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THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC Saturday, February 28, 1987 Calendar G3 T Calvin Trillin G3 Cinemafare G4I Television . G6 1 1 L Comics G7 V Bridge G8 v" m Lights out for would-be Edisons The days of the small-time, independent inventor may be numbered as inventing becomes a largely corporate undertaking and less a matter of inspiration and genius. G3. ntXUDOU MAIL fU5 Short takes CHflSFR dew on News briefs PETER GABRIEL was the big winner at the American Video Awards on Thursday, taking home honors for best pop video, best male performance, best direction, best editing and best special effects, for Sledgehammer. Gabriel also was inducted into the National Academy of Video Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Scottish Rite Audito rium m Los Angeles. Peter Cetera was named best new artist Other winners include: Best urban contemporary video, Kiss, Prince & the Revolution; best country video: Honky Tonk Man, Dwight Yoakam; best stage perfor mance, Yankee Rose, David Lee Roth; best performance, female, Papa Don t Preach, Ma donna; best performance, group, Walk Like an Egyptian, The Bangles; best home video, Last World Dream, Howard Jones; best cinematog-rapher, 25 or 6 or 4, Chicago. O'NEAL GETS PROBATION - Griffin O'Neal, son of actor Ryan O'Neal, was sentenced Friday to 18 months probation m connection with an accident that killed the son of director Francis Ford Coppola. O'Neal also was fined $200 plus $245 court costs for negligent operation of a boat in the accident last Memorial Day that killed Gian-Carlo Coppola. Judge Martin Wolf, who warned 0 Neal that if he violates his probation, he'll be jailed for 30 days, lectured him from the bench, saying he could find nothing good about his character. You have a history of lying, with little respect for others," said Wolf. "Your driving record is horrid. You drive with speed and disregard for others. ' Wolff also reviewed O'Neal's use of drugs, which he said began at the age of 12. One of the conditions of probation imposed by Wolff was that 0 Neal undergo periodic testing to ensure that he does not use drugs. He also ordered the young actor to perform 416 hours of community service, continue psychiatric counseling, and either attend school or hold a job during the 18-month probation period. Coppola, 23, suffered fatal head injuries when he was hit by a tow rope being used by two other boats. At his trial in December in Anne Arundel County (Md.) Circuit Court, O'Neal was acquitted of manslaughter by Wolff, who said he believed O'Neal's testimony that he did not see the rope until it was too late to avoid the accident. DEVIL DISC MELTDOWN POSTPONED - A Linwood, N.J., church canceled a record-burning Friday, saying officials were afraid young people would turn the rally into a not Linwood police authorities came and talked with us today and informed us there is a very good probability of not conditions, said Kichard Kim, youth pastor at the Mainland Assembly of God Church in the affluent Atlantic City suburb. Church officials planned to burn the records in protest of what they consider objectionable lyrics. Local rock musicians had said they would show up in a counterprotest. The burning will be rescheduled, Kim said. WRITERS SET TO STRIKE - Facing a strike deadline in two days, more than 100 television news writers and supporters rallied Friday to convince network giants ABC and CBS to agree on a new contract that will "preserve the news quality. The Writers Guild represents about 500 writers, editors, researchers, graphic artists and others at the two networks. They have voted to walk off the job when a 3-year pact expires at 12:01 a.m. Monday if no new agreement has been reached. EILEEN FORD and two of her company's models, Renee Simonsen, left, and Monika Schnarre, right, are heading for Moscow for a fashion show. The models are two of three Americans participating in a show that will launch a new fashion magazine, called Burda. Our daily quote "I've tried to tone down some of my peppiness, but ... if they want to use somebody with less energy, then they can get somebody with less energy. You either hire somebody who touches or you don't hire somebody who touches. I can't lose my spontaneity. If people keep nitpicking with me, they'll lose me." Mariette Hartley, the highly visible co-host of CBS's The Morning Program, answering critics who complain about her on-air persona. Compiled from Associated Press and United Press International by Hardy Price. J. J. L Pupils learn about sharing in the '80s By LINDA HELSER The Arizona Republic Boom boxes, break