Can't go home again
Exiled former first lady Imelda Marcos said yesterday that if the Philippines government allowed her to come home, every day would be Christmas. "I do hope that one day I will be allowed by the government of the Republic of the Philippines to...love my countrymen freely," Marcos said in a holiday message sent to news organizations in the Philippines. "You can be sure that with your former first lady, Mother of the Country, when I come home, Christmas will not be for a day," she added. "I will make it Christmas every day and make every day a day of giving and a day of love." The government refused to allow the late President Ferdinand Marcos and his family to return from Hawaii, where they fled when he was ousted in a popular uprising in l986. He died in Septembaer 1989. His successor, President Corazon Aquino, has said the sufferings of the Filipino people were caused in large part because Marcos and his associates looted the treasury of billions of dollars during his 20-year rule. Wayne Newton will headline California Gov.-elect Pete Wilson's inaugural party next month. The Las Vegas entertainer was invited by his friend and high school classmate, Gayle Wilson, the wife of the Republican senator, who will be sworn in Jan. 7 as California's 36th governor. The party Jan. 6 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento will feature a stage show with actors Charlton Heston and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the host will be Mary Hart of television's "Entertainment Tonight," Wilson's office said. All three were active Wilson supporters during the campaign. Also performing will be opera singer Julia Migenes, the Kingston Trio and comedians Fred Travalena and Gallagher. The gala, with tickets starting at $100, is privately funded. Arnold Schwarzenegger's new "Kindergarten Cop" film has been flunked at the school in Astoria, Ore., where much of the movie was made.After previewing the film, Astor Elementary School Principal Judy Bigby and Astoria School District Superintendent Len Carpenter dropped plans to take all the children from the school to a special showing. Bigby said the film, rated PG-13, included unnecessary nudity, excessive violence and bad language, making it inappropriate to show at a school function. Dozens of Astor Elementary School children appear in the film, as does their school--spruced up by Universal Studios, whose officials could not be reached during the holiday for comment. At Astoria's Liberty Theater, where the movie is playing, manager Glen Schaefer said he was disappointed that the movie included material unsuitable for the youngsters who appear in it. But he said reaction from moviegoers at the theater has been favorabl.
A poor man's promise
Singer Lou Rawls, heading his 11th annual Parade of Starts Telethon for the United Negro College Fund on Saturday, says growing up poor on Chicago's South Side has made him determined that young black Americans will not be denied a higher education because they can't afford one. The telethon has raised more than $77 million for 41 private, predominantly black colleges and universities. Rawls, a four-time Grammy Award-winner, occasionally runs across young people his telethon has aided. "This young pharmacist kept staring at me," Rawls recounted recently. "Finally, I asked her if something was wrong. She said, 'I never thought I'd get a chance to thank you.' She told me she'd received her education with the help of the telethon. You can't put a price tag on experiences like that." Take heart, parents everywhere. George W. Bush, the president's son, doesn't always listen to his mother either. "That's crud. My mother's been telling me stuff to do for 44 years, and I haven't listend to 80 percent of it, the Texas Rangers owner says in M Inc. magazine, bristling at talk that first layd Barbara Bush kept him out of the Texas gubernatorial race last year. George W. scoffs at the hassles of being first son. I'm not going to miss my 40s. I'm not going to walk around worrying about being the son of a president," he, says. "Oooh, how burdensome." Just ask Neil.