Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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By Jay Sharbutt
NEW YORK (AI*) - The Hudson Brothers are riding high now with their summer music-comedy show on CBS. But to hear Bill Hudson tell it, their climb from obscurity was more like riding the crest of a slump.
Record deals collapsed, creditors’ notes materialized, empty stomachs rumbled and worst of all. Allen Blye, who now co-produces their show, didn’t laugh when they auditioned for him.
But the three brothers — Bill, 24, Mark, 22, and Brett, 21 — never were fazed. Bill says that's because they’ve always found something to laugh about, usually themselves.
They hail from Portland, Ore., where they started their career in their early teens and also started slipping fast comedy bits — now a staple in their routine«— into their soft-rock music act.
Alas, when they landed their first record contract in 1968 and went on tour, the comedy caused problems, Bill says. The company thought they should stick to music, but the brothers couldn’t help gagging it up.
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“We’ve always cracked each other up, but there were many times we didn’t crack anyone else up,” said Bill. “W’e’d say something and thought it was hilarious.
“We'd kill ourselves laughing on stage and we’d stop laughing — and silence. We’d just look at each other like, ‘Why did I do this?’ ”
The Hudson comedy style on their Wednesday night show is a wild blend of sight gags, quick skits and fresh puns.
Bill said it evolved in late 1968, when the brothers were doing night club work and suddenly found themselves in Miami, pursued by creditors and short of cash due to a business misunderstanding with their then-manager.
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He said the brothers repaired
to the basement of the Hudson home in Portland, “and that’s really when we started getting into skits, writing and performing them .md working the whole act out.”
They went back on the road, but fiscal disaster followed them. One record company flew them from Los Angeles to New York to play at a bash it was putting on, but the bash was canceled for reasons unknown, he said.
“We got around to looking at our plane tickets and they were only one-way,” he laughed. “The company wouldn’t fly us back. And we only had $50 between us.”
Still unknowns, they grabbed whatever club dates they could find to work passage home. One club hired them for two weeks, but wouldn’t pay in advance. It did agree to advance them one meal a night, though.
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“We’d sleep all day so we
wouldn’t get hungry, then get up in time for dinner, play, come back, sleep, and do it again,” Bill said, noting that they finally arrived home in Portland with total cash assets of 75 cents.
Their big break came — and went *— in early 1973 when they met pop music star Elton John, whom Hudson said liked their style and wanted to produce an album recorded by them in England, a deal that fizzled.
But prior to leaving for England, he said, they’d met Chris Bearde, producer of the old “Sonny and Cher” show, and auditioned for him. He made them do it again for his partner, Allan Blye.
Although Blye eventually persuaded CBS to give the Hudson brothers a summer tryout, Bill Hudson recalled that their tryout before the producer left them feeling that fame and fortune were not imminent.
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merit plants to clean up rivers.; In 1973 he won legislative approval of a sweeping plan to put: sharp restrictions on future growth and development in the; Adirondack.
In 1967 he created the first state agency in the nation to rehabilitate drug addicts. In 1968 he fathered tile multi-billion-do 11 a r Urban Development Corp., armed with extraordinary powers to bypass local zoning laws and revitalize slum-ridden urban areas.
He signed the nation's first abortion-on-demand statute.
Through all of this, Rockefeller more than quadrupled the state budget — it was $1.9 billion when he took office and $8.8 billion when he left. Even the $8.8 billion did not tell the whole story, since he created a succession of semi-autonomous agencies and authorities with power to raise and spend money on their own.
Rockefeller began traveling around the country and testing the waters shortly after his inauguration in 1959, but decided that then-Vice-president Nixon had the 1960 Republican presidential nomination locked up.
He endorsed Nixon after the vice-president agreed at a secret meeting in Rockefeller’s Fifth avenue apartment, to a set of platform planks calling for increased defense spending and strong civil-rights laws.
In 1964 Rockefeller made his strongest bid for the presidency, losing out to Sen. Barry Coldwater of Arizona in a clash that was climaxed when Coldwater supporters at the San Francisco convention shouted down Rockefeller as he tried to speak in favor of a platform plank condemning political extremism.
