The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 58
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Straight Talk By Jeffrey Zaslow ADVICE Jerry Sprtngfir doesn't belong on daytime TV- It's dangerous for kids": On The Jerry Springer Show, "someone solves a problem with physical violence, then sits back down and isn't punished.... If his show is on at night, I don't have a problem with it. But it's dangerous for kids during the day." O'Donnell says Springer "disassociates himself [from the fights] like he's above the fray, morally. He sits back and says, look at what they're doing.' He doesn't participate in the hostility, but he facilitates it." Take kids to local theater: "There are profound moral values they'll find there.... In musical theater, the emotions are so high, people have to break into song. And during the song, you get a lesson about what they're struggling with." ASK O'DONNELL FOR ADVICE O'Donnell will write or call one reader who seeks advice. Write by June 7 to "Straight Talk," P.O. Box 3455. Chicago. III. 60654 (e-mail: talk@usaweekend.com: fax: 312-321-2812). Zaslow is an advice columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times Co. Rosie O'Donnell: The host of next weekend's Tony Awards is such a fan of uplifting musicals, she's memorized emotional lyrics from Broadway's Titanic. The live show "gives me more chills than any movie." R OSIE O'DONNELL, who helps set America's entertainment agenda with her popular daytime talk show, plans to see a slew of movies, concerts and Broadway shows this summer. She has mapped out her tour of air-conditioned theaters, and she's happy to offer a preview: The X-Files movie: "Can't wait! Love the TV show." Saving Private Ryan: "No matter what Steven Spielberg does, go see it. The guy's a genius!" The Horse Whisperer: "Loved the book! The story is great for everyone." Godzilla: "Looks like fun." Celine Dion live: "There are some people I'll always see in concert." Of course, as her fans know, O'Donnell's greatest love is musical theater. Whatever emotion she feels, there's a musical to capture it. "As a kid, I learned the words to all the shows — South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Carousel. Those songs taught lessons about morality, kindness, love. Now, when something happens in my life, I hear the score of a Broadway show in my head. "You see a movie and say, 'I feel like Jack on the Titanic.' OK. But in the musical Titanic [on Broadway], the songs make the emotional content richer." Her favorite verse: "Let all our children's children know that this day long ago, we dreamt of them and came aboard this ship." That song about immigrants seeking a better life "gives me more chills than any movie." Though her mother died when O'Donnell was 10, one of the greatest gifts she passed on was a love of theater. O'Donnell, now 36, hopes to encourage this love in her own kids (Parker, 3, and Chelsea, 7 months) and young viewers. Growing up on New York's Long Island, "the people in movies and on TV seemed far away. But Broadway was a real place. I could go to stage doors and touch people who were doing what I wanted to do." O'Donnell is now a fan of all forms of entertainment. But she remembers her roots: As host of the Tonys on June 7, she'll open the show by belting out songs with Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley and Jennifer Holliday, three Broadway veterans she first met at stage doors as a wide- eyed high school girl. Q PRESIDENT, CEO & EDITOR: Marcla Bullard • PUBLISHER: Charles Gabrlelson • VICE PRESIDENTS: Dave Barber, Bill Coakley, Beth Lawrence, Thomas Melsel IT1II-IHM< Executive Editor: Amy Eisman Senior Editor. Dan Olmsted Senior Associate Editor Brenda Turner Associate Editors: Gayle Jo Carter, Carol Clurman, Patricia Edmonds, Constance Kurz, Lorrie Lynch, Kathleen McCleary Copy Chief: Tom Lent Copy Edttor. Terry Byrne Mate A Difference Day Editor Pamela Brown Staff Writer Dennis McCafferty Researcher Cesar G.Soriano Editorial Assts:Mlcnele Hatty, Miranda Walker «™.-nanin<l.'ltM.iifciiia c** B^^^ n m Bumt.Jcjn Carper, Jean Sherman ChaCliy, Roger Cossack. Stephen Covey, George Foreman. Monlka Gunman. Mia Hamm, Stephanie Mansfield, Tom McNichol, Jill Nelson, Soledad O'Brien, Cokle Roberts, Steve Roberts,Tabitha Soren, James Trefil, Greta Van Susteren, Jeffrey Zaslow EEH Art Director: Pamela Smith Assistant Art Directors: Clay Audi, Nathaniel Levine Photo Desk: Molly Roberts. Cindy Sorgen-Eicher Technology Manager Treva Stose Offlee Staff: Kate Bond, Chris Martin ECDEEI Director New Media: Dierck Casselman Editorial: Vin Narayanan. Amelia Stephenson, Casey Shaw Advertising: Doug Knepper M»i'««!«n.ii.-it»«Min»J K^K Mariicnn i.« * <J USA WEEKEND ;,N.Y. 10022 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Va. 22229 larrcma 1-800487-2956 The magazJn* Amorioa responds to PikMhltaUU 18 USA WEEKEND • May 29-31.1898 COVER AND 'STRAIGHT TALK" PHOTOGRAPHS BY CLIFF LIPSON FOR USA WEEKEND

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