Names in the News
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Comedian Bill Cosby and singer Ray Stevens encouraged holiday shoppers to remember the less fortunate as they lit a Christmas tree adorned with cards from needy youngster at a luxury mall.
″Part of life is giving and it’s that time of year,″ Cosby said Friday at the plush Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip.
The cards on the tree listed the gifts the youngsters wanted. Shoppers were encouraged to take a card, shop for the gifts, then return them to the sponsoring Salvation Army by mid-December.
Stevens called the ceremony ″a great way to get into the spirit of Christmas.″
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Archbishop Roger Mahony plans to fly to war-torn El Salvador this weekend to deliver 20 tons of medical supplies, food and a $100,000 check to the Archdiocese of San Salvador.
Mahony, whose archdiocese has been swollen with Central American refugees, said Friday at a warehouse where the supplies were stockpiled that the relief effort showed the bond his diocese has with the people of El Salvador.
The archbishop was joined by actors Mike Farrell, Martin Sheen, singer Jackson Browne and officials of the Operation California-USA relief organization.
Mahony was to deliver the $500,000 worth of goods and the $100,000 check to San Salvador Archbishop Arturo Rivera Damas at El Salvador’s international airport today and then return to Los Angeles.
Mahony, who has called for suspension of military aid to El Salvador, also criticized human rights abuses in the nation where six Jesuit priests were slain last week, allegedly by men wearing army uniforms.
″I have to ask myself how 80,000 people have been killed, human rights are totally disregarded and no one is ever responsible,″ he said. ″What the church is doing is supporting the people. They’re feeding them, giving them medical aid and giving them hope.″
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - President Bush and the first lady are being lampooned again in a comic book, but this time Vice President Dan Quayle will play a more prominent role in response to popular demand, the authors said.
The first Bush comic book by Maine cartoonists Jeffrey Pert and Thomas Wilson featured the Bushes traveling through Vacationland, as Maine calls itself, and becoming hopelessly lost.
The latest spoof, ″George and Barbara’s Christmas Crisis,″ to be released Dec. 5, features Bush and Quayle searching for the biggest Christmas tree in Maine and finding themselves in competition with a heartless timber company.
″We listened to what people told us,″ Wilson said. ″We put Dan in heavier.″
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Rock fans gave special thanks and some paid more than $600 for tickets to watch former Beatle Paul McCartney perform at a Thanksgiving concert.
″A man like this, you have to think of him as an old master,″ said fan Teddy Chavez, 37. ″He’s like Rembrandt, Van Gogh. That’s what Paul McCartney is to modern music.″
The concert before 15,000 people Thursday was part of a five-night gig that marked the first time McCarney has played in North America in 13 years.
″I’m 42 years old and I have been waiting 25 years for this moment,″ said fan Donna Contreras. ″This is the epitome of my life. Unfortunately, everything is downhill from here.″
McCartney opened the concert with ″Figure of Eight″ from his newest album. He followed that with ″Flowers in the Dirt,″ ″Jet″ and ″Band on the Run.″ After that, Beatle songs took center stage.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sardi’s, the legenday Broadway theater district restaurant, may once again be owned by Vincent Sardi.
The new owner, Sardi’s Inc., and its president, Ivan Bloch, failed to make the monthly purchase payments to Sardi, and Judge Burton Sherman ruled Friday that Sardi can foreclose on the note he holds.
Sardi sold the restaurant to Bloch and his group in 1986 for $6.2 million with $1 million cash down.
After one default in April, the debt was restructured. In July, Bloch’s group failed to make a required monthly payment of $136,262.38 and Sardi sued.
The judge said Bloch had accused Sardi of trying to grab the restaurant back because this theater season has the potential to be Broadway’s best in years.
But Sardi is ″not under any legal obligation to renegotiate the terms of the note with the defendant,″ Sherman said.
Bloch’s lawyer, Howard Rubin, said he had not discussed the ruling with his client.
Open since 1922, Sardi’s is a favorite hangout for Broadway stars and star- gazers. Located in the heart of the theater district, the restaurant’s walls are adorned with caricatures of stage greats.