HAYS DAILY NEWS PAGE 9 December 22, 1976 Santa No. I Pasf Week By JOAN HANAUER CflPt Television Writer NEW YORK (UP!) Charles Kuralt brings to television a feeling for the history of the United States and the essence of its character — or that part of its character most Americans prefer to dwell on — which makes his Bicentennial pieces a 'delight. .'CBS has collected about a dcfcen of the 50 Bicentennial reports Kuralt did between July 4,1975 and July 4,1976 — one for every state — into an hourlong anthology of "On The Road with Charles Kuralt," which it will show Dfec. 24, 10-11 p.m., Eastern tifhe. '"I don't know who's going to be watching then," Kuralt said later, "but maybe I'll be surprised." 'Certainly it's worth an hour aw'ay from tree decorating, wassail drinking or package wrapping to go from a red- nosed Washington crossing th'fe Delaware to surprise an army of hungover Hessians, to colonial Rhode Island, where Roger Williams' doctrine of "freedom of conscience" drew the biggest collection of disreputable and disrespectful screwballs in the 13 colonies, to' Wyoming, where 300,000 pibneers 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 ."Police Story." The other big ABC project, "Victory at Entebbe," ranked 20th, overpowering the .CBS Monday night lineup but losing out to NBC's* "Little Drummer 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't Lef / Beating Stop Him CARO, Mich. (UPI) — Six boys in 'this tiny mid-Michigan community have been arrested by police on charges, of beating up Santa Claus and taking his candy. four of the boys, aged 11 to 1$, rushed into Santa's house on the courthouse lawn Dec. 7 while the other two stood watch outside, said Caro Police Chief Kenneth Ball. _;'They threw snowballs at h\m, washed his face with snow and knocked off his glasses, and started to take his cindy," Ball said. ^"He tried to get his glasses, and someone kneed him in the ribs and knocked him back dawn in his seat." i yhe 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 kfrown as Harry Thompson, 7pJ of Caro — didn't close up shop for the day. He had stashed a box of candy under h'is chair so "after they left, he took that out and he was all sjet," Ball said. • "We didn't even know about it' 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. the Blessings of the Christ Child be with you all through this glorious holiday and always. Our sincere thanks. 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