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Thirty The \»4tp€»4tnt %toi4, HdcM, Mwtm, U»4my, March 31, 1*1 Show Biz Looks Good to Ham Pierre EDIE ARRANGING A KOVACS SPECIAL — Thanks to the vigilance of Edie Adams, left, television viewers get to see the offbeat but on-the-nose comedy of her late husband, comedian Ernie Kovacs, right, on April 9. Edie is using materiel from tapes she owns of Ernie's television appearances to put together 'The Comedy of Ernie Kovacs," ta be aired over ABC. IAP Wirephato) Edie Saved Ernie s Tapes HOLLYWOOD (AP) - The offbeat but on-the-nose comedy uf fhe !ate Ernie Kovacs can once again be seen by television audiences, thanks tn vigilance for bis legacy by his widow, Edie Adams. A special called "The Comedy ol Ernie Kovacs" has been scheduled for April 9 by ABC, and it will refresh the memories of those who recall the Hungarian ztuvy as one of the most original creators of TV hamor. Died Six Years Ago When Kovacs died in an auto crash six years ago, be left his atlairs in disarray. He had been a prodigious spender and an inveterate borrower, and although his income had been high, so were his debts. His famous pals realized this and they gathered together to plan a television special to help ease the widow's burden. "Thanks, but I'll manage," said Miss Adams, and she embarked on a strenuous work schedule that eventually relieved the estate of its indebtedness. One of the first things she did was to buy back tapes of shows Ernie had done for ABC. Deep in Debt "Right after Ernie died, I discovered that he awed a kit . of money to the network," she recalls. "He had owned the tapes, but he owed ABC so much motley that they could have used the shows to discharge the obligations. I didn't want those shows to be run on the network at 9 a.m. or something. So I settled with ABC and took possession of the tapes." "I put them away and then last year I started looking at them. I realized how new they were! Ernie was doing things that are now the rage in underground movies, psychedelic movies, and even some of the commercial films. "The Beattles movies were full of the sort of things that Ernie did. And now you sec a lot of his kind of humor on television. " 'Laugh-in,' for example. After the first show, the producer, George Schlatter, called me up and explained how they hoped to capture some of Ernie's flavor. 'We all loved Ernie,' he told me. And of course Dan Rowan and Dick MHrtin were among Ernie's good friends. Techniques Are .Secret "But it's not only the techniques that make Ernie's work seem contemporary. He always had a very young attitude and was constantly hitting the establishment. He had the firm belief that the world was too serious, and be aimed to do something about it" Miss Adams spent much time in putting together the hour-long show, which was drawn from eight, half-hour specials that Kovacs performed, plus two years' supply of his half-hour series. To complete the job, she hired Ernie's producer, Milt Hoffman and his tape editor, Dick Wilson. The New Indian Demands Red Power (c) New York Times "The New Indians," by Stan Sleiner. 318 Pages Illustrated. Harper & Row. $?.»5. The American Indian is de- mandate Red Power. He is hav ing a tough fight with a short stick. But reports that he is van-' ishiiig have been grossly exag-j That is the starv told in Stan Steiner's "The New Indians," a magnificent blockbusters of a, book. It starts where most vol-S umcs about our continent's true first families end. It is filled with wonderfully interesting stories. What the usual trend on Indian lore makes romantic or grotesque, Steiner's illuminates wJlti laser-snarp resiity. ^ The Bed Power Steiner is a young New York er. Years ago he began "a love ailair with the American west. In ear v wanderings he oaid it tie attention to Indians on the landscape. Gradually, be saw them as individuals. Then he saw them as tribes, in the West. and also far-3caltered across America, but all fishtins face less assimilation, demanding to Jive dv weir own customs, ineir own gods. That's the Red Power, tney want in steiner s dook. He won exceptional trust as man of proved honor. Tape-| ipoolcd interviews and socioio- Eical iabberwockv. he saw. wouldn't tell the story ol tne Indians as he thought it should be tDld, He thoufiht the Indians