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Boxoffice-January.17.1953

Theatreman 'Heck'

Theatreman 'Heck' Everett Named Charlottes Man of the Year CHARLOTTE—H. H, Everett, head of the Everett Enterprises circuit of theatres many years, has been named Charlotte's Man of the Year for 1952 in recognition of unselfish work on behalf of this community. The honor, initiated in 1944 by the Charlotte News, is made annually by a board consisting of Tliomas L. Robinson, J. E. Dottd and B. S. Griffith, executives of the News, and Men of the Year of former years. Everett H. H. Everett is the ninth Charlotte leader to receive the honor. The board in selecting the theatreman and civic leader asserted: "The choice was easy to make. Mr. Everett probably has devoted more time to unselfish work on behalf of his community than any other Charlottean. Yet, thi-ough it all, he has continued to be one of the city's sincerely humble men." Several years ago Everett disposed of many duties in the operation of his circuit of nearly two score theatres when he turned over the circuit operation to Stewart Theatres, Inc., formed by Worth Stewart, longtime general manager of Everett Enterprises and associate of Everett. The Charlotte News, in an article announcing the selection, related that Everett was a leader in the drive to merge many fundraising campaigns into one solicitation and became the first president of the United Community Services, parent organization of the United Appeal. At the same time, he served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, leading that organization m an intensified program of getting new industrial and commercial firms moved to Charlotte. At the same time, he became a trustee of Queens college and in less than two months was elected chairman of the board of trustees. At the same time, he spent many hours of work being a leader of a new church. Trinity Presbyterian, and directing its initial building program a-s chairman of its building committee. And he continued to work on behalf of civic projects through the Lions club and the Variety Club. He also devoted much time to being president of the Myers Park Country club, though members of the selecting board for the Man of the Yeai- pointed out that "Heck" Everett had never let social activities take him away from community-wide projects. The selecting board stressed that it makes its clioice not on an accumulation of a man's accomplishments over a period of years but on the service rendered the community during the single preceding year. "But Everett, like other Men of the Year, has been a consistent civic leader for a number of years," the News related. "He was, for instance, one of the founders of the Charlotte Variety Club, which has carried out such projects as the financing of a children's diagnostic clinic at Memorial hospital. Another example: As an officer in the Lions club, he was one of the leaders in the organization's establishment of Freedom Park, Charlotte's largest recreational area. "Another example: He was president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1951. "But 1952 was Everett's busiest in community-betterment work. His activities touched the fields of industry and commerce, social work, religion and higher education, among others. "He served another year as president ol the Cliamber of Commerce. He regrouped the chamber's important committees, giving two vice-presidents more direct responsibility over specific projects. He intensified the chamber's efforts to gain new industrial plants for Charlotte, and he spent many hours meeting with and entertaining visiting company officials. "In a brief period, the chamber was instrumental in perfecting the plan for the Celanese rii The Behoi Card Co. We Supply More Window Cards, Programs and Heralds To the Exhibitor Than Any Other Printer in the South! Corp's huge office and laboratory building off Park road; Ford's parts depot on Wilkinson boulevard; Reichhold Chemical's big installation on Pineville road ; Southern Dairies' new headquarters in the northern part of the city. "But Mr. Everett did not exclude other matters while concentrating on industrial expansion. He led the chamber in taking an unprecedented interest in local governmental affairs. "Under his leadership, for instance, the chamber assigned a committee to study the municipal budget and make recommendations before the city tax rate was fixed. Under his leadership, the chamber show-ed its concern over improved public facilities here by endorsing all the local bond issues and urging citizens to vote for them. "Most spectacular Everett enterprise in 1952. however, was in the field of money-raising campaigns. He championed an expert review of solicitations, directed a committee to search for a way of cutting out the multiplicity of campaigns, and brought into focus the need for united action . "Beginning in February, and extending over most of the year, he worked closely with the mayor's .special study committee, which resulted in the forming of the United Community Services. "This was slow and tedious work, requiring care in dealing with each charitable organization, and associates say Mi-. Everett's diplomacy was outstanding. More than 20 agencies joined the United Community Services. "But he didn't confine himself to citywide activities. He showed the same kind of initiative and leadership in the forming of a new Presbyterian church which already shows signs of becoming one of the most active in the Mecklenburg Pi-esbytery. "He was one of the comparative few who organized the Trinity church, and became one of its first elders. The first year's budget was only $12,400. and the congregation held its services in the Belk chapel of Queens college while starting plans for building its own building. It was Mr. Everett who reminded his associates that many other churches, in their formative years, concentrated so thoroughly on their own problems that they spent only small percentages of their budgets for benevolent causes. "Impressed by his arguments. Mi-. Everett's fellows agreed to double the church budget for the second year, and earmark half of the total for benevolent causes. One result: In the Mecklenbiu-g Presbytery's campaign to raise money for a new seminary, the church making tlie largest gift per capita ($64) was the Ti-inity, $16 more per capita than the second largest contribution. "As the year ended, Mr. Everett was busy as chairman of Ti-inity's building committee, directing plans for construction of three buildings on a 22-acre tract off Providence road." THERE MUST BE A REASON BENSON, N. C. 