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“THIS IS A RECORDING…” by Stanley Drummond

Today, we are so accustomed to singing cell phone tunes, voice mail, and even musical greeting cards that we take sound recording for granted. But think back to what it must have been like on that date in 1877, when Thomas Edison tested a new gadget he’d been tinkering with, and heard the sound of his own voice being played back to him for the very first time. 11658 E Colfax Ave - 303-364-3295

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• To accomplish this, Edison used components from a telephone mouthpiece along with a machine of his own invention that featured a cylinder covered with paraffin waxed paper. The machine housed two needles, one for scratching the voice message into the cylinder, and one for playing the message back. Edison was so excited during the first test of his machine that he recited the first thing that came to his mind, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

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• Thomas Edison patented the telephone in 1876, but he didn’t stop there. Almost immediately, he began working on an idea that combined the technologies of both the telephone and the telegraph. His idea was to imprint voice messages onto paper tape which could repeatedly be sent over telegraph lines, eliminating the need to use Morse code.

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• Edison’s phonograph, as he dubbed his new machine, proved that sounds could be recorded and played over and over again. But could it be put to any practical use, or was it just a novelty item? Edison showed remarkable vision, actually, when he listed possible uses for his phonograph in 1878: dictation without the need of a stenographer, audio books for the blind, reproduction of music, and even toys that could make sounds. turn the page for more!

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pionage and other not-so-above-board activities. In 1943, at the height of World War II, Germany developed a brand new recording medium that was unknown elsewhere; high-quality magnetic tape. They used the improved technology to broadcast Nazi propaganda over European radio stations around the clock.

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• Poulsen’s Telegraphone Company went bankrupt just a few years after he first introduced his recorder, mainly because there was no real practical use (at the time) for a machine that recorded telephone conversations. Too bad Poulsen couldn’t have held on just a few years longer. Once the condenser microphone was introduced in 1916, a whole new market opened up for telephone recorders – that of wiretapping. • Yes, as is the case with any type of technology, the usefulness of voice recording was embraced by folks involved in es-

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• On July 19, 1799, a French soldier in Egypt discovers the Rosetta Stone, a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing in Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The artifact held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been “dead” for nearly 2,000 years. • On July 20, 1869, Mark Twain’s book “The Innocents Abroad” is published. Samuel Langhorne Clemens adopted the pseudonym “Mark Twain,” a boatman’s call noting that the river was only 2 fathoms deep, the minimum depth for safe navigation. • On July 14, 1912, folksingersongwriter Woody Guthrie is born in Okemah, Okla. During the Depression, Guthrie traveled the country as a wandering musician, writing songs about what he saw on his journey. Many of his songs were political and liberal, supporting migrant workers and pacifists. • On July 16, 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as the first atom bomb is successfully tested in Alamogordo, N.M. The first mushroom cloud of searing light rose 40,000 feet into the air and generated the destructive power of 15,000 to 20,000 tons of TNT. • On July 15, 1953, the film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” starring Marilyn Monroe, debuts at New York’s Roxy Theater. In 1944, Monroe went to work as a paint sprayer in a defense plant. A photographer spotted her there, and she soon became a popular pin-up girl. • On July 18, 1986, new close-up videotapes of the sunken ocean liner Titanic are released to the public. The videotapes were stunning in their clarity and detail, showing one of the ship’s majestic grand staircases and a coral-covered chandelier swinging slowly in the ocean current. • On July 17, 1996, shortly after takeoff from New York’s Kennedy International Airport, a TWA Boeing 747 jetliner bound for Paris explodes over the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 230 people aboard. Because the plane was loaded with fuel for the long trans-Atlantic journey, Flight 800 vaporized within moments.

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1. What singer shattered glass with her voice on commercials for Memorex tape? 2. What U.S. president’s secretary allegedly erased 18½ crucial minutes of tape in 1973? 3. What is the name of the award given to artists in the recording industry? 4. What classic TV show featured a tape recording that self-destructed in every episode? 5. HMV is one of Britain’s biggest record store chains; but what do the letters stand for?

