Report on Mrs. BushBarbara Bush dipped into...


Report on Mrs. Bush

Barbara Bush dipped into Sidney Sheldon and Scott Turow over the summer, took a fancy to television's "America's Funniest Home Videos" but was baffled by Bart Simpson and his acid-tongued cartoon family. "It was the dumbest thing I have ever seen, but it's a family thing, and I guess it's clean," she said in a recent interview in People magazine. During her summer vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine, the first lady said she found time to work out daily and catch up on her reading,

Star wars?

Luther Campbell of the rap group 2 Live Crew has agreed to stop using the name Luke Skywalker and pay an undisclosed amount to settle a $300 million lawsuit filed by George Lucas' film company. The lawsuit, filed in March, said Campbell's use of the name violated the copyright on the "Star Wars" movie character Luke Skywalker. Campbell has already changed his record company's name from Skywalker Records to Luke Records. Lucasfilm attorney Charles Shephard announced the agreement yesterday. The "Star Wars" character is a clean-cut space warrior; the rap group's album "As Nasty As They Wanna Be," has been declared obscene by a Florida judge, and members of the group have been arrested on obscenity charges.

Pauley's new contract

Jane Pauley, enjoying life in prime time since leaving 13 years of pre-dawn wakeups on "Today," is assured of a new midseason series and a new five-year contract, NBC said yesterday. The series' title, "Real Life With Jane Pauley," also was the title of five Pauley specials broadcast in prime time this summer. All did well in the ratings. Terms of her new contract weren't disclosed. Pauley, who turns 40 on Oct. 31, left "Today" in December after a series of changes and turmoil there led to her departure. She was succeeded as co-anchor by Deborah Norville.

Stevie Ray's music

Stevie Ray Vaughan's last album, "Family Style," is out today. The blues guitarist, who died Aug. 27 in a helicopter crash, made the album with his brother, Jimmie. A family friend said that it was something they always wanted to do.

The 'Fonz' on families

Henry Winkler held the attention of untold youngsters as "The Fonz" on the "Happy Days" television series. Now he wants the ear of parents. Winkler told the Third Annual Governor's Conference on Families in Salt Lake City, Utah, that the root of many problems facing families is that children do not have a sense of their own worth. "The self image, if it is damaged, is like poison," said Winkler.

SO:From wire reports

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