Who Do You Think You Are

A one-generation leap -- Bulgarian labor camp to Hollywood fame

Most weekends, you can catch two excellent shows tracing people's roots -- NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" on Fridays, PBS' "Finding Your Roots" on Sundays.

The next couple "Roots" are, as usual, excellent -- Barbara Walters and Geoffrey Canada this Sunday, husband-and-wife Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick on April 8. I haven't seen the next "Who," but I have interviewed Rita Wilson, who has a promising hour Friday. Here's the story I sent to papers:


For Martin Sheen, the roots get tangled

This is the plus side of NBC's recent troubles: It's allowed room for a show like "Who Do You Think You Are?"

A well-made show that tracks people's roots, "Who" has little ratings potential. Still, on Friday its starts its third (and longest) mini-season, this time with a dozen episodes.

That starts with Martin Sheen. Here's a short story I sent to papers:


For many of his 71 years, Martin Sheen
has juggled distant backgrounds.

Snow is bad; Vanessa Williams is good

Will you think less of me if I admit I'm starting to dislike snow?

I understand it's importance for snowmen, snowballs, snow forts, snowmobiles and Sarah Palin. Still, there's just too much of it.

Scientists tell us that 12.2 inches of it fell in Lansing, Mich., where I live. Scientists, however, often confuse inches and meters and such. All I know is that there were several feet of it that I've been shoveling during the last two days.