Country music legend Dolly Parton doesn't believe in formalities. It will be just fine if you call her "Dr. D.D."
Parton received an honorary degree Sunday from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., and brought down the house when she called herself "Dr. D.D.," a reference to her married name, Dolly Dean, as well as her bust size.
"I'm trying very hard to hide it underneath this robe at this fine Baptist ceremony," she said.
The college offered the degree because of Parton's "personal involvement in supporting education," said Carson-Newman President J. Cordell Maddox. Parton has established a foundation in her native Sevier County, Tenn., to encourage children to stay in school. "I didn't like school at all. I was in a big rush to get out in the world," she said.
Helen Hayes is 90:
Helen Hayes was hailed as a giant of the stage without peer at a celebration of her 90th birthday in New York City. Surrounded by friends, fans and former co-stars, the diminutive woman dressed in basic black took all the fuss made over her in stride last night.
The black tie event at the Plaza Hotel was not only a birthday party but also a benefit for the restoration of the Helen Hayes/Tappan Zee Performing Arts Center in Nyack, N.Y., where the actress lives.
Among those who honored Hayes were singer Randy Travis, actor Burgess Meredith and actresses Carol Channing and Bernadette Peters and singer Judy Collins.
Kasparov keeps lead:
Chess champion Garry Kasparov sustained his edge over challenger Anatoly Karpov as the two agreed to a draw yesterday in the fifth game of the world chess title match in New York. Kasparov went into the game leading by 2 1/2 points to dTC Karpov's 1 1/2 points.
The first player to reach 12 1/2 points in the 24-game series will win the championship. The winner will receive $1.7 million and the loser will get $1.3 million.
Bridge wedding woes:
Tom King and Vivian Taylor's plans for a quiet wedding atop North America's second tallest bridge near Fayetteville, W.Va., were gone with the wind when a couple of thousand spectators crowded in.
The Memphis, Tenn., couple were wed Saturday during the 11th annual Bridge Day, when hundreds of parachutists jumped off the 876-foot New River Gorge Bridge to land on the banks of the New River.
But some wedding guests were crowded out of the ceremony, a couple of guests were barred from jumping because organizers felt they weren't qualified for a windy-day jump and one groomsman was charged with trespassing after he landed in the wrong place.
Jerks, and proud of it:
They may have a fancy title, but the folks who met in Omaha, Neb. over a banana split luncheon recently were just a bunch of jerks.
Of course, that's an old joke for the 20 or so members of the National Advisory Council of the National Association of Soda Jerks. They want to preserve that part of America's past that dispenses ice cream and sodas from behind counters in drug stores.
"The organization is dedicated to the preservation of American nostalgia," said its president and founder, Betty J. Davis, between bites of her split. Last July, she announced formation of the organization and began a search for soda jerks and fountains. Since then, she said, she has heard from 300 former soda jerks across the country, and the organization has registered 50 soda fountains.
She said her interest in soda fountains stems from her parents because her mother was a soda jerk at Oard Drug Store in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she was courted by her father, "who said she made the best malts in town."
British magistrates yesterday banned Princess Anne from driving for one month and fined her nearly $300 because she was caught speeding twice on the same road in one week in Stow-on-the-Wold, England.