Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
READ THE IETHBRJDGE HERAIO 'CHINOOK' SOUTH AlBERTA'S LARGEST RURAL CIRCULATION The Lethbrtdge Herald TELEVISION GUIDE KING KOIN lAUNDiRETTE Washing, Drying, Dry Cleaning) 32S-8944 3 A 12 SI. S. Mon. thru M. FRIDAY, JULY 27. 1973 LISTINGS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 28 TO FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 The voice behind the tube: Allen Swift rarely speaks for himself By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Whose voice have you beard most of- ten on television. It well might be that of Al- len Swift, but you wouldn't know it. He rarely speaks as himself. Swift has been everything from a bathroom plunger to a chocolate peanut in some 000 TV commercials over the last 20 years. He also was the< voice of Gen. Dwight D. Eis- enhower in the film, The Longest Day. The dean of perhaps 18 top professional men and women in this specialized form of au- ditory art, Swift is an ex- comic who looks more like a flowing-haired symphony cello player. He makes more than 000 a year pedalling from one taidtown studio to another on a bicycle to do Imitations. He has done as many as 16 in an hour but prefers to make only 35 or so commercials a week. Son of a lawyer, Allen be- came interested in vocal work early and -was a comic at CatfikiU Mountain' resorts in New York state. He did night- club shows and appeared with stars such as Eddie Cantor and Bob Hope in the early days of television. Did Howdy Doody "I was doing pretty well as a part-time comedian, part- time magician and part-time shingle salesman when I got my big he recalled. That came when he was hired to take over as Howdy Doody when the people who did the voices on that popular television .puppet show walked out in a salary dispute. "Learning to talk like Howdy Doody was the tough- est job I ever he said. "I bad only a weekend to pre- pare." But soon Swift was doing all SO voices on the show and also writing some of the scripts. Calls from ad agencies to do other voice roles began to pour in. Since then Swift baa dubbed lines for David Niven and fa- mous golf, baseball and foot- ball stars. He also has created voice personalities for a herring, almost every kind of animal, a flashlight bat- tery, a pencil, an electric toaster, and most recently, a brake. "I enjoyed doing the brake; it was quite he said. Does he need any special equipment or tools for his vocal effects? "Just my Swift answered. "But I also have an ex- ceptional ear. That's very im- portant. "I have flexible vocal cords, but I don't believe I have' a particularly unusual voice. But the human voice, when trained, is limitless, al- most infinite hi the variety it can create." Swift, can handle easily al- most any accent or take any voice and show its stages from the cradle to the grave. "The voices of actresses and politicians don't age, be said. Canadian tournament This year's event is expected to attract most of the world's top pros including last year's winner Gay Brewer (left) and the 1971 Triple Crown winner Lee Trevino CBC Radio will cover the Open on the final two days of play, July 28 and Cardinals to meet Cubs on NBC Game-of-the-Week The surging St. Louis Cardi- nals will be the visitors at the Chicago Cubs' home base, Wrigley FieW, in NBC Tele- vision Network's colorcast of Major League' Baseball's game- of-the-week Saturday, July, 28. The pre-game show will start at 11 a.m. Jim Simpson and Tony Kubek will be at the microphones. The Cardinals and Cubs are currently embroiled in a battle for first place in the National League East. In the backup contest, the California Angels wiH be at the Kansas City Royals, with Bill O'DonneU and Maury Wills describing the action. Monday Night Baseball on NBC-TV Jury 30 will match the Detroit Tigers and Balti- more Orioles in Baltimore. Charley Pride, the ex-ball player who is now a popular singer of country and'Western music, will join Cut Gowdy and Tony Kubek as guest com- mentator. The contest will start at p.m., following the pre- game show, Baseball World of Joe at 5 p.m. In too backup game, the At- lanta Braves will face the Hous- ton Astros in Houston dome. Simpson and Wills will be the announcers. Dick Richards signed again as director HOLLYWOOD Dick Rich- ards has been set by producers Michael Gniskoff and Art Lin- son to direct Raffeity and the Gold Dust Twins, a new Alan Arkin film. Richard Shepherd, Warner Bros, executive vice-president for production made the an- nouncement. This will be Richards' first film since his directorial debut with The Culpepper Cattle Company. Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins is from an original screenplay by John Kaye and the project is a Gruskoff-Ven- ture-Linson Production. Filming is scheduled for this fan on Southwestern locations with interiors at (to Burbank studio.