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TV Note: 3/16/02

Saturday, March 16, 2002

Young honored

Pittsburgh native and 1965 Duquesne University graduate Fred Young was honored this week at the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation's 12th annual First Amendment Awards dinner.

Young, who is senior vice president of news for Hearst-Argyle Television, started his career at Hearst-owned WTAE and eventually became the station's news director throughout the '70s and later general manager in the early '80s.

Young was honored for his "behind-the-scenes work to ensure journalistic excellence" along with the late Katharine Graham, former chairman of The Washington Post, and ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

More WQED concerts

The lineups for the latest concerts in WQED's "American Soundtrack" series have been announced by T.J. Lubinsky, recently promoted to the new title of executive producer of fund-raising, programming and syndication.

"Red, White and Rock: American Music 1958-1968" will tape at the Benedum Center April 30, May 1 and 2. Scheduled performers include the Drifters, Shirley Alston Reeves (the original Shirelles lead singer) and Jimmy Ruffin, brother of the late Temptations member David Ruffin.

"This Land Is Your Land" will tape May 21 and 22 on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. Judy Collins and the Smothers Brothers will host the concert, which will include performances by the Kingston Trio, Glen Yarborough and the Four Preps.

Limited tickets for both concerts are still available by calling the WQED pledge line at 412-621-5808 or 800-232-8813.


Nash's side

John Nash, the schizophrenic math genius portrayed by Russell Crowe in "A Beautiful Mind," will address questions about anti-Semitism, homosexuality and his first son (not mentioned in the movie) tomorrow on "60 Minutes."

Nash and his wife, Alicia, talk to Mike Wallace on the CBS show that airs at 7 p.m. The mathematician vigorously denies being anti-Semitic, but he acknowledges he may have said things while delusional that could be construed as such.

As for the issue of homosexuality, Alicia says, "I've known him since I was 20, and that's just not true. ... I should know." Her husband says, "I've learned that it's better that I don't talk about it."

The Ron Howard film does not mention a son, John David Stier, Nash fathered long ago. The Nobel Prize-winner says he's close to him now and gave him a share of the royalties from the movie. The son of John and Alicia Nash, also named John, suffers from schizophrenia and lives at home with his parents.

(Barbara Vancheri, Post-Gazette Staff Writer)

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