Friday's intriguing people
December 10th, 2010
11:40 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Brenda Starr

The comic strip about the crimson-coiffed reporter is going to the white panels in the sky.

Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and artist June Brigman, who had been writing and drawing "Brenda Starr" for the better part of the past two decades, are done with the strip, the Tribune reported.

"There's sadness about stopping, but no regret and no ambivalence," The Tribune quoted Schmich as saying. "It came to me really clearly that I was done. … I don't think the character is dead. But the comic strip in this form is."

The Chicago Tribune Syndicate strip, created by the late Dale Messick, has had various turns on the big and small screen over its 70-plus-year run.

In 1945, actress Joan Woodbury brought "Brenda Starr" to life in a serial.

Jill St. John, five years after her memorable role as a Bond girl in "Diamonds Are Forever," starred in a TV movie about the heroine.

In 1989, Brooke Shields played the title role in a roundly booed feature-length treatment in 1989. That movie, coincidentally, also featured James Bond, er, Timothy Dalton.

Mukesh Ambani

The chairman of India's Reliance Industries, one of the richest people in Asia, has signed a deal for his company to partner with IMG to buy the commercial rights to all soccer in India.

The partnership will develop a new soccer league and try to exploit what it sees as a relatively untapped market for soccer in a country of 1.2 billion people, but it also is promising to develop new soccer talent in the cricket-crazy nation.

With a sustained effort in a country that large, isn't it plausible that the move could finally make India a country to be reckoned with in the world's most popular sport?

“This is India’s biggest attempt ever to scale up the game in a country where the dominant sport is cricket,” Kushal Das, general secretary of the All India Football Federation, told the Financial Times.

Amber Yust

The transgender woman filed a claim against the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Thursday, saying the clerk who handled her application for a new driver's license sent her a letter calling her gender change a "very evil decision" that would condemn her to hell, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Although I helped you with the name change, I have to say I do not support the reason for it," says the letter, according to the Chronicle. "I also do not believe the state's recognition of it — through official documents — makes it legitimate or any less evil."

"Going into a DMV isn't exactly a fun experience," Yust told the San Francisco newspaper. "So to have someone who dislikes something about you or has some strange interest in you decide to use your personal information for something other than what it was supposed to is really scary. I want people to feel safe."

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Reynardine Greencastle

    Brenda Starr was a glamorous grownup when I was just learning to read, yet she remained forever young. I am saddened to hear of her passing, even though I had not seen her in many a year. Goodbye, Carrots... Peaches... Rhubarb... Red. Summer is over, indeed.

    December 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fubarus

    Glad to hear this waste of space is retiring.... maybe now we can get some comics that are actually worth reading. Bring back Opus!

    December 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Edwin

    Amber Yust's case sounds like a slam-dunk - if the employee at the DMV wrote her a letter, he should be fired, and she probably should get a settlement.

    What a stupid guy, to throw away his job over something like that...

    December 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • neil

      Where in that article does it say the clerk was a male? Come on! Men have a bad enough rap. We don't need any more help from other men. Stop presuming.

      December 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Run4DaHills

    Um, yes. It's called "a dead franchise." Congrats, on the amazing run, though. I suppose, in her day, like 50+ years ago, lol, Brenda served as a role model for young women and girls. These days, though, to be less obsolete and relevant to a younger audience, Brenda would need daily Tweets, a YouTube and Facebook page and a daily Comic Blog to keep up with the gals of the New Millennium. Even comic strip Starrs get age lines, eh? Maybe, the creators could add a little Botox in the ink.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. GuerillaGorilla

    So we basically the news is a comic strip is ending, India doesn't really care about football (soccer), and an idiot works at the DMV. Somehow this is less than shocking.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. helenhull102951

    THIS JUST IN; Obama's worked for Clinton's at vacation home in Bumb- F – – k Africa, story has it that Barrack was Skid Mark scruber for Bill and Hillary. While Mrs Obama took on role as Clinton's family pet BUFFALO.. Source comes from TWEEKIE/LEEKS... Lol

    December 11, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |