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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 20, 1984)
Tuesday, March 20, 1S34
By Eric Peterson
The complicity of the United States in guerrilla
invasions of Nicaragua is brought out in Nicaragua:
Report From the Front, a film showing tonight in the
Nebraska Union Rostrum. Also showing tonight is
Nicaragua 1978, a film on Nicaragua just before the
collapse of the Somoza dictatorship. The films run
from 7:30 to 9 p.m., with discussions following.
The screenings are sponsored by the Latin Ameri
can Solidarity Committee.
Directed by American journalists Deborah Shaf
fer and Tom Sigel, Nicaragua: Report From the
Front splits into two parts footage taken on a
two-week patrol with the Somocista guerrillas, and
some taken on tour with the Nicaraguan army.
Weapons speak louder than words in the film.
Brand new machine guns and ammunition are
shown by a contra guerrilla who says they were
taken from the Sandinistas in battle even though
they don't show any wear and have just been taken
out of the crates they came in. American involve
ment in Nicaragua has been conducted behind a
smoke screen, and such obvious facts as Defense
Department weapons aid to the contras is not
In contrast, the farmers and townspeople, who
have been armed for their safety against contra
incursions, carry old and clumsy rifles with wooden
stocks a poignant fact considering that these are
all they have to defend their farms and outlying
However, morale among the Nicaraguans shown
If only they hadn't left the farm
Announcer: And now we interrupt The Man Who
Was Sick of People to bring you the following edition
of At the Concession Stand.
Tom: Well, what do you think, Glenn?
Glenn: I don't know. What do you think?
Tom: I don't know.
Glenn: This is certainly a fine kettle of fish. We're
two of America's most vibrant television and movie
personalities and we can't think of a thing to talk
Tom: No, I don't look at it that way.
Glenn: Why don't we have one of those telephone
polls? We could have our audience vote on some
Tom: Because, we dont have an audience.
Glenn: Yes we do.
Tom Mockler and
Tom: Maybe you do. I don't. Nobody likes me.
Glenn: Really? Why do you suppose that is?
Tom: You've got everything going for you. Me I'm
as forgettable as the next guy.
Glenn: Well, be that as it may, we still have a show
to do, and sitting around moping won't help us in
Tom: I thought it was spelled Nielsen.
Glenn: I don't know. I'm beginning to lose interest
in all this. Maybe we weren't destined to be stars.
Maybe we should pack it in and go back to the farm.
Tom: "Farm?" What does that mean?
Glenn: I'm not sure. I'm not really from a farm. I
think it's an agricultural term.
Tom: No, I meant the expression "go back to the
faiwn." I'm not from a farm either I believe that
your expression, taken literally, would be logically in
Glenn: You're beginning to sound like Leonard
Nimoy. I can do a great Dr. McCoy imitation. "Dam
mit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a mechanic."
Tom: How's this: "WeVe got to let up, Captain. She
can't take much more."
Glenn: You have Scotty down to a tee. Guess who
this is: "Beam me up Scotty. This planet is not safe
Tom: Ronald Reagan?
Glenn: Close, Captain Kirk. Wouldn't you agree
that William Shatner is one of America's finest
actors? He's right up there with Brando. Have you
seen him in his new show, T.J. Hooker?
Tom: "To be or not to be. That is the question."
Glenn: Olivier. "I am, was, and will always be, first
and foremost an American."
Tom: "To be or not to be. That is the question."
Glenn: That's Richard Burton. But you didn't get
mine. Its Orson Wells. "You dirty rat."
Tom: Richard Burton.
Glenn: You want to talk about Richard Burton?
Tom: Sure, doesn't everyone? We could talk about
Glenn: No. It's too long. What is "Alexanderplatz"
Tom: I haven't seen it anyway. What kind of nut
would make a 15-hour film? No wonder he's dead.
Glenn: Dead? I didn't even know he was sick!
Tom: And how. Dead as a doornail. Dead as they
Glenn: It kind of makes you think, doesn't it. One
minute you can be making a 1 5-hour movie, and the
next you're dead. What a transitory existence this is.
Tom: What does it all mean? And what are we here
for? When you come right down to it, it all seems so
Glenn: I wonder what Barton Chandler thinks
about this crazy mixed-up world of ours.
Tom: Who's he?
Glenn: Barton Eugene Chandler is a profit of the
new age. He is a sage, a poet and a master politician.
He understands the common man, and champions
Tern: "Profit?" Don't you mean "prophet?"
Glenn: That's what I said, profit. This is a televi
sion show. No one could tell if I said profit or
Tom: No, it's not. We're just two guys who sit
around a typewriter. No glory. No lights. No fans.
