WhiteBoardness - 1/17/97
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 97 14:30:12 -0800
Subject: WhiteBoardness - 1/17/97
Excerpted-from: WhiteBoard News for Friday, January 17, 1997
So what's a governor on a business trip to do after misplacing his wallet
with all his travel money and credit cards?
In Governor Roy Romer's case, panhandle and use a front-page newspaper photo
Romer recounted the adventure at a news conference Wednesday.
"I got on the plane to L.A., and I didn't have a billfold. I didn't have
a nickel on me," he said. "I didn't know what I was facing with California
cabs, or whatever."
Eventually en route to discuss the Democratic National Committee
chairmanship with President Clinton last weekend, Romer said he realized he
had to "get someone to grubstake me."
"I said to one, 'Hello, how you doin', scoot over, let's visit.'"
Romer identified the passenger as a "really nice young man," Bruce Brannon
of Thornton. "Would you loan me 50 bucks?"
"He said he had $45 he could loan me."
The governor said he needed more money for expenses and decided to try it
again, and "got a fellow, second from the rear seat, a really great guy,
William Agster from Littleton."
Romer told him the hard-luck story, and Agster said, "Man, I got $60 for
He arrived in Los Angeles, where he had to make a speech before heading on
to Washington, then realized he had no identification to claim the ticket
"The airline counter people said, 'We don't know who you are.'"
Romer said he pulled a copy of The Denver Post from his briefcase, which
had front-page pictures showing him addressing the Legislature the previous
"See that? That's me. There, and there, there. My name's Romer. There.
That's my ID."
They scrutinized him and gave him the ticket.
On the flight to Washington he needed to make some calls and had a "really
good seatmate" who lives in North Carolina who loaned him his phone credit
card, he said.
Arrangements are being made to pay back the benefactors.
Nutley, New Jersey:
Nutley police officer Steven Rogers takes his job seriously.
So seriously he issued himself a ticket on Wednesday for illegally parking
his patrol car too near an intersection.
Not only that, he paid the $17 fine the same day.
"It was the quickest ticket paid in the history of the town," Sgt. Rogers
said on Thursday.
The way he tells it, Rogers parked in front of the Park Diner on Center
Street to help a lady crossing the street with packages.
"I thought she was going to get hit," Rogers said.
But parked too close to the end of the street for it to be legal, he said.
And after accomplishing his good deed, Rogers followed a friend into the
diner for a cup of coffee.
"It just skipped my mind where the car was," he said.
It didn't skip the mind of a resident, though, who phoned the police station
and complained about the illegally parked patrol car.
Rogers soon got a call from the police desk.
The only right thing to do was to write himself a ticket, he said.
"My integrity means a lot to me," Rogers said.
Viewers of "The Flintstones" got a little more yabba-dabba-do than they
The local cable company broadcast explicit sex scenes from The Playboy
Channel over the Cartoon Network for several minutes just before 1 p.m. --
while the audio continued to be the voices of Fred and Barney.
The glitch came on a day when bad weather had closed most southwest Missouri
schools. A mother called TCI of Springfield Inc., which provides the Cartoon
Network to 50,000 homes, to complain.
Ross Summers, the cable outlet's general manager, said the problem likely
arose in testing the signal for the Playboy channel, which the company
intends to offer in February.
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