[Sabotage]

[ANCHOR=Denise]

[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sunday Morning]


It wasn't the Y2K computer bug that caused the power company problems in Illinois.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Niles, IL;]


Commonwealth Edison officials say early yesterday morning a person may have attempted to sabotage transmission lines.
The explosion occurred at ComEd's 138-thousand volt tower where staff members say they saw a white flash at the base of the structure.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=It was]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Jim Zimmerman/Niles Police Department;]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=low explosive]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


No power was lost as a result of the explosion, but an estimated 4,100 customers experienced a momentary flash in their homes, perhaps enough to set alarm clocks and VCRs blinking.
Local police and FBI are investigating the incident.
(------------)



[Pitts-Y2K]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Y2k bug]



The Pittsylvania County emergency center encountered a MINOR Y-2-K computer glitch.
The county's emergency services coordinator says that when the computer saw the first call come in with double zeroes for the year, it concluded that it came before calls in 1996.
That was the year the system was installed.
The problem was NOT considered serious because the data was in the system -- just out of order.

[11Race-Relations]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-41 1:45:58]
[GRAPHIC=none]


For many African Americans New Years is a time to reflect on history-- in particular the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
This year-- the proclamation that freed slaves in the south holds even more significance now that we are in the year 2-thousand.
Joy Sutton has more.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=nat sound]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;:00]
[SUPER=@Bowers;:26]
[SUPER=01-Brenda Hale/Roanoke NAACP;:40]
[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;1:05]
[SUPER=@Joy1;]
[RUNS=2:05]
[OUT Q=js news 7]



(([nat sot 1:35:55 negro anthem]


((NAT SOUND OF NEGRO ANTHEM))
[RUNS = 5]


The song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" echoed through High Street Baptist Church.
It's a song that has a rich history -- deeply rooted in the civil rights movement.
And as dozens gathered to celebrate the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves in the 1800's-- many were reminded of how far we've come this century.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT1:33:09]
[IN Q=What a difference a century]

((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE CITY MAYOR: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A CENTURY MAKES IN 1900 ROANOKE WAS A SEGREGATED SOUTHERN CITY. THE YEAR 2-THOUSAND WE ARE A MULTICULTURAL CITY WITH OVER 55 DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES))
[RUNS= 9]
[OUT Q=different nationalities]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1;28:13]
[IN Q=We've come a long]

((BRENDA HALE/ROANOKE NAACP: WE'VE COME A LONG WAY THIS PAST CENTURY. WE'VE COME THROUGH TURBULENCE OF THE 50'S AND 60'S AND WE ARE STILL ON THE FREEDOM TRAIL.))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=freedom trail]
(put nat sound of music under)


But the progress that has been made this century did not come without a struggle.
In the early 1900's organizations like the NAACP fought to stop lynchings-- several decades later Martin Luther King would lead the March on Washington.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:30:38]
[IN Q=There have been]

((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: THERE HAVE BEEN EFFORTS TO PUT ON BY GOOD AMERICANS BOTH BLACKS, WHITES, JEWS TO BRING US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY))
[RUNS= 10]
[OUT Q=are today]


But Jeffrey says the fight for equality is an ongoing battle -- and that organizations like the NAACP are still needed.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:32:28]
[IN Q=Since Lincoln signed]

((MARTIN JEFFREY/NAACP: SINCE LINCOLN SIGNED THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION PEOPLE BEGAN WORKING AGAINST IT AND AS LONG AS THAT EFFORT IS ALIVE AND IT IS. WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE A NEED FOR THE NAACP))
[RUNS= 11]
[OUT Q=the NAACP]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1;34:18]
[IN Q=It's important to have ]

((DAVID BOWERS: ROANOKE MAYOR: IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE ORGANIZATION LIKE THIS THAT CONTINUE THEIR FIGHT FOR ADVOCACY FOR ALL PEOPLE WELL INTO THE NEXT CENTURY))
[RUNS= 5]
[OUT Q=next century]


The Jubilee Day celebration also included a tribute to Noel C. Taylor and others who fought for civil rights.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Mayor Bowers asys]

((JOY SUTTON/REPORTING: MAYOR BOWERS SAYS THAT ROANOKE IS COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY IN THE YEAR 2-THOUSAND -- POINTING OUT THAT THE CITY'S LATEST MANAGER IS FEMALE.))
[RUNS=]
[OUT Q=is female]))




[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Health Check]


Parents know what a chore it can be to get children to brush their teeth...but proper dental care will make for healthier mouths when they get older... That's why its important to make sure the toothbrush your children are using is right for them... Dr. Deanna Lites shows us some tooth brush tips from the dentist's office..


