Space cadets Former President Gerald R. Ford was belatedly...

PEOPLE AND PLACES

August 07, 1993

Space cadets Former President Gerald R. Ford was belatedly scheduled to represent the United States at today's funeral of Belgian King Baudouin, after original delegate former Vice President Walter F. Mondale was criticized for not being important enough.

"The Americans just did not realize to what extent the Belgians have been shocked. The presence of Walter Mondale would be an error in judgment," reported the newspaper La Libre Belgique.

Other nations are sending monarchs or heads of state to the funeral, and U.S. officials said yesterday Mr. Ford and his wife, Betty, would join Mr. Mondale at the funeral.

Chess prodigy, 17, may take on Fischer

Chess legend Bobby Fischer's next opponent could be a 17-year-old Hungarian girl who surpassed Mr. Fischer's record -- by one month -- as the youngest player ever to qualify for the international grandmaster classification.

Judit Polgar achieved the feat at 15 years and five months. Laszlo Polgar, her father and manager, was quoted by the Budapest sports daily as saying conditions for a match with Mr. Fischer had been settled.

"All we need now is the right sponsor," he said.

Mr. Fischer, the former American teen prodigy, now 50 and reportedly living in Yugoslavia, made headlines last November with his victorious rematch against Boris Spassky.

Actor charged with stalking Tina Sinatra

Actor James Farentino has been charged with stalking Tina Sinatra following their breakup.

Mr. Farentino threatened to kill Ms. Sinatra after the couple's stormy five-year romance ended in January, said Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Liz Gertz.

Mr. Farentino, best known for his role on the TV series "The Lawyers," has been under a restraining order since April 16. He was arrested July 30 and charged with one count of stalking, one count of ignoring the restraining order and two counts of making annoying phone calls.

Bush sends check to reward boat bailout

Former President George Bush has rewarded firefighters in Kennebunk, Maine, for helping save his speedboat, Fidelity, from sinking after it broke free last weekend from its mooring and drifted onto nearby rocks.

Richard Roy, deputy fire chief in Kennebunk, said that by the time his men reached the 20-foot Cigarette after it was spotted floating free from Mr. Bush's Kennebunkport estate, it was filled with gallons of seawater.

"My thanks to you and to all the Washington Hose members for responding the other day when Fidelity hit the rocks," Mr. Bush wrote in a letter to Mr. Roy. He included a check, but the fire official would not reveal the amount.

Ashe's widow to be U.N. 'public delegate'

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, widow of tennis star Arthur Ashe, will reportedly be named by President Clinton as a "public delegate" at the United Nations.

The position is a temporary job, paid by the hour, and a delegate usually serves for a three-month term, while being on call for a year.

Mr. Ashe, the only black man ever to win the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. Open, died in February of AIDS-related pneumonia. He was 49.

Birthdays

Writer-producer Stan Freberg is 67. Humorist Garrison Keillor is 51. Singer B. J. Thomas is 51. Singer Lana Cantrell is 50. Marathon runner Alberto Salazar is 35.

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