updated 09/26/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Her Humblest Role
The kids of Boston are no fools. Even though he was fashionably mustachioed as a Victorian dandy, they recognized their favorite man of steel, Christopher Reeve, recently filming Henry James' The Bostonians in their city. Lined up outside the set hoping for autographs, they didn't think twice about a woman dressed in dowdy 19th-century clothes who approached them kindly, wrote their names on separate slips of yellow paper and brought the slips in for their idol to sign—which he did. The kids might have been even happier if their messenger had turned out to be Lois Lane. But instead she was just one of Chris' other female co-stars. By the name of Vanessa Redgrave.

News Eyewitnesses
The recent hullabaloo about choosing TV anchors has again raised fears that the news is getting too much like showbiz. But nobody told Steve Olszyk, news director at WDTN, an ABC affiliate in Dayton, Ohio. Olszyk decided to take the whole show a step closer by inviting a studio audience to his station's evening newscasts. No, the audience didn't boo-hoo on cue at car crashes or chuckle at the anchorly byplay. At this month's debut, they sat silently off camera in the former roller skating rink that now houses the newscast. "Of course it's a gimmick," says Olszyk, "but in a city like Dayton where you don't have pro sports or a major theater, broadcasting people have towering stature. We want people to see them doing their jobs, not just in shopping centers signing autographs." What's next? Reruns of favorites?

After the Russians shot down Korean commercial Flight 007, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt worked day and night to compose his views on the subject. Taking a rather original stance, he suggested that Georgia Congressman Larry McDonald—with possible help from the U.S. government—may have set up the incident to sacrifice himself for the ultraright-wing causes he espoused. Naturally, when Flynt approached newspapers to print a full-page ad containing this argument, most of them balked. The New York Times and the New York Daily News refused to consider it, as did the Rome [Ga.] News-Tribune. Other newspapers asked for a few editorial changes, then gave in. The Washington Post charged $24,000 for the ad, the New York Post $13,000 and the L.A. Times got $20,000. The Marietta [Ga.] Daily Journal asked only $1,300, but then as McDonald's hometown paper, the Journal also had a condition. The editors insisted that Flynt do something for their paper that he didn't do for any of the others: spell McDonald's name correctly.

Trek-y Business
Everyone working on 1984's Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, knows exactly where to find him. Spock—or at least his real-life counterpart, Leonard Nimoy—is behind the cameras, directing the film this time around. Nimoy, a hard taskmaster now operating one day ahead of schedule, actually continued shooting as a nearby Paramount backlot set burned to the ground. But William (Captain Kirk) Shatner says he likes his new boss, even if the adjustment to Nimoy's new status took time. "It's like finding out your wife makes more money than you do," he claims. "It changes the relationship."

Mother Watching
Farrah Fawcett's performance as a victim of attempted rape in Broadway's Extremities is so violent she recently fractured a wrist during a scripted scuffle. Nonetheless, one attentive fan manages to turn the unsettling subject into something beautiful: Farrah's mom has seen the show at least 15 times. As Farrah told the Village Voice, "When she's in the theater, she can remove herself from the terror and dissociate me from the part. She sits there in the audience as if she's watching Mary Poppins."

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