People in the News
Dec. 30, 1997
NEW YORK (AP) _ Al Yeganeh has no patience for those who confuse him with the Soup Nazi character he inspired on NBC's ``Seinfeld.''
Just ask Babita Hariani, a reporter for WABC radio, who made the mistake Monday of asking Yeganeh during an interview to say the Soup Nazi tag line ``No soup for you!''
Yeganeh hates the name Soup Nazi, hates the tag line, and hates it when tourists and others ask him to say it. So naturally, the famously short-tempered soup chef flew into a rage when the reporter asked him to say it yet again.
Hariani said Yeganeh took off his radio headsets and threw them at her. ``He was yelling, 'Get out!' and chasing me out,'' she said. ``So as I was running, he threw them and I grabbed them. He was right on my heels the whole time, cursing and screaming.''
The commotion was broadcast on the radio, although the obscenities were deleted.
Last week, Yeganeh told The Associated Press he thinks Jerry Seinfeld is ``an idiot clown.''
HANOVER, Mich. (AP) _ Ted Nugent is due in court next Monday on a state complaint that he failed to report accurately the number of deer on his rural Michigan game preserve.
The rocker and avid hunter could lose his game-breeding permit and spend up to 90 days in jail if convicted of failing to comply with game-breeding regulations.
Michigan requires private game preserves to report monthly on any hunting animals born or killed. Last month, the state said Nugent's report was inaccurate, although he missed only a few deer over several months.
``It's hard to keep count,'' prosecutor John McBain acknowledged.
Nugent did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ Brad Pitt delighted his hometown fans merely by coming home again for the holidays.
The 34-year-old actor hit several Springfield nightspots with a couple of friends over the weekend.
``They sat right down in the front booth,'' said Fred Coco, owner of the Metropolitan Grill, where Pitt ate dinner one night. ``I introduced myself and he shook my hand and said, `Hi, I'm Brad.'''
Afterward, he wandered through several downtown bars and signed autographs before surfacing at a club to catch a reunion concert by Fools Face, a band popular during Pitt's days at Kickapoo High School in the early 1980s.
``It didn't take long for the entire club to figure out he was here,'' said owner Matt Miller.
At Romeo Y Julieta's Cigar and Martini Bar, where Pitt wrapped up the night, owner Mike Jalili finally locked the front door.
``He tried to hide himself, but it's impossible because you look at him and you say, `There's Brad Pitt,''' Jalili said. ``He looks exactly like the way he does in his movies.''
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ He's been in show business for 20 years _ in comedy clubs and on television, and his face is even on $5 chips at a Las Vegas casino.
Now Louie Anderson will be seen in grocery stores nationwide.
Next month, the Campbell Soup Co. plans to introduce Franco-American brand ``Life with Louie'' pasta in tomato sauce, with a cartoon caricature of the portly comic on the red and white label.
``It's weird,'' he said. ``I used to eat their tomato soup every day when I was growing up in St. Paul.''
Anderson, 44, was the 10th of 11 children who grew up in a housing project in St. Paul. After high school, he worked with emotionally disturbed children at St. Joseph's Home for Children, where he discovered he could defuse tense situations by being funny.