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Page 6 Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Monday, March 28, 1988^ People Logansport TOURIST CLUB — Tourist Club will have their annual dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in Harvey's Restaurant. *** TOASTMASTERS — Toastmasters Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in Ponderosa Steak House. Mike Dwyer and Joe Long will be speakers. The public is welcome to attend to learn about developing communication and leadership skills. Club members are available to other clubs as guest speakers. * * * LITERACY VOLUNTEERS - Literacy Volunteers of America will have an orientation meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in EI-Tip-Wa, 401 Tanguy St. People interested in learning in becoming a volunteer reading tutor are invited to attend. For more information, call Barbara Bevelhimer, 722-4266. * * * HORSE AND PONY 4-H — Th,e Cass County 4-H Horse and Pony Club will meet at 7 p.m. today at the county fairgrounds in the indoor arena. Members are reminded that enrollment cards are due by Friday * * * CLASS OF '33 — Logansport High School Class of 1933 will have a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Elks Club. Camden AMERICAN LEGION — American Legion will meet tonight in the Legion home. Wiriamac DEMOCRATIC WOMEN — Pulaski County Democratic Women will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the home of Catherine Hahn, Pulaski County road 600W, south of 850S. All interested Democratic women are invited to attend. Flora EH SPRING EVENT — The Carroll County EH Spring Event will feature a potluck dinner Tuesday at the 4-H Building in Flora. Nancy Kleckner, editor of Growing Child magazine, will be the guest speaker. * * * CONCERNED PARENTS — The Concerned Parents' Group will have its first meeting at the Flora Fireside Room at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A representative from Koala Center will speak. The public is invited. Make-Believe President Pat Robertson has more imagination than Ronald Reagan It is clear now that Pat Robertson isn't going to be elected president, and that's too bad. The little fellow sort of grew on me. He's got that cheeky smile and despite the fact that he doesn't make much sense when he talks, he at least sounds sincere when he's not making any sense. I think it would have been fun having Pat Robertson president. He has a lively imagination, just like our current president, and could have kept us enthralled as he played make-believe. During his campaign he said the Soviets had missiles in Cuba. We cleared all that up with the Russkies back in '62, but Robertson's factless claim did have some nostalgic value. I was in high school during the Cuban missile crisis and our principal was convinced we were on the brink of nuclear war and ordered bomb drills. "When the bombing begins," Woman Writer Sets TV Script Record NEW YORK (AP) - Watching the opening credits on the season finale of CBS' "Designing Women" Monday night will be something akin to witnessing the final out in a no-hitter. When the "written by" card goes up on the screen, it will say "Linda Bloodworth-Thomason" — just as it has on every one of the 22 episodes this season. Bloodworth-Thomason is the first person in television history to single-handedly write every episode of a show for a whole season, a feat for which she has been nominated for inclusion in The Guinness Book of World Records. She said in a telephone interview that she wrote each script in a marathon session on the Sunday before shooting began the following week. "We've never been one script ahead, which is kind of harrowing," she said. "It's kind of like walking a tightrope each week without a net. This is what would give the network a heart attack." Not only did she write all the scripts, but all the scripts were unusually good — not formula sitcom fare, but thoughtful essays on such diverse subjects as AIDS or the ordination of women. In Monday's episode, "Reservations for Eight," the women are stranded in a ski lodge with their boyfriends for what turns out to be a tour-de-force battle of the sexes. Bloodworth-Thomason says no matter what subject she takes on, the network has not interfered. "They have never, ever told me anything that I cannot do. They have never disapproved of any subject I've wanted to do. I just decide what I want to write about and I write it. There has been zero censorship. "It's 23 minutes of prime-time television every week to address any topic I want," she said. "I've tried to be responsible and fair, but I'd be lying if I didn't say 1 put my personal opinions in. I do get my own propaganda in, but that's what I think makes it interesting. My big complaint about television is the characters are too homogenized. You don't know where they go to church or how they feel about issues. Our women all are very, very opinionated." Bloodworth-Thomason grew up in Poplar Bluff, Mo., in a Lewis Grlzzard he said, "get under your desk and put your hands over your eyes to protect them from the flash." This seemed like the