The News BOOKS - TELEVISION - MUSIC - ART - MOVIES - COMING EVENTS The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas Marge Hess, Editor Saturday, October 9,1971 ALTHOUGH . the American Indian wondered about this confusing environment in which be lived, he experienced a oneness with nature. He was a part of nature, his life closely woven into the Earth and Sky. Visit the Planetarium during Oct. and Nov. TV Viewers Making Best of Bad Lot? By JOHN .1. O'Connor (C) 1971 N.Y. Times Newt Scrv!c« NEW YORK - In what may be the ultimate in masturbatory experiences this season, the critics who write about television have been appearing on television to discuss television with television interviewers. A new trend? The possibilities are stupefying. But there we were one recent morning, several of us huddled together for two appearances on the same day. One on the air we were, in a fashion, performing - one trying desperately to mai /itain a statesmanlike cool, another getting a touch rhapsodic about star personalities, still another offering a pallid imitation of Art Buchawald. The predictable result: little more than the viewers getting an unenviable opportunity to see soma of the faces behind (ha bylines. One question, however, did keep popping up and It had the curious effect of reducing the critics to pompous platitudes or evasions. It went something like this: since most television fare is so dismal and dull, what would you do to improve matters if you were in control of programming? The question itself is Irrele vant to the critic, whose job is —or is supposed to be —evalu ation. The reviewer of books or plays is hardly expected to be a novelist or playwright. It may help but in fact It often hinders. But on another level, close perhaps to indulgent fan tasy, tlie question is not unreasonable. Possibilities Improvements? The possibili ties grow increasingly dim Commercial televison has evolved into a system more interested in selling "heads" to advertisers than in providing viewers with quality or provaca tive programming. A multimillion - dollar industry has swerved recklessly into what appears to be a deadend street. For the hilariously chilling details I strongly recommend a book published this week. It's called "Television: The Business Behind the Box" (Harcourt Brace, $8.95) And it 's written by Les Brown, editor of Variety 's radio and television department. With fascinating anecdotes and pertinent statistics, the book provides a devastating account of the year 1970 in television land. Brown quotes the vice pres> Ident of one network: "We don't pick the shows we think will have the best chance of becoming popular. To be honest, we're attracted to those that seem to have the least chance of failing." The least chance of failing. That is precisely the attitude that leads to what Paul Klein calls the theory of the "least formerly working in audience research for the National Broadcasting Company, maintains that the viewer is given a choice not between good, better and best, but between bad, worse and worst. The viewer, in other words, is stuck with making the best of a bad lot Final Solution The final solution, of course, may be an end to commercial television as it is now constituted. Gable television, pay- TV and video cassettes have been hovering on the horizon for years and are finally beginning to come into clearer view. If the viewer is going to have to pay in order to avoid commercial rip • offs, it would seem he will pay. That still leaves dangling the question of over-all programming quality, but it certainly wouldn't hurt if television, in whatever form, got away from the "least chance of failing" and turned toward the best chance for succeeding. Planetarium Indian Stories Retold By JOE OLIVAREZ Hutchinson Planetarium Like all men in all times, the Indians of the North American continent wondered about this confusing world In which they lived. They attempted to explain it in delightful stories of Earth and Sky told around their campfires. "What was the beginning of the world?," a child might ask, and the storyteller would weave tive magic spell! He told of how tlie pictures in the sky were made by the animals and of why the little Fisher holds a special place in the northern sky. He explained why the sun disappeared from tlie sky on occasion and why we can see a face oh the Moon. In the summer, when the south wind blew, the story of the wind's love for a dandelion was told as was the story of why the coyote wails his regrets to the Moon. These and other delightful stories of Earth and Sky arc now being presented at the Hutchinson Planetarium In i new production titled "The Am erican Indian - His Earth and Sky." The stories are woven within a framework of popular constellations now visible in our Kansas sky. Special music and color projections and effects abound and set the mood for each story. Recent public show ing have delighted both children and adults. The program Ls specially suitable for girl and boy scouts and children of all the elementary grades. "Tlie American Indian—His Earth and Sky" will be shown to the public on Thursdays at 8 p.m.; on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m; and on Sundays at 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. through October and November. Schools and scout groups may request special showings during the week by calling the Planetarium at MO 2-8620. "The American Indian — His Earth and Sky" is the first in a series of musically and visually beautiful productions in tended to educate through en tertainment. Innovations include a multiplicity of voices used for the narration and the development of new recording and projection techniques. Coming Events -H Officers Training Meeting, Convention Hall 11-12 — Bloodmobile, First Presbyterian Church 12—Reno County Farm Bureau, annual meeting, Hilton 16-Sing Out, 7:30 p.m., Convention Hall JOIN the Indian storyteller ;it the Planetarium during October and November as he unravels for you the mystery of the Earth and Sky, as he did for his Indian peers centuries ago. 7%is Week's Highlights Saturday, October 9 11:30 a.m. 1971 World Series, 2, 3, 11 1:30 p.m. NCAA Football, 7, 10, 13-- Michigan at Michigan State Sunday, October 10 12.00 p.m. NFL Football, 6, 7, 12 —SI. Louis vs. Atlanta 12:30 p.m. 1971 World Series, 2, 3, 11 3:00 p.m. NFL Football, 6, 7, 12 — Los Angeles vs. San Francisco 3:00 p.m. NBC Pro Football, 2, 3, 11 — Oakland vs. Denver 3:00 p.m. Davis Cup Highlights, 8 9:00 p.m. Country Music Awards, 2, 3, 11 Monday, October 11 7:00 p.m. Drama, 8—"Hogan's Goal" 8:00 p.m. Pro Football, 10, 13—New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys 9:00 p.m. 60 Minutes, 6, 7, 12 Tuesday, October 12 6:30 p.m. National Geographic Special, 6, 7, 12 Wednesday, October 13 6:30 p.m. World Series Pre-Gaine Show, 2, 3, 11 7:00 p.m. World Serie«, 2, 3, 11 — Tlie fourth game.
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