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February 28, 1986

LONDON (AP) _ The top pop duo Wham 3/8 will soon be history, after ″the most amicable split in pop history,″ George Michael said in an interview released Friday.

Michael and Andrew Ridgeley will record the last Wham 3/8 single next week in Los Angeles and play a farewell concert in London this summer, Michael said in a London Weekend Television interview filmed for broadcast Saturday night. A transcript was released Friday.

Michael and Ridgeley decided seven months ago to quite while at the top, having achieved everything they wanted to when they started four years at age 17, Michael said.

Wham 3/8 shot to fame in 1982 with the single ″Young Guns.″ Their hits included ″Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,″ and the duo has sold more than 30 million records. Last year, Wham 3/8 became the first pop group to perform in China.

Michael, whose solo ″Careless Whisper″ was the biggest-selling single in the United States last year, will continue his solo career. Ridgeley’s plans were not immediately known.


LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Mamie Keith, born three years before Custer’s last stand, may have claim to a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest person, relatives said.

Mrs. Keith, 112, was born March 22, 1873, according to relatives. That was two months and 12 days before the birth of Eliza Williams of Wales, recognized Monday by Guinness, following the death of Shigechyio Izumi of Japan at age 120.

Mrs. Keith, who lives in a Libertyville nursing home, suffered a stroke last year and is unable to speak but requires no medication.

Georgia Hutchinson, 64, of Watseka, a niece of Mrs. Keith’s, said she and her husband have been trying to contact Guinness.

″She was a marvelous story teller. Her mother witnessed the third Lincoln- Douglas debate, which was held in Anna, and her father fought with Sherman in Georgia during the Civil War,″ said Frank Underbrink, a grandson. ″I was raised with a lot of tradition.″


MUNICH, West Germany (AP) - King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain flew home Friday after a five-day visit to West Germany.

Before their departure, they toured the Bavarian state capital, including the Spanish Cultural Institute, the Prince Carl Palace, the Munich city hall and the German Museum.


NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. (AP) - A Vermont seed company is sending 500 pounds of corn and peas to Leila Nicol, the 85-year-old widow who won a legal battle to continue feeding wild ducks at her lakeside home.

″We thought we could send her a care package of corn and pea seed as a goodwill gesture from New England,″ Guy Thomas, president of the Vermont Bean Seed Co. of Bomoseen, Vt., said Friday.

″The ducks ... I think they will appreciate it,″ Nicol said.

A Ramsey County Municipal Court judge on Monday dismissed public nuisance charges against Nicol. New Brighton officials had contended her duck feeding attracted hundreds of other waterfowl and caused public health concerns.

″I want to feed the ducks less and less and see if they will leave, but I’m afraid they won’t,″ Nicol said. ″I had hoped this would quiet down after the trial. As I’ve said all along, I hope something good comes out of this for the wildlife.″

Nicol said she doesn’t tally how much feed she buys.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Old Santa Barbara recaptured Hollywood’s Golden Era to open its first annual International Film Festival, motorcading celebrities like Ted Danson and Robert Mitchum to the theater in antique cars.

Other stars at Thursday night’s opening included Christine Lahti, Danson’s co-star in the festival-featured ″Just Between Friends″; Jane Russell, James Woods, Stuart Whitman and 18-year-old Timothy Gibbs, making his film debut in ″Just Between Friends.″

″Coming here tonight makes me feel like I’m in ’40s Hollywood, with all the old cars and lights,″ Danson said. ″I always wished I could have been born earlier so I could have been a part″ of that era.

The Spanish-style courtyard of the Arlington Theater, festooned with multicolored balloons, was packed with stars, city officials, camera crews and reporters as spotlights heralded the gala from across the street.

Danson, best known for his role as Sam the bartender in the television series ″Cheers,″ drew the biggest crowd of autograph seekers.

″I love this town,″ said Miss Lahti, a 1984 supporting-actress Oscar nominee for ″Night Shift.″

Mary Tyler Moore, who was absent Thursday, plays Danson’s wife, while Miss Lahti plays his lover. The two women meet at an aerobics class and learn they have much in common.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Director John Landis’ lawyer has asked a judge to postpone the moviemaker’s involuntary manslaughter trial in the ″Twilight Zone″ helicopter crash that killed actor Vic Morrow and two children nearly four years ago.

Attorney James Neal has filed a motion asking Superior Court Judge Roger Boren to put off the trial’s scheduled June 24 start. Deputy District Attorney Lea Purwin D’Agostino filed a motion opposing the delay.

Pretrial motions are scheduled March 18.

Neal said he was busy defending Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards in a federal racketeering retrial that begins March 24. The first trial ended in a hung jury.

Landis and four others are charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Morrow and child actors Myca Dihn Le, 7, and Renee Chen, 6, in a fiery crash July 23, 1982.

A helicopter being used in a mock Vietnam War scene for ″Twilight Zone - The Movie″ crashed on top of the three during filming at Indian Dunes park, 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

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