perfectly normal thing to do in the^ event of a nuclear holocaust when-1 was 16. Under my desk, with my hands over my eyes, would be safe even if The Big One fell directly on Stinky Bevins, who sat across the aisle. In fact, the more I think of it, Stinky Bevins looked a little like Pat Robertson. After med school, he found the Lord, too, and became the only known faith-healing proctologist, which brings up another question: If Pat Robertson were elected president, who would he select to aid him in the running of the country? Oral Roberts for surgeon general, of course. "You wanna smoke? Go ahead and smoke!" he could say. "When you get lung cancer, give me a call and I'll heal you." There wouldn't be any need for taxes if Pat Robertson were elected and brought along his fellow televangelists. Do you have any idea how much money these people raise simply by going on television and begging for it? Millions upon millions, that's how much. Get Jimmy Swaggart on the tube. "We need 15 billion before this telecast ends," he could begin, his voice cracking, the tears beginning to well. "Send now and send big. Because God will get you if you don't. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a date with a fallen angel." Jerry Falwell would have made a great attorney general. He's overweight and just as pompous as Ed Meese. He could arrest anybody caught having fun or reading anything other than the Bible. And there would have to be something Jim and Tammy could do. I've got it. Send them to Key West and tell them to watch for hurricanes. Pat Robertson for president. You can come out from under your desk and uncover your eyes. It isn't going to happen. Pharos Flashes ideologically rambunctious family, where, she recalled with a laugh, "If you didn't have an opinion you got sent to your room." "I like stirring things up. Everyone in my family is an attorney. My grandfather, all my uncles, my brother, my father. Even when I was little, he (her father) would come in and say, 'You know, girls aren't all that smart.' 1 would cry and say, 'They are, too!' He knew what he was doing. He would always make me defend my positions." Bloodworth-Thomason and her husband, Harry Thomason, a one-time high school football coach from Arkansas, are co- executive producers of "Designing Women," and Thomason directs many of the episodes. Bloodworth-Thomason created the show specifically for Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Dixie Carter and Delta Burke, the latter two of whom starred in Bloodworth-Thomason's viciously funny but short-lived "Filthy Rich." With "Designing Women," Bloodworth-Thomason aimed to make a show about smart Southern women. The show was a hit as soon as it premiered last season, though CBS almost killed it by repeatedly changing its time period, sparking an almost unprecedented outcry by fans. The show has finally settled into Monday night. Bloodworth-Thomason, whose first script, for "M-A-S-H," won an Emmy, never doubted that a show about a bunch of wisecracking Southern belles would succeed. "I'm one of these people that's always optimistic," she said. "I always think everything's going to work out just like I want it to." She laughed, then added, "That makes it all the more poignant when I'm flattened out like a cartoon character when the steamroller has run over me." Bloodworth-Thomason expects to hire a writing staff for next season, since she and her husband are producing a new series for MTM, and she is writing the script for Bette Midler's new movie about an all-woman band in the 1930s. She said Midler had seen "Designing Women," called her up and asked, "Can you make my mouth move like Dixie Carter's?" Who are the 10 best-dressed short men in America? According to an Ohio tailor who specializes in small sizes, Bob Stern, America's clothier to shorter men, the top 10 are a relative "Who's Who" among well-known men who are short in height but long in fashion stature. His list includes: • Actor Dustin Huffman, who at 5-foot-6, "picks his clothes like he picks his roles — out of the ordinary.'' •News anchor Ted Koppel of ABC. At 5-foot-8, Koppel is the tallest of the short men named to the list and is described as "natty, sharp... ultra-professional. Just like his interviews." •Actor Joel Gray. The diminutive actor at 5-foot-5 is "slim, trim and as dynamite in dress as he is on stage." •Millionaire Ross Perot. Stern says Perot "proves he's his own man in fashion, just like he does in business." He is 5-foot-7. •Pat Sajak. The host of "Wheel of Fortune" who checks in at 5-foot-7 has the "guy next door look." •Michael Tucker, 5-foot-5, of "L.A. Law." As Stuart Markowitz on NBC's hit show, Tucker "has made short, cuddly lawyers fashionable." •Actor Michael J. Fox. The American heartthrob who hails from Canada is 5-foot-4 and has the "climbing higher look." •Guard Spud Webb of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. At 5-foot-7, Webb is as much an artist in his suits as he is on the floor as a slam-dunk artist. •Musician Paul Shaffer of NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman." Shaffer is 