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FOR WEEK OF JULY 14, 2008 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your persistence pays off as the information you demanded starts to come through. The pace is slow at first, but it begins to speed up as the week draws to a close.

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“The Happening” Running time: 90 minutes MPAA rating: R

“The Happening” is the latest offering from M. Night Shyamalan -- Hollywood’s most self-indulgent filmmaker. That he is still allowed to inflict his poorly conceived claptrap on an unwilling populace is a testament to how much Hollywood hates us. Make no mistake: “The Happening” is a bad movie. Really bad. It is “Wicker Man” bad. It is “Showgirls” bad (only without the drag queen appeal). Thankfully, it is such a bad movie that you can’t NOT miss it. “The Happening” plummets to such depths of ridiculousness and horribility (yes, horribility. It’s a word. I know, cuz I just made it up) that it makes the oeuvre of Uwe Boll seem Kurosawaesque.

Here’s the premise: The trees are mad at us. So, to get their revenge on the humanity that has despoiled the planet, the trees -- without the use of a lab, government grant or opposable thumbs -- conspire and create an airborne neurotoxin that makes humans go bonkers and kill themselves in elaborate ways. Wait. It gets better. The scientist (OK, not really. He’s a highschool science teacher) who discovers this is played by Marky Mark. Yes, Marky Mark. Formerly of the Funky Bunch. He’s such a brilliant mind that, at one point in the film, he decides to escape the Killer Trees by leading his ragtag group ... INTO A FOREST. Oh, sure, there are a few legitimately good bits, like when the zookeeper throws himself to the lions or the guy who lets his lawn mower run over him. But most of the truly good bits happen during the first 15 minutes of the movie. The rest is pure Badness. I’m not going to suggest you see “The Happening” in the theater. But definitely rent it when it comes out on video. Make a few pitchers of margaritas, invite some friends and enjoy the train wreck.

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LAUGHS! My list is long; it’s time for some loving, tender care on this middle-aged, dear friend who seems to be calling softly, “You’ve Did youme.” hear about the been ignoring

guy I know this who housewent like myout ownto body -- every freckle andDatsun quirk, badpickup mood and desire. his old But, unlike me, this place can’t take care of inmethe morning, itself.truck It needs to tend to its fading door tocabinets; find that paint andonly creaky nothing a can of barn-red paint and WD-40 can’t fix. someone had broken in Since I’ve become very sentitoI itmarried, the night before? mental about houses. I don’t have favorite memories of a childhood home and never Fortunately, nothing even experienced homesickness until I was missing. In fact, was in my mid-20s, married five years and it Iturned out, the had a as child. was in Florida when it hit. My grandmother had died a few weeks thief left a bunch of earlier, and I missed home -- my home, the first 8-track tapes inside! house my husband and I lived in. I ached and wanted to grieve in the rooms/arms of that house/friend. I couldn’t get home fast enough.

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Top 10 Pop Singles This Week Last Week 1. Coldplay ............................No. 2 “Viva La Vida” (Capitol) 2. Katy Perry ........................No. 4 “I Kissed a Girl” (Capitol) 3. Lil Wayne feat. Static Major ................No. 1 “Lollipop” (Cash Money) 4. Leona Lewis ......................No. 3 “Bleeding Love” (Syco/3) 5. Rihanna ............................No. 5 “Take a Bow” (SRP/Def Jam) 6. Natasha Bedingfield ........No. 9 “Pocketful of Sunshine” (Phonogenic) 7. Jordin Sparks duet with Chris Brown ........No. 7 “No Air” (19/Jive) 8. Chris Brown ....................No. 11 “Forever” (Jive) 9. Usher feat. Young Jeezy ..No. 6 “Love In This Club” (LaFace) 10. Metro Station ................No. 14 “Shake It” (Red Ink/RED)

