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May 4, 1987

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ The national debut of the Saturday night variety show that will replace Garrison Keillor’s ″A Prairie Home Companion″ on American Public Radio has been delayed until January.

The new show, produced by Minnesota Public Radio, originally was scheduled to premiere in the fall, said MPR spokeswoman Chris Langer. ″That hasn’t worked out for a number of reasons, partly because we’re wrapping up the old show, and the new production team needs time to develop.″

Noah Adams, host of the new show, will begin developing the format this month, Ms. Langer said.

Keillor, 44, announced Feb. 14 that he was leaving his live radio program. His last show is scheduled for June 13, after which he plans to move to Denmark, the native country of his wife.

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ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) - Vice President George Bush says he knew exactly what was important during his prep school days at elite Phillips Academy.

″On Pearl Harbor Day, 1941, I remember walking across campus with my roommate,″ Bush said during a visit to his alma mater over the weekend.

″We were kind of slouching across campus. We kept it on our minds as Germans were invading Europe. We knew exactly what we had to do. We had to beat (archrival) Exeter.″

Bush, who graduated from Phillips in 1942, served as senior class president and was on the Student Council.

Headmaster Donald McNemar described him as the ″classic-overachieving kid″ who played soccer, managed and played on the basketball team and helped organize the senior prom.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A black student group branded TV journalist Mike Wallace a racist, and 15 to 20 students stood with their backs to him during a commencement address at the University of Michigan.

Wallace, a 1939 Michigan graduate, commented six years ago while filming an episode of the CBS program ″60 Minutes″ that a bank’s contract would be difficult to read ″if you’re reading them over the watermelons or over tacos.″

During the address Saturday to about 5,700 students, Wallace apologized for what he called ″arguably racist″ comments, and warned students about subtle prejudice.

″It’s the mean stuff that worries me - the behind-the-hand stuff, the self-aggrandizing putdowns that begin to creep in and infect the dialogue,″ he said. ″Little by little, the stereotypes harden. And they hurt.″

Wallace, who has worked for CBS since 1951 and has won Emmy and Peabody awards, received an honorary doctor of laws degree.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey did more than give the commencement address on her return to her alma mater, Tennessee State University. She picked up her diploma.

Ms. Winfrey left the university 12 years ago with one senior-year project unfinished and only recently completed the course work.

In her commencement address Saturday, Ms. Winfrey, 33, told 625 seniors that she sidestepped politics while in school.

She said she was uncomfortable during her college years with protests and civil rights activities and concentrated instead on schoolwork and an anchoring job at a local TV station.

″I am grateful to those who marched, picketed and went to jail because they are all bridges that you and I have crossed over on to get to this side,″ she said. ″But I also saw my goal as that of preparing myself to take advantage of the opportunities that the student protests were opening up.″

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Richard Wiley has won this year’s PEN-Faulkner Award for Fiction for his first novel, ″Soldiers In Hiding,″ about two Japanese- Americans stranded in Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Wiley will receive $5,000 at a ceremony at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Saturday, officials said Sunday. The award pays tribute to author William Faulkner, who used his Nobel Prize money to support other writers.

Judges said the novel is ″a work of the imagination that is as down to earth as it is brilliant.″

The runners-up - Richard Ford, Maureen Howard, Charles Johnson and Janet Kauffman - will receive $1,000 apiece.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Colleen McCullough’s 1977 novel ″The Thorn Birds″ was a bestseller and a TV miniseries, but the Australian author says she still needs publicity.

Ms. McCullough said her readers ″are the people who don’t read book reviews, they don’t read the bestseller list in the paper, and they don’t frequent bookshops.″

″But if they know there’s a new McCullough around, they are more likely to enter a bookshop,″ the 49-year-old author said in a recent interview to promote her short novel ″The Ladies of Missalonghi.″

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