Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, April 02, 1949, Image 1

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ASUO Pushes
Student Interest
In Race Project
. Eugene's Millrace Park As
sociation and the ASUO stu
dent millrace committee are
waging a now-or-never battle
this spring for the restoration
* of Oregon's long-defunct mill
The Millrace association has
set next October as the deadline for
the completion of its drive, and as
* yet there are many obstacles to be
overcome. This week the ASUO en
tered the drive when Bob Allen ap
* pointed Warren Davis head of a
committee to keep University stu
dents interested in the restoration
* of the race.
Still Need Easements
• However, twelve or thirteen
easements and several thousand
dollars stand in the way of water in
. the race. Some property owners
along the race have already signed
over their easements to the associa
* tion, but other owners hope to re
tain their easements in order to use
their property for business pur
The area of the millrace along
. Franklin Boulevard, once criefly
residential,- is now becoming more
and more industrialized. And at the
* other end of the ra e, Koke-Chap
man have filled an area in prepara
_ tion for conversion to business prop
* rw ° A J. JiUt
* Koke-Chapman has laid pipes un
der their fill. However, there is no
. legal necessity for other property
owners desiring to fill to provide
for the passage of race water as
* Koke-Chapman has done.
Local real estate interests, too,
. are interested in the restoration of
the millrace. Property adjacent to
the race loses value if the race is
merely a mud-filled gulley. In ad
dition to this, attempts are being
made to develop residential areas
along the race course, particularly
. toward the upper end. These at
tempts might not be successful if
the race were not restored.
* t Recreational Attraction
Student interests lie chiefly in
restoring the millrace as a historic
- and recreational attraction. The
* millrace has long been identified
with University of Oregon tradi
. lions.
A study of past Oreganas shows
;.hat the millrace was once a scene
‘ of sports, pageantry, love-making,
and occasional pledge discipline.
With the breaking of the headgates
in the spring of 1945, the campus
abandoned the race to weeds and
* the consternation of millrace
It is these houses which have per
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Something Fishy
Is Going on Here!
The biggest fish story in the J.
F. Klein family, Portland, can
be told by the Mrs., who took an
advertisement at its face value
Fur dealer Ed Hamilton’s ad
• vertising agent, unbenownst to
Hamilton, wrote copy for Port
land papers stating “a fur coat
for 200 fish.”
Taking advantage of the San
dy river smelt run, Mrs. Klein
walked into Hamilton’s fur store,
smacked down 200 smelt, and
walked off wearing a new fur
Two other women took the ad
literally, and received $100 fur
scarves as consolation prizes.
Cast Picked for
Production of
Marco Millions
Casting of "Marco Millions,”
University theater spectacle pro
duction to be presented in Mac
court on April 30, has been an
nounced by Horace W. Robinson,
Norman Weekly will play the
leading role of Marco Polo; Cliff
James is cast as Kublai Kaan; and
Doree Brownlee will, portray Prin
cess Kukachin.
Eugene O’Neill’s drama which,
in the playwright’s own words,
“attempts to render poetic justice
to one unjustly renowned as a
liar,” tells of Marco Polo’s journey
to the court of Kublai Kaan.
Mail orders for reserved seats
are now being accepted at the box
office in Johnson hall. Prcies are
$2.40 and $1.80, or the special sea
son ticket stub marked "specta
cle.” General admission tickets
will be on. sale the night of the
Other members of the cast are
Bob Nelson, Dick Rayburn, Jack
Evans, Hal Larson, Bob Chambers,
Emelie Jackull, Earl Taylor, Gor
don Erickson, Chuck Boice, Alan
Button, Ken Olsen, Paul Wexler,
Ken Neal, Rod Bealey, Bob Miller,
and Ken Hodge.
Six Staff Additions
Larry Meiser, Jean Lovell, Dot
ty J. Sorg, and Lynn Smith have
been added to the reporting staff
of the Emerald for this term.
Jo Rawlins Gilbert has re-joined
the staff to do special assignments,
and Rod Smith is a new member
of the night staff.
Success Story
Laine Sang 18 Years for Nothin'
Then 'My Desire' Brought Fame
By Gretchen Grondahl
A song he heard crooned by a girl in Cleveland nine years ago,
resurrected in a Hollywood night spot in 1946, and later pressed in
wax brought fame to a jazz singer after 18 years of “nothin’.”
Frankie Laine, arrayed in a brown plaid suit, wine-and-white knit
sport shirt, low-brimmed hat, heavy-rimmed glasses, and brown suede
shoes, told this success story to an Emerald reporter yesterday after
Frankie first hit the top-selling disc lists with his recording of
“That’s My Desire,” the song heard in the Ohio city.
“My success wasn’t exactly what you’d call sudden,” the popular
artist said. “I’d been trying for 18 years without making much im
pression, and even “Desire” was out for two and a half months before
anybody paid much attention to it; at first it laid a big egg.”
The singer attributes his discovery to Los Angeles disc jockey A1
Jarvis, and then to his present accompanist, Carl Fischer.
“I was hanging around Vine street and met Carl through a mutual
friend,” Frankie said.
“He liked a song I had. written, ‘It Only Happens Once,’ and asked
me to write the lyrics to a song of his.
“It took me six months, but the result was ‘We’ll Be Together
Again.’ Nothing happened to that song until we put it on the back of
‘Shine’,” he grinned wryly.
Frankie’s position now, with solid bookings and* a fine home in
Burbank, California, is a far cry from the old days in Chicago.
“For the first four or five years I sang ballad style," the singer
reminisced. “Then about ’35 or ’36 I made the change to jazz, and have
stuck to it ever since.
