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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 8 Cedar ItapiOs Gazette: Tucs., Feb. 12, 1974 Society for Women Features Telenhcto Washington's most famous grande dame Alice Roosevelt Longworth (shown above in a 1970 file celebrates her 90th birthday Tuesday. Her old friend, President Nixon, and his family were to lead a parade io her mansion to congratulate the tart-tongued daughter of Teddy Roosevelt. Tart-Tongued Alice Is 90 By Helen Thomas WASHINGTON (UPI) Washington's most famous grande dame, Alice Roosevelt Longwprth, celebrates her 90th birthday Tuesday. Her old friend, President Nixon, and his family were to lead a parade to her Mas- sachusetts avenue mansion to congratulate the tart-tongued daughter of Teddy Hoosevelt. "This d. birthday is driv- ing me she recently told an interviewer. But it is clear that she has made the most of her long as- sociation with Presidents of the United States going back to Benjamin Harrison. She set a style for presidential daugh- ters which not all achieved. Much as she protests, she likes birthdays as a time to see relatives and friends. She also likes to blow out the candles on her birthday cake, but she never makes a wish. The legendary "Princess for whom the song "Alice Blue Gown" was writ- ten, has been a sought-after guest by Presidents of both parties, and she numbered the late Presidents Kennedy and Johnson among her friends. She considers Nixon a "per- sonal voted for him and calls him "level headed." In turn, he lavishly praises her as the "most fascinating conversationalist of our time." Her memory is fantastic. But it is her cutting wit, spar- ing no one, that has been her trademark, along with her broad-brimmed hats. She reserved her most acid comments for her cousins Franklin and Eleanor Roose- velt and delighted in mim- icking the former First Lady. In the FDR era, she went to the White House often, but po- litically supported Roosevelt's Republican rivals. And yet, one of her most quoted remarks was a de- spription of the late Thomas Dewey, the Republican presi- dential candidate defeated by Truman in 1948: "The little man on the wedding cake." Much as she admires the Nixon daughters, she did not hesitate to compare Tricia Cox' rose garden wedding with a "Hollywood setting." Father Exploded Her madcap ways enthralled and appalled the nation. When confronted with her exploits, her father once exploded that he could govern the country or govern Alice, "but I can't do both." Her marriage to Ohio Con- gressman Nicholas Long- TTT Society Officers Installed Mrs. Henderson Newly-elected officers were installed Monday evening in the CJ chapter of TTT Society at the home of the hostess, Mrs. Robert Willett, 2480 Twenty- second avenue, Marion. In- stalled as president was Mrs. Donald Henderson, 400 Hillview drive, Marion. Other officers are: Mrs. Wal- deen Rapp, vice-president; Mrs. Andrew Dobo, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Loren, Neu- b a u e r, recording secretary; Mrs. Carroll Cram, treasurer, and Mrs. Robert Moolz, histori- an. worth, who later became speaker of the house, is one of the better chapters in White House history. She had no bridesmaids and slashed the wedding cake with a sword. In 1924, when a rumor spread she was pregnant, the then United Press manager, Robert J. Bender, called her, and with some trepidation asked: "Are you pregnant Mrs. "Hell, she answered happily. "Isn't it Her one daughter, Paulina Longworth, now dead, was born Feb. She lives with her grand- daughter, Joanna Sturm, 27, and follows a faithful ritual. She goes out several times a week to dinner and she enter- tains in her own home at tea time, serving thin sliced but- tered bread and chocolate cake. She usually reads until 3 or 4 a.m., then sleeps until noon. She haunts the bookshops and likes to "people watch" in hip- pie Georgetown. She has a faithful black chauffeur who drives her an- tique Cadillac. Once when a motorist tossed a slurring ra- cist remark at her driver, Mrs. Longworth leaned out of her window and called the tormentor a name that ques- tioned his legitimacy. She is striking with bright blue sparkling eyes, bony thin, and fluttery. Mrs. Long- worth's home boasts a por- trait of her, painted by artist Peter Hurd, that captures her spirit, v Typical of her formidable temperament, she has a pil- low on which is embroidered: "If you haven't got anything good to say about anyone sit by me." The mansion also boasts relics of her Oyster Bay, N.Y., heritage and wedding gifts from royalty, and there are dusty lion skins on the walls, a reminder of Teddy, the big game hunter. She recently told an inter- viewer that she enjoyed "tod- dling" into her nineties, and that 90 "had a nice ring." PORTRAIT SPECIAL A BEAUTIFUL NATURAL COLOR PORTRAIT BY ONE OF OUR NATIONALLY KNOWN CHILD PHOTOGRAPHERS One 5x7 Color For trait ONLY One sitting per subject One special perfamily Additional subjects (Group or individual) Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sot. Sun. 13 14151617 Photographer on duty N.E. By Abigail Van Huron DEAR ABBY: Thanks fo sticking up for (lie poodle love We know how she feels becaus we have an 80-pound boxi named Gus, whom we love lik some parents love a child. Gi is well-trained and far mot obedient than some of the neigh borhood children. We wouldn ihink of taking a trip withoi jus and we also spell in front o Mm because he understands ei erything we say. I know a woman who gave he dying parakeet mouth-to-bea resuscitation and revived liin This may seem strange to