Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 14, 1990 · Page 20
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 20

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Friday, September 14, 1990
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ENTERTAINMENT Page 20 Tuesday/September 16,2003 Madonna tries hand at writing for children By PHIL KLOER Cox News Service ATLANTA — Fcr some, people, the news that Madonna has written a children's book may be seen as one of the signs that the apocalypse is going to give us a reality check any day now. For others, it will be just another spin in her weathervane career. But here it is, "The English Roses" (Callaway, $19.95, 46 pages), which hit bookstores Monday, backed with the kind of low-key awareness campaign one would expect from the Material Mum: an appearance on "Oprah," an earnest piece in People magazine, a big splash on and the renaming of one of the smaller Central Asian countries "Madonnastan." (OK, not really that last one.) The author of "The English Roses" is, of course, the new, serious Madonna, who is not to be confused with the Madonna who tongue-wrestled Britney Spears on the MTV Video Music Awards the other week or the Madonna whose last book was the 1992 coffee-table tome of "artsy" photos titled "Sex." "I've learned to be unselfish King receives honorary award By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK — Stephen King, brand-name writer, master of the horror story and e-book pioneer, has received an unexpected literary honor: a National Book Award for lifetime achievement. The prize, worth $10,000, was announced Monday by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization that sponsors the awards. "This is probably the most exciting thing to happen to me in my career as a writer since the sale of my first book in 1973," King said in a statement issued Monday by the foundation. "I'll return the cash award to the National Book Foundation for the support of their many educational and literary outreach programs for children and youth across the country; the Medal I will keep and treasure for the rest of my life." King, who turns 56 next Sunday, will receive the award at the annual National Book Awards ceremony, on Nov. 19. Established in 1988, the medal is presented to "an American author who has enriched the literary landscape through a lifetime of service or body of work." While the award has been given to such literary figures as Philip Roth, Arthur Miljer and Eudora Welty, recent honorees also have included a "genre" writer (science fiction great Ray Bradbury) and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. "We just have to broaden our CNN replaces GM NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's general manager, Teya Ryan, was ousted Monday as the network continues to grapple with the fallout of being the No. 2 cable news network behind Fox News Channel. Ryan was replaced by Princell Hair, a former television news director in Los Angeles and Baltimore who has overseen the news operations forViacom's 39 television stations. The moves were announced by Jim Walton, president of CNN news group, who oversees all of the CNN networks. Ryan, the key executive behind a revamped CNN Headline News, had been appointed to her post by Walton's predecessor, Walter Isaacson. She had been responsible for developing Connie Chung's prime-time CNN show and the afternoon talk show, "Talkback Live," which were both quickly canceled by Walton soon after he took control. Walton has been trying to nudge CNN in a harder news direction. "Hie English Rpses* by Madonna' Callaway, $19.95 46 pages and have a greater understanding of the power of words — for children and for grown-ups," the 45-year-old mother of two says in the new People magazine. "I want to do good things for the world." Her latest good thing is a simple, pleasantly written story about four girls, known as the English Roses, who are envious of a fifth girl for her beauty and poise. They are shown the error of their ways by a fairy godmother, and they invite the outcast into their group. Aimed at ages 4 through 8, "Roses" is illustrated by Jeffrey Fulvimari, an American artist and designer whose work is popular in Japan (and whose beautiful color illustrations are .more memorable than Madonna's story). It's the first in a planned five- book series by Madonna, with proceeds going to the Spirituality for Kids Foundation, a branch of the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre. (Kabbalah is an ancient form of Jewish mystical study that some critics believe has been turned into a watered-down New Age spirituality for celebrities; at any rate, there's no kabbalah in "The English Roses"). For once, though, Madonna is following a fad rather than pioneering her own trend, as she so often has done. The celebrity children's book has become an entire mini-industry. In some cases, it's the new vanity project — quick, easy, feel-good, and if it bombs, it doesn't affect your bankability. Spike Lee turned the carnal plea from "She's Gotta Have It," his breakthrough movie — "Please, Baby, Please" — into the title of a children's book about a toddler who tears through a day, a house and his parent's patience. Jerry Seinfeld penned "Halloween " and John Lithgow did "Marsupial Sue." Jay Leno has a deal with Simon & Schuster for "If Roast Beef Could Fly," scheduled to be released next summer. It's based on a true story from his childhood. Madonna attended a celebration for the launch of her first children's book, *T/ie English Roses," on Sunday at Kensington Roof Gardens in London. (AP photo) Actor proud to be the Fonz STEPHEN KING ... Best-selling author ... ideas about what literature is," book foundation president Neil Baldwin told The Associated Press. /'Let's..tty, to .be capacipus, Whitmanesque and 6pen-armed about it, instead of thinking about what does or doesn't fit." King's many best sellers include "Carrie," "The Shining" and "Misery." He was an early advocate of e-books, and caused a sensation in 2000 when his 66- page e-story, "Riding the Bullet," received more than 400,000 orders in the first 24 hours after it was made available online. He also shares one quality with many literary writers: a dislike of corporate-controlled publishing. In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, for which he is a featured columnist. King celebrates a novel available only in audio form, Ron McLarty's "The Memory of Running," and attacks publishers for not signing it up. "Publishing houses, once proudly independent, are today little more than corporate wampum heads, their cultural clout all but gone," writes King, who is published by Simon & Schuster, a division of Viacom Inc. McLarty has since received several offers and should have an agreement soon, said his agent, Jeff Weinman. By JAMES CUMMINGS Cox News Service DAYTON, Ohio — The Fonz is coming to Dayton, Ohio. Or at least the guy who created the Fonz, Henry Winkler, is coming. And part of what Winkler will be saying to his audience at the local kickoff for the United Jewish Campaign is how little young Henry Winkler resembled young Arthur Fonzarelli. Winkler, the son of Jewish escapees from Nazi Germany, said he was kind of a class clown as a young man growing up in New York, but his performances for his classmates were his way of hiding deep feelings of inadequacy ' •'-/';•'-•. teL^/iLi. "When I was about ?thesage Fonzie was supposed to be at the start of 'Happy Days,' I was taking geometry for the fourth time, WINKLER I think," Winkler said. "I was a D student." Winkler said he struggled all through • his school years to keep up with his peers and couldn't understand why schoolwork that seemed so easy for others was so difficult for him. He didn't realize what his problem was until years later when his stepson, a third-grader, was tested for dyslexia.' "Every question they asked him, every trait they noticed, I said, 'Oh my God! 1 That's me.' That's when I fpund.-Out.I had *tv*u i M. ;- .u. i i * i,- Zi&fajV**; L. L •_ : .1 - * A beett dyslexic all jny^fe;" Winkler said. .,. '-'. .••'•'•• -•'.. Winkler said his academic trials drained his personal confi- dence when he was a young man, but he was a good dancer and a dreamer, and he was drawn- to show business. He graduated from the Yale School of Drama and had appeared on Broadway, as a guest on television shows and in movies including "The Lords of Flatbush" when he won the part of Arthur Fonzarelli in "Happy Days" in 1973. Originally Fonzie was to be a minor character, but fan response to Winkler's character brought him more and more to the forefront of the series and turned the Fonz into a 70s icon. Today's youth still recognize him because "Happy Days" reruns • have never leftthe air. : . i . t• i • L i : ~:ittn very iproud oFSfe tons,*! Winkler said.. "He was : my alter. ego. He was everything I wanted to be but wasn't." Indiana County's Premier Internet Service • Newly Installed Anti-Virus/Anti- Spam Software • E-Mail • Locally Owned • Free Home Installation • Money Back Guarantee As Low WED., SEPT. 17 "RETRO MGHT" BO'S Music DISCO! 9pm-Midnrte D.J. 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