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August 14, 2002
   
Camelot heir Max Kennedy helped save a young man from drowning himself last week -- with a little help from his uncle, the late President Kennedy.

Max, 37, tells us he was fishing in Hyannis Harbor on Friday when he saw someone swimming far from shore.

"I saw that he was frantic," recounts Kennedy, who teaches environmental studies at Boston College. Steering his boat closer, Kennedy drew close enough to talk to the 20-year-old, who said that his mother had kicked him out of the house and that he was trying to commit suicide.

"Hey man, it's none of my business, but my uncle's boat went down and he floated around for 36 hours," Kennedy recalls telling the man, who gave his name as Eric.

Kennedy says he didn't mention that his uncle was President Kennedy and that his boat was the fabled PT-109.

But, in light of his uncle's experience, he advised that drowning "is going to take you a long time. Why don't you just come in the boat for 10 minutes so we can talk about it? If you still want to go back, then we'll take you back out and let you jump in."

With Kennedy's convincing, Eric finally climbed aboard. Instead of offering him therapy, Kennedy put him to work baiting lines.

"I tried to calm him down," says Kennedy. "I told him that it was an unbelievable fishing spot. He thought it was a bizarre request, but it gave him something to think about other than his pain."

Kennedy's fishing buddy, Richard Zuckerwar, who was also in the boat, says Eric settled down within the hour and returned with them to shore. Police and firemen, already alerted to the potential suicide, brought him to Cape Cod Hospital.

The Boston Herald reported Monday that Eric may have been the man who earlier showed up at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum claiming to be the late John F. Kennedy Jr.

Max Kennedy's eloquence in this rescue may surprise Massachusetts political junkies. He dropped out of his 2001 run for Congress after his speeches were described as "fumbling." The licensed falconer is now devoting himself to rescuing injured birds.

Mayor's girl slashes 'rent

Poor Georgina Bloomberg.

The 19-year-old says being the daughter of a billionaire who happens to be the mayor of New York "sucks!"

The champion equestrian tells W magazine that "Having the name Bloomberg doesn't help me in any way, and it really is a disadvantage and takes away from the image I'm trying to portray."

She adds that she thinks her father's position stains her horse-riding reputation.

"People hear the name and immediately have an idea in their heads: The mayor's daughter wins because she has nice horses."

An offer he isn't refusing

Al Pacino may be ready to take to the New York stage again. The Tony winner has been talking with Tony Randall about joining one of his National Actors Theater productions.

A National Actors rep confirmed Randall and Pacino have been talking, but added: "Tony won't tell me what he's doing till it's official."

Randall's troupe, based at Pace University, started rehearsals this week of "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui," Bertolt Brecht's 1941 recasting of Hitler as a Chicago gangster.

Pacino's rep, Pat Kingsley, didn't know whether he'd play the starring role. "He's done a couple of readings of different plays," says Kingsley.

For now, he's in his Hollywood head, promoting "Simone," in which he plays a producer who digitally creates an actress after his living star quits.

Pacino envies the synthetic starlet.

"I try to do fewer public appearances because I never want my personality to take away from, or overshadow, the parts I play," says Al.

Is there a special-effects wizard out there who can digitally produce a "hoo-hah?"

Longing to see Grant's tomb

Tom Snyder was willing to sub for Bob Grant on WOR radio recently, but now Snyder wants him off the air.

"Grant is a bigoted little man whose 25-year run should be brought to a close, in my view," Snyder writes on his Web site.

Synder was ambushed last month by callers who vented to him about Grant's past slurs against Magic Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. and other African-Americans whom Grant has called "savage" and "primitive."

Snyder filled in for Grant as a favor to WOR program director Maurice Tunick.

"As I said to my callers, if they were unhappy with WOR, don't take it out on me!" says Snyder, noting that "many blacks in New York call (WOR) 'White Only Radio."'

Grant was fired from WABC in 1996 for mocking the then-recently deceased Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, who had perished in a plane crash in Europe.



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