Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2A The Cedar Rapids Gazette Percy Wins Fans in C.R. Visit Sen. Charles Percy By Frank Nye One way the fetleral ii'en! could help fight inflation would he to cut hillnin out iii" !he defense hudL'et hv re- t X support forces m percent s '.he opinion uf I S srii i harles Percy of Illinois. at a news conference :i: ;iar Kapuls last week a 1'Oi Kepiihlican preshlential litniunanon, uas in town to ihe tubs fur ihc Second district congressional candi li.icv nf Slaie Sen I'..... nf Cedar liapiils, at a fund raising dinner at the Tiiun illlllse Illlltl'l Altt'nlion And. though lit' kept direct mg attelllliill In lillcv throughout Ihe afteriiiinn and evening, he also drew In! ni' attentuin In himself as a pro- spective nominee He cullies across as a more Bermuda Charms Nof Silencing All Writers Hy liiih Cnnsidine BKItMl'DA One of the more remarkable things about this coral gem. regally afloat ill the blue Atlantic, is that a goodly number of writers who reach its powder-while and powder-pink beaches are able to write. Vim Wyck Mason, a colonel on General F.iseu- hovver's staff in World war II, gels up every morning at his place. Hampton Head, on Southampton Bay. overcomes the temptation to plop into an easy chair and enjoy (he splendid view, has his tea. dons his proper Bermuda shorts, shirt, tie and jacket, picks up his briefcase and tools to his office in Hamilton, 211 minutes away. There, promptly at and with stern discipline, he starts dictating to his beautiful Her- mudian secretary. Carol Bas- den. The colonel, as hearty and clipped as any of his British counterparts, is at work on his d'b'fh novel. "Trumpets Sound Xo which Little. Brown, publishers, will bring out spring. II is a foiinded-on-facts novel about what happened to some nf the Confederate officers who returned In Iheir ruined estates after Appnmattox. Being Repuhlished With Ihe Bicentennial approaching, four of the Har- vard-bred colonel's books with a Revolutionary War motif are being republished in England. In all. his works have sold more than copies and are in 15 languages. Mason die-fates from his notes and record books until about 1 o'clock, then marches off to his club or favorite res- taurant for lunch, then back to work until 5. As one who has dictated news stories over the phone to rewrite men. mundane things such as wars, floods, an elec- trocution, takeoffs for Ihe moon. etc.. I asked Ihe colonel. "How the hell can you dictate a fictional love scene'.'" "Xo problem whatsoever." he said over a superb rockfish at Water Lot Inn "I also have a system for turning off the dic- tation and calling it a day 1 go forward to a point where I'm not sure the heroine should be pregnant or not. "Then, off to Hampton Head, lo proofread Carol's first drafts of the day's work, and next day by the time I return to the of- fice 1 generally have the answer to the problem of the e'.eniii-' before No Golf View T'TiMice Hattigan uas able to write ills plays "Separate Ta- hies" and "The Wnislow here, but only after moving in house rucii (in! command a oi Bermuda'- enn-raid courses Kugcne O'N'cill wrote "Strange Interlude" at In- magnificent place naiued Spit head, a pink vision of loveliness Imtll by a privateer who must have had extremely good taste O'N'eill would compose all morning before surrendering to Ihe temptation to go sailing ill Hamilton Harbor and the (ireat Sound with a leucudary professional vachtsman named .loe Powell, descended from an Kngli-h sea captain and an American Indian. N'oel Coward leased O'N'eiil's neighboring and worked on some of his musicals there. But so many of his talented friends from Bri- tain and the t'.S. descended on him thill he was forced to rent a much larger place, lo pot them up in comfort. Part of their comfort was Coward's installation of two grand pianos. Hervey Allen rented an old Somerset house called Felicity Hall, and there wrote hi.s clas- sic novel. "Anthony Probably because of the view from all windows, it took him five years. Many others simply suc- cumbed to the scene, and their typewriters and pens went limp. Among them were Philip Barry. S. Forester. Iliidi Wiilpnlc. Christopher Wren and Anita Loo- whose rollicking new memoir. "Kiss Hollywood (Jood-By" was writ- ten in her apartment in Xew York, just above the roanim traffic's boom at Fifty.seventh and Seventh avenue. Tom Costain was able to work in Bermuda, as his "The Tontine" attested. So could Kenneth Roberts, who brought a divining rod vv izard w ilii him. But Ihc wizard could find fresh water only by pointing the rod straight up toward