The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 9, 1971 · Page 78
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Hutchinson News Saturday, Oct. 9, 1971 Page 6A Monday Night, October 11,1971 C:3I Wild Kingdom, I, 7, IX You're OD , S Let'* Make A Deal, 10, 1.1 Primus, 2, 3, 11 7:M Special of the Week, 8"Hogan's Goat" — Faye Dun away, Robert Foxworth and George Rose star in William Alfred's prize . winning off-Broadway drama. Gunsmoke, 6, 7. 12 — "New Doctor in Town" — Pat Hingle plays Dr. Chapman, who faces the suspicon and mistrust of many of the townspepole when he fills in for the absent Doe Adams. Nanny and the Professor, 10, 13 -"Aunt Henrietta's Premonition"— Elsa Lanchester guests as Nanny's A'int llemietta, a seeress who predicts danger for Nanny. Rowan & Martin Laugh- In, 2, 3, 11—Cameo guests Tony Curtis, Edward G. Robinson, Frank Gorshin and Buffalo Bob with Ibwdy Doody join series stars. 7:30 Shirley's World, 10, 13 1:00 Here's Lucy, 6, 7, 12 Uncle Harry, having been a naval photographer diuv . ing tha war, is allowed on an astronauts'? moon- recovery ship to take pictures. Monday Night at the Movies, 2, 3, 11 - "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" — Story of conflict among- members of a divided family in the deep South. Elizabeth Taylor .and Paulj Newman star. NFL Football, 10, 13 New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys . 8 :30 Doris Day Show, I, 7,12— Kay Ballard, guest starring in her recurring role of Angie Pallucci, accompanies magazine writer Doris Martin on an under cover assignment to a swank spa to maintain surveillance on the wife of a soon - to - be-released convict 9:00 60 Minutes, C, 7, 12-Mike Wallace and Morley Safer are on-the-air editors. Legally Speaking, 8— Live call-in program on various issues of law today. 9:30 legislative. Preview, 8 — With Wayne Lee, political editor of the Hutchinson News. 10:00 Nightcap Edition, 6, 7. 12 KSN News, Weather and Sports, 2, 3, 11 Driver Education. 8 10:30 Merv Griffin Show, 6, 12 You're On, 8 The Tonight Show, 2. 3, 11 Steve Allenis substitute host. Football — Tom Stromgren, 7 10:45 Seer.? Tonight, 10, 13 11 :09 Merv Griffin, 7 11:15 Sherlock Holmes Mystery Theatre, 10, 13 — "The Pearl of Death" — Basil Rathbone - : 12:00 Midnight Movie, 12 "War Arrow" - Jeff Chandler and Maureen O'Hara KSN Late News. 2, 3, 11 Great Ideas Clues to Purpose of Life Local Artist Enters Competition Mrs. Paulette Hamilton, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Paul M. Hill, 25 Lazy Lane, has had a sculptural ceramic piece accepted in the "Women '71" art show iii Dekalb, 111. This show is a Midwest women's art com­ petition, with entrants from ten Midwestern states. The show will run through. October. Mrs. Hamilton received the degree of fine arts in ceramics last spring from Wichita State University. By MORTIMER J. ADLER The writer of this week's question has been awarded a 54 - volume set of Great Books Of The Western World. You, too may earn a set valued at more thaa $450 by submitting a timely question or topic addressed to Dr. Adler in care of this newspaper. Dear Dr. Adler: Do the great thinkers offer any clues as to how life may be meaningful? Earl T. Richardson Lone Pine, California Dear Mr. Richardson: There are a few great ques tions which seem to divide thinkers deeply and irrevocab ly, because the opposed an swers given seem to have no common measure in terms of which they can be comparatively argued and judged. The question of the meaning or purpose of human existence is perhaps the outstanding example of an obviously important issue incapable of being settled by controversy. Some thinkers have argued that, the very, search for. an over • ail purpose to life Is misguided from the start. The British philosopher, John Austin, for example, regarded any question . about the meaing of. life as a whole as "really, just a 'spurious question" of the type . that "arises in philosophy" whenever one. commits "the fallacy of asking about 'Nothing- 1 in. - particular'.? According to Austin, we can only ash about the purpose of doing this or that, particular thing, in which case a perfectly straightforward answer can be given. But if we ask, "What is the potat of doing "anything" — not anything "in particular," but Just "anything?," Austin claims, no answer can be given because the question is entirely pointless-. is. To seek for more Is court delusion and despair. to A LATIN TEMPO sets the beats for Bobby Burgess and Cissy King, dancing duo favorites of the Lawrence Welk Program, telecast each Saturday on KTVH at 6:80. This week's show finds them dancing merrily the mambo, tango, rhnmba and the samba, their performance lauded mightily by the popular Champagne Maestro and his entire musical family. In speaking thus, Austin joins such thinkers as Democritus, Luretius, and Spinoza, who argued • that human existence, or a n y other type oi existence, for that matter, has no need of justification Dr. Adler beyond the more fact that it Sharply opposed to this view is the opinion that earthly activity is not enough for man, that without some kind of eternal destiny human life is aot intrinsically worthwhile. This seems to have been the view of Plato, and it was certainly the dominant view of medieval times as expressed in the writings of men like Aquinas. The rationale of this alternative and (to judge by the success of religious cults in human history) more prevalent view has been well - expressed in modern times by Teilhard de Chardin. "When the first spark