One of the most photogenic stars of country music, dark-eyed singer Brad Paisley, has opened this year's CMT Most Wanted Live Concert Tour in front of a packed house in Phoenix. And the event could not have been more full of whistles and sighs if it had been a Frank Sinatra concert in the late 1930s. Paisley received the adulation of the largely female crowd (many in their early 20s and some teenagers) with his every action. Even taking off his hat garnered a groundswell of screams. CMT notes that since Paisley had "already won the night" without singing a single note he could have coasted through the concert ... but he didn't. The show, according to reviewers, was top-notch. Paisley, at 29, is the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
YOKO ONO TESTIFIES IN COURT
A woman who is carrying on the legacy of her late husband was in a federal court in New York this week, testifying against a former personal assistant. People Magazine says that Yoko Ono has accused Frederic Seaman of breaking his pledge to never divulge information about the life of her late husband, John Lennon. According to the publication, after the birth of the couple's son Sean they decided that they should take measures to keep their private lives more private. According to court records, Seaman is charged with selling private family photographs to publishers. Ono says that he took more than 370 photographs from a private family collection. There are reports that the former family aide was paid $75,000 for use of the photos.
ROSE PARADE ANNOUNCES HOSTS
Three of the most famous names in family entertainment will be in the lead cars when the 114th annual Tournament of Roses Parade gets underway on New Year's Day next. In a release to media, tournament organizers say they have picked comedian Bill Cosby, venerable show host Art Linkletter and the master of children's entertainment, Fred Rogers, to be the co-marshals. Promoters of the event say that the theme will be "Children's Dreams, Wishes and Imagination." During the past decades some of the most memorable people in the history of entertainment have been chosen to lead the parade. Some notable ones included: Walt Disney, Shirley Temple, Hank Aaron, former Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, John Glenn and even Kermit the Frog.
'HERE'S JOHNNY' EXHIBIT TO OPEN
Amid charges in the tabloids that Johnny Carson is very ill with a lung problem -- charges that have been denied by his publicist -- the entertainer will not attend the opening of an exhibit in his honor in his hometown in Nebraska, Norfolk. I talked with Sheryl Schmeckpeper of the Norfolk Daily News. She says that the permanent tribute to the entertainer will be housed in the five-year-old Elkhorn Valley Museum. It contains over 100 major pieces of memorabilia, including Carson's Emmy awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. There's also a mock-up of the "Tonight" show set with a life-size representation of Carson that "comes to life" when someone triggers a nearby motion sensor. There's also a "Best of Carson Theater" where visitors can see clips of Carson's late-night show. Carson is now 76 and has become a virtual recluse since retiring from television after three decades of hosting "Tonight."
DOLLY PARTON BECOMES AMBASSADOR
Country's Dolly Parton has been named as an official ambassador for the Tennessee film and music industries. According to that state's governor, Don Sundquist, the diminutive singer-songwriter was appointed to the post to give a higher level of "image" to the work of the commission. The group was created to try to convince would-be moviemakers that the Volunteer State would be a great place to bring their cameras. Large print ads, featuring Parton, will soon be running in major Los Angeles-area publications, including the Hollywood Reporter. Additionally, Parton will travel to Tinseltown in the coming weeks to host a promotional event to be sponsored by the Tennessee group.
AUSSIE STAR TO MAKE 'VEGAS DEBUT
An entertainer who has become a legend in his native Australia, John St. Peeters, will soon make his Las Vegas debut. The Stardust tells United Press International that St. Peeters has been booked into the Wayne Newton Theater in that casino's entertainment complex. He has been hailed as "Australia's most dynamic entertainer" by his country's national media. He began as a child prodigy, playing an accordion on network television at age seven. As a teenager he was named the country's fastest-rising young pop star. Over the years he's become a mainstay on the pop charts in Australia and New Zealand. In addition to releasing CDs in his country, St. Peeters has used his linguistic skills to record in Spanish, French and Italian. His first show in Las Vegas will be on Oct. 11.
UPI DAILY SURVEY QUESTION NO. 422
Here's a retread of a popular question we asked a year ago: "What is on your computer's screen-saving protocol or on your computer's desktop?" Put SCREEN in the subject line and send to firstname.lastname@example.org via the Internet.
RESULTS OF QUESTION NO. 417 (REMINDER)
Last week we asked about the kinds of calendars and reminders you use to get you through the day. From a random sampling of the incoming e-mail box, here are some replies: IJ in Vancouver speaks for many, saying: "I have to put things on a calendar that looks like a diary at times with so much stuff. I also make lists of things to do. I leave notes by my husband's chair when he is at work so I won't forget to tell him. I'm not absent-minded, but I don't want to forget things either." Cindy says she definitely needs a calendar to remember what's going on. Tish is one of many who wrote to say they keep three calendars ... one at home, one in a purse, one at work. Colin (who wrote a nice letter from Hawaii Pacific University) says that he tries to avoid having to use reminders. Being in college, he has a set regimen but wonders what the "real world" is going to be like. Me? I have tons of calendars and even one to remember my survey questions. TOMORROW: Making your day. GBA.