The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 22, 1976 · Page 8
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HAYS DAILY NEWS PAGE 9 December 22, 1976 Santa No. 1 Past Week By JOAN HANAUER 17P1 Television Writer NEW YORK (UPI) - harles Kuralt brings to iievision a feeling for the istory of the United States nd the essence of its raracter — or that part of its laracter most Americans refer to dwell on — which Takes his Bicentennial pieces 'delight. 'CBS has collected about a dzen of the 50 Bicentennial Sports Kuralt did between uly 4,1975 and July 4,1976 — ne for evtery state — into an ourlong anthology of "On he Road with Charles uralt," which it will show e'c. 24, 10-11 p.m., Easterri the. '"I don't know who's going to e" watching then," Kuralt aid later, "but maybe I'll be iJrprised." "Certainly it's worth an hour w"ay from tree decorating, assail drinking or package tapping to go from a red- osed Washington crossing ne Delaware to surprise an rmy of hungover Hessians, to olonial Rhode Island, where 6ger Williams' doctrine of freedom of conscience" drew biggest collection of dis- eputable and disrespectful crewballs in the 13 colonies, to' Wyoming, where 300,000 pioneers suffered along the Oregon Trail. One of the best done of these vignettes was the one in which Kuralt visited Montana's Little Big Horn, site of Custer's last stand, which Kuralt calls "the saddest place I know." He tells of how the Indians wiped out Custer and his men, and how the Army returned to force the Indians into starva- tion on the reservations, and he concludes: "That's why this is the saddest place, for Custer and the 7th Cavalry, courage only led to defeat. For Crazy Horse and the Sioux, victory only led to Wounded Knee. "Come here sometime, and you'll see. There is melancholy in the wind and sorrow in the grass, and the river weeps." Santa Glaus was the top man in television for the week ending Dec. 19, according to the A.C. Nielsen ratings of the nation's top programs. Funny thing, though — he looked just like Bob Hope, as in the Bob Hope Christmas special. Among other interesting aspects of the week's Nielsen ratings — the first of Barbara Walters' specials for ABC tied for 14th place with "Barney Miller," earning a very respectable 36 per cent share of the audience in its time period, beating CBS' "Switch" and NBC's "Pplice Story." The other big ABC project, "Victory at Entebbe," ranked 20th, overpowering the .CBS Monday night lineup but losing out to NBC'S" "Little Drutnmer Boy," Bob Hope, and Perry Como. The ten top network programs for the week ending Dec. 19, according to Nielsen, were: 1: Bob Hope; 2: "Little Drummer Boy," 3: "Year Without a Santa Claus;" 4: (tie) "M-A-S-H" and Dr. Seuss' "The Year The Grinch Stole Christmas;" 6: "All In The Family;" 7: Perry Como Christmas show; 8: "Charlie's Angels;" 9: "The Waltons;" 10: "Jeremiah Johnson" (ABC Sunday movie). Santa Doesn'f Let / Beating Stop Him CARO, Mich. (UPI) — Six boys in mis tiny mid-Michigan community have been arrested by police on charges, of beating up Santa Claus and taking his candy. jFour of the boys, aged 11 to 15, rushed into Santa's house o^ the courthouse lawn Dec. 7 while the other two stood watch outside, said Caro Police Chief Kenneth Ball. _;'They threw snowballs at hifn, washed his face with snow and knocked off his glasses, and started to take his candy," Ball said. ^"He tried to get his glasses, and someone kneed him in the ribs and knocked him back down in his seat." i The boys took Santa's candy and fled, knocking over two little girls who were just arriving to tell Santa their Christmas wishes. '. However, -Santa — also ktoown as Harry Thompson, 7pi of Caro — didn't close up shop for the day. He had stashed a box of candy under His chair so "after they left, he took that out and he was all siet," Ball said. • "We didn't even know about if until 10 o'clock the next morning," the police chief said. "He said he didn't want to leave the little children so he stayed there." In fact, Santa did not want to tell police about the incident or press charges. The local Chamber of Commerce finally informed the police, who tracked down the boys. The six boys said they did it as a joke. No date has been set for the hearing in Tuscola County Juvenile Court. But, the story doesn't end with the capture of the young jokesters. "Santa came in and told me that all the young people, even up to ages 16 and 17 came in and apologized for the actions of these kids," Ball said. "They were sorry. "They aren't all like that." A rainbow is caused by sunlight playing on water, usually rain, though mist from a waterfall or even a garden sprinkler can create the effect. Jy]\ay the Blessings of the Christ Child be with you all through this glorious holiday and always. Our sincere thanks. 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