THE MICHIGAN DAILY
AUGUST 1, 1953
SPECIALIZATION is the paradox of our
society. It has led to the proliferation of
Western man, and also led to the mass medi-
ocracy that is the singular mark of our so-
Economically, specialization has meant the
amassing of great wealth through the cate-
gorization of individual talents. The sum of
these talents has resulted in more and better
material comforts. But the price of all this
has been high. The ultimate cost being re-
flected in the "self-satisfied" man. Society
takes a person with average abilities and de-
velops his most outstanding talents. This av-
erage man is now a specialist in his field.
Whereas before his knowledge of all things
was limited and incomplete, it is now more
inadequate then ever.
.But the paradox of the situation arises
when this mediocre specialist who knows
about a little attempts to dominate fields
outside his scope. The AMA on health in-
surance might be sighted as an example of
this mental myopia.
The immediate result of this unbalanced
specialization has resulted in more "scien-
tist" and less "cultured" men then ever be-
fore. But the greatest danger lies in the
distant future .when our fund of facts will
have reached such amazing proportions that
the segregated mind will no longer be able to
comprehend its potentialities in terms of hu-
The only anwser to this paradox is a re-
turn to the liberal education which empha-
sizes the over-all approach to the ingath-
ering of knowledge. But the curse of speciali-
zation is not only a thing of the past but
also of the present and of the future if edu-
cational trends today are indications of
what tomorrow may bring. The "cultured"
man is relegated to the junk heap as obso-
lete. "He knows too little about a lot of
things" Instead the streamlined automan
of materialism is pushed to the fore. He
knows much about a little; thus logically he
must know a lot about everything else, at
least he will learn in time. During his period
of learning and experimentation, however,
he may drive himself to extinction. But this
is the age of experimentation. Therefore with
callous disregard for the lessons of the past
the "satisfied" specialist plunges to his dis-
truction, oblivious of his heritage. It is a tru-
ism that only the ignorant feel intelectually
satisfied. But this is the paradox of our age.
AT LYDIA MENDELSSOHN
TALES OF- HOFFMANN, by Offenbach;
with Mary Ann Tinkham, Joan Rossi,
Ruth Orr, Charles Green, David Mur-
ray; conducted by Josef Blatt; presented
by the School of Music and Department
of Speech; direction, Valentine Winot;
scenery, Jack E. Bender; costumes, Phyl-
lis Pletcher; dance, Esther Pease
SLOING OUT the summer fare at Lydia
Mendelssohn is Offenbach's Tales of
Hoffmann, a good opera but not a great one.
This qualification is because of the music,
which while tuneful and singable, is not
comparable to Mozart or Verdi.
The opera's main charm is in its libretto
which prescribes pageantry, satire, fantasy,
and abounds in all sorts of theatricality. The
production by the School of Music and
Speech Department was successful and crit-
icisms are only suggestions of what could
have been done to make it more successful.
The burden of the show is on tenor
Charles Green who sang the role of the
poetic Hoffmann. His stage presence was
natural. He has a big tenor voice which is
without softness and has a hard quality.
Its lustre is of the trumpet more than
Singing with romantic finesse, he admir-
ably transformed his vocal tones into words
of love and compassion, giving the melodic
lines a clarity and rounded phrasing to son-
orously define their lyric character.
But the show stopper last night was. Ruth
Orr who sang Antonia, the symbol of art
and things beautiful who dies. Miss Orr's
voice was rich, full, and her phrasing and
articulation precise. The continuous intense
dramatic mood that was required left her
without quite enough power at the end, but
this was forgotten by her acting. If her
voice is not yet ready for the Met, her coun-
She told her story by her face, which was
plaintive, longing, freightened, discouraged,
whatever the libretto required. Her eyes did
the main expressing leaving the song to
come forth as a natural accompanying ex-
The animated doll, Olympia, who comes -
to life as the deceiving image of the phy-
sicist and those who make machines, was
sung by Mary Ann Tinkham. A toy doll
she was, with all her gestures seemingly
engineered by a mechanical apparatus.
Vocally she was made to sing virtuoso trills
and scales which she sang with ease. The
way she was so mechanically inhuman in
comparison to Hoffman's apparently real
proposals gave the scene its comical, sa-
tirical tinge, something the characteriza-
tions of her two inventors failed to do.
Respectively played by William Zakariasen
and David Murray, Spalanzani and Coppe-
lius, the inventors were too general in their
ludicrous portrayals to be really convincing.
