The Times from Shreveport, Louisiana on September 22, 1988 · Page 83
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The Times from Shreveport, Louisiana · Page 83

Shreveport, Louisiana
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Thursday, September 22, 1988
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r?0 O She Climes fcownoofi note. INSIDE 3C Ann Landers 5C Comics 6C Television Thursday, their screens c I September 22, 1988 Wife j&Jr 424-9747 M TISEiIi Pk, THE JP TIMES ' 1 mhm 0 if .Sit Police could have done better I don't think Gruber took the right approach in backing off the riot. They could have used tear gas or called in the National Guard. I'd hate to think the police would have let my neighborhood burn if there were a riot around here. I know that unemployment and drugs contributed to the riot situation in Cedar Grove. What the people involved should realize is that violence and property damage win not help the situation and may go far to hurt their chances of being hired for a job. The police should have taken just the amount of force to disperse the crowd. The people observed throwing rocks, bottles, etc., should have been arrested. Take it from someone who well remembers the '60s that when the police show the kind of weakness they showed last night they themselves are asking for this to happen again and again. History shows this to be true. I thought the police were supposed to protect the public. I didn't know the public was supposed to protect the police. It would seem to me that God-fearing people would rise above this so-called race-motivated violence. God sent his son, our savior, for everyone. The Bible says that any transgression of God's law makes one a transgressor of all the law, i.e., murder or the hate of the murderer is the same in God's eyes. Let's not let Jesus' blood that's for everyone's salvation be divided the same way lots were cast for his garments by iporant people. If the police, the mayor and councilmen knew that this had been a haven for drugs and drinkers, why has it been allowed to fester like this? Please, places known to be a troubled spot should be closed. This is not a way of life but instead what you make of your life. After reading the paper this morning on Sept. 21 about the Cedar Grove riot, I think Chief Gruber should have to call in Neil Erwin to go out there and settle this. Children don't get their fill , Concerning Harper School in Minden. I went to school. I ate with my child. Not one first grader at the table got to finish his lunch. Go to school. Eat with your child. You'll see. Long hours merit more pay This message is to Mr. Lee and the School Board members regarding the pay raise for the administrators. My husband is a coach. He works from 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday. He gets home about 7 o'clock. On game nights, Friday nights, he usually is 11:30 to midnight getting home. I think if anyone would deserve a raise it should be the people who are spending so many hours. You have no idea how many hours the coaches are putting in. It kind of hurts when I read that Mr. Lee makes more than twice as much as my husband and he's still not satisfied. Golden Gumbel's gotta go I do not usually agree with Lane Crockett, but I completely agree with him on his article about NBC and Bryant Gumbel. Gum-bel should not have been the commentator. He was boring and out of line. After 30 minutes I turned my TV off and did not watch the Olympic Games anymore. Crockett, League both wrong These are both short comments and different messages. One of them is of Lane Crockett, who doesn't like sports and has to have something to write about, I guess. But we're enjoying the Olympics just like they're presenting them. The other thing is that the League of Women Voters is saving that they have a right to engineer these debates to discuss the issues. The truth of it is, in the presidential campaign, in my opinion, there are not any real strong issues. I can't see that we've got any issues. c 3 She hit the movie scene in the early '50s. Her girl-next-door looks, bouncy personality and energy in a string of comedies and musicals quickly earned her the title of America's Sweetheart. Now She is bringing those personality elements to Shreveport as the star in her own one-woman musical revue, Sept. 29 at the Strand Theatre. By LANE CROCKETT The Times On the phone, there's that unmistakable bright Debbie Reynolds voice. She laughs and says her life is like Willie Nelson's On the Road Again. "I've been touring my show for 28 years," says the actress. "I just like to make people laugh. This is my regular show, and I've been touring it all year." And when she wasn't touring her show, she joined another with Donald O'Connor, one of her Singin' in the Rain co-stars. "That went just great. We had a wonderful time, and we did a lot of dancing." Born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, she moved to Burbank, Calif., when she was 8. She entered films at about 18. Fans immediately adored her. Debbie Reynolds was just downright cute in such films as the classic Singin' in the Rain, I Love Melvin, The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, Susan Slept Here, The Tender Trap andTTie Un-sinkable Molly Brown, which earned her an Academy Award nomination. A more serious Reynolds was featured in The Rat Race, The Catered Affair