Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 31, 1976 · Page 20
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Editor Makes it as TV Star (Editor's Note: You may recall recent news articles about John Marion, editor-in-chief of the Keokuk Daily City, and his recent experiences with doctors in Russia.) By John Marion Iowa Dally Press Ass'n. NEW YORK - Now that I'm an established TV star, I'll take all my friends backstage and tell how hard it is to make good in big time TV-. . . Monday morning I had an appointment at the office of the company that owns the program "To Tell the Truth" ... There I met the other two fellows who were to be on the program with me; the company does an excellent job in matching the three contestants . . . Both the other men had been in Russia and are as familiar with Russian names and places as I am, which means none of us knew a lot... All that morning we went over the story of my hospitalization and subsequent events ... I had to swear that I would tell the truth when I was eventually questioned by the panel on the show; the others are allowed to lie as much as possible to throw the panel off the track We visited about all possible questions, and that was the ' last I heard of the show until about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when • I went to Radio City in Rockefeller Center for the actual taping of the program... The studio was less than three blocks from my hotel; I had .planned to walk, but on Tuesday, March 16, in New York it rained, sleeted, and rained in downpours ... We spent most of the afternoon practicing and watching others practice who will be on future shows ... We were backstage where we could watch the others on a TV monitor; when there wasn't a rehearsal we just milled around and talked with other contestants... Gary Moore is very personable and easy-going. .. .He came backstage and visited quite a while ... I told him I had listened to him on a Chicago radio program when.1, was in college; he said, "Be careful. You'll give away both our ages!" . . . That old radio show was a daily program, somewhat of a variety show, and was called something matinee, I can't recall the exact name . . . Naturally none of the panel ever saw us; the show is honest and care- FUNNY BUSINESS By Roger fio/fen [MENROD/CALLTrXe EMPLCXt'Me/O'T ASeK\C9 AMD MAOE THEM £>EIOC> DescRiPTiOr\i OF <tf)OR CJOB Tlmtt Herald, Carroll, la. M «J Wednesday, March 31, 1976^0 Mrs. Mao Leads the Anti-Teng Drive fully done; I think the panel members are practically kept in isolation ... We rehearsed with no audience, no panel, no Gary Moore, just a walk-through with one of the girls from the company that owns the show; she showed us where to walk, etc ... After several others had done the same thing, we did a real dress rehearsal with lights, cameras, Gary Moore, no audience, and a panel made up of employes of the studio; this was to get us used to how we should walk in, take our chairs, and answer questions. The two fellows with me were very sharp; one is a personnel director with IBM and the other an advertising director . . . The three of us watched all other contestants and the panel when actual taping was being done, observed everything as ? closely as possible and then, talked together about how we might possibly fool the panel ... We decided for me to "play down" as much as possible and answer as few questions as possible while the others would try to take as long as they could to answer questions .. . Also backstage with us was a woman from Dublin, Ireland, who has written and won several, powder . .. She reasoned that if I did look pale under those very bright lights and the story said I had been in a Russian hospital, the panel might pick me ... When we finally got on camera to get the program taped, we had a live audience and the real panel, which consisted of Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass, and Bill Cullen, the regulars; Hugh Downs was the guest panelist Mental Health Series Wins SDX Awards CHICAGO (AP) —Sevenre- porters for the Detroit Free Press who spent a year examining Michigan's mental health code were named winners today of the annual general reporting award conferred by The Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi. Among the work of the Free Press journalists was an account of a former mental patient with a 25-year history of violent behavior, revealing the official laxity which permitted his release, after which he killed four women and raped four others. Because of this and other stories, state authorities were forced to,close loopholes in * » ' finished an encyclopedia of cooking . .. She and the two others with her were trying to help us while they too waited to be taped. . . The Irish gal thought I looked a bit more pale than the others; she got out her-purse and used a little powder brush to "make me up" with dark code, said Sigma Delta Chi, a society of professional journalists. The Free Press reporters were cited for their "persistence, boldness and determination to right a wrong." The awards