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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 21, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, January 21, 1975 THE LETHBRIDQE- HERALD 7 TV producer arrested on morals charge Burns on Benny: Greatness of comedian unknown NEW YORK (AP) An award winning producer of television documentaries has been arrested on charges he cavorted nude through the corridors of a West Side YMCA, his body sprayed with silver paint. Police said Monday that Martin Carr, 47, was charged with public lewdness, public intoxication, and possession of a hypodermic syringe and a controlled substance, reported to have been a white powder and pills. Carr wun an Emmy for the .documentary Hunger in America, which was televised by CBS in 1968. FILE SUIT LOS ANGELES (AP) A film distributor company where FBI agents seized a large quantity of alleged pirated films has filed suit to get them back, court officials said Monday. In the civil suit filed Friday, Budget Films, Inc. contends that the warrant issued by FBI agents in its search Jan. 9 was "unlawful in scope" and non specific. The seizure was one of several in Los Angeles and other cities in what federal authorities believe is a multi million dollar pirating in- dustry. YELLOW CABS SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES Theatre "JEREMY" starring Robby Benson. Tuesday, Wed- nesday, January 21, 22. Tuesday show at p.m. PINCHER Theatre "THE WHITE DAWN" in color. Tuesday, Wednesday, January 21, 22. Tuesday show at p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. Theatre "THE THREE MUSKETEERS" starring Raquel Welch. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, .Friday Saturday, January 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25. Tuesday shows at and p.m. I Ke Pizza 329 5th Street S., Phone 329-3434 EVERY Wednesday SPAGHETTI DAY at The PIZZA PLACE Spaghetti Meat Sauce 1 49 PER ORDER Hy DICK KLEINER HOLLYWOOD (NBA) It was the day after they buried Jack Benny. George Burns, his friend of more than a half century, had broken down when he tried to deliver a eu- logy at the funeral services. But now he felt like talking. It wasn't easy, still. Tears came softly to his eyes and his naturally creaky voice broke from time to time. But still there seemed to be almost a compulsion to speak of his and our great friend. Burns had gone to his office that morning as usual. He seemed to feel a need to resume his ordinary routine. The office was cold. Burns sat in his overcoat, clutching it around him and shivering. He lit up an enormous cigar. At first, we talked of other things. He has a new record album out, a two. record set selling for that he hopes will become a collector's item. It was recorded when he made a one man concert appearance at the Shubert Theater here. But the subject both of us wanted to discuss Jack Benny was always there. When the talked veered around to the current state of comedy, Burns plunged in. "Good, honest jokes live he said, exhaling a fogbank of blue smoke. at Jack Benny. Nobody knew how great he was until he passed away. I knew him for 55 years but even I didn't know how great he was until he was gone." He wiped a tear away from his eye. "There was something magic about Jack. Everything Nashville singer helped image with sunglasses DRUM CLINIC with Jack De Johnelte with hit SONORDRUMS from NEW YORK CITY (Formerly with Miles Davit Band) LETHBRID6E PUBLIC LIBRARY THEATRE Thursday Afternoon, January 23 TICKETS FRII ll PRUE6GERS MUSIC ONLY 530 Sth StrMtSouth No Ticktti Will Be Available at Door Also: JACK DeHMMETTE in CONCERT Thursday it LrtMrMM PiMIc Library 23 it P.M. Ttek.UfOfConcwtf3.00 By BILL HANCE Nashville Banner NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The day Roy Orbison left his glasses at home and board- ed a plane from Nashville to London most likely was the turning point in the enter- tainer's career. That single, bit of forgetful- ness established a trademark for Orbison to the point today he's more revered across the waters than he is here at home. "It was purely admitted but it proved to be the best mistake I ever made." At present, Orbison is rank- ed fourth among artists in popularity in Europe. He is topped only by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and British idol Cliff Richard. "I was.on my way to Lon- don to do- a show with the recalled Orbison. "Halfway over there I real- ized I left my regular glasses at home. "There wasn't time to have any new ones made once I landed, so I had to perform wearing my sunglasses. "Well, in 1963, it was strange