People in the News
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Rock guitarist Joe Walsh didn’t write the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song ″Ohio,″ but he lived it.
Walsh was attending Kent State University when four students were shot to death by National Guardsmen in May 1970 and is waging a campaign to erect a campus memorial to the slain students.
″I knew Jeffrey (Miller) and I knew Allison (Krause), two of the people who were killed,″ said Walsh, who witnessed the shootings. ″Those of us who were there will never forget it.″
An angry Walsh wrote a 5,000-word letter to Rolling Stone magazine shortly after the shootings, but it was never published.
The guitarist, who performed Saturday night in Pittsburgh, said he remains dedicated to recognizing the tragedy ″so that stupidity of that nature never happens again. And I continue to have dialogue with the survivors, some of whom are crippled, and their families, and do what I can for them.″
Walsh, 40, stages an annual benefit concert to raise money for the proposed memorial.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Comedian George Lindsey is canceling his Celebrity Weekend fund-raiser for the Alabama Special Olympics after 17 years.
The annual country music concert and golf tournament, featuring entertainers and sports figures, has run its course, Lindsey said.
″We’ve given about all that’s in us,″ he said Friday. ″I think everybody’s tired and worn out. We’re not filling up the show or the golf course.″
Lindsey’s final Celebrity Weekend will be April 22-24 in Montgomery, with Roy Clark, Mel Tillis and Janie Frickie scheduled to perform, Lindsey said.
Lindsey started the program to benefit handicapped children when he was still known as ″Goober,″ the bumbling gas station attendant on the ″Andy Griffith Show.″ He continued the benefit when he joined the cast of ″Hee Haw,″ and Clark, the show’s host, became an annual participant.
Susan O’Kelly, the weekend’s coordinator, attributed the decline in the benefit’s attendance to country music becoming less popular and the organizers having ″a harder time getting newer stars″ to participate.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kellye Cash, Miss America 1987, says she used to scoff at beauty pageants.
″I never would have entered one. What changed my mind was playing piano for a woman who entered a pageant when I was a freshman at college,″ Miss Cash said.
″Prior to that I had clumped Miss America together with all other pageants. All those women saying, ‘I want to make peace - and be a brain surgeon 3/8’
″But by playing for this woman, I got to see that the Miss America system had a lot to offer in terms of career and educational opportunities.″
Miss Cash, 23, the grand-niece of country music entertainer Johnny Cash, is completing her junior year at Memphis State University. She is a communications major, studies music and fills in as host of a local television show.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country-pop singer Rosanne Cash and guitarist Chet Atkins head the list of performers for a concert to benefit artists and craftsmen who lost tools, materials and finished works in a recent fire.
Among those joining Ms. Cash, the daughter of singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, and Atkins in the concert Wednesday night at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center will be country singers Steve Wariner and Tracy Nelson, the New Grass Revival, the Nashville Bluegrass Band and dobro guitarist Jerry Douglas.
The event is designed to help replace the objects lost when the Block Brothers warehouse burned Jan. 9. The building housed a film-scenery construction service along with studios for sculptors and woodworkers.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - More than 2,500 fans of ″Wheel of Fortune″ hostess Vanna White crammed into a photography and video store for autographs signed ″Love, Vanna″ or simply to gawk at TV’s glamorous letter turner.
Many shelled out $15 Saturday for White’s new exercise video, ″Get Slim- Stay Slim,″ so they would be permitted to go upstairs and have White personally autograph a picture.
Jeff Turner, 18, and three friends cited two reasons why White is the kind of girl they would bring home to their mothers: ″Her body and her smile.″
As for the tapes, one of the them explained, ″We’re going to give them to our overweight moms.″
White arrived via limousine in a denim miniskirt and sunglasses, then changed into a low-cut backless black cocktail dress similar to the ones she wears on ″Wheel of Fortune.″
She said little but smiled often and posed for a photograph with 27-year- old Torre Froehlich of Milpitas, who won a trip to Lorimar Studios in Los Angeles, a $100 clothing certificate and a camera for winning a Vanna White look-alike contest.