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Bright And Brief

October 4, 1987

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) _ Roger and Betsy Kalter have been married more than five years, but they’re still pedaling home from their honeymoon.

The couple, near the end of a world bicycle tour, have sailed the Nile River, hiked the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal, lived on a Malaysian tropical island and kayaked in Glacier Bay, Alaska.

Roger, 37, and Betsy, 32, of Marietta, Ohio, met during a bike ride and ice cream social sponsored by the Marietta Bicycle Club in 1981. Roger, a journalist who cycled across the United States in 1978, had been planning his worldwide ride for several years.

Since May 1982, the Kalters have logged 26,348 miles in 30 countries, traveling inland by bicycle and crossing bodies of water by airplane.

Pedaling about 50 to 80 miles per day, with ″no deadlines except visas,″ the couple once shared dinner with a Bedouin family in a cave and enjoyed the hospitality of a maharajah in the Indian state of Rajasthan, where they stayed for 16 days.

The Kalters, now crossing Wisconsin, expect to complete the trip Oct. 17 with a final 50-mile leg into Marietta and a celebration with friends and relatives.


MARFA, Texas (AP) - No one can explain the ghostly lights that have shimmered in the mountains east of town almost every night since they were discovered more than 100 years ago.

So, lacking an explanation, local residents held a parade.

Almost all of the town’s 2,400 citizens participated in the first Marfa Lights Festival on Saturday to honor the ″ghost lights,″ as many West Texans call them.

″There have been a lot of people from New York and places around there who have come down to find out what ... they are, but they never did,″ Gene Reyes said.

Witnesses say the lights are yellowish-white and do not glow very brightly. Some people say they are stationary, while others say they move just a little bit. Some scientists have suggested the glow comes from swamp gas.

″But how many swamps do they have around here?″ said Jettie Whitlock, sweeping her arm across the desert mountain horizon.

Other experts have suggested that bats with radioactive dust on their wings are responsible, but most observers have said the lights don’t move much.


SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) - With presidential politics heating up in this bellwether state, officials at the Seabrook greyhound track have announced the card for their pre-presidential primary race. The names of the dogs, and their habits, may sound familiar to Republican odds-makers.

There is Robertson, born twice in the South, the lineup sheet says.

″Runs with the spirit of a winner,″ the track says, ″Has a prayer of a chance.″

Then there is a dog dubbed Dole, who was ″unsuccessful in ’76 Presidential as kennelmate to Ford,″ the tip sheet says. ″Both dogs faded due to peanut poisoning.″

The No. 3 dog in Tuesday’s greyhound race is Kemp. ″Plodder, runs to the extreme right.″

Bush, No. 4, is ″touted best of the GOP Kennel. Excellent record.″

″Won 42nd and 43rd Veep Consolation races,″ the sheet reminds. ″Always in the money.″

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