to see someone wear- ing sunglasses all the time and before I knew what was happening my picture was in every London newspaper and I was being swamped by fans everywhere I went." Orbison's European follow- ing has remained pheno- menal. He has sold more than 32 million records and each year for the past 10 years, he says he has had at least one No. 1 song somewhere in the world. "As much as I would enjoy touring and performing in America, there's just not enough he said. "By the time I do a two-or three- month string of shows abroad, the only thing I want to do is come home and relax." The foreign music buffs con- sider Orbison an Elvis Presieyish idol, the "man in so to speak. But in Nashville, he's just another one of "those music people" who lives in a huge estate fronting Old Hickory Lake, with a swimming pool in the living room. For a man who draws in the neighborhood of a show in other countries, Orbi- son can afford to live lavishly. That's expected of someone who decides it is better to show up for a performance than it is to dine with the Shah of Iran upon request. "There's, just not time to do all those he said. "I'm not boasting, but there's usually not a week .goes by that I don't have to turn down some kind of invitation with foreign royalty." England is not the only spot where Orbison is extremely popular. When he's hot tour- ing the United Kingdom, he's' somewhere in Australia, Ger- many, Turkey, Austria, Japan or Scandinavia. The Orbison story has also been tragic. During the time his records were selling both at home and abroad, Orbi- son's wife died in a mo- torcycle accident. That was in 1966. Two years later, a fire de- stroyed his plush lakeside home. His two sons, Roy Jr., 10 and Tony, 6, per-. ished in the blaze. There, was a time in the mid-1960s when Orbison was a giant on the American music scene. He got that way, he says, by staying off of na- tional television and out of nightclubs. But within the last six or seven months, .Orbison 'has emerged from his shell and shed his title of "Nashville's mystery man." He has been he created the old Maxwell car, the 'stingy' jokes, 'Jell o all that lived for all of us as though it were real. "The pauses. The look. The nerve he had when he used to go next door to the Colmans to borrow a cup of sugar. "Even if he told a bad joke, he made it work for him. I remember one show when he told a bad joke and he said it couldn't be a bad joke because a great writer, Norman Krasna, had written it. So he told it again. And the next week he repeated the whole thing and, within a few weeks, he had a whole thing going about that bad joke. "As Bob Hope said at the funeral, When Jack Benny got on the stage, he owned it and he did." Another pause. Another tear: Another big drag on the cigar, perhaps for reasons of security. "When I met him, he was already a great monologist. His opening joke was this. He'd come out holding his violin and he'd just stand there. A long pause. Already he was a master of the long pause. Then he'd say to the orchestra leader, 'How is the show up to And the orchestra leader would say, 'Fine.' Jack would say, 'I'll stop that.' Another puff. "He was a gentle man. And his humor was as gentle as he was. "He used to use his violin the way I use this cigar as a prop, as a kind of comedian's security blanket. But he tried to get rid of it. He wanted to be able to stand up on the stage without it. I remember the first time he tried to go on without it. It was in Schenec- tady, New York. He told two jokes. Nobody laughed. So he quick borrowed a violin from the orchestra and he was all right after that. "He never said a mean thing. Jack's idea of being mean was this. Once we saw a certain comic work. -I asked him what he thought of the comic. Jack said, 'Well, he's great but I just can't laugh at him." "Without Jack Benny, the show will go on, but there will GEORGE BURNS LETHBRIDGE UMCA Has Openings in the Following Programs: LADIES'SWIM INSTRUCTION- All levels of instruction are taught. Wednesdays or Jan. 22- March 12. Program Fee: Sessions PRE-SCHOOL Kindergymnastics and Pool Thursdays Jan. 23-March 12. Program Fee: Sessions. COMPETITIVE VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES: p.m. Commences Jan. 20. p.m. Commences Jan. 22. REGISTER NOW Lethbridge YMCA 515 9th St. S. For Further Information Call 328-7771 host of the NBC Midnight Spe- be a big hole in it. It just won't cial and played concert dates be as good. There's one good in Los Angeles, Chicago and thing, though Jack Benny New York. will stay alive as long as any of us live." That was the eulogy