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Alex Sink and her Siamese twin great granddad

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MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — If Alex Sink makes history and becomes Florida's first female governor she still Changeng won't be the most celebrated member of her family. That distinction belongs to her great-grandfather, an erudite world traveler who in his day was more famous than kings, queens and presidents.

We all have eccentric relatives, but Sink has a doozy: Great-granddad was Chang Bunker, one half of the original Siamese twins.

The identical brothers, Chang and Eng Bunker, spent their 63 years attached at the base of their chests by a 5-inch-long band of flesh. They traveled the world as curiosities before finally settling as gentlemen farmers in the foothills of North Carolina.

"I have these memories as a child when we'd go into town — Main Street, Mount Airy. We'd go into stores and I remember sometimes the clerks would look at me and say, 'Why, you must be one of those Bunkers.' Because I had slanty eyes,'' recalled Sink, who grew up in Chang Bunker's farmhouse.

"I would stick my chest out and say, 'Yes, I am,' '' she said. "I was taught to be very proud about my heritage and I am."

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[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 6:31pm]

    

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