California: That's a Joke, Sis

In the California legislature, Republican Assemblyman Charles Chapel. 57. has a reputation as an incurable practical joker; his humor runs toward infuriating Roman Catholic colleagues by solemnly informing them that someone has just introduced a resolution attacking the Pope. But last week Chapel gave himself a hotfoot—and it could cost him dearly.

Chapel was one of 50 passengers on a United Air Lines DC-7 about to take off from Sacramento to Los Angeles when Stewardess Judy Churchill noticed his briefcase in an overhead rack, asked him to put it beneath his seat. "Well," said Chapel, "all I have in it...

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