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Voice Of Firestone Now In Thirtieth Year
Now that the holiday rush is
over, Firestone gardeners may
find time in their schedule to
make some definite preparations
and do some planning on next
summer’s vegetable - growing
project. This reminder from N.C.
State College further says that
a good place to begin is to plan
your garden on paper. Ask or
Write your County farm agent
for the latest bulletin on garden
ing and fruit growing. Other
Worth-while points to consider in
planning your summer’s work
Estimate the seed and plants
needed and pl^ce your order
If you have a hotbed or cold-
frame, or if you can use a sunny
window, now is a good time to
start cabbage, cauliflower, broc
coli, and lettuce. These plants
should be ready for transplant
ing from February 15 to March
15. If you do not have a place
to grow your own plants, buy
them from a reliable dealer who
guards against the spreading of
For an entire American gen
eration, The Voice of Firestone
has been the introduction to, and
continuing link with good music
and outstanding performers.
Through the years the program
has steered a musical middle
course between the ephemeral
popular and the “long-hair”.
In these times when a 13-week
radio-TV run is an achievement,
The Voice of Firestone’s 30 con
secutive seasons of broadcasting
present an overwhelming statis
tic. Beginning in the swaddling
days of radio, enlarging its
broadcasting scope in 1949 with
radio-tv simulcasts, the program
took its first brief leave from the
air this past summer before re
suming exclusively on television
over the American Broadcasting
Company, in a new time seg
ment: 9-9:30 p.m.
Monday is still Firestone Day.
As the day of broadcast, so the
purpose of the broadcast has re
mained constant. Harvey S. Fire
stone, Sr., briefly stated that
purpose on the first broadcast,
December 3, 1928: “It is the hope
and desire of the Firestone or
ganization, as The Voice of Fire
stone comes into your home
every Monday evening, that it
will be a source of pleasure and
THE YEARS that have follow
ed have brought the program
numerous awards and special
broadcasting industry distinc
tions. It was the first musical
program to be televised by a
commercial sponsor, the first to
be simulcast, and the first spon
sored network television show.
Only four conductors have
regularly occupied the Firestone
podium; Hugo Mariani, William
Daly, Alfred Wallenstein and
Howard Barlow, now in his 15th
year with The Voice. Through
the years an impressive list of
musical greats has been com
piled from guest artists appear
ing on the Company program.
Remaining constant, too, have
been the opening and closing
themes, “If I Could Tell You”
and “In My Garden,” composed
in 1932 by Idabelle Firestone,
wife of the Company Founder.
For a half-hour each Monday
evening, millions of people who
appreciate good music enjoy the
entertainment they love best on
The Voice of Firestone.
☆ ☆ ☆
During the 1957-1958 season.
The Voice of Fireslone is being
telecast in the Gastonia area
over WLOS-TV, channel 13,
Asheville, Monday evenings at
Gene Alexander, Accounting, and her husband, Paul, spent a
recent week at her home in Des Arc, Ark. While there, they at
tended Mrs. Alexander's alumni homecoming.
Electrician Horace Robinson and Mrs. Robinson arranged for a
surprise birthday dinner and celebration for Mrs. Robinson’s
mother, Mrs. O. P. Funderburke, at her home in Rock Hill, S. C.
The occasion, which marked her birth anniversary in December,
brought together all five of her children.
It was Christmas in Florida for Sanitation Foreman Alvin Dill
and Mrs. Dill. They stopped for visits in Winter Haven and St.
- Jack Moore, benchman, and Mrs. Moore had as recent holiday
guests Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Moore and daughter. Jack, the son of
the Moores, is a student at North Carolina State College, Raleigh.
As a part of their Christmas holiday observance. Electrician
Scott McCarter and his family went for a visit with Mr. and Mrs.
Virgil Hastings in Quincy, 111. The Hastings are the parents of
Machinist Howard Moore and Mrs. Moore had their daughter,
Marie, home for the holidays from Woman’s College of the Uni
versity of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Lathe Operator Cramer Little and Mrs. Little have returned
from Houston, Texas, where they visited their daughter, Betty. Miss
Little is a social worker at Baylor School of Medicine.
Quality Control inspectors on third shift attended their annual
Christmas party at Parham’s Fish Camp on Crowders Creek Road,
December 7. Highlight of the gathering was the exchange of gifts.
Head Inspector Charles Hipps and Mrs. Hipps, with Mr. Hipps’
aunt, Mrs. Rettie Moffitt, spent a recent weekend in Greensboro,
N. C. There they visited the Hipps’ son, Harold, and his wife. He is
a Methodist minister serving a Greensboro congregation.
Lillian Jackson and Christine McGinnis are new employees in
Forrest Eaker, freshman at North Carolina State College, spent
the recent holiday vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Loyd
Eaker of Bessemer City. The student’s mother is a spooler tender
in this department. Forrest is enrolled in the forestry curriculum
at State. He is the 1957 Firestone College Scholarship winner from
Leona Lattimore, spooler tender, has returned after having
spent the Christmas season in New Orleans, La. There she visited
her mother, Mrs. Mamie Chapman; also a sister, Mrs. Marie Smith.
Charles Church, yarn hauler, and his mother have returned
after a visit with relatives in Clarkesville, Ga. They were guests of
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Garden On Paper, Ere Spring Arrives
Jr ERHAPS you remember the tradi
tional story of the man who commissioned
another to build for him a ship.
The workman was given sufficient where
withal to construct a ship that would be the
pride of the builder, the owner ... a ship,
which—come the tossing of the gale—would
withstand the test of the sea.
“Make it the best you can,” the sponsor
charged the workman. “And when it is
finished, I will return.”
The story goes that the builder set about
the task of fulfilling his contracted obliga
tion. But as the labor wore on, he relaxed
his usual standards of craftsmanship, put
ting in a defective piece of material here
and there. At times he was careless of the
way he accounted for even the best materi
als he had at his disposal.
At length, the marine vessel was complet
ed. The man who had ordered it built, re
turned. After a critical survey of the project,
he turned to the workman who had con
structed it and announced:
“Now, it is yours!”
Unmistakably, there are lessons in this
age^^l^ story which apply to every man and
woman who labors in the production of
goods to be consumed by others. The heart
of the Aiessage in the story is something we
most likely knew already, but are prone to
That which is put into a product becomes
a part of every workman who has a hand in
its making. In a sense, the builder is always
on trial, and sooner or later, the consumer
will call each one into account. And the
product that the workman makes will either
stand to commend him—or condemn him.
There is also a very personal application
in this old story. It raises the question: Had
the workman known that the ship would
become his own property, would he not have
seen to it that the best of materials and
craftsmanship went into its building?
And that brings us to a look at the prod
ucts we make at Firestone Textiles. The
builder who takes pride in his workmanship,
will consider his day’s work a job well
done when he has combined his skill and
effort with the best of materials. This is
his contribution toward a satisfied customer,
wherever the product may go.
Unlike the careless shipbuilder, if the em
ployee has built quality into the goods for
others, the product will be good for his own
use also. Who knows? Maybe the very fabric
he helps to manufacture here will turn up
in a finished product, to be used as the
Should you build it for yourself,
you do the best you could?
Grace Christopher, inspector in Winding, keeps
a careful watch bn the yarn processed in her
department. Only goods of the best quality are
allowed to pass the exacting examination of this
Quality Control inspector. She has been at Fire
stone for more than ten years, ii
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