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Fairfield Ledger (Newspaper) - December 13, 1982, Fairfield, Iowa Wearing red White and Blue costumes chorus girls sing Quot in the Good built i Airfield firm into tile nation s largest and most successful Home Talent show old . In this Lively scene from 1933 Universal producing company Home Enterprise. They Are featured in a newly published Book �?o1,001 Broadways Talent show Quot crazy starting in 1927, four enterprising Stewart Brothers Hometown Talent on .,001 Broadways Home Talent stage lows once booming Fairfield business by Dean Gabbert shows. They called themselves the Book describes it stage and it was an instant hit the fascinating slice of Fairfield pilgrims of the impossible and the rigid a after inspection Raymond ended it played. Y comes to life in the pages of a rules Laid Down by the stewarts sex the class. A Okay you dirty faced dolls according to the authors a a built Fairfield firm into the nations largest and most successful Home Talent show Enterprise. They Are featured in a newly published Book �?o1,001 Broadways Hometown Talent on stage a a shows by Dean Gabbert a fascinating slice of Fairfield history comes to life in the pages of a new Book �?o1,001 Broadways Hometown Talent on stage a published this month by Iowa state University press. The Book a written by Lorelei Eckey and Maxine and William Schoyer a is the first to examine a forgotten phenomenon of american show business a the Home Talent productions of the 1920�?Ts and 30�?Ts. And happily for Fairfield it describes in detail the exploits and adventures of four Stewart Brothers who built Universal producing co. Into the nations largest and most successful Home Talent show Enterprise. The fact that they did it in the dark Days of the great depression makes the Story All the More amazing. Actually the Book is a biography of Frances Wayne Allen of Columbia mo., Universal a head dramatic coach and playwright whose Talent and never say die spirit helped make the whole thing happen. It might have been an autobiography because fran was a voracious letter writer with a reporters ear for conversation and detail. The Book she aspired to write never got off the ground before her death in 1965, but the material she left behind was put to Good use by the authors. Francs relationship with the Stewart Brothers a Raymond Wilson Merle and Weston a was a love hate affair but she stuck with them through the years of the Home Talent heyday 1928 to 1935. During that period the stewarts trained an estimated 1,000 Young women As dramatic coaches. Those who survived what the authors called a a whip cracking Boot Camp of dramatics travelled across the . And Canada staging Money making shows. They called themselves pilgrims of the impossible and the rigid rules Laid Down by the stewarts explained Why. In the space of Only two weeks they were expected to cast and direct a show using anywhere from too to 500 very Amateur actors singers and dancers. At the same time they had to organize ticket sales conduct a publicity Campaign handle makeup and costumes keep everybody Happy and resolve All the problems that were sure to arise. Fran Allen was a member of Universal a first Large class of trainees in 1928 and her account of the daily regimen make up some of the books Best passages. The chief instructor was bombastic volatile Wilson Stewart then in his late twenties. Fran described him As a so charged with dynamite if he jarred himself head blow himself to bits he is the original human Dynamo a composite jumping Jack Diplomat slave Driver matinee idol top sergeant rolled into when the pressure became too great and one of the would be dramatic coaches was reduced to tears she got no sympathy from Wilson a ooh so you Are going to blubber about it someone has Hurt your Itsy Bitsy feelings. Now Isnit that too bad. Is that what you Are going to do when you get out in a town on your own and things get a Little Tough bawl like a crybaby huh Well if you do you might just As Well pack your clothes and go Home right now you wont have anybody a shoulder to cry Stop that Damn sniffling and go out to the restroom and Bathe your face and come Back with a smile on the Universal trainees were subject to an exhausting schedule which began at 8 . And went far into the night with no concessions to a july heat wave. Late in the course came a Long session on makeup climaxed by the application of blackface. This is How the Book describes it a after inspection Raymond ended the class. A Okay you dirty faced dolls that la be All for tonight. Its Only 2 . Usually this takes us until about 4. So you be got six hours. Be Back Here at 8 with your fact clean. Class dismissed a a two thirds of the girls too tired to remove this last makeup decided to eat at melts cafe South Side of the Square. Never before had so Many of them gone there together but tonight seemed different. Tonight blondes brunettes redheads and two girls with Silver in their tresses huddled together their Burnt Cork faces marked Here and there by grooves of White where tears had trickled calling for pork tenderloins hamburgers with onions and Isabel Jane with the Best singing voice in the group started the shows opening song. That did it. From then on they whooped and hollered their Way through every number in a aunt Lucia a on key or a wonderful feeling no Stewart and especially no Wilson a was in sight. A spirit was beginning to form among them a feeling of kinship. It was three in the morning when they left melts. But they Felt exhilarated. Perhaps one or two of them thought of Wilson a Challenge in that first interview a i dare you to try a and answered a Well you can see i did a a a aunt Lucia a As it turned out was Universal a bread and butter production. A three act comedy it was written by Raymond oldest of the Brothers and general manager of the company. It had its Premier in Fairfield on sept 29, 1927 and its Success encouraged the Brothers to launch Universal producing co. Fran Allen hinted that parts of the play