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October 17, 1992 |
Although the first Hanukkah candle won't be lit for another two months, veteran actor Ed Asner is already telling stories about the annual Festival of Lights that commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 BC. On Thursday, Asner colorfully read a story by Nobel Peace Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer called "A Parakeet Named Dreidel," about a Yiddish-speaking bird that lands on the windowsill of a Brooklyn Jewish family on the eighth day of Hanukkah.
September 8, 1991 |
Now that he's got the part, Ed Asner can afford to laugh at the irony of it all, at the cosmic casting joke that has brought him onto the set of CBS' "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" to play Walter Kovacs, a world-weary conservative ex-cop who will constantly be at odds with theshow's liberal-minded title character, played by Sharon Gless.
October 19, 1990 |
Actor and peace activist Ed Asner told Oklahoma teachers that they can help humanity better itself, but warned that idealism means taking risks. "It's our responsibility and our duty to point out the wrongs we see around us," Asner said Thursday in a speech to the Oklahoma Education Assn. Asner, best known for his portrayal of Lou Grant on two television series and a school principal on "Bronx Zoo," said personal involvement is a must for teachers to convey high ideals to students.
July 30, 1990 |
Activist actor Ed Asner is touring Cambodia with a U.S. aid agency. Asner said he welcomes the change in policy that reduced U.S. diplomatic support for the Cambodian resistance coalition because of the participation of the murderous Khmer Rouge in the coalition. "The situation is very complicated but that is no excuse for failing to make up for a horrible mistake," Asner said in the capital of Phnom Penh as he mingled with foreign correspondents.
May 12, 1990 |
Procter & Gamble Co. pulled $1 million of advertising from a television station that had run ads saying coffee made by the company brews "misery, destruction and death" in El Salvador. The 30-second spots were bought by a group that advocates a boycott of Folgers coffee because it includes Salvadoran beans, said Sy Yanoff, president and general manager of WHDH-TV.
April 22, 1990 |
Ed Asner made TV viewers laugh during the '70s as blustery newsman Lou Grant on the classic TV series, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." But in the '80s, his comedic prowess was overshadowed by his passionate--and often controversial--political convictions. "Because of my news exposure, one tends to forget about the comedic factor," said Asner, who has attached himself to countless liberal causes. The Emmy Award-winning actor has kicked off the new decade on a lighthearted note.
March 3, 1990 |
Ed Asner, who was in Nicaragua as part of a cultural exchange group observing last Sunday's elections, was--to say the least--surprised by their outcome. "It was unbelievable, astounding," the actor said. "Everyone was just flabbergasted." Asner, best known for his portrayal on television of newsman Lou Grant, has become almost as well known for his activism on behalf of liberal political causes.