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Bonner 'Doing Well' After Four-Hour heart Surgery

January 14, 1986|JENNINGS PARROTT

Yelena Bonner was in satisfactory condition after major heart surgery, but her son-in-law said she will not be alert enough today to call her exiled husband in the Soviet Union. "It won't be possible for her to talk tomorrow (Tuesday) at all," Efram Yankelevich said after visiting his 62-year-old mother-in-law at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she is recovering. "She's still under sedatives. She's still half asleep." Yankelevich said his mother-in-law's vital signs were normal, and there appeared to be no complications resulting from the four-hour surgery. Surgeons bypassed six arteries--three main arteries and three branches--which is "an unusual number," said Martin Bander, hospital spokesman. "The operation went very well, and she is now doing well in intensive care," he said, and is expected to remain in the hospital 8 to 10 days.

--Suzette Charles' Miss America reign was only two months, but it gave her what she wanted--exposure. Charles, who finished Vanessa Williams' term in 1984 after Williams was overexposed in Penthouse, says she is keeping busy with singing and lecturing appearances and television shows. "I wanted exposure," she said during a speaking engagement in Nashville, Tenn. "I needed to show people on a national level that I exist, that I have talent. I went from a regular college student and now I'm a personality. It makes me feel very good to be the star." Charles said she is talking with country music singer Charley Pride about organizing a record contract. "I'd love to be another Barbara Mandrell," she said.

--Some U.S. businessmen are spelling detente "dzhaz." They are the first importers of Russian jazz. Steve Boulay and Ted Everts of Wethersfield, Conn. in 1984 signed what Soviet officials said was the first contract by a U.S. business to produce Soviet jazz albums for distribution in America. The first fruits of that agreement have now arrived at the Integrity 'N Music store in Wethersfield. The five albums featured performers ranging from a jazz-rock fusion band to a folk guitarist. "Jazz is suited for bridging the gap between the superpowers," Everts said.

--Veteran airline pilot Warren Walters celebrated his 40th birthday with 40 sky dives in six hours, capping his last jump with sips of champagne. "Sky diving has been a big part of my life," said Walters, of Camas, Wash., a pilot for Horizon Airlines. After the 40 jumps, his friends inducted him into the "Parachutists Over Phorty Society" or "Pops" for short.

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