should tell it. They told him to state their case. What we have here, (hen. is a suDerb venture at nut ting the thoughts and acts of contemporary inaians into tne lanauaee that came to these snores trom ungiana. What else came from England and other overseas places never ceases to make Indian sur vival doubtful. Take the rnnt matter of population. There are half a million, or a million, or a million and a half Indians the United States — depend ing on the aerobatics ot census-askine. census - answering, and racial definition. i What Steiner's book empha sizes is that whatever the num- \mmmmm. Colorful, Plastic BASKETS v on, REGULAR # J! 190 VALUE Lll IDEAL EASTEfl BASKETS! Fill them with candies and colorful eggs for Eastar morning surprise. 3 BRILLIANT FLUORESCENT COLORS-Choose from flowing pink, green or yellow. Fun and easy 1o decorate with tape, felt cul-outs, buttons, lransfurs, glitters, etc. HAS MANY. MANY HOME USIS-Flower planter, fruits, vegetable clothespins, play basket, sand pail, cleaning jobs. Made of unbreakable polyetfiylena dlinwler. ■ imil.HIKI.MiHIHMiM Shop These Family Service Stores Power-Townseml Co. Helena, Montana Peterson Hdwe. Co. White Sulphur Springs, Montana i> mi no dsui TV SERVICE Stereo and Radio MARSHALL ELECTRONICS Phone 442-0692 bers - gamsters come up with, there arc many Indians, or off many reservations, and not exactly living the life of itiiey. Anvwav. here's a thouEht for today from the heart of Stein er s book: Like the once-co lonial people elsewhere in the: worm me new Indians are nressine for self-determination Thev are demandine Dolitical in dependence for their tribal way. oi me. rogetner mese two — scii-aeierminalion anu political independence — are the source 'of the demand for Red Power." That innsh fijxht was hniled up into lawsuits about ownership of land granted lone aao bv j treaty. The Indians lose some of tnose lawsuits, ana win outers. Thcv fieht on. The ficrit grows Ipublicly spectacular when Indi ans go to a river wnere tney have fishing rights. Then there's hell to nav. One of this book's liveSiest chapters dram atizes a big tish-m on tne Columbia. But the most movins chan ters are those on the white degraded attitude to ward the red man be would de- By LINDA DEUTSCH Asswialed Press Writer LOS ANGELES (API - The man who has been a presidential press secretary, a senator, vice president of an airline and co-owner of a Hollywood Disco- ineque says tie wants to be a television star— if he can find Ok time. Pierre Salineer. a chubhv. ou gar-chomping, perpetual motion machine, previews his new telp- vision series this April with a one-hour special syndicated to independent stations, "With Sal-I Inger." 'I'he show will not begin regit-, lar weekly airing until next Sep-: tcmber. That's fine with Saiinser who doesn't seem to Find enough nours in eacn aay anyway. On a recent afternoon he failed fo aouear at his office for an interview. Tracked down at the campaign headquarters of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y., Salinger was dashing from empty room to empty iwtn supervising the arrange-j mem ol lumiture. Phones rani constantly. woman campaign worker would answer, announce a name, look to Salinger who would instantly shake his head necativelv or af firmatively denendine on the caller. " i one point he eaterly grabbed the receiver. "Mc-, Namara!" he said. "Sure I'm back in harness. After all, does' a dog eat dog food?" j The return to public life began early this year when Salingerj Arts & Entertainment Quality Country Music Demanded by Listeners (cl New York Times NEW YORK - The malar trend toward aualitv country music for sophisticated listeners is growing stronger. Stars are emerging, re-emerging in Nash- vi e and west Loast studios, te - evision is taking cognizance and' the noo charts are inrxeasinfflv peppered with pop - country >ngs. The "conversion" to modem1 country music is by no means complete, yuite a tew nipster taste - makers of pop still wince at tne mere mention ot a [Nancy Sinatra or Tom Jones, much as ethnic snobs of the folk fes tival used to wince at the men-. tion of an artist such as Harrv uetatonte. Healthy Current These tew isolated apart, the country upsurge can be regarded as one of the healthiest currents in pop, restoring melody and meaning, underscoring