Ihe heavens. There isn't any un- derfoot. Hndyard Kipling and Chris- topher Morley came here to prove to Iheir own satisfaction that Shakespeare was inspired lo write "The Tempest" from accounts by William Slrachey. KiiL'hsh colonial historian (HTMId I. of the "still vcx'd Bcrmoothcs. -lames Thurber lov ed Ber- muda so much that, to Ihe an- novance of his explosive ho--; Harold Ko-s of Ihc N'evv Yorker magazine, he L'ave till illustrat- ed articles to the Bermndian tiiii'.'iizine fin' free One was his hilarious "F.xlincl Animals of Illustrated by his wavering pen and afleetiona- leiy described wi-re "The j Common Thome" ihc i WaiHi-rn-s'.'d HI- tin- or 'Larder Fox i that if Percy "meets enough i people he's a shoo-m for the j I97li nomination." News Conference Riley made the statement to reporters at the news confer- ence in Percy's presence. Hiley said he arrived a! thai conclusion afler watching Percy operate at a cocktail party before the dinner. Among those attending the cocktail party were Republi- cans who, in the past, have considered Percy too much of a liberal for them. Riley said. But after meeting and visit- ing with him, Riley went on. many came to tell him they had changed their impression of the deep-voiced lllinoisan. Reporters found Percy to be highly articulate and willing to tackle any question they posed. They were impressed with the manner in which he handled the questions, too. Defense Budgel For example, he developed his reasoning why the defense budget could he cut without sacrificing strength by show- ing how one reduction already has developed strength. A World war II navy vet, Percy said one thing that bugged him in service was that personnel were trans- ferred often. "Everytiine I got to know a job he was transferred." Study Prompted This prompted a study on his part, which 'showed that professional navy personnel are transferred on the average of once every 17 months from the time an ensign leaves the naval academy at Annapolis until retirement. That was a waste of man- power and experience. Percy said. Thanks to his prodding, personnel are now transferred less frequently, staying on a job once it is learned to the point where experience pays off. As a result. Percy said, the j military has been strength- GAZETTE TELEPHONE NUMBERS For News, Spoils, Bookkeeping, Generoi intor molion ond Offices Not Listed Col! 3988211 luculalion Sobunption Depl. 393-3333 Mon thru Sat 8 am. to 7p nv Sundays Until 12 Noon Holidays It o.m to 7 p m Won! 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When report- dinner audience after complet- y. .u M .'i-k'-d him to expand on his address this line, he said Typical was lit- reply to one Asked for his reaction to can't overlook the fact by Dudley Taylor of Cedar the iiali.ni.il ounoim in i al- !otl vvhei! the rresident has to l.ir vvanted to know ilornia ia-t week, i'cuv said cancel an meeting to where I'ercy stands on reiam- ihe chief cxec.itivi- could have listen to the tapes before turn- Hie law turn "much mine specific aiid 1111; over to the court I'ercy said he feels this is more nispiralioii.il !iv let question for ich state to de- ling People ucve.o, to lours Audinu-e ,ml Oner dnnns; hi- news mn hi1 took ,1 nuke ,inil roamed he said, lint I out' anil should continue In have tin- right In have it uithoiit federal interference Asked from the audience if he is a lOTli presidential can- Ul.i.lU Ivpill-U "In ;it a private meet- ing lilt-hard XIMIII asked me if I was going to run that year "I told him I wasn't be- cause I didn't feel I uas qui-li- fled "1 don't feel that via) now." Apparently in tin- interests nf Ins candidiiry. I'cnv spent l-'nday niL'ht IN DCS Monies MI he could [iiiich base U.v KnU-rt :l tennis niatcli thi'y had -died- tll.-d fur X a in lie iji i-iln tfil i" it-'l- ids thai will MIII hy a landslide" this fall. If that happens. Hay will he Iowa's first fiuirtli-terni governor and in a commanding position t" give Percy's eandiilacy a lift if the Iowa chieftain decides to cast Ins Int Mitli the Illinois senator Visit 101 Model Rooms OPEN EVENINGS TILL 9 PM Visit AH 11 Galleries and 101 Model Rooms AUGUST It's New! "Country English" Styling The beauty of old England scaled for today's living. Rope-turned spindles and specially-designed hardware gives extra charm to this handsome group. Large 60" lighted china cabinet has lots of shelf space, a drawer for serving pieces or linens, plus storage behind the doors. 66" trestle table with 2 18" apron leaves, 4 cane side chairs and 2 cane arm chairs complete with suite. 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