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Bright and Brief

August 2, 1989

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ When Gov. Henry Bellmon praised Oklahoma’s law enforcement officers during an address to the national Fraternal Order of Police convention, he spoke from firsthand experience.

While welcoming the estimated 3,500 out-of-town officers Tuesday, Bellmon disclosed that he had been pulled over about 12:30 a.m. Sunday near his Billings farm.

The governor said a deputy approached his vehicle and shined a flashlight into the pickup.

″Even when he saw who I was, he asked me what I was doing out so late at night,″ Bellmon said. ″I told him I had been working late, but nevertheless, he took his flashlight and checked out the back of the pickup.

″That says something about the vigilence of lawmen here in Oklahoma,″ the governor said. ″It also says something about the reputation of politicians in Oklahoma.″


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - An elderly couple came to the rescue of a man who lost 40 tickets to the Rolling Stones concert in Pittsburgh.

Michael Goss of Parsons said he and four friends went to Washington, Pa., on July 22 and waited for more than two hours before they plunked down $1,200 for tickets to the Sept. 6 concert.

On the way home, Goss said he fell asleep. When he woke up, he found that his companions had put makeup on him and painted his fingernails as a practical joke. They carried it a step further by stopping at a Morgantown supermarket and making Goss walk down the aisles.

The tickets apparently fell to the ground when he left the car, Goss said.

″I felt real mad, real aggravated because I knew it was all because of a practical joke,″ Goss said.

In response to a classified advertisement he placed in the Morgantown Dominion Post, an elderly couple returned the tickets on Sunday. They refused to tell their names, but accepted a reward. Given a choice of four tickets or $200, they chose the money.


STORRS, Conn. (AP) - It’s not easy getting into the Guinness Book of World Records, a University of Connecticut fraternity found out.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon members hoped the 350-gallon milkshake they whipped up in February would earn them a spot in the record book’s next edition. Instead, a 1,500-gallon chocolate milkshake made by the WEZN radio station of Bridgeport the previous fall at a festival in New Haven took the record.

″Well, it looks as though we’re not going to try and beat that record this fall at UConn,″ said fraternity President Eric Dannheim. He said the fraternity made a crack at the record when it found out in February that the Guinness editors had not made a decision on the WEZN entry.

″We had decided before we began, whether it was a Guinness Book record or not, we were going to do it,″ Dannheim said. ″We had a lot of fun doing it.″

The radio station’s giant milkshake was mixed at a Baskin-Robbins plant for the annual ″Taste of New Haven″ festival. The mixture was then pumped into a dairy truck, station spokeswoman Patty LaVigne said.

Cyd Smith, a Guinness editor, said some editors at the record book had a problem with the mixing method, which delayed a final decision.

″It will just become a competition of who has the bigger truck,″ said Smith. ″One thousand, five hundred gallons is it. It’s enough.″

A Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., also was planning to go for the record, and was disappointed to learn of the New Haven entry.

″When we found out, we were back to the same old routine,″ said Thomas Repczynski, the chapter’s treasurer. ″We’ll be relegated to chugging goldfish again.″

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