FIRST TELECAST: August 25, 1975
LAST TELECAST: November 24, 1975
Hoping to capitalize on the success that public television had with the British import Upstairs, Downstairs, CBS launched this lavish, period soap in prime time in the fall of 1975. Beacon Hill was set in Boston in the early 1920s. The various continuing storylines revolved around the lives of the wealthy Lassiter family and the members of their household staff, led by Mr. Hacker (George Rose), the Lassiters' head butler. The cast was huge (and included Roy Cooper as Trevor Bullock, and David Dukes, Stephen Elliott, Edward Hermann and Nancy Marchand as other members of the Lassiter family), the sets and and production values the best, and a special two-hour advance premiere on August 2 received top ratings. But after that the audience shrank with each succeeding episode. CBS, which had hoped to parlay a successful British program into a new trend in American television (as it had done with All in the Family ), was forced to cancel the program after 13 episodes.
By the Light of My Father’s Smile A family from the United States goes to the remote Sierras in Mexico–the writer-to-be, Susannah; her sister, Magdalena; her father and mother. And there, amid an endangered band of mixed-race Blacks and Indians called the Mundo, they begin an encounter that will change them more than they could ever dream. Moving back and forth in time, and among unforgettable characters and their stories, Walker crosses conventional borders of all kinds as she explores in this magical novel the ways in which a woman’s denied sexuality leads to the loss of the much prized and necessary original self; and how she regains that self, even as her family’s past of lies and love is transformed. Read more
¡Acabo de volver de la hermosa ciudad de Pittsburgh, un lugar de tres ríos! Y un cuarto que es subterráneo. Esto implica una energía maravillosa que ha dado muchos artistas, muchos músicos, cuyos nombres aparecen en algunos de los apartamentos y casas. Mis amigos y yo estábamos allí celebrando la proyección del filme Yemayá, sabiduría desde el corazón africano de Brasil. Mi propio corazón estaba totalmente allá; estaba también con los defensores del agua en Standing Rock. Ambas culturas reverencian y protegen el agua. De hecho, como puede verse en la película, Yemayá es la diosa u oricha del agua, en especial la de los océanos. Hay también una diosa del agua dulce. En cualquier caso, toda el agua se entiende que es totalmente sagrada.