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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 14, 1978, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jersey wants own TV station Lee Marvin portrays an old-style Indian fighter who, finding he doesn’t fit in with the “modern” world of Colorado in 1908, decides to create a ruckus in “The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday.” A repeat, it will be aired Tuesday at 8 on The CBS Tuesday Night Movies. By James Manton TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — If only New Jersey had its own commercial television station, its residents would be so much better informed about who and what make the state tick. Or would they? Would it really be better for Camden residents to have dinner with their own mayor, Angelo Er-richetti, instead of Philadelphia’s Frank Rizzo? Do weather-watchers in Morristown need footage shot in the historic hills of Jockey Hollow instead of forecasts showing Manhattan’s Central Park? A lot of people think residents of New Jersey would feel better about themselves and could lead happier, more productive lives if they could tune in their own TV station. Cited mistreatment At a recent congressional subcommittee hearing here, elected officials, pollsters and key government aides spoke of the Garden State’s mistreatment by the Federal Communications Commission in refusing to allocate a commercial VHF station for New Jersey. The dominant theme was to endorse federal legislation to require the FCC to assign at least one commercial station for the state’s 7.5 million residents. "The lack of local television outlets has had a cumulative negative effect on the way the people of New Jersey perceive themselves and the place in which they live,” said Robert Mulcahy, Gov. Brendan T. Byrne’s chief of staff. Stephen Salmore, director of Rutgers University’s Eagleton Poll, found less than one-third of persons Ask the TV Scout By NEA Enterprises HELP — I do hope you can help me because I have had no luck with other sources. I have been left without my favorite program, "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” and I want to know if it will ever be back. There is so little on TV, it seems, that is enjoyable and that show is. — Lee, Cedar Rapids. Dear Lee: You are not the only one who is unhappy that Grizzly, in the person of Dan Haggerty, and Ben, in the person of the bear, will not be back. The show was canceled by NBC (it may ultimately show up in syndication), and there were obviously a lot of loyal fans out there, because you are not the only unhappy Grizzly Adams watcher. ★ ★ ★ TWO LIVES LED — Please settle an argument. Weren’t there two "Life of Riley” shows? One with Jackie Gleason and one with William Bendix? — R.Z., Hackensack, N.J. Dear R.Z.: You are correct. Gleason played Chester Riley for two seasons beginning in 1949 with Rosemary De Camp. Then in 1953, Bendix took over the role, with Marjorie Reynolds. That version continued for five years. ★ ★ ★ YOU KNOW IT — Please tell me if Richard Wid-mark’s real name is Otto Olsen. We think he is from Rocky Hill, N.J. — Barbara Anderson, Oxnard, Calif. Dear Barbara: You know Widmark’s real name. It is Richard Widmark and he was born the day after Christmas in 1914 in Sunrise, Minn. ★ ★ ★ MAIL CALL — Where can I write the casts of "All in the Family” and "Fantasy Island”? — Patrick Newman, Corpus Christi, Texas. Dear Patrick: Write the Bunkers at CBS-TV, Hollywood, Calif. 90028, and the "Fantasy Island” people at the Burbank Studios, Burbank, Calif. 91505. ★ ★ ★ SHE LIKES IKE — Where can I write to Ike Eisenmann? — Laura Duff, Sunrise, Fla. Dear Laura: Ike makes movies for Disney so write him in care of the studio, 500 South Buena Vista, Burbank, Calif. 91521. ★ ★ ★ FAMILY FEUD — My parents and I are having an argument. They say that movies such as "Star Wars” will be shown on TV in a couple of years. Can you tell me if ifs true? — R.D.B., Little Ferry, N.J. Dear R.D.B.: Certainly some day 'Star Wars” will be shown on TV. Nearly all movies eventually are telecast. When? Well, it depends. As long as the picture makes money theatrically, it won’t be on TV. Does that answer do anything for the argument? ★ ★ ★ D.D.’S FAN — I hope you won’t mind my writing to you. I would like to know a bit about Dennis Dugan. I didn’t know he was married. I also wondered if his series would be on. Who is Joyce Van Patten? He is cute. — C.B., Corpus Christi, Texas. Dear C.B.: Of course I don’t mind you writing. That’s why I do this column Yes, Dennis is married and to Joyce, who is the sister of Dick Van Patten of "Eight Is Enough” and a well-known actress in her own right. Richie Brockelman, the character he played, was on last summer as a miniseries. Whether it will ever return is not known. Meanwhile, Dennis is talented and will keep working, so keep looking for him. ★ ★ ★ NOT STRONG — I want to know how the ratings were on "The Bionic Woman.” — Deirde O’Gorman, Hackensack, N.J. Dear Deirde: The ratings were not as strong as the lady, which is why the series was canceled and she is not leaping over things on TV this season. . . .announcing A NEW ADDITION! “CHILDRENS WORLD” including a nice selection of wall plaques, rag dolls, storybook dolls, wooden toys, quilts, afghans, and moreltxiatiu c^anctrYiaAz Handcrafted, unirfot items by local craftsmen t artists TOWN A COUNTRY SHOPPING CENTER Between Lewellen j and Barber Shop Mon.-FrL 10-9, Sat. 10-6, Closed Sunday polled last April could identify Clifford Case as a long-time U.S. senator from New Jersey. Not fair "It is difficult, if not impossible, for New Jerseyans to be as fully informed as responsible citizens must be in this age of electronic information gathering,” protested Marsha Kroll, executive director of the New Jersey Coalition for Fair Broadcasting. Ifs not fair that New Jersey and Delaware are the only states without their own commercial stations, the TV advocates proclaimed. Hendrix F.C. Niemann, publisher of New Jersey Monthly magazine, said viewers might not like "mindless, unprofessional 'happy talk’ news” with its emphasis on murders, fires and other tragedies. "It might be junk, but at least we’ll be watching our junk, our fires and murders and not someone else’s,” he said. But why not first let New Jersey Public Television and its new multi-million dollar expanded state news coverage gauge concern for daily television news? Began in May "We’re encouraged by the early response, but it will take about a year before we’ll know for sure,” said Albert Rose, NJPTV’s program manager. The expanded coverage began in May. Salmore, meantime, said a survey found Philadelphia stations have been giving south Jersey more air time than New York stations give north Jersey. 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