Sulphur Springs News-Telegram (Sulphur Springs, Tex.), Vol. 112, No. 302, Ed. 1 Sunday, December 23, 1990 Page: 28 of 36
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04—THE NEWS-TELEGRAM, Sulphur Spring*, T«x»*, Sunday, December 23,1090
Nielsen lists season to
date rankings for shows
Mail for Santa
A (roup of pre-school children from the Holy Family-Holy Name school in New Bedford, Mass., lined up
last week at a mailbox just for letters to the North Pole for Santa at the downtown New Bedford Post
NEW YORK (AP) — Here are
the prime-time TV ratings com-
piled by the A.C. Nielsen Co. for
Dec. 10-16. Top 20 listings include
the week’s ranking, with full
season-to-date ranking in paren-
theses, rating for the week and total
An “X" in parentheses denotes
one-time-only presentation. A
rating measures the percentage of
the nation’s 93.1 million TV
1. (1) “Cheers,” NBC, 22.6,21.0
2. (2) “60 Minutes,” CBS. 20.6,
19.2 million homes.
3. (X) “NFL Monday Night
Football: Raiders vs. Lions,” ABC,
184.108.40.206 million homes.
3. (4) “A Different World,”
NBC, 18.2,16.9 million homes.
5. (8) “Empty Nest," NBC, 18.1,
16.9 million homes.
6. (5) “The Cosby Show.” NBC,
17.7,16.5 million homes.
6. (16) “In The Heat of the
Night,” NBC, 17.7, 16.5 million
8. (3) “Roseanne,” ABC, 17.5,
16.3 million homes.
9. (11) “The Golden Girls,”
NBC, 17.2,16.0 million homes.
10. (14) “Unsolved Mysteries,”
NBC, 16.9,15.7 million homes.
11. (12) “Murder, She Wrote,”
CBS, 16.5,15.4 million homes.
12. (6) “Designing Women,”
CBS, 16.4,15.3 million homes.
13. (21) “L.A. Law,” NBC, 15.9,
14.8 million homes. '
29. (X) “Face to Face with Con-
nie Chung Special,” CBS, 13.1.
30. (35) “The Witches of
Eastwkk” — “ABC Sunday
30. (X) “I Love Lucy
Christmas," CBS, 12.8.
32. (42) “20-20,"ABC, 12.7.
33. (X) “Doogie Howser, M.D.
Special,” ABC, 12.5.
33. (43) “Simpsons,” Fox, 115.
35. (37) “Jake and the Fatman,”
36. (22) “Full House.” ABC,
36. (X) “Rudolph the Red Nose
Reindeer,” CBS, 113.
38. (49) “Evening Shade,” CBS,
39. (58) “Father Dowling Mys-
teries,” ABC, 12.0.
40. (54) “thirtysomething,”
40. (33) “Fresh Prince of Bel
Air," NBC, 11.9.
42. (27) “The Dreamer of Oz”
— “NBC Monday Movie,” 11.8.
48. (40) “Married ... With
Children,” Fox, 10.8.
49. (52) “Dallas,” CBS. 10.6.
‘Rescue: 911," CBS,
“Dear John,” NBC,
49. (27) “Back To the Future”
— “NBC Sunday Night Movie,”
51. (55) “In living Color,” Fox,
52. (X) “New Kids On The
Block Christmas,” ABC, 10.1.
52. (X) “Fresh Prince Special,”
54. (59) “Fanelli Boys,” NBC,
' 55. (60) “Night Court,” NBC,
56. (X) “Hallmark Hall of
57. (67) “Amen,” NBC, 9.1.
58. (63) “Primetime Live,"
ARP 0 O
59! (X) “Billboard Music
Awards,” Fox, 8.9.
60. (78) “Doctor, Doctor," CBS,
61. (77) “48 Hours "CBS, 8.5.
62. (70) “Young Riders,” ABC,
62. (69) “WIOU,” CBS, 8.4.
62. (61) “Flash "CBS, 8.4.
