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July 25, 1989

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Country music star Hank Williams Jr. will sing the theme song this year for Monday Night Football on ABC.

The theme song will be the singer’s hit record ″All My Rowdy Friends (Are Coming Over Tonight),″ with the lyrics changed to ″All My Rowdy Friends (Are Here for Monday Night),″ Kent Arwood, a spokesman for Williams, said Tuesday.

Promotional spots featuring Williams and his seven-man Bama Band will begin airing on ABC in early August and continue throughout the season, Arwood said.

Williams has been voted entertainer of the year for the past three years by the Academy of Country Music. His other hit records include ″Born to Boogie″ and ″Family Tradition.″


CANTON, Miss. (AP) - Harry Belafonte is coming to Canton this week to prepare for a movie about Sister Thea Bowman, a pioneer in the movement encouraging black Catholics to express their cultural roots within the church.

Whoopie Goldberg has agreed to star in the film and a screenwriter was in Canton for three weeks in December conducting interviews, officials said.

Belafonte, a singer, actor and producer, is scheduled to meet with the Roman Catholic nun Thursday and Friday, a representative in his New York office said Monday.

Bowman, a lecturer, poet, evangelist and singer, is the only black member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Her appearance on CBS’ ″60 Minutes″ captured the attention of Belafonte’s agents.


ATLANTA (AP) - Former Beatle Ringo Starr wants to re-record his drum work before the release of an album he recorded in 1987, and he obtained a court order to help give him time to redub the performance.

Starr’s attorneys said Monday in Superior Court in Fulton County that he was being ″blackmailed and coerced″ by a Georgia record company and a Memphis producer who want to release the album this week.

Judge Ralph Hicks issued a temporary restraining order preventing CRS Records of College Park and Chips Moman of Memphis from releasing any recordings by Starr pending a hearing Tuesday, but that hearing was postponed.

Starr’s lawsuit complained that the quality of the original recordings was not up to his standards because Moman brought alcoholic beverages to the recording sessions. Starr completed an alcohol rehabilitation program last year.

According to the lawsuit, Moman demanded thatStarr pay him $146,239 for the Memphis recording sessions to prevent release of the recording. It said Starr offered Moman $100,000 in an effort to resolve the matter, but the offer was rejected.


STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III was lightly grilled by students in a special Stanford University summer program on government and speech, one that he attended about 40 years ago.

The 157 students questioned Meese on Monday about the Iran-Contra arms deals and former Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North’s sentence.

Meese, 58, said he barely supported the arms sales to Iran, but ″in retrospect, the idea was a good one. I think the way it was put together was imperfect.″

Later he backtracked: ″I would not recommend it be done, but it was one of those high-risk things that you have to do sometimes.″

He declined comment about North’s sentence.

Meese made an impression on the students.

″He seemed easygoing and passive. He was almost the complete opposite of what I expected,″ said Amanda Walzer, 16, of Sherman Oaks.

″He had a warm personality,″ said Richard Hsu, 16, of Torrance.

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LONDON (AP) - Actor Rex Harrison knelt before Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday, and she ritually touched him on each shoulder with a sword, awarding him a knighthood in recognition of his services to the arts.

″I think it is marvelous. I love all the ceremony,″ he said.

Officially, he is now Sir Reginald, but he said he preferred Sir Rex, for the nickname he has used throughout his career.

″I think they rather like to leave awardin honors until you get to a certain age,″ he said. ″It was a marvelous moment kneeling there and getting tapped on each shoulder.″

Harrison, 81, who is to star in the W. Somerset Maugham comedy ″The Circle,″ on Broadway this fall, said he has no plans to retire because ″I wouldn’t know what to do.″


PARIS (AP) - Actress-turned-animal-rights-advocate Brigitte Bardot acknowledges she ordered the castration of a donkey she was keeping for a neighbor, but she says it was out of concern for another animal.

She said she agreed to keep a donkey named Charly for a Lyon businessman, Jean Pierre Manivet, but the donkey’s amorous interest in an elderly female donkey already on the grounds was so excessive as to endanger the female.

Bardot said in a statement issued Sunday that Charly was castrated by a veterinarian under anesthesia.

Manivet complained that his donkey was castrated without his consent, but Bardot said she tried unsuccessfully to contact Manivet.

″I think I am above suspicion as to the way I treat and care for animals, whether they are confided to me or belong to me,″ she said in a statement.

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