NEW YORK — With Willard Scott announcing his retirement, centenarians will have to look elsewhere for a salute.
The longtime television weatherman, a fixture on NBC’s “Today” show for 35 years, said Friday that he’s hanging it up. The morning show plans a tribute to his work on Tuesday.
The genial 81-year-old Scott delivered weather forecasts until Al Roker took over that role. In recent years, he’s appeared once or twice a week to mark the birthdays of viewers who had reached 100 years old or beyond. He began working at NBC as a 16-year-old page in the network’s Washington bureau.
The show’s anchors on Friday took note of a memorable Scott moment. He was stationed on the street during President George H.W. Bush’s inaugural parade in 1989, when the new first lady, Barbara Bush, peeled away from the route to give him a kiss.
“America’s first family chose to single out America’s weatherman and I remember smiling from ear to ear at that moment for Willard,” said “Today” anchor Matt Lauer.
Rushdie receives Mailer Prize for lifetime achievement
NEW YORK — Salman Rushdie is this year’s recipient of the Mailer Prize for lifetime achievement.
The author of “Midnight’s Children,” ”The Satanic Verses” and other novels was presented his award by Laurie Anderson at a ceremony Thursday night at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, the New York City borough where Norman Mailer was raised and lived off and on until his death in 2007.
“It’s kind of great to be standing here in Norman Mailer’s shadow,” Rushdie said.
Rushdie, like Mailer, is a former president of the American chapter of PEN, the literary and human rights organization. He said Mailer had inspired him to help found the PEN World Voices Festival, an annual gathering of writers from around the world.
1956 Ferrari fetches $28 million at NYC car auction
NEW YORK — A 1956 Ferrari sold for $28 million at an auction that also featured top bidding for Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche, a 1963 Pontiac owned by Roy Rogers decorated with silver dollars and guns and a kid-sized Ferrari.
RM Sotheby’s offered the vintage cars in its “Driven by Disruption” sale Thursday night.
The 1956 Ferrari 290 MM, chassis 0626 was built for Formula One racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio. The car was specially designed for the five-time F1 world champion and was one of only four 290 MMs to be built. It has never crashed despite a racing career that lasted until 1964.
The $28 million to $32 million pre-sale estimate made it one of the most valuable cars to come to auction. A Ferrari 250 Publisher seeks to drop suit against J.D. Salinger’s family
CONCORD, N.H. — A publisher that sued J.D. Salinger’s widow and son, saying they interfered with efforts to sell three stories written by “The Catcher in the Rye” author, wants to drop the lawsuit.
Tennessee-based Devault-Graves Agency LLC, which specializes in reprinting old works, published the short stories in the United States last year. Written in the 1940s, they first appeared in magazines.
When Devault-Graves sought to publish them internationally, Colleen and Matthew Salinger objected, saying that would violate foreign copyright laws. Devault-Graves sued in March, accusing the Salingers of hindering its business relationships.
Friday’s dismissal notice, subject to a judge’s review, was filed in federal court in Concord. Lawyers for Memphis-based Devault-Graves and the Salingers didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.
Salinger died in 2010 at age 91 in Cornish, New Hampshire.