Man, 90, takes the plunge: 176 feetWhat do you do when...


August 30, 1993

Man, 90, takes the plunge: 176 feet

What do you do when you're 90 and looking for a thrill? Porter Harvey decided to try bungee jumping.

In Chattanooga, Tenn., for a family reunion, Mr. Harvey decided to take the 176-foot plunge. Thirty-five relatives, who came from six states for the reunion, accompanied him to the High Adventure Sports and Raccoon Mountain Adventure Park to watch.

"It's probably just best to let him do it, rather than try and fight him on it," said his son Joe.

Mr. Harvey, publisher of the Advertiser Gleam biweekly newspaper in Guntersville, Ala., said afterward he might jump again "but not today."

Still, bungee-jumping was the second biggest thrill of his life. The biggest came when he took a different plunge years ago -- asking his wife, Alice, to marry him.

Elizabeth Taylor, whose legendary beauty has taught her the importance of timely maintenance, reportedly is spending $5 million on a "fixer-upper" in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Ms. Taylor, who married construction worker Larry Fortensky when she took her wedding vows the last time around, has acquired a 6,000-square-foot, five-bedroom home in the scenic seaside town, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Built in 1969, the house in a gated community was described as "a fixer." Laguna Beach, 60 miles south of Los Angeles, is home to a thriving community of artists.

Ms. Taylor, 61, who won Academy Awards for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Butterfield 8," lives in Bel-Air with Mr. Fortensky, 41.

Hefty model refuses to pay two air fares

A famed French model went on the warpath against an airline yesterday after being asked to pay two air fares to accommodate her 286-pound body.

Red-haired Anne Zamberlan, whose opulent, voluptuous curves are a common sight on French billboards, described domestic airline Air Inter's refusal to sell her a ticket for a single seat this weekend as "an attack on human dignity."

"We cannot accept this," she told the France 2 television network. "It hurts. . . . I can get into a seat like anyone else; we are human beings, too."

Also an actress, Ms. Zamberlan appears on a larger-than-life advertisement for the Virgin book and music stores, reclining in a pose reminiscent of the models of impressionist master Auguste Renoir.

She took her complaint to the media after attempting Saturday to fly back to Paris from a summer arts festival in the country. Asked to pay double, she took a train instead.

Air Inter denied it was discriminating against the overweight and said that people who are ill and musicians traveling with instruments were also asked to pay for two seats.

Rock singer arrested on incitement charge

William W. Crane IV, lead singer of the rock band Ugly Kid Joe, was arrested at a rock concert in Columbus, Ohio, after allegedly encouraging crowd members to attack security guards.

Mr. Crane -- whose band is known for the song "I Hate Everything About You" -- was charged with felony assault and with inciting violence at a weekend concert. Police were unsure what prompted the action during the warm-up show before the main event, Def Leppard.

Detective Zachary Scott said Mr. Crane screamed, "Kill the pigs," jumped on a guard's back and hit him with a microphone stand. The audience responded with cheering, and a few men close to the stage also attacked the guard, who wasn't seriously hurt. No other guards were assaulted.

Mr. Crane, 25, of Ventura, Calif., posted a $185,000 bond Saturday. His next hearing was set for Friday. He was arrested at the end of the group's performance at Cooper Stadium. Def Leppard's concert was not interrupted.


Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams is 75. Country singer Kitty Wells is 74. Opera singer Regina Resnik is 71. Actress Elizabeth Ashley is 54. Skier Jean-Claude Killy is 50. Actor Timothy Bottoms is 42.

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