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On the Light Side

February 20, 1989

CARVER, Mass. (AP) _ Van Johnson has had to change his phone number, but the cranberry grower isn’t about to change his mailing address after being named Cosmopolitan magazine’s bachelor of the month.

″The mail makes any kidding I’ve gotten about it OK,″ said Johnson, whom the magazine dubbed its ″hunky harvester.″

The 29-year-old farmer said he has received letters from throughout the United States and Canada, and even from Australia and Trinidad.

″At first I felt real shy,″ Johnson said. ″But in the letters they say, ’Hoping to hear from you.‴

So far, Johnson says he’s met only one woman in Boston through the article, but she wasn’t his type. He has called women in several states.

Johnson gave a brief description of his interests to a writer in November after his sister, Beth, secretly submitted his name to the women’s magazine.

The magazine article says Johnson operates 130 acres of bogs and likes to ″hop on his blue Harley-Davidson and head for the Cape Cod clubs with a ’fun-loving intellectually stimulating woman.‴ The biography encouraged ″motorcycle mamas″ to write a post office box in Carver, about 35 miles southeast of Boston.

Johnson said he doesn’t ride his motorcycle to clubs because he wouldn’t drink and drive, and claimed he isn’t looking for ″motorcycle mamas.″ But he did say he plans to answer all his letters.


LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - Photo-filching fans of Sports Illustrated’s popular swimsuit issue don’t cut it with librarian Jamie Prather. So she cuts up the magazine first.

″We’ve taken the swimsuit photo section and cut it out of the magazine and put those photos behind the front desk. Then we put a sticker on the magazine which says swimsuit photos are available at the desk.″ said Prather, who works at a public library in this city nearly 20 miles east of Flint.

The library took similar precautions to preserve the previous three swimsuit editions, Prather said.

″We don’t take the pictures out because they’re particularly racy,″ she explained. ″It’s available to everyone. But they do tend to get lost.″

Prather’s counterparts at other public and school libraries have taken similar precautions with the swimsuit issue published earlier this month.

Jane Lajawski, librarian at Powers Catholic High School in Flint, said she has kept the magazine intact by keeping it off the shelves.

″We keep it behind the desk in the event a student wants to research an article,″ she said.

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