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November 02, 1994|Steve Harvey

Remember when schools raised money with car washes?

They do things differently at Franklin Elementary School on trendy Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.

The donated items in a silent auction held by that school included:

* "Consultation with reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist. . . . Value: $225."

* "One walk-on part in TV's 'Baywatch' as well as "lunch with the cast and 'Baywatch' hat. . . . Value $150."

* "One walk-on appearance for an entire family (up to five persons) in an episode of CBS's 'Diagnosis: Murder,' starring Dick Van Dyke. . . . Value: $550."

* "One audio scope super-wide-angle door scope with in-built electronic intercom. . . . Value: $50."

* "Luxurious seven-day Caribbean cruise for two aboard either MS Nieuw Amsterdam or the MS Westerdam. . . . Value: $3,780."

We don't know about you, but we've always preferred the MS Westerdam.

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Sorry, we're in a drought. Would you settle for a 5.0 earthquake?The folks at KNX radio relayed to us a fax that may or may not have been the work of a serious sender. We just thought the sentiment was so charming that we had to pass it along.

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A real tale-gater: Susan Kasten of Arcadia studied one entry in the Sierra Madre News' police blotter and commented, "I'm a firm believer in law and order, but it looks as if the youngster in question may have been picked up for a crime that many of us are also committing." His infraction was listed as "wreckless" driving.

More from those wacky postal folks: Maren Sampson writes, "My husband Chris was the recipient of this inadvertent Halloween greeting from the Venice Post Office" (see reproduction).

She adds: "He was in line, right in front of B01 and behind A99. We think it resembles a smiling bat."

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Her Ex marks the spot: Alumni of the L.A. Herald Examiner will hold a reunion Saturday afternoon poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to observe the fifth anniversary of the newspaper's death. (Tickets are $25 apiece).

No doubt some of the talk will center on the funny-sad events of the final months, such as:

* The male reporter who performed an impromptu striptease after rumors that the paper would be bought by the Toronto Sun, known for its photos of scantily clad women.

* The mysterious uniformed people who began showing up each day in the newsroom to do nothing more than dust the telephones. They were dusting them the day the paper folded.

* The time Robinson's decided to test-advertise a pillow sale in the paper--the first such ad by a local department store in years. Notices were posted at the paper appealing to Her Ex employees to buy pillows and thereby show that advertising in the Herald paid off.

Betsy Bates of the Orange County Register, who planned the reunion, asked the Hearst Corp. for permission to hold it at the paper's 82-year-old Spanish Colonial building on Broadway. She was turned down. The building is unavailable except as a movie set these days.

miscelLAny It will be interesting to see if the Africanized "killer" bees will continue on their way toward L.A. after what happened to one swarm at the Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in Riverside County. Those bees were destroyed the day they were discovered in the prison. Let's hope the others get the message: Three stings and you're out.

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