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I i EDITOR: SARA PEARCE, 369-1011 the Cincinnati enquirer WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1991 SECTION G nrzi Advice, PeopleG-2 CheckupG-3 TelevisionG-5 O PuzzlesG-7 Presidents and foreign leaders have sought his counsel Americans liave Iweded his advice for four decades. But, now, at 72, BUly Gmliam's era is coming to a close. What is his legacy ? ' . if f"' "A f A meria5 preacher Redd Foxx and Delia Reese, at 8 p.m. spent five years researching a biography of Graham. In the 1950s, he took on communism and complacency. In the 1960s, he reassured evangelicals who despaired in the Age of Aquarius. In the 1970s, he promoted a new way of thinking about the Soviet Union and arms control. In the (Please see GRAHAM, back page, this section) "Two or three centuries from now, he will be among a few names that we remember," said sociologist Jeffrey Hadden of the University of Virginia. "He's clearly a sterling figure in American religious history." He has become "the most important figure in evangelical Christianity in a half -century," according to William Martin, a sociologist at Rice University who Who's next in the pulpit? t ft V Bell and Jim Wilson. BY DAVID BRIGGS The Associated Press Billy Graham no longer thinks he is going to save America. Armageddon, he believes, is approaching. And even if it is not, his own mortality will prevent him from reviving a nation where good and evil are growing apace: He will be 73 in November, and his doctor at the Mayo Clinic has promised to keep him going only until he is 75. "I know that my years are running out," he says. This month, in the twilight of his remarkable career, Graham returns to New York, the "graveyard of evangelists" he conquered 34 years ago with a 16-week Madison Square Garden run that established him as America's preacher. More than three decades ago, the prospect of the dairy farmer's son from North Carolina taking on the modern Sodom and Gomorrah and drawing capacity crowds caught the national fancy. Tall, broad-shouldered and square-jawed, he was the Kirk Douglas of the evangelical movement. But when he walked through a Manhattan hotel recently, no heads turned. He walked haltingly, clinging to a handrail, his features furrowed with pain. He was hobbled by a back problem and jet lag from a trip to the Soviet Union. Promoters of the New York meeting, set for Sunday in Central Park, say it might draw Graham's largest American audience, upward of 250,000 souls. Graham himself says, "If we have 25,000, it will be a good meeting." He approaches this latest crusade with enthusiasm, but also with weariness; the burden of carrying a $100 million-a-year evangelistic empire on his increasingly frail shoulders often Wears on him. Leighton Ford, his brother-in-law, said Graham confided to him late one night after a 1985 crusade, "I just wish I could go to heaven." What is Billy Graham's legacy? . 5W From left: Franklin Graham, Ralph S. When Billy Graham retires or dies, he will leave behind a $100 million-a-year evangelistic empire fueled by one man. The issue facing the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association which oversees all aspects of Graham's work from the crusades to The Hour of Decision radio broadcast is whether anyone can fill his shoes. Graham, 72, shies away from the question of who will succeed him. "God will have to choose one. I don't think an evangelist can be made or trained or anything like that," he says. But when pressed, he mentions two possible successors. The first is his 39-year-old son, Franklin, director of Samaritan's Purse and World Medical Mission, two mission organizations serving the poor. Graham said his older son also has been preaching as a co-evangelist, and is ready to hold a crusade in Brazil In November. William Martin, a sociologist at Rice University who has spent five years preparing a biography of 4' 1ST 1 1 - - r the by his Jim 1990 pastor horse, of with the name Bell since Graham, said Franklin probably has inside track. The other candidate mentioned Graham is Jim Wilson, the son of longtime right-hand man, T.W. Wilson. The 47-year-old head of the Wilson Evangelistic Association became a vocational evangelist In after serving four years as the in Orlando, Fla. While Jim Wilson might be a dark Martin said, "It's difficult to underestimate the importance to Graham of having that trusted circle old-time friends." In Martin's numerous Interviews officials and board members of Graham organization, another that arose was Luis Palau, a Portland, Ore.-based mass-crusade evangelist. But his style may be too "flamboyant" for the Graham association, Martin said. - Among the Graham association's associate evangelists, 57-year-old Ralph S. of Bellvue, Colo., an associate 1965, appears to best fit the requirements of age and experience. Leading evangelicals doubt anyone can replace Graham. . "There's only one Billy Graham, and when he's gone, he's gone," said the Rev. Billy Melvin, mm The Royal Family (8 p.m., Channels 9, 7) The old brown Foxx jumps all over his grandchildren and wife. "I want to die with a remote in my hand not some baby bottle!" says Redd Foxx, head of The Royal Family on CBS. Although he's playing retired mail carrier Alexander Royal, most viewers will see him as ol' Fred Sanford (1972-77). Or Redd Foxx. No difference, actually. Foxx and Delia Reese star as a husband and wife whose golden years are tarnished by the arrival of their daughter and her three children. Foxx and Reese exude a natural warmth rarely seen on TV pilots. If CBS plays