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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                HeraldZeltung p Thursday July 24 1997 cj 7Al Attractions i Bully good show Tom Berenger rides high in TNTs Rough Riders Lee When actor Tom Berenger was 8 years old he visited Mount Rushmore Teddy Roosevelt was one of the mammoth carvings on the face of that famous mountain And hes been fascinated by the nations 26th president ever since He was the only one from the 20th says Berenger I dont think therell be another one up For people who cant visit Mount Rushmore Berenger offered a little treat as he starred as the indefatigable Roosevelt in Rough Riders on TNT Friday at 7 And like the presi dent before him Berenger found that a bully pulpit The actor who starred in The Substitute Platoon and The Big Chill read 17 books on the subject before he donned the young cavalry soldiers woolly uniform and began the charge up San Juan Heights He studied film footage and tape recordings of Roosevelts voice to absorb the sound and posture I noticed that his right foot went out a little bit And if you practiced that you found it changed your own says Berenger Berenger wasnt always so gungho about what he does When someone on a train or in a bar would ask him what he did for a living he would always lie I wouldnt say I was an actor Id say I was a teamster or one time I told a guy I was a grommet salesman You know those round plastic or metal holes that shoe laces go through That ended THAT Ambivalent about his chosen pro fession Berenger is something rare in Hollywood a mans man A John WayneClint Eastwood kind of guy is the way Robert Mandel director of Berengers movie The Substitute describes him But its more than that You can see it in the roles hes played He personifies the steely sol dier in The Dogs of War Born on the Fourth of My and Rough Riders in which he plays one of the true heroes of that famous battle It was his vicious scarred sergeant in Platoon that people remember with a shudder And even his private eye in The Big Chill or the seduced cop in Someone to Watch Over Me managed to vibrate with Berengers masculine undercurrent All of that sounds pretty smooth But to Berenger its been a truly rough ride Married twice the father of five kids a lot of his professional life has been scrambling to stay afloat I remember my partner said sit ting on the steps in a place he was renting in South Carolina and he said Youre not really grown up till youve almost died youve had close friends or a member of the family that died and raised Berenger fits that formula Born to a bluecollar family in mom was an orphan and his fathers father had deserted the family during the shocked his parents when he showed an inter est in acting Life was about he says you pay the rent and make sure your kids get a good education simple goals My mom still says Do you have another job Is another job lined up She still worries ab9ut After school he traveled around the country working as a bell hop an edi tor on 16mm film and selling mem berships in a health club Five months after he ven tured to New York he snagged an acting job He did an off Broadway play some radio Voiceovers and a year on the soap One Life to Live He also studied acting Tilings were going well Then in 1980 his career went down is how he puts it I had one agent who was a cokehead sending me scripts that were already cast He was in and Im in New York Hes trying to keep me busy My other agent was an alco holic and couldnt get to the office in the morning and my manager was an Crossing his legs at the ankle his thin faded Levis crinkling at the knee he says I separat ed from my wife and fired all of them within the same week It was like a hat trick in hockey and I got rid of all of them It was like the weight of the world was off But it took him three years to recover and it hasnt been exactly a sellers market since At that point I didnt have any naive opinions about the business he says shaking his head and the business had changed too for the worst I think So its almost like in some ways I wish Id lived in a different period maybe in the 50s and 60s when studios were ending Sisters rely on each other for childhood memories Talking to the Dead by Helen Dunmore Little Brown 304 pages What the reader knows for sure from the prologue of this novel is that the narrators sister has died and she is grieving for her But early on we begin to suspect that careerwoman Nina who tells the story in first person and present tense is more than a little jeal ous of her sister Isabel who has cho sen the opposite life path of marriage and motherhood Stil the most beauti ful of the sisters Isabel lives with her husband Richard an internationally known economist in the country where she passes her time tending a lush walled garden The reason for Ninas visit is that the birth of Isabels first child has resulted in a ruptured uterus and a hysterecto my and Richard has solicited Ninas help in caring for his wife when busi ness takes him away In his absence the sisters have many hours during which to reminisce about their childhood which at first appears to be carefree and happy or was it The sisters remember events differently and Nina realizes that without parents to verify her memories she is at the mercy of Isabels stories Separately and together they conjure up a picture of themselves as children of a distant artistic mother and an absent father Isabel who is three years older than Nina recalls what life was like before her sister was