were stolen from a pc Harley a aunt a a charge which the stewarts always denied. But no matter. It was a perfect vehicle for the Home Talent stage and it was an instant hit wherever it played according to the authors a a a aunt Lucia played in virtually every town that was of county seat size or larger in the United states and Canada a record probably unequalled by any other theatrical production. It is highly Likely i hat More people saw this play than any of the major Long run hits that have appeared on new Yorkus Broadway stage. In Brief a aunt Lucia can Lay claim to being one of the All time hits of the american Amateur the play was interlaced with specially numbers providing for almost unlimited participation by townsfolk. As fran described it a first came the children in the curtain Raiser called take me Back to baby land a in which nearly every youngster in town from grades one through four is invited to take part. The idea is that each child will automatically bring an average of eight mammas Papas and grandparents to see them or at least to take them Home either Way they have to have a then there was the collegiate chorus made up of the Best singers in town and finally the flapper chorus composed of the towns most prominent male citizens impersonating College girls and a bedecked with mops for wigs Clara Bow lips Short skirts bathing suits Long Johns hairy legs Fluffy Ballet skirts balloon bosoms stilts and hundreds of other costuming and makeup in 1929, the stewarts sent their second play on the Road a Corporal Eagan a a military production which featured the armistice and a Medley of world War i songs As the grand finale others followed including a a Henry a wedding a the worlds All rights and a crazy they All premiered in Fairfield of course and continued on Page 8 Washington a a panel of senators from some of the nations biggest natural Gas consuming states said today that Price increases this Winter have created a crisis which Congress is obligated to relieve. Sen. John Danforth r-mo., said recent Price increases had already resulted in 8,000 service cutoffs since summer in Kansas City. Citing other increases that have been announced but have not yet taken effect he added that a the worst is yet to Quot Congress must not turn its Back on the people who Bear the consequences of a Gas Market gone awry a said sen. Nancy Kassebaum a Kan. A we must take decisive action to set us Back on the Road to a rational natural Gas policy and away from dependence on imported Danforth and mrs. Kassebaum testified before the Senate Energy committee As it began considering the Gas pricing Issue brought to the forefront by Price increases expected to average 20 to 25 percent nationally this Winter. Others pressing for action on the Issue included Sens. Roger Jepsen a Iowa Aden Specter a a. Rudy Boschwitz a Minn. And James Exon a neb. They and others have proposed legislation to slow the Rise in natural Gas prices. One approach would freeze Gas prices for two years and void expensive contracts which now Are forcing pipelines to use High priced Gas at a time when cheap Gas is going unused. A House panel is scheduled to take up the Issue wednesday. While there is Little Hope for passage of such legislation during Congress lame Duck session momentum behind the Issue has grown and it is Likely to get increasing attention when a new Congress is seated next year. Danforth and sen. Thomas Eagleton d-mo., planned an attempt this week to tack their Price freeze legislation on As amendments to a $5.5 billion gasoline tax hike and Highway construction Bill but that Effort faced heavy opposition from Oil and Gas producing states. Eagleton said he received 2,000 letters last week from missourians a outraged and horrified by natural Gas he said the situation is As serious an emergency As in 1977 and 1978, when Gas shortages forced closing of schools and plants in Frost Belt states. Danforth Eagleton and mrs. Kassebaum agreed that the natural Gas policy act of 1978, intended to gradually lift controls on Gas prices to stimulate new exploration and production has failed. Quot the numbers speak for themselves a Eagleton said noting that Gas Price hikes since the act was passed Range from 94 percent to 286 percent while the inflation rate has been 47 percent. A one simple Stark fact is sufficient to establish the existence of this distorted Market a said mrs. Kassebaum. A the Price is increasing for a commodity of which we have a surplus. I can think of no More stinging indictment of the operation of the natural Gas Fairfield area forecast partly Cloudy monday night. Low upper 20s. Winds South to to 15 Mph. Tuesday Cloudy with a 30 percent Chance of showers. High 35 to 40. Temperatures saturdays High 30, Low 8. Sundays High 26, Low 5. Today at noon 35. Over $9,000 raised from Benefit auction Lockridge a auction goers did no to find Many bargains at the Community Center Here saturday night but the ridiculously High prices were for a Good cause. The occasion was a Benefit auction for Rita Carlson a Lockridge woman stricken with a debilitating disease of the pancreas. Total proceeds from a combination of fundraising activities were $9,752, and the Rev. Lenwood Monte one of the organizers of the event said he a sure process will total $10,000 As late donations come in. A we were so excited and appreciative and grateful a said Monte who saw proceeds from the affair reach the goal head privately set. Monte said the Lockridge Volunteer fire department paid $250 for the privilege of shaving off Ken Mccarty a moustache while one pie sold for $81 and lots of pies and cakes went for $30-$70. One Man paid $50 for his soup supper Monte said. A it was an auctioneers dream a said Monte who helped auctioneer Dan Webb sell the donated items. The proceeds will be used to help pay medical Bills incurred by mrs. Carlson who was first hospitalized for pancreatitis on mothers Day. Since then she has faced repeated hospitalizations. Mrs. Carlson is the wife of Lockridge Farmer Carl Carlson. They have a son