Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 17, 1998 · Page 14
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 14

Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, March 17, 1998
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14—TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 1998 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Time out Newsday Crossword HANDY by Bob Lubbers Edited by Stanley Newman Daughter confesses to an affair Dear Ann Landers: I am a widow, age 68. My daughter, "Janet," has been married for 25 years to a conservative, kind, hard-working man. "Jim" is a good father to their two sons, who are now in college. I have never asked my daughter about her sex life, but she recently volunteered some information that upset me. Janet told me she loves Jim, but he was never very good in bed, and she felt somewhat "deprived." Then, she dropped a bombshell. She has been seeing a divorced man for 10 years and visits his apartment once a week. She says she is in love with him. Believe it or not, Jim knows about her infidelity and has not protested. To make matters even more complicated, Jim is having an affair with a woman he works with. Janet knows about it and does not object. Jim and Janet have no desire to separate or divorce. They seem quite content to allow this situation to continue forever. They went to a marriage counselor early on, but nothing was accomplished because neither wanted to change anything. I have begged Janet to make her marriage complete instead of accepting these affairs, but she doesn't want to give up her lover, and her husband refuses to stop seeing his woman friend. I am really conflicted about this and need your guidance. Should I keep trying, or should I stay out of it? -- A Concerned Mom Dear Mom: I can understand why this is painful for you, but apparently, no one has asked your opinion. My advice can be found in the last four words of ANN LANDERS your letter. Dear Ann Landers: A while back, you printed a letter from someone whose 86-year-old uncle was still driving against his doctor's advice, despite repeatedly failing the driver's test. I'd like to share my family's experience. Grandpa was 85 and still driving even though he had been involved in several minor accidents. None of those accidents was reported to his insurance company because he paid for the damages out of his pocket. My family became concerned. We tried to get the state to revoke his license or get his insurance taken away, which would have given us an excuse to insist that he stop driving. Nothing worked. All we could do was pray for Grandpa to come to his senses before he killed someone. One night after a dinner at my parents' house, Grandpa got into his car, which was parked right behind my mother's car. Idiotically, we stood in front of him to wave goodbye. Grandpa accidentally placed the car in drive, and it jumped forward. We tried to scramble out of his path, but he panicked and hit the gas instead of the brake. Both Mother and I were pinned between his car and hers. My mother is now disabled from a nearly severed foot. My leg was crushed, but I recovered the use of it after several surgeries. The real tragedy was that although Mom and I were able to forgive him, Grandpa was never able to forgive himself. His phone calls and visits stopped. He could not face us. That accident ended our relationship. Please, Ann, tell all elderly drivers who insist on driving to ask themselves this question: Is the freedom to drive worth the risk? -- Mesa, Ariz. Dear Mesa: I have been beating that drum for years, but it hasn't done a particle of good. Many elderly drivers are loathe to give up this last vestige of freedom. Whenever I have suggested it, they tell me to MYOB. Meanwhile, their children and grandchildren are holding their collective breath and crossing their fingers. For my Irish readers: May the leprechauns be near you to spread luck along your way. And may all the Irish angels smile upon you this St. Patrick's Day. Ann Landers' booklet, "Nuggets and Doozies," has everything from the outrageously funny to the poignantly insightful. Send a self-addressed, long, business-size envelope and a check or money order for $5.25 (this includes postage and handling) to: Nuggets, c/o Ann Landers, P.O. Box 11562, Chicago, 111. 60611-0562. Eugenia Last CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Charley Pride, Vanessa Williams, Irene Cara, Wilson Pickett MARCH 18,1998 Happy Birthday: You have what it takes to talk others into following your lead this year. Use your charm and know-how to win points and get your way. You will find yourself making all those changes that you should have made way back when. Now is the time to get yourself moving and turn your life around. Your numbers: 7, 9, 16, 25, 34, 45 ARIES (March 21-April 19): You need a change, something adventurous and exciting. Travel to exotic destinations may be the answer. Take a look at your budget and find a way to make your plans a reality. 4 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You will be able to make worthwhile financial deals; however, be sure to use other people's money. Sudden trips are apparent. Try to take your mate and mix business with pleasure. 