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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ___, Tueidcy, Deiembtr 19, 1972 TKt IETHBHCG! REPAID 5 Does subsidization improve art7 For a country that has pro- duced relatively few of international hss a remarkably lively intcr- in the arti. This in iO'-er.t years has been translated into action at 1 e '.'e 1 through the creation o! t h o Canada Council 'to help indivi- dual artiste and groups a n r! through the action o! the federal and Ontario merits to hail out struggling publishing? houses which have fallen on evil days. Tr.c recent d'.-veloimeri'. L- a 51 million Canada C'.'jr.cil pro- gram a'vis-t :n the areas of translation and frer-r distribution o' their booito at home ar.d ab'oad Obviously, if ir.v-.ty car. pro- duce art. Canada should be to produce it. This SMm- to be the theory o-Iv the sctivUies the Car.ada cil and the governments in question but behind a state- ment made by Mary Irizabeth Gave-. Manitoba'.- as- sistant o' tura' aft sirs I1.V- Buyer's geuion is that, to that C-iir.sda tike: it- i- t world of the artists he provided wt'h a guaran- teed annual income. On the su.-fec-. rxf -haps. these views ar-d activities may have something to coT.rne.-d them. Before they receive un- qualified endorserrier.t. ever, a closer scrutiny rr.ay be required. Take the ms'.br pu'i'ishT.E for How are fey to t'r.-s of a sipiiicar.t literature? So one rle.ty that there 3 for pub- lishing bouses. them, even our best 5 v-vjli unable to ;t are they as r.eces'ary as gov- ernment ar.d the Caratia ci! to thi-k that to the eiv-ri'. of bet-? "bsi-rizcd to the tune of o: dol- lars? a c'or.'t to so. or.e Ire- U so pocc L-. thiat it has ror.e of in- tematiorial importar.ce ar.Q os'y '.he ir.o Cuala which to cisiizsrf of '..he trade. over the pas'. IV; year; r.o lion to its size pvrhaps re- gar-ilC'o of f.ize than One has to of ik: names like Yeats, Joyce. bt; ar.d 'o J name only a few of ur.i'jue, but it at leist to r.'.'. By Tom SaumJ'-rs, in 7 hn Winnipeg Frie tr.'.-y ihouM be the tvj t 0: if the Oa a'ia Co-i.v V.riVerTcan.arta the As for the suggestion rnafe :t Us tnrougn tne by Miss JJaytr, it, too. ratio-i it i.ts sorr.e It is not er.o.gri fj point out. as the _coi-. ' prr.t-snt levels, the dsy of t e 10 the Jis'i'it. record has hte" :tr f.-orn V) t'v: jt ar.'j to Council on these 1s- have received far trom fi-jverxal acceptance and there v ould be no assurance that practice of putting artists DO t guran'jted annual Lncome would fare any better. arfj- The Canadian experience to ok at far has not proven that money paid to groups, artisU or publishing houMr, is a guar- of excellence. A good case can bo rnade, indeed, to show that, individual achieve- rnent-s. government largesse has produced more mediocre art than in any previous period i.- our history. Perhaps it Is time reassess the situation ar.d decide with respect to both artists and publishers if. we have been betting oa the horse. One rcwgnizM, of coirte, how hiard it is to reverie treads. Tne treed today not only in the but in every area of life Is to look to gc-verarnent a sugar daddy with inex- haustible funds; and, this being the case, even Miss Bayer's suggestion may yet become fact. before she made her plea for ailitts, o'ir poiiticians were talking tA a guaranteed annual income tec every citi- zen. If this comes pass, o'ir artists will every- one Ihough trjeir income might be on a par fas her words might lead them to hope) v.ith that erf a policeman on the beat. I took IQ test results being wrongly used The Fa rir'-iv! lie Race-IQ Controversy" bv Ken Kicliard-ra, Van'-i 'Penguin Books Inc.. pspcr- SI.'Ji, V.'-> The ugly b'jjtir.css of race sv- gained new impetus in when acadenoics Jer.ser, in the United States and H. J. Eyse-tcl-: in Britain av p-eaied to sc-i'rttt fie evidence, in c-ppo-t cf ittrh- e- in white: IQ ciff't-rVtc lie in ger.e'ic cor.ititu'Jon. s- to ivtst.71 It hit cninlor, t: it t'.e u-e o! IQ r.s- kird o: mystic rite by v, rich a peno-.'i v.orth ment the magic went out o! royal hand- shakes, as far zs I was concerned. In- stead. I'd rather publish a book on "A Cen- tury of UvinE'' drop a few meta- phorical bombshells which, by th.e year 2522. will, hopefully, be the only kind of bombs throwc anvwhere. Chautauqua days CP According to my reference book, CbEU'.su- qua is Seneca Indian word meaning, "one has taken out fish there." Catching fish really shouldn't have arryihirig Ln common with Cba.uU.uqua, unless as z waggish friead suggested it had to do with catching suckers. Tne movement started Ln Chatau- qua in New York state, os the shores of Chautauqua Lake. It was far from z sucker game. It started as sort of a religious s'.udy group, and graduated in about 