People In The News
Feb. 26, 1996
CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) _ Look, up in the sky, it's Chrysler President Robert Lutz to the rescue.
Lutz was flying his private jet on Sunday when he overheard a student pilot radioing for help.
Robert Trybulec, whose small plane was losing power, was told by air traffic controllers to land on a grass airstrip at the town of Rosetti. Trybulec didn't want to land there because he had never landed on grass before, a state trooper said.
Lutz broke in to offer Trybulec clearance to land on a long, paved test track normally used for cars at the Chrysler Proving Grounds near Rosetti.
Lutz said he empathized with Trybulec because he had experienced emergencies when he was a Marine Corps pilot.
``You could tell from his voice and radio transmissions that he was very worried,'' Lutz told The Detroit News.
There was no answer Monday at a telephone listed under Trybulec's name.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Johnnie Cochran says Americans should climb out of their comfort zones and invite into their homes people ``who don't look like you.''
``There is much more in this country that unites us than divides us,'' the defender of O.J. Simpson said Sunday night at Austin Peay State University.
``We need to pull together. Won't you join me in that resolve?'' Cochran said during a speech for the school's Black History Month celebration.
MODENA, Italy (AP) _ Luciano Pavarotti's love affair with his secretary could be ``dangerous and painful,'' the opera star's wife warns.
Pavarotti told the Italian gossip magazine Chi that he loved his secretary, 26-year-old Nicoletta Mantovani. The weekly published photographs of the 60-year-old tenor and Ms. Mantovani kissing and frolicking on a Barbados beach.
In a statement issued by her lawyer, Adua Pavarotti did not mention divorce after 35 years of marriage, but said she and her husband have divided their property.
She said he often has demonstrated affectionate behavior and added: ``This time, he has been led to choices that, after an initial euphoria, could lead him to a dangerous and painful situation.''
Mrs. Pavarotti said her family was shaken by the way her husband has handled ``feelings which, if true, should nonetheless remain in the private sphere.''
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jodie Foster and veteran cinematographer Sven Nykvist were honored at the 10th annual American Society of Cinematographers awards show.
The behind-the-camera group presented its Governor's Award to Foster for her career contributions to film.
Nykvist, 73, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He won two Academy Awards for his work on the Ingmar Bergman films ``Cries and Whispers'' in 1972 and ``Fanny and Alexander'' in 1983. He also worked on such Hollywood films as 1992's ``Chaplin'' and 1993's ``Sleepless in Seattle.''
The award for outstanding achievement in a motion picture category went to John Toll for his work on Mel Gibson's ``Braveheart.''
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) _ Country singer Doug Stone, who suffered a heart attack two months ago, spent part of the weekend in a hospital after he had chest pains before a concert.
``He is fine,'' his publicist, Kathy Allmand, said Monday by telephone from Nashville. She said she expected him to be ready for an appearance there later this week.
Stone, 39, suffered chest pain and blurred vision Saturday evening and checked into Schumpert Medical Center. His Saturday night concert was canceled.
``He was actually OK once he got to the hospital. He just has to be very cautious because of the heart attack in December,'' Allmand said. Stone also underwent a quadruple bypass operation in 1992.
His No. 1 hits include ``In a Different Light,'' ``A Jukebox With a Country Song,'' ``Too Busy Being in Love'' and ``Why Didn't I Think of That.''
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and the duo of Brooks & Dunn led nominees announced Monday for the 31st annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
McGraw was tapped for top entertainer, male vocalist, single, song and album, while Twain got nods for female vocalist, new female vocalist, album and single.
Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, who won the academy's vocal duet award last year, got nominations for top entertainer, album, single, duet, and song.
Winners will be announced April 24 during an NBC special with hosts Faith Hill and Brooks & Dunn. Winners are selected by the 2,500 members of the academy.