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March 13, 1990

ALTON, Ill. (AP) _ After 52 years of separation, Joseph and Elizabeth Pipkin are ready to tie the knot again.

They originally wed in 1932 in Oklahoma, but the marriage ended after six years and two children, and they went their separate ways - she to Illinois, he to Oregon.

″We were just too young,″ said Mrs. Pipkin.

That won’t be a problem this time. Both were 77 when they took their vows again Saturday, although in Pipkin’s view, there’s still plenty of time.

″My dad married at 78,″ he said. ″He lived to 105.″

Their daughter, Evelyn Pipkin, kept in touch with her father through the years and toiled to bring the couple back together.

″He never did get over her,″ Evelyn Pipkin said. ″I always had the feeling he loved her, even when he married my stepmother. He never had any more children.″

When Mrs. Pipkin’s third husband died last winter, Evelyn suggested her parents get together for old times’ sake.

A Christmas card from Mrs. Pipkin led to long letters and phone calls. On Monday, they were married at the Assembly of God Church in nearby Meadowbrook.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A government watchdog group surprised officials by inviting people who don’t normally get the red carpet treatment to a public reception and dance put on for lawmakers.

William Hauda, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, said Monday he distributed 2,000 fliers announcing the event to senior citizen centers, homeless shelters and fraternity houses.

″I’m sure our lawmakers will benefit immensely from this contact with homeless, hungry and needy citizens,″ Hauda said.

Under state ethics law, lawmakers and state officials are prohibited from accepting anything of value, including food and drink, unless the same is offered to the general public. A notice of the event was published in the classified section of Madison newspapers.

″We felt that the tiny notice ... wasn’t sufficient notice,″ Hauda said. ″We thought that we should help get the word out.″

Superior Mayor Herb Bergson, who is hosting the do, said he was angry Common Cause did not tell him about the fliers. ″I didn’t find out until late afternoon, so we couldn’t get more food,″ he said.

But Jeff Wendorf, a university extension employee who helped plan the event, said the additional guests were welcome.

″We come down here to share the hospitality of northern Wisconsin, and will do just that,″ Wendorf said. ″When the food runs out, it runs out. It’s first come, first served.″

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