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Here’s a little research from Tidbits on all these folks, past and present, who claim November as their birth month. • Probably best known for her role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on the ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” actress Katherine Heigl got her start as a child model posing for the Sears catalog. She moved on from this $75-per-hour job to her first commercial, a TV spot for Cheerios. Although she has recently starred in several movie blockbusters, she also has the honor of having starred in the lowest-earning movie in recorded history, 2006’s “Zyzzyx Road,” which grossed $30 at the box office.

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• Most folks have heard of the Hubble Space Telescope, an instrument carried into orbit by a 1990 space shuttle mission. But most don’t know that it was named for the American astronomer Edwin Hubble, the first to confirm the existence of galaxies other than our own Milky Way, a discovery made in 1923. A Rhodes Scholar, he studied law and set up a legal practice before realizing that his passion was astronomy.

• Bo Jackson achieved fame as the first athlete to be named an All-Star in two major sports, baseball and football. His birth name was Vincent Edward Jackson, after his mother’s favorite television star, Vince Edwards of “Ben Casey” fame. Jackson achieved his nickname when his family described him as a “wild boar hog” constantly getting into trouble. He signed with baseball’s Kansas City Royals as a left fielder in 1986 and started playing for football’s Los Angeles Raiders as a running back the following year. • Goldie Hawn has a distinguished ancestor, Edward Rutledge, the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. This famous blonde actress is also an accomplished ballet dancer, having begun lessons at age three. At 11, she debuted in “The Nutcracker,” earning $1.50. • The only child of famous automaker Henry Ford was born in November 1893. Edsel Ford grew up to marry into the Hudson’s department store family and founded Ford’s Mercury division. He also brought us the Lincoln Zephyr and Lincoln Continental. Fourteen years after Edsel’s early

Inspector General Is On Our Side You have to love the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General. It’s everywhere, and it’s looking out for us -- probing, inspecting, asking questions. Here is a sampling of its recent reports, covering issues large and small. --The Office of Information and Technology has some odd things going on with its contracts. Contractors were asked to do some work not in the contract -- which they didn’t do. They also didn’t complete all the work that was in the contract. Cost: More than $1.6 million. An anonymous tip got the OIG to investigate this one. --In one hospital, it was learned that staff was not properly trained in using monitoring equipment. At another medical facility, the electroconvulsive therapy machine was not sent to the manufacturer on schedule for quality-control checks. --VAOIG investigators found “significant control lapses” that might have resulted in the VA issuing thousands of Personal Identity Verification credentials to employees and contractors whose backgrounds were not investigated and who were not checked against the terrorist watch list. This one is a biggie. To read the report, go to www.va.gov/oig/ and search for report 10-04037-295. At the bottom of the OIG reports is hotline information you can use if you see something that isn’t right. It wants to know about patient safety issues, mismanagement of VA programs, waste of resources and criminal activity related to the VA. It can’t help you with medical claims or similar issues. To contact the OIG, go to the website and click on Contact Us. You’ll find the Hotline link with information. You also can call 1-800-488-8244 or send email to vaoighotline@va.gov Of course, you’d step up if you saw something wrong because it’s the right thing to do. But did you know there’s a potential reward up to $10,000 for disclosing criminal activity?


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death from stomach cancer at age 49, the Ford Motor Company introduced its new brand of cars named after him. Unfortunately, the Edsel was considered a commercial failure and was discontinued after the 1960 models.

• If you’ve seen any James Bond movies, you’ve heard the musical work of composer John Barry, who wrote the soundtracks for 11 of the films. The winner of five Academy Awards and four Grammys, he also composed the music for “Out of Africa” and “Dances with Wolves.”

• That bump on November baby Owen Wilson’s nose is the result of having his nose broken twice, once in a high school fracas, the other in a friendly football game. Wilson is no stranger to mischief, having been expelled from high school as a sophomore for cheating on his geometry test. He spent his junior and senior years in military school.

• Back in 1930, 18-year-old Leonard Slye packed up his belongings and moved to California, hoping to make it big as a singer. He played in several groups over the next few years — The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws —before forming Sons of the Pioneers in 1934. The following year, he appeared in the first of his 100 movies. Along the way came a name change to Roy Rogers. He acquired his golden palomino Trigger in 1938 and was seen astride that horse in every single movie and television episode. (Trigger died at the ripe old age of 33 in 1965.) At the height of his career, Roy Rogers received more than 75,000 fan letters a month.


