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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 5, 1949)
A Sincere Idealist
During the Christmas holidays the University suffered
that sort of loss which cannot be made good when Dr. H. G.
Townsend, long-time faculty member and head of the de
partment of philosophy died.
Dr. Townsend had been with the University since 1926.
Eesides what his fellow professors describe as his devotion
to “high ideals in teaching” he brought honor to the grow
ing school by his books and articles and his work in the
American Philosophical association of which he was a char
At the recent meeting of that group—Dr. Townsend had
been scheduled to present a paper there—Dr. Bertram Jes
sup of the philosophy department made this tribute to him:
“All of us in this community of philosophers will ever re
member Professor Townsend as one who worked in philoso
phy with single-minded conviction and self-exacting devo
tion and as one who taught it with severe and high demand.
Those of us who were privileged to know him well will also
remember him as one who in finest quality and in highest
degree lived philosophy throughout his every day and in all
his affairs, personal as well as professional. In his life and his,
work philosophy has been lastingly enriched.”
Mrs. Golda Wickham, director of women’s affairs, who
served with Dr. Townsend on the scholarship committee
which he headed said that she remembers the professor es
pecially for his devotion to the interests of the individual stu
dent. “He was an idealist, he was sincere, and he was one of
the fairest people I have ever worked with,” said Mrs. Wick
Truly, this seems one time when it can be said sincerely:
“He will long be remembered.” Barbara Heywood.
Here's One Degree Anyone
Can Get — Just By Lookin'
.The University hasn't granted
m degree in engineering in years
hut a student can easily earn an
honorary degree in sidewalk en
gineering without leaving the
One way for a student to be
come a full-fledged sidewalk en
gineer is to make a minimum of
one daily inspection of the vari
ous building projects on the cam
pus to ascertain the progress be
A sidewalk engineer may be
only learning to toddle or he may
be tottering to his dotage, for
there is no age limit. The only re
quirement is an insatiable inter
est, Sidewalk engineers share
critical comment and shop talk
and in this respect they resemble
rabid football fans at the height
of the season.
The conversation may center
around the relative merits of the
j espective construction firms,
their methods and equipment, or
what a nightmare the new build
ing will be when completed.
The true sidewalk engineer
. hows more interest in the job
ihan the members of the crew,
1 retting over each delay and audi
bly wondering how the deadline
•will be met.
The square yards of concrete
poured each day will be computed
<m his mental slide rule aiul only
professional restraint prevents
him from helping when some task
requires another man.
But the unwritten code does not
prevent him from looking over
the shoulder of the superinten
dent to judge for himself whether
the blueprints are being followed.
Nor does his professional cool
ness hinder him from lapsing
into despair if a change of the
architect’s plans, for example, re
quires the removal of a section of
previously poured concrete.
Then his maledictions upon the
heads of those connected with
such an inexcusable deal cannot
be surpassed by workers who
merely have to undo their handi
The University sidewalk engi
neer differs from his more distant
brethren in that he has an intense
personal interest in the,buildings
being erected on the fringes of
the campus, especially the Stu
dent Union and new women's dor
mitory (in that order).
“After all," he will say, “Isn’t
the money students are paying
helping to finance them?” And
with a trace of perverse pride he
will add, “The Oregon legislature
doesn’t appropriate money if it
can get away with it. When the
students need a building they
usually pay for it themselves.
Self-service is the best service,
Then returning to the imper
sonal manner of the sidewalk en
gineer he will speak of bond is
sues and other esoteric problems
of high finance to explain how the
legislature lessened the more
pressing' needs of the University
by authorizing it to use future in
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---The Political Front
What'll Truman Tell the Congress?
President Truman goes before
the joint session of the new con
gress today to .deliver his state of
Uie union address. What Truman
will ask or tell the congress has
been the subject of much specu
lation in recent weeks.
His program will probably boil
down to these main issues:
1. Tighter economic controls
over business in order to stop
the inflationary spiral.
2. A national budget for 1949
of $43,000,000,000—an all
time high for peacetime.
3 A speed-up of national de
fenses which will account for
a large share of the budget.
4. Still higher income taxes on
excess profits in business.
5. A civil rights program that
threatens to renew his fight
with southern Democrats.
Of course, there is still the
question of the Taft-Hartley labor
law. Just what will happen to the
Republican bill aimed at curtail
ing union strength remains doubt
ful. Some speculators say Truman
will trim it down, others say he
will let it stand, all of which
Of the five points in Truman’s
program listed above, at least
three will be in for some heated
debate. These are the civil rights
program, the higher taxes and
the tighter economic controls on
The Democratic majority in
both houses is already paving the
way for these issues by suggest
ing that the power of the house
rules committee be trimmed.
Demos are all in favor of this be
cause many times bills that the
opposing party doesn’t want can
be pigeon-holed in the house rules
committee so that they never get
to the floor for debate.
The Republicans aren’t much
in favor of the change and there
is talk that the GOP and the still
Dixon-line Democrats may team
up to force an early showdown of
Incidentally, keep your eye on
the southern Democrats—they’re
not through feuding with Harry
even though the election is over.
