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July 24, 1985

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actor Scatman Crothers will undergo chemotherapy for an inoperable tumor doctors found behind his left lung, his publicist says.

″He’s doing fine. He’s communicating fine. He’s reading. He’s doing anything you or I can do,″ nursing supervisor Rosemarie Essler said Tuesday.

Crothers, 75, was in satisfactory condition at Beverly Hills Medical Center after undergoing surgery Monday morning after a two-week stay and will undergo chemotherapy, publicist Jerry Zelenka said.

Zelenka said the tumor is ″in such a position that it’s hard to cut out, and the doctors felt it was best just to leave it there because if they had taken it out, it could have killed him.″

Crothers, whose real first name is Sherman, will likely remain hospitalized another week and undergo four to six weeks of chemotherapy as an outpatient, the publicist said.

He began a 60-year entertainment career in a band, later moving to films and television. His better-known recent roles were in Stanley Kubrick’s ″The Shining″ and Steven Spielberg’s ″The Twilight Zone.″


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Author Judy Blume is donating a book banned in one Louisiana parish and Alan Alda and Mary Tyler Moore are contributing items for an American Civil Liberties Union auction to raise money to fight the state’s creationism law.

Ms. Blume is giving a copy of ″Then Again, Maybe I Won’t,″ which was banned in St. Tammnay Parish. Ms. Moore donated an autographed script of the movie ″Ordinary People″ and Alda donated an autographed ″M-A-S-H″ television script.

Louisiana’s creationism law, passed in 1981 but never enforced, requires that any time the theory of evolution is taught in a Louisiana public school, creation-science must be given equal time and treatment.

Although a federal appeals court has upheld rulings that the law is unconstitutional, the state attorney general has said he plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn that ruling.


NEW YORK (AP) - NBC chairman Grant Tinker says his two marriages, including one of 17 years to Mary Tyler Moore, ended in divorce because ″relationships wear out and come to an end, just like (television) shows.″

″Some marriages burn more brightly and then go out, while others burn less brightly and last longer,″ Tinker said in an interview published in the August issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

″Mary and I had a good 17-year run; but the marriage foundered and our time together was finite,″ he said. ″We’re still friends, and it was a good experience.″

Tinker said he does not plan to marry again. ″The ship has sailed for me, and marriage is the farthest thing from my mind. There is something to be said for solitude and privacy - for not having to go home to someone every night.″

Tinker ranks his former wife as one of television’s greatest comedians, along with Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett.


CINCINNATI (AP) - Dr. Henry J. Heimlich is welcoming endorsements by the American Red Cross and other first-aid groups of the anti-choking maneuver that bears his name - but he’s not looking for a slap on the back.

Heimlich, 65, first described his technique, dubbed the ″Heimlich maneuver″ by the American Medical Association, in a medical journal in June 1974.

Heimlich previously had refused to allow the Red Cross to use his name in its manuals because he believed the back slap and chest thrust taught by the Red Cross were dangerous. He said he would allow his name to be used in the manuals now that the Red Cross plans to remove those rescue techniques.

The doctor, now at Xavier University in Cincinnati, said medical literature has warned for more than 130 years that slapping a choking person on the back could drive an object deeper into the airways.

A rescuer using the Heimlich maneuver reaches around the choking victim from behind, locking hands at the bottom of the victim’s rib cage and giving several quick upward thrusts. The force dislodges foreign objects or water from the victim’s windpipe and lungs.

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