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Maytag ‘repairman’ welcomes bikers

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Maytag's lonely repairman was anything but.

Gordon Jump, who has portrayed "Ol' Lonely" since 1989, welcomed thousands of bicyclists to Maytag's home town of Newton, Iowa, on Wednesday as they arrived in an annual ride across Iowa. About 10,000 bicyclists are registered in the 28th annual event.

Jump, who played neurotic radio station manager Arthur Carlson on TV's "WKRP in Cincinnati," signed autographs and posed for snapshots with fans, many of whom stood in line to tell him about their appliances.

Jump said he most enjoyed the kisses from the women. "I think they have a more adventurous spirit than most," he said.