The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 18, 1967 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, February 18, 1967
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Page Tte - Blythevllle (Ark.) Courier Newi - Saturday, February tt, 1*7 TV Turns Reporters Into Prima Donnas By ROBERT S. McCORD Editor, North Little nock Timel LITTLE ROCK - Members of the news media are prima donnas. If Winthrop Rockefeller didn't know this already, he found it out last week at his highly - publicized, "w i d e- open," televised press conference. The governor made a promise to hold a press conference at least once a month at a time announced far enough ahead of time to allow the editors and broadcasters out in the state to come t« Little Rock to attend. Usually, » governor's press conference is an informal affair, conducted in his office whenever the reporters for the two Little Rock daily papers and the two wire services stop by on their regular daily rounds. In an attempt to accomo- date the TV news people, Rockefeller's press secretary, Bill Conley, agreed to have it in the studio at Channel 4. There is no place fa the state Capitol wired for TV broadcasting. On February 8, he sent the announcement to 300 newspapers, TV, and radio stations, saying that the session would b« in the Channel 4 studios "in order that the quality of the telecast be superior." Channel 11 and Channel T apparently took offense. Did that mean that the other stations' fa- February 4 mailed out a coiv rection. "We did not want to leave the impression that the facilities of any television station were i n a d e q u a t e," he wrote. So at 2 p.m. last Tuesday, the newsmen began to assemble. On the way in, a Channel 4 worker handed each reporter ground rules. * * * Already mad at having to go to a TV station to cover a press conference (it's roughly the equivalent of Henry Ford going to the General Motors Futura- ma), the pen - and • pencil reporters, representing a medium at latest 300 years older than TV, bridled at these instructions. "When Governor Rockefeller takes the podium please stand and applaud if you wish." (Working newspapermen, in an effort to appear impartial at all times, do not stand up or applaud for anyone.), "Indicate your wish to ask a question by raising your hand." (Working newsapermen do not like to have to raise their hands, relying on their judgment to determine when a colleague has finished a line of questioning and then breaking in with cilities were interior? Lord no, said Conley, who on theirs.) "Please do not shout or whistle,> etc." (Working newspapermen do not shout or whistle except maybe when someone knocks over a TV camera.) Once inside, a radio reporter also found something to complain about. He understood that all broadcasts were to be delayed, but here was KARK, the host, putting it on the air. The offended broadcaster sulked and refused to ask questions. So did the two reporters from the Little Rock newspapers. One of them, who said lie was acting on his editor's instructions, got way in the back of the room so as to be out of camera range. "Me? Be part of a show? Nuts!" he said. Actually, he was in the minority. There was a squad of reporters there from one wire service, and, along with the redcoats of Channel 4, they popped up and down like corks, (We asked a couple ourselves, as a matter of fact, and will even admit to watching the telecast later to see how we looked.) * * * As it turned out there was no shortage of questions — too many, in fact. Governor Rockefeller, sweating profusely in the heat of the lights, was grilled for one hour about everything from liquor - drinking in Hot Springs to a philosophical dis- cussion of the national Republican Party — a tough experience for a real political pro, not to mention a fellow who has been in office for only a month. "We are reasonably well satisfied," said the relieved press secretary three hours later, saying, that he thought the conference was too long. He said that he was sending out a questionnaire to everyone who was invited, asking them for their opinion. Conley said he was pleased that as many as 35 reporters did show up on relatively short notice. "Tuesday is a bad day for weekly editors," he said, speaking from the experience of having been one himself. Reporters were present from Fort Smith, El Dorado, Pine Bluff, Beebe, Paragould, Memphis, Hot Springs and even Los Angeles, although this man, a representative of the Los Angeles Times didn't make a special trip just for the conference. Conley calmly acknowledged all complaints, said that each had a valid point, praised the television stations for their generosity but admitted that holding it in a studio had been a mistake. "The next one will be in the conference room at the State Capitol if I have anything t» do with it," he said. Do not shout or whistle. The idea! oLife ^fn By HARRY RING Associated Prest Writer The miniskirt may be the current fashion rage but a female bootlegger in the. Magnolia area goes in for slightly longer dresses. According to Glen Hickman of the Magnolia Banner News the woman found