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Seventieth Year

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Ann Arbor Professional
Theatre Raises Problems
LITY of Tyrone Guthrie's es- theatre of the scope Guthrie has in mind. Past
professional, commercial and efforts to establish a paying theatrical con-
tre here raises questions both cern - the Dramatic Arts Center and the old
onomic. Arts Theatre Club - have collapsed unequivo-
man responsible for the Cana- cally. Admittedly, these have not boasted am-
estival, is considering Ann Ar- bitions comparable to Guthrie's, but perhaps
I other cities-for his project. their limited attempts were rooted not in small
ves is to build an organization imaginations but in the common sense of the
tegral role will be played by producers.
Guthrie wants community in- Guthrie's theatre would be a six-nights-a-
support. week, 20-weeks-a-year affair, demanding a
d be short-sighted enough to large and paying public, much of which would
idea is unattractive and, as obviously have to be drawn from outside of the
s success at Stratford, Guthrie Ann Arbor area.
nsiderable financial acumen.
rted supporters of the idea ap AT THIS POINT, pessimists argue that in
he has legal talents as well. " order to be a financial success, the produc-
be a professional company and tions must be commercially oriented, empha-
Ibal world defines professional sizing plays with popular appeal rather than
theatre will be forced to em- serious and established dramatic works. Stu-
the atrin wllbkstge fo red to e dents with "elevated tastes and deflated wal-
bers in all backstage wor (the lets" will never be able to support such an am-
utilized) and possibly may be bitions project, detractors say. Accordingly,
ing a union box-office. If the productions will have to be geared to that seg-
an actuality, it will be in- ment of the population which, although able
how Guthrie gets around this " to pay, is infamous for its uninspired taste.
its may be motivated to join Guthrie, however, is hardly the man to un-
union (the local chapter of dertake an ill-considered venture. If, after
cashes in on Drama Season) coming here next week, he decides that Ann
an undesirable prerequisite to Arbor is worth a try for his project, critics
ucational opportunity, might well be reassured that he is not ignor-
ant of the problems involved and that he is
t that Guthrie intends to ob- fully prepared to succeed.
rant from the University. This For Guthrie's project, unlike past experi-
set aside for the present until ments which endeavored merely to establish
egotiated. There is some talk commercial theatre specifically in the Ann Ar-
theatre on University land on bor area, is aimed at setting up an outstanding
,nd then building a bridge over community-oriented group which will excel
ke the thing accessible. This, regardless of its locale.
somewhat implausible. To the crucial argument that there is neith-
iportant question, though, is er a need nor a demand for expanded theatri-
Ann Arbor can support a cal activity in this area one can only answer
that the need and the awareness of that need
must be created.
B usliness? IN A TOWN which supports music to the ex-
tent that Ann Arbor does it is absurd that
last week, :a much-maligned there is now no professional theatre and equal-
from city to city, telling his ly absurd to maintain that something inherent
re of higher education in this in the town would cause the theatre to fail. It
eril." has never really been tried properly; perhaps
of towns, men and women it is limited vision, after all, which caused
r at their schools and tried to past ventures to fail. For if an organization
implications -of a $35-million operates on the premise that ambitions must
ool aid fund, be modest and that its offerings are neither
ids, a citizen's group dreamed needed nor desired by its prospective audience,
a new four-year college, fi- it accordingly makes its product more obscure-
ative appropriations. ly unattractive. Its failure can hardly be taken
and other cities, administra- as a serious warning by a group which intends
ors set back all plans for new to overcome financial obstacles in order to
least another year. produce an excellent and lasting enterprise.
and city, more children pre- Those most intimately connected with the-
1 than ever before. atrical production here are all supporters of
Democrat and Republican Guthrie's project, putting aside considera-
e amount the state needs in tions of competition in favor of the long-term
a curiously American coinci- general gain. They, better than any other
agreed that only $70 million group, must be aware of difficulties and draw-
e Republican, while those who backs, and their support of the project would
million were Democrat. seem to be indicative of the possibility, under
, the Commissioner of Educa- intelligent management and promotion, for
American Education Week. its success.
ong way since 1920," he said, Artistic activity generates itself. The more
ore concern about our schools that is produced now, the more that will be
of higher education than ever produced in the future. "Competing" organiza-
ation's history." tions readily admit their value to each other,
have been hysterically funny for a kind of artistic interaction increases the
s. audiences of both. Guthrie's visit will further
sian persons, stimulate this interaction.



