Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Her coral drop earrings bobbing furiously, Teddy Westreich, executive producer of Channel 9's "American Ballet Theatre: Dancing for Love," Monday night explained with characteristic enthusiasm just how her life as a TV producer began.
"The whole idea for this show was actually a combination of my everpresent interest in ballet and interest on the part of the station," said Westreich, who seems to appear in the TV special almost as much as its star Mikhail Baryshnikov. "You might say this project was one long hatching job," she continued, shooting a glance at Carol Wonsavage, the show's producer/director and WDVM's production manager. "In fact, I've delivered three children in less time than it took for this show to come together."
Nevertheless it finally did, and Monday some 200 guests showed up at the Kennedy Center for cocktails and a special preview of the 30-minute ballet special. The show - a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals of Baryshnikov's "Don Quixote," which was presented last spring by the ABT at the Opera House - will air tonight at 8:30.
The crowd ran the gamut from balletomanes to politicos to journalists such as Ed Diamond who are writing about politics - and who Monday discussed why he thinks his forthcoming "interpretive biography" of Jimmy Carter (co-authored with Bruce Mazlish) will sell where other Carter book haven't. "In this country either villainy or heroism sells," said Diamond. "Now, Carter is no Nixon but then he's no FDR either. So in the book we treat him like the man next door."
As to whether Americans want to read about theman next door . . . want to read, in effect, about themselves, Diamond himself was uncertain. "When we look at Carter we look at ourselves. We are not a nation of heroes or villains."
However, in the wake of recent events in Guyana as wellas Monday's slayings of San Franciso Mayor George Moscone, the cocktail conversation definitely veered toward the unheroic. "Personally, I can't believe . . . can't imagine why Guyana has dominated the news so much for the last four or five days," commented Patrick Daly, staff assistant at the State Department office of protocol. "I mean, is it that interesting that 900 people got carried away?Of course, several books, a movie and probably a TV miniseries will eventually come out of it . . . probably something like 'Grand Hotel' - telling all 900 storeis."
It was not an opinion, however, shared by Bill Small, CBS' head lobbyist. "I've seen days like this before," remarked the veteran newsman. "What all this means is that the nuts are loose."