the musical values that lenaea to gee lost aunng such, aberrational and ephemeral movements" as nsvchedelic rock. The pop-country trend is re flected in the popularity of such singers as Bobbie Gentry. Glen Campbell and John Hartford. The trend is also helping to restore a bit of sanity in the environs of that rough part of the landscape known as tne genera tion Cap. "newcomers" has been around for vears. and has brousht ma turity to his recordings. Alter a Trails Meet LONDON, Kv. (AP) - Two famous pioneer trails. Boone's ITrace and the Wilderness Eoad, converse at Jxindon, site of Levi JacKson state Fark. few years of blind submission to the tyranny of teen taste, these country stars may help right some or tne wrongs commuted ot late by opportunistic record- Consider, on fhe level of both age and mellowness, the coun- | Capri Lounge | OPEN TODAY 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wc providi oil th» insrtdienti tor o happy lime; favorite drink, rotated atmosphere and courteovi iei Inn? your fricndi . , , the more the mcrricrl Wolr Beit will be on hand fo mix your favorite refreihmcnt! Symphony Concert Is Today The Helena Symphony orches tra and chorale will combine for the second time this season when they perform Haydn's i "The .Season" today at 3 p.i at the Civic Center. They are conducted by Richard . Starr, who is midwav throuah his set? !ond season with the Helena symphonic aroup. Members of the orchestra will be Octavia Haraldson, concert- ' mistress; Virginia Carlson. Hazel O'Connell. Jerrold Richards. Josephine Morales, Kim Mer-ley, Robert Levitan, Ragnar Og-j ren, sister Euchansta. Joseph Kintli, Morton Levitan, Harriet Marsh, Lucille Paddock, Muriel; Gabisch and Viola Branning, violins. Dorolhv Green. Robert Crebo, Erik Lundborg, Robert Uhein, violas; Fred Inman, Kim Foi ssen, Ken Grant, Carol Dimmit, Margareta Lundborg, cel los. Don Williams. Robert Ben?. contrabass: Richard Clark. Con- !nie Riepel, flute; Bobbie Whitwer, twsun f orssen, pboe; Steve Lvnn, bassoon. Kvcfett Lynn, Kim Briden-! stizie. Laun Kralieek, clarinet Michael Robinson. Richards Merly, Joan Berg, John Ger man, uoue uerDie. norn: tiovee Fowler, trumpet; Harry Hardy, uary Ketron, stcpnen wing, trombone. Jane Frilzlan, timpani; Mil ton Brown, piano; Joseph Mun- zenriaer, narpsicnora uoyce Fowler is orchestra manaeer. The Helena Symphony society Is cuided bv a board ot direc tors, half of whom are mu sicians and half laymen. They are narrv fiarav. Mova Younu. Imocene Peek. Joe Munzenrid- er, Don Williams (co-chairman), Julian Forbes (second vice president), Mrs. Kenneth Gibson, Dr. Everett Lynn (chairman), Mrs, Albert Luna- borc firs vice nresident). Mrs. Otlo Klein, Mrs. Qtiintin L. Yu-has, Miss Dorothy Green (treasurer), Richard Starr, Carrolle Rushford and Mrs, John Bov- try singers Bobbie Gentrv and Henson Careil!. Miss Gentrv is not telling the world of all the, years ot singing mat precedea her break-nut last vear with "Ode to Billie Joe." She was anotiler of those "overnight successes" who probably spent a pamtui w - year iiigut in prepar ation tor the aawn ot correction iMiss Gentry's Album Miss Gentrv's second LP. T'- Dclta Sweete is more — so much more — than anv over night success could have pro- aueea six months after a first IrecordLng. This album is an even better Deduction than her first. although some will miss the presence oi a strong nit. To sive fhe album !he sharie of a suite, there are linking I notes of motifs between the doz-jen tracks. Perhaps the tracks of greatest mieresi are neunion. a tBSCinatins; rewariane ot toiK- loristie children's aames: John jLoudermilk's little gem, "Tobacco Road," and Mose Alli sons Parchman Farm. Henson Careili. an Oklahoma Citv man. has caused a mild sensation with his first record- iiii. "Skin a Rone." now the ti tle song of an LP. Cargill has one o those de he W- country baritones like Johnny uasn s or uave uuaiev s. Skip a Rope" is m the verv best vein of country music — a catchy ana universal melody anJ r Ivric that can reach ev eryone. By disguising, a little morality lesson within the con text Dt a child s smp-rope rhyme, its composers have done a masterly job of crafts- mansmp. To this, and the rest of the bum. Carcill brines warmth and sensitivity, the story tic tells ot having (n finance