The English language owes many expressions to the picturesque, sad and sometimes funny world of politics in the southern United States. One of the most evocative of these is wool hat. A frequent simile is red neck. Sometimes the word is cracker.
The problem of fidgety youngsters in church has been solved by a minister’s wife in Broadview, Sask., who naturally takes special pains to assure that her own toddler doesn't interrupt daddy’s sermon. She fills a small cardboard box with puffed wheat, seals it and then pokes a tiny hole in one corner, just large enough to let one grain come through at a time.
The most revealing incident of my three weeks in the Soviet Union was the “exposure” of four self-confessed agents of the United States, a dramatic performance at the Central Journalists Club here. It was announced as a press conference, but when we got there we found it was a live, threehour television show in which foreign correspondents were an unpaid supporting cast.
What a tale of woe your Crisis issue (Feb. 16) tells! . . . (1) Is our case in the East hopeless? (2) The Commonwealth is crumbling and (3) The Western Alliance has vanished. Perhaps it may help to recall some prophecies of doom that never materialized:
Smiley: A shiny new bicycle is life’s rosiest dream to a small boy (Colin Petersen) in an Australian bush town in this naive but pleasant family comedy-drama. It’s a British film, benefiting from the beauty of its authentic Australian background, Smiley’s friends and foes include a jolly clergyman (Sir Ralph Richardson), a pretty teacher (Jocelyn Hernfield) and an opium smuggler (John McCallum).By CLYDE GILMOUR3 min
Bosley Crowther, who, as New York Times movie critic, sees as many motion pictures as any man, tells us that over the past five years he’s been seeing even more. In his history of Loew’s, Inc. and its Hollywood offspring, M-G-M (see pages 20 to 23), he mentions literally hundreds of old movies, starting with the experimental films made by Thomas Edison in the early 1890s.
We’ve blamed smoking, but there is chilling evidence that soot and gas fumes in the air are powerful factors too. It poses a life-and-death question: When will we clean up our cities?By SIDNEY KATZ14 min
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