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Detroit, Michigan
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Sunday, February 19, 1984
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o nDDDuQ 11:30 ABC: David Brlnkley with guests 11:30 CBS: Presidential candidates Sen. John Glenn and Rev. Jesse Jackson 12:30 NBC: Presidential candidate Sen. Gary Hart Complete tv updates, radio, soaps: Page 63. SHIRLEY EDER "1 SOUND JUDGMENT In MARSHA MIRO 8 DETROIT FREE PRESS Call Entertainment: 222-6828 rl rl , itoj V i Vw.....,.' L- I V..,, a V ... n nr Talbcit Mackey Trustee view of MSU MSU trustee Peter Fletcher says that, after adding up all . the long-term salaries, fringes and other considerations such as paying off the USFL's Philadelphia Stars for football coach George Perles and paying president Cecil Mackey's redecorating bills, ''What we have is a million-dollar coach and a half-million dollar president. Is ; that what American society's about today?" Mackey's contract? "If we can-buy out a coach for $175,000, we can buy out a president for $100,000." What about MSU's new president? "His or her name hasn't been mentioned yet." The deadline? "By Sept. 1 or look for it to take a long time." WALDMEIR'S MOVING: Detroit News columnist Pete Waldmeir is moving all right. But it's from Harrison Township to Grosse Pointe, and not into the News' managing editorship, as ru mored. Pete's moving to GP so daughter Lindsay, 5, "can walk to school ... I'm embarrassed 'and flattered by the rumor. It probably started because I buddy around wi$h Ben Burns (the News' rising star executive editor).. I wouldn't last three days in that job before I'd kill someone or get killed." Murder aside, the Newspaper Guild, which represents reporters and copy editors, is dying to know Wald-meir's salary. Although Waldmeir is not a Guild member, the News has been ordered by the National Labor Relations Board W divulge Pete's salary, believed to be one of the top Detroit newspaper wages. - SHORT STUFF: The Michigan Panthers, in a shrewd marketing move, offered Michigan's high school football coaches season tickets for only $20. Over 1,000 prep coaches t6ok them up on it. Talk about your coaches' corner-ed! . . . Jhsiders figure Houston Gambler owner Jerry Argovitz doesn't have the money, tmi or energy to appeal the Billy Sims ruling . . . WOMC-FM general manager Elaine Baker has "no comment about anything at this time" concerning changes at the station, which are rumored to include hiring Tom Ryan and Tom DeLisIe, just fired at CKLW, as 'OMC's horning team ... For all the PR gain he made with his most cnrrpscfnl hnvino nrrtmntirm Mavnr Vmino Inst nnints with Detroit's socially-proper set that same night when, from the stage, he called males at Gunther Herbig's Detroit Sympho ny debut "captive husbands." WINNER: The U.S.' first ever Olympic downhill gold medalist Wild Bill Johnson, but his brass tongue should be bronzed. LOSER: Bar-bra Streisand, shut out from the Oscars as actress, au thor, director and producer of "Yentl." Take your face off Mt. Rushmore, Barbra. PARTING SHOT: After WCZY-FM's Dick Purtan started a fan club for people who like to listen to Culture Club but can't stand to watch Boy George, Boy George ought to start one for people who love watching Purtan, but can't stand listening to him. If - 5 Johnson Streisand s r ? The new voices at CKLW ; MONDAY IS the big day for CKLW-AM. Program! director Dave Shafer unveils his new morning team, 21- year-old Erin Davis and 30-year-old Paul W. Smith. Shafer hopes the Canadian-born Davis and Smith (who's been called "the J.P. McCarthy of Toledo," says Shafer) will develop a personality not unlike that of Don Ameche and Francis Langford as vin-' tage radio's bickering couple, the Bickersons. "We look at 'em like television co-anchors," said Shafer.; Davis "Equal in every way." DOROTHY JURNEY, women's editor of the Free. Press from 1959-73, was honored Saturday night by the i Michigan Press Women as Michigan Woman of Achieve-: ment for 1984. The award was made at a banquet at Kellogg Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Jurney ; was assistant managing editor for features at the Philadelphia Inquirer until her retirement in 1975. She is now ' involved in newspaper research. ; "THE LIFE and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" is not the stuff of which high school theatricals are usually made. The play runs 8 2 hours, requires a full orchestra and a sizeable cast and crew. But the brave drama group at Herbert Henry Dow High School in Midland will give the! Dickensian leviathon a shot the next two weekends. Direc-I tor Mike Reilly is serving up "Nickleby" in what is believed' to be its first non-professional production. Reilly reports he: had no problem