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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta -THE LETHMIDOt HlftALD-TiNNMtay, ftbnwr? Still defying time BELIEVE IT OR NOT, BENNY IS 80 By JAY SHARBUTT NEW YORK (AP) Jack Benny, age 39, turns 80 this month He's still defying time with well-honed comic timing At an age most men are playing shuffleboard, he's playing Las Vegas At an hour most octogenarians are snoozing, he's drumbeating for a television special. In an era of nostaliga, he's not rambling on about the good old days, belying the late Fred Allen's theory that most performers' lives "are bounded on the north by their entrance music and on the south by their exits This is the man who in the 1930s kept millions listening and laughing at his alleged stinginess and vanity, aided by his Maxwell car, Rocheter, Dennis Day, Mary Livingston and Don Wilson And the violin assaults on Love in Bloom And there was his long-run- ning "feud" with Fred Allen, whom he greatly admired The war erupted when Allen heard Benny playing violin Allen had a child prodigy playing violin on his show the next week and compared him to Benny know how he talked with that nasal he said a very funny grinned Benny, pinching his nostrils and commencing an imitation of Allen. "He said, 'When Jaaack Benny plays the violin, it sounds like the strings are baack in the caat.'" VIOLIN WAS A PROP Benny, bom m Waukegan, 111., on Valentine's Day in 1894, started in vaudeville 62 years ago as a violinist He JACK BENNY got in the humor business while in the U.S. Navy in 1918. Has violin has had a relatively small saw-on role, sc to speak, during his almost 42 years in radio and television But he's been using it to help, not hurt, music since 1956, when violinist Isaac Stern persuaded him to play with the New York Philharmonic to raise money to save Carnegie Hall. It was a gag with a serious intent; and Benny, who is a competent violinist, has been dong it ever since, appearing at fund-raising concerts. He has raised, by his estimate, nearly million for money- starved orchestras. Why does he do it? "Well, in the first place I love the he says "Second place, I'm nuts about good music. In the third place, I hate to see the symphony orchestras fold. "That doesn't mean I can keep 'em alive all the time, but I can always start a little excitement and keep them going for a little while." The concerts are one of the few things he'll openly boast about. Another, which isn't too well-known outside those in the business, is his reputation as an excellent TV highlights Ability Funds pay for appliances such as wheelchairs and artificial limbs and help with transportation expenses. All Funds will Remain in Lethbndge and District SEND YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO: REHABILITATION SOCIETY OF LETHBRIDGE 1261 2nd Ave. "A" North TRIBUTE I am probably not the best writing comedian, but the best editor. All the writers give me credit, even on other shows, for being the best editor." The acknowledged master of comic pause and effect was asked for a 25-word definition of timing He shook his head. "No way I can define be said. "People will say to me, 'Ho'd you learn I haven't the slightest idea. The only thing I did now was innately, when I first started to talk on the stage. "I knew that I must not be a one-liner comedian I must not do those kind of jokes I must talk on subjects. And I must make my whole act sound as though I've hardly ever changed the subject "That if I go from one subject to another, I must do it very gracefully, so that you, as an audience, wouldn't even realize I'm changing." Benny never has quit working for more than six decades in show business. He has no money worries, aside from a recent dispute with the Internal Revenue Service A cheeful, confident man with neither the walking nor talking hesitations of age, Benny grew somber only when asked why he doesn't retire "I don't he softly said "I don't know. I think I'll probably die with my boots on. I hate to word it that it scares but I just don't give it a thought. "If I want to quit for a while, I'll just quit. Sometimes I get tired of playing certain places. But I still go." ESTABLISHED BY FRENCH Saint John, N.B, became the first Canadian incor- porated city in 1784. TUESDAY CRIME DRAMA: Hawaii Flve-O, p.m., Ch. 13. A compulsive killer-rapist is on the loose and he's passing as a cop. MOVIE DRAMA: "Can Ellen Be p.m., Ch. 11. A 1974 TV movie about a girl in search of herself and becomes the object of a struggle between her parents and members of a religious commune. CRIME DRAMA: Banacek, p.m., Ch. 13. A story of the disappearance of