02/11/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST
02/11/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST
Football's Harold E. "Red" Grange, 87 (at right), known as the Galloping Ghost because of his wraithlike ability to elude frustrated tacklers, died of pneumonia in Lake Wales, Fla., on Jan. 28. Born in Forksville, Pa., the son of a lumber-camp foreman, Grange almost single-handedly popularized the gridiron sport during his career at the University of Illinois (1922-25) and with the Chicago Bears (1929-31). "He was," sportswriter W.C. Heinz later wrote, "the most sensational, the most publicized and, possibly, the most gifted football player of all time...." After retiring from football, Grange owned an insurance firm. He said he was more proud of his success in that than in football.
Engaged: Actor Stephen Meadows, 40 (at left), popped the big question to Entertainment Tonight's Leeza Gibbons, 33, at her parents' home in Irmo, S.C. There's no wedding date yet. It will be Meadows's first trip to the altar, Gibbons's second. She was previously wed to British actor Chris Quinten and has a daughter, Alexandra, 1. "I didn't know there were still men left like Steve," says Leeza. "He's easy on the eyes, and he's good at changing diapers."
Patti and Sam Frustaci, the Riverside, Calif., couple who five years ago became the parents of septuplets—the largest multiple birth ever (PEOPLE, June 10, 1985)—have revealed that on Dec. 21 they had twins, son Jordan Browne and daughter Jaclyn Lee. The Frustacis now have a total of six children: eldest son Joseph, 7; the three surviving septuplets, Patti, Richard and Stephen, all of whom have eye and developmental problems; and the twins. In 1989 Patti, now 35, and Sam, now 37, received a $2.7 million settlement for a medical malpractice suit that they had brought against the fertility clinic that Patti used before having the septuplets. Nonetheless, Patti used the same fertility drug this time that she took before having the septuplets. Of her new babies, Patti says, "This completes it. The twins are healthy and everything's fine."
Yuppie wannabe Becky Schafer, 29, who admitted last fall to bilking her employer, Citibank, of $3.3 million (PEOPLE, NOV. 12, 1990), was sentenced to three years and two months in federal prison on Jan. 22. The former trust service manager and her husband, Peter, 29, a paralegal, went on a shopping spree in 1988 and '89, buying boats, BMWs, truckloads of antiques and two luxury homes. The couple were caught only after they decided to move from Toms River. N.J., to Kansas City, Kans., and a country club official noticed that the bank officer who had authorized Becky's $30,000 membership check was none other than Becky. Peter Schafer was sentenced to two years and three months for helping his wife cash Citibank checks....
Kimberly Bergalis, 23 (at right), who claims to have contracted AIDS three years ago from her dentist, has received a $1 million settlement from his insurer. She was infected after having her wisdom teeth extracted by Dr. David Acer of Stuart, Fla. (PEOPLE, Oct. 22, 1990). Acer died last September, and two more patients have since been identified as having contracted the AIDS virus from him. "I deserve a lot more because of what was taken from me, but it's a victory," Bergalis says of the settlement.
Author Jack Schaefer, 83, who wrote some two dozen lean, authentic novels about the Old West, died of heart failure on Jan. 24 in Santa Fe. Schaefer wrote his most famous work, Shane, in 1949 while toiling over copy as an editor at a Norfolk, Va., newspaper. In 1953 the novel became a movie classic starring Jean Arthur and Alan Ladd.