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Fri, 6 Jun 1997 13:57:30 -0500
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Concerning the Trautman/Larson queries concerning news "professionals"
who appeared in roles other than those which would reflect their
professional persona:
        A former news anchor and commentator in Chicago during the 1960s
at WBKB-TV, the heavy-set and distinctively voiced Alex Dreier, went west
to perform the same duties at a major station in the Los Angeles market,
perhaps at KABC (West Coast SCREEN-Lers might recall the particulars)
where he became somewhat of a celebrity by also appearing as an actor in
television crime dramas, generally as a heavy.  I know he appeared in
*Mannix,* *It Takes a Thief,* *Name of the Game,* and other late '60s and
'70s programs, and I seem to recall he had a few feature film credits, as
well.  He also appeared on a short-lived late '60s *Laugh-In* wannabe,
*What's It All About, World?,* created by the team that gave us *The
Smothers Brothers Show.*
                               William Lafferty
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"The universe was once conceived almost as a vast preserve, landscaped for
heroes, plotted to provide them the appropriate adventures.  The rules were
known and respected, the adversaries honorable, the oracles articulate and
precise as the directives of a six-lane parkway.  Errors of weakness or vanity
led, with measured momentum, to the tragedy which resolved everything.  Today,
the rules are ambiguous, the adversary is concealed in aliases, the oracles
broadcast a babble of contradictions."
                                  --- Maya Deren, from her notes for *At Land*
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