Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 8, 1971 · Page 16
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
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Monday, March 8, 1971
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M F 1 FLUKE START TO A CO-STARRING TV ROLE 1 I By Tom Waller Iowa is not known for its talent contributions to the television and motion-picture industry. For years, Marshalltown's Jean Seberg was the state's only claim to dramatic achievement nationally. More recently, Sioux City's Sue Lyon has joined Miss Seaberg in stardom. Both might be envious, however, fo learn of the progress made by an Iowa actor in Hollywood in the past year. This is not to say that Robert Pratt, formerly of Clear Lake, Algona and Iowa Falls and a University of of Northern Iowa dropout, will become a star. In fact, he asked this interviewer, "Who wants to be rich ? Or a star ?" - SIX MAJOR ROLES Nevertheless, the 25-year-old bachelor's roles to date merit the possibility. "Actually, I've only really had major roles in six shows," Pratt said. "The significant thing, I guess, is that it all happened in a year," The major roles include two television shows and four movies. He appeared as a student war protest leader with Hal Holbrook on "The Senators" segment of television's "The Bold Ones" series. And he was a patient on the "Marcus Welby" TV show last Tuesday evening. - MOVIE CO-STAR His most significant work in movies includes supporting roles in "Dial Hot Line," with Vince Edwards; "Hired Hand," with Peter Fonda; and "Magic Carpet," with Susan St. James and Jim Backus. Most recently, however, Pratt landed a co-starring role with Sally Field of "Flying Nun" fame in a movie for television called "Marriage: Year One." Explaining his quick rise to co-star status, Pratt said, "I was originally considered for the smaller character part of his buddy, but I told them I wanted to play the lead. They must have believed me, because I got it. It's 'in the can/ as they say, and will be out sometime next fall. Right now it's what they call a pilot and is under consideration for a series." - BREAKING IN Friends who knew Pratt when he was president of the Algona High School student body in 1963 remember his acting ability in plays, and they will attest to his desire on the football field as a 5-8, 140-pound substitute center. Apparently, it was a combination of these attributes which have helped the young man fulfill his acting ambitions in highly- competitive Hollywood. To find out, we asked Bob's point of view: EVER ABANDON QUESTION: "DID YOU ACTING AS A CAREER ?" ANSWER: "The night before I got that part in Dial Hot Line a bunch of us had decided to give it all up and work our way over to India. I had been pounding the streets and those other actorism things for 10 months —to no avail. The fact that I got it was a fluke. The only reason it happened was because I didn't care one way or another, and that attitude fit the character . . ." Q: "HOW DID YOU GET INTO REGULAR WORK; THAT IS, HOW WERE YOU DISCOVERED BY AN AGENT AND HOW DID YOU EVENTUALLY GET YOUR SEVEN-YEAR CONTRACT WITH UNIVERSAL?" A: "My agent saw me in a production at the Center Theatre group in Los Angeles. I did a year's journeymanship there. About a year later, I stumbled into Peter Fonda's office, and he wanted me for his movie. Shortly thereafter, I was an 8 by 10 glossy at Universal, a fact which I do not regret in the slightest. Much has been said about contracts and how they can atrophy a career. I think that's a fallacy. I'm looking forward to the next six years. It's quite enough to do what I like and be paid handsomely too . . ." Q: "WHICH ACTORS AND ACTRESSES HAVE YOU ENJOYED WORKING WITH MOST?" A: "The best for my soul was Holbrook and "The Senator," because we believed in it. The best for my ego was Sally and "Year One," because we had monstrous parts. And the best for my career was Peter Fonda and "The Hired Hand," because he's heavy.* I enjoyed working with all of them." * Heavy means influential in the acting and film-making field. Q: "WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT ACTING ?" A: "The thing I like least about acting is that friends from the past keep thinking I'm trying to push flowery hero pedestal stuff on them ... I think people's expectations of me have changed much more than I have . . ." Q: "WHAT ARE YOUR LONG-RANGE GOALS ?" A: "Eventually, I want to make my own movie or start my own theatre." m * <i/i \ * ,*•? tttt K, "• »'1-4.if*«k &?. *» | " i m * '*.A 'i WS: ' ft . i,. ...In Television's "The Senator" Studio contracts do not guarantee job security. For example, Pam McMyler, shown here with Pratt in "The Senator" segment of "The Bold Ones," hqd her contract terminated after five years. Pratt has six years left on his seven-year contract with Universal. ... In Theatre Movie, "Hired Hand" Pratt said he had to hedge a little on his qualifications in order to get a part In Peter Fonda's new film. He said he was an accomplished horseman during the interview with Fonda. Later, he polished up on his horseback riding at commercial stables. The film has received pre-release raves and is to be out this spring. •*. In TV Movie "Marriage:Year One" Sally Field co-stars with Pratt in this film to be aired "sometime next fall." Pratt said