The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on December 12, 1983 · Page 44
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Monday, December 12, 1983
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PAGE 44- THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR- MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1983 People & things iiL-jgic5r Ling-Ling getting back to business National Zoo officials said Sunday the panda Ling-Ling's life-threatening kidney problem can be, treated, but they are not certain she will recover or, if she does, whether she will be able to conceive. ; "We originally thought she was suffering from a degenerative kidney ailment, but it now appears it is only an infection, which can be treated," said zoo spokesman Mike Morgan. "We are optimistic, but Ling-Ling is still not out of danger." A keeper in the Washington DC. zoo's Panda House said they do not know whether the infection will affect Ling Ling's ability to reproduce, which has been "complicated enough as is. , "We do not know yet (if she can conceive)," said the keeper, who asked not to be indentified. "We are just worried now about keeping her alive." Ling Ling's eight-year on again, off again romanlic exploits with her mate, HsingHsmg, have attracted worldwide attention. They were a gift from the Chinese government in 1972. y ' The two pandas managed to produce the nation's first panda cub last summer, but it died of a respiratory ailment. The zookeeper said Sunday Ling Ling was getting back to her usual routine, eating bamboo, apples and rice gruel, and entertaining the hundreds of daily visitors to the special $500,000 pavilion. An estimated 30 million people have toured the Panda House since it opened. Worldly king Amid tight security. King Biren-dra of Nepal and his wife. Queen Aishwarya, visited Disney World as part of a two-week tour of the United States. The 38 year-old monarch, dressed in a flowing purple gown, was welcomed at Orlando International Airport on Saturday by city officials, who presented him with the key to the Florida city. The king, who since 1972 has ruled the mountain nation of IS million people nestled between China and India, met with President Reagan last week. On Sunday, he planned to join in an American tradition by going to the Dallas football stadium to watch the Cowboys- play the Washington Redskins. He returns to Nepal in 10 days after stops in Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu. Queen Eartha Earth a Kitt is in Dallas for a rather improbable production of "Snow White." The show is a .musical with Miss Kitt as the wicked queen with Barbie Benton, the ex-girlfriend of playboy Hugh Hefner, as Snow White. The kicker is that the seven dwarves all are more than 6 feet tall. Miss Kitt says she was well-cast: "This wicked queen is really wicked, highly wicked in a very humorous way . . . just an extension of Eartha Kitt's sense of humor." Her disco record "Where Is My Man?" is selling well in Europe but has not had extensive release in the United States yet. mm Miss Kitt Belvedere By George Crenshaw "You found an old shell at the beach? That's nice." Wins title A 16 year-old Rolling Prairie girl was named Miss Indiana Teen U.S.A. 1984 Sunday night in Merrillville. Christine Harrel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harrel, won the title following competiUon in categories of personality, swimsuit and evening gown, according to Evelyn Lehaie, director of the pageant. One of 60 participants. Miss Harrel had earlier been named Miss LaPorte County Teen. Runners up were: first, Jill Sue Haddon, 16, of Cedar Lake; second. Wendy Hilgemeier. 16, Carmel; third, Lisa Winkler. 15, East Munster, and fourth. Wendy Jo Shipley, Fort Wayne. The new Miss Indiana Teen U.S.A. will compete in the Miss Teen U.S.A. pageant. 1 JT Iacoeca Nice man One of Chrysler Corp. Chairman Lee Iacocca's biggest interests, aside from his auto company, is the restoration of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Iacoeca, who chairs a presidential commission on the restoration effort, has now enlisted the help of one of New York society's best-known movers and shakers, Brooke Astor. The widow of realty heir Vincent Astor recently gave Iacoeca a $5,000 check to help in the campaign. At a recent lunch in New York, the elderly Mrs. Astor told the 59year-old Iacoeca how much she enjoyed "working on this project with a nice young man like you." Hard to handle Authorities in northeast China are so overwhelmed with keeping track of people with the same name, including 4.800 women named "fair and precious," that they have written a guide to naming babies. In one work unit alone, there are 10 men named Li Wei, (Wei meaning "great"), said a report Sunday in the Guangming Daily, a newspaper aimed at Chinese intellectuals. "The result is that people must call them 'Big Li Wei,' 'Li Wei No. 2,' 'Long haired Li Wei,' to avoid confusion." The biggest problem is the popularity of "Shu-zhen" (fair and precious). At last count, there were more than 4,800 "Li Shu-zhens" in Shenyang, the newspaper said. The dilemma has prompted Yang Yan-shan of the Shenyang Public Security Bureau to write a pamphlet called "How Parents Should Name Their Children." 1 Yang explains the problems of too many recurring names and ad vises parents to give their offspring names that are less-frequently used and consist of one character or word. ."Vulgar appellations," such as "Shufen" (fair and fragrant) and "Yu mei" (Jade plum blossom) should be avoided, he added. Back together Fans screamed and chanted "We want Tony" as soap opera sweethearts Tony Geary and Genie Francis danced, sang and performed a skit from the daytime soap General Hospital in Atlantic City, N.J. Many of the 1,500 ticketholders had waited in line at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino since 6 a.m. to get a good seat for Saturday's 2 p.m. show, officials said. It was the first joint public appearance by "Luke and Laura," the characters played by Geary and Francis, said promoter Harriet Epstein. The couple's screen wedding in 1981 became the most-watched show in the history of daytime television with more than 14 million viewers. "I know that the viewers felt cheated by the way my character disappeared off the end of Port Charles' pier," said Ms. Francis, 21. Her character was written out of the show in January 1982, but she recently returned for a six-week stint. Geary, 36, said he would announce today whether he will stay with the show. He has played the character of Luke for five years and said he would like to return to dramatic acting. 2), Lumon ! 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Busy hands can mean happy hearts this time of year. Packages to wrap, cards to send, cookies to bake all are traditional Yuletide duties. Colorful lights decorating houses at night can bring a smile to the solitary traveler. Ice-skating can turn a cold evening into a fun affair, whether it be on a city rink or frozen lake deep in some woods in the country. But the beauty of the season is that while the bright lights finally may be packed away, the meaning of Christmas love, peace, and goodwill to men is around us all year. We must only remember and spread it. ( f I ". : 1 a. aJ" if 1 it! "'"'-Sfl.S . Til s i. VS4 :Hi it ' ' t' t.. 5 I fit i - - - . ? v: 'is' At t i David and Nancy Bernier of St. Paul, Minn., make a Christmas pinata A traditional decoration, pinatas are filled with treats and made to be broken by children

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