Kansas set to honor Ed Asner

August 29, 2002

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Edward Asner, who played grouchy newsman Lou Grant on the '70s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," will be awarded Kansas' top arts honor.

The 72-year-old actor will return to his native Kansas City, Kan., to receive the Kansas Arts Commission's Distinguished Arts Award on Sept. 20.

The award goes annually to a Kansas native who's made significant contributions to some form of art, whether it be performance or education, said Martin Bauer, president of the commission.

The award also recognizes Asner's efforts to promote and encourage arts in education, using the arts as a way to keep students engaged in learning, Bauer said.


Asner's credits include the TV miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "Roots" and the theatrical films "They Call Me Mr. Tibbs" and "Fort Apache, The Bronx."

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Jon Bon Jovi tuned up for next week's "NFL Kickoff Live From Times Square" concert by visiting the New York Giants.

The lead singer of Bon Jovi arrived by helicopter at Giants Stadium Tuesday, just as the team was finishing practice for tonight's preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens. The New Jersey native spoke with coach Jim Fassel and lined up behind quarterback Kerry Collins to take a couple of handoffs.

After taking the first one, Fassel told him he was holding his hands the wrong way. Bon Jovi then fumbled the second.

So much for the coaching.

Bon Jovi will be the featured act at the kickoff concert on Sept. 5, just hours before the Giants meet the San Francisco 49ers here in the opening game of the NFL season. He also will sing at halftime.

Enrique Iglesias, hip-hop singer Eve and Alicia Keys also are scheduled to perform at Times Square. The event is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of revelers and bring in millions of dollars for New York City.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Actress Kate Mulgrew's "Star Trek: Voyager" uniform brought $50,000 at a weekend auction to benefit husband Tim Hagan's Democratic campaign for governor.

However, all but $2,500 of that might as well be caught in a time warp. That's the limit for candidate contributions in Ohio.

The auction was part of a fund-raiser Saturday that netted $150,000 for Hagan's campaign against Republican incumbent Bob Taft. Most of the "Voyager" cast and William Shatner, who portrayed Capt. James Kirk on the original "Star Trek," came out to help Hagan's cause.

Taft has $8.2 million available for the Nov. 5 election, compared with $375,000 for Hagan, according to finance reports filed this month.

Hagan said Tuesday he realizes he can expect only $2,500 of his wife's windfall, supplied by an anonymous bidder.

"She is up $47,500 now, as far as I know," Hagan said. "Maybe I'll have Kate keep that and have a vacation."

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