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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wo box to open Houdini emerging from coffin after 90 minutes underwater. Frank Sinatra's a grandpa Frank Sinatra is a grand- father. The singer's daughter Nancy gave birth to a baby firl Wednesday. It is the first child for Nancy and husband Hugh a television director. Miss Eden formerly played the title role in the television series I Dream of Jeannie. LOS ANGELES Ac- tress Barbara Eden was granted a divorce Friday in Superior ending her 15- year marriage to actor Michael Ansara. They have an eight-year-old son. The couple separated May 1973. DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC ROSSHOSACK Certified Mechanic 8 304 5th St. S. Ph. 327-7244 NEW YORK Singer Bette Midler asked a state court Friday to keep a film company from titling a film The Divine Mr. J. and from advertising it as her cinema debut. Miss Midler said she was paid in 1971 for a 10- minute performance of a film intended be utilized for private The title of the 16- millimetre as a religious was originally The Greatest Story Ever the singer said. j She termed the film third-rate motion and .said her film debut was in Hawaii a decade ago. the second time in the Duke Ellington band will have someone other than the founder leading it. Pianist Billy Taylor will head the group during an engagement in Bermuda from May 28 'to June 8. The only other man who has led the Ellington band was the late Billy composer of Take the A Train. Taylor said he did not know what will happen to the whose leader died Friday. He said the arrangement for him to lead during the island engagement was made before Ellington's death. SANTA Calif. Actor Richard Burton left hospital Wednesday five weeks after being admitted with a lung infection and an injured left hand. Burton was flown to hospital April 14 with a high temperature caused by a bronchial influenza infection he suffered on location for the The Klansman. Shortly after Burton entered hospital he and his Elizabeth announced they were getting a Swiss divorce after 10 years of marriage. NEW YORK For Com pact Zenith Eyeglass Hearing Aid Make the right decision now and try this reliable Zenith Carlyle aid at no obligation. And if within 10 days after purchase you aren't completely satis- you may return the aid and your except for the cost of a custom will be refunded. Batteries for makes of hearing aids. The quality goes in before the name goes on. LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. the hard of hearing since Paramount Theatre Bldg. Phone 328-4080 715-4th Avenue S. 327-2272 SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES Theatre OF THE in color. Starring Lee Marvin and Earnest Borgnine. and May 28 and 29. Monday show at p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. FORT Theatre FORGIVES I in color. Starring Ter- rence Hill and Bud Spencer. Monday and May 28. Monday show at p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. PINCHER Theatre MULES FOR SISTER in color. Starring Clint Eastwood and Shirley Maclaine. Monday and May 27 and 28. Monday show at NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. Theatre and in color. Double Feature Tuesday and May 28 and 29. one complete show at p.m. RESTRICTED ADULT. Nev. Singer Billy Eckstine received a Christmas card earlier this week from jazz great Duke Ellington. had to read between the Eckstine said Friday. card meant that he knew he wasn't going to be here for which is a beautiful I NEW YORK Dinah the Emmy Award-win- ning hostess of NBC's recently cancelled Dinah's has been signed as host for a new 90-mmute daytime show for CBS-owned CBS said Friday. Her new described as having a talk- variety will start appearing ori five CBS-owned stations next fall. Thomas president of the network's television stations said he also has been approached by major who want to distribute the daily show to other stations. LOS ANGELES The los Angeles County grand jury indicated Thursday two business managers of actress Patty Duke on charges of stealing from her. The six counts of grand theft each against Robert Irwin and Joseph alleged they diverted the funds from her account to their own between and 1972. A state police officer climbed on stage during a performance of the one act play Sweet Eros and arrested the performers Thursday night on charges of open and gross lewdness. Peter Agnes told the 150 members of the audience that they were free to go as he handcuffed actor Joel Polmsky and led him away along with actress Lisa Ingalls. The the only performers in the were