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Volume 36 Issue 5 May 2021
Part 9: Ambition and
Hard Work are Not
Enough in Hollywood
By Peggy K. Newton
MJ Treasure Hunt Contest…. ...........................5
Hometown History .................................. 8
Cooking Corner. ................................... 12
A Gift to Yourself. .................................. 14
Medical Matters… ...................................16
Hometown History Contest. ......................... 18
His first trip to California in
1915 placed Monte Katterjohn in
the land of legends-to-be with names
that are familiar today. Monte cowrote
The Broken Law with Oscar C.
Apfel, for William Fox (whose Fox
Film Corp. merged with Twentieth
Century in the mid-1930s). For Fine
Arts Studio he shared scenario-writing
credit with D.W. Griffith, the
film director whose technical accomplishments
are undisputed although
his attitude regarding race is deplorable.
Released in January 1916, The
Wood Nymph is a lost film.
Monte’s next scenario was a solo
effort based on the Hatfield-McCoy
feud in Kentucky, The Apostle of
Vengeance. Star William S. Hart portrayed
David Hudson (“Hudson”
replaced “Hatfield”), a preacher who
returned home to Kentucky to try
to end the feud. Hart was quickly
becoming the greatest western star
of the silent era, although The Apostle
wasn’t a true western. The production
company, Kay-Bee Pictures,
was associated with the New York
Motion Picture Company, owned by
Thomas H. Ince.
Ince’s name may be less familiar
but no less important. Ince is credited
for perfecting assembly-line movie
production in which studios become
self-sufficient towns with offices,
stages, exterior sets of various places
and time periods, labs for processing
and editing films, dining areas, even
their own fire departments, security,
and doctors’ and dentists’ offices.
Essentially, he refined the studio system.
His first studio, Inceville, faced
the Pacific Ocean, and he briefly
lived in a home overlooking the area.
But he was already running out of
space and took up an offer to build
a studio to his specifications in nearby
Culver City. The office building
remains today and most film buffs
and anyone who has seen Gone with
the Wind will recognize it as the
colonial-style building shown at the
beginning of every David O Selznick
production and is often mistaken for
Tara in GWTW.
Monte contracted to work
for Ince for two years, writing scenarios
for William S. Hart, popular
actresses Dorothy Dalton and
Louise Glaum, among others. By
Monte Katterjohn frequently promoted
himself in the motion picture
trade magazines, such as this photo
from September 1918.
1917 he was a senior writer and told
an Evansville Press reporter — possibly
Ed Klingler or Bish Thompson
— that he was living in Beverly Hills
at the time. In addition to writing
scenarios, he wrote propaganda for
the Bureau of Public Information.
He recalled the first time he met a
young, handsome aspiring actor who
later became the greatest screen lover
of the 1920s.
Katterjohn was driving along
a street in Los Angeles one night,
heading for his Beverly Hills home,
when he saw the man, wearing a
top hat and evening clothes, walking
The Hapless Underdog. .............................. 18
Just for Laughs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Brain Games. ................................. 20 & 21
Save Our Trees. .................................... 22
Picturing Our Past .................................. 22
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along the side of the road. Monte
stopped and asked if he could give
him a ride somewhere. The man said
he was going downtown. Getting in
the car, the man introduced himself
as Rudolph Valentino. He had
come to Hollywood to break into the
movies and wasn’t having any luck,
although he was invited to a lot of
parties. His money had run out and
he hadn’t eaten since breakfast.
Seeing an all-night diner, Monte
stopped and treated his new friend
to a late supper. Four years later
Valentino became that era’s greatest
screen lover in The Four Horsemen of
the Apocalypse, and later that year —
1921 — he starred in The Sheik, with
screenplay by Monte M. Katterjohn.
In the early 1920s he worked
for Louis B. Mayer for the first time.
Mayer was a producer for First
National Pictures and was promoting
his top actress at the time, Anita
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and wrote, “The best production so
far this year is The Goose Woman,
which I feel is in every way better
than [Lon] Chaney’s The Unholy
Three, and besides made me more
money. Also, I think Louise Dresser
has proven herself the best actress on
the screen today, and I don’t mean
perhaps. She has grabbed the whole
works in three good productions.
