updated 03/07/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/07/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
The last episode of ABC's monster series The Winds of War showed Pug Henry (Robert Mitchum) at the edge of a cliff—which is exactly where the show left its record-setting audience hanging. Would Pug and Rhoda (Polly Bergen) get divorced? Would Pug get back together with lovely Pam Tudsbury (Victoria Tennant)? Would Rhoda say yes to Palmer Kirby's (Peter Graves) proposal? Would Natalie Jastrow (Ali MacGraw) ever manage to get on a plane or boat and leave the war in Europe? The morning after the final episode aired the phones at Pocket Books in New York began ringing, and by the end of the day booksellers across the country had ordered 250,000 copies of author Herman Wouk's answer-packed sequel, War and Remembrance. Pocket decided to print nearly a million more. For those who don't want to wade through 1,382 pages or wait for the inevitable TV series, here are the answers to the questions above: Yes. Yes. No. No.
Who Put the Sex in Sexagenarian?
Last year Bill Baldwin of East Lansing, Mich. came out with a calendar called "Sexy 60s." Selling for $5, its pinups were not flower children but senior citizens. "We had seniors wearing bathing suits, leotards and tights in the first calendar," says Baldwin, 60, "and we got such a great response that we decided to take the next step." So Bill and nine others stepped out of their clothes and appeared in the calendar's second edition in the altogether. This time around, all of the responses haven't been so great. Says Baldwin: "One lady wrote, 'Shame on you. You are old enough to know better.' "
It's the wrong season for a fall fashion show, but at Cal State, L.A. the time is right for a "Fallout Fashion Show." Consisting of 30 outfits which producer Joyce Dallal hopes will never be "ready-to-wear," the show (which runs until March 18) is actually a protest, meant to make "people realize how ridiculous the idea of a winnable nuclear war is." Among the apocalyptic attire: a lead-lined jogging suit; "radiation hazard rain gear" with matching gas mask, aspirin and C rations; and an "adventure in ashes" dress made from Dixie cups, for the socialite whose evening is interrupted by nuclear holocaust. All in all, it's a collection of things you wouldn't want to be caught dead in.
On NBC's Love, Sidney, which is now in its second season, the sexual proclivities of star Sidney Schorr (Tony Randall) have been hinted at but never openly discussed. Well, on a special one-hour episode later this month the show will be inching ever closer to an admission that Sidney is gay. Randall has been pushing for his character to be allowed out of the closet, and the producers, the network and members of the gay community are behind him. So, in a perverse way, is the Rev. Donald Wildmon, leader of the conservative Coalition for Better Television. "This only confirms what we've said all along," says Wildmon, "that they're using the program as a vehicle to promote homosexuality." That doesn't faze Randall. "I love the image of that ignorant, cynical, Bible-thumping ass in Mississippi," the star retorts. "It brought out the viciousness in my character, and I guess I've rather enjoyed it."
•Kate Nelligan plays a college professor and parent in the movie Without a Trace. In one scene she's lecturing her students and informs them: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, as Pope said." Presumably she was referring to English poet Alexander Pope. The only problem is, Pope didn't say that. Ralph Waldo Emerson did.