George Burns was too choked up to deliver at the funeral. It .all spilled out of him, as though he had to say it. Burns himself he'll be 79 this month is in good health. He takes pretty good care of himself. CATHOLIC ENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS Kissinger, Humphrey at odds New York Times Service WASHINGTON Despite Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger's comment last week that President Ford had decided to increase American food aid abroad from about billion to about billion, a White House spokesman made it clear today that a final deci- sion had -not yet been made. Ron Nessen, the press secretary, hinted that the decision would be along the lines discussed, by Kissinger and said it would be announc- ed soon, but added that "details" remained to be assessed and discussed with Congress. Other high ad- ministration officials and a senator said the details were complicated and related to aid to South Vietnam. Kissinger and Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, D Minn., who helped frame a new law that limits food aid given for purposes other than humanitarian, are negotiating on the Vietnam details. Kissinger is said to be link- ing the maximum increase in food aid to Humphrey's accep- tance of a shift in the category of food aid for Saigon from "political" to "humanitarian." The shift sought in Saigon's status could allow Kissinger to provide more budget sup- port for South Vietnam in the form of food aid, high officials insisted that the real intent is to meet promises by Kissinger of additional food aid for South Korea, Chile, In- donesia and Egypt. Under current law, a nation is considered to be a recipient of food aid for "political" pur- poses unless it is listed by the United Nations as among the neediest and hungriest nations. Administration officials and legislators believe Kissinger is manoeuvering for more diplomatic flexibility on the food aid program as Congress continues to cut the more traditional military economic foreign aid bill. He doesn't work very hard any more. He says he will never retire but he's taking it easier. He still does some TV guest shots and speaks at a lot of dinners and he's in his of- fice every day. But his working day, or- dinarily, is brief from a.m: until noon. Then he goes over to Hillcrest Country Club, has lunch and plays bridge for a couple of hours every afternoon. "Then I go home and have a he says. Even at such a tragie- time, the Burns humor cannot help but sneak out. We were talk- ing about young comedians. "What do you mean by To me at my age, Don Rickles is a kid, Milton Berle is a juvenile and Shecky Greene is just getting started." He says he does some talk shows, now and then, and he likes doing 'them "because they're easy to do I can do them sitting down." But the flashes of humor were fewer than usual, under- standably. The death of Jack Benny was too close, too real. "Everybody says George Burns, "is dead." TV cable operators win case OTTAWA (CP) The right of Canadian cable operators to delete commercial messages from United States stations was upheld in a weekend judg- ment by the Federal Court of Appeal. The court rejected an appeal by three Buffalo, N.Y. television stations who asked the court "to order Rogers Cable TV Ltd. of Toronto to stop deleting their commer- cials. The Buffalo stations involv- ed are WGR, WBEN and WKBW. Rogers began deleting the American commercials after the Canadian Radio- Television Commission issued a policy statement saying Canadian cable operators would be encouraged to sub: stitute in their place public service messages. After lawyers for the Buf- falo stations threatened legal action against Rogers, the CRTC then amended Rogers' licence allowing the practice. The federal appeal court said the CRTC did have the authority to give such instruc- tions to cable operators. Reasons for the court's decision were to be made public later today. Oldest army horse feted FT. MYER, Va. (AP) Black Jack, the army's oldest horse, has celebrated his 28th birthday by eating a frosted cake at a party in his honor. The aged but still lively animal he is in his 90s in human terms was feted out- side his stable on the edge of Arlington military cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington. Black Jack has been used as the riderless horse, symbolic of a fallen leader, in thousands of military funerals. paramount Tonight thru Thurs. at and p.m. POSITIVELY LAST 3 DAYS thru THURS. at and p.m. They searched the world...until they found each other. 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