of thought appeared upon the earth, life found it had brought into the world a power capable of criticizing it and judging it. . . . Is the game (of living) worth the candle, or are we simply its dupes?. , An animal may rush headlong down a blind alley or towards a precipice. Man will never] take a step in a drection . he knows to.'be blocked." According to Teilhard, unless human existence extends beyond the present' world and is part of a~ divine plan,, we live "in a self - abortive and absurd universe," to which the only ap- : propriate response is "nausea j or revolt " — .a response which such philosophers as Sartre and] Camus- have not hesitated to make. • "Few will question the seriousness of the issues above outlined. Yet it is hard to see how they might be objectively s e t- tled. Good Situation Comedies Rare By JOHN J. O'Connor (C) 1971 M.Y. Times News Service NEW YORK — Without much of a situation, a situation-corn edy is more or less in its fa miliar form. Without much comedy, though, it's in trouble. Why, goes the obvious question, can't television be more original or at least more en- tert..'~ing with its large budgets and with the large reservoir of talent it can dip into across the country? The obvious answer: It isa't easy. Chapman Presents Puccini's Opera CHAPMAN - The'Kansas City Lyric Theater will present Puccini's opera, "Madam But terfly," sung in English, In the Chapman High School auditor ium, Chapman, Ks. Oct. 30, Curtain time is 8 p.m. Tickets are available in the Chapman High School office for $4.50 per ticket. All seats are reserved. Mail orders should be accompanied by a stamped, self- addressed envelope. This performance is made possible through the support of the Kansas Cultural Art Commission and the Great Plains Federation for the Art and Humanities. Successful situation comedy is rare, even in the supposedly more sophisticated Broadway theater. Each season Broadway producers drag out a slew of low-budget comedies in search of high - margin profits, but for every quickly - forgettable Forty Carats" there are 10 or 15 box - office duds. With the occasional hit show, though, the producer can relax with a finished product, good with few if any changes for at least a couple of years of fame.and fortune. Matters on television ..aje^'t quite that simple. The sit-com producer is forced to come up with an. acceptable product weekly, a product that in each of its 20 • plus weeks will be judged by an audience wbf>se numbers dwarf the total of cus tomers that might be claimed by Broadway's longest running show; Situation "Ideas" become precious commodities,, not to be squandered on the same episode, and In a medium insatiable for new products, the talent - -devouring quotient tends to be grotesque. . "Key Factors There's no secret about the key factors for success: adequate scripts, professional, directors and_ good actors'.; The good actors are usually in ample evidence, but too.of ten the scripts are little more than hackneyed, and the (directors seem to be little more than inept traffic managers. Contrary to Laura Z. Hobson's recent attack on the series, "All in the Family" is still one of the funniest shows on television. The author of "Gentleman's Agreement" contends that the series is dishonest because It's not bigoted enough, that it deliberately avoids -words like "Kike" and "Nigger" in order to turn Archie Bunker into a "lovable bigot." True, it does avoid those and other words but the viewer is not very likely to have an illusion about Archie's ability to use them. And one of the most distressing factors of bigotry is that all bigots are not repulsive ogres. In many other ways, they may indeed be lovable. If Archie is lovable, it is as a familiar type of loudmouth clod who also happens to be a bigot. "All in the Family" may be dishonest but it is a lot less so than the average family TV comedy, fa dealing humorously with an unpleasant fact of life, the program is at least a step in the right direction. Humor, Miss Hobson saems intent on ignoring, can be a remarkably effective weapon. And as truly enlightened observers, we don't want to become too bigoted about bigots, do we? "Funny Face" is constructed as a showcase for Sandy Duncan, an attractive performer whose particular brand of cuteness monopolized the reviews in a recent Broadway revival of "the Boy Friend." the TV problem is how. to harness that cuteness without falling into the sticky Doris Day pit, how to make Sandy, a cutely gutsy version, of-'Ireal-people." The opening episode, with Miss Duncan's bachelor girl selling used cars ih television commercials, didn't succeed. •• Sandy just looked tired, or perhaps a bit bored-. The New Dick Van Dyke Show" is merely the old version in • a new. setting — suburban Phoenix, Ariz. Same Format The Mary Tyler Moore Show," on the other hand, has returned with essentially the same format-and cast as it had last season^ and it shows every sign of remaining slickly and pleasantly accomplished. As another-TV bachelor girl, . this one working for a television station in Minneapolis, Miss Moore has the' advantage of brightly written scripts, a first -rate supporting cast and well-paced direction. It all looks quite easy. It isn't. Ask Sandy Duncan or Dick Van Dyke. Your Money's Worth It pays to advertise in the News Clock. The Clock is used many times daily for a week. Make the most of your advertising dollar. NEW from B±C - EQUITYOWNER LOANS! $6,000^ ANY AMOUNT UP 70... ...OR MORE! 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