he and the former "Flying Nun" have "monstrous parts" in the film and that it is a pilot under consideration for a television series. He said he would welcome the opportunity to star in a television series. i 1 !:£! i i m i m 1 Titonka Pair Celebrate 46th Wedding TITONKA - Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Van Hove and family, Mr. and Mrs. James Van Hove and family took their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Van Hove, Sr. to dinner Sunday at the Cunningham Cafe in Burt in honor of their 46th wedding anniversary. In the afternoon they returned to the Ted Van Hove home and were joined there by Mr. and Mrs. Ted van Hove, Jr. and family, Leland; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Van Hove and family, Kiester, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Stencel and family, Buffalo Center; and Mr. and Mrs. BobH. Spear and family. - o BUFFALO BOYS The Buffalo Boys met Friday evening for their regular monthly meeting in the home of David Amesbury. Roll call, "name of a feed nutrient," was answered by nine members and three leaders. It was also Dad's Night and five fathers were present. The boys decided to have a junior 4-H basketball team. David Amesbury led the group in the 4-H pledge and also the gave a talk on "Pathways to Feed." Danny Amesbury gave a talk on feed nutrients and Raymond Carlson gave a leader's presentation on the keeping of feed records. Mrs. Amesbury served lunch. - o RAMSEY CIRCLES Two circles of the Ramsey Reformed Church will meet. The Esther circle meets on Tuesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. with the lesson to be given by Mrs. Vern Rafdal and devotions by Mrs. Richard Beenken. Hostesses are Mrs. Roy Hinz and Mrs. Andrew Risius. Ruth circle will meet Thursday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m. with the lesson to be given by Mrs. Henry Van Hove and devotions by Mrs. Fred Asche. Hostesses are Mrs. Harold Beenken and Mrs. Walter Tapper. - o Sunday dinner guests In the Dwight Graham home in observance of his birthday were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Runkle and girls and Mr. and Mrs. John Miller, Humboldt; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Graham and family, Thompson;: and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jennings. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Boekelman and Carol, Mr. and Mrs. Heiko Boekelman and Barb, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Sunken and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Beenken and Harley all went to Cedar Rapids Saturday to attend the wedding of Lawrence Beenken and Cheryl Frantz. Minnie and Alice pannkuk and Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Pannkuk and Brian were Sunday visitors in the home of Mrs. Ada Wirtjes, Lakota.- Rodney Bowers, six-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Darvin Bowers, is a patient at Mercy Hospital in Mason City suffering from meningitis. He will be a patient there for several weeks. Mr. and Mrs. Merle Phelps and Michael were Sunday evening visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lament Junkermeier. Sunday dinner guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wai- rod were Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Loehr, Clyde and Carla, Moorland; and Cheryl Walrod, Minneapolis. Cheryl returned to Minneapolis Monday and her mother accompanied her to visit for several days. Capt. Gerald Welhousen, Mr. and Mrs. John Welhousen and Mrs. Emma Callies were Sun- 8 - Kossuth County Advance Monday, March 8, 1971 day visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Straub LeSueur, Minn. "Over 21 Club" is ready. (The lost Generation) CHUBBY CHECKER (Th. Twist King) WED., MARCH 31 Marital Status No Problem Registration card only $1 for all dances. (8U-13A Wait for it... Watch for it... 535,000° STOCK LIQUIDATION WAREHOUSE SALE I - COMING SOON - It'll be worth waiting for Coast-to-Coast 1 2 block north of Mpin Coa^t To Coast Stofe on North Dodge in Algona ALGONA COMMUNITY SCHOOL ADULT DRIVER EDUCATION INSTRUCTION TO INCLUDE - 20 Hours Classroom Instruction 6 Hours Behind - the - wheel CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION TO BEGIN - Tueday evening, March 9,1971, t>om 7:30 to 9:30 in Room 14 in the Algona High School Building. For 10 Consecutive Tueday Evenings. BEHIND-THE-WHEEL INSTRUCTION - After 4:00 P.M. on school days and at various times on Saturdays. TUITION PAYABLE AT THE FIRST CLASS $30 per person plus a driving permit. A car will be provided for be-hind-the-wheel instruction. PRE-REGISTER BY MARCH 8th. at 4:00 P.M. • Telephone 295-3528, Algona Community School Administrtr.ion Office Write to: Frank Brusie, Adult Education, Alcana Community School > COME IN TQDAYi HAVING ILLUSIONS ABOUT YOU* INCOME You'll feel like you're floating on air when you let BLOCK prepare your tax return. Service it fait, accurate, guaranteed ... and you'll love that peace-of-mind feeling. So levitate on down to H & R BLOCK —anytime you're ready. BOTH FEDERAL AND STATE LIFE guarantee accurate preparation America's Largest Tax Service with Over 5000 Office* STATE & THORINGTON N.E. Corner SflcomLfloor Mon. thru Sat., 9-6 Phone 295-5531 • MO AJ>POIWTMEW f HECEBBAHY

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