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September 2, 1986

TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) _ The 13th Telluride Film Festival has concluded in this old mountain mining town, where Jimmy Stewart strolled down the tiny main street and Robin Williams posed with residents’ pets.

The 40 screenings for about 1,000 attendees concluded this weekend after mixing such extremes as eroticism, Polish politics and American westerns.

The annual festival is considered the nation’s leading showcase for filmmakers outside the Hollywood mainstream.

″We try to have an eclectic balance in the program,″ said festival co- director Tom Luddy.

Highlights included a sexually explicit Italian film, a new picture by ″Dune″ director David Lynch, three banned Polish movies, a film by a gravely ill Soviet director, and a new Robin Williams vehicle based on a Saul Bellow novel.

″There aren’t going to be any toys out of this movie,″ Williams said of ″Seize the Day,″ in which he plays a tortured character. ″Maybe a Tommy Wilhelm doll - you wind it up and watch him fall apart.″

Lynch’s new ″Blue Velvet,″ a return to a bizarre world reminiscent of his cult favorite ″Eraserhead,″ was the most talked-about premiere. Laura Dern stars with Kyle Maclachlan and Dennis Hopper.


NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) - A grand jury will hear the charges against entertainer Joey Heatherton stemming from her alleged stabbing of an ex-lover during an argument about her career, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Rockland County District Attorney Kenneth Gribetz said the charges - felonious assault, menacing and possession of a controlled substance - will be presented to a grand jury in two weeks.

Miss Heatherton, 41, is free on $1,500 bail.

Gribetz said Miss Heatherton allegedly attacked Jerry Fischer, 44, with two knives at his home in Hillcrest after an argument in which he blamed her career troubles on drug use.

Gribetz said police at the scene found a white powder believed to be cocaine in her purse when Miss Heatherton opened it looking for identification.

Miss Heatherton, daughter of TV’s ″Merry Mailman,″ Ray Heatherton, was arrested in July 1985 at the U.S. Passport Office in Manhattan for allegedly slapping a woman and pulling her hair. She was also charged with refusing to pay a $4,906 bill at a Long Island hotel and spa.

Miss Heatherton has appeared in movies and on Broadway and appeared regularly on the Perry Como show. She also had her own nightclub act.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Victor Kiam is so sure consumers will like his book, he is offering a money-back guarantee.

Kiam is best known for the television commercials in which he declares he was so impressed by his Remington shaver he bought the company.

Printed on the jacket flap of ″Going For It 3/8″ is a statement from Kiam proclaiming, ″I am so confident that you will benefit from and enjoy this book that if you are not satisfied, I will give you your money back.″

About 300,000 copies of the book have sold worldwide since it was published this spring.

″So far ... we’ve got 23 back,″ Kiam said last week. The book retails for $16.95 in the United States.

In the seven years that he has run Remington Products Inc., the company has been transformed into a money-maker, with an estimated $200 million in sales this year.

″Going For It 3/8″ is a mix of anecdoctes and advice.

With the help of New York writer Dick Lally, Kiam tells would-be entrepreneurs what they need to succeed - confidence, commitment, creativity, personal sacrifice and energy.

Kiam brushes off any comparison with Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca, whose autobiography hit the best-seller lists. Kiam’s book has yet to appear on any U.S. best-seller lists.

″There is no relation. His is an autobiography. Mine is not,″ Kiam said.


EATONVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Don Bonker has been in Congress since 1974, but in a random survey in Eatonville, the local newspaper publisher, editor, nine local business owners and 21 residents didn’t know he was their representative.

The town was part of an area added to the Democrat’s district in 1983.

The mayor, a school board member and a college freshman did know that Bonker represented them.

The unscientific, walk-around-town-and-ask survey was conducted by The Columbian, a daily newspaper in Vancouver, the city where Bonker served as Clark County auditor before being elected to Congress.

Eatonville, a town of about 1,110, gets most of its news from Tacoma and thus hears more about Democratic Rep. Norm Dicks, who represents the city, and Republican Rod Chandler, who represents some of the suburbs.

Eatonville Dispatch Publisher Jim Martin-Almy admitted he wrote an editorial recently urging readers to write to Dicks about the tax bill, and editor Brian Laubach said he sent election questionnaires to Dicks and Chandler, but not Bonker.

″He has never showed his face here,″ said Laubach. ″We don’t even have his picture on file.″


SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Willamette University’s new library will be dedicated Thursday to Mark Hatfield, the state’s senior senator.

Hatfield, a Republican who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, is a former student, professor and dean at the school.

Daniel J. Boorstin, librarian of Congress, and Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., are among the speakers to be featured at the day of festivities.

The $7.4 million-library, completed earlier this summer, was paid for with private contributions raised by the university in honor of Hatfield. More than 1,300 individuals, corporations and charitable foundations donated to the project.

Hatfield plans to donate many of his personal papers to the school for use by students, scholars, researchers and the public.