Daily News from New York, New York on March 30, 1984 · 95
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3 3 to mm?bt&b$ gjoiffi Washington (News Bureau) Presidential counselor Edwin Meese and nine other White House officials received expensive jade and gold cuff links from the South Korean government last fall and are only now turning them in, American government officials said yesterday. Meese, who will have a special pros ecutor investigate charges in connection with his nomination to be attorney general, and the other senior officialsincluding White House chief of staff James Baker, deputy staff chief Michael Deaver and national security adviser Robert McFarlane got the jewelry during President Reagan's trip to Seoul in November. Federal employes must report and turn over to the U.S. government within 60 days any gifts valued at more than $140. Baker, Deaver and McFarlane handed over their cuff links shortly after they got them. Meese filed his report on the cuff links, pale green jade decorated with gold crests and appraised at $375, on Tuesday and turned the jewelry in Wednesday. White House spokesman Larry Speakes said he had surrendered his cuff links yesterday morning after hearing how much they were worth. "I didn't much," know they he said. were worth that MEESE AIDES insisted yesterday that he would pay normal legal fees for the three private attorneys who will help him during the probe of his finances and official conduct Among the charges against Meese are allegations that he received financial favors from individuals who later got government jobs. One Meese lawyer, Leonard Garment, special consultant to President Richard Nixon until Nixon resigned, said that "appropriate arrangements are being worked out" for Meese to pay for legal aid. Also serving as lawyers for Meese will be Max Kampelman, President Reagan's ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and University of California law Prof. E. Robert Wallach, vice chairman of the President's Commission on Public Diplomacy. f 11 --Ji T1 M 1 W H-rT 1 I Tell Me, $!!?. SlZ55FuL MOP- LIP OPERATIONS a ssiDro off ireDDadla irunedJaus Washington (AP The Army showered 8,612 medals rewarding individual performance in the brief Grenada invasion campaign although it never had more than about 7,000 officers and enlisted soldiers on the island, the service acknowledged yesterday. About 50 of the achievement medals went to personnel who got no closer to the fighting than the Pentagon, according to Army officials. Other awards were given to staff and support troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the 82d Airborne Division; Fort Stewart, Ga., and Fort Lewis, Wash., bases for Army Rangers; and the headquarters of the Army's Forces Command in Atlanta. The Army defended its awards system as a "valuable and effective leadership tool to build unit morale and esprit" THE OTHER SERVICES, which had many fewer men on or over the Caribbean island last fall, have granted only a handful of individual medals.' Some' additional ' awards mays be granted but nowhere as lavishly as tht Army, according to indications from the Marines, Navy and Air Force. The U.S. invasion of Grenada began Oct 25, following a bloody coup by a Marxist faction, and the fighting ended Nov. 2. Eighteen American servicemen were killed. The Army said it had awarded 275 decorations for valor, for combat deaths or wounds. Beyond that, it said, it gave out a total of 8,337 medals for individual performance. These included 4,581 commendation medals, 2,495 achieve-, ment medals, 681 Bronze Stars and a 1 variety of other decorations for meritorious service. "Many support and staff personnel received these awards for their support of the Grenada operation outside of the actual combat zone or for service in Grenada after hostilities had ceased," the Army said. It indicated that the decisions on awards were made by unit comman--ders. 'The 82d Airborne. Division led: with 6,708 individual awards. . f if t-y" w Hit- Voting for a more exciting Oscar night 7Trif7HAT WOULD we feel like l on Election Dav tf tnev J W told us that Reagan won, but didn't tell us by how much? This is not Russia. The Oscar vote totals should be released in reverse order, lowest total first!" So say Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert in next week's TV Guide. The movie critics, who've made themselves famous talking film on the tube, offer a number of other challenges for making Oscar night more exciting. They assert: "Let's say Jane Alexander wins. Everybody will be speculating: Winger and MacLaine knocked each other off. Let's find out Let's see the vote totals. If MacLaine and Winger add up to more than Alexander, then we know it for sure. Listen, why is baseball the eternal game? A lot of it has to do with the statistical lore. The movies, which are as eternal as baseball, should have their own statistical lore." The fellows offer' other good ideas which the Academy and ABC-TV really ought to take seriously to heart GLITTERING on "Glitter" (the two-hour, pilot movie Aaron Spelling is making at the moment) will be J.R.'s one-time ladyfriend from "Dallas" Morgan Brittany. She'll co-star with Pat Neal and Ken Howard. ABC is asking Spelling to make at least four follow-up episodes of "Glitter"; they think it's hot Meanwhile, back on "Dallas," Morgan has already taped one of those horrid cat fights with Victoria Principal to be seen next season. Incidentally, Morgan is busy making a needlepoint pillow with this slogan: "Good girls go to heaven, Bad girls go everywhere!" MORE STARS than there are in the . heavens that used to be the old MGM slogan and it could become the motto for the Betty Ford drug and alcohol treatment center in Palm Springs. Liz lie 1 y M Betty Comden: Does she or doesn't she? Taylor and Johnny Cash are just two who went there for help. OVERHEARD at the Russian Tea Room. Two high-powered agents were discussing the PavarotU-Sinatra-Ross concert, where tickets sold for $2,500 apiece. Agent 1: Tni working on a thing that would cost $10,000 a ticket!" , , , Agent - 2:-"For that kind of money ; who could you get to entertain?" i Morgan Brittany: She'll "Glitter1 Agent 1: "Simple we'd get God and Streisand." Agent 2: "Dynamite! But do you think Streisand would agree to open?" . GREAT FUN this week at the Museum of Modern Art when Sidney Lumet shot a party scene using some of NYC's best names for his movie "Garbo Talks!" I got to stand by the actor with the lines of the day Adolph Green. Joining our circle Cy Coleman, St. Clair Pugh, Inger Elliott, Arthur Schlesinger, Hallie Walden, George Plimpton and Elaine Kaufman. Young actor Ron Silver peeked over our shoulders. There is much talk about whether Garbo will be in the movie. Rumor has it the great one will be impersonated by none other than Betty Comden. A good choice. The writer-actress is definitely a Garbo lookalike. NERTS to Edward S. Feldman who rushed off and registered "Where's the Beef?" for a movie title. By the time this is made, that will be passe history; it already is. . . . Nerts to this column for incorrectly saying that Lally Weymouth's anti-Reagan, pro-Israel article for the L.A. Times didn't run in her own family's newspaper The Washington Post It did run, after all, a Sunday or so ago. It was last summer that Lally interviewed practically every major leader in the Middle East and then there was consternation among her friends and admirers when the Post didn't always use her work or else played the articles down It's Jennifer ("Flashdance") Beals they want to co-star with Richard Pryor in Walter Hill's remake of "Brewster's Millions." ... Joel Schumacher, who did "D.C. Cab," will now direct his own new screenplay "St Elmo's Fire" for Columbia Dody Goodman is joining the "One Life to Live" soap on ABC Paramount currently leads the pack for success in 1984 with grosses of "Footloose" and "Racing With the Moon" keeping the company in the driver's seat But Universal claims to be hot because they're releasing "16 Candles," "Firestarter" and "Streets of Fire," hoping for a box office conflagration. ... Writer Steve Gaines (he collaborated on "The Love You Make" about the Beatles) will now put the memoirs of the Beach Boys between covers for the New American -Library.' ' "J l'' r '' ' - ' '

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