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June 24, 1988

SEATTLE (AP) _ A member of the first successful team to climb Mount Everest thinks the world’s highest mountain needs a breather.

Sir Edmund Hillary, who reached Everest’s summit in 1953, said too many teams are tackling the mountain, and expeditions should be put off for five years to give snows time to bury trash from previous climbs on Everest in the Himalayas.

But if Everest is going to be tackled, Hillary said he would rather see everyday climbers giving it a try rather than ″prima donnas″ who criticize attempts made with the aid of oxygen, fixed ropes and high altitude porters.

Hillary was in Seattle on Wednesday on his way to Poulsbo, Wash., to receive the 1988 Charles Lindbergh Award, given to people whose life’s work exemplifies a balance between technological advancement and environmental preservation.

Hillary, 68, lives in New Delhi, India, and is New Zealand’s ambassador to India, Bangladesh and Nepal.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Tough-guy actor Sylvester Stallone finally met his match - a policeman with penchant for arm wrestling.

Patrolman Mark Gleeson, a one-time finalist in a tough-man competition, won the impromptu battle hands down during a news conference.

Stallone, star of the ″Rocky″ and ″Rambo″ movies, is in Australia to promote ″Rambo III.″ He played an arm-wrestler in the movie, ″Over the Top.″


CHISHOLM, Minn. (AP) - Forget the awards and the plaques. All polka veteran Frankie Yankovic wants is his fans’ appreciation.

″To know people appreciate what I’ve tried to do, that’s what’s important to me,″ said the 50-year ″Polka King.″ ″If it weren’t for people like you, there wouldn’t be a Yankovic and his polka band here.″

Yankovic, 72, was inducted Wednesday into the Polka Hall of Fame at Ironworld USA historical and cultural center. His band sent the crowd whirling and twirling, and Yankovic said he appreciated the standing ovation as much as the plaque they gave him as the hall’s first inductee.

Yankovic first appeared in the area 30 years ago at a fund-raising grand opening of Chisholm’s Slovenian National Home.

Yankovic signed with Columbia in 1946 and recorded such million-copy sellers as ″Just Because″ and ″Blue Skirt Waltz.″ He received the first Grammy awarded for the best polka album.


LONDON (AP) - Prince Edward apparently isn’t a morning person.

When he unveiled his wax likeness at Madame Tussaud’s on Thursday he joked that he wasn’t sure if it resembled him.

″I don’t know,″ said the 24-year-old prince, third son of Queen Elizabeth II. ″I have never seen myself at this time in the morning.″

The ceremony was scheduled to fit in before his job at a theater production assistant, and Edward told reporters, ″if you are wondering why you are here at 8 a.m. it is because I did my sittings at that time and I think I should look much the same.″

Museum officials said the prince had not been included in the royal family exhibit before because young people change too rapidly to have a long-lasting likeness.

The prince’s wax figure was dressed in his own clothes and was complete with true-to-life thinning hair, a fact the prince also noticed.

″He’s got more hair. That’s slightly embarrassing,″ he said.


GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Dale Evans is best known for the more than 100 Western movies she made with husband Roy Rogers, but she’s also a prolific writer.

Evans, 75, takes a look at scandals involving television evangelists in her latest book. She has written about her own religious faith in 24 previous books.

The new book ″The Only Star,″ to be released in October, says people expect those in public arenas, such as the ministry, to be perfect, Evans said Tuesday before an appearance at the Pitzer Quarter Horse Ranch near Ericson.

She does a weekly half-hour radio show and gives numerous speeches and religious testimonials.

Evans and her husband live in Apple Valley, Calif., and they run a museum of personal memorabilia in Victorville, Calif.

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