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December 13, 1985

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) _ His 13-day hunger strike at an end, a content Andre the seal was back in his home port Friday, showing no regrets at leaving his winter quarters in Connecticut.

Andre’s trainer, Harry A. Goodridge, said homesickness was the reason the 24-year-old harbor seal turned down all food offered to him after his arrival late last month at the Mystic Marine Aquarium.

At Mystic, Goodridge said, ″they wanted to do all kinds of medical tests.″ But Goodridge decided that all the seal needed was to go back to Maine.

Goodridge was right. Once back in Maine, Andre began eating again. He breakfasted Thursday on some alewives that were stored in Goodridge’s freezer.

Goodridge’s wife, Thalice, said Friday that Andre had shed 29 pounds during his fast, bringing him down to 220. She acknowledged that he had been somewhat overweight and his hunger strike probably didn’t hurt.

″He’s in great shape,″ said Mrs. Goodridge. ″He’s so happy to be back.″


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The University of Notre Dame, known for its occasional prowess on the gridiron and the basketball court, is about to achieve world recognition in another game - musical chairs.

The university has been notified it will be included in the next ″Guinness Book of World Records″ for a record-setting turnout for the game.

Students organized more than 5,000 people for a game of musical chairs at Green Field on the Notre Dame campus on Sept. 6, just after the start of the fall semester.

Guinness officials said they are still examining photographs, videotapes and participation forms from each of the 5,190 participants.

The book’s editors notified game organizers last week that the record would be included.

The 1985 edition of the ″Guinness Book of World Records″ says that the largest musical chairs game until now was held at Ohio State University in 1982, when 4,514 people participated.

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