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Bright and Brief

May 20, 1986

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ RoseAnn Aldi’s wedding was marked by police sirens instead of wedding bells, and it was a forgetful chauffeur and not cold feet that made her 15 minutes late.

Ms. Aldi was understandably nervous when her driver locked the keys inside the limousine that was to take her to Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday.

The family summoned police, and two officers tried for 15 minutes to pry the Lincoln Continental’s lock. When the driver refused to allow the window to be broken, officer Joseph Nadeau offered to escort the bride and two members of the wedding party to the church in his squad car.

With groom Paul Rogala waiting at the altar, Ms. Aldi pulled up accompanied by sirens and flashing lights.

Cynthia Aldi of Meriden, mother of the bride, said the rest of the wedding went off without a hitch.

″We had a video made of the wedding,″ she said. ″They got her getting out of the car. You couldn’t ask for a better picture.″


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - David Cargo, a former New Mexico governor and now a candidate for Congress, was chagrined to find out the federal government thinks he’s an alien.

Cargo received a letter from the Department of the Treasury that said he will have 30 percent interest deducted from his Treasury Notes because he is a citizen of New Mexico and not the United States.

He said he telephoned William Weatherall, a securities analyst who had signed the April 28 letter, and that Weatherall kept insisting that, as a New Mexican, Cargo is a foreigner.

Cargo said he asked Weatherall if he knew of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R- N.M. When he said yes, Cargo asked him what state Domenici represented.

″Some state out West,″ was the response, Cargo said.

Cargo, a Republican who is challenging U.S. Rep. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., in the state’s 3rd Congressional District, replied in writing:

″New Mexico, in fact, is in the United States and has been since 1912 ... I can only suggest that indeed there is life west of the Potomac and that is right here on the Rio Grande.″


SAN JOSE, Ill. (AP) Do you know the way to San Jose? How about how to pronounce it?

In California it may be ″San Hosay,″ but in this central Illinois community of 800, it’s ″San Joe’s.″

Mary Matthews, proprietor at Bill’s Video, and Phyllis Brown, another resident, agree locals don’t wonder much about the ″Joe’s-Hosay″ discrepancy.

But when newcomers say ″San Hosay,″ Ms. Brown corrects them.

For Mrs. Matthews, the pronunciation issue boils down to this: ″We’re not Californians; we’re Illinois people.″

Third-generation San Josean Robert Woll, 85, took a stab at explaining the idiosyncratic pronunciation by passing on an anecdote his father told him:

In the late 1850s, the four town founders wanted to name the place St. Joseph for a reason that’s been long forgotten, but were told by the state capital that another town had already claimed it.

″They decided to call it San Jose and pronounce it ‘San Joe’s,’ because they wanted that name of ’St. Joseph,‴ Woll said.

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