Hank Williams Sr. gem unearthedGrand Ole Opry star Boxcar...

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March 22, 1992

Hank Williams Sr. gem unearthed

Grand Ole Opry star Boxcar Willie is recording a long-lost song written by the late Hank Williams Sr.

The song, "If I Didn't Love You," was found recently by Hillous Butrum, one of Williams' band members in the early 1950s.

"It was never recorded," Boxcar Willie said Friday. "The only record of it was on a radio show. Hillous got the transcriptions somewhere."

Williams, who died Jan. 1, 1953, recorded such hits as "Your Cheatin' Heart," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Lovesick Blues."

End of an era "L.A. Law" star Corbin Bernsen and his actress-wife Amanda Pays are the parents of twin boys.

Ms. Pays went into labor Thursday night while the couple was watching an episode of "L.A. Law," their publicist said.

Henry Pays Bernsen was born at 11:47 p.m. and weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces. Five minutes later, Angus Moore Bernsen was delivered, weighing in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces.

Helmsley released from hospital

Hotel tycoon Leona Helmsley was released from a hospital yesterday, three days after she nearly collapsed while leaving a courthouse where she was sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion.

Helmsley, 71, was admitted to New York Hospital hours after her sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court. She complained of palpitations and chest pressure, and was suffering from elevated blood pressure.

Helmsley's doctor said Friday she had not suffered a heart attack.

Cowboy legends are honored

Actors Hugh O'Brian and Jack Palance were among five people chosen for induction this year into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Mr. O'Brian, who starred in television's "Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," and Mr. Palance, known for his roles in movies like "Shane" and "City Slickers," were the only two living inductees. Both were scheduled to attend last night's ceremony.

Editorial irks cancan dancers

About 100 angry cancan dance supporters paraded outside the offices of a weekly newspaper after its editor called a group of performers "a talentless group of thick-thighed hoofers." The demonstrators demanded that Yukon News editor Peter Lesniak resign and leave the Canadian territory.

Mr. Lesniak wrote in an editorial that the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous dancers, who perform at charity functions in skimpy, frilly, turn-of-the-century costumes, gave the Yukon women a bad name.

Birthdays

Actor Karl Malden is 79. Actor Werner Klemperer is 72. Pantomimist Marcel Marceau is 69. USA Today founder Allen H. Neuharth is 68. Composer Stephen Sondheim is 62. Former Harvard University President Derek Bok is 62. Actor William Shatner is 61. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, is 58. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 49. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 44. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 40. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 35.

'Money is money' to Macaulay

Macaulay Culkin might "not be crazy about the stuff," but he's about to sign a deal to shill Sprite, which he appears to swill through out the new movie "Home Alone II."

"Money is money," says the kid star. Who can argue?

Competition braces for Eurodisney

After resisting Rome's legions, Asterix the Gaul won't bow to a mouse, not even Mickey Mouse.

But the owners of the Asterix entertainment park, north of Paris, are worried that Mickey Mouse's giant Eurodisney park opening next month east of the French capital will be tough competition.

The 3-year-old Asterix Park had 1.4 million visitors last year. Eurodisney expects 11 million in its first year.

Is she real or just a car ad?

While General Motors executives think Robin Millage Bieberdorf of Petersburg, Alaska, is just the right image to sell their Saturn car, more people think Ms. Bieberdorf is just the right image -- period.

Since she began appearing in television and national magazines ads, she has received dozens of letters and phone calls from children, a professor, prison inmates, and a lot of city folk who envy her life in small-town Alaska.

Most of the letters come addressed simply to "Robin Millage, Petersburg, Alaska" -- the advertisements were made before she got a husband and new last name.

Engaging

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