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Records Get Thin, Hold
More Music in 71 Years
By JO 74HSNER
Phonographs are running in a slightly different groove since
Thomas Edison patented his first recording machine 71 years ago to-
In fact, it is doubtful whether the Detroit inventor would recog-
nize the modern offspring of his invention.
THE GREATEST recent change in recording technique came with
the invention of microgroove, which makes three grooves on a record-
ing in the same space that one of Edison's grooves took.
There aren't enough people in
the United States to keep the
California Pyramid racket going
for more than a week, according
to the mathematicians.
The illegal gambling game has
swept the country and crept into
Washtenaw county in the past
THE GAME operates with 12
people paying $2 for a position on
a pyramid chart. Each of these
people gets other people to build
ip similar charts.
To allow one person to get to
the number-one pay off spot,
-2048 suckers would have to add
their names to the 12 levels of
the pyramid, said one instrue-
tor, who asked that his name
not be used.
If the game lasted as long as
16 days, the pyramid would have
to include 500 million people, more
than the population of the entire
Western Hemisphere, he said.
THE INSTRUCTOR pointed
out that it's not a matter of sim-
ple mathematical statistics of
chance, either. The psychological
makeup of participants as well as
the legality of the game have to
"Anyone who would fall for
such a scheme is a good pros-
pect for a psychiatric ward. ,
Trying to enforce it is useless
because it will break down be-
fore it goes far for sheer lack of
customers," he said.
When asked the inevitable ques-
t on, he replied, "No, I haven't
Effects of the fast growing Pyr-
amid club were seen here when a
local couple reported an encoun-
ter with the group.
The husband, who asked that
his name not be used, was called
from Detroit by a woman who
asked him to join the club and
to recrit other couples. She
claimed that the club was a "good
chance to make a lot of money."
When both the husband and
wife refused to join, the woman
gave forth with a torrent of abuse.
At first she refused to pay the
phone call charges but later ac-
She ?refused to give her name.
AYH Hike Will
End With Social
The campus division of the
American Youth Hostels will com-
plete a day's activities with a box
social and square dance at Jones
The group will leave the League
at 1 p.m. to hike to Dixboro and
return by bus. Men will bid for
box lunches prepared by the
women. Admission charge for the
square dance is 50 cents.
Red, green and violet micro-
groove records, made of viny-
lite and looking like smashed-
out six-inch doughnuts with
one-inch holes in the middle
are a far cry from the bakelite
cylinders Edison used.
Some of the ancient discs, kept
as rarities in a local record shop,
look more like dictaphone cylin-
ders than today's platters.
THE OLDIES had one advan-
tage though-they sold for a mere
35 cents. The container of one of
Edison's originals boasted "new
records every month."
These cylinders only played
several minutes, though, while
12-inch microgroove records
can play up t'o 22< minutes of
"The old records sounded flat,
too," one record store manager
pointed out. The flatness, he ex-
plained, was due to the fact that
early records could only reproduce
vibrations up to 3,000 kilocycles,
while the human ear has a hear-
ing range from 30 to 15,000 kilo-
cycles. Modern recording ma-
chines and soundproof studios
make it possible to reproduce al-
most the entire range of audible
WHEN RECORDS first flat-
tened out around the turn of the
century, they were made in all
varieties-some of them a quar-
ter of an inch thick with recording
on only one side.
A number of these early records,
bearing the voices of such re-
nowned singers as Alma Gluck,
Caruso and Mme. Schumann-
Heink, have been procured for a
special historical collection in the
music school's record library in
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Contributors to
What's Up in the Dorms should
contact Dolores Palanker at The
Daily or 105 Betsy Barbour.)
Mosher women, who helped
construct the clever ice display,
"Shoo Jack Frost," which skidded
I to first place in the Winter Car-
nival Ice Carving Contest, were
honored at a party last Thursday,
given by their house president,
The carving depicted a grinning
Jack Frost sitting atop a large
replica of his elfin shoe. The
winning cup makes the second
first place display trophy Mosher
women have won this year-the
first was for their homecoming
AFTER THE RESIGNATION at
the end of last semester of Margo
Estep as president of Jordan, vice-
president Florence Anderson
moved up to the presidency.
Jane Stephenson was appoint-
ed vice-president in Miss Ander-
son's place by the Jordan Hall
THE JUNIOR NURSES at Couz-
ens Hall had a "Half 'n Half"
party Wednesday with refresh-
ments and all the trimmings.
Costumes included such novel-
ties as shorts worn with a ski
jacket and bathing cap and a
bathing suit with a fur coat.
Prizes were awarded to the most
GREEN HOUSE, in .East Quad,
.will have a dance from 9-12 p.m.
Friday. The room will be decorat-
ed to resemble a gambling den and
refreshments will be served.
NOMINATED BY PRESIDENT
-Earl James McGrath, of NewC
York, professor of education at
the University of Chicago, was
nominated by President Tru-
man to be U.S. Commissioner of
Education. Prof. McGrath will
succeed John W. Studebaker.