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. . Variety MEMPHIS TX7 R. Tutt has purchased the Booth Theatre at Hollendale, Miss., from W. H. Booth. He will book and buy in Memphis. . . . R. R. Clemmons, who owns the Missouri in Palmer, Mo., left on a ten-day business trip . . . Grover Wray, Exhibitor.s Services, made a trip to El Dorado, Ark., and Shreveport. La. . . . Van Hill, Universal publicist, was in town on "Mississippi Gambler" this week . . . The Better Films Council gave a luncheon for Piper Laurie, young Hollywood star. . Margaret Wood, assistant cashier at 20th- Fox. and Gordon Keiier of the marines were married in a Filmrow romance . . . Patricia Hale resigned as 20th-Fox stenographer and telephone operator announced a Filmrow get-together at the clubrooms January 31 for all employes of the motion picture industry. Milton Ratcliff. Floyd Harvey, Tony Tedesco, Earl Hartzog and G. L. Brandon are serving on the entertainment committee. N. B. Fair of the Fair, Somerville; Paul Harrington, Ruffin Amusements Co., Covington: Louise Mask, Luez, Bolivar; . F. "Steve" Stein, operator of Met and Met-N-Mov Drivein, Jackson; G. M. Goff, Rustic, Parsons and M. E. Rice, Brownsville, were among west Tennessee exhibitors on the Row. Mrs. Annie Effie Jobe Lester, widow of the late John T. Lester, owner Of Park Theatre here, died at the age of 64. Her son Reuben John now operates the Park . . . Evelynn Hammonds, manager's secretary, was elected president of 20th-Fox Family club; Mary Francis Rygaard was elected vice-president, Jean Bradley secretary and Beverly Graig treasurer . . . Lorraine Burrus has been named student booker at 20th -Fox to succeed Al Ferryman. Exhibitors visiting from Mississippi included Jesse Moore, Ritz, Crenshaw; Mrs. J. C. Noble, Temple, Leland; R. B. Cox, Batesville and Eiu-eka, Batesville; Leon Roundtree, Holly, Holly Springs; J. A. Thornton, Bruce, Bruce; and L. W. Green, Green, Jonestown. From Arkansas came J. T. James, James, Cotton Plant; Douglass Pierce, Rand, Pocahontas; Moses Sliman, Lux, Lurora; J. W. Parham, Harlem, FoiTest City; Lloyd Hutchins, Center, Kensett; and William Elias, Murr, Osceola . . . The Lake Drive-In, Waverly, Tenn.; Sundown Drive-In, Paris, Term.; 45 Drive-In, Boonville, Miss., and Laco Drive-In, Lexington, Tenn., closed for the balance of the winter. . . . J, T. Hitt has closed his Park Theatre in Bentonville, Ark., indefinitely . . . B. C. Rager has closed the Sherrill (Ark.) Theatre Thurman A. Shillings has closed his Palestine Theatre at Danville, Ai-k., for about ten days for remodeling. Two Million Feet in Stock SPEAKER CABLE Without Priority 2 Conductor No. 17 AWG Solid Copper Flat Parallel Construction Rodent Resistant Non-water Absorbent Jacket for Direct Earttl Burial O.D. .35x.20-inch. Packaged 2,500 ft. on Returnable Reels or 500 ft. Coils. Price FOB Houston, Texos; On 500 ft. Coils $60.00 per M ft. 2500 ft. Reels $40.60 per M ft. 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Coleman, Maj, Carl H. Griffin and McCullough. ATLANTA—A preview showing of Republic's "Thunderbirds" was arranged for the Avon Theatre, Savannah, by local units of the Georgia national guard on short notice for Friday (9) for staff officers, members of the press and radio and prominent businessmen and city officials. When the date was submitted to the Named Red Cross Chairm'n TROY, ALA.—Jimmy Gaylard, operator of the Starlite Drive-In, has been appointed chairman of the annual fund campaign for the Pike county chapter of the American Red Cross. Purchase Dania Ozoner DANIA, FLA.—George Koeliker and George D. Hertner, formerly of Cleveland, have purchased the Dania Drive-In. The theatre will be managed by John T. Woodward. Polio is a menace oil must fight. Give your patrons chance to contribute. Atlanta branch of Republic, it developed that every print was booked solid and it was impossible to secure the loan of a print from any other branch. Lieut. Col. Homer PljTin and Capt. Douglas Embry, public information officers, attached to the adjutant general's headquarters in Atlanta, were then called in to try and solve the problem. When Colonel Plynn indicated that they would fly the print to Savannah and its next destination, if necessary, he and Republic Manager Ed Brauer got their heads together and commandeered a print scheduled for immediate shipment to the Ritz Theatre, Brunswick, Ga. Arrangements were made for the Georgia Peach, C-47 assigned to Gen. Ernest Vandiver, to fly the print to Savannah, where it arrived at 7 p. m. Thursday. The screening was held on schedule at the Avon at 9 a. m. Friday and the picture came off the screen at 10:50 a. m. Maj. William Kelley, commanding officer at Travis field, then drove the print to Travis field where it was placed on a fighter plane assigned to the 158th fighter interceptor squadron, which took off for Brunswick, Ga., arriving at 11:40 a. m. The plane was met at the Brunswick airport by an escort from the 121st infantry regiment and rushed to the Ritz Theatre, where it was on the screen at 12:15 p. m. The arrival in Brunswick, as well as Savannah, was covered by news reporters and photographers and resulted in some excellent newspaper stories. Also, in Savannah at the preview, Lieut. Col. Flynn made a very Inspiring address to a gathering of more than 100, concerning the activities of the citizen soldiers during peace and war, which is so well depicted in Republic's "Thunderbirds." JACK POT QUIZ NITE This is the only proven successful boxofflee stlmulont in the Atlanto territory over the past four years. It is legal, and definitely not a lottery. Write us for names of exhibitors thot you know who are successfully using our plan. Equally good in conventional and drive-in theatres. Patronage Builders, p. O. BOX 1442 Atlonta Inc. 223 So. Liberty St. New Orleans, La. BOXOFFICE :: January 17, 1953 59