in the midst of simulated intercourse when Agnes made his appearance. Arts and You features young Alberta artists EDMONTON Public performances by two of Alberta's finest groups of young artists take place during the Arts and You conference in Red May 30 through June 2. Friday sees a p.m. concert by the Calgary Youth Orchestra at Red Deer's Lindsay Thurber High School. The all musicians between the ages of 14 and leaves shortly for a 15-concert tour of England and Scotland. Also at the Arts and You is the Alberta Ballet scheduled to perform Wednesday in Red Deer College and Friday at Lindsay Thurber High immediately following the Calgary youth orchestra. The 20-member company's repertoire includes Rossini and modern jazz. Real hot phone call TOKYO telephone service now offers callers a recording of what it said is two pandas making love. For the next 45 days callers can dial a number to hear Kan Kan and Lan Tokyo zoo's most popular engaged in love making. COMMl SIRVICIi DiPAMTMINT CITY Of LITHII LIC SWIMMING. AND MUSEUM May MiV May MIT JMM JIM JMN 3 FRITZ SKK Swim 12.00-1 '00 Swim Swim onlyl Swim 12-00- 1-00 p.m Public Swim 7.30-9-30 Swim Swim p.m. Family Swim 6-00 swim Noon Noon Swim 12-00-1.00 pm. SMALEXMKR MIT p p p p m Houdini's secrets still secret NEW YORK On July Harry Houdini stood on the stage of a Man- hattan theatre and announced that he would walk through a solid brick wall. He then proceeded to do just that. Or so it appeared. A huge carpet was spread over the stage to dispel suspi- cion of trap doors and was covered by a sheet of seam- less muslin. A team of bricklayers built a wall of bricks and eight feet high and 10 feet on a steel beam. People were called from the audience to stand on the edges of the carpet and encircle the wall to guard against Houdini slipping around one end. The top of the wall could be seen by all. Small folding screens were placed on each side of the wall and the magician stepped behind raised his hand above the and going going I'm A drum roll from the or- chestra and an.instant from the other Houdini I and stepped out from behind the second screen. Out of that performance grew the legend of the man who could walk through emerge after being buried in a coffin and escape from pris- packing cases thrown deep into straitjackets and any kind of known to man. Along with the legend grew a conviction that the in- tense magician with the sharp piercing eyes possessed an all- encompassing secret which enabled him to perform his miracles. Houdini did little to dispel the notion. Sir Arthur Conan the British author who had be- come interested in spiritu- expressed his belief that Houdini had solved the secret of that dissolving his physical body and later. Houdini died on and with his death there developed another that on the 100th anniversary of his birth on April his lawyer would open a small box containing his secrets and make them known to the world. As 1974 people began calling newspapers and asking when the box would be opened. Even the Moscow bu- reau of New York Times re- ceived calls .asking when The Times would publish Houd- ini's secrets. April came and went and no lawyer spoke. Houdini's B. M. L. died in 1938 and Mil- bourne an au- thority on Houdini's says Ernst told him before he died that he never found any such box. As Christopher put hundred years after his birth the great magician is still de- lighting and deceiving the In there was no box and no great secret. Houdini was a great show- a resourceful and tal- ented an expert on locks and a performer who never took though he may have appeared to do so. Many of his illusions were based on simple principles. His feat of walking through a wall could be done by a six- given the knowl- edge. He was a master at the art of making an audience think one thing was happening when actually something else was happen- ing As an Houdini usually could get out of a locked safe on a stage within a minute or so. But that would make it look too easy. To heighten he would sit behind his screen for 15 or 20 minutes calmly reading a book while the audience fidgeted with mount- ing anxiety that the magician might suffocate when the air in the safe gave out. Just at the right gulping lungfuls of Houdini would stagger from behind his cur- tain. One of his favorite stunts was to challenge the local carpenters' union to build a packing case from which he could not escape. The case usually was exhibited in the theatre lobby for 24 hours be- fore the performance. During the Houdini's mechanics would pull out the big tenpenny nails holding one of the boards and substitute cut-off