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A CBS News makeup man backed into an electric heater Monday night up there in the little plywood and plexiglass shack on the roof of the Metropole Hotel in Geneva whence "CBS Evening News" broadcasts. He wasn't hurt but they have to buy him a new pair of pants . . .
And from our Those Guys Are Even Farther Ahead Of Us Than I Feared file: the friendly crew from NHK, the Japanese network, is located down a hallway at the Noga Hilton in Geneva from ABC News. Monday night, with the ABC bunch working late, NHK popped popcorn for them -- using a large blowdryer . . .
Channel 4 has hired Myrna Statland as a producer for its expanding programming department . . .
She's been associate news producer at Channel 9 and won several local Emmys during her 2 1/2 years at that station . . .
That dramatic Washington Redskins-N.Y. Giants game on ABC Monday night averaged a 22.4 rating and a 33 percent audience share in Nielsen's 12 major markets . . .
And we're sure you won't be surprised that the game on Channel 7 racked up a 44.0 rating and a 62 share from 9 p.m. to midnight, either . . .
(Sunday's Chicago Bears-Dallas game on CBS did a 31.9/60 on Channel 9) . . .
Meanwhile, Part II of "Kane & Abel" on CBS Monday night averaged 21.4/31 in the 12 cities between 9 and 11, including a 20.1/26 on Channel 9 here . . .
"Dumbo," on NBC from 8 to 10 Monday night, averaged a 19.3/27 in the 12 markets, including a 13.8/18 on Channel 4 . . .
By the way, Captain Airwaves was surprised -- and comforted -- Monday night to learn just how many medical degrees have been scattered among Washington's TV sportscasters, all of whom waded in with prognoses for Joe Theismann's recovery from his broken leg during the 11 p.m. newscasts . . . half an hour before the Skins quarterback had even gone under the knife . . .
Tonight at 7, Montgomery Community Television will launch "Cable 22," its first public access channel, on the county's Tribune-United cable system . . .
Programs produced or sponsored by county residents and groups will air on Channel 22 in two daily blocks, Mondays through Fridays -- from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. . . . Special programs will air daily between those two blocks . . .
Among the specials to be seen this week are "Together -- from Holocaust to New Life"; "Living With Grace"; "From Trinity to Star Wars"; "Comet Halley Returns," and the Montgomery College-Harford Community College football game . . .
Another winner from the International Film and TV Festival in New York, in the documentaries from TV news divisions category:
The NBC News White Paper on the power of pension funds, "The Biggest Lump of Money in the World," which won a gold medal . . .
Reuven Frank was executive producer of the show, which didn't do all that well in the ratings last July but has prospered since in cassette form, popular with business firms . . .
As a matter of fact, entrepreneur Robert Redford had his friend Tom Brokaw send him a copy of "Biggest Lump" right after the telecast . . . And Finally
"CBS Morning News" coanchor Maria Shriver has a sense of humor. And she needed it yesterday when she tried to interview author Gore Vidal, known far and wide as a conversational steamroller . . .
At one point, he got around to his 1982 campaign in California, when he "walked" against Jerry Brown in the primary race for the U.S. Senate . . .
Asked by Shriver if he'd learned anything, Vidal said: "Oh yes . . . the system was even more corrupt than I suspected. Everybody is paid for, say, in the state of California. All politicians at the national level are paid for by aerospace . . . PACS, and they hand out the money. Your uncle Teddy was out there, every time I try, every time I tried to raise some money . . . "
Shriver, amused, but not quite sure where Vidal was headed: "Okay, let's get off this subject quick, okay?" . . .
Vidal: "Every, ah, don't. No. I mean, I'll be good" . . .
Shriver: "We're going to talk about writers now. I'm going to segue this interview right into writers" . . .
Vidal: "I'll be very nice about Senator Kennedy. I approve of him" . . .
Shriver: "Okay, let's, no, something I've . . ."
Vidal: "I approve of him but he was out there raising money and I was raising money" . . .
Shriver: "Ummmm Hmmmm" . . .
Vidal: "Every time I was out trying to raise money, or Jerry Brown was raising money, suddenly the presidential candidates were coming in" . . .
Shriver: "They took your thunder" . . .
Vidal: "But it wasn't just Senator Kennedy. It was everybody. It was everybody out there. McGovern was out there" . . .
Shriver: "Well, we have to go. We don't have enough time. So you'll have to come back so I can talk to you about writing, which is what you do best. So I hope you'll come back on your next trip to New York" . . .
Vidal: "Oh no. I 'walk' for the Senate actually the best" . . .
Shriver: "The best. Okay, well, maybe we'll get you running for writing soon. Thank you very much for joining us and we have to go back to Geneva" . . .
Vidal: "Oh, poor thing" . . .
Shriver (to audience): "It's eight before the hour. Stay with us" . . .
The "Morning News" went to a commercial but her microphone unaccountably remained live . . .
"OH, GOD!!" said Shriver.