Pakistan observance Wynonna Judd says her first solo...

PEOPLE AND PLACES

April 05, 1992

Pakistan observance Wynonna Judd says her first solo appearance was like "singing in public for the very first time."

"Thank you all for coming to my coming-out party," the country singer told a crowd of about 4,000 people in Midland, Texas, on Thursday night.

Naomi Judd, Wynonna's mother and singing partner for years, ** stopped performing with The Judds because she has hepatitis B, a potentially fatal liver disease.

Quayle out in the cold

Vice President Dan Quayle's connections apparently aren't good enough to get him tickets for tomorrow night's championship NCAA basketball game.

Mr. Quayle wanted to attend if Indiana, his home state team, got into the finals.

The vice president's staff tried unsuccessfully to get tickets from the NCAA office. They then called Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson's office, which also doesn't have tickets, said his press secretary, Cyndy Brucato.

Mr. Carlson, a fellow Republican, bought 10 tickets that he gave away, and those people have no intention of returning them, Ms. Brucato said.

"They are loyal Republicans, but they aren't that loyal," she said.

George Wallace out of hospital

Former Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace is eager to get back to work after a three-week stay in a hospital, a spokesman said.

Mr. Wallace was released Friday from University Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., where he was treated for chronic pain he has suffered since being paralyzed in a 1972 assassination attempt in Laurel, Md.

Mr. Wallace is a lecturer and fund-raiser at Troy State University in his hometown of Montgomery.

Did rap star get Hammered?

Rap star Hammer was accused in a lawsuit of hitting a Dutch rap singer with brass knuckles, but Hammer's lawyer denied the charges.

Roger Marsh and Frans Merkx are seeking more than $100,000 '' for lost earnings and for medical and punitive damages in the lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in federal court.

They allege that Hammer and his staff assaulted them -- and Hammer hit one of them with brass knuckles -- during the rapper's 1991 European tour.

"It's full of lies," said Hammer lawyer Lawrence Blake, noting that Dutch police declined to prosecute.

Actor Gregory Peck is 76. Novelist Arthur Hailey is 72. Actress Gale Storm is 70. Impressionist-actor Frank Gorshin is 58. Actor Michael Moriarty is 51. Actor Max Gail is 49.

Madame Tussaud's buys Churchill suit

A gray, three-piece pin-stripe suit worn by Winston Churchill has been bought for $1,700 by Madame Tussaud's waxworks at a London auction.

The company said its current model of the British wartime leader wears a black coat and striped trousers, specially made to suit Mr. Churchill's preferences.

Mr. Churchill, who died in 1965 at age 90, was modeled 13 times by the waxworks as he changed appearance throughout his long career.

Shoplifting suspect carries $13,000

A man carrying more than $13,000 was charged with shoplifting $28 worth of film, razors and batteries from a Connecticut department store.

Engelo Grener, 27, was arrested after a Kmart employee said he hid the items in his jacket when he left the store Thursday.

Mr. Grener was freed after posting $50 bond and is scheduled to return to court April 14.

Trashy sign saves castaway

After fleeing Cuba on an inner tube and being carried by currents to a deserted island in the Bahamas, Fernando Rodriguez Fernandez was rescued by using bits of trash to write "HELP" and "SOS" in the sand.

Five days after leaving his homeland, Mr. Rodriguez's signal for help was spotted by Brothers to the Rescue, a group of volunteer pilots who search for rafters. The pilot contacted the Coast Guard and within hours, Mr. Rodriguez was on his way to Miami.

Mr. Rodriguez said he sailed from Cuba at dusk March 22 in a homemade raft fashioned from a tractor inner tube.

Pizza delivery short 9,900 pies

Speedy Pizza workers tossed as fast as they could but came up 9,900 pies short on an order by lead singer Bono of the Irish rock band U2. Bono ordered 10,000 pizzas March 27 for his mid-concert pizza party at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. Three Speedy employees delivered 100 hot pies to the stage.

"It was my most unforgettable delivery of all time," said Tim Wieczerza. "They cleared a place on the stage for the pizzas and shined a spotlight on us, and people started screaming, 'Pi-zza, Pi-zza.' " Mr. Wieczerza obliged, tossing boxes into the crowd. Each deliveryman received a $50 tip.

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