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THE NEW ENGLAND BULLETIN SAT. MARCH 26, 1949 V Teens About HARTFORD by Charlotte Wood LFCDLRLD ADD CD 30W LES Handsome, deliberate Edward Thornton Dixon, at the age of twenty-six enjoys a position of honor in the state of Connecticut, heretofore unknown to a member of his race. The youthful Air Force veteran, a proud father of two "pretty little daughters, is the first Negro mili tary aide to a state chief execu tive in the history of this com monwealth, as well as in the na tion. . Dixon, who holds the rank of Major, attends whatever functions Governor Chester Bowles deems necessary, sometimes accompanying Bowles, other times representing him. Appointed in November, he has already carried out several significant missions. In February he represented the Governor at the National Freedom Day celebration in Philadelphia. When Negro His tory Week was observed by an AME Zion group in New Haven recently, he was on hand as a member of Mr. Bowies' military staff. While the appointment of a mil itary aide is an honorary position, it carries with it compensation for travel and time. A modest person. Major Dixon is extremely likeable. He is very serious, but fortunately, not about himself. Asked what he thought of his annointment, he replied simply and sincerely: "I think its a great honor." Suprised When Named Never actively associated with politics. Dixon was amazed when notified he had ben selected by Governor Bowles. He has a great deal of respect and admiration for Bowles. "The impression that everyone has had about the Governor, I've found to be true," he states. "I'm eniovinp' all mv associations on the military staff." m The New Hampshire born and reared veteran, who snent more than four years in service, has a deep sense of social consciousness. He was one of the sneakers at the recent hearings on the measure to rule out bias in the Connecticut Nffir,rl Guard. Talkincr as a Negro, a veteran, citizen of the country and resident of the state, he earnestW pointed out that the proposed legislation had vpnr deep iemificance. tht it em riha sized the principle that all people who support the activities of a prnwrnment should hp allowed to "nartipmate in those activities. Te measure. Dion dec.larpd. couM coTisHtnte frontal attack on the un-American practices of segregation and disprimination. He mentioned that durine: the wa hp had seen nilots ano1 prews of all races and discovered that when an airplane came down, it didn't mat ter who wa? in it or what their color was- He recalled that thev had all died the same wav. He pleaded that the measure he un animouslv approved and nassed. Dixon is a member of the Am erican Veterans Committee of Hart ford and President -of the Mens Usher Board of the Talpott Street Congregational Church. He is mar ried to prpttv Gwendolyn James Dion. a Hartford native. Their dauhtes are Sue. 6, (she goes to the Nailor School) and Renee Jean, 6. months. It is a fine hetter thau -average American family which thev comprise. Their neat home at 5 Roosevelt St.. exudes peace, comfort and mutual under standing. An ardent sportsman, the maior spends his snare time when he has some hunting, fishing and plaving golf. His main diversion, however, is flying weekly with the Air Reserve out of Brainerd Field. He holds a commission as a captain in the Reserve Corps. Served Under Davis Serving under Colonel Benjamin O. Davis Jr. with the 477th Com posite Group, Major Dixon was stationed at Godman Field, Ken tucky and Lockburne Airbase, Col umbus, Ohio. A pilot and maintenance officer, he was inducted from Hartford in March of 1943, graduated from Tuskegee's flying school in April of 1944 with a second lieutenant's commission. Only eventful thing he recalls about his service career was when his P47 filled with smoke as he was getting ready to land and he had to bail out over God man Field. Ed Dixon seems to be the kind of person with enough sense to bail out when its impossible to do any thing else. He also impresses as the type who'll stick at the con trols until the last possible chance. NATION'S first Negro to hold position of military aide to a Governor is personable Major Edward Dixon, Hartford Air Force vet, shown above with Governor Chester Bowles, immediately after receiving his unprecedented appointment. (JAMES LEE PHOTO) HARTFORD HIGH NEWS by Ralph Davis Lettermen Feted The "H" men of Hartford High got together Wednesday night, March 23 for the annaul banquet at the expense of the athletic as sociation. The official announce ments of those who have not met the requirements in various sports were also made. Besides an elaborate array of eats, the sportsmen . enjoyed a prominent coach as guest speaker. Last year, Lou Little of' Columbia University graced the event. Short talks were given by Bill Loika head coach of football, basketball and baseball; and Larry "The Whip" Amann, cross-country, swimming and track coach. Allyn Martin, smooth striding quarter miler, earned his letter in track as a sophomore. Robert Clark displayed superior endurance on this year's cross-country team. Though only a sophomore, Bob finished among the first five in several meets; thus becoming en titled to his letter. Yours truly also lucked up