62. (63) “Woriung It Out,”
66. (X) “You Take The Kids.”
67. (52) “Going Places,” ABC,
67. (79) “T\vin Peaks,” ABC,
69.(73) “Wings,” NBC, 7.8.
69. (63) “Gabriel’s Fire,” ABC,
71. (67) “Life Goes On,” ABC,
Better to receive than give
By JAMES M. KENNEDY
AP Business Editor_
NEW YORK (AP) — All the
economy wanted for Christmas was
a discount rate cut — or so
The Federal Reserve’s gift
opened this past week, received a
lukewarm reception from the
nation’s bankers and provided no
immediate relief from the threat ol
The Fed’s rate cut was generous
by historical standards — a half
point to 6.5 percent. It was the first
reduction in the lending rate to
banks in more than four years.
It even arrived early, well before
the the first of the year when most
prognosticators had expected it
Still, the Fed’s generosity was
How are you? I want a VCR and
some tapes. I want my mom to get
well (asthma). Ninja turtles tapes
and car and trucks and games and
get Randy a Bronco II. Merry
I want a T.V. for my Nintindo
and I will put the T.V. in my room
with my Nintindo and a car snack
with hupes and a big set of legos.
Well thats all.
This is a list of things that I
would like for Christmas.
Magic Nursey doll
' Tain set with cars and houses
< Mail Madness game
A Look who’s talking T-shirt and
Look who’s talking too move.
• A Janet Jackson sweater and t-
shirt and a New Kids on the block
Sweater and t-shirt with their
names on it
A stuf animal Rudolph reindeer
A telescope 10 look out at night
■ A electric globe that you can
And a electric telephone
This is what I would like for
1 I love you a lot Santa. I wish you
ild go on Christmas night and
- “ “ idtheelfs.
Mrs. Santa Clause and
H8TOE TO ALL PEB56W&
BUYING PROPERTY IN THE I
I VICINITY OP THE NORTH HOPKINS
WATER SUPPLY CORPORATION I
I am 3 years old and have been a
very good girl this year. I would
like a ballerina doll and an oopsie
I will leave you a treat of cookies
and milk by the fireplace.
Jessica B. Anderson
I want red laca-up boots and new
Idds on the block barbies and a
pic her of santa and a picher of
Rudolph and that is all.
lost on most banks, which declined
to pass the easier credit terms on to
their customers. Only one big bank,
First National Bank of Chicago, cut
its prime lending rate in the wake
of the Fed’s big move.
Others, like Citicorp, appeared
too weak to respond. The nation’s
biggest banking company said it
would suffer a fourth-quarter loss
of up to $400 million from the
costs of setting cash aside to cover
bad debts and shrinking its staff by
8.5 percent or about 8,000
employees. Citicorp also said it
would slash its dividend by 44 per-
Without the major banks to keep
the credit lines pumping down to
businesses and consumers, the
economic rescue mission launched
by the Fed could be complicated.
ECONOMY: Only the Inflation
News Was Good
Statistics released during the
week highlighted the economy’s
—The merchandise trade deficit,
swelled by auto imports and the
high cost of foreign oil, climbed to
$11.61 billion in October, the big-
gest imbalance in almost three
—Starts of single-family houses
in November fell to their lowest
level since the 1981-82 recession.
—Consumer spending in
November rose just 0.1 percent,
and income growth only matched
Most distressing for die future of
the economy was a report showing
businesses planned only a slight in-
crease in spending for moderniza-
tion and expansion in 1991.
1QUND: PEKINGNESE in Country
MB’s Mere vicinity. 485-2090.
The Family Tree
I am seeking contact with descendants of Jesse M.
County in 1857 from Coweta County, Georgia, are
both believed to be buried at Woodland Cemetery.
