THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5, 1953
'WEAK SQUEEK NEAL':
Political Expert Returns to University
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]IC TU E
By FRAN SHELDON
. "Weak Squeek Neal" has re-
* Ex-Michigamua, ex-Daily editor,
ex-newspaper reporter, ex-State
Department man, ex- . . . Prof.
Fred Warner Neal, visiting lectur-
er in the political science depart-
ment has again retired to his "iv-
ory tower," the University.
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THE EASTERN European ex-
pert claims that now, after nearly
20 years out of college he is in
almost the same position that he
held during his University career
-"always in need of money and
always in need of sleep."
Admitting that he "spent too
much of his time in extra-cur-
ricular activities," he called
them "a waste of time in many
"Although it is true that these
activities are of some help to the
student," it is the firm belief of
Prof. Neal that they tend to "dis-
tract students too much from the
real point of attending a Univer-
sity-the pursuit of knowledge."
For this reason he said his own
very active extra-curricular career
MUNCHING A cheeseburger the
"easily amused" professor explain-
ed that these activities can easily
"become an end in themselves and
cause students to lose perspective."
Too much stress he said is
placed on the value such activi-
ties have for the graduate. Ac-
tually, any such value he called
Following his graduation from
the University, Prof. Neal embark-
ed on a "long and dishonorable
career in the field of journalism."
Beginning with the Trans-Radio
Press, continuing with the Oma-
ha Heraldand the United Press,
the writer was a correspondent for
the Wall Street Journal at the
outbreak of World War II.
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"INCIDENTALLY, you split
your infinitives terribly in a story
the other day," he broke in.
"When I was on the Daily . ."
"During the War I was put
into theNavy Air Corps-until
they found out I couldn't fly.
After that I was sent to Russia
and Siberia to do liaison work."
He stayed there until the end
of the war.
Self-named "professional errand
boy for the State Department,"
Prof. Neal was in charge of or-
ganizing the Voice of America
broadcasts to Russia. "I didn't ask
for this job," he explained "I was
given it. The Voice is falling on
dead ears in the Soviet Union. It
is ridiculous and ineffectual.
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"IN IRON CURTAIN countries
the radio is tightly controlled and
most people don't have radios any-
how. In the main the only people
who have radios and thus ca
hear our broadcasts are the Com-
munists. And in Western Europe
very few listen. Why should they?
They have programs of their own.
Would we listen to a French
broadcast of similar nature?"
Born in Northville, Mich.,
Prof. Neal is currently on leave
from the University of Colo-
rado where he has spent the
last two years. He has studied
at Harvard as well as here on
Sorry that he ruined his chances
for being Phi Beta Kappa by
"once getting a 'D' in a course"
the political expert was a Ful-
PROF. FRED WARNER NEAL
.. : easily amused
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bright scholar at the University
of Paris in 1950-51.
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NOW DOING some graduate
work at the University, Prof. Neal
is reported to be having some dif-
ficulty in remembering details in
a history course. "I got a B in the
last test," he admitted.
Terming himself "essentially
an idealist," Prof. Neal tends
toward a "new isolationism." He
feels that it would be better "to
do nothing than what we are
doing now" in our foreign po-
Calling it "interventionism from
an isolationist point of view," he
said our present policy suffers'
from a "false orientation to West-I
ern Europe, an area which for a
brief span of time was pretty dom-
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INSOFAR AS Western Europe is
concerned, popular morale is so
bad, he said, that "people won't
fight, and our so-far unsuccessful
attempts at rearmament of West-
ern Europe are only accentuating
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the conditions that make morale
For this reason he believes the
best way to combat Communism
in Western Europe would be to
"drop the armament program
this month, this week, today-
at two o'clock."
In our foreign policy he points
out that we tend to ignore the ba-
sic fact that "there is little about
Communist ideology that is ap-
pealing to masses of people. But
the Communists are smart-they
propose the things the people
"THE MASSES of the people
are not political. The sole aim of
the Chinese peasant, for example,
is to obtain rice and land. They
really want this, and this can
cause a revolutionary situation.
"The Communists cannot create
such a situation," he said. "They
can only take advantage of it
where one exists. Our best bet is
to go in and be radicaller than
hell; to outyell the Communists.
That's the way to beat them."
And Eisenhower will certainly
have a tough time getting a re-
newal of the excess profits tax,
he added. "Unless they find a
way to cut fat instead of muscle
in slashing expenitures they will
have to retain the tax structure
as it is, or revise the structure
completely - an embarrassing
step in an election year, he com-
"Biggest issues are still to come,"
both Prof. Taylor and Prof. Grace
agreed. "They have postponed most
important legislature - not only
taxes, but the whole farm program
and reciprocal trade agreements
as well, Prof. Grace added. Anoth-
er big issue Prof. Taylor pointed
out, is the question of power proj-
ects and the Niagera Falls devel-
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PROF. BRETTON finds Con-
gress' problem is that of the ma-
jority party attempting to orga-
nize itself to meet the responsibil-
ities of government. "The death of
Sen. Taft has dealt a serious blow
to that organization," he said.