were among those in 16 categories of print . . . Kitty Carlisle Is much more beautiful in real life than she appears to me on TV; Downs was downright stuffy; Peggy Cass has a very sweet face and an attractive personality; Cullen is just rather easy-going.. . Before the program went on, we all agreed, and had it confirmed by others, that Peggy Cass is the most perceptive of the panel and the one we had to fool ... Gary Moore is very relaxed and easy; we watched him in one of the rehearsals with the false panel; he read from his card, "Now for the story of a very dedicated father" . . . The curtain opened and there were the Irish lady and the other two women; Moore said, "Somethin's wrong. There's no father there" ... The three had been sent out from backstage at the wrong time ... He just laughed and said, "Let's start over"; no ranting and raving as many stars are wont to do. .. We finished our taping of the show at 5:35 p.m.; since my plane was to leave at 7 p.m., I dashed for a cab in the still pouring rain ... Oh, how did we do on stumping the panel? . . . You'll have to tune in Thursday, April 15, channel two at 6:30 p.m.. .. I've been sworn to secrecy . . . Don't worry; I'll remind you again and again of my TV debut! and broadcast journalism selected by the society for their outstanding performances in 1975. The winners were chosen from 1,266 entries. The winning Free Press reporters are William J. Mitchell, Billy Bowles, Kirk Cheyfitz, Julie Morris, Tom Hennessey, James Harper and Jim Neubacher. Other categories and winners included: —Washington Correspondence: James Risser, Des Moines Register, for his work in uncovering corruption in grain exporting. —Radio Reporting: WHBF AM-FM radio news team, Rock Island, 111., coverage of an explosion. Iowa Woman Killed in Crash "• KSTHlgRVILLET Iowa"( AP)" Jennie.Biery, 68, of Estherville was killed Tuesday night when the car she was driving ran off an Emmet County blacktop road about three miles north of Estherville. Her husband, Robert Biery, was injured in the crash. PEKING — (LENS) - The central question about China's virulent campaign against the man who just missed becoming prime minister, * Teng Hsiao-ping, is whether it will explode into another cultural revolution. A recent editorial in the People's Daily implied that, for the moment at least, the authorities are holding in the reins. But Teng himself looks like the minimum price the moderates will have to pay for limiting the damage. Both the call for a "cool-headed" approach — no fighting groups to be organized, the campaign to be led by party committees at all levels — and the singling out of Teng as the chief offender appeared to carry the personal endorsement of Chairman Mao. Mao's own latest words on these subjects were, as usual, disjointed and open to a variety of interpretations. But his title quotation, "Reversing Carroll Wholesale Market The Store That Sets The Low Food Prices Every Day! Hwy. 71 North Prim Good Thru Tue»., Apr. 6 We discount 6,000 grocery items, not just advertised items. Monday thru Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. STARKIST CHUNK TUNA 6-Oz. FOLGER'S COFFEE 2-Lbs. SUNSHINE Crackers GOLDEN MAID OLEO 3-Lbs. 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FARMLAND SMOKED PICNICS correct verdicts goes against the will of the people," and his subsequent observation that "capitalist readers are still taking the same road" point to a fairly explicit dissociation from his long-time intimate and ally, Mr. Teng. As for Teng's co-conspirators, the editorial claims they are few — a "small number of leading cadres who have implemented the erroneous line" — and open to reform: "We should help them shift their stand and urge them to correct their mistakes." In fact, what the publication of this appeal for restraint indicates is the very opposite: that Teng's supporters are a good deal stronger than their exclusion from the radical-controlled media would suggest and that they have been fighting hard behind the scenes against a takeover by the radicals. But their job has been complicated, as it was during the cultural revolution, by the active involvement on the radical side of the person presumed to have the most direct access to Mao — his wife. Mrs. Mao's personal venom was plainly behind the latest anti-Teng outbursts in which "that unrepentant capitalist reader" was accused of demonstrating his disdain for her revolutionized theater. Not only did he refuse to attend a single revolutionary opera, "he even slanderously remarked 'it is hard to sell tickets for revolutionary theatrical shows these days.' " Another recent example of Mrs. Mao's resurgence was a front-page puff in the People's Daily for her pet farm brigade near Tientsin, which Teng is alleged to have dismissed as a poor revolutionary model. Mrs. Mao is clearly taking advantage of the present campaign to get her own back on a hated rival. Whether she is also influencing her husband — and through him, state policy — is another question. 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