March 27, 1988
I was just wondering, has anyone else noticed the resemblance between Ronald Reagan and Alf? Reagan has been having an awful lot of surgery lately. They claim it's for cancer, but what if it's really reconstructive plastic surgery to hide his true identity? I mean, I don't know if it's significant or anything . . . I was just wondering. MARY BAKER Tujunga
June 27, 1989 |
A spoonful of TV makes the medicine go down. A new 24-hour a day, in-house children's television channel will go on the air today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The commercial-free, nonprofit channel is being donated by DIC Enterprises, and will showcase such DIC-produced kidvid favorites as "The Real Ghostbusters," "ALF," "ALF Tales," "The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin," "The New Archies," "Inspector Gadget" and "Zoobilee Zoo." "We felt we should do what we could to prove the adage that laughter is the best medicine," says Andy Heyward, president, DIC Enterprises Inc. For his part, Dr. David Rimoin, director of pediatrics at the hospital, says a patient's outlook is crucial to the healing process and the new children's channel is "just what the doctor ordered."
March 19, 1989
Six years ago, my husband and I chose to remove the TV from our home when our children were young, encouraging them to read more and to listen to old classics on the radio instead. We recently brought the TV back into the house. However, after watching "Married . . ." three or four times and other programs such as "Alf," we agree with Kenneth L. Zimmerman (Letters, March 12) that here is something we can do about programming we feel is distasteful. . . . The TV is back in the garage.
March 15, 1987 |
Jim Ryun, the former world record-holder in the mile, will compete in the inaugural 2-mile Mini-Trevira April 25 in New York's Central Park, race officials have announced. Ryun, who will turn 40 four days after the race, must select a female partner for the event. Last year, he ran in the 10-mile Trevira Twosome with Jan Merrill, but Ryun dropped out after four miles because of a strained left alf muscle.
January 19, 1986
I like Dennis Hunt. I like the Faces interviews he does with musicians like Sade, Alison Moyet, Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet and others who have been given thumbs down by critics such as Robert Hilburn and Richard Cromelin for being "boring." I like Tops in Pops, which only he can put together so well. I like his list of the year's Top 10 albums. He was the only critic to include Alison Moyet's "Alf," an album virtually overlooked by everyone in the United States. I like his taste in music.
August 31, 1986 |
In my younger days, my friends and I used to play "Big Screen/Little Screen." The idea of the game was to cast the TV series version of a major movie with the appropriately smaller-than-life stars. Example: "The Graduate," as a TV series, would star John Ritter as Benjamin (the Dustin Hoffman role) and Shelley Hack as Elaine Robinson (the film's Katharine Ross).