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November 26, 1985

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) _ Jamestown High School’s marching band members are set to strut their stuff in the Rose Bowl parade Jan. 1, with a little bit of help from Jamestown native Lucille Ball.

The star of ″I Love Lucy″ and ″Here’s Lucy″ sent the 200-member band a check for $1,000 to help the effort to raise funds for the trip to Pasadena, Calif., for the Tournament of Roses on New Year’s Day.

Some band members had written to the television, movie and Broadway actress asking to meet her when they are in the Los Angeles area and perhaps play for her. She was born in Jamestown in 1911 and attended Jamestown High.

In a letter to band director Louis Deppas, Miss Ball said she ″loved hearing about the Red Raider band from Jamestown High.″

Miss Ball said she will be away when the band is in California, but she complimented band members on their selection as one of eight high school bands to march.

The four-time Emmy winner signed her letter ″Love, Lucy.″


WINONA, Minn. (AP) - A 19-year-old man paralyzed since last spring says that he gave a ″bluebird of happiness″ memento to his idol, Sylvester Stallone, at the premiere of ″Rocky IV″ last week.

″It’s about the only thing you can give someone who has everything,″ Peter Hoialmen said. ″We talked about the movie and how I was doing. He talked with my mom a little bit and my dad. He was pretty busy. He had about 1,600 other people he had to meet with.″

Hoialmen was invited to Thursday’s Hollywood premiere as Stallone’s guest after his stepmother wrote to the ″Rocky″ star a few weeks after the young Minnesota man was paralyzed from the shoulders down in a golf cart accident.

″After the movie, it was really neat,″ he said. ″There was a red carpet a block and a half long. We followed that, which was rather amazing, and it led to where the party was.″

At the party, Hoialmen chatted with a steady stream of celebrities.

″After Stallone, my favorite one was Morgan Fairchild,″ he said. ″I got to kiss her several times. I was smiling ear to ear; that was quite an experience.″


CHICAGO (AP) - William ″The Refrigerator″ Perry, the Chicago Bears’ rookie who flattens opponents in football games, proved to be an old softie off the field as he helped launch a fund-raising effort for a 7-year-old who needs a liver transplant.

The 6-foot-2, 308-pound Perry drew a large and enthusiastic crowd Monday at a hospital as he gave $1,000 and declared himself national spokeman for the ″Crystal Jenkins Life Fund for Children.″

About 300 people at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center cheered the defensive tackle-running back, who has captured the nation’s attention because of his size and touchdown-scoring ability.

Crystal, who is from Blackville, S.C., a few miles from Perry’s hometown of Aiken, suffers from biliary atresia and will die within a year if she doesn’t have a liver transplant, doctors said.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bachelor days are over for former U.S. Sen. Harrison Schmitt, who has gotten married and is on his honeymoon, his office said.

Schmitt, 50, who as an astronaut walked on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, took out a marriage license last week from the Santa Fe County clerk. The license showed he was marrying Teresa Fitzgibbons of Albuquerque.

A woman at Schmitt’s office declined to comment further on the wedding.

Schmitt, a Republican, was a U.S. senator from New Mexico from 1977 to 1983. He was defeated in his bid for a second term.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Academy Award-nominated actress and singer Ronee Blakely filed suit for divorce Monday against her husband, Wim Wenders, who directed last year’s critically acclaimed film, ″Paris, Texas.″

The 39-year-old actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for her screen debut in the 1975 film ″Nashville,″ cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce, according to the suit. The couple were married in 1979.

Wenders, 40, one of the leading directors of West German cinema during the 1970s, has directed films including ″Hammett,″ a 1980 U.S. film based on the early writing career of detective novelist Dashiell Hammett.

″Paris, Texas″ won a Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival last year.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Charles S. Robb, long troubled by cataracts that have sharply limited his vision, underwent surgery on one of his eyes Tuesday, his office said.

The surgery was performed at the Medical College of Virginia, said Robb’s press secretary, George Stoddart.

Robb, 46, who frequently has joked that he is both ″blind and vain,″ has only in the last year begun to wear glasses in public to relieve his eye problems.

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