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October 4, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Actor Barry Williams - perhaps best known as eldest son Greg on television’s ″The Brady Bunch″ - is going to Broadway, in the show ″Romance, Romance.″

Williams joins the show Thursday for the remainder of its run, according to publicist JoAnne Pentangelo.

Later this year, he will appear with his video siblings in ″A Very Brady Christmas,″ a reunion show.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country singer Johnny Cash will receive the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.

The ″man in black″ is being honored for his work on behalf of the underprivileged and ″his commitment to the eradication of all forms of bigotry,″ according to business executive Robert M. Brands, co-chairman of an Oct. 20 testimonial dinner for Cash.

Cash has undertaken various humanitarian ventures during his 32-year performing career, including several benefit concerts at prisons.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Tom Selleck’s father, who said he never discussed his son’s love life with a weekly tabloid, has a right to bring his libel suit against the newspaper to trial, an appellate court ruled.

The case involves a Dec. 14, 1982, story in The Globe headlined, ″Tom Selleck’s love secrets - By His Father.″ Other headlines promised, ″His father reveals all″ about ″Why Tom Selleck Can Never Be a Happy Lover.″

Robert Selleck acknowledged that he agreed to be interviewed, but denied making statements about his son’s love life.

″Tom Selleck may be TV’s sexiest leading man,″ the article said, ″but his dad says he’s really a shy guy who is so ill at ease with women that he finds it difficult to sustain a lasting relationship.″

The article quoted Robert Selleck as saying his son’s ″relationships with the women in his life are always disappointing because he’s just not the person they think he should be. He’s shy and sensitive, not rough and rugged.″

The U.S. 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Los Angeles Superior Court erred in its decision to throw out the case; the appellate court said Selleck has a right to have the suit heard.

Both courts had agreed that the elder Selleck is a private figure, even if his son, star of television’s ″Magnum P.I.″ and the hit movie ″Three Men And A Baby″ is not.

Globe attorney Anthony Glassman said he intends to seek a rehearing.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Singer Michael Martin Murphey may have some new hits - two songs selected from among 50,000 entries in a contest that he will record and distribute nationally to radio stations.

John Kontol, 33, of Whiting, Ind., and Connie Scott and James Ducker, both 39, of Laurel, Miss., shared the grand prize in the 12th annual Kentucky Fried Chicken Amateur Songwriting Contest.

Kontol’s song was titled ″Endlessly″ and Scott and Ducker co-wrote a entry titled ″Wish I May, Wish I Might.″

Kontol, a former steel mill worker, now is a private music teacher. Scott works in a department store and Ducker operates a recording studio.

Rich Corley and Troy McConnell, both of French Creek, W.Va., won second place. Mike Hoffman of Union City, Tenn., was third.

The contest was co-sponsored by The Nashville Network, a cable television channel, and 580 radio stations across the country.

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BOSTON (AP) - Everywhere he goes, Nick Daniloff says, people ask him about the ring.

Daniloff, the American journalist imprisoned by the KGB in 1986, is on an 11-city tour promoting his new book, ″Two Lives, One Russia,″ about his own prison experience and that of his great-great-grandfather, Alexander Frolov.

Frolov, exiled to Siberia for his part in the abortive 1825 Decembrist Revolution, fashioned a ring from his chains.

″I still have the ring, and it’s often on my finger these days, because everybody wants to see it,″ Daniloff said. ″But to tell you the truth, it is a little big for my finger and once I almost lost it, so I’m a little nervous about wearing it too much.″

″Two Lives, One Russia″ recounts how Daniloff, Moscow correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, was arrested by the KGB on Aug. 30, 1986, in retaliation for the FBI’s arrest of a Soviet spy in New York. He was released after two weeks in Lefortovo Prison.

Daniloff now teaches at Harvard, where he is a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy. He is also building a house in Andover, Vt., and helping his wife, Ruth, to finish a novel set in the Soviet Union.

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