Simms and wife Elizabeth I. White Sims, who might
I still be residing in your area. They moved to Hopkins
y in 1857 from Coweta C01
son, Thomas L. Simms,
citizen of your county.
was a prominent
3094 Wills St
Smyrna, Ga. 30080
Are there any of you out there? OTHSA Orphan
Tain Riders? I rode the train to Sulphur Springs
Marion Hurd Ham
1231 S.E. Hampden Road
Bartlesville, Okla. 74006
In March of 19261 was an orphan train rider from
New York state to Clarksville. There was a Mrs.
Bass, a caretaker, who came to the homes where we
were placed to check on our well being. I understood
that Mrs. Bass had a daughter who now has all of
Mrs. Bass’ records. I would appreciate any help you
might give me in contacting that daughter.
In recent years I have been fortunate enough to lo-
cate two brothers who remained in New York when 1,
along with two other brothers, were placed on the
train. It has fulfilled a life-long dream to know who I
am, where I came from, and the best part, to get to
know my birth family.
Lee C. Nailing
Rt. 3 Box 38B
Atlanta, TX 75551
14. (20) “Coach,” ABC, 15.8,
14.7 million homes.
15. (X) “Frank Sinatra’s 75th
Birthday,” CBS, 15.6, 14.5 million
15. (23) “Grand.” NBC, 15.6,
14.5 million homes.
17. (8) “America’s Funniest
Home Videos,” ABC, 15.4, 14.3
18. (15) “Matlock," NBC, 15.3,
14.2 million homes.
19. (7) “Murphy Brown,” CBS,
15.0,14.0 million homes.
20. (41) “Law and Order,” NBC,
14.4,13.4 million homes.
21. (18) “Who’s the Boss?,”
22. (X) “Bob Hope Christmas
Special,” NBC, 14.1.
23. (24) “Head of the Class,”
23. (13) “America’s Funniest
People,” ABC, 13.9.
25. (17) “Doogie Howser.
M.D.” ABC, 13.7.
26. (29) “Wonder Years,” ABC,
26. (46) “Hunter,” NBC, 13.5.
28. (28) “Knots Landing,” CBS,
By DANIEL Q. HANEY
AP Science Writer_
BOSTON (AP) — New
medicines tailored to block a
troublesome body chemical appear
to stop allergic reactions before
they start and could also provide
relief to millions of asthma and hay
fever sufferers, scientists reported
The drugs, still in their ex-
perimental stages, thwart the
body’s production of substances
known as leukotrienes. They are
among the chief culprits in trigger-
ing common allergic reactions.
“What makes this important is
that it’s a new way of treating
asthma,” said Dr. Jeffrey M.
Drazen of Boston’s Beth Israel
Hospital. “Other drugs put out the
fire once it’s started. We haven’t
had a way to prevent the problem
in the first pike, which is what
these drugs do.’’
Unlike many other allergy
have no side effects,
safe and effective in 1
ing, they could have widespread
“Asthma and hay fever are in-
credibly prevalent diseases. These
drugs appear to
:ts. If they prove
in additional test-
ate potential approaches that could
impact on the lives of 25 percent of
the people in the United States,”
said Dr. Michael Kaliner of the Na-
tional Institute of Allergy and Infec-
nous lm senses.
Doctors said the drugs could
supplement ex’ replace several of
the asthma drugs already in use,
such as cromolyn and theophylline.
Some of these drugs have side ef-
fects including tremors, nausea,
vomiting, headaches and drowsi-
An estimated 35 million to 40
million Americans get hay fever,
and 12 million to 15 million have
“This is an area people have
been studying for a long time,” said
Dr. Suzanne Hurd of the National
Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
“This is the first example that we
might have some payoff here. It’s
very promising and exciting.”
“Signs, signs, everywhere signs, blocking out the scenery, tweak-
ing my mind, do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the signs?”
If you thought that 1971 song was just an exercise to see how
many commas could be put in one sentence, you weren’t far from
But signs serve purposes other than making billions and billions of
dollars for advertising companies and paper hangers. Signs can also
keep you sane during those long trips with kids in the car. Just read
the signs. Pay no attention to those screams and threats of murder.
and other bodily harm coming from the back seats.