his own re cording is one of the things that often happen in country music but not in pop music and rare ly in teen scenes. A Good Example Billv Eddv Wheeler is an ex ample o£ a wonderfully talented folk and eountrv sineer who eol bypassed repeatedly as he tried to waik tne roaa oetween «asn ville and Newuort. Now this ex cellent performer and marvelous oomuoscr aeain has an al bum up to his talent, "Paper Glen Campbell, a newly arrived MD-countrv star with a slrong face toward youth, is a Capitol recording artist who has bten long and hard at work as a new celebrity. The develop ment ot LjimpDeU can De traced from a Bluegrass singer on "Big Bluegrass Special" to a pop-vouth idol, on "bv the time I Set to fitoenix ana Jiey, wuie One." From Nashville. RCA Victor has been steadily developing two of its more sophisticated Dertormers. joiui i amora ana Jerrv Reed. nartiora can oe neara oni "John Hartford Looks at Life, (RCA Victor 3587). "The Love Album, ana ■ n;aruiwords & MUSIC. A special nroteffe of the redoubtable Chet Atkins is heard on "Jerry Reed." Reed is a guitarist and singer of great promise, energy and technique, ■ of whom we're bound to be hear ing more. Spring Concert Will Include Varied Program A spring concert in which 120 will participate, will be pre sented by Helena Junior Uipii School bands and orchestra 7:30 Tuesday at the school auditorium. Parliciuatine will be sevenlli eighth and ninth grade bands and the orchestra all Hirpr.i»,l py nnyce D. Fowler. The concert will include the folk tune, "Blow the Man LWK'n. " as Wfi as SMic-al waltzes, marches and Latin American music. Featured will be thp einhth 'grade flute section comprised of Janice Merdinck, Leslie mierner, Kevin Larson, Patsy tiiancnara. Hose Bridcnstine Dana Simmons, Koreen Sloulin] Laurie Cnpenhaver, Karen Slou-lin, Linda Anderson, Sharon uonnur ana Debbv Lowe Steve Evans will nn-spnt 'clarinet solo. The cuncert is onen to the puDiie, iree Dl marge. took a leave of absence from his vice presidency at Continental Air ines. His olan was to con centrate on (he new television show and to write a political novel. Then Kennedy decided to seek ic Democratic uresidential nomination and enlisted the aid of Hie late President John F. Kennedy's press secretary. ,11's Politics Now I'm moving (o Washington now to concentraie on the campaign," Salinger said. "My publisher has given me another year to finish the novel. "But 1 won't be a delegate to Die Democratic convention be cause of the TV show. It 1 were a delegate there might be a problem with other delegates asking for equal time." The show's format, he explained, will be "a balance of serious discussion of today's issues with Americans and people abroad and a look at the world through satire ... a serious snow lacea wun entertain menl." The first hour, to be aired on variuus local channels across the eountrv. features interviews with New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, baseball great Jackie Robinson and presidential aide John Roche. There is also satire presented by The Opposition Party, an improvisa-tional group. Look Out for Leda! GARDNER Tnln fAPl _, Mrs. Leda Dietz, who lives on a rancn near here, mav oe 81, buti a man who pulled a knife and mreatenea to Kin ner. Mrs. Dietz grabbed a polwr and pounded the assailant aver the head so hard that he bsat a hasty retreat. It remains one of the country's best orchestras," -N.T. limes THE MINNEAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Musical Director IN CONCERT TUESDAY, APRIL 2 8 P.M. MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY FIELDHOUSE BOZEMAN (MSU's new ncoustical shell will be used for the symphony performance.) TICKETS: Adults $2, Students $1, MSU Students admitted by activity cards. NO RESERVED SEATS. Advance trckefs available. Write: Fieldhouse, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59715 1JF0XIMM now,, Manow^,.1"' S"A LUSTY F1LM1" RICHARD BURTON PETER 0TOOLE HALWALUS' Dod, treat Mom and the kids to dinner out, with plenty of gacxi food, family fun. Our menu is set to suit every taste, with special menus for children. Enjoy our pleasant atmosphere, and warm, friendly service. PLACER HOTEL EAT HEARTY You're in 4-B's Country CAFE 900 North Main OPEN 24 HOURS IngUm.

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