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October 31, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, ″showing surprising agility,″ will take first prize in a Georgetown charity tap-dancing contest.

The garrulous New York Mayor Edward I. Koch will resign, join a cult - an obscure one at that - and take a vow of silence.

The upcoming James Bond film will have villains played by Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Walter Cronkite and Henry Kissinger.

And get ready for the new car that runs on orange juice and vodka.

The N.Y. Center for the Strange will have you know that these are among predictions for the coming year gathered in what it called its nationwide survey of 290 American witches.

The center describes itself as dedicated to the exploration of prognosticatio n, prophecy, soothsaying and divination.

The organization’s correct predictions include the resignation of President Nixon, the success of ″Wheel of Fortune,″ and the recent minisummit in Iceland, said Richard Blaine, executive director.

Among its misses in 1986 was the prediction that Nobel Peace Prize would be shared by Weinberger and rocker Prince. There was no mention of Elie Wiesel, the winner.

Another prediction, which still has two months left to be fulfilled, was that Nixon would write a best-selling erotic novel.

″Sometimes these things are seen imperfectly,″ Blaine conceded Thursday.


HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Sherry Landing Camp will have quite a story to tell if she’s ever asked about her name.

The 6-pound, 4-ounce baby was delivered Thursday at the Landing Point Inn, a bar described by owner Jerrie Kingan as a ″shot-and-a-beer place.″

The baby’s barmaid mother, Ellen Camp of Estell Manor, had gone into labor around 12:30 p.m. and called Ms. Kingan for a ride to the hospital, but by the time the bar owner arrived, it was too late.

Police Sgt. Anthony Garreggi and Patrolman Newton Nakao delivered the baby minutes after their arrival.

Ms. Camp named the child Sherry after the drink and Landing after the bar. She said she probably will tell her daughter where she was born ″as soon as she’s old enough.″


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A pair of entrepreneurs with a saucy idea are launching a mobile pizzeria next week in an attempt to bring mozzarella to the masses.

Louis J. Bellomo, co-owner of Momma’s, says a truck equipped with pizza ovens, refrigerators and a telephone will be ready to roll as soon as the public-address system is finished.

The truck, which bears the likenesses of Bellomo’s mother and the mother of his partner, Michael Biscotto, will be able to turn out 400 pizzas a day at a cost 33 percent lower than a pizza parlor’s, Bellomo said.

He said he came up with the idea a year ago on a slow day in his father’s pizzeria. Trying to generate business, he took five pizzas into a bar and started yelling, ″Pizza for Joe, Pizza for Joe.″

Joe, of course, was nowhere to where to be found.

″I asked if anybody wanted the pizza, and everybody jumped at it,″ Bellomo said. ″I unloaded five pizzas in 15 minutes that way.″

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