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The Michigan Daily--Tu'esday-,July 29, 1980-Page 11

Driver's ed. accident
A student from Brandywine High School lies in the rear of a driver education auto awaiting transfer to Pawating
Hospital in Niles. Four students were injured yesterday when the auto was struck by a tanker truck on U.S. 12 about
three miles east of Niles.
Funds scarce for public
TV series onVietnam

Brown
raps GOP
military
superiority
position
WASHINGTON (AP)-Defense Sec-
retary Harold Brown said yesterday a
Republican Party call for military
superiority over the Soviet Union is
"unrealistic, simplistic and
dangerous."
Brown said a policy of seeking
superiority "would mean the end of
arms control," start a very costly,
runaway weapons race and increase
the likelihood of nuclear war.
BY CONTRAST, BROWN said, the
Carter administration's policy of main-
taining "the approximate military
balance that exists today" is the best
way of preventing war, promoting in-
ternational stability and "protecting
our vital interests."
The main thrust of Brown's speech,
prepared for the Commonwealth Club
of California in Oakland, was to portray
the Republicans as rash and the Carter
administration as "prudent and
mature."
Nowhere in his speech did Brown use
the word "Republican," but it was ob-
vious the GOP was his target on the
defense issue, which promises to be a
major battleground in the presidential
campaign this fall.
ALTHOUGH DEFENSE secretaries
and secretaries of state traditionally
profess to remain abve the political
battle, Brown and Edmund Muskie
have been attacking the Republican
platform plank on defense since the
recent GOP National Convention in
Detroit which nominated Ronald
Reagan.
"Some have promised American
military superiority over the Soviet
Union," Brown said.
"The truth is that comprehensive
military superiority for either
side-absolute supremacy, if you
will-is a military and economic im-
possibility-if the other is determiend
to prevent it."
The Pentagon chief said "it is wishful
thinking of the highest order" to
assume that the Russians would drop
out of a nuclear arms race early or
"shrink from imposing additional, even
unimaginable hardships on their
civilian society in order to stay in the
race."
He thus challenged the view held by
some Reagan advisers who contend the
United States must challenge the Soviet
Union to an accelerated nuclear arms
competition before the two super-
powers can achieve adequate arms
control.

S BOSTON (AP) - A 13-part history of
the Vietnam war, one of the most am-
bitious projects ever undertaken by
public television, may have to be shor-
tened because neither business nor
government wants to bankroll the
project.
However, the _Boston public TV
station that is producing the $3.8 million
history vows to dip into its own cash or
even sponsor a public fund-raising
drive to finish it.
THE BIG OIL companies and other
corporations that are the major spon-
sors of public television have refused to
contribute anything to the program.
"I think Vietnam sends shudders
through the frame of corporate
America," said Peter McGhee,
program manager for news and public
affairs at WGBH-TV. "I guess com-
panies are afraid it may open wounds."
The biggest blow to the series came
last week when the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting, the official fun-
ding agency for public TV, turned down
WGBH's request for $1 million. Lewis
Freedman, the corporation's program
director, said the agency wants to
spend its money on current events
issues.
"OF COURSE we're disappointed
and even appalled by the CPB decision,
but we'll go ahead anyway," McGhee
said. "If we have to, we may cut it down
to nine or 10 from the 13 episodes we
planned, but I still hope we'll be able to
raise the funding for the full amount."
So far, WGBH has received $1.2

million from the National Endowment
for the Humanities. Associated
Television of Great Britain and Anten-
ne Duex Television of France have
agreed to produce six of the episodes at
a cost of about $1.3 million.
McGhee said the station may try an
on-the-air fund-raising drive for the
program, a device many public TV
stations use to raise general operating
cash. If all else fails, it will come up
with the final $1 million or so from its
own budget, "which is provided essen-
tially by the nickels and dimes of
viewers," McGhee said.
ABC-TV HAS agreed to turn over its
Vietnam news film for the project,
which will trace the war from the
communist uprisings of 1945 through
the American evacuation in 1975.
The station already has interviewed
Ambassadors Henry Cabot Lodge and
W. Averell Harriman as well as Gen.
Maxwell Taylor and Gen. Edward Lan-
dsdale. Production will start in Sep-
tember. The series should be ready for
broadcast in 1982.
McGhee says even though cor-
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porations are afraid to recall Vietnam,
the public seems ready to think about
what happened. The success of the
movies 'Coming Home" and "The
Deer Hunter" and the books "Dispat-
ches" and "Rumor of War" are proof of
this.
"There are lots of books and movies
about Vietnam, suggesting that we're
not alone in thinking that there is some
urgency about beginning the business
of digesting that experience and some
appetite on the part of the public to see
how it plays out," McGhee said.
A separate, independently produced
series on Vietnam, called "The Ten
Thousand Day War," will be broadcast
in Canada this fall.
Producers of the 13-hour Canadian
series, which includes exclusive
footage from North Vietnam's military
archives, are negotiating rights to
broadcast "The Ten Thousand Day
War" in this country.

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