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St. Louis, Missouri
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Thursday, August 6, 1992
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THURSDAY. AUGUST 6. 1992 ST LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 3E. y 7" THANKS A MILLION VcJ.'" Retarded Sister Needs A Safe Haven Dear Mr. Ro: In a nutshell, I'm 30 and married, with four children. My 27-year-old sister is mentally retarded and has been living in a group home for two years because of my parents' advancing age. She's not profoundly retarded, but she can't live independently or work. Here's the tragedy: Two weeks ago, I learned that she's six months' pregnant I don't know who the father is, but the group home refuses to take responsibility for it, so I was forced to remove her from there. It's too late for a safe abortion, and I certainly don't have the room to house her here. I don't mean to sound cruel, but I'm just so angry over this whole ordeal. I have another sister who lives in California, who does have the room to keep her, at least until the baby arrives. I can't send the poor girl by bus, because the trip is too long. We're barely making it even though both my husband and I work. Would you help with $384 air fare? Please say you'll help before this nightmare gets any worse. In answering your letter, I could refrain from comment, express my sympathy and send you the air fare. That would be the easy way out. I AM sending you the air fare, and your sister DOES have my sympathy. However, I need to say that her situation puts my "yes" vote in the category for voluntary sterilization. Please be her voice in this. Dear Mr. Ross: My mom, 78, goes to a country church, which means very much to her. They have always had "country preachers" who run up and down the aisles, jump over pews and scream so loud you can't understand what they say. Finally, the church was able to get a young preacher. After two years, he had to quit because the church had no money to pay him. Apparently, several of the old members had dropped out because FILM A French Mystery With A Dark Face "LA MAISON ASSASSINEE" No MPAA rating (probable R, vio-lence). Running time: 1:50. By Joe Pollack Of the Post-Dispatch Staff THE LOVE of French film makers for "film noir," mystery tales that show the dark underside, comes through deftly in "La Mai-son Assassinee" ("The Murdered House"), a fascinating little movie with many twists, but one that is not too difficult to figure out On a stormy night in 1896, a traveler stops at an inn in the south of France. Outside, three men lurk in the bushes. In the morning, the man awakens to discover that the five family members who run the inn have been brutally murdered. The only survivor is a 3-week-old boy. On an autumn day in 1918, the boy, now a veteran of World War I, returns to the village to discover that his inheritance is the old stone inn. He also learns, for the first time, what happened to his parents and grandparents. Three Herzego-vinan railroad workers were arrested, convicted and guillotined for the killings, but there are some who doubt their guilt, and no one in the town wants to talk about the case except for Zorme (Roger Zendly), a man of spells and mysterious voices. Seraphin Monge (Patrick Bruel) wants to find the truth and takes a job as part of a road-repair crew. He soon discovers that the baker (Jean-Pierre Sentier) and the olive-press owner (Andre Rouyer) THURSDAY CHECK IT OUT 'Romance, Romance': MAD-CO's Ross Winter is the choreographer and Hope Wurdack the director for the Theatre Factory's adaptation of the Broadway hit featuring two one-act stories about love. 8 p.m., Edison Theatre, (533-6683) MUSIC Alton Muny Band: 8 p.m., Riverview Park, Alton, (618-465-8943) Joe Henry: (rock), 9:30 p.m., Cicero's, (862-0009) The Zeros: 9 p.m., Metal's Edge, (544-2999) Jim Nabors: 8 p.m., Queeny Park, Greensfelder Recreation Center, (534-1700) Joey Calderazzo Trio: 9 and 11 p.m., Just Jazz, Hotel Majestic, 1019 Pine St. (436-2355) COMEDY & THEATE"r Steve Kelley, Frank King: 8:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club West, they said he was too educated. It just so happens that these older members were the biggest contributors because they had the financial means. Now the church has another young preacher whom they've taken a real shine to. They promised him $150 a week for which he has to drive an hour on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights and Wednesday and Thursday nights for visitation (a lot for $150). The problem is they're running short of funds and are afraid he will leave if they can't continue to pay him. I'm sending $200 to cover the shortage this month. Any donation you might be able to help with would make you a great hero in their eyes, but it would also help them keep their pastor. The name of the church is Upper Rice Creek Baptist Church. Here's my message to the church members: Although religion is a free expression of beliefs, you still have to pay the preacher. I don't know the size of your congregation, but you folks will either have to dig a little deeper into your pockets or compromise on the number of trips your pastor has to make each week. Pass the plate, because I'm sending $ 1 50, but from there on out, you're on your own. Dear Mr. Ross: Problem: My car is broken. Solution: your $458. Stipulation: Send A.S.A.P. Problem: You're short on words, and I'm short of cash this week. Solution: Write me again. Stipulation: in the year 2000. You may write to Percy Ross co the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, P.O. Box 35000, Minneapolis, Minn. 55439. Include a telephone number if you wish. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column, although others may be acknowledged privately. seem to know something, as does a blacksmith-turned-munitions maker (Claude Evrard) who lives in a nearby town. Marie, the baker's daughter (Anne Brochet), and Rose, the ol-ive-presser's daughter (Agnes Blanchot), both set their caps for Seraphin, and neither is particularly shy about pressing her case. Seraphin, convinced by the villagers that a curse is present, tears down the inn, stone by stone, but as he does so, he finds a box filled with gold coins and three IOUs, one signed by each of the men, and all due on the day after the murder. Seraphin vows revenge, and starts tracking the olive-presser, but before he can kill him, someone else does the job. That begins a series of twists, including a romance between Seraphin and Charmaine (Ingrid Held), the wealthy and beautiful daughter of the munitions maker. Bruel, best known as a singer, is outstanding as Seraphin, with all the blazing passion of a man haunted by his past and determined to find the truth. The three women who love him are delightful, and Zendly, as the mysterious Zorme, adds a nifty touch. Jackie Cuckier's screenplay holds the tension nicely, especially since he is spinning two mysteries the 19th-century murders and the 20th-century ones at the same time, and Georges Lautner directs with the French love for the dark scenes and the dark side. Good movie. (Opens Friday at the Kirkwood, in French with subtitles.) CALENDAR West Port Plaza, (469-6692) Rick Tempesta, A.J. Lentini: 8:30 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club South, Ronnie's Plaza, (843-2727) Tim Cavanaugh, Dennis Regan: 8 p.m., Catch a Rising Star Comedy Club, (231-6900) 'Big River': 7:30 p.m., Communications Building Theater, SIUE, (Res. 618-692-2774 or toll-free from St Louis, 621-5168, ext. 2774) 'All's Well That Ends Well': 8 p.m., St Louis Shakespeare Co., Mallin-ckrodt Center, Washington U., (664-7586) 'The Chalk Garden': 8 p.m., Studio Theatre, Loretto-Hilton Center, (725-9108) Joey Calderazzo Trio: 9 and 11 p.m., Just Jazz, Hotel Majestic, (436-2355) 'George Ml': 8:15 p.m., The Muny, (534-1111) SPECIAL EVENT Book Fair 6 p.m., St. Henry School gym, Belleville, (618-277-3864 or 618-398-6545) el) Of Course, Of Course ERIC CLAPTON, Ringo Starr and Monty Python , did. Ronald Reagan didn't Kurt Vonnegut and Peter Max said yes. Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones said no. What they did or didn't do was join the Mr. Ed Fan Club. The talking horse, of course. About a thousand people have ponied up the 20 bucks to join. I have that straight from the horse's mouth. Big Bucks Burnett, the club president said, "The fan club has quite a stable of celebrity members. Wyman and Reagan were the only two who refused to join. Serves Wyman right to be in there with Reagan." I guess Reagan didn't want any more to do with animals after that chimp, Bonzo. Speaking of stable, 31 years after his debut, Mr. Ed is more popular than ever, thanks to cable TV's Nick at Nite. Not bad for a show whose hoofer has been dead since 1968. Big Bucks Burnett gives us his horse sense in this: Viets Guide To Mr. Ed Rut which end? "I like to think Ed was the John Lennon of horses," said Big Bucks. "He had glasses, long hair and a quick wit. In the '60s, that's all it took to go straight to the top." Most critics thought "Mr. Ed" was a load of road apples, but the show had some big names behind it. George Burns put up $75,000 for the pilot said Burnett and was a co-producer. Another producer was Arthur Lubin, of "Francis the Talking Mule." It made his day: Clint Eastwood was a "Mr. Ed" guest star when he starred in the horse opera "Rawhide." She not only came up and saw him: Mae West gave Ed a bubble bath. On other shows, Ed exercised with Jack LaLanne, played ball with Leo Durocher, and sought advice from Dear Abby. The show had everyone from Sharon Tate to Zsa Zsa Gabor. Ed-ifying reading: Burnett says the best not to mention the only reference book is "The Famous Mister Ed: The Unbridled Truth About America's REVIEWS Nabors Thrills Audience With 'Cadillac' Voice By Michael Kuelker JIM NABORS put the rich timbre of his bass baritone to the test and won better-than-passing marks from an audience 3,000 strong Tuesday night at the Greensfelder Recreation Center at Queeny Park. Nabors opened a three-night run with material spanning country, classical and pop show tunes as part of the Queeny Pops' 18th summer concert series with the St. Louis Symphony. Conductor Richard