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November 10, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ The presidential campaign is over, but the spat over the ″L″ word continues between composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein and conservative columnist William F. Buckley Jr.

The tiff began when Bernstein, in an Oct. 30 opinion essay in The New York Times, decried efforts to besmirch the word ″liberalism.″

Buckley retaliated in a Nov. 2 column that recalled a meeting Bernstein held at his New York apartment in 1970, at which leaders of the Black Panthers chatted with the cultural elite. That get-together was lampooned in Tom Wolfe’s book ″Radical Chic, or Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers.″

″Lenny does not realize that one of the reasons the ‘L’ word is discredited is that it was handled by such as Leonard Bernstein,″ Buckley wrote.

In the latest exchange between the two, Bernstein wrote an open letter to the columnist that ran in Wednesday’s Daily News, which syndicates Buckley. ″Your column,″ Bernstein told Buckley, ″is beneath your dignity.″

″Liberal is a word soiled by the greedy, reactionary, back-looking impulse toward tyranny,″ Bernstein said.


ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The Rev. Jerry Falwell didn’t figure to be picking up a tab for Larry Flynt. But that’s what a judge has ordered him to do in the latest rebuff of his lawsuit against the Hustler magazine publisher.

First, the Lynchburg evangelist failed to prove he had been libeled by a Hustler ad parody that portrayed him as an incestuous drunkard; then, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a $200,000 award he received for ″intentional emotional distress.″

Now, in a closed court session last week, U.S. District Judge James Turk ruled that Falwell must pay $20,258.55 in costs assessed from the lawsuit.

Turk said Falwell waited too long to object to the costs assessed for witness fees and deposition and trial transcripts, which include Flynt’s. Turk also said in the ruling, filed Monday, that even if Falwell had filed his objection on time it would have had no merit.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Everyone may be equal under the law, but it doesn’t hurt if you’re the son of a famous actress who was once married to a U.S. Senator. Ask actor Michael Wilding.

President Reagan on Wednesday signed a bill to grant Wilding a resident visa despite a drug conviction 14 years ago in Wales. The bill was sponsored by Sen. John Warner, R-Va., who said he came to know and respect Wilding when he was married to the actor’s mother, actress Elizabeth Taylor.

The bill would exempt Wilding, the 34-year-old son of Miss Taylor and the late British actor also named Michael Wilding, from a law prohibiting people with drug violations from being granted residence status.

Wilding lives in New York City and is in the cast of the television soap opera ″The Guiding Light.″ He was convicted in Wales in 1974, three years after renouncing his U.S. citizenship, of possessing marijuana and cultivating marijuana plants.


VATICAN CITY (AP) - Exiled Soviet psychiatrist Anatoly Koryagin, who accused the government of sending sane people to mental institutions, has received the Humanization of Medicine prize for his work for patients’ rights.

The winner of the award, a gold plaque and $20,000, is selected every two years by Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Koryagin, who now lives in a suburb of Zurich, received the award Wednesday during a conference at the Vatican on the ″Longevity and Quality of Life.″

The award citation said Koryagin was honored because of his struggle ″against bureaucratic indifference and the enslavement of psychiatry for political purposes.″ It also noted his ″tireless support for the physical and mental well being of his patients, who were often treated inhumanly.″

Koryagin was sent to a labor camp in 1981 after accusing authorities of sending sane people to mental institutions. He arrived in Switzerland in April 1987, two months after he was released from prison.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Look out, Dolly Parton - Lari Michele White is on her way.

The Dunedin, Fla., resident has released a 45 rpm record that was part of her grand prize for winning the ″You Can Be a Star″ talent search on The Nashville Network on cable television.

Ms. White, 23, a background singer for Julio Iglesias and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, beat out 144 other contestants on the show, which is broadcast Monday through Friday night on TNN.

She won $10,000 and will get to perform on other TNN shows, plus the Grand Ole Opry this Friday. She also won a piano and accessories, plus a mandolin and guitar.

Another part of her prize was recording the song, ″Flying Above the Rain,″ for Capitol Records.


ROME (AP) - Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman will receive an honorary degree from the University of Rome next month during film festival surveying a century of cinema, university officials said.

The 70-year-old director will accept the degree during a Dec. 7 ceremony, university rector Giorgio Tecce and trustee Guido Aristarco told a news conference Wednesday.

The school will be the site for the Nov. 28 to Dec. 8 festival titled ″From Lumiere to Today: Toward Film’s Centennial.″

Bergman’s acclaimed films include ″The Seventh Seal,″ ″ Wild Strawberries,″ ″ Autumn Sonata,″ and ″Fanny and Alexander.″

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