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• Back in 1968, clothing designer Calvin Klein, armed with $10,000, started out with just a coat shop in the York Hotel in New York City. Gradually expanding over the next several years, he added the original designer jeans in 1974, using Brooke Shields as a model. He sold $200,000 worth during the first week after their introduction. • Baby boomers will recall the daily farewell message, “And that’s the way it is,” given by CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite as he wrapped up the television evening news. He started his broadcasting career on radio in 1937 and brought bulletins on World War II bombings and the Nuremberg trials. During his 19 years on the evening news, Cronkite reported the momentous events of Americans’ lives, including the death of Martin Luther King Jr., the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, the Iran hostage crisis and most notably, his emotional and tearful delivery of the news of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He was the source for the news of the U.S. space program. Opinion polls named him “the most trusted man in America.” • It should come as no surprise that movie hunk Matthew McConaughey was listed in his Longview, Texas, yearbook as “most handsome.” He spent one year of high school as an exchange student in New South Wales, Australia.

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• Talent seems to run in the family of Kevin Eubanks, former leader of the “Tonight Show” band. A classical pianist/organist mother and jazz pianist uncle no doubt contributed to Eubanks’ prowess, as well as two musical brothers, one a trombonist, the other a trumpeter. Eubanks is more than the jazz guitarist we see — He also plays trumpet and violin and has composed the scores for four feature films.

• If you’re a cat owner, it probably will come as no surprise that cats spend approximately 80 percent of their time sleeping.

• It was 18th-century German scientist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg who made the following sage observation: “Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.” • “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (popularly known by a line from the chorus, “Glory, glory hallelujah”) was written by Julia Ward Howe in November of 1861 after the author made a trip to Washington, D.C., and reviewed Union troops near the city. The song was published the following February in The Atlantic Monthly magazine, earning Howe a grand total of $4 for what was destined to become one of the most popular songs of the Civil War and a perennial American classic. • When cartoon icon Bugs Bunny first appeared, in 1935, he was called “Happy Rabbit.”

• Becoming a sports star is the dream of many young people, so you might think that someone who is signed to a professional baseball contract has it made. You’d be wrong, though; only one out of every 10 athletes who sign such a contract ever becomes a major-league ballplayer. • You’ve certainly heard the old adage “lightning never strikes twice” but, strictly speaking, it’s not true. Technically, lightning [SET ITAL]always[END ITAL] strikes twice. Each lightning bolt is made up of multiple bolts that travel the same path and strike the same spot in swift succession. *** Thought for the Day: “I’ve noticed that men generally leave married women alone and treat them with respect. It’s too bad for married women. Men are always ready to respect someone who bores them. And if most married women, even the pretty ones, look so dull, it’s because they’re getting too much respect.” -- Marilyn Monroe


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1. Is the Book of Lazarus in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. What were the children who were making fun of Elisha’s bald head torn apart by? Two bears, Three lions, Seven serpents, Locust swarm 3. Who asked God, “Why is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding”? Jeremiah, Jonah, Job, Joshua 4. From John 19, who said, “What I have written, I have written”? Daniel, John the Baptist, Pilate, Jesus 5. From Genesis 31, who had a dream about an angel and rams? Adam, Abraham, Jacob, Noah 6. How many suicides are recorded in the Bible (KJV)? 0, 2, 7, 14

1. MUSIC: Who had a hit single in 1972 with a song called “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”? 2. ADVERTISEMENTS: What was the name of the pudgy Michelin tire character? 3. ANATOMY: What’s the more common name for the patella? 4. LITERATURE: What was the name of Tom Sawyer’s aunt in the Mark Twain novel? 5. RELIGION: When does Ramadan take place? 6. ANCIENT WORLD: What animal was once worshipped by the ancient Egyptians? 7. THEATER: How many years did the show “A Chorus Line” run on Broadway? 8. TELEVISION: Which state was the main setting for the series “Knot’s Landing”? 9. MATH: What is the Arabic equivalent of the Roman numerals DIV? 10. HISTORY: When was Prohibition imposed in the United States?

In how many of his 17 majorleague seasons has New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hit at least .300 or better? Who had the biggest singleseason jump in home runs in major-league history before Toronto’s Jose Bautista went from 13 in 2009 to 54 in 2010? Name the last player before Detroit’s Jahvid Best in 2010 to score his team’s first five TDs in a season. Who has had more Final Four men’s basketball appearances -- North Carolina or UCLA? In the 1980-81 season, the New York Islanders’ Mike Bossy became the second player in NHL history to tally 50 goals in the first 50 games of the season. Who was the first? In 2011, David Toms tied a PGA record for lowest score after two rounds (124). Whose mark did he tie? In what year did the U.S. win its first men’s Olympic Alpine skiing medals?


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--Turn on more lights. If you don’t have an overhead light in each room, plug in a lamp that can be turned on as you enter a room.