If they had specified their conceptions of
the physicist and vendor to actual mimicry
of such people rather than mimicry of what
could be any ridiculous person, the satirical
effect of the scene would have been more
pungent. Lloyd Evans was a properly funny
David Murray also played Dapurtutto, the
villain, and Doctor Miracle, another form of
Mephistopheles. His voice while soft in his
aria as Dapurtutto, still had a lyric quality
showing he could do straight vocal singing.
But as Dr. Miracle, he took on a stylized
voice of stage effect which loses too much of
vocal color in sacrificing to theatricality.
The role of the harlot, Giulietta, and the
singing of the Barcarolle belonged to Joan
Rossi. She sang with lovely tones, but she
jwas poorly directed. Harlots do not prac-
tice their art standing up, and the director
was at fault for not giving her the props
to adequately perform her duties. The sup-
porting roles in her scene were not ade-
quate to portray the malicious inconti-
nence and rudeness of the world of love,
which is what the scene sets out to do.
A couch and a Hoffmann able to take
.suitable positions for her to practice her
suggestive enticements were desperately
Margaret Avsharian, Nicklausse, Hoff-
mann's faithful servant, was convincing as
a singer, though perhaps a little too inno-
cent in her acting for the knowledge and
foresight she was supposed to have.
The production's pace was excellent. Josef
Blatt kept its motion spirited. The orchestra
was quite efficient, flaws in the strings were
compensated for in the winds.
The opening scene with the chorus was
rousing and brisk, giving the show a flour-
ish at the beginning. The chorus, well-train-
ed by Richmond McCluer, sang with good
tone and phrasing even though a little lack-
ing in volume.
Scenery ran the gamut from very good to
very bad. The prologue had the proper effect
of a tavern, and subsequently Spalanzani's
house was simple enough to allow room for
all the action that had to take place. But
the act three set was hideous and make-
shift. A couch and something I supposed to
be a harpsichord or piano, were out of place
with the rest of the decor and detracted from
the effectiveness of the scene. Just as the
second act needed the air of lust and
the sensual life, this act needed things beau-
tiful to compliment the meaning of Antonia.
The second act scene was more reserved than
The dancing was too brief, the first bal-
let barely noticeable. The second dance
was effective in the way movement was
created by arms placed diagonally. But
as a pageant there should have been much
more dance throughout.
Costumes were for the most part in char-
acter. The buffoons, especially in the first
act could have looked more that way. But
the evil hunchback in the second act and
the gowns for the Ball were elegant.
Elsewhere in the cast Mary Mattfeld, the
mother; Alfred Neumann, Frantz; Andrew
Brockema, Schlemil, all turned in respect-
able performances, as did William Taylor,
who sneaks in more often than Alfred
MATTER OF FACT:
The Reign of
. By STEWART ALSOP
BONN-This city is a peculiarly depress-
ing place, and for a peculiarly American
reason. It is odd that this should be so.
There is an almost unbelievable contrast
between the bustling prosperity of Western
Germany, and the weary, angry stagnation
of the Soviet zone, which is so visible from.
Logically, this contrast should fill Ameri-
cans with renewed confidence in the future.
Yet one very soon realizes that Americans
here are, instead, rapidly losing their confi-
dence in themselves and their country.
This in turn has led to a sort of paralysis
where the great issues of policy are con-
cerned, for people who have lost their confi-
dence naturally tend to substitute dogma
for policy and the official line for serious,
The chief policy advisers here were un-
til recently three very able professional
foreign service officers - John Davies,
Charles Thayer, and Samuel Reber. As
one official here remarked, "They held
the whole thing together." Now all three
are gone, at least two of them victims of
McLeodism, the State Department's duti-
ful imitation of McCarthyism. There have
been, of course, plenty of other victims-
designate, some well known, others purged
under cover of the reduction-in-force pro-
gram, others still waiting for the axe
It is hardly surprising that the survivors
have adopted "Don't stick your neck out"
as their guiding rule. The Germans, of
course, derive a special pleasure from talk-
ing about the "American Gestapo," and from
comparing America today with Germany
twenty years ago. This is nonsense. There
is no Buchenwald for American officials who
have incurred official disfavor. Instead,
there is a steady pressure for dull conform-
ity, in an oddly ridiculous atmosphere of
cloak-and-dagger. The flavor of this at-
mosphere is best conveyed by the sort of
minor incident which has become the small
change of private conversation among
THERE WAS, for example, the official who
. happened to step on his balcony, and saw
a shadowy figure clambering over the railing.
He called in the German couple who serve
him, and asked who this mysterious intruder
might be. They replied calmly that it was
doubtless the American secret service fellow
who had several times interrogated them
about the official's dinner table conversation
and other aspects of his private life.
