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By DENNIS DAILY, United Press International   |   May 27, 2003 at 6:00 PM   |   Comments

MINNELLI TRIES TO KEEP COMMITMENTS

She fell and broke her kneecap but singer-actress Liza Minnelli says she still will try to keep her singing dates. According to published reports, Minnelli fell in a hotel in Bologna, Italy. Her publicist says the 58-year-old entertainer will be in a cast for about a month. During that time she will attempt to perform in a long-anticipated joint appearance with one of the world's foremost tenors, Luciano Pavarotti. The concert bill calls for Liza to sing a duet with the rotund tenor on "New York, New York."


THEATRICAL WORLD MOURNS LOSS OF KEMPSON

The woman credited with starting the so-called Redgrave dynasty, Rachel Kempson, has died. England's Manchester Guardian reports Kempson was the wife of Sir Michael Redgrave and the father of Vanessa, Lynn and Corin Redgrave. Her granddaughter, Natasha Richardson, continues the family's acting tradition. A native of Dartmouth, England, Kempson first worked on the British stage in Shakespearean productions. Although most of her life was dedicated to the stage and fostering the talents of her gifted children, Kempson took time out to appear in several movies, including "The Captive Heart," "Tom Jones" and "The Charge of the Light Brigade." Rachel Kempson was 92.


COLORFUL COACH CALLS IT QUITS

One of the most famous modern-day coaches in basketball, Larry Brown, has turned in his resignation. The Philadelphia Inquirer says Brown, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, recently has been not only coach, but also a vice president of the Philadelphia 76ers. He has been at the helm of the team for six seasons. Over his long career, Brown has been leading one team or another for more than three decades. There is speculation the 62-year-old gregarious coach will completely leave the Philadelphia operation in the coming weeks. During his tenure at Philadelphia Brown has been credited with taking the team, usually near the bottom of the heap in the Eastern Conference, to the status of real contender.


MUCH-LOVED POETESS-PROFESSOR DIES

People around Cleveland are mourning the death of Alberta Turner, the retired Cleveland State University professor who moved many with her writings. Turner is best known for directing the university's respected Poetry Center for more than a quarter of a century. In her early years she was a driving force at what was once called Fenn College. Later she was tapped to help in the organization of Cleveland State University. Just after World War II, with husband Arthur, the energetic Turner founded a national literary magazine, Field: Contemporary Poetry and Politics. A recipient of the Award for the Arts, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohioana Poetry Award and the Chillicothe Award for Outstanding Poetry, Alberta Turner was 83.


ANOTHER CONVERSATION WITH BOB HOPE

We continue to celebrate the upcoming 100th birthday of Bob Hope by presenting excepts from a United Press International interview with the great comedian. A decade ago, shortly before his health started failing, this reporter spent an afternoon with him at his home in Los Angeles. We talked about his ties to Cleveland and his roots in England:

DAILY: "What is it like to go back to the old neighborhood (Cleveland)?"

HOPE: "It's great. I was in England some time ago and went to the place I was born ...

DAILY: "That IS the old neighborhood, isn't it!"

HOPE: " Yes, it really is. Yes sir. You see I have a theater there, the Bob Hope Theater. Then I went to the Palladium. We raised 67,000 British pounds to take care of the theater. We have children's programs and all that stuff. It's in a nice building ... a nice solid building."

DAILY: "Your American roots are in Cleveland, though."

HOPE: "Oh, yes, I love going back there. I still have many friends there. It's always fun to get local politicians or sports people involved on the show when I go home. My first real job performing, you know, was as a fighter."

DAILY: "You called yourself Packy East. Unusual name ..."

HOPE: "Well, I knew a fighter named Packy West, so I did it on a lark."

More tomorrow in celebration of the Bob Hope centennial.


RESULTS OF QUESTION NO. 597

Last week we asked: "During your work career, how many times have you had your job eliminated, either by firing or reductions?" Our random dip into the e-mail inbox gave us some interesting responses. Only 15 percent noted they had never been fired. Others, including SalMere said "being fired today is normal. Unlike my dad's generation when people worked for one company for years, going from job to job is part of the American way." One of our most complete and interesting answers came from VCaldwell, who tell us, "I've devoted almost 35 years to my career. In that time, I had my hours cut back once due to downsizing ... I was one of four lucky ones to stay, but it was only part-time; so I left the company as I couldn't survive on part-time wages. In 1997, my job was actually eliminated when the partnership I worked for disbanded to work independently in their homes. I was let go, then hired back long enough to keep the office running during the transition from partnership to work-at-home appraisers. The other gal in the office didn't want to work from home on an hourly basis as she had no guarantee of a steady salary. It was only natural for me to work from home as I'd had a home business prior to this job doing the same work for some of the same appraisers." She additionally tells us what it's like to have income, but no health insurance. TOMORROW: A trip to the laundry. GBA

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