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Couple Win Kissing Contest After 58-Hour Battle

February 19, 1987

DALLAS (AP) _ Pete and Maryellen Polichetti beat five other kissing couples and won a trip to Hawaii by smooching for 58 hours.

″I think it helped that we were married and knew what each other could do,″ said Polichetti, 37.

The Great American Kiss-Off, which began at 8 p.m. Valentine’s Day, ended Tuesday when Dennis Saucedo and Stacy Thompson decided they’d had enough, said Barbara Hyer, a spokeswoman for the Harvey Hotel, the event’s sponsor.

Thompson and Saucedo, who have been dating for five months, will receive a free weekend at the hotel, Hyer said.

Mrs. Polichetti said practice made the difference.

″We’re a kissing family,″ she said. ″When the children leave, they kiss me goodbye and when they come home they kiss me hello.″

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