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Q The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., let). 12, 1974
Society for Women Features
Washington's most famous grande dame , Alice Roosevelt Longworth (shown above in a 1970 file photo), celebrates her 90th birthday Tuesday. Her old friend, President Nixon, and his family were to lead a parade to her mansion to congratulate the tart-tongued daughter of Teddy Roosevelt.
Tart-Tongued Alice Is 90
By Helen Thomas
WASHINGTON (UPI) -Washington’s most famous grande dame. Alice Roosevelt Ixtngworth, celebrates her 90th birthday Tuesday.
Her old friend. President Nixon, and his family were to lead a parade to her Massachusetts avenue mansion to congratulate the tart-tongued daughter of Teddy Roosevelt.
“This d. . . birthday is driving me crazv,” she recently told an interviewer.
But it is clear that she has made the most of her long association with Presidents of the United States going back to Benjamin Harrison. She set a style for presidential daughters which not all achieved.
Much as she protests, she likes birthdays as a time to see relatives and friends. She also likes to blow out the candles on her birthday cake, but she never makes a wish.
The legendary “Princess Alice”, for whom the song “Alice Blue Gown” was written, has been a sought-after guest by Presidents of both parties, and she numbered the late Presidents Kennedy and Johnson among her friends.
She considers Nixon a “personal friend,” voted for him and calls him “level headed.”
In turn, he lavishly praises her as the “most fascinating conversationalist of our time.”
Her memory is fantastic. But it is her cutting wit, sparing no one, that has been her trademark, along with her broad-brimmed hats.
She reserved her most acid comments for her cousins Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and delighted in mimicking the former First l^ady. In the EDR era, she went to the White House often, but politically supported Roosevelt’s Republican rivals.
And yet. one of her most quoted remarks was a description of the late Thomas Dewey, the Republican presidential candidate defeated by Truman in 1948: “The little man on the wedding cake.” Much as she admires the Nixon daughters, she did not hesitate to compare Tricia Cox’ rose garden wedding with a “Hollywood setting.” Father Exploded Her madcap ways enthralled and appalled the nation. When confronted with her exploits, her father once exploded that he could govern the country’ or govern Alice, “but I can’t do both.”
Her marriage to Ohio Con-gressman Nicholas Long-
TTT Society Officers Installed
Newly-elected officers were installed Monday evening in the CJ chapter of TTT Society at the home of the hostess, Mrs. Robert Willett, 2480 Twenty-j second avenue, Marion. In
stalled as president was Mrs.' Donald Henderson, 400 Hillview drive. Marion.
Other officers are: Mrs. Wal-deen Rapp, vice-president; Mrs. Andrew Dobo, corresponding secretary; Mrs. l/iren Neu-bauer, recording secretary;; Mrs. Carroll Cram, treasurer, and Mrs. Robert Moot/, historian.
worth, who later became speaker of the house, is one of the better chapters in White House history. She had no bridesmaids and slashed the wedding cake with a sword.
In 1924, when a rumor spread she was pregnant, the then United Press manager, Robert J. Bender, called her, and with some trepidation asked:
“Are you pregnant Mrs. Longworth?”
“Hell, yes,” she answered happily. “Isn’t it wonderful?”
Her one daughter, Paulina Longworth. now dead, was born Feb. 14, 1923.
She lives with her granddaughter, Joanna Sturm, 27, and follows a faithful ritual. She goes out several times a week to dinner and she entertains in her own home at tea time, serving thin sliced buttered bread and chocolate cake.
She usually reads until 3 or 4 a m., then sleeps until noon. She haunts the bookshops and likes to “people watch” in hippie Georgetown.
She has a faithful black chauffeur who drives her antique Cadillac. Once when a motorist tossed a slurring racist remark at her driver, Mrs. Longworth leaned out of her window and called the tormentor a name that questioned his legitimacy.
She is striking with bright blue sparkling eyes, bony thin and fluttery. Mrs. Long-worth’s home boasts a portrait of her, painted by artist Peter Hurd, that captures her spirit.,
Typical cf her formidable temperament, she has a pillow on which is embroidered: “If you haven’t got anything good to say about anyone sit by me.”
The mansion also boasts relics of her Oyster Bay, NY, heritage and wedding gifts from royalty, and there are dusty lion skins on the walls, a reminder of Teddy, the big game hunter.
She recently told an interviewer that she enjoyed “toddling” into her nineties, and that 90 “had a nice ring.”
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By Abigail Van Buren
DEAR ABBY: Thanks for sticking up for the poodle lover. We know how she feels because we have an 80-pound boxer named GUS, whom we love like some parents love a child. Gus is well-trained and far more ! obedient than some of the neighborhood children. We wouldn’t think of taking a trip without j Gus and we also spell in front of him because he understands ev-I cry thing we say.
I know a woman who gave her dying parakeet mouth-to-beak resuscitation and revived him. This may seem strange to some people, but an animal lover would understand. Do you? PHOEBE (GUS’ “MOTHER”) DEAR MOTHER: Do I? I just sent $20 to t h e Beaver Dam, Wis., veterinary clinic for spaying a Dalmatian named “Dear Abby”.
An employe of the humane society in Beaver Dam informed me that they had a lovable mutt named “Dear Abby”, who, because she wasn’t spayed, was having difficulty finding a home. He said they were praying for a “miracle” because if they couldn’t place “Abby” soon they would have to destroy her.
