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Beethoven’s 5th Helps California Man Win National Whistling Championship

April 25, 1992

LOUISBURG, N.C. (AP) _ Sean Lomax wasn’t just whistling ″Dixie″ when he won the national whistling championship Saturday. He was whistling Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven.

″I chose Beethoven because it is a powerful piece of music and people love it,″ the 32-year-old man from Murrieta, Calif., said after whistling the symphony’s first movement.

Tanguay Desgagne of Quebec, Canada, finished second. Margot Solberg of New York was third.

They were among 66 people who showed up at the Franklin County Courthouse to whistle classical, popular, dance and dramatic songs in competitions for adults, teen-agers and children. About 300 people gathered to listen.

Suzanne Stafford, 14, of Louisburg was the teen-age champion, while 12- year-old Jeffrey Tillitt of Franklin County won the children’s championship.

The Whistler’s Hall of Fame award was given to Bob Larson, 66, of Minneapolis. Barry Rector, 43, a tenor with Canada’s Vancouver Opera Company, received the Lillian Williams award.

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