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January 03, 1992

Royal champ:

Britain's Princess Anne has cut more ribbons and attended more banquets than any other member of the royal family, according to a survey.

Queen Elizabeth, her husband, Prince Philip, and 14 other family members -- often criticized for their enormous wealth and what some consider to be their frivolous activities -- made 4,292 appearances in Great Britain and abroad in 1991.

Princess Anne was the busiest with 745 events; the queen was next, with 581; and Prince Philip was third, with 587.

On the lower end of the list are Princess Margaret, who fell t 103 engagements last year; Prince Andrew, who had 107, but it should be remembered that he is in the navy; and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, with only 102, but she's 91 years old.

The survey, compiled by insurance broker Tim O'Donovan from royal schedule listings and published yesterday, includes ribbons cut, investitures attended and lunches, buffets and banquets consumed in the line of royal duty. Actor Adam Rich, who was enrolled in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program in California, was jailed after he staged an accident to obtain some pain killer, officials say.

San Fernando Municipal Court Judge Nora Manella ordered Rich, 23, of suburban Chatsworth, taken into custody without bail yesterday after officials with the drug rehabilitation center in Pasadena reported the incident and said Rich was not cooperating, says prosecutor Allan Nadir.

Rich purposely threw himself down a flight of stairs, then asked for a pain killer when taken to a nearby hospital, Nadir says.

Rich gained fame playing Nicholas Bradford on the television series "Eight is Enough."

Attorney Floyd J. Siegal, who represents Rich, confirms that the program terminated Rich after deciding that he was not progressing satisfactorily.

Special occasion:

Krista Lawrance, 21, suspected something was up, something more than just being asked for her hand in marriage.

Her boyfriend, Robert Rudloff, 22, hired a limousine that whisked them away to a romantic, expensive dinner on New Year's Eve. Rudloff also bought roses and candy for the occasion.

"I kept wondering how he could possibly pay for all this as a college student," says Lawrance, Rudloff's girlfriend of three years. Both are physics majors at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

On New Year's Day, she found out. Rudloff showed her a lottery ticket and a state document showing he had won $1.5 million in the Nov. 6 Lotto drawing.

"I knew I won the day after the drawing," Rudloff says. "But I wasn't sure how I wanted to handle it. Then I decided to wait, pull out all the stops on New Year's Eve, then tell her about the ticket the next day." In the "old-fashioned way," on one knee, Rudloff asked Lawrance to marry him. She accepted.

Special gift:

A lottery winner in Erie, Pa., donated $100,000 to send food and medicine to Russia, saying he wanted to set an example for other baby boomers who grew up hating the Soviet Union.

"I was a baby boomer born in 1947, raised with Roy Rogers, Howdy Doody, and air raid drills," says Ken Wayne. "They told us not to trust the Russians, that they were bad and we were good.

"But all that's changed, and now all the baby boomers who went through this have a chance to help Russia get back on its feet."

Wayne, 44, ran a bedspread and drapery shop until he won $9.6 million in the Pennsylvania Lotto two years ago. He receives $367,000 a year after taxes.

He bought houses in the Erie area and Boca Raton, Fla., where he lives most of the year with his wife, Linda, and two daughters. He sold his business and began writing short stories.

Sight of a hungry Moscow man on TV prompted him to get in touch with AmeriCares, a non-profit group in New Canaan, Conn., that delivers medical supplies, food and clothing to the poor worldwide.

The group used his $100,000 donation to charter a flight that carried 206,000 pounds of medicine and food to seven children's hospitals in the Moscow area. Wayne went along on the Dec. 27 flight.

A hot seat:

Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan's conservative seat on CNN's "Crossfire" is up for grabs, and John Sununu and Iran-contra figure Oliver North are both trying to sit in it.

The rough-hewn Sununu, former White House chief of staffalready has been promised the job on an interim basis by CNN President Tom Johnson, according to "Crossfire" executive producer Rick Davis.

The two principal replacements for Buchanan the past month have been columnists Bob Novak and Fred Barnes. Lynda Chavez and Mona Charen also are getting opportunities to be co-hosts with Michael Kinsley.

Emperor Akihito, 58, delivered New Year's greetings yesterday to thousands of cheering well-wishers gathered at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo under blue skies.

Akihito and Empress Michiko appeared on the palace balcony seven times during the day, greeting crowds that totaled more than 80,000.

"It is a pleasure to celebrate the new year with all of you," Akihito said. "I pray for the happiness of the Japanese people, and hope for world peace."

Briefly noted:

NBC will bring back Jane Pauley on Monday to celebrate Bryant Gumbel's 10th anniversary as anchor of "Today." Pauley, who left the show in 1989, will join co-anchor Katie Couric in recounting highlights of Gumbel's globe-trotting career.

ZTCSO: From wire services

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