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Northwwt Arkonicu TIMES, Tuw., Sept. 24, 1974 FAYKTTKVILLE, ARKANSAS Networks Venture jnio New Images Of U.S. Woman By JERRY BUCK I LOS ANGELES (AP) These are television's images of the American woman: --A housewife always getting into scrapes, who manages to manipulate her husband in such a manner that he thinks he is the boss. . --A single woman, seductive, who cries a lot and wants only to get married. --A working woman who de fers to a male's greater experience, ability and insight. On the rare occasions when she's in a superior position, she is strident and neurotic. For 26 years, television has perpetuated these images. And commercials show women striving for a better cup of coffee, a whiter wash and a drier deodorant. But there is change. "I Love You, Goodby" was a film last season about a woman who walked out on her family to find a new life for herself. "Tell Me Where It Hurts" was about a woman whose consciousness - raising dismayed her husband. "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," an took slavery Alternative Flood Plans Presented 'Â· LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The Litlle Rock district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented five alternative plans Monday for alleviation of flooding on the Fourche Creek basin. The plans range from no action at all to an approach that would require massive relocation of businesses and , residences, but which would guarantee 100 per cent effectiveness. In between those extremes, the plans, presented to a group of business and civic leaders, included one that called for channelization, another that stressseti environmental preservation and a third that suggested the creation of six reservoirs. Col. Donald C. Weinert, the Little Rock district engineer, said the presentation was a continuation of a series of public "meetings that would contin- ue'until late October or November. He said the plans would be offered at a public hearing. It is^hoped a decision on a final plan will be made then. Development of the alternate plans are the result of a local federal effort which began in ID68 to deal with the flooding along the creek, that runs through Saline a n d Pulaski counties to the Arkansas River. 3mmy-winning black woman from sit-ins. REALISTIC PORTRAYAL Just ,as the civil rights movements and the New Morality caught up with television, so is a more realistic portrayal of women, at least in movies and specials, if not in the series. Last May, all the writing Emmys went to women writing largely about women -- and to one man, Tracy Kenna Wynn, writing aoout a woman, Jane Pittman. "There's no question that television hasn't given women an equal share, but they're coming on fast," said G r a n t Tinker, who heads the company that makes his wifes "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda." Treva Silyerman, an Emmy- winning writer for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," said she believes it is high time to break stereotypes. The Moore show has done that, with its th ;me of an over-30 caree^ woman who is not husband-hunting. "I'm writing a show w h e r e Mary is obviously sleeping with someone. That's the only way to go, without watering it down with euphemisms," Miss Silver- said. "I think there's been so much lying between men and women -- actually between everybody -- that was fostered by movies and television saying this is the way it should be. DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIPS "You watch 'Father Knows Best', and you say I don't have that kind of relationship with my father. Anything that shows the difficulty of relationships can only help people." Robert Howard, president o! NBC, s a i d he believes audiences are now ready to accept women in stronger roles. "I think the key to it is getting more women into writing," Heavy Chugging An optimistic little tug boat and crew engage in a tug-of- war with a log b o o m o n t h e Ottawa River. The logs were being towed to the nearby Gatineau mills In the early morning Ottawa fog, partially hiding the Parliament buildings in the background at left. (AP Wirephoto) ^ Today In History By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Tuesday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 1974. There are ; days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1955, President Dwight Ensetnhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver. On this date: In 1780, during the he said. think that will Cher To Star NEW YORK (AP) Cher Bono, whose "Sonny and Cher" television show and her marriage ended almost in the same stroke, will star in her own weekly variety series next fall. A CBS spokesman announced Monday that Cher has been signed to a contract for a one- hour special in February and regular variety show starting in the fall of 1975. Contract details weren't made public. CBS canceled the "Sonny and Cher" show last spring after Cher's marriage to Sonnv Bono broke up. Her former husband already has his own variety show, which premiered last Saturday on ABC. Body Found HARR1SBURG, Ark. (AP) -Â· The badly burned body of Av ery Lowery, 55, of Harrisbur was found Monday in a room a the Lakeside Inn on Lake Poin sett near here, authorities saie Sheriff Gerald Crawford o Poinsett County said foul pla is not suspected. The bod was sent to the state medic; examiner at Little Rock for a autopsy. love Of Life' Enters Mth Year Offering Daily Crises By JAY SHARBDTT NEW YORK (AP) A soup pern called "Love of Life" tarts its 24lh year on CBS lo- ay, having givnn viewers nore than 5,900 daily crises to 1 rood about since it first aired m TV on Sept. 2-1, 1951. That's a record for televised veeping and gnashing of teeth. "'reducer Jean Arley did some eetli-gnashing of her own when sked to describe the show for hose who work days and never ,ee it. Like me. "A capsule description?" she 'etorted. "Well, the story flows around Vanessa and Bruce iterling in a town called Rose- ield. "There's so much going on -Sturm und Drang' kind of bings," she said, meaning tur- ulancc and pressure. "I don'l ;now how you'd ever capsulize something like that." The lead characters, por- :rayed by Audrey Peters anc ton Tomme, are a childless, middle-aged couple, she said 3ruce publishes the Rosefielc Herald and Vanessa is a housewife who dabbles in real estate Life was quite innocent when tliey began on TV. Nowadays any soap opera worth its suds "relevant," meaning abor lion, adultery, Lesbiansim and