Television: Viewpoints

2,251 DAYS. PBS. Thursday, 8 p.m. E.D.T. His wife Alice keeps saying that Dick Stratton is so much more tolerant since he came home from his long trip. It may be so—certainly he seems amiable in his exchanges with her and their three sons, as well as with neighbors and the TV crew that made 2,251 Days.

On the other hand, it is a good idea not to press him too hard about his opinion of the North Vietnamese, with whom he passed the time: more than six years. "Petty, vindictive, mean little people," he is likely to say, "an armed group...

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