a use for the less chic styles — They cover her "bootlegger bloomers." The woman was wearing a full dress and coat when she was arrested by Magnolia Police recently. Magnolia Police Chief J, W. Cleaver said the woman "Winked all over" when she got eut of the patrol car. A woman was called in to search the suspect and the attire was revealed. ' The "bloomers" were described as a pair of blue denim overalls with the legs cut out and pockets sewn around the bottom of the outside. Cleaver said the garment had 16 pockets, in which about 20 bottles could be carried. new itock. ftatmater Alvta Bridewell of Duma said tome postmasters are trading between town. Allegedly the convicts at the state's prisons have been sending in contest entires. Each card must include the participant's favorite show on the particular station. The, prisoners top two choices are: The Fugitive and The FBI. A bill which would make the state of Arkansas a bird sanctuary was amended slightly last week. One amendment remove the protection afforded sparrows and pigeons. Another amendment protects Birmingham Riller Pigeons, birds that are used by magicians. Simply an indication of the strength of the magician's lobby. that," something like they used back during prohibition days." The woman was charged with possession of an illegal amount «f intoxicant in a dry county and possession for sale. She was released on a $2 SObond—with- out her "bloomer." A Little Rock television sta- ion's giveaway is depleting the supply of post cards in some Arkansas cities. An automobile accident in Texarkana recently brought residents of the area where the accident occurred pouring from their homes. Most were attired in pajamas. The inspected the wreck and watched police haul the driver off. Most of the spectators stood and chatted a while before returning to their homes. One woman said the next day: "Why, I saw neighbors I hadn't seen in years at that pajama party last night." Carrier vs. Homing The carrier pigeon is often confused with the homing pi geon, which carries messages. A post card must be sent in The homing pigeon is the only each day and the giveaway is i bird used for carrying mes- extended over quite a lengthy period. Postmaster Roger Klie of Grady said the heavy run on post cards has necesitated emergency requisitions to re- in the United States. sagei and for pigeon racing. Pronghom antelopes, among the swiftest of four-legged animals, are declining in numbers . | A THOUGHT TO REMEMBER ..'^ By MM. Bottjr Reward Washington* birthday tlwiyi reminds nc «( th« cherry tree story. Whether the legend 1* fact or fiction is unimportant. The legend symbolizes a principle; to tell the truth whatever tht consequence*. Ironically, the cherry tree Incident hag a peculiar twist. The Incident wu authored by a commericalljr minded minister and book peddler named Mason Weems. When he wrote Washington's biography, "The Life and Memorable Actions of George Washington" (now in its 80th plus edltlonl), Weems penned it for neither patriotism or posterity. People were the same in his day as they are today. Weems knew when he wrote the book that he could make money from it because of Washington's popularity. His money mskinf moteve is u unimportant as th* fact or fiction of the legend Itself, when he described the incident, h« recorded a principle that, helped our heritage. Tht heritage helpi and encourage* us to tell the truth • com* what may MM. BUDDY HOWARD, HOWARD FUNERAL HOME. NEWS BRIEFS CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) - L. Charles Underwood wanted his Mends to hold a memorial party 30 days after his death with a Dixieland band providing the music. Attorney Charles W. Greger said as Underwood's will was filed for probate that the party probably will be held — but on more modest scale than the $2,500 get-together specified in the Cincinnati stock broker's will. Underwood's setate was seti- mated at $10,000. He died Feb. 7. CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) The man who stole Neil Shon- tlemire's sheep near Fendlay, Ohio, in 1937 wants forgiveness. Shontlmire, 70, has received a note and $250 which the repentant thief explained was for 'some sheep that you had come up missing 30 years ago." MADISON, Miss. .(AP) — The old men's home needs a new name. j The board of directors of Ihe j home said it would pay $100 for the name selected. I Entries must be mailed not' later than midnight March 15. comparative communism. The University of Pittsburgh said the courses will be subsidized by a $250,000 grant from the Carnegie Corp. Foundation and will be offered at Pitt, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Duquesne University and Chatham College. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - To mark the Chinese new year, the Empress of China Restauranl discontinued the "doggie bag'" for taking home leftovers. For one week only, it's a "dragon bag." Outstanding In Sports While he was an undergrad uate at Syracuse University, Jimmy Brown of the Clevelanc Browns was an outstanding football, track, lacrosse am basketball player. Hal Boyle First engineering experimental station In the United States was established in 1903 at the University of Illinois. NEW YORK (AP) -Things a columnist might never know if he didn't open his mail: It would probably make the average pedestrian even more umpy if he realized that America now had 100 million licensed automobile drivers. And the number increases about two million each year. Flowers speak a language of romance in the South Sea is- ands. A white flower draped over a girl's right ear means she is looking. A Red hibiscus says she's been found. And >reen leaves proclaim her lack of interest in the whole subject. Everybody has heard of accident proness. Well, now psychologists have put a label on another 20th century malady— 'absence proneness." If it at- licts you, then you are among the 25 per cent of employes who account for more than 50 per cent of industrial absenteeism. Here's a statistic that should make any housewife feel tired. During her married life she will walk at least 64 miles while making up beds. Quotable notables: "A dose of poison can do its work only once, but a bad book can go on poisning people's minds for any length of time."—John Murray. Asked .to name the kind of tree they like best, Americans will nominate either the elm or the oak. One of the remaining three will pick the pine tree, and the other two will answer, "I don't like to par- ticipate in arboreal controversies." The New York City Police Department has figured out thai the metropolis has 1,470,067 'law abiding youngsters," 40,< 237 "mischievous youths," and 39,219 "young criminals" and now if someone would get all these kids to wear their proper tags, grownups would know better how to cope with them. How deep is the ocean? Well if Mt. Everest, earth's talles peak, were sunk in the deepest Dart of the pacific, it's crown would still be more than a mile b&neath the surface. Can you name the only U.S president who had Jujitsu as a hobby? He was Theodore Roose velt. Worth remembering: smile is the most inexpensive way to improve your looks." Folklore: eating watermelon will reduce a fever. You'll have bad luck if you cut your finger nails on Friday or Sunday. Bu you'll have good luck if you sneeze three times in a row One reason chess is so cher ished by logical people is that i is reputed to be the only game in which there is no element o chance. It was Will Rogers who ob served, "America is a nation that conceives many odd inven tions for getting somewhere bu can think of nothing to do when it gets there." hememoer Pay Your paper Bar U. S. BATTLI DEATHS IN MAJOR WARS (1775 to present) REVOLUTIONARY CIVIL WAR SPANISH-AMERICAN WWI WWU KOREAN VIET NAM 4,435 214,938 385 53,513 292,131 33,629 8,542 THE CHART ABOVE lists deoths in Vietnam up to Jan. 26. Total casualties in the current conflict up to that time included 39,997 wounded and 485 captured or missing. PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) Four Pittsburgh colleges are going to offer free courses hi ENTER THE Tonight 6:00 PM Channel 13 "I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC" A robot babysitter ha* to prove to her assigned charges that she can also be a loving woman. GpUJHBQ-TU Coming Wei, Jan. 22 Washington! Birthday Sale A City-Wide Savings Event Brought To You Through the Combined Efforts of Blylheville Down-town Merchants Association See Tuesday, Jan. 21 Courier News For Complete Details Hot mineral water from th« Yampah hot springs is used t» dear the snow from the streets of Glemvood Springs, Colo. TONIGHT ON MARSHAL DILLON 6:00 JACKIE GLEASON.. 6:30 Bus driver Ralph Kramden tries for a big promotion by buttering up his boss as Gleason, Art Carney, Sheila MacRae and Jean Kean bring you the Honey mooners. (Color) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7:30 Rleardo Montalban guest stars as the governor of a penal colony Jocated in • a tropical area, who intends to sell jtoien nuclear explosives to an unfriendly power. (Color) PISTOLS'N'PETTICOATS (Color) 8:30 An Indian returns, to his tribe after an Eastern Med« ical School education but .they refuse to believe lie's an Indian! CUNSMOKE (Color) 9:00 After eight years as a debt-plagued dirt farmer, a supposedly reformed outlaw rejoins his old gang to rob the Dodge City freight oHice. 10 O'CLOCK NEWS & WEATHER (Color) Million Dollar Playhouse 10:15 Mr. Smith Goes To Washington James Stewart Jean Arthur SUNDAY ON LASSIE (Color) 6:00 IT'S ABOUT TIME .:.,. 6:30 Mac teaches Gronk and his family to write their name] and- they immediately go on the credit plan. (Color) ED SULLIVAN SHOW 7:00 Singers Pat Boone and Pearl Bailey .head up Ed's guest list for another really big show. (Color) THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR (Color) 8:00 .Guest slam George Burns and Jack Benny join Dick and Tom Smothers for a solid hour of laughs on the newest and brightest comedy hour. CANDID CAMERA (Color) 9:00 WHAT* MY LINE? (Color) 9:30 CBS SUNDAY NEWS (Color) . ....10:00 With Harry Reasoner THE LATE MOVIE.. 10:15 East of Eden JtiMtDun Julie Harris

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