Top 10 Albums 1. Lil Wayne ..................new entry “The Carter III” (Cash Money/Universal Motown) 2. Plies ............................new entry “Definition of Real” (Big Gates/SlipN-Slide/Atlantic) 3. Various Artists ..................No. 2 “NOW 28” (EMI/Sony BMG/Universal/Zomba) 4. Disturbed ..........................No. 1 “Indestructible” (Reprise) 5. Usher ................................No. 3 “Here I Stand” (LaFace) 6. Journey ..............................No. 5 “Revelation” (Nomota) 7. N*E*R*D ..................new entry “Seeing Sounds” (Star Trak/Interscope)

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Montgomery Gentry 8. Alanis Morissette ......new entry “Flavors of Entanglement” (Maverick) 9. My Morning Jacket ..new entry “Evil Urges” (ATO) 10. Weezer ............................No. 4 “Weezer” (DGC/Interscope)

Top 10 Hot Country Singles 1. Kenny Chesney ................No. 4 “Better As a Memory” (BNA) 2. Carrie Underwood ..........No. 1 “Last Name” (Arista) 3. Blake Shelton ....................No. 5 “Home” (Warner Bros.) 4. Brad Paisley ......................No. 2 “I’m Still a Guy” (Arista Nashville) 5. Rascal Flatts ....................No. 3 “Every Day” (Lyric Street) 6. Montgomery Gentry ........No. 6 “Back When I Knew It All” (Columbia) 7. Alan Jackson ....................No. 9 “Good Time” (Arista Nashville) 8. Dierks Bentley ................No. 10 “Trying To Stop Your Leaving” (Capitol Nashville) 9. Lady Antebellum ..............No. 7 “Love Don’t Live Here” (Capitol Nashville) 10. Brooks & Dunn ............No. 13 “Put a Girl In It” (Arista Nashville) © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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in town!” The third boy said, “That’s nothing, my dad is a preacher, and he owns The basketball coach stormed into the hell. He came home last night and told my university president’s office and demanded mom that the Church Board gave it to him!” a raise right then and there. “Please,” proThe announcers of the baseball team were tested the college President, “you already discussing the stats they had on the players make more than the entire History departand one asked the other, “How many goals ment.” “Yeah, maybe so, but you don’t know has Goodwin scored this season?” “Exactly what I have to put up with,” the coach blusdouble what he scored last season,” replied tered. “Look.” He went out into the hall and grabbed a jock who was jogging down the the second announcer. “Thirty-seven.” hallway. “Run over to my office and see if “I just don’t understand it,” a tennis playI’m there,” he ordered. Twenty minutes later er complained. “One match I play very well, the jock returned, sweaty and out of breath. and then the next match I’m terrible.” “Well,” “You’re not there, sir,” he reported. “Oh, I see said his wife, “why don’t you just play every what you mean,” conceded the President, other match?” scratching his head. “I would have phoned.” “Dad, Dad!” cried Philip, as he arrived Two old men meet on a street corner. The home one evening. “I think I’ve been sefirst old man said, “Where have you been for lected for the school football team.” “That’s the last couple of months?” The second old good,” said his father. “But why do you only man replied, “I was in jail.” The first old man think you’ve been selected? Aren’t you sure? asked, “Why were you in jail?” He replied, What position are you playing?” “Well,” re“Well, about two months ago I was standing plied Philip, “it’s not been announced offion a corner, and this beautiful young woman cially, but I overheard the football coach tell rushes up with a policeman, points to me my teacher that if I was on the team I’d be a and says, ‘He is the man, officer, he is the great draw-back.” one who attacked and raped me’.” The first The following instruction recently ap- old man said, “What? And you let her get peared on the notice board of a large fac- away with it?” The second old man replied, tory in Denver: All applications for leave of “Well, I’ll tell you, I felt so flattered, I admitabsence for family bereavements, sickness, ted to it.”