In 1968 Rockefeller first gave his backing for the G.O.P. nomination to then-Michigan Gov. George Romney, but belatedly entered the race himself after Romney faltered. Nixon won at the convention.
In 1940 President Franklin Roosevelt named Rockefeller coordinator of inter - American affairs in the state department.
He had other government jobs from time to time including a stint in the first days of the department of health, education and welfare, the establishment of which he recommended to President Eisenhower.
Iowa Train Route Promised
Tho Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., August 20, 1974
Very Serious Consideration1 WTo sSud
By Dorothy Williams
WASHINGTON - A delegation seeking restoration cf two passenger trains across Iowa to link Chicago with Portland and Los Angeles Tuesday was assured by Transportation Undersecretary John Barnum that! their petitions will receive “very serious consideration.”
Members of the senate and house from the nine states which would be crossed by the train, as well as interested civic leaders along the route, presented their arranged and presided over in the U.S. Capitol building by Rep. William Scherle (R-Io-wa).
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and practical and a perfectly sound approach.”
But Rep. Scherle (R-Iowa) said, “I have sympathy and compassion but I’ve got to reserve that for the 1,200 missing POWs and MIAs. My first consideration is for them. Once this is attained, we can think about those who deserted and dodged the draft and fled to a foreign country..
Some members of congress said they expected Ford’s announcement will lead o a revival of attempts to pass legislation offering a period of civilian service in exchange for amnesty. Others said they believe only the President can offer amnesty but that congress might be asked to express a formal opinion.
Senators Taft (R-Ohio) and Pell (D-R.I.) have had conditional amnesty legislation pending since 1971.
The most recent form of their bill would grant amnesty to draft evaders willing to serve two years in either the armed services or in a civilian agency such as ACTION, VISTA, or the Veterans Administration. The bill offers no relief to deserters.
GM Allowing Sale of 1975s When Received
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is allowing its dealers to sell 1975 cars as soon as they get them — which could be a full month ahead of the scheduled introduction date.
The move was made because GM has very low inventories of its 1974 cars, particularly the full- and medium-sized cars, a spokesman said.
Sales could start as early as this week for a handful of dealers. Most dealers should have 1975 models for delivery by the lend of the month, the spokesman said.
GM started production of 1975s last week, with more plants going on the line this week and next. The arrival of new cars at the dealer’s depends on when the plant building his line of cars begins production and on shipping time from the plant.
The “official” introduction dates for the 1975s is Sept. 19 for Cadillac and Sept. 27 for the rest of the GM line.
Ford plans to put its 1975 models on sale Sept. 27 and Chrysler has scheduled an Oct. I date. American Motors’ introduction date is Oct. 5.
GM’s cars will carry a IO percent price hike, averaging nearly $500 a unit, that was announced Aug. 9.
At that time, Vice-president Mack Worden told dealers they would be authorized to sell the new cars as soon as they got them.
The world’s largest automak-I er had huge inventories of 1974s this sprirtg because of a sales slump that hit large cars particularly hard.
The firm made drastic production cuts which resulted in layoff of more than 100,000 workers. More than half remain
Sen. Dick Clark and Rep. John C. Culver, Iowa Democrats, were among those who spoke briefly to urge reactivation of the wanted routes by the transportation department next year.
Still others, including Mayor Don Canney, Cedar Rapids, and Robert Faxon of the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce filed supporting statements.
They proposed that these trains be designated by the department of transportation as the experimental routes to be restored in 1975 in accordance with the Amtrak Act which provides for the initiation of not less than one experimental route each year.
Barnum, noting the efforts made this year in behalf of the Chicago to Portland and Chicago to Los Angeles trains, said at the close of Tuesday morning’s meeting, “We are going to give very serious consideration to your application as, indeed, we did in our 1974 selection.”
Barnum pointed out that expense will be a major factor in the selection of a route to be reactivated. He said he was well aware of the excellent condition of the Union Pacific tracks upon which one of the trains would run between Omaha and Portland.