John to. Mrs. Carlson briefly attended saturday s auction. Koch Mius chief administrator Dies senators press Gas Price action the Fairfield Ledger Fairfield Iowa 52556vjv port of Fairfield s heritage Ince 1849 no. 292 monday december 13, 1982 pric. 25c j Farmers seek details on program Washington apr Rural America aching for economic help is asking a lot of questions about president Reagan a still sketchy revival of a 1960s program that would give Farmers stockpiled Grain if they slash production. Despite financial desperation Farmers want details before committing themselves to another of governments big ideas. They want to know exactly How much Grain Farmers will get whether there will be restrictions on marketing what kind of carrying costs must be borne and How a major production cutback would affect related farm business a it rattles like Money and that a what we want for Farmers a says rep. Glenn English a okla. A but they be got to give us details. We need More than just a general congressional sources say the 1983 goal is to Cut the wheat Harvest by about 500 million bushels to around 2.5 billion and the Corn Harvest by about i billion bushels to less than 7.5 billion. Reductions in Cotton and Rice Are also proposed the concept is that Farmers who have already agreed to Idle 20 percent of their land in return for some Cash payments and continued Price support Protection will be offered the Chance to Idle up to another 30 percent in return for free Grain from the government. The free commodities come from huge stockpiles responsible for doubling Federal farm subsidy costs in the last year and plunging Market prices to depression Levels. The combination of lower production and a dwindling surplus should eventually bring Supply and demand Back into balance raising farm prices and slashing billions from the Federal budget. But As far As the details go agriculture Secretary John Block says nothing Concrete has been decided although department analysts considering All suggestions Are working on it. Block wants to get the Pik or a payment in kind program going quickly so it can have an Impact on the upcoming crop and he feels he needs at least some congressional action to do that. But with solid details still some time off legislative action is doubtful a fore me new Congress convenes in january. Although Block feels he could circumvent restrictive provisions of the 1981 farm Bill and implement the program administratively he says head be More comfortable if Congress lifted them. Those Legal constraints bar us a from Selling federally owned commodities at less than a set Price and prohibit any producer from receiving More than $50,000 a year in Federal farm payments. A commodity Giveaway would obviously not bring the set Price while the payment limitation would discourage Large Farmers from participating. But the real key to the programs Success is making the in kind Grain payment attractive enough to convince Farmers to participate. The payment would be a percentage of the crop each Farmer has traditionally harvested. Block says it will be less than too percent since Farmers wont have any production expenses on the idled land. But How much less is the question. In the already announced land idling program Corn Farmers Are receiving Cash payments equal to 57 percent of their Normal crop on a 10th of their land and wheat Farmers Are getting Cash Worth 74 percent of their Normal Harvest on one twentieth of their acres. A number of commodity group officials say the in kind payment will have to be at least that Large and probably larger if Pik is to be successful. If the program is successful it will mean no production on millions of acres of Farmland across the nation and that will mean no need for seed fertilizer equipment and other services that Are key economic components of the Rural Economy Shirley Gulley a Mississippi fertilizer dealer told sen. Thad Cochran r-miss., that Pik could cause massive reductions in her sales if Farmers embrace it. Once Farmers agree to Idle land for free Grain the question becomes what can they do with it. Block says be Given ownership of the Grain at about the same time they and their neighbors Harvest the crop they be planted and after that they could sell it right away feed it to their livestock or keep it in storage until they like the Market Price. To j Walter Koch chief administrator of maharishi International University died suddenly last thursday in his Home City of Santa Barbara Calif. His death was caused by a heart failure University officials said. Memorial services will be held tuesday at 11 30 . At All saints by the sea Church in Santa Barbara. Koch is survived by his wife Rae two sons Walter David and William Louis one daughter Katherine Rae and a sister in Bremen Germany. As chief administrator Koch determined the general administrative and financial policies of the University. He worked closely with the president and administrative Board to coordinate academic and administrative policy. He was also Active in fund raising and Community relations. A native of Bremen Germany Koch was born july 18, 1913. He came to the . In 1936 to attend California Institute of technology where he earned masters degrees in mechanical engineering and aeronautical engineering. Koch served on the faculty of Cornell University from 1941 to 1945 he was also a lecturer in the Extension engineering division of the University of California at los Angeles from 1946 to 1952. Koch also filled Industrial assignments with North american aviation Hughes aircraft Aero physics development corp. And general motors research Laboratory. In addition to his duties at Miu he served As president of global television Sci san Bernadino Calif., to station. Miu officials termed Koch a great Friend Leader and Benefactor of the University. Koch became a teacher of transcendental meditation in 1968 and served As an Miu trustee until assuming the position of chief administrator in 1979 do a it Nix in Walter Koch

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