updated 03/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
He may well be The Greatest American Hero, but William Katt reacted like any other hungry guy when he saw his surprise birthday cake on the show's L.A. set. "I just had to have a bite," shrugged Katt, 31, whose wife, Debby, son Clayton and actor parents Barbara Hale and Bill Williams were all in attendance. Hero co-star Robert Culp threw the bash because he wanted to present Bill with a new chair for the set—"The one he was using," said Culp, "was the most decrepit thing I'd ever laid my eyes on."
The unkindest cut of all
Last year the American Postcard Company issued Queen Nancy, a photo of the First Lady's face superimposed on Queen Elizabeth's body. Her Majesty had no public comment, but Mrs. Reagan, at least, was amused. "I'd never wear a crown," she quipped. "It messes up your hair." The postcard sold nearly a million copies. Thus encouraged, entrepreneur George Dudley has expanded his Reagan series. The latest card (at left) has been an instant hit with both Nancy ("She roared with laughter," reports her Washington hairdresser, Robin Weir) and the public. Some 100,000 of the bald-pated pair have been sold at 50 cents apiece. Scalpers, of course, may want more.
At 95, Arthur Rubinstein's still keyed up
His hair is sparse, his eyesight and hearing are failing, yet the mind and memory of Arthur Rubinstein are as sharp as ever. For his 95th birthday, the legendary pianist gamely blew out nine big candles and five small ones and received guests in his Geneva apartment. "There were cables and phone calls from every part of the world," enthused Rubinstein, "even people who bothered to come here just to shake my hand." Among the many who paid homage in person was Nela, 72, Rubinstein's wife of 50 years and mother of his four children, who lives in Paris. Throughout the day his British secretary and constant companion for the past four years, Anna-belle Whitestone, 40ish, was by his side. "What good are vitamins?" Rubinstein once asked. "Eat four lobsters and a pound of caviar, and if you are in love with a beautiful blonde—live!" Fair-haired Annabelle reads to him, and, aided by earphones, Arthur listens to classical cassettes when not viewing videotaped concerts on TV. "I sit very close," he reports, "so I can see the way the orchestra plays the music I hear." Reflecting on his advanced years, the Polish-born Rubinstein says he has but one regret—not having moved to his "true country," Israel. Finally, he is considering a second sequel to his autobiography, My Young Years. Says Rubinstein, "I had not realized I would be living so long, so I wrote the book much too early—when I was still a young man of 78."
Bench clowns, and somebody steals
Johnny Bench, 34, the Cincinnati Reds catcher who is slated to play third base this season, seemed to be trying yet another position—cameraman—at Palo Verde Park in Tucson, Ariz. Johnny donned a headset to ham it up during a break in taping the syndicated series The Baseball Bunch. The segment features stars demonstrating different aspects of the game to kids. Unfortunately, Bench, who used to gun down stealing base runners, failed to get a shot of the thief who stole his baggage from a concession stand. Among his losses: a diamond pendant and a World Series ring.