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That's Marvelous, Turkey Lips!

June 01, 1986|ANN HEROLD

--Mad as &?!%? Who ya gonna call? A group of New Jersey teen-agers is hoping it's Cussbusters. The brainchild of students at Lenape High School in Medford, the Cussbusters gathered 900 signatures, representing more than half of the student body, to support a campaign to clean up teen-agers' vocabularies. "They want to stop. I think they want to stop," said Wendy Boice, a junior Cussbuster. An unprintable expletive has become "just a normal word, an everyday word to them," she said. T-shirts, buttons, posters and a "Cuss Rap" song sprouted in the school halls last week, as did the campaign's symbol--a mouth with the tongue hanging out and a garbage can at the tip. What do the Cussbusters suggest to replace the familiar expletives? Their list of alternatives includes "marvelous," "you big toe" and "turkey lips."

--A court clerk who never made more than $12,000 a year at his job has left an estate valued at about $1.5 million, much of which will be donated to Catholic schools. Joe Page, who served as clerk of the U.S. District Court in Winona, Minn., for 47 years, died last fall, shortly before his 91st birthday. Among his bequests was $844,000 to St. Mary's College, the largest gift from an individual ever received by the college, and $456,000 for the College of St. Teresa. Both schools are in Winona. Sixty percent of Page's estate was in tax-free Minnesota municipal bonds, said Joe Fleischman, director of development for St. Mary's. Another large chunk was in Texaco stock Page purchased at $2 a share in the 1930s. "He studied the bond market very carefully," said Fleischman, who was a confidante of Page. "He could determine his net worth at any time simply by studying the Wall Street Journal for 30 minutes."

--An NBA coach figures he's now just inches away from helping save a Wisconsin farmer from bankruptcy. Don Nelson, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, was in a supermarket parking lot taking pledges for every pound he sheds from his 272-pound frame, with the proceeds going to help Clarence Willcome and his family of 13 keep their farm. The coach already has donated his estimated $12,000 income from the NBA playoffs to Willcome and then started "Nellie's Farm Fund." Now comes the diet. "Well, right now I'm eating a lot of apples and salads," Nelson said. "I'm giving up everything."

--Frank Sinatra has bowed out of the closing ceremonies of Liberty Weekend, the four-day gala in New York produced by David Wolper to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. Sinatra remains in the lineup for the $5,000-per-ticket opening ceremonies July 3 on Governors Island, where President Reagan will unveil the refurbished statue.

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