He said availability of equipment also will figure in the 1975 selection, adding that Amtrak has a passenger car shortage.
Barnum commented on the “very high return” of 96 percent of the questionaires published in newspapers under sponsorship of the Western Assn. of Railroad Passengers to determine public support.
The undersecretary also praised the report made by Transaction Assn. of Chicago at the request of the Iowa Development Commission and the Western Assn. of Railroad Passengers in an attempt to show how well the restoration of service on the Chicago to Portland and Los Angeles routes would meet the criteria set forth by the department of transportation
That report pointed out the wanted routes would serve the largest city in eight of the nine states crossed and in Iowa would serve the second largest city, Cedar Rapids, while being close to the state’s largest city.
Clark also made the point that the route would serve the more heavily populated parts of the state. The senator added that he has been assured by Sen. Rob
ert C. Byrd <D-W. Va.), chairman of a senate transportation subcommittee, that “every effort will be made to institute a feasibility study of rail transportation routes through Iowa.
Among those meeting with the DOT undersecretary in addition to Mayor Canney and Faxon, were William Fletcher, Chamber first vice-president; Joseph Hladky, jr., chairman of the Chamber’s civic planning fund, and George Davis of AAA.
Colliers Editor Dies
MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) -William Chcnery, 90, editor for 25 years of the now defunct Colliers magazine, died Sunday at a convalescent home.
20 YEARS AGO - President Russell I). Cole of Cornell college asked the state to do something about improving the safety of the 30-261 highway intersection in Mt. Vernon.
Between $1,500 and $2,000 I damage was caused to the interior and exterior of Steakland,
; 4002 First avenue NE, during a breakin Sunday night or Monday morning, according to a police report.
The breakin was discovered Monday morning by the owner, Eli L. Abodeeiy, 55, of 4217 First avenue SE. However, he found Nothing missing.
Police arrested Robert J. Sen-jtilek, 18. of 4331 Cavalier street ; NE, and a 17-year-old on ; charges of breaking and entering. Sentilek was released from I the county jail under the supervision of community court services and the juvenile was released to his parents.
Entrance to the restaurant was gained by prying open a rear window to an attic and breaking through the ceiling.
20 YEARS AGO - House and
senate conferees agreed on a compromise social security bill.
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THE WEEKLY QUIZ It FART OF THIS NEWSPAPER'S SCHOOL PROGRAM
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1 As required by law, Richard Nixon’* letter of resignation was sent to the .. ? ..
a-Supreme Court b Secretary of State c Speaker of the House
2 Mr. Nixon's resignation made him (CHOOSE ONE: eligible, ineligible) for a $60,000 annual lifetime presidential pension.
3 Gerald Ford is the first man In U.S. history to become President through appointment and not election. True or False*
♦ In his speech to a joint session of Congress, President Ford called for a reactivation of.. ?.. to help combat inflation. a the Cost of Living Council b price and wage controls c an income surtax
5 According to predictions, the U.S. . . ? . . crop will be 12 per cent lower than last year due to a drought in the Midwest, a corn b-wheat c-rice
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As Speaker of the House of Representatives. I'm
next in line to succeed President Ford until a new Vice President is sworn in. Who am I*
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(IO points M you enewer this question.correctly)
An athletic chief executive, President Ford enjoys shimming, skiing and golf. He performed wed enough as a col-leg ate sportsman to receive offers to p ay pro’essional
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b courage, spirit c made up of tho parties d mora'ly offensive
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1 . , ? . . players, involved In a labor dispute with dub owners, agreed to suspend their 41-day strike.
a National Football League b-World Football League c World Team Tennis
2 Golfer (CHOOSE ONE: Lee Trevino, Gay Player)
won his first PGA till*, beating Jack Nicolaus by a single stroke
3 An easy victory in the U S. Clay Court tennis cham-pionships gave .. ?« ■ her third consecutive smg'CS 11 e.
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4 Intrepid is the name of (CHOOSE ONE: the winning horse in the 1974 Preakness. the defending America's
5 The only man in basecail history to have won the Most
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How do you think future historians will rate the Nixon Administration?
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