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On The Light Side

April 18, 1986

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Cindy Axel has never been to a football game in her life, but she’s attending one Saturday, her wedding day.

Ms. Axel, 35, is marrying football fanatic Jim Behrend, 41, on the 50-yard- line at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City just before an intrasquad game of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

″I want to initiate Cindy in the right way,″ said Behrend. He says he hasn’t missed a home game in 17 years.

″I’ve been going to Hawk games ever since I can remember,″ he said in a telephone interview Thursday. ″Anytime we watch a game on TV or go to a game, we’ll know that’s where we got married.″

Before she started dating Behrend about a year ago, Ms. Axel said she didn’t know anything about sports.

″I’m trying to learn,″ she said. ″I got the basketball down pat. This football is another story. If I can figure out who has the ball ... ″

The bride and groom will wear jeans and Hawkeye sweaters for the nuptials and family and friends have been asked to dress in Hawkeye colors.

″I think it’s only appropriate,″ Ms. Axel said.


BENTON, Ky. (AP) - Tanglefree Tom may be only a stuffed and mounted fish on the wall in years to come, but he’ll also have a place in Florence Spears’ heart.

She reeled in her line Wednesday and discovered she’d caught Tom, a tagged 10-inch crappie that brought her at least $20,000 in a Kentucky-Barkley Lakes fishing contest.

Mrs. Spears, 46, stands to win $15,000 more if she can prove she was using a reel manufactured by one of the contest’s sponsors.

″There will be a new Lincoln Continental sitting in my driveway after I get the cash,″ she said. ″And as far as Tom is concerned, he’ll always have a place in my house. I plan to have him mounted.″


BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) - Llamas aren’t supposed to know how to jump, but zookeepers at Ross Park Zoo say their new one learned somewhere.

The newly-arrived llama sprang over a 4-foot fence and took off for a 2- hour, hide-and-seek romp through this upstate New York city soon after it arrived Thursday.

Phones began ringing in the zoo office as residents began spotting it in their yards or trotting down the street.

″Did you guys lose a brown camel?″ asked one caller.

Zoo personnel fanned out across the city.

Calls flooded in. ″The llama is at Binghamton General Hospital,″ said one. ″The llama just went by Nip’s Park Avenue Saloon,″ said another. ″The llama has just traumatized a beagle on Upper Pennsylvania Avenue,″ reported another.

Two hours later, assisted by residents who cruised the streets in cars and herded the llama gently toward home, Ross Park personnel finally steered the South American beast back to the zoo.

There, said staff member Lynn Leindecker, ″we gang-tackled him, four of us.″

The llama was escorted under guard to the zoo’s llama house, where he will be staring at a 7-foot fence in future.

He’ll get a name, too.

″We were thinking of Houdini,″ said one zookeeper. ″Or maybe just Downtown.″

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