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Th Harpsichord
FOUR YEARS aAGO a friend of mine, whom Ill call "Gordon,"
worked for a local music shop which was understandably 'con-
cerned about the delivery of a pedal harpsichord they had ordered
from the Hans Neupert firm in Germany. Their anxiety, however,
was only partially relieved by a phone call one day from a Customs
Official in Detroit. As nearly as Gordon can remember, the following
conversation took place:
"We got a crate here for you," an Official voice stated. "From the
Port of Hamburg."
Gordon replied that it was the pedal harpsichord they had been
"What'd You say it was?"
A harpsichord. A musical instrument."
"Oh! Well, that ain't none of my business, mac," the voice con-
tinued obliviously. "All I know is, we'll hafta knock her open and-"
"You'll what?"
"Well, we gotta job to do, ya know. We gotta assess it for duty."
"But that's a--------valuable instrument!" Gordon exploded.
"Why, that thing cost-look, never mind! Just hold it! Please!
We'll be right in!"
* * *
NOTWITHSTANDING the fact that this happened in the days
before the expressway, they made it to the Detroit docks in forty-five
minutes. The magical crate stood in a bleak, forboding warehouse,
surrounded by a handful of working men who for the most part were
attired in old marine field jackets.
"It was a scene I'll never forget," Gordon says. "I can still
see one of them-a husky gorilla who swung a thick crowbar back and
forth, just waiting for the word. It was hard to tell where his arm
ended and the crow-bar began. And' in all, they eyed the crate like
so many impatient Mexican children in the presence of their first
pinata. Grim! I honestly think they were disappointed to see us"
Only after the Ann Arbor contingent had patiently unpacked the
contents were the Customs Officials satisfied that, low and behold, it
was a harpsichord, whatever that might be.
NOW, I DON'T want to give the impression that I've gone out of
my way to make Customs Officials look like so many boobs. As a matter
of fact, although I've known for some time roughly what was meant
by "harpsichord," only recently was I made aware of the difference
between what we might call the "ordinary" harpsichord, and the pedal
The former usually has but a single keyboard and no pedals, while
the latter has not only two keyboards, but also foot pedgls which may
be used to operate a portion of the keyboard (similar to an organ) and
which therefore free the hands for other tasks, such as scratching, or
paring the fingernails.
This particular harpsichord, though not as valuable, is actually
rarer than a Stradivarius violin. Musicians would go miles just to see
it, let alone play it. At the time of its arrival, there were only fourteen
like it in the world. Currently, as nearly as Gordon can determine,
there are only two like it on the North American Continent. One Is in
Mexico City.
THE OTHER is in my room. (Dramatic, eh?) Through one thing
and another, it managed to see a lot of Ann Arbor without being
sold. I have no doubt that it attracted its share of would-be owners,
but harpsichords cannot exactly be bought for a, uh, song. Since the
owner of this harpsichord also owns the house in which I live, and
since my room happens to be the sort of room ideal for storing
harpsichords (it's a big room) it was dismantled and deposited there,
before my arrival this September.
Lord knows, I've got nothing against having a harpsichord in my
room. It's unlikely that I would want to use that particular corner,
anyway, and a harpsichord, even a dusty and dismantled one, is in
many respects an ideal embilishment. It adds that certain, artistic
touch not even remotely challenged by the Picasso prints and bull-
fight posters which adorn the average, run-of-the-mill-room,
It has, moreover, transformed my room from one of oblivion, with
underwear slung over the chairs and pizza crumbs on the floor, to a
Room of Distinction. We all, of course, have our little "thing," whether
it be an autographed picture of Herbert Hoover, or a first edition of
"I, The Jury." But which of you has ever had a harpsichord in your
room,let alone a pedal harpsichord? Which of you, as a matter of
fact, has ever had a picture of a harpshchord in your room?
Now that I've had my little fun, I guess it's safe to state that the
present situation is really a musical shame. I think, however, that a
remedy is in preparation. Its removal will be somewhat of a blow to
my social status, to be sure, but the next best thing to present associa-
tion is past association. To that extent, I would like nothing better
than to be able to nostalgically murmur, at some future concert, "I
once had that harpsichord in my room!"


