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Given the combination, it was inevitable that Alexander would play piano in Sussex Delaware's Congressman Mike Castle introduced Lamar Alexan- der at a recent Sussex Republican dinner as a former governor of Tennessee, former president of the University of Tennessee, former secretary of the Department of Education under President George Bush and an accomplished piano player. It was the last accomplishment that stuck in the mind of Sussex Council's lone Republican, George Cole. Seated at a table to the right of the podium where Alexander spoke, Cole couldn't help but notice that on the oppo- site side of the podium from him stood an upright piano. Lamar Alexander the piano player, a piano nearby, and George Cole? The music that eventually came from the piano was as inevitable as fire resulting when air, heat and fuel Combine. Alexander, already stumping for a shot at the Republican nomi- nation for the 2000 election, was barely settled back in his seat at the front table when Cole, never known for his shyness, stood up to get the attention of Sussex Repub- lican Chairman Bruce Rogers. Rogers, who had taken the podi- um to thank Alexander, heard George say: "Get him to play the piano. "Everybody would like to hear that." Bruce looked George squarely in the eye. "If you want him to play the pi- ano, ask him yourself." That of course didn't put George in his seat. Instead he turned to face Alexander, about 10 yards away and still seated. George put his hands up, open-palmed. "What do you think Lamar?" How often have you heard a politician say "no" when he's stumping? Alexander rose from his seat and again moved toward the podium while Rogers ex- plained to the crowd of about 200 that the speaker had agreed to play the piano. George turned to another person at his table: "You know we had to hear him play. People love to hear stuff like this. This is what they'll BAREFOOTIN' Dennis Forney remember this dinner by." Before seating himself at the pi- ano, Alexander told. the audience that his friend Alex Haley, the au- thor of "Roots" who passed away a few years ago, once shared with him the story of a slave trader named John Newton. "Of course it took Alex about 30 minutes to tell you this story in his wonderful fashion," said Alexander, "but I'll keep it short. Newton spent 20 years hauling slaves aboard ships. He carried them from Africa, by the thou- sand, to ports like Annapolis and closer even to here. But on his last trip, he was converted, and he wrote this famous hymn." With that, Alexander made him- self comfortable at the piano. Showing no signs of the plane crash in Richmond he had sur- vived that afternoon, the candi- date, with a straight back and con- fident hands, played "Amazing Grace" to a silent and appreciative audience. They applauded robustly when he finished and while he moved back into the crowd to continue shaking hands, George Cole smiled. "They'll never forget him playing the piano or what he played - especially if he gets elect- ed president." THE NEXT POTENTIAL presidential candidate coming to Delaware will be Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, who is scheduled to speak at the Lincoln Day Din- ner at the Sheraton Hotel in Dover Continued on page 8 Dennis Fomey photo Presidential candidate Lamar Alexander plays the piano following a recent Sussex County Republican dinner. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 - 7 NEW LISTING During my absence, please call Harry Wooding or any of the capable RE/MAX agents. Thank you for all your cards and letters. Doug ENGLISH TUDOR 112 Henlopen Ave. Professionally decorated and landscaped. 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