(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Gabriela Rolland/Miami's Childrens Hospital; :13]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Timothy Talbot/Miami's Childrens Hospital; :40]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Deanna Lites/Reporting; 1:19]
[Super=02-Nora Koonin/Miami's Childrens Hospital; 1:36]
[RUNS=1:47]
[OUT Q=for CBS News]


[go straight to bump]

[11Year-ender]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-54 32:01]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The year 2-thousand is finally here-- but it's unlikely we'll forget the events that made news in 1999.
Here are the top seven stories... chosen by the staff at NEWS 7.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=04-No. 7 - Impeachment Process;00]
[SUPER=04-No. 6 - Republican Take Over;:34]
[SUPER=@Gilmore;50]
[SUPER=04-No. 5 - Rev. Noel Taylor Dies;58]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/November 6;1:01]
[SUPER=01-Reverend Noel Taylor/1992;1:17]
[SUPER=04-No. 4 - Interstate 81 Crashes/1:41]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./January 3;1:45]
[SUPER=04-No. 3 - Layoffs;2:11]
[SUPER=04-No. 2- The Drought;2:36]
[SUPER=04-No. 1 - Tech to the Sugar Bowl;2:59]
[RUNS=3:38]
[OUT Q=home the title]

((
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT tape 98-56 1:00:16]
[IN Q=No person]

((GOODLATTE: NO PERSON IS ABOVE THE LAW,INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT))
[RUNS= 6]
[OUT Q=the president]


It was an event that captivated the nation -- as the House of Representatives and then the Senate decided the fate of President Bill Clinton.
And at the center of the impeachment process were two southwest Virginia Congressmen -- Republican Bob Goodlatte and Democrat Rich Boucher -- both serving on the house judiciary committee.
Democrat Virgil Goode of Rocky Mount became one of five democrats in the nation to cross party lines voting for impeachment.
And this year also marked a historic moment for Republicans in the Virginia Assembly.
Election 99 -- ended with Republicans in control of every branch of state government -- ending a century of democratic dominance in the House of Delegates.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT tape 99-37 1:31:09]
[IN Q=What a future we've got]

((GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE: WHAT A FUTURE WE'VE GOT AHEAD OF US. WHAT A MOMENT FOR ALL REPUBLICANS. DEMOCRACY HAS FINALLY COME TO THE COMMONWEALTH.))
[RUNS= 6]
[OUT Q=to the commonwealth]


But this year was also a sad time for the city of Roanoke -- as the city said farewell to its longest reigning Mayor -- Reverend Noel. C. Taylor.
Taylor served 22 years on city council 17 of those as Mayor.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The work I've done will]

((REV. NOEL C. TAYLOR/FORMER ROANOKE MAYOR: THE WORK I'VE DONE WILL SPEAK FOR ME AND WHEN THE GOSPEL TRAIN COMES I WANT TO CATCH IT .... AT THE ROANOKE STATION))
[RUNS= 20]
[OUT Q=station]


Taylor died October 30th from heart failure at the age of 75.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT tape 98-69 2:00:02]
[IN Q=The folks that survived]

((JON BERRY/RESCUE WORKER:THE FOLKS THAT SURVIVED WERE EXTREMELY LUCKY AND WE HAD EXCELLENT PEOPLE ON THE SCENE))
[RUNS= 4]
[OUT Q=on the scene]


The number of fatalities on Interstate 81 -- has made headlines this year -- and has raised concerns about safety on the interstate.
Governor Gilmore directed 50 new state troopers to patrol 81.
And there are future plans to widen the interstate along with other improvements.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT tape 5-99-15 1:06:43]
[IN Q=A company that's been laying]

((SCOTT GOLBERG/REPORTING: A COMPANY THAT'S BEEN LAYING OFF A STEADY STREAM OF WORKERS OPENED THE FLOOD GATES. TULTEX ANNOUNCED IT'S CLOSING SIX MANUFACTURING FACILITIES))
[RUNS= 6]
[OUT Q=manufacturing facilities]


