- P.K. RUPLINGER, Sandy:

I quit watching TV when I was 17. Life has been a fantastic adventure without it. I especially enjoy doing the things that many people simply goggle at on TV. Things like searching the jungles of South America for precious gems, traveling by bus across northern Africa, caving painting, writing canoeing, flying, sky, diving, scuba diving, and much more. I've also been able to complete in-depth studies in several academic fields outside of my BS and MBA, and learn many valuable skills.I'm married now, and we still don't have a TV. The kids don't seem to mind it. In the evenings they play games together, and they read more books in a month than many adults do in a year. So far they are doing great at school.

I always have to chuckle a little when friends discover we don't have a TV. They usually respond, "No TV! What do you do without a TV?"

- C.J. COLLIER, Midvale:

What has happened to the Utah television stations? They have all turned into some sort of all-seeing, all-knowing, only-we-know-what-is-right media gods!

KUTV refuses to air "The FBI Murders" and a Gerlado Rivera show on Satanism. KSL refuses to air the series "Dirty Dancing" because KSL executives believe that it is too risque. KTVX . . . refuses to carry "Nightline" Heaven forbid Utah viewers should become informed about what is going on in this nation!

Can't the local stations trust us to be intelligent, informed viewers who can make decisions for ourselves on what we want to watch? The local stations need to grow up and quit trying to impose their views on their viewers . . . I'm not fighting to get the shows I mentioned on the air (except for "Nightline"). I'm just fighting for a chance to stop someone from taking away my power of choice!


I'd like to write Gene Roddenberry or whoever (is in charge of "Star Trek: The Next Generation") and let them know we want (Dr. Bev Crusher) back! I would appreciate your publishing the address.

(Certainly, Jennifer. You can voice your complaints by writing to the producers at Paramount, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 90038-3197.)

- I DON'T FEEL LIKE watching TV tonight either. But if you do, there are a couple interesting options - especially if you like to go to bed with the heebie-jeebies.

If you like your horror movies with a science fiction twist, CBS offers Sigourney Weaver in Aliens (7 p.m., Ch. 5), the 1986 sequel to the chilling 1979 movie about space creatures that bring a whole new meaning to the song, "I've Got You Under My Skin." A cut (if you'll pardon the expression) above most contemporary glop and goo thrillers, this is still plenty horrifying - probably too intense for children and too graphic for the squeamish.

If you prefer your horror stories based in reality, there's part two of the miniseries Holocast (6:05 p.m., TBS), a program that may be even more frightening than "Aliens" because it documents Nazi atrocities that really, actually happened.

Elsewhere: Kevin learns that breaking up really is hard to do on The Wonder Years (7:30 p.m., Ch. 4); Frontline (8 p.m., Ch. 7) examines the connection between Nazi scientists and the U.S. space program; The Arts and Entertainment Network presents the French movie that spawned "The Men and a Baby," Three Men and a Cradle (7 p.m., ARTS); and Peter Jennings hosts The AIDS Quarterly (11 p.m., Ch. 11).

Looking Toward Wednesday: The Jazz host Portland in NBA Basketball (6:05 p.m., TBS); Jake and the Fatman (8 p.m., Ch. 5) returns, relocated to Hawaii; and actual Vietnam veterans chip in with their memories on China Beach (9 p.m., Ch. 4).