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John Hiatt and his
band to play Tivoli
Theatre. • Page H1
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                                                                        John Hiatt and band play
                                                                        Tivoli on Saturday • Page 3




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Friday, August 8, 2003        •••


Life’s like a
ripe melon:
sweet,messy
   A line jumped out at me from
one of Greg Brown’s folk songs:
“Life is like a thump-ripe melon. So
sweet and such a mess.”
   My mother told about a man
who could see nothing but the
sweetness. He never said a critical
word about anyone. His friends got
disgusted with his knee-jerk posi-
tive attitude and decided to give
                   him the ultimate
                   test by asking him
                   if he saw anything
                   good about the
                   devil. He rubbed
                   his chin and
                   thought a few sec-
                   onds and said,
                   “Well, I will say
                   one thing for him.
 Dalton            He stays busy.”
 Roberts               One problem
 Commentary        common to those
                   who see nothing
but the sweetness is that they don’t
clean up the messes. They repress
awareness of them. If you’re lost in
bliss you ignore anything that
threatens your swim in the waters
of Lake Ecstasy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photos by Ron Lowery
   Neither will you join forces with                                                                                     This photo of the Missouri Breaks, a remote area on the Missouri River in Montana, was taken just as the sun came up, about 5 am.
groups committed to cleaning up
society’s messes. Do not expect
“bliss-ters” to volunteer at the soup




                                                                                                                                            The sky kings
kitchen or run in a charity
marathon.
   Bliss babies are really pretty use-
less. Evasion of life’s unpleasantries
does not make them go away. It
merely cripples the ability to cope.
That which we do not face we do
not deal with effectively.
   Think of the incredible level of
repression bliss babies experience
every day. One thing we know for
sure about repression is that
                                                                                                                                      Photographer, wife and son retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark
repressed thoughts express in
unhealthy ways. It’s like pushing
ping-pong balls to the bottom of a                                                                                            By Karin Glendenning
barrel of water. They will come up,                                                                                                     Staff Writer
and they will burst in your face.



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   On the other hand, I bet you                                                                                                     hattanoogans Ron and Sue
know someone who is totally into                                                                                                    Lowery set off last month on
seeing life as a mess. There’s a lot                                                                                                a journey retracing the
more of these lemon suckers than                                                                                                    3,700-mile historic route
bliss babies. Recently, a family                                                                                                    explorers Meriwether Lewis
member told me about spending 35                                                                                         and William Clark took in 1804.
                                                                                                                             Mr. Lowery, a photographer and
years trying to get a dear friend to
                                                                                                                         aviator, is flying an experimental air-
see the bright side of one situation.
                                                                                                                         plane on the trek from St. Louis to
Her efforts were in vain. Her friend
                                                                                                                         Portland, Ore., and back.
saw the worst in everything and
                                                                                                                             Following along in two recreation-
everybody. She was a loyal and true
                                                                                                                         al vehicles to provide support are his
friend but could not see anyone else                                                                                     wife, his 19-year-old son, Ryan, and
as equally good and worthy.                                                                                              another couple, Mary and Skip Walk-
   Maybe it is the silly end of this                                                                                     er of Arizona.
sweetness-mess issue, but I found                                                                                            Mr. Lowery built the open-cockpit
myself not buying watermelons                                                                                            plane with his son Alan, and has used
because I didn’t like to pick out the                                                                                    it to photograph numerous sites
seeds. I tried one of the seedless                                                                                       around the country.
watermelons. They taste pretty                                                                                               The aircraft is built so the pilot sits
decent, but my taste buds report                                                                                         in front of the landing gear, giving
they are not as sweet as the seeded                                                                                      him a clear range of sight. It was
ones. (There I go being a negative                                                                                       designed to be able to fly low to the
thinker!). So I went back to the                                                                                         ground and at a slow speed to allow
seeded melons and worked on my                                                                                           for Mr. Lowery’s photography.
seeding technique. I found that slic-                                                                                        The Lowerys and Walkers reached
ing them into skinny sections                                                                                            Oregon last week and are now on
enables you to quickly pop out the                                                                                       their way back.
seeds.                                                                                                                       “Each mile gets better,” Mr. Low-
   I actually had a dream that I was                                                                                     ery said in a telephone interview. He
a watermelon de-seeder for a king.
When I missed a seed and His High                                                                                               See SKY KINGS, Page E6                 The famous St. Louis Arch in early morning haze.
      See ROBERTS, Page E4




      J.Lo ready to take on                                                                                                                                                                                   Why comic book heroes
     TV talk show business                                                                                                                                                                                    are conquering movies
     By Stephen Battaglio                                                                                            show could generate $50 million to                                                          By Scott Hunter                  ford Wright, a Germany-based histo-
          New York Daily News                                                                                        $100 million a year, which would                                                               The Baltimore Sun             ry professor at the online University
                                                                                                                     ease any future big-screen failures.                                                                                         of Maryland-University College.

