The Michiqan Daily-Sunday, October 28, 1979-Page 3
Isaacson is 'ham'with apples at half-time
By BILLY NEFF
He started out with the rocks and bottles lying on
the beach when he was a lifeguard. Sometimes these
days he switches to peaches, tomatoes, or tennis
But to the audience of 105,000'that's his every home
football game, Jim Isaacson is the blond kid who
makes apples fly, the extrovert out in front of sec-
tions 30 and 31 who juggles red orbs like nobody's
"ONE GAME I did peaches," says the junior
biology major from New Jersey. "They didn't have
apples in the store. It was real juicy. I have in the
past done tomatoes and squished them on my head."
Apples, it turns out, are just right for biting in mid-.
flight, Isaacson's specialty.,
Isaacson has run his one-man half-time show for
three years with a difference - juggle or fumble, it's
all for fun.
"PEOPLE WILL boo when I drop them and I like
that. I almost like it as much when they boo... I
really enjoy.it. I'm a ham. I like the attention. It's
fun; it's something to do that's different," he says.
Half the pleasure of juggling is in the celebrity
status it brings. "You meet a lot of people who come
up to you and say, 'You're the juggler, aren't you?' "
he says. "Some people will come up and tell me that it.
was a good job."
Isaacson's. act is expanding. He says he met a
couple hockey players at Ilooley's last year who
asked hith to juggle at their games. He was more-
than willing, he says, to add to his audience.
theater's for kids, too
Broadway's Most Honored Play
of the Season'
~(Winner of Four Tony Awards
Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
JUGGLER JIM ISAACON tosses apples yesterday at halftime. He has been
performing circus-like feats at football games for three years.
"SU: Budget deficienc
prevented PBB diagnosis
By CAROL KOLETSKY
Eleven-year-old Erika Salit wants to
be an actress. And until recently she
would have had a hard time finding a
place to develop her acting skills in the
adult-oriented theater community in
Three-and-a-half years ago, however,
parents, teachers, and Ann Arbor Civic
Theater members decided to help
children like Erika who dreamed of
stardom. In August 1977 the group
founded the Young Peoples Theater
(YPT) to provide performing oppor-
tunities and theater education for
children and to bring professional en-
tertainment to Ann Arbor from other
cities for family viewing.
NOW ERIKA and other five to 18-
year-olds in the Ann Arbor area have a
dramatic outlet beyond their school
plays. A place where they can explore
their potential talent, learn, and per-
form in a professional theatrical at-
The courses at YPT - taught
primarily by theater professionals -
include script work, character
development, creative drama, musical
theater, choreography, vocal
techniques, lighting and set design, and
stage and house management.
Originals and mini-versions of major
productions from melodrama to
mystery to serious dramas are part of
the YPT curriculum.
The children are able to apply their
new technical skills in the production of
YPT shows. "The experience these kids
are getting with tools and skills in-
credibly increases their appreciation of
what it takes to put on a show," said
technical instructor Ron Cramer.
A NEW HIGHLIGHT of YPT is its
six-month-old Repertory Company,
made up of 12 ten- to 15-year-olds, who,
receive added in-depth performing ex-
perience and training. "Its premise is
like the Shakespeare companies. The
same people perform and the plays are
about acting," said YPT instructor and
Detroit Attic Theater Director Jim
Moran. "This way the kids show their
acting skills to the audience - learning
theater on stage before an audience is
better than in a classroom."
The repertory company's latest
show, "The Three Musketeers," will
open in two weeks and is already
booked for 20 shows in the area.,
Now in its third year, YPT will be
operating on a $75,000 a year budget,
compared to a $3,000 financial base
during its first year. The program has
also expanded to include Brighton,
Saline, Plymouth, and Ypsilanti.
"THE STRENGTH in the YPT comes
from the adults who organized it,
because of their dedication to kids,"
And the "kids" seem pleased. "I
joined the Civic Theater, but there
weren't enough kid's parts. Now (at the
YPT) I get good instruction being a
character and stuff," said Erika Salit.
The courses are held at the Angell
Elementary School on South University
Avenue Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.,
Saturdays from * 9:30 ' to 12:30.
Workshopsare also conducted Satur-
day afternoons. The next 10-week
session begins in December.
EAST LANSING (UPI) - Michigan
State University (MSU) says
inadequate state funding of its College
of Veterinary Medicine prevented
researchers from diagnosing
Michigan's PBB contamination
disaster in its early stages. -W
MSU, in a statement released in con-
nection with its 1980-81 budget request
to the state Legislature this week, said
the impact of the PBB crisis might have
been considerably less if it had not been
for the budget deficiency.
"THE MOST outstanding example in
recent years of the consequences of in-
sufficient funding was the college's
inability to respond rapidly and com-
prehensively to the PBB crisis," MSU
John Welser, dean of the College of
Veterinary Medicine, said MSU's
animal health diagnostic laboratory
might have been able to diagnose PBB
contamination and give state officials
more time to respond.
