Names in the news, July 8

Posted July 08, 2012, at 4:06 p.m.

The 1960s mop top is gone, but Ringo Starr is still flashing a peace sign. The former Beatle marked his 72nd birthday in Nashville Saturday by holding a “peace and love” moment at noon. He asked people worldwide to do the same at 12 o’clock in their time zones. The idea came to him in 2008 when an interviewer asked him what he wanted for his birthday. Since then, he has held events each year in cities such as New York, Chicago and Hamburg, Germany. “We got lots of blogs from Japan and China and all over the world saying, ‘We did peace and love.’ So it’s working,” Starr said before the festivities. Hundreds of fans joined Starr at Hard Rock Café, shouting “peace and love” at the magic hour. One fan held up a sign declaring the last time she saw Starr in person. He pointed to her and joked, “I hugged this woman in 1964, and she still can’t get over it.” Starr’s family and friends showed up, including country singer Vince Gill and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. Walsh played in Ringo’s first All Starr Band in 1989, and he married Marjorie Bach, who is the sister of Starr’s wife, Barbara Bach. … Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh took the stage in North Korea during a concert for new leader Kim Jong Un, in an unusual performance featuring Disney characters. Performers dressed as Minnie Mouse, Tigger and others danced and pranced as footage from “Snow White,” ”Dumbo,” ”Beauty and the Beast” and other Disney movies played on a massive backdrop, according to still photos shown on state TV. Backpacks, pencil cases and pajamas imported from China often feature Disney characters, and stories such as “Dumbo” have been translated into Korean for North Korean schoolchildren, but it’s unusual for such images to be part of a North Korean performance.

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