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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU HOTEL The Lethbridge Herald TELEVISION GUIDE Burger Baron FOR PICKUP ORDERS Phone 328-4717 FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 2J, 1971 LISTINGS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 TO FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1. 1971 Chad Everett trapped by TV A. .EL T By DICK KLEINER TTOLf.YWOOD (NEA) Tel- evision c.nn be a 14- carat trap, but confining, nev- ertheless. Chad Everett is caught b y that gaudy device. He isn't suf- fering too much, but still there's not much he can do about escaping. onL into I'll in the first pliicj, a few years buck, bernusc he dissatis- fied with the wny his movie career was going. He hart sup- porting roles in some big pic- tures and starring rotes in some little pictures but the really miajor parts kept eluding him. "The problem was Chad says. "I didn't have a big enough Telev i s i o n offered him a chance to get that big name, so he took it. He began a week- ly scries on CBS called Medi- cal Center. And, lo and be- hold, it became a hit. Now Chad Everett's name is big. His following especially among feminine fans is huge. He is undoubtedly TV's leading snack-table idol, which is the modern counterpart of the the- ater's old maLince idols. Now he'd like to do those big movie parts, and chances are the producers would welcome him. But he's cautrht by the trap how can he possibly leave TV at Lhls point, when the ratings are liigh for his show and he is making a for- tune? Later, when the inevit- able day comes when his show begins lo sag, it may be too late. That happened to others, like Vince Edwards. He rode Ben Casey up to the top and rode it back down to the ground. When he tried movies, the ship had sailed the public had seen too much of him already. It's a fine art, this business of quitting TV while your popu- larity is still rising, rot after it starts to fall. Steve McQueen did it, and prof-ted thereby. Chad hopes he'll be able to do it, but the big money the bait in the trap is dangled in front of him. The networks know how to seduce a guy. At the moment. Chad Ever- ett is happy. He knows that Medical Center is making him a household hero. Tie knows that the show is seen in 55 for- eign markets, meaning the y know him all over the world. He knows what his brink ac- count tells him, that he's a rich man. At the moment, he's building a house. Tt is hi-ing con- structed on the nf his prc-' vious horne, which wiped out by a bad brush firr a year ago. Robert Tunney, a couein of Sen. John Tunney, is the architect-builder. The house has everything pool room, card room. Nanny's suite, a butler's pan Ivy off the children's rooms. It took six months to design and it will take another six to build. He's also got a race horse, a good two-year-old filly named Cabazon. Everett's silks are black-and-blue, appropriate col- ors for a TV medic. He's the kind of person who, when he does something, goes all out. On racing, for example, he is currently swept up in it, and spends his betv.-een-shot time handicapping. This is not so much for the thrill o[ wager- ing as it is for improving his knowledge of race horses. "I'm going to claim more he says, "and I figure I'd better know what I'm doing." He was the same way wilh acting. He saw of