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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 5, 1949)
She Combats Slander With Courage and Dignity
by Bob Funk
On the morning of Tues
day, Sept. 27, the Emerald
ran a front-page story on the
Civic Music Association’s
schedule for the coming year.
In the story it was pointed
out that Kirsten Flagstad,
the Wagnerian soprano,
would appear in a McArthur
Court concert late in October.
Immediately following the
publication of the Civic Mu
sic Association schedule,
both the association and Uni
versity President H. K. New
bum received a complaint
(apparently from the same
source) on Madame Flag
stad’s appearance. The basis
of this complaint was the
singer’s war record.
This sort of thing has been
going on too long. We are
probably lucky that in Eu
gene we have had only one
complaint. Philadelphia and
San Francisco had hundreds.
It is evident that after all the
months Flagstad has been
singing since the war, after
the several complete loyalty
clearances by her own gov
ernment, there are still peo
ple who insist on slinging
their own little fistful of mud
in order to satisfy the perver
sion of what we may possibly
consider their ideals.
Madame Flagstad has made
no mistake insofar as anyone
has been able to determine.
She simply went home to
Norway during the war to be
with her husband. The hus
band was a Nazi sympathiz
er, now dead; however, there
is no evidence that in being
faithful to him Flagstad sup
ported the Nazi party.
In her own mind, obvious
ly, Madame Flagstad has jus
tified her past actions. At any
rate she has returned to the
United States without appar
ent shame or misgivings', and
met with courage and dignity
the attacks which various
groups have made upon her—
all of which may indicate a
America is extremely for
tunate in having Flagstad
back. The soprano is thought
of by most critics as the
greatest Wagnerian interpre
ter now living. Her perform
ances in the Wagnerian Cy
cle at the Metropolitan Opera
prior to the ivar established
for her a reputation which
can hardly be disputed or ig
nored on the basis of such du
bious evidence we now have
There may be no more
complaints forthcoming on
Madame Flagstad’s appear
ance in Eugene. Certainly
there will be no Such nauseat
ing display of ignorant ill
will as was found in San
Francisco last summer.
San Francisco’s chief op
ponent to Madame Flag
stad’s appearance there (she
is scheduled for one matinee
and one evening performance
at the San Francisco opera
this fall) was 'a gentleman
who admitted that he had
“never heard of this Flag
staff:” before, but contended
that “where there’s that much
smoke there must be fire.”
With the help of the San
Francisco Chronicle and
some unexpectedly liberal aid
from Hearst’s Examiner,
Flagstad opposition was si
lenced. In spite of the gentle
man’s inspired efforts. She
will appear in San Francisco.
And in spite of such people all
over the country, Flagstad
will continue to appear; be
cause, luckily, most people
are able to differentiate be
tween natural marital loyalty
and subversive activity, be
tween a living symbol of
great music and a dangerous
Fascist on the loose.
Ritin' of Random ...
Music and Pea-Green Quonset Huts
... by Jo Gilbert
A case of Milwaukie’s Finest to Dick Wil
liams! He hooked Les Brown for the Sopho
more Whiskerino but that isn’t the end of it. If
we are wanting more of the same, a few char
acters besides the old stand-bys should save
their shekels and bring themselves over to Mac
Court for the dance. For we can’t complain
when we get Willie Gleek for dances if the
Sophomores go into the red on this dance.
Here’s the chance to prove that a name band
will pay off.
Longstanding gripe—the blasted, atrocious
pea-green color that the University persists in
plastering on all paintable objects, on and off
campus. Amazon housing, the trailers, the
quonsets—all this and more touched with a de
lectable pea-green. Why, oh why of all colors
was this chosen? Colorblindness? And the legal
name of this paint is “Robin’s Egg Blue”—what
did the poor robin do to deserve this fate?
Blackest event in University history was
probably the year the liquor store burned down
on Homecoming Day. l.UBjl
Note to Jazz lovers:
A guy named Eubanks out at KORE has one
On Things In General . . .
Esquire to the Guide
... by Steve Loy
Emerald sports editor Dave Taylor deserves
the “Loyal Webfoot” award of the week in my
opinion. Spotted 21 points on the ball game last
week. A lot of people gave odds on the wrong
side of the board.
How many of the literati saw Oregon Hall in
the Pendleton Woolen Mills ad in the Septem
ber Esquire ? Page 7.
