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June 27, 1987

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ Richard Dean Anderson, star of television’s ″MacGyver,″ suffered minor injuries in the wreck of a pace car he was driving on the opening day of a road rally.

Anderson’s Toyota MR2 pace car was going around a corner Friday evening when it hit a root hidden in some soft dirt, ″and it just kind of launched him,″ said Nancy Hubbel, spokeswoman for the Toyota Olympus World Championship Rally. The car rolled over once.

The actor was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma for observation and was released later Friday night, said rally spokeswoman Carroll Barlow. He had been having problems from a previous back injury.

The car’s front end was crushed and every window was broken, but Anderson was able to walk on his own to the emergency mobile trailer.

″He’s all right, just a little shaken,″ said Rick Spillmann, a safety officer for the rally.

The other pace car was driven by Perry King, who starred in television’s ″Riptide.″


SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) - King Juan Carlos of Spain will visit San Antonio in September as part of a U.S. tour, city officials say.

Mayor Henry Cisneros and Councilwoman Helen Dutmer, chairwoman of the council’s International Relations Committee, said the city has been advised of the king’s intent to visit.

Shirl Thomas, the mayor’s administrative assistant, said Friday that details will not be worked out until next month, when the Spanish ambassador visits San Antonio.

The royal palace in Madrid would not confirm that the king plans a U.S. tour, but Spanish newspapers have speculated that it would include several stops in the southwestern United States, where many Spanish-speaking Americans live.

Thomas said the king has had an open invitation to visit the city since the late 1970s when Mayor Lila Cockrell was in office. One previously scheduled visit in 1980 was canceled because of mounting political problems in Spain.

San Antonio’s first European settlers were from Spain.

The king is tentatively set to visit the city during the last half of September, officials said. Earlier that month, the city will play host to another world figure when Pope John Paul II visits as part of his U.S. tour.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The movie version of Thornton Wilder’s novel ″Theophilus North,″ which is supposed to be filmed in Newport this summer by director John Huston and his actress daughter Anjelica, has run into another snag.

Movie-makers hope to film Huston’s version of the novel in July at Chateau Sur Mere, a mansion owned by the Newport Preservation Society. The movie revolves around Newport society of the 1920s.

Earlier this month, the film-makers said they could not sign a scheduled contract with the society because they had not selected a leading man. Since then, the producers have chosen Anthony Edwards to play the lead.

Now, producer Tom Shaw said a directors’ strike threatened for Wednesday may hold up the shooting. He said he thought he had a waiver from the strike, but apparently that has been withdrawn. Shaw said he will just have to wait and see what happens.

Chateau Sur Mere is one of Newport’s famous ″summer cottages,″ elaborate mansions built by wealthy industrialists in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


CHICAGO (AP) - Rock stars Eddie Van Halen of the band Van Halen and Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles will plug electric instruments at the National Association of Music Merchants’ annual trade show this week, officials said.

The four-day exposition at McCormick Place opened Saturday. More than 25,000 members of the music industry are expected to attend for a look at the latest in music technology.

More than 530 companies are exhibiting their wares, which include portable electronic keyboards, synthesizers, electronic percussion machines and new styles of electric and acoustic guitars.

Other rockers set to be on hand to endorse products of various musical instrument companies include members of Bon Jovi and Night Ranger and a former member of Twisted Sister.


NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A World War II veteran has sued Life magazine over a well-known photo of a sailor and nurse kissing at the war’s end, which was first published more than 40 years ago.

George Mendonsa, 64, a Newport fisherman, last week filed a $150,000 lawsuit in Superior Court, charging that the magazine has never given him proper credit or compensation for the picture.

The 1945 photo by famed photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt shows a jubilant sailor kissing a young woman just after learning of the Allied victory over Japan in World War II. Mendonsa claims that he is the sailor.

A Life magazine spokesman said there is no way a jury could tell who was in the picture, especially after 40 years.

″All that is irrelevant anyhow,″ said Life attorney Harry Johnston. ″We don’t need any permission to take a photograph in a public place and to publish it if it’s in the interest of the public.″

The photo reappeared in Life’s 50th anniversary edition. The magazine has also offered signed copies for $1,600 each.

″I want the recognition,″ Mendonsa said. ″Very few people can do something famous in a lifetime, and here, I know it’s me and I can’t get the credit.″

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