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Wednesday. MarrV, 8, 1967
CelehritiVs: Evnanjnmr: Siipass
Article By Joe Coltrane
Photos By Steve Adams
A mug of beer for five cents? And at the Raths
keller? You could have gotten that deal in 1948 when
the "Rat" first opened for business, according to Phil
lip Miller, the present manager.
You can't get beer for a nickel there anymore,
but the Rathskeller still offers "the atmosphere in
which a student can break away from his studies
and live in a world away from reality for a while,"
"We've had a number of famous personalities eat
at the Rathskeller," Miller added. "When Buddy Hack
ett ate here several years ago, one of the waiters
asked him for his autograph. Instead of an auto
graph, he sat and wrote a poem for the waiter."
Other personalities to visit the restaurant include
Faye Emerson, Tyrone Power, the piano-playing duo
Ferrante and Teicher, Al Capp and Burl Ives. "Hugh
Heffner came in one night with a girl friend," said
When Theodore Danziger opened the Rathskeller in
1948, it consisted of just the "front" room, a cozy,
low-ceilinged replica of a German old-world restaur
ant. The dark-pine walls, tables and benches inscribed
with various famous quotes set the relaxed atmos
phere for the restaurant.
"The other rooms have been added through; the
years," said Miller. "In the Train Room, or Metro,
we tried to set a French atmosphere along with the
feeling that you are in a train coach."
"The Cave, which extends right to the edge of
Franklin Street, took about six months to dig out and
:make into a room," Miller said. "The Chicken Coop
takes it name from the chickens on the wallpaper,
one of the few wallpapers drawn by the New Yorker
In the old days, the Rathskeller had a piano in the
front room, and often had combos, accordion players,
and frequent impromptu songfests, according to Mill
"However, since that time," he said, "we've
' found that most customers want a quiet, secluded sort
of atmosphere. We have a jukebox, but it isn't played
a great deal." r r
A view from the restaurant into the cooking area
shows a modern kitchen where "good quality food" is
ti Frpnrh room simulates a sidewalk cafe car
restaurant, one of four different types of "atmos-
pheres" in the KatsKeiier.
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The main dining area of the Rathskeller reflects
the old world atmosphere of a German restaurant as
started by Danzinger.
"Our philosophy," said Miller, "is to give good
service, serve good quality food, and keep a relaxed
atmosphere. We have a very low rate of turnover
of key personnel, cooks and overseers, and that prob
ably helps us maintain both good service and high
The Rathskeller offers variations from the nor
mal restaurant routine. For birthday parties, the
waiters bring out the cake and give a rousing Raths
keller rendition of 'Happy Birthday". "The custom
ers like it, and bur waiters enjoy it too' said Miller.
On St. Patrick's Day last year, students with real
Irish names were given a free mug of beer. The Pizza
Wheel, offering students a chance to win a pizza if
they choose the right number, is placed on the side
walk: outside sometimes. "Little variations in routine
like those help us, and it is fun for the students," said
"Dr. Bell, a popular Botany professor, once gave his
final exam in the Rathskeller," Miller said. "Part of it
had to do with the tasting of various foods, so he just
gave the whole thing down here."
People often stand in line to eat at the Rathskeller.
"Several years ago," said Miller, "we got a call one
Saturday night frornra per son, identifying himself as
Senator Kefauver, asking for reservations for t h a t
"Thinking it was just a student trying to get a prior
ity reservation, and in keeping with our policy of
no reservations on Friday or Saturday nights, our bar
keeper told him that President Kennedy had reserved
the whole place for that night, and turned this request
down. When we looked outside later and saw Senator
Kefauver standing in line with the rest of the people,
we were somewhat embarrassed."
In 1948, the Rathskeller was mainly a drinking
place, and the food served was less important. That
has changed now, and perhaps the rhyme inscribed
on the thick outer door best explains why:
"He who drinks, and drinks with grace is ever wel
come in this place. But he who drinks beyond his share,
is never welcome anywhere."
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The "Cave" or "Tavern Cavern" is reserved for
couples only and has a totally diffeernt atmosphere
from the other rooms.
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Arguing the point that big
government must be big in a
free enterprise system, a
Methodist College economist
said here this weekend "Gov
ernment is both versatile and
energetic, playing many roles,
some of them dual in nature."
Mrs. Evelyn Simmons ad
dressed some 200 women at
tending the 12th annual
"Spotlight on Women" con
ference, the theme of which
was "You, Government and
The conference was held on
the University of North Caro
The free enterprise system,
with its system of rewards
and penalties, is still the
most efficient economic sys
tem yet devised, Mrs. Sim
mons said, but only with the
aid of a strong government.
Government is presently
playing five major roles, she
said. Those of constable, um
pire, chairman of the board,
Robin Hood and the balance
And in each case govern
ment is playing the roles ei
ther because (1) the service
is impossible for a free mar
ket to provide, (2) it can be
produced more efficiently by
government, or (3) private in
dustry finds it unprofitable.
As constable, government
becomes rulemaker and arbi-
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trator to protect individuals,
define and guarantee prop
erty rights and provide a le
gal and judicial system, Mrs.
As umpire, government
must become the regulator,
she said. It must stamp out
monopolistic tendencies in big
business, set rates and stand
ardize quality when consum
ers have no alternate source
of supply such as in public
utilities, transportation and
Government as chairman of
the board becomes a resource
allocator. National defense, to
cost $78 billion in the next fis
cal year, is an example of this
reallocation of a consumer
good that cannot be provided
by private industry, she said.
ilrs. Simmons said that
government, as a redistributor
of income, plays the role of
Robin Hood. ' She cited the
progressive income tax, based
on ability to pay principles,
provides the most powerful
means of accomplishing redis
"We accomplish equalizing
transfers in three ways," she
Dollar transfers with no
strings attached go to indi
viduals through such pro
grams as old age assistance,
Printer's Proofs of
This lot came from a printer's
storage file, and includes old
posters with scenes from the
'80s, old flyers, and press
proofs of old illustrations,
many in color.
Many are frayed and worn, all
are brittle, and in a lifetime
of searching you'll not be able
to find a duplicate, but you'll
be surprised at the low
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LONDON (UPI) Fly
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boy, flying panties.
Six pairs of panties
mini-panties to go with
mini - skirts flew out of
John Stevenson's light
plane recently as he was
flying over southern Eng-
social security and unemploy
ment compensation. Other
government funds are ear
marked in the form of GI
education or government
scholarships. A third provi
sion is for income in the form
of real goods and sen-ices
such as urban redevelopment,
vocational training for the un
skilled, free clinics, school
lunch programs and Head
Finally, government as a
balance wheel provides equi
librium to the entire economy,
Mrs. Simmons said.
The conference was spon
sored by the N. C. Federa
tion of Business and Profes
sional Women's Clubs in co
operation with the University
of North Carolina Extension
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land with a consignment of
women's clothing for a cus
tomer in Chatham.
Just to be sure that no
one got the idea some pan-tie-less
Martians might be
on their way, Stevenson
promptly notified police of
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(UPI) It was about as
much explanation as one
could expect from a boy of
14, the juvenile court judge
He had asked the boy why
he stole an aerosol can of red
paint and sprayed it on six
cars, a road sign, a garage
door, a fire hydrant, a num
ber of lamp posts and a white
"I was fed up at the time
I did it," said the youngster.
He was conditionally discharg
ed when he agreed, with his
parents, to pay the damages.
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