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Program Features Ramona, Niesen, Dean, Frisch; Lightbody Mercer, Healy Talk


Completely filling the seating capacity and jamming in back and along the sides of Memorial Hall, over one thousand Freshmen with a sprinkling of upperclassmen and non-students attended the annual Yardling Smoker last night. This marked the first time that it has been held in Memorial Hall, the change having been made from the Upper Common Room of the Union to provide more room and less congestion.

An elaborate entertainment, which included in its cast outstanding personalities of the radio, screen and sports world, was arranged by a large committee under the direction of John F. Kennedy '40. This was greeted by an often enthusiastic audience which smoked and consumed the traditional corncob pipes, cigarettes, ginger ale, doughnuts, and ice cream. Kennedy also acted as master of ceremonies.

Heading the list of entertainers were Ramona and Gertrude Niesen, currently featured at the Brunswick Casino and the Mayfair respectively. Stamping feet and clanging bottles demanded several encores of both.

Frankie Frisch and Dizzy Dean were on hand to bemoan the three game losing streak of the Cards and at the same time to predict the pennant for the Cards. Frisch didn't think so much of the Bees, but Dizzy obliged by assigning them to second place.

The three 1940 class officers gave short humorous speeches. President James D. Lightbody also thanked Kennedy and his committee for the handling of the Smoker; vice-president Douglas Mercer commented upon the new plan for inter-dormitory Freshman athletics, and secretary-treasurer Thomas V. Healy summed up spring football practice, predicting a successful season next fall.

Rounding out the program, current attractions of the Metropolitan Theatre stage show, featured by Fuzzy Knight and the Trade Twins, performed their various acts. Neal O'Hara, Boston Traveler feature writer, commented upon the trials of the humorist.

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