By Times staff and wire reports
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 23, 2001
Anchor has baby boy
WFLA-Ch. 8 anchor Stacie Schaible will be off air for a couple of months this summer, at home caring for her new son, Cade Michael Cortes, born Sunday night. Weighing in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces, Cade is the first child for Schaible and her husband, Mike Cortes. The anchor expects to return to work in August.
Lakeland resident Eric Fullgraf was shown winning $32,000 on ABC's hit game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Tuesday. He was the second person to reach the show's hot seat from 98 contestants who passed in-person auditions held in Tampa in April.
Ocean's 11 is coming back to town soon, evidenced by Tuesday's reconstruction of a tent in Derby Lane greyhound track's parking lot on Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg. That structure was used in scenes shot in February featuring George Clooney and Brad Pitt . Director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brockovich) decided to return to St. Petersburg for extra footage needed to make the scenes better. Derby Lane media relations director Vera Filipelli said filming is slated for one day only in "early June." She added that some local residents used as background extras before may be recalled, or another casting call may be held.
Judd Otis, formerly of the Bob and Judd Morning Show on the defunct WUSA-FM 100.7, died of cancer Monday. Otis, 55, worked with co-host Bob DeCarlo for 15 years before the station changed hands and became WAKS-FM 100.7 (Kiss). The station is now WMTX-FM 100.7 (Mix). Otis (whose real name was Judd Otis Coursey) spent 30 years in the radio business. After being released from WUSA he took a job as morning co-host at KXGL-FM 94.1 in San Diego but returned to the Tampa Bay area about a year later when that station was sold. "He had a rare personality," said friend and fellow broadcaster Tedd Webb of WFLA-AM 970. "He had a heart 10 times the size of his body. He was great guy who loved life to its fullest." . . . Physician and best-selling novelist Frank G. Slaughter, whose books sold more than 60-million copies, died May 17 in his Jacksonville home after a lengthy illness. He was 93. He published 62 books, from 1941's That None Shall Die to No Greater Love, which was published in 1985. Several became films, including Seminole, based on his novel, The Warrior; and Sanagree. His 1971 novel, Doctor's Wives, Women in White, became a TV series, Nurse, in 1980.
LOVE MISCARRIES: Courtney Love suffered a miscarriage last week in Vancouver, B.C., while filming the movie 24 Hours, her spokeswoman has confirmed. "It was very early in the pregnancy," her rep told USA Today, adding that the identity of the father "doesn't need to be shared with the whole world." The leading candidates include Russell Crowe and Love's music manager, Jim Barber.
DIVORCE FINAL: An Atlanta judge Tuesday quietly granted Jane Fonda, 63, a divorce from her husband of 10 years, CNN founder Ted Turner, 62. In a statement, Fonda said, "I feel sadness. . . . I will always care for him. Now it's time to move on, and I wish him well." There has been no comment from Turner.
MOUSE AUCTION A BUST: The 36-panel storyboard from the 1928 Walt Disney animated short, Plane Crazy -- considered the "birth record" of Mickey Mouse -- failed to raise enough money at auction to stave off financial ruin for the International Museum of Cartoon Art in Fort Lauderdale. Many of the more than 600 items up for bid didn't bring in what they were worth. Some didn't sell at all. Whether the low bids meant a lack of interest or were the result of problems with the internet connection was unclear. The auction house decided to continue the sale later.