Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Bingo is a whole way of life For millions By TOM TIEDE NEW YORK 'NE.V Mrs. Thelma Knox said she almost didn't make the game. A water- pipe had flooded her basement aisnnieat. I-JITM her rug. circuited a refrigerator, pee'ed pain: a t.-'.b'e. and sen: her Pomeranian to the vet wi'.h possible pneu- monia. But there she was anyway, cp.ictfLx hangins from her lapboarc's laic c'jt before her ;ne :n ai; ness. "I wouldn't miss my Thursday nigh; Biro for any- thing She wouldn't for sure Nor would many of the other mil- lions who are devoted, nay ad- dicted, to the phenomenon of middle-American matrons: Bingo. From Peoria to As'.oria i: is the biggest stiemion-Trah- ber since Laurence Welk's machine. Here in Lhe borough or Queens, at a named Asioria 300 to 5M peoDk sather 13 times 5 (trnce daily except Sun- rsy or' Corse hell or busted wster- Sai-s hali marker Max Hoiman: "I'i'e seen rrem in ihe I've seer. in of z on They're ail E b'JT they're Tais isr.'t game: 'o it's a whole :he in As- Hi'1 mic'd'e-ssed :pce- ;v ;heir es- sround ;h-7ir p'.ay. says she :'-rr i1. A wid- onsn move.-: the to S? closer "r-e ?c- she crieo aU durir.g isckpoi. FAIRFIELD'S YEAR-END CLEARANCE CONTINUES Vobody ihe eiien: of rabid Bingo playing in the na- tion. Much of'ihe pfay. the n-ag- 1 enng and the tske is unregulat- ed. thus But if New York Sate is any examnle. the game's grip is intense Some 3. SK1 religioiif. c'mc and groups are licensed to conduct games about 1.000 of them in NeK York alone. Ms year, according to esti- mates, the groups will seii M 1 million admissions to ganes and take S-42 million profit. The figure? give no ices of how mp-nr peepje pardcipste mcsi admissions are b'j'. as one city offi- cial says: "Hori-pver many there are. they're sure as heck vcviferous To be sure, the game brings ou; the Li many. Max Hoi-nan K Asioria Hall says he hai seen o- the fiecr" over the right to si; '.n a In big cities v-here people are used to 5e'j asser- tion, the games sometimes get more than hairy- Callers who err are abided like you. forcerjmes even I have to blush." Recently a; a Bingo in Brooklyn a player go; up io go ;o the Doine so, she accidenily irose; the "chips on anoiher player's lineup. There v-.'as a loud shriek, followed by silence throughout the playing area. "For a minute." says a play- er who v.-as present. "I iboWhi sure I was going to see my firs: corpse. Bui tre woman picked up her markers, pur them back in place and said nothing more. As for the sal going to ihe lavsror.-. well. I nsrniv Lhink she had to thai B'J: L- ihe canes i'er, ;e; rough, they have their bener influence as well. Ma_t HoL-.'.an says dodors te'J hira that Bingo is T. onderf'ui siini'-ilaiion i'cr oi.1. or i'i'.e peor'e. One regular a: for is in bu; ''plays with a mind !.Sa; ivould corjfo-.nd Einsiein." She refuses to mark her numbers, snd relies icia'jy or. rr.p-r.o-. Says Rolma.T "I don't how she does, i; She cards every I: I cirlr.'r players are so engrossfd in the spirit of optimism STORE MOURS Open Da.fy 0 o m (0 5 JO D m. Thuri and Fri 9 am. 9 p m. Cprmr Viliogf Mall Phonf 318-9331. COLLEGE MALL Wednetdoy, January 10. 1973 THE LETHBRID6E HERALD 43 1242 3rd AVENUE S. PHILCO FORD CUSTOM 30" RANGE With Patisserie, high-speed plug out elements, oven pre-heat outo baking and broiling: WHITE. Reg. 253' COLOUR. Reg. 339.95.... Z6S continuous clean oven- 9C Reg. 309 ,95 .95 Colour. Reg. 379.95 PHILCO FORD 13 C.F. AUTO. FRIG. FREEZER 100 Ib. true freezer, adjustable shelves, por- celain enamel crisper and meat keeper. De- luxe trim. O1Q35 White. Reg. 379.95 O I V? Colour. Reg. 389.95 14 cu. ff. No Model Reg. 479.95...... 36995 PHILCO FORD 26" FULL CONSUL COLOR TV Features rich walnut cabinet with Philcomatrix black matrix picture tube and transistorized solid stole sig- nal system. Plus Fhilco-Matic auto tuning. Reg. 739.95 649" HOOVER 1 Grid Avrccca.