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17 Films a Day

UNIVERSITY SERVICES--R. Frederick Christmann boards the
cart he uses for delivering films and supplies to University de-
partments. He is employed in the Audio-Visual Aids Department.
Threefold Job Keeps
Chris tmann's DeskFull

Showing of
'Noah' Set
A special Christmas perform-
ance, "Noah," will be presented
by the Arts Theater Club, Dec.
16, 17, 18 and 19 at Lydia Men-
delssohn Theater.
The play, a modern interpreta-
tion of the Noah story, is. the first
Arts Theater performance on a
regular stage. Written by Andre
Obey, a contemporary French
novelist, "Noah" tells how the man
God chose to survive the flood did
so in the face of personal- dis-
couragement, the rebellion of his
sons and the loss of his wife's
Noah is played by Bernard
Tone and Mrs. Noah by Tresa
Hughes. Noah's sons Shem, Ham
and Japhet are portrayed by Her-
bert King, John Bennes and Ger-
ald Richards respectively.
In the part of the three orphan
girls are Doris Roberts, Bidette
Ellis and Nancy Born. The ani-
mals who board the ark will be
played by some members of Ger-
aldine-Miller's dance classes which
are held at Arts Theater.
The production is directed by
Strowan Robertson. Karl Mag-
nuson, '55M, is in charge of mci-
ripntal music, songs and music for
the ballet of the animals, and
lyrics are written by Larry Pike,
Choreography is directed by
Geraldine Miller and Roy Staf-
ford is in charge of the set and
the costumes. Animal masks were
designed by Dave Aberdeen, Grad.
Arts Theater memberships will
be honored and single tickets may
be obtained, at the Lydia Mendel-
ssohn Box Office.
Performances will be at 8:30
p.m. Dec. 16 through 19. A mat-
inee performance, especially for
children, will be held at 3 p.m.
Dec. 19.
Tree Hazard Told
Is hard to look upon a gaily
decorated Christmas' tree as an
instrument of destruction, yet it
is a serious fire hazard.
Filled with natural pitch and
resin, it is one of the most com-
bustible objects known, the Na-
tional Safety Council warns. And
once ignited, it burns so rapidly
that extinguishing the flame is
virtually impossible by methods
ordinarily available.

Local Santa's Product

Only a few copies left-
Student Directories



23,500th Toy Finished
By Local Santa Claus


Taking off a red rubber work-
ing apron and pushing aside a
desk full of work schedules, R.
FredericksChristmann, known to
his friends as "Chris," sat down
to review his daily routine.
Christmann is a well-known
figure on campus, not for his desk
work, but for frequent classroom
appearances. As a member of the
Audio-Visual Aids Department, he
does everything from delivering
slide projectors to showing movies
and m'aking tape recordings of
guest lecturers.
* * *
HE HAS OFTEN been seen trav-
eling in a vehicle resembling a
motorcycle side car. The trailer
carries films, slides, tape record-
ers, spotlights or whatever other
equipment faculty members have
requested for classroom use.
Describing his threefold job,
which actually i5 the estimation
Itchy Topic
Discussed by
Dr. Mathews
You may not really be as aller-I
gic to work as you've been trying
to convince your professor, but
you actually can be allergic to al-
most anything else, including the
professor himself.
According to Dr. Kennieth P.
Mathews, assistant professor of
internal medicine, and assistant
in allergy at University Health
Service, you may be allergic to
such a commonplace medication
as aspirin. Your system may not
be able to tolerate shrimp or
strawberries, or you may merely
break-out in an itching rash at'
the very sight of someone you dis-
* * *
THIS ITCHING may be any-
thing from a mild rash to a "se-
vere form of hives which can be
mostuncomfortable and occasion-f
ally dangerous," according to Dr.I
In a severe form of hives, big'
mosquito-bite looking welts,
called "wheals" by doctors, can
create a frenzy of digging and
itching reminiscent of the most
effective methods of ancient
Chinese torture, according to
Dr. Mathews. In addition, some
acute attacks are associated
with vomiting, nausea, diarrhea,
or abdominal cramps.

