by Seeroon Yeretzian.
Famous American Armenians
The following are a few of the accomplished American Armenians:
to compose at the tender age of four. By age 73, he had written over 500
significant musical works, including over 50 symphonies. He has been commissioned
to write music for such greats as Yehudi Menuhin, Leopold Stokowski and
Jean Pierre Rampal. With such credits to his name, it is easy to understand
why Alan Hovhaness is called a musical genius. He is considered an extraordinary
versatile composer as he can successfully write for almost any combination
of instruments. One critic wrote, "No other American composer of
his generation has absorbed the breadth of musical history as he has nor
been so temperamentally equipped to express his response to it so naturally."
Hovhaness has always had an interest in Armenian music and this led him
to explore the entire world of Oriental music. His love of the Orient
and its music has been incorporated in his own compositions which blend
the western musical traditions with, the eastern musical ideas. Hovhannes
once said, "I want to create a world of endless melody. Something
very beautiful which also is healing to the human spirit." One only
has to listen to a Hovhannes piece to realize he has
& RICHARD MANOOGIAN
Alex Manoogian arrived
at Ellis Island at 19 and settled in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He began
working as a machinist in 1924 at a screw machine factory, learning about
metalworking and the tools involved.Five years later, along with 2 partners,
he founded Masco Screw Products Company which sold screw products to automobile
manufacturers. The company was listed on the Detroit Stock Exchange ,
but its real success was still to come. The idea of a single-handle faucet
had arisen, but it soon faded because it simply didn't work. Manoogian,
however, continued to study the idea of a faucet which would permit one-hand
control of volume and temperature and that didn't need a washer. He pinpointed
the flaws and redesigned the faucet from scratch. Sales of the faucet,
under the Delta label, soon exceeded $1.000.000.
Arlene Francis began her acting career working with the Mamoulian Theatre Guild and later as a member of the Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre. She worked in radio on the highly successful show, "What's My Name?" Her work in television started with the program "Blind Date." In 1950, Francis became a panelist on TV's "What's My Name?" NBC recognized the charm and wit of Francis and appointed her mistress of ceremonies of its extravaganza "Home" from 1953-1957. Francis didn't confine her talents only to radio and TV. She has appeared in many plays including stints on Broadway in "Tchin-Tchin," "Beekman Place" and the 1966 revival of "Dinner at Eight." She appeared in the movies "One, Two, Three" with Jimmy Cagney and "The Thrill of It All" with Doris Day and James Garner. New York Times drama critic Clive Barnes has called Francis "a comedienne of great talent and versatility" and has praised her "supreme naturalness." Francis said that she has lived by the simple philosophy, "Give your best and your potential will surprise you. The higher you reach . . . the higher you will go."
"Because I feel
very deeply my being an Armenian in exile, I transcend
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