Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 25, 1972 · Page 13
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 13

Alton, Illinois
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Friday, August 25, 1972
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Section B Pages 1 to 12 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Sport* Alton, Illinois, Friday, August 25, 1972 ETV: a maze of money problems By DOUG THOMPSON Telegraph Arts Editor One of Robert C. Glazier's favorite lines about the financial problems of running an educational television station is that he has a full- time staff of 40 and the budget to pay 20 of them. "It isnt' really quite that bad," Glazier said over lunch this week. "But we are always having to worry about money." Glazier manages KETC-TV, Channel 9 in St. Louis, and his worries include wondering how to pay for $851,000 in new color production equipment, how to retire the present capital fund debt and how 10 continue Improving educational television in this area. "Many educational stations are supported heavily by state governments. We aren't. Our support comes from our membership drives and it is always hard to expand memberships." KETC sells memberships for $15 single and $25 family ™ li WM and currently has more than 14,000 members. The station serves an area in a radius of 60 miles around St. Louis and many other communities via cable-TV. Recent applications from CATV operators lo the FC r : seek to expand cable coverage to Little Hock, Ark., and Memphis, although Glazier opposes Memphis. Cable currently carries programs to Quincy in Illinois, Fulton in Missouri and Keokuk in Iowa. Membership in the station is heaviest in St. Louis, and communities in Illinois and Missour contribute very little to the operation, even though the station offers programming for schools and groups in the area. Alton, for example, h;is I'D Cinema: Disney scores Disney studios continues to grind out family-style movies in a day when such fare is passe and Napoleon & Samantha (Grand) shows that a family movie can be updated to include social comment and still earn that family "G" rating. Napoleon and Samantha are two young children who run away from home after the death of their grandfather and start a trek through the wilderness with an old, retired circus lion. They recruit the help of a long-haired young man to help bury their grandfather and he is arrested by police in a suspicious town where people think the stranger killed the old man and the kids. Using that premise, the movie builds into a taut suspense drama as the children and their roaring companion face one danger after another in their trek and the young man escapes from the police to find the children. Michael Douglas (son of Kirk Douglas) delivers a strong, sympathetic performance as the young man and the film's other two acting honors belong to Will Geer as the grandfather and Johnnie Whittaker as one of the children. Action scenes with Disney's always great outdoor photography and a climatic chase when police cars and helicopters pursue a motorcycle add more interest to the film. But the social comment scores heavily on the fears and bigotry of a small town that distrusts anything that it can't understand. Some may say such social comment has no business in a family film but the Disney people make it work in a way the entire family can understand and that is true "family" entertainment. —Doug Thompson gruesome and partially-gruesome that comes across pretty well. A group of people touring an old crypt are lured away from the crowd and end up in a sealed room where a robed figure (Ralph Richardson) astounds them with tales of what will happen to them. - Of the five stories, the best concerns a group of mistreated inmates from a state home for the blind who seize their sadistic administrator and torture him. Patrick McGee is good as the leader of the blind men. As a horror film, Tales is good but it is not good enough to have to sit through "Ben" to see it. -D.T. SIUE art exhibit members; Belhalto, 15; East Alton, 25; Wood River, 1. Edwardsville le;ids Telegraph area communities with 90 members. Godfr°v has 40 members. In all, 957 people in Illinois contribute to the station. "We have to concentrate heavily on our membership because they are our main means of financial support," Glazier said. "We gel other money from schools who use our program and in-school services." A financial blow to Ihe station came when the huge St. Louis city school system dropped out of educational television, saying the system did not have enough monoy to participate in the program. "That really hurt us,' Glazier said of the St. Louis loss. Headquarters for ihe Channel 9 operation is a rambling brick-and-mortar building at 6996 Millbrook on the Washington University EDWARDSVILLE - Robert Chi, a graduate art student at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, concentrates on the environment in his exhibitiin whicho pens Aug 21 and runs through Sept. 8. The Hong Kong native uses plastics, water and air .in depicting his concept of a specific environment. From the balcony in the lobby If the Communications Building he will have 40 small plastic bag sof water suspended. In the Lovejoy Library lightwell he will have a large inflated piece and four trays of water left on the floor to evaporate. Ratty bore Ben (Starlight) as you may remember was a survivor of the rat pack that devoured human Willard in the last movie of the same name when the pack decided their young man and master was not really a soul brother. . Now Ben is back, with more rats, and vows even more death and destruction on the human race that shows no compassion towards the little fellows. Like most sequels, this movie is not as good as the first (In itself not all that good) and tends to bore more than interest. It seems Ben and his flock are down in the sewer and venture out now and then to create havoc and mankind, who is portrayed as the viRian in this film, and who must destroy this pack of rats at all cost. What appears on screen is a film that is neither shocking or climatic and something should be done to the rat who produced it. -D.T. Chiller On the other side of horror, we find Tales of flic Crypt (running as a double feature v/ith "Ben), a collection of the livincs when you paint with JKifanize. LATEX HOUSE PAINT Goes on smooth and easy . . . cuts painting time by 1/3. Paint over damp surfaces. Trouble-free •finish lasts and lasts, won't blister or peel. Colors don't fade. Make your paint jobs simple. Use Kyanize LATEX HOUSE PAINT. ST. 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Presently, much of the structure is pockmarked by construction for installation of the new color equipment. "We're one of the last educational stations to color," Glazier said. "We've been waiting for it for a long time." They hope to have the color operation going by October. The station can use color tapes and feeds from the Public Broadcasting System now, but local shows are in black and white. "With color, we should have more interest in Ihe station, ' Glaizer. More interest means more memberships which means more money which mean?; something besides promises to pay the bills. ALTON CRUCIAL MEETING GODFREY CIVIC CENTER SUNDAY AUGUST VOTE WITHHOLDING SERVICES Alton Education Assoc. Sell it now with a Telegraph Want Adi See Ibis t On Display 01 Ota Fine FRIGIMI8I KHIMKA10BS Good sports win at Metropolitan Bank's grand opening. Saturday, August 26 Meet the baseball Cardinals. We'll get an eaily start in GUI luand new nuildmn. with Ihe nfmon cutting at 8:41) am. And when tho doors officially open at 9:00. your Cardinal favorites will be waiting inside. Ted Simmons, Al Santorini, Red Schoendienst—come on out and meet them. They'll autograph free photos from 9 'til noon. So bring the kids, too. Friday, September 1 Get an official puck from Noel Piccard. I'-iom -J^iO to 7:30 pm /,e vr i)Oi in.:- Bn;.'.-, iM.imei, '-..•..•! Pir. -no St. LOUIS BillfS hOi:k> y Slai. He II .-iu:ooi'.i|)h n 'i K-'-, |iu, K^. as long as the suppiv lasts. And th.-\ ie .ii'.-.. unti •-. lier t ! ''nt b"e L-ile. Saturday, September 9 Miss Redbird's in town. ItX the k-iM bii| day of mil giand opi'nmn cflohiation, and its gut to lie <.)i<-'at. Su v.tA.,- invited Miss Redbiid, the piethebt lepiesentatiVt: of tht: baseball Caidinals. to be with us. She'll have smiles and souveniis tor everyone from 9 am 'til noon. Name your game and pick your gift. '. (--I y .spoi ;•• ! m. ;!'<;-, All .Mi . ! ii ,T :>.', V I > to ', i'-i>l : >; - v. 1 1. 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