getting the rights "nobody else wantedl them," he said. The show's Broadway run earned notoriety for its $100-a-seat ticket price but in Midland, entry is just. $5. Call the school at (517) 631-9100, 9-5 weekdays for details. Compiled by JOHN SMYNTEK - Win a trip to Hollywood Today's the first chance to make your bid for an expenses-:paid trip for two to Hollywood as the Free Press TV Book crossword contest begins. Ten weekly prizes of a Sony Watchman TV will be given away; the I grand prize! will be a trip for twb to Hefty Wood, All you have to do to enter-Psharpen your pencil, dust off the memory cells, complete the TV Book crossword puzzle and send it to as; Details appear in today's TV Book. TheTUecok mmm'mmimmmmmmmmimmmmmmm ... " Z7DI names 8 faces Three ales of suddeif f ame i x .-:p? " -"'Sf-.. k fct Or1'?' 'V- . i;. '- V. ri t'W jr ii i i r I , r t I ' i- - .xJil Bv BOB McKELVEY Free Press Staff Writer Ever dream of making the big score that brings you fame and fortune overnight? Some people walking among us actually have made that one giant strike. But sometimes Fortune can become fickle and the sweet taste of success can be bittersweet. Here are three recent overnight success stories, representing youth, middle age and old age, from the world of motion pictures and publishing. One of the favored few is 24 and an actor; another made it bi'g at 44; the third is a woman of 88 who found fame only when life's shadows began iengthening. Aidan Quinn made a big impact with his role of a young rebel in "Reckless." But his newfound fame hasn't done much to change his life-style or fortune. flidan Quinn A hot new actor is broke hut soaring I At 24, an unknown actor named Aidan Quinn came from nowhere to score a hit in his film debut in "Reckless," whicp opened in Detroit earlier this month. Critics use words like "unbelievable" and "limitless future" to describe his talent. H? has been compared to James Dean, Marlon Brando and John Travolta. So how's life treating Quinn since he became a movie star? "I've been totally broke." Broke? "That's right," Quinn said. "Since 'Reckless' was my first film they paid me as little' as they could. And, never having had money in my life, I spent it all in two months." So, money isn't everything. What about his love life? The Free Press review of "Reckless" said actor Quinn "has a raw sexual energy that is breathtaking we're talking hot." HE MAY BE hot on the screen, but in real life . . . "It's funny," Quinn confessed, "but since I've been in this movie it's been the most celibate time of my life. It's really bizarre." Who needs romance, anyway. There's, always a movie career. In fact, Quinn was scheduled to play Jesus Christ in a new Martin Scorsese movie to be called "The Last Temptation of Christ." "They cancelled the film temporarily because a studio backed out of the financing," Quinn said. As for other possible roles, Quinn added: "It's been over a year since we did 'Reckless,' but . . . I'm reading a lot of scripts and probably will have something going by summer." Are these tough times for a budding star? Before shedding a tear, consider a, flashback in Quinn's life. Five years ago when Quinn was 19, he was a lonely if handsome face in the crowd in his hometown, Chicago. He worked as a hot-tar roofer, starting at $3 an hour patching roofs on Chicago's South Side. His fellow workers were, as he once described them, "an incredible array of bums, alcoholics and ex-convicts from the South Side" who took whisky breaks instead of coffee breaks while work-See QUINN, Page 5G Helen Santmyer Celebrity's glow seen through aged eyes Helen Santmyer is a small-town girl from Xenia, Ohio, who made good. Unfortunately, making good as a best-selling author took, her almost 88 years. Nowjhe's basking in the glow of celebrity; but at her age that glow is becoming fainter. The Santmyer success story comes from writing a book called "... And Ladies of the Club." This tome is as fat a husky 1,344 pages as Santmyer is thin she weighs, only 80 pounds. The book was produced in a painstaking manner, written in longhand over 15 years by an author who suffers from cataracts and arthritis. It even took a fluke to bring it to the attention of the publishing world. Printed originally by Ohio State University Press, " ... And Ladies of the Club" sold only a few hundred copies and seemed destined to languish alongside those ponderous dust catchers that line so many library shelves. Then fortune smiled. A Shaker Heights, Ohio, woman who had borrowed the book from a library returned it and commented to the librarian: "This is by long odds the best novel I've read in many a year." STANDING BEHIND her was Grace Sin-dell who overheard the remark and asked for the book herself. Sindell not only read and enjoyed