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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In January, Felipe Rose, a member of the Village People musical group and who is part Lakota Sioux, said he felt so remorseful at missing the opening last year of the National Museum of the American Indian that he donated his gold record the group received for the 1978 song “Y.M.C.A.,” which is ostensibly about gay men looking for sex in the big city.
Harvey Kash, 69, and Carl Lanzisera, 65, were arrested while standing in line at the courthouse in Hempstead, N.Y., in January, only because, said court officials, they were telling anti-lawyer jokes, to the irritation of a lawyer within earshot. Charges against Lanzisera were dropped, but prosecutors actually referred Kash’s case to a grand jury, which, three weeks later, refused to indict him. (Said Kash’s attorney, “Crime must be at a record low in Nassau County for the grand jury to have time for this.”)
In January, the Fox TV network, concerned about an FCC crackdown on “indecency,” voluntarily blurred out the unclothed rear end of a cartoon character on the adult program “Family Guy” (even though the network had run the same image, intact, five years earlier).
Also in January, the Design Review Board of Snohomish, Wash., rejected the mural planned for the side of the BBQ Shack restaurant, in part, reported the owner, because its five pink pigs were naked.
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