Where's Dan?:The kids have "Where's Waldo?" to...

Where's Dan?:

The kids have "Where's Waldo?" to keep them busy. Now there's a takeoff for grownups called "Where's Dan Quayle?" a comic book parody of the best-selling children's book series, Time magazine reports. The object is to spot the vice president ** in the crowd as he visits the Kennedy Space Center, Moscow's Red Square and, sportingly, Pebble Beach Golf Course.


Free fish:

One of the more unusual tributes flowing into Moscow after last week's aborted coup was an offer of free salmon.


"On behalf of the state of Alaska," Gov. Walter J. Hickel said in a cable to the Soviet embassy in Washington on Wednesday, "I would like to offer several million fresh salmon as a gift to the Soviet people, to celebrate the victory of democracy." A spokesman for the governor said the offer was for 5 million to 10 million pounds of pink salmon from Prince William Sound. In a series of telephone calls on Wednesday, the federal Departments of Commerce and State approved the offer, and the Soviet government accepted. Soviet ships will pick up the cargo in Alaska.


Howard Baker, former senator and chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan, has been released from the Mayo Clinic after back surgery and will recuperate at home, a spokesman said. Baker, 65, underwent surgery Aug. 16 at the clinic in Rochester, Minn., to correct a herniated disk. He was released Saturday. Spokesman Ron MacMahon said Baker was doing well and would recuperate at his home in Huntsville, Tenn.

Hoosiers honored:

The names of famous Hoosiers Ryan White, Ken Kercheval, Jim Davis and Birch Bayh were placed in the Walk of Legends yesterday at the Indiana State Fair. Kercheval, a star on the TV series "Dallas;" Davis, creator of the "Garfield" comic strip; and Bayh, a former U.S. senator and the father of Gov. Evan Bayh, signed their names into wet concrete in the walk outside the Fairgrounds Coliseum. White, who died last year of AIDS at 18 after a much publicized fight for the right to attend school, was represented by his mother, Jeanne White.

Bail posted:

Singer Rick James, arrested for allegedly torturing a woman ** with a hot cocaine pipe, was released on bail Saturday night from the Los Angeles County Central Jail, more than three weeks after he was arrested, sheriff's deputies said.

James, 43, known as the "king of funk," was arrested Aug. 2 with his girlfriend, Tanya Hijazi, 21, on suspicion of torturing and sexually assaulting a Santa Monica, Calif., woman while holding her hostage in the singer's Hollywood Hills home last month. James' original $1 million bail was reduced by half on Wednesday.


Another year older:

Today's birthdays include recently retired Washington Post executive editor Benjamin Bradlee, 70; author Ben Wattenberg, 58; former Democratic vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro, 56; singer Valerie Simpson, 43; and saxophonist Branford Marsalis, 31.

Money problems:

Country singer Lynn Anderson, who racked up nearly $90,000 in legal fees in her losing battle for the custody of her two children, wants her ex-husband to foot the bill. Anderson won visitation rights, but businessman Harold Stream III retained custody. Stream, meanwhile, is suing to cut off the $42,000 Anderson gets a year in alimony. The singer says publicity over her custody fight has hurt her career, to the point "that she now has no income," her lawyer said. Her hits include "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden."

Cash for cameraman:

George Holliday, who flashed into insta-fame last spring with a tape showing Los Angeles police beating a black motorist, will pitch a video on his sudden specialty. Holliday, 31, will do a commercial for "Shoot News and Make Money With Your Camcorder," a 30-minute instructional tape for would-be news free-lancers that includes about 10 seconds of Holliday's footage of the Rodney King beating. Holliday will get a slice of the video sales, but his lawyer wouldn't say how much.


Dancer seeks critter:

Mikhail Baryshnikov recently toured some of the country's finer venues -- New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Bynum. That's Bynum, N.C., a former cotton-mill town near Chapel Hill, which Baryshnikov, his 2-year-old son, Peter, and members of his White Oak Dance Project visited Aug. 19 before a performance the next day in Raleigh.

They paid a visit to carver Clyde Jones, whose ability to turn rough split wood into large "critter" sculptures has brought him and Bynum increasing fame. Baryshnikov took photographs of his son on the back of Jones' animals. Like most visitors, Baryshnikov indicated he wanted to buy one of the animals. Jones, known to give away his work but rarely sell it, refused. "Didn't seem like he needed one," Jones said.