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September 22, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ Uli Derickson, the flight attendant praised for her courage during the hijacking of TWA Flight 847, led the 28th annual Steuben Day Parade up New York’s Fifth Avenue.

It was the first time a woman was chosen to be grand marshal of the parade, which celebrates the contributions of Germans to the American way of life.

Walter Haussmann, general chairman of Saturday’s parade, said it was ″most fitting″ that it should be led by a ″modern-day German-American heroine.″

Haussman called Ms. Derickson, of Fredon Township, N.J., ″a heroine of the first magnitude″ for the courage she displayed in dealing with the Shiite Moslem terrorists who hijacked the plane in June. One of the passengers, Clinton Suggs, a Navy diver who was beaten, has said he thought he would have been killed if not for Ms. Derickson’s intervention.

″I don’t consider myself a heroine,″ Ms. Derickson said. ″I am just a professional flight attendant who was doing her job.″

However, she made no attempt to mask her excitement at being selected grand marshal.

″It’s a special honor, being the first woman. I’m also grateful I am able to do something for German-American friendship,″ she said.


POSITANO, Italy (AP) - The American comedy film ″Ghostbusters″ and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti have been honored as the year’s big box office draws in Italy.

The prizes were awarded Saturday by opera, film and television director Franco Zeffirelli, who founded the Positano Top Parade three years ago in this picturesque town on the Amalfi coast in southern Italy.

″Ghostbusters,″ which was a 1984 summer hit in the United States, tied with an Italian comedy, ″Non Ci Resta Che Piangere″ - ″All We Can Do Now Is Cry.″ The Italo-American television co-production ″Columbus″ received top honors in the television division.

Pavarotti was in New York and could not attend the ceremony.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The red, white and blue 1955 Buick in which singer- satiris t Randy Newman cruised through his hit video ″I Love L.A.″ has been bought by another City of Angels lover.

Richard Ardie, 28, of Northridge, paid $7,000 Saturday for the vintage roadster at the Spectrum Vehicle Auction on the California State University campus in Northridge.

Ardie, a self-proclaimed speculator in cars, stock and real estate, said he intends to remake the ″I Love L.A.″ video, starring himself and his friends in the Buick, which also graced a Newman album cover.


ATLANTA (AP) - Mozambique President Samora Machel placed a wreath at the grave of Martin Luther King Jr. and said South Africa is the only nation in his region which still opposes the cause of racial equality for which King fought.

Flanked by a delegation that included his wife and a number of government ministers, Machel placed the wreath, bearing the red, green, yellow and black stripes of Mozambique’s flag, in front of King’s crypt Saturday.

Machel, the 51-year-old Marxist who is the only man to lead Mozambique since its independence in 1975, met with Mayor Andrew Young and King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, during the second stop of his weeklong, four-city tour of the United States.

He discussed southern African issues with President Reagan, Secretary of State George Shultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger in Washington earlier in the week. He is to address the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday after a stop in Houston.

″In our region,″ Machel said through an interpreter, ″there is still only one force that opposes the materialization of Martin Luther King’s dream, the regime of apartheid. In the struggle (against apartheid) we are continuing the spirit and example set by Martin Luther King. And we shall win.″


GREENCASTLE, Ind. (AP) - Joseph P. Allen IV, a space shuttle astronaut who helped retrieve a pair of disabled satellite dishes worth $70 million last year, will be honored by his alma mater, DePauw University, Oct. 5.

Allen, who graduated from DePauw in 1959 and joined NASA’s astronaut program in 1967, also traveled to the moon aboard the Apollo 15.

He will become the 45th recipient of the Old Gold Goblet award during homecoming festivities next month.

Allen lives in Houston and is executive vice president of Space Industries Inc., which is investigating commercial use of space. He is a member of DePauw’s board of visitors.

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