Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
30 1HI IFIHBRIDGE HERALD Wedneiday, 21, 1971 Support chamber -Orfino TABER (HNS) -A call for people of Taber to fully sup- port the chamber of commerce was made by J. (Bill) Or fine following his election to the president. Mr. Orfino proposes the bl monthly council meetings o the past be changed to alter nate council and general meet ings hi order to involve the gen eral membership to a greate extent. Besides a number of stand ing committees, the new presi dent will set up committees t study the various facets o tourism, government assis tanco programs, and local tra! tic- problems including traffi lights. Also elected were Gordon Saunders and James G. Clark as first and second vice-pres dents who, along with Mr. Oi fino, past president J o h Tarns, and secretary Ireasur er Ross Gibb, will appoint com mittecs and assign responsib lities. Only 15 members turned 01 to the a.m. breakfast mee ing out of a paid up membe ship of 117. Talk about it, laugh at it There's a way to beat bigotry By DAN TURNER OTTAWA (CP) It you'ro a Frog, Anglo, Spic, Kraui, Hunky, Wop, Yid or Clunk, Jack McPartlln takes a litUe getting used to. In fact anyone going to see the McPartlin's nighldob act at a downtown Ottawa hotel might be well advised first to watch All in the Family, that situation comedy about big- otry that appears weekly on the CBC. Not that McPartlin is an Im- itation of blatant bigot Archie Bunker, main character in the Family series. For one tiling, the Ottawa comic-cum-organist has been using bigotry to get laughs for several years. For another, McPartlin is a much more urban personality. But he is sharp and satirical and first time listeners may think him a nasty man in- deed. Then he he hap- pens to feel like ,that the best way to beat big- otry is to talk about it and laugh at it. TOSSES RACIAL BARBS So when lie gets a request to play the Beer Barrel Polka on his organ, he is lia- ble to peer sternly around the ISO people packed Into the room and say: 'All right, who's the Hunky who sent that up7 Where Is the And further: "What do you get If you cross a Ukrainian and a Jew? A Janitor who owns tha building." Anglo-Saxons? "You can al- ways tell an Englishman but you can't toll him much." If there Is someone of Ger- man heritage in the and McPartlin can draw him Into an exchange, it might be: "Give a Kraut a and figures they won the last two wars." Or if the fellow Is making too much noise in trying to talk to a girl a few tables away: "Why don't you march your jackboots over there and say Probably the only people ex- empt from his racial barbs are Negroes. McPartlin explains that he doesn't like to pick on any- body who isn't present. Since there aren't many blacks liv- ing in Ottawa or even visiting, there aren't usually any in the audience. NEEDLES FRENCH French-Canadians take the biggest riding, and there are usually a lot of them present from Ottawa and nearby points in Quebec. "How does it feel to be In C a n a d he asks for openers. "Come down to get your welfare cheques, have And so on. At the end of particularly nasty remark, he might smile broadly and say: "That's what you call fanning the flames of racial hatred." McPartlin is 34, married to a French-Canadian, and rich. He wasn't always wealthy quit school at 13 to play the organ in a Toronto brothel. He later Joined the army and when he came out In 1961 he decided to try to make a: career of music and chatter.! He hit the good money when he signed on at the .Chateau in, 1968. POLITICIANS A TARGET It has been reported that he now takes In a year with his lounge show, other personal appearances, and a radio hotline program. He doesn't deny It. He is probably best known for his political satire. With the House of Commons only a few hundred yards away, he brightens his act each night with plenty of fresh political ammunition although a good slice of his performance Is basic com in night after night. Politicians often show up when the House has a night off. McPartlin once drove Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford right out the door one night with some sharp cracks. As the shiny-domed Mr. Basford walked out McPartlin shouted after him: "If you can't take it, baldy, get the hell out." The pair met the next day and buried their differences over a bottle of champagne. Delegates COWLEY (HNS) Mr. and Mrs.' M. Verigin of Cowley were delegates to the cultural held In Edmonton last week. 'They, represented the Cowley, Mossleigh and'Cal- gary groups' 'of Doukhabors, one of fifty ethno-cultural groups invited. It was sponsor- ed by the provincial govern- ment. 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E x c 11 I n t FROM m double roll Wootca Department Stores Because Wfe're Woolco... .Your Shopping Costs You Less! College Shopping Mall 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive Open DoiTy 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thurtday end Friday a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday a.m. lo 6 p.m. FEEUN' ALRIGHT Belly, o four-year-old spider monkey from Africa, frolics willi Dr. Graham MacLeod al Amhurst Veterinary Hospilal In Scarborough, Onl. Belly, who lives with owner in Toronto, doesn't seem an y worso for wear after a tumble from an 1 llh-floor balcony. Remember Sy Oliver? He's got a band now By MARY CAMPBELL NEW YORK (AP) Sy Oli- ver, one of the most influential arrangers of (he Swing Era, now has his own the age of 59 and long after the day of the big bands. Oliver, a trumpet player and composer as well as builder of the styles of the famous Jimtnie Lunceford and Tommy Dorsey bands, was acclaimed as the most brilliant arranger hi Jazz in 1939. He also was also known for his terrible temper. He says: "I had the reputa tlon, 'Don't hire that cat. He'll build your band up in six months and destroy it in six hours when he gets mad.' I kept a beer bottle under my chair, ready for anybody who wasn't playing my arrangements right." Today, Oliver has mellowed. He's a combination of content- ment and happy excitement, leading the first band be ever wanted, seriously practising the trumpet so that he's playing better than he ever hitting nobody in the band over the head with a beer bottle. 