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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-08-17

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Nadel says. "It stretches peo-
ple in the newsroom in a way
they haven't been stretched
before. I think that's really
good for people. That's one of
the things of which I am most
proud over the last year, that
people are being challenged to
stretch their capabilities, to
see what's really in them!'
Mr. Baumgarten says that
Mr. Nadel is a tough, deman-
ding, no-nonsense news direc-
tor, but also thinks he is fair
and forthright, letting staffers
know exactly where they
stand.
"He demands excellence
from his employees, and he
sets goals for us to meet.
That's how it ought to be," Mr.
Baumgarten says.
For Mr. Nadel, living in and
covering news in a Midwest-
ern city has been a learning
experience. While gathering
information for credentials,
Mr. Nadel was surprised to
learn that his staff is largely
homegrown.
"Now that I know them and
understand how this part of
the country works, I'm not so
surprised by it. People are
here for the long haul," Mr.
Nadel says. That has impress-
ed him.
He is also impressed by the
loyalty and commitment to
community felt not only by his
employees, but by other
Detroiters.
"There is a pride about this
area," Mr. Nadel observes.
"It's almost like an untold
story!"

Roger Nadel: "He demands excellence."

Winter has probably been
the least enjoyable aspect of
the relocation to Detroit for
Mr. Nadel and his wife, Deb.
bie, a physical therapist. Mr.
Nadel says his two young sons
have adapted much better to
the cold and snow.
So far, Mr. Zimmerman says,
the network is pleased with
the station's progress, so
Nadel expects to be running
WWJ's newsroom "as long as

they want me!"
Reporter Baumgarten, for
one, hopes that's quite a while.
"He's the best all-news radio
programmer I've ever seen.
My fear is that he is such a
rising star in the CBS
organization that we might
lose him. The corporate office
might say, 'Well, he fixed
Detroit. Now let's see how he
can get another property or a
new acquisition on track! " ❑

Chaim Topol Has A Nice
'Fiddler' In His Pocket

ADRIEN CHANDLER

Special to The Jewish News

T

he world has come to
know and love the be-
leagured and beset-
upon milkman of Anatevka.
For the last 25 years, on stage
and screen, "Tevye" has
shared his trials and tribula-
tions, his joys and simchas,
and his ponderings about
man's lot in life with literal-
ly millions of people. And for
most viewers, especially
American audiences, no one
has popularized Tevye in Fid-
dler on the Roof more than
Israeli-born actor Chaim
rIbpol.
"Only a handful of actors
are identified with roles —
people like Rex Harrison in
My Fair Lady, Yul Brynner in
The King and I," 'Ibpol says.
"As an actor, it's kind of nice
to have that in your pocket."
Topol, 55, estimates that
since he first portrayed Tevye
on a London stage in 1967, he
has given one thousand live

performances, not including
the 1970 film version of
the musical adapted from a.
Sholom Aleichem story. Ibpol
is reprising the role in yet
another international tour of
Fiddler. He appeared in
Detroit last week.
Ibpol says he is proud to be
so strongly identified with
the role, not only in a profes-
sional capacity, but from a
more personal standpoint.
"I'm probably closer to this
part than any other I've
played in my life, because my
grandfather was a "Ibvye' in
Russia."
While his Jewish heritage
may give him an edge in
developing characterization
for the part, Topol says one
doesn't have to be Jewish to
be a good 'Ibvye, but it does
help.
"I've seen some brilliant
performances by actors who
were not Jewish. They did
their homework. Being
Jewish would just shorten my
research period. It helped
that I had heard Sholom

Chaim Topol in "Fiddler."

Aleichem stories since I was
a child, and read them once I
was old enough."
In a way, Ibpol has matured
with the part; now, with more
living behind him and a long-
standing marriage and grown
children, he says he can relate
more directly to 'Ibvye.
Nor has he tired of doing
what he considers to be "one

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