5-foot-6 and his outrageous wardrobe is "loud but fitting." •Ralph Lauren, at 5-foot-4, one of the world's fashion giants, possesses the "ultimate in men's high fashion" and "deserves his own lasting niche." *** United Ways in Indiana raised $66 million in pledges last fall. Area counties and the respective United Way totals are: Cass-$425,000 Miami — $194,000 White -$87,383 Figures for other counties were not released by United Way of Indiana. United Way nationwide reports that real dollar growth for United Ways since 1981 has increased 20 percent, reversing a downward trend in the 1970s that saw its purchase power drop 11 percent from 1972 to 1980.' *** According to a study by the Harvard University School of Public Health, cases of obesity in children between the ages of 6 and 11 are 54 percent more common now than in the mid-1960s. Super obesity has become 98 percent more common. The study also reports a 39 percent increase in obesity and 64 percent in super obesity in adolescents ages 12 to 17. A University of Michigan study of elementary students indicates that 41 percent had high cholesterol levels, 28 percent had high blood pressure and 98 percent showed at least one major risk factor for heart disease. Wilderness School Calms Inner-City Youths BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) — Morning classes finished, a cluster of youths strode through the snowy wooded trail -toward the dining hail for lunch. Some joked and took the worn quarter-mile trail easily in their loping strides; others hung back, introducing themselves to their unusual environment. Junior, a muscular 16-year- old, talked easily about how life has changed since he came to live in the forest almost five months ago. "When I first got here I thought it stunk," he said. "It's cool now. I feel liked I've improved, I don't fight as much." Junior, a Bethlehem native, is one of 16 youths attending Tressler Care Wilderness School in South Middletown Township. Started by Tressler-Lutheran Services, the residential treatment program houses youths 13 to 18 years old from throughout the state. Set among the winter wildlife and bare trees, one cabin serves as a school, another as cafeteria and a vocational and home- economics classroom. Eric Krohn, the school's supervisor, says the school allows the youths to feel a sense of PCv-ompiishment and believe in themselves. Rob, 17, of Pike County, said he was learning more in school than he ever had and hoped that after his hearing he could go back to the Poconos. "It's pretty good here. It helps (you) take a look at yourself and see good qualities in yourself," he said. Youths referred here by judges or child welfare agencies have suffered some type of failure. Many are defiant, sometimes aggressive toward others and lacking self-esteem. Because of their past troubles, the youths also receive individual and group counseling. "This isn't a kid's last chance at society or anything. These are kids who have been in trouble with the law or have had family problems," Krohn said. "It's called a wilderness school but it's not like we're here teaching kids to camp." An instructor at the wilderness school said some of the youths had jumped several grade levels since joining the program. Others had learned to read. Krohn said the school, which opened 16 months ago, was in the process of selling 700 of its 900 acres of forest to the state Game Preserve and would ask permission from the township in the spring to build more permanent buildings on the 200-acre campus. While the program is licensed to house 16 youths, officials have asked the state Department of Public Welfare for permission to expand the capacity to 20. The average length of stay at the camp is six months, and youths can earn the privilege of spending weekends at home. While Krohn says running the school is rewarding, he admits working with the young people can be trying. "We're dealing with troubled kids," he said. "We're not successful all the time. All we can do is help, especially with some who are coming from horrendous backgrounds." Along with the school, a year-round Outward Bound program is run from the wooded location. Youngsters spend a month outside learning about themselves while coping with the heat and insects of the summer and the cold and snowstorms of the winter. Krohn said Outward Bound was a prerequisite for all youths entering the wilderness school. One concept the school is built upon was developed by Campbeil Loughmiller, a social worker from Texas. HAIR CARE ASSOCIATES is Having GROWING PAINS! Call 722-5000 — Advertise Your Service For As Little As $1.38 A Day. "Pre - Delivery Special We're purchasing one NEW SCA WOLFF BED So now we can offer: I .,., j,'{, SCA 40 VISITS FOR S 80.00! (LIMIT: ONLY 30 PACKAGES AVAILABLE) PACKAGES AVAILABLE ONLY TO APRIL 11 Hours: A/Ion.-Fri. 8 am to 10pm Sat. 8 am to 6pm Hair Care Associates 1001 Erie Ave. 753-5557 It's Pharos-Tribune COLLECTION WEEK When your carrier comes to collect, please make sure you're ready. With the right change, if possible. 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