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August 16, 1988

SEATTLE (AP) _ Bigfoot, a legend whose large footprints and reported sightings have inspired storytellers for years, now has a first name: Harrison.

The Washington Centennial Commission last week selected ″Harrison Bigfoot″ as mascot of the state’s 100th anniversary celebration. His first name comes from Benjamin Harrison, who was president when Washington became the 42nd state in 1889.

According to legend, Bigfoot, sometimes called Sasquatch, roams the Northwest woods as a sub-Arctic version of the abominable snowman.

Ol’ Harrison will be the theme for a number of Centennial souvenir items, including stuffed animals, set to go on sale starting this fall, said Sue Brush, a spokeswoman for the Centennial celebration.

The Centennial Commission plans to choose a person to wear a Bigfoot costume at Centennial events that begin Nov. 11.

″We’re looking for a very friendly Bigfoot, an actor who will portray an attractive representative of our centennial,″ Ms. Brush said.

There are no height or shoe size requirements for the role, she said.


BALTIMORE (AP) - A 12-foot python that was unclaimed after it was captured by police is city property now and will be sold to the highest, and perhaps the bravest, bidder.

No one has been able to determine the owner of the snake, which was found Aug. 3 in someone’s yard. It took three police officers to pry the non- poisonous snake from a tree it had wrapped itself around.

Lloyd Ross, director of the Baltimore Animal Shelter, said that because the Burmese python is city property now, he must follow bidding procedures for the sale of the snake.

The process will begin after a curator at the Baltimore Zoo examines the snake to determine its sex and assess its health.

Bids could go as high as $50 to $100, Ross said.

The snake is resting peacefully at the shelter.

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