Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 4, 1990 · Page 19
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Tuesday, September 4, 1990
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tttsburcil) JJosKa:d!c TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1990 19 Great legs required A woman with great legs has it made this fall. Skirts will be short, heels high and ribbed stockings and tights that cling to curvy calves and thighs. Very s-e-x-y indeed. We can't tell you how to acquire fabulous -long legs, but Hanes makes these ribbed-cotton spandex pantyhose in jet, navy, ivory, wine and camel. They're $10 at most department stores. ; and out OF DGDOKl By Jane Crawford . si f f'"f f tu temiA' f' Best bet It's from Julio Iglesias and will be available this fall at JCPenney. Only by Julio Iglesias is a light and fragrant scent with a floral blend of ylang ylang, Egyptian marigold and tropical scents. Very nice. Eau de Parfum is $37.50 for 1.7 ounces. Paddock looks By now youall have a wardrobe for the horsey look. Add these affordable ankle-length riding boots from Naturalizer (about $75) at department stores and you'll be too equestrian for words. ) jjg . .Mttlh. . Short story La Coupe, maker of hair-styling products, says short hair is it for the '90s. It needs "movement and height" and a bare look at the neckline. Of course, the company wants you to buy its gels and mousses, but it's come up with a nice fall look also. In Richard Lewis Tiramisu Mashed potatoes Supermarket banking Quilts Black eyelines Car phones Evian water Winking Freckles Plaid Letter writing French cuffs Greg Gumbel Fall vacations Pittsburgh Playhouse Flirting Same-sex friends Saving money Out Big, expensive weddings Sweets Tap water Neutral shade stockings Heavy makeup Celebrity interviews Silk flowers Beer Striped ties Glossy lips Paper napkins Drinking alcohol Swearing Tough babes Wearing all black Fried food Business meals Vanity breast enlargements Coming up Ciao Collection, informal modeling, Wednesday, main level, Saks Fifth Avenue Joyce and Selby shoe representatives, Thursday, Joyce-Selby Shoe Store, Squirrel Hill 1990 Overture A Symphony of Fashion, Friday, 1:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Heinz Hall.... Star Lake gives itself a first-season grade just short of perfect By Diana Nelson Jones Post-Gazette Staff Writer n f f7ith iess than three weeks f I " 1 performances to go, Star t i I Lake Amphitheater gets an A ii Ll minus for its first season, says general manager Wilson Rogers. That assessment is pending a report card from the public: A survey is being distributed at remaining concerts. Star Lake also will survey its audience by phone to prepare for the 1991 season, which begins in mid-May. Star Lake director Tom Rooney is confident that the messy opening day the Billy Joel Sell-Out and Traffic Jam '90 on June 17 will have become a vague memory by then. In the off-season, "we want to find out what we have to do to regain the approval of the people we lost that night , if we lost them," he said. Rooney said he had hoped to break Star Lake in before a sell-out act came along, but "those were the only dates available" to book Joel. The 20,000-capacity amphitheater, between Florence and Burgettstown in Washington County, ends the season with the country-music group Alabama on Sept. 21. It is expected that with the final show, 425,000 tickets will have been sold to all Star Lake performances. Before the summer, Rooney and his staff had projected 320,000. "We couldn't have done much better," he said. "There was such an abundance of entertainment to compete with in Pittsburgh this summer." Star Lake went after every act that was on tour, booking all but one of the shows it went after: "Eric Clapton was the only one we couldn't get," Rooney said, explaining that Clapton wanted "too much money." The amphitheater, owned by PACEYM Partnership of Houston, lost money on a few acts but is ending the season with an undisclosed gain "better than we expected, and we expected to make money," Rogers said. Investment in the amphitheater is $10.5 million, he said. Several shows didn't sell nearly as well as expected, but a few strong surprises balanced the losses. The late Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Cocker played to just 5,369: "A little disappointing," Rooney said. Don Henley's show sold 7,198 tickets, another disappoint ment, he said. Linda Ronstadt and the Neville Brothers played to a few fans shy of 5,000, which was "a big disappointment. We expected that one to do a lot better." On the flip side, David Bowie drew 12,521, more than double the number projected, he said. Bowie's appeal clearly dipped into a younger age group than radio stations had led Star Lake officials to expect. Depeche Mode "made the strongest showing ever here," with 10,853, he said. Shows by Kenny G with Michael Bolton, who drew 12,071, and Jimmy Buffett, who sold 10,713 tickets, also out sold expectations. Five