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Bright and Brief

August 26, 1985

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) _ The recipe called for 12,672 sliced bananas, 3,100 gallons of vanilla ice cream, 2,544 pounds of strawberries and gobs of pineapple syrup, nuts, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

Put it together in foil-lined house gutters and you get a gargantuan banana split.

This junk-food feat was accomplished Sunday by the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Bowling Green State University, along with about 2,000 students and others who showed up to help out and pig out.

The all-you-can-eat fest was a fraternity fund-raising project for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, with tickets selling for $2, said organizer Dwayne Coates.

Tables holding the banana splits stretched in front of Perry Stadium, past the track and baseball field into the distance, then doubled back around the parking lot. Coates said the gutters of banana splits, if lined up in a single row, would stretch for 4 miles.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A state trooper kicked open the door of a telephone booth to rescue a man who had been trapped for about 20 minutes and was running out of money as he dialed for help.

″He was just standing there, looking embarrassed when we arrived,″ Trooper Bill McGuire said Monday.

The hinge on the phone booth door apparently was bent the wrong way, preventing the door from folding inward.

″I just kicked it a couple of times and the door opened,″ he said.

The man called state police Sunday to say he was ″stuck in the booth and running out of money,″ the trooper said. Once freed, he rushed away without giving his name, McGuire said.

The door now works on the booth near New Jersey Turnpike Exit 15W in Kearny, but McGuire said he won’t send a repair bill.


ENTERPRISE, Ind. (AP) - Although it appears only as a speck on the Spencer County map, this could be the fastest-growing town in Indiana.

Its population recently doubled in one day, when Chuck and Barbara Bates moved in from nearby Hatfield.

″We wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city,″ said Bates, who felt lost amid Hatfield’s 1,000 residents.

They joined Enterprise’s leading family, Don and Mona Hay, who had the place to themselves until then.

The town was laid out in 1862 and named for the thriving businesses that had served the river traffic, but later disappeared with the riverboats.

The only entrance is via a rusty metal bridge marked with two signs: ″Bridge Out″ and ″Travel at Your Own Risk.″

The town’s post office closed 70 years ago, but residents can still receive mail any time they decide to put up a mailbox. Until then, they like being left alone.

″At night, you hear the chug-chug of a tug,″ Bates said. ″There’s the hoot of the hoot owls. On Friday and Saturday night, somebody has a guitar and they sit around a picnic table. We love it here.″

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