Herblock is away due to illness

Copyright, 1I5t, The Pulitzer Pubtisbing Co..
St. Louis Post.Djspatch

Writer Comments on Review

To The Editor:
E NOUGH of this "clean, well-
lighted" and paternalistic crit-
icism! There comes a time when
things stop being good ("consider-
ing") or good ("for nineteen") and
start Just having to be good or not.
And while it may be of some con-
solation to the current editors of
Generation to know that in John
Hagopian's estimation this is the
finest student literary magazine
within a 200 mile radius, it is also
important to know where it stands
And apparently it doesn't stand
there at all. It never even got off
the ground. One poem in the cur-
rent issue is cited as being "per-
fect" by the reviewer. But if this
is perfection, it is, at its best, a
lifeless and academic perfection.
Mr. Hagopian's review was
heated, to be sure, but it's about
time somebody got excited about
Generation. Obviously no one else
is. Teachers have to be ap-
proached, to furnish scouts with
indirect hints and unwilling or
hesitant, CAREFUL, students have
to be implored to submit material
for publication, we are told.
IF THE contents of this "Au-
tumn Issue" are some measure,
there would seem to be no great
flood of vitality, however imper-
fect, oozing out of Generation's
"MARCELINO" is the current
offering at the Campus The-
atre. It is brought to the screen in
glorious black and white. There
are few or no unusual camera ,
angles-no "artistic" shots except
the "art" of a six-year-old child
as he lives from day to day, using
the simple things at hand.
The actors are passable-they
do what is asked of them, nothing
more or less, with the exception of
Pablito Calvo, Marcelino. He does
not act-he lives! His smile and
his eyes are utilized to the fullest
to convey the freshness of each
new adventure, and he slips
through his role with an elfin
* *' *,
THE STORY is of a foundling
left on the doorstep of a Monas-
tery. What can the Brothers do
with the child?-of course they
keep him. The villian enters, in
the disguise of the town's new
mayor,sano he is bent on possess-
ing the child. The conclusion is
the miracle of Marcelino.
But between the beginning and
the ending one becomes again
for a little while a child-almost
visualizing Marcelino'" phantasied
companion, Manuel. Experiencing
the fear and yet the fascination
that eventually leads Marcelino up
the forbidden staircase for his
inevitable rendezvous with fate.
A factor worthy of note is the
1 ~inl hn nlrrr..r-.nArwhih ,zenArn

seams. Nor was there, Thursday
and Friday, any evidence of en-
thusiasm on the part of the stu-
dent body when the salesmen tried
to push a reasonable 1,000 copies
of this student magazine on 24,-
000 students, with about a 50%
Even If Mr. Hagopian's en-
thusiasm is negative, it is often
critically just, with a few notable
exceptions. And even if it is de-
structive, it is at least a reaction.
And if the only possibilities for
positivetachievement are through
what start out as negative re-
sponses, so be it. But reaction
there must be, and life, if Genera-
tion is to continue to have any
validity, as a student or literary
or any other kind of publication.
-Elsi Nore,
Special Student
Snow . ..
To The Editor:
DID YOU ever feel you didn't
deserve the snow?
Didn't deserve this indiscriminate
beauty fallout?
Sometimes it is a fear with me:
awful falling beauty
But fallout fears are frequent in
And men have found another
use for awful
Perhaps they do not think about
the snow ..
-Kathleen Dunne, '60
Communist? . .
To the Editor:
LAST WEEK a letter appeared
in your paper as a letter to
the editor attacking Gen. George
C. Marshall. The letter, by a Mr.
Toomin, accused General Marshall
of being a bad general and an
even worse politician.
General Marshall could very well
have been a bad general. I do
not know that much about his
military career. I do know some-
thing about Marshall's political
career and I can point out some
fallacies in Mr. Toomin's letter.
Mr. Toomin says that, as our
ambassador to nationalist China,
Marshall was briefed by three men
in the State Department who were
investigated by the McCarran Un-
AmericantActivities Committee. If
by this, Mr. Toomin infers that
these men were Communists, he is
sadly mistaken. The three men-
Owen Lattimore, Harry Dexter
White and John Carter Vincent-
were never convicted of any crime
in connection with their politics.

der oath that he had nothing to
do with the Communist Party or
its affiliates. He produced wit-
nesses to back him up. The state's
withness was one man, Budenz,
who in front of the committee
changed his testimony about Lat-
timore's participation in the Com-
munist Party. Lattimore could
have been tried for espionage and
perjury had he been a member of
the Communist Party. The fact
stands that he wasn't.
Harry Dexter White also testi-
fied that he had never been a
member of the Communist Party.
No action was taken against him
legally. Shortly afterwards, he suf-
fered a fatal heart attack and
ended the investigation.
John Carter Vincent missed the
big show in front of the TV
cameras. He stayed with the State
Department until 1957, when he
retired with John Foster Dulles'
These cases tend to show that
General Marshall was briefed by
regular State Department officials
as is any one of our other am-
bassadors. Mr. Toomin may not
like the policies of General Mar-
shall, but they were anything but
-David Golden

