Vanessa Williams

Beyond the glitter: Vanessa Williams visits a Broadway classic

A lot of different version of Vanessa Williams have flashed past us in the past three decades, from pop to jazz, from comfort to controversy. In a close-up concert and interview, however, she comes across as a skillful jazz and ballad singer and a serious theater pro. Now her "Show Boat" reaches PBS on Friday (Oct. 16); here's the story I sent to papers:


By Mike Hughes

Snow is bad; Vanessa Williams is good

Will you think less of me if I admit I'm starting to dislike snow?

I understand it's importance for snowmen, snowballs, snow forts, snowmobiles and Sarah Palin. Still, there's just too much of it.

Scientists tell us that 12.2 inches of it fell in Lansing, Mich., where I live. Scientists, however, often confuse inches and meters and such. All I know is that there were several feet of it that I've been shoveling during the last two days.