"If there had been proper funding,
one could have expected that the
college or some faculty member,
working with the state Agriculture
Department, should have been more
persistent in their pursuit of the
problem," he said. "They should have
reached a more rapid and accurate
Films From Funnel/Toronto Filmmakers
The Funnel is a 100 seat film theater located at 507 King St. East in
Toronto. Run by a group of independent filmmakers, the direction of the twice
weekly showings at Funnel, and the films that will be represented tonight,
is in the experimental genre:-filmmakers included are Rosa McClaren, Ann
Gronan, R. Bruce Eloer, Frieder Hocheim and Peter Chapman. Canadian film-
maker Ross McCoren (Crash And Burn) will be present after this screening
to answer questions from the audience
Mon: INUIT FILM SERIES (Free at 8:00)
OLD ARCH. AUD.
... . . . * ' *. . .pt..1Ves ;..
Cinema II-Shampoo, 7 & 9 p.m., Aud. A, Angell.
Cinema Guild-Independent Filmmakers, Films From Funnel/Toronto
Filmmakers, 8 p.m., Old Arch. Aud.
PTP-Best of Broadway, "D a," 2 & 8p.m., Power Center.
Pendleton Arts Center-Sterling Chamber Players, g p.m., 2nd floor,
Musical Society-Boston Camerata, 8:30 p.m., Rackham Aud.
Center for West European Studies-Bert Schiebeek, "Post-World War II
Dutch Literature," 8:15 p.m., International Center.
Greenspace-Walkathon, noon, Huron High School.
Gay Discussion Group-Halloween Party, 6:00, Guild House, 802
Committee on Ethics, Humanism, & Medicine-Registration for 4th con-
ference, 8:30-3:30 daily, 209 Tyler, E. Quad.
Greenhills School Auxiliary-Tour of six Historic Homes, 12-5 p.m., 850
Mich. Pro-Choice-March in Lansing for abortion, 2 p.m., Lansing's
Hillel-Workshop on the Adult Children of Holocaust Survivors; 2 p.m.,
Hiking Club-Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Rackham N.W. entry.
WUOM Radio-"Education in China," 1 p.m.
WUOM Radio-"Press Shields Law," 1:30 p.m.
Mich. Media-Dickens' Great Expectatibns, 6:30 a.m., WDIV-TV.
Mich. Media-A Ticket to Utopia, 6:30 a.m., WJBK-TV.
Cinema Guild-Inuit Film Series: Fishing at the Stone Weir, At the
(Caribou: Crossing Place, Eskimo: Fight for Life, 8 p.m., Old Arch. Aud.
Ecology Center of Ann Arbor-Nuclear Power Series: Lovejoy's
Nuclear War, No Act of God, Nuclear Power in Michigan, 7:30 p.m., Public
Library Meeting Room, 343S. Fifth.
Macromolecular Research Center-Dr. William Gergen, "Unique
Aspects of the Melt Rheology of Block Copolymers," 4 p.m., 3005 Chem.
Non-Academic Career Counseling & -Placement for Graduate Studen-
ts-Kenneth Logan, speaker, 5:30 p.m., 3200 SAB.
Lesbian Advocates Office/Student Legal Services-"Lesbian Mother
Custody," discussion, 7 p.m., Guild House, 802 Monroe.
Young Workers Liberation League/County Coalition Against Apar-
theid-"Racism in the U.S. and S. Africa: The Corporate Connection," 7
p.m., Trotter House.
UAC-Viewpoint Lectures, Jorge Palacios, "Chile-What Happened and
Why," 8p.m., Union Ballroom.
Oral Biology-Dr. David Smith, Univ. of Wyoming, "Neural Coding of
Gustatory Information." p.m.. 1033 Kellogg.
5th Avwneat Libediy St. 761-9700
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Fri & Mon 6:30, 8:20, 10:10
Fri & Mon Adults $2.50 til
7:00 (or capacity)
Sat & Sun 12:50, 2:40, 4:30,
6:30, 8:20, 10:10
Sat & Sun Adults $1.50 til
1:30 (or capacity)
Midnite Shows Fri & Sat
"The crucifixion itself is
treated as a sort of Tupper-
ware party, and ends with
o'perky little song.
(Hal Ashby, 1975)
Warren Beatty stars in this sex force as George, the very heterosexual
hairdresser whose love for women will not allow him to say "no" to any
of them. Funny, etoric, serious and artistic, this film is one of the few to
make the connection between private (sexual) and public (political) morals.
A tremendous screenplay by Beatty and Robert Towne (CHINATOWN)
incisively probes sixties morality in the light oft the Nixon era. Music by
PAUL SIMON. With JULIE CHRISTIE, GOLDIE HAWN, LEE GRANT. (110 min.)
Angell Hall $1.50 7:00 & 9:00
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