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June 24, 1991

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (AP) _ Miss West Virginia Leah Lasker believes good fortune, like the kind you find on a bubble gum card, may have played a part in her winning the crown.

Her mother and younger sister were chewing gum to calm their nerves before the pageant Saturday when her sister’s eyes grew wide as she read the enclosed fortune: ″You will be Miss America.″

″It was really kind of strange,″ Lasker said Monday. ″I kept it in my shoe when I danced and during the evening gown and swimsuit competition.″

There’s also the fact that four is Lasker’s lucky number. This was the fourth year she competed for Miss Mercer County and Miss West Virginia.

But Lasker, a third-year law student at West Virginia University, isn’t chalking it all up to luck.

Winning required hard work, like practicing her dance routine eight hours a day for the month before the Miss West Virginia pageant.

A sense of humor also helped, she said.

″One of the judges was a tap dancer. That’s your worst fear, that one of the judges is an expert in what you do,″ Lasker said. ″She asked me what she should look for during my routine. My answer was, ’Remember, I’m in law school. My future is in my head and not in my feet.‴


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor George Kennedy, the late rock star Jimi Hendrix, and television’s Mary Tyler Moore are among the 22 entertainers selected for stars next year on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

″I am thrilled with the 22 who were chosen as they represent an excellent cross section of Hollywood’s brightest stars, representing our classic as well as contemporary performers,″ said Johnny Grant, chairman of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

The star recipients were chosen from about 200 nominees by the five-member Walk of Fame Committee. After an honoree is selected, a sponsor pays the $4,800 cost of the star.

Getting stars for their film work are Kennedy, the late Bruce Lee, Frankie Avalon, Louis Gossett Jr., Tom Hanks, Dean Stockwell and the late Dr. Clarence Muse.

For television, star recipients are Miss Moore, Debbie Allen, Peter Falk, Jester Hairston, Nichelle Nichols and Edward James Olmos.

Recording artists receiving stars are Hendrix, Tex Beneke, the group Chicago, Dizzy Gillespie and Donna Summer.

Brock Peters and John Raitt will get stars for live theater, and sportscaster Jim Healy and traffic reporter Bill Keene will get stars for radio.


CAPRI, Italy (AP) - Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz was awarded the $10,000 Capri Prize for his life work at a weekend gathering of the world’s leading poets.

A Polish emigre, the 80-year-old Milosz teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

One of the stars of the three-day festival was Tahar Ben Jelloun of Morocco. He read his newly minted 600-verse poem about the Persian Gulf War. The poem honors the unknown Arab soldier, who’s wrapped in a black plastic body bag, burned and buried in a common grave.

″In this war, the Americans and allies counted their dead, buried them with flags and ceremonies. But what about the Arab dead?″ asked Jelloun, winner of France’s most prestigious literature award, the Prix Goncourt.

″Also in death, some bodies are more important than others.″

Other honored poets: Canada’s Irving Layton, 79; Lithuania’s Thomas Venclova, professor of Slavic languages at Yale University; Czechoslovakia’s Ivan Wernich, who worked as a stone mason and night watchman during Communist rule; Spain’s Rafael Alberti, at 89 the grand old man of Spanish literature; Attilio Bertolucci, 90, father of the movie director, Bernardo, and Joao Nunes Abreu, a lyric Portuguese writer from Madeira island.


NEW YORK (AP) - Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon and Alec Baldwin will star in the movie version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, ″Glengarry Glen Ross,″ the producer announced Monday.

James Foley, whose latest film is the thriller ″After Dark, My Sweet,″ will direct it.

Further casting will be announced soon, and filming is scheduled to begin Aug. 5 at New York City’s Astoria Studios, Producer Jerry Tokofsky said.

David Mamet’s play, which won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, tells the story of small-time, cut-throat real estate salesmen whose ruthlessness, competition and conflict creates a climate of 0 g0828 mimi- u s BC-BBA --GridironTigers MichBjt 06-24 0780 mi,us50 BC-BBA--Gridiron Tigers, Mich Bjt,830 hamam Eds: Only version planned. By HARRY ATKINS AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) - It began with whispers during spring training. Guys in John Deere caps and beer bellies would watch the Detroit Tigers taking batting practice and nudge one another.

