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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, January 13, 1980-Page 3

came 60 years late, but comedian Hen-
Youngman finally became a man
esterday. "Take my bar mit-
zvah-please," said the 73-year-old
king of one-liners.
About 350 guests and reporters were
on hand at Resorts International Hotel
Casino to hear Youngman read
passages in Hebrew from the Torah as
part of his belated bar mitzvah.
Youngman, known for his zinger
"Take my wife-please!" and the violin
e carries but rarely plays, was bar
itzvahed in a ceremony in the Viking
Theater, just off the casino floor.
"DEAR FRIENDS and fellow Jews,
today I am a boy," said Youngman in a
takeoff on the traditional "Today I am a
man" comment by boys who undergo
the Jewish rite of passage to adulthood.
At the bar mitzvah parties following
the ceremony; the boy receives gifts
such as a fountain pen. Said Youngman,
"Want another one? Today I am a foun-
in pen."
0Youngman said he agreed to be bar
mitzvahed to end years of speculation
over whether he was really Jewish.
"THE GENTILES and the Jews
tossed a coin and the Jews lost," he
said, slipping into his famous one-liners
from vaudeville days.
Jewish males usually are bar mit-
zvahed when they are 13 years old.
Youngman had explained, "I'm being

oungman bar mftzvahed

bar mitzvahed now because it took me
60 years to memorize the speech."
Opera singer Jan Peerce was the
cantor for the hour-long ceremony and
several of Youngman's show business
friends, including comedians Norm
Crosby and Joey Bishop, were among
the guests.
THE BAR mitzvah is a solemn oc-
casion and the ceremony had its serious
moments even for the famous
He said he felt "more proud now to be
a Jew."
Youngman choked up slightly while
telling yet another joke: "It would have
been nice if my mother and father were
here to see me-with my nice blue suit
and my hair combed."
YOUNGMAN's given name is Henny
Jungman, and his Hebrew name is
Hennech, according to Rabbi Seymour
Rosen of Margate, who said the
comedian did not know the Hebrew
name until he told him.
Youngman, who was born in London
but grew up in New York City, -said,
seriously, that his original bar mitzvah
was canceled by his parents because
his cousin died on the day of the,
He recently mentioned this to a
reporter from the Press of Atlantic
City, who arranged for the ceremony at
the hotel where Youngman currently is

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the Train Now), 3:30 p.m., Saren Bau (The Naval Captain's Wife), 6:30 p.m.,
Cooley Lab. Aud.
Alternative Action Film Group-Norma Rae, 7,9 p.m., Nat. Sci.
Women's Crisis Center-Potluck and council meeting, 6-9 p.m., 2111/2N.
Students to Aid the Boat People-7 p.m., Hillel, 1429 Hill.
Major Events-Third Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, 2, 7:30 p.m.,
Power Center.
School of Music-Percussion Recital, Dan Lidster, 4 p.m., Recital Hall.
Schoolof Music-Horn Students Recital, 8 p.m., Stearns Building, North
School of Music-Voice Recital, Michael Doll, 8 p.m., Recital Hall.
School of MusietGrgan Recital, Danny Brooks, 8 p.m., Hill Aud..
Lox and gageI Brunch-Gerald Rosberg, Law School, Refugees,.
ilranians, and U.S. Immigration'Laws," 11 a.m., Hillel, 1429 Hill.
Union Art Gallery-Exhibits by Joan Gallup and Paulene Benio, 12-5
p.m., Union.
Museum of Art-"Decorative Arts and Ornament'Prints and Drawings
from the Museum Collection," 1-5 p.m., Museum of Art.
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology-"Faces of Immortality," 14 p.m.;
Gallery Talk, 2p.m., Museum of Archaeology.
Museum of Natural History-"Indians of the Great Lakes Region,"
rotunda, 1-5 p.m., Museum of Natural History.
Museum of Natural History, Planetarium-"The Sky Tonight," 2, 3, 4
p.m., Planetarium.
Hillel-Israeli Dancing, 1-3 p.m., 1429 Hill.
Soviet & E. Europelan Cinema-Mother, 7 p.m., Angell Aud. A.
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American Field Services-Ann Arbor Returnees Chapter, last meeting
lbefore State of Michigan Conference, 6 p.m., 7th floor lounge, Haven Hall.
For more info. call 668-0152.
School of Music-Trumpet Recital, Bonnie Kline, 8 p.m., Recital Hall,
School of Music.
Resource Policy & Management-William Johnson, "Creativity in
Resource Policy & Management," noon, 2032 Dana Bldg.
Neuroscience-William Uttal, "A Taxonomy of Visual Processes," 12:15
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Museum of Art-"Eighteenth-Century Prints and Drawings," 9 a.m.-5
p.m., Museum of Art.
Slusser Gallery-"Art/Book/Art," "Watercolors, acrylic paintings and
collages," Prof. William Lewis, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Slusser Gallery.
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology-"Faces of Immortality," 9 a.m.-4
* p.m., Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
Clements Library-"Eighteenth Century British Architecture," 9 a.m.-
noon, 1-5 p.m., Clements Library.
Bentley Historical Collections-"Women's Athletes at U-M: The Early
Years," 9a.m.-5 p.m.
Natural History Museum-"Indians of the Great Lakes Region," 9 a.m.-
5 p.m., rotunda, Museum of Natural History.
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sixth floor, Grad. Library.
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AP Photo
COMEDIAN Henny Youngman, 73, holds a holy Torah during his bar
mitzvah ceremonies yesterday in Atlantic City.
Wo-men-Only buses
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In response to the alarming threat of
rape in this area, a group of women
here are trying to organize a transit
system that would be operated, driven
and used only by women.
"The main interest is not in free or
cheap transportation for women-we
want it to be a device used to prevent
rapes," said Women in Action member
Karen Januszewski. As long as there
are male drivers or passengers, she
added, there remains a chance of rape.
THE PROJECT sprang out of the
Oct. 18 "Take Back the Night" protest
march against rape, sponsored by
Women in Action. At the first Women in
Action meeting following the march,
members began suggesting ideas
aimed at preventing rape, including a
self-defense club, improving street
lighting, improving campus security,
and educating the public on rape. But
most group members agreed that lack
of adequate transportation was the
most important issue, because, accor-
ding to Januszewski, "transit is both
the root cause of rapes and an im-
mediate need."
Though the project is still in the plan-
ning stages, it will probably be patter-
ned after a women's transit system in
Madison, Wisconsin. Both the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin and the city of
Madison provide funds for the project,
which covers a four-mile radius in the
university area and is operated by
women volunteers, said Women in Ac-
tion member Doris Wright.
WRIGHT, Januszewski, and group
Coordinator Jackie Rice all agreed this
University should take some respon-
sibility for women's safety, "It definite-
ly should be funded by the University,
said Rice.
In addition to the proposed local
women's transit* system, which most
members support, Rice mentioned the
possibility of working through the Ann
Arbor Transit Authority (AATA) and
trying to broaden the hours and number
of Dial-a-ride routes.
DIAL-A-RIDE recently reduced its
general service hours because of a
shortage of funds, and now focuses

mainly on providing transportation for
the handicapped.
But there are problems with the Dial-
a-ride approach. The service wouldn't
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