You can live in your dream world if you want to.
Actually, I'm watching The Border on television.
Glenn: No. I just want to smoke my cigarettes and
sit quietly in a corner, content that I can breathe.
And that's precisely what I'm going to do.
Tom: Sorry. (Pulls out a gun and fires. Glenn falls
to the floor bleeding.)
Glenn: That's all I wanted . . . (expires).
Tom: That was the surprise ending. You know . . ,
like 0 Henry.
The aerobics era has officially arrived. To
night, two television offerings confirm aerobics'
status as a bona-fide American institution. Leslie
Nielsen, of Airplane fame, stars in the premiere
of Shaping Up (8:30 p.m., Challen 7), a weekly
series telling the foibles of a health spa owner.
Getting Physical (8 p.m., Channels 6 and 10) a
made-for-television-movie starring David Naugh
ton and Alexandra Paul tells the story of a
woman who pursues her life-long dream of physi
cal fitness. It is also rumored Dan Rather may
show up on the Evening News in sweats.
Haunted, a production starring Brooke
Adams, Trish Van Devere and Jon Devries, is this
week's offering on American Playhouse. The play
tells the story of a woman who attempts to re
establish bonds with her adoptive mother. It airs
at 8 p.m. on Channel 12.
Humorist Shirley Lueth from Aurora will be
featured on KZUM (89.5 and 09.3 FM) from 9 to
10 p.m. The program is being presented as part of
KZUM's salute to Nebraska Humor Month.
At the Sheldon
The serial showing of Ranier Werner Fass
binder's monumental Berlin Alexanderplatz will
continue this week in the Film Theatre. Parts 9
and 10 will be screened at 7 and 9:15 p.m.
Admission is $3.
Around Town " .
The Lincoln Association for Traditional Arts
will be sponsoring a benefit for the Zoo Bar, 1 35 N.
14th St. Local acts participating in the event
include Fat City, The Salt Creek String Band,
Different Strokes and Gunner Hoick. There's a $1
in the film is high. "We have already won," says
Manuel Vindel, a Nicaraguan battalion leader. "The
counter-revolutionaries are only terrorists." Despite
the worse-equipped forces, the Sandinistas express
confidence because they have the people's support
and because of a continuing revolutionary spirit.
A consistent irony is used effectively in the film.
Part of Ronald Reagan's State ofthe Union address
in which he said overthrowing the Sandinistas is not
his objective is directly followed by a shot ofthe U.S.
insignia on Somocista equipment. Even the impe
rialist Yankee faces Reagan's, U.N. ambassador
Jeanne Kirkpatrick's are shown in a pale and
anemic light which contrasts vividly with the warm
and healthy Nicaraguans. Comment from Rep. Bob
Torrecelli, (D-N.J.), and others, such as Nicaraguan
foreign minister Miguel DTlscoto, is particularly
effective when contrasted with opposing and incon
sistent remarks of Kirkpatrick.
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Dolby refines technique
on eclectic new album
By Stephanie Zink
Thomas Dolby, one of the major innovators of
synth-pop, has released his long-awaited follow-up
LP to 1 982's The Golden Age of Wireless.
The Flat Earth (Capitol) is a more serious, mean
ingful work than anything Dolby has done before. He
has obviously been influenced by a wide range of
subject matter love, politics and nuclear war. This
album represents how much Dolby has matured
since his days with The Buggies.
He still uses a few of the interesting sound effects
and voice-overs, but he is now less dependent on
them and is focusing most of his attention on the
There are also a few new and different things
going on in this LP that weren't in The Golden Age of
"Screen Kiss" is as close to a romantic song as
Dolby has ever performed. He should write them
Even better than "Screen Kiss" is Egyptian-influenced
"Mulu the Rain Forest."
Although it may at first seem as though he is
experimenting with different music forms, Dol
by does know what he is doing. His experimentat
ion was finished with his last album. Dolby has
refined his techniques. This is most apparent on
"Hyperactive!", the peppy sequel to "She Blinded Me
Most incredible of all are his lyrics. "White City," a
fast, rock-influenced song about nuclear war is the
perfect anthem for 1984. Keith talks in alphanume
ralsKeith built a drug cathedralShape of an
octahedronAVherehecould hide from young Orwel
lians who would trample their brothers!A thin
white powder film on everythingBut soot is the
color ofthe White City.
Even more intriguing are the lyrics to "The Hat
Earth an electronic reggae song. "The Earth can be
any shape you want itAny shape at allDark and
colder bright and warmLong or thin or smallBut
it s home and all I ever hadAnd maybe why for me
the Earth is flat.
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