Millennium mania on least-important list

People And Places

April 05, 1999

The big brains at the Freedom Forum's Newseum in Arlington, Va., have come up with a list of the 100 least significant news stories of the century. Here are some of them:

Millennium mania, 1999.

Yakov Smirnoff immigrates to America, 1978.

Wiffle Ball, 1953.

World War II temporarily disrupts production of porcelain pixie Hummel figurines, 1942.

Supermodels enter restaurant business, 1995.

Menudo-mania, 1984.

Back to Louisiana

Willie Nelson was among the performers who took the stage celebrating the Louisiana Hayride. Fifty years after the legendary weekly music show first took to the stage, hundreds of the original regulars returned to Shreveport Saturday night for some hillbilly, western swing, blues, gospel, jazz, Cajun and pop music.

Nelson was back. So was Hank Williams' daughter, Jett Williams, and others who worked behind the scenes on the show, which ran Saturday nights from 1948 to 1960. Johnny Cash, Slim Whitman and Johnny Horton got their starts there. Country Music Hall of Famer Jim Reeves worked as an announcer until a singer didn't show up one night and he was asked to fill in.

The new `Angels'

Cameron Diaz is in final negotiations to join Drew Barrymore in Columbia Pictures' "Charlie's Angels," an updated movie version of the 1970s Aaron Spelling/Leonard Goldberg TV series about undercover cops. The rest of the casting isn't official, though Angelina Jolie has been reported as angel No. 3. What's next -- "Dukes of Hazzard: The Movie"?

Coming to Air and Space

The balloon capsule that made history last month when Switzerland's Bertrand Piccard and Britain's Brian Jones flew it around the globe nonstop will be housed at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The trip's sponsor, watch company Breit-ling, said the red, 16-foot Orbiter 3 capsule would be transported to Washington after being displayed in a Swiss museum until July. Part of it will go to the Swiss Alpine resort of Chateau D'Oex, where the vessel lifted off March 1.

Namath files for divorce

Joe Namath and his wife of 15 years, Tatiana, are getting divorced. Namath, 56, filed for divorce on March 19, the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., reported yesterday. According to court records, Tatiana Namath, 37, is not contesting it.

The couple live in Jupiter with their children Olivia and Jessica.

Camp for dogs

Some dogs really need a break from all that napping and eating. A pet-sitting company called Dog Day Adventures is offering camping for dogs this summer in the lush Algonquin park and Georgian Bay regions north of Toronto. Dogs are offered swimming, hiking, canoe rides, picnics and even massages for about $100 for a three-day trip. "We recognize that dogs need a lot more than just a walk," company founder Denise Wilson-Woodside says.

Today's birthdays

Actor Gregory Peck is 83.

Novelist Arthur Hailey is 79.

Actress Gale Storm is 77.

Movie producer Roger Corman is 73.

Actor Nigel Hawthorne is 70.

Country music producer Cowboy Jack Clement is 68.

Impressionist-actor Frank Gorshin is 66.

Jazz musician Stanley Turrentine is 65.

The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Colin L. Powell, is 62.

Country singer Tommy Cash is 59.

Actor Michael Moriarty is 58.

Writer-director Peter Greenaway is 57.

Actor Max Gail is 56.

Actress Jane Asher is 53.

Singer Paula Cole is 31.

Net Byte du Jour

More proof that you can find anything on the Web: weather for kite enthusiasts! The Intellicast site (http: //www.intellicast.com /kitecast/) includes kite tips and information on National Kite Month, which runs through April 30.

Pub Date: 4/05/99

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