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March 7, 1995
IN 1984, WALTER Mondale made a spectacle of himself interviewing a procession of politically correct candidates for vice president. His choice of then-Rep. Geraldine Ferraro proved less than felicitous.One might have thought that after that object lesson, the affirmative action approach to picking vice presidents would be exhausted. But no, the great mentioners are at it again. Recently, Larry King asked three prominent Republicans how they would feel about a "Dole/Whitman" ticket. And Larry King is not alone.
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NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | March 1, 1995
Greg Louganis is many things, including a magnificent athlete and superstar, but a profile in courage he is not.While much is now being made about how brave it is for him to admit he has AIDs, this is very much part of a commercial transaction: Louganis is pushing a book.And all his admissions and confessions -- to Barbara Walters, to Oprah, to Larry King -- have been timed so that this book will sell as many copies as possible.Fine. I do not begrudge Louganis publicity or wealth.But when admitting he was HIV-positive really would have been courageous -- when he needed to tell a doctor to wear protective gloves before treating his open wound -- Louganis kept silent.
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | February 2, 1995
Chris Myers didn't have to be asked twice when the poobahs at ESPN gave him the chance to take over the nightly "Up Close" interview show from Roy Firestone. It just seemed like the logical thing to do."I've always wanted to do a sports-talk interview show. I've always been a fanatic of talk shows. I was such a big fan of Johnny Carson growing up and I used to listen to Larry King when my family lived in South Florida. I just didn't think a show like this would become available," said Myers.
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | November 1, 1994
As soon as this week's college football rankings came out Sunday, Gerry Sandusky knew he was in for seven whole days of trouble.Sandusky, the weeknight sports anchor at Channel 11, is one of 62 Associated Press poll voters, and he was the only one to cast a first-place vote this week for No. 3 Auburn."
NEWS
By Marvin Kalb | October 7, 1994
Washington -- IS LARRY King a journalist? Is Ted Koppel a talk-show host? Is there any difference between the two?Until recently, the answer to the first question was "no"; the answer to the second equally "no"; and to the third a resounding "yes."Mr. King was unmistakably the king of talk, but no one expects him to do a stand-upper on arms control from the State Department. Mr. Koppel was the journalist, who covered wars, politics and diplomacy for ABC News before the Ayatollah Khomeini launched the Iran hostage crisis in 1979 and -- unwittingly -- the exceptional "Nightline."
FEATURES
By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | June 29, 1994
No complaints today: There's plenty to watch, from good documentaries and scads of sports to funny comedies and the premiere of the summer's big-buzz soap opera, "Models Inc."* "Models Inc." (8-9:30 p.m WBFF, Channel 45, and WTTG, Channel 5) -- With "Beverly Hills, 90210," Aaron Spelling learned the value of summertime exposure, with fresh episodes feeding a frenzy among college kids and other eager and available viewers. With "Melrose Place," he learned the value of jettisoning realism and going straight for the outrageous, high-speed plot lines.
FEATURES
By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | June 8, 1994
It's Patrick Ewing vs. Puccini tonight, as the season's first installment of the NBA finals goes head-to-head against the season's last installment of "Great Performances."* "NBA Finals" (9 p.m.-conclusion, WMAR, Channel 2) -- This has the makings of a really good series: The New York Knicks, led by Mr. Ewing, against the Houston Rockets, led by Hakeem Olajuwon. The Knicks haven't been in the finals for 21 years, and the Rockets last reached that esteemed orbit in 1986 -- where Mr. Olajuwon and company lost to Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics in six. Tonight's first game gives Houston the home-court advantage -- and ask the Knicks if that isn't important.
FEATURES
By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | June 3, 1994
Take the night off. For the most part, TV has.* "Fall From Grace" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Part 2 of 2. Plans for the Normandy invasion are developed, hidden and eagerly sought in the conclusion of this imported miniseries, which makes the plans for D-Day seem almost as important as whether an Allied agent (Tara Fitzgerald) will be faithful to a fellow agent (Gary Cole), and whether he, in turn, will fall for the advances of another fellow agent (Patsy Kensit). In the end, the Allies conquer the Germans, and love conquers all. Michael York plays a sinister Nazi with more subtlety than expected.
FEATURES
By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | May 6, 1994
Tonight's best bet: the new "Hart to Hart" movie. Nah -- only kidding. Just wanted to see if you were reading this paragraph before jumping down to the individual program notes.* "Family Matters." (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Donna Summer guest stars as Urkel's Aunt Oona from Altoona, a dowdy woman who no soona visits a karaoke bar than she turns into a real croona. ABC.* "Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die." (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- They just star in TV remakes. NBC.* "The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45)
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | April 1, 1994
WASHINGTON -- In the age of television, all politics is performance.A beleaguered president, his popularity dropping, can hold a news conference in which the only news is that he forgot he had made a $20,000 loan to his mother and have his poll numbers skyrocket the next day.Why?Because he performed well. He looked calm. Reassuring. Unafraid.He gave good TV.And if it worked for a president, why not for Bob Packwood?Packwood is the five-term Republican senator from Oregon who is accused by more than 20 women of sexual misconduct.
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