Ah, but would Boris Yeltsin be interested in the Gorby doll?
The three-day coup in the Soviet Union sparked a boom in sales of the Gorby doll in some parts of the country. Since Monday, a 10-inch cloth-and-plastic rendering of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has been selling, at $16.99 a pop, like blini (translation: hotcakes).
"Since Monday, we've been going crazy," said Dale Noble, manager at Doll City U.S.A. in Orange, Calif. He estimated nearly 1,000 of the dolls were snatched up by doll collectors and retailers around the country.
In Baltimore, none of a dozen toy stores surveyed stock the dolls.
Sheena Easton to debut on Broadway
Pop star Sheena Easton has gone from "Morning Train" and "Modern Girl" to Aldonza in "Man of La Mancha."
The two-time Grammy Award winner will make her theatrical debut in a revival of the Broadway hit that arrives in New York next March after a four-month national tour. Raul Julia will play Don Quixote in the musical based on the life and works of Miguel de Cervantes.
An unidentified private collector paid $45,600 yesterday for two pieces of a guitar smashed by American rock star Jimi Hendrix, Sotheby's auction house in London said.
The broken psychedelic guitar body and two strap toggles were all that remained of the instrument, which the late Hendrix wrecked at a concert in London in 1967.
Tick Tock owner hopes to go 'big time'
The owner of the Tick Tock Restaurant said he knew something was up when he noticed people filming the outside of the eatery in Hastings, Mich.
Then Danny DeVito came to dine.
The actor was scouting Michigan locations for his upcoming film "Hoffa" about Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamsters union president who vanished from a Detroit restaurant in July 1975.
"I'm sure hoping they'd use this place," said Tick Tock owner Terry Hedges. "I know one thing. It'll be big time if it does happen."
* Anatoly Karpov won his match in the world championshiquarterfinals yesterday.
Robert Rauschenberg is named in a $65 million palimony suit filed in New York by William Edwin Van Brunt III, who claimed he had an intimate relationship with the artist for 22 years and collaborated on his works.
Actress Dame Judith Anderson was released from a Santa Barbara, Calif. hospital yesterday after an 18-day stay for an undisclosed illness.
THIS DATE IN HISTORY: AUG. 23
In 1754, France's King Louis XVI was born at Versailles.
In 1785, U.S. naval hero Oliver Hazard Perry was born in South Kingstown, R.I.
In 1838, one of the first colleges for women, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, Mass., graduated its first students.
In 1914, Japan declared war on Germany in World War I.
In 1926, silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at age 31.
In 1927, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a 1920 payroll robbery in a case that had drawn widespread controversy.
In 1960, Broadway librettist Oscar Hammerstein II died in Doylestown, Penn.
BIRTHDAYS: Actor-dancer Gene Kelly is 79. Orchestra leader Bob Crosby is 78. Actress Vera Miles is 61. Political satirist Mark Russell is 59. California Gov. Pete Wilson is 58. Actress Barbara Eden is 57. Ballet dancer Patricia McBride is 49. Surgeon General Antonia Novello is 47. Actress Shelley Long is 42. Actor-singer Rick Springfield is 42. Queen Noor of Jordan is 40. Actor River Phoenix is 21.