- - Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A man who had a cardiac arrest while jogging in London’s Hyde Park said his life was saved with help from a famous passer-by — Dustin Hoffman.

Sam Dempster said Tuesday that the actor waited with him after he collapsed April 27 until paramedics arrived.

On his recovery blog, the 27-year-old Mr. Dempster thanked medical staff and “my newfound favorite celebrity Dustin Hoffman.”

Mr. Dempster initially credited Mr. Hoffman with having summoned an ambulance, but the London Ambulance Service said someone else had made the emergency call.

Martin Macarthur, one of the paramedics on the scene, said Mr. Hoffman described seeing Mr. Dempster collapse and froth at the mouth.

“He was the main witness and saw him stagger and go down,” Mr. Macarthur said. “He stayed on the scene for the whole duration of the resuscitation, which was about 15 minutes. He was very concerned.”

Mr. Macarthur said the 74-year-old actor told medics, “Great job, guys,” after they resuscitated Mr. Dempster with a defibrillator.

Representatives of the “Tootsie” and “Rain Man” star, who has a home in London, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

State trooper featured in Rockwell illustration dies

A retired Massachusetts state trooper who was a model for Norman Rockwell’s 1958 Saturday Evening Post illustration “The Runaway” has died.

Massachusetts State Police said retired Staff Sgt. Richard Clemens Jr. died Sunday at 83 after a brief illness, the Associated Press reports.

Rockwell, Sgt. Clemens’ neighbor in the Berkshires town of Stockbridge, asked the trooper to pose for the illustration along with an 8-year-old boy, Ed Locke. The work shows a trooper in a diner counseling a boy with a knapsack. State police reunited Mr. Clemens and Mr. Locke for a 50th anniversary celebration in 2008.

Police Col. Marian McGovern said the image shows “the highest ideal of police work: helping someone in need at a vulnerable moment.”

Sgt. Clemens lived in New York state in recent years. His funeral is scheduled for Friday in Clifton Park, N.Y.

Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma win Swedish music prize

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon and cellist Yo-Yo Ma have won the 2012 Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s most prestigious award for musicians.

Mr. Simon and Mr. Ma will receive $166,000 each and an invitation to the prize ceremony in Stockholm Aug. 28.

The award was founded by Stig Anderson, the late manager of Swedish pop group ABBA, and has been presented since 1992. It typically is shared by a pop artist and a classical musician.

Calling Mr. Ma the “leading cellist of our time,” the prize jury said Tuesday that he is “living proof that music is communication, passion and the ability to share experience.”

The citation praised Mr. Simon as a “world-class songwriter” who captured the currents of his time with “consummate skill, innovative arrangements and provocative lyrics.”

Beard Foundation names rising star, outstanding chef

Christina Tosi has been named rising star of the year at the 25th annual Beard Foundation awards, known as the Oscars of the food world.

Ms. Tosi oversees desserts, breads and ice cream for David Chang’s Momofuku restaurant group and is best known as the woman behind his Momofuku Milk Bar.

She earned the honor largely for her knack for crafting unusual sweet treats including soft-serve ice cream made from milk flavored by breakfast cereal. She has won an almost fanatical following.

Beard was considered the dean of American cooking when he died in 1985. The awards honor those who follow in his footsteps.

Daniel Humm, of New York City’s Eleven Madison Park, was named outstanding chef of the year.

Will Smith backs Obama’s plan to tax top earners

One of Hollywood’s biggest and best-paid stars is supporting President Obama’s call for higher taxes on the country’s top earners.

While promoting “Men in Black III” last week, Will Smith said he supports the proposal.

“I’m very supportive of that idea,” Mr. Smith told the Associated Press in an interview. “America has been fantastic to me. I have no problem paying whatever I need to pay to keep my country growing.”

Mr. Obama has proposed that everyone earning $1 million a year or more pay at least 30 percent of their incomes in taxes. One research group said the change would affect about 210,000 taxpayers.

Vanity Fair has reported that Mr. Smith was paid an estimated $20 million for “Men In Black III.”

Hinton’s ‘The Outsiders’ to be published as e-book

Almost 45 years after “The Outsiders” was first published, author S.E. Hinton is ready to take her classic young adult novel to the next level: an e-book.

Ms. Hinton appeared Monday at a luncheon in her honor hosted by her publisher, Penguin Group (USA). She said, “I just figured you need to keep up with the times.”

The electronic edition is expected this spring, the Associated Press reports.

Ms. Hinton has been active online through her Twitter feed, @se4realhinton. The Tulsa, Okla., resident exchanges tweets with Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Emilio Estevez and other stars of the film version of “The Outsiders.”

She said she also keeps up with “The Outsiders” fan fiction, enough so that she has written some of her own, under a different name.

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