Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Tile Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tuesday, Sept. IO. 1974
Bv Jay Sharbutt
Born Free' Needs Script
NEW YORK (AP) - "Born Free’’ is a new NBC series based on the hit movie of the same name. The tube version stars Elsa the lioness and Gary Colins and Diana Mul-daur as animal-lovers George and Joy Adamson.
The series was filmed entirely in Kenya and maybe it should have stayed there But it braved the elements Monday night with a scheduled saga about poachers of elephants and other valuable wild animals.
Granted, Collins, portraying a game warden, had a tough task trying to stop the baddies from killing the elephants and relieving them of their ivory bridgework.
But he should have begun by dispatching native beaters in search of a good script. The opening plot was so slender it would have been marked AWOL had it turned sideways.
It guest-starred Peter Law-ford as a former Kenya farmer, who, after losing his farm to Nairobi bankers when British rule left Kenya, signed on as a locust control officer for the new government.
Like his long-time friends, the Adamsons, he's hooked on the country's wild beauty and can’t bring himself to leave the place.
It takes but a few minutes of dialog before one suspects he’s a sub-chieftain in a poaching ring which goes about its mean work with airplanes, radios and natives armed with poison-tipped arrows.
When it turns out he is on the side of evil, a dismayed George Adamson belts his friend in the chops. And. Law-ford sighs “What can I say, George? I needed money to get my farm back.”
Miss Muldaur's role in the show consisted of a few offscreen lines about the cruelty of poachers. The rest of the time, she generally hung
about the house, patting assorted animals. It was a w'aste of her time, if not that of the animals.
The scenery was magnificent, but that may not be enough to save this series from extinction. Send out those beaters now, George.
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The Dog-Alert, advance warnings of wretched shows, is sounded now for the first segment of ABC’s “Get Christie Love” on Wednesday night. Teresa Graves stars as a hip, high-spirited young undercover cop.
She may be television's first flouncing detective, but that is the only distinctive thing about the segment, a sorry, hack yarn about a ring of bandits who fence stolen jewelry and other valuables.
She infiltrates the ring, having first been ripped off for $250,000 of insurance money by a gang member who by this deed is ripping off his wicked boss, head of the fencing academy.
The boss figures this out and orders the hood done in. In due course he gets his. but not before stuffing Miss Graves in his plane and telling the pilot, “Head out over the mountains — we’ll drop her in one of the canyons.”
Why wasn’t this done with the whole show?
NEW STATE OFFICERS of the Knights of Pythias and Pythian Sisters were elected Monday at the joint annual state convention at the Roosevelt hotel. From left are George Thompson, Columbus, Ohio, supreme chancellor of the Knights of Pythias for the U. S. and Canada; Alice Jorgensen, Sioux Falls, S. D., supreme protector of Pythian Sisters of the U. S. and Canada; Joretta Johnson, Oakland, new grand chief of Iowa; and Clarence Conklin, Iowa City, new grand chancellor of Iowa.
Amtrak Seeks $1.5 Billion To Upgrade Tracks, Cars
WASHINGTON (AP) - Amtrak. tho national rail passenger service, proposes to spend $1.5 billion over five years to upgrade deteriorating tracks and roadbeds and make other capital improvements.
In a plan sent to congress and the transportation department on Monday, Amtrak said $1 billion of the total would be earmarked for tracks and roadbeds in the major rail corridors of the East, Middle West and West Coast.
troit, Chicago-St. Louis, Chicago-Cincii.nati, Chicago-Milwaukee,
The aim, a spokesman said, would be to service — up to hour on some routes Amtrak network.
Thieu Fires Two Viet Generals
SAIGON (AP) — President Thieu has dismissed two former division commanders from the army for alleged corruption and Chicago-Carbondale, DL, Chi- stripped them of their rank of eago-Quincy, 111., Los Angeles-1brigadier general, military San Diego and Seattle-Portland. | sources said Tuesday.
The speed goals range from 75 The government is investigat-m p h on the Seattle-Portland mg charges of “mismanage-route to HO m p h. on the Chi- ment” against the two, Le Van cago-Detroit, Washington-Boston Tu and Trail Quoc Lich, the and New York-Buffalo routes, [sources said.
“To get better service as far Tu commanded the lwenty-as comfort and safety and speed the Fifth infantry division, both is concerned, you’ve got to put the filth infantry division, both that money into the roadbed,” of which operate in the Saigon the Amtrak spokesman said, region. They were relieved last “There has to be a major public year and given secondary staff
ruwmit hifth tnona I commitment of funds if you're; posts in Saigon.