The reporter who did the story on the hier
archy to be elected in Hendricks and Carson did
a fine job but left out a detail which will make
for even more of a Mexican army effect. When
one of the five floor presidents is elected house
president, she must resign and another floor
president will be elected in her place. Question,
who will be left to vote?
Have heard and uttered some dissatisfaction
on the Bunion Derby procedure. Seems some
groups failed to keep on schedule, making for
definite congestion in some houses. The gang-1
went with was aced out several times by an
other crew arriving five minutes ahead of us
and claiming all the femininity.
fine jazz show—aired Monday nights at 10:30.
Best (which is not a pun at the sponsor, Best
Cleaners) to hit Eugene in many a long year.
Everything from Dixie to Bop. And speaking
of Bop, take a listen to some Mile Davis—he
records on Capital, and probably one of the best
is “Godchild”, a strictly Bop number. Davis
uses, among other things, a French horn, tuba,
and baritone sax—frantic!!
Speaking of rumors (and who was?) :
A campus “old Dawg”, name of Herb Wid
mer, must be leading an interesting life—that
is, if he is keeping up with all the current ru
mors about him. I hate to disappoint the guys
tossing them about, but Herb is NOT the jani
tor at the art school, he did NOT sell his alto
and tenor, he is NOT working for the Eugene
Sanitation Department, he is NOT jobbing in
Portland. In fact, according to good authority,
he is still around and probably has the most ver
satile combo in these here parts—the piano man
doubles on vibes, the bass man doubles on trum
pet, and Herb hits a homer on alto,, tenor, bass,
Our Readers Speak
While discussing various aspects of college
life with some freshmen students I found that
quite a number of them were worried about
their psychology decile rating. Some of them
actually believing they were morons because
they had decile ratings of one.
Being a typical college student, I was very
much interested in finding out the truth. So I
went down to the testing center and talked to
Dr. Carlson, director of the center. Much to my
enlightenment I found that this psychology
decile was just an indication of how you com
pared with other college freshman in your vo
cabulary, reading, and comprehension. It was
for determining your deficiency in those fields.
In other words, your psychology decile can
be raised by increasing your vocabulary and
speeding up your reading and comprehension
Finding this out made me very happy. I
rushed right down to the book store and bought
a vocabulary book and even a dictionary. Hear
ing that the testing center was giving a course
for slow readers, I took advantage of the oppor
tunity and registered for the course.
So if any of you with low decile ratings have
the wherewithall and gumption, you can be bet
ter than you are.—Dave Swanson, Jr.
Turnabout Makes Good Play at VLT
Ottilie Seybolt sets the pace for the Very Lit
tle Theater production of “Papa is All,” which
has five days remaining in its run at the fair
Mrs. Seybolt, who is known more generally
to students for her abilities as a director in the
University Theater, carried the play as the un
derstanding, patient Mama. While the three-act
comedy by Patterson Greene got off to a slow
start due to the difficulty of catching on to the
Mennonite accent of the characters, it quickly
gained a fast pace. The accent soon became one
of the delightful features of the comedy.
Tru Vosberg showed considerable skill as the
spirited Emma. Miss Vosberg, a University stu
dent, has appeared before in Very Little The
ater productions, but has yet to be seen on the
stage of the University Theater.
The play is a humorous study of a Pennsyl
vania dutch family so domineered by a stern
father that their very home is a jail to them.
Mama cannot have a telephone; Emma cannot
see a boy in her parlor; and Jake, the son, who
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has wheels in his head, must draw and plan
machines only when he is sure papa is not
The production has been given a number of
beautiful touches by production manager Ken
Poull, who designed and created the set, and di
rector George Hebert. Airs. Seybolt is at her
best when handling the stage properties and
when working in the kitchen. Her realistic and
meticulous care for the kitchen gives the pro
duction an added polish.
Off-stage sound effects, good lighting, a well
constructed set, the attention paid to detail and
a capable cast, make the play one of the better
produced by the Very Little Theater.
What page of the Emerald d’ya read ?
Yesterday’s issue had three interesting items about
the University Theater. On page six we claimed gen
eral tryouts would be announced in a later issue; on
page seven that they would be held Wednesday night;
and on page eight that they would not be held on
Wednesday, but Tuesday, instead. No staff member;
is quite sure how this unique situation occurred. S