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May 13, 1987

CHICAGO (AP) _ Television stars Tom Selleck and Cybill Shepherd are the top choices of 1,000 Chicagoans who were asked to name a celebrity they would prefer as an after-hours companion, pollsters said.

Selleck, star of ″Magnum, P.I.″ received 46 votes and Miss Shepherd, of ″Moonlighting,″ got 44 votes in the survey Tuesday of about 500 men and 500 women, said Jo Oppenheim, spokeswoman for the poll sponsored by the makers of After Eight candy mints.

Actor Tom Cruise came in second among the women’s choices, followed by ’Moonlighting″ costar Bruce Willis and actors Billy Dee Williams and Paul Newman.

Actress Kim Basinger placed second among the men, followed in order by game-show hostess Vanna White, actress Kathleen Turner and model Christie Brinkley.

The poll was part of a national survey of 5,000 people, the results of which will be disclosed in the fall, Ms. Oppenheim said.


BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Actor Robert Redford says he came to the University of Colorado from California to play baseball, but instead spent most of his time partying and pursuing all things non-academic.

″I wasn’t ready to be a student″ as a CU undergraduate in 1955-57, he said Tuesday. ″CU was definitely known as a party school. The temptations were great.″

Redford was at CU to receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters, which he said is ″certainly every bit as important as the Oscar″ he won for directing ″Ordinary People.″

Redford’s two oldest children, Shauna and James, graduated from CU in 1985.

On another issue, Redford, who played the Sundance Kid in ″Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,″ has turned down an offer by Stroh Brewery Co. to be a national spokesman for its new Sundance line of fruit juice and sparkling water drinks, the actor’s agent said.

Allen Burry said the Detroit-based brewer ″did approach him, but he isn’t doing it. ... They were under negotiation ... but he has decided not to do it.″


NEW YORK (AP) - Actor Donald Sutherland warns that building a dream home in the Hollywood hills is likely to produce nightmares.

″Putting a house together in Hollywood is not like it would be anywhere else in the world,″ Sutherland writes in an article for the June issue of House & Garden. ″It is different because the people who work there are the people out of work there.″

The ″merry band of craftsmen″ who went to work on an addition for his kitchen ″were writers, actors, dancers, directors, each and every one of them, but it must be said they attacked the project with great gusto,″ the actor recalled. ″So great indeed was their gusto that they built the glass extension into our neighbor’s backyard.″

Sutherland said he and his wife Francine have had so much trouble with work done by would-be entertainers that they fired a newly hired gardener when they discovered he was an actor.

″He looked stunned and asked why, and she just said ’go be one, go be an actor,‴ Sutherland said. ″So he did, and he’s not bad at all.″


NEW YORK (AP) - Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times and chairman of the Times company, has been elected chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sulzberger, 61, was a unanimous choice of the museum trustees in an election Tuesday for a successor to J. Richardson Dilworth, the Met chairman since 1983, who resigned last month because of illness.

Sulzberger has been a trustee of the museum since 1968. His late father, Times publisher Arthur Hays Sulzberger, was a trustee from 1945 to 1964.


EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Memories of childhood were revived for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she visited her old school and childhood friends.

Mrs. O’Connor’s family lived on a ranch in Lordsburg, N.M., about 155 miles northeast of El Paso. She came to live with her grandmother in El Paso for her elementary and high school education at the private Radford School for Girls in the 1930s.

″She had come in from the ranch and she wasn’t very happy about it,″ said Gretchen Rabb, dean of girls and Spanish teacher at Radford when Mrs. O’Connor attended. ″She loved riding horses and she got homesick for her family.″

Mrs. O’Connor, 57, was given a symbolic key to the school after she addressed the student body Tuesday. She described Lucinda Templin, who was principal for 42 years, as a ″frightening″ woman and said humorously that she wasn’t sure the late Mrs. Templin would want her to have the key.

School Principal James Shepherd said records show Mrs. O’Connor skipped at least one grade at Radford because she was ″very bright.″

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