″Them are some big suckers, Joe Bob. Those guys would make somebody a heck of a football team.″

For a fact, the Tigers are a collection of rather large human beings. Lloyd Moseby is listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds; Rob Deer at 6-3, 225; Pete Incaviglia at 6-1, 230; Dave Bergman at 6-2, 190.

And, of course, there is Cecil Fielder. He is listed at 6-3, 240. What a hoot 3/8 Let’s just say Cecil blots out the sun and leave it at that.

Now that we’re well into the season, the whispers have turned to shouts. The Tigers are indeed a collection of big dudes and they lead the major leagues with 81 home runs, including 26 in their last 18 games.

But the comparison of some of the larger Tigers with football players isn’t far off the mark. Many of the Bengal Bashers did, indeed, play some football in high school. A few even were offered college scholarships to play football.

Milt Cuyler, the fleet rookie center fielder, was probably the one Tiger most coveted for his football skills. Cuyler was defensive back and wide receiver at Southwest High School in Macon, Ga. He played in both the Georgia North-South game and in the Georgia-Florida all-star game. Cuyler had offers from Florida State, Auburn, Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Purdue and Wisconsin.

″I remember when we played the No. 3 team in the state,″ Cuyler said. ″They tore our banner down before the game and our coach used that in his pep talk. I went out and scored two touchdowns, a 78-yard punt return and a 32-yard TD pass.″

Pitcher Walt Terrell was a tight end, safety and punter in Jeffersonville, Ind., and intercepted three passes in his last game.

″The first five games we played that year, everyone we played was ranked No. 1 in either Indiana or Kentucky,″ Terrell recalled. He was recruited as a punter by North Carolina State but chose a baseball career.

Bergman, the reserve first baseman, was a linebacker at Maine South High in Park Ridge, Ill. His most vivid memory is one any linebacker would love.

″Our archrival had the ball on our 4-yard line, it was first down,″ Bergman recalled. ″I made three tackles in four plays to prevent the touchdown. Then we went down and kicked a field goal to win by two points.″

Deer was a defensive back and wide receiver at Canyon High in Anaheim, Calif. He once scored three touchdowns in a California state playoff game.

Incaviglia was a linebacker for Monterrey High in Pebble Beach, Calif., a town better known for its golf courses than gridirons. In his final game, the coach let the seniors play any position they wanted.

″I got to play fullback,″ Incaviglia said. ″On the first play from scrimmage, I ran 80 yards for a TD.″

Fielder and backup catcher Mark Salas both attended Nogales High in the Los Angeles suburb of La Puenta.

Salas was a 205-pound linebacker. ″In 1977, our team made the California high school playoffs for the first time in the history of the school,″ Salas said. ″That was exciting.″

Fielder was a tight end and linebacker. He also was All-State in basketball.

″I had offers to play football at Arizona, USC and UCLA,″ Fielder said. ″But I went to see them play and they knocked each other around so bad I said, ’Sayonara, that’s not for me.‴

Moseby, believe it or not, never played football. Neither did John Shelby or Lou Whitaker.

Moseby: ″I never dreamed of playing football. I’m smarter than that 3/8″

Shelby: ″My mom wouldn’t let me play football.″

Whitaker: ″I loved football better than baseball growing up. But when I heard they practiced hard twice a day in the summer, at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., I said, ‘So long.’ I wasn’t giving up my summer for that.″

Neither Alan Trammell nor Travis Fryman played football, either. But neither are they behemoths. They both weigh 180 pounds today.

Others who played football include pitchers Steve Searcy and Mike Henneman, catcher Mickey Tettleton and utility player Tony Phillips.

Tettleton, who is listed at 6-2, 212 today, was only 5-8 and 175 pounds when he played tight end and linebacker at Southeast Oklahoma City High.

Phillips once caught three TD passes in a game for Rosewell High in Georgia. Searcy’s best game for Central High in Knoxville, Tenn., included two interceptions and a halfback pass for a PAT. ″I never scored a touchdown,″ he said.

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