“In 1943 I was working in a Cleveland war plant, manufacturing
airplane parts. I got a chance to replace the company's man in Cali
fornia so I came to Southgate, about 22 miles from Los Angeles, and
got acquainted with the west coast.
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Young Democrats Plan
State Convention at UO
The Oregon Young Democrats will hold their state conven
tion in Eugene April 23 and 24, Duane Leniley, president of the
Eugene and campus Young Democrats, announced vesterdav
Over 80 delegates from
throughout Oregon are expect
ed to attend the two day session.
Speaker Not Chosen
The main speaker has not yet
been selected, Lemley said, adding
that there is a possibility of getting
a member of Truman's cabinet.
Main business at the convention
will be resolutions, election of state
officers, and reorganization of the
clubs in the counties. A banquet and
dance hall will be held to entertain
Davis Is Chairman
Bob Davis, state president of the
Young Democrats, is general chair
man of the convention, subcommit
tee heads will be:
Finance, Bill Linklater; banquet,
Jack Sollis; tickets, John Chatt;
dance, Dewey Rand; accomoda
tions, Duane Lemley; speakers,
Kieth Clark; and membership
drive, Francis Linklater and Alan
ROTC Plans Parade Next Saturday
Wha’s the password?
“The Army—part of the team
working for security.’’
According to Colonel F. R. Maer
dian, these are the words the army
hopes to stress during the forth
coming Army day. As requested by
the commander’s council of the
veterans’ organizations, and au
thorized by President H. K. New
burn, D-Day and H-Hour for the
ROTC boys to romp and stomp,
will fall on April 9, and 10 a.m.,
The commander’s council holds
responsibility for ail activities of
the day, including the parade.
Promenading down Willamette
street will be such units as the
Naval reserve, the Marine Corps
ret___*, the National guard, the
American Legion, the V.F.W., and
the Gold Star Mothers. It is
deemed likely that the Gold Star
Mothers will lead the troops in
their formal march from Fifth to
Fifteenth avenue.
The Marine reserve is slated to
play a new role in this honorary
military pageant. They will ride
their prime movers down Willam
ette. Usually, the leathernecks
walk, but as a field artillery unit
such heel and toe motions evident
ly do not become their dignity as
artillerymen—and reserves.
Thus it will be the lot of the
ROTC to portray the proud, snap
py, aggressive spirit of the foot
soldier on parade. Music will be
furnished by the ROTC band.
Foreign Service
Exam Date Told
Written examinations for for
eign service officers will be held
September 12-15, 1949, Karl W.
Onthank, director of the graduate
placement service, announced yes
Applications are due July 1. Po
sitions are open for college gradu
ates 21-31 years of age, both men
and women. They must be Ameri
can citizens, and, if married, to an
American citizen.
Other candidates who cannot
qualify for the exacting foreign
service positions may secure jobs
with the foreign service staff,” On
thank said.
‘‘These are more like civil ser
vice positions. The candidate takes
an examination for a specific job.
‘‘We have placed a number of
graduates in both the service itself
and the staff,” Onthank stated.
“This includes a number of girls,
who find work as legation secre
Emerald Sends Out
Call for Workers
The Emerald needs qualified,
willing workers for jobs as report
ers, copy-editors, rewritemen, and
night staffers at the press.
Applcants may see Managing
I Editor Bob Reed or leave their
I names at the Emerald shack.
Beaux Arts
Ball Set
For Tonight
Anything goes—at least in the
line of costumes—at the annual
Beaux Arts ball tonight, spon
sored by students of the school of
architecture and allied arts. Held
in the north end of the achitecture
annex, commonly called the "ware
house,” the "devil-may-care” dwf«
will feature the music of the Herb
Widmer combo. Tickets will go o»
sale at the door for $2.50.
Twenty thousand leagues under
the sea has been set as the theme
by Dance Chairman Don Stetson.
Decorations, handled by Don
Crump, will consist of fish nets,
sand, kegs, "and innumerable odds
and ends of undersea life.”
Food will be furnished, under
the supervision of Ardetta Daniel,
and will include French bread, cold
cuts, cheese, pickles, and potato
"The Beaux Arts ball,” pointed
out Pat Patrick, president of ar
chitecture and allied arts students,
"sets a strictly informal relation
ship between students and facul
The original Beaux Arts ball is
held each year in Paris by Univer
sity art students. The doors, of the
Paris affair, are locked at mid
night, and no one can enter or
leave after that hour.
The doors of the local affair also
close at midnight, right after the
last couple leaves the 9-12 dance.
Mexican Movie
To Be Shown
Cantinflas, the south of the bor
der equivalent of Bob Hope and
Charlie Chaplin, will be the star
of a Mexican movie to be shown
Tuesday in 207 Chapman hall.
There will be two showings of the
film, at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The movie, “El Supersabio,”
which in Spanish means super
genius, stars Cantinflas as an in
nocent bystander who is mistaken
for an internationally known sci
entist and abducted in an attempt
to force him to tell a secret formu
la. The resulting complications can
be imagined.
The comedian, whose trade-mark
is his drooping pants, is considered
the biggest box-office draw in
Mexico. It is reported that when
he disposes of the plot and settles
down to slapstick, the person who
knows no more Spanish than “see
see” will enjoy the performance as
much as the accomplished linguist.
The film is sponsored by El Club
Espanol and Sigma Delta Pi, Span
ish honorary.
Registration Hits
5205 on Thursday
Thursday afternoon's registra
tion total had climbed to 5205, still
running ahead of last year's fig
ures for the same period.
1948 spring term registration to
taled 5065 on Thursday of late reg
istration, Clifford L. Constance,
registrar, said yesterday.
One hundred and fifteen stu
dents completed registration
1 Thursday to make the new total.