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Bright and Brief

February 11, 1988

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ ″Louie, Louie″ may be a rock ‘n’ roll classic, but it’s never been considered classical music - at least until now.

WQED-FM, a classical music station intrigued by an AM rival’s 63-hour ″Louie, Louie″ marathon, had three local classical artists record versions of the 1963 garage band hit and is playing them several times an hour.

″It’s wild. You just have to hear them,″ WQED publicist Cheryl Collins said. ″We’ve had people calling and asking when they were going to air again.

″Only one or two people have called and said, ‘What is this stuff?’ But you have to expect that.″

Pittsburgh Symphony pianist Patricia Prattis Jennings, pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Carter Brey and the Con Spirito Woodwind Quintet all recorded their interpretations of ″Louie, Louie″ this week.

″They’re really funky. They’re really fun,″ Ms. Collins said.

WQED Station Manager Ceci Sommers even made copies of the tapes available to WWSW-AM, which is inagurating a switch from an all-talk to an oldies format by airing 63 consecutive hours of ″Louie, Louie,″ until 5 p.m. Friday.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Valentine’s Day is no time for a judge named Goodheart to take a day off, even if the annual celebration of love does come on a Sunday.

For 12 years, Common Pleas Judge Bernard J. Goodheart has been opening his courtroom at noon on Feb. 14 to marry couples seeking that extra special anniversary, and this year won’t be any different.

Twenty-two couples have already signed up to be married in Goodheart’s courtroom, said judicial aide Bill Wurz, adding that the turnout was about normal.

″Last year we had 26 couples on a Saturday.″

Goodheart began the tradition when a couple could not find a judge to marry them on Valentine’s Day.

Although he was engaged in a homicide trial, he volunteered to perform the ceremony on his lunch hour, saying he would not be worthy of his name if he refused to help people get married on that special day for lovers.

Like so many traditions, Goodheart’s matrimonial marathon has grown over the years.

Last year, a musical group called The Reading Terminals provided music for the occasion, and they’ll be back this year, with Judge Richard B. Klein on drums, city Housing Director Edward A. Schwartz on keyboard and architect Herman DeJong on bass.

This year, Goodheart saw to it that special arrangements were made to open his courtroom, and his staff, touched by the romance of it all, also volunteered to work on their day off.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Lovers and booklovers, people thirsty for knowledge and those just plain thirsty, and even a few fight fans are among the folks who flock to libraries, according to a survey by the West Virginia Library Commission.

On a given day 125,000 people visit the state’s 179 libraries to borrow and return 72,000 books and materials, Fred Glazer, executive director of the West Virginia Library Commission, told House and Senate subcommittees this week.

But 25 people surveyed during the week of Feb. 1-7 said they visited the Weston Library to see a fight. It didn’t occur, though, because the student who promised to fight someone outside the library instead took refuge behind the book stacks.

Several of those questioned said they came to the library to meet a girlfriend or boyfriend who wasn’t permitted to come to their homes. Some confessed they carried on affairs at the library.

Some 6,361 of the daily visitors dropped in to use restrooms and water fountains.

″I don’t know what significance this has, but 3,090 of them used the fountain and 3,231 used the restrooms,″ Glazer told the finance subcommittees.

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