6 Gojftsbyrfl,!!^^^^/^/^^!.^,,Ge>,lesbufg f . 1H. Wednesday, July 11, 1973 Lucille Ball: TV Superstar Taken for Granted? 1 ' -" . rf^B* . > i „ i. •> _. mi « .mm _ . .. . fl ... k*. ._ j f ByRtCKDUBROW HOLLYWOOD (UPI) Television executives take Lucille Ball's hold on the viewing audience for granted, and you soirietimes wonder if the network people genuinely appreciate the miraculous nature Of her video longevity. Television In Review The trouble with being the kind of superstar that Miss Ball is -Hwith, ceaselessly solid rat ings and a long-held reputation as queen of the home medium- is that people do, indeed, take her, and perhaps even her talents, for granted, t sometimes think that if she took a season off and then came back, she would be regarded with fresh appreciation upon her return, and might well acquire even more fans than the countless number she already has. Miss Ball will be back on CBS-TV again next season with her situation comedy series, which has undergone various alterations over the years*-but which has basically been a succession of shows set up to allow her to display her unique and often remarkable talents. It really doesn't matter much whether the individual episodes of Miss Ball's series are always up to snuff—what matters is to watch this amazingly commanding artist take charge. It seems a simple thing: Ask a star to take charge of the proceedings for a while- proceedings that have been constructed to show you off at your best. But consider how many name performers have been unable to carry off this task on video even for a short while. And yet here is this zany redhead who has done it week after week, year after year. The fact is, though, she can do just about anything in show business—and with the au* thority, the'presence, that only the truly great atari can radiate. Not merely a marvel* ous knockabout comedienne, she can sing, dance and act-" and her acting has a broad range. My personal feeling, however, is that she registers most effectively when she appears in witty movie roles with a touch of romance to them. If you haven't seen a Bob Mope- Lucille Ball movie, you've missed out on some crackling professional entertainment. I haven't spoken to Miss Ball personally in a long time, but I recall her as a standup dame, someone who coukl clearly outmaneuver anyone In show business who might try to give her a tough time—and a woman who gave the impression she would be great fun to have a few drinks with. She talked straight, with a clear lack of Donald Still Showing Off That Old O'Connor Talent interest in small talk and other frilly aspects of her business. There art a lot of name performers I wouldn't walk across the street to see. But Lucille Ball is something very special to me. She is one of our all-time major show business stars, and television, as important as it is to her, is just one of the fields she can dominate. Put her oh the stage, or in a movie, and you know a star is up there. She is All-Pro. KEEPS DANCING - Donald O'Connor is still dancing after a heart attack, but doesn't "leap around as much" as he used to do. NEA By DICK KLEINER HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— (NEA)—Donald O'Connor is just back from Las Vegas, where he was half a smash. He was a smash where he wanted to be a smash—doing his performing thing. The Lively Arts He was not a smash at the gaining tables and that's the way he wanted it. In his long career, he's been the gambling route at Vegas and he's been burned, so nowadays when he plays Silly City he's too smart for them. "I set myself a limit," he, says. And, moreover, he sticks to the limit. It's not purely a matter of self-control but one of calculated foresightedness. WHAT HE DOES is send a registered letter to all the hotel casinos, before he leaves home, and orders them not to |ffifl|ffHHH.aw-rtioHIWIIHIW3S dutli CJhorf 6a/Jb? til <s>afntni K<R& „ -m^o \W-3i * ^OL' IROIOF)USERS SAT: •jMaiWllflfo THE STRIP um NOTICE Eagles and Auxiliary "Galesbarg's Members Fr L aSty" FRIDAY, JULY 13 ALMOST FREE FISH FRY 25c Per Plate START SERVING 6 P.M. SHERATON MAKES IT HAPPEN Thirsty Thursday Men's Highballs 35c 5-7 P.M. THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE Sheraton Motorhin ^ 'THE INN PLACE" 1-74 At East Main 343-7151 SPECIAL Mon. - Tue. - Wed. - Thur. CHICKEN INCLUDES: Choice of tomato juice or soup, 4 pieces of chicken, choice of potatoes and salad, hot roll, coffee, tea or milk. (Good 5 to 8 PM in the Coffee Shop & Sirloin Room) give him credit. And they stick to it. Hie tests them. He goes up to the cashier at one of the casinos and asks for credit. They check and find the letter on file and turn him down. "That way," he says, "I stay out of trouble there and stay out of debt. There are a lot of acts that play Vegas who get into deep trouble. A few years ago, I talked to an act there that had been playing the same hotel for 15 years —just to pay of their gambling debts." O'CONNOR HAS recovered Well from his heart attack of a year and a half ago. He looks great and says he feels fine, too. He reports that he can <h anything he wants to do and his act is still full of his great dancing. "I just can't leap around as much as I used to," he says. "As long as I stay on the ground, I'm fine. But I can't jump off the ground and I can't lift my partners the way I used to." At 48, O'Connor is a veteran of 47 years in show business and maybe that explains his still-youthful appearance'. He had a weight problem for awhile — ballooning up to 200 pounds — but he's shed 50 pounds and is back where he belongs. He has many things going. Perhaps the most exciting are various projects to bring back "Francis," the talking mule he costarred with in a bunch of very successful movies years ag»;>. "FRANCIS WAS ahead of his time," O'Connor says. "He was anti-establishment before that word was invented. I think a revival of those stories would be very successful and I'm working on a new script now. It might make a dandy TV series, don't you think?" Besides Francis, O'Connor is working on a movie script and a play and a bunch of other