Jan Scruggs, the man who played a key role in the efforts that created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is about to take his place in cinema history. Casting has begun to find an actor to play Scruggs, the Vietnam veteran who battled his way through the Washington bureaucratic jungles to get the dramatic memorial built. The story of that arduous adventure was told in his book "To Heal a Nation," which will be the basis for a television movie.
Scruggs, who is now working to get a Washington memorial built to honor police officers slain in the line of duty, said he has sold his rights to get enough money to enter the University of Maryland law school next month. The film script has been written by Lionel Chetwynd, who also wrote the screenplays for "Hanoi Hilton" and "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz." As to the actor Scruggs would like to see portray Scruggs, he said, "I'll take anybody, Don Johnson preferably, or of course Ollie North if he is going to get into the entertainment business."
Next, the Jim & Tammy Story
And one of the great movie scripts yet to be written could be entitled "On the Road With Tammy and Jimmy." The Praise the Lord exiles were out and about this weekend, spending it in San Francisco on the yacht of lawyer-showman Melvin Belli. Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker have hired the expensive superlawyer to represent them in their various, ever-growing legal battles.
The Bakkers did cause a bit of a stir when they showed up Saturday at a party on the block outside his law offices to celebrate Belli's 80th birthday. The Bakkers brought Belli a gold-foil-wrapped PTL Bible and just missed the bikini-clad woman called Wild Jasmine who jumped out of a cake and gave Belli a birthday kiss. When the Bakkers arrived, Belli said, "This is history being made. These are two of the most Christian people I ever met." At a dinner at a restaurant on San Francisco's famed waterfront later in the day, a guard for the famous couple broke the camera of a woman trying to take a photograph of them. Just what the guard for any rock star or entertainment celebrity would do.
The fallen PTL leaders had been at their South Carolina home briefly last weekend to remove some personal belongings before the house is sold to help cover vast PTL debts. Tammy Faye's fans will undoubtedly be delighted to learn that while the couple has been living in Gatlinburg, Tenn., her spirit has been moved to begin work on a new record of inspirational music. It won't be a rock album. Tammy has had successful albums in the past.
Out and About
First Lady Nancy Reagan was in York, Maine, Saturday to attend the wedding of her only niece, Anne Mumford Davis, the daughter of her stepbrother Dr. Richard Davis of Philadelphia. Davis was married to Jon Milton Peterson of Fairfax, whose parents have a summer home in York Harbor. The couple became engaged at the White House on Christmas Eve. The first lady gave her niece a bracelet that once belonged to her mother and grandmother ...
In the world of ratings-desperate disc jockeys, if one is outrageous enough, maybe someone will notice. Ed Tyll, an Atlanta radio talk show host, was suspended this weekend for calling Atlanta area Rep. John Lewis a "moron" and comparing the civil rights leader to the "Little Rascals" comic character Buckwheat. The station management has demanded that Tyll apologize and suspended him for a week without pay. Freshman Democrat Lewis, aware of comments, would only say, "It's not something I want to pursue. I will leave the matter up to the station and the larger community will decide what will happen" ...