The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 42
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Q Why would Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski decide to turn pro at just 15? Was she tired of competing with Michelle Kwan? Dee Good, Lakeside, Calif. It's not about competition or money. The petite teen simply wants a different life. After four years of living to skate, Lipinski just wants time to be with family (she and her mom had been living away from her dad) and friends, some of whom travel with her. She wants to finish high school (she is tutored four hours a day) and eventually go to college. Training to be competitive requires an intense commitment; training to entertain in touring ice shows is less rigid. At our Web site $ Doyouoverplan? You can check your personal planning R ~ style (Page 4) online and take other quizzes from Stephen Covey, including £ "Are You Addicted to Urgency?" and Q "How Indispensable an Employee Are You?" Click on RespondUSA. D Miami vs. Dallas j]* TV Showdown, now face off in 3 Round 2. Vote for your favorite! m Winning short stories D Click on TEENS for short stories by finalists in this year's Student Fiction Contest Teachers, use online guides to help students enter next year. Who's NewsL By Lorrie Lynch BIRTHDAYS MAY 31 Brooke Shields, 33; Chris Elliott, 38; Tom Berenger, 48; Sharon Gless, 55; Joe Namath, 55; Clint Eastwood, 68; Prince Rainier, 75 JUNE 1 Alanis Morissette, 24; Lisa Hartman Black, 42; Ron Wood, 51; Morgan Freeman, 61; Andy Griffith, 72 JUNE 2 Dana Carvey, 43, Jerry Mathers, 50 JUNE 3 Tony Curtis, 73 JUNE 4 Noah Wyle, 27; Scott Wolf, 30; Parker Stevenson, 46 JUNE 5 Mark Wahlberg, 27; Kenny G, 42; Bill Moyers, 64 JUNE 6 Lukas Haas, 22; Sandra Bernhard, 43; Tom Jones, 58 Have a question or comment about people In the news? CALL 1-800-255-5463, Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. E-mail: whosnews@usaweekend.com. H How is basketball great Magic Johnson, who twice retired as an y LA. Lakers player because he's HIV-positive? He looks robust. Has he beaten the virus that causes AIDS? John Harvey, utica, N.Y. "I'm doing super great," Johnson, 38, tells us. The virus, discovered in his body in 1991, now is undetectable, though doctors assume he still has it. "I work out every day. I eat right, and I'm taking medicine that works." That medicine is the AIDS-fighting drug "cocktail" considered the biggest breakthrough yet in defeating the disease. A good attitude helps, too. Johnson, who next week adds a syndicated late-night TV talk show to his daily routine, faces his health regime with the same discipline it took to become a basketball legend. Johnson with wife Cookie and son Earvin III *• n Not too long ago, Keanu Reeves was y what Leonardo DiCaprio is now: the most talked-about actor around. Lately, I know little about his offscreen life. Does he have a girlfriend? G. Larosiliere, Brooklyn, N.Y. Reeves, 33, is a loner who hasn't dated anyone steadily and doesn't have a girlfriend. Raised by his artsy mom in Toronto, he found acting during his teens (to the detriment of his schooling), and it's been his passion ever since. Motorcycles and music also were early interests; he's still likely to be found riding around Los Angeles at night or playing bass in his band, Dog- star. He's now in Australia mak- A I'd like to know more about Susan y Carpenter-McMillan, so-called adviser to presidential nemesis Paula Jones. How does one come upon a job like that? Jeannie Morago, Yuma, Ariz. The women met at a luncheon three years ago; they're now friends who Carpenter-McMillan says talk daily. And while she continues to be described as Jones' adviser (she once said she is Jones' "poop shield") and is seen with her regularly, Carpenter- McMillan, 51, shouldn't be viewed as a spokeswoman. Jones' lawyers made that clear the day the ex-Arkansas state worker announced she would appeal the dismissal of her sexual harassment suit against President Clinton. Long active in causes considered conservative, such as antiabortion activism, Carpenter- McMillan is a wealthy southern Californian. She's married to a medical malpractice lawyer and has two teen daughters. n Ally McBeal's lead actress, Calista \) Flockhart, Is TV's newest breakout star, yet I know next to nothing about her personal history. Don Starr, Reading, Pa. She's a "corporate brat" who moved around as a kid with her mother, brother and father, who worked for Kraft Foods. Flockhart graduated from Rutgers University in 1989, and while her age has been written as 32 or 33, she refuses to set the record straight. "I like that to be a mystery," she told US. "I've dated a couple of guys where I've not told them how old I am." She lives in Los Angeles now, with her terrier, Webster, but her pre-Alfy job training was mostly New York theater. Her Hollywood entrance was completely cliched: The slightly frazzled "unknown" actress, who looks just a tad like Ally creator David Kelley's wife, Michelle Pfeiffer, waltzes into the audition with lots of confidence and nails the part. Q What will Tom Cruise do in the next year? Any chance it will be another Mission: Impossible? Undsey Livermont Palmdale, Calif. Cruise and wife Nicole Kidman, back in the USA. There someday may be a sequel to Cruise's blockbuster Mission: Impossible, but we're told there's no script yet. At press time, the star, 35, who with wife Nicole Kidman spent more than a year in England filming Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, was still looking at a number of possibilities but with no plans to go in front of a camera before fall, d

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