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Page 4, Friday, January 20, 1978, HERITAGE EDITOR'S DESK 000000"11orol'nO By Gene Starn, Editor & Publisher (Copyright 1977, More on 'Mid-Life Singles' Everyone likes to get letters, but this week's mail left me a little choked up, angry and perplexed. Most of the mail had to do with the little piece a few weeks ago on "mid-life Jewish singles" and their problem in meeting people. The letters came from both Tampa and Orlando and many of the smaller towns nearby. All of them were eager to grasp at any opportunity that would be offered to meet others in their same dilemma. One offered to be the first to Join a"lonely hearts club," if we were to establish one. Several said they answered the recent advertisements that appeared in the paper from single men. Almost all praised us for bringing the entire problem out in the open. But no one came up with any solution or suggestion on how to resolve the problem. In Orlando, the Center has come up with a meeting early next month which they hope will act as an organizational meeting for an "older singles group." It is Center Director Mary Friedman's hope that a large enough turnout at the meeting will lead to the formation of a steering committee to organize a permanent group. The Center will provide a staff worker to help the group, provide mailing, clerical assistance and resources. But it is Friedman's intention that the singles "run their own show." He told me that a similar group fell apart two years ago because it lacked the continuity and stablization the Center can provide. "What happens," he said, "is that the leaders of such organizations meet someone, get married, and the group is left without guidance so it falls apart and there is no more organization." Here at HERITAGE we .are still ready to help those who Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Inc. ) Honoring An Editor Up Minnesota Way, in Min- neapolis to be exact, they are honoring Bess and Leo Frisch on the occasion of their 50th anniver- sary. Leon Frisch is one of the pioneer Jewish editors of the country. He is editor-emeritus of the American Jewish world of Minneapolis. I sometimes wonder about the editor business. What makes one enter it? Not often does it bring a fortune. I think, maybe, it fulfills a kind of social sense-the feeling for the community us a whole which everyone has in greater or lesser degree. Also, perhaps, it is because of a fascination for words. A word can cheer, or depress, it can in- spire, it can reveal, it can hide. What can't a word do? It is a very powerful thing and yet it is not a thing. You can't go into a store and say wrap me up a pound of words. We realize all this and yet we don't. We don't appreciate editors as much as we should. No one deals more with political life, for instan- ce, than the editor of a daily paper. Yet how rare it is to see an editor nominated for political office. A century or so ago, probably the man who most influenced the thought of the country was Horace Greeley,, editor of the New York Tribune, and he was nominated for President. But did he win? No. Not only that, but he was always being lam- By young man," said Horace Greeley. Leo Frisch was one of the young men who took this advice. He went way up the Mississippi to Min- nesota. Mostly Scandinavians, Swedes, were settling there; also, of course, a small stream of Jews. Leo Frlsch didn't worry. H the Jews didn't subscribe to his paper, be figured be could count on the Swedes. No country has given so many prizes to Jews as Sweden. Not even Israel. In fact, Israel hasn't given even one Nobel prize to a Jew. I don't mean to say that Israel discriminates against Jews. Jews are entitled to settle in Israel, pay taxes and serve in tbe army. Yes, Minnesota is a great state, not only for its Scandinaviaus. It has more lakes than any other state. Medically, it is distinguished for the Mayo Clinic. It has given Hubert Humphrey and Vice President Walter Mondale to the country. Minneapolis and St. Paul both have bad a Jewish mayor- before New York City. In Duluth, a young Jew, Zimmerman, has in- spired a whole generation of young Americans with his songs. He is more popularly known as Bob Dylan. By the waters of the Minnetonka, Frisch established his weekly. Jews have always been attracted to newspaperman, but American Jewish weekly, l was established about Isaac M. Wise American Israelite in About the same I there was Philadelphia. in America really got 1850, when the great Jewish exodus began series of programs The impact this was not felt until decade of the 19th If toda) little of the Jewish papers. self, it will be newspaperman. perhaps was the most single Zionist, had edited a weekly, The Shofar in and in New York became of The Maccabean American Zionist Jacob de Haas, sent Herzl, founded the BostOn Advocate. In New Heller was the editor of a weekly. Today, every big its Jewish weekly. The rabbis of old of Jerusalem covered the world. course, a metaphor, need it. We will give whatever publicity is necessary to get a group going or to make it possible for individuals to meet each other, whether it be in Orlando, Tampa, Daytona or elsewhere in our area. We will start a shadhen column, if you think it will help. We will do whatever catalistic jour- nalism possible. But you have to tell us how we can help. Come up with some ideas. In the meantime, we wish the Orlando TCC all the success possible in their efforts to get something started. Don Cooper Brought New Life to Tampa First impressions never impress me. I believe that skin- deep never gets to the heart of a person. But a quick, first-hand glance around the Tampa Jewish Federation and Community Center can tell you a lot about Don Cooper and his accomplishments during his nearly