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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October 27, 1989 Entertainment On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN NC News Service Columnist The larger concern: to give or to receive? What About Me? There's a little boy waiting at the counter of a cor- ner shop/He's been waiting down there, waiting half a day/They never ever see you from the top/He gets pushed around, knocked to the ground/He gets to his feet and he says. REFRAIN: What about me I don't have enough and now I want my share Can't you see I want to live But you just take more than you give There's a pretty girl serving at the counter of a corner shop/She's been waiting back there, waiting for a dream/Her dreams walk in and out, but they never stop/Well she's too proud to cry out loud/She runs into the street and she screams. REPEAT REFRAIN Take a stand back and see the little people/They might be young but they have words/That make the big people feel/So listen as they whisper/What about me. Now I'm standing on a corner/All the world has gone home/Nobody's changed, nobody's been saved/And I,m feeling cold and alone/I guess I'm ii lucky, I smile a lot/But sometimes I wish for more than I've got. REPEAT REFRAIN TWICE Written by G. Frost, F. Frost Sung by Moving Pictures Copyright (c) 1989, The David Geffen Company Although I'd never heard of the group, I liked Moving Picture's "What About Me?" the first time I heard it. The group's strong vocal style creates definite emotional energy, both in the music and in the listener. The song presents three pictures of people not getting what they want out of life. All feel that life's struggle isn't fair. Each individual does not "have enough" and says, "Now I want my share." Some may see this song as a tribute to society's whiners, people who are always com- plaining because they don't have what they want. In fact, I heard a disc jockey doing just such a parody of the song. However, there is a much larger concern in the song, namely the issue of giving and receiving. One look at our world shows that there are many people whose basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs are not being met. For a Christian, Primetime Catholicism a follower of Jesus, it makes little sense to be com- placent about such needs. Listen to the words in the song that state, "You just take more than you give." This plea can prompt us to ask what we are giving -- to our friends, to our family, to our school, to our world. For example, consider your life at school. What would the people there say about what you do for the good of others? Perhaps you volunteer time to help keep the school environment clean. Maybe you are involved with service organizations that reach out to needs in the community, such as helping with Special Olympics or some other children's program. Perhaps you help other students with their studies. Or, maybe you just show up everyday, not really noticing what is go- ing on around you. The truth is that there are many, many people in our world who have every right to be asking, "What about me?" They are waiting for your response. If each of us reached out just a little more, what a different place our homes, our schools and our world would be! Your comments are welcome always. Please address them to Charlie Martin, R.R. 3, Box 182, Rockport, Ind. 47635 i Talk show led by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen was most popular ever By SR. MARY ANN WALSH ' Catholic News Service Final of four-part series. LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Several situation comedies set in a church milieu have been produced by Hollywood, but the longest-running church- related show in prime time was not a situation comedy. It was a talk show led by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. Bishop Sheen was host and star of the ABC program "Life Is Worth Living," which aired in 1952-1957, and the sequel to it, "The Bishop Sheen Program," which appeared four years later and ran until 1968. His series made the prelate a legend in "IV history. Bishop Sheen's half-hour talk show featured his personal anecdotes and lessons in morality. He is particularly noted in "IV history for one show in early 1953 when he preached against communism and proclaimed that Soviet leader Josef Stalin "must one day meet his judgment." A few days later Stalin suffered a sud- den stroke and was dead a week after that. In other prime-time pro- grams, the next longest- running series with a theme of