Arizona Daily Star from Tucson, Arizona on July 1, 1977 · Page 21
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Arizona Daily Star from Tucson, Arizona · Page 21

Tucson, Arizona
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Friday, July 1, 1977
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Landon picks Tucson for more episodes of his series By DAVID HATFIELD The Arizona Daily Star LOS ANGELES - Where does a television show go for scenery when this year's drought on the West Coast is turning lush green lands into tinderbbxes? "It looks like Tucson is going to be it for us this year," says Michael Landon, . the executive producer and a star of NBC's "Little House on the Prairie." It's not that there is any more water in southern Arizona, he explained, but the vegetation has survived through the years on less water so it looks better. Vegetation in California, Oregon and Washington is drying up this year, and the National Parks Service has called a halt to filming television shows and movies in their areas for fear that it will further damage the countryside. "We won't try to make Tucson look like Walnut Grove in the series," Landon said. "We'll use it for trek pieces when the Ingalls are away from Walnut Grove." He said "Little House on the Prairie" may film up to five episodes in the Tucson area this season. The show's permanent home is in the Simi Valley, northwest of Los Angeles. ., The new season will also be one of changes as the Ingalls family progresses through the historical perspective of the Laura Ingalls Wilder novel on which the series is based. 1 There will also be recurring appearances by a new character, Jonathan Gar-vey, played by football star Merlin Olsen. Olsen will essentially be replacing Victor French in the cast. French will star in a half-hour situation comedy this fall on ABC called "Carter's Country." ' But in terms of drama, the two biggest events for the Ingalls family will take place toward the end of the upcoming season, Landon said. The Ingalls will have a fourth child, another daughter, much to the chagrin of Landon. "That shows you we're following the historical perspective of the book," he said. "If I had my way, we'd be having a son." The final two hours, which will either be shown as an expanded episode or in two parts, promises to be one of the most dramatic progrants to come from a regular television series. Mary, the eldest daughter of the Ingalls, finds that an illness she had a year earlier has affected her optic nerves and she goes blind. "We feel this will be a very emotional and dramatic show," Landon said. "It will also allow us to develop the character of Mary in the following season as she copes with being blind." There is a chance that the series will return to the Tucson area as a more-or-less permanent locale if the show is renewed by NBC for the 1978-79 season because in the book, , the Ingalls family . moves from Walnut Grove to the Dakotas after Mary goes blind. Tucson was used as a substitute for the Dakotas in a two-hour episode made last season and it could be used again, Landon said. Landon is very much the proud father whether talking about "Little House" or about his own family. He is the father of seven children ranging in age from 2 to 28. When asked about his goal in life, Landon at first joked, "My goal in life is to look good enough that when I die, they'll have a showing." Then he turned from his career and answered the question more seriously: "My goal is stay married to my wife for the rest of my life, keep my big house and have my grandchildren come over and play with me." Landon said he is a very strict parent and, much to the chagrin of the NBC executives standing by, added that he didn't allow his children to watch television on school nights "except 'Little House' or I'll beat 'em up" and certain specials. Instead, he said, he encourages them to read. The most important lesson Landon says he wants his children to learn is to try. "I don't care if they fail at something and they shouldn't be afraid to fail but at least they tried it and, who knows, they may be very good at it." Landon is also very much the leader on the set of "Little House." So far he has withstood very early network encouragement to give the show more action. "What could we have done? There are only nine people in town and nobody carries a gun," Landon said. "There are just so many times you can grab a guy by his lapels and shake him up." Instead, Landon preferred to make the series as he saw it, and as a result it is one of NBC's most popular. "But that's not saying much," he said, adding that considering some of the reruns that were shown "you could have put up a photograph of a Shell station and grabbed a 40 share." As a result of his guidance, Landon said, NBC researchers have told him the show is extremely popular with women, upper-income earners, professional people and "people who don't watch television." "It's just a soft show and I'm proud of it," he said. "We're not going to change." a. mm TUCSON, FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1977 SECTION C PAGE ONE Eat-and-run Tucson offers more exotic fast foods than hot dogs and hamburgers By JOHNS. LONG The Arizona Daily Star Tucson is a fast-food mecca. It's not only because many hopeful franchisers use Tucson as a test market to see how their food will fare. Being a university community, as well as one full of vacationers and transients, doesn't hurt either. The reputation isn't changing, but the type of food served in eat-and-run restaurants has expanded far beyond the conventional American hot dogs and hamburgers. ' The reason is simple. There is more variety today than ever before in the fast food business. "If I want a hamburger or hot dog, I can make it at home," said Steve White, sales manager of Copper State Bolt and Nut Co. Instead of running out for a quick hamburger or hot dog, White and throngs of other Tucsonans are running out for quick moussaka, menudo, hoagies, egg rolls, Italian beef sandwiches and submarines. George Delfakis has been serving Greek specialties like moussaka, souvlaki, spinach pies and baklava for two years at his fast food, eat-in or take-out Greek restaurant Marathon Gyros, 1136 E. 6th St. His business has boomed so that he's building a second Marathon Gyros on the eastside. "I guess they like the food here because it's different, not like what they can get at the usual places and not what they can cook at home," said Delfakis, a Greek immigrant who moved to