She walked into the living rooms of North America in September, 1970, and applied for a job at “WJM-TV” in Minneapolis. Her future boss, Lou Grant, told her, “You’ve got spunk.” Scowling, he added, “I hate spunk.” But Mary Richards got the job—and Mary Tyler Moore won a cherished place at television’s family hearth.
That scene is from a recent episode of the hospital drama St. Elsewhere, produced by MTM Enterprises, the prestigious, independent studio featuring a kitten in its corporate logo. It shows just how far the MTM family has extended itself—to the point where some of its characters, including Mary Richards, have acquired a life of their own.By Brian D. Johnson7 min
In television programming, one of the most serious businesses is making situation comedies. Rarely was that clearer than on Jan. 19 1953, when 44 million viewers tuned into I Love Lucy because their favorite sitcom character, Lucy Ricardo, was about to have a baby.
It is 10 p.m. at the women’s shelter in downtown Ottawa’s All Saints Anglican Church, and 19 homeless women are shuffling in from the icy cold. There is the shelter’s oldest guest, Frances, a wizened 82-year-old who rarely talks and never laughs.
Less than a year ago Liberal David Peterson held the thankless job of leader of the opposition in Ontario, with little apparent prospect of ever overturning the province’s fourdecade-old Conservative dynasty, then led by Premier William Davis.By SHERRI AIKENHEAD6 min
Public meetings at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington do not lend themselves to scenes of high drama. The Fed, as it is commonly known, is responsible for the dry work of setting U.S. interest rates and other monetary policies. But this week fireworks were expected when Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker and his fellow board members met to rule on a proposed curb announced last month on the use of so-called “junk bonds” to finance corporate takeovers.By LENNY GLYNN6 min
The images are grimly familiar. Helicopter gunships clatter through the skies and green armored convoys roll along dusty roads. Ragged rebels roam forbidding mountain trails, antique rifles at the ready. On the plains, blackened fields surround flattened villages littered with dead bodies, while survivors flee to teeming refugee camps.
Canadians’ attitudes, as reported in the second annual Maclean's/ Decima Poll (Maclean's, Jan. 6), are more revealing than any statistic on the national economy ever could be. The poll findings show that three out of four Canadians are satisfied or very satisfied with their own personal economic situation while eight out of 10 are optimistic about their prospects.By Dian Cohen5 min
The threats, and the response, were chilling. In the aftermath of simultaneous post-Christmas terrorist attacks at airports in Rome and Vienna that left 19 people dead and 121 wounded, the United States and Israel last week accused Libya’s leader, Col.
Last year, to set an example of budgetary restraint, Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his cabinet took a small pay cut. Mulroney collected $129,900 in salary and expenses in 1985, a decrease of $800 from the 1984 total of $130,700 for the job, and ministers earned $110,300, a $500 drop.
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