engraved stock-certificate plates and their guard from a special security elevator. COMEDY: Mary Tyler Moore, 8 p.m., Ch. 7. Walter Cronkite appears in this episode about Ted's campaign to win a local news award CRIME DRAMA: Police Story, p.m., Ch. 7. A tale of a vice cop on the take and the bookie who pays him and needs a favor. DOCTOR DRAMA: Marcus Welby, MD, 9 p.m., Ch. 13. A drama about a malnourished teen-age girl who's mysteriously reluctant to discuss her past MOVIE MYSTERY: "The Fool 12 midnight, Ch. 7. The story of a Civil War amnesia victim and a 12-year-old orphan who travel across rural America. INTERVIEW: Merv Griffin, 12 midnight, Ch. 13. Children of the rich and famous are interviewed. WEDNESDAY MOVIE DRAMA: 1 p.m., Ch. 13. Academy Award film starring Ernest Borgnine as the lonely 35-year-old Bronx butcher. Opera company settles identity LONDON (Reuter) One of Britain's most enterprising and popular opera companies has finally settled an identity problem which has plagued it for five years. When the Sadler's Wells Op- era left its old home in bleak north London for a converted movie house several miles away in the capital's theatre district, the company's for- mer home kept the name "Old Sadler's Wells Theatre Confusion ensued and de- votees of opera would often find their taxis whisking them off to the old theatre in dark- est Islington, instead of to the MILTON BENY f iP Vs Sales Mgr GERRYWAGENVOORl Gen Sales Mgr WHITEY RIMSTAD Sales Representative JOE CHENGER Used Car Mgr JOHN SINCLAIR Sales Repretentatlm NOW is the time to Get the Jump on Spring! Come) In and ehooao from tho bast aatection of spring and to 90! you In tho mood of spring you'll rocohro a pot of flowers roady to Moom. And Remember... When You Deal with Beny You'll BENY-fit ALEXTOKARIUK Senior Salesmaster RON GORDON Sales Repretemaihw BTLLY GIBSON Senior Satesmasler EM1L ROMANCHUCX Sates Representative HANK AMUNOSON Sates MURRAY BULLOCK Grand AlfHEGQEDAl Sales Represertatlve STEVE TOMIE Salesmaster CHESTER VOCZA Senior Sartesmasler RO8ER HAWKINS Sates Bepresemaitve BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE 2nd Avonuoandtth Stroot 8. Phone 321.1101 Coliseum, hardly a stone's throw from Trafalgar Square in the city centre. Now, after Having initially refused the company per- mission to change its name, the British government has agreed to put an end to a situ- ation where the Sadler's Wells Opera was singing at the Coli- seum, while various other companies were performing at the still-thriving Old Sad- ler's Wells Theatre. From next August, the com- pany becomes the English National Opera, a com- promise name that seems to have satisfied the nationally- minded Welsh and Scots, who have their own companies and who Strongly opposed an original suggestion of British National Opera. The decision to rename the company was made at the same time as the company's move in 1968, and after a poll among opera-goers, the Na- tional Opera was decided on as the most popular name. But the company's manage- ment had not reckoned on a peculiarly British law by which the trade ministry con- trols the use of the word "na- tional" in company names. So Sadler's Wells had to put their application before the came back with a firm "no." At one stage the bap was even ex- tended to cover all three words, "English" and "national." Exasperation at the Wells reached such heights that in 1972 one member rebelliously suggested Peoples Demo- cratic Royal National Opera House. Many lovers of Sadler's Wells will no doubt mourn the demise of the company's old name, which goes back to 1683 when a London surveyor by the name of Sadler dis- covered a well said to have possessed powers of miracle healing in the Middle Ages. Health-conscious Londoners began to frequent' Sadler's new wells, but found the wa- ters so unpalatable that their bost had to serve wine to wash the taste away. Music was then added to Sadler's services to pass the time for those taking the cure, and the establishment developed into a "music house." With varying for- tunesr-it was at one time a pickle factory-the theatre lived on. Then in the 1930s, a theatri- cal director named Lilian Baylis, who had devoted most of her life to bringing drama within the reach of all, spear- beaded a successful campaign to have the theatre rebuilt In the new theatre, she founded the Sadler's Wells popular opera and a ballet company which later transferred to Covert Garden to become the world-famous Royal Ballet Seek 3rd TV OTTAWA (CP) The Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) will boM a public bearing in Winnipeg starting May 14 on a third TV service for Winnipeg and extension of TV broadcasting in Manitoba The commission said applications for new licences must be filed with the CRTC by Feb GOOD PLACING Economically, Montreal's location on a Urge island at the bead of the St. Lawrence River tetbe city's main asset. 