Tuesday, November 4, 2003
Plunging into publishing
Niagara Falls, N.Y. -- The man who went over Niagara Falls and lived to tell about it isn't done telling his story.
Kirk Jones is writing a book about the experience, according to his brother, Keith, who said he'll be the co-author.
Keith Jones said the book would be a lighthearted look at the feat with a serious side about the depression that prompted his younger brother to take the plunge. The tentative title: "You're Kidding Me: A Knucklehead's Guide To Surviving Niagara Falls."
Fueled by vodka and Coke, 40-year-old Kirk Jones of Canton, Mich., on Oct. 20 climbed into the Niagara River and slipped over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Jones told reporters he'd been suicidal, but the experience made him want to live.
Chocolate chip therapy
New York -- Ashley Judd deals with stress the best way she knows how: by baking chocolate chip cookies.
The actress whipped up a batch the other day after a demanding rehearsal for the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." A plastic bag was filled with "some crispy, some not so crispy" -- proof of her culinary coping mechanism.
Judd, 35, turned down another feline part, the title role in the movie "Catwoman," to portray perhaps Williams' most famous female character, the sultry Maggie. Jason Patric plays Maggie's husband, Brick.
Setting the secret straight
New York -- America's most eligible postal worker, Lance Armstrong, is apparently squiring around singer Sheryl Crow, not actress Sandra Bullock, as had been previously reported.
Bullock was mistakenly described as the girlfriend of the five-time Tour de France champ -- who rides for the U.S. Postal Service team -- because both hail from Austin, Texas, and he once gave her a charm bracelet inscribed "You keep my heart racing."
But Crow is the true paramour, the New York Post says. "They are trying to keep it very secret because he's going through a very ugly divorce," its source said.
Diana tapes create controversy
London -- A former voice coach to Princess Diana is fighting the princess' family for possession of videotapes on which she discusses her personal life and troubled marriage, his lawyer said Monday.
Peter Settelen, 52, says he made about 20 tapes while coaching Diana in public speaking in the early 1990s. One of the tapes shows the princess "talking candidly about her family, life and love," solicitor Marcus Rutherford said.
The lawyer said London's Metropolitan Police seized the tapes in a 2001 raid on the home of Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, who was charged with stealing items from her estate.
Rutherford said Settelen had asked police for their return but had been told that Diana's family had also made a claim for them. Since then, negotiations to resolve the dispute have stalled.