Look out for her!”
Monte commented: “While I
don’t know just what he wants me
to look out for, I do know the man
speaking so well that I consider the
above the finest appreciation one
could want. Since the above agrees
with my own opinion, I send it along
with my sincere good wishes for your
continued success.” He ended the
letter with a request for an autographed
picture of Louise “for my
den, perhaps in memory of Prodigal
By now Monte was either residing
or had an office on Wilcox
Avenue in Hollywood. Whichever
the case may have been, he wasn’t
alone. On September 11, 1925 he
had married Phyllis Knell. Their son
Kent Girard was born March 20,
1927. Three years later they were
separated; the divorce was granted to
Phyllis on Dec. 7, 1930, after she told
the judge that Monte was “extremely
temperamental” and she had to
submerge her own personality and
allow him to dominate her. She got
custody of Kent and $75 a month
child support from Monte. Phyllis
and Kent moved in with her father
in Los Angeles; Monte went to New
York for a brief visit, staying at the
Shelton Towers Hotel in mid-Manhattan.
His occupation was listed on
the 1930 census as motion picture
writer, but his output of scenarios
had decreased drastically at that
point. He was in a downward spiral
and his mental health was in decline.
Back in California he moved to
1557 N. Vine Street. The country
was in the Depression and even the
elite MGM studio, now run by Louis
B. Mayer, was affected. On June
21, 1932, Film Daily reported that
Monte left for Chicago to attend the
Democratic national convention and
planned a stop in Indianapolis to discuss
a book publishing venture with
Mayer, a staunch Republican,
could not have been happy about
the convention. (It’s not clear at this
point whether Monte Katterjohn
was even an employee of MGM.) If
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his anger riled up enough, he could
destroy careers. There’s evidence that
he had done so with others. He could
very well have destroyed Monte’s.
The Los Angeles Times, on August
11, 1932, reported that Monte
Katterjohn, “the once well-known
scenario writer” had been placed
in the psychiatric ward at General
Hospital for observation pending
a sanity hearing. Monte reportedly
had “delusions of persecution,” that
a large studio was directing radio
waves at him to prevent him from
gaining employment. In addition, he
was suffering from ill health physically.
Investigators from the L.A.
District Attorney’s office took him
into custody. It’s not far-fetched to
think that Mayer may have called the
DA. He had the power to do so.
On August 16 Monte was
arraigned before Judge Gould.
Gould gave him parole providing
that Monte enter a private sanatorium
for treatment. An unidentified
friend confirmed that Monte would
enter St. Erne’s Sanatorium.
As evident by his career, freelance
or under contract, Monte seemed
unable to stay in one place for any
length of time. Did his unusual habit
of working all night contribute to his
restlessness, with perhaps too much
coffee and cigarettes? Was booze a
factor? Was he simply hard to get
along with, having been single and
on his own for nearly 20 years? Was
it something out of his control, such
as the major changes in the movie
industry, more specifically, talking
pictures? Did all of the above, plus
Mayer’s vindictiveness, lead to
The changeover to sound meant
the end of movie scenarios, which
were basically descriptions of what
the actor did before the cameras.
In many cases dialogue was made
up and often the actors said things
that had nothing to do with the
film. Hearing-impaired people who
read lips could vouch that sometimes
what they lipread on the screen
was so profane or vulgar that they
dared not repeat it in mixed company;
some complained to the theater
So dialogue became an essential
part of what became the movie
screenplay. No more dashing out a
few pages of a movie plot. The words
had to be natural and believable.
Just as a number of silent film actors
could not adjust to the sound movies,
a few scenario writers shared the
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biography Lion of Hollywood: The
Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer,
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in the year 2000. The Evansville Store closed on Main
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Army troops began using Kevlar military helmets.
October 1977: The Indiana death penalty would be
reinstated as of October 1, 1977. Evansville would build
70 new housing units under the HUD scattered housing
program. The Newburgh historic district was hit with
major fires. The Concorde SST Passenger airplane was
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team crash. New drinking water rules would cost Evansville
$8 to $10 million for modifications.
