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September 29, 1991

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Fred Dryer, former star of the television police drama ″Hunter,″ is building a ″California Spanish″ mansion.

Dryer, who played professional football for the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants before becoming an actor, said the 10,000-square-foot home in Beverly Hills will have five bedrooms and seven baths.

″It won’t be all frilled up,″ Dryer said. ″It won’t have a bowling alley or a shooting range. Everything will be very usable.″

He said he expects the home to be completed in January.

″Hunter″ enjoyed a seven-year run on NBC before it was canceled last spring. Dryer then formed a company to produce several NBC movies in which he’ll star.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Don Schlitz has been honored for the fourth straight time as country music songwriter of the year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

He was cited at an awards banquet Saturday for writing seven top songs during the past year: ″Battle Hymn of Love,″ ″Guardian Angel,″ ″I Could Be Persuaded,″ ″I Watched It All (on My Radio),″ ″My Arms Stay Open All Night,″ ″Richest Man on Earth″ and ″When It’s Gone.″

Named country song of the year was ″Friends in Low Places,″ by Earl Bud Lee. It was recorded by Garth Brooks and is a finalist Wednesday for Country Music Association single record of the year.

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CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) - Japan’s imperial couple toured a 500-year-old Buddhist temple Sunday and stopped to ask ordinary people about their lives.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were escorted through the main room of the Wat Photharam Maha Vihan, known as the Monastery with Seven Pagodas.

Outside, they walked past women and children seated on mats and waving small Japanese and Thai flags. Both stopped to chat.

″He asked me what I do and I told him I am a teacher,″ said Mrs. Kallaya Sunilahong, principal of an elementary school. ″Then he asked me where I teach and I said at the small school behind the temple.″

Akihito and Michiko have spoken with a number of local residents during their tour, upsetting their tight schedule.

Akihito will leave Monday for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the second stop on an 11-day trip that also will take him to Indonesia. This is his first trip outside Japan since he ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne last November following the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prince fans are meeting this week in his hometown, but they’re not expecting the royal treatment from the reclusive rock star.

″If he does anything, he won’t say until the last minute,″ Eileen Murton, who came from England to stage the convention.

″No one expects anything,″ said Murton, 42, who publishes a Prince fan magazine named Controversy and owns more than 1,000 pieces of Prince memorabilia and recordings.

Many convention activities will be held at Glam Slam, the downtown nightclub owned by Prince’s bodyguard-turned-manager, Gilbert Davison.

Bus tours will take fans to Prince’s Paisley Park Studios in suburban Chanhassen and to the purple house where Prince, known for his 1984 smash album ″Purple Rain,″ used to live and his father now resides.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Joe Simon gave up his Grammy-winning career as a rhythm and blues artist because God wasn’t in his life.

Simon, who became a minister four years ago, won a Grammy award in 1970 for his hit single ″The Chokin’ Kind″ but said success was unfulfilling.

″In those days I had a pocketful of money and a carload of women in every town, but I still wasn’t happy,″ Simon, a Baptist minister based in suburban Chicago, told The Tennessean in an interview published Saturday.

″I had a vocal gift, but I used it for Satan, for the world. That was then, and I see it as a shame.″

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