Jim Bakker ponders televangelism stint

People And Places

June 14, 1999

It's a kind of homecoming for Jim Bakker in North Carolina. After spending a year and a half ministering to the poor in inner-city Los Angeles, the preacher and his wife of nine months, Lori, moved into a log cabin near Charlotte lastweek and is considering another televangelism career.

"My problem is finding out how to support it," he said. "I don't want to ever have to raise $1 million every two days like I did," the 59-year-old Bakker said.

Bakker's rise and fall revolved around PTL ministries which he ran with Tammy Faye, then his wife. They developed a Christian theme park, with a daily TV show, shopping mall and hotel. In 1987, Bakker admitted to a sexual encounter with a church secretary and his empire crumbled.

Now he knows to zip his lip

CIA chief George Tenet admits he was a blabbermouth as a kid.

"Nobody who knew me when I was younger believed I would be the director of the CIA. I had the biggest mouth in town. Nobody believed I could keep a secret," Tenet said Friday at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in New York, where he and twin brother William, a cardiologist, shared alumnus of the year honors.

"I want to tell you that I've learned my lessons. I'm very very discreet now," said Tenet, who graduated from the Queens high school in 1970 and was named head of the CIA in 1997.

A misstep with `South Park'

"South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker think the same irreverent enthusiasm that made the animated show a success is behind its second-year ratings slip.

After hyping a debut season-ending cliffhanger, they replace the show's regular characters with a pair of flatulent stick figures, an anti-establishment move they thought fans would appreciate, but didn't.

"Basically, you can play jokes whenever you want, but you can't play one on your audience," Stone said. "TV is a vicarious experience and not an interactive one."

Done in by a star

Columbia TriStar TV has filed a $25 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against actor Daniel Stern, claiming he killed the chances of the CBS comedy pilot "Partners" getting picked up by bad-mouthing the show to network brass.

The suit claims that after the pilot for the buddy cop show was delivered to CBS in May, Stern called CBS President Les Moonves to tell him he would not do the show. Stern and his production company are named as defendants in the suit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Net Byte du Jour

Kids rule at Curiocity's Freezone (http: //freezone.com).

Today's birthdays

Actress Dorothy McGuire is 83.

Actor Gene Barry is 76.

Former White House news secretary Pierre Salinger is 74.

Actress Marla Gibbs is 68.

Actor Jack Bannon is 59.

Rock singer Rod Argent is 54.

Real estate mogul Donald Trump is 53.

Actor Will Patton is 45.

Olympic gold-medal speed skater Eric Heiden is 41.

Singer Boy George is 38.

Rock musician Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) is 36.

Actress Yasmine Bleeth is 31.

Tennis star Steffi Graf is 30.

Pub Date: 6/14/99

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