Bright & Brief
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) _ As Vice President Dan Quayle wound his way through his first five months in office, a pair of former stockbrokers decided he should have some time on his hands.
The result is a Quayle watch, but don’t expect to be able to mark his time in office with it.
The numbers on the $30 wristwatch are all scrambled, which Richard Ongstad says is a reflection of the vice president.
″I think that he is a good vice president, he’s just in a state of confusion,″ said Ongstad, one of the two partners in the venture. The other is keeping his identity secret.
The two Thousand Oaks men are marketing the addled timepiece through the Krazy Time Co., which they created especially for the Quayle watch. They said their first 250 watches were sold in a single day.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - First came the good news: Construction worker Layne Landry had won $21.3 million in the lottery 3/8
Then the bad news for the Landrys: Maybe he didn’t.
Then the good news again: Oh yes, he did 3/8
Now, reasonably certain that they are, in fact, $21.3 million richer, Landry and his wife, Bernadette, are doing what so many rich people don’t seem to be able to do. They are keeping quiet.
″They don’t want any publicity,″ said Tammy Landry, Layne’s sister.
The Landrys were not immediately certain they won, because they learned that a Los Angeles TV station first had put the wrong set of numbers on the screen during a broadcast Wednesday night.
″For about an hour, the whole family was in an uproar,″ said Mrs. Landry’s sister, Geri Velasquez of Glendora. She said they finally called lottery headquarters in Sacramento to confirm the winning numbers.
″By then, everybody was screaming,″ she said.
It wasn’t long before the Riverside couple, both 29, got on the telephone to ask friends and relatives not to answer questions from reporters.
The effort was only partly successful, since Ms. Velasquez was willing to talk to a reporter about why her sister doesn’t want her to talk to reporters.
″She’s really scared,″ Ms. Velasquez said. ″I think anyone who got that much money would be.″
It was the third-largest individual prize ever awarded in the California lottery. The only higher prizes went to two winners who split a $51.4 million Lotto jackpot last June. Other large jackpots were shared by more winners, or by groups of people who pooled their money to buy tickets.
The prizes are paid in installments over 20 years.