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Monday, September 11, 1995
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X ANN LANDERS 8 COMICS 4 MOVIES 3 OBITUARIES 8 PUZZLES 5 TELEVISION 6, 7 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1995 The Indianapolis Star COLUMN ONE PROFILE Jfc U Li u L JJ.(OLy T-Z rrl V Witch out! Bambi could be next killer Once again we are forced to ask ourselves, as a society, whether nature should be legal. Consider a story from the June 22 Manchester (N.H.) Unlnn t jnrpr DaV8 Barry written by Paul Tracy and sent In by alert reader Arnie Alpert. This story states that, on June 20, a , Laconia (N.H.) police officer was called to the municipal water-treatment facility in response to and as you read this column, please bear in mind that I am not making ANY of these newspaper quotations up "a report of a suspicious-acting woodchuck that would not let people out of the building." The officer sized up the situation and, according to the story, "determined that the animal needed to be euthanized and tried to ruq it over with his cruiser." So far, so good. Law-enforcement experts will tell you, after they have had a few belts, that in a situation where a member of the marmot family is holding people hostage In a sewage plant (in police radio code, this is known as a " 10-6"), the textbook response is to drive a police car over the alleged perpetrator, then, if necessary, advise it of its rights. Another weapon Unfortunately, things did not go exactly according to plan. The story quotes a plant employee as saying: "When he (the officer) got out after running over it (the wood-chuck), I think he thought it was dead, then the thing sprung up and attacked him." At this point the officer and if you have never been attacked by a woodchuck, then do not second-guess this decision pulled his 9mm pistol and commenced firing. "We think he emptied a clip," a plant employee is quoted as saying, "but we could only find eight casings on the pavement." The story states that during the battle, the officer, seeking to escape the woodchuck, "Jumped up on the cruiser and injured his knee." Fortunately, before anybody else could be hurt, the woodchuck went to that Big Burrow in the Sky. I wish I could tell you that this was an isolated incident. I wish I could look you in the eyeball and say, "This was just one lone disgruntled woodchuck, possibly a former postal employee, who fortunately will never again terrorize humanity, thanks to a quick -acting police officer, who fortunately was not carrying nuclear weapons." They're squlrrelly, right? But 1 cannot say that. For one thing, I lack the lung capacity. For another thing, 1 have here an article from the June 28 Gaithersburg (Md.) Gazette, written by April E. Fulton and sent in by several alert readers, which states: "Nine resi- See BARRY Page 2 Holiday bazaars It's that favorite time of year again bazaar time. As in years past, The Stats LifeStyle section will publish a calendar listing of area holiday bazaars, provided they benefit a not-for-profit agency. The listing will run Sunday, Nov. 5. It will feature events that take place from then through ' Christmas. If your bazaar takes place before Nov. 5, we will run a listing of it free in What's Up, the weekly LifeStyle calendar. Send us the date, time and place of your event, special items that will be featured, and who benefits. If a luncheon or other food is on the menu, make note of that. Please include a name and a telephone number for verification. Send your information to Bazaars, LifeStyle, The Indianapolis Star, P.O. Box 366, Indianapolis, 4620&O366. We must receive your notice by Oct. 23. Having taken his lumps on the campaign trail, talk show host Mike Pence has toned down the far-right rhetoric and become ... I 1 J 1 I ,x r" : - !''. X w- vv . , ' , k x iLi WISER: "I think you can be entertaining and informative without making personal attacks on those who differ from you on the issues," says talk show host Mike Pence (above). It's a lesson he learned the hard way during his two failed bids for election to Congress (right). Star Staff Photo (above) Ron Ira Steele File Photo (right) ; :A i !f ":Aj r V ifx SERIES PREVIEW Cite By Steve Hall STAR TELEVISION EDITOR In a meeting about his new TV show, conservative media commentator Mike Pence deferred to former state Democratic chairman Ann De-Laney with the words. "You've been more successful in politics than I have." "Mike," DeLaney responded, "that's not saying much." The stocky, silver-haired Pence, 36, laughs when recalling this. But the Republican's two failed congressional campaigns against incumbent U.S. Rep. Philip R. Sharp profoundly affected his outlook on politics and what he's trying to do with his daily syndicated radio talk show, heard in 15 markets statewide, and his TV show, to begin airing locally on WNDY (Channel 23) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. "1 try to create an environment that's open to all different views and be fun and confrontational at the same time." says Pence, nursing a soda in the far-Northside studios of Network Indiana, which syndicates his radio show. "Having gotten into fistfights in the public arena, I think you can be entertaining and informative without making personal attacks on those who differ from you on the issues." A tough lesson That hard lesson was learned during 1990's bitterly negative campaign against Sharp for the Second District Congressional seat. A Pence TV commercial roundly criticized by Arab-Americans as racist featured a bejeweled, be-robed man speaking in a thick Middle Eastern accent, accusing Sharp of taking thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from oil- and energy-related political action committees and thanking him for doing nothing to reduce U.S. dependence on Persian Gulf oil. Sharp's camp, in turn, hammered Pence for using campaign contributions to pay for his personal living expenses a $992 monthly mortgage on his far-Southside Indianapolis home, nearly $1,500 in credit card bills and a series of $222.18 payments of his wife's car. The prac- See MIKE PENCE Page 2 MlkQ Pmm3 Occupation: host of syndicated radio talk show heard locally at 10 a.m.'C weekdays on WXLW-AM (950) and weekly TV show at 7 p.m. Saturdays on;- WNDY (Channel 23), beginning Sept. 23. .l' Resume: Two-time congressional candidate, formei president of Indiana Policy Review, attorney. Birthdate: June 7, -1959 Family: Wife, Karen; children, Michael, 3; Char-i lotte, 2; Audrey, 1. ; If I could have dinner; with one person from history, I'd choose: "Jesus t Christ, followed by C.S. ; Lewis. Most people dont ' realize what a card Lewis .' was." In my spare time t -'. work out at the YMCA; ! The best movie I ever; saw: 7776 Wizard of Oz. '. ', People don't realize J: "like to have fun. People ' think I'm a serious guy," My hair is gray I-',' because: "It's not the ' years, it's the mileage'! (a ; quote from Raiders of the Lost Ark). In three words or less, I'm: "Christian, conservar ; tive, Republican in that order." Listen in To hear ex- I cerpts from one of Mike Peace's radio shows, ! call The Star's InfoLine service at (317) 6244636 and enter category 1777. , ' 'Bless' is a crude mess with little finesse Television and Radio Bless This House is The Honeymooners meets Married . . . With Children. In this new sitcom pre-mlering at 8:30 tonight WISH (Channel 8), Andrew (no Dice) Clay, the comic best known for mi-sogynistic standup routines, reinvents himself as a big, huggy-bear fam-ilv man. He hlrkers with Steve Hall hut loves his sharp-tongued spouse (Cathy Moriarty of Raging Bull) named Alice in apparent homage to Ralph Kramden's wife. Clay and Moriarty are appealing in this blue-collar comedy () created and written by former Roseanne executive producer Bruce Helford. But the humor tends to be crude in the Married . . . With Children vein, with locker-room language replacing repartee, and the show plays like a poor man's Roseanne. Clay and Moriarty portray Burt and Alice Clayton, a struggling, rough-around-) the-edges couple. He's a shift supervisor at the post office ("Anyone feeling dis gruntled today?"), she's head cashier at a car lot. They have two children an obnoxiously wisecracking 12-year-old daughter (Raegan Kotz) and a long-haired 7-year-old son (Sam Gifaldi). Alice wants a house; Burt's content with an apartment. "In China, this would be the Ponderosa," he says. "Well, this is America," she retorts, "and this is the apartment from Good Times." Burt and Alice argue a lot and in coarse language rarely heard before in the one-time family hour. There are numerous references to "boobs," and Burt explains how to keep romance alive in marriage: "I grab her a- -!" He ain't Dr. Joyce Brothers. Or, for that matter, Ralph Kramden. Blustery bus driver Ralph became an enduring Everyman because of gseat writing and acting, not gutter language; we continue to love this loser precisely because he never realized he was one. The Claytons, by contrast, act and talk like losers. They've got a long way to go before they can move into the Kramdens' neighborhood no matter how shabby. Star ratings: 4 excellent, 3 good, 2 fat, 1 poor. i 1 ill vr 4 riy:('l :c:, 1 , fa: '-. CBS RUDE TUDE: Andrew Clay plays a disgruntled postal worker. School days: The President ', Benjamin Harrison Home, - 1230 N. Delaware St., is offering an exhibit called A Dlfler; A Dollar, A Lifetime Scholar that explains the education of the Harrison family. Touns begin every half-hour. Admis-I sion is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children. For more infor j mation, call (317) 63 1-1898; J In concert Pianist Richard: j Ratliff opens the University of Indianapolis Faculty Artist Series with a performance of music by Chopin and Debussy beginning at 7:30 p.m. today-at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanha ; Ave. The performance is free; For more information, call X (317) 788-3566. : 1

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