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November 02, 1990|MIKE SPENCER

Hall Monitor: Singing cowboy star Roy Rogers, 78, is the "terror of the hallways" and soon will leave St. Mary Desert Hospital in Apple Valley, where he is recovering from heart surgery, his son said. Roy (Dusty) Rogers Jr. said his dad has a portable oxygen tank that allows him to roam around the building. The elder Rogers is anxious to get home for a multiple birthday celebration. Wife Dale Evans turned 78 Wednesday, Dusty turned 44 on Oct. 28 and Rogers himself will be 79 on Monday.

Oh, I Boo, I Boo: In a Halloween night ceremony complete with jack-o-lanterns and candelabras, a couple dressed as the Count and Countess Dracula exchanged wedding vows in a Walworth, N.Y., graveyard. Jody Hawley, 20, of Newark, N.J., and Nelson Nieves, 24, of Walworth, were wed shortly after sundown Wednesday.

Dressing Down: Tom Cruise and John Sununu may be short but they're still sharp when it comes to clothes. The actor and President Bush's chief of staff, both 5-foot-9, made the 10 Best-Dressed Shorter Men in America list compiled by Short Sizes Inc., a specialty clothing company. Also on the list are 5-foot-7 rock star Billy Joel, 5-foot-7 Broadway actor Robert Morse, 5-foot-6 Olympic gymnast Bart Connor, 5-foot-8 television home handyman Bob Vila, 5-foot- 7 Cleveland Mayor Michael White and 5-foot-8 writer Tom Wolfe.

Sweet Tooth: West Liberty, Iowa, dentist Carol Moreno was busy Thursday buying candy collected by local trick-or-treaters. Not only was she paying $5 per pound for the sweet stuff, but she was throwing in a free dental screening, popcorn and a key ring. Her problem now is what to do with all the candy she's collected.

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