Archive for Tuesday, December 5, 2000


December 5, 2000


Giving and receiving

Bruce Springsteen, who recently wrote a song about the 1999 police slaying of a West African immigrant in a hail of 41 bullets, has received the Humanitarian Community Service Award from the NAACP.

Springsteen was among a dozen people honored by the Middletown, N.J., chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for contributions to the community.

The 51-year-old New Jersey native has sold millions of records, often focusing on social issues such as AIDS, homelessness and racism. This summer, he was criticized by police when he performed a new song about the death of Amadou Diallo, gunned down by New York City police.

The late "Mambo King" Tito Puente will be honored posthumously today for his charity work.

The New York Chapter of the Recording Academy has named Puente, along with musicians B.B. King and Diana Ross, actress Bernadette Peters, producer Phil Ramone and record executive Frank Military, as recipients of the 2000 Heroes Award.

Puente, a percussionist who died in April at 77, was honored for his work with educational foundations.

Confronting mortality

Dudley Moore says a rare brain disorder similar to Parkinson's disease has left him with a "short and uncertain future."

"Yes, I feel angry, that's true," the 65-year-old comedian said in a BBC interview. "To be reduced to this insignificant version of myself is overpowering."

Last year, the star of "Arthur" was diagnosed as having progressive supranuclear palsy, which attacks brain cells that control balance and eye movements, as well as some mental and motor functions.

Moore said early symptoms led many to believe he was drunk. "People started saying I was drunk on stage. It was dreadful," he said.

Author briefly hospitalized

Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron was released Monday from a Richmond, Va., hospital where he spent the night after complaining he was feeling tired.

Styron, 75, was hospitalized for a month earlier this year for treatment of depression and pneumonia. He was admitted Sunday to Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital and was released Monday afternoon.

The Virginia-born author of "Sophie's Choice" and "Lie Down in Darkness" had stayed up late on Saturday after speaking at a Library of Virginia event honoring him for his life's work.

"He just overdid it and we were concerned. We just wanted to be careful," said his son, Thomas Styron.

"He was tired and feeling like he was having difficulty getting out of bed, and his blood pressure dropped some when he stood up," the younger Styron said.

Styron won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967 for his historical novel "The Confessions of Nat Turner." He described his struggle with depression in the 1992 memoir "Darkness Visible."

Commenting has been disabled for this item.