People In The News
NEW YORK (AP) _ Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jimmy Breslin has threatened to sing when he is the guest host of NBC-TV’s ″Saturday Night Live″ on May 17.
″After they hear me, they’ll be sorry they ever hired Joan Rivers to do her own show,″ quipped Breslin, who writes for the New York Daily News.
Lorne Michaels, executive producer of the irreverent late-night comedy show, said he had tried to lure Breslin to the show a few years ago, but ″he wasn’t available at the time.″
″We went after him again, and this time he said yes,″ Michaels said.
″They called me because of my full-blown personality,″ opined Breslin. ″I’ve been given many ideas (for my skits), mostly from my children. One idea is sicker than the next.″
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - ″Dallas″ star Ken Kercheval says he and his wife aren’t really the rich and famous type, but a film crew documented their lifestyle anyway.
Kercheval and Ava Fox, a Louisville native he married April 15, had a belated wedding reception at Louisville’s elegant Seelbach Hotel on Saturday and the guests included camera operators from the ″Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous″ television show.
Although Kercheval’s publicist called reporters about the filming, the couple seemed concerned about the image the show projects.
″Most of their shows are really glitzy, and we’re not like that,″ Mrs. Kercheval said.
The actor, who portrays Cliff Barnes in the CBS television drama about a Texas oil clan, said he and his wife ″don’t spend our free time gambling in Monaco. I’d like to think we’re pretty down-to-earth.″
TOKYO (AP) - Prince Charles and Princess Diana arrived Saturday and dined with their Japanese counterparts, Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko, at the East Palace.
Britain’s royal couple was welcomed to Tokyo in an afternoon ceremony at the Akasaka State Guest House by Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and his wife, Tsutako.
Earlier in Ibaraki city, near Osaka, hundreds of flag-waving workers greeted Charles and Diana when they stopped at the Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., one of the first Japanese companies to invest in Britain.
Diana, 24, appeared pale and subdued during the short visit. Speculation surrounding her health surfaced in Vancouver, Canada, where she fainted while touring Expo 86, but a palace spokesman denied the mother of two was pregnant or ill.
Britain, which posted a $2 billion trade deficit with Japan, has urged Japan to increase its purchases of defense and civilian equipment and to establish more joint ventures with British companies.
On Sunday, the royal couple plans to visit Mitsukoshi department store and Japan’s fourth-largest automaker, Honda Motor Co.
They are also scheduled to meet Emperor Hirohito and other members of the Japanese imperial family before leaving Tuesday.
--- BALTIMORE (AP) - Native son Christopher Rouse is coming home as a resident composer with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Rouse will join the Baltimore Symphony in September for two seasons, orchestra officials said. He currently serves in a similar spot with the Indianapolis Symphony.
Under the Meet the Composer Orchestra Residencies program, top contemporary composers are matched with orchestras interested in performing contemporary works. Rouse will be required to create a major symphonic work to be recorded on a national record label.
Funding is being provided by Exxon Corp., the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
″I am delighted to welcome Christopher back to Baltimore,″ said symphony music director David Zinman.
Works by Rouse, 37, have been performed by most of the major U.S. orchestras as well as the Berlin Philharmonic.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Mayor Thomas M. Whalen III helped his city kick off its tricentennial celebration by marching through the streets dressed as Henry Hudson, the 17th century English navigator whose expedition led to the Dutch settlement of the capital of New York.
As a band played the American and Dutch national anthems, C.J.M. Kramers, counsel general of the Netherlands, and R.A. Romer, governor of the Netherlands Antilles, joined Whalen and other marchers Friday.
Their parade was part of the weekend’s Tulip Festival, an annual commemoration of the city’s Dutch heritage that has attracted Dutch dancers, dignitaries and devotees to the flower-dotted capital.
The 38-year-old Tulip Festival has taken on extra significance this year because it is the tricentennial celebration’s ″first public party of the year,″ according to David Zdunczyk, executive director of of the Tricentennial Commission.
Among the festivities are a competition for the city’s Tulip Queen and a rugby match pitting a team from the Netherlands against the Albany Knicks.