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Dear Abby, Ann Landers at Class Reunion: 'Go for It!'

June 23, 1986|JENNINGS PARROTT

--Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren, the world-famous twin busybodies, visited with friends but kept their advice to a minimum while attending their 50th high school class reunion. Abby, met at the airport in Sioux City, Iowa, by classmates of the Sioux City Central Class of 1936--and by media representatives from across the country--had this word for others contemplating their own class reunions: "Go for it, absolutely!" Abby said that she had great memories of school, but that it was "by the grace of God and the kindness of my geometry teacher that I graduated." Ann said: "It is marvelous to be home, seeing the old gang and old friends. We've got wonderful memories and are glad to be back." Nobody was calling the sisters Abby and Ann, however. In high school, Ann was Esther Pauline Friedman, known as Eppie, and Abby was Pauline Esther Friedman, Po-Po to her friends. "We've been anonymous and we've been famous," said Eppie, who concluded: "It's more fun being famous."

--Chrysler executive Lee A. Iacocca's daughter, Kathi, married Ned Hentz and, naturally, cars had a big role in the wedding. The bride and her attendants were delivered to the front door of St. Hugo of the Hills Church in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., in a big, pink-and-white recreational vehicle so that they could stand up and avoid getting their dresses wrinkled. After the ceremony, the newlyweds rode to the reception in a sparkling, burgundy-and-chrome, open-top 1931 Chrysler Imperial from the collection of a Detroit developer. Family friend Vic Damone sang "Ave Maria" and "Panis Angelicus" at the wedding.

--Luciano Pavarotti, one of the world's best-known operatic tenors, arrived in China to stage the tragedy "La Boheme." The singer, a swathe of colorful scarfs at his neck, stepped off his special Alitalia flight four hours late at the Peking airport and was applauded by dozens of Chinese and foreign well-wishers. Another passenger, who requested anonymity, said that the plane had been delayed in Genoa because of a bomb scare. The fans crowded government officials who came to greet Pavarotti, 51, whose rotund form, black beard and powerful voice have made him a familiar figure around the world. He is to appear in several performances of "La Boheme" and also give recitals during his visit to China, which will last at least until July 5.

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