Archive for Thursday, June 28, 2001


June 28, 2001


'Today,' it's paternity leave

If you're wondering where in the world is Matt Lauer, he's with his wife and their new baby.

Lauer was absent from NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday because his wife, Dutch model Annette Roque, had given birth to a son, said his co-host, Katie Couric.

Jack Matthew Lauer was born Tuesday afternoon, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces. It's the first child for both parents.

Lauer, 43, and Roque, 35, married in October 1998. He proposed to her in Venice while filming his annual tour, "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" The couple met on a blind date.

Dancer insures his 'hot legs'

Michael Flatley has feet of flames, but his legs are his fortune. That's why he's insured them for $50 million.

"Everybody was afraid that if I stopped dancing, the tour wouldn't go on, and if the tour doesn't go on a lot of people would be out of work, and I would stand to lose a great deal of money myself," Flatley told AP Radio while in Washington with his "Feet of Flames" tour.

But the 42-year-old Celtic dancer, creator of the "Riverdance" phenomenon, said the insurance policy doesn't keep him from leaving the house.

"No, life is too short, man. I love to dance and, you know, I love all of those things, and whatever is going to happen is going to happen," he said. "It's a matter of fate."

Who says No More Mr. Nice Guy?

It turns out rocker Alice Cooper really is a nice guy.

The man who sang "No More Mr. Nice Guy" is donating $75,000 for a new youth center in central Phoenix that he hopes will change kids' lives.

The donation was announced earlier this month by the Solid Rock Foundation, which Cooper created.

Plans for the $2 million, 8-acre youth center being built by a Christian nonprofit organization, Neighborhood Ministries, include classrooms, a cafeteria, medical clinic, ball fields and a food bank.

Brady brother picks a fight

Greg Brady's fighting back.

Barry Williams, who played the oldest sibling on the 1970s sitcom "The Brady Bunch," was fined $52,000 earlier this year by the Actors' Equity Assn. for performing in a nonunion show.

But on Monday, Williams filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against Actors' Equity, claiming the fine was illegal because he already had resigned from the union when he began performing in a non-Equity production of "The Sound of Music."

Williams, who portrayed Capt. Von Trapp in the show, was a member of the union from 1974 to 2000.

Union members picketed the touring show in several cities including Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Providence, R.I., carrying signs proclaiming, "Greg Brady is a scab."

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