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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, September LETHBRIDGE Page full of nonsense ends in children's book THE BETTER HALF NEW YORK (AP) Keep- ing a promise to a child is perhaps one of the most diffi- cult things a parent has to do. But the results can be a source of pleasure for both child and parent. So says Julie Andrews, film and Broadway star, who started out to write a "page full of nonsense" to satisfy her daughter Jenny and ended with a published children's novel of 188 pages called Man- dy. That was three years ago. Now Julie has written a sec- ond book, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. It is dedicated to her hus- band, Blake Edwards, and as its author she uses the name Julie Edwards. "Mandy came about as a result of a game we were she explained. we were in Paris, Jenny and my other two chil- dren were running wild. I was busy making a film and we were all on a sort of holiday. I couldn't keep an eye on them very well. "So I devised a game where I said, 'Okay, if you don't pick up your laundry, and if you don't brush your teeth at least once a day, and if you don't change your underwear, then you'll have to pay a forfeit.' And Jenny, who is the oldest, said, 'Okay, but you'll have to play the game you've got to stop swearing so much.' "Well, I lost the game in about 10 minutes. And she said, 'Your forfeit should be, write me a story.' And that's exactly how it happened." Julie first contemplated writing a page of nonsense but. on second thought, de- cided to write something a lit- NEW for See the new Baby Doll Wedgies bySuMlt Si In Navy, Tan. at Camm's Shoes "Cosy" by Joyce a new Joyce style a- vailable in either Navy or Black Crinkly Pat- ent wet look. The latest rage "Stampers" By Hanna The most popular wedge for the teen crowd. This new T-Strap is available in Tan or Black. Men's Slip-Ons by Hewetson with slightly higher heel, D and EE widths. In dark brown glove with black piping. other styles also m ties Open Friday til 9pm. I or Dark Brown Camm's Shoes IV 403-5th Street S. 1 403-5th Street S. tie more meaningful that just might teach Jenny something without her realizing it. "She's a city girl and didn't know too much about the country. I'm fond of the coun- try and nature and things like that, so I came up with the idea for Mandy. "Jenny was 11 when I got the idea but she was about 14 by the time I presented the book to her. Then I found that I had enjoyed writing that one so much, that I kind of felt lost when I stopped, so I started on the second." The second also had its un- usual beginnings. Consulting a dictionary, Julie stumbled on the word "whangdoodle." Found in the better dictio- naries, she said, the definition is a humorous mythical crea- ture of fanciful and undefined nature. "I said that's a marvellous name and I'll call the book The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. The story kind of grew out of the idea for the title." Julie set out to teach a little more in The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. Today, she explained, children are go- ing through a great deper- sonalization. Things are being hurled at them so fast and the world is changing so quickly, with the media feeding emotions to them, that or- dinary things like using their imaginations and keeping an open mind are being lost. "For instance, I think most children would rather sit in front of a television set and get all their feelings second- hand then go down the block, or climb a tree, or build a clubhouse. I'm saying don't lose your imagination, don't just sit and be fed. Go out and do and keep aware and awake. I've tried to do it with a lot of humor." The book follows the imagi- nations of three fairly bright youngsters who wander off to find the Whangdoodle, which has disappeared. Their trip teaches them a few lessons along the how to behave. Criminals never meddle with woman detective "Here is my husband when he still and his had all his hair Safety program recommended for bicycle operators CALGARY (CP) Children under 12 on bicycles tend to ride dangerously while many adult cyclists are hazardously unfamiliar with their machines, says a traffic safe- ty survey. The survey, prepared by Robert Dewar of the Universi- ty of Calgary for the Alberta Safety Council and released this week, shows that 80 per cent of the accidents in Calgary during 1973 involving children under 12 were caused by the children and not by the drivers of the cars involved. These accidents were attributed largely to the children stunting, riding without hands weaving from lane to lane and making turns. Adults showed a greater tendency toward violating highway traffic act provisions such as not signalling turns, PLANS MUSICAL TOKYO (Reuter) Com- poser Leonard Bernstein and today he hoped to complete a historical musical on the White House by next year in preparation for the U.S. bicentennial in 1976. Bernstein, working on the musical for the last two years in collaboration with Allan Jay Lerner. "BIG BROTHERS" and CJOC present MISS CANADA Blair Lancaster, Miss Canada 1974 will be in Eaton's tomorrow