Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 1, 1972 · Page 6
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 6

Alton, Illinois
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Friday, September 1, 1972
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** Cinema: 'Last Picture Show' shines Carter Knipping, SItJE i student from Alton, puts finishing touch "i on pottery featured in his graduate show beginning today on Edwardsville campus. Friday September 1,197 2 Page A-6 A return to clean fun By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer H.W. "Hub" Luehrs answered the call of the open road as a 14-year-old carnival workers and now owns one of the country's most excit'ng amusement shows which has a unique record of cleanliness and strict moral conduct. Luehrs and his famous carnival family — some witn college degrees — will roll Into the Bethalto Homecoming this weekend with his big show of rides which has brought new glamour to the carnival world. The ingredients for Luehrs' outdoor amusement show are a rigid code of moral and physical cleanliness, amusement rides that, are kept in top shape and a /eal to renew the spirit of tht> carnival in the American way of life. Luehrs' formula for at tracting patrons is so successful that the outdoor amusement show is booked solidly year after year. The carnival business is a family affair with the Luehrs who hit the road from their Hollywood. Fla. home early in the Spring with 24 shiny trucks and trailers loaded with rides and other concessions. "We pioneered the mobilo carnival," Luehrs said. "Our trailer-mounted ferris whee 1 . can be erected by two men in half the time that il took in the past." The traveling carnival of rides treks across the country into bordering states of Kentucky and Indiana, ;:nd then heads toward the big Bethalto Homecoming whicn gets underway tonight, and continues through Labor Day. The ferris wheel, "Spider", "Scrambler", tilt-a-whirl and "Italian Scooter," a new bumper car ride imposed from Italy are some of tlie rides that thrill patrons of Luehrs' amusement show. When the show moves in'o a town, he hires local people to help erect tbe tons of sloe! equipment for the rides. But, Local TV talk show By DOUG THOMPSON Telegraph Arts Editor KMOX-TV launches a late Saturday night, St. Louis- based "adult" talk show Sept, 16, hosted by Regis Philbin, Joey Bishop's former second- banana. "Regis Philbin's Saturday night in St. Louis," will follow the station'? "Best of CBS" movie on Saturday nights, Starting about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. It will feature nationally- known guests as'well as local personalities and will be video-taped before a live audience at the station's studios in St. Louis. Guests for the first few Shows include artist Peter Max, Richard Nixon lookalike Richard M. Dixon, St. Louis •Sleuth* returning Anthony Shaffer's "Sleuth," one of the American Thea'n» In St. Louis's biggest hits last season will play a week 1 ' return engagement at that theatre beginning Monday, Sept. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 23. Performance time Monday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m.. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The national company of "Sleuth" has been in Chicago Since it left St. Louis lal February and now stars Michael Allinson and Cur*. Dawson. Featured players remain the same: Philip Farrar, Harold K. Newman and Roger Purnell. Mayor A. ,T. Cervantes, gossip co.lumnist Rona Barrett, Buffalo Bob Smith of "llowdy Doody" fame, and .lani Gardner, the kooky writer of an adviee-for-wives book "If You Love Him, Bite Him." The show was created because of the popularity of the "Bijou Picture Show." KMOX-TV's all night movie program. "The Bijou audience ratings proved that there are thousands of viewers available during the late night hours," says Chris Duffy, KMOX director of broadcasting. "We feel that this kind of open and frank discussion program will add a new dimension to local television proiyamming in St. Louis and at the same time serve that large potential audience." Duffy said Philbin was picked because he could take a fresh approach to St. Louis. "In Regis Philbin, we have a host who is new to St. Louis- local programming but at the same time no stranger to viewers here mainly due to his association with the Joey Bishop show," he said. Philbin served as announcer and sidekick to Bishop durins his old ABC-TV late night talk show. Today, Philbin hosts a phone-in and talk program and a weekly prime time series on psychic phenomenon on KHJ-TV in Los Angles. He also hosts a weekend radio talk program on KABC IN Los Angeles. After the Bishop show folded, Philbin appeared as guest star on newwork television series, including "Love, American Style." "The Jimmy Stewart Show," "That Girl" and "Get Smart." Philbin was brought to St. Louis by Thomas M." Battista, CBS vice-president an-.! general manager of KMOX- TV. Batti.sta was a stage hand at a San Diego television station 11 years ago and used to have to touch up makeup on Philbin, who anchored the late night news show. When Philbin's show starts Sept. IB, his old stage hand from San Diego will be the boss. on opening night, the ri'los are operated by the family and faithful employes who have worked with the company for years on the rode. One of these trusted em- ployes is liny Carter of Jerseyville, a carnival man who has traveled with the Luehrs for more than 25- years, "It's a family affair," Jon Luehrs. "Hub's" son and gcrteral ride foreman, told the Telegraph. Jon owns the ti't- a-whirl and is a partner in the Italian Scooter ride. .Ion's