It's been a difficult year for two textile companies in our area.
Most recently, Tultex filed chapter 11 bankruptcy and laid off 11-hundred people in Martinsville and Henry County.
And Pluma also had its share of problems -- which eventually led the company to go out of business in September.
Company wide 950 people were laid off -- 375 of those from Martinsville.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT tape 99-37 53:14]
[IN Q=So we're looking]

((CARLTON COURTER/VIRGINIA AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: SO WE'RE LOOKING AT THE EFFECTS OF A 15 MONTH DROUGHT))
[RUNS= 3]
[OUT Q=drought]


And who could forget the drought of 99.
Many people were either asked to conserve water or faced mandatory water restrictions.
In the city of Roanoke -- a drought stricken Carvins Cove -- forced city officials to seek help from Roanoke County --which resulted in water contract -- allowing the city to buy water from the county.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT sp-58 18:40]
[IN Q=It's a great feeling]

((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH: IT'S A GREAT FEELING FOR THIS UNIVERSITY I THINK, FOR THE STATE OF VIRGINIA))
[RUNS= 4]
[OUT Q=of Virginia]

And the stop story of 19-99 -- The Virginia Tech Hokies make it to the sugar bowl - with an 11 and oh season.
Making this the first time the Hokies have battled for a national championship. [nat sound of tape 99-40 1:56:55 bus loads of students]
[RUNS= 4]


Thousands of Hokie fans are headed to New Orleans -- the lucky ones with tickets -- and those without -- just wanting to be a part of Hokie history.
And this story leads us into the year 2-thousand -- as Virginia waits to see if the Hokies will bring home the title.))


















[Airport]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Sugar Bowl]


If you are headed to the Sugar Bowl via the Roanoke Regional airport there's one thing to keep in mind. Airport officials say with all the Hokie Fans parking is limited.
They are asking anyone who is going to the airport to try to get a ride or carpool.

[Sports-Plays]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-45 1:26:45]
[GRAPHIC=Smith Mountain Lake (News Graphic)]


During the winter many athletes turn their attention to skiing.
But on New Year's Day some avid skiers hit the water and not the slopes.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake;]


And that's exactly what the members of the Smith Mountain Lake Water Ski Club do every year.
This is the sixth annual Polar Ski Day. This year was balmy compared to other years.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The first Time]

(())
[SUPER=01-Ginger Tanner/SML Water Ski Club; :02]
[super=01-Nathan Gardner/SML Water Ski Club; :08]
[super=01-Davis Prillaman/SML Water Ski Club; :23]
[RUNS=:37]
[OUT Q=That Bad]
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[Albums-Bump] [2-SHOT] [soft music under]
(adlib toss to albums bump)

[Take Full Screen albums Bump]
[Chyron #7151 ]



[COMM # 3][2Open-Heads]



[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=nkr]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


[roll cold out of the open]

(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]

Coming up...... Some older kids in Texas helped detain youthful suspects who police believe sabotaged a Texas church.
(------------)

and Roanoke Valley's New Year baby is just a little over one day old. She received gifts from local merchants and one sports team. We'll have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
(-------------)



[2-shot toss to hello][Church-Vandalism]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Sunday morning]


Three vandals under the age of ten have left a trail of destruction in a Texas church.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pasadena, TX;]


Police say a six, seven and eight year old did thousands of dollars worth of damage to St. Peter's Episcopal church New Year's Eve.
The children allegedly burned a cross, flag, prayer books and Christmas decorations.
The destruction stopped when some older children noticed the fire and detained the younger suspects for police.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I guess]
[SUPER=01-Larry Cernosek/Church Member;]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=in to it]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Because the suspects are juveniles no charges have been filed and the children have been released to their parents.


(------------)



[Times-Square-Cleanup]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


New York had one of the biggest parties in the world to ring in the New Year .
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


The two million New Year's Eve revelers were replaced yesterday with an army of street cleaners.
Crews worked through the night to clean up tons of paper and trash left behind from the festivities.
By most measures the Times Square celebration was a striking success with no real problems being reported. Security was very tight amid concerns of terrorism.
An estimated 8 thousand police were on patrol to keep peace.
(------------)


[11New-Baby]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-45 1;22:24]
[GRAPHIC=Year 2000]


History was made at Carilion Community Hospital.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke]


(uh-lid-ee-uh) Alydia Arnold became the first baby born in the Roanoke Valley in the year 2-thousand.
Alydia made her debut just 14 minutes into the New Year.
Her mother Katrina had been in labor since Wednesday -- before having a c-section.
Katrina says she was concerned about Y2K problems at the hospital but still wanted to be the first to deliver.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 13:29:43]
[IN Q=I just really never]