J.    Lo is seeking insurance against
      her next box-office bomb —
      she wants to get into the talk
   show business. Jennifer Lopez
and Universal Television Enterpris-
                                                                                                                         Lynda Lopez is now co-host, with
                                                                                                                     real-life boyfriend Chris Booker, of
                                                                                                                     the Blink 102.7 radio morning show.
                                                                                                                         The Lopez sisters, however,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I   f you haven’t noticed, lately
                                                                                                                                                                                                              superheroes have taken to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              big screen like, well, a bat to a
                                                                                                                                                                                                          cave. These childhood idols and
                                                                                                                                                                                                          protectors of the universe have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wright is author of the book “Comic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Book Nation: The Transformation of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Youth Culture in America” (Johns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hopkins University Press, 2001),
es are developing a daily show                                                                                       could find themselves in a race to                                                   come charging back from the dusty       which chronicles the history of
designed to be a younger, hipper                                                                                     get on the air with pop star Britney                                                 comic book shelf to save the world      comic books, beginning with Super-
version of Barbara Walters’ daytime                                                                                  Spears, who also is interested in a                                                  or, at the very least, the movie        man’s arrival in 1938, and looks at
program “The View,” with Lopez’                                                                                      talk show.                                                                           industry.                               the ways in which comics have
sister Lynda as host, according to                                                                                       Spears is shopping a similar                                                        The familiar faces of Batman, Spi-   reflected and affected American
sources familiar with the project.                                                                                   setup, in which she would work                                                       der-Man, the X-Men and, most            popular culture.
   J.Lo would be executive producer                                                                                  with producing the program but                                                       recently, the Hulk have all taken a         ■ Question: The comic book
and occasionally appear on the                                                                                       would not be on the air every day.                                                   turn mesmerizing movie audiences        superhero seems to also have super
show — much in the way Walters                                                                                           In addition, “American Idol” host                                                with over-the-top special effects,      powers when it comes to box-office
oversees “The View” and turns up                                                                                     Ryan Seacrest is set to start his own                                                daredevil antics and witty one-liners   appeal. Besides superheroes’ natural
as a panelist twice a week.                                                                                          program in January. Seacrest’s show                                                  while saving the world from injus-      fit with advancing special-effects
   “You can expect her to make                                                                                       is aimed at young viewers who have                                                   tice and evil in just two hours.        techniques, do you think other
appearances during ratings sweeps                                                                                    outgrown MTV’s teen-oriented                                                            But why superheroes? And why         issues have contributed to their
months,” one TV producer said of                                                                                     after-school series “TRL.” Stations’                         Knight Ridder/Tribune   now?                                    recent success at the box office?
the proposed program.                                                                                                demand for the show was apparent-            Jennifer Lopez may serve as exec-          To find the answers behind the           ■ Answer: I think that Holly-
   The reason J.Lo wants to talk?                                                                                                                                 utive producer of a talk show with      recent craze, The Baltimore Sun
Easy. A successful syndicated talk                                                                                        See TALK SHOW, Page E6                  her sister, Lynda Lopez, as host.       spoke with superhero expert Brad-              See COMICS, Page E4


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E6 • Friday, August 8, 2003 • • •




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said the most sensational sights
so far were the Missouri Breaks
and White Cliff areas in Montana.                                                                                                                STEWART                  panel         OTHERS                     panel
    “Now, after 600 hours of flight,
I feel as though it (the plane) is an
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Shooting with extreme wide angle
to telephoto without interference
of wing, strut, landing gear or prop
makes it a photographer’s dream
machine,” Mr. Lowery said.
    The purpose of the trip, which
coincides with the 200th anniver-
sary of Lewis and Clark’s adven-        Joseph Lufkins, a Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Indian, attends a
ture, is to document “what has          powwow on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota.
changed and all that remains the
same, the impact on the people
that live along the route and what
they are doing to celebrate,” Mrs.
Lowery said.
    Lewis and Clark set out from
St. Louis in May 1804, after being
chosen by President Thomas Jef-
ferson to scout out the overland
route to the Pacific Ocean along
the Missouri and Columbia rivers.
In November 1805 they finally
saw the Pacific, after 554 days and
4,132 miles. They completed their
journey Sept. 23, 1806, arriving in
St. Louis with detailed records of
the natural resources and native
peoples of the vast area they had
traversed.
                                        Sue Lowery and dog Jack are out at dawn checking on the
    Mr. Lowery plans to use pho-        plane at a 60,000-acre ranch near Zortman, Mont.
tographs he has taken on the trek
to create a coffeetable book. Mrs.      in early morning or evening when                       from the air than it does from
Walker, a retired chemist and cer-      light is low. He has photographed                      land, said Mrs. Walker, who also
tified hazardous materials man-         mountains, wildlife and farmlands                      flies the experimental craft.
ager, will write the text for the       in his quest to capture the fron-                          “You get the larger perspec-
volume.                                 tier as it is today.                                   tive, the larger landscape,” she
    According to Mrs. Lowery,
who is the graphic artist for the
                                            Mrs. Walker has interviewed
                                        people all along the way to learn
                                                                                               said. “The mountains determine
                                                                                               where the rivers are, and the                     SPRINGMAID, WAMSUTTA & WEST POINT STEVENS
                                        their stories, which she will weave                    rivers determine where the set-

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project, the book will offer a new
perspective on one of the most          into her text. She said there were                     tlements come up. You can see
famous journeys into the Amer-          thousands involved, doing re-                          what kinds of uses can be made
ican frontier. The aerial pho-          enactments and living-history pre-                     of the land and the waters.”
tographs will capture not only          sentations.                                                The book will be available in
the beauty of the land but the              “I’ve never experienced any-                       the spring. Check out the Low-
changes it has undergone.               thing where so many people were                        erys Web site that tells about their
    “Our book is not another his-       involved in learning and re-cre-                       journey      at     www.chasin-
tory of the Lewis and Clark             ating and interpreting history and                     glewisandclark.com.
adventure but more of a journal,”       enjoying presenting it to others,”                         E-mail Karin Glendenning at
she said.                               Mrs. Walker said.                                      kglendenning@timesfreep-
    Mr. Lowery shoots his pictures          The trail looks quite different                    ress.com                                                                         OVE
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