Charles Van Doren Signs with NBC


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April 17, 1957, Vol. II, No. 25

‘Voice’ Gets New Columnist

Mrs. Diane Davis is to take up the gourmet gauntlet for The Voice in a regular series on food for the connoisseur, under the banner “dining In.” Her first column will appear next week. A longtime Villager, though young in years, Mrs. Davis was formerly assistant food editor of the Women’s Home Companion. She has a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from NYU, and is presently at Columbia working for a master’s. Active in local affairs, Mrs. Davis, who lives on West 9th Street, has done hospital work, was a Grey Lady with the Red Cross, and is on the council of the Greenwich Village Neighborhood Girl Scout Committee.

Van Doren to Sign Pact with NBC

The Villager whose erudition won him $129,000 and a few million rooters was reported last week to be preparing to sign a long-term contract as a television performer with the National Broadcasting Company. Charles Van Doren, the young Columbia instructor, is expected to be featured on a new quiz show next season. It is also presumed that he will make guest appearances and work on educational programs. If Mr. Van Doren chooses instead to remain with the university, he will earn $4500 next year — a sum not likely to cover more than a small part of his NBC income tax. Mr. Van Doren, who lives on Waverly Place, is the son of Columbia professor Mark Van Doren, of Bleecker Street.

Door to Door

By Ernest Trencherman

So I was wrong. For years I’ve been announcing wherever two or more are gathered together that the Village needs another coffee shop like a moose needs a hat rack, and just when the words were beginning to acquire the patina of old cappuccino, an enterprising group of young people hollowed out a cellar on 10th Street (across from Nick’s), attached a large door, stirred well, and christened their work The Cellar Door. You see, this place is different. First of all, the ceiling is not festooned with dirt, the floor is free of sawdust, the table cloths are empty of spots. Secondly, the Cellar Door is a restaurant during the appropriate hours of the evening, serving an unusual selection of fine foods, and will in the near future become an intimate bar as well. There is an excellent record-playing system over which folk songs and classical music of the eater’s choice are played. The dining room is cozy and quiet, the lighting is subdued, the decorations are tasteful, the service is good…In a few short days the word has spread about this new hideaway, at least to several of the nearby off-Broadway houses, because the local players seem to be making straight for from the stage door to the Cellar Door.

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