((KATRINA ARNOLD: I JUST NEVER REALLY PLANNED ON HAVING ANY KIDS THIS WAS UNEXPECTED. NOW I'M EXCITED AND HAPPY.))
[SUPER=201-Katrina Arnold/Mother]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=and happy]
(-----------)
[VO-NAT]


Local merchants brought gifts to Katrina to congratulate her on having the first baby of the year.
And-- officials with the Roanoke Express also stopped by to give the family free tickets to see a game when mother and daughter get home from the hospital.
(----------)






[11Fairfax-Baby]


[ANCHOR=denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=hold]


In Fairfax-- twins were born in different millenniums.
A woman gave birth to a girl at 11- fifty two Friday night, making her one of the last Virginians born in the 1900's.
Her brother came along at 12:01 and 24- seconds.


[Regifting]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The holiday season is the time for giving, and the season that follows is one for regifting.
Some retailers and gift receivers are making a killing.
Jerry Bowen has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=This is the way]
[SUPER=03-Jersey City, NJ; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Conti/Art Collector; :13]
[SUPER=01-Kim Vermaak/Parent; :45]
[SUPER=01-Daniel MacKeigan/Internet Analyst; 1:03]
[super=01-Connie Covington/Shopper; 1:17]
[super=01-Randy Cohen/New York Times Columnist; 1:32]
[RUNS=2:03]
[OUT Q=Los Angeles]

((THIS IS THE WAY WE USED TO RETURN THE UNWANTED...OR DOWNRIGHT UGLY CHRISTMAS GIFT....LIKE (SEE BIRD) THE SCULPTED METAL BIRD THAT STEVE CONTI FOUND UNDER HIS TREE:

SOT: "WHAT'S WRONG WITH IT? ITS' VERY, VERY JUVENILE EXECUTION. IT

LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL. POTENTIALLY METAL SHOP."
NARR: SO ART COLLECTOR CONTI DID WHAT LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE DOING. THESE DAYS....GOING TO AN INTERNET AUCTION SITE TO GET RID OF IT. AND MAKING IT SOUND LIKE A WHOLE NEW BIRD IN THE PROCESS:

SOT: "I SAID IT WAS UNUSUAL, HAND MADE, ONE OF A KIND. ONE OF A KIND

GETS YOU OUT OF A LOT OF TOUGH JAMS."

(KIM VERMAAK AT HOME COMPUTER)


NARR: THAT'S WHAT KIM VERMAAK DID TOO.... WITH THE CHRISTMAS GIFT SWEATER HER 8 YEAR OLD REFUSED TO WEAR:

SOT: "IF HE DOESN'T LIKE IT, HE WON'T WEAR IT. AND IT'LL HANG IN HIS

CLOSET TILL THE NEXT MILLENNIUM. SO AUCTIONING IT!"
NARR: IN FACT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE GETTING RID OF THEIR UNWANTED GIFTS ON THE INTERNET, SAYS ANALYST DANIEL MACKEIGAN THAT AUCTION SITES ARE TRIPLING THEIR GROSS SALES AFTER THE HOLIDAYS:

SOT: "IN THE PAST WE'VE ALL BEEN GUILTY OF RECEIVING UNWANTED CHRISTMAS

GIFTS AND RE-USING OR RE-GIFTING AND NOW WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PROFIT FROM IT OVER THE INTERNET."
NARR: BUT IS IT RIGHT TO MAKE A BUCK ON A CHRISTMAS PRESENT? SOME SHOPPERS ARE APPALLED:

SOT: "THEY WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY AND THEY PUT THOUGHT INTO BUYING YOU A

GIFT AND THEN YOU PUT IT ON THE INTERNET." NARR: BUT COLUMNIST RANDY COHEN...WHO WRITES ABOUT ETHICS....SEES NOTHING WRONG WITH SELLING THE UNWANTED GIFT:

SOT: "IF YOU ACCEPT THE IDEA THAT A SWAP IS OKAY, THEN I THINK A SALE

IS OKAY UNLESS YOU BELIEVE TOUCHING MONEY TAINTS YOU."
NARR: IN FACT, SAYS KIM VERMAAK....THE MOTHER WITH THE PICKY 8 YEAR OLD...GETTING RID OF CHRISTMAS GOODIES ON THE NET IS FUN:

