People in the News
Sep. 26, 1995
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Not in a car. Not in a tree. But an upside-down library? That's different, you see.
The widow of Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, donated a reported $20 million to the main library at the University of California at San Diego.
The library will be renamed the Geisel Library in honor of Theodor and Audrey Geisel, it was announced Monday.
The whimsical eight-story building had caught Geisel's eye. Opened in 1970, it resembles a pyramid turned on its tip.
``The first time Ted saw the form of that building, he said to me, `If I had turned my thoughts toward designing a building, it might have looked strangely similar to this,''' Mrs. Geisel recalled.
Geisel wrote such children's classics as ``Green Eggs and Ham'' and ``The Cat in the Hat.''
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Leeza Gibbons was taping a show on wedding scams when she made a startling discovery: She had been taken to the cleaners, too.
The host of the NBC talk show ``Leeza'' was talking to a guest whose wedding gown came back from the cleaners stained. Gibbons then brought out her own boxed and sealed wedding gown to see if it had been cleaned properly seven years ago.
``This isn't my dress!'' Gibbons said as she opened the box. After further inspection, she found the box contained her headpiece, veil and petticoat, but her custom-designed gown was missing.
``My dress is not here, it's not here!'' Gibbons said.
The ``Wedding Scams'' episode of ``Leeza'' was to be broadcast Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Pop star Debbie Gibson has graduated to a new role in ``Grease,'' going from the sweet and virginal Sandy Dumbrowski to the tough-talking, wisecracking Betty Rizzo.
Gibson was Sandy in the London revival of the musical. She joins the touring company of the current Broadway version on Oct. 30 in Erie, Pa., and will stay with the show until March.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) _ Now THAT's roadside service. Gov. Gary Johnson had to stop on the first day of a 500-mile bicycle trip because of a pinched nerve in his left leg.
Karen Factor, a Santa Fe acupuncturist along for the ride, pulled her needles out of her bike kit and went to work on the governor.
``She did a real number on my leg,'' said Johnson, who credited the treatment Saturday with allowing him to continue his ``Trek for Trash'' trip promoting litter cleanup.
Johnson said Monday that 1,000 bags of trash had already been picked up.
``I think New Mexico is the most beautiful state in the entire country,'' he said, ``but I also believe New Mexico is the trashiest state.''
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) _ George Strait fans seeking tickets to the country singer's Oct. 19 concert overloaded phone lines and knocked out service to the police department and other city offices for about two hours.
No emergency calls were lost during the crunch, caused by people calling the Civic Center box office Monday, Assistant City Manager Alan Taylor said
The 6,400 tickets sold out in five hours.