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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta .Saturday, April 28, 1973 THC IETHBRIDCE HERALD 9 A collection of brief. book reviews "Itercdity In Humans" by Amram Scheinfcld (J. B. Lip- pincott Company, 303 Have you ever heard others say "that whole family is just no good drunks, criminals, paupers it's because they've a rotten hereditary Or have you ever wondered how people develop their in- dividual characteristics and what part heredity plays in in- telligence, talent, behavior, per- sonality, how racial and ethnic groups differ In their heredity? This handy, compact, untech- nical guide about human in- heritance has answers about many of the above questions and misconceptions and pro- vides much enlightenment, in place of "the myths and falla- cies that have caused injus- tice, confus'on and unhappiness since the beginning of man- kind's history. GERTA PATSON "Whetstone" edited by Mar- In Oordt, (The University of Lethbridge, 52 The spring edition of the uni- versity's outlet for creative ex- pression is a collection of short stories, verse, drawings and a musical composition. Included is a special section of prints by James Agrell Smith from those acquired by the univer- sity. While most of the contribu- tions are from U of L faculty and students there are some from the communities around and from other more distant centres. Submissions are invit- ed for subsequent issues of Whetstone. There is some very good work In this edition. I was espec- ially impressed by the short story portraying the thoughts of a young woman going through an umvanted pregnancy. It's not a pleasant piece but it is done with an air of unmistak- able realism. Without in any way intending a slight on the content I would like to commend, the production services at the university for layout, graphics, and lithogra- phy. The material has been en- hanced by the inviting present- ation. DOUG WALKER "The Red River (Settle- ment" By Alexander Ross, (Hnrtig Publishers, 416 pages, This is a reprint of an earlier edition, with an introduction by Manitoba historian Prof. W. L. Morton. Ross was an early Selkirk settler, and he wrote of the experiences these colo- nists had to face upon their arrival and in the ensuing years. It is detailed, and gives an invaluable insight into the trials and tribulations of day- to-day life at that time. It is perhaps the best authority for researchers who want to know something of the background of Manitoba prior to entry into Confederation. MARGARET LUCKHURST "Charlie Farquharson's Histry of Canada" by Don Harron (McGraw-Hill Rycr- son Ltd., 132 Here's one history guaranteed not to bore. It rollicks along from one outrageous statement to another, with spellings that are hilarious. The "histry" begins in the days of the Dlnashores and Brbntesores and rapidly reviews the discovery and settlement of Canada. In no time the reader is at yer Charlatan's Confer- ence and the election of the first prime minister. Sir Johnny Macdonald. It all ends with the present political leaders: Pre- miere Peeair Trousseau. Yes- sirree-Bob Stansfeeled. Social- ite Davey Loose and Real Cow- ette. Good thinps come from the misfortune of a bad summer. Forced to indoors a lot in the summer of '72. farmer Farquharscn dictated this his- try to "his wife and former sweetheart. Valeda." The book comes appropriately wrapped in brown paner witii a snap- shot of Charlie taped to it. It's great fun. Don't miss it DOUG WALKER "TV Men In the Jim Hunt. (McGraw Hiil Rycrson LW-, S5.95, 145 This book, originally printed In 1967, is sligMly dated but still readable. Certainly not a book of great depth, -with trivia information abmrt George Vezina's 22 children and Terry Sawchuk's 400 stitches. Hunt's effort is a nice liUJc collection of thumbnail sketches abmrf Oir bravest men in sport GARRY ALLISON "Virginia (Vol Jl" CiK-titin Brll (Clarlic, Irwin, 532. It's probably safe to say that lo Ed-vard Albee'? play, who's Afraid ol Virginia Woolf, few Canadians ever had heard of the woman. Whether they'll be interested in reading about her at this point in time is de- batable. Nevertheless, the. author, ob- viously a great admirer of this tragic personality, has written a very readable book. Volume 1 of a two volume series deals extensively with Virginia Steph- en's early life, her strange but absorbing family, and her in- different health. We see Virgin- ia and her sister Vanessa in school, and Mow them through various escapades when they become linked with the notor- ious but gifted Bloomsbury set comprising notables including L y 11 o .n Maynard Keys, Roger Fry and a host of others. But always Virginia is plagued with the fears of un- controlled madness, and when the volume concludes, she is about to marry Woolf, this preoccupation interferes with her ability as a writer, and- readers are left wondering just if and