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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 0 Champion of family films and programming Why Disney selected Dick Van Dyke BUKBANK-Dick Van Dyke s one of the entertainment world's most popular and most "G rated" person- alities. He feels strongly about tho quality of entertainment eted for gener.il public enjoy- ment and is a champion of 'amily films and programming. n fact, his outspoken attitude on the subject was instrumen- al In Walt Disney's selection o( him for the rote of Bert in Mary which id re- this summer, (The ihuw was aeen to Lethb ridge this past Van Dyke's past television wries, as well as his current TV show, lean heavily toward amity comedy. And since be Marred in "Mary he ias continued to select films exemplify his feeling about entertainment. Films to ite credit include: "What A Way To "The Art of "Lt. Koblnson "Some Kind of "Chhty 3hitty Bang "The Com- "Divorce American and "Cold Turkey." Van Dyke was born in West 'tains, Missouri, although he rew up. in Danville, liUnoia. his parents, Hazel ana j. W. Van Dyke, a public re- lations man for a freight line. None of bis family bad any theatrical inclinations and ex- cept for some clowning around in high school, Dick had never iven any thought to becoming an entertainer. ENCOURAGEMENT His first encouragement jarae while serving a hitch in the Air Force. A fellow airman, Paul, now his personal manager, was impressed by Van Dyke's performance in a local service show and per- suaded him to try out as an announcer on "Flight an Air Force radio program. Dick got the Job, but upon his discharge he forgot about show business and returned to Dan- ville to open an advertising agency. A year later Danville's an- swer to Madison Avenue de- clared bankruptcy, and formed a night club act with pal Phil Erlckson, At the time "lip or mouthing records, was popu- DICK VAN DYKE RON'S All wHt wIwi Nttftf Of Oeod RESTAURANT SHOP, OININO A 1ANQUIT ROOMS Hint liOO n.m.j Prt. and Sot.- a.m. fe m.m.) Sun. md lOiOO to MMM 'SIRVINO TUB WEST CHINCSt AND CANADIAN KXMX frwn Cuttenrtr faffclna-Ph, 32S-5M4 SUMMERTIME SPECIALS 2 SPUD FANS 17'W 3 SPEED FANS 21'W WAGON TYPE BAR-B-QUE WITH ROTISSmil mil TOOL SIT WITH IAR-I-QUI EXTRA SPECIAL 9 ONLY S1EEPMG BAGS MASTMI BACK PACKS frame INSECT STRIP gsa 1" located In LITHBMDOI 1221 2ml South MWM 9294017 tor in clubs and the Danville boys became "The Merry Mutes." Before the sudden col- lapse of the night club business in the late forties, they enjoyed successful engagements at the "Last Frontier" in Las Vegas, "Slapsy Maxie's" in Hollywood and the "Chi Chi" in Palm Springs, With little work available In California, the team travelled across country and landed in Atlanta, Georgia, where Dick broke into television with a va- riety-type morning show, while his partner bought a night club. Dick's TV show was ex- tremely popular and after a few years he received an at- tractive offer to do a similar program in New Orleans. He hsd been in New Orleans for six months when his old buddy, Byron Paul, paged him for an audition at CBS in New York, where Paul waa a direc- tor. Impressed by his versatility and personality, CBS put Dick under contract. Van Dyke eventually re- placed Jack Paw on hia morn- Ing show and filled in occasion-; ally for Garry Moore. Although he has worked extensively in daytime TV, Dick has guested on almost every top variety show, including Ed Sullivan, Dinah Shore, Perry Co mo and Jack Paar. After establishing himself in television, Van Dyke decided to give the theatre a whirl. De- spite the fact he had never ta- ken a stinging or dancing les- son, he was well received by critics in his first Broadway show, a revue called "The Boys Against the which also starred Bert Lahr, Nancy Walker and Shelly Berman. RAVE NOTICES His notices from this show led to two TV specials. One of these, "The Fabulous attracted the atten- tion of the producers of "Bye Bye who were prepar- ing the musical for Broadway. Dick was signed for top role and under the guidance of the director, Gower Champion, re- ceived his first professional dance training and emerged a major musical comedy star. Van Dyke stayed with the show until he signed for his first tele- vision series, which neces- sitated moving his family to Los Angeles. His second show, "The New Dick Van Dyke in production since 1970 is filmed near Dick's 180 acre ranch hi Arizona. (This show will move back to Holly- wood for the new season, will have a new format with a change in the supporting Dick is married to the for- mer Marjorie Willett, his high school sweetheart from Dan- ville. They are the proud ente of four children, Chris, born June 13, I960 was mar- ried in 1972 and is studying for his law degree at Occidental; Barry, born July 31, 1951, is interesting hi acting and works on the production crew for his father's show; Stacey, born January 7, 1965, is a high school student also interested in acting; and Carrie Beth, born October 18, 1981, attends grammar school. All the chil- dren, except Chris, appeared on different episodes of the show last year. Taped in London for CBS-TV Barbra Streisand special LOS ANGELES (CBS) Barbra Streisand, whose Ini- tial one-woman special My Name is Barbra in 1969 on the CBS network garnered five Emmy awards and was follow- ed by three similarly acclaim- ed muslcJ programs, returns to television after a five-year hiatus in Barbra Streisand And Other Musical Instru- ments, a new one-hour special to be broadcast during the 1973-74 season on the CBS tele- vision network. Ray Charles is scheduled to appear as one of the "other musical guest starring on the special, which will be taped in London this month, with Martin Erlicbman as executive producer and Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion as producers in asso- ciation with Joe Layton. In addition to winning an Thursday, July 12 Let's Make a Deal Movie: Death of a Gunflghter Another World Genera] Hospital Nancy Miller New Match Game One Life to Live Klara't Korner Galloping Gourmet Eye Bet Joan Waterfield fomenet Mike Douglas Dinah's Place Take SO Another World Edge of Night What's the Good Word I Vin Scully Shew Family Court joker's Wild Split Second Anything You Can Do (7) Drop la CD Buckshot SNews Bewitched Star Trek O Hollywood I Q These Our People ID Beat the Clock 7.00 Mod Squad O Man and the City S Ironside George QD Little People ID Kung Fu O It's a Musical Work] O Dean Martin ID Kung Fu O Mary Tyler Moore O The Helen Reddy Show ID Streets of San Francisco ID George Rlrby 8 Movie: Go Ask Alice Here Come the Seventies (TJD News SNews Streets of San FYansisco O Nightingale Show Murder She Said O Newa CD O5 CJOC News QB News ID Stampede Go-Around O Crossfire OP Merv Grlffta Emmy tor outstanding achievement in entertainment or her first special, which also won Emmy honors for Layton or its conception, choreo- graphy and staging, Miss Strei- sand is fen Oscar-winner for ter starring role as Fanny irice in the film version of Funny Girl, the role she cre- ated in the original Broadway production. The singer-actress won her first major acclaim as Miss Mormelstein in the 1962 Broad- way musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale. ID addition to Mr Oscar-winning film role, she has starred in the motion pictures Hollo, On A Clear Day You Can See For- ever and The Owl and the Pussycat. Miss Streisand's last special on the CBS television network waa her Conceit hi Central Park, which was broadcast in September, 1968. BARBltA STREISAND ;