of a very modest man, the pro-
jectionist names his first task
as that of showing films for all
University departments.
-In an average week, 46 filmsl
from the Visual Aids Department
are shown on campus. Six stu-
dents and a technicianwork with
him both on campus and in the
department's fourth floor Admin-
istration Bldg. headquarters.
IN AN AVERAGE work day,
Christmann and his assistants
may show as many as 17 films.
Discussing the use of films, he
pointed out that during October
and November more movies are
given in classrooms than in other
months, with ;fewer visual aids
employed by faculty members in
September and June than other
Proudly describing the Uni-
versity film library in terms of
number of films, movie and pro-
jector facilities, "Chris" counted
7200 prints in the local store
room. According to Ford L.
Lemler, director of the Audio-
Visual Education Center, this
constitutes one of the largest
university film libraries in the

Christmas is a year-round pro-
position for Ann Arbor's own
Santa Claus, Al Warnhoff.
Warnhoff, who is employed as
a full time carpenter in Ann Ar-
bor, spends about three hours each
night in his basement workshop
making wooden toys for children's
institutions throughout Michigan.
IT ALL STARTED 50 years ago,
when he was a young boy, he said.
He made a cradle and bought a
doll for a girl who was very ill.
The doctor told him- that his work
did her more good than any medi-
cine. Since that time Warnhoff
has known the joy of helping
needy children.
During the past 50 years, the
local carpenter has made a to-
tal of 23,500 toys. Most of his
ideas are original and he chang-
es them every year. Included
among the 1,500 items he has
made this year, are piggy banks,
colorful rocking horses, minia-
ture chairs and tables, mechani-
cal monkeys and large boats and
rockers which children can ac-
tually sit in.
Painting the toys, he said, is the
hardest part of the job. "They
must be done just right."

AS SOON as a toy is completed,
it is stored in the garage. As
Christmas nears and the garage
can no longer hold the toys, the
whloe house becomes a store-
house. "You can't even walk
through," he said. By Christmas
hardly a toy remains, however.
Deliveries to the various homes
begin on Dec. 15. Warnhoff per-
sonally distributes theAtoys to the
children. The Ann Arbor police
and the sheriff offer their ser-
vices in transporting the goods.
* * *
AMONG THOSE institutions
visited are the Michigan Children's
Home, the University hospital and
the School for the Blind in Lan-
Ile receives his greatest plea-
sure in watching the reaction of
the blind children. "It's a plea-
sure money can't buy. It brings
me a peace of mind." he de-
Warnhoff did not fail to men-
tion his many helpers. Several
women's organizations of Ann Ar-
bor come each year to dress the
dolls. The Kiwanis Club, of which
Warnhoff is an honorary member,
has been helpful in supplying
some of the necessary material,
he said.

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Another job Christmann attends
to is that of making tape record-
ings-of special campus events and
guest lecturers. The Engineering
Centennial speeches for example,
were among the recently recorded
events he handled. Examination
instructions are often recorded by
"Chris" for members of the fac-
THE THIRD TASK included in
the daily schedule for Christmann
is delivering and operating opaque
projectors. Explaining the unus-
ual machine, he showed how a
manuscript can be read by a large
group when placed under the pro-
jector. The manuscript is reflect-
ed onto a large screen. This is
especially useful when only one
copy of a manuscript being dis-
cussed by an instructor is avail-
able, he pointed out.
As "Chris" was concluding the
description of his work, he was
preparing to leave for the edu-
cation school where more films
are shown than in any other
campus department. He, packed
up the film, projector and other
necessary equipment, bundled up
in coat and famous pork-pie hat,
and stepped into his little cart.

Christmas Gift Sugestions
Sheaffer Pens and Pencils
Perfumes and Toilet Waters
1 Hair Brushes
Gi lbert's and Schrafft's Candy
Cigarette Lighters
Cigars and Cigarettes
340 S. State Street
A man that'sc
getsa Qui ck
S tiI 7feA wRE 4 Y "Y





In stressing the importance of
determining the cause of hives,
Dr. Mathwes suggested that the
sufferer keep an accurate record
of all foods and drugs used prior
to the attack.
Relief from repeated attacks
may then be affected by a rigid
diet, or a prescription of antihis-
tamine, according to the doctor.
Or, if all else fails, some common
sense psychotherapy on the sub-
ject of people you dislike may
do the trick, he concluded.


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