'Swing Is the music I like and I want to play for people who like what I like. I'm not the only one my age missing the kind of music he likes. People just don't go out and look for it any more. They don't expect to find anything they want to hear. "My objective is to get In. And you couldn't believe the re- sponse. "We play standards I've writ- ten and arranged and newer tunes like This Guy's in Love with You." SHE SWEET' Those standards include For Dancers Only, which Oliver wrote for Lunceford, and Ain't She Sweet, Margie, Four or Boyle's Column By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Every man holds a magic haton in his heart. It is called mem- ory. With It he can dismiss fears of the future and calm the turbulence of today by restor- ing and enjoying the serenity of a past time. This wand called memory is a wistful de- liglit all our life. You've got a lot to conjure up yourself if you can look back and remember Only an exhibitionist changed his underwear more than once a week. More corn was popped at home over the kitchen stove than in electric machines in the lobbies of movie houses. One of the nice things about being born into a small family was that a hungry kid usually could have seconds at dinner. In a large family a hoy who didn't put enough on his plate to satisfy him at the first pass-around was out of luck. You don't know what a snaf- fle bit is? Well, practically ev- erybody did in the days when there were more horses than aiitos. They were belter at wiring a singletree, too, than adjusting a carburetor. .WORK WAS A BALL The straw boss in the fac- tory always gave you a lighter work load if you both played on the company base- ball team on Sundays. A husband didn't necessar- ily wind up in the divorce courts if he fold his wife that a woman's place was in the kitchen. But, all in all, women really ruled the roost in those days, just as they do now, but Ihcy did it without climbing up on tins ronf and bragging about tt. The height of anonymity was to carry the big bass drum in a small town band for the guy behind you to beat. As vitamins were discov- ered one after the other, it was widely predicted that soon everybody would be healthy and stay that way. The majority of people were more afraid of dying of pneu- monia or tuberculosis than of heart disease. Every small boy thought the best way to win a girl's heart was to ride nonchalantly past her home on Saturday after- noon on a bicycle without holding on to the handlebars. This probably caused more broken bones then than skiing does today. Most people didn't expect they'd ever inherit much. II they did, it usually was only a few sticks of furniture, a mortgage, and a couple of money, stocks or bonds, It was common for a man to hold the same stick to the same his life. He didn't like to change either. Only people who hadn't gone to the bother of raising children were likely to wine up at the end swatting flies in an old folks' home. Those were (he member? Water needed FORT MACLEOD (Specla planted at Midnigl Stadium here are in need water. They were planted as part the lirst phase of the develo ment of the old barracks sit Now work is progressing the overnight trailer park Die site of the parade squar II is hoped In have several se viced cites ready this turamer ive Times and By the River ainte Marie and T'ain't What ou Do that he arranged for m. For Dorsey, Oliver wroto es Indeed and Opus One end rranged Sunny Side ot treet, Swanee River, Chicago, 'ell Git It." his band, Oliver says: "We lay tangos, beguines, waltzes -and we swing everything." The band Includes a 10th man, 0 c a 1 i s t Buddy Smith, who ometimes is joined by trom- onist Candy Ross and Oliver. Putting the band together asy, Oliver says. "There Is a stereotype of ]e Negro musician. A lot erf think all jazz musicians ver 40 are dead or deadbeat lost of the guys I called own leir own homes and were ei- her retired and living well on money they'd saved or working, ike the pianist, Cliff Small. "I went looking for guys who veren't ashamed of being over 0. I wanted guys who wcra tars and would let other guys ie stars, loo, and who had tho same approachl had to hythmic, melodic music. Every ana I called I told that the first rehearsal was next Monday, and every one said: Til be here.' They were looking for a rallying point, which was me. ''I've got the satisfaction o! doing something people say can't be done. I've got nine in- strumentalists and we still sound like 15 or 16." EXPENSIVE VENTURE Oliver says the public can't afford a really big band. 'It used to cost 35 cenls a mile to he says. "Now it's about "But when this kind of ar- ranging works, it is much more exciting. You enjoy a bouse you built economically with your own hands more than if you'd Itad everything in the world to work with. Making the whole band equal much more than Ihe sum of its parls is a great satis- faction to me. People hear us and think they're hearing a big band." The leader still talks like a man who first of all is an arran- ger, but now also enjoys per- forming. "This is he first time I ever enjoyed playing. Before, I al- ways thought in terms of or- chestration. I remember, way back, Roy Eldridge had his horn in his hand 24 hours a day. 1 never praclised. I fixed up backgrounds to make me look good. I worked out choruses ahead of lime. With Lunceford, I made them learn their parts off their records and play them note for noie for six years. "I'm a much belter trumpet player now than I ever was be- fore. And I like leading the band. I don't make any effort to be a personality, hut when you have a thing that works well you enjoy if." Melvin .lamps Oliver was the oldest of the six children of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Oliver, both music teachers, horn Deo. 17, 1910, 111 Battla Creek. Mich.