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Theatre Manager Tells
Hhtory of Famed Oscar
Br #. 1. MORROW
Thlf TMr Qscsr, the golden sym
bol of fame conferred by the Ac?
demy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sconces has reached the age of
Oscar w?l nameless when he
eame into the world as an award
symbol the year the Academy was
founded, 1*27, and he remained so
tpr four years, known then Just aa
The idea for a statuette origi
nated at a meeting of the first
board of governors of the Acad
emy. Cedric Gibbons, now execu
tive art director for MOM. after
hearing discussions of certificates,
scrolls, medals and plaques, urged
that the aw*rd* should be repre
sented by a figure of dignity and
individual character which reci
pients would be proud to display.
While he talked he sketched a
figure and design. It was Oscar's
first picture. The drawing jvas
adopted and sent for execution to
George Stanley, a Los Angeles
sculptor. From his hands camc the
Oscar who has been growing in
fame ever since.
The golden figure was still with
out a name that day in 1831 when
Mrs. Margaret Herrick, present
executive secretary ef the Acad
emy, reported for her first day's
work as librarian. A copy of the
statuette stood on an executive's
desk and she was formally intro
duced to it as the foremost mem
ber of the organization.
She regarded It a moment. "He
reminds me," she observed, "of
my Uncle Oscar."
Nearby sat a newspaper colum
nist and the next day his syndicat
ed copy contained the line "Em
ployees have affectionately dubbed
their famous statuette 'Oscar'."
From that day on he has been Os
1%e Academy's Oscar is 10
inches high, weighs seven pounds,
his insides being bronze and his
exteripr gold plate. He costs about
a hundred dollars.
On May 6, 1039, first year awards
were presented? for achievements
D f 1917-28? eleven Oscars were pre
sented by the Academy. Since that
day the number of statuettes given
the "choice few" has increased.
. Dur|n( the intervening years a
total of several hundred golden
knights have gone to persons con
tributing best achievements in mo
tion pictures. ,
TTie trophy is fully protected by
copyright and is produced by only
one manufacturer, licensed by the
academy. Uae of the statuette or
reproduction of K In any manner
ia prohibited without written per
mission of the Academy.
TV presentation of the awards,
shown on moat tv stations so trie
time in May, it one of the most
outstanding yearly tv programs.
Speaking of academy awartj,
the Morehead theatre is playing
the motion picture that won eight
of these awards in 1K4, From
Here to Eternity.
Starting Sunday and playing for
to entire week at the Morehead
theatre is Mardt Gras, starring
Pat Boone, Gary Crosby, and
Pat Boone, Christine Carere,
Tommy Sands, gherpe North, Gary
Crosby, Fred Clark and Richard
Sargent *rp (he principals ip this
mirthful adventure of four cadtts
from the Virginia Military Insti
tute who come to New Orleans at
the height pf the annual Mardi
Gras festival and encounter a pro
vocative and diversified group of
Starting Sunday and playing
through Tuesday at the City thea
tre is A Little Bank That Should
Be Robbed. It is Twentieth Cen
tury Fox's hilarious picturization
of the nearly successful career of
three completely rany amateur
bank robbers. It won the Inter
national Humor Festival award
early this year.
Based on an actual incident in
which three amateurs robbed two
Westchester County, New York
banks of more than a quarter of
a million dollars, it is filmed in
Cinemascope and stars Tom Ewell,
Mickey Rooney and Mickey
Shaughnessy as the culprits.
Playing midweek, Wednesday
Thursday at the City theatre? The
Last of the Fast Guns starring
Jock Mahoney, Gilbert Ronald and
Mahoney, a virile screen hero
who insists on performing all of
his own danger scenes, gives the
finest performance of his career
in Last of the Fast Guna.
A new peak in comcdy enter
tainment is sure to be reached
when Dean Martin and Jerry
Lewis liven the City theatre screen
Friday and Saturday with two of
their funniest hits. Scared Stiff
and Jumping Jacks.
From ai| reports, either one of
these comedies would pack thea
tres if pflTtd* as a single feature.
