Getting Two Is a Trial : Quest for opening-night seats goes on and on and . . . ELLEN APPEL, Ellen Appel is a writer and publicist. Her latest book, "A Needlepoint Scrapbook," co-authored with actress Loretta Swit, will be released by Doubleday in October. Editor's note: Just before Center Stage went to press, Appel learned that an unspecified number of seats had gone unclaimed by major donors. Jim Feichtmann, who disclosed the news if not the numbers, told her that on Aug. 12, 5,000 letters would go out--to all support group members and remaining donors--giving them an opportunity to purchase these seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. On Aug. 13, when Appel last telephoned The Times, she was camped by her mailbox, checkbook in hand and car aimed toward the Performing Arts Center.
PERFORMERS : Obviated Obsession Zubin Mehta, Zubin Mehta, music director of the New York Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic, talked to Times staff writer Barbara Isenberg in his studio at Lincoln Center.
Commentary : A Dream for the Arts Comes True HENRY T. SEGERSTROM, The above are excerpts from remarks made recently by Henry T. Segerstrom at the dedication of the new Orange County Performing Art s Center's Segerstrom Hall , which opens Sept. 29
VIEWPOINTS : In Public-Private Alliances, Both Sides Win DON L. GEVIRTZ, Don L. Gevirtz is chairman and chief executive officer of the Foothill Group. He is also chairman of the Regional Institute of Southern California and the author of "Business Plan for America: An Entrepreneur's Manifesto."
We've Blamed Them for the Trade Deficit Long Enough ROBERT B. REICH, Robert B. Reich, a professor of political economy and management at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, is the author of "Tales of a New America" to be published next spring.
Seeing Friends and Affinities in Southern Africa Sanford J. Ungar, Sanford J. Ungar, dean of the School of Communication at American University, is the author of "Africa: The People and Politics of an Emerging Continent," being published in paperback this month (Touchstone Books). and