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February 13, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ The reigning hot dog-eating champ was dethroned by a visiting Japanese student who wolfed down 10 1/2 franks and buns in 10 minutes, and then declared he was going out for some sushi.

While about a dozen fellow university students cheered him on, Hiroaki Tominaga, 21, of Tokyo, out-ate hometown favorite Oscar Rodriguez by a single dog at Nathan’s Coney Island restaurant, said spokesman Tom Zumbo.

The record set several years ago is 13 1/2 hot dogs.

The Japanese students had heard about the annual hot dog-eating contest, which is usually held July 4, and issued a challenge to Rodriguez after learning they would be visiting New York this winter.

Tominaga said Wednesday he practiced for several months. But the franks he downed were just an appetizer for the 6-foot-6, 264-pound student, who told officials ″he hoped to go out later and eat some sushi,″ Zumbo said.

Rodriguez, 28, a salesman who won the title by eating 11 1/2 hot dogs last summer, admitted he was a little off his champion pace, Zumbo said. ″He said the Japanese student chomped quicker and he just ate too slowly.″


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Doris Lueddeke will tell you unabashedly that her role is cleaning house, cooking meals, paying bills and watching children.

The 51-year-old widow does all that and more through her company, ″Rent-A- Wife.″

″It incorporates everything I thought a wife should do,″ Mrs. Lueddeke said Wednesday. After her husband died, Mrs. Lueddeke invested about $1,500, bought newspaper ads, found two aides and hung out a shingle last fall.

″I didn’t have to rent office space. I didn’t have to buy equipment. The thing I did best was being a wife, so I thought I would carry that on.″

Rent-A-Wife will tackle almost all household chores, including laundry, shopping, cooking, cleaning, catering and setting up parties.

Mrs. Lueddeke has driven a woman in her 90s to church every Sunday for two months, bought and wrapped Christmas presents for a client crippled with arthritis, and cooked homemade turkey soup for a bachelor.

Business has swelled to the point where she has stopped advertising, and has taken on eight more employees.

″It has gotten bigger than we can handle,″ Mrs. Lueddeke said.

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