Mitchell Myths: The Atlanta house where novelist...
Mitchell Myths: The Atlanta house where novelist Margaret Mitchell wrote “Gone With the Wind” is steeped in “myth and misinformation,” says Mary Rose Taylor, and she plans to do something about it. Taylor is the catalyst in a drive to save the house, which some critics say has no architectural significance. “Once we have educated the community about the house, it can make an informed decision on what it wants to do to save it,” Taylor says. The Tudor Revival home was built about 1900 and converted into apartments in 1919. Mitchell lived in a ground-level apartment from 1926 to 1932.
Money Talks: A federal judge in Alexandria, Va., increased a Saudi prince’s daily fine to $5,000 to prod him to explain why he hasn’t paid a court judgment to Virginia businessman Chawky B. Jabaly. Last month the judge held Prince Faisal Yazeed Abdullah Al-Saud in contempt of court and began fining him $100 a day after he missed a court appearance on the $250,000 judgment covering two bounced checks. Jabaly’s lawyer said the higher fine is of “more princely proportions.”
Write On: Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf has chosen journalist Peter Petre to help write his autobiography. Petre sits on Fortune magazine’s board of editors and is co-author of “Father, Son & Co."--the memoirs of Thomas J. Watson Jr., former head of IBM. The as-yet-untitled Schwarzkopf book is due from Bantam next fall.
Imprisoned: A man who calls himself “Freddy Krueger,” after the main character of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” horror movies, has been sentenced in Naples, Fla., to 22 years in prison on sexual molestation charges. Fred Wayne Ashley, 20, was sentenced Tuesday after he pleaded no contest to sexual battery on a teen-age girl. Prosecutors had said Ashley was obsessed with the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies.