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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1951

THE MICHIGAN D AILY

PAGE THREE

_____________________________________ I
Hot. Hunt

Enthusiasts
To Reform
Mins tre s
By MARILYN FLORIDIS
"We're going to revive the min-
strels of America," says James
radley Gaughen, spry 71-year-
old minstrel enthusiast.
Gaughen and his would-be min-
strel reformers-the Minstrel Men
of America-are worried about the
,teady decline that minstrel shows
have gone through since their
golden age around the turn of the
century
* * *
BELIEVING THAT there hasn't
been a real minstrel show in 37
years, Gaughen and the rest of his
group are setting out to rectify this
and return the minstrel show to its
former position as one of the lead-
ing forms of entertainment.
No one nows how to put on a
real minstrel show now, Gaugh-
en says. The present day at-
tempts are only imitation black-
face performances.
"A minstrel show must have at
least two sets of bones, as well as
singers and dancers, end men and
interlocutor. Everyone has got to
be able to come on down in the
circle and do something. Just
singing "Old Black Joe" won't do."
HAVING APPEARED a number
of times on "Al Bernard's Min-
strels" show during his radio ca-
reer in New York, Prof. Philip A.
Duey of the music school agrees
with Gaughen that minstrels have
changed.
However, he thinks that radio
cannot do full justice to the
minstrel show, since the visual
aspect-one of the most import-
ant in minstrels-is missing on
radio.
There have since been further
minstrel show attempts on the ra-
dio, but they have never succeed-
ed, says Duey. In fact, Prof. Duey
believes, it was the advent of ra-
dio and its easily available enter-
tainment that put minstrels in the
background. Hearing entertain-
ment while relaxing in the easy
chair was just tao tempting.
FURTHERMORE, Prof. Duey
feels that our present day humor
is of the sophisticated variety,
more in tune with our present way
of life. The unsophisticated min-
strel show with its repetition of
old jokes and acts doesn't appeal
to the modern public as it did
years ago.
However, in television's search
for entertainment, it has once
more restored vaudeville; and
since vaudeville and minstrels
are closely interrelated, TV op-
ens up a possible new vista for
minstrels, says Duey.
For with television, the visual
aspect can again be had while still
in the comfort of one's own home.
So, once again it may be possible
to return to the showboat days
and hear the blackfaced comedi-
ans go over the tale of "Who's dat
gal I saw you walkin' down the
street with last night?"
You see, Mr. Gaughen, there's
still hope for those minstrels.

HouseHnt
Conducted
By Barnaby
Barnaby is looking for a home.
Barnaby is a semi-cooperative
eating society organized a few
years ago by a group of students
interested in cheap meals and en-
tertaining table conversation.
At first the group was located
in Lane Hall until its expanded
size forced a move. The basement
of the Disciple's Church has been
their home for the last three
years.
Now Barnaby has a cook, a
large membership, but no home.
Originally titled t h e Little
Men's, Nome's and Leprachauns
Marching and Chowder Society,
shortened to Barnaby, the group
met, bought, cooked and ate their
food together and talked.
After the move from Lane Hall,
a cook was hired and the mem-
bers assisted in the preparation
of the meals.
Last year ten meals a week were
served, at a cost of $6.
SINCE THE group is inter-cul-
tural, inter-faith, and inter-racial
there's no difficulty in finding a
variety of table topics. Speaker
programs specializing in diversity
were planned once a week last
year. In the past Norman Thomas
and a Budahist priest have en-
hanced the dinners.
If plans for the future ma-
terialize, Barnaby will rent a
house for the cook, her family
and several members of the so-
ciety, with the rest of the group
dropping in for meals.
A supper business meeting will
be held by the present members
at 6 p.m. tomorrow in Lane Hall
to discuss the possibility of rent-
ing a house.
Disc jam Session
To MeetTonight
The first meeting of the Univer-
sity Hot Record Society will be
held at 8 p.m. today in the League.
The club, which meets every
Sunday night, features the records
of such performers as Louis Arm-
strong and Benny Goodman. A
live jam session is held once a
month, and any musician on cam-
pus is welcome to sit in, Bob Leo-
pold, club manager said. Meetings
are open to the public.

