PTL founder Jim Bakker is back, or so it seems. The former television evangelist, who fell to earth when his sexual involvement with former church secretary Jessica Hahn became public, is now planning to build a religious retreat in California.
Bakker says he has learned from past mistakes and will use those lessons to help build a bigger and better ministry in California. "Our goal is to build a new Heritage USA on the West Coast, so we are progressing now toward opening a city in California," Bakker told United Press International.
Bakker says he's aiming for an "all-weather Christian retreat, so people can come no matter how cold it is and enjoy the retreat without going outside."
An Immodest Proposal
Actors do like to put on a good show. Film star James Woods did just that last week when he proposed marriage to his lady love by plopping a three-carat diamond ring into her champagne glass.
The 40-year-old star of "Salvador" and "The Onion Field" proposed to 25-year-old Sarah Owen in a Beverly Hills restaurant Friday night by dropping to his knees, all to a round of applause from the restaurant customers. The actor's publicist says a wedding date will be announced shortly.
Janis Joplin Memorial
Seventeen years after her death, singer Janis Joplin was remembered by her home town yesterday.
The life and achievements of the rock 'n' roll singer from Port Arthur, Tex., will be showcased in a Janis Joplin Memorial sponsored by the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce and the Port Arthur Historical Society.
The dedication featured a concert and the unveiling of a bronze sculpture of Joplin, who would have turned 45 yesterday. Joplin died of a drug overdose in 1970 at the age of 27.
Getting the Message
Young actor Johnny Depp of the television program "21 Jump Street" will be in town today to shoot a public service announcement with Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services Robert E. Windom. The taping, scheduled to take place at the Humphrey Building, marks the first time the surgeon general has joined with a celebrity for an announcement of this kind.
The announcement, says Public Health Service spokesman Jim Brown, will address the need for the American public, and "especially the teen audience of '21 Jump Street,' to help people who have AIDS."
Snyder Leaves Hospital
Advocate for the homeless Mitch Snyder was released from the Washington Hospital Center yesterday after surgery to repair a detached left retina. Snyder, who entered the hospital Saturday after losing sight in the eye, was instructed to rest and recuperate in bed for a week. Snyder's associate, Carol Fennelly, who said Snyder's prognosis is good, expressed her thanks to Dr. Frank Spellman, who performed the surgery free of charge, and to the Sheraton Grand Hotel, which sent over a pot of Snyder's favorite soup yesterday.
Madonna and Mamet
Madonna might have a chance to redeem herself as an actress when she hits the stage in New York's Lincoln Center playing an office temporary in "Speed-the-Plow," a new play by David Mamet.
"It came out of the blue," Merle Debuskey, a spokesman for the Lincoln Center Theater Company, said yesterday. "She asked to try out for the role."
The singer read for both Mamet and director Gregory Mosher, head of the Lincoln Center Theater. "She was great, right on the money," said Mosher, who has directed more than a dozen Mamet plays.