Hayman opened the show with a 40-minute set that merged some traditional country favorites with symphonic arrangements, particularly in a medley featuring "Tennessee Waltz" and "Jambalaya," which boasted a trumpet duet. "Shenandoah," the most intricate arrangement of the set was given lush accompaniment with French horn, oboe and clarinet Hayman also offered an excerpt from "Missouri Harmony." Despite its home state theme, the song was largely unfamil my . . mmm 'French VZljII Sales Of FOR THE LAST six months, or ever since "60 Minutes" and the subsequent newspaper coverage of the so-called "French paradox," red wine sales have shown major sales growth everywhere. On "60 Minutes," some researchers speculated that the French people's consumption of red wine was linked to their low incidence of heart disease. The report has affected all red wines, from the most expensive labels to jug wines. Wine dealers even report people ordering "the same wine the French drink," which usually is an inexpensive table wine, no better than the jug wines of California. A repeat of the broadcast recently caused another spurt of interest and whether the paradox is a result of genes, lifestyle, local climate, the water or the wine or a combination thereof it's good news for a wine buff to hear. With that report to help things along, I've had the chance to sample a number of excellent California reds in the last few months. Two are from one of my favorite wineries, Shafer Vineyards of Napa Valley, the 1987 Cabernet Sauvignon "Hillside Select" and the 1990 Napa Valley Merlot. The former is expensive, about $35, but I think it's well worth it. The wine is aged in oak for some 2 Vi years, and the result is splendid, a mellow, rich wine with deep, well-developed flavors that is ready now and should improve. The merlot (about $18) is a blend of 82 percent merlot, 11 percent cabernet franc and 7 percent cabernet sauvignon. Like all fine merlots, it is soft and rich, even mellow for its relatively young age. Conn Creek, another Napa winery, has released its first meritage, called Triomphe, and the 1987 vintage, blending 71 percent cabernet sauvignon, 16 percent cabernet franc and 13 percent merlot is a winner, even at $25. The color is a true royal purple, and both the aroma and the flavor have hints of black cherry. The finish is long, and the wine has fine aging potential. Let's pause for a moment to discuss ?'' ELAINE VIETS " Talking Horse," by Nancy Nalven (1991, Warner Books). The problem started with his fodder Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible Harvey were models of mental health compared to Wilbur Post and Mr. Ed. Dowd at least talked about Harvey. Wilbur (Alan Young) couldn't even tell his wife, Carol Post his palomino talked. Carol (Connie Hines) was brainy and beautiful, but Wilbur spent most of his time in the hay with Ed. Author Nancy Nalven said Wilbur had an Ed-ipus complex. She cites lines like these: "Try to put yourself in his place," Wilbur tells Carol. "I wish I could, I'd be better off," she says. Horse laughs: "Mr. Ed" was a kids' show, but the lines were sophisticated. Here are two favorite Ed quotes: "People should skin each other and leave us animals alone." "I'm gonna take from the rich and give to the POP iar to the audience, so Hayman explained its roots, which stretch back to 1837. (The wise guy in me would say that many in attendance could have heard the song when it was originally performed. The only folks under 35 seemed to be those on duty as ushers and waitresses.) One might think Nabors' most memorable stints in acting on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Go-mer Pyle, USMC" would serve as a giant millstone around the neck of a singer who performs classical music, but Nabors, who farms macadamia nuts in Hawaii when he isn't touring, recalls his television characters with fondness and gave his listeners quite a few laughs with his self-deprecating humor. There seemed to be an odd bifurcation between the type of material and the amiable "just folks" demeanor of the entertainer, but the members of -the audience, many of whom had obviously seen Nabors perform before, did not seem to mind. One couple seated next to me explained that Nabors' JOE POLLACK ON WINE Paradox9 Spurs Red Wine meritage, something California wine marketers gave to the nation a few years ago. These are wines that are blends, much like the French Bordeaux, and while they usually are mainly cabernet sauvignon, they can vary. Meritage wines usually have proprietary names, like Triomphe, or Opus One, and they are the winery's most expensive releases. The BATF (Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) says a winery can use a grape name only if the wine contains at least 75 percent of that grape, and the Meritage name was chosen to cover a blend of good wine that had, say, only 70 percent of the prime grape. Back to Conn Creek, whose three other new reds also are outstanding. The 1987 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($20) is extremely rich and quite intense in its flavors, like so many of the 1987s. The 1989 Merlot ($16), coming