Celebrity News

By: Peter Allman

Tom Hallick, former star of "The Young and The Restless," conversed with me about respecting each other and working together. In that conversation were also the opinions of Wayne Newton, Siegfried and Roy, Clint Holmes, Lance Burton, Bob Anderson, and Earl Turner. All agreed that there is a growing need for human understanding and a sense of universal responsibility no matter what religion or nationality we are. We must generate a good and kind heart, for without this we achieve neither universal happiness nor lasting world peace. The entertainers mentioned have come together from different hotels for the first time in Las Vegas Strip history to benefit the USO to assist our troops called into action. 

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has made its new home in Las Vegas and appears to be very popular with sports fans. There is no doubt that this is a tough sport. Between kicking, wrestling, and boxing, this sport has taken some of the top black belts in the world and beaten them badly. Fortunately, no deaths have resulted from the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Currently, Tito Ortiz from Huntington Beach, California, probably the most popular ultimate fighter, has won all his matches. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Wladimir Klitschiko, the WBO heavyweight champion, take on one of these guys! 

Entertainer James Brown, singer Antonio Mecheri “Kalifa” and Vonnie Hilton Sweeney, editor of The Truth (James Brown’s publication), are working to create more harmony in our universe. Brown, who was at the White House with President Bush, was honored for his work in helping stop gang violence. His new CD “Killing Is Out, School Is In“ with singer Bobby Byrd is getting some great play at radio stations throughout the country. In the meantime Mecheri’s CD, dedicated to Princess Diana and Dodi for world peace, expresses freedom for all nationalities regardless of race or religion. 

Beyoncé Knowles of "Destiny’s Child" said she feels more comfortable with the security measures airports are taking for airline passengers. The young performer said Americans, as well as the entire world, will work through this crisis together.

When traveling to new places one might consider Louisville, Kentucky for southern hospitality. Louisville, however, has more than just the charm of the South. It is a world-class destination with world-class hotels such as the Seelbach Hilton Hotel and Vincenzo's Italian Restaurant. Stuart Davis, director of sales for the Seelbach, introduced me to Todd Williams, the brother of Robin Williams. Williams has the Toad Hollow Vineyards in Healdsburg, California. In addition to tasting Todd’s wines on our culinary journey, we also toured the private dining room where Al Capone once dined. There was a secret passage for Capone to get away in those days. Incidentally, if you're traveling to Healdsburg to visit Toad Hollow Vineyards, be sure to stop by the Grape Leaf Inn, the largest bed and breakfast there. Richard and Kae Rosenberg, the owners, are very charming and prepare the best gourmet breakfast in town. 

"Vegas Insights," a half-hour community show airing Monday through Friday on KYRK, Channel 35, gives folks who are not able to get on local network affiliates a chance to speak their opinions. The show is hosted by Pete Allman, who also hosts the "Las Vegan Report" on WB 21, cable 12, at 1 a.m. on Mondays, and Gold 33, cable 6, at 2 a.m. on Saturdays. For more information on "Vegas Insights," call Mako Communications at (702) 450-0330. "Vegas Insights" can be seen 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.