how she is going to come to terms with herself. I think I would like to read Volume 2, which I understand is now on the market, but I have to admit that perhaps by the time I finish it I may know more about the poor lady than I really care to know. MARGARET LUCKHURST Black and ivhite together Photo by Bill Groenen Remembering the old silent movies "A Pictorial History of the Silent By Daniel Blum. (Longman Canada Ltd., It's tribute time, America. May Irwin, Florence Law- rence, Arthur Johnson, Thomas Edison and D. W. Griffith. See how qtdcMy we forget? Say, wait a minute. Tom Edison. Wasn't he the guy who started all this away back in. 1899? The movies? He sure was. Florence Lawrence may have gone the way of all things, but Silver Screen stars from that era still abound: Joan Craw- ford, Joel McRea, Lew Ayres and Lillian Gish who, in 1971, finally received recognition from her peers with a special Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Last year it was Charlie Chaplin's turn for an Oscar, another veteran of that great- silent film family. You'll find them all here, in this pbTtograpfrc stroll down movie memory lane from 1899 to the start of talkies in 1329. The unknowns who began in silerAs (W. C. Fields. Lionel Barrymore. Marie Dress'er, Clark Gable and Ronald Col- man) were destined to surpass oibcr mstinee idols with Hie advent of srond. The studio greats (John Gil- bert, Jack'? Coagan, Clara Bow. Rudolph Wentino and William all v.we faUd to near obscurity when they couldn't adspt to the motion picture voice. Child slar Coogan, financial- ly ruined by mismanagement, is seen from time to time on television re-runs of Uie Addams Family. Bill Boyd ven- tured into television as Hopa- kmg Cassidy, eventually re- treated from ihe limrlight and died last year. The Shiek (Valentino) died and almost bankrupted his stu- dio as sound ventured onto Hollywood lots. John Gilbert. 1he dashing cavalier of Silver Screen just wasn't suit- ed to audio. Historian Blum has compiled a fantastic nostalgia 1rip for those few among us who can slil) remember the Silml Screen and has detailed an enthralling dorumenlary of mo- lion pictures for today's buffs. Looking hack on the silente, who can glimpse Lionel Barry- more in bicgraph's 1911 fea- ture Fighting Blocd without liking ahead three st Ihe same Barryinore as can- tankerous Dr. Gillespie to Lew Ayres' Dr. Kildare? Who can study stills of the magnificent 1926 epic Ben Hur (Francis X. Bushman and Ramon Novarro) without thoughts of the sound remake starring Charlton Heston? Who can study Ronald Col- man in his 1923 film debut the White Sister without fond memories of his soundtrack triumph more than a decade later-in Shangri-La? (It is still unsurpassed despite this year's remake attempt by Burt Bach- arach and company.) There's more: Billia Burke (1915) later re- membered as the Good Witch in the Wizard of Oz: Clifton Webb (1920) did you know he was a society dancer before he became Mr. Belvedere? Claudette Colbert (1927) eventually to pick up an Oscar with Clark Gable for It Hap- pened One Night; Marion Dav- ies ho became the paramour of American news- paper magnate William Ran- 'dolph Hearst. Frank Morgan (1917) to star as Judy Garland's wizard in the Wizard of Oz more than 20 years later. Zasu Pitts (1917) who garnered a smattering of fame on the early Gale Storm television series Oh Susanna. Lewis Stone (1916) to become a judge and father of Andy Hardy in the series featuring Mickey Rooney (silent class of Carole Lombard (1925) wife of Clark Gable to be killed in a plane crash during the Second World War. Edward Everett Horton (1923) later a cartoon voice on the Fractur- ed Fairy Tale segment of Bullwinkle. Anyone without an inkling of these recollections should rush out and order their copy of Daniel Blum's Silent Screen homage if only for a better understanding of today's films, directors and stars. Anyone else would be well advised to buy a copy simply for the joy of adding it to their collection of literary memora- bilia. Trivia? Never. Fascinating reading? Always. HERB LEGG Learning to save strokes "The Duffer's Guide to Bogey Golf" by Brian Swar- brick (Prentice Hall, 1G7 Aiming to be a par golfer is unrealistic for most of the 10 million North Americans who play at least 10 games a year; only one golfer in 5.000 can shoot 18 holes in par. Even to be able to play bogey golf (ore over nr- ra each is r-: accomplishment not enjoyed by ha'f the golfers. Bnnn Swarbrick that most people should be able to play bogey golf and has written this book to help the duffer move up into that class. He convinced me that it is an attainable goal. As a matter of fact, after submitting lo the brow-beatint; he albeit in amusing fashion I would be ashamed not to under- take to put info practice the poolers be provides. Before getting down to the senoiis business of learning the grip and swing of a club