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June 17, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ His father’s face is known the world over, but being the president’s son apparently does not give Ron Reagan carte blanche or ready recognition.

The younger Reagan, in fact, soon could be asking millions of Americans ″Do you know me?″ in a commercial for the American Express credit card.

″It’s a typical ‘Do you know me’ commercial. You know the name but can’t place the face,″ said Jerry C. Welsh, executive vice-president of marketing for American Express.

The ad, which was completed last week, must be approved by American Express executives before it runs, said Welsh.

″Until we see the film and judge its effectiveness, we don’t know if it’ll make it″ on the air, he said.

Welsh would not say how much Reagan was paid for his appearance.


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Jazzman Lionel Hampton will fill in for and pay tribute to his late mentor Benny Goodman at the city’s Riverbend Festival, organizers said.

Goodman, a clarinetist, had been scheduled to headline the 10-day festival’s jazz revue on Friday. Hampton agreed to take over the spot after Goodman died last week at his New York apartment at age 77.

″Lionel and Benny had remained close friends since they played together 45 years ago and Lionel went to console the Goodmans as soon as he learned of Benny’s death,″ said Russell Linnemann, chairman of the festival’s entertainment committee.

″Right from the start ... he said he wanted to play a lot of Benny Goodman as a tribute to his friend,″ Linnemann said.

The 73-year-old vibraphonist worked for Goodman from 1936 to 1940 before starting his own orchestra.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The City Council will take up the question of whether Bob Dylan and Tom Petty are too loud for local residents.

The rockers were scheduled to perform outdoors at Civic Stadium on July 29, but noise control officer Paul Herman refused last week to grant the True Confession Tour a variance from city noise regulations.

Herman said the high-volume sound would damage the hearing and raise the blood pressure of nearby residents.

The Exposition-Recreation Commission, which operates the stadium, has appealed Herman’s decision to the council, which will take up the matter Wednesday.


TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - The lead singer of the heavy-metal band Motley Crue has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter and drunken driving in an accident that killed one person and injured two others.

Vincent Neil Wharton, 24, was ordered by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to surrender July 14 at the Gardena City Jail. Wharton, who has long, blond hair and a rowdy stage image, wore a gray, three-piece suit to court on Monday. He did not speak with reporters.

Under a plea bargain, Wharton agreed to pay restitution to the victims and be placed on probation. He could have been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison. The amount of restitution was not disclosed.

The December 1984 head-on crash killed Nicholas Dingley, 24, a passenger in Wharton’s car and the Scottish drummer for a band called Hanoi Rocks.

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