Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 16, 1972 · Page 76
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 76

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 16, 1972
Page 76
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SHIMMY OAK Hill WOAY-TV AIC-CIS CHAMESTON WCHS-TV CM ItUtFIElD WHIS-TV NIC CI*«K!IU«O WIOV-TV CIS-NIC July 22 MORNING 6:30 fli) Now 0 Classroom 7:00 © Insight Q Death Valley IB Neighbors 7:15 © Point of View 7:30 Q Uncle Hank © Profile 0 Farmbook © RFD 0 Monkees Q Cartoons Q Blast Off 8:00 0 0 © © © Dolittle QG Bugs Bunny © O Jerry Lewis 8:30 0 0 © © © Deputy Dawg Q Q Scooby 10 0 Road Runner 9:00 0 0 © © © Woodpecker 0Q Globetrotters Phantom 9:30 00Q!)©© Panther 0 Q Bear Bunch © Q Jackson Five 10-00 0 0 © © © Jetsons 0 O Pebbles ©Q Bewitched 10:30 0 0 © © © Barrier Reef 0O Archie ©Q Lidsville 11:00 0 0 © © © Giant Step 0 Q Sabrina © Q Curiosity Shop 11:30 0Q Josie HUNTINGTOhl WSAZ-TV o WOJt-TV I HUNDNGTi I WHW-TV I *K WSWF-TV ras-HH WMUl-TV '£§ Movie |0 Kentucky Afield 2:30 © You 3:00 i© Bowling 3:30 IQ "Send Me No Flowers" © Drag Races 4:00 © Golf 4:30 Q Gospel Music 5:00 0 Primus 0 Slim Mims ·©Wilburn Brothers IB) O © Wide World of Sports i© Roller Derby -0 Wrestling Q Insight 5:30 00 Bill Anderson '© Arthur Smith 'Q Voyage EVENING AFTERNOON 12:00 0010 ©IB Wizard 0 Batman O Monkees ©Q Johnny Quest 12:30 0 0 © © © Bugaloos 0O Festival ©Q Lancelot Link 1:00 0© Cartoons 0 Roller Derby ©© Wrestling ©O Bandstand 1:30 0 Challenge ffi Good News 2:00 00 CD ©£3 Baseball 0 Football O "Bedtime Story" 6:00 0 0 0 Q © News i(D Wagoner 6:30 '©© News ·© Rollin on River Q Bill Anderson 7:00 0 Your Life © 0 © Welk © Kwiz 0 O O © Hee Haw 7:30 0 Nashville Music © Tell the Truth 8:00 0 O © © © Comedy Theater QO All in Family i© "Day of the Evil Gun" 8:30 0Q Mary Moore From Madding Crowd" 0O Van Dyke 9:30 0 O Arnie 10:00 0O Mission Ponderosa not the same without ole Hoss By Charles Witbeck HOLLYWOOD-The shock of Dan Blocker's death last May has the "Bonanza" company working with a sense of numbness this summer. Producer David Dortort quickly signed David Canary to return as ranch hand Candy, and has written enlarging 16-year-old Mitch Vogel's part of Jamie SINCE 1992 MALDEN TELEVISION SERVICE SERVING · SNOW HILL · BELLE · CAMPBELL'S CK. · WITCHER · MALDEN · DIAMOND · HAND · QUINCY PHONE 925-3174 to bring in the kids, but no one will predict how the oater will fare without the giant Hoss around. The void left by Blocker Is immeasurable at the moment. As one of his close friends, Herm Lewis, who handled the initial "Bonanza" publicity and later became Dan's press agent for a while, put it, "There was no way you could take Dan Blocker lightly. He influenced things right or wrong. He was an opinionated, hard drinking man, lusty in language which he never tempered. You took all of him because you couldn't take Dan in pieces." You can imagine Lewis' feelings that day last May. After the actor had left the hospital, Lewis had called the Blocker house and learned Dan was out on a bicycle. So he was completely stunned by the radio re- port of Blocker's death 48 hours later. "I had talked to Dan earlier in the spring when he was enthusiastic over a special boat being built in the East. It would be brought out here by Christmas by way of the Panama Canal. He wanted Scotty,.my wife, and I to come over for a glass of wine. In the lat two years, Dan laid off tobacco and was down to wine." Only Lewis, in many ways a smaller edition of Dan, had the strength and energy to keep up with the actor during those early "Bonanza" years when Hoss shot around the country making weekend guest appearances on a schedule that would put any normal man in bed for a week. The two never missed a date, despite their carousing and need for excitement. "Everybody in town would ·(0 O Berry 11:00 00 ©I News © "Johnny Trouble" Q Wrestling 11:15'© "The