DRAVECKY's gallant pitching effort for the Giants yesterday was money
in the bank for Lifesavers, the foundation set up to help Alex Vlahos,
the seven-yr-old San Mateo boy who has leukemia. Before the game,
stockbroker Gary Shemano and his cohorts at Bear Stearns pledged $75
for each pitch thrown by Dravecky, who was making his first big league
appearance since his cancer operation. The triumphant Dravecky's 92
pitches added up to$6,900 for young Alex.
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NOTE: Did he or didn't he? Did William Randolph Hearst call Marion
Davies' most personal part "Rosebud"? That's the question that has been
tearing up the usually staid columns of the N.Y. Review of Books.
Author Gore Vidal says he did, and that's why Hearst reacted with such
rage at Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane," which ends with the
mystery-solving shot of young Kane's boyhood sled, named "Rosebud."
Others say that Vidal is full of it ... Then, last Fri., Charles
Schulz's "Peanuts" appeared with a single-panel drawing of Sally
exclaiming to her TV set, "You sure fooled me... I thought 'Rosebud'
was his skateboard." Was Schulz, who feigns the manner of an
appleknocker, getting off a sophisticated in-joke? Is Sally less
innocent than she has been drawn and generally quartered? Wyn Hurst was
dying to know so I tracked down Sparky, that being Schulz's nickname.
"For heaven's sake," said he, "I never heard of Hearst saying that. I
draw a month ahead. Pure coincidence. I love 'Citizen Kane.' And Sally
is still innocent" ... But the sweet mystery of love remains.
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ON: Homicide Lt. Gerald McCarthy after an officer shot and killed a man
in the Hashbury: "The behavior of the deceased was so bizarre that the
officer seemed to have no alternative except to shoot him." If bizarre
behavior is to be the yardstick, San Francisco will be a ghost town in
a week, predicts Jerry Semas ... Maybe you've read that the proposed
new ballyard for the Giants will be called a park, not a stadium -
wherefore Mervin Fahn of Sacramento has the perfect name: The
Wherewillwe Park ... Joanne Sandstrom's capsule critique of the new Sam
Donaldson-Diane Sawyer "Primetime" news show on ABC: "Embarrassing. The
only Sam and Diane we need on Thursday nights are Malone and Chambers.
Bring back Shelley Long!" (cheers)..............
Prelude to Caen's item
writing in the pages of the New York Review of Books, June 1,
"...The Hearst newspapers
declared war on [Orson Welles] for his supposed travesty of Hearst's
personal life [in Citizen Kane]. On Kane's deathbed, he whispers the
word "Rosebud." This is thought to be the key, somehow, to his life. In
the film it turns out to be a boy's sled, which Mr. Stephen Spielberg
recently bought for $55,000. In actual life, Rosebud was what Hearst
called his friend Marion Davies's clitoris, the sort of item that
producer's of children's films tend not to collect...."
Sat. Aug 5,1989
San Francisco Chronicle
5th & Mission
San Francisco, CA 94103
It was amusing enough to
learn from Gore Vidal in the June 1st issue of the New York Review
of Books, that "rosebud", far from being a sled, was William
Randolph Hearst's pet name for his friend Marion Davies's most private
part. (Vidal thinks that Welles's joke accounts for Hearst's furious
reaction to Citizen Kane.) But I was happily stunned Friday
morning when I picked up the Chronicle to find the "Peanuts"' character
Sally exclaiming to her TV set, "You sure fooled me...l thought
'Rosebud' was his skateboard." On your beat, citizen Caen! Does Charlie
Schulz read the New York Review of Books, or is Sally's
Menlo Park, California