SOT: "ITS LIKE GOING TO THE RACES AND SEEING IF YOUR HORSE OR DOG IS

GOING TO WIN!
NARR: OR MAYBE EVEN, YOUR ONE OF A KIND BIRD! ITS SEEMS NEARLY EVERYTHING IS UP FOR BID ON THE INTERNET THESE DAYS....WHETHER ITS TASTEFUL. OR NOT. JERRY BOWEN CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.M> ))

[Y2K]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=sat Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=net]


Now that the year 2-thousand has arrived what will the future be like? Not just the next 100 years....but the next 1-thousand? Doug Frattallone takes a look.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT conus Y2K 16:06:28]
[IN Q=The internet]
[SUPER=01-Doug Frattallone/Reporting ; :03 ]
[SUPER=04-"Welcome To The Future"; :13 HOT CHANGE TO-]
[super=04-Global Cyber Vision;]
[SUPER=01-Jacque Fresco/Futurist; :28]
[super=01-Graham Molitor/World Future Society; 1:05]
[RUNS=1:57]
[OUT Q=reporting]


[Airport]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Sugar Bowl]


If you are headed to the Sugar Bowl via the Roanoke Regional airport there's one thing to keep in mind. Airport officials say with all the Hokie Fans parking is limited.
They are asking anyone who is going to the airport to try to get a ride or carpool.

[Super-Dome]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=weekend am]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Sugar Bowl]


When construction started in 1971 the Super Dome cost 163 million dollars to build.
In 2002 it will host its sixth Super Bowl -- more then any other facility.
And this year it is also home to college football's national championship game.
Patrick Evans has an insiders look at this great building.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Welcome to the Super Dome]
[SUPER=@Patrick1;:00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Curl/Public Relations Director;:24]
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA;:54]
[RUNS=2:50]
[OUT Q=News 7]




[Fantasia-review]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

[****anchor tag******]

THE FOLKS AT DISNEY ARE GETTING THE NEW YEAR OFF TO A KIND OF "OLD-FASHIONED" START... THEY'VE RE-MADE A 60 YEAR OLD CLASSIC... AND THE NEW VERSION OPENED YESTERDAY. DENNIS CUNNINGHAM TELLS IF IT'S NEW AND IMPROVED.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT Sat am 6:41:13]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=04-Fantasia 2000; :]
[SUPER=04-Walt Disney Pictures-IMAX; :Hot Change]
[Super=01-Dennis Cunningham/Reporting;]
[RUNS=2:22]
[OUT Q=CBS News]

(( ONCAM DENNIS
QUITE HONESTLY, I NEVER MUCH LIKED DISNEY'S "FANTASIA", WHICH ACTUALLY DEBUTED WAY BACK IN 1940, AND HAS SINCE BEEN REVIVED SEVERAL TIMES. I MEAN, THE WHOLE IDEA OF MAKING ANIMATION SEGMENTS TO MATCH VARIOUS POP CLASSICAL TUNES, ALWAYS STRUCKME AS, WELL, GOOFY. TURNS OUT THO, THAT WASN'T THE BASIC PROBLEM. WHAT WAS? FANTASIA WAS 2 HOURS LONG. OR WAAAAY TOO LONG. ABSOLUTE AGONY FOR MOST KIDS. NOW, THEY'VE RELEASED A NEW VERSION, FOR THOSE ENORMOUS IMAX SCREENS ONLY, ABOUT 40 MINUTES SHORTER, AND THEY THREW OUT EVERY SINGLE ORIGINAL SEGMENT - EXCEPT THE BEST ONE.

(DENNIS VO/CLIPS)

ONCAM DENNIS
A PEEK AT "FANTASIA 2000", OPENING DAY: JAN. 1, 2000, THANKFULLY ONLY ABOUT AN HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES LONG..WHICH IS JUST FINE. ON THE BIG BIG IMAX SCREEN, WITH MORE THAN HALF THE SEGMENTS GENUINELY ENTERTAINING. AND A FINAL SEVEN TOO. FAR MORE THAN I'D HAVE GIVEN THE ORIGINAL. A MOST DEFINITE IMPROVEMENT. I'M DENNIS CUNNINGHAM FOR CBS NEWS.))
(------------)
[Anchor=Andrew]
[ss=none]


Fantasia 2000 can only be shown in IMAX theaters. The movie debuted yesterday at Richmond's Science Museum of Virginia.