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Roger W. Eddy, '86 GOP CT Senate nominee

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    Roger W. Eddy NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) -- Roger W. Eddy, a former state senator and representative who ran an unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign against Chris Dodd
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      Roger W. Eddy

      NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) -- Roger W. Eddy, a former state senator and
      representative who ran an unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign against
      Chris Dodd in 1986, died on his 83rd birthday Saturday after a brief
      illness.

      A decorated World War II veteran educated at Yale University, Eddy
      ran his family's farm on Cedar Street and sold fruits and vegetables.

      In addition to farming and public life, in 1952 Eddy invented the
      popular Audubon Bird Call, a finger-sized device of wood and metal
      that, when twisted, produces a chirpy, birdlike sound.

      The device was assembled at his farm and has sold steadily for
      decades. People were calling his home ordering spring shipments the
      day he died.

      He also served on the Republican National Committee and wrote four
      books, two of which became television screenplays.

      Dodd easily beat Eddy to retain his Senate seat in 1986, but Eddy
      waged a gritty campaign.

      Eddy was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1959 and
      served one two-year term. He also served two terms in the state
      Senate, from 1967 to 1971.

      During World War II, he served with the 87th Mountain Infantry
      Regiment during the invasion of the Aleutian Islands and later
      served with the 10th Mountain Division in the Italian campaign
      against the Germans. He was awarded two Silver Stars and a Bronze
      Star.
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