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November 14, 1986

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Seventy-six-year-old former Gov. Orval E. Faubus has announced plans to marry an elementary school teacher.

Faubus said Thursday that he and Jan Wittenburg, 43, of Conway, who teaches fifth grade in Mayflower, will wed Nov. 23 in Little Rock.

″I teach Arkansas history, and I’m just really proud to be married to the former governor,″ Ms. Wittenburg said.

Faubus said his financee was divorced about eight years ago, and has a 21- year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son.

Faubus divorced his first wife, Alta. His second wife, Elizabeth, was killed by an intruder at their home.


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) - Frank Sinatra, recovering from emergency surgery, is walking hospital corridors and joking with doctors and nurses, hospital officials say.

Sinatra, 70, had normal vital signs Thursday, according to a statement by Dr. Alan Altman, the singer’s physician at Eisenhower Medical Center.

Surgeons removed a 12-inch section of Sinatra’s large intestine Sunday after the entertainer became ill in Atlantic City, N.J.

His stay in the hospital was expected to last several more days.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Chad Everett says he hopes the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is just the beginning.

″Just put a ″t″ on the end of ‘star,’ and you’ll know how I feel about this whole thing,″ Everett, who has been acting for 26 years, said at ceremonies Thursday.

Everett played Dr. Joe Gannon on the old CBS-TV series ″Medical Center″ and starred in the television series ″The Dakotas,″ ″Hagan″ and ″Rousters.″ He was a contract player for Warner Bros. and MGM and has appeared in several feature films.


ATLANTA (AP) - Eliot Wigginton, who turned a classroom teaching idea into the Foxfire Project, is the state’s 1987 Teacher of the Year.

Wigginton, whose high school students have produced nine best-selling books in the ″Foxfire″ series, was chosen from among 131 entries, the state Board of Education said Thursday.

″Although people here have been fans and have bought the Foxfire books, most of the awards to the program have been from outside the state. This is a special honor,″ Wigginton said.

Wigginton began Foxfire to motivate his northeast Georgia students by having them interview their elders about mountain crafts and arts.

The program has grown into a business with nine full-time employees.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Short-story writer Grace Paley has been named New York’s first State Author.

She will receive an honorarium of $10,000 and give two public readings each year of her two-year appointment, the nominating committee announced Thursday.

Paley, 64, is the author of three collections of short stories: ″Later the Same Day,″ ″Enormous Changes at the Last Minute″ and ″The Little Disturbances of Man.″ She has homes in New York City and Vermont.


PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Nicholas Daniloff, the reporter who was accused of spying by the Soviet Union, cut his lecture fee and will collect $8,500 for a three-day appearance at Stanford University, a spokeswoman said.

Daniloff is expected to be at Stanford on Nov. 20-22, said Mary Thurber of the student Council of Presidents.

After the student body paid Dr. Ruth Westheimer $7,500 for a talk Tuesday, the student senate balked at paying Daniloff’s stated fee of $10,000 for one lecture.

″It’s worth the money now,″ Thurber said. ″For three days of work, $8,500 is pretty reasonable.″

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