som people, but an animal love .vould understand. Do you? PHOEBE (GUS' "MOTHER" DEAR MOTHER: Do I? I just sent to the Beaver Dam, Wis., veterinary clinic for spaying a Dalmatian named "Dear An employe of the human society in Beaver Dam in formed me that they had a lovable mutt named "Dear who, because she wasn't spayed, was having difficulty finding a home. He said they were praying for a "miracle" because if they couldn't place "Abby" soon they would have to destroy her. Well, they prayed, I paid, am 'Abby" was spayed. DEAR ABBY: I am Jewisl and my husband is Lutheran ut it has not hurt our mar- (We were married in a ivil ceremony.) Our daughter ennie, who is ten, goes to the iwish Sunday school and is eing raised in the Jewish faith, ur son Johnny is seven. He as baptized Lutheran and goes 1 Lutheran Sunday school. Jennie gets a present every ay for seven days because she elebrates Hanukah which omes just before Christmas. >hnny gets only one present at hristmas. You probably know le problem: Now Johnny "wants i be Jewish. My husband is upset with ohnny and has even had the astor talk to him, but Johnny ill wants to be Jewish. My question: Do you think a even-year-old child should be ermitted to choose his own eligion? My husband and I dis- gree. A HOUSE DIVIDED DEAR DIVIDED: Would you t Johnny choose his own bed- me? Would you let your seven- ear-old quit school if he want- dto? Then in a matter as serious as eligion how can a seven-year- d be expected to make an in- lligent choice? One who bases s choice of religion on which ne will net him the most resents is truly childish but icn he's only seven, so who can Same him? Problems? You'll feel better if you get it off your chest. For a personal reply, write to ABBY: Box No. 69700, Los Angeles, Calif. 90069. Enclose stamped, self-addressed envelope, please. For Abby's booklet, "How To Have a Lovely send to Abigail Van Buren, 132 50212. Prevention is cheaper than repairs. Once inside your home, termites can do big damage. i Keep them out ...with our professional Gold Crest Chemical Prolection. T k A J.I '1 roop Mofher Telenholo A shortage of mothers willing to lead Girl Scout troops has resulted in a somewhat .different situaticr> in Bad Axe, Mich. James McGillen, a social worker with the county welfare department, has taken over the leadership of Junior Girl Scout troop 629. McGillen is shown leading his 13-member troop in singing. Johanos Delighfs Audience In Concert af Coe College By Lcs Zacheis One of every community's proudest moments is the return o an illustrious native 'son. In the Midwest, so often it's a bo who has distinguished himself in the athletic world. When th returnee is a big name in the world of the fine arts, it's' head wine indeed. Such was the case Monday night in Coe Sinclair auditorium as Don Johanos returned again to the scenes of his boyhood. H appeared as conductor of 'the Pittsburgh symphony chamber or chestra in the third of the season's current Community Concert series. Now associate director of the symphony, Johanos is as sighed the post of taking the chamber group of 26 first-cha players out on tour. Johanos looks a bit older than IB did on the occasion of his las ippearance on the podium in ?edar Rapids tfarch of '63 That was in with the Dallas ymphony, again under the aus- ices of the Cedar Rapids Com- munity Concerts. He may be ten ears older, but his conducting ;yle has lost none of its color, iis style seems even more amboyant and assured. The audience was treated to a ery unprofessional bit of spar- .ng between director and or- hestra manager over the exact pecifications of the podium, a uel that resulted in eventual stal banishment of the unac- eptable accouterment. Such sedentary matters final- r disposed of, the music got nder way with a bit of Bartok, le "Divertimento for String Or- This was quite a rare reat, as the music is too impos- ng for the usual small chamber roup and not beefy enough for le full orchestra. Lacking Bar- ok's usual complexity and dis- onance, the "Divertimento" af- ords some nice pleasant listen- ng. This was especially true in the econd movement adagio where ohanos' directing was sensitive nd expressive, drawing out the ender nuances from the myste- ous recesses of the score, specially well wrought were ie passages for the lower rings, some of their utterances eing quite steeped with pas- on. Michael Grebanier, principal ellist cf the Pittsburgh sym- lony, was presented as soloist the second selection, the aint-Saens "Concerto in A A truce was struck in ie "Battle of the Podium" for lis number, with both conduc- T and soloist nicely ensconced p o n satisfactory elevation. Grebanier proved to be worthy soloist, displaying a lui tonal quality as he stated th principal theme over the quiver ings of the higher orchestra strings. He received the unmistakabl stamp of virtuosity for his ex edition of the dazzling passag work in the exciting finale. Her Johanos employed a baton ani bis cues were more precise am definitive. The concerto, inci dentally, conjured up vision, aplenty of the composer's mor iamous vehicle for the 'cello he stately showqase from hi 'Carnival of the Animals' en own popularly as "The Ravel's delightful "Le Tom )eau de Couperin" premiere he second half of the evening Sere Johanos was provided will he opportunity to assume many iberties with the score as wends its way along in pensive and occasionally jocose mood Outstanding on this work wa the immaculately delicate an( precise harp playing by a young member of the orchestra. 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