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Bright & Brief

April 27, 1990

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) _ The ninth annual international gathering of crew cuts was abuzz with tales of the perils involved in keeping closely cropped.

The crew assembled at the restaurant where it all began when someone told one of the group’s originators, Jerry Brown: ″You crew cuts are a dying breed.″

To prove that wrong, Brown began recruiting people with crew cuts for the annual gatherings and found they all carry a sense of pride.

″Not too many are shy individuals. Maybe it has something to do with the hair standing erect,″ Brown said.

Brown even went so far as to get Gov. Rudy Perpich to declare Thursday Crew Cut Day in Minnesota.

The 20 who congregated swapped haircut tales Thursday night.

Brown remembered going into a Washington, D.C., barber shop and the barber’s ″hand was shaking so bad. I walked out of there, and my head was like the Rocky Mountains.″

Brown said people with long hair can have the length uneven by a quarter inch and it’s hardly noticeable. Not so with a crew cut.

″One slip and you could draw blood,″ Brown said.

Among the first-timers was Russ Mansmith of Wyoming, Minn., who said:

″I’ve had a crew cut since 1940 except for a six-month period in eighth grade. That was my rebellious period.″


SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Any plans to visit Kresge College, part of the University of California, Santa Cruz, will require a passport and visa.

Students at Kresge, one of eight UCSC residential colleges, voted overwhelmingly this week - 306-79 - to secede from the main campus.

The students on Thursday were making plans to issue passports and entry visas. They also intend to set up toll booths at ″border checkpoints.″

It all started with a ballot measure that sought a secession. Initially, it was considered a ″symbolic initiative,″ but Steve Parks, chairman of the Kresge Student Parliament, said, ″We’re going to take this thing a bit further.″ Hence, the toll booths and visas.

The ballot measure blasts school administrators as ″managers and demagogues rather than the visionaries and idealists″ who established the university among the redwoods above downtown Santa Cruz in the 1960s.

″We secede in the name of the environment; we secede in the name of the Earth,″ stated the initiative.

Parks said the secessionist movement was spurred, among other things, by concerns about fast campus growth.

A UCSC spokesman said administrators are baffled.

″We are not sure what this means,″ said John Harvith, the school’s assistant director of public information.


OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) - The Rev. Calvin McCutcheon has two purposes in life. One: his congregation. The other: fleecing sheep.

Both are sheer pleasure, he says.

″The two things I’ve done in my life are preach and shear sheep,″ said McCutcheon, 52. ″I try to feed my flocks as well as fleece them.″

A Methodist minister, McCutcheon has been pulling the wool off of eyes since he was 14, when it took him 25 minutes to strip a sheep.

His skills were on display at the fifth annual Sheep to Shawl, an agricultural exhibit earlier this week at Fayette Plateau Vocational-Technical Center.

Shearing and preaching have plenty in common, McCutcheon says.

At least three Bible verses speak about the relationship between God and man using the word shepherd, he said.

″I understand that better because I’ve sheared sheep,″ McCutcheon said.

McCutcheon is a seven-time state champion, and once sheared 300 in one day.

His fastest official time is one minute, 19 seconds.

He charges $1.75 a head, and has sheared throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Indiana and Illinois.

But he said he’s too busy looking after his own flocks at Memorial United Methodist Church in Summersville and Bennett Memorial United Methodist in Glade Creek to keep his own sheep.

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