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Bright and Brief

October 11, 1988

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) _ They were never in a league by themselves, and their alley romance left them close to the gutter.

In the end, J.R. Rose, 36, and Charlene Blakely, 38, said ″I do″ between lanes 19 and 20 in a bowling alley.

Kona Lanes turned into lovers’ lane Sunday when the rumbling of bowling balls and the crashing of pins stopped after an employee announced: ″Hold up on your play; we’ll turn the lanes on when the ceremony is over.″

″We met in the league. It took me a few weeks to get the nerve to ask her out,″ said Rose, who has been bowling for 20 years.

″This place is special to us, and J.R. is very romantic,″ said Miss Blakely, who started bowling a short while before she met Rose.

Rose’s league buddy Gary Lewan, a minister with the Universal Life Church, officiated.

The couple were dressed in identical league pants and shoes, but Miss Blakely wore a frilly silk blouse. After the two exchanged vows, the bride removed the blouse to reveal a bowling shirt underneath with her new name, Charlene Rose, on the back.

Instead of asking Rose to kiss his bride, Lewan said: ″The couple will consummate their marriage by rolling the bowling balls down the alley.″

He left two pins standing, she left five. The reception took place after the newlyweds bowled in their usual Sunday league games.


SEATTLE (AP) - Below a stained glass portrait of George Washington at the University of Washington is an elegant Latin inscription: ″Num Me Vexo?″

Translated, that means ″What, me worry?″

Readers of Mad Magazine recognize that as the slogan of the gooney grinning character Alfred E. Neuman.

The inscription is at the university’s south campus center, near the bookstore. So far, there are no indications of who pulled off the joke, and time could be on the perpetrator’s side. The window has been there about 13 years.

The window attracted attention recently when it was mentioned in a weekly newspaper as the most unusual Latin inscription in Seattle. The university newsletter ran an item asking faculty and staff for the story behind the window.

University spokesman Bob Roseth said he has not received any response. University historian Solomon Katz said he first learned of the window inscription in the newsletter.

Tom Griffin, the Newsletter’s editor, said his staff was looking through building records.

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