At a double bill it is bound to set
attendance records all over the
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Dec. 2 ? Mr. Rupert Lewis of
Port Arthur, Texas, and Mr. Rod
erick Lewis of Empire, La., ar
rived last week to spend some
time at home with Mrs. Mitchel
Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Wilson and
children of Cherry Point were vis
itors with Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Wil
Anita Ekberg ? Phil Carey
Saturday ? Double Featura
"Man or Gun"
Starring Donald Carey
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"Johnny T remain7'
A Walt Disney Production
Sunday ? Monday
Gin Ford ? Ernest Borgnine
Mr. and Mrs. Berkley Simpson
of Beaufort were visitors in Smyr
Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Gilgo and
son, E. T. of Oriental, were vis
itors Sunday with Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. Ikie Wade left Sunday for
Apalachicola, Fla . after spending
several days with his mother, Mrs.
Smyrna FTA Entertains
Teachers Week of Nov. 9
By PAT CHADWK'K
HI, folks 1 Pull up your chair and
relax while we tell you aome of
the things that have been hap
pening around Smyrna lately.
Pint, let me tell you how busy
the Future Teachers were during
National Education Week, plan
ning a tea for the teachers. All of
the members selected a teacher
and brought that particular teach
er something evary day during the
week of Nov. 9 through 15.
On Friday, Nov. 14, the teach
ers were aerve<| refreshments of
coffee, cookies, mints, and pea
nuts in the hon^e economics de
partment. While the teachers were
being served, the FTA members
taught in their places.
All of us Future Teachers en
joyed this very much and while
we were disposing of the left
overs, everyone remarked on what
a good time they had had. Besides
having a good tine, everyone re
ceived a taste of what teaching
is really like.
We all would like to thank Mrs.
Jones, our FTA sponsor, and Mrs.
Fodrie for all the help they gave
The first year home ecpnomics
students are in their cooking unit
now, and they have been prepar
ing such goodies as candied ap
ples and chocolate cake, which
can be snu'lled throughout the en
tire building. It sure does smell
A science club has been organ
ized this year for the first time
under the direction of Mr. Nor
man Chadwick. They are working
with fruit flies to determine dom
I don't have any information on
the officers but as soon as I And
out I'll let you know.
The sophomore's officers for the
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class are president, Jimmy Gilli
kin; vice-president, Emma Lea
Piner; secretary. Rose Arthur;
reporters, Brenda Watson and
They have selected their grade
mothers also. They are Mrs. Dollie
Taylor and Mrs. Vera Salter.
This week we spotlight John Al
len Owens, as our senior big wheel.
Johnny, who is 17, is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Owens of
lie was born in Beaufort Sept.
S, 1941 Johnny stands 6 foot 3,
weighs 1M) pounds, has blue eyes,
and a very light shade of brown
hair He says that his hobby is
rocketry. Who knows? He may be
the first to hit the moon!
Johnny is a member of the Epis
copal church. He says It's AU In
The Game is his favorite song
and Clyde McPhatter and Joni
James are his favorite singers.
He couldn't decide who were tops
in acting but he immediately rec
ognized steak as his favorite food.
When asked what his pet peeve
is, Johnny says simply "People
who won't explain why they are
mad." School activities which
Johnny has participated in are:
Speaks to Club
William E. Powell, form* pfln
dp?l of Newport School, gave a
discussion pi the structure of the
North Carolina educational system
at the Newport Rotary Club meet
ing Monday night. The club met
at the school lunchroom.
Mr. Powell U a past principal
of Newport School and returned
this year a? a teacher.
Club secretary Bob Montagu?
presented C. H. Lockey with a past
president's lapel button. Mr. Loc
key preceded president, Junius
Mr. Creech announced that 106
more fruitcakes had arrived. The
club has already sold 75 cakes
(249 pounds). There are 100 three
pound cakes and six five-pound
Debating Club, 1-2-3; Audio-Visual
Club, 3; Varsity Club. 4; football,
1-2-3; basketball - manager, 4;
Science Club, 4.
Johnny was voted as the senior
boy "best all around".
The world's largest natural ?rch
is the Rainbow Bridge in southern
Utah. It i? 309 feet high and 247
feet between its abutments. It
crosses a dry creek.
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J. M. DAVIS
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