Tucson from Chicago less than three years ago. Possibly because of Tucson's location and the fact that its population is 25 per cent Mexican-American the most popular among fast food enterprises are those serving Mexican food. Whether it's the American version served at the El Tacos and Taco Bells or the most authentic flavored Mexican food served at the countless Mom and Pop fast-food counters, tacos, burros and enchiladas go like hot cakes here. One of the more notable is Don's Chinese-Mexican Deli, 2455 N. 1st, where you can get a fast bowl of menu-do tripe and hominy soup for 85 cents, Mexican combination plates for as little as $1.50; or on the other side of the deli, have anything from egg rolls and almond chicken to sweet and sour pork. "You get a lot more food for your money at a place like this," said a recent customer at the deli. Stands and restaurants selling Italian beef and sausage sandwiches, as well as those serving Greek, Mexican and Chinese food are doing a good job of keeping the hamburger, hot dog, fried chicken and pizza places on their toes. However, one of the biggest fast food items in town is the submarine sandwich. Five years ago Ed Irving and Bob Greenberg began selling frozen lemonade out of a truck at parks and schools. Today the two are working on opening their eighth Eegee's store in Tucson. The flavors have expanded from the original lemon, strawberry and orange to 15 fresh fruit flavors. Eegee's no longer depends on the fruit-flavored ices for its business. The stands sell 14 different submarine sandwiches, from the standard to one for vegetarians. Eegee's owners receive at least three calls a week from people throughout the Southwest interested in buying a franchise, according to Irving. But the two owners say that if they let their company get into other hands they won't be able to insure the quality they pride themselves on. Hoagie Ranch is another fast-food restaurant specializing in submarines. The restaurant had been in business only six months when a representative of the Franklin Life Insurance Co. was in town trying to get an option to franchise the Hoagie Ranch around the country. The owner, Jack Waslefsky, who is selling more 7- and 14- , inch hoagies than he can make, turned down the offer. His sandwiches there are 24 kinds will soon be sold in Phoenix and another Hoagie Ranch is planned for the eastside. The most popular, according to the owner, is made with slices of steak, sauteed onions and mushrooms and melted provolone cheese, sandwiched between crisp slices of Italian bread. There certainly is no chance that these specialized fast-food enterprises will put the big Jack-in-the-Box, McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises out of business. But, in the words of one ethnic fast food fancier, "They sure do give you a taste of something you weren't brought up on." Book follows trail of unresurrected Jesus into Kashmir By VICTOR WILSON 1177 Newborn News Service WASHINGTON Jesus was crucified about noon on Friday. Before sunset the body was taken down and placed in a rock sepulcher. The tomb was blocked with a boulder. On Sunday the body disappeared. Thus, according to A. Faber-Kaiser, the Biblical prophecy was fulfilled. Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of God. But Faber-Kaiser, a philosopher and scholar of comparative religion, offers another version of these events. And after long study he suggests a world congress be assembled made up of Bible scholars, linguists. Orientalists and specialists in Islamic history to reexamine the whole subject Writing in Jesus Died in Kashmir (Gordon & Cremonesi, $9.95), Faber-Kaiser asserts: Jesus did not die on the cross. Recovered from his wounds, he left Palestine and traveled to Kashmir to seek the Lost Tribes of Israel. His mother, Mary, and a disciple, Thomas, accompanied him. Mary died en route. Jesus settled in Kashmir, began a new life, fathered a family and lived to a very old age. Upon his death he was buried in a crypt in the Khanayar district of Srinagar, capital of Kashmir. The crypt still stands unopened. Also, Faber-Kaiser declares, a small and ancient Jewish community near Kashmir's Lake Wular claims to have been custodian for 3,500 years of the tomb of Moses. The Bible, the author says, mentions no burial spot for him. And finally, he says the names of both Jesus and Moses in their Kashmiri versions are linked in many places and sites in that area. After repeated reports in religious and other circles that Jesus was buried in Kashmir, Faber-Kaiser decided to visit the area and inspect the crypt. He saw the burial spot and also the supposed site of Moses' burial, he writes. Faber-Kaiser adds that he met a man who may have been a direct descendant of Jesus named Sahibzada Basharat Saleem. With open sincerity, Saleem says it was a family tradition that they were Jesus' descendants. Saleem "seeks no publicity," the author says. He also met Fida Hassnain, director of archives, libraries and monuments in care of the Kashmir state government. An arche-ologist Hassnain believes by the evidence that Jesus was buried in Kashmir. But he never ceases to scour the land for new evidence, the author says, and is the one person in Kashmir who has most thoroughly sifted and studied all the evidence. The author says that his own most startling conclusion is "that there are very few respects in the (Kashmir) traditions that are at variance with the relevant Biblical accounts." They actually help explain the gaps in the Biblical narrative, he writes. The Jewish sect that guards the reputed tomb of Moses is almost cut off from today's world, Faber-Kaiser says. Members still believe, for example, that Adolf Hitler is a great and honorable king. They did not know he was dead or that he conducted terrible persecution "against the whose stock they belong." very people to The aim of his book, Faber-Kaiser declares, "is to inform as wide a section of the reading public as possible of matters that are still not widely enough known, seeing how important a bearing they have on beliefs about Jesus." There is no doubt, he adds, that Jesus "is indisputably the person who, through the various forms of Christianity, has had the strongest influence on the evolution of West-em culture." But, he declares, his account is a dossier of what is known, said and believed today about the possibility "that Jesus did not die on the cross and did not physically ascend into Heaven."

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