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EDITOR: SARA PEARCE, 369-1011 The Cincinnati enquirer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1991 SECTION . E Advice, PeopleE-2 Social sceneE-3 BooksE-4-5 TelevisionE-6 w m John Kiesewetter Television ! N ... . ymn'.,'m" ? I! nr 4-Jit AfLf it 1 J - ?- David Moehring, project manager for The Cincinnati EnquirerMichael E. Keating Phoenix Presentations, the exhibit fabricator, inspects the hull of a boat. HISTORY Scaring up old favorites monster task BY REON CARTER The Cincinnati Enquirer Halloween revelers are getting back to the boo basics this year. At local costume shops, old favorites such as witches, ghosts and pirates are making a strong comeback on the party scene prompting one shop owner to dub this year the "generic Halloween." "We also have more people asking for old standard characters like Marilyn Monroe, Cleopatra, Little Red Riding Hood and Caesar," says Diana Fallon of All Occasions Party Rentals. At Stagecraft Costuming Inc, Deborah Monahan says: "The children are going for the cutesy animal and dinosaur costumes rather than scary monsters." Move reruns This return to the tried and true has been blamed on the character drought in Hollywood. "This year Hollywood hasn't given us a new breakout figure that's caught on with people," says Ray Cappel, president and co-owner of Cappel Display Co. Inc. "There's a lot of repeat." The scariest movie and one of the biggest hits this year was Silence of Lambs. It could have been a Halloween winner, but how would one dress up like the film's frightening anti-hero Hannibal Lector? A dull gray prison-issue jumpsuit isn't as visually exciting as Freddy Krueger's roasted-weiner face or Dick Tracy's bright yellow trench coat and fedora. A couple of years ago a blockbuster movie inspired a Batman rage. Last year, as a result of two other movie hits a lot of Dick Tracys and Teen-age Mutant Ninja Turtles surfaced. The recent release of Freddy's Dead, the sixth and final chapter of the Freddy Krueger saga, has made this menace of teen-agers' nightmares a popular choice again. Play it again Movie sequels have also sparked sales of Predator, Terminator and Chucky (from Child's Play II) masks. It was initially believed that the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, released in June with Kevin Costner in the starring role, would be a favorite among partygoers, but the response to Nottingham duds has been lukewarm, shop owners say. There is, however, moderate interest in characters from movies that have yet to be released, including Hook (Steven Spielberg's movie version of Peter Pan, due Dec. 10) and The Addams Family (based on the '60s TV series of the same name about a family of ghouls, due Nov. 22). The right look Michelle Cahill and Carl Ober, students at Northern Kentucky University, made a stop at Cappel's downtown store Tuesday to shop for garb that would transform them into The Addam's Family'-s Morticia and Uncle Fester. Cahill stuffed her auburn tresses under raven-haired wig after wig to duplicate Morticia's black shoulder-length hair. "One of them made me look like an old Indian woman," Cahill says. "Another one had bangs; Morticia doesn't have bangs. I'll just keep looking because I really want to be Morticia." Slinky black Morticia dresses are available for rental ($25) or purchase ($32) at Costume Castle, while Uncle Fester ($22.87) and Lurch ($27.87) masks are at Venture III. But Cahill and Ober have a plan B in case the Addams Family theme doesn't work out. I IN THE! 1 MAKING IN THEE Fans back Springer's show, 2-1 They'd call it a landslide in politics. By a 2-to-l margin, Enquirer readers say they like the new Jerry Springer show (10 a.m., Channel 5) and wish the city's popular anchorman good luck. "It's really great," says Jeannette Witsken of Bridgetown. "I think it's about time that something local is on the air like this. People in Cincinnati have problems, too, and it's great to see a national show being done here." Witsken was one of 69 people who called or faxed positive comments about Springer to The Enquirer Monday. Another 37 people said they didn't like the new show, while a dozen expressed an opinion without stating specifically if they liked the talk show. Positive side Among positive Jerry Springer commentaries: "The show is fresh, informative, educational and a show the total family can watch and enjoy together. It's a show that, given time, will run toe-to-toe with some of the best talk shows," says Esther Suggs of Avondale. "The second show (about children's grief) really got to me. It was very touching," says Jim Hall of Mount Auburn. "Jerry Springer has a lot to be proud of. I really enjoy the show, and I'm tired of critics making the decision as to what stavs nn thp. air, and who Jerry Springer should be watching what." "I think Jerry is a good male Sally (Sally Jessy Raphael). I was surprised and ashamed to think that, after just two weeks, they're judging him so soon. Did Phil Donahue do any better at first?" says Hilda Layman of Westwood. "I don't watch Donahue any more. I save the hour that I watch a talk show for Jerry Springer because he's so genuine," says Colleen Leguillon of Bridgetown. Some callers offered constructive criticism for Springer. Several suggest more serious issues or different topics, "not divorces and all the kooky family stuff," one man says. Many wanted Springer to show the wit and charm they've seen for two decades on Cincinnati City Council and TV. "He's a great host," says Arlene Frankel of Blue Ash, "but the subject matter stinks." Adds Vivian Ankenbauer of Covington: "The thing I don't like about Jerry's new program is the lack of his pixy humor. The whole subject matter has been sad and weepy, and that's not Jerry." Negative side Those who've turned off Springer listed a variety of reasons: "I have been a longtime admirer of Jerry Springer's (news) commentary. And I am so disappointed with the show. I am just beside myself," says Claire Butler of Western Hills. "He would be the most interesting talk show on TV today if they'd just turn him loose ... and not do this Dating Game stuff, finding lost members of families, and all these things that everyone else is doing," she says. "The shows I've seen have been another attempt to wallow in the grief and dirty laundry of