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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                (f tin i1 Wirephotos Their 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 liny 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 plains." These Latin American children have not yet learned how to hide (heir emotions. The 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 burrii in tJsme, Culnnibia. The boy brought his burni to a village fair to compete for a prixe. A little girl shyly offers to sell flowers to tourists taking a train to Machu Plcchu, Peru, the famous lost city of the Inca Indians. Ma-Ho-1'in. originally from (ierinaiiy. has traveled worldwide performing on the "sway a long, slender KM feel high. She climbs to the top of the pole on a 175 fool-long guide wire. Ma-llo-l'in is performing daily at Hie All-Iowa fair. Happy Bumper J- JL J_ The Average Citizen May Be Willing, But His Voice Can't Make It By Erma Bombeck The baseball season seems as good a time as any to talk about "The Star-Spangled 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 them- selves. I watched a man at a ballgame the other Sunday standing tall and proud as he sung. "Oh say can yon see." But by the time he got to the high-pitched "And the rockets' red glare." Ihe 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." "Me too." I said sadly stuffing a program in Ins mouth. You take your average citizen. He sings on nuiybe ten or occasions a year and does BOMBECK not have what is normally called your "trained voice." lie can make "Happy Birthday to Marvin" (if Ihey start low) or "Should A'lld Acquaintance Be Forgot" and maybe a chorus of the Beer Barrel I'olka, but beyond Ilia' lie is limited. Me? It is my experience that every time I go from Hie "twilight's last gleaming" to "the ramparts we Ilicre is a pain on the inside of my right leg. so I (in everyone a favor by mouthing the words. Invariably, everywhere 1 go, I am seated next In Beverly Sills who comes down on "land of the free" wilh two notes. (The latter which reaches only the ears of a springer spaniel in New Kngland.) As I was setting down these thoughts, 1 wondered who wrote the music to "The Star-Spangled Banner" and went to my reference book. Ironically, the music was an old Knghsli drinking song called, "To Anacoreon ill Heaven." (Obviously the drunks could sing the bill they had trouble will! Anaeoreon IHm-riiniiuitt-il Kara Martin, 2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. l.arry Marlin. K avenue got behind the wheel nl a kiddie bumper ear at the All Iowa fair and didn't lake the adventure a! all seriously. Once she figured out Ihe mechanics of operating Ihe vehicle, her favorite route was against the flow of traffic, while pulling her bumpers In use I personally believe there urc a lot of palriolic Americans around who would like to sing "The Slar-Spangled Banner" in Us entirely, bill who are dlscnminaled against because lhe> are bluebirds (singers with a range nl half an Would il be unreal to have one' national anlhem wilh Iwo melodies' One for Ihe traditionalists who can also sing Bacharaeh's "Alfie" without fainting. And a simple tune lor those nl us who sing in Ihe cracks of the piano To the ballplayers who (hew tobacco, this could moan a lot   

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