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On the Light Side

March 27, 1990

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) _ The federal government didn’t really want Banjo to stand up and be counted, but somehow the cat did get a census form.

The pet’s name was included on the mailbox of Steve and Carole Shanks when census workers went door-to-door in 1988 to identify rural route addresses.

That may be why the couple’s census form was addressed to their 5-year-old cat, the Census Bureau said.

Bill Mullins, assistant manager of field operations for the Indianapolis office of the Census Bureau, said the name on the form is unimportant.

The incorrect name should be, ugh, scratched out - and the form completed and returned.


HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas restaurateur wants 2 million Americans to join him in thanking Mikhail Gorbachev - just leave your name at the beep after you hear the grateful message.

Plugging into the craze over 900 telephone numbers, John David Tinsley of Huntsville is assembling a recorded message to the Soviet president that allows callers to sign on by name and address.

He told reporters Monday the proceeds from the effort will go to promotion and to flying himself and two respondents from each state to Moscow on July 4 to deliver the message personally.

The message says in part: ″We the people of the United States of America have watched the recent events in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union with amazement, inspiration and joy. This is our personal and united message of support. For your courageous leadership which has brought life to hope for the future, we thank you.″

The call to 1-900-988-TIME costs $3.

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