other people. If pertinent political and interesting topics were to be discussed, perhaps it would have a chance. It's like all the other talk shows," says Melissa Satchwell of Mason. "I think Jerry is terrific, but he should lean toward trying to copy Paul Dixon or Ruth Lyons (former WLWT variety show hosts). I know he can't be either one of them, but he has to do something light and entertaining," says Mrs. Herbert Weikel of Westwood. "They should let Jerry be himself a really funny person, as well as intelligent!" says Nick Dadabo of Fairfield. Several callers said Springer's show will hurt Channel 5's top-rated newscast. Ron Tate of Landen says Springer's "pseudo-sleaze, off-the-wall subjects" undermine his credibility as a newscaster. Mary Jo McKibben of North College Hill complained about Channel 5's news coverage of the show. "I hate to tell you, but I don't think the Jerry Springer show is such big news," she says. : y A ' n ,? fYh A) A typical Public Landing facade in the riverfront exhibit. information in telling the family's story. In the "Queen of the West" gallery, the Public Landing of the 1850s has been recreated, along with portions of Main and Front streets. Evergreene Painting Studios "distressed" the 15 brick and stone building facades to give them a weathered look. "We drove around Cincinnati for a day shooting pictures of weathered buildings in historic areas details of peeling paint and things like that," Mensching says. To imitate those effects, workers used a variety of techniques borrowed from Hollywood. Workers not accustomed to making new buildings look old are almost out of place here. When another subcontractor installed sandstone below windows they were very careful, Mensching says. "They were discarding broken pieces and making it (Please see EXHIBIT, Page E-2) The residents In the 1 840s, he was a lowly drayman hauling pig carcasses to Cincinnati packing houses. But by 1850, James Beatty could call himself a pork merchant. Beatty's story and those of eight other city residents will be told by costumed interpreters , when the Cincinnati Historical Society's new exhibit, Cincinnati: Settlement to 1860, opens Nov. 2. Twenty adults volunteers and paid interpreters will portray the residents, whose lives were researched through census records and city directories. The society's interpreters consist of 65 adult volunteers, 10 paid adults and eight paid teens who participate in a program that helps build careers In history. "It's more than just being a tour guide, because you're dealing with large numbers of people who have many different learning styles," says Susan Redman-Rengstorf, the historical society's assistant director of education. Volunteer Interpreters assigned to Settlement to 1860 have had an average of 95 hours of training, she says.For Information on becoming an Interpreter, call 287-7053. JOHN JOHNSTON rj ' ii i ; -ii Museum Center exhibit BY JOHN JOHNSTON The Cincinnati Enquirer Artist Bill Mensching flew in from New York this week to mend clothes at the Cincinnati Historical Society Museum at Union Terminal. The clothes in question knickers worn by boys sitting on the Public Landing appear in a 100-foot mural that serves as a backdrop for an 1850s riverfront scene. It's one of four murals by Manhattan-based Evergreene Painting Studios for the museum's first phase of permanent exhibits: Cincinnati: Settlement to 1860. The hitch: Boys didn't wear knickers in the 1850s: "So we've got to put pants on them," says Mensching, Evergreene's director of mural production. It's not likely many, if any, people would have objected to the knickers when the exhibit opens Nov. 2 at the Museum Center. But museum historians did. "They're sticklers for detail," Mensching says. Birth of a city The same can be said for almost everyone involved in the planning, design, research and construction of the $5 million exhibit. It traces the city's development from a frontier outpost to a hub of culture, commerce, X i!' I, 'I Darryl Smith adds paint to columns -V - fill a LBV L- re-creates 1850s riverfront education and manufacturing. Spread over 25,000 square feet, Settlement to 1860 is more than twice the size of the society's current exhibit, Cincinnati Goes to War, which runs through September, 1995. Despite such a massive undertaking, little has been left to the imagination. In the "Founding and Settlement" gallery's walk-through forest, for instance, oak and maple trees easily could be confused for the real thing. Knock on wood, though, and one hears the hollow ring of Fiberglas. Neal Deaton says his Minneapolis-based Deaton Museum Services spent thousands of hours making silicone-rubber molds from actual trees, then, casting the fakes in Fiberglas and painting them. Leaves are made of flame-resistant vinyl, while those on the forest floor are real, but coated with a clear flame retardant. The "La Belle Riviere" (the beautiful river) gallery will include a crude flatboat with a china cabinet donated by Martha Louise Collas of Hamilton. The flatboat isn't original, but the cabinet is. Its legs were sawed off when Collas' ancestors the Utz family floated down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh in 1828. Susan Redman-Rengstorf, the historical society's assistant director of education, is researching the Utz name. Museum interpreters will use that t C that are part of the riverfront exhibit. y ! : 5 "We'll go to the party as Marcia and Greg Brady," says Ober, referring to the characters from the '70s comedy series The Brady Bunch, now considered a camp classic. Familiar faces That shouldn't be a problem. Groovy polyester clothing with big pointy collars shouldn't be that hard to find. Garage sales, second-hand stores, flea markets or any old attic are great places to start. Other familiar characters enjoying a resurgence among adults: Pee-Wee Herman: A recent scandal made him a trendy choice again. Scarlett O'Hara: The publication of Scarlett: The Sequel Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind should also ensure that a few petticoat-clad Southern Belles will be on the party circuit. The hottest costumes for little boys still are Teen-age Mutant Ninja Turtles, while girls are going for mermaid outfits (a la Ariel from the Disney movie The Little Mermaid), IT

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