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Albany family to appear on 'Wife Swap'.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Arrrr ... where's me saucy wench?

Lord help Lisa Fine if (or will it be "when") she hears those words coming from Albany's John Baur in tonight's second installment of "Wife Swap" at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Or is it "Wench Swap" now?

Baur, better known in some circles as "Ol' Chumbucket," gets a new wife, a self-proclaimed neat freak from California, on the reality-TV series.

The 51-year-old former journalist and writer, and his buddy, Mark Summers (`Cap'n Slappy"), are the ones responsible for "Talk Like a Pirate Day." That's a now-worldwide phenomenon that happens every Sept. 19, thanks to syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry, who liked the idea so much after Baur and Summers e-mailed him in 2002, he wrote a column about it.


"Wife Swap" takes two families from across the country each week, and simply exchanges the female spouse in each one, for a two-week-long challenge.

That means Tori "Mad Sally" Baur, 42, gets the pleasure of taking her piratelike ways to the Fine household in California, where she'll live with the 36-year-old Lisa's husband, Craig, 40, and their two children, Ashley, 13, and Brandon, 10, who are described as the perfect cheerleader daughter and football-playing son.

Will "Mad Sally," who likes to let dirty dishes pile up in the oven, be able to deal with a home that is the epitome of organized perfection, where floor-to-ceiling bins are neatly stacked and labeled?

Maybe a better question is this: How will Lisa Fine deal with "Ol' Chumbucket" and the Baur's three children, Cate, 16, Millie, 13, and Max, 6, and their dog, Shiloh, described as a "modern day pirate family from Oregon"?
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Sep 18, 2006
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