A lien has been placed on consercative columnist William F. Buckley's waterfront home in Wallack's Point, Conn. The reason? The millionaire publisher has failed to pay his $4,700 property tax to Fairfield County.
Buckley has not been available to explain why. However an aide, Frances Bronson, said the publisher of the National Review "is a busy man who leaves these matters to people who do it for him."
"Whatever he believes about taxes has nothing to do with his citizenry," she added. "All his bills are paid by his bank in Hartford."
"And the winner of the Best Country Music Album of the year is: 'Years Ago' by the Statler Brothers."
No it's not. The real winner, according to the editor of Music City News, the publication that presents the award, is "Feels So Right," by Alabama.
The mix-up occurred Monday night on the nationally syndicated broadcast of the Music City News Awards. "This has never before happened in the 16 years we have been making these awards," said editor Lee Rector. "Music City News is extremely sorry that it happened." He said a representative of the accounting firm that tabulates the ballots notified the publication of the mix-up after the award was presented.
The foul-up occurred because the winners were announced from the awards themselves, and someone at the engraving company inadvertently put the Statler Brothers' name on the award. "We apologize to the Statler Brothers and Alabama for this most unfortunate incident," he said.
The PBS program "Lawmakers" asked the members of Congress to rate their peers in a number of interesting categories. The results were released yesterday.
According to the poll, the two most underrated members of congress were Rep. Barber B. Conable Jr. (R-N.Y.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.). Voted Most Likely to Succeed as future leaders of their parties were Democratic Sens. Dale Bumpers of Arkansas and Sam Nunn of Georgia. The GOP winners were Sens. Slade Gorton of Washington and Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming.
Other winners were: Best Debaters, Rep. Jim Wright (D-Tex.) and Sen. Russell B. Long (D-La.); Least Informed, Rep. Gus Savage (D-Ill.); and Most Lethargic, Rep. John G. Fary (D-Ill.) and Sen. S.I. Hayakawa (R-Calif.).
Margaret Trudeau, former wife of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, says she wants to learn more about Japanese culture, so she has gone to Tokyo and taken a job--as honorary chairwoman of a new Tokyo nightclub.
The club's name and location are appropriate: It is called Maggy's and is located near the Canadian Embassy. Trudeau said that she was enjoying her work, which is greeting guests at each table through an interpreter.