Per­sonal Glimpses

BE­HIND THE SCENES OF THE LIVES OF THE FA­MOUS

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - August 1969 -

Pope John XXIII once took a dis­mayed glance at his own full frame and bulging ears, to con­clude gaily: “O Lord, this man is go­ing to be a dis­as­ter on tele­vi­sion.” NEWSWEEK, RD JUNE 1964 When pay­ing a visit to Ge­orge Bernard Shaw, a caller ex­pressed sur­prise that the au­thor had no flow­ers in his home.

“I thought,” he said, “you were fond of flow­ers.”

“I am,” Shaw re­torted. “I’m very fond of chil­dren, too, but I don’t cut off their heads and stick them in pots around the house.” BLANCHE PATCH, THIRTY YEARS WITH G. B. S., RD AU­GUST 1953 The late Queen Mary vis­ited a hos­pi­tal ward one day and paused at the bed of a lit­tle girl. She asked the child where she lived and the child said in Bat­tersea, a poor dis­trict in Lon­don.

“Where do you live?” the girl asked, un­aware of the rank of her vis­i­tor.

“Oh, just be­hind Gor­ringes Depart­ment Store,” Queen Mary replied. NEW YORK HER­ALD TRI­BUNE, RD JULY 1953 US com­poser Ge­orge Gersh­win, who was never hap­pier that when he was play­ing his songs on the pi­ano, re­served one un­pub­lished lit­tle waltz tune for af­fairs of the heart.

“You’re the kind of girl who makes me feel like com­pos­ing a song,” he would tell the en­rap­tured lady of the mo­ment, and lead her off to his suite.

We would then fol­low on tip­toe to hear him ‘com­pose’ the fa­mil­iar tune for her. “It will be ded­i­cated to you,” he would con­clude soul­fully. BEN­NETT CERF IN THE SATUR­DAY RE­VIEW TREA­SURY, RD AU­GUST 1958

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