AIDS IS in the world
limelight more than ever. It is an Asian and African pandemic.
Here in the United States, infection rates are up. People have
been lulled into a false sense of security because of drug treatments
that extend life. The crystal meth drug phenomenon has also lowered
inhibitions drastically - safe sex is not even considered by
some anymore! (What a devastating slap in the face to all who
fought, and so many who died promoting safe-sex techniques in
the early years of AIDS.)
So it is fascinating to read Dann
Dulin's interview with Dustin Hoffman in A&U magazine. Hoffman
is at his informal best and tells a tale about advising his
son, Jake, (now 23) on the importance of condoms. Dustin spoke
at a lecture at UCLA, and upon leaving, noticed a box of free
condoms at the door of a nearby biology class. He asked his
hosts, 'since I'm not being paid, can I have this box instead?"
Dustin recalls: "I came home, went to Jake's room, where
he was lying on his bed, talking on the phone ... I walked over
and spilled all of them on his head, hundreds of condoms!"
I saw Fran Drescher after Madonna's concert kickoff in spring.
Fran looked great in a tight, little top and low-slung jeans.
She said she had a lot of ideas and irons in the fire. When I
mentioned a "Nanny" reunion, she said, "Oh, that
too!" Tonight on Lifetime, you can catch "A Nosh to
Remember." Fran has gathered the entire cast of 'the Nanny" for
a trip down memory lane. Her CBS sitcom lasted six seasons. It
was raucous, sly and had its fans' interests at heart. Fran's
antics and fine physical comedy were very Lucy-esque.