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Entertainment Highlights in History

December 23, 1998

Entertainment highlights during the week of Dec. 27-Jan. 2:

55 years ago: Fans crowded New York City’s Times Square as Frank Sinatra opened his singing engagement at the Paramount Theater.

And Cary Grant and John Garfield starred in ``Destination Tokyo.″

30 years ago: Chuck Berry, Three Dog Night, Fleetwood Mac and Richie Havens performed at the Miami Pop Festival. It was the first big East Coast rock festival.

10 years ago: TV Guide magazine presented its eighth annual J. Fred Muggs Awards. The awards were named after the chimpanzee who appeared on the original ``Today″ show. The Peacock Award for Olympic Splendor went to Bryant Gumbel, who took 18 designer suits with him to cover the Games in Seoul, Korea, for NBC.

And William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and other starship Enterprise crew members gathered in Hollywood to toast the near-completion of the movie, ``Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.″ Cast members sipped a mixture of champagne and green melon liqueur. There were only a few special-effects sequences left to be filmed.

Five years ago: The Beach Boys’ ``Good Vibrations″ and Tony Bennett’s ``I Left My Heart in San Francisco″ were added to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame.

Barbra Streisand ended a 22-year break from paid stage appearances with two concerts. Streisand gave two well-received performances at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s night. She wound up her New Year’s Eve show by shouting to the audience: ``I did it, I did it, I did it!″

And Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger starred in Richard Attenborough’s ``Shadowlands.″

Spoken 10 years ago:

``I love animation. I’ve always considered it an idealized form of filmmaking. And I really dig the Tito character.″ _ Comedian Cheech Marin, referring to his role in the Disney film, ``Oliver and Company.″

Spoken five years ago:

``I’m a big movie fan. Sometimes I’d go two or three times a week. I used to think, ‘I can do that.’ I didn’t admit it because my friends would think I was crazy. I didn’t look like Cary Grant. They’d say, ’YOU’RE going to be a movie star?‴ _ Actor Danny DeVito.

Spoken one year ago:

``I’m definitely not funny. I know what’s not funny, I know what a hack is, and I laugh at all the right things, but you’d never characterize me as a `funny person.‴ _ Comedian-actress Janeane Garofalo.

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