From the porch of Dwight D. Eisenhower's boyhood home in Abilene, Kan., former president Ronald Reagan yesterday paid tribute to the man whose modest values led him to the White House.
"Ike's Abilene was a state of mind and a set of values first learned in this simple white-frame house," Reagan said to 8,000 flag-waving spectators gathered for the Eisenhower centennial birthday celebration.
Reagan said Eisenhower's simple philosophies helped him "take bold steps toward a freer, more peaceful world. "As a great patriot, he took pains to remind the American people that they were more than the sum of their possessions," he said.
Reagan was interrupted several times by applause, most noticeably after a comment on the flag-burning issue.
People from Abilene "were never embarrassed to feel a lump in the throat when Old Glory passed," Reagan said. "No one in Abilene ever burned a flag. No one in Abilene would tolerate it."
Brando, Bailing Out His Son
Marlon Brando has apparently put up his $5 million Bel-Air, Calif., estate as part of the $10 million bail set for the release of his son Christian, accused of murdering his half sister's boyfriend. The younger Brando remains in jail in Los Angeles, however, because authorities say he has lost his passport, which must be handed in before he is released to prevent him from leaving the country. Judge Larry Fidler, who set bail, also set an Aug. 7 arraignment date.
The Queen's Court
Queen Elizabeth II yesterday won a High Court injunction banning the publication in Britain of the book "Courting Disaster," by Malcolm Barker, a former royal clerk. In it he recounts escapades of heavy drinking and illicit sex among royal employees, and includes a photograph of the queen in her bed. Buckingham Palace claims that Barker has broken an agreement of confidentiality he signed when working in the royal household from 1980 to 1983. Barker, according to his publisher, can't understand the palace's "blatant censorship of his rollicking revelations." The decision affects only the right to publish in Great Britain; the book is available here and in Canada.
No More Air for Cher
Cher, who doesn't seemed to be daunted by anything, has been grounded. The entertainer missed her sold-out Wednesday night performance after a plane she was taking from Newark to Boston developed engine trouble and was forced to turn back. The entertainer apologized to her fans in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for missing the concert and admitted that she'd always been nervous about flying. Cher was apparently so shaken that she insists she's sticking to terra firma from now on and will travel by train and bus to concerts in Maine and eastern Canada.
A Bolshoi Treat
Members of the Bolshoi Ballet, currently performing at Wolf Trap's Filene Center, conducted a dance workshop for the visually impaired yesterday. The workshop was organized by the Very Special Arts New Visions Dance Project, which was founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith as an educational affiliate of the Kennedy Center. The Bolshoi has invited Very Special Arts to organize similar workshops in all the cities on its U.S. tour.
Zsa Zsa in the Lockup
Zsa Zsa Gabor checked into the El Segundo, Calif., city jail yesterday to begin serving a three-day sentence for slapping a Beverly Hills motorcycle police officer.
The 72-year-old celebrity, dressed in slacks and a sweat shirt and clutching a "good-luck frog," appeared to be in good spirits when she checked in at 1 p.m., said Fern Ruiz, a police department records clerk. "She seemed to be a very pleasant lady," said Ruiz.
"Normally those who come in for these weekend stays just sit in their cells, and if they want to work we usually have them do something like wash cars," Ruiz said. "In her case, we didn't think that would be appropriate. So we'll have her doing the clerical work. That's something she has expressed an interest in."
Gabor, who is paying $85 a day to stay in the city jail of her choice, will dine on TV dinners and be allowed to wear her own clothing, like other jail prisoners, Ruiz said.
Marceau Losing His Hearing
In the Life's Cruel Ironies department, French mime Marcel Marceau says he is going deaf. Marceau, 67, blames his worsening condition on air travel during his years of global touring, saying that his ears are "all blocked up." Marceau describes his creation Mr. Bip, the white-faced clown, as "a silent witness of our time."
Compiled from staff and wire reports by Eric Brace