Pestilence, quakes and freeze ... Please, no more catastrophes! --Duet by Pete and Gayle Wilson, 1995

He is probably the least flamboyant of the Republican contenders. But there he was in a bright vaudeville spotlight, one hand clasping a hand mike to his crooning lips and the other around the waist of his blond song-and-dance partner, Astaire and Rogers-style. "Spotted owl, Kathleen Brown/ Endangered species of renown," they harmonized lustily. "We beat the California blue-hoos ... Yeah!"

Governor Pete Wilson and his wife Gayle, who performed the musical number at their inaugural gala in a Sacramento sports palace last month, not...

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