and Divorce American Style. She conquered Broadway in a revival of Irene. On records, she had hits of Aba Daba Honeymoon, a duet with Carleton Carpenter from their Two Weeks With Love film and the theme song from her Tammy and the Bachelor picture. Some of those credits will show up in her show. "I do what I call a live' show, like Liza (Minnelli), Shirley (MacLaine) and Sammy (Davis). There'll be film clips from Singin' in the Rain and The Un-sinkable Molly Brown. I do I Ain't Down Yet from Molly. "I have four male dancers who are wonderful singers as well. They're young and handsome. All the girls like that very much. I do a country medley of Larry Gatlin and John Denver songs." She pauses. "I don't do rock 'n' roll. There'll also be imitations of Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dr. Ruth, Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn. The Dr. Ruth one is just silly." One of her favorite parts of the show is going into the audience and meeting people. She likes it because it is more personal and one-to-one. "Touring is so different from making films," she says. "I loved doing films, but it's the opposite. It's very slow, and there is no live audience. Waiting and shooting is not as exciting, but it is rewarding when you're finished and if you have a success. Performing live, though, is immediate. The reaction is there applause, eggs or tomatoes. Fortunately I haven't got the vegetables yet." The film that shot her to fame was 1952's Singin' in the Rain, considered by most critics to be Hollywood's greatest original screen musical. In it she co-starred with top dancers Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. The hitch was that Reynolds wasn't a dancer. She was a gymnast. So what happens when you're thrown into a movie with two of Hollywood's great dancers? The actress laughs. "I was too dumb to know the difference. I was 18 and had never starred in a movie. At 18 and dumb, you don't realize the consequences. God saves the children and the innocent. The good Lord was looking - F if A; : ; ' "I iust like to make people laugh," says Debbie Reynolds. after little Mary Frances from Burbank" I worked on that film like an animal." She also got immense coaching from Kelly. She talks about that in her autobiography, which is being released in October. It's called Debbie: My Life and was co-written with David Columbia. "My daughter (actress Carrie Fisher) wanted me to call the book either Money Dearest or Singin' in the Pain. This is for all of us who grew up together in the '50s. It's about how I survived the many crises that seem to hit a lot of us in our lives. I talk about my divorce (Eddie Fisher), two children I carried full term and lost, bankruptcy and survival. "David helped me assemble it all. I did all the tapes. It took two years." Speaking of tapes, Reynolds also has moved into the workout videotape mar ket. She's already turned in Do It Debbie's Way. She laughs. "It's still the only easy one. Believe me, I like to do it the easy way." The newest tape is for couples and still easy. Looking over her film career, Reynolds says some of the most fun she had was working with the late veteran actress Thelma Ritter. They made The Second Time Around with Andy Griffith and How the West Was Wont,' "We were great friends. Thelma was always great fun. In How the West Was Won, they wanted us to do our own stunts. Both of us almost drowned in the Gunnison River in Colorado. The director, Henry Hathaway, didn't care because he got a great shot. We were in a covered wagon and the horses ran away See REYNOLDS, Page 4C Yelling for team cheers the dejected Screaming releases aggression By JEANNE CURRY Gannett News Service Football. It's wild. It's exciting. And it's good for you, too. Mental health experts say that cheering on your favorite team does more than inspire the players it's also an effective way for those in the stands to relieve stress and work out aggression. Jack Yuhasz, Marshall University fan and psychotherapist at the Area Psychiatric and Psychotherapy Group in Huntington, W.Va., recommends going to the games as a way to deal with depression. "I really do think it's a good cure for the blues," says Yuhasz, coordinator of inpatient therapy. "It stimulates the good chemicals in your brain, and when the adrenalin gets pumping, you get that rush. Just involving yourself Rives you A counselor says watching football is a healthy way to release tension. time to forget your troubles." And Yuhasz, who has attended Marshall University games for the last 1 5 years, believes that watching the conflict on the field is a healthy way to release tension. "Competition satisfies some of our basic drives. A part of us likes to test our skills and know that we can be a little better than everyone else. Without a doubt, it's a healthy thing to do. It can only hurt you if you have too many of those Can adian whiskeys before." The actual act of cheering, however, is one of the most therapeutic aspects of football mania. Benni Bennett, psychiatric social worker in the Department of Psychiatry at the MU School of Medicine, says that screaming for the team is like aerobic exercise in that it helps ease tension. She also says that many people, especially those suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), benefit from being in the fresh air. "I don't know if just going to a football