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PEOPLE AND PLACES

August 09, 1992

Bush gets a bold new image President Bush is having trouble with geography, Vice President Dan Quayle is vexed by spelling and now Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh is getting his poets mixed up.

In a speech calling for educational excellence, the incoming chairman of the Education Commission of the States made an embarrassing gaffe that elicited gasps from his audience of educators.

The speech -- given Friday in Cincinnati -- started off well enough, as the Democratic governor told a story of an Indiana teacher who had changed her teaching technique to a new method that was more effective, but more difficult.

"In the words of George Bernard Shaw," Mr. Bayh began:

"I shall be telling this with a sigh

"Somewhere ages and ages hence:

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --

"I took the one less traveled by.

"And that has made all the difference."

Pretty inspirational stuff, even if the words were written by New ,, England poet Robert Frost.

Trying for immediate damage control, Fred Nation, Mr. Bayh's spokesman, made light of the gaffe.

"It's no 'potato,' " he said, attributing the governor's mistake to fatigue.

'Mystery buyer' gets Maxwell yacht

The luxury yacht from which publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell plunged to his death has been sold to a mystery buyer for an undisclosed price, sales agents announced last week.

The yacht Lady Ghislaine, named after Maxwell's 29-year-old daughter, was for sale for $21 million. Britain's Press Association news agency said the buyer may have paid no more than $19 million, which can accommodate up to 15 guests and includes a gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and disco.

A spokesman for yacht brokers Camper and Nicholsons said Thursday: "The yacht has been sold to a mystery buyer for a

mystery price."

Cash from the sale will go toward repaying the more than $950 million Maxwell raided from company coffers and pension funds before his death last November.

Paternity suit filed against De Niro

A Los Angeles nightclub singer filed a paternity suit Thursday against actor Robert De Niro, alleging that he fathered her daughter.

Helena Lisandrello, 31, asked a judge to order blood tests for Mr. De Niro to prove he is the father of her daughter Nina, 10, according to her lawyer, Marvin Mitchelson.

Mr. De Niro's publicist, Stan Rosenfield, confirmed that the actor was the target of the civil suit, which seeks $10,000 a month in child support. He said it was "totally without foundation."

The suit alleges that Mr. De Niro met the nightclub singer at a party in March 1979 and that the two had an intimate relationship for three years, Mr. Mitchelson said.

Fischer gives nod to new chess match

Retired American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer has agreed to play a second match in Yugoslavia after his rematch with Boris Spassky next month, a spokesman for the organizers said Friday.

The organizers did not identify Mr. Fischer's next opponent. On Thursday, Yugoslav millionaire Jezdimir Vasiljevic challenged current world champion Gary Kasparov to play a match against Mr. Fischer.

Dry patch threatens Outback boar races

A drought is threatening a tradition in a small town in Australia's isolated north -- wild pig racing.

The good folk of Hughenden, 715 miles northwest of Queensland state's capital, Brisbane, fear their annual pig race will be canceled because the animal population is dwindling.

Wild pigs, introduced to Australia by European settlers in the last century, are abundant around the outback town during normal times. The drought is causing their numbers to dwindle.

Medium-sized boars weighing about 55 pounds are most sought-after for racing because full-sized ones, which have sharp tusks, will attack humans.

Birthdays

Sen. J. James Exon, D-Neb., is 71. Comedian-director David Steinberg is 50. Actor Sam Elliott is 48. Boxer Ken Norton is 47. Football quarterback Doug Williams is 37. Actress Melanie Griffith is 35. Singer Whitney Houston is 29.

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