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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 31, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU MARQUIS HOTEL The lethbridge Herald TELEVISION GUIDE HANNIGAN'S 328-4038 FRIDAY, JULY 31, 7970 LISTINGS FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 TO FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 Modern Age Assessed In Finale 1 British historian Sir Kenneth "Clark's examination of the mod- ern era of the western world leads him to view Dickens with some cynicism, modern art with disdain and the futut'e with trou- hope. Tire final, e pi-sod e in Dr. Clark's highly acclaimed per- historical review, Civilisa- tion, concludes Thursday, Aug. G, with Heroic Materialism, cov- ering the late 18th century to the present. The 13 part series runs on Channel 7, CJLH-TV, at 10 p.m. Leading into his review the past century, Sir Kenneth says, of a panoramic view of the soaring New York skyline: "It's godless, it's brutal, it's but one can't laugh it off, be- cause in the energy, strength of and mental grasp that have gone to make New York, ma- terialism has transcended it- self." Sir Kenneth notes also that paradoxically the increasing in- of England in the ALBERT EINSTEIN late 18th century coincided with some of the more enlightened moves of man toward reform. Through the efforts of Wilber- force and others, the slave trade was prohibited in 1807, and slavery itself was abolish- ed in England in 1835. The final episode of Civilisa- tion traces the influence of the Industrial Revolution on art and literature, and the reactions of writers like Charles Dickens to inequities and cruelties of society. Engels' book. Conditions of the Working Classes in Eng- land, was -written in 1844; and as Sir Kenneth reports, "Marx read Engels I don't know who else did; that was enough." But everybody read Dickens, the literary darling of the era. His novels produced reform of the law, in magistrates' courts, in the prevention of public hang- ing, in a dozen directions. "But liis terrible descriptions of poverty had very little prac- tical effect: partly because the problem was too big; partly be- cause politicians wore held in (he intellectual prison of classi- cal economics; and partly, one must admit, because Dickens himself, for all his generosity ol spirit, took a kind of sadistic pleasure in the horrors he de- scribed.' The achievements of technol- ogy made feats of engineering the art of the day, and even the painters and poets got their inspiration from bridges, foun- dries and tunnels. Marxism had its influence on art as well, and Millet's paint- bigs of peasants working in the fields had (heir own influence on the work of Van Gogh. As for the sunlit Impression- ists, says Sir Kenneth Clark, "Never before in history have artists been so isolated Himtley-Briiikley Report Bows Out Today On Ch. 9 The Friday newscast to- day on KRTV (seen in Leth- bridge via cable on Channel 9) will mark the final NBC news production by the top U.S. team, diet Huntley and David Brink- ley. The Huntley Brinkley Ro- port, with its closing daily au revoir Night, "Good Night, Chet" started back in 1956 and gave an en- tirely new slant to national news coverage and reportage. A profile on the Huntley- Brinkley Report in the N e w Yorker magazine in 1968 said the pair "took their place in American popular culture be- side such immortal duos as Blanchard and Davis, Abbott and Costello, Roy Roger's and Trigger, and Fibber McGce and Molly." society and from the official courses of patronage The Impressionists did not set out to be popular. On Uie contrary, they became resigned to public ridicule; but in the end they achieved a modest measure of success." The first discoveries of Ruth- erford and Einstein marked the dawn of the era in which, says Clark, we are still living, when "science no longer existed to serve human in its own right." Sir Kenneth admits in this final episode that he has no high regard for "the chaos of mod- ern art I sometimes like what I see, but when I read modern critics I realize that my preferences are merely acciden- tal." He concludes the senVis with an insight into his personal phil- osophy, conceding that while "one must consider that tire fu- ture of civilization does not look very bright" that in this age of the computer and space flight ''our other specialty is our urge to destruction. "And yet, when I look at the world about me in the light of this series, I don't at all feel we are entering a new period of barbarism Western civil- ization has been a series of re- births. Surely this should give us confidence in ourselves." PIG AND WHISTLE HOST Tory Win Squashes Hewer Much to the chaigrin 'of the North American news media, the British Conservatives de- feated their Labor opponents earlier this month in a hotly- contested election. Not that the media had too much preference. It's just that the election didn't run accord- ing to their political analysts' prophecies. But in the wry outlook of John Hewer, host of Pig and Whistle, the Conservative win meant a crushing blow to his aspirations for honor and glory. A socialist at heart, London- born Hewer admires David Frost (a talk-show host not seen in southern Alberta) who commutes between London and New York for his U.S.-based programs. But says Hewer, "David got that thing in the Queen's Hon- ors list with this new gov- ernment, I've lost my chance for a knighthood." Although the Conservatives may never know how they've tumbled Hewer's applecart, he can look forward to the fourth season in September of Pig and Whistle, a CTV-produced musical series given little chance to survive by critics. show will continue in its present time slot on CFCN Lethbridge, Channel 13, at p.m. Mondays, Hewer is amazed at the fan- tastic audience response for the show. "I get lots of fan mail, main- ly from British people, but a lot from Canadians who re- member the war." His first job was as a welfare officer with the London County Council, but he spent most eve- nings at the left whig Unity Theatre. Following his wartime service as a flyer with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, he spent a short while at his old job before mov- ing to Leeds in Northern Eng- land to learn the theatre busi- ness at the famous Playhouse Theatre. For a period of eight years, working six nights a week, he did everything from stage manager to song and dance routines. From the Playhouse Hewer moved back to London to ap- pear in the West End produc- tion of- "Slings and Arrows." He became well-known for his playing opposite Julie Andrews in the three-year Broadway run of "The Boy Friend." Four of the Pig and Whistle programs are taped in one week. Hewer arrives in Toronto from London, England on a Monday and leaves the follow- ing Saturday. During these five hectic days, each show is re- hearsed a couple of times, then the final tapings go before a live audience. "Very few countries work at this says Hewer. "The time change bothers me a bit. but I get over it in a day or two." Don't Miss These 9'x9' OUTSIDE ASSEMBLY TOURIST TENT WITH CANVAS FLOOR Reg. 78.00. SPECIAL VACATION TIME 6295 COLEMAN I GALLON THERMOS JUG Model 5547 Reg. S.9S. SPECIAL 4.50 Ultra Fast TUBULAR F1BREGLAS FISHING ROD 7'. Model 270 Reg. 6.95. SPECIAL 4-95 606-608 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5767 NORTH-LETHBRIDGE 324 13th Street North Phone 328-4441 ;