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March 22, 1995

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Elvis’ comeback is making a comeback.

The black leather costume that Elvis Presley wore for his 1968 ``Comeback″ television special was loaned Tuesday to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Along with it came a guitar and scrapbook from the show.

Graceland’s curators also included one of Presley’s signature jumpsuits for an exhibit examining rock’s influence on style and society.

``These artifacts represent such an important era in Elvis’ career _ a period that fans, critics and historians agree was one of the high points in the life of rock ‘n’ roll’s most legendary artist,″ rock hall curator Jim Henke said. ``This collection will be a cornerstone of our museum.″

The ``Comeback″ special was Presley’s first performance in front of a live audience in seven years. He had spent two years in the Army and several more years making movies.


SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) _ The controversy over whether to honor Howard Stern with a plaque has been laid to rest.

The black-and-silver plaque proclaiming a ``Howard Stern Rest Stop″ was put up Tuesday along Interstate 295. It has a caricature of the shock jock peeking from an outhouse, and is attached to a brick wall at the far entrance, facing the woods.

Gov. Christie Whitman promised Stern his own rest stop in exchange for his endorsement in 1993. The promise drew the ire of some feminist groups, which say Stern demeans women.

There was no comment Tuesday from either the governor, who’s in Florida, or Stern. In the past, he’s expressed his on-air glee over the plan.

``This is something,″ Stern’s agent, Don Buchwald, said. ``I have a couple of clients who have plaques on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but this is the first client to have a symbol on a bathroom.″


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ The Ronald Reagan Highway has hit a roadblock.

The state Senate fell six votes short Tuesday of passing a resolution naming a portion of Interstate 57 after the former president. Reagan is a native of Tampico, Ill., grew up in Dixon and graduated from Eureka College.

Democrats in the GOP-controlled Senate withheld support as leverage for getting a highway named after Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first black U.S. Supreme Court justice. He had worked in Illinois as an attorney.

Ten Republicans also voted no or didn’t vote at all in the 24-20 roll call.

Some senators wanted Interstate 88, not I-57, named for Reagan because it runs through his hometown.


LONDON (AP) _ Even a bandaged Princess Diana is beautiful to photographer Richard Avedon.

Avedon guided the princess Tuesday through a 50-year retrospective of his portraiture at London’s National Portrait Gallery. She wore a dark green velvet wraparound dress, but sported a bandaged right knee from a workout injury.

Asked if he would like to take Diana’s portrait someday, Avedon said, ``It would be a great pleasure and an honor. ... There’s no one more beautiful.″


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) _ These aren’t the quiet golden years for George and Barbara Bush.

The Bushes have made nearly 60 appearances so far in 1995, two years after they left the White House. And Mrs. Bush says she never knows what’s next.

``George claims he’s retired,″ she said during a speech Monday. ``One thing I can say about life with George Bush _ he may not be able to keep a job, but he’s not boring.″

One appearance she won’t forget was last month’s presidential golf outing, during which Bush’s errant shots struck two spectators.

``Did you see him playing golf on television?″ Mrs. Bush asked. ``As if we don’t have enough violence on television.″

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