ASP Council To Discuss Plans for Year

C
The University Council of the
Arts, Sciences and Professions
will hold its first meeting of the
year at 8 p.m. Monday in the
Hussey Rm. of the League.
Plans for ASP's proposed year-
long lecture and symposium series

on "Freedom and a Philosophy of
Action for the Intellectual" will be
the prime topic of the meeting.
Also on the agenda is the election
of officers and a report on this
summer's re-evaluation meeting.

The meeting will not be restlrict-
ed to current membership. The
aim of the program is to brixg the
various academic disciplin.es to
bear on the problems of freedom,
social structure and international
tension.

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--Daily-Roger Reirke
DESPERATION TRY-Lowell Perry takes an unsuccessful lunge on the Stanford four yard line at
Ted Topor's fourth down pass early in the fourth quarter. Michigan, needing 15 yards for a first
down and 22 for the tying touchdown, relinquished the ball to Stanford after a 65 yard march
downfield which began when Don Oldham intercepted a Gary Kerkorian pass on the Michigan 13
yard marker. The Maize and Blue never again threatened, but Stanford went on to ice the game,
23-13, on Kerkorian's field goal with 41 seconds remaining. Covering Perry on the play are Dick
Horn (54) and Gordy Rice (35).

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Television is smack in the middle
of a battle, and TV owners are
fast becoming the lssers.
The whole movie industry is los-
ing money because people can stay
at home and receive the same dra-
matic marijuana on TV as at their
neighborhood shows. And the ad-
dition of great sporting events on
TV just made the situation bleaker
for the movie industry.
* * *
THE .SOLUTIONS which tele-
vision and movie outfits are com-
ing up with to make people pay
for the best without actually
wresting the sets from their homes
should be very discouraging to set
owners who bought TV in good
faith.
Theater TV is the first usurpa-.
tion of TV owners' rights to see
not only mediocre sporting events,
but the big games and fights. This
device adds a middleman to sport-
ing events so that now, instead of
seeing the Robinson fight in his
home, the owner of a television set
has to go to a crowded theater and
pay for seeing the fight.
Another innovation dreamed
up by some of the biggest televi-
sion and movie outfits is putting
home video on a cash and carry
basis. One motion picture com-
pany is experimenting with a

gadget which would require the
viewers to put a coin in to focus
the screen.
Another concern has a gimmick
which works via telephone lines.
If the subscriber wants to see a
certain show he calls the phone
exchange, is switched on and gets
a bill. Incidentally, all of these
gadgets have installation costs at-
tached. Some will run as high-
as 40 dollars.
The whole situation is being
surveyed by the Federal Communi-
cations Commission, which is the
guardian of the public interest on
the airwaves. Unfortunately, how-
ever, FCC had its chance once with
an invention called radio and prov-
ed itself remarkably ineffectual by
allowing it to develop "into the
rather horrendous device it is now.
Rhodes Candidates
Meet Tomorrow
A meeting for students inter-
ested in applying for the Rhodes
Scholarship will be held at 4:15
p.m. tomorrow in Rm. 2013 Angell
Hall.
To be eligible a candidate must
be an unmarried male citizen of
the United States between the ages
of 19 and 26.

F'rench Clubs
New members are invited to at-
tend the first meeting of Le Cercle
Francais at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the
League, according to James Clark,
'52, president.
'vesentation of the club officers
will be followed by an introduction
by Prof. Charles E. Koella, advisor.
Singing of French songs, dancing
and refreshments will be part of
the evening's program.
La P'tite Causette, an organiza-
tion for students interested in ac-
quiring fluency in speaking French,
sponsored by the Cercle, will meet
at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the Union.
Students of all levels of achieve-
ment are invited to attend accord-
ing to Prof. Koella.

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