PEOPLE

PEOPLE

March 25 1991
PEOPLE

PEOPLE

March 25 1991

PEOPLE

A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

The co-host of CBC TV's The Disability Network, Susanne Pettit, says that she is "feeling wonderful" after her double lung transplant on Feb. 10. Pettit co-hosts the current affairs show about disability issues with Joe Coughlin, who has cerebral palsy. Pettit, 38, has cystic fibrosis, and before the operation she had to keep an oxygen tank with her. But now, said Pettit, "I haven't felt like this since I was a little girl." About the risky procedure, Pettit said: "Even if I only get the month I have already had, it will have been worth every second."

Manly mush

Dogsled racer Susan Butcher seemed almost certain to win a record fifth Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race last week. Then, the weather deteriorated and she was overtaken by a male challenger. Butcher, 34, had been about an hour ahead of her nearest competitor, Richard Swenson, in the gruelling 1,872-km race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. But 125 km from the finish, on the race’s 13 th day, Butcher decided to wait out a storm. At the same time, 40year-old Swenson gambled that his 10 sled dogs would find their way—and he won the $50,000 prize. As a result, Swenson could claim that his record fifth win reButcher: ‘men are men, women win’

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where the race has become something of a war between the sexes. Some Alaskan women, proud that females have won five of the past six Iditarods, had been sporting sweatshirts with slogans like “Alaska: Where men are men and women win the Iditarod.” Maybe they can wear them next year.

TALES OF OTHER YOUTHS

As host of TVOntario’s literary show Imprint, Daniel Richler will soon be in a position to review his own work. In May, the oldest son of Mordecai Richler will release his first novel, Kicking Tomorrow. Said Richler, 34: “The book is about my generation of teenagers in the late 1970s in Montreal. It’s sort of everything you never wanted to know about teenagers and were afraid to ask.” He added: “I wrote the book because I think a lot of people forget awfully quickly how raunchy their teens were and become very judgmental.” But Richler said that although the novel takes place in Montreal, where he spent much of his adolescence, it is not autobiographical. “There’s a school that burns down, Hell’s Angels, crazed drug wars and a heroin shipment,” said Richler. “I wasn’t involved in anything like that.” Richler, who interviewed his father on Imprint last October, said that for April Fool’s Day, he may review his own book. But, he added, “We’re not all convinced it’s a good idea.”

ABSENTEE LANDLADY

Many residents of Braselton, Ga., say that they are losing patience with Kim Basinger. Last year, the actress bought most of Braselton's real estate for $23 million. At the time, most people in the town of 500 northeast of Atlanta said they were thrilled to have such a famous landlady. But Basinger has made only one publicized visit to Braselton and has not yet begun promised development plans. Now, many are expressing disillusionment. Declared Braselton resident David Higgins: "She's pretty. But she ain't done much for people around here."

Singing the modem blues

On his new album, The Modem Age, Murray McLauchlan has turned from country songs about the heart to blues about the Earth. The reason, says McLauchlan, 42, is his growing environmental concern. “There's a huge forest around Great Bear Lake where huge patches are stripped by logging, ” said McLauchlan. “Yet everyone thinks it is still wilderness. ” He added: “We must achieve a spiritual connection with the Earth. ”