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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, High Point, North Carolina Wilson prefers to audiences by Bob Thomas associated press writer los Angeles apr yes if i wanted to take All the opportunities that Are open to me i could make another $10 million a year. But Why a what do you do with Money after you have enough i would Only be prostituting my Talent and i be giving my Best Effort to the audience i care most about the television a remarkably serious flip Wilson was talking about his life and career in a Sunset strip office which is Headquarters for his record company. He also has another office for his television production company but he says he does most of his work in his Den at Home. Despite his superstar status Wilson has eschewed the usual trappings of such a position preferring to do things his Way. He maintains a Low profile off the television screen keeping interviews to a Bare minimum avoiding Industry events except for an occasional Benefit declining the Fortune he could earn in Las vegas and concerts. A television is my cookie a he remarked. A i think it is the greatest thing there is. Sure i could go out on a weekend and play a concert before 15,000 people. But i might come Back tired and if i was doing a television show i would t be giving my Best shot to 30 million people. A a in a not interested in films at the moment either. You work a year and a half to it years on a movie and if you re Lucky it will be seen by 12 million people. A in television i can reach 30 million in a week. I would rather have my Talent enjoyed by As Many people As i can his Talent is being seen less often this a television season. Wilson will appear in four Abc specials the first appearing oct. 18 with guests stars Peter Sellers Lily Tomlin Richard Pryor and Martha Reeves. But not Geraldine. A i did t want to have Geraldine on the first show a Wilson explained of his hilarious female impersonation. A i would like the audience to know that i can continue to grow As an a entertainer. I want to try new ideas and make the special really special. A actually i did Geraldine Only in about one out of every four of the weekly shows. She is a very powerful character and i Don t want Geraldine to become stronger than flip Wilson a weekly show made its debut in september 1970, and soared to the top of it s what they want says Alice Detroit a when Alice Cooper is not on stage beheading dummies and entwining himself with snakes while singing Rock songs he says he likes to a play Golf drink Beer and be offstage Alice Cooper is Vincent Numier who was born in Detroit 26 years ago. He came Home last weekend to Premier his new movie Quot Good to see you again Alice he says he also came to Chat with friends drink a few Beers and Well just be Normal. A a in a not a sexy Guy a he insists. A i d never act in a porno movie or anything like that. I just like to play Golf drink Beer and be quiet. But once onstage he says his a a Frankenstein takes Over. A a there a More to performing than just sitting around with a guitar and singing a he said. A a it Sall theater Man you be got to get the audience to react. A a we Veall got that other Side that Frankenstein. I just go out there and Alice takes he said that affluence sex and violence created Alice his stage Persona who grosses about $4 million per National tour. He has sold to million records since i960. A a it what people want a he said of his act. A a they re the audience ratings. It remained one of the hottest shows until zapped by the bucolic a the Wilson said his departure from the weekly format was entirely voluntary. Wilson who has shielded his private life in the past admitted that he now has custody of his four children David 14, Kevin 12, Tammy 8, and Stephanie 4. He is divorced from his second wife Blondell. Toy sales Rise is predicted new York a sales of Model electric trains and accessories should reach a new High of $230 million at retail in 1974, and the volume of Home racing sets and accessories is expected to hit $120 million. This forecast was made Here during the annual american toy fair by Richard e. Grey president of a toy company. Grey said 1974 retail volume will represent almost a 50 per cent increase Over the estimated $160 million for Model trains in 1973. Nign Roini , wednesday october 16, 1974 7g Book shortage hits soviet Union Moscow a the soviet Union boasts it is the worlds largest publisher yet there is a Book shortage that has a spawned a flourishing Black Market for a Public hungry for literature. A now As never before it is difficult to buy a Good Book although they Are issued in bigger numbers than Ever before a the writers Union newspaper literary Gazette lamented recently. Moscow so House of books which russians say is Europe a largest Bookstore has counters on its two floors that would stretch a mile if placed end to end. But clerks there routinely Tell customers a no Tolstoi no Dostoevsky no Pushkin no Chekov a All russian classics that Are easier to find in Helsinki Finland or Berkeley calif., than in Moscow. The reason there is a shortage of these classics is that the printings Are not big enough to meet Public demand. Printings of these and other books Are not big enough because the paper Industry simply does no to produce enough. Of the printing paper available a huge share goes for ideological and propaganda works that Are Given priority by the communist party. There also is what literary Gazette Calls waste. It recently criticized publishing houses for putting out a fantastically big issues of unwanted books. In Tashkent a publishing House issued 600,000 copies of the novel a the headless horseman by Wayne Reid and most piled up in stores and warehouses unsold the newspaper said. It added that one Moscow publishing House put out 30,-000 copies of its own publishing plan for 1973 and nobody wanted them. A on the same paper they could have printed Pushkin a children a stories and would have paid for the Book a literary Gazette said. Authors such As Mikhail Bulgakov and poet osip Mandelshtam who pose ideological problems for soviet literary czars were issued last year in tiny editions. But there was no Public Sale in the soviet Union and they Are Best purchased in new York Copenhagen or some other Western cities where a Large share of the copies were shipped. The soviet Book publishing scene is Replete with such ironies. Among the greatest is that soviet literature is Best known abroad for authors like Solzhenitsyn or Pasternak whose novels Are not published Here for political reasons. Now. 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