massacre in their new film, 'The Boss,'
shall stay in. The code people refuse
the film a seal of approval unless it is
"The Seltzers, egged on by a left-
wing, anti-code, anti-Legion minority
in Hollywood, argue that if it was
okay to show gangsters killing each
other with machine guns in 'The Big
Combo,' filmed in the fall of 1954, it is
"The argument," Mr. Mooring concludes, "is illogical. It was not okay in
1954. It is not okay now. 'The Big
Combo' was among the crime films in
the juvenile delinquency investigations. It illustrated just the type of
movie against which the Senate Subcommittee warns the Hollywood film
The vice-president and general
manager of Television and Radio
Hearst Division, Mr. D. L. Provost,
reporting recently on television's role
in combating juvenile delinquency,
stated that in less than a decade the
miracle of television had rushed to
adulthood with such vigor that today
it stands as a Goliath in the realm of
mass communication. More and more,
he stated, culture and information are
replacing meaningless programs.
Pointing to the political conventions,
senatorial investigations, Peter Pan,
the Sadler-Wells Ballet, operas, medical programs, ancl the presentation of
Ricliard HI, among countless other
programs of major stature, Mr. Provost
stressed that with dramatic suddenness the network and local stations
have upgraded their shows to provide
a more adult diet for viewers. Acknowledging that ignorance fosters
juvenile delinquency, he feels that
television is embarked on a vital cru-
sade to improve the minds of the
TV Code Protects Needs of Children
Most independent television stations
subscribe to the National Association
of Radio and Television Broadcasters,
whose seal of good practice is from
time to time flashed em their screens.
The N'ARTB television code lays down
a standard of practice for its member
stations which requires that they
police themselves. The preamble to
this code stresses:
Television and all who participate in it
are jointly accountable to the American
public for respect for the special needs of
children, for community responsibility, for
the acceptability of the program materials
chosen, for decency and decorum in production, ancl for propriety in advertising.
Item after item of this code is designed to insure the practice of avoiding telecasts that would in any way
demoralize viewers or foster such unfortunate evils as juvenile delinquency. Among many other requirements, profanity, obscenity, ancl vulgarity are forbidden; attacks on religion and religious faiths are not allowed; the administration eif illegal
dmgs is not to be displayed; the- presentation of cruelty, greed, anel selfishness as worthy motivations is to be
avoided; and criminality shall be presented as undesirable ancl unsympathetic.10
Activities Provided for Youth
Constructive action in providing
worthwhile activities for America's
youth is also being taken by numerous
organizations throughout the country.
Instruction ancl leadership are being
given by the Boys' Clubs of America,
the Young Men's Christian Association, Young Women's Christian Association, 4-H Clubs, anel many others.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT COMPANIES -
"A Taste ot Free Enterprise"
Outstanding service is being rendered to high-school youth through
the Junior Achievement programs
Sponsored by 1,700 business concerns
throughout the country. Practical experience is afforded through the pint-
size companies which these programs
foster, which give teen-agers a foretaste of the soaring spirit of free enterprise. Groups are sponsored by community business firms, who assign production, sales, and accounting advisers to assist them. When the youngsters have decided what product or
service they are going to develop and
sell, working capital is raised by the
sale of shares at 50 cents each to relatives and friends. Each miniature
enterprise is in operation only about
thirty weeks, ancl is liquidated at the
end of the school year. During their
period of operation, company members are paid employees, keeping
books ancl carrying out their specific
\\ lial sst- has*- ;i right to i-xpi-s-l
of the Aine-rie-an boy is that tie shall
turn out to he a good American
man. The boy ran besst beesome :i
-rood man by bs-ing a good boy —
not a goody-goody boy, but .ju-t a
plain good hoy. ... In life, a- In a
football game, tbe pi-im-iple to follow is: Hit the line hard; elon*t foul
and ihm'l shirk, but hit the line
bard. — TlIKODOBK ROOSEVELT
duties in an effort to achieve success,
anel earn a profit for themselves and
stockholders at the end of the year.
Junior Achievement comp.-inies fail
in about the- same- proportion as U. p.
business in general, and, just as M
U. S. business in general, seime achieve
phenomenal success. Most JA companies which have been moderately
successful are able to pay elividends
of 5 to 10 per cent on stockholders
investments, and some have even paid
as high as 50 per cent.
The youngsters working in Junior
Achievement programs learn to appreciate the profit system as the best
means ol creating things people
BOYS' CLUBS OF AMERICA -
"Character Builders of Urban Youth"
The Bens' Clubs of America, which
this year celebrates its 50th anniversary as a national organization, has
clone an outstanding job in channeling
youthful energy into wholesome habit
patterns anil laving the- groundwork
for healthy, law-abiding lives. Although only a small percentage of "ie
more than 400,000 youngsters who
participate in Boys' Club activities are
problem, eases, successful salvage jobs
on boys who have started off on
the wrong foot" are- taking place each
day among tbe more (ban 425 Boys
Clubs in the United States.
"Character is some-thing that is
caught, not taught," says Arthur Burger, executive director of the Boys
Clubs of Boston. "If a boy doesnt
catch it from bis parents, it nibs on
on him from other beiys and cluo
The "bad" boy is usually a neglected ben who is eagerly looking *or
someone or some-thing he can admire
anel copy. The- Boys' Clubs of America
provide 111111 with just that.18
4-H CLUBS -
"Head, Heart, Hands, Health,"
for Rural Youth
While the Bins' Clubs are formj*-
niainlv in congested, urban areas, tn
rural and suburban areas, too, na,v,
constructive programs lor youth. Cnie
among these are tin- I II ( dubs, which
claim more than 2,156,000 members i"
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seeee,.;/ Hr-cord, July 28. 1956, p. A5918. a6
""TIb.-sb- Youngsters \a- in Business," ,lV
e:iark. Reader's Digest, Sept., 1955. „ .„
•"400,000 Boy! tsre Members -.1 the C:lsib, "'
William I.. White, Read, , i Digt tt, I - b , 1856.
Facts Forum News, December, 195"