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July 5, 1986

SUNDANCE, Utah (AP) _ Robert Redford, who moved here 28 years ago to escape the demands of success, say he’s enjoying building his Sundance Institute into a haven for other, mostly unrecognized, performing artists.

Redford, in an interview in Utah Holiday magazine, also said his shyness and dislike for publicity are intertwined with his increasing desire to direct films.

While Redford acknowledged that Sundance, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, is a private development, he said he did not build it for financial gain.

″It’s a lifelong project that’s a bit of a dream; it’s one I feel totally dedicated and committed to, and it makes me feel good to do it.″

He hopes to eventually have arts activities going year-round at the resort, which already attracts skiers. So far, Sundance hosts sessions for independent filmmaking, play writing, composing and dancing.


CHICAGO (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn will be building for the future when they observe their 40th wedding anniversary Monday.

Carter, his wife daughter Amy arrive Sunday to start week-long construction work on low-cost housing for the poor. The Carters’ anniversary is Monday.

Carter and at least 80 other members of Habitat for Humanity, a Christian housing ministry that builds low-cost dwellings across the country, will help construct four houses.

The Chicago project marks the second time the former president has worked at a site for Habitat, which has chapters in 141 cities. Carter also helped build a 19-unit project in New York City.

″For a man who was in such an important position, he sure knows how to use a hammer,″ said Roosevelt Smith of New York City, who worked with Carter there.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Singer Teddy Pendergrass, partially paralyzed from a car crash four years ago, was hospitalized but improving Saturday after surgery for injuries suffered in a second traffic accident.

Pendergrass was listed in serious but stable condition Saturday at Osteopathic Medical Center, spokesman George Hatzfeld said. ″By the end of the day yesterday he had made very good progress,″ he said.

The 36-year-old soul singer was driving his specially equipped van Thursday when it slammed into a utility pole, according to authorities. Pendergrass underwent surgery Thursday for a laceration of the liver, said Dr. Arthur Sasso.

The singer’s nurse, Mary Deal, 48, of Philadelphia, a passenger in the van, was in stable condition Saturday at Lankenau Hospital, officials said.

Pendergrass was paralyzed from the waist down in 1982, after driving his $109,000 Rolls-Royce into two trees in the city’s Germantown section.


CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) - Mitch Miller celebrated his 75th birthday by conducting his hometown’s orchestra - the Rochester Philharmonic.

Now a resident of New York City, Miller conducts some of the great orchestras of the world and led the Rochester Philharmonic here Thursday night.

The son of a metalworker and a seamstress who came to the United States from Russia in 1904, Miller said that although there were financial struggles, it was the tradition of immigrant families that their children were educated.

″And we never lacked for food,″ he said, ″but we never had anything else.″

Brandishing a cigar, Miller said he doesn’t plan to change his lifestyle much in the near future.

″My father lived to be 94; my mother 88,″ he said. ″The trick is never to give up striving for excellence, for Rochester - and for everybody.″

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