4 stars GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your mate may give you a hard time. Their extreme sensitivity will result in hurt feelings. Complete your work and spend some quality time together. 3 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Mix business with pleasure, socialize with colleagues and clients. Changes in your relationship will be to your advantage. Don't hold back when it comes to commitment. 4 stars LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take the time to invest in yourself. Make the physical and mental changes required in order to raise your self-esteem. Success will follow if you're happy with yourself. 5 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): This will not be the day to lose your cool with loved ones. Family members may take advantage of you and you may end up feeling depressed and used. Don't offer help or ask for it. 3 stars LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You can make lasting friendships today. Attend social events that interest you and romantic opportunities will follow. Travel, lectures and social gatherings will heighten your popularity. 4 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You will get taken if you get involved in joint financial ventures. You must be careful with whbfnybii'de'alahd'td whom you lend things. Problems with females you work with are apparent. 2 stars SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. 21): Evading issues will not save you from disruptions on the home front. Lay your cards on the table if you wish to salvage anything. Don't take chances that may lead to losses. 3 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may have a secret enemy. Be careful what you say. Be precise in your talks or you will be misinterpreted. Problems with superiors or authority figures will surface. 3 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It is best to discuss all your options with someone you trust before you sign any contracts or agreements. You must take a look at the motives of others. Read between the lines. 3 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Deal with red-tape issues today. Handle them as quickly as possible and try not to damage your reputation in the interim. This is a favorable day for doing things with younger people. 4 stars Birthday Baby: You have a strong intuition and will pick up on the moods and feelings of those around you. You may appear to be preoccupied with your own little world but inside you know exactly what's going on with those you care about. You're a wise one regardless of your age. Book tells compelling tale of feud By A.V. GALLAGHER Associated Press Writer With the end of U.S. ground involvement in Vietnam and the fall of Saigon more than 20 years past, historians are once again reviewing Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency in a bit more dispassionate light. Particular attention is being paid to the revolutionary efforts he made to transform the domestic landscape, and his phenomenal success with Congress in achieving those aims. At the time, all of that was overshadowed by the Vietnam War, which drove Johnson, a hated man, from the White House in 1968. In "Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud that Defined a Decade" (Norton, $32.50), Jeff Shesol delves into the visceral connection between Bobby Kennedy and Johnson, particularly after Johnson became president. Shesol attempts no rehabilitation of Johnson, who comes across as an isolated, egotistical, lying, embittered, self-centered and vengeful man driven by his desire to thwart and humiliate Kennedy. • The roots of the Johnson-Kennedy antagonism gp back to 1960 when John and Bobby Kennedy relt that Johnson was foisted on them after he ACROSS 1 Director Howard 4 Fatty 11 Deed 141 love: Lat. 15 Chooses 16 Funny Charlotte 17". ..rain_ sleet..." 18 Sign of nerves 20 Search for water 22 Bridge coup 23 Track-and-field contest 24 Very long time 25 Hindsight phrase 27 Pickpocket's assets 33 Hodgepodge 34 EPA concern 35 Skylit lobbies 39 Estuary 40 Tours 42 Blow H 43 Fender dings 45_War (racehorse) 46 To-do 47 Boxing style of old 50 Previously 53 XIII x IV 54 Achieve 55 Zola novel 59 Movie award • 62 Garden experts 65 Coach Parseghian 66 Pub drink 67 Make like new 68 Midmoming 69 Baseballer Cobb et al. 70 Upset with 71 "Dig in!" DOWN Author Ayn Melville novel From Oslo 4 Agree 5 Morning droplets 6 Seine sights 7 Ring out 8 Word form for "eight" 9 One of the Little Rascals 10 Psychic's sense 11 Composer Harold 12 Sahara beast 13 In a peevish mood 19 "It's _ Unusual Day" 21 London district 26 Monks 27 Hawaii Five-0 star 28 Nastase of tennis 29 Chemin de (casino game) 30 Part of Caesar's boast 31 Kim of Picnic 32 Miller or Ford 36 Make a copy of 37 "Dies_" 38 Part of B.A. 40 Despot 41 Costello or Gehrig 44 Steak cut 46 Competes in the slalom 48 Tenant 49 Storage space 50 Sired, Biblically 51 Before the deadline 52 Releases 56 Chan rejoinder 57 Party snacks 58 Cookie man Walry 60 Zone 61 Carry on 63 Atomic energy org. 64 Bikini top CREATORS SYNDICATE e 1998 STANLEY NEWMAN Show goes boldly into ninth season By JEFF BAENEN Associated Press Writer EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. After a close brush with the Black Hole of Lost Series a few years ago, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" is speeding into its ninth season at full warp drive. Fans of the cult TV