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February 16, 1985

BOSTON (AP) _ Edward Kelly has seen the murder mystery spoof ″Shear Madness″ 180 times, but he’s never been bored.

The show, at the Charles Playhouse, weaves the audience into on-stage action. And that, says Kelly, 35, means a different show every night.

Audience members are invited to play detective by questioning characters to find the unknown killer.

Kelly admits there is more to theater than one play. There’s ″Hello 3/8 Dolly,″ for instance. He’s seen that 27 times.


NEW YORK (AP) - What do you do with the message when you’ve eaten the medium?

Restaurant diners in Manhattan’s Chinatown will face that problem soon, after they read a little anti-litter wisdom.

Messages inside fortune cookies in place of fortunes will remind patrons: ″Confucius say: ’Keep N.Y.C. Clean. Don’t Be A Litterpig.‴

Some 40,000 will be served to patrons as part of a joint clean-up campaign by local merchants and the Sanitation Department.

The program has the backing of Mayor Edward Koch, who quipped: ″I’m going to be checking around. If I go into a restaurant and if they don’t have one of these cookies, I leave.″


Eds: Spelling Rockfeller is cq.

ROME (AP) - The often ribald Rockfeller the crow is so popular that a court has been asked to talk turkey about who owns him.

Rockfeller is a ventriloquist’s dummy whose popularity has hatched millions of illegal reproductions all over Europe.

He is one of the stars of the popular Italian television show, Fantastico 5, cracking off-color jokes and singing in a croaky voice with Spanish ventriloquist Jose Luis Moreno.

Moreno and SACIS, the advertising firm that owns the rights, want to stop sales of the illegal puppets. Millions of models of Rockfeller, complete with top hat and tails, have popped up in stores all over the Continent.


LONDON (AP) - Nicholas Botting isn’t really a drunken driver, because he wasn’t driving. But drunk in charge of a tricycle?

The knotty legal issue of whether he violated the Licensing Act of 1872 is a matter for the finest minds of British jurisprudence.

Botting, 21, was copped by the law as he rode home from a ball on an 18-mph battery-driven tricycle after going to the aid of a damsel in distress.

The unnamed young woman won the electric trike at the party.

″I thought it would be gallant to take it home for her,″ The Times of London on Friday quoted Botting as saying.

Botting was charged with disorderly behavior. The Times said he could face a fine of up to $110 or a month’s jail under the elderly act, which stipulates sobriety while in charge of ″any carriage, horse, cattle or steam engine.″

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