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Television Has Visions
Of Remaking Aneiica

Television may put an end to
the revolution in the American
way of life-a revolution that
started way back at the beginning
of the century when the whole
country climbed into a caravan
of tin lizzies and made for the
wide open spaces.
But pretty soon, we think, comes
the counter-revolution.
LAST MONTH, the East and
the Midwest were linked together
by a coaxial cable, making it pos-
sible to see TV shows originating
in New York.
That sounds pretty innocuous.
But what really happened was
the birth of a great American
pastime that could eventually
put an end to such institutions
as the movies, picnics, etc.
Heart Week
Drive To Fight
Dread Disease
Rheumatic heart disease kills
more children and young adults
than any other illness, according
to Dr. Ernest H. Watson of the
University Medical School.
The occasion for his remarks is
the opening of National Heart
Week, February 14 to 19. A na-
tion wide drive is being conducted
during the week in order to ob-
tain funds to combat heart di-
"MOST CASES of rheumatic
fever are preceded by a strepto-
coccic sore throat or a strepto-
coccic infection elsewhere in the
body," Dr. Watson explained. "If
a child has a severe cold or sore
throat, he should receive medicalk
attention," he said.
Pain in the joints of a child
is an early sign of rheumatic
fever which is easily detected,
the physician continued. Other
danger signs are fever, a pale
anemic complexion and loss of
weight and energy.
Medical science can prevent re-
current attacks of the disease withI
small daily doses of sulfa over a
period of time, he explained.
as widespread in Michigan as in
several other states, but Michigan
is in an area where the disease is
likely to become prevalent," Dr.'
Watson said.
If the disease should strike,
however, help is available
throughout Michigan, he said.
Michigan is fortunately in thel
vanguard as far as facilities for
combating the disease are con-
cerned, he added. Over 30 rheum-
atic fever diagnostic centers are
operated under the Michigan
State Medical Society, he pointed
Forum at Hillel
A fireside discussion on currentr
labor problems will be conducted
by H. M. Levinson of the eco-t
nomics department at 3:30 p.m.
today at the Hillel Foundation.
This will be the first in a new
series of Sunday afternoon forums
which Hillel will sponsor durings
the semester.

There were even far-reaching
effects in Ann Arbor.
The lucky students living in
houses and dorms with TV laid
downtheir books-or they turned
from whatever distraction was
keeping them from their books-
to watch new and better shows
featuring top-flight actors from
the big city.
AND, LIKE mushrooms on a
summer morning, antennas start-
ed sprouting all over the city. City
engineers watched with alarm as
the bulky feelers shot upward
everywhere. They tried to imagine
the effect, calculate the damage,
a severe ice storm could have on
a city in the television age.
Atom bombs? Child's play.I
What about a few hunded
thousand ice - encrusted an-
tennas toppling down on a
Educational implications are
even more terrifying. The univer-
sity of the future may be in the
living room, where the student
will attend classes by watching a
TV scope. He'll merely push a
button marked "Physics 25" and
instantly be confronted with the
view of his professor demonstrat-
ing today's experiment.
AND TRAVEL, sightseeing. Why
burn up time and gas to get to
the Grand Canyon when you can
see it from every angle in your
living room, take pack train trips
to its bottom while sitting in the
softest easy chair you own?
No the real revolution is just
starting. Americans are coming
home, en masse, garaging their
cars, and settling down by their
firesides and TV consoles.
Who knows? The fireside chat
of the future may be a face to1
face affair, with the President
blowing friendly smoke rings into
your own living room.
SL Extends -
Essay Contest
Deadline for the Student Legis-
lature essay contest has been ex-1
tended to Feb. 21.T
"Student Government: What
should be its purpose in a Uri-t
versity Society" is the subject of
the essays for the contst which
is open to all undergraduate
students except members of the
SL. First prize is $35, second, $15.f
Entries should be typed and
mailed to Student Legislature Es-g
say Contest, 1010 Administrationt
Tjhose desiring further infor-
mation are asked to contact Jim
Brown, 2-3297.
Miners Relax on
Lewis' Birthday
PITTSBURGH -- (P)-The 69th
birthday of President John L.
Lewis of the United Mine Work-
ers yesterday brought idleness to
most of the nation's 400,000 coal
There was little loss of produc-
tion since most commercial mines
are operating on a five day week
with Saturday an idle day.
At the last UMW convention in
October, the miners voted to ob-
serve the birthday anniversary
with a day of idleness.