wife, Joan, too, is an integral part of the family. She works in the concessions and helps wherever she is needed. If you go for a ride on the ferris wheel, Luehrs' son-in law, Joe flair, is often at the controls. Joe, a college graduate with a degree in business administrations, owns the ferris wheel. During the winter months, Joe teaches in Hollywood, Fla. His wife, Jean, a jour- mtlLsm school graduate, als,: tenchers in the winter. When trip amusement show is on the road, Jean is busy in the refreshment stand or concessions. "Joan and Joan are real assets in our business when it comes to serving the public," Luehrs said af- f <? c t i o n a t e 1 y about his daughter and daughter-in-law wjio have both worked as TWA hostesses A nephew, Jim Luehrs, puts his skill as a Marque! le University engineering graduate to work on the mechanical rides. Another daughter, Lorie, 17, an honor student, was busy this summer on her job of selling cotton candy and snow cones to earn her tuition wh<:n she starts college this winter in Florida. Lorie is faithful to the Luehrs tradition. She graduated from high school in Florida this Spring., On the next night after her graduation, she was working in the refreshment stand at Wilshire Shopping Center in East Alton where the show was playing in June. Raising children in a traveling show is not always an easy job. The secret for Hub and Winnie Luehrs is a strong spiritual life for themselves and their children. They were married in 1938 and have owned their own carnival for 16 years. "Whereever our show is playing, we always try to find a church on Sunday, and attend together," Luehrs said. Luehrs also practices a code of morality in his carnival of rides. He is an active leader in t h e Outdoor Amusement Association, a national organization which promotes a strict code of ethics and fair dealings with the public. "We are trying to recapture the spirit and fun of the carnival in the American way of life," Luehrs said. A small Texas town Is dying and most of the residents couldn't care less because they are wrapped up in their own problems but, despite all tfiis conflict and dreariness, The Last Picture Show (Capri) is still a very good movie. Directed by Peter Bogdonovich.the movie is the chronicle of a town that was dying 20 years ago in the post-war era. In the wrong hands, this drama could have been just another soap opera, but with Bogdonovich It rises above that and plays itself out. in stark, unforgiving reality. For Ben Johnson, this movie gives the type of part that many actors long for. As the proprietor of the town's only, and also dying, movie house, Johnson delivers a performance tha' may never be matched by his contemporaries. Cloris Leachman, as a constantly-drinking and free loving mother also gives the viewer a performance to be remembered. Both she and Johnson won Oscars for their parts — and both were well-deserved. Filmed in black and white (which added to the dreariness), the movie's only tault is a little too much emphasis on the bad and depressing. It may be realistic, but it is depressing as hell. —Doug Thompson Hitchcock jewel Alfred Hitchcock is back with Frenzy (Bel-Air), a film that shows us the Hitchcock of old, the master of classics like "Psycho." _, """" A nude girl is found floating in the Thames in London. She was strangled by a necktie knotted tightly around her neck and the chase Is on as London police try to stop a mad killer's rampage. Hitchcock, with his passion for plot quirks and twists, leads everyone on the chase, including the viewer, who becomes more and more involved in the 'complexities of the killer's mind. Before long, the viewer is Involved la the killings and begins to think like the murderer. Hitchcock explores new ground with the movie. He uses sometimes explicit female nudity — something he has avoided in the past. He also includes an explicit (and disturbingly erotic) rape- murder scene that could shock many timid souls. Somehow, though, it doesn't seem out of place. Young Jon Finch, the "Macbeth" In Roman Polanskl'a bloodbath of the same name, is haunting as the murderer in a movie that shows Hitchcock has not lost his touch — he only misplaced it for awhile. -D.T. SHOP EARL? SALE ENDS SAT., SEPT. 9th Entire Stock of NEW FALL AND WINTER STYLES . COATS . SUITS DRESSES . SPORTSWEAR Junior-Misscs-Half Sizes-Extra Large Sizes SAVE , SWEATERS , • ROBES BLOUSES • LINGERIE » PJs • GOWNS <> I' <' • ' <> «' l> <' I' ENTIRE STOCK OF SUMMER DRESSES & SPORTSWEAR REDUCED UP 50°/« 0 Charge Accounts Invited Master Charge Welcome IN DOWNTOWN ALTON Having trouble making ends meet? BORROW THE BUSINESSLIKE WAY. Illness? an emergency trip? car trouble? some other problem? need more neady cash than what is available? ARRANGE A LOAN FROM US JO HELP MAKE ENDS MEET. We will be glad to go over your needs and carefully explain our plan. Our rptes are low and our repayment terms are generous. Stop in or call us today and let us help solve your financial difficulties. The author of The New Sexuality, Psychologist Eugene C. Kennedy, disputes the long-held myth that sex is behind all human behavior. Read why an overemphasis on "sexiness" actually can stunt emotional growth, and retard the true sexuality of an Individual. One of 39 articles and features In the •ANK » T»O»T COMPANY IN A mu SERVO BANK I he '!?, - • where your deposits are insured to $20.000 by f-DIC ai.J safeguarded by resources of a bank which, through sound progressive policies has helped people toward [heir yoal of financial security (or 136 NCJI^—lotifccr tnan .uiy bank in Illinois. IEPTEMBIBREADEB'8 DIGEST *-V ' • 3

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