7UP RADIO and TV LISTINGS ---Program! are lilted by the Radio and Tele- vision Stationt, in program schedule is due to latt-rmnute changet by the itat-ioni and is not the responsibility of chinook Limited or The Leth- bridge.Herald. CHEC MONDAY thru FRIDAY 6 00 Buryl Clarke 6 50 Farms News 7 30 News, Wlhr Sport 900 Checllne 1000 Walt Edwards 1200 John Oliver 1230 News 1 00 Grain Prices 1 01 Call of the Land 3 00 Jack Neufeld 5 00 News, Wlhr Sports 7 00 Paul Tessier 12 00 Roy Rennick CJOC 500 Probe 1220 6 00 World at Six 6 35 Jim Parsons Show e 00 John Charles 1230 Kevin McKenna Show WEDNESDAY 6 00 CBC News 6 05 Jack Thys 750 News Weather and Sports 8 35 Phone Bill Show 1035 Qord Whitehead 11 00 Jack Thys 12 00 Hour of Information 1 00 News and Gram prices 1 05 Gord Whitehead 3 OS Jim Parsons 5 00 Probe 1220 525 Sports 5 40 Market Report 5 50 Local News 6 00 World at Six CHEC-FM 100.9 MONDAY thru FRIDAY 6 00 9 00 a m Don McMaster 9 00 a m -3 00 p m Concie s Carousel 3 00-6 00 p m Don McMaster 600-1000 pm Del King 10 00-12 Midnight Concerts. Overtures and Encores 12 00 Midnight Sign Off on Monday Tuesday thru Friday Del King SATURDAY 6 00-12 00 Don MacMaster 1200-300 pm Del King 3 00-6 00 p m Concerts Overtures and Encores 600-1200 Del King 1200 Concie s Carousel (All Night) SUNDAY 6 00 a m -10 00 a m Concerts Overtures and Encores 10 00 a m -1 00 p m Del King 1 00-2 00 p m Cast Haus Hour (German Program) 2 00-6 00 p m Del King 6 00-12 00 Concerts. Overtures and Encores 12 00 Midnight Sign Off CBR TUESDAY 8 00 World at Eight 7 00 As It Happens 810 Eye Opener 8 10 Tuesday Night 900 World at Nine 10 00 News 9 13 This Country 1010 From the Capitals 1059 Time Signal 10 15 Five Nights A Week 12 03 Radio Noon 1030 Dr Bandolas Pandemonium 155 Stock Market 11 03 Rupertsland Rock Slide 2 03 School Broadcast 2 30 Off the Record WEDNESDAY MORNING 3 30 Max Ferguson 5 30 Warm Ups 4 00 BBC News 6 05 Calgary Eye Opener 6 00 World at Six Family Size Plus Deposit 7UP-100Z. 6i88< 7 UP Diet 7 UP dm indudbig Deport at ail participating dealers CJOC-TV Channel 7 (CabtevMon Ch. 6) TUESDAY NIGHT 5 00 Hollywood Squares 530 News 600 Emergency 7 00 Bob Newhart 7 30 Hollywood Squares 8 00 Mary Tyler Moore 830 Police Story 9 30 Front Page Challenge 10 00 Up Canada 10 30 Some Honorable Member 1100 News it20 PM 1200 Movie Fool Killer WEDNESDAY 6-00 Pinnochio 6 30 Secrete of the Kitchen 7 00 Farm and City 7 15 Wizard of Oz 7 30 Mon Giant 8 00 Uncle Bobby 8 30 Ed Alien 9 00 Polka Dot Door 9 30 New Horizons 10 00 Western Schools 10-30 Mr Dress Up 11-00 Sesame Street 12 00 Dale Harney Show 12 30 Truth or Consequences 100 Lets Make A Deal 1-30 General Hospital 2-00 Our Town 3 00 Take 30 3 30 Edge of Night 4-00 Family Court 4 30 Drop In %CN'TV LethbfMge Channel 13 (Cabtoviaion Ch. 4) TUESDAY NIGHT 555 News 6 30 Hawaii Fwe-0 730 Mystery Movie 9-00 Marcus Welby 1000 Kojak 11-00 News 1120 News 12.OO Merv Griffin WEDNESDAY 5.55 Though! for the Day 600 University for the Air 630 Yoga 7-00 Canada A M 8.30 Romper Room 9-00 This Week 915 Parions Francis 930 A.E.CC Schools 1000 Lifestyle 1030 Pay Cards 11-00 Fred Davis Show 1130 Beat the Clock 1240 Buckshot 12.30 Flintstones 1-00 Movie Marty 2.30 Somerset 340 Another World 330 Whats the Good Word 4-00 Anything You Can Do 4 30 Mod Squad 5.25 News 6flO NHL KRTV QrMt FaNa Channel 3 (CaMevMen Ch. t) TUESDAY NIOHT Maude 5 30 Santon) A Son 6-00 Adam 12 630 AM tn The Family 7-00 Wlasti 730 OtrtySaTly 8 Op Hawaii five O 9-00 News 930 Tonight Slow WEDNtSDAV 5 15 Our World 545 6-00 Today 7flO Today m Montana 730 Pyramid KFBB Great Falto Channel TUESDAY NIOHT 430 News 500 5 30 Truth or CoiTiscfuenoes 600 Happy Days 630 Movie Can SIOT Be Saved 8 00 Marcus Welby 9-00 News 9.30 Movie The Bend Who Walked The West WEDNESDAY 5 55 Farm News 6 00 Caplam Kangaroo 7-00 Wews 8W Audrey 8-00 Gambit 830 Hollywood Squares Jackpot Baffle 10OD Jeopardy 10.30 As The World Turns 11-00 Days of Our Uves TheOocJors 12HWJ Another World 12.30 New Match Game 1 -00 Secrel Storm 130 Mike Douglas 3 00 Joker s Wild 330 News 4-00 NBC Nightly News 430 News 5 (CaMevtaien Ch, 11) 830 Jack LsLanne 9OO Young and Besttew 930 Search tor Tomorrow 1000 A1I My Children 10.30 LetsMefteaDeal 11-00 NcwTywed Game 11.30 News 12-OO General Hospital 1230 One Ule to Ove 1 00 Love American Style 130 tRnahs Place 2-00 Three on a 230 My Lfle 3-00 Spin Second 330 Brady Bunch 4OO Password ;