Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 16, 1961 · Page 106
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 106

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 16, 1961
Page 106
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Japan's Baseball Widows (Edifor's Note: The following slory by Cecil Brown, NBC News' Tokyo Correspondent, reported on' NBC radio's "Emphasis" highlight the plight of Japan's "television widow"). Almost no American husband or wife knows what a naita is. But almost every Japanese couple is all too familiar with a naita, and between it, and television sets, many a Japanese home is in utter turmoil. For a naita is a nighttime baseball game, and it's a form of madness here in Japan. But the Japanese women, trying to hold on to their husbands, detest the naita, the nighttime baseball game. We tune in on a young housewife in the city of Osaka --married quite recently. * * » · "My HUSBAND sits and watches TV when he comes home in the evening," she complains. "He doesn't know what he is eating for supper or what T am trying to say to him. And we have been married only three months. "As soon as one game ends," he demands a snack, a bowl of rice, a piece of raw fish, pickles and sake to drink. Then he goes back to his TV set and watches it until the late night program-it's a review of the high spots in today's games." Then the husband, as if he himself were one of the ball players, says to his wife: "Boy, games were tough on me." And the next-minute he is snoring. * * * * ACCORDING to one Tokyo weekly magazine, eight out of every ten male Tokyoiles are baseball fans. Baseball news dominates their daily conversation. The wifely victims of this male madness call themselves naita mibojin, or night widows--and for reasons other thtoi the pure devotion of their husbands to Japan's and American's national game. Japanese wives arc bitter about this whole baseball frenzy. One housewife said, "Husbands don't teach us how to enjoy the game. When my husband is watching TV and I ask him what is going on, he tells me to shut up, this is a crucial moment. And, the housewife complained,' if his favorite team loses a game m y husband angrily shouts at me, "You fool, because you asked such silly questions, my team lost the game." EDUCATIONAL TV: South Carolina's Will Reach Every High School. VALUE AS EDUCATIONAL TOOL All Televisions Not Bad HOME TV REPAIRS Days -- Evenings -- Sundays Prompt service-- Re»son»blt R«te« Electronic Servlc* Associate! HA 5-6266 I4ii imm.6 IT .,-. NEW YORK (NEA)--It is currently quite fashionable to blast TV's violence, repetition and corruptive qualities with such phrases as "television is terrible." We ought to be more explicit and say, "Commercial television is terrible." There are many wonderful things being done through the medium of television; it isn't fair to castigate a magnificent tool because some misuse it. Consider educational TV. Without fanfare and investigation, the use of television in schools is steadily increasing. Latest figures show there are 48 educational stations operating in 28 states. Their total audience is estimateed at more than 70,000,000, including approximately 20,000,000 regular viewers. * * * * MOST OF these are "open circuit" stations--they can he picked up by any receiver within range of the signal. A few are "closed circuit"--the transmitter and receivers are hooked together so only those on the circuit can get the picture. Whichever way they operate, the idea is the s a m e -- t o get varied educational courses into schools and, in some cases, homes. The audience is generally pupils in classrooms but ccasionally any interested set owner. And it watches while the best teachers explain their subjects. If you must have violence, you can still get it on educational TV. What's more brutal than to watch someone split an infinitive, bisect an angle or render a poem? The development of video tape has given educational TV its recent impetus. An educational TV station can now amass a library of courses on tape, and telecast them time and again. * * * » AS AN example, South Carolina's educational TV fiet- .work is currently building a three channel, closed circuit network which will reach every high school in the state. They are taping six to 10 courses a year, and plan to keep this pace for the next six years. The network will then have a complete library of at least 3G high school courses. What are the advantages of telecast courses? There would be none if every school could afford the best teachers giving every possible course. But too many schools are not in that position; their budgets preclude hiring the best teachers and their small enrollment makes it impossible to offer every course. * * t * BACK TO South Carolina for an example. A rural high school had a class of 57 students. State law requires that, to give a specific course, there must be at least 15 students. In that class, there were only H who expressed an interest in studying plane geometry. But plane geometry was offered over the educational network, and it was piped into the school for those 14 students. While a course is coming in on the TV set, the classroom teacher has an opportunity to do other things. When the TV lecture is over, she can (assuming she has the capability) continue with a discussion of the lecture. There also is the obvious advantage of educational TV for students who are unable to attend school because of physical disability. Experience of educational TV stations has shown that those who use open circuits find their audience containing people they were not aiming at. Adults tune in to learn things they never knew or long ago forgot. Banner Fnll f of Plans for * Next Season i Bob Banner, producer of Candid Camera and The Gary Moore Show, looks more like a college senior than a large wheel in the entertainment business. As usual, he is full of plans. He rattled them off: * * * * 1. A L A N KING'S o w n show. He'll do a situation comedy, with one gimmick-every once in a while, he'll turn to the camera with "asides." The pilot for t h i s will be on the air, sponsored, the week before Hennesey returns. It's the first time, as far as Banner knows, that the public will have a chance to see a pilot film before it is either sold or rejected. The public's reaction could conceivably influence the potential sponsors. 2. A supernatural series, being written by Joseph Stefano, who wrote "Psycho" and 'The Naked F-dge." Banner is aiming for January for this one. 3. A MUSIC-AND-COMETVY series, just in the talking, planning slace. This would have a story line and not be just a variety show. Meanwhile, Garry Moore will be back in the fall with his "family" intact. T h a t Wonderful Year will be kept, too; "we put that on first for a temporary run, but we couldn't possibly drop it now --the audience would throw tomatoes at us." 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