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A Head for Candy Business

April 13, 1999

Question from April 6:

What real people or make-believe characters should be commemorated with Pez?

I would love to see a Monica Pez dispenser. But instead of Pez candy, cigars would pop out.

--IAN A. CARBONELL, Lakewood

The Monica Pez: Put a gobbet of pork fat in a beret and call it what you want to.

--DOROTHY REINHART, via Internet

Monica Lewinsky, complete with stained blue dress. Linda Tripp, accessorized with phone and tape recorder. Bill Gates, who intones, "I Will Rule the World" when opened.

--CHARLENE ASHBORN, Walnut

The famed Taco Ball Chihuahua, of course.

--LINDA L. JEFFRIES, Los Angeles

Pez should commemorate Star Trek, with four different treks to choose from and a vast and gullible following. It would be a sure hit.

--SARA SCHMIDHAUSER, Goleta

Gene Simmons of Kiss would make a great Pez dispenser. The Pez tablets have to be red, though, like his tongue.

--LENORE LEV, Duarte

Question for April 13:

The City of Los Angeles recently instated a telephone system to pay parking tickets (see story, this page). What other inconveniences should we be able to remedy with a phone call?

Send replies of 25 words or fewer to Smart Aleck, SoCal Living, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053, or e-mail socalliving@latimes.com. Include your name and hometown. Replies will appear next week.

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