It’s no secret that for a number
(Editor’s Note: Over the holi
days Emerald Radioman Tom
Marquis spent an hour or so in
Los Angeles with “Hawthorne,”
wacky but popular radio disc
jockey. Here’s his report of the
By Tom Marquis
As I opened the door to sta
tion KECA a large bull moose
came galloping down the hall
straight at me. I thought for a
minute the moose was Haw
thorne, but it wasn't wearing
glasses, so I knew I was wrong.
The moose charged out to the
middle of Highland and headed
for the Hollywood hills.
I walked down the hall follow
ing a trail of gadgets strewn in
utter confusion on the floor. Bird
whistles, duck calls, bells, cym
bals, bells and more bells littered
the darkened hallway. Following
this easy trail I came at last to a
doorway marked StuSio 4. Stu
dio 4 looked more like a suite at
Bekins Van and Storage. In the
center of the room was a large
pile of junk under an ABC mike.
A large, friendly looking head
protruded from the pile. I knew
instantly on seeing the Holly
wood goggles the head wore that
this was the one whom I sought.
“Hogan,’ said the head as I
bowed to the east.
“Hogan yourself,” I replied.
“Hawthorne, come out of there
and explain yourself. Millions of
radio listeners are eagerly await
ing a statement of explanation on
“I can't explain it,” Hawthorne
said testily. “I just do it. When
the spirit moves me I react spon
“You mean you don’t know
what’s going to happen until it
“That's exactly what I mean.
When anything breaks the show’s
continunity I come up with a
I got a big yak out of Haw
thorne's reference to continuity.
Anything resembling continuity
on this show is purely accidental.
Not that it matters of course.
Hawthorne's fans would probably
be outraged at any attempts to
coerce their leader to change his
style of confusion.
Hawthorne finally climbed
from the junk pile and settled
down to tell me how it all came
Coming from an apparently
normal family there was no indi
cation in early childhood that he
was any different from the other
children on the block. He was
raised in Denver, and it was
there that he first got interested
in radio. He played it straight at
first as a disk jockey.
Seeking bigger and better
things our young hero headed
west. Knowing that movies are
THE thing in the west he went
straight to one of the Hollywood
cinema factories. Politely asking
for a job as assistant director he
never even paled when he was
hired in the capacity he had speci
Later, after a bout with Uncle
Sam’s fly boy battalions'* he re
turned to Hollywood, but this
time to his first love—radio. A
couple of years in the outlying
district of Pasadena went by be
fore his zany disk show came to
the attention of ABC officials.
Now, assisted by his boon com.
panions Skippy, age 93, and Je
rome, age 9, he continues in his
uninhibited manner. Broadcasts
originate from station KECA 6
nights a week. The ever faithful
Egbert plays records and tran
Hawthorne began to fidget.
This had been a long session for
him to read his lines straight.
“I have only one more question
to ask,” I said. “WHY?"
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of years the U. S. government has
been, through numerous controls
on private enterprise, swinging
slightly to the left, despite all the
present fervor concerning com- _
munism and socialism, Norman
Thomas has stated many times
that for years every plank in his
platform has eventually been
adopted by either the GOP or the -
Democrats. Now the consensus is
that the Truman version of the
new deal, when and if adopted by
Congress, will be even more to
the left than the late FDR’s ad- -
Certainly his suggested pro
gram is an indication of leftist
tendencies. This trend is particu
larly apparent in the move to in- .
crease business controls. For in
stance, in a Washington report it
has been suggested that included
in the tighter economic controls
will be power to tighten rent con- _
trol, stronger authority to regu
late bank credit, stronger anti
monopoly laws, renewed controls
on imports and exports, manda
tory power to allocate steel and
other scarce industrial materials
and more control over install
ment buying—particularly in the .
Say what they will such a pro
gram cannot be considered any- *
thing but leftist, and, if this
trend continues some fine morn
ing the American people will
wake up to the fact that what we
really have for a government is -
closer to democratic socialism, if
there is such a thing, than to a
Republican form of government.
By A1 Pietschman
. . . ice and cotton, grades and
classes occupy the discussion of
quad people for the new year.
And though belatedly late, we
wish one and all a happy new
year—and good grades!
. . . many students spent their
time at the mountains, and al
though we didn’t make the trek
to the snow we hear that many
Tri-Delts stayed at Mt. Hood.
Last year the DG’s swarmed over
the slopes, this year the TD'a.
. . . and of course party after
party heralded the holiday sea
son. The Delts had a big blast in
the Rose Bowl (couldn’t make
the Pasadena one) and many
more of the clan dropped their
pins including Glenn Keltner,
Howard Davis, Jerry Hunter and
. . . among those that worked
during the vacation we noted that
Max Angus helped Uncle Sammie
deliver the mail, and Grace Hoff
man sold men's shirts, i
. . . this term might be quieter
than fall, but look at impending
events causes us to wonder as on
the 22nd of this month there is
the annual Senior Ball, the first
all campus formal, on the 25th
the world famed pianist Robert
Casadessus. And then Dad’s day,
Heart Hop, Military ball and bas
ketball games too.
. . . we happily viewed Laurence
Olivier's “Hamlet” during the hol
idays, and stepping from our
usual gossip role, suggest most
heartily that film-goers include it
on their “must-see” list when it
comes to Eugene, even if the price
its a little steep.
. . . but prices are not steep for
the fine jewelry that youcan find
at Carl Greve, Jewelers, in Port
land. Yes, you’ll be proud to say,
“It came from Carl Greve.” •