The Senior Column
By Barton Hustlwaite

Europe and Economics

Associated Press News Analyst
'UROPE SEEMS to be accepting the prin-
ciple that it should stop discriminating
ainst American products and start helping
carry the load of economic aid to under-
veloped countries, but putting the principle
to practice promises to be a horse of an en-
ely different color.
Britain may actually do something about it
on. How much remains to be seen.
Economic observers in all of the countries
mit that conditions now permit greater dol-
rpurchases. Where 10 years ago they had to
rrow heavily to meet their dollar trade im-
lances, now most of them have dollar sur-
ises, and the shoe is on the other foot.
The United States is buying more abroad
an she is selling. There has been a consider-
le though not critical drain on her gold
For years, in order to help the world trade
uation, she has made loans and grants
road which the recipients have spent in
de with other countries. In many cases pay-
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ment has been made in local currencies which
the United States has spent locally.
FEAR HAS BEEN expressed that all these
things combined will contribute to infla-
tion at home.
Now the newly-organized Development Loan
Fund will tie its loans to the purchase of
American goods instead of letting them go
freely into .the open market.
Some cuts in foreign military aid are to be
Getting Europe to lift restrictions on dollar
purchases and to make more of the develop-
ment loans itself runs, however, into political
Everybody, or practically everybody, agrees
that the United States has the right to ask.
But the Europeans have used trade restrictions
to foster home industry just as the United
States has used tariffs in the past. Their econ-
omies, however, are less, broadly based. Mak-
ing the change purely for the purposes which
motivated the United States 10 years ago -
to help someone else - is not easy.
T E TIMES of London remarked the other
day that America must face her own prob-
lems "and cannot go on indefinitely acting as

TODAY'S engineering student is
pictured as a semi-literate,
slide rule-toting, sloppily-dressed
soul whose primary aim in life is
to graduate with a high-paying
University degree. In short, he is
being branded as a "clod."
This traditional image runs
deep in campus opinion. Isolated
in one corner of the campus, the
student engineer is seen as being
completely oblivious to happen-
ings of the outside world.
Concentrating solely on his
weighty technical journals, he
grinds out equations far into the
night completely ignoring the
aesthetic opportunities available
at the University.
* * *
FOR THE most part, this image
of the student engineer holds
true. Burdened by a concentrated
technical schedule, he has little

time left to freely dabble in the
The Soviet challenge of a con-
centrated scientific program has
intensified the United States' de-
mand for technically superior en-
gineers. Even if the engineering
student did want to expand his
higher education 'base to include
the humanities and social sci-
ences, the Soviet-United States
mass production of engineers race
leaves little room for non-techni-
cal subjects in the engineering
student's already crowded pro-
THE DANGER of such a weak
liberal base becomes apparent
when the student finally leaves
the University after a crowded
four and and one-half years and
embarks on his professional ca-
reer. Quickly swallowed up by an
engineer-hungry industry, he finds

himself so burdened by the de-
mands of his new profession that
he has no time for expanding his
horizons in the literary fields.
And even if he did have the
time, the interest that would have
been stimulated by a brief study
in the liberal arts is sadly lacking.
The result is a technically orient-
ed individually, highly proficient
in his specialized skills, but woe-
fully lacking the requirements
necessary for becoming an active
participant in his community af-
The traditional image of the
slide rule-toting student engineer
prevalent on this campus today is
usually accompanied by the men-
tal comment, "Poor soul .. he
just isn't as enlightened as we
literary school students."
Probably the best answer to this
is, "We just don't have the time
to be enlightened."


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fice Sunday afternoon after 1:30, pre-
ceding the concert.
Synchronized Swimming Exhibition*
There will be an exhibition of syn-
chronized swimming at the Women's
Swimming Pool on Sat., Nov. 14 at 8:00
Women's Swimming Pool: There will
be no Faculty Family Night on Fri..

gan-Princeton-Alexandria Expedition
to the Monastery of St. Catherine at
,dt. Sinai will speak on Sun., Nov. 15
at 4:00 p.m. in Aud. B. Exhibition open
Sat. Nov. 14 at the Museum of Art.
Placement Notices
n The following schools have listed
teaching vacancies for the present
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