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October 5, 1987

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ One year after his local television talk show was canceled to make way for Oprah Winfrey, veteran broadcaster Tom Snyder is beginning a new stint as host of a radio call-in show on KABC.

″I’d like to say, ‘Yeah we’re gonna be great 3/8 Rah, rah, rah 3/8’ But it could be something completely different from that,″ Snyder said.

He takes over the 7-9 p.m. time slot Monday through Friday on KABC, replacing cooking show hostess Jackie Olden. Snyder’s first scheduled guests are Valerie Harper and Frank Zappa, and he says his show will be different for one reason.

″Me. That’s the only thing that will make it different from other talk shows,″ Snyder said. ″What makes Johnny Carson different? Or Ted Koppel?″

Snyder was hosting an afternoon talk show on KABC-TV last year when he was replaced by Oprah Winfrey. The former news anchor is best known for his NBC late night television show ″Tomorrow,″ which ran during the late 1970s.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Irwin Russo had a short but successful film career going until he produced ″Teachers.″ Then he decided he wanted to be one again.

Russo is back in a classroom, teaching college-bound Los Angeles students.

″I found that Hollywood was the glamorous girl friend, but that teaching was the woman I had married,″ Russo said recently.

Russo taught English for nine years at a Long Island, N.Y., high school before he accepted an invitation from his brother, Aaron, then Bette Midler’s personal manager, to help him develop movie scripts.

He helped his brother produce ″Trading Places″ in 1983 and ″Teachers″ in 1984. Both movies were popular, but around the time ″Teachers″ came out, Russo began thinking once again about making a mid-life career change.

He said the transition from making big bucks in Hollywood to a teacher’s salary of between $20,000 and $30,000 a year wasn’t that difficult.

″I’m not independently wealthy, but I am financially conservative,″ he said. ″Nobody wants to give up the beautiful life, but there are certain things that fill the soul.″


SALSOMAGGIORE TERME, Italy (AP) - Princess Michela Rocco Di Torrepadula was chosen as the new Miss Italy, the second in a month after the first winner was discovered to be a ″Mrs.″ and a mother - and disqualified.

Miss Rocco Di Torrepadula, 17, who plays the flute, has a brown belt in karate and wants to be an actress, was heavily favored after model Mirka Viola, 19, was dethroned.

Judges had not been aware that Miss Viola was married and had a 2-year-old son when they named her Miss Italy. She did not attend Sunday’s ceremony.

For the second pageant, contestants were required to prove their single status.

After she was crowned, the new Miss Italy, an Italian aristocrat, said, ″I don’t feel like a reserve Miss. ... Mirka didn’t have her cards in order and lost the title.″


TOKYO (AP) - The Chinese film ″Old Well,″ directed by Wu Tianming, won the best film award and its leading actor, Zhang Yimou, received the best actor prize at the 1987 Tokyo International Film Festival.

The ″Old Well,″ the story of villagers’ difficulties in constructing a well, was chosen from among 135 films from 42 nations screened in the competition, which ended Sunday. No prize money was awarded.

The special jury prize went to the Canadian film ″House Keeping,″ directed by Bill Forsyth. Forsyth also received the prize for best screenplay.

Lana Gogoberidze of the Soviet Union, who produced the film ″Turnover,″ was named best director.

The best actress award went to Rachel Ward of Australia for the Australian film ″The Good Wife.″

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