Radio & TV: Mother Knows Best

One of the best ways to break into show business is to have a single-minded mother. Such a mother was Mrs. Marietta Hawk of Creston, Iowa. When her nine-year-old son Bob won an elocution contest, Mrs. Hawk decided that he was headed for great things. She drilled him in oratory, poetry and dramatic readings and, before he graduated from high school, entered him in 20 state and regional contests. Bob Hawk won 19 of them.

New Idea. Because he suffers from a noticeable limp, Hawk did not share his mother's rosy dreams. He devoted his summers to amateur theatricals, but in college...

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