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MAGUIRE TO MARK AN ANNIVERSARY

Some names in the tickler file that rate attention belong to. . .

Paul Maguire. On Tuesday night the sportscaster will celebrate the sixth anniversary of his "Sportsline" show that is seen on Channel 10. He will do the show live from Pettibone's Grille in Pilot Field.

There are many chapters in Maguire's resume that have intrigued me over the years. One that I would like to go into more deeply concerns his undergraduate days at the Citadel, a school in Charleston, S.C. that is modeled after West Point.

One time I asked Maguire if it was true that the cadets in charge of discipline believed that the brash youngster from a neighborhood that was said to be "so tough Sonny Liston was the Avon Lady," had fallen off a flying saucer. He laughed and said, "Let's say we traveled different roads."

When asked about his candor on camera back when that was a rare commodity, he said, "I am not about to change to please a TV executive."

Some of the people attending Tuesday's celebration may know that some of Maguire's best hours have been spent as a volunteer master of ceremonies at auctions following golf tournaments staged by local charities. On some occasions, while urging people to spend more money, he has been known to use what some of us call "the word that won the war."

Janet Leigh. The movie star's name was in a backwards joke used in this space on March 22. And the sight of it caused me to think of the unusual circumstances under which I last saw her.

Just before the Buffalo Convention Center opened in 1978, some people over there asked me for the names of all of the movie and TV stars who were born and raised in Western New York. And they were obliged.

Accordingly, I was somewhat surprised to see that none of the stars who came here for the opening ceremonies was from Western New York. In the other direction I was happy to see Janet Leigh had come and was accompanied by a man from New York City named John Springer. John, who is originally from Rochester, is a publicist and author of books about the movies and we go back to the early 1950s.

I spent an hour with Leigh and Springer and remember coming up with a line that would have made author John O'Hara jealous. It went, "Have you seen any good movies lately?"

Janet smiled and said, "I just saw one with a girl who is making her debut. My daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis."

Franchot Tone. In the same column with the Leigh name on March 22 was the name of the deceased movie star who came from Niagara Falls, N.Y. and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Cornell University. A favorite story at the school told about the day he came to Ithaca to donate money to his fraternity, called from the railroad station and said, "This is Franchot Tone and I am down at the station. Would you send down a car?"

The freshman on phone duty, unaware of the star's association with the house, said "Sure. This is Clark Gable and I'll be right down."

Tone and his donation were on the next train to New York City.

Mrs. Robert Celeri. The widow of the late director of player personnel for the Bills and a friend died on March 19. Her husband died suddenly at the age of 50 in 1975. The day after Bob died Bills owner Ralph Wilson sent his lawyer to see the widow and three children and offer moral and financial help.

It doesn't work that way with every team.

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