on that strength and knocks off the anatomical jokes Foxx could have another hit. (Interview, Page G-5.) Teech U (8:30 p.m., Channels 9, 7): Imagine Lionel Jefferson from All In The Family hired to teach by an all-white school. That's Teech in a nutshell. Phill Lewis stars as "Teech" Gibson, the first black teacher at ' Winthrop Academy, where high school students look old enough to be college graduate assistants. Phill Lewis Tonight's premiere is a one-note tune: racial stereotypes. Lewis' first line is a watermelon joke, followed by a reference to his skin color and a crack that he could have soon been "out front in jockey silks holding a lantern." Producer Norman Steinberg (Doctor, Doctor) promises that Teech won't become a race laugh riot. Lewis by far is the best this promising sitcom has to offer. His students are too old, and his boss (Maggie Hon from Murphy's Law) isn't a natural comedian. Blues great B.B. King appears in a recurring role as Uncle Isaac next Wednesday. Street Justice U (9 p.m., Channel 19) Carl Weathers (Rocky, Action Jackson) stars as Adam Beaudreaux, a police detective searching for Grady, a young boy he met in the jungles of Vietnam. In this two-hour pilot for a syndicated one-hour series, Beaudreaux finds Grady (Bryan Genesse from The Bold And The Beautiful). Together they hunt down the man who Carl Weathers murdered Grady's parents in a Vietnam village massacre and enforce their own street justice. Ann Donahue of Loveland and Jonathan Glassner (both from 21 Jump Street) are producing this series for Stephen J. Cannell Productions. JOHN KIESEWETTER They're back Dinosaurs (8 p.m., Channels 12, 2): The baby is king! Unsolved Mysteries (8 p.m., Channels 5, 22): UFOs visit. Growing Pains (8:30 p.m, Channels 12, 2): Mike meets Luke, the new homeless character. (Moves to Saturdays Sept. 28.) Night Courts p.m., Channels 5, 22): First of two parts: Deranged Dan Fielding haunts the courthouse. i Jake And The Fatman (9 p.m., Channels 9, 7): First of two parts: Jake believes his drinking buddy's story. Seinfeld (9:30 p.m., Channels 5, 22): Jerry seeks a free massage, but there's a rub. Quantum Leap (1 0 p.m., Channels 5, 22): Sam finally comes home but Al gets lost in time. n r ' i ,1 1 "" Axl Rose Cincinnati Guns N' Roses fans line up at area record stores to snap up copies of the rock group's much-delayed and long-awaited albums Use Your Illusion I and II. Page G-4. REDBOOK Born as a literary periodical in 1903, the October issue arrives with a new look and mission. Borrowing from Ladies Home Journal and Self, the "new" Redbook wants to serve "jugglers" busy women trying to cope with families, work and themselves. Pieces are short, practical and proscriptive. The look is simple. Ideas have bite. For working mothers: "What I Learned at the Office That Helps at Home." For people afraid of commitment: "Married But Still Single at Heart?" Anatomy of an affair: "Why I Date Your Husband." Fiction remains as one short story in tear-out booklet. Sizable section of short pieces on "You and Your Child." Fashion, food and health have their spots as well. A good start. MIRABELLA J.Crew clothes aren't part of a fashion trend. Never will be, says Emily Cinader Woods, president of the clothing company, in an October profile. Woods, 30, whose timeless fresh-faced style has become the J.Crew trademark, has big ambitions for the company increasing career clothes to 65 of production, and maybe adding children's clothes and home furnishings "with the J. Crew feeling." Simple. Wholesome. Relaxed. Other stories highlight the revealing (but not kiss 'n' tell) memoirs of Raisa Gorbachev, wife of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and the emotional reunion of a mother and the illegitimate daughter she gave up in 1958. ESSENCE Gladys Knight minus the Pips has a new look, a new album (Good Woman) but the same old approach: heart-felt singing and a down-to-earth attitude about herself and life. In a rich cover s.ory interview for October, she talks about the fight it took to record Good Woman, her friends Patti LaBelle and Dionne Warwick, marriage, motherhood and more. MARTHA STEWART LIVING Dishes, that's what Stewart is serving up in the SeptemberOctober issue of her lifestyle magazine (which goes from a quarterly to a bi-monthly beginning with this issue). There is a step-by-step article on salvaging broken china, an encyclopedic look at classic china plates (with lots of color photos to help identify various styles) and scads of recipes for autumn dishes from hearty breads to a comforting dinner of medallions of pork, herbed mashed potatoes and cornmeal fried tomatoes. Dust off the iron skillet. ZILLIONS Splashy presentation and on-target topics keep this young people's version of Consumer Reports among the best of the teen titles. Under scrutiny for OctoberNovember: Sneakers athletic shoes in kid-size tests (i.e. jumping, running) revealed no clear winner, but the conclusion that performance is in the person, not the sole. A clear, simple explanation or record-industry hype tells "How Stars are Made." Marketing tricks are covered in "The Sneaky Sell." Other tests: Bubble gum. Ball-point pens. Entertaining education that does not talk down to kids. Magazine Rack appears each Wednesday in Tempo. Jim Knippenberg's Tipof I will resume Friday J&i it I r V-' , , v' r,i,, I - . , if ,.-vsCE- I ; . V .r , - " executive director ot the National Association of Evangelicals. "God doesn't work in clones." 'Jr. I C ...... U Ik 9 V ' . v.- ; I '' 1 :, ' " W 1 v ti i' ----- - - -

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