Most rock musicians would just as soon the police took no interest in them, but not Trooper drummer Tommy Stewart, 28, who feels the long arm of the law each time he gets a fatherly embrace. Bob Stewart, 48, has been the chief of the Vancouver police force since the beginning of the year and, while his son seems to be able to span the chasm between rock ’n’ roll and law ’n’ order with ease, Tommy has noticed that it makes others faint. “I’ve been to some parties and got weird looks from people who would rather not have the chief of police’s son there,” he says. Chief Stewart’s reward for giving Tommy his first set of drums at age 7 has resulted in a Juno Award and 500,000 album sales for Hot Shots, but he didn’t raise a perfect angel. “I’ve kept it pretty clean,” recalls the younger Stewart. “The only altercation I’ve had with the police was when I was 15 or 16 and got caught going down the street with some buddies hanging a moon. At the time, my dad was on the morality squad. It went over like a lead balloon.”
F or Janet Leslie Cooper Byrnes, the swan song of Judge William Hughes Mulligan in Manhattan's Court of Ap peals last month was no laughing mat ter. Last year, Byrnes was convicted on two counts of perjury before a grand jury investigation into what Mulligan describes as "a nefarious practice hith erto unsuspected even by this rather calloused bench-rare bird smuggling." The appeal, which centered around rare trumpeter swans smuggled from Can ada into the U.S. as mute swans, was the last case the 63-year-old judge was to hear before retiring to a Manhattan
law firm. In a 12-page decision riddled with fowl puns and courthouse humor, Mulligan denied the appeal, calling the case a rara avis. In summation he wrote: “While Canadian geese have been regularly crossing, exiting and departing our borders with impunity, and apparently without documentation, to enjoy more salubrious climes, those unwilling or unable to make the flight, either because of inadequate wingspans, lack of fuel or fear of buckshot, have become prey to unscrupulous traffickers.” Byrnes was ordered to pay her $10,000 fine.
“XUhat are we told about him, ▼ ▼ other than he is shorter than a man and has hair on his feet?” asks André Viens, artistic director of the Montreal puppet
troupe Théâtre Sans Fil. The “him,” in this case, is Bilbo Baggins, the original hobbit introduced to Middle-earth in J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 classic The Hobbit. “Tolkien really only describes his manners, which are simply a parody of an English country gentleman,” says Viens, who had struggled with design after design before the present four-foot woolly-haired chlorophyll-complexioned puppet was ready to star in the company’s adaptation of the work. The company is hoping the well-known adventure will open international doors for its unique rod-controlled four-to-12-foot-high puppets inspired by Japan’s Bunraku puppets. “But this summer we’ll be starting a new work,” says Viens, who plans a collaboration with novelist Roch Carrier, “so we can stay in touch with Quebec.”
Canadian opera is drawing international attention in the celebrated centres of Paris and New York. Last week, Montreal director-choreographer Brian Macdonald brought his lavish production of Cendrillon to the newly renovated Théâtre Musicale de Paris. The production drew raves from the Parisian press, though the sobersided Le Monde nitpicked over some faulty French pronunciation. This week, however, any pronouncements on the state of opera in Canada will be purely diplomatic when the Metropolitan Opera Club in Manhattan salutes Canadian opera at its annual ball with a special presentation of Manon Lescaut. In attendance will be Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, External Affairs Minister Mark MacGuigan, four provincial premiers and a triumvirate of ambassadors, including Consul General KenTay-
lor. Representing the performing side is an honorary committee including Maureen Forrester, Lofti Mansouri, Mario Bernardi and Harry Somers. Included in the $200 package price, paid by such establishment luminaries as Conrad Black and Paul Desmarais, is a 125-page program documenting the history of Canadian opera from its beginnings at the Théâtre de Société in Montreal in 1790, the same year that Mozart wrote Cosi fan tutte. “In the last 20 years there have been at least 40 operas composed in Canada,” says ball committee member J. Nelson Borland. “That just may be more than we produced in America.”
The distributors of Cutty Sark scotch in Japan hope to increase their share of Japanese whisky sales by capitalizing on the good looks of Mark Thatcher, son of Britain’s prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. The young Thatcher will appear on television and in magazines throughout Japan selling Cutty 12. In Tokyo last week to complete
shooting, the 26-year-old management - executive-cum -sports-carracer posed diligently as “the face of the United Kingdom.” This was not the first time that young Thatcher had been approached to do promotional work in Japan. Last year, rumors of a large contract with a Japanese textile manufacturer were squelched by reports of disapproval from home and the British textile industry. That job was to have brought Thatcher some $27,000 in racing car sponsorship. But the British came to their countryman’s aid by offering Mark his desired sponsorship. Returning the favor, Maggie’s son will be doing his part to maintain British export levels, this time presumably with his mother’s blessing.
Carol Burnett smiled and cried and announced maternally: “I feel like I’ve been pregnant for five years and the baby is beautiful,” when she won a $1.6-million libel ruling against the National Enquirer in a Los Angeles court last week. While Burnett was announcing her plans to turn the money over to charity, Enquirer lawyer William Masterson announced that the tabloid would file for a new trial. But the spirits of celebrities were not dampened. Burnett’s success in her suit over a 1976 article that depicted her as intoxicated at an encounter with Henry Kissinger in a Washington restaurant, has opened the floodgates for entertainers who are expected to go ahead with at least $92
million in suits. Phil Silvers, Dolly Parton and Rudy Vallee are among those with cases pending, and last week Helen Reddy and husband Jeff Wald filed while the jury was still out on Burnett. But the bad publicity hasn’t stopped the intrepid reporters of the Enquirer. At week’s end, recent Enquirer cover girl Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, Senator John Warner, were considering litigation over an “insider” report that their marriage is “crumbling.”
The slums of Chicago will gain an unexpected tenant next week when Mayor Jane Byrne takes up residence in a crime-plagued 81-building public housing project called Cabrini Green. The mayor, who now lives in a stylish apartment on Chicago’s affluent Gold Coast, intends to stay in the tenement, at least part-time, for “as long as it takes to clean it up.” The median household income in Cabrini Green is $4,500, and only 518 of the project’s 3,591 households do not receive public aid. During a nine-week period this year, 10 people were killed and 35 were wounded in gang wars over drugs and prostitution. Byrne’s husband and adviser, Jay McMullen, has selected a fourth-floor apartment, which is currently being decorated and furnished. Police say that many residents pay “protection” fees to gangs such as the Cobra Stones and Black Gangster Disciple Nation, but the mayor will have bodyguards staying next door, so she should be able to avoid such costs. “Everybody’s kind of excited about the mayor’s coming,” says resident Frances Stephens who lives at Cabrini with her six children, “so she can see some of the things that go on here—the garbage on the ramps and the broken elevators and the stopped-up incinerators with the rats climbing up out of them.”
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