on a swimming letter. Leaving the sporting field, de bates have also played an im portant part at Hartford High. Art Spada, Ralph Davis (team cap tain) and Allyn Martin represent ed H. P. H. S. at the annual Bat terson Debate between the Hop kins Debating Club and the Hart ford Public High School Debating Society. An interesting feature about this team was that the mem bers are brothers of the district's lone inter-racial fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi. Senior Night Confab The Si erma Phi Lambda sorority recently entertained 35 seniors of Hartford's high schools at a senior night confab held at the North End Community Center. Mrs. Ann Weaver was chairman of the sorority committee which planned the affair. Others on the commitee were Mesdames Lucille and Olivia Ryan. Seniors who worked along with the committee were Misses Norma Lewis and Shirley Johnson of Weaver High School; and David Holmes and Ralph Davis of Hartford High mmmmmSm '' j gg' $2.00 Learning Is Fun with TRQTOMS illustrated with full-color pictures In Three-Dimensions See Fairy Tale, Christ mas, Wild Animal, Bi ble Stories illustrated with View-Master full color photographs that "come to life" in the amazing realism of three-dimensions. Educa tional . . . Entertaining . . . Perfect gifts for year 'round enjoyment. Idea 1 for children. Adults enjoy it, too. Viciv-Masfer Stereoscope See Fùr Yourself 991 Farmingfon Avo., W !! 10 N. Main St., Bristol 142 Trumbull St., Hartford You've probably been wondering what the teenagers in Hartford have been doing: This column will give you some of the highlights about their activities. Recently a surprise party was given in honor of Ann Simpson who was celebrating her fourteenth birthday. Those present were Bev erly Cohens, Geraldine Nelms, Jenette Thomas, Harriet Johnson, Beverly Barfield, Charlotte Wood, Margarette Lott, Frank Simpson, Millard Appeso, Robert Jackson, George Johnson, Authur Foote, Ed ward Evans, Wilbur Reeves, Mau rice Taylor, Morris Sailor, Burt Nappef, Clarence Johnson, and Robert Walker. Now that the winter vacation is over, the teenagers have to settle down to two more marking pe riods of hard work. Say teens, don't get too down-hearted, because another vacation is just around the corner sometime near the first of May. This coming vacation will be spent by doing altogether different things from what occupied the time of the teenagers in their past va cation. Instead of skiing, ice skat ing, Tobboganning, and participat ing in other winter sports, the teens will be going swimming, playing tennis, playing or watch ing baseball, and attending picnics at various beaches. Pop Pastime Digging bop is a favorite pas time of the teenagers around town. School. Miss Betty Shepard, president of the sorority presented the opening remarks and gave a brief history of the organization. The guest speaker, Mrs. Ethel Hale, was in troduced by David Holmes. The 26 seniors from Weaver High School were introduced by Norma Lewis; Hartford High's eight seniors were presented by Ralph Davis. A social hour, con sisting of refreshments and danc ing, followed the speech and introductions. Bop sessions are held frequently in their homes. When observing the facial expressions of the bop enthusiasts, one will see such ex pressions as delight; amusement, bewilderment, enchantment, and sometimes complete dismay. Along with this new trend in music goes a new style dancing. A great deal of effort is put forth to master the tricky steps of the "Applejack" and the "Bop." By combining either of these dances with bop, an in teresting andexciting evening is spent by the teens in our town. Preparations are now being made for the annual talent show at North East Junior High School. The director of this affair is Mil licent Boiling. LOS AMIGOS HOP Recently a dance was given at the Saint Benedict's Center by the Los Amigos Club. March 12 was the big night which drew such an enthusiastic crowd. Several of the fellows and girls from Suffield and Springfield were at the affair. The officers of the Club are Har riet Johnson, President; . Janyce Jackson, Vice President; Gerod Peterson, Secretary; and Otis Wade, Treasurer. There were door prizes given out and the receivers of the gifts were Herminita An derson and Ralph Hardrick. Northeast Junior High held their annual Oratory contest. The win ner of the great event was Her bert Martin. Herbert is in the Eighth grade at Northeast, and President of his class. Good work, Herbert, and keep it up. Weaver High School Students are prepar ing for their Junior prong of which promises to be a big success. If you and that certain person aren't getting along too well, you had beter patch things up, for it's get ting too close to all of the Spring, dances and you don't want to miss any of the fun that is to be had. That's all for now. I'll be back next week with more news con cerning teens about town "THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DOLL BABY IN ALL THE WORLD" SAY AMOS 'N' ANDY COMPLETE SHE CRIES! SHE DRINKS! SHE WETS! Molded of beautifully tinted soft rubber, she's 10" tall. Comes complete with babies' n ecessi ties! See her today! 'Amosarrdfo" is on Amos V Andv artfeU. 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