Ted Kennedy says family's not cursed Despite the...

People And Places

May 04, 2000

Ted Kennedy says family's not cursed

Despite the tragedies, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy doesn't think his family has been cursed.

"No, that's not the way we've been," Kennedy said on CBS's "60 Minutes II" Tuesday night. "I've been very, very fortunate and very lucky."

The last blow came in July when John F. Kennedy Jr. died along with his wife and sister-in-law in a plane crash near Martha's Vineyard.

The senator said the support from the public made it easier for him to handle the grief.

"The prayers, the notes make a great deal of difference to me," Kennedy said. "And they did last summer. I suppose I don't do as well as maybe others in being able to sort of talk about those inner feelings and emotions that have been very close to my ... heart and soul."

Too grown up for Mr. Rogers

Some graduating seniors at Old Dominion University think they are a little too grown up to listen to Mr. Rogers.

Fred Rogers, who is the star of public television's "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," is scheduled to speak at Old Dominion's commencement exercises on Saturday, much to the chagrin of some students who have signed petitions seeking his replacement.

"Mr. Rogers is for kids, not grown-ups," Tameishaon Haynes, 23, a graduating computer engineering technology major, said Tuesday.

"It's like having Barney, or Teletubbies," said Willie Tillerson, 23, a graduating mechanical engineering major.

From outfield to soap set

It was a new role for Brian Jordan.

The Atlanta Braves outfielder became a temporary resident of the fictional town of Genoa City, the setting for the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless," on Monday.

Before playing the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jordan starred as himself in a scene with "Y&R" actor Eric Braeden, who portrays the rich and powerful Victor Newman.

Jordan's episode is set to air May 31.

Adding to the family

Dethroned Miss America Vanessa L. Williams, 36, and L.A. Laker basketball star Rick Fox, 30, welcomed their first, a 7-pound girl, Sasha Gabriella, Monday in the Big Apple. She's got three others and he, one.

Newt to tie knot -- again

Newt Gingrich and the former aide with whom he acknowledged an "intimate relationship" while married are getting hitched this summer, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Gingrich will marry Callista Bisek on Aug. 18 in Alexandria, Va., said Randy Evans, the former House speaker's personal lawyer. They're looking for a house in Virginia.

It'll be the former House speaker's third walk down the aisle and Bisek's first, Evans said.

Attorneys for Gingrich, 56, have acknowledged he had a relationship with Bisek, 33, while he was married to his second wife, Marianne. They were divorced in December.

Today's birthdays

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is 72.

Jazz musician Maynard Ferguson is 72.

Opera singer Roberta Peters is 70.

Jazz musician Ron Carter is 63.

Rock musician Dick Dale is 63.

Singer Tyrone Davis is 62.

Singer-songwriter Nick Ashford is 58.

Actor Paul Gleason is 56.

Pop singer Peggy Santiglia (The Angels) is 56.

Country singer Stella Parton is 51.

Actor-turned-clergyman Hilly Hicks is 50.

Singer Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons) is 49.

Country singer Randy Travis is 41.

Actress Mary McDonough is 39.

Rock musician Mike Dirnt (Green Day) is 28.

Rock musician Jose Castellanos (Save Ferris) is 23.

Singer Lance Bass ('N Sync) is 21.

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