Or there was the series of secret in-
terrogations to discover the identity of
those who attended the farewell party for
Theodore Kaghan, the able public af-
fairs official who was one of the State
Department's recent blood sacrifices to
Senator McCarthy. What made this in-
vestigation silly was the fact that the
party was attended by High Commission-
er James B. Conant himself. What made
it even sillier was the further fact that
the busy gumshoes needed only to tele-
phone te public affairs division, which
had arranged the party, to obtain a com-
plete list of those present.
What is going on here, in short, is less a
reign of terror than a reign of stupidity. One
official recently received a "suitability re-
port" on an able subordinate. The "de-
rogatory information" in this report consist-
ed entirely of the charge that the subor-
dinate was "super-deniocratic" and "intel-
lectually curious." Stupid and silly as this
sort of thing seems, it has its deadly seri-
"TAKE THIS matter of food shipments to
EastGermany," remarked one respon-
sible official. "I'f I'd been all for it, I could
have been roasted alive for wanting to send
food to a lot of Communists. If I'd been all
against it, I could have been roasted alive
for opposing a great psychological stroke
against the Communists. So in the end I
said nothing." When a past error of political
judgement can be interpreted as disloyalty
(as in the case of John Davies) saying
nothing becomes, obviously, the better part
of wisdom. And when stupidity reigns, bold,
imaginative policy-making is hardly to be
A serious effort is now being made, it
should be said, to end the reign of stu-
pidity. Stringent orders have been issued
limiting such practices as wire-tapping,
and the use of German nationals as in-
formers against American officials. More
important, High Commissioner Conant
after a natural initial period of uncertain-
ty, has let it be known that he is prepared
to back loyal subordinates to the hilt.
Yet an almost incalculable amount of
damage has already been done. The United
States has been made to look ridiculous by
such incidents as the book-burning mess
and the Cohn-Schine spy-hunt. Many of
the abler officials have been eliminated or
disgraced, and others are thinking seriously
of leaving before they meet the same fate.
In a reign of stupidity, the safely stupid
flourish, and the key positions here are be-
ginning to fill up with amiable nonentities.
What is almost worst of all, the old, easy,
free-spoken, free-wheeling confidence in
themselves and their country, which used
to mark Americans off from all others, and
which always impressed and encouraged the
American travelling in Eurnno is alnost
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DAILY OFFICIAL BULLEIIN
WASHINGTON-Senator Byrd of Virginia, supporter of General
Eisenhower for election but vigorous opponent of President Eis-
enhower regarding debt increase, sat upstairs in the White House one
day last week twiddling his fingers.
Downstairs at the breakfast table, the man he had helped put in
the White House was arguing with congressmen. Ike and Secretary
of the Treasury Humphrey were using their most persuasive charm
on key congressmen in order to rush a $15,000,000,000 debt-limit in-
crease through congress.
Finally the President rose, explained that Senator Byrd was
waiting upstairs, and joined the Senator from Virginia. They talked
for one hour and a half.
To fellow senators afterward, Byrd summarized that long con-
versation as follows:
"I told him: 'Mr. President, I'm going to put the squeeze on
you. I'm going to see if you mean what you say. You talked a lot
about balancing the budget and getting us on a sound, businesslike
basis. But every time things get tight, you yield.
"Now if we give you this fifteen billion debt increase, I know
what will happen,' Senator Byrd continued. 'It will be spent. But if
we don't give it to you, you'll be under pressure to put things on a
businesslike basis. So we're going to pressure you."
Byrd also told the President that it wasn't the Democrats, but
the Republicans who were blocking the debt rise,
"For example, Senator Malone of Nevada said he wouldn't vote
for it if God himself told him to," Byrd told Ike.
He expected to get a laugh from the President, but Eisenhower
remained stony-faced and glum.
SENATORS GOT SORE
CHIEF REASON for senatorial ire over the debt-increase request was
"The Treasury thought they would pull a B-B-D-and-O stunt,"
said one senator, referring to the advertising firm so frequently a
butt of Roosevelt gibes. "They consulted the public-relations ex-
perts who told them the time to hit congress was just before we ad-
journed when we would have to surrender. Instead of surrendering,
everyone got sore."
Another thing irking senators is the way the Treasury has
increased the interest rates on government bonds. This will
counter-balance part of the current economizing. Though the
budget is being reduced, the Treasury has boosted interest rates
to the point where it will eventually cost the taxpayers about
$3,000,000,000 more annually.
