Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 4, 1974, Page 49

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette July 4, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (the (t eclat" fin pi eta dujei+e AP WirephotosTheir Wants Are Simple Their wants are simple: A warm place for shelter from the winds of the high plains; the reassuring touch of a parent’s strong hands; companionship from a burrow But always there is the need for laughter, a tiny vacation, perhaps, from a life filled with hardship. A little girl in a big blanket huddles against the cold in a Puno, Peru, train station in the “high plains." These Latin American children have riot yet learned how to hide their emotions. I'he moment is written on their faces, whether they are clowning or waiting for a judgment on their best friend — in this case a burro entered in a contest. At the last minute, shyness overcomes the little girl who sells flowers. They will grow up and hide from the world behind masks molded from life’s little cruelties And the universal language of laughter will be masked, too. A young boy leans against his burro in Usme, Colombia. The boy brought his burro to a village fair to compete for a prize. Ma-Ilo-Pin, originally from Germany, has traveled worldwide performing on the “sway pole,” a long, slender pole 104 feet high. She climbs to the top of the pole    Kara    Martin, 2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Larry Martin, 2731 E avenue NYV. got behind the wheel of a kl dc on a 175 foot-long guide wire.    bumper    car    at    the All-Iowa    fair aud    didn't    take    lite    adventure    al    ail    seriously.    Once    she    figured out    the    medium Ma-Ho-Pin is performing    of    operating    the    vehicle,    her    favorite    route    wa*,    against    the    flow    of    traffic,    while    putting    her bumpers    to    use daily at the All Iowa fair Happy Bumper The Average Citizen May Be    WillingBut His Voice CarCt Make It By Erma Hornbeck Gazette Photo* by Dale Hank in* Sway Pole The baseball season seems as good a time as any to talk about “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Few will argue that the inspirational words of Francis Scott Key are stirring enough to make Jane Fonda enlist in the coast guard But something has got to be done about the melody of our national anthem before someone hurts themselves. I watched a man at a ballgame the other Sunday standing tall and proud as he sung, “Oh say can you see.” But by the time he got to the high-pitched “And the rockets’ red glare,” the veins were standing out in his neck, his face became flushed and his voice cracked like Andy Hardy asking the Judge for the keys to the Packard. Sensing I was looking at him, he gasped and said, “I love this country.” Vo Trained lo ire “Me too,” I said sadly stuffing a program in his mouth. You take your average citizen. Ile sings on maybe ten or 12 occasions a year and does bombeck not have what is normally called your “trained voice.” lie can make “Happy Birthday to Marvin" (if they start low) or “Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot” arid maybe a chorus of the Beer Barrel Polka, but beyond that he is limited. Me? It is my experience that every time I go from the “twilight's last gleaming” to “the ramparts we watched,' there is a pain on the inside of my right log, so I do everyone a favor by just mouthing the words. Invariably, everywhere I go, I am seated next to Beverly Sills who comes down on “land of the free" with two notes. (The latter which reaches only the ears of a springer spaniel iii New England ) As I was setting down these thoughts, I wondered who wrote the music to “The Star-Spangled Banner” and went lo my reference book. Ironically, the music was an old English drinking song called. “To Anaeoreon in Heaven.” (Obviously the drunks could sing the melbdy, but they had trouble with Anaeoreon ) Uitteriminaleii Againni I personally lie I levo then* are a lot of patriotic Americans around who would like to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in its entirety, but who arr1 discriminated against because they are bluebirds (singers with a range of half an octave). Would it be unreal to have one national anthem with two melodies ’ One for the traditionalists who can also sing Bacharach’s ‘ Albe without fainting And a simple tune for those of us who sing iii flu* cracks of the piano lo the .'1,085 ballplayers who chew tobacco, this could mean a lot (Copyright WU Meld r rtttrprlurt. Im I Gu/ftti• Photo by Steve Melle - •**. WM ,V I® ;

  • Andy Hardy
  • Beverly Sills
  • Francis Scott Key
  • Jane Fonda
  • Mrs Larry Martin
  • Steve Melle

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: July 4, 1974

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