.Now, on Sale
Residence halls and fraternities
planning to attend the Union
Opera in a block should order
tickets as soon as possible, Bill
Zerman, General Promotions
Chairman, said yesterday.
"We're getting orders from
alumni groups all over the state,
and if students who want to sit
together don't send for tickets
soon they'll be out of luck," Zer-
MORE THAN 100 letters have
been mailed to presidents of
dorms, fraternities and sororities
explaining the block ticket plan.
Orders should specify the date
desired, March 23, 24, or 25, and
the number and price of tickets
requested, Zerman said.
Ticket prices are $1.20, $1.80
and $2.40. Orders should be ad-
dressed to Froggy Bottom, Mich-
"Bribes, threats or lynehings
will not sway our judgment," Bob
Perrin, '49F&C, Jackie Reed, '49,
and Phil Morris. '49E. declared
The trio, representing the Un-
ion. League and Men's Glee Club.
have promised complete fairness
in their choice of a name for the
all-campus talent show April 24.
THE CONTEST, open to all
students from now until midnight
March 6, offers the winner three
prizes especially geared to the
needs of the average student -
the '49 'Ensian and year's sub-
scriptions to both The Daily and
PU CTURE NEVWS
Students should send their
entries, along with their own
name and address, to Robert
Perrin in the student offices of
Talented students will have a
chance to try out for the variety
show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. next
A SECOND jackpot, also geared
to the needs of University stu-
dents, will be parceled out the
night of the talent show to the
performers judged best on the
basis of audience applause. These
prizes consist of three cash awards
-$100, $50 and $25.
The Union - League Talent
Committee, under Perrin and
Miss Reid, will watch tryouts
with an eagle eye to pick names
for the forthcoming campus-
The talent file will be available
to all organizations, both on and
off campus. Such groups as JGP,
Soph Cabaret and Gilbert and
Sullivan may spot just the person
they need in the file, whether he
be a ballet dancer or a zither
THE COMMITTEE has urged
students to polish up their acts
in time to try out on the 26th.
"Everything from catcalls to
organ playing will be appreciated
if it is done well," they said.
FILM EAR N ED M I L L I ON S - Dave Miller. whiose
Army-made film, "Seeds of Destiny" never shown in a pubic
theatter. ":rossed" $170,000,000 in donations.1 to cli idren's .fuds.
CALIF ORNIA CANDIDATE -- Helen bI, San.
Frpnvisc entrant in the world figure skating championship at
Fans, takes a log mglide during practice at London rink.,
Western Union Messengers
SeenCycling Off to Oblivion
By DON McNEIL
The traditional uniformed
Western Union bicyclist may be
on his way out in the U.S.
According to E. D. Whitesell,
local Western Union manager, the
company is experimenting with a
cruising telegraph office which
will speed up transmission.
IN SEVERAL Eastern cities the
teleg aph company is using cars
equipped with telegraph equip-
ment. These circle through the
residential sections until contajS.-
ed by the central office.
Messages are transmitted to
the car and delivered to the
addressee's door in a matter of
The business man too is getting
Czechs Open Door
To J.S. Students
Czechoslovakia has opened her,
frontiers to American students.
The Czech Ministry of Educa-
tion is offering 10 stipends of 30,-
000 Czechoslovak crowns each,
covering living costs for the aca-
Free tuition at the Universities
of Prague, Brno, and Bratislava,
the State Academy of Art, and the
State Academy of Music in
Prague is included in the grants.
Eligibility requirements are a
bachelor's degree from an Ameri-
can college or a degree from a
professional school of recognized
a boom from the newest develop-
ment in telegraphy-the trans-
mission by radio towers.
HE MAY soon have a telegraph
set right on his desk, as a result
of other experiments now being
A system by which telegrams
can be typed out in the business
office, wrapped around a tube
on the desk-sized telegraphy set
and transmitted by electrical
impulse to a central office by
the flick of a button is being de-
With the speeded processes, a
day of immediate answers to your
telegrams may be in the offing-
providing of course that the party
at the other end is home.
There will be a general meeting
of the Newman Club at 7:30 p.m.
tomorrow in the clubrooms of St.
Office and Portable Models
of all makes
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S H O O T I N G F I S H -- Primitive bows and arrows are used thirty feet below the surface by
the diving fishermen of Tanegashima, near Kyushu, Japan. They swim all year round, hiding behind
N rocks under water to corner schools of fish in dead ends. Only their goggles are modern.
FOR EVEN IN -Patricia
Seal, -starring in Warner Bros.
"The Fountainhead,"rwears a
black crepe strapless evening
gown with a band of whie
ermine on the bodice.
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Offering you the finest in
PLAY SUIT.-In "Kiss
in the Dark," Jane Wyman wears
a blue chambray tailored blouse
with mandarin-type collar of
' white pique. White sharkskin
shorts go with it.
A L L R 1 L E Y S -- Joe (left) and Bill (right) Riley, members of the Dartmouth College hockey
team, try out a new center in little Billy, 3, son of Bill during practice at Hanover,.N. H.
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