1900 to z variety show. It featured everything from politics to home economics, and from sci- ence to literature. It went over so well that z travelling circuit was arranged, which grf-jf in a short time to include thousands of communities across Canada and United States. It coa'Jnued until the early thirties when radio and talking pictures came along. Tne First World War was about half over wbeo I remember the Chaulauqua coming to Swift Tnere WES great eicite- meot around the school yard about it. It was almost like a circus, except there '.vere no animals, trapeze acts, or sideshows. Tne only resemblance to z circus was the big terX. Tnis show unlike a circus where people gambled on a profit had to be guar- anteed. It was an educational program, ner. just z snow for entertainment. Season tickets, were sold ahead of time, ind most families had at leas', two. I have in idea k was four or five doilar.s for a week of performances, and that WES, bsyond me even thinking about. Tne tickets were traded around in the family so most of us got to see about the same amount of shows the kids usually in the afternoon aad grown- ups at night. The only resemblance to a circus was the gang putting up the big tent, and 1 to-'-k in several of those quick construction jobs. They drive tent with a pile driver now in almost no time, and it's nothing much to watch, but four or five men swing- ing sledge hammers in perfect rhythm was worth getting up early to see. With r.o ani- mals, big wagons, or performers around, the esci'-ement didn't last long, and kids were soon home lookLig for breakfast. Some of the performances I saw still stick in my mind. One oldish man, who reminded me of W. C. Fields, came orj the EJ.SEE m ore shew and gave a sound effect performance K a crew landing a Mississippi riverboat. in- cluding belk, snouts, and a bawlling co-x and calf. He sat on a chair behind the piano, more or less out of sight, and all the props he had were the bc-ll his voice. It was so realiy.ic could harcly bel.eve he didn't have a gramapbcrx rec- By Fraser Hodgson ord, End then as a finale he brought down the crowd with a deep-voiced rendition o: Old Maa Another time a yo'i-g lacy told stories and re-ated poetry. Tne main one. I still remember, was abxrjt i. yo'jng man out picking wild strawberries w i t h tics young ladies. Tne got bit out cf hand whec he announced he would give a kiss to each on? who fed him 2 mouthful of berries. Tne picking expedition ended fa disaster wren the young man turned deathly sick from too much w i 1 d fruit. Tr.e crov.d hooted and yelled End thought it was wonderful. VTould it draw 5 smiie The last show I could attend in the rurrjner I worked for a farmer at lancer on the north line from Swift Current. There were several perform- ances, but the highlight was a young hoy who sang Tne Bugler. Tne place was cee'.hiy quiet till he finished, then he got standing applause that lasted fully two minutes. The last Chair.auquj 1 attended was or. science. It would ba classed as elec- tronic, but that TOrd wasn't well known then. Tne lecturer had the stafe full of wired gadgets with tubes an-1 lights anG smooth black boxes. We knew a'Mut the music stores ET.d shops haa them, and blared the broadcasts from Regina- OT. cm tie street every day. The main thing this mar, derr.oTc-tratcd was the ability of radio waves to macrjies co thfags at a distance no wired ncc'jor.. First thin? he did was scare every- boiv by setting off i charge of powder in a tub at lie o: the tent. Ke rang bells flashed lights, blew whistles, Hi started electric motors -.rith r.o be z stsrtir.g 5 re.r u playing God Save Tne Kir.g, a s m a i 1 Union Jack unfurled. When, everyone was loijdly appiaucL-jg. he more J.-J-A- der blasts. We thoujh'. it was pretty a'i made guesses or hiw far ;serve 'i go. V.'e never the -i was part o! putting iner, on the tJ.J exploring space. A short time aso '.he of 2 biitcor, adjusted Anik-i ir, Iv orbit trfi' of above the ij.d it v.iil besu-r, to people iivir.g usuai coverace. Cr.a'jtauc-a has been out of circvi: ior rr.fny years. now it's coming bacV; in a iittie Tnere i: no big r.o crov.cs c: pe-vp'.e ir. one- place and r.o dust ar.d swea y stakes I you hardly ES. "cr.e has til-ten ojt fan fere." bjt Chautauqua has btes re- vived by television's Romantic remark By Dong Do you want 3 full stop the word Kmioilon? We reached one of those important mile- stones in life early in December oar 25th anniversary. f had been under the impression that on such occasions only nice thingi nappe ed and swec-t things were said. But 1 got a nice awa-tenir.j. A fri'-nd asl-tco Eb-ei 'If site tit.TJght wou'd it to the Stth 'Oh, F thirJ: ;he rcpbe-'l. "I've up with run for 2o ana can prooa stick it out another ;