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TV'S RED-RIBBON DAY

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On Monday, June 21, daytime TV will have a common thread. During the summer- + solstice ”Day of Compassion,” organized by actor and AIDS activist Neil Tadken, at least nine shows will air episodes that dramatize or discuss AIDS. ”The point is not that everyone gives a lecture,” says Tadken, who played a gay character on the recently canceled Life Goes On. ”I left the creativity up to the (individual shows).” Among the gestures: *The characters on ABC’s Loving will all sport red ribbons. *The Sally Jessy Raphael, Maury Povich, Phil Donahue, and Geraldo shows will rerun programs that deal with AIDS. Regis & Kathie Lee and Entertainment Tonight are also participating. *On NBC’s Days of Our Lives, a teenage boy with AIDS discusses it with a candy striper. Says Days head writer James Reilly, ”Daytime TV has an obligation to help educate the public about the reality of this terrible disease.”

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