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On The Light Side

March 8, 1989

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) _ Hundreds of people who tried to win bit parts in the film ″Everbody Wins″ are hoping that the title proves to be apropos.

People auditioned Monday as extras in the movie, a contemporary murder mystery written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller.

Hopefuls showed up at the Norwich Sheraton to try their luck at landing a spot on the silver screen and a stint on the set with stars Nick Nolte and Debra Winger.

The casting call, conducted by casting director Todd Thaler, attracted would-be extras who, despite cold weather, started lining up more than two hours before the doors opened.

Once inside, they handed Thaler their pictures, which he glanced at and dropped in one of six file boxes.

Dean Festa, an actor who landed a role in ″Mystic Pizza,″ was pleased because his photo had been placed in box No. 1, labeled ″Judge’s Party.

The other boxes were labeled ″Angela’s Street,″ ″Pizzeria,″ ″Exterior Courthouse,″ ″Church″ and ″Miscellaneous.″ Thaler’s job was to determine who had the right look for a particular scene, and he placed the photos in the corresponding boxes.

Extras selected won’t be notified until a day or two before they are needed for work. Filming is scheduled for later this month.

Norwich resident Sharron Tarrant, the first in line Monday, said it was worth it despite the long wait.

″It’s a chance to live a fantasy,″ she said.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - It’s hard calling Marshall E. Grant a paperboy. He’s 80.

But every morning he hauls 94 copies of the Cumberland Times-News - 109 on Sundays - to residents of Rawlings, about 10 miles southwest of Cumberland.

A Rawlings resident, Grant inherited the paper route from his son, Steve, a 1987 high school graduate now studying electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Grant, who began by occasionally filling in for his son, said his customers have been good to him and he does not mind customizing his deliveries to meet each household’s desires.

″Some want the paper on the front porch. Some want it on the back porch,″ Grant said. ″Some want the paper in their mailbox.″

Grant worked 20 years for the Celanese Corp., a synthetic fiber plant near Cumberland that closed in 1983, and 30 years for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad before retiring. He has no plans to retire from his newspaper route.

″Some of our friends wonder if I should be outside every day, but after working for the railroad for 30 years I’m used to it,″ he said.

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