show, which features silhouettes of puppets making fun of really bad movies, can resume their habit on the Sci-Fi Channel. Sci-Fi has ordered 13 new. , episodes, with an option for nine more. A special, half-hour Academy Award preview, in which "Titanic" and other big- name Oscar nominees get the "MST3K" treatment, airs Thursday at 7:30 p.m. EST, with a repeat at 11:30 p.m. EST. "It's a blast," said writer- producer-director Kevin Murphy, 41, who operates the Tom Servo puppet and appears as Professor Bobo, an intelligent gorilla. "You get to make fun of Hollywood Today rather than Hollywood Yesterday. It kind of gets old, sometimes, to just make fun of people who are either dead or don't care." While Sci-Fi says ratings have improved since "MST3K" left Comedy Central two seasons ago, the show has never been a mega-hit. That's fine with Jim Mallon, the show's executive director. "We know we're entertaining a lot of people," Mallon said, "and we don't have the pressure that being an enormous success brings, so we can kind of stay relaxed in what we do. We've got our little clubhouse down here." Here's the "MST3K" premise: office temp Mike Nelson (head writer Michael J. Nelson) is stranded in space with his homemade robots (Tom Servo and Crow) and forced to watch such execrable films as "The Thing That Couldn't Die." Nelson and his robot buddies subject the movie's to a torrent of heckling. Viewers get to see the awful flicks, with images of Nelson and the robots superimposed on the lower right corner, and laugh along with the wisecracks. Turkeys scheduled for skewering this season include "The Phantom Planet," "Werewolf" and "The Deadly Bees." The show airs at 5 p.m. EST on Saturdays, with a repeat at 11 p.m. EST. For Nelson, 33, mocking bad movies is not a life-and-death proposition. "People don't really screw up in this job," he said. "What can you do? You're just sitting down, making fun of a movie. It's not 'You blew the Johnson account!"' The show has survived major cast changes since its debut on a Twin Cities UHF station in 1988. Comedian Joel Hodgson, who created the show and was the original host, left in 1993 and moved to Los Angeles. Another shakeup came two years ago, when writer Trace,, Beaulieu quit. Beaulieu had a, dual role as the robot Crow and" as the evil Dr. Clayton Forrester,'-, who hoped for world domina-f tion through bad movies. .; It took two people to replace Beaulieu. Writer Mary Jo Pehl," 38, stepped in as Forrester's domineering mother, Pearl," while actor and novice pup-' peteer Bill Corbett took over as Crow. ; ,"A11 I was worried about ate first was memorizing lines an<f' being able to utter them without'" screwing up," Pehl says. "And_. now I can memorize the lines' AND I can move AND I can do .• actions, so I'm just having a lot; more fun with it." '", The writers have cut down on r their Quips Per Minute. ••• The show was averaging 700' • jokes per episode, but cramming^ in that many jokes can seemr "kind of sad and desperate,"^' said writer Paul Chaplin - "like', we're trying to prove to the'j world that we actually are aS^ funny as people say we are." ,!\ ..'/i Answw to previous puzzto annnn ana nanna aaiiHn EBH Banna QQH HHH nniin anuria ana unua EujaHH anna ana HDD nraa HQHHQ DBS QHQUQ betrayed John, spread rumors to the press about John's illness, and belittled their father. Shesol's story is compelling and enjoyable. The account of Johnson's viciousness in both embracing Bobby and being repelled by him after John's assassination is delicious. Johnson is painted as a president whose major aim was to hound Bobby and prevent him from becoming vice president in 1964 and president in 1968. Johnson succeeded at the former but was failing miserably at the latter when an assassin did the job for him. Bobby often comes across as a snotty, self-centered whiner who is unable to make up his mind and is haunted by the historical image of John's presidency. Shesol dances around Bobby's connection with Vietnam, giving him more backbone than history is likely to credit him with in defying the war as early as 1967. Bobby, after all, was John's major adviser; and the foreign policy team that led the U.S. hip-deep in blood into Vietnam was assembled by John. The book is a must for anyone interested in the politics of the Kennedy-Johnson years. It is a compelling tale, a wonderfully written first book by the creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip, "Thatch." TUESDAY EVENING 3/17/98 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 ,T ,r 9:30 1 10:00 1 10:30 1 11:00 BROADCAST CHANNELS CD 3D 0 CD Q3 CD B3 m m EB m I CABL AMC COM DISC DISN ESPN FAM FSB LIFE NICK SCIFI TBS TNN TNT M* WGN Home Imp. [Home Imp. NewstS NewsE. (Extra IS News® 700 Club News-Lehrer Single Fam. Mat. Home Imp. Martin E Fresh Pr. Mad-You Star Trek: Next Gener. Frasier A [Entertain Seinfeld A Frasier A Mad-You Entertain JAG "The Stalker E Jeopardy! Fortune American Comedy Awards (Taped) A El Mad-You For-Love Public Eye A SI Home Imp. Movie: "Too Late for Tears" (1949) Something Paid Prog. Business [9 Steps to Financial Freedom People's Court A E Fresh Pr. Home Imp. Simpsons News Step-Step Seinfeld A Simpsons Home Imp. E CHANNELS "Stars-Stripes" Comic Laugh Wings "Flight Deck" (R) Growing Basketball Carol Bnt. 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