Tue 12-16-97 09:50 am


DANIA, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Florida car mechanic is on a one-man quest to make an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Mechanic Mike Babone has somehow convinced 95,000 people around the United States to sign a petition saying they want to see him on the Tonight Show so he can play a one-on-one hockey match with Jay Leno as the goalie.

To get the petition signatures, the former Canadian traveled 7,500 miles and hung around football stadiums, strip malls and retirement homes and begged people to sign his petition.

The bizarre quest has ruined Babone’s marriage, but he says the possibility of appearing on the Tonight Show is worth it.

But that may not happen anytime soon. Tonight Show producers say lots of people do all sorts of weird things in an attempt to get on the show – but it’s no guarantee they’ll actually make it.

CONTACT: Mike Babone, (Great Canadian accent); Arrange with Bill Singletary; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; (305) 652-1211; Tonight Show producers request no further interviews.

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