The Treasury official in charge of increasing rates is Randolph
Burgess, formerly of the National City Bank of New York. And the
groups which chiefly profit from higher interest rates on government
bonds are the big banks, including National City.
. Again, what makes senators sore is that Burgess, who upped
the interest rates, was never confirmed by the Senate. Not wanting
to relinquish his pension and holdings in National City Bank, he took
an advisory position with the Treasury. However, his power over
U.S. debt policy is just the same whether confirmed by the Senate
* * * *
REED EMULATES RHEE
HERE IS THE inside story on how the President held up his social-
security message to congress for four days trying to placate 78-
year-old Uncle Dan Reed, the Syngman Rhee of the Republican
Right up to the closing hours of Congress, Ike tried to woo Reed.
The powerful New York congressman has been as grouchy as an old-
man-with-the-gout ever since the administration steamrollered the
excess-profits tax over his defiant body. Ike invited him to the White
House, consulted with him on every single move. Each new overture
When the White House asked Reed to introduce its social-
security reforms, he grumpily refused. So Eisenhower turned to
his staunch supporter on the Ways and Means Committee, Con-
gressman Robert Kean of New Jersey, asked him to introduce
the bill extending social-security benefits to 10,500,000 more peo-
ple. Kean agreed.
Then at the last minute the White House decided to try again
to pacify Reed, give him one more chance to introduce the bill. The
obstinate New Yorker, however, wouldn't be pacified. When the bill
arrived on his desk, he pushed it aside.
"I don't want to see it," he snorted. "I don't want to see it!"
UNCLE DAN RELENTS-A BIT
CHIEF CLERK RUSS TRAIN pleaded with the old man, arguing
that it would be a smart political move to promote more social
security. Finally, Reed picked up the bill he had angrily cast aside,
fingered it for a minute and agreed to introduce the bill "on request."
In this way he would make it clear he wasn't endorsing the
bill, simply opening the way for hearings on it. This would also spite
congressman Kean, whose loyalty to Eisenhower instead of Reed had
made the old man furious. .
Meanwhile, Kean had already done much of the preliminary
work on the bill which, in fact, was patterned largely after his
original ideas. When Kean was notified that Chairman Reed
would introduce the bill, he agreed to back out of the picture for
the sake of political harmony.
However, his friends persuaded him to introduce the bill any-
how-after Reed did--ndi give it a. strong endorsement since Reed
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VOL. LXIII, No. 34-S
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Test on August 8, are requested tore-
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Attention August Graduates: College
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Students are advised not to request
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TO THE EDITOR
Education Problem . ..
To the Editor:
HAVE BEEN interested in the
Daily's "Snead Letters" reveal-
ing as they have, an appreciation
of the complexity of the problems
of public education not always
shared by the self-appointed cri-
tics in the slick magazines. A few
brief comments on Gayle Greene's
perceptive column (August 4)
from the professional angle might
not be out of place.
1. The selective service data are
disappointing, but few women were
included in this sampling of a pro-
fession that is predominantly
made up of women; and while
there are able men in the profes-
sion, in these times many quite
understandably choose to prepare
for higher-paid jobs.
2. There is no evidence that the
distinction between a 2.5 and a 2.25
honor-point average makes any
difference whatsoever in teaching
ability, so that the standard of the
Arts College does not seem harm-
fully low especially in the light of
the present demand for teachers.
3. For many years teachers have
been called upon to teach too many
subjects. Until the situation is cor-
rected, training should presumably
be sufficiently broad to meet pos-
sible contingencies. The postpone-
ment of professional training un-
til postgraduate years is a dubious
solution, though worth trying ex-
4. Lay critics usually assume
that method is means, and sub-
ject-matter is end, whereas in re-
ality both are means. If either is
faulty, the pupil loses, and the ob-
jectives of education are not at-
5. The social acceptance of per-
sons who are teachers is probably
about what it would be if they
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Doctoral Examination for Stanley Ja-
cab Segal, Psychology; thesis: "The
Role of Personality Factors in Voca-
tional Choice: A Study of Accountants
and Creative writers," today in Room
7611 Haven Hall, at 10:00 a.m. Chair-
man, E. S. Bordin.
Doctoral Examination for Richard
Loyd Cutler, Psychology; thesis: "The
Relationship between the Therapist's
Personality and Certain Aspects of Py-
chotherapy," today in Room 7611, Haven
Hail, at 1:00 p.m. Chairman E. S. Bor-
Doctoral Examination for Howard
William Neill, Physics; thesis: "The
Infrared Spectrum and Structure of the
Cyclopropane Molecule," today in Room
2038 Randall Lab, at 2:00 p.m. Chair-
man, G.B.B.M. Sutherland.
