Passages

UPDATED 12/16/1991 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/16/1991 at 01:00 AM EST

Nobel prizewinning economist George Joseph Stigler, 80, whose The Theory of Price was a standard textbook for years in college economics courses, died Dec. 1 in Chicago of heart failure....

Robert Kaufman, 60, a TV and movie comedy writer whose dozen-plus movies included the vampire spoof Love at First Bite (1979), died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home on Nov. 21.

After marrying Mr. Television, Milton Berle, 83, in a small private ceremony in his Los Angeles home on Nov. 26, fashion designer Lorna Adams, 51, toasted her new husband by saying, "If I'd known I was going to marry you, I would have asked my mother to let me stay up to see your show." Berle, top banana on the Texaco Star Theater (1948-53), has been married three times previously and Adams once before....

Entertainment Tonight anchor John Tesh phoned in a scoop of his own to his colleagues on the morning of Dec. 3 when he told them he intended to marry actress Connie (P.S.I. LUV U) Sellecca next April. Tesh was on vacation from the show that night, so co-anchor Mary Hart announced his news to viewers.

Rob Pilatus, 27, one half of the lip-synching sensation Milli Vanilli, was hospitalized in L.A. following an apparent suicide attempt on Nov. 30. After Pilatus called the L.A. Times switchboard around 5 A.M. and announced that he planned to kill himself, police found him straddling a ninth-floor balcony at the Mondrian Hotel and, according to a police spokesman, raving incoherently about "family and business problems." Police say Pilatus had slashed a wrist and apparently mixed antidepressant drugs with alcohol.

When push came to shove, John Sununu, President Bush's controversy-plagued Chief of Staff, resigned on Dec. 3 in Washington, D.C., saying he planned to continue to serve "as a pit bull or a pussycat."...

Izzy or isn't he: After weeks of rumors, Izzy Stradlin, rhythm guitarist for Guns N' Roses, has formally left the band. Lead singer Axl Rose said on Nov. 27 in a radio interview that Stradlin was "not really into touring or video." Gilby Clarke, recently of the band Kill for Thrills, will replace Stradlin.

Baby-vroom: Actor Perry (Riptide) King, 43, and his wife, fellow motorcycle enthusiast and journalist Jamison Elvidge, 26, expect their first child in February. (King has a 21-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.) The couple, wed last year, own 15 bikes, and King says Elvidge—who test-drives motorcycles as editor of American Woman Motorsports—has no intention of staying off her favorite Kawasaki Ninja just because she's pregnant. "She found a gynecologist who's also a motorcyclist," King reports. "He said, 'Ride until you give birth. Instead of having a passenger on the back, you've got one in the front.' "

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