There were all indications he
was to be successful," he added.
November, 1954, will be early
enough to make an estimate of Re-
publican performance - both of
the Administration and Congress,
according to Prof. Bretton. The
first six months of the new Ad-
ministration have been compara-
tively successful, he said.
An honest struggle to fulfill
campaign pledges has been made,
as far as has been humanly and
politically possible," he said.
Mleets on Kid's
EAST LANSING- (P) -Police
should not be required to conduct
recreational programs for young-
sters, a conference on problems of
juvenile delinquency agreed here
The Michigan State College con-
ference was jointly sponsored by
the U.S. Children's Bureau and
the International Association of
Chiefs of Police.
Police are not skilled in the
field of recreation and should
allow other agencies with train-
ed supervisors to take over such
projects, delegates said.
Delegates explained all police
officers handling a major share
of juvenile problems should have
training comparable to that given
police who specialize in traffic
The conference agreed there
should be a uniform code to po-
tect youngsters in trouble from
undesirable newspaper publi-
At present, delegates said, the
responsibility for protecting the
youngsters varies from state to
state between state law, the courts
and newspaper ethics.
City Aid for Elms
In order to help alleviate the
peril of the Dutch Elm disease
now threatening Ann Arbor's
trees, the City Council has auth-
orized the Park Department to
treat or remove infected trees from
According to Alderman John S.
Dobson, no voices have been rais-
ed against the new ordinance
which was passed Monday by a
unanimous council vote.
T W O F A W N S A N D A D E A R - Sharon Hoover plays in Sanford, Fla., with two
.fawns which town's zoo keeper says are doubly rare since mother gave birth to similar set a year ago.
To add to milady's charm, the
floral motif in diamonds is car.
ried out with water lily "appli-
qued" onto skin, rose-shaped
ring and "ivy" bracelet.
ENVOY TO BRAZIL
-James S. Kemper, of Chicago,
former treasurer of Republican
National Committee, has been
nominated by PresidentsEisen-
hower as Ambassador to Brazil.
Calendar of Events
REM I N D E R OF NATURE'S MI GKH T-- A youngster gazesatshuge, half-buried
rock, part of earthquake and landslide which shattered town of Murchison, N., Z., some 23 years agog
PROF. ERIC HAMP of the Uni-
versity of Chicago will speak on
"What are the Limits of Compon-
netial Analysis" at 12:10 p.m. in
the dining room of the League
before the Linguistics Luncheon
Known to many University stu-
dents frequenting Alexander Drug
Store on North University St.,
John Byron Alexander, co-owner
of the store died yesterday at St.
Joseph's Mercy Hospital after a
Born fifty-one years ago in Illi-
nois, Alexander graduated from
the Ferris Institute of Pharmacy
and came to Ann Arbor soon af-
ter in 1927.
Funeral services will be held at
2 p.m. tomorrow at the First Me-
thodist Church with the Rev.
Dwight S. Large officiating.
THE SPEECH ASSEMBLY will
feature Prof. Claribel Baird of the
speech department in a program
of readings about "Shaw's Wo-
men" at 3 p.m. in Rackham Am-
The program will also honor
graduates of the department.
PROF. George Bergmann of
the State University of Iowa
philosophy department w i 1
speak on "The Logic of Psy-
chology" at 4 p.m. in Angell
Hall, Auditorium D.
"ASPECTOS CULTURALES de
la region catalana" will be dis-
cussed in Spanish before the So-
,iedad Hispanica by Dr. Jose Vilor-
Bonet of the medical school at the
University of Barcelone, Spain at
8 p.m. in the East Conference Rm.
of the Rackham Bldg.
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VERENA STELPS, Grad., will
give a piano recital at 8:30 p.m.
in Rackham Assembly Hall.
Miss Stelps will play works of
Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, and
Brahms. Admission is open to the
public without charge.
Skirt and matching hat worn by
model are made of woven
twisted, paper yarn chemically-
treated fabric which can be
cleaned with a damp cloth.
NATIONAL POLIO FOUNDATION:
T H E Y ' R E 0 F F ! '-- Excitement of a race start is evidenced by taut strain of a dozen maiden
two-year-olds breaking from the starting gate at Garden State Park, near Camden, N. J.,
Visitors View Respiratory Center at 'U' I
Respiratory equipment, p r o -
grams for rehabilitation of polio
victims and methods in handling
the respiratory problems at the
University Hospital are currently
under close observation by repre-
sentatives of the National Foun-
dation for Infantile Paralysis.
Dr. Kenneth Landauer, assist-
ant manager of the National
Foundation is taking a group of
representatives from the Founda-
tion and science writers on a tour
of four of the nations ten respir-
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BOSTON WAS the first stop,
University Hospitals on the itin-
erary yesterday and today. and
from here the group will go to
Los Angeles and Houston, Texas.
The purpose of the tour is to
see new developments and mo-
difications in the equipment us-
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