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Updated: August 27, 2012 11:03AM



T HE SCOOP: The late, dapper Don Cornelius, 75, the creator and host of the legendary “Soul Train” dance show (“The hippest trip in America”), will be inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame Aug. 17 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications on State Street. The date is appropriate because that was the day in 1970 that “Soul Train” made it’s debut on WCIU-TV in Chi Town.

The first entertainers on the show were Jerry “Iceman” Butler (now a Cook County Commissioner) and Marshall Thompson and the ChiLites. The evening is not open to the public, just for members and their guests.

Don’s two sons, Anthony and Raymond Cornelius will be here to accept. Cornelius committed suicide by a gunshot wound to the head in his California home in February. And sadly, Anthony was the one who found him.

Through the Don Cornelius Foundation, Anthony has established a suicide awareness network in honor of Cornelius, who was a policeman in Chicago before he decided he’d rather watch folks dance than hit somebody upside the head!

IS IT JUST ME who thinks the new, trashy “Mama Drama” reality show that recently debuted on VH1 and features five sets of mothers with their daughters living together in a house in Vegas is so ignorant and pathetic — and puts motherhood to shame?

The show clearly booked mothers and daughters craving attention who have low self-esteem and put the “I” in ignorant. I watch, dear readers, so I know what the heck I am talking about.

CONGRATS to Channel 5’s Art Norman on his engagement to the lovely AT&T exec Terri Diggs. Norman, whose beloved wife, Ondi, lost her battle with cancer almost three years ago, and Diggs, who was grieving the loss of her father, met while attending grief counseling classes about a year ago.

BOOK IT: Chicago author Julie Ann Walker is looking forward to the debut of her suspense novel Hell on Wheels, set to hit stores in August....Artist/author John H. Sibley signing copies of his two books, Bodyslick, and Being and Homelessness: Notes from an Underground Artist, at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora on Sept. 8.

ABOUT TOWN: Gov. Pat Quinn was seen beating the heat with watermelon ice at Mario’s Italian Lemonade....“Bachelor Pad” contestant Ed Swiderski was in Quay hosting a viewing party for the premiere of the show on ABC....Actor Mario Van Peebles dined at LaScarola.

BIRTHDAYS: Thom Serafin, Jim Avila, Frank Whittaker, Ellee Pai Hong and Debbie Sue Goodman.



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