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C2 THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1995 BARRY, Continued from Page 1 People TOYING AROUND WITH LA TOYA Compiled by Dorene Jackson Caudill from wire report? - j 7"UCFr Kids know jocks and stars better than politicos Nelson who? Boris what? Kids are far more familiar with athletes and entertainers than politicians and world leaders, according to a poll done for a new publication. Time for Kids. The Michaels Jordan and Jackson topped the recognition list, with 96 percent of the youngsters surveyed saying they know who the basketball star is and 94 percent familiar with the pop superstar. Only 21 percent recognized the name Boris Yeltsin and 20 percent Nelson Mandela, according to the poll released Sunday. First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was recognized by 82 percent, just 4 percentage points lower than Torn Hanks and much higher than Rush Limbaugh, recognized by 48 percent. Time Jor Kids is an eight-page weekly classroom news magazine produced by Time editors. It makes its debut this week. Swayze, Snipes film is top box office draw The cross-dressing comedy To Wong Foo. Thanks Jor Everything! Julie Newmar placed first at the box office in its debut weekend, earning about $9. 1 million. Pop star La Toya Jackson jokes with a girl from the audience during a concert in the Ukrainian city of Slavutych, which is 30 miles from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The plant's administrators paid for Jackson's performance to entertain the residents. tions. New strips resume Sept. 18. The strip appears on The Star's Puzzles Page in this section. Spielberg makes most; among entertainers : Forbes magazine's rank- Ing of the 10 highest-paid : entertainers ; and their estimated gross Income for .; 1994-1995: ; 1. Steven Spielberg, $285 million 2. Oprah Spielberg Winfrev. $146 million 3. Beatles, $130 million 4. Rolling Stones. $121 million 5. Eagles. $95 million 6. David Copperfield, $81 mil- ; lion 7. Pink Floyd, $70 million 8. Michael Jackson, $67 million 9. Barbra Streisand. $63 million 10. Sylvester Stallone. $58 million. A year older Former Dallas Cowboys football coach Tom Landry is 71. Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., is 63. Movie director Brian De Palma is 55. 1987 to legally reside in the Sec- ond District for Dolitical purposes. (Karen Pence helped her husband camoaien in 1988 around the dis trict on bicycles, 20 to 40 miles at a time.) They attend urace evangelical Church on the Southside. Now he's a homebody Pence now works at home, where he books guests for his show and publishes The Pence Report, a monthly newsletter about his activities. He sells it for $19.95 a year to about 250 subscribers. His media career began after the 1988 campaign. Louis Uhl Disinger, president, general manager and sales manager of WRCR-FM in RushviUe, was so taken by the candidate's control of the English language that he offered him a weekly half hour radio show. Washington Update with Mike Pence. It came on in central Indiana six months before Limbaugh's show arrived here on WNDE. "Mike's come about 180 degrees since then," says Disinger, who now carries Pence's syndicated show. "When he started off, he had the gift of gab, but he was mimicking Rush. It took a while before his true personality came out. "Even then, though, I told my wife: He's going to start here, but we'll hear him nationally one day." Pence pooh-poohs such talk. "I can make a living from the radio show because it's niche marketing: We're an Indiana show," he says. "Michigan or Kentucky would not be big markets for us. It's worked because we haven't tried to go outside the state." dents of the South Village area of Montgomery Village two adults and seven children were playing near Docena Court on the morning of June 15 when they suddenly were charged by a band of about a dozen squirrels." The article quotes one of the women who was bitten on the foot as saying: "We were Just playing In the yard, like we do every day, and suddenly, out of nowhere, about 12 squirrels started charging us, making these highi-pitched, shrill noises." A neighbor is quoted as saying: 'The squirrels that day went crazy." r- The article states that on June 21, a representative of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Inspected the area and "found no abnormal behavior from the squirrels." , , pf course not. They may be squirrels, but they are not stupid. They're not about to go after a government official, not after what happened to the woodchuck. Nq.'they put on a cute little Walt Disney show for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, squeaking and scampering around with acorns in their cheeks. s But you may rest assured that, as soon as the coast was clear, they resumed smoking tiny cigarettes and planning their next attack. They will stop at nothing, as we can see from the following headline from a Sept. 2, 1994, front-page article In the Missoula (Mont J Mtssoulian, written by Michael Downs and sent in by many alert readers: Flaming Squirrels Ignite Fire The story states that "two electrocuted squirrels fell from a power line Thursday morning, their flaming bodies igniting a small grass fire near Tarkio." A fire official is quoted as saying that it could have been a male and a female squirrel engaged in an act of "burning rodent passion." (The fire pfficial does NOT point out that both "Rodent Passion" and "Flaming Squirrels" would be excellent names for rock bands; this was probably Just an oversight.) " ' At this point you're saying: "Dave, you have presented ample Journalistic evidence here to prove that the animal kingdom is attempting, for whatever reason, to wipe out the entire human race. But at least members of the news media are safe!" (! 1 iwish 1 could agree, but tragically I cannot not in light of a $June 21 Associated Press item from Kennewick, Wash., sent in fcy several alert readers, which begins: "A TV reporter's hair gel .apparently attracted a swarm of bees that stung him more than 30 iimes yesterday." 'J Z The reporter was doing a story bout beekeeping when the attack occurred; the story states that the beekeeper, in an effort to help, 'covered the reporter's head with a protective hood, but unfortunately the hood "also turned out to contain bees." I am sure that you, as a person concerned about the First Amend-', jnent, have the same reaction to J this story as I did, namely: How ' come this never happens, on-cam-! era, to MY local TV reporters? I Until we get solid answers to J this and many other questions ' raised by this column (such as: "Why would anybody print this column?"), I am urging everyone to avoid all contact with nature in ! any form, including vegetables, peaking of which, you should Ulso write your congressperson. Tribune Media Services ' CLEAN' HOUSE AND CLEAN UP! Sell no longer needed items through STAR and NEWS CLASSIFIEDS CALL 633-1212 - is Dangerous Minds was in second place at $4 million, Mortal Kombat third at $3.4 million and The Prophecy fourth at $2.8 million. Tied for fifth place were Desperado and The Tie That Binds at $2.7 million each. "We go fishing In the broad mainstream of conservatism," Pence shrugs. "I'm not interesting in exploring narrow, paranoid little tributaries, like some hosts." Has Pence's approach hurt him in talk radio, where hate seems to sell? For instance, after a brief Saturday morning stint on WNDE-AM (1260), he has been unable to find an Indianapolis station that will take all three hours of his syndicated show. WXLW-AM (950) airs only the second hour. "The bigger problem is that larger stations want to originate their own programming," insists Chris Duffy, president of Wabash Valley Broadcasting Co., the parent company of Network Indiana and owner of Channel 23. "I'm hopeful that we can drum up stations for the radio show In cities like Indianapolis and Fort Wayne after the TV show takes off." Fun in the format Loosely modeled after This Week with David Brinkley, TV's half-hour The Mike Pence Show will feature a monologue by Pence; a video set-up piece for the week's topic (say, welfare reform); Pence moderating two discussions of the topic with a guest and two of his co-hosts, each with differing views of the topic; and then a free-for-all between Pence and his cohosts on the topic. "Indiana Week in Review on WFYI (Channel 20) "does the pundit roundtable about as well as you can," says Pence. "Our main thing is to have fun." That sense of fun is evident in Pence's radio show, where amid the serious discussions he does impersonations (he's particularly good at Rush and Clinton) and plays rock music and self-deprecating promos ("This Is Radio MIKE PENCE Continued from Page 1 tice was not illegal, but political watchdog groups criticized it as misleading to contributors who thought they were giving money specifically to Pence's campaign. All the mudslinging accomplished little for Pence. While he came within six percentage points of unseating Sharp in 1988, Sharp easily won 59 percent of the vote in 1990. "1 got beat like a barn mule." Pence says ruefully. But six months after losing to Sharp the second time, Pence did something uncommon In modern politics: He apologized publicly for the campaign. The transformation "It was remarkable," says Nuuo Newsweekly editor Harrison Ull-mann, a liberal. Pence "went from a really mean, dirty campaign against Sharp to saying, 'This Is the wrong way to run a political campaign. It divides the electorate and accomplishes nothing.' " Columbus native Pence cites a great deal of soul-searching and his Christian faith for the change of heart. On his three-hour radio show, Pence In contrast to fellow conservatives Rush Limbaugh and Stan Solomon continues to avoid character assassination of those with whom he disagrees politically. "Conservative media, Including Rush, have a tremendous blind spot when it comes to making a distinction between differences in public policy and personal differences," says Pence, a lawyer who went full time with the radio show a year and a half ago, after three years as president of the conser- Sunrise Associated Press Trudeau's vacation means reruns of strips Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury will begin a week of flashbacks today while the cartoonist vaca- Free Indiana"). "I'm a conservative," he jokes, "but not in a bad way." It's a wonder Pence Is a conservative at all. He grew up in Columbus in a large Irish-Catholic family (three brothers, two sisters) born of two Chicago natives. The family was so apolitical at home that Pence didn't find out his father, who ran a home fuel oil and gasoline business, was a lifelong Republican until after his death of a heart attack in 1988. "My dad hated lawyers and politicians, so I was a great source of pride to him," he Jokes. "I get my intellectual curiosity from my mother, who recently got a college degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods." At