals he has gathered around him. There
is real concern among Negroes, many of whom
seem ready to vote Republican.
Most of all, Nixon will run on his interna-
tional image of a tough experienced veteran
in dealing with Khrushchev. If this will be
Nixon's prime strategy, is Kennedy the best
equipped candidate to meet it? Truman's ques-
tion about how "ready" he is was really aimed
at this problem.
DESPITE KENNEDY'S vulnerable points-his
youth, Catholicism, lack of an interna-
tional image, his money, his father's shadow,
his weakness during the McCarthy era, his
blunder in misgauging the effect of Gov. Pat-
terson's support on the Negro-the big argu-
ment for him has been that he will win the
election. Having just spent a few exploratory
days in California, not among the delegates
but the people, I have found little enthusiasm
for Kennedy, even as against the Nixon who

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Not many
people outside California have
heard of George McLain, director
of the "old folks lobby" at Sacra-
mento. But the issues he represents
east a long shadow on the national
political scene, and his hard-fought
campaigns may presage bigger
things to come.)
Associated Press News Analyst
LOS ANGELES-In a newspaper
editorial, the man writes,
"America's elderly can elect a
Appearing before the Democra-
tic Party platform committee, he
urges expanded welfare programs
for the aging, and warns against
". ..driving out elderly voters
into a bloc, creating a new but
devastatingly powerful minority
To an interviewer, he says, "The
votes of the aging people in this
country are quite likely to become
the balance of power between the
Democrats and Republicans."
In each instance, this is George
McLain talking.
McLain is a tall, hustling, be-
spectacled Californian, just past
his 58th birthday.
* *.
HE DIRECTS THE "old folks
lobby" in the capital at Sacra-
mento. He runs a state organiza-
tion composed, he says, of 50,000
elderly members Andahe is presi-
dent of the "national league "of
senior citizens" with a claimed
membership of 25,000 in 23 states.
WASHINGTON-If either of the
VT two top Democratic candi-
dates, Sens. Lyndon Johnson or
Jack Kennedy, are elected Presi-
dent, one of two historic prece-
dents would be broken.
Kennedy would break the prece-
dent that no Catholic may serve
in the White House. Johnson
would break the 100-year-old
precedentrthat no Southerner may
serve in the White House.
These two precedents are prob-
ably the major political handi-
caps facing both men. For despite
all the public protestation that
there is no religious bigotry in
the United States, the real fact
is that there is.
Much more open and public is
the opposition to a Southerner
running for President usually ex-
pressed on the ground that he
would lose the Negro and Noith-
ern liberal vote.
* * *
IN MY OPINION-and I have
known both candidates as long
as they have been in Congress-
each would lean over backward
to be fair to all segments of the
population. Johnson, in my opin-
ion, would give the Negroes a
better break than any previous
President, partly because he comes
from the South
And Kennedy would make sure

He is well known in California
where, he says, he has been work-
ing for 20 years to put through
welfare programs on behalf of
the aged.
But a few weeks ago, McLain
cut a swath on the national polit-
ical scene.
He ran against California's Gov.
Edmund G. (Pat) Brown in the
Democratic Presidential primary
in June and racked up a whopp-
ing vote, just short of 650,000.
Brown polled 1,330,000,
"IF I'D HAD FOUR more weeks
to campaign, and a little more
money," says McLain, "I'd have
taken him."
Now what is the significance of
McClain's total?
Is it the emerging pattern of a
"new but devastatingly powerful
minority group" of elderly voters?
Or were there other explanations?
Assemblyman Charles E. Chap-
el says the governor "antagonized
George McLain's organization of
senior citizens, as well as many
members of the legislature , - .
therefore, it is only fair to assume
that a large number of Democrats
who voted for McLain were 'old
age pensioners' and their relatives
and friends."
minimized McLain's showing on
a different basis-
"In this state," he said, "you

could run on a program of free
trips to the moon and be sure of
getting 300,000 votes, that's just
McLain says he spent only
"about $35,000" on his campaign.
The money came entirely from
contributions from his followers,
he says. He claims 50,000 volun-
teers went to work for him.
"A great many older people told
us they switched registration,
from Republican to Democratic,
so they could vote for me," says
"We found also that we did very
well in every town where there is
an oldsters club. With more clubs,
time and money, we could have
made it."
Now, he says, he is thinking of
forming a third national political
* * *
"HERETOFORE," he explains,
"we thought the best way to get
legislation for the old folks was
to work through individuals in
the national and state legisla-
tures. We keep track of voting
records, and endorse those who
are trying tohelp the senior citi-
"Before every election, the can-
didates are in here romancing me
and promising to help us get a
better shake for the old folks.-
"But the national and state leg-
islatures have failed to make any
sincere effort. So this thing has
become a crisis now."


