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Chain Letter Apparently Is A Bit Out-Of-Date

He’s cured! He’s cured! I think. A chain letter making the rounds locally asks merchants to send their business cards to Craig Shergold, a 7-year-old from Georgia with a malignant brain tumor. Seems young Craig wants to set a Guinness Book of World Records mark for receiving the most business cards. Hmmm. I wonder if we have the right Craig Shergold here. A Craig Shergold, 16, of London, set a Guinness record for getting 33 million get-well cards after an egg-sized malignant tumor was removed from his brain in March 1991. In December, he was declared miraculously cured of brain cancer. Be careful out there (or at least don’t circulate the chain letter in a city of Coeur d’Alene envelope as one well-wisher did).

A ‘male driver’

During a recent snowstorm, Democrat Buell Hollister must have had his mind on gardening or another campaign against state Rep. Hilde Kellogg. So says Hauser Thoughts’ editor/janitor D.J. Nall. Seems Buell slid down a 15-foot embankment after he lost control of his 4-by-4 pickup while backing out of his steep Hauser driveway. D.J. reported the incident under the headline: “Buell won’t be talking about women drivers anymore.” … The April issue of Hauser Thoughts also offered two letters from first-graders to Gov. Phil Batt. Wrote Cody Pen: “I am surprised how good you are doing but you forgot to tell the people not to do drugs.” Wrote “concerned citizen” Andrew Simms: “I want more P.E. time on Monday and Wednesday.” Don’t we all?

No longer a ‘10’

A Shoshone County dispatcher shocked one of our reporters by telling him that Raquel Welch had been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. “THE Raquel Welch?” he asked. “I hope not,” responded the dispatcher. “If it was, she’s gone terribly downhill.” … Wanda Savage thought her Bonner County Courthouse colleagues were playing a joke on her when she found herself locked in the clerk’s vault. However, no one answered her calls for help until she dialed 911. Seems everyone else was outside waiting for the gendarmes to complete a fake-bomb drill. … The Huckleberry Hound didn’t get the message sprayed on the Careywood Fire Department quite right. After a fire had leveled the popular Stop-and-Eat nearby, a critic had sprayed, “Your tax DALLOR at work” with an arrow pointing toward the razed restaurant. (Your education dollar isn’t working too good either.)


The Calvary Lutheran Church reader board in Post Falls provided a food-for-thought chuckle: “Come in for a faith lift.” … The Post Falls School District takes its zero-tolerance policy toward weapons seriously. Too seriously. A tyke who brought a Swiss army knife to the kinder center recently was suspended for a few days. … While waiting in line for Pete Hoorelbeke’s Mother of All Fund-raising Classic Rock Concerts on March 16, a local teacher offered this horrifying thought: “Wouldn’t it be great if each of us had a photo of how we looked 20 years ago?” And she wasn’t on anything! … By the way, Pete gives on the baseball diamond, too. While pitching batting practice for Coeur d’Alene High School last year, he was smacked on the noggin by a line drive. The local ER reports Pete bled Viking blue. … An ad for a pooper-scooping service at a Calgary bus stop caught Jeanne Helstrom’s attention: “We clean your yard weekly - just call 277-POOP.”

Parting shot

Hmmm. At the end of U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s third fund-raising letter, he promises that “whatever you donate will be used wisely.” But you have to wonder how wisely Larry is using his campaign money when the plea, like the previous two, landed on Walt Minnick’s Boise doorstep. Walt, of course, is more than willing to help Larry out - of office, that is. The Democrat will be Republican Craig’s November opponent. Joked Walt: “I’ve worked hard to raise money. But for Sen. Craig to expect me to fund two campaigns is going a little far.” (Hey, a guy can ask, can’t he?)

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Gotta Huck? Call the Huckleberry Hound Hotline at (800) 338-8801 or (208) 765-7125 or send a fax to (208) 765-7149.

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = D.F. Oliveria The Spokesman-Review

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