TlO miles ,ivpr eoin£r t0 cct a rail Das*' Sources said amonR th#!
nn thf>lsenEer service that the public is elations is
going to use.” pay for soldiers who either exist-
. m , , . i * od only on paper or never re*
‘Track speeds have been go- New Equipment jxjrted for duty, a common prac-
mg downhill because of poor ^ remaining $500 million, lice in both the South Vietnam-
track conditions, and the fman- ^72.5 million would be used to esc and Cambodian armies that
elal problems of the railroai aCqUjre maintenance and repair i outs perhaps millions of U. S.
industry have meant -the last facjmjcs nQW operatod hv ,he wheel to get the grease has been | ivate railn)ads on whose
the track, the spokesman said. ,rac^s Amtrak trains run.
puts perhaps aid dollars into officers.
the pockets of
The remainder would be spent At present, he said, passenger for 235 new double-deck pas-trains on the New York-Washing-1 senger cars, 200 single-level cost want ad ton, D. C., route can attain coaches, 25 electric engines and
speeds of HO rn.p.h., but others, for unspecified “major facili-:
such as those between Chicago ties.”
and Detroit, are held to between In a 50-page booklet outlining
40 and 60 rn.p.h. jits proposal, Amtrak noted that
Roadbed and track improve-, it previously allocated $500 mil-
New state officers were elect-Pythian Sisters. The four-day The fund is replenished by do- ments would be focused in a lion for better equipment. It
ed Monday at the joint conven- annual convention, held at the nations from Pythian members. ; dozen major corridors: Washing- said its annual passenger volume j
tions of the Iowa branches of Roosevelt, ended Tuesday noon. ; other new officers elected bv ton-Boston, New York-Buffalo J was expected to rise from 111
the Knights of Pythias and the Picked as grand chancellor of . „ . . , D .. ‘ Philadelphia-Harrisburg, Wash-1 million this vear to 37 million bv
- the Knights, replacing William ,hf„^16hts®f P>thlas we„re„ , ington-Richmond, Chicago - Dc.'the end of 1979.
William Hutchinson, Buffalo.
Knights of Pythias Top Post To Clarence Conklin, Iowa City
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Court Voids 'Monkey Law' in Tennessee
Strausser of Marion, was
Clarence Conklin of Iowa City. | vice-chancellor; Dale Asmus-Joretta Johnson of Oakland sen, Oakland, prelate; Charles was chosen as the state’s grand [McKee, Montezuma, secretary; chief of the Pythian Sisters, tak- LAV. Kuehl , Eldridge, treasuring over from Doris Biddick of;erI Virgil Miller, Martelle, Charles City j master of arms,; Ed Wade,
The convention drew 246 from I Charles City, guard; Dean Bai-both organizations. ley, Dowds, guard; James Ec-
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The two groups donated at Uy and Ra, h Peter.
unconsti-;mlst for use ln th« trca(- son trustee
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Ford’s Trip to Japan
Scheduled for Nov. 19 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi- Tennessee’s 1973 “Genesis dent Ford will visit Japan for Law’” which rekindled memo-, three days beginning Nov. 19,jr*es °f *^°^n Scopes monkey; the White House announced jrj^* has keen held
Monday. I The Tennessee legislature I*™ and a drainage tilt table to
Mrs. Ford will accompany . . “ . st. Luke’s hospital. |inelude.
the President on the ,r'P ,0 *** fyjng that all biology textbooks This gift is from the Pythians.
East at the invitation of,,: ®c sta(e,s ~c sch(x)|s Kenderdine fund, from which|grand senior; Margaret
M arvel Shore,
the Tokyo government.
White House said in a state-
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er details will be worked out in discussions to be held between the two governments.
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Nashville chancellery court rules Pentagon has ordered the firing hosts of the conventions._
on all civil challenges to state I mechanisms cf M-16 rifles and---
Nashville Chancellor Ben Can- s'nce ! trell ruled Monday that the celebrated law is an act “respecting the establishment of religion” and thus runs counter to the |constitutional doctrine of separation of state and church. The
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No New Trial to Howard Hughes
other small arms transferred: from national guard armories5 I around the country to local police stations to discourage theft.;
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the urgent order calls for the federal judge has rejected a transfer by next Sunday. request by attorneys for Howard
Weapons have been stolen Hughes to set aside a judge-from national guard armories in ment against the billionaire a number of states. earlier this year for defaming
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Scopes was fined $100 in what5 [became known as the “Monkey j Trial’ but the state supreme court overturned the penalty on ; a technicality, thus preventing ian appeal to federal courts, j Scopes never again taught1 I school.
It wasn't until ]%7 that the Tennessee legislature repealed the anti-evolution law.
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