Will Feature
[ain e IActors
Play Season Revival.
Planned inSpring
Big- league drama will be pre-
sented here this spring if present
plans go into effect.
The "Ann Arbor Drama Season"
of five plays with professional ac-
tors from New York and West
Coast will be revived this year.
PLAYS WILL BE staged at
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre from
May 9 to June 11.
A committee of faculty mem-
bers and townspeople, headed
by Prof. Valentine Windt, of the
speech department, is negotia -
ing with Broadway and West
Coast producers to bring five
top-caliber productions here.
The committee hopes to have a
playbill ready by early April. Res-
ervations will then be accepted.
FOUNDED in the late twenties,
the Ann Arbor Dramatic Season
was discontinued in 1942 because
of the war.
Such plays as "Pygmalion,"
with Ruth Chatterton; "The
Winter's Tale," with Louis Cal-
hern and Diana Barrymore; and
"Charley's Aunt," with Jose
Ferrer and Uta Hagen, were
staged at the Lydia Mendels-
Nationally-known actors con-
sidered the season "one of the
most desirable engagements in the
The committee hopes to present
a'balanced bill of classics, experi-
mental and popular plays at reas-
onable prwes.
Skinner To Feature
Historic Sketches
History will come to life when
Cornelia Otis Skinner comes to
town on Feb. 24.
As the guest of the Oratorical
Association, Miss Skinner will pre-
sent her six-scene play, "The
Wives of Henry VIII."
Written by the actress, the play
will portray the short and un-
happy lives of the king's spouses.
Miss Skinner will even go so far
as to present a pantomime por-
trayal of King Henry himself.
Besides the feature skit, Miss
Skinner will present a short pro-
gram of original modern character
sketches. They will run the gamut
from humor to tragedy.
Tickets for the performance will
go on sale Feb. 21, at Hill Audi-

It is our prime objective, in this column, to keep up to date
those who are interested in the progression-or regression-of popu-
lar music and jazz; to aid the jazz enthusiast in his selection of the
better recordings; and even more, to introduce jazz as a form of
present day musical expression to those who dislike it, or to whom
this type of music is particularly new.
Let's sneak up on it all with the Herb Jeffries Magenta Moods
album. It's been out for about a year, now, but it still is very worthy
of mention. Mr. Jeffries has been "doing it" to the listening public
for a long time now; some of his earliest sides being with an Earl
Hines group back in '34. Since then, Herb has recorded with Sidney
Bechet, and of course, the notable "Duke of Ellington."
THE DUKE has had perhaps more influence on Jeffries' style
than anyone else, and it's very evident on all the sides in this album.
Solitude and Flamingo are two numbers that Herb had recorded in
1940 with the Ellington aggregation, the former itself being an Elling-
ton composition. The rest of the album is made up of All of Me,
These Foolish Things, I Don't Want to Cry Anymore, and one of
Jeffries' best, Basin Street Blues.
Basin Street is an old Spencer Williams composition, written
when he played trumpet and led his marching band down in New
Orleans. It seems as though Buddy Baker, whose orchestral
arrangements afford Herb such able backing on all these sides,
and Jeffries got together and did their best to make this record
sound just like the Deep South.
We believe whole-heartedly in keeping up with the great men in
the jazz world, and so it's only natural that we should give a listen
to one of Charlie "Yard-bird" Parker's latest.
ONE SIDE of his most recent attempt is Embraceable You, and
the other is Bongo-bop. Perhaps the only good thing that we can
say about the sides is that they weren't always as bad as they were
in some parts.
One of Blue Note's recent additions to their fine series of
.jazz records, which is comprised of everything from dixie to bop,
is one by Sidney Bechet and the Blue Note Jazz Men. It's called
Jackass Blues and it really carries a lot of laughs along with the
fine musicianship as exhibited by: Bechet on soprano-sax: Max
Kaminsky's growl type trumpet; Art Hodes on piano; "Pops"
Foster, bass; Fred Moore on drums; and George Lugg, playing
The high spots of this particular side are Bechet's solo and the
trumpet solo as done by Kaminsky. Max really takes off, giving a
braying effect peculiar to the breed of "ani-mule" after which this
number is named. The flip-over is high Society, an ever-green in the
dixie-land circles, and i t oo is (done very well in the strict dixie
T1TherT is still tie
t bu those
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Time on your hands?
This column is going to solve all
your problems. Just read it and
then snap on that radio and
you're in for hours (if you can
spare them) of solid entertain-
* * *
radio fans. Mady Christians whose
irrepressible Mamma in John Van
Druten's "I Remember Mama"
and Meg Mundy, America's most
sought after model who recently
caused a sensation in "The Re-
spectable Prostitute," will star on
the CBS-TV Ford Theatre (7:30
p.m. EST) in Sidney Howard's im-
mortal drama, "The Silver Chord."
Other top flight dramas to be
aired today include Helen Hayes
in Booth Tarkington's "The
Wren" (CBS 9:04) p.m. EST)
while screen actor Tom Cor-
way will be featured in "Tom
.Pones" (NBC 1:30 p.m. CS'1)
For music lovers, the Piano
Playhouse (ABC 7:30 p.m. EST)
which features piano team. Cy
Walter and Stan Freeman will
have as guests the Italian duo-

pianists, Mario Carta and Em-
rico Cabiati, and jazz pianist,
Skitch Henderson.
* * *
JACK BENNY, whose latest title
is Favorite Radio Star of boys and
girls from eight to sixteen will
again celebrate his thirty ninth
birthday tonight (CBS 7:00 p.m.
EST). Actually Benny was born in
Chicago on Feb. 14, 1894, but the
crack comedian subtracts rather
than adds the years. He will be
ably abetted at his birthday party
by Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris,
Rochester and Dennis Day.
Benny who attributes his suc-
cess as a top radio start to the
fact that lie has never changed
his style will again portray the
stingy balding character he has
been playing for 17 years.
Also on the light side, Doc
Rockwell, Fred Allen's old vaude-
ville pal, will make his semi an-
nual visit to Allen for a walk up
"Main Street" with his former
partner (NBC 7:00 p.m. EST.
* * *
OF A MORE serious nature will
be the University of Chicago's

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