Real ‘Men’ Don’t Stiff Their Own Children

TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 1997

Ron Strykert’s royalties from his days as a man at work will go toward paying $8,000 in past due child support.

Strykert, a member of the 1980s Grammy-winning Australian band Men At Work who now lives in Montana’s Paradise Valley, was found in contempt of court for making only nine payments in the last three years.

District Judge Nels Swandal said that wasn’t enough, and has ordered Strykert to assign his recording royalties to the court in order to make the payments.

Strykert said his annual royalties of $50,000 to $75,000 didn’t cover his living expenses last year, forcing him to pawn musical equipment to support his new family - a wife and four children.

His former wife, Jonka, lives in Australia with their two children.

Loose talk

Putting his $200 million-plus “Titanic” budget in perspective, director James Cameron tells Time magazine, “Many of our favorite epics from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s would cost more than ‘Titanic’ if made today.”

Doobie or not Doobie, that is the question

Michael McDonald turns 45 today.

And think what he’ll save on laundry bills

Elton John offered 10,000 items from his wardrobe for sale to the public last week to benefit his AIDS foundation.

Hundreds of bargain hunters snapped up Versace shirts for $40 and gaudy ties for $25. The singer estimates he spent $4 million buying the clothes, and hopes the sale will raise one-tenth of that for his foundation.

O.J. too busy sleuthing to make movies, anyway

Leslie Nielsen says he’s “chitchatting” about the possibility of doing another in the “Naked Gun” series, but he doesn’t think the studio would use former co-star O.J. Simpson again.

“From a business point of view, the studio may feel they’d be liable to lose more of the audience than gain them,” Nielsen says. “O.J. has moved into a different niche.”

Another hard-working employee replaced by a machine

With drummer Bill Berry’s decision to retire following recovery from brain-aneurysm surgery, the remaining members of R.E.M. may replace him with … nothing.

“Coincidentally, I’ve been using drum loops and ‘70s drum machines, making demos that way,” guitarist Peter Buck tells Rolling Stone magazine in its Dec. 11 issue. “Some of the experiments are very suitable to where we’re going.”

Where are the band’s three remaining members going? To San Francisco in the spring, they say, where they will bring 40 new songs to start work on their next album.

Her name Taylor-made for magazine’s subject

Liz, Japan’s first magazine devoted to divorce, is named for Elizabeth Taylor. Editor Chizuru Taguchi, 29, said the mag picked her “because she has shown perseverance and strength as she has moved from marriage and divorce.” He also said retailers didn’t fancy selling a mag called Divorce.

, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: 2 Photos

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Compiled by staff writer Michael Guilfoil

Click here to comment on this story »



Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
Customer service:
(509) 747-4422
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Back to Spokesman Mobile