things. The only thing he won't do is another TV variety series. He quit his successful show in the late '50s, when he realized it was just too tough. Last season he did a guest shot with Julie Andrews and) found her working the same arduous schedule he had abandoned. He had to work it, too, during that week he was with Julie. "I asked myself why I was doing it," he says, "and there was no sensible answer. So I won't do it again." Hollywood Bowl Official Scans Sky for Intruders Jetliners Batter Beethoven V Best By TERRANCE W. McGARRY LOS ANGELES (UPI) Head tilted back, binoculars uplifted, the watcher peered into the night sky, ears alert for the drone of the intruders' engines, eyes straining for a shadow of wings on the stars. Report From America Carthage Firm Gets Contract To Fix Prairie City Streets PRAIRIE CITY—Burlington Road Builders, Carthage, was awarded a $6,902 contract Tuesday by the Prairie City Village Board to seal and chip some streets in the village. Ralph McFadden, board president, said that the contract was below original cost estimates. The project will be financed through motor fuel tax funds. In other action Larry Schreffler, a state policeman, who resides in Prairie City was authorized to enforce removal of junk cars in the community. Trustees also agreed to enforce an ordinance prohibiting animals to run at large in the village. McFadden noted that sOme horses have trampled gardens in the community. The board initiated a plan to prevent the closing or blocking of alleys in the village. The board president noted that in one instance a fence was constructed across an alley. McFadden pointed out that a number of volunteer workers have helped clean up the village park following a recent spring storm. Trustees expressed their appreciation to Ray Cowperthwaite, Bushnell, for his monetary contribution to the cleanup project. At his elbow was a telephone, a link to the air command post. A short wave radio crackled beside it. Beacons stabbed aloft. But there were no Spitfires warming up. Just the string section. The classical musicians at the Hollywood Bowl, tired of cursing the Red Barons who fracture their fugues, inundate their intermezzos and blitz their nocturnes by flying over open air concerts in the midst of the Now You Know... 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He Was Ready When the season's first concert got underway Tuesday night stage manager Mark Ferber was on the alert with his binoculars, his radio tuned to air control frequencies, and a telephone ready to dial control towers and the FAA to catch the culprits. The bowl's beacon lights are supposed to warn pilots off when a concert is in progress It is against FFA regulations for a pilot to fly lower than 1,000 feet above the highest object—which in the bowl's case would be a flanking hill several hundred feet higher than the stage. The FAA has also told pilots that "as a matter of courtesy, they are requested to avoid the bowl Ladies Aid Unit Votes Glass Gift At New Windsor NEW WINDSOR - Members of New Windsor United Presbyterian Church's Ladies Aid Society, at a meeting July 5, approved a $200 contribution toward the purchase of a stained glass memorial window. Stained glass windows wiU be installed when the church is remodeled next year. In other business, members agreed to bring dish towels to the Aug. 2 meeting to replenish the supply in the Christian Education Building kitchen. Mrs. Orva Fisher and Mrs. Anna Shull will be hostesses for the August meeting. Members of the United Presbyterian Church's Golden Circle Society, at a meeting July 5, made plans for a 50th anniversary banquet this fall. The group was organized 50 years ago this summer. Mrs. Ralph Keck will host the July 19 meeting at her home, when Mrs. Ethel Shull will tead devotions. READ THE WANT ADS! •Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Am. D. Q. © 1973 Am. O. Q. Corp. Corp. Wednesday Spe SPAGHETTI DINNER Meat Sauce Salad Garlic Bread THURSDAY LASAGNA 99c "Th» pl»c« fox a family of fun" , 1824 N. Henderson St. Phone 343-0213 GOLDEN NUGGET 614 W, Main WILL BE CLOSED For Vacation MONDAY, JULY II Thru 1 MONDAY. JULY 30 area when concerts are in progress," according to Vic Tarantino, assistant chief of the control tower at Van Nuys Airport. Planes Disrupt Concerts Despite the FAA's help, at least two or three planes have disrupted most concerts in past years, according to Ernest Fleishman, executive director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. "This year we are making a concerted effort to report any violators," he said. Despite the steps, guest conductor Eugene Ormandy was barely into Beethoven's Ninth Symphony Tuesday when a jetliner roared over. "In the second movement, we were graced by a single engine aircraft, and few minutes later by a helicopter," Heifitz said. "Ferber identified all three and those pilots can expect to Last Night To SM FIST FULL OF DYNAMITE ROD STEIGER JAMES COBURN On* Show Each Night at 7:30 CHILDREN 10c — ADULTS $1.00 TAVERN NIGHT DRAWING Thursday, July 12 $175,00 Mac's Place GRAND AVE. If No Winner at 9 P.M. lhara will Da a 2nd Drawing ax 10 p.m. Tha Victory Tavarn and Ruby Walkar wish to apologiza for iha lata drawing lait Thurtday* Tha b»n#l w»» not d«liv*r*d in Sunt for a 9 P.M. drawing. PATGARRETT AND BILLY THE KID g] METROCOLOR G W PANAVtStON* jjgj, SHOWS 7:15 t 9:15 hear from federal inspectors. "Ferber even heard the jet pilot call in for landing instructions, reporting his position as 'over the Hollywood Bowl.' "And Ferber also heard the control tower answer 'Well, get the hell away from there.' " Open 7 - Shows at 7:15-9:25 NOW thru WED! All of Galesburg Loves This Ono JAMES BOND GOT" LIVE , AND LETDIE US 7:15 and 9:25 Um,e- " , " II, j Box Office Opens at 7:15 One Showing At 7:30 Only THIS FANTASTIC FILM ENDS WED. DON'T MISS SEEING THIS ONE WINNER OF 3 -ACADEMY AWARDSI 0AMEUOT ansfflancLarMwhopo MaxvonSydow UvUUmann 11» Emigrants Wricola 'riomWjmsrfiroi < SHOWS 7:00 & 9:30 I TECHNICOLOR* PANAVISION* ' I _~ _ _ J | IS- -(Si! 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