Columbus North High School, Pence became active on the speech team and in Democratic politics. He was Bartholomew County youth Democratic coordinator In 1976 and voted for Jimmy Carter for president In 1980 "which really freaks out my conservative friends. It's like: 'Get the children away from him, dear.' " Pence attended Hanover College in southern Indiana, where he became a born-again Christian In 1978. Shortly thereafter he took as his intellectual mentor Dr. George Curtis, now head of the history department. "He's a Libertarian, but he introduced me to a world view and things like the National Review," Pence says. "Without that experience, I never would have become a conservative." Pence and his wife, Karen, a former schoolteacher, have been married 14 years. She became a full-time homemaker after the birth of their first child. They moved to Indianapolis in WORK IN THE '90s im i- V 1 Knight-Ridder Tribune A NEW ROLE: Promotion Network employee, June Blakely, went from being the receptionist to official cook and corporate mom. "At first lt broke my heart when I didn't please everyone," says Mom June. "It hurt my feelings; I show my feelings so easily. Then I told myself, 'June, you can't please 30 people.' " But Mom June accommodates. Salad day Includes rolled-up cold fi'tu fnr her mpat-paMn' bovdi And IT 'A """' industry sources said Sunday. The comedy starring Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes was one of two new films. The other. National Lampoon's Senior Trip, took in an estimated $2.2 million for 10th place. vative think tank the Indiana Policy Review. "People like Rush and Stan fail to see the difference between saying. 'Bill Clinton is wrong on affirmative action' and saying 'Bill Clinton is a liar, a profligate and an evil person' . . . Why do they do it? Because people respond to low blows. But I will not do It because I remember the time 1 was pushing all the teeth back into my gums" after the 1990 campaign. As a result. Pence's radio show features political opponents exchanging ideas rather than using each other as verbal punching bags. It's hard to imagine Clinton appearing on Limbaugh's show. By contrast. Pence's frequent guests include a remarkably loose Gov. Evan Bayh, Lt. Gov. Frank O'Bannon, and DeLaney who, like Ullmann, will be part of what Pence calls a "repertory company" of political opponents on his TV show. Former Reagan speechwriter Peter Rusthoven and author and journalist Tom Rose are other players. Friendship forged "It's hard to have a political debate these days without lt turning Into a diatribe: The only reason you're saying this is because you like to kill babies, don't you?' " says Ullmann, who now considers Pence a friend. "Mike has a quiet little campaign going to put decency back into the political debate." But Pence's friendliness with the enemy is viewed with suspicion by some conservatives. During a 15-minute Interview on Stan Solomon's show once, for Instance. Pence was called "a fake conservative" about five times. 113 114 115 116 1 r3- 12 YEARS OCL CCl CCrll West 3850 Shore Dr., Suite 205 Indianapolis, IN 290-2201 'Corporate mom' fixes lunch every day for company's employees The Features Department is responsible for the content of this section, from feature stories and entertainment reviews to columns and the comics. Call us with your suggestions, questions or story ideas, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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If she needs help, say, lifting a pot of pasta from the stove, she calls over the intercom: "I need a man in the ; kitchen." "Who doesn't?" says reception- 1st Donna Pace. As Mom June cooks, people stop by to munch carrots and cu-; cumbers or pour themselves cof- fee. Amy Erschen (the onion hat- . er) heads for the cook. "I need a ,.' Mom June hug," she says. .; On Mom June's 70th birthday, -her kids gave her $200. They gave" her the day off, too. but asked her , to come in for a Chinese-food ', lunrh L, By Leslie Barker DALLAS MORNING NEWS alias If you have to snack before lunch, have a cucumber or carrot. They're in a little bowl for that very purpose. Amy, honey, you don't like onions, right? There's a special dish of onionless spaghetti sauce Just for you. Oh, the tastes, the temperaments a mother has to deal with! Especially a mother of 30, not One of whom is her child. No problem for June Blakely, more commonly (and affectionately) known as Mom June. The self-described "corporate mom" fixes lunch every day for employees her "boys and girls" of The Promotion Network, a marketing company. Then she sits down to eat with them. "She's our anchor," says company owner Roger Winter, who knows of no other company with a similar lunchtime arrangement. Five years ago, he was buying groceries so his staff could make sandwiches for lunch. That worked OK, but not great. So he asked his receptionist, who had recently turned 65 and wasn't keen on retiring, if she would like to delay retirement and instead fix lunch for everyone. FOR 14 WEEKS OF WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM The required physcion's comullalion end evolution end essential nutritional supplement portions of the program are ot regular prkes. Not valid with any other oiler. il) iff , Physicians j3 WEIGHT LOSS Centers he: r -II SUCCESSFULLY SERVING INOIANPOLIS FOR OVER North 8935 N. Meridian, Suite 111 Indianapolis, IN 848-8882 South East 8936 Southpointe. 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