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Big boys can cry in the '90s

Ed Muskie's political career was drowned by the tears he shed during the campaign of 1972, and Patricia Schroeder was criticized for crying while announcing in 1987 that she would not run for president. According to the Washington periodical Roll Call, however, it's all right to cry in the '90s.

A few weeks ago in New Hampshire, when Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a possible presidential candidate, spoke about his sponsorship of the Americans With Disabilities Act, he wept a bit.

Many of the people in the audience were disabled, and Harkin's brother is hearing-impaired.

The senator cried as he read aloud a letter from a disabled person.

New Hampshire newspapers made great fun of him, but local political experts told the Des Moines Register that the incident made Harkin look sensitive and sincere.

"Don't write off the Iowan yet," said Roll Call. "Welcome to the '90s."

Cable comes

of age

The Golden American Network, the first cable TV directed to the 60-million or so Americans over 50, will begin broadcasting in October, says Entertainment Weekly.

Among the programs scheduled are Monty and Company, a talk show hosted by Monty Hall, 67; Morey and His Friends, a comedy series starring Morey Amsterdam, 78; and Satellite Bingo, which will allow viewers to play at home through their telephones.