nails. Houdini then could easily shove out the key board and behind a screen or of course. The original nails were replaced before the case was returned. in the magi- cian was locked in a steel van used to transport prisoners to Siberia. The lock was located three feet below the only win- dow and the key was at the van's Siberia. Houdini. searched thoroughly and locked in the was in a tight spot. He had been so closely guarded his assistant had been unable to slip him the gimmicks he needed to free himself. His wife Bess rushed to the barred window and kissed Houdini before being led away by guards. Between their lips passed a tiny can opener and a coil of clockspring notched like a saw. Houdini then cut his way out through the sheet zinc flooring of the van. Houdini died as a result of a mishap in Montreal in late October. while per- forming at the Princess on St. Catherine Street just east of Phillips Square. Three students visited his dressing room. an ama- teur mentioned Houd- ini's ability to tense his ab- dominal muscles and with- stand a blow. He asked if he could try a punch and Houd- reading mail on a couch and only agreed. The student struck Houdini's catch- ing him unawares. In great Houdini com- pleted his Montreal perform- ances and went on to Detroit. Critically ill and with a tem- perature of he insisted on performing but collapsed on stage. Surgeons found a ruptured appendix and peritonitis was far advanced. Houdini lingered six more on whispered to his Hardeen the tired of He closed his and the legend of Houdini took hold. He was buried at Cypress N.Y.. in the big bronze coffin he had used for his bur- lal escape. Don't bar drama director says Ont. Jean artistic director of the Stratford said Tuesday night it would be self- defeating for Canada to form exclusive Canadians only cultural and bar its doors to foreign talent. believe that we have now established in this country a strong national he said. are mature and sure of Mr. this year's recipient of the Royal Bank was speaking at a din- ner where W. Earle chairman and president of the Royal Bank of presented him with the cheque and a gold medal. The Stratford artistic director is the eighth recipient of the established in 1967 to honor Canadians for outstanding achievement contributing to human welfare and the common good. Mr. Gascon was chosen as the 1974 recipient for his contribution to the performing in Canada. WELCOME ARTISTS In his Mr. Gascon stressed that Canada can artists from other countries and learn a great deal from the experience of being exposed to their talents without feeling that the moment we let them we risk losing our own cultural _ The Montreal-born artistic director remembered that seven years ago his appointment at Stratford was criticized because he was regarded as a to Ontario. was given a chance to show what I could bring to the English-Canadian he said. is my great hope that when once again we. at Strat- are deafened by the ceaseless yappings of the watchdogs of our national that the n.ew 'foreigner' at Stratford will be given as much of a.chance to show his worth as 1 He was referring to Rogin Phillips of who is to replace Mr. Gascon as artistic director at the end of the 1979 season. Mr Gascon also said there is continuing shortage of money for the arts in this country He called last year's corpo- contributions to the arts ot 0.044 per cent of their pre-tax profits a A text of his remarks was released in advance of delivery. NITE thru WED. RESTRICTED ADULT SEAN CONNERf ZARDOZ paramount cinema Tonite Thru Wed. at p.m. LAST TIMES TONITE I Show Times I'UUMOI M I UK IKK Short Subjects. 7.00 9.00 ZARDOZ. 9.20 LAST COMPLETE SHOW. 9.00 RESTRICTED ADULT I'MIVMOl NT Short Subjects. 7-15915 7 25 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9-15 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT I I.I. I. IM-.MX THE GREAT GATSBY- 7 00 9-25 No Short Subjects- TWO COMPLETE 7 00 9 25 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT IN INKUHI. MAN FROM DEEP RIVER. 9.30 MYSTERY PLEASURE. 1 1 20 ONE COMPLEE- SHOW. GATES OPEN 8.30 RESTRICTED ADULT CLICKS WHEN STALKS The cheetah is the only cat of the larger variety that has no retractable claws which allow for silent stalking of orev. green acres drive-in RESTRICTED ADULT 18 Years and Over HUSTON'S TUESDAY WED. THURS. CITY COLUMBIA PICTURES and RASTAR PRODUCTIONS Prison STACY KEACH JEFF BRIDGES SUSANTYRRELL 2 FIRST RUN FEATURES _SECOND FEATURE WATCH' COH b JSSL A JQHM V P of -r hENRY DIRK BOGARDEJ Gatts open complete p.m college cinema TONITE thru WED. TONIGHT AT P.M. ROBOT R6DFORD ond miR FRRROUU ADULT ;