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Birmingham, Alabama February 1,1958
Miss Louise Flowers, Editor Lifetime Magazine New York City
Having just completed for Lifetime my article on the Magic City, I am enclosing it to you. I really enjoyed visiting the old home town again. It certainly has changed since we graduated from Ramsay High ten years ago. By the way, while gathering material for the article, I ran across Millie Nesbitt, former president of the student body. She is now president of the board of directors of the First National Bank! While I was walking on 3rd Avenue and 20th Street North. I saw a billboard advertising John Catha, newly crowned Featherweight Champion of the World. He is to be here for an exhibition match soon.
Passing the new Howard College Campus recently, I was tempted to enter. Walking into the main building, I nearly bumped into—yes, Professor Irving Levy, recently appointed Dean of Women! He was just coming from a conference with Kap Price, who is studying for her master’s in some phase of psychiatry. It seems that Kap couldn’t make higher than As on all her subjects, and the professor had to straighten her out. On my way out, I spied our old classmate, Dorothy Lcdner, Howard’s fine Football Coach!
Returning to town, I bought a copy of The Birmingham News. There on the front page loomed a picture of Ace Kabase, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his "Essay on Scalds." Ace was inspired by Carlyle’s "Essay on Burns.” By the way, the article was written by Sylvia Newman, feature writer for The News.
Reaching the editor’s office at The News, I saw a notice that Wharton McIntyre has been recalled from Europe to New York to take the leading role in “The Shooting of Dangerous Dan McGrow." Starring with Wharton is none other than the famous Shakespearean actress. Alda Jo Jolly. One of the copy boys informed me that Birmingham is now unique in that it has the "Ferguson, Feedum, and Killum .Association," the only funeral home in the South that has a modem lay-away plan. The manager in charge of expansion is Charles Lusco, who has been buying land from Fox Hicks, the city’s biggest real estate dealer. Fred Robinson has been recently appointed commander of the WAACS, and Field Marshal Ruth Roubicek, Commander of the U. S. Army, has also achieved her childhood dreams of a military career.
One of the city’s leading politicians, H. M. Levine, came to get me at The News. With his lovely secretary. Johanna Castiglia, we toured the city in his car. .As we were riding, I snapped on the radio. Immediately, we heard the famous announcer, Jackie Campbell, say, “And now, I present Miss Sue Aldrich, the South’s favorite vocalist. After Sue's lovely song, Marjorie Nesbit and her Passing Parade were presented. Surely you have seen the photographs of Jerry and Stanley with their long beards on the boxes of the now largest selling brand of patent medicine.
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MAHJOHIE I .EE NESBIT. Margie
Ambition- To pnw ltu| l im not Inkle rtirWn. Mu K Club; French Club; M.imjv. und Hood . Choir; Burnettes,
MILLIE NESBIT, Mil, Blondie, Pigtaila
Ambition. For Tom to graduatr
Ac iii ilin Pirtklrnl Student Body; National Honor Sot let), Editor - in - Chief, Avvociatr Editor, Managing Editoi IIigiii ANUi.n. The plum: S.R. Vice-President. Secretary; Marshal; President Junior Red Cm ; Chairman Art Committee-; Health Committee; Senior Play,
SYLVIA NEWMAN. Syl
Amhllinn: To go around the world on a balloon and Hunt •airly into Happinrnt,
Acticitiea: RnmHtci; S.R. Vice-Prr»ident.
MARY LIZABETH PATTERSON, Libby
Ainhition. To prove to lontrhody that I'm a smart u anybody.
Acfitlflri. Hmnrttni; S R. Secretary, Marshal; Munt Chib.
KATHERINE ANN PRICE. Kap
Ambition; To have a» much lun in college a« I had In high
AcHcititChreilcadri; S.R Secretary; Victory Service Club; Secretary National Honor Society; City Repreoen-tntive Red Cross National Convention; Ramsay Committer Chairman; Hut me Manager big 7; Clee Club; Sportsmanship Committee. Marshal; Secretary Health Committee; Secretary Manhah.
LEONARD E. REID. Leo, Slim
Ambition: To grow another loot.
