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February 11, 1986

LONDON (AP) _ Bob Geldof, organizer of the Band Aid and Live Aid campaigns that raised nearly $94 million for famine relief in Africa, says he’d like to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

″I would love to have it because it is the ultimate prize-giving honor,″ the Irish rock star and lead singer of the Boomtown Rats was quoted in a Woman magazine interview published today as saying.

Woman quoted him as saying many young people would be delighted if he were awarded the prize but that he was tired of being labeled a saint.

″It’s a preposterous notion. I don’t want to be Saint Bob because halos get very heavy and they rust very easily. I’m not interested in living up to it,″ he said.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Singer Kenny Rogers will have to cancel all 16 concerts scheduled through most of March because his is undergoing surgery to remove a cyst on his vocal cords, his publicist says.

Rogers said Monday the surgery is ″routine,″ adding, ″I see this as a really positive chance to take care of a problem I’ve had for a long time.″

His recuperation will take up to six weeks, forcing the concert cancellations, said publicist Wendy Ferris. However, he still plans to be host of the Grammy Award on Feb. 25.

″If I obey the doctors, I may be OK for Grammys,″ Rogers said at a news conference, adding that the condition was an occupational hazard that confronts professional singers.

″It’s a lot like football players with busted knees and so forth,″ he said. ″Singers have nodules and polyps on their throats. I’ve had this for probably eight or 10 years.″

The surgery was to be performed today at an undisclosed hospital in the Los Angeles area, Ms. Ferris said.


SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Bob Dylan’s concert tour ″down under″ has moved from New Zealand to Australia, where he is performing with rocker Tom Petty.

Dylan, 45, performed four concerts in New Zealand before moving on to Australia on Monday. He last performed in this country 20 years ago.


LONDON (AP) - Graham Greene, considered by many to be the best living writer of English, has become a member of the Order of Merit, and the 81-year- old author’s family is delighted.

Queen Elizabeth II appointed Greene, who has written 49 books since 1921, a member of the group, which is limited to 24 people at any time, Buckingham Palace announced Monday night.

Euan Cameron, director of his London publishers, Bodley Head, said: ″His family are delighted and we are thrilled.″

Two other new holders announced with Greene were Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, 78, who invented the jet engine, and Frederick Sanger, a 67-year-old biochemist who twice won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Current members include sculptor Henry Moore and actor Laurence Olivier.


ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - About 240 people put their arms on the line for a chance to appear in Sylvester Stallone’s movie ″Over the Top.″

They were contestants in an arm-wrestling contest that eventually will be used to pick seven people to appear in the movie, about a truck driver who becomes the world champion arm-wrestler. The final seven champions will be chosen after another round in Las Vegas.

″It takes a lot of training. This is heavy concentration,″ said Paul Cecchini, 23, an auto worker from Niagara Falls, Ontario, who was among the contestants Sunday.


CLEVELAND (AP) - U.S. Rep. Delbert Latta has returned to his home in Bowling Green to continue his recovery from triple coronary bypass surgery.

The 65-year-old Ohio Republican and ranking minority member of the House Budget Committee was discharged from the Cleveland Clinic on Monday, six days after the surgery, clinic spokeswoman Marion Mosely said.

Latta aide Joan Southard said she did not know how much time he would spend at home recovering. Judging from his short stay at the hospital, Latta probably will be back to work very quickly, she said.

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