the book, but she decided to tell the world about it. Her son, Gerald, is a Los Angeles director, writer and producer, and Grace Sindell convinced him to read it. He, too, was converted. Before long literary agents, TV producers and book publishers had become aware of the book and began lining up to praise it as "special," "overwhelming," "mesmerizing." G.P. Putnam's Sons agreed to publish the book this year, and planned a late summer printing date with a minimum of See SANTMYER, Page 4G ipm r- " ' ink .4-jr m Mr .l A I A Helen Santmyer worked on her novel, "... And Ladies of the Club," for over 1 5 years before a fluke brought it to the attention of a publisher. I : p M ' William Trogdon's non-fiction epic, "Blue Highways' made him the toast of the publishing world. William Trogdon The drive is still there, but he has no lime to write Readers probably won't recognize him as William Trogdon; it was under his nom de plume, William Least Heat Moon, that he found success. At the age of 38, when most men are achieving satisfaction in their careers and finding tranquility with their families, Trogdon was headed for life's scrap heap he had been fired from his teaching job, his wife was divorcing him. Six years later, at the age of 44, he has become the toast of the publishing world. His first book, a non-fiction epic of travel and social commentary called "Blue Highways," has become a best-seller several times over. TrogdonMoon is no longer one of life's discards. What changed the course of his life? "I was knee-deep in disaster or at least ankle-deep with my personal life when I decided to set out on my trip in 1978," Trogdon explained. He recalled the pain of losing his job as a teacher in a small college in Missouri because enrollment had slumped. Worse, his wife had left him and was living with another man. -: "I was 38 years old and trying to forget what I saw as failure and agony when I decided to take my trip across the country," Trogdon said. Although Trogdon didn't set out to write a book, he confessed that he was afflicted with writer's itch. TO ILLUSTRATE his desire to write, despite his despair, Trogdon related this anecdote: "Know how to spot a writer at his mother's funeral? Just look around. He's the guy who's taking notes." So Trogdon packed his notebooks, tape recorder and pencils in his Ford Econoline van he baptized the van' with, an Indian name, Ghost Dancing and headed east, avoiding' main highways, sticking to back roads. That's how "Blue Highways" got its name. On many road maps the back roads are marked in blue; the main highways in red. It's along the blue highways you'll find the real America. "Life doesn't happen along Interstates," Trogdon explained. "It's against the law." See TROGDON, Page 6G Saga sparkles at first, but it's just cut glass "Master of the Game" is one of those preposterously overstuffed, sprawling family epics most Couch Potatoes long to wallow in. Junk fun for the masses and all that. Unfortunately, what begins as a fairly rousing rock around the schlock turns into a tedious, wooly mammoth of a miniseries by the second night. Woof, woof, there's a big dog running loose , on CBS. "Master of the Game," scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday (Channel 2 in Detroit), is based on one of. Sidney Sheldon's gilded, best-selling potboilers ; where the outrageous becomes the routine. Yes,, another tale of ridiculous riches, sudden sex and painfully fractured dia logue. It's nine hours long.. The final six are ve-ry long. Especially for poor Dyan Cannon. Cannon plays Kate Black well, powerful, vindic- if - I Hike Duffy television tive doyenne of the diamond-blessed Blackwells. A likable performer and a very decent comic actress in. other films, Cannon, 47, is absolutely trapped in a role that requires her to play Kate from the ages of 17 to 90. She looks genuinely silly as a wide-eyed teen-, ager. But those scenes are blessedly brief. Apparently, chunks of Cannon's performance have been chopped to save some embarrassment. Alas, it's Halloween mask time with the 90-year-old Kate Blackwell. Cannon is unbelievable to the max in herf'ubber, old-age makeup. Misery needs company, and Cannon gets plenty. Particularly from , Harry Hamlin and Cliff DeYoung, who are also spray-painted gray and given ersatz wrinkles as "Master of the Game" creaks to a climax. THE GOOD NEWS is that none of these people or tsunfortunate performances show up until Monday night's second chapter. Well, Cannon' elderly Kate does put in a quick See TV SAGA, Page 7G (i 'ri if pm tl - t i i i -y- ' vi j ' ' KA Av v lanharleson buys supplies from Donald Pleasance as he Sets off in search of a fortune in the first episode of "Master of the Game."

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