crying without a license are dealt with forthrightly. VERY FRANK NOW "We've come a long way ant we're very frank now," Misb Arley says. "We've even had story lately about a couple whose sex life went awry afle a number of years and there was a sex therapy situation Which is a big step from wha it used to be." Miss Arley said the show' writers have a rough i d e a 9 which way the over-all plot i headed as much as two year in advance. "It's kind of a bare outline, iie said. "We have a basic 13- 'eck cycle, and that's broken own into weekly situations." lie said a given crisis or sub- risis isn't necessarily resolved i a given time. "It may not he resolved for a ear, or it can wlndup in two veeks," she explained. "It de- iencls. Right now, we're deal- ng with corruption, a corrupt nayor. It's been oti the last six months." Do viewers gripe much about )oudoir hanky-panky? "Sometimes very strongly," he said. "They think it's im- noral or they say, 'Hooray!' You can gel two sides. I think t depends sometimes on age or oyally to a character with vhom viewers identify." Soap opera plots are moro complex than the federal budget. B u t Miss Arley said her ,how's daily story pow-wnws keep the authors from writing characters into boxes from , vhich there's no escape. Docs she worry that game shows may someday kill off her loan opera? "I worry about everything all the time," she laughed. You just hope you're doing the best possible job ^and that people are watching." Number Retired ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The widow of baseball immortal Dizzy Dean was presented with tho Hall of Fame pitcher's Â· uniform shirt Sunday as the St. Louis Cardinals retired his number during special pregame ceremonies. . Mrs. Pat Dean of Wiggins, Miss., was applauded generously by the crowd at Busch Stad'ium upon receiving the shirt bearing No. 17. It is only the second uniform the Cards have retired, the other being the No. 6 formerly worn by Stan Musial. tionary War, Revolu- Benedict Arnold create the roles." For the new season, approximately 40 series starring women were considered. The police shows apparently were considered a "safe" format by the networks. Women would be attracted by the feminine lead and men by the action. Past pilots with women ab doctors and lawyers failed. Angie Dickinson plays "Police Woman" on NBC, a spinoff from "Police Story." Jessica Walter is "Amy Prentiss," a woman chief of detectives, on the "NBC Mystery Movie." Theresa 'Graves is a black und e r c o v e r policewoman o n ABC's "Get Christie Love!" NEW LIGHT Miss Walter, who stars as Amy Prentiss, said the show "definitely presents women in a escaped to a British ship after attempting to betray the West Point fortifications on the Hudson River. In 1789, the U.S. Supreme Court was being formed and President George Washington named John Jay of New York as the first Chief Justice. In 1869, there was panic Wall Street after an attempt by financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk to corner the gold market. In 1934, Babe Ruth made his farewell appearance as a regu- ar player with the New York Yankees. In 1941, in World War II, Allied governments pledged adherence to the Atlantic Charter. In 1963. the U.S. Senate rati- 'ied a treaty with Britain and :he Soviet Union limiting nucle- new light, who's an We have authority a woman fiugre. I don't think that's ever been done before in an hour dramatic series. "The thing we're trying to accomplish is to destroy the myth that in order to have authority you must lose your femininity. I'm playing it as a person trying to do the best job Nations' Mayors Offer Nine Point inflation Program WASHINGTON (AP) -Spokesmen' for t h e nation's cities urged President F o r d Monday. to"" support a proposed federally funded $4-billion public service jobs program to deal with rising unemployment Monday-. -The National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors said the type of program discussed earlier this month by Ford "is a far cry" from what is needed to take the sting out of inflation. Â·In a statement prepared for s t a t e and local government conference on inflation, the two organizations endorsed a proposal first made by Arthur F. Burns, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, for providing 800,000 public service jobs. "Such a program should be advocated by this administration," declared the two organizations, which together represent 15,000 municipalities. .The conference is one of a series leading to the economic summit at the White House later this week. The mayors offered a nine- point program for curing the economy. In addition to the jobs program, their proposal included fax reform, expanded urban economic development, increased federal subsidies for public transit and re-enactment of general revenue-sharing programs. -They also warned against excessive cuts in the federal btldget, saying that "if the knife is employed too freely, there is a strong possibility that the current economic recession will deepen -- unemployment will rise, economic output will further decline and profits will be lost." she can." Miss Graves jeen leads overlooking in dramatic said. "TV has women series. so I ago: Willi Stoph premier of East think the audience and women will enjoy relating to these characters." Miss Walter added, "I think t's exciting having a woman do job only men have done in the past. We've taken five gianl steps forward. "I think parts in the past did reflect a reality of their own. Women were subservient. It wasn't until recently that women oegan to find a new identity. Television is just reflecting that new reality. But it's still the same old business. If we don't get the ratings, we'll be dumped, new reality or not." ar tests. Ten years was named Germany, succeeding the late Otto Grotewwohl. Five years ago: Eight persons were put on trial in Chicago, charged with conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. One year ago: California reinstituted the death penalty. Today's birthdays: Former astronaut John Young is 44 years old. Entertainer and composer Anthony Newley 43. Thought for today: If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow -- Chinese proverb. Bobby Unser Clinches TRENTON, N.J. -- Bobby Unser, of Albuquerque, N.M., clinched the national driving c h a m p i o n s h i p f o r I n - dianapolis type racing at Trenton Speedway wth a victory in the Trenton Times 300. TRI-LAKES ANTENNA Â·". 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