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12 =,'7,---" The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment I I On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN NC News Service Columnist Real happiness flows from within oneself October 2. 1987 Happy REFRAIN: Only you can make me happy, happy Only you can make me happy, happy I never thonght that I/Would find someone like you/I feel hypnotized/With the things you do/I'll nwer let you go, no/You're so right for me/I have to let you lmow/Forever you and me. REPEAT REFRAIN You must have been heaven sent/Sent into my life/And I compliment you, baby/For we have a love/That is strong and true/It's tree in every way/i want to be with you/Each and every day. REPEAT REFRAIN TWICE Hello. How you doing, baby?/You know I was just thinking about you/And I'm glad ou ' called/You're coming right over, beautiful, baby/i'll be waiting. I love you too. You are all I need in my life/I don't need no one but you/You are all I need in my life/I don't need no one but you. REPEAT REFRAIN Recorded by Surface Written by B. Townsend, B. Jackson, D. Canley Copyright (c) 1986, C]BS Inc. IS ROMANCE ENOUGH TO make you happy? According to Surface's first chart hit, "Happy," that's all one needs. Says the song, "Only you can make me happy," and the person loved is "all I need in my life." Such feelings and thoughts are signs of in- fatuation. Everything wonderful seems to flow from the loved person. Such reactions usually are enjoyable and harmless, as long as we realize that lasting happiness comes from a much different SOUle. Real happiness flows from within oneself. While being in a good relationship may add hap- piness to life, it is not another's responsibility to make a person happy. Our own choices and ac- tions become the basis for a satisfying, happy life. The following attitudes and actions, in my ex- perience, can help a person build the kind of life that leads to lasting happiness. Appreciate yourself for who you are. No one is perfect; nor do you need to be. You are in the pro- cess of growing and changing, and part of the fun is to learn more about yourself, others and the world. Set goals. Too often people undersell their abilities. Set some short-range goals of six months or less. Doing so will bring directionand purpose to life. Be generous. God has blessed all of us with many gifts, abilities and, often, material posses- .,... sins. Developing an attitude of sharing what one possesses reaffirms one's trust in the goodness in others and in oneself. Never become so busy as to have no time for . play. Take time for those activities, people or ex- periences that bring genuine joy into your life. Be kind and compassionate both toward yourself and others. Little is gained by holding on- to grudges, resentments or feelings of failure. When necessary, take the time to grieve for hurts or losses and then let them go. Obviously other suggestions could be added. These attitudes and actions show how people can take specific steps to increase their happiness. We do not have to wait to fall in love to find excite- ment and satisfaction, Learning to be happy now will give you much more to share when a love relationship does develop. i New fall season 'Slap Maxwell,' 'Leg Work,' 'Hooperman,' 'Buck James' reviewed By TONY ZAZA and HENRY HERX O .CC Dept. of Communication NEW YORK (NC) -- Dabney Coleman assumes his previous- ly developed arrogant and chauvinist persona in "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story," which airs Wednesdays, 8:30-9 p.m. on ABC. This time around he is saddled with a script that desperately wants to elicit laughs from Slap's desperate at- tempts to evoke pity from cohorts on a small Southwestern newspaper for which he covers sports. An unrepentant master of libelous" and slanderous news reporting/Slap loves confronta- tion and has an angry managing editor, estranged wife and suspicious girlfriend to prove it. The sitcom, however, seems to have little to prove save the repackaging of Coleman's talents as a wisecracking self- centered male who's adept at milking laughs from self- deception. Yuppie play cops and rob- bers in "Leg Work," the star vehicle for average-looking Margaret Colin airing Satur- days, 8-8:30 p.m. on CBS. The show is a mushy daydream of unreality, close to the senti- ment and formula of escapist dime-novel romances which feature lovely women balancing danger with the search for Mr. Right. Miss Colin's character values fast cars, chocolate-chip cookies and easily emasculated men. Pretending to place women on equal footing with men through Miss Colin's private- eye professionalism, the show is little more than a parade of superficiality. When the con- ventional sleuthing and occa- sional violence get dull, a little leg is shown amid the background noise of girltalk. The concept of a tough, pret- ty woman competing in a man's world while she maintains pet- ty obsessions might be en- couraging to some viewers upset with the subservient roles women generally play in episodic drama, but this offer- ing has little integrity as an im- age of a female with convictions and purpose. "Hooperman," the John Rit- ter vehicle airing Wednesdays, 8-8:30 p.m. on ABC, is billed as a serio-comic chronicle of a police detective's private and public life in San Francisco. But this San Francisco Bay area ballad Won't do much for ABC's prime-time standings. Ritter is likeable enough, but personality alone cannot make up for lack of a significant premise and engaging plot development. The light drama's chief conflict is in the professional arena. Hooper- man's boss (Barbara Bosson) doesn't like him. Writer-producer-director Steven Bochco parrots his win- ning blend of overlapping rela- tionships, street-smart dialogue and formula action with weaker results than that of his hit "Hill Street Blues." The police head- quarters setting is overworked. Some of the faces have changed but the structure remains the same. Providing a dual role for Hooperman as cop and landlord promises some predictable con- flicts of interest in upcoming episodes. However, iudging from the first three offerings prepared by Bochco (who will shortly exit}, no viewer will lose his or her heart in San Francisco. "Buck James," which airs Sundays, 9-10 p.m. on ABC, appears to have the most depth of this network's new prime- time offerings. Complex struc- ture features Dennis Weaver as a cowboy-surgeon balancing the harsh realities of birth and death in a gritty metropolitan hospital emergency ward with the rough-and-ready ranch life in the bucolic country. Weaver's multifaceted talents are fully expressed in the premiere episode, in which his character confronts his unmar- ried daughter's pregnancy, his son's insecurities, death in the operating room, danger in an air rescue of a burn victim from an industrial site, birthing of a new foal at the ranch, and ethnic prejudice on the hospital staff. To the show's credit the multitude of subplots merge ef- fortlessly with  sense of authenticity and sincerity. Good acting all around from a support cast of newcomers and excellent visual balancing of ur- ban and rural settings provide a lively context for the ethical and moral issues the program promises to examine. Buck James is a man who has mastered the art of listening with understanding and com- passion. His potential viewer- ship would do well to emulate him. Dabney Coleman stars as smart.aleck sportswriter Slap Maxwell with Megan Gallagher as his girlfriend and Bill Cobbs as a good barkeep in ABC's new half-hour comedy series. --(c)1987 Copyright Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. i I,/II00Lv ,,oun,, $chnitzdbank U0013L RESTAURANT Fflday Night ___._. ,t Seafood euffetT.'45r TM ' Mort rhu,. HOST 8a m'-lOp m Lar an __ Y s14,s ,,,- v ,.,; , ry d Bett Mon,-Thure. 10 ll.m.-10 p.m. UII i;;: Hanselman Fri-Sat, Till 11:00 p.m. ,- . . RUXER