Arfirifir . Football '44; Ba.ketball '45; Track '45; President, Vice-President Aviation Club. President Ill-Y Chib; S.R. President. Secretary; Chemistry Lab Assistant; Lunch Room Helper.
FRED C. ROBINSON. Derf
Ambition: To have one.
Activities S.R. Vice-President, Secretary; HlGm-ANOSM Stall; President Junior Aeronautics Club; Library Assistant; Camera Club.
Mono, Myru the Autogyro, Moron, Shorty
Ambition: To lie able to day-dream without the teachers catching me.
At fit if in. Trunn; Radio Club; Aviation Club; Dramatic Club; S.R. President.
RUTH ROUBICEK. Homy, Huthie
Ambition: To see myself as others see me and not turn up my nose.
Acflrifio; S.R. Pres Idas!. Vice-President; Vice-President Y-Feen Club; Clee Cub; Senior Choir, Marshal; High-i.axdui Staff; Publicity Committee Chairman; Vice-President Senior Clast.
ELLIOT JEROME ROUTMAN. Hoot
Ambition: To sell Catsup to the Headhunters Activities S.R. Prrsidait. Secretary; Athletic Club; Foot-b i ’44, 45, '46. '47; Track '44. '45. 40. '47; basketball 44, 45.
ANTOINETTE SAIA. Nette
Ambition: To be an assistant to a famous dentist.
Activities President Hamrttc . Girls Reserve; Library' Assistant; S.R. President.
VICTORIA SAIA. Vickie, Tory
Ambition: To make my life happy and successful. Ac lit if in; Treasurer Barnettes; Girls Reserve.
LOUIS SCHULHAFER. Buddy
Ambition: To be successful.
Achi-iftri; S.R Vice-President. Secretary. Marshal, Model Airplane Club. Camera Club.
EARLENE WARREN. Liza Jane
Ambition: To get a degree in music.
Activities Music Club.
DORIS WEINSTEIN, Duby
Ambition; To climb the ladder of success. Activifiri. Kamcttcs; Marshal.
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As we came near the City Hall, I saw the Pan American Building and discovered from the cornerstone that it was erected in 1953 by Myron Rosenthal, chief construction engineer. Curious to see Myron’s masterpiece, we stopped long enough to enter the building for a quick survey. On the Bulletin Board just inside the door we saw the name of our old friend D. O. L., Buddy Schul-hafer, who is now lecturing on “The Advantages and Disadvantages of Love Throughout the World.” Walking along the spacious corridors was none other than Alabama’s new Secretary of Agriculture, Mary Lizabeth Patterson. After chatting with her, we took a look into the new International Library, where behind a pile of fashion books was Leonard Reid, the successor to the popular designer, Pierre of Paris.
On leaving the building we climbed into a taxi and to our amazement we recognized the driver to be Jane Anderson, who owns the cab company, but lends a helping hand when the firm is short on drivers.
Later that evening, we went to the theater where we saw the popular full length cartoon movie, “Malicious Malkove,’’ caricatured by Bobby Box, the sensational Walt Disney of the South.
Then as usual, our weakness for night clubs brought us to the fashionable "Krackling Kombread Klub” owned and operated by Happy John Routman. The entertainment, unusually good, was featuring the charming Catherine Kulp in her plasti-balloon dance, named for the old fad of blowing plastic balloons which was popular when we went to high school. Seated immediately behind us were Doris Weinstein and Mary King, top radio and motion picture critics.
Amid the noisy tinkling glasses, laughter, and music of Back Beat Binford and his Sensational Seven arose the cry—“Call for Constantine Morris!” But more startling than that was seeing Earlene Warren at the piano. When we saw across the room Robbie Ann Duncan, we immediately went over to her table to be introduced to her prosperous looking husband. During our brief talk we learned that Mary Haynes is now the toast of Broadway. Polly Elder is the head of Birmingham’s new modernistic library, the largest in the South. The brightest star of the Hollywood sound stage is Marjorie Alice “Helen” Hayes. Vickie Saia and Gene Huffham are co-owners of Gay Fifty-eight Dress Show.
After finishing our “Passionola Bomber,” (strong spirits of lemon juice and ice), we bade one another farewell. Then I hurried to my hotel to complete my article and write to you.
Sincerely yours, Marvin Hurvich
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