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Judy Blume wins National Book Award, Johnny Cash's stuff pulls in the big bucks, Linda Hamilton reveals bipolar disorder, and Mattel is marketing the toy from "The Apprentice." Plus: Which '80s child actor just got slapped with a DUI?


Salon Staff
September 15, 2004 1:58PM (UTC)

Turn On:
Roy Horn reunites with Montecore, the tiger who mauled him onstage nearly one year ago, and discusses his recovery with Maria Shriver in "Siegfried and Roy: The Miracle" (9 p.m. ET, NBC). And keep your clicker close at hand, because also at 9 p.m. ET, on ABC, are "The 2004 World Music Awards," where you can catch performances by Usher, Avril Lavigne, Kanye West and Alicia Keys. And PBS offers "The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud With Dr. Armond Nicholi," a special based on a course Dr. Nicholi teaches at Harvard (check local listings).

Morning Briefing:
Are you there, God? It's me, a National Book Award winner: Judy Blume has won an honorary National Book Award, primarily in recognition of her more-than-20 books tackling difficult topics for the preteen set. "We're very pleased to have Judy Blume receive the prize, because it is the first time we have given it to a young people's author," Deborah E. Wiley, chairman of the board of the National Book Foundation, which sponsors the awards, commented. Past winners of the award include Arthur Miller, Philip Roth, Eudora Welty and last year, amidst controversy, Stephen King. (Newsday/Associated Press)

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Black nets green: The Sotheby's auction of items from the estate of Johnny Cash netted $1.24 million on its first day, with many items selling for way more than expected. A custom-made abalone-inlaid acoustic guitar labeled "Custom Made For Johnny Cash," for instance, which was expected to fetch about $20,000, sold to a private collector for $131,200. The auction will continue for two more days. (BBC News)

Also: Michael Bergin, the former "Baywatch" actor who claims to have had an extramarital affair with Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, was charged with DUI causing injury in connection with a July incident in which he allegedly struck a professional in-line skater with his car in West Hollywood (N.Y. Daily News) ... Tracey Gold, who in the '80s and '90s played Carol Seaver on "Growing Pains," was arrested on charges of drunk driving in connection with an accident earlier this month that injured one of her three young children ( The Smoking Gun) ... Mattel actually is planning to market the toy created by the winning team on last week's "The Apprentice." The Morph Machine will carry "The Apprentice" logo on its packaging, retail for about $30 and hit toy store shelves in early 2005 (CNN/Money) ... And Linda Hamilton is going public about her struggle with mental illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder and a history of compulsive eating (AP Radio).

-- Amy Reiter

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