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Thursday 16 April 1998 @ 2:00 - GMT

Pop star Elton John's (right) double-stretch limo was more than punctual when it pulled up to the Buckhead studios of Star 94 radio at 7 a.m. Tuesday for the singer's three-hour stint on The Steve McCoy and Vikki Locke Morning Show. Clad in a Versace running outfit, a jovial John munched on fruit, sipped bottled water and discussed learning the new Braves roster via CNN while touring overseas, reported the Atlanta Journal and Constitution on Apri 15, 1998. 


John also let fly with his now-trademark, unintended four-letter word while discussing Geraldo Rivera's nightly Paula Jones update on CNBC. "That still causes us to wake up, fast," McCoy told Buzz.


"Vikki and I just look at each other and think about updating our resumes."   John also dished about:   His and lyricist Tim Rice's upcoming Alliance Theatre debut of the new Disney musical, "Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida": "I wrote it all in Atlanta and did all the demos here at Purple Dragon Studios. We started writing it about a year and a half ago. We wrote the 26 songs or pieces in 26 days but don't tell anyone. Tim is wonderful if you give him a deadline.


I kept getting these faxes with lyrics on them at Purple Dragon. I wanted to do it here and do it in a small theater. I can keep an eye on it."   His Oscar picks: " 'L.A. Confidential' or 'Good Will Hunting.' I applaud ('Titanic' director) James Cameron for an incredible achievement, but it didn't hit the spot for me.


I didn't believe (Jack) was in love with (Rose). And when she was on that piece of wood, I felt like screaming, 'Move over, you fat cow!' 'The Apostle' is the worst movie I've ever seen. I wanted to kill (Euliss, played by Robert Duvall) five minutes into it. (Duvall's) performance was completely annoying. There's this thing called subtlety, and it works. I know that's rich coming from me!"


Being in Atlanta during the recent violent storms: "I didn't hide in my basement; I hid in my safe. I figured, if I'm going, I'm going in my

 jewelry!" Issuing a challenge Lunching with Elton John AIDS Foundation board member Barron Segar of Atlanta provided two interesting tidbits for us Tuesday.


First, Buzz finally got a look-see at Segar's now-famous Oscar party pictures snapped at the foundation's benefit soiree at Spago in Los Angeles. (Following a snafu at Wolf Camera & Video, Segar mistakenly ended up with photos from a bachelorette party; the owners of those pics eventually claimed them and returned Segar's snapshots of Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, unharmed.)


Plus, Segar gave us the scoop on a new challenge grant the Elton John AIDS Foundation has issued to AID Atlanta. If AID Atlanta can raise $20,000 in individual contributions over the next few months, the foundation will match it  with a $20,000 gift. Explains Segar: "The response to a similar challenge done in 1996 was incredible. This challenge enables AID Atlanta to expand their programs and the foundation is honored to have inspired such support from our own community." Contributions can be made to: AID Atlanta, E.J.A.F. Challenge, 1438 West Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309-2955.