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March 24, 1988

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ The former Armed Forces Radio disc jockey portrayed by Robin Williams in the hit movie ″Good Morning, Vietnam″ says Hollywood distorted his original idea for a screenplay and his life.

″No, I did not try to meet girls on street corners. No, I did not teach American slang to the Vietnamese. No, I was not thrown out of Vietnam and to my knowledge, no Vietnamese friends of mine were Viet Cong,″ Adrian Cronauer told students Wednesday at Mississippi State University.

But he praised Williams’ performance, which has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Cronauer, 49, a law student at the University of Pennslyvania, bellowed ″Goooood Mooooorning, Vietnam″ at the beginning of his popular ″Dawn Buster″ 1965 Saigon radio show.

His trademark sign-on was adopted by succeeding Saigon DJs, including ″Wheel Of Fortune″ host Pat Sajak.


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Families should avoid measuring themselves against their television counterparts, who generally are beautiful people in dazzling situation far removed from reality, actress Meredith Baxter-Birney says.

″You’ll never come out on top,″ said Ms. Baxter-Birney, who plays Elyse Keaton on NBC’s ″Family Ties.″

The lifestyles portrayed on TV are so ″outside the realm of the average person that inevitably unconscious comparisons are made,″ she told Wilson College students Wednesday.

″Maybe kids would like their own families better if they weren’t comparing them to the ones on TV,″ she said.

″I guess our obligation is to be alert to the messages being sent - educate our children and ourselves and not measure ourselves″ against television, said Ms. Baxter-Birney, one of several people speaking at Wilson this year as part of a discussion on values in American society.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Teen-age AIDS victim Ryan White will attend ″Ryan White Day″ activities this week in Omaha, Neb., and also will visit Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Ryan, 16, and his mother, Jeanne White, will visit Father Flannigan’s Boys Town on Friday in Omaha before speaking at a forum on AIDS and AIDS education, The Indianapolis Star reported Thursday.

In Council Bluffs, Ryan will visit a children’s home.

Ryan’s efforts to attend school even though he carries the AIDS virus divided the community of Kokomo.

In spite of national health officials’ assurances, school officials and worried parents weren’t convinced that other children would be safe sitting next to Ryan, who contracted AIDS through infected treatments for hemophilia.

The fight eventually drove Ryan and his family from Kokomo to Cicero.


DENVER (AP) - Rock star Michael Jackson, reportedly fascinated with ancient Egyptians, made a quiet trip to the Museum of Natural History to see a touring exhibit on the Pharaoh Ramses II.

Since the reclusive star arrived Monday for three concerts this week, he has been staying in his hotel suite.

But he ventured out Tuesday night just long enough to see ″Ramses II, The Great Pharaoh and His Time,″ which leaves the Denver Museum of Natural History after this month.

Jackson and a party of five or six others arrived shortly before the museum was to close, museum officials said.


NEW YORK (AP) - ″Nightline″ anchor Ted Koppel has agreed to a long-term contract that will allow him to have his own production company to produce at least four hour-long, prime-time news shows for ABC a year, a newspaper says.

Koppel will get similar benefits as he has now, with ABC agreeing to broadcast ″Nightline″ five nights a week. Koppel will be host for most, but not all of the broadcasts, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Koppel had been working without a contract since last year.

In addition to the four news programs for ABC, Koppel’s company also will have the right to produce television programs that could be broadcast outside ABC, according to unidentified executives quoted by the Times.

Roone Arledge, president of ABC News, said Wednesday the deal was agreed on but not yet signed.


NEW YORK (AP) - David A. Stockman, the former White House budget director, is leaving the investment firm Salomon Bros. to join its smaller rival Blackstone Group, it was announced Thursday.

Stockman, 41, a managing director at Salomon since leaving the White House in 1985, will handle all merchant banking activities and merger transactions for the Blackstone Group, the company said.

″My experience at Salomon was absolutely agreeable,″ Stockman said. ″There’s one thing I couldn’t do there, which is have my own shop.″

His departure from Salomon comes against a background of turmoil within the venerable investment firm, a partial result of the uncertain outlook for Wall Street in the aftermath of the stock market crash five months ago.

Several other high-ranking executives also have quit Salomon recently.

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