game will do it, but clinicians tell people suffering from depression to get up and out and get involved," she says. "And being with a group of people who want to have a good time is a great way to do it." But participation is the key. Marie Veitia, a clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the MU School of Medicine, says that fans who watch the game at home on television won't get the full benefits of Herd football. : "It's 100 percent better to be out with people. It's better for your mood and stress level even for weight management," she says. "There certainly is a relationship between mood and activity, and being active, in general, will always help with mood and stress." That's because it's important for people to feel that they're a part of the crowd, she says. "The social support being around friends and people who care about you and you about them helps people stay healthy. "And watching someone engage in aggressiveness gives you an outlet and helps you feel better. It's a good way to work out aggressive feelings and relieve pressure," she says. And it's a lot cheaper than therapy. Catching, keeping a man easy as 1 through 24 Dorothy Jean Hanson is a widow whose husband died eight years ago; she prefers to keep her exact age confidential, but is happy to admit that she is "over 60." She has a young friend a woman of 24 who has been having some problems with men. "She has had steady relationships with four men, but each relationship has ended," Dorothy Hanson said. The other day her young friend was down in the dumps about the end of the most recent relationship. "I told her I would sit down and write her a foolproof list of instructions on how to catch a man and keep him," Dorothy Hanson said. Which is exactly what she did. "I don't mean it as a joke," Dorothy Hanson said. "If these modern young women will follow the instructions on this list, they will find men and get married." Her theory is that today's young women make it too easy for men. "These girls aren't getting anywhere," she said. "They don't offer any challenge, so the men don't 7 S Bob Greene marry them." There are dozens of books currently on the market advising women how to attract men who will eventually become their husbands. "My list is definitely better than any book," Dorothy Hanson said. "The books are too long all those paragraphs. They don't get to the point I give my secrets in 24 quick instructions. And my advice is free." So, to all the women out there who are looking for husbands ... here is Dorothy Hanson's "How to Catch a Man." "1. At first meeting be polite and smile sweetly. "2. If you like him, stop awhile and engage in casual conversation. "3. Definitely show interest in what he. has to say. "4. Do not overwhelm this delicate creature called 'man' with your problems. "5. Never, and I mean never, tell him about past boyfriends or financial woes. "6. Always show your independence. "7. Never say 'Poor little me, I have to support myself in this cruel world,' etc. "8. Do not hurry to invite him to dinner "9. Let him take you to dinner at least five times before you invite him to dinner "10. Do not engage in sex after dinner or later in the evening. You did make him dinner. "11. Dress fashionably and laugh at his jokes and smile a lot "12. By now this creature called "man' is drooling and panting for your body. "13. About two months have gone by and he is ready to 'strike.' "14. He will suggest getting engaged. "15. Go with him to pick out engagement ring ... diamonds preferred. "16. Kiss him passionately when he puts ring on your finger. "17. Maybe, very coyly, let him have a little sex, but shyly say he is the first one and tell him to 'Be gentle.' "18. Do not make sex an everyday occurrence. Go slow. "19. 1 suggest once a week and then be sure to say it goes against your grain as you were a virgin until now. "20. This poor creature 'man' is driven to distraction. He cannot concentrate. He cannot function properly. He cannot eat "21. When marriage ceremony is over do this: "22. Shower him with kindness and love. "23. He is worth all your affection if you love him. . "24. Many happy years." I asked Dorothy Hanson if she had presented the list to her 24-year-old friend. "I did," she said. "And what did your friend say?" I said. "She kind of laughed and said, 'Dorothy, this is the '80s," Dorothy Hanson said. "And how did you respond to that?" I said. "I said, 'Well, what you're doing isn't working,'" Dorothy Hanson said. Dorothy said that she was a virgin when she got married, and that she had a wonderful life with her late husband. "You will notice, though, if you look at my list, that I permit the woman to have sex once she has become engaged," Dorothy Hanson said. "I have allowed this in recognition of the fact that times have changed." She said that she is aware of the fact that many people have already chuckled now that they have read her list of instructions. But she insists that the instructions will work and will lead to many weddings. "If the girls try it they'll see I'm right," she said. I asked Dorothy Hanson what she thinks will happen to a young woman who ignores her rules. In a sweet voice full of wisdom and concern, she said: "Then the men will say of that girl, 'She's 'just another bimbo putting out"' Bob Greene U a syndicated columnist I

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