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October 29, 1991

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Jamie Lee Curtis, who teamed up with Sony to give 180 videocassette recorders to Children’s Hospital, said the donation was the best she could do without medical training.

″We’re not nurses. We’re not doctors. We’re entertainers,″ the actress said Monday.

She said she hopes watching movies will comfort children while they are sick, in pain and away from home.

Curtis also donated more than 400 movies, and Blockbuster Videos gave 500.

The actress said she arranged the donation in memory of Lori Tull, who received two heart transplants at Children’s before she died last year at age 20. Curtis met Tull in 1983 while filming near the girl’s hometown of Pontiac, Ill.


NEW YORK (AP) - When Katey Sagal returns to the set of ″Married ... With Children″ after recuperating from a miscarriage, her character’s pregnancy will be explained away as a dream, a newspaper reported.

Sagal’s pregnancy had been written into the show before she had a miscarriage Oct. 14.

Fox Broadcasting and Columbia Pictures Television wouldn’t comment Monday on the unattributed report in USA Today.

The newspaper said Sagal’s next episode will air Nov. 24.


NEW YORK (AP) - Christopher Reeve, Alec Baldwin and Kathleen Turner - two screen tough guys and one tough gal - teamed up at a congressional hearing to testify against restrictions at the National Endowment of the Arts.

″The arts are under attack in every way,″ said Rep. Charles Schumer, D- N.Y. ″We need a combination of Superman, Jack Ryan and V.I. Warshawski to beat back these attacks.″

Reeve starred in ″Superman,″ Baldwin played CIA sleuth Jack Ryan in ″The Hunt for Red October″ and Turner was a detective in ″V.I. Warshawski.″

Congress told the NEA last year to stop funding obscene works and consider ″general standards of decency″ in reviewing grant applications.

″Standards of decency - a short phrase, but very disquieting to me,″ Turner said Monday. ″I looked up ‘decency’ in the dictionary and found that its first meaning is ‘fitting,’ followed by ‘orderly’ and ‘appropriate.’ How can these words ever be used to define art?″


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Sir Edmund Hillary, who conquered Mount Everest 38 years ago, says he’s pleased at being chosen to grace the nation’s new five-dollar bill but thinks it should happen instead after he dies.

″I pointed out I was not quite in that condition yet,″ said Hillary, 72. ″The only trouble I feel about it is that I will have to be respectable for the rest of my life.″

Hillary and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal in 1953 became the first climbers to reach the summit of the 29,000-foot Himalayan mountain.

Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash said Hillary is the closest thing New Zealand has to a ″living folk hero.″


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Huey Lewis, whose band was among the many that got famous with Bill Graham’s help, joined several other rock stars at a memorial service for the concert promoter.

Graham, 60, died Friday in a helicopter crash.

″If the object is to leave the world a better place and to have put more love in the world than you took, well then Bill Graham was a huge success,″ Lewis said after the service Monday.

Several of Graham’s friends spoke at the private service, including drummer Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead and Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane. Guitarist Carlos Santana performed ″I Love You Too Much.″

Graham built Winterland and the Fillmore auditoriums in San Francisco and Fillmore East in New York City into major showplaces of rock music where the Dead, the Airplane, Santana, Janis Joplin and others grew in prominence.

Graham also promoted shows by the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and the Allman Brothers Band.

Graham was returning from a Huey Lewis and the News concert he promoted in Concord when his helicopter crashed into a high-voltage tower.

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