Archive for Wednesday, May 26, 1999


May 26, 1999


Allen tools go to charity

"Home Improvement" star Tim Allen has come up with the perfect Father's Day gift: one of his cordless drills.

All profits from the Tim Allen Signature Tools collection will benefit children's charities.

Allen, who played Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor for eight seasons on ABC, founded his line of signature power and hand tools three years ago as a way to raise money for kids.

"I have always enjoyed do-it-yourself projects," Allen said Monday. "Being in a position to actually help design and bring tools to market is an incredible opportunity. Being able to fund charities as a result is phenomenal."

Dark days ahead for Bakker

Forget the Y2K crisis. Jim Bakker has darker fears.

The former televangelist warned that an apocalypse is fast approaching, predicting an asteroid will crash into Earth and block out the sun and moon.

"Y2K is going to be a Sunday picnic compared to what else is going to happen," said Bakker, referring to the worldwide software glitch that threatens computers on Jan. 1, 2000.

"All I say is don't fall in love with this world," Bakker told an overflowing crowd Sunday at the Solid Rock Christian Center.

Bakker, 59, spent nearly five years in prison for bilking followers out of $158 million. He lost his ministry, homes, wealth and credit cards, he said.

"I thought that because the stuff was gone, God was gone," Bakker said. Prison proved to him that faith always pulls people through, he said.

Yale honors Greenspan, 'Poppins'

Yale University honored "The Sound of Music" star Julie Andrews and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan -- for the sound of money.

Yale President Richard Levin awarded Greenspan a doctorate of human letters Monday "for your vision for this country and your steadfast stewardship of its material well-being."

Ms. Andrews, a stage and screen star, received her doctorate of fine arts while an orchestra played the theme to "The Sound of Music," in which she played the singing governess, Maria.

Ms. Andrews is also known for her roles in "My Fair Lady," "Victor/Victoria," and "Mary Poppins," for which she received the 1964 Academy Award for best actress.

"The sound of her music has shaped our lives," Levin said. "But you have done more than delight us. You have mastered every medium -- stage, film, television, and concert hall -- and every theatrical genre: comedy, drama and musical."

Turner won't run for White House

Ted Turner says he won't be running for president because wife Jane Fonda won't let him.

"I thought about it a number of times," Turner said Monday at the University of Montana in Missoula. "But my wife, who was married to a politician before, said she would leave me."

Fonda was married to Tom Hayden, a '60s radical and state senator in California.

Turner's not sure he's up for the White House anyway.

"I'm only 60 but I've got a lot of mileage," he said. "It takes a lot of energy for that job and I don't have it."

Celebs' toys are best of the best

Gwyneth Paltrow's Harry Winston jewels and Jerry Seinfeld's Porsche 911 made it onto a luxury lifestyle magazine's "Best of the Best" list for 1999.

Callaway golf clubs, preferred by President Clinton, also were included on the 11th annual list in the Robb Report's June issue.

"It is inevitable that celebrities and world leaders are buying and using the luxury items that our readers chose as the best for 1999. What good is working hard if you can't enjoy the best there is?" publisher Dan Phillips said Tuesday.

Readers of the monthly magazine chose items in more than 170 categories, including clothing, accessories, vehicles and wine.

The Yamaha YZF-R1 sport motorcycle, driven by Lyle Lovett, was on the list. So were Giorgio Armani suits worn by Martin Scorsese and Michael Caine, Luigi Borelli shirts preferred by Rupert Murdoch and Patek Philippe wristwatches worn by Nicolas Cage.

Versace book killed

The family of Gianni Versace has effectively stopped the publication of an unauthorized biography of the slain fashion designer, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

"Undressed: The Life and Times of Gianni Versace," by Christopher Mason, was in galley form and set for publication July 1 before its cancellation by Little, Brown, a division of Time Warner.

The Times reported that the book would have depicted Versace as a colossal talent who was promiscuous, bullied employees and berated journalists who wrote unkind reviews of his collections.

The book also would have been unflattering to Versace's surviving siblings, Santo and Donatella, who assumed control of his $560 million fashion empire after his 1997 murder, The Times said.

Little, Brown said it had received letters threatening legal action from the Versaces, had agreed with Mason that the book couldn't be published in its current form and was concerned that the biography, which was postponed last July, would be unable to sustain interest after another delay.

Today's birthdays

Singer Peggy Lee is 79. Actor James Arness is 76. Sportscaster Brent Musberger is 60. Singer Stevie Nicks is 51. Actor Philip Michael Thomas is 50. Actress Pam Grier is 50. Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is 50. Former astronaut Sally Ride is 48. Actress Genie Francis is 37.

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