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Name New 'Beetle Bailey' Character, Win Free Travel

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2002 – Mort Walker is adding a new character to his famous comic strip "Beetle Bailey," and you can win a pair of airline tickets by coming up with a name for the new character.

The new character is an "always prepared, gadget-loving and quirky information technology officer." Entries for the "Name the Tech Officer" contest must be received by 4 p.m. on May 20, 2002.

Judges will select 12 winners. The winning entrant will receive a pair of Northwest Airlines tickets, good for any destination in the company's continental U.S. system. Second and third place winners will receive one Northwest Airlines ticket. All top 12 entrants will receive original "Beetle Bailey" artwork.

For contest information, rules and a peek at the new comic character, visit www.beetlebailey.com. The "Beetle Bailey" distributor, King Features Syndicate, and Dell Computer Corp. are the contest sponsors and will make a donation to the Fisher House Foundation. No purchases or donations are necessary to enter, however, readers may make donations to Fisher House.

Fisher House Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization that has built 29 homes near major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers for use by families of patients receiving care. Fisher Houses have provided temporary lodging for more than 50,000 families since its inception in 1990.

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageCartoonist Mort Walker is adding a new character to his comic strip "Beetle Bailey," and a nationwide contest is on to find a name for the "always prepared, gadget-loving and quirky information technology officer." If you're the winner, you can win airline tickets and other prizes. Cartoon courtesy Mort Walker.   
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