Names in the News
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ A University of Texas library is getting some ″wild and crazy″ new assets: comedian-actor Steve Martin, who writes much of his material, is donating original scripts.
The first batch of Martin scripts arrived at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center early this month, including drafts, revisions and final shooting scripts for the screenplays ″Roxanne″ and ″Three Amigos.″
More Martin scripts are expected, said Ray Daum, public affairs officer and curator of the Gloria Swanson archives at the Ransom center. He said he pursued the material for two years from Martin, who’s a Waco native.
NEW YORK (AP) - Anthony Quinn says he’s never been scared of dying, not even by heart bypass surgery. But he admitted making out a will before he underwent surgery last month.
Quinn called the operation ″a breeze″ in an interview taped Wednesday for ″The Joan Rivers Show.″
″It’s complicated for the doctor, but for you it’s very simple,″ the 75- year-old actor said.
Although he made out the will before going under the knife, he said the thought of dying doesn’t worry him.
″I’ve never been afraid of death,″ he said. ″I don’t think it exists. ... I think it’s just a change that you go through.
″There’s a light at the other end of a tunnel that is just another life and I think it’s a better life than this one, without all the wars and all the hunger and all the nonsense that’s going on now.″
The interview will be broadcast Friday.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - As a boy, Hank Williams Jr. enjoyed hunting and fishing in southeast Alabama. Now he wants to help flood victims in that region.
The country singer’s manager, Merle Kilgore, said Wednesday that Williams will donate his entire concert fee plus concession sales from an April 1 appearance in Birmingham to the people of Elba. Kilgore said the amount is expected to exceed $100,000.
The rain-swollen Pea River swept away parts of a levee surrounding Elba last weekend and inundated the town, forcing 1,500 people to evacuate.
Kilgore said that Gov. Guy Hunt’s office will administer the money and that Williams wants every family in Elba to receive part of it.
Williams as a boy spent his summers with his maternal grandfather, Shelton Sheppard, who lived in nearby Troy.
″They would go hunting and fishing and that is the reason that part of Alabama is dear to his heart,″ Kilgore said. ″He also has been inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and he feels a special fondness for the state for that reason, also.″
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly 100 police officers were needed to control thousands of rowdy fans who blocked traffic and spilled into a major boulevard to see the British band Depeche Mode.
About 3,000 fans and autograph seekers gathered outside the Wherehouse record store late Tuesday, said police Sgt. Emilio Perez, and ″several of the people started throwing rocks and bottles.″
Lisa Perez, a receptionist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center emergency room, said five youths were treated for minor injuries and were released.
″People were getting stepped on and one girl fainted,″ said Art Cortez, 16, who was in the crowd. ″It was like a riot.″
Almost 100 officers in riot gear were eventually needed to calm the crowd, which had been expected to be about 400, police said. Police cordoned off the area for about two hours and made no arrests, said Capt. Keith Bushy.
″My guess is the Wherehouse was somewhat surprised by the situation they created also. Unfortunately, they failed to plan it adequately,″ Bushy said. ″I think they created a monster without realizing it.″
Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky said he will propose a law making organizers pay for police and fire costs, which he said will discourage such events.
″You can’t have this on the sidewalk on La Cienega Boulevard. This is a group that sells out the Rose Bowl in five minutes,″ Yaroslavsky said. ″They put at risk the lives and safety of thousands of young people.″
The group, currently on the charts with their single ″Personal Jesus,″ was promoting their new album ″Violator,″ which was released Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Singer Tony Orlando set his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the 30th anniversary of the promotion sponsored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Orlando’s star, No. 1,909, was set Wednesday between Mel Blanc and Gail Davis along the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard.
Among those attending were Dick Clark, Jerry Lewis and Telma Hopkins. Johnny Grant, chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee, served as master of ceremonies.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yani, a 14-year-old Chinese prodigy who began painting at age 2, delighted patrons of the Asian Art Museum with a demonstration at an exhibit of her work.
″Yani: The Brush of Innocence,″ an exhibit of 69 paintings, marks the final leg and only West Coast show since she began a national tour last summer.
Yani who uses traditional Chinese brush and ink technique to paint animals, especially monkeys, but said she plans to expand her artwork and concentrate on humans.
She had her first exhibit at age 4 in her home province of Guangzi in southern China. By 6, she had produced 4,000 paintings and had shown her work in China and Hong Kong.
Recently, Yani has had exhibits in England, West Germany and Japan.