A RECENT front-page story by Sun staff writer Rafael Alvarez on the City Life Museum's search for objects d'Bawlmer got us to wondering:
With so many folks living in the suburbs, someone is bound to start a Suburban Life Museum. But stocked with what?
* A strip of vinyl siding.
* A tiny hexagonal sign warning that children and pets should keep off the freshly chemically treated lawns.
* Orange pylons from kids' soccer leagues.
* Supermarket register tapes for school computer funds.
* Happy Meal gewgaws and/or Chuck E Cheese tokens.
* Sack of Kentucky Fescue 31.
* Community pool pass.
* Pair of tennis shoes worn out by a senior citizen mall walker.
* Classroom trailer from overcrowded school.
* Can of deck preservative.
By preparing for this exhibit now, officials could save a lot of money in the suburban collectibles market down the road.
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NO CANDIDATE for a presidential nomination ever admits in advance a willingness to accept the vice presidential nomination. But Pat Buchanan may have broken that rule on "Good Morning America" this week.
Here is a Q-and-A exchange with commentator Forrest Sawyer:
MR. SAWYER: Is there any possibility, Pat -- now, I know we're way, way early in this thing --
MR. BUCHANAN: Right.
MR. SAWYER: -- that you would consider anything besides the presidential nomination?
MR. BUCHANAN: Listen, if I go for the presidential nomination of my party, I'm going to say if I lose, I will support the man that beats me. I think you've got to do that, and I will also work to help our party defeat Bill Clinton in whatever way people ask, and so I think you've got that obligation if you go through a party struggle like the one we're going to go through.
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THE United States is going back to the moon, but this time it'll cost only about a nickel for every $100 spent three decades ago.
The National Aeronautical and Space Administration recently announced plans to fly a small spacecraft around the moon as part of the agency's Discovery program, a series of low-cost, unmanned flights to explore the solar system.
Dubbed the Lunar Prospector, the 513-pound spacecraft is scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral in June 1997. It will fly 60 miles above the moon, mapping and analyzing the chemical make-up of the surface, and studying its magnetic and gravity fields.
NASA is budgeting $59 million for the project vs. $25 billion spent on the Apollo program -- or about $104 billion in current dollars.