November 29, 1934
Cliffside, Nov. 26 – Odd Packing: Driving into a gas station today you may see a very “modern” display of accessories in a glass display case. And my imagination then wanders: the day will be when your streamlined motor car is not only serviced by one-stop while your batteries are charged by a simple connection from the station, but your door window will be fitted to a glass tunnel. This miniature tunnel connects with the cafeteria. Baby will get its heated milk and your selected brand, too. Junior will have his cereal. Your motor car will remain the same temperature as before you stopped. The connecting glass tunnel service solves that. Hot plate lunches or dinners as you would select, will be conveyed to you by the “tunnel service”. This tunnel service will displace all drive-in sandwich places. One company and then another will form a merged corporation. Very soon the nation would be served by two major chains. The network of service stations, which would be service in the full sense of the word, would become known for their standard construction of their stations; their color would be standard. The country’s new rage will then be Elmer Zilch’s New Tuni-Serv gas stations. Or does your other pair of pants need pressing?
Odd Samples: Names: Hon. Oscar J. Mooneyham favors us the past week by a very thoughtful and appreciated communication…Attorney Kenneth McMahan has opened his office here. A sort of new departure or solo act. McMahan has launched himself alone. Viva! . . .I consider Will Crawford a very good friend. He strikes me as an honest, straight-forward gentlemen, as it is sometimes said. It is a pleasure to talk with a man today whom you believe is honest, frank and straight to the point; without the trait of “much ado about nothing.” Will Crawford, a square and keen fellow, sees all men through the same eyes . . . A trait of this attempting writer, and you will understand it, is never to hurry his opinion of a new acquaintance. And then in acquiescense does a man express himself – bringing the subject to here: E. T. Combs, Cliffside Mills new superintendent, has made a nice record for himself since coming to this community almost a year ago. Mr. Combs, a straight to the point man, is one of the most alert of this section . . . The DeWitt Thompsons returned to Washington, D.C., on Sunday. They were with us several days. An interesting bit of news they bring regards the mania in the capital for Shirley Temple Dolls. Dolls in exact replica of the young miss of Hollywood are selling at a pretty price.
Earl Carroll Vanities: O. O. McIntyre, in a full-paged writing called “A Bow To Earl Carroll” in the official program, says this edition of the vanities is, “what I hear is his most extravagant revue.” This show, in Charlotte Monday, was doubtless good. The A. B. Marcus Show, in Spartanburg a year ago, surpassed Carroll’s Vanities in some of its episodes, in the comparison of the theatre-goer.
But we liked it much, Ken Murray, being featured, shows a great popular following from his trips with his movie camera. Many of you will remember him in several talking picture parts.
Here is a name to remember, Helen Charleston. This singing, dancing and impersonating lady is headin’ for the top —either radio, pictures or stage. She was the outstanding player of the Vanities troupe.
Chaz Chase, mentioned last week by O. O. McIntyre, puts on a new comedy act that shakes the ribs of the house. Milton Charleston, a comedy boy, will be heard from much more.
My brother, Sam, who saw so many laughs in Milton Charleston’s cock-eyed yell, has been practicing it every day since seeing the Vanities.
You will understand the ability of Showman Earl Carroll in noting these famous names he has made: Bela Lugosi, W. C. fields, Sophie tucker, Jack Benny, Lionel Atwell, Eddie Cantor, Edward G. Robinson, William Powell and Lou Holtz – these are some who worked in the Vanities of yesterday. And these dance directors: Sammy Lee, Busby Berkeley and Leroy Prinz. These orchestra conductors: Don Verhees, Al Goodman, Vincent Lopez, Red Nichols and Rudy Weidoff. You will remember these song hits from Carroll’s shows: “Sweet Madness,” “Savage Serenade” (a current hit), “Goodnight, Sweetheart,” “Hittin’ the Bottle” and “Cocktails for Two.”