Well, they prayed, I paid, and
“Abby” was spayed.
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DEAR ABBY: I am Jewish
Troop Mother ?
A shortage of mothers willing to lead Girl Scout troops has resulted in a somewhat different situation in Bad Axe, Mich. James McGillen, a social worker with the county welfare department, has taken over the leadership of Junior Girl Scout troop 629. McGillen is shown leading his 13-member troop in singing.
Johanos Delights Audience In Concert at Coe College
By Les Zacheis
One of every community’s proudest moments is the return of an illustrious native son. In the Midwest, so often it’s a boy I who has distinguished himself in the athletic world. When the I returnee is a big name in the world of the fine arts, it’s heady I wine indeed.
Such was the case Monday night in Coe Sinclair auditorium ; as Don Johanos returned again to the scenes of his boyhood. He j appeared as conductor of the Pittsburgh symphony chamber orchestra in the third of the season’s current Community Concerts series. Now’ associate director of the symphony, Johanos is assigned the post of taking the chamber group of 26 first-chair players out on tour. -
and my husband is Lutheran, he on the occasion of his last worthy soloist, displaying
but it has
not hurt our were married
Johanos looks a bit older than | Qre5anjer proved to be a
_ a lush
appearance on the podium in tonal quality as he stated the Cedar Rapids. That was in principal theme over the quiverings of the higher orchestral
civil ceremony.) Our daughter March of ’63 with the Dallas v I Jennie, who is ten, goes to the ; Symphony, again under the aus-1 strings.
Jewish Sunday school and is pices 0f the Cedar Rapids Com-; He received the unmistakable being raised in the Jewish faith. munity Concerts. He may be ten stamp of virtuosity for his cx-son Johnny 1S scveJ* He years older, but his conducting ecution of the dazzling passage
son jonnny is
was baptized Lutheran and goes s^yie has lost none of its color. | work
His style seems even
to Lutheran Sunday school.
Jennie gets a present every flamboyant and assured.
in the exciting finale. Here h101*0 ! Johanos employed a baton and his cues were more precise and
day for seven days because she The audience was treated to a definitive. The concerto, inci-celebrates Hanukah which very unprofessional bit of spar-1dentally, conjured up visions comes just before Christmas, ring between director and or- j aplenty of the composer's more Johnny gets only one present at chestra manager over the exact famous vehicle for the ’cello,
Christmas. You probably know specifications of the podium, a j the stately showcase from his
Animals” as “The
the problem: Now Johnny wants duel that resulted in eventual
total banishment of the ceptable accouterment.
Such sedentary matters final-music got
of the popularly
I to be Jewish.
My husband is upset with I Johnny and has even had the j pastor talk to him, but Johnny jy disposed of,” the still wants to be Jewish.
My question: Do you think a seven-year-old child should be:chestra”. This was quite a rareithe opportunity to assume many
own treat, as the music is too impos-liberties with the score as it
“Carnival linac- 'k n o w n Swan”.
Ravel's delightful beau de Couperin”
under way with a bit of Bartok. the second half of the evening, the “Divertimento for String Or- Here Johanos was provided with
permitted to choose his religion? My husband and I dis agree. %
A HOUSE DIVIDED
ing for the usual small chamber wends its way along in pensive group and not beefy enough for land occasionally jocose mood.
the full orchestra. Lacking Bar- Outstanding on this work was DLAR DIVIDED: Would you ^0k’s usual complexity and dis-fthe immaculately delicate and
let Johnny choose his own bed- *onance, the “Divertimento” af- precise harp playing by a young
time? Would you let your seven- fords some nice pleasant listen- member of the orchestra,
year-old quit school if he want- ina
And in a reversal of the cus-
This was especially true in the tomary program format,
Then in a matter as serious as second movement adagio where llanos led the orchestra, religion how can a seven-year old be expected to make an in
telligent choice? One who bases tender nuances from the myste- Father of the Symphony his choice of religion on which | rious recesses of the score
Especially well wrought
Johanos’ directing was sensitive time in full force, through the and expressive, drawing out the delightful paces of music by the
one will net him the most
presents is truly childish but the passages for the
then he’s only seven, so who can
blame him? being quite steeped with pas
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Problems? You’ll feel better if Michael you get it off your chest. For a 'cellist cf
Haydn’s 99th in E flat major is were one of his better ones. Johanos lower devoted great care and meticu-
itrings, some of their utterances lous attention to the adagio see-
Grebanier, the Pittsburgh
ond movement. Here he was able to instill in the strings a principal definitely diaphanous quality that exuded an ethereal beauty.1
pcrsonal reply, write to ABBY: phony, was presented as soloist But that was all of the misty
i music for the evening. The qiritely minuet and the spirited
Box No. 69700, Los Angeles, jn the second selection, the Calif. 90069. Enclose stamped, saint Saens “Concerto in A]
self-addressed envelope, please, minor”. A truce was struck in vivace brought the program to a For Abby's booklet, “How To the “Battle of the Podium’’ for close. For a sole encore, Jo-llave a Lovely Wedding”, send this number, with both condue* llanos quite correctly continued SI to Abigail Van Buren, 132 tor and soloist nicely ensconced the mood of gaiety with the syn-90217
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