August 19, 2002 12:00 PM


Claiming that her 31-year marriage was irretrievably broken, Revé Walsh, 51, filed for divorce from America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh, 56, on July 17 in Vero Beach, Fla. But John has asked the court not to make any decisions while the couple attend counseling. The Walshes, whose 6-year-old son Adam was abducted and killed in 1981, founded the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 1984. They have three children.


Australian tennis star Patrick Rafter, 29, and his longtime girlfriend, former model Lara Feltham, 33, welcomed their first child, Joshua Patrick, on Aug. 1 in Nambour, Australia. Rafter, the 1997 and 1998 U.S. Open champ, took a break from tennis this year and has not yet announced if he will return to the game….

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, 35, and his wife, Rhonda, 33, welcomed their second child together, daughter Alexa, on July 30 in Piano, Texas. Big sister Jordan is almost 1.


TV journalist Bill Moyers, 68, was arrested for drunk driving on July 27 in Arlington, Vt., when police spotted him driving erratically after leaving a friend’s birthday party. Moyers, the host of the weekly PBS show Now, admits that he had a glass of champagne and a small amount of wine, but says he was in full control of his faculties and plans to fight the charge.

Change of Plans

On Aug. 1, nine days after kicking off a 10-city North American concert tour in Westbury, N.Y., pop diva Diana Ross, 58, canceled all remaining dates. The singer, who had checked herself into a rehab center three months ago, offered no explanation.


ABC News commentator Cokie Roberts, 58, recently revealed that she underwent a successful lumpectomy to remove a tumor in her left breast at a Washington, D.C., hospital in late July. The Emmy winner, who had announced that she will step down as coanchor of This Week before the diagnosis, will undergo six months of chemotherapy but expects to recover fully.


Matt Robinson, 65, who played Gordon on Sesame Street and was a successful writer and producer of many popular programs including The Cosby Show and Sanford and Son, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease on Aug. 5 in L.A. He was the father of actress Holly Robinson Peete (For Your Love), 37….

Country music songwriter Joe Allison, 77, whose tunes were recorded by Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby and Patsy Cline, died of lung disease on Aug. 2 in Nashville. His biggest hit was 1960’s “He’ll Have to Go,” recorded by Jim Reeves….

Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn, 85, died on Aug. 5 in L.A., three days after sustaining head injuries in a fall. Hearn, who joined the Lakers in 1961, coined such now-standard basketball phrases as “slam dunk” and “air ball.” He worked 3,338 consecutive games for the Lakers, beginning in 1965 and ending last December when he underwent heart surgery.

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