from p.m. until p.m. to introduce a preview of our new Fall fashions. An autograph party will follow. Come in and meet Miss Canada. EATON'S carrying passengers, failing to stop at stop signs and not having proper equipment. Only 7.7 per cent of the riders in Calgary had licenses on their bicycles. In addition, the report says, may of the adults observed in the group of did not know how to handle the five or -10 speed bikes they were riding. About one third of the cyclists observed made at least one riding error and many made several. The five most frequent errors were not signalling, not riding single file, not looking behind when changing lanes, not riding on the right of the roadway and failing to have both hands on the handle bars. The report Recommends a safety program be developed. SAN PEDRO, Calif. (Reu- ter) Criminals in this Los Angeles suburb know better than to meddle with Lillian Roark, one of the state's vet- eran private detectives. The 85-year-old woman, barely five feet tall, has one .38-calibre revolver strapped to her waist under her coat when she is on patrol and keeps a second gun by her feet on the floor of her car. She got into the "private eye" business, tracking down unfaithful spouses and looking for missing people, when she married John Roark in 1931. He already owned the busi- ness. Her husband died in 1947 and she decided to keep the agen- cy. At that time she em- ployed 25 people, and was making a week. Today her grandson Robert Graham and three other em- ployees help her run the agency which mostly deals with patrolling homes and of- fices. She sat at the telephone in the whiteboard house which she bought with money she earned from one of her cases and discussed clients' prob- lems. she scoffed. "The life is too exciting. I en- joy the accomplishment of do- ing something. I guess I will stop when I can't do it any more." One of Mrs. Roark's main jobs when her husband was alive was sitting in bars checking on adulterous couples and shadowing them by car to their place of as- signation. Once she had the place staked out she would call either the police or one of her staff and burst in on them She said that although there were some aspects of divorce work she did not like it was her job and she felt she had to do it well. "At times the job gets you she said. "But I have always tried to keep my nose clean." Her husband was a crack shot although he was nearly blind in one eye. He could not drive a car, so Mrs. Roark did the driving for him. She said she was especially effective in shadowing work. Adulterers, fearing they might be followed by their spouses, had little reason to suspect the tiny, elderly woman passing her time at the wheel of a car across the street. Texas-born, she said, she learned to handle guns as a child. She had used her gun on a number of occasions, keep- ing it trained on thieves her husband found in buildings un- til he could call police. She said she fired many times but anyone. the gun never hit Only once was she as- saulted, overpowered and rob- bed. That was when two mug- gers snatched her purse four years ago "They came up on me from she said. "Otherwise I would have pulled my gun on them." PHI-CHRISTMAS SPECIAL V P UPHOSTERY.. OFFERS 1. FrM Pick-up-cMhrvry-OTtimatn 2. Taar down to frame 3. Crwek frame repair 4. Check 5. fto-pad 6. Re-cover to MtMaction AHfor Ml 125 ALL WORK FULLY GUARANTEED "Quality and aim" The Most Natural Thing In The World Curiosity is the most natural thing in the world. If we told you that the company whose musical instruments produce the finest sound are now making Audio in- struments to reproduce the finest sound, wouldn't you be curious. Wouldn't you be curious about a 5-year warranty, a stereo equipment comparison chart, or a surprise mystery gift. If so, come in and see us about the second most nat- ural thing in the world, Natural Sound stereo systems. You'll find more than just your curiosity satisfied. ANGLO STEREO PHOTO 419-Sth Street S. Phone 328-6661 We're looking after the gas you need. 4. The addition of an odorant, in order to detect leaks, and pressure control take about eleven cents from that j dollar we 6. Approximately thirty-one cents is taken from that dollar to provide for the hundreds of other items essential to our operations. These include equipment, franchise taxes, income taxes, the high cost of borrowing money and a reasonable return to investors. Along the line we i Pressure is further reduced for safe home usage. clean of impurities servicemen to bookkeepers take another fifteen cents from that well divided examined to make 8. Most of the pennies remaining arc invested back into the company. 1. Before we can move natural gas through the thousands of miles of pipeline laid throughout Alberta we have to boy it from the well head, which takes about forty cents from every dollar that you pay us. stations we reduce gas s from 600 or more pounds per equate inch to about 15 pounds per square inch 1O. Your natural gas is now where it should be, in your home, making you comfortable. 9. The meter records the amount of gas you're consuming. canaoian uuesrern ncnruroL oas company umrreo ;