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RADIO STARS 0 I//// The crowd laughed but Lou Holtz was afraid IT was to he a comedian's program, so when Lou Holtz stei)ped uji to a Columhia microphone for the first time, tremhling and ])ale. the audience hiughed. People thought it was a good shf)w—a famous actor who had plaved to j^acked vaudeville houses acting as if he were afraid. Hut Holtz wasn't acting. He was afraid. True, he had plaved to packed houses night after night and his career read like a historv of Broadway. Hut there was something ahout that little tin box that got the lu st of him. He had made a radio appearance before, and had lieen nervous. Those who knew him thouglit this time he would be all right. But no. Holtz still admits that he's nervous before each broadcast. With a large audience before him, though, the nervousness soon wears off. This joke-cracker of the Chesterfield Hour, heard at 10 o'clock (I'^DST) on Fridays over the Columbia network, made his first jniblic appearance on the stage in an aniateur minstrel. He says his first childhood ambition was to l)e a comedian; his first job was working in his mother's store after school; his first real work —for pay—was with the Southern Pacific Railroad at $25 a month ; and his fir.st ])rofessional debut as an entertainer at the Crest Cafe in San ]<>anci,sco at the age of U>. I lis famil> had moved to that cit\ shortlv after Lou's birth in New York in 1898. A while ago we said his career read like a hi.story of Broadway. Let's glance over it. From P)l() to P>19 he made nation-wide tours of the old Keith Circuit. During the vears from IQIQ to 1Q21 he was the comic of (leorge White's "Scandals," and in 1922 ai)i)eared in the revue, "The Dancing (iirl." From 1922 to 1925 he went back to vaudeville, and the .season of 1925-26 saw him on the musical comedy stage in •'Tell Me More." His next show was "Manhattan Marv" in which he shared comedy honors with l-:d W ynn. That was in 1927. and after the run \\\ Xew ^'o^k and its road tour, Holtz agani returned to his ilnia mater the vaudeville cn-cuits. l''.^l found him back on the strert of white lights as the star of "You u n ln' has iieen making personal ap- 1 I'icture house^. itc sport, and he likes to watch baseball games. He thinks he'd make a good lawyer. Maybe he'd tr> to laugh cases out of court. He reads such things as ".Alice in Wonderland." Ludwig's "Napoleon" and S«n- born's "Lincoln " Cooking is his favorite pastime. Said It." Snice pearances in nioti (iolf is his lav( 33