Ford keeps status as chairof Young Eagles program
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Harrison Ford will stay on as chairman of an Experimental Aircraft Association program that introduces children to flying. Ford, an avid pilot, has given more than 200 young people rides as a volunteer pilot for the program. He will serve as the EAA Young Eagles program chairman for another two years. The actor made the announcement during the EAA's 53rd annual AirVenture fly-in and convention in Oshkosh, which ended Sunday.
Winner of poetry contestgets to meet Cowell
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Mark Diffenderfer has written hundreds of poems since he was in grade school, but he never thought they'd win him any recognition. But the 18-year-old entered the USA Weekend Songwriting Contest for Teens on a whim -- and ended up beating out more than 12,000 other entries with "Make a Difference, Make Your Meaning." Judges were past "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino and "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell. As part of his prize, the teen was flown to Los Angeles for the "American Idol" season finale, where he met Cowell.
In Wyoming arena, crowdhonors late country star
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Chris LeDoux, one of Wyoming's favorite sons, was honored at one of his most beloved venues, Cheyenne Frontier Days. Silence fell over one of the noisiest, busiest and wildest arenas in pro rodeo as officials halted Saturday's matinee performance to pay tribute to the former world bareback champion and country music star. LeDoux, who sold more than 6 million albums, died of complications from liver cancer March 9 at age 56. During the grand entry at the start of the rodeo, a riderless horse was led in front of the grandstand to commemorate LeDoux. LeDoux's wife, Peggy, and several of his children stood on the photographer's pit in the middle of the Frontier Park arena while a video of LeDoux onstage singing "This Cowboy's Hat" was shown on the scoreboard.
LOS ANGELES -- Pat McCormick, a walrus-mustachioed comedy writer for Phyllis Diller, Red Skelton and others who also appeared on "The Tonight Show" and had a role in three "Smokey and the Bandit" movies, died Friday. He was 78.
NEW YORK -- Hildegarde, the "incomparable" cabaret singer whose career spanned almost seven decades, has died. She was 99.
Actor Arthur Hill is 83. Singer Ramblin' Jack Elliott is 74. Cartoonist Tom Wilson ("Ziggy") is 74. Actor-comedian Dom DeLuise is 72. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is 69. Former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., is 68. Actor Giancarlo Giannini is 63. Blues singer-musician Robert Cray is 52. Singer Michael Penn is 47. Rock singer Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) is 46. Rapper Chuck D (Public Enemy) is 45. Rapper Coolio is 42. Rock singer Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) is 41. Country singer George Ducas is 39. Country musician Charlie Kelley (Buffalo Club) is 37. Actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 32. Actor Jason Momoa is 26. Singer Ashley Parker Angel ("Making the Band") is 24. Actress Taylor Fry is 24.