Unidentified 'Nude'
Wears Freu'dian Slip
BOTH NUDE and white car make an early appearance in the film
whose title they so provocatively carry. As it happens, and this is
the plot, the car is Cadillac and the nude unidentified.
Unidentified, at first, but quickly narrowed down by out-of-work
Pierre (Robert Hossein) to only two suspects, are the sisters Eva
(Marina Valady) and Helene (Odile Versois). The car belongs, more
or less jointly,. to both, and the rest of the evening is spent in trying'
to discover which of the car's owners is the nymphomaniac who loved
and left him with equal violence in the opening moments of the film.
* * * *
TRACING THE CAR to the sister's villa, decorated in a style that
only the French would dream of calling "moderne," Helene proves to

Precedent 1reakers

Temperance used to be quite ac-
tive in lobbying; while various
Catholic groups are both active
and powerful today.
They have called on the only
Catholic member of the Supreme
Court, Justice William Brennan
who, however, has scrupulously
voted his own convictions, not
those of his church. And they
have been both active and suc-
cessful in influencing the No. 2
member of the House of Repre-
sentatives, John McCormack of
Boston, Democrat, who at one
time last year helped sidetrack
the aid-to-education bill and has
vigorously opposed any aid for
teachers' salaries-a stand taken
by the hierarchy of his church.
Another frank torchbearer for
the Catholic lobby is Congress-
man John J. Rooney of Brooklyn
who for the past two years has
loyally inserted a $50 million ap-
propriation for Spain in the ap-
propriations bill, on top of other
Spanish military aid.
* * *
been one of the most consistent
and successful objectives of cer-
tain Catholic clerics over a period
of years. And some congressmen
have turned complete somersaults
as a result of Catholic pressure.
When 60 members of Congress

serious mistake" in signing the
* * *
of late has been the opposite.
Though he was soft on Sen. Joe
McCarthy, and though his father
counseled with and contributed
to Cardinal Spellman and Mc-
Carthy, young Kennedy has been,
strong in resisting Catholic pres-
Last winter, several Catholics,
among them Monsignor McGowan
and Bud Considine, Washington
representative of the National
C a t h o 11 c Welfare Conference,
asked Kennedy to introduce a
$75 million government loan pro-
gram for the construction of pri-
vate and parochial schools.
Kennedy turned them down.
The Catholics next approached
Sens. Pat McNamara (Mich.), a
Catholic, and Jennings Randolph
of West Virginia, a Baptist. Both.
begged off. Finally Sen. Wayne
Morse of Oregon was presuaded
to introduce the amendment.
ON THE SENATE roll call, Ken-
nedy was the only Catholic who
voted against the amendment.
Catholics voting for it were Dodd
(Conn.), Hart (Mich.), Lausche
(Ohio), Mansfield (Mont.), Mc-
Namara (Mich.), McCarthy
(Minn.), Muskie (Maine) and
Pastore (R.I.).

be frighteningly chic in dresses
from Balmain, and Eva to be an
invalid that writes verse-neither
at all the type to prowl the streets
of Cannes wearing only their BB-
esque hair.
Invited to stay to tea, Helene
offers cream, Eva counters with
sugar, and the Freudian Judge-
ment-of-Paris-minus-one is on.
Unfortunately for everyone, the
whole contest depends on the act-
ing ability of the trio. Mlle. Ver-
sois is neither cooly calculating
enough to be hte Parisienne her
clothes would have her be, nor
enough of an earth goddess to
reasonably bear the suspicion the
plot casts on her.
* S *
Vlady is quite sensual enough for
anything, as close-ups of her
superb face show, but couldn't for
a minute convince anyone of the
physical disrabilities that afflict
her. Her performance has. little
depth, except for a few gaping
Freudian slips, but her innate
charm saves the day, and her
acting is not at all missed.
M. Hossein (who also directed
the film) is a rather weak Paris
whose highly sensitive Gallic face
is unfortunately used only to reg-

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