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Michael Sneed

Digging a Hull . . .

July 18, 2003

BY MICHAEL SNEED SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST

Here we go again.

*Mega-millionaire Blair Hull, who is running for the U.S. Senate, may not have any trouble filling his campaign coffers with cash . . . but he does have difficulty voting.

*Hull, a liberal Democrat, reportedly did not find the time to vote in the 2000 presidential election battle between George Bush and Al Gore, according to city election records.

*Hull, who did vote in federal elections in 1998 and 2002, admitted to Sneed in February he had passed up seven opportunities to vote for Mayor Daley since 1989.

*Sneed finds it hard to believe Hull did not vote for Gore. "He feels there is no excuse for not voting," said a Hull spokesman. "If anything, that election taught everyone that every vote counted."

Tipsville . . .

Actor John Malkovich, who is already a legend, is heading to Benton, Ill., with his children. The small town where Malkovich grew up is "their most exotic place to go," said a source. Malkovich, for the most part, has raised his children in France.

*The actor, who was at the Museum of Contemporary Art Wednesday night, said his first foray into theater was when he was a teenager in Benton. Malkovich said he was a jock in high school and one of his teammates, who was his best friend, was the town "pretty boy."

*The upshot: The school theater director wanted to cast the "pretty boy" in a play.

*The buckshot: Malkovich's buddy said, "I'll do the play on the condition that John is in it, too, and it doesn't conflict with our football schedule."

*The play was "Pride and Prejudice." And how is that for an introduction to theater?

The real winner . . .

Former Chicagoan Catherine Bertini, who headed the World Food Program for a decade, may have been awarded the $250,000 World Food Prize for her humanitarian work . . . but the real winners are those of us who know her.

*Bertini, who lived in Rome with her photographer husband, Tom Haskell, while heading the World Food Program, now lives in an apartment in New York City and has a home in Cortland, N.Y., where she grew up. Bertini, whose love of children made her a leader of a Brownie troop when she was single and living in Chicago, is now an undersecretary general at the United Nations. Big job. Big heart. And it came as no surprise that this great gal is donating her quarter-million-dollar prize to world hunger groups. What an amazing woman.

The porch collapse . . .

The family of Shea Fitzgerald, who was killed in the Lincoln Park porch collapse, are eager to learn exactly where Shea was standing at the time of the collapse. The request comes via Sneed's item that a young man standing next to Shea--but not on the porch--asked to talk to him seconds before the porch collapsed. Shea reportedly said, "Let me finish this sentence." And then in an eyeblink, the porch fell.

A chair is a chair . . .

Actor Kevin Costner has no trouble asking for help. The jeans-clad Costner stopped by the Heaven on Seven on Rush Wednesday for drinks and then came back to borrow a chair. Why? He needed it for a Q & A session for his new movie, "Open Range," at the adjoining Loews Cineplex Movie Theatre. His film, a western, also stars Robert Duvall and Annette Bening.

I spy . . .

Guess who dined at Nine Saturday? Andrew "The Bachelor" Firestone and his Chicago fiancee, Jen Schefft, talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, comedienne Sarah Silverman, actor Ian Ziering, rocker Billy Corgan, White Sox general manager Ken Williams and former Chicago Bear Jim McMahon, who fortunately was wearing his teeth. . . . Rockers Live and Incubus also hit Nine after nine Monday.

Sneedlings . . .

Today's birthdays: Hunter S. Thompson, 66; James Brolin, 63; Elizabeth McGovern, 42; Vin Diesel, 36, and Nelson Mandela, 85. Saturday's birthdays: Vikki Carr, 62; Campbell Scott, 41; Wayne Messmer, 53, and Anthony Edwards, 41.

Michael Sneed is seen at 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays on WMAQ-Channel 5.





 
 












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