» Dr. Natalie Riedmann, a chief resident of pediatrics, just got engaged to medical student Mike Stuntz.
You will remember them as “Natalie, the hot tutor” on NBC's 2005 series “Tommy Lee Goes to College” and as the guy who threw one of the most memorable touchdown passes in recent Cornhusker history.
The formal announcement of their engagement, with a photo, will come a week from Sunday in The World-Herald's “Celebrations” section. But Natalie's dad, Mike Riedmann of Omaha, slipped me the scoop on Friday.
NBC ran six episodes of the series featuring Lee, the Mötley Crüe drummer; University of Nebraska-Lincoln honors student Natalie served as his tutor. Her dad said Tommy was a gentleman throughout, and that Natalie still hears from him every six months or so.
In 2001, 18-year-old Mike Stuntz of Council Bluffs entered a Husker game in Lincoln against Oklahoma. The ball was handed to a running back, who pitched it to Mike, who hit quarterback and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch with a 63-yard touchdown pass.
Mike attends the Ohio State College of Medicine, and Dr. Natalie, who received her M.D. degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, works at Ohio State/Nationwide Children's Hospitals.
Yes, they and their families plan to attend the Oct. 6 Husker game against the Buckeyes in Columbus. The couple plan to marry next June 29.
» Sam Kumar, a geneticist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, knows that genetics play a big role in longevity.
But, he says, so do staying active and reacting well to the stresses of life. He has a great role model in that regard — his 99-year-old father from India, who is visiting America for the third time.
“He wakes up early and exercises almost continuously,” said Sam, who lives near 120th and Blondo Streets with wife Lina and their three teenagers. “When I go to India, I always follow him. Rain, thunder or whatever, he definitely goes out to walk every morning.”
On this U.S. trip, Sam and his family took his dad, Fulchand Shah, to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. He also rode the rides at Universal Studios in Los Angeles and enjoyed seeing the homes of Beverly Hills.
He doesn't speak English, but Sam translated when his dad said he has had fun, including a visit to the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium in Omaha.
In India, Fulchand owned real estate, grew rice and wheat and, his son said, ran “ a grocery-type business.” He is known for always staying calm during crises.
Sam, 59, the middle of 11 children growing up, recalls his father's mantra to his kids: “Study, study, study.”
» Linda Vice of Omaha quips that she and two siblings have been famous three times — when they were born, when they went to college on scholarships and this week when they turned 65.
They made news in Indiana each time. But as kids, they got noticed often.
“We were the center of attention wherever we went,” she said. “Triplets were pretty rare then.”
Linda celebrated their 65th birthday on Tuesday in West Lafayette, Ind., with sister Glenda Buchanan and brother Bruce Buchanan, an event that drew local news coverage. Glenda is now visiting in Omaha, where Linda and husband Howard Vice have lived for 31 years.
» The Marilyn Monroe “American Masters” public television documentary to be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday on NETV was produced by Nebraska native Gail Levin.
The Emmy Award-winning filmmaker is a native of Norfolk and a 1964 graduate of Omaha Central High. In Nebraska, her family was in the women's clothing retail business, including The Avenue.
Her brother, businessman David Levin of Omaha, said Gail, who lives in New York City, visits Omaha twice a year.
» Tami Barber of Bellevue was saddened by the recent death of actor Ernest Borgnine, who she said was like a second father to her.
She served in the 1980s and ‘90s as personal assistant to his wife, Tova, who had a skin care and beauty products business, and got to know the Oscar-winning actor well.
“He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always kidding,” said Tami, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and now a licensed massage therapist and personal trainer. “He was so down-to-earth.”
In later years, she said, he would send flowers when her parents were ill. If she felt down, she would call him and he would always cheer her up.
Borgnine, a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, later starred in the lead role of “McHale's Navy” on TV, and acted in numerous movies. He won his Oscar for “Marty” in 1955.
» Four years after surviving the tornado that killed four fellow Boy Scouts at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa, Zach Schlegel of Troop 448 in Omaha has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
A member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's national honor society, Zach took part in a 115-mile hike in the mountains of New Mexico. He is the troop's 100th Eagle Scout.
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