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Friday, August 8, 2003 •••
Life’s like a
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
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.
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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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.
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
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-
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
see it in fall 2004. had a few bombs in their career,” STOCKIN
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ly so strong that other syndica-
tors believe there’s room for
another program aimed at the
“Gigli,” which was slammed by
critics and ignored by moviegoers,
shouldn’t hurt J.Lo’s chances of
successfully rolling out a talk show
with her name attached, say
advises TV stations. “Assuming
that J.Lo is relatively where she is
right now, people are going to be
interested in a show with her
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