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On The Light Side

October 26, 1985

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) _ Beverly Turner donned her wedding dress in the fitting room, walked down the aisle of the lingerie and sportswear departments and was married Friday at the entrance of the Wal-Mart store where she has worked for two years.

The Rev. David Hurston of the Yellow Dirt Baptist Church in Roopville, declared Miss Turner, 23, and James Bellew, 33, man and wife, beneath a sign reading, ″Satisfaction Guaranteed.″

Wal-Mart manager Jim Crane - who cleared the store wedding with the home office in Bentonville, Ark. - said the executives there ″loved the idea.″

Crane welcomed the wedding of the Bellews, too, because ″We’re their family.″

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - This western Massachusetts city mailed three boxes of vivid local leaves to Texas tourism officials who boasted ″New England ain’t got nothing on Texas″ for fall foliage.

″Fall foliage started in New England. After all, New England was here before the West was discovered,″ said Paul J. Walker, executive director of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce.

Walker said he waxed leaves from trees in this Connecticut River Valley city of about 30,000 and mailed them Friday. One box will go to the Texas Tourist Development Agency in Austin, another to the Texas Chamber of Commerce and one to Walker’s son in Dallas.

″I hope I don’t make him homesick,″ he said.

The Texas tourist agency sparked the fuss when it advertised the best sites in the state to see leaves changing hue for the winter.

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FORREST, Ill. (AP) - The four Metzes finally got their wedding picture taken - 65 years after their double wedding.

On Oct. 20, 1920, at a Methodist parsonage in Pontiac, the two couples - Harley and Elvira Metz and Dan and Nellie Metz - stood side by side, holding hands, and were married in a double ceremony.

No photographer was present.

They’re older now. Their hearing isn’t perfect, and standing in one place for long is an ordeal. But earlier this week they posed for news photographers and finally got a wedding portrait.

Harley Metz, then 22, and Elvira Goodrich, then 18, were wed first. Then Dan Metz, 20, Harley’s second cousin, and Nellie Baker, 17, were married.

There was neither music nor flowers.

″They didn’t make much of weddings in those days,″ says Elvira Metz.

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HOUSTON (AP) - Vanilla Gorilla, the 17-year-old female who spurned two suitors at home in the Houston Zoo, has a new boyfriend from out of town.

The finicky ape apparently has won the heart of a male gorilla named LaMydoc, who has been making eyes at her ever since she was moved to his zoo in Brownsville last month, a zoo official said Thursday.

″LaMydoc is very interested in her,″ zoo spokeswoman Becky Faulk said. ″He watches her constantly.″

She said Vanilla permits LaMydoc, a 21-year-old 300-pounder, to sit within a few feet of her 250-pound frame.

″We are anticipating that once she is in the mood she is going to see what a charming gorilla LaMydoc is,″ Ms. Faulk said.

Vanilla was sent to Brownsville three weeks ago as part of an exchange in an effort to see that she reproduces before advancing age makes it impossible.

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