Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
What Can I Tell You
George Burns, .lack Benny’s closest friend, faltered through a brief tribute at the funeral service fur Benny in Hollywood Sunday. Ile said. “What can I tell you about Jack? I've known him 55 years...I can’t imagine my life without him.” Burns sobbed quietly and returned to his seat. Burns is pictured leaving after the service n which he and his fellow comedian friends paid tribute to Bonny.
President Gerald Ford stopped to chat with Gertrude Gould, 78. of I^iramie, Wyo., Sunday. Ford rode the chair-lift up the mountain for a day of skiing at Vail. Colo. Gertrude was on top of the mountain when the President arrived.
Sign outside the wreckage of Casuarina Beach motel iii Darwin. Australia, tells its own story as does the debris of adjacent houses, blitzed by Cyclone Tracy early christmas morning. Alniut 20.000 persons were made homeless by the cyclone and some authorities have said it will cost more than $1 billion to rebuild Darwin. Australia’s northern gateway city
Selecting Christmas Gifts For Readers Makes Buchwald Think Hard
By Art Bnchwald
WASHINGTON — Once aiwain I worked hard trying to think of something to give all my readers for Christmas. Last year if you recall I gave you the comet Kohoutek to gaze at. Unfortunately, through no fault of mine. it wasn’t delivered, and it’s possible some of you are still sore at me.
This year, what with inflation and everything, I had a harder time.
I tried to get everyone a five-pound bag of sugar for 89 cents, but they threw me out of the* store
I was going to give you each a seat to see Fanne Foxe do her act. But then she got busted in Florida and no one knows when you’ll In* able to see her next
Then a friend suggested I send everyone a pint of water from the Tidal Basin.
But the park department put the whammy on that by claiming the basin is now a national monument.
I intended to open Christmas club accounts for you at the Franklin National bank, but that fell through when the government put it out of business.
I was going to give you all an “oil depreciation" allowance so you wouldn’t have to pay such high taxes. But congress killed that idea by declaring only the oil companies are entitled to pay low taxes.
My wife suggested that I give* everyone a new automobile* Just as I was abeiut to buy them. Detroit raised the* price again You’re going to have to use* the ear you now .lave for another year.
I thought of giving everyone a White Christmas. Bul since most cities, for economy reasons, art* laying off their sanitation workers, I had no ide*a how you would ge*t your streets cleaned
I was hoping to ge*t you a tax break alter the SALT talk.* from Secretary of Defense James Sell let*inger But he* said ii would actually cost more now for defense than it did before which translates into Hnglish as "Ho! Im! ho! ’
Finally, just as I was atxiut to give up on Christmas. I go through to President Gerald Ford and he agreed on my be half to give e*ach and every one of you a pardon, as you al have xuffe*red enough
It isn’t much. FII admit, but it s the thought that counts
(opyright 1974, Lot Arthel** Ttme«
More than 2,IMM) persons, including luminaries of show business, politics and music, turned out for the funeral of Comedian Jack Benny in Hollywood Sunday. Rosalind Russell and Gregory Peck are shown arriving for 'he service. Benny died late Thursday, of cancer. He was 80 years old.