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A Dog's Life

 For over 200 years, the dalmatian has been the firefighter's most faithful friend By RAY PARKER (TOM SOTER)"Bessie would always follow me into a burning building in the old days," recalled a Manhattan Fire lieutenant in 1916, "and stay one floor below the fighting line, as the rule required ... Bessie knew as much about the risks we ran as we did ...

Evergreen TV

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1480:]]After nearly 5,000 syndicated telecasts in Portland, Ore., Perry Mason is still a hit. The 271-episode, former CBS series has been running continuously on KPTV since 1966, in prime time, fringe and, now, daytime. Not only that, in a five-station market, Perry is the second-ranked program at noon, Monday through Friday, and tops key demographics of every series with which it competes, including Live With Regis & Kathy Lee and Hollywood Squares, as well as a newscast.

He's Got Legs

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The Information Explosion

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1467:]] From morning till evening, from brief updates to breaking stories, the hottest areas of television programming these days are the news shows

The Road Revisited


Chimney Sweeps

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1457:]]As fall turns to winter, Harry Richart's phone rings off the hook. Richard Nixon, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and Bette Midler, among others, begin calling for help. "The cold season is the heating season," says Richart. "That's the best time for me."Harry Richart is a chimney sweep.  For twenty-two years he has cleaned chimneys, restored old fireplaces, and instructed others on the safety techniques involved in burning solid fuel.


[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1448:]]Ian Fleming's 007 was a fantasy. Sidney Reilly was real. He wasthe greatest espionage agent of all timeSpies have come back into fashion. From the movie-screen exploits of Sean Connery and Roger Moore as James Bond to the novels of John le Carre, undercover operatives seem to be surfacing everywhere. Public television enters the spy game this month with a $10-million British production, Reilly: Ace of Spies.

Pied Pipers of Animation

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1447:]]ALAN GOODMAN AND FRED SEIBERTAlan Goodman can't draw a straight line but knows who can: the animators, technicians, and other creative types that have helped make his company, Fred/Alan Inc., a New York-based haven for the unusual, the unorthodox, and the successful.

Memorable Moments in TV

Television is the most eclectic medium in the world. On its screen, politicians -hehave like actors, actors suddenly become politicians, the tasteful is paired with the tasteless, and the real is seamlessly blended into the unreal, as sitcoms like I Love Lucy play alongside documentaries like "Harvest of Shame. "What stands out in all that diversity? Any opinion, of course, would be purely subjective, but for the record, here is one bleary-eyed watcher's list of 17 memorable moments in the medium, chosen for their significance as events of drama, history, and/or just plain muddleheadedness.[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1427:]]  

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[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1424:]]In the beginning there was The Robe. And The Robe was without shape or stars. But Hollywood said, "Let it have Spectacle and Romans. And let it have Cinemascope." And it was so. And the public said that it was good. And lo, Hollywood said, "Let there be The Ten Commandments." And The Ten Commandments begat Ben-Hur. And Ben-Hur begat El Cid. And Hollywood never rested. For the epics were not always good, but they were extremely profitable.