four years there. Under his guidance as Executive Director, he has brought a closer understanding among Tampa Jewry of their com- munity's needs. He has brought the Federation and Center into the forefront again as the focal point of their many ac- tivities. In his day-to-day operations, he has surrounded himself with capable people to carry out his many ideas and knowledge to improve Jewish life in the community. He will soon be leaving Tampa to head Federation activities in Hartford, Conn. He will be missed here, but his accom- plishments are so great that he will be remembered for many, many years to come. And now, Hartford's Jewish population can be the beneficiary of Don Cooper's many and varied talents. Shalom, Don. We wish you and your fatally much success and happiness, and look forward to occasional visits to your other home here in Florida. HERITAGE Florida Jewish News Published Eveq Friday of the Year with Orlando and Tampa Editions 2nd class postage paidat Altamonte Springs, FL, with additional entry at Orlando, FL. . Gene Starn, Editor & Publisher STAFF: Tinker Sale (Orlando), Jane Rosenthal (Tampa) !$mG: Martin Gelb, Sales Manager (Orlando), Susan Estevez :ndo), Cindy Sper, Com-dinator (Tampa), Cheryle Resenberg., ffied (Tampa) : N & ACCOUNTING: Ela Stare N m: 711 E. Anonte Dr., Suite 120-A, Altamonte , FL 32701 L. : P.O. Box 446  ]'kMPk P.O. Box 271141 /' Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 Tampa, FL 33688 :!  (3o5) 834-8787; 834-8Z77 Phone: (813) 872-4451 ig: Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Religious News Service,  Jerusalem.Post News Service. SUZIPTION$: To Florida addresses, $11.00 per calendar year be- I  Jan. 1, 1978, pro-rated thereafter. Add $1.00 for mail else- I Where in the U.S., $2.00 to Canada. 35 single copy. I AIMMITISING RAIE$: Upon request. pooned. They laughed at Horace Greeley, but they took his advice. "Go West, journalism, I think. Thomas Jefferson, Manuel Noah was In days of the ideals would reach Mordecai the territorial limits. The, a leading press helps to that end. The following letters are representative of those received during the past few weeks in response to an Editor's Desk article on the plight of numarried Jewish men and women in the mid-30's to mid. 5O's. The letters have been edited to preserve the confiden- tiality of the writer. --EDITOR Dear Editor: So you want to start a "Lonely Hearts' Club." Let me be among the first to add my name to your list NAME WITHHELD Dear Editor: I moved back to this area af- ter a seven year absence, remembering my delightful former years in the area. Now, after more than a year of lonliness, I'm ready to look for greener pastures, and it's too bad, because our environs could be the greatest spot on earth. What can be done for those of us who have so much to give and no one to give to? Hope you can help us. NAME WITHHELD Dear Editor: Yore- editorial on mid-life single dilemma spoke to my needs at a time when sme of my fforts in the  for Mature Women is begi to payoff. I answer ads toflll out whT4y are run, and we can the person. I believe the "over 50j age had a group going some-time back. The Unitarians have a single house party every other Sat. night. The Northside Bap- tist have "Afterglow" each Sunday after evening services. The womea surely outnumber tho n'. Some adult parties are held in clubhouses of the many apar- tment club areas. The cost of HERITAGE welcomes and encourageS to the editor, but they must be signed./ withhold your name ff you so request. limit letters to 250 words. Due to lnitations, if necessary. Send letters to P.O. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. "checked out singles" is a snack from women, mix from men and BYOB plus 50 or more depending on record hop or band. Some of the education programs (which are discussions) are attended by more men, and often not as good an attendance. These are 50. Membership cards are checked carefully. A new group of profit-making singles started in the fall. I don't know much here, but it was expensive for dressy par- ties. The competition is growing, so it must be a good thing. I heard at the desk asking for Jewish singles. Was he the millionaire? NOT A JEW, BUT INTERESTED Dear Editor: I am not usually one to write letters to a paper, but this time I cannot resist. Your "editorial" touches on an area long ignored and much needed. I am sure that my experience is not unique. I moved here almost 10 years ago ana promptly affiliated with a congregation and joined other Jewish groups since I didn't know anyone here. I met with the rabbi and volunteered to teach Sunday School or do whatever I could to help in any way for I was lonely and wished to meet people -- not necessarily men, ,though I was single, but I just wanted the op- portunity to make new friends. The rabbi assured me that he would contact me me soon. I have not heard to tl day. The congregants spoke to old friends, having no time for a stranger. I "tried other congregations in town -- they were essentially the same. Finally, the feeling of alienation became so overwhelming that I turned away from the Jewish community and made friends elsewhere. The hands that were direction were for money and after woke up to the rather generous didn't buy acceptance just more requests. I married out of the later divorced. I am those "mid-life wrote of. I am a successful career would love to teresting I who would not be my I felt silly about it, fees that I am one of answered the ad in paper. It may well are not meant and will not get permanent basis, give me a good that through your or both of us someone we could for. I am sure possibility could b by at least I appreciate your q expressed in your to encourage few can be because have : truly a wonderfattlng. ;:. iw- V-