born and then explains what it became once she defaulted into the role of being her younger siblings caretaker She char acterizes herself as her sisters protector but was she The galvanizing event in both of their lives was the death of their infant brother Colin a late accidental baby who replaced both of the girls in their parents limited capacity for attention and affection Colins death 25 years ago is assumed to have been from crib death but was it The sisters memo ries are vastly different and the readers interpretation is clouded by the jeal ousy that warps and consumes both of them To add to the confusion is Isabels ongoing downward spiral from an eating disorder and agoraphobia into madness Dunmores prose is at once spare almost to the point of being minimalist and yet engorged with sensual imagery A lump of butter melting in a pan becomes a prelude for one sexual encounter Another takes place near a fermenting compost heap under a cher ry tree In a relatively short novel Dunmore manages to explore deeply hidden memories and emotions and to do it from more than one point of view There is not an extraneous paragraph though the narrative is rich with lan guage And in the end we think maybe we know what happened to baby Colin that changed everyones life forever but do we Glenda Winders What Makes Winners Win Thoughts and Reflections From Successful Athletes by Charlie Jones Birch Lane Press 176 pages At a time when athletes and their high demands have made countless fans cynical Charlie Jones has written a book that provides a contrast built around idealism and inspiration and told in the words of superstars What Makes Winners Win gives fans of all ages a look at the philosophies of more than 150 athletes coaches managers and authorcompiler Charlie Jones The anecdotepacked volume is high lighted by some of Jones personal experiences taken from 50 years as a sportscaster at events ranging from Super Bowl I to the Seoul Barcelona and Atlanta Olympic Games One of Jones most amusing stories is his rec ollection of seeking his first radio job at age 15 in Fort Smith Ark He walked into the small station auditioned and was hired to start immediately At age 15 he had one problem with that I cant right now Mothers wait ing for me in the Two hours and two peanutbutter sandwiches later Jones was on the air for a shift that ran from 1 to mid night With that inimitable voice and his great knowledge of sports and its athletes he has been broadcasting ever since A resident of La Jolla Jones is an icon He is available for every assignment from helping local chari ties to being honorary Holiday Bowl chairman to starring in a spot in a film that helped bring Super Bowl XXXII to San Diego In his book Jones quotes San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn on the philosophy that helped build his winning attitude They can measure everything you do on the field but they cannot measure whats inside of you and what drives you Its easy to cheat yourself and do just enough to get by but thats what every body can do just enough to get by But those who want to be successful and maintain that level of success have got to push a little bit harder and do a little bit Olympian Bruce Jenner says I determine my future I dont let any thing on the outside of me determine my future Im in control The crowd doesnt have anything to do with it other competitors dont have anything to do with it the jet thats flying over doesnt have anything to do with it If Im going to do well its going to come from inside me Thats whats going to determine it So you just focus Everything just goes right Lee Trevino once explained to Jones his brand of talking while golfing for big stakes Five seconds before I exe cute the shot I can concentrate on exactly what I want to do I can shut it all out and then open it back up again I think I was trained when 1 was younger We never played in a twosome or a threesome we always played eight guys 10 guys 12 guys we played in one large group so there was always a lot of talking You were joking and everything and youd say Wait a minute let me hit this youd go ahead and hit the Bill Walton was a great collegiate and professional basketball player who suf fered from numerous injuries His advice was Use the crowd to feed your body the great painkillers that allow you to push beyond the normal levels of What Makes Winners Win is for all who look toward the better side of ath letics 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was saying Mister dont move Dont get I tried to get up and knew Id broken my leg or sonic he says All that housecleaning he had done the year before left him alone and unemployed So he did a tour in Japan a play in Milwaukee a movie in Italy It wasnt very good but I got to meet Marcello Mastroianni and learned Married 10 years to his second wife and the father of three small children Berenger has begun producing his own projects including the fourhoiir miniseries Rough Riders It just made sense really the next he says of producing Id be at home and reading dreck a lorja scripts I read are just terrible I dont see many good ones So I think this producing thing is really the ticket the only way for me to get decent work Its no reflection on my agents but Im just not getting it so I create Luciine Less writes for i i The Btst Pizza In FASTFEAST BUFFET H 35 at Walnut Avenue 6255165 George Of The Jungle Jtol shw Hwn Contact Doily My Best Friends Daily Wedding 705 Face Off Doily Hercules Kid 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