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While George Washington was anArmy general and certainly an • Jefferson managed to thwart Adams’ adept leader, our second reelection bid, and John retired from public president – John Adams – was a man of life. He was there when his eldest son, thoughts and words as well as deeds. He John Quincy Adams, was inaugurated as served in the Continental Congress, and president in 1825. He passed away on assisted in the composition of what are Independence Day, July 4, 1826, only a considered the most important documents few hours after his political rival, Thomas in our nation’s history: the Declaration of Jefferson. To learn more about Adams, Independence and the Constitution. check out the recent HBO miniseries John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti. • John Adams was born in Braintree, Mass., just south of Boston, on October 30, 1735. (You won’t find his birthplace in Braintree today, however; that part of the town is now known as Quincy.) A good student, John entered Harvard at the age of 16. Upon graduation, he began to keep a journal, which he added to for the remainder of his life. He took a job as schoolmaster for Vacations Promote Healthy the town of Worcester, and studied law as Heart well. • In 1761, Adams’ life began to change. As If you hope to get in a short vacation before the eldest son of his family, he inherited the end of summer, there’s still time. And if property from his father, who died in you’re like me, the idea of an inexpensive getaway is most appealing. To avoid May. He also began to court Miss Abigail driving long distances (and incurring all that Smith, the woman who would become expense for gas), I’ve decided to spend a his wife three years later. John was long weekend camping out at a national well aware of the growing movement in park. the Colonies to fight “taxation without FILLER PAGE 2 away is easier to Besides, a short time representation,” and used his knowledge 3Q08 WEEK 29 justify when even Harvard University says of law to pen documents to that effect for that vacations JUL 13 - JUL are 19 good for us, and that the Massachusetts legislature. those of us who get away are less likely to • Adams’ efforts spearheaded the repeal develop heart disease. of several laws that were unfairly taxing Do you have a senior park pass? These are Americans. In 1768, King George III lifetime passes PRESENTS to national parks for U.S. sent troops to Boston. Two years later, citizens age 62 and over. The only place to TRIVIA NEWSFRONT™ during a skirmish later dubbed the Boston get by a Kara pass is at a& Sandy park.Wood Some of the benefits Kovalchik include free admission and Massacre, five civilians were shot and 1. What singer shattered glass withfor heryou voice on a few othersfor in your car, and a 50 percent discount killed while protesting against the British. commercials Memorex tape? for you only on expanded amenities such The Crown asked John to represent the 2. What U.S. president’s secretary allegedly as camping and swimming. responsible soldiers at trial. erased 18½ crucial minutes of tape in 1973? • John Adams agreed to take on the soldiers’ The old Golden Age Passports for park 3. What is the name of the award given to artists defense, maintaining that they deserved admittance have been discontinued, and the in the recording industry? replacement is called America the Beautiful a fair trial. Surprisingly, the public seemed -National Parks and Federal 4. What classic TV show featured a tape Recreational to understand and respect this decision. Lands Cost is $10 a photo recording thatPass. self-destructed in each. every Have episode? Even more surprisingly, all but two of ID handy when you buy one. the Redcoats were acquitted of charges. 5. HMV isAsone of Britain’s biggest record store I was preparing for my short vacation, Adams joined the state legislature, where chains; abuthandy what do the letters standmy for?eye at the booklet caught his popularity led to an appointment as Harvard Health Publications Web site: one of Massachusetts’ representatives in “10-Minute Consult -- Healthy Travel.” It’s the First Continental Congress. full of helpful tips on preparing to travel, but NUMBER PUZZLE most important being row, prepared • As the Revolution began, Adams Fill found in thethe grid so that every concern column, every all medications you take and himself in the middle of muchand of every the with 3 x 3 box contains the digits 1 throughothers 9. action. He nominated George Washington that might be needed, such as laxatives to be commander-in-chief of the Colonial and antacids. forces, and also tried to enlist the aid of The same Web site carries low-cost other European nations in the American special reports that can be purchased on struggle for independence. When the War a wide range of topics such as high blood ended, Adams signed the Treaty of Paris, pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, home safety, in which England formally recognized osteoporosis and nutrition. Check www. the United States as a nation. He spent health.harvard.edu and click on Special several years in Europe as a well- Reports for the whole list of topics. Or call 1-888-386-7220 for customer service. respected ambassador before returning Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personhome to help draft the Constitution.

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