BY MULLEN, DON DATELINE NEW YORK (UPI) October 30, 1989 TIME 0957ps CYCLE bc In their annu
BY: MULLEN, DON
DATELINE: NEW YORK (UPI) October 30, 1989
TIME: 09:57ps CYCLE: bc
In their annual Halloween look at what's up next year, American witches
Monday predicted that Donald Trump will lose most of his money in a rigged
pinochle game and Roseanne Barr will become one of America's most beautiful
In the 16th annual survey compiled by the New York Center for the
Strange, the witches also forecast that 1990 is going to see major
shortages of herring, banjos, billiard balls and Marilyn Quayle posters.
Tammy Faye Bakker, they say, will change her last name, dropping one
And a book will be published claiming Zsa Zsa Gabor was really born and
raised in Houston.
The tongue-in-cheek predictions from the Center for the Strange "a
non-profit organization involved basically in research" is also accompanied
by a plea from Executive Director Richard Blaine for a better understanding
He insists that the 330 American witches polled this year do not
cackle, ride brooms or cast evil spells.
Their ranks include a New York real estate tycoon, several members of
Congress and the wife of a TV evangelist, he said but no names, please.
"To millions of men and women the world over who practice the religion
of witchcraft, Halloween is when they are most likely to be hapless victims
of society's ignorance and prejudices," Blaine said.
Some of the predictions:
TV's Geraldo Rivera will claim to have been held captive by aliens from
It will become fashionable for West Coast businessmen to wear
New York Mayor Ed Koch will be appointed ambassador to the United
Nations by President Bush.
A Japanese corporation will launch a chain of "McSushi" restaurants in
the United States.
New fads will be pizza throwing, indoor kite flying, jazz
square-dancing and competitive skipping.
Viewers will claim that a national cable TV network test pattern acts
as an aphrodisiac.
Vice President Quayle will write a book of rhymes for pre-schoolers.
Astonomers will discover a new planet no larger than Philadelphia.
Ronald and Nancy Reagan will make cameo appearances in a new Woody
Chicago will displace Paris as the fashion capital of the world.
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