dancing and glitter gloves. At age 10, Jessica Rivera in her plaid parochial school skirt and thickly braided brown hair, knows all about trends. To ensure that at least one trend of the '80s will measure up to something more than just a fad in history books, Jessica and her central Phoenix classmates have taken matters into their own hands. "Americans love trends," she said. "And what we're trying to do is make it trendy to give to the poor." They got the idea while studying philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. "Then we starting talking about trends of the '60s and 70s and how the trends of the '80s were still kind of up in the air," said teacher Kathleen Feeney. By combining two concepts, the fifth-graders at St. Matthews Elementary School decided to turn the '80s into something a little more consequential. "They wanted to make the '80s an age of philanthrophy," Feeney said. Project Trend was born, and the target of their intended philanthrophy became Andre House, two central-Phoenix homes restored by two priests that separately house men and women who are homeless. The priests also feed the hungry daily at an outdoor shelter for the homeless at 13th Avenue and Madison Street. The second recipient would be the St. Vincent de Paul charity dining hall. Starting February 9, letters were mailed to 27 managers of nearby businesses, soliciting money or canned goods. "First the kids would call and get the manager's name, then send the letter and finally, follow up with a phone call," Fenney said. Some letters were returned, and some managers were unavailable. "But they didn't get one single, flat-out 'no' from anyone once they got to talk to them," the teacher added. "What's funny is these kids aren't much better off than the others they're helping," Feeney said. "And they're so simple to please. All they asked for was food or $10 because to them, $10 is a lot of money." Even though it started as a fifth-grade class project, St. Matthews sixth-graders mailed 12 letters to businesses in support of their lowerclassmen. "Not all the money is in yet, only about $96, but we do have 300 cans of food that we're splitting between the '''' w''' ' ' '' Teacher Kathleen Feeney instructs her fifth-grade class how the march will be run 1 "" T Suzanne StarrRepublic mm Project f WMfft h fefe v- inia Tysv. ... . :. ., Suzanne StarrRepublic Safety guard George Holguin guides the entourage through traffic and mud. two charities," Feeney said. To thank their benefactors, the pupils devised another plan borrowed from their lessons. "We studied civil rights and women's movements where the marchers carried posters, and the kids decided that's what they'd do to thank the businesses," said Feeney, 27, in her first year of teaching. "They'd march and carry signs." By 1:20 on Friday afternoon, the last of the commercial slogans were being inked upon white paper. Rhyming messages were the norm: "It's only logic to give to project," was the prepared plug for Garcia's. "We Care" buttons were pinned to chests, and a banner, hoisted up by pieces of yardstick proclaimed: "St. Matthew Cares." "We've just seen a Martin Luther film about his march to Selma, Ala., so be careful," Feeney said. "They're pretty fired up right now." An equally fired-up teacher cried out, "Everyone get a coat. " Lining up outside the school at 21st Avenue and Van Buren Street, the 75. pupils from the fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade classes, started their march to the Department of Health Services building near the state Capitol with a prayer. Rev. Michael Baxter, a priest from Andre House, would meet them there and claim his share. A portable tape recorder blared We are the World, and everyone either held a sign or pulled a red wagon filled with cans of food and bags of rice. Along Van Buren Street, singing to the music, they passed patrons filing out of bars, as well as the drivers of cars and trucks who honked and waved their approval. At 20th Avenue, a wagon capsized and cans of food rolled into the intersection.. And a 12-ycarold had a practical but . not too acceptable idea: "Hey, why don't we just take the bus?" called out weary marcher Devin Harvey. Navigating through traffic and around mud puddles with the help of volunteer safety guard George Holguin, the entourage arrived to greet an appreciative Baxter, who quickly loaded the canned goods into the back of his van. "I think it's great to know what some people can do when you gather young-people together," Baxter said. "And it is. hoped they will learn to share by this experience." ; After singing another rousing chorifs of We Are The World, Sidra Thompson; 10, thought that it just might be possible. "This feels good," she said. "Very good." TV news blew Tower-report story Commentary By HOWARD ROSENBERG Lot Angeles Timet HOLLYWOOD Bad news some times makes worse TV. Thursday morning's long-awaited re lease of the Tower Commission report on the Iran-contra arms affair triggered a Washington media frenzy, showing TV reporting at its chaotic, hip-shooting worst. At 7 a.m. EST, CNN loudly advertised "The Tower Commission Report," to air an hour later, as if promoting a prime-time TV show. It turned out to be a show, at that. ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN itself refused to await the Tower Commission's press conference, which was to follow a brief statement by President Reagan. Shortly after its promo, CNN showed Ji: pPS pt Bill Plante Tom Brokaw Sam Donaldson live pictures of a confused scene: reporters crowding in to get their copies of the blue-bound report, then swiftly striding off. Someone else was flipping copies to reporters like a trainer tossing fish to seals. Within minutes, network correspondents were on screen, trying to summarize a 300-plus page report they had barely had time to scan. It was an old movie, reporters rushing to their telephones and immediately dictating stories off the tops of their, heads. It was a bargain-basement sale; it was piranha feeding on a carcass. That the White House correspondents' were largely uninformed about the, report was understandable: They had not had time to read it. That they were.' asked to comment on camera anyway however, was astonishing. The parade began. First Bill Plante on CBS, then Sam Donaldson on ABC and Andrea Mitchell on NBC were on TV live, reading almost cold from the report only minutes after receiving it. Even Dan Rather, at one point confused by Plante's rushed analysis,, asked him to go over it again. Afterward, Rather still sounded unsure. "Despite the fact if it is a fact that President Reagan gave approval for an' arms deal . . ." he began. On ABC, "I have not really read or scanned many pertinent sections," Don- Tower, G2. Thoughtful chamber program offers delights By DIMITRI DROBATSCHEWSKY The Arizona Republic The program for the Phoenix Sym phony's Chamber series concert on Thursday was selected with music director Theo Alcantara's accustomed thoughtfulness. It contained a very listenable classical symphony; an intellectually stimulating 20th century opus; an ingratiating serenade; and a concerto to display the virtuosity of one of the orchestra's section principals. The soloist, in the latter selection, was Charles Berginc, who performed Georg Philipp Telemann's Concerto in D for Trumpet and Strings on a piccolo (four-valve) trumpet. Competing only against a sharply reduced string section, Berginc had no trouble making himself heard. His Music Review PHOENIX SYMPHONY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Conducted by Theo Alcantara, with soloist Charles Berginc, trumpet Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Thursday. clarion sounds were crisp, clear and self-assured and his trills distinct, even if an unhappy note emerged once or twice. The concerto was preceded by a satisfying reading of Haydn's Symphony No. 85 in B-flat, nicknagecd La Reine. The opus was interpreted perceptively and with well-balanced sonorities, with the second movement, Allegretto, providing the most gratifying moments. Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks, a concerto for very small chamber orchestra, took care of the "educational" portion of the evening. The composer, with his usual economy of means, achieved seemingly infinite variety of sound, color and rhythm, which Alcantara brought to life with sharp and at times excessively incisive accuracy. The work, not heard in the Valley for far too many years, is typical of Stravinsky: exhilarating and biting, although not as witty as some of his similarly scored compositions. Dvorak's delightful Serenade for Winds, Op. 44, was performed, most of the time, with a massive, orchestral, approach instead of the appropriate delicacy of chamber music interpreta tions. Still, the strangely orchestrated piece' (woodwinds, French horns, one cello anc one double bass) charmed the audience with flowing melodies and interesting-harmonic structures. Z Almost every wind player had to" perform solo in mercilessly exposed, passages, and all performed nobly and with competence. One player, however, oboist Marian Pendell, was so outstanding that it does not diminish the accomplishments of her colleagues if her performance is givn a special meijtion.''

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