in a month or so, is a little lighter than most merlots, but has a smooth, silky elegance in the finish. Best bargain of the group is the 1988 Zinfandel ($10), with hints of chocolate and berry in the aroma and the flavor. It shows superior balance, and I think it has a fine future. Peju Province, also from Napa, is boasting of the medals won by its 1989 HB Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($30), and it deserves its pride. The wine, 100 percent of cabernet sauvignon grapes, is surprisingly soft for its youth, with hints of oak in the aroma but not in the taste, where berries and plums blend with the grapes. It's 'of medium body, with a long, smooth finish, and it shows enough backbone to be able to age and improve. On the lighter side, Mirassou Vineyards has a 1990 Monterey County Cru Gamay ($7-$8) that is a bright, fresh, tasty wine with fine fruit and a charming berry aroma. It works well with chicken and could even be a nice combination with a pork roast. Mirassou also has a 1989 Harvest Reserve Pinot Noir, again from Monterey County ($15). This is a pinot noir made in a light, fruity style, with very little oak. Those who think red wine is too heavy for summer might sample this one. THE VIETS GUIDE There's A Mr. WORD By Morton S. Freeman I see the words archaic and archaism. What do they mean? Archaic refers to something that's no longer current or applicable. Archaisms are archaic words, phrases, or expressions. The word addicted is much in the news. How is it best used? It should be used only of harmful habits (not addicted to eating walnuts) and followed by a gerund (addicted to smoking), not by an infinitive, addicted to smoke. How much is a billion? In the United States a billion is a thousand million. In Britain a billion is a million million. The American billion in Britain is called a milliard. The Paint and Wallcovering Store With Regularly Scheduled... Doing it yourself is easy and can help save money. That's whv we offer regularly scheduled "how- to" classes at each of our 11 convenient locations. You can learn everything from hanging wallpaper to creating marble finishes. Just call any store for a current class schedule. Brcd'Dugan WES TPORT: 567-1111 FERGUSON: 521-3400 CRESTWOOD: 968 5000 HINGSHIQHWAY: COUNTY: 892-4300 BALLWIN: 256-8700 ST. FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL Ed Fan Club poor. And It won't be easy after taxes, who can tell the difference?" What do you think he tiptoed through that time? Big Bucks Burnett produced a re-; cord, "Tiny Tim Sings Mr. Ed." It's $5 through the fan club. The worst Mr. Ed collectible is the Mr. Ed Glue. Dead Ed: The show ended in 1966. Ed came to the end of the trail two years later. His death is shrouded in mystery. "The most common story is he was administered too much medication while his keeper was on vacation," Big Bucks said. "Ed OD'd, but not by his own hoof. I've never gotten a straight answer on exactly how he died or where he was buried. Find Elvis and you'll find Ed." Does that make him the Grateful Ed? Ed fans are called Ed Heads. To be an official Ed Head, send $20 to the Mr. Ed Fan Club, co Big Bucks Burnett PO Box 1009, Cedar Hill, Texas 75104. Big Bucks says your bucks will get you a 32-page periodical, photos of Mr. Ed and a membership card. The devil and Mr. Ed: The "Mr. Ed" theme was in a weird controversy in 1986. The devilishly catchy tune was written by Jay Livingston, the Hollywood songwriter who did the "Bonanza" theme and "Que Sera Sera." Two Ohio evangelists claimed there were satanic messages in "A Horse Is a Horse" if you played it backward. They said they heard "someone sung this song for Satan." "I thought that was hilarious," said Big Bucks. ' "Anyone listening to that music backward is staring at the wrong end of the horse. What kind of idiot ! would play it backward in the first place?" Who would play it forward? How do you get that ; tune out of your head, Big Bucks? It's been galloping through my brain since I started this story. "Why would I ever want that song out of my : head?" he said. "The problem is not having in it your head, but wanting it out." singing voice was a Cadillac compared to the Ford ; sedan of his speaking voice, a most astute assessment. , Nabors says his favorite new material comes; from musicals "I don't understand that rock stuff so he sang from such recent enduring shows as "Les Miserables" (Act I's "I Dreamed a Dream") and "Cats" ("Memory"). These numbers; gave his powerful voice the optimum showcase,' whereas "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" from a medley of what he called "saloon-songs," was too jarring in elaborate orchestral treat-, ment to ears that have heard it only as dirty, lone-; some blues. The hour-long show concluded with a standing.' ovation for "The Impossible Dream," the only hit Nabors ever scored, which is surprising given that he has several gold and one platinum albums in his 30-year singing career. The superlative perfor-' mance by the St. Louis Symphony earned long ap-, plause and Nabors' own warm thanks. 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