Picks and Pans Review: America the Beautiful

updated 09/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Sun., Sept. 2, 7 P.M. ET)

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Curt Gowdy hosts this eclectic celebration of this country's natural splendors.

He goes fishing for tarpon with a meditative President Bush (you'd be meditative, too, if you never caught anything) and visits the so-called Birdman of Harlem, a 19-year-old rooftop pigeon keeper. The best segment, though, shows Indians catching chinook salmon by traditional methods in Oregon. Thanks to a restoration effort, the fish are running once again in the Umatilla River after a 70-year absence.

The program sometimes gets preachy, and it skips around a lot, but the nature footage is excellent, and it's good to see Gowdy, the old American sportsman himself, back in the saddle.

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