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opened. Seven policemen, four from Evansville, chased,
shot and killed Jack Hall after a wild chase thru Henderson.
Druggist H.A. Woods died in Evansville at age 91. A
“war on smoking” began with the Carter administration.
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snow in the Tri-State. It was the heaviest snow since
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heart patient boy in Utica, Kentucky and delivered him
to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Evansville’s Union
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(NTSB) opened a public hearing into the Aces basketball
team airplane crash. The hearings were held in the Executive
Inn; witnesses told of the strange takeoff, the brief
flight, and the crash. (The lack of a “black box” limited
the crash probe.) The winter of 1978 was the coldest winter
in local history.
March 1978: The “near-death” Arkla plant made a
significant recovery. 30 Arab terrorists invaded Tel Aviv
to kill 30 people and injure 80; all were tourists, and it
was the worst disaster in Israel’s history. 25 Vanderburgh
policemen were taking EMT training. Israeli soldiers invaded
Lebanon by air and by sea. Central High School
gave a ground school class for pilots at the Evansville airport.
Whirlpool hired 1,000 workers for a new production
line. Judith Clabes was the first female editor of the
Evansville Sunday Courier & Press. The Three-Mile Island
nuclear plant incident had a grave effect on the Babcock
& Wilcock plant in Mount Vernon.
April 1978: Cable TV for Evansville was about three
months away. Mesker Zoo was denied national accreditation.
A 60-foot hole that was 22 feet deep opened on
Southlane Drive from a storm sewer break. The crashed
Aces DC-3 airplane had an aileron control lock still in
place on the right wing during its brief lethal flight; the
control lock should have been removed before the flight
began. North High School had a declining enrolment but
the school would remain open.
May 1978: President Carter pledged eternal support to
Israel by the United States. In NYC David Berkowitz pled
guilty for the “Son of Sam” murders. A safer Highway 41
thru Evansville was urged. U of E conferred degrees on
the three seniors who were killed in the Ace’s airplane
crash. The Old National Lincoln branch drive-thru
window was held-up for $8,432. (The drive-thru robbery
claim was a hoax, as the teller, Marcie Houchens, did not
return to work; a warrant was issued for her arrest one
week after the crime.) Three men died and four were sick
from Legionnaires Disease after an Indiana University
Memorial Union building meeting. Evansville was told
that it must pay for the elevated Highway 41 thru the city
if it wants it.
June 1978: Evansville studied the consolidation of the
four public city high schools. An evicted widow, Alline
Carnes, age 59, died on her sofa that had been placed
next to the street in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The $116
million Tellico Dam in Tennessee was halted after Snail
These are the 2 nuclear reactors shipped by Babcox &
Wilcox from Mount Vernon to a northwest state. (from
the Morgan photo collection)
Darter perch fish were discovered in the river. A major
fire in Henderson at O’Byrne and Atkinson Streets called
for 10 fire companies to respond.
July 1978: Three men escaped from the Kentucky
State Prison at Eddyville. (The Harold Morgan family
lived within a “stones throw” of the prison, and the small
community was very tense. Their nighttime escape path
was thru the community, and the inmates were captured
in Tennessee after a 2-day search.) A Japanese auto maker
was searching Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois for a suitable
plant site. “Dial 911 for an emergency” began in Indianapolis;
Dial 911 also began for limited numbers in
Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties.
August 1978: The 92-year-old Couch Flour Mill
burned in New Harmony. Pope Paul VI died at age 80.
It was discovered that there was no safe level for smoking.
President Carter’s popularity was now below that of
Nixon. An airplane pilot named Weiss was killed and his
passenger was in serious condition after a crash near the
Skylane Airport. Eastern Airlines told Evansville that the
airport needed growth and improvements. An Ellis Park
barn fire killed 30 horses and a lead pony, and a drifter
employee was arrested and charged for the fire. (The River
Downs track in Cincinnati had the same “drifter man”
fire setter employee earlier.) Bob Green would build a
10-story hotel at Seventh and Walnut Streets. The 147-
acre Boy Scout Camp Pohoka in Posey County faced a
dim future. MJ
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The Cooking Corner
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A Gift To Yourself
by Suzy Eaton
(MJ – May 1996)
Do you ever step back from your
life and scream to yourself, STOP!?
