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May 28, 1988

PAWLING, N.Y. (AP) _ Norman Vincent Peale, whose ″The Power of Positive Thinking″ is the best- selling non-fiction book in history, reached another milestone with the dedication here of the Center for Positive Thinking.

Among the 1,000 people taking part in the ceremony Friday were television personality Art Linkletter, chairman of the center’s fund-raising committee, and former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown and his wife, Phyllis George, a former Miss America.

The two-story building houses offices, an auditorium, seminar rooms, a library and a recording studio. It will serve as a repository for the documents, sermons, books, articles, photographs and recordings pertaining to Peale’s work.

Peale, who turns 90 on Tuesday, is a minister and the author of 35 books. ″The Power of Positive Thinking,″ published in 1952, has sold 15 million copies worldwide.

Peale and his wife, Ruth Stafford Peale, established the Foundation for Christian Living 48 years ago. For the past 66 years, Peale has lectured and written about personal motivation.


LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - Comedians Milton Berle, Sid Caesar and Danny Thomas joined other celebrities and officials in dedicating a new 1,000-room addition to the Riviera Hotel and Casino, a 33-year-old fixture on the Las Vegas Strip.

Gov. Richard Bryan presented plaques to the three comics, who are appearing together at the resort in a Memorial Day weekend show billed ″The Living Legends of Comedy.″

Berle recalled playing the hotel when it opened in 1955. At the time, it was dubbed a ″nine-story skyscraper″ and was one of only a handful of hotels on a section of the highway that was becoming known as ″The Strip.″

The hotel’s newest addition gives it a total of more than 2,500 rooms.

Hotel owner Meshulam Riklis was on hand for Friday’s dedication along with his wife, singer and actress Pia Zadora.

Ms. Zadora was honored by Thomas for a concert she gave in Las Vegas earlier this year that raised $250,000 for St. Jude’s Hospital, the children’s hospital Thomas helped found.


NEW YORK (AP) - It may not be easy, but Mayor Edward I. Koch says he plans to follow his doctor’s orders and avoid sunbathing after he had five non- cancerous lesions removed from his face.

Koch said three of the lesions were caused by exposure to the sun and the other two were from an inherited condition.

″They are common and benign lesions,″ Koch said.

He said dermatologist Richard Green gave him a local anesthetic and removed the lesions in about 20 minutes Friday. He said no further medical treatment was required.

However, he said, Green advised him to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

″I have always believed it is a good idea to follow doctor’s orders. But as we begin what promises to be a beautiful and bright Memorial Day weekend, it may not be easy to do,″ he said.


NEW YORK (AP) - CBS News correspondent Harry Reasoner will marry longtime friend Lois Weber, an insurance executive, in Iowa, a spokesman for the network said.

Reasoner, 65, will marry Ms. Weber in a small family ceremony today in Humboldt, Iowa, where Reasoner was raised, spokesman Roy Brunett said Friday. He did not know the location or time of the wedding or Ms. Weber’s age.

Reasoner, a correspondent for ″60 Minutes,″ has seven children from a previous marriage, which ended in divorce, Brunett said. Reasoner and Ms. Weber, who also was previously married, live in Westport, Conn., he said.


TOKYO (AP) - More than 2,300 fans gave American soprano Kathleen Battle a warm reception as she made her international debut with the New York Metropolitan Opera as Susanna in ″The Marriage of Figaro.″

Miss Battle, arguably the best-known female opera singer in Japan, delighted the audience with a rousing performance Friday alongside bass John Cheek as Figaro.

Her reception, however, was cooler than when the Met opened Wednesday with Placido Domingo in the lead role of ″The Tales of Hoffman.″

Domingo earned hearty bravos and eight curtain calls for Hoffman, which marked the beginning of the Met’s first tour outside North America in 13 years.

Nevertheless, Friday’s audience in the 2,303-seat Tokyo Cultural Hall called the cast and musical director James Levine back for five curtain calls. The Met is on a three-week tour of Japan. Miss Battle alternates appearances in ″Figaro″ with another soprano, Hong Hei-kyung.

Miss Battle’s popularity in Japan stems partly from her appearance in television and magazine ads for Nikka Whiskey.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Socialite-turned-social-activist Pat Montandon is auctioning her hard-to-sell $4.9 million penthouse on the city’s chic Russian Hill.

″She got to the point where it’s time to sell,″ Margie Crowe, head of the auction division for Merrill Lynch Realty, said Thursday in announcing the June 25 auction. ″She feels she can get wider exposure doing it this way.″

Montandon founded and runs Children as the Peacemakers Foundation, which seeks to improve relations between the United States and Soviet Union through an exchange program for children of the two nations. When the auction was announced, she was in the Soviet Union for activities connected to the Reagan- Gorbachev summit.

Some of the proceeds from the sale of the elegant home will be donated to the foundation, Crowe said. The foundation also will benefit from the sale of an assortment of Montandon’s belongings, including furs, a 16th century tapestry, jewels and crystal.