Roadside advertising signs vary from state to state. Believe it or
not, many states are not as enlightened as Texas when it comes to
roadside signs. Many states ban those signs, especially the ones that
tower hundreds of feet into the air and mark the location of gasoline
Some states ban roadside advertising signs altogether but keep in-
formation signs. The message of those signs can be misleading.
Outside a town in Virginia there is a sign that says, “Leave
Salem.” That sign is a state-produced marker, placed by the Virginia
highway department alongside an interstate highway. Does the sign
convey an order or merely a suggestion?
“Whoa,” said I to myself upon reading that sign. From American
history I remembered what happened in a similarly named town in
Massachusetts way back in the 17th century. Some folks in Salem,
Mass., did not know the difference between a head cold and
witchcraft, and a few people with runny noses woe burned at the
stake. Others were dunked in the city pond for fivCTninutes or until
their breath stopped, whichever came last I left Salem, Va., as
quickly as possessors of wolfsbane left Salem, Mass.
A few miles down the road from Salem, the highway department
was nice enough to confuse us motorists even further. “Watch for
Falling Rocks,” one sign advised. And a mile past that, “Watch for
Sudden Stops.” And just after that warning was a sign that ordered
“No Standing Within 50 Feet of This Sign/’ The sign was 50 feet off
It was easy to see what could lumpen on that stretch of road. A
weary motorist, his-her attention on bloodcurdling screams from the
back seat, could fail to see the warning about rocks that suddenly fall
from the sky. After sorting out fights and other misdemeanors, the
motorist could turn his-her eyes back toward the road, only to see a
dozen vehicles that had come to a “Sudden Stop.” The motorist had
missed that sign, too.
Faced with a decision of whether to plow into a dozen cars or to
leave the road surface, many motorists would choose the latter course
of action. In Virginia, that would be the wrong choice. Travelling at
60 mph, a vehicle leaving the road surface would navel at least 50
feet, thereby placing it at the base of one of those “No Standing
Within 50 Feet” signs. A motorist lucky enough to survive such a
flight would surely be ticketed for Standing Within 50 Feet
In Texas, the most alluring roadside signs are those portable plastic
things that advertise just about anything. One of the best was near
Austin. That sign advertised:
That restaurant is the place where the waitpersons check vinegar
and oil dressing with a dipstick. Or where a customer yells, “Hey!
You got any lettuce without skid marks?"
Or another sign near Hillsboro: “Re-elect Sheriff Barnes Rent This
Sign.” Does one follow the other? Is that a new way to get campaign
The most embanasing plastic sign, though, was once found right
here in Sulphur Springs. “Ty Our —Ribs Their Great” I am al-
ways embarrassed when grammatical errors are in big letters, even
when the mistakes are not mine.
After seeing that sign, I prepared a speech. As soon as I could get
to a phone, I decided, I would call the establishment and explain their
error. I refined the speech several times, ensuring that when I gave
the speech, it would not be misunderstood.
Back at my office, I dialed the offending establishment The phone
was answered on the second ring.
“—Dinnals,” the person said, “Mee I hep yu?” and I knew the
person spoke English as a third language.
‘ k. Didn’t those people
I wahted only to help them? I had gone to all the trot
For a moment I was in shock.!
1 trouble of develop-
ing a speech. I wanted to save the establishment from further embar-
rassment And now, I knew, the person on die other end of the phone
would not understand a word I said.
But I had prepared a speech, and a speech I would give!
“You have a sign in front of your restaurant” I said, “and the sign
contains a grammatical error. What you have on the sign is the im-
personal possessive pronoun, ’their. What you should have is the
contraction ‘they’re’ for ‘they are.’ You might want to correct the
sign and save further embarrassment.”
There was, for several seconds, dead silence on the phone. Then
the person said, “Wuld yu hold fur minnut, plizz? I let yu tak to
samwon else.” I was, in short, put on hold.
I hung up the phone.
The episode was, I suppose, a sign of die times.
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