Catholicism was "The Flying Nun," an ABC situation com- edy which aired in 1967-1970. It starred Sally Field as Sister Bertrille, a novice in a Puerto Rican convent who could fly. Her aerodynamic adventures provided the comedy -- once a pelican fell in love with her -- and a handsome playboy ad- mired her from afar. "Bridget Loves Bernie," which aired in 1972-1973, was a CBS situation comedy about Bernie, a struggling Jewish writer married to Bridget, a schoolteacher from a wealthy Irish Catholic family. It earned good ratings, but also had critics. The protesters, par- ticularly Jewish groups, oppos- ed the interfaith marriage por- trayed in the series by Meredith Baxter and David Birney. Other attempts as church- related situation comedies have barely stayed on the screen a season. "The Cavanaughs" was a CBS situation comedy during the 1987-1988 season about three generations of an Irish- Catholic family headed by actor Barnard Hughes. The program still appears Occasionally on CBS but had only one real season, 1987-1988. "Have Faith" was a 1989 ABC six-week trial series about four priests in a Chicago rec- tory. It starred Joel Higgins, Ron Carey, Stephen Furst and Frank Hamilton as the clerics and Sally Coleman as the outspoken parish secretary. It was not renewed for the 1989-1990 season because of low ratings, said a network of- ficial. "Going My Way," in the 1962-1963 season, was a clerical comedy on ABC based on the 1944 Academy Award- winning movie "Going My i [ .l#SPEJf Way," which starred Bing Crosby as Father Chuck O'Malley. Gene Kelly played the priest in the TV version. "Hell Town," a 1985 NBC program about an inner-city priest, Father Noah "Hardstep" Rivers (Robert Blake), was dropped after a short run for lack of ratings. The program stressed the social ministry of the inner-city clergy. "Father Dowling Mysteries," a 1989 NBC show about a priest and nun (Tom Bosley and Tracy Nelson) who formed a detective team, was dropped by the net- work because its audience i skewed toward older viewers when NBC was seeking a more youthful audience, said Bran- don Tartikoff, NBC Entertain- ' a 'I ment president. The program, i however, was picked up by. ABC as a possible mid-season replacement for the coming season. U.S.L free film showings The University of Southern Indiana will be showing films as a part of fall class requirements. They will also be open to the public for viewing, free of charge. Films are shown at 2 and 6 p.m. every Tuesday in Forum I, on the USI campus. Below is a listing of the films on the schedule for November and December. For more information call Dr. Thomas A. Wilhelmus, chairman of the English Department, 464-1735. November 7 -- "The Seventh Seal" (1957; direc- tor, Ingmar Bergman; cast, Max yon Sydow, Bibi Ander- son, Gunnard Bjornstrand) In Bergman's medieval allegory of man's search for meaning in life, a knight returning home from the crusades to plague-infested Europe engages Death in a game of chess. November 14 -- "The Third Man" (1949; English; direc- tor, Carol Reed; cast, Joseph Cotton, Orson Wel]es, Trevor Howard, Alidi Valli) In a classic romantic thriller AUTOTOPS* SEATCOVERS * BOATCOVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS ! 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER HWY. 231 SOUTH JASPER, INDIANA 47546 PHONE: 812-482.3800 "THE ONLY BANK YOU'LL EVER NEED" set in war-torn Vienna, an American searches for clues leading to his friend's death. November 21 -- "All That Jazz" (1979; director, Bob Fosse; cast, Roy Scheider, Jessica Lense) Especially im- portant for its innovative way of shooting dance choreographed for the camera, Fosse's film shows his physical decay in devo- tion to his art. November 28 -- "The Draughtman's Contract" (1983; English; director, Peter Greenaway) Set in a meticulous re-creation of seventeenth century England, a draftsman is com- missioned to do drawings of an estate which uncover clues that suggest a conspiracy.  December 5 -- "Repo Man" (1984; director, Alex Cox; cast, Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton) Produced by ex-Monkee Mike Nesmith, "Repo Man" is a thoroughly '80s film about New Wave music, a sage in mechanic's overalls, outer space aliens, and how all this relates to the "mundane" life of L.A. car repossessors. i i% i i 00Dubois County Bank CLOSE TO YOU WITH 8 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS James Jett & Associates, Inc, 1 " , ! life * health -- home -- IRA retirement planning 473--4005 514 S. 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