August 30, 1999 12:00 PM


Five years after they met in a Bible-study class, Olympic ice-skating medalist Paul Wylie, 34, and former social worker Katherine Presbrey, 26, married on Aug. 14 in Centerville, Mass. Attending the reception was the skating world’s crème de la crème, including Olympic medalists Scott Hamilton (who was a groomsman), Brian Boitano, Kristi Yamaguchi, Nancy Kerrigan and Ekaterina Gordeeva.

Null and Void

On Aug. 13 in London, a judge granted an annulment decree to Mick Jagger, 56, the endlessly rocking Rolling Stone, and former model Jerry Hall, 43, the mother of four of his children, thus ending—this time for good—an on-again, off-again relationship that began in the early disco era. Justice Michael Connell ruled that the pair’s 1990 Hindu ceremony on Bali was not a marriage as far as the law is concerned. At the same time he approved a confidential financial settlement between the couple.


Hall of Fame shortstop Pee Wee Reese, 80, who in 1955 helped the Brooklyn Dodgers win their only World Series, died of lung cancer on Aug. 14 at his home in Louisville, Ky. Reese was also famous for strength of a different kind: When teammates circulated a petition saying they didn’t want to play with blacks, he refused to sign. And when racist fans in Cincinnati taunted Jackie Robinson, the first black to play major-league baseball, Reese, in a gesture both graceful and defiant, stood beside his teammate and put his arm around him….

Pop music impresario Bob Herbert, 57, whose 1994 newspaper ad recruited five unknown singers for a group that came to be known as the Spice Girls, died in a car crash on Aug. 9 in England.


After coming down with pneumonia, twangy troubadour Merle Haggard, 62, cancelled his tour dates for the rest of the month and is not expected to be back in commission until early September.

Out of the Racket

Tennis superstar Steffi Graf, 30, who turned pro at 13 and spent a record 377 weeks as the No. 1 women’s player in the world (accumulating in her career more than $20 million in on-court earnings), announced on Aug. 13 that she was retiring from competition, effective immediately. “I feel I have nothing left to accomplish,” she said at a news conference in her native Germany, adding, “I’m not having fun anymore.” Graf reportedly plans to devote her attention to the marketing company bearing her name and to mentoring young tennis talent.


Ex-Yankee ballplayer Jim “Catfish” Hunter, 53, who has been suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease for the past nine months, tripped and struck his head outside his home in Hertford, N.C., on Aug. 8 and was unconscious for a day. He remains hospitalized in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C.


In Paris, the state prosecutor who reviewed the investigation into the death of Princess Diana concluded on Aug. 16 that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute nine photographers who pursued the royal. The prosecutor also recommended that the charges—involuntary manslaughter and failure to aid a person in danger—be dismissed.

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