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Bright and Brief

August 22, 1988

TOUGALOO, Miss. (AP) _ An Ohio horse-breeder who has never laid eyes on Tougaloo University donates a sum to the school every time his mare of the same name wins a race.

″No I’ve never been to the school,″ said Landon Knight, of Akron. ″But it just sounds like such a great institution. If they can get people into the mainstream from such underprivileged conditions, that’s a great accomplishment.″

Every time Tougaloo, a 5-year-old mare, crosses the wire first, Knight, 64, donates 10 percent of the purse to the predominately black private college in this tiny central Mississippi town. He estimates he has donated $30,000 the past three years.

Tougaloo is to run again Saturday at Thistledown in Cleveland and at River Downs in Cincinnati on Sept. 3. She has won three races in Ohio this year, raising $9,000 for Tougaloo.

Knight said he decided to name the horse after the college after receiving promotional literature from the 750-student school.

″The name was so attractive,″ Knight added. ″And what they had to say about the school was even more attractive. I guess I could have just named the horse Tougaloo, but I contacted the school and asked them if I could use their name. In return I told them I would given them 10 percent.″

Tougaloo President Adib Shakir was on hand June 18 in Cleveland when the mare took the $60,000 purse at a race at Thistledown.

″A college benefiting from a race horse is a very unique situation,″ said Shakir. ″This is my first time going to the horse races and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I can’t begin to say how appreciative we are of the generosity shown by Mr. Knight.″

The school ought to update its mailing list, though.

″I received this literature addressed to C.L. Knight,″ Knight said. ″Well, he was my grandfather, but he died in the 1930s.″


OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - Ship painter Kenneth Samuels doesn’t think there’s anything fishy about being wed on a shrimp boat, so he persuaded his bride to say ″I do″ where most people say ″ahoy.″

Samuels, 27, and Jackie Van Nort, 41, exchanged vows Friday night on the Shirley T, a 40-foot-long white and blue shrimp boat in the Ocean Springs Harbor.

The boat’s white deck had been carefully swabbed and the green shrimping nets hung gracefully draped overhead. The bride wore a satin dress, but otherwise the shrimp boat decor held through.

″I love shrimping. I guess that’s why I came up with this,″ said Samuels, now a painter at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula but who put himself through school by working on shrimp boats since he was 13.

″We met when he was working on a shrimp boat,″ said Van Nort. ″It wasn’t my idea, but I wanted him to have it his way.″

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