Doctoral Examination for Tori Taka-
ki, Education; thesis: "Treatment of
Japan and Peoples of Japanese pea-
cent in Senior High School American
History Textbooks," today in Room 4024
University High School, at 4:00 p.m.
Chairman, C. A. Eggertsen.
Doctoral Examination for William
Kerr, Electrical Engineering; thesis: "A
Beta-Ray Microscope," Saturday, Aug-
ust 8, 2518 Fast Engineering Bldg., at
9:00 a.m. Chairman, H. J. Gomberg.
Doctoral Examination for Harold Swan
Edmondson, Speech; thesis: "The Sea-
shore Measures of Musical Talents as
a Prognostic Guide in Language Rehab-
ilitation for Persons with Asphasla,"
Monday, August 10, 1007 East Huron
Street, at 2:00 p.m. Chairman, H. H.
Doctoral Examination for Hugh Wiley
Hitchcock, Musicology; thesis: "The La
tin Oratories of Marc-Antoine Charpen-
tier," Monday, August 10, East Counil
Room, Rackham Bldg., at 3:00 p.m.
Chairman, L. E. Cuyler.
Carillon Recital, 715 p.m. this eve-
ning, by Alan Ross, Guest Carillonneur
from Culver Military Academy. His pro-
gram will include the works of Harty,
British Folk Songs, Selections from the
opera, Down in the Valley by Weill,
Music from Germany, Bach's, Sheep
may safely graze, German Melody, Ye
Watchers and Ye Holy Ones, Mendels-
sohn's, On wings of Song, Folk Songs
and Peter Sschaikovsky's, Waltz from
Serenade for strings.
Student Recital: Edward Skidmore,
student of double bass with Clyde
Thompson, will present a recital in
partial fulfillment of the requirements
for the Master of Music at 8:30 Sunday
evening, August 9, in Auditorium A,
Angell Hall. He will be assisted by Wil-
bur Prry, piano, Nathalie Dale, violin,
David Ireland, viola, and David Baum-
gartner, cello, in a program of works by
Marcello, Hindemith and Schubert.
The general public is invited.
Student Recital: J. Rupert Neary,.
clarinetist, with Carol Van Asseltpi-
anist, and James Heller, vioinit, 111
present a recital In partial fultlinnt
of the requirements for the degreeof-
Master of Music at 8:30, Monday ve-
ning, August 10, in the Rackham As-
sembly Hall. It will include the works
of Mozart, Bozza, A. Longue, Jeanjean,
Strawinsky and Daniel Gregory Mason.
His recital will be open to the public
Museum of Art, Alumni Memorial
Hall. Popular Art in America (June 30
-August 7). -
General Library. First Floor Corridor.
Incunabula: Books Printed inthe Fif-
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Gill-
man Collection of Antiques of Palestine
Museums Building, rotunda exhibt
Steps in the preparation of ethnolo-
Michigan Historical Collections. Mi-
chigan, year-round vacation land.
Clements Library. The good, the bad,
Law Library. Elizabeth II and her em-
Architecture Building. Michigan chil-
dren's Art Exhibition.
University High School. Children,'
Books from Fifty Countries.
Tonight in Lydia Mendelssohn The-
atre, PROMPTLY AT 8:00 p.m., the
Department of Speech and School of
Music wil present Jacques Offenbach's
fantastic opera, The Tales of Hoff-
mann. Music direction is by Josef Blatt
with the stage direction by Valentine.
Windt and the choreography by Betty
Pease. LATE COMERS WILL NOT BE
SEATED UNTIL AFTER THE PRO-
SL Cinema Guild Summer Prograw
Cramn in Rodgers and Hammerstein's
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At the Michigan .
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, with Dan
Dailey, June Haver, Dennis Day and Uni-
ted Productions Artists.
T'S A TYPICAL-a typical musical com-
edy with typical songs, typical dance se-
quences (even a few of the dream-type so
popular this summer at the local cinema
showplaces), typical widower-with-son-
meets - gorgeous-blond-and-son-doesn't-ap-
prove-until-finale plot, and a typical cast.
dance-song sequences, the film never really
manages to convey any purpose except per-
haps to act as a vehicle for two UPA ani-
UPA cartoons, known for the Mr. McGoo
series, deservedly have struck the fancy of
the American public. These particular se-
quences are funny and spark up an other-
wise rather insipid production.
So, Hollywood has latched onto another
"popular" gimmick for its products. The
movie-goer can expect to see frequently
this new variation on the musical com-