The Latest Texas Hero Is 1.9 Inches Long and Dead, but It Will Loom Large in History as One of the State's Biggest Roaches
Tension crept through the room as the entries were measured with a digital caliper. The crowd shuddered when one of the judges claimed he'd been bitten, then lurched when one of the contestants broke free. Finally there was a winner—a 1.9-inch specimen entered by Janet Bowman, 33, and coworkers Pat Camden, 32, and Marsha McCrackin, 24. Draftswomen for the local phone company, the ladies were initially elated but became misty-eyed. "It was sort of sad when it died," Camden said of the roach, who was sprayed after the women found it brazenly marching down a corridor at work. "I guess I ought to kiss it, huh?" After consultation, however, the women decided to forgo a victory buss and pose for photos instead. Meanwhile, at the breakfast buffet the blueberry muffins, chocolate chip cookies and unseeded watermelon slices were, perhaps understandably, barely touched.