You know, when things have picked
up pace and there doesn’t seem to
be any time to just sit back and relax
and catch your breath? All our lives
seem to have gotten so hectic — an
appointment here, a meeting there,
a kid’s practice at this time, another’s
game at that time… Sometimes
I wonder what we would do without
a calendar — if something isn’t
“penciled in”, God only knows if it
will be attended or remembered. I’m
convinced that we’ve done this to
ourselves. But there doesn’t seem to
be any way to stop it.
When the kids were younger,
life was simpler. Sure, it was a “job”
just getting them all packed up to
head anywhere, but, in retrospect,
that was easy. WE decided what
plans were made. Boy, have things
Parents nowadays seem to be like
tag-team partners. It almost takes
two to be able to accomplish what
needs to be done, with everyone
going in different directions.
Every now and then we need to
put the brakes on. We need to slow
the pace down, to catch our breath,
to take the time to put our feet up
and relax. The sad fact is, for me anyway,
that’s the only time I take a look
at my life and count my blessings.
I am lucky enough to have a husband
who loves me, three beautiful,
healthy children who know how to
bring confusion and joy into life, and
special friendships that offer support
and comfort any time I need them. I
have a lovely home, a career I enjoy
(a few of them, actually), and most
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lucky am I?
With my feet up, I pull back and
just reflect on my life. We all need
to do this. I think of it as a gift I give
to myself. It is selfishly “my time,”
when I catch my breath and marvel
at all the blessings I have in my life.
It is when I realize that people come
through our lives to bring us something
— a gift, a blessing, a lesson we
need to learn. We are given something
every day from everyone in our
lives. It is up to us to treasure these
‘somethings’. These are the precious
memories we are given that need to
be pulled out from time to time to
examine and appreciate.
So, this Mother’s Day, or any
day, give a gift to yourself. Put your
feet up, take a deep breath and pull
out those memories. Count your
blessings and realize just how lucky
(Special Note to Mom on
I thank you for always being
there for me, for loving me, for supporting
me in everything I do, for
being my friend. You are truly one
of my most special blessings. Happy
Mother’s Day! I love you.) MJ
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My Sore, How Dangerous Is It?
by Dr. Darin Serletic, Indiana Foot & Ankle
Sores on the feet and legs are
very common and may be caused by
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Initially, the sore has to get
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Measurements are taken and the
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by Medicare insurance. MJ
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never been one of my
strengths. In fact, it has
been rumored my picture
can be found in the dictionary
beside the word
Many years ago, when
four months pregnant with
my first child, I tripped going
out the back door and
fell down two steps. While
sitting in the driveway crying
that I had just broken
my foot, my then-husband
calmly assured me it was
just a sprain and he had me
soak it in hot Epson Salts.
Like a dutiful young wife, I
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that of a purple elephant.
The only shoe I could
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stretchy house slipper. The
pain was awful, but like a
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Adopt-an-Ash Program Is Working to Educate
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a non-native, highly
invasive pest that is killing Ash trees across America,
and it is now in the Evansville area and spreading. Ash
borers kill the trees by digging into them and depositing
their larvae underneath the bark. Typically, the ash borers
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Signs of infestation are small, D-shaped holes in the bark,
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Each tree will be identified with a customized tag
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Picturing Our Past
by Pat Sides,
Archivist at Willard Library
“Spirit of Evansville”
In 1973, Mayor Russell Lloyd, Sr. announced the city’s
intention to acquire an excursion boat to help spur
downtown development. The vision finally became a
reality eight years later when a 150-passenger sternwheeler
riverboat was built in La Crosse, Wisconsin for
that purpose. On June
23, 1981, the boat
began its 900-mile
journey to Evansville,
proceeding down the
Mississippi River to
Cairo, Illinois and
then up the Ohio River to Dress Plaza. Plans called
for the paddleboat to arrive in the city by July 4,
when it would be officially christened the “Spirit of
Evansville” and available for afternoon and moonlight
cruises during the summer months. MJ
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