Whole Truth" 11:300 "Incredible Shrinking Man" "Thing That Couldn't Die" 0 Tonight © "Satellite in the Sky" 0 "Operation Mad Ball" iQ "Sullivan's Empire" © "Attack of Robots" '·Atragon" "Voyage to Planet of Prehistoric Women" TV Movies Saturday "Bedtime Story," (1964) **, 2 p.m., 'Q with Marlon Brando and David Niven. * * * "Send Me No Flowers " (1964) **«,, 3:30 p.m., Q with Rock Hudson and Doris Day. "Day of the Evil Gun " (1968) *%, 8 p.m., © Q with Glenn Ford and Arthur Kennedy. "Far From the Maddine Crowd," (1967) ***, 9 p.m., Q O ID © ID with Julie Christie and Alan Bates. "Johnny Trouble," (1957) '*, H p.m., ® with Stuart Whitman and Ethel Barrv- · more. 8s "The W h o l e Truth," (1958) **, 11:15 p.m., (0 with Stuart Granger and Donna Reed. * * * "Operation Mad Ball," (1957) ***',,, 11:30 p.m., Q with Jack Lemmon and Mickey Rooney. "Incredible S h r i n k i n g Man," (1957) ***, 11:30 p.m., 6 with Grant Williams and April Kent; "The Thing That Couldn't Die," (1958) *V ? , with Andra Martin and William Reynolds. "Sullivan's Empire," 11:30 p.m., Q with Martin Milner and CIu Gulager. "Satellite in "the Sky" (1956) **%, 11:30 p.m., (g with Kieron Moore and Lois Maxwell. MANAGEMENT SALES/MARKETING Outstanding individual, early in career development, with the desire and thrust to move quickly to an Area Manager position in a highly profitable, respected and growing company ranking in the upper 1 % of its industry. This opportunity can be explored, in confidence, by calling Mr. Bruce Hewitt at (304) 343-2822 on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, July 17, 18, 19 between 10 AM and 8 PM or by writing to the consulting firm. the parallel planning corporation Executivo Search Division 707 Charleston National Plaza, Charleston, W. 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" The publicity man contends that Blcoker never knew what fear was, despite a few anxieties in the air. During a chartered plane flight from Spokane, Wash., over the cloud-covered Cascades, Blocker and Lewis watched the stall warning sign go on and realized they couldn't go higher. Then Dan, seeing a tiny break in the clouds said to the pilot, '"Hey buddy, head that way." They got through, taxiing the little plane right up to the Seattle air line door. "Speed exhilarated Dan in racing cars or boats," Lewis said. "He wanted to test man-made machines to the limit, and you almost saw the seeds of tragedy in his zest. You never got the feeling Blocker would die in a rocking chair. He went a mile a minute, lived with great gusto, and if there wasn't any e x c i t e m e n t around he would create it himself. If he didn't hear a good funny story, he would invent one." Called the world's most recognizable actor because of his size and "Bonanza's" global populairty, Blocker was virtually a prisoner most of the past decade. Unable to melt in a crowd, the actor couldn't even buy a pack of cigarettes in a hotel lobby without being mobbed, and used to say he would trade anything for privacy. Only on the Greek Islands, in parts of Turkey, or in remote areas having no access to TV, would Dan have a moment of freedom. For the past two years the Blocker family lived in Switzerland, a refuge of sorts, with Dan staying in a Hollywood spot during working periods. In reminiscing, Lewis the press agent wanted to make it clear that Dan Blocker was a far different man from his character, Hoss Cartwright. "Too few people know that Dan was a dedicated, sensitive actor," said Lewis. "They might think that some Hollywood director spotted Dan's size and said 'Get him.' "Hoss is a tribute to B1 o c k e r 's acting ability. Loud, nosiy, brash Dan turned into sweet, innocent toestubbing Hoss on camera. Most folks think Blocker was playing himself on 'Bonanza.' Nothing could be farther from the truth." SUNDAY GAZETTE-MAIL

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