The Chrysler Bigwig Had to Apologize

Thinking back, censorship was a whole lot worse when television first came into our living rooms. We saw Jack Parr walk off his talk show in protest of being censored for using the words 'water closet.' Saying you were pregnant was a no-no, even if you were pregnant in a big way. You were supposed to say, “I am with child” when motherhood was on the way. 

Harry Belafonte was making a TV special for the Chrysler Corporation. While singing a duet with a white girl [Petula Clark], the camera caught Harry holding her hand. That scene was censored out by a Chrysler chairman. Naturally Belefonte went through the roof. On his way down, the Chrysler bigwig had to apologize for such a segregated action.—Guess we have made a lot of headway at that. 

To share some kindness and loving thoughts, I’d like to comment on some good guys that were in the ministry department a number of years ago: Rudy Gilbert was the Unitarian minister all during that Vietnam farce. Father Twohy filled the pulpit many times when special social issues were at stake during that time. When Father Thuey became president of Gonzaga, he was too busy to discuss humanitarian problems with us. (Roger Barr, a Davenport minister, reminds me a lot of Twohy because of his devoted concern for social Justice.) 

Later, a pipe smoking priest who worked with Gilbert on social issues for the minorities in Spokane, shared the pulpit with Rudy. This priest made this opening statement, “Rudy Gilbert and I are poles apart on theology, but we have a common goal when it comes to working on social justice"... 

Too bad that nicotine drug had such a hold on these two fine men. After the services, Rudy with his cigarettes and the priest with his pipe on fire, did a good job of polluting the entertainment end of the church during the social hour. 

I don’t know whether smoking wiped out this priest of 20 years ago or not, but several years ago, Rudy became one dead Unitarian from smoking. 

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Walt Kik
Bing Crosby visits with the Rev. Bernard Coughlin, left, of St. Louis, Mo., and the Rev. Richard E. Twohy