Presidential hopeful Ted Kennedy was in Denver for a rally at a downtown shopping mall last month when Colorado Sen. Gary Hart, who is also after the Democratic nomination, forced his rival to take a back seat. During Kennedy’s speech, Hart slipped into the front of Teddy’s limo and donned dark glasses and a chauffeur’s cap. When the rally was over, Kennedy hustled into the back of the Lincoln for the drive to the airport. “Where do you want to go, Ted?” asked Hart, gazing into the rearview mirror. It took Kennedy about 20 seconds to realize that the face in the mirror belonged to Hart. Then he cracked up. Whereupon Hart maneuvered the car out of the mall and drove to the airport, where the two Senators took the same flight to Washington.
Lee Horsley, of ABC’s new Matt Houston series, says one of the hardest things about doing the show is the 14-to-16-hour days that keep him away from his wife and year-old daughter, Amber. “Amber,” he says, “is my reason for living. But she’s always asleep when I leave in the morning and asleep when I get home at night. I come in wishing I could see her and play with her. So—I do a dirty thing. My wife will say, ‘Be quiet, the baby’s sleeping.’ I’ll say, ‘Okay.’ Then I’ll go in the bathroom, brush my teeth and drop something to make a noise. Crash! The baby wakes up. I can’t help myself.”
Gem of a Notion
Like many British nobles, Earl Spencer had a vast ancestral estate but not enough money to maintain it properly. Luckily for Spencer, he also had a daughter named Diana, and since she became Princess of Wales, his Northamptonshire home, Althorp, has become a major tourist attraction. Visitors pay $3.50 to tour the place and also spend money in the souvenir shop and the wine bar that Spencer’s business-minded wife, Raine, has opened. But now the Spencers are starting an even bigger business: They have sent out 18,000 copies of a catalog offering a line of costume jewelry, the Althorp Jewels. The pieces range from fake emerald earrings and brooches for $11 to an amethyst-and-rhinestone necklace for $395. In the first week, the Spencers reportedly received more than $11,000 worth of orders. Gushed Raine, “It’s the best idea we’ve ever had.”
“I am at a turning point in my life,” said Shirley MacLaine during an interview in London. “I’m either at a point where I can truthfully say that I prefer to go it alone, or I’m getting ready to meet someone who I could finally settle down with and marry.” As it happens, Shirley, 48, is married, but she’s hardly settled down. Her husband for 28 years has been businessman Steve Parker, an American who lives in Tokyo. They rarely meet. Yet Shirley’s lawyer says she has no plans to divorce him.
Doc Severinsen has managed to look ebullient all these years on The Tonight Show, but for a while there he had a problem: sore lips. Seems his trumpet playing caused it. To the rescue came Severinsen’s dentist, Dr. Joe Bryant, who invented a special lip balm which Doc has used for years and given to his musician friends with positive results. Now Doc and the dentist are marketing the product under the name Lip Fix. (A 1.5-ounce tube will sell for 98¢.) Reportedly, they turned down bids from major pharmaceutical houses so they could “personally offer” the product.
Billboard magazine, the music biz bible best known for its charts of hit singles, albums and, lately, videocassettes has begun a biweekly rating of the most popular video games. No. 1 on the current list, as any teenager could have guessed, is Donkey Kong, followed by Pitfall, Frogger, Berzerk and, dropping from fifth to 12th place, Pac-Man.