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Melba Moore, who's spokes
person for "Big Blue Marble",
the Emmy and Peabody
Award-winning children's TV
series presented as a public
service by ITT, thinks many of
the time slots it gets are
inappropriate for children
Black-oriented films on the
"50 Top-Grossing Films" list
last week were "Bingo Long
Traveling All-Stars & Motor
Kings," holding on to the No.
21 spot it was in last week, and
"J.D.'s Revenge" in No. 43
spot, a three-point drop.
"Drum" had disappeared.
Mobil Oil is one of the
underwriters of the Children's
Television Workshop's
(CTW's) adult series, "Ameri
can Families," to be seen this
»eason. CTW's "The Electric
Company,"· produced since
1871, will cease production
after it completes 130 episodes
for th? 1976-77 season.
A new advertising theme
keyed to the hit songs by
Aretha Franklin is held ac
countable for the remarkable
business "Sparkle" racked up
in Detroit, according to War
ner Bros. The company re
ported that the Howard Rose
man musical drama grossed
$42,753 in 13 days at the
Madison in Detroit, a figure
regarded as exceptional for
this theatre.
Cicely Tyson and Paul Win
field, the stars of "Sounder"
will be reteamed for the up
coming independent produc
tion of "A Hero Ain't Nothin'
But a Sandwich," Alice Child
ress' adaptation of her book.
Robert B. Radnitz will again
produce. He's already com
pleted "Part II, Sounder," to
be released in October.
Friends were shocked to
hear of the death in NYC of
former dancer Billy Barnes.
He once appeared on stage
with Josephine Baker.
Former singer Johnny Rain
bow is the new president of the
Duke Ellington Society, New
York Chapter. He says he
hopes to gain more members
(there are now 173) and pro
mote more activities and pro
grams in the memory of the
Duke. Other chapters are in
Rochester, N.Y., Washington,
D.C. and in Canada.
Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., who
produced "Cotton Comes To
Harlem," is planning an all
black film version of "Guys
and Dolls," now a hit Broad
way musical with an all-black
Post each week for outstand
...Popular soul singer
Thelma Houston
To Rock Soul
Train Saturday
This Saturday Soul train
will spotlight the spirited 0'·
Jays, popular purveyers of
"message" tunes, along with
Thelma Houston, featured vo
calist on the soundtrack of
Universal-Motown's movie,
"The Bingo Long Traveling
All-Stars and. Motor Kings,"
starring Billy Dee Williams,
James Earl Jones and Ric
hard Pry or.
The O'Jays perform "A
Message In My Music," "I
Love Music" and "Stairway to
Heaven" from their latest
albums, "Survival" and
"Family Reunion".
During their 17 years in
show business they have
achieved recognition by Bill
board for "Top Soul LP" for
their 1974 album, "Ship Ahoy"
and were named "Best Male
Vocal Group" at the Eighth
Annual NAACP Image A
wards Banquet in Hollywood.
Thelma Houston, a budding
actress as well as innovative
song stylist, sings "The Bingo
Long Song" and "Razzle Daz
MASTFR TAILOR James "Jimmie" Grier,
right, watches his son, James Grier, Jr. press
out seam in customer's trousers. The highly
competent tailor has been in business at 3000
Seymour Drive sincfe.1951. Pheto by Peeler
Master Tailor James Grier Has
2,000Well-Dressed Coustomers
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Post Staff Writer
Master tailor James "Jim
mie" Grier, 51, of 3000 Sey
mour Drive says he has "a
least 2,000 well-dressed custo
mers" who patronize his shoj
regularly and have brough
him so much business he cat
"hardly get it done."
One of those 2,000 custo
mers, Rev. H. O. Graham
Grier's pastor at Metropoliti
an Presbyterian Church, wai
chosen one of the "Ten Bes
Dressed Men" in Charlotte ii
1972 or 1973 by fashion expert!
at the Charlotte Observer
according to Mr. Grier.
Grier went in business foi
himself in 1951 after having
worked for Robert Hall cloth
ing stores for 18 years.
