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Dr. T. Berry Brazelton The world-famous baby doctor will spend the next few days in Houston trying to bolster the parenting skills of local folks. He'll kick off his Bayou City tour at a fundraiser luncheon benefiting the Children's Museum; the 1997 Parents and Family Luncheon includes a Q&A period, and one hopes he'll finish up in time to get to his next gig, the presentation "Stresses and Supports for Families in the 1990s." Whether Nintendo is a source of stress or support we don't know, but Dr. Brazelton's goal is establishing healthy self-esteem in parents and children. Wednesday, the doctor will conduct a daylong seminar on "Touchpoints in Development: A Model for Early Intervention." Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; lecture, 8:30 p.m. All events take place at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, 1200 Louisiana. Call 522-1138, extension 250, for the luncheon, 227-ARTS, for the lecture. Luncheon, $75; lecture, $20 or $35 per couple.

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january 15
Walter Cronkite: A Reporter's Life Before he was Old Iron Pants, he was a young newspaper correspondent for the Houston Press. Not this one, the daily paper your grandparents read. He went on to a lengthy stint with UPI, then wound his way to CBS. The rest is history -- a history he discusses in his autobiography A Reporter's Life. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame inductee, narrator extraordinaire and respected newsman spent a fair bit of time in Texas during his early career, and covers that period of his life in detail in his new memoir. The signing is tonight, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting KUHT/ Channel 8 and KUHF-FM. 7 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, 523-0701. Signing, free; book, $26.95.

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