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Contest Draws Sarcastic Entrant

October 4, 1990

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Eric Sorlien didn’t want to sugar-coat Philadelphia’s problems. But he did anyway.

Sorlien cooked up a sarcastic entry for a cake-baking contest organized to celebrate the re-lighting of the restored City Hall tower Wednesday night.

Sorlien’s chocolate representation of City Hall was complete with construction scaffolding and plastic rats and and pigeons.

The tower’s clock was carefully frosted to show 11:55.

″Midnight is bankruptcy,″ Sorlien said, referring to the city’s money woes.

Dinosaurs bearing the transit agency’s logo prowled below.

″I’m trying to bring attention to Philadelphia’s problems,″ said Sorlien, 22.

But on the drive in from suburban King of Prussia, Sarlien encountered some of the city’s potholes and his cake tower toppled. He entered it anyway.

Judges chuckled at his entry but gave it no prizes.

Sorlien said he wasn’t concerned about what city officials might think.

″I’ve never seen Mayor (W. Wilson) Goode hit anybody, so I’m not worried about that,″ he said.

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