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READING THE RANGE

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"I married a man I believed God had chosen for me," admits Deborah.
"Now why did you think that?" asks an astonished Jana.
"Because he told me so!" at which point both crack up in waves of laughter.
"He was not your dream man?"
"My family still refers to him as 'the twit.' . . . It certainly does add to the feeling of panic if you don't like him."
After a brief bit on Laake's second marriage, Jana declares, "And then you married a third time."

"I did, and you know this one."
Yes, Jana agrees, she does indeed know this man.
"And we won't say much about him," mugs Bommersbach. "Because, as you well know, I don't like that man."
Laake's jaw drops into rare speechlessness and Jana forks the roast, "But, then, neither do you."

When Scott Jacobson from Arizona Public Service Company previewed Books and Co., he saw this exchange. Jacobson immediately took out his utility's checkbook and underwrote the first 13 telecasts.

My only gripe with Books & Co. is the time slot KAET has chosen to air the broadcasts, Saturday mornings at 11:30. Let's not mince words here.

KAET is a unique member of the PBS family. In the midst of this clan of overachievers, Channel 8 is like your Uncle Claude who sells insurance and no one wants him left alone with the little kids because you just aren't sure.

Channel 8 made its national mark by telecasting the intellectual ghoulishness of open-heart surgery performed by Dr. Ted Diethrich, a healthcare giver so craven he needed his own staff publicist.

Last month, on Saint Patrick's Day, KAET chose to broadcast a special on the Queen of England including footage of her bestowing battle ribbons upon troops in Britain's army of occupation in Northern Ireland.

This tasteless programming was immediately followed by a request for donations to KAET from two former media personalities, Phil Allen and Elin Jeffords, who promised sleazy paperbacks about Princess Diana to anyone who would send a check to Channel 8.

Because of Jana Bommersbach and Ron Carlson, KAET has the opportunity with Books & Co. to mount a show that is stimulating and enriching. Don't bury the telecast on Saturday mornings.

Put it opposite American Gladiators, and kick some butt.

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Michael Lacey
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