Bart Simpson entertainer of year
He's bug-eyed, missing two fingers and has no chin, but Bart J. Simpson has what it takes to capture Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of the Year title.
The magazine gives the cartoon character for not catching typical Hollywood afflictions: He didn't punch out any paparazzi, wear glasses to make himself look smarter, harangue his fans about political causes, make a trip to the Betty Ford Center or sing the National Anthem.
Runners-up for the trophy included Julia Roberts, Madonna, Arnold Schwarzenegger, M.C. Hammer, Stephen King, Sean Connery, Arsenio Hall, David Lynch and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Bart also made People magazine's list of the most intriguing people of 1990, along with M.C. Hammer, President Bush, Saddam Hussein and Sinead O'Connor. People calls Julia Roberts the first new female star of the '90s for her role in "Pretty Woman," while crediting Ken Burns, the producer of the 11-hour "Civil War," with making a name for himself through public television. Arnold Schwarzenegger's new film, "Kindergarten Cop," has been flunked at the Astoria, Ore., school where much of the movie was made.
After previewing the film, Astor Elementary School Principal Judy Bigby and Astoria School District Superintendent Len Carpenter dropped plans to take all the children from Astor School to a special showing of the movie Jan. 9. They said that the film, rated PG-13, included unnecessary nudity, excessive violence and bad language, making it inappropriate to show as a school function.
Child donates papers
Julia Child has given her papers and her cookbook library to the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Radcliffe. More than 2,000 volumes of French and English cookbooks, plus her papers and videotapes of her television series, "The French Chef" have been given to what will be the Julia Child Research Area.
After teaching a generation of Americans to care about what they put on their tables, Mrs. Child has a new cause.
"We're talking to Radcliffe, and other colleges, about master's degrees in gastronomy," she said. "We're trying to establish it as a serious discipline. Gastronomy is very like architecture -- you have the history and the hands-on as well."
Rushdie foes not happy
Signs emerged yesterday that author Salman Rushdie did not placate all his opponents by disavowing portions of his controversial novel, "The Satanic Verses."
The Iranian newspaper Abrar denounced the move as "propaganda maneuvers" and declared the death sentence against him irrevocable. But no official reaction was reported from Tehran.
In a statement released Monday, the British novelist embraced zTC Islam, a faith he had previously renounced. He also pledged that "The Satanic Verses" would not be published in paperback.
THIS DATE IN HISTORY: DEC. 26
In 1972, the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, died in Kansas City, Mo.
In 1975, the Soviet Union inaugurated the world's first supersonic transport service with a flight of its Tupolev 144 airliner from Moscow to Alma Ata.
BIRTHDAYS: Actor Richard Widmark is 76. Comedian, composer and author Steve Allen is 69. Comedian Alan King is 63. Record producer Phil Spector is 50. Actress Jane Lapotaire is 46. Baseball catcher Carlton Fisk is 43. Former baseball player Chris Chambliss is 42.
Hope to entertain troops
Bob Hope's troop show will play Saudi Arabia, but the women will wear loose-fitting, figure-hiding clothing to conform to Saudi sensibilities, the Defense Department said Monday.
This will be a far cry from Mr. Hope's traditional Christmas troop shows in other years, when scantily clad women have been a mainstay of the performance.
The Pentagon said Mr. Hope would play at least two shows in Saudi Arabia and one show elsewhere, but spokesmen declined to give his exact location citing security reasons.