He specializes in clothing
alterations, fitting, re-stylin|
furs and leather, and say:
"It's the only way to mak(
money in tailoring - not man)
people want to pay $300 for t
suit now and that's what
have to charge."
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but its becoming a dying trade
because young people won't
take it."
He is presently assisted
part-time by his sons, James
ι Grier, Jr, 26, who studied one
year at a Fashion School in
ι Detroit, Michigan and is at
tending Belmont Textile
School ; and Terry Grier, 17, a
Freshman at Shaw Univer
■ sity.
i Grier says he needs addi
tional help badly and has to
ι work many days from 7 a.m.
until midnight - "I've got more
than I can do", he insists.
He says he plans to expand
his tailoring business in about
two years when his son, James
Grier, Jr., finishes Belmont
Textile School.
Grier is a graduate of Lov
! ing School of Tailoring in
Richmond, Virginia where he
> studied for four years. He also
studied at Hampton Institute
fqr one year.
An Elder in the 5-year-old
Metropolitian Presbyterian
of Mt. Olive Presbyterian
Church for 35 years.
His hobbies are archery and
golf which his tailoring busi
ness doesn't allow him much
time to pursue.
Grier's customers include
Cleanway Cleaners, E.J.
•Smith Company, Charles Wil
liams, Dr. C. Warren Wil
liams, Ken Folkes of Pawtuc
ket Golf Course, WAME News
caster Thomas Brown, Dr.
Thomas Mack, Willie "Big
Will" Rhyne, Carl Knapp of
WSOC, Mannie Clark of
WGIV, Dr. Eugene Alexander,
Rev. Smith Turner, Bill John
son of the Charlotte Post,
Frank McNeil, and many
other Charlotteans.
CPCC Launches "The Adams Chronicles"
Beginning Wednesday, Sep
tember 22. CPCC launches
"The Adams Chronicles," a
college course of prime televi
sion, from 9 p.m until 10 p.m.
on WTV1 (Channel 42). The
program will be repeated
from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. each
Sunday. By sponsoring "The
Adams Chronicles," Central
Piedmont joins some 30 other
2 and 4 year colleges across
the nation which have run or
are currently sponsoring the
series. Developers of the PBS
series expect that enrollment
will double that of last fall;
eventually it is expected that
as many as 700 colleges will
offer "The Adams Chroni
This thirteen week TV series
will offer three hours college
credit at Central Piedmont
Community College. Tuition
cost is $9.00. CPCC will pro
vide class discussions and
supportive materials. The
course is listed as GEN 1310.
Interested enrollees may re
gister by mail from CPCC j
newspaper schedules of cour
ses, on campus at the Regis- {
tration Center, or at the first
class meeting, September 21 '
at 5:30 p.m. in Mecklenburg
Hall. Room 304. For more
information on this college
credit course, phone 373-6423.
"The Adams Chronicles" j
consists of 13 TV dramatiza- '
lions based on primary source
material from the Adams
family diaries. The series has
been widely acclaimed and is
the largest and most signifi
cant original drama series
completely produced by non
commercial broadcasting in
The Washington Star said
recently: "The series is terri
fic, well worth anyone's time
watching and endlessly in
structive in the beginnings
and evolution of America."
Teaching by means of tele
vision, probably the noblest
use of the medium, is nothing
new. College courses on TV
date back to the early 1950's.
To working students, mo
thers at home and others
classroom structures televi
sion instruction at prime time
offers a unique opportunity for
flexible learning.
"The Adams Chronicles" is
not CPCC's first use of televi
sion instruction. The college
offered "The Classic Theatre"
Children Theatre's
Season Tickets
Go On sale
Season tickets for Children's
Theatre productions will go on
sale from September 20 to
October 1, according to a
recent announcement.
There will be four produc
tions and season tickets cost
$4. After October 1, season
tickets will be $5. Individual
tickets will be sold at-the-door.
when available, for $1.50.
Box office hours are 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday.
in the Fall of 1975; "The
Ascent of Man" during Winter
Quarter. 1975.
Most recently. Winter, 1976,
CPCC scheduled "The Adams
Chronicles" via television.
The current GEN course is
but the beginning of future
television instruction pro
grams which are part of
CPCC's long range plan.
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