Dean Anderson, the deposed undersecretary of the Smithsonian Institution, won't have to change his commuting habits when he starts his new job on Sept. 10. Anderson will become the deputy director for planning and management at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, housed in the Smithsonian's Castle. But one of his first duties, he says, will be finding a new home for the center. Director Charles Blitzer was assistant secretary at the Smithsonian when Anderson started there 17 years ago, and the two also worked together when Anderson handled the Smithsonian account as a budget examiner at the Office of Management and Budget. A vacancy at the center arose when associate director Jon Yellin announced plans to depart for the City College of New York as vice president for finance and management. Anderson says the center -- a think tank on international issues -- is "a small growth stock" at a time of rapid change around the globe. Smithsonian Secretary Robert McCormick Adams fired Anderson abruptly in July; in his letter of resignation, Anderson said new management was needed to handle anticipated budget cutbacks. Anderson's old job is still open.
The Big Fish That Got Away
President George Bush's vacation hit another snag yesterday. First it was that Iraq thing, then on Monday his speedboat conked out, then yesterday an errant fishhook caught him in the ear. Witnesses in the news boat, following closely behind the president and scaring away the fish, said the hook was from the rod of Bush's fishing companion, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney of Canada. "It was not a hostile act," Mulroney claimed, though press secretary Marlin Fitzwater later made it clear that the president's son, Jeb Bush, who was also on the boat, was to blame. Bush's physician, who was on another boat, clipped the fishhook with wire cutters and pulled the rest of the hook through the ear, later giving the president a tetanus shot, according to Fitzwater. None of this prevented Bush from getting in another hour of fishing before returning to Washington in the afternoon.
The Newest Florida Retiree
Spunky, the National Aquarium's green sea turtle, is flying down this morning to a new home at the Clearwater Marine Science Center in Florida, after outgrowing his 3,000-gallon tank in the basement of the Department of Commerce. There was a rousing send-off at the aquarium yesterday, with almost 2,000 children bringing Spunky bon voyage cards. They got to eat lots of Turtle chocolate candies, hear sea turtle stories, guess Spunky's weight (46 pounds), and watch him cavort in his tank with his replacement, Dundee. Aquarium officials hope that Dundee, a smaller Australian turtle, will capture the hearts of visitors the way Spunky has for the last 21 years.
Young at Heart
In Dravosburg, Pa., Gladys Cassidy, 90, is practicing hula dancing to Hawaiian records. She's hoping to impress them during the talent segment of the Ms. Pennsylvania Senior America Pageant to be held Oct. 11 and 12 in Altoona. "God had a plan for me and I'm trying to live up to it," she said. She was inspired to enter the contest by her friend Dorothy Hileman, 70, who won the pageant last year. Cassidy is philosophical about her chances: "If I win, I win. If I lose, I lose. But at least I've realized my dream."
The Boss, Lending a Helping Hand
Bruce Springsteen wants the world to know about the plight of Mary Wells, singer of the 1964 hit "My Guy." She is destitute and suffering from throat cancer, going in and out of hospitals for treatment and unable to pay her bills. Springsteen has made a $10,000 contribution to a fund set up by the Smithsonian's Rhythm and Blues Foundation. A spokesman for the foundation hopes that the Boss's name will raise the fund's profile, and encourage others to help Wells. -- Compiled from staff and wire reports by Eric Brace