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November 20, 1989

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Michael Jackson has been hanging out recently at Steve Wynn’s $630 million Mirage Hotel, which opens Wednesday on the Las Vegas Strip.

The singer, a longtime friend of Wynn’s, has popped up at interviews the chairman of Golden Nugget Inc. has conducted with reporters checking out Wynn’s 3,100-room showplace. One reporter had to be convinced that Jackson was really Jackson and not a Vegas look-alike.

Jackson and Wynn are planning a feature at the resort called the ″Jackson Attraction.″ It will have Jackson memorabilia and souvenirs.

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RADNOR, Pa. (AP) - Victoria Principal prepared for her role as a blind woman in an upcoming made-for-television movie by wearing a blindfold for two weeks.

″I cooked dinner blindfolded, I baked, I made sandwiches, I scrambled eggs, ate meals, and I even tended to business at my office with my eyes covered,″ said the former star of CBS’ ″Dallas″ in an interview in the Nov. 25 issue of TV Guide.

In the ABC movie ″Blind Witness,″ Ms. Principal plays a determined blind woman who avenges her husband’s murder.

The actress said she even slept with a blindfold during her film preparation, and that the most frightening part was in the mornings, ″because there’s no way to prepare for waking up blind.″

During filming in Utah, she wore special contact lenses that distorted her vision and made her legally blind.

″I had to memorize all my locations before we shot a scene,″ said Ms. Principal, who was also executive producer for the movie. ″I would count every step and practice moving to my marks over and over again, because I couldn’t see my marks.″


RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) - Actor Emmanuel Lewis, formerly of the comedy series ″Webster,″ threw a pizza party for about 40 foster children over the weekend.

The 3-foot, 7-inch actor threw the party Sunday at a karate studio where he works out. He said he staged the party because he was unable to make an August event scheduled by the state Division of Family and Children’s Services.

″These are very wonderful people,″ said Lewis, 18, now a freshman at Clark-Atlanta University.

Jill Holder, a family services employee, said the party ″gives us a chance to bring the children together and to let them know that there are people who are aware that they need homes.″


NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Edward I. Koch, already signed up as a television commentator, is adding newspaper columnist to the growing list of job titles he’ll assume when he leave office in January.

Koch will write a weekly column for the New York Post, the paper’s publisher, Peter Kalikow, announced in Monday’s editions.

″I will be even less inhibited as a columnist than I was as mayor,″ Koch promised. ″The world will be my oyster.″

Koch, who will be succeeded by Democrat David Dinkins, has made sure he won’t be idle when he leaves office. The three-term mayor has already agreed to teach at New York University and do regular commentaries for local television and radio stations.

″Anyone who’s ever covered Ed Koch would have been very surprised to see him pull a General MacArthur and fade away,″ said New York Post Editor Jerry Nachman.

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RADNOR, Pa. (AP) - Isabella Hofmann says although millions of people watch her every week on the NBC comedy ″Dear John,″ she’s the ″Queen of Anonymity″ when she walks down the street.

The actress, who plays Kate McCarron on the show about a singles’ support group, says in the Nov. 25 issue of TV Guide that she never gets stared at or stopped for autographs.

To illustrate, she described a recent lunch with her manager in a trendy Los Angeles restaurant. The waitress said the restaurant owner wanted to send her a desert, on the house. Miss Hofmann said she couldn’t figure out why.

″My manager said, ‘Now Isabella, please. You’re in a hit show, and people just do this sort of thing.’ And I said, ‘No, you know how it is with me. No one ever recognizes me. Something’s wrong, you watch.’ ... Then the owner came over and said, ’Oh, I’m sorry. The waitress had the wrong table.‴

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis Colt Harvey Armstrong and seven teammates will debut an anti-drug rap song, ″Leave It Alone,″ for 10,000 schoolchildren at the Hoosier Dome on Tuesday.

The morning rally is the brainchild of Colts assistant public relations director Keith Newton and Karen Braeckel of Indianapolis Newspapers Inc. Newton said it was his solution to the avalanche of requests from schools that wanted Colts football players to speak about drug abuse.

″I just could not accommodate all the requests,″ Newton said Monday. ″We thought instead of having the Colts go out to the kids, this would be bringing the kids to the Colts.″

More than 200 buses will transport middle school students from eight counties for the hourlong rally, whose highlight will be the rap song by Armstrong, Clarence Verdin, Andre Rison, Bill Brooks, John Brandes, Michael Ball, James Pruitt and Pat Davis.

Armstrong, a seventh-year nose tackle, is the driving force behind the team’s participation, Newton said.

″They’ve been meeting for last couple months or so on a regular basis, composing the words, coming up with the music for their song,″ Newton said.

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