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June 30, 1988

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) _ The $25 million Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library has passed muster with local officials and is scheduled to open in early 1990.

″I have traveled a long road from my youth in Yorba Linda, and this project has traveled a long road back,″ Nixon said in a letter read Wednesday by Mayor Roland E. Bigonger following a unanimous vote by the planning commission approving the final design.

″Now that we have seen the kind of project it will be, we cannot imagine it any other way, or in any other place,″ Nixon wrote.

The two-story library will sit on a six-acre site adjacent to the wood- frame house where Nixon was born 75 years ago. The complex will include a museum, offices, a theater, an exhibit room and air-conditioned facilities for document storage. Groundbreaking is planned Nov. 18.

″This is a very important thing as far as Yorba Linda is concerned, and as concerns the history of the United States,″ said city Planning Commissioner Ronald Watroba.

A theme garden will feature deep-red Pat Nixon roses, named after the former first lady, as well as an herb and iris garden.

No official documents from the 37th’s president six years in office will be housed at the library because the U.S. Congress ordered those papers retained in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The library will feature his vice presidential papers, personal papers since leaving office, manuscripts for his six books and personal White House diaries.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A black and white feline named Mr. Smith is the cat’s meow as far as judges of the ″Friskiest Cat in America Contest″ are concerned.

Judges Earl Holliman, president of Actors and Others for Animals; Loretta Swit of ″M-A-S-H″ television fame; and Ted Shackelford of ″Knots Landing″ picked Mr. Smith over 11 other finalists for the title of friskiest cat Wednesday at Universal Studios.

″Friskiness has no formal definition,″ said emcee Betty White, star of the television series ″Golden Girls″ and a well-known animal activist.

Mr. Smith won $10,000 for his owners, David and Janet McGuigan of Orlando, Fla., and the starring role in an upcoming Friskies Cat Food commercial, said company spokeswoman Marijane Levee. The company sponsored the contest.

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NEW YORK (AP) - It’s time for Americans to begin commemorating the birth of President John F. Kennedy, rather than his assassination, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy writes in the Sunday edition of Parade magazine.

″The shock of that tragic moment in Dallas is still vivid in people’s minds ... and it is easy to understand the natural desire of many Americans to honor Jack on that day,″ his brother wrote.

″But the Nov. 22 anniversary, with its traumatic pictures and TV replays, is always a depressing time for our family.″

Instead, he suggests Americans remember the late president on May 29, his birthday.

Kennedy also said his brother’s idealism remains alive around the world.

″Few things move me more deeply than to visit a hut in a distant, poverty- stricken land and come upon his picture on the wall,″ he wrote. ″In the brief time Jack had, he touched our hearts with fire, and the glow from that fire still lights the world.″

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LONDON (AP) - Prince and Princess Michael of Kent celebrated their anniversary Thursday aboard the Orient Express on its inaugural run to Vienna, where they married 10 years ago.

Some 100 passengers, who paid $1,720 each to join the couple, were seen off by a 1930s-style band at Victoria Station. When the train stops at Innsbruck and Salzburg, it will be greeted by bands provided by the Austrian government.

The prince and princess were guests of James Sherwood, president of Sea Containers which owns the train that normally runs between London and Venice. ″It’s a fun journey - pure nostalgia,″ he said.

Sherwood said $344 of each ticket will go to a hospice for the terminally ill.

The prince, a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, and princess will stay at the Schwarzenberg Palace in Vienna, where they spent the first part of their honeymoon. On Monday, they will travel to Budapest to attend a memorial service for the princess’s mother who died earlier this year.

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ATLANTA (AP) - Richard Dysart has his own opinion about what will happen to his stuffy ″L.A. Law″ character, senior partner Leland McKenzie, who was left flirting with a May-September romance when the TV show’s latest season ended.

″Leland will go with it,″ he says. ″Oh sure. Just to see where it goes.″

But he admits he really doesn’t know. ″I asked (executive producer) Steven (Bochco). He said, ‘Do you really want to know?’ I said no.″

Dysart was in Atlanta this week as a surprise guest speaker at the convention of the American Association of Law Librarians. He commented in an interview with The Atlanta Constitution.

The ″L.A. Law″ season was cut short by the Writers Guild of America strike; the last two scheduled episodes were not written or filmed. When the season ended, McKenzie was considering overtures from a law student three decades his junior.

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