shows sold out two each by Billy Joel and New Kids on the Block, one by Phil Collins. The Allman BrothersGeorge Thoro-good show on Aug. 27 sold 1,600 of its 8,500 tickets on the day of the show, all but 300 of those at the Star Lake box office. That was the day Vaughan died, and some of the interest may be attributable to fans who wanted to mourn the loss of the blues t ;4 1 . ij 1 I - f vt 1 i k :: TUTlfltlTfH flf iTMiTWli Post-Gazette SEE STAR LAKE, PAGE 20 The New Kids on the Block concert helped to boost sales for Star Lake. Kitty Dukakis optimistic despite her troubled journey to addiction hell NOW YOU KNOW by Kitty Dukakis with flOCf BIVIEI'J By the time the book arrived for review exceptionally close family unit, close and Alarmed by increasingly dramatic mo Jane Scovell. Simon & Schuster, f 19.95. By Susan Puskar Assistant Magazine Editor, Post-Gazette hen her husband lost his quest for the presidency on Nov. 8, 1 I 1988, Kitty Dukakis lost a iwii u whole lot more. Warm and engaging on the campaign trail, she pulled the blinds on a world of purpose and retreated into another place entirely. As Gov. Michael Dukakis settled back in at the Massachusetts statehouse, two days after his defeat his wife went on an alcoholic binge in the bedroom of their Brookline home. It was a dramatic twist in a journey that had started years before, one that is recounted in startling detail in her new autobiography, "Now You Know." The weeks leading up to publication have been awash in grim excerpts from the book: There was Kitty drunk before noon most days after the election; overdosing on cold pills one day last December; swallowing everything from hair spray to vanilla extract not long after being hospitalized for drinking rubbing alcohol. NOWYOU KNOW 1 KITTY )UKKIS Wii'IUANii SCOYKU. last week, one had to wonder what was left to discover about this woman's increasingly painful struggle to hold her life together. The simplest answer is that there is more to know, a lot of it difficult to read if you're not voyeuristic by nature. But there is also a "glimmer," as Dukakis herself calls it, a ray of optimism that shimmies to the surface to remind us of the spirited woman at the center of the struggle. Born into comfort and casual non-conformity in Cambridge, Mass., in 1936, Katharine Dickson Dukakis is the daughter of Harry Ellis Dickson, a retired violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the late Jane Goldberg Dickson, who was trained as a nurse and social worker but opted for a career as housewife. Dukakis writes with humor and emotion of her childhood, chronicling her closeness with her good-natured father, her troubled relationship with her reserved, proper mother, and of the constant bickering between her and younger sister Jinny, now a beloved friend. "I had problems with Mother big ones. Even so, she,,.Dad, Jinny, and I formed an volatile, she writes. The inborn fire that is one of Dukakis trademarks was fed in young adulthood with some artificial fuel. Dukakis, following her fashion-conscious mother's lead, began taking diet pills when she was 19. Why? To lose weight, and maybe more, she speculates. She popped her first pill a short time after learning that her mother was illegitimate and that her maternal grandparents were really her adoptive grandparents. The trauma of the discovery and her mother's indifferent reaction to her questions about it stayed with Dukakis for years, as did her dependency on those diet pills. Through a failed first marriage, her love match with Michael, three children, countless political campaigns, community projects and jobs, she secretly took one amphetamine almost every morning for 26 years. "Everything I accomplished during that quarter of a century plus I attributed to the chemicals ruling my body. I actually felt that without them, none of these achievements would have been possible." Alarmed by increasingly dramatic mood swings, she got treatment for her pill problem in 1982, but slowly began to transfer her dependency to alcohol. It was an addiction, coupled with bouts of depression she began suffering in the early '80s, that was to explode in the empty days after the presidential race. In two riveting prefaces to the book, Dukakis describes her fight these past two years to cope with her problems. Because the details are so fresh in her mind, they overwhelm the often compelling story of her life before the awfulness of the recent past. Her role in the presidential campaign, indeed the campaign itself, become footnotes in the tale of the larger battles to follow. There are a few morsels of insight, both funny and painful, that capture the exhilaration and mind-numbing exhaustion of running in a national race. After reproaching her husband for his heartless answer to the debate question about the rape and murder of Kitty Dukakis, she reveals he simply shrugged his shoulders and said sadly: "Kit- SEE KITTY. PAGE 20

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