--Never have an electrical cord stretched across an area where you walk. --Put a night-light in the bathroom and at the top of stairs. --Make sure rugs have a non-skid backing and aren’t placed in traffic areas. For more information, visit the Home Safety Council website at www. homesafetycouncil.org. Click on Older Adults. You’ll find a number of topics, including fire safety, stairs and ideas for making your home safe. Also check www. ces.ncsu.edu and put “Housing Safety Checklist” in the search box.

BOARD GAME BITS (continued): • A serious illness was the catalyst for the creation of one of the most popular children’s games, Candy Land. Eleanor Abbott was recovering from polio in 1945 and wanted to create something to entertain children afflicted with the disease. She devised a race to find the lost King of Candy Land covering 134 winding colored squares, so that no reading skills were required. Characters encountered along the route included Queen Frostine, Gramma Nutt and Lord Licorice, as players made their way through the Candy Cane Forest and Gum Drop Mountain. The first games sold for a dollar. There have been more than 40 million Candy Land games sold since. • Chutes & Ladders was created to teach children good morals — Good deeds are rewarded with a trip up the ladder, while bad conduct results in a slide down. Originally called Snakes & Ladders, its origins are in India, with slithering serpents as the consequences of bad choices. Milton Bradley brought it to America in 1943 and changed the name and format. • In 1964, to coincide with the Beatles’ arrival in America, Milton Bradley released its “Beatles’ Flip Your Wig” game, with a price tag of $2.98. There were four playing pieces, one of each Beatle, and players had to move around the board collecting four cards for their band member — a picture card, a signature card, an instrument card and a hit record card. Today, if you happen to have a mint condition copyBUSI of the game, WANT TO RUN YOUR OWN NESS? it’sPublish worth upwards of $300. a Paper in Your Area If You Can Provide: Sales Experience · A Computer · Publishing Software · A Reasonable Financial Investto mentdo • Desktop Chinese checkers have nothing We provide the opportunity for success! with China — The game was invented in Call 1.800.523.3096 Germany www.tidbitsweekly.com in 1892. The hexagram-shaped game came to the United States in 1928 marketed under the name of Hop Ching Checkers.

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1. Eleven. 2. Davey Johnson went from five home 1. Roberta Flack runs for Baltimore in 1972 to 43 for 2. Bibendum, or the Michelin Man Atlanta in 1973 -- a gain of 38. 3. Kneecap 3. Dutch Sternaman of the Decatur 4. Polly Staleys (later the Chicago Bears) did 5. Ninth month of the Islamic it in 1920. calendar 4. They are tied with 18 appearances 6. Kaffir cat apiece. 7. 15 years (1975-90 for 6,137 5. Montreal’s Maurice Richard did it shows) in the 1944-45 season. 8. California 6. Pat Perez did it in 2009. 9. 504 7. In 1964, Billy Kidd won a silver 10. 1920 medal and James Heuga a bronze.

ANSWERS:

1) Neither; 2) Two bears; 3) Jeremiah; 4) Pilate; 5) Jacob; 6) 7


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Good Housekeeping Italian-Herb Roasted Chicken

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• “During the holidays, our schedules change so much that it’s hard to keep track. I used to write and re-write our family calendar, but now I just make a grid for the days/weeks, and I use Post-it notes to enter parties, school obligations and anything that is a ‘maybe.’ It’s much easier to move around and add or delete events as needed.” -- A Reader, via email • “Fasten all buttons, snaps, fasteners and zippers on your clothes before washing and drying. It will help them keep their shape. Turn socks inside out, too. It will help prevent them from getting fuzzballs.” -- M.W. from Saskatchewan, Canada • “I pick up extra coffee mugs from secondhand stores, then clean and fill them with hot chocolate packets, small coffees and wrapped tea bags, and a few little chocolate bars. These make nice gifts for friends and service people. I am on a fixed budget, but I find I can be generous this way.” -- T.L. in North Carolina • When mailing packages, keep in mind that secure cargo is tightly packed. You don’t have to buy expensive packing peanuts or bubble wrap -- you can use what’s around. For instance, plastic grocery bags are always in abundance. They can be tucked into any spare space and they barely weigh a thing. Same with newspaper; fill all the available space so that nothing bounces around in transit. Save your bubble wrap for the following tip. • “When mailing cookies, make sure they are packed well. Use an appropriate size container, and give layers some space by separating them with small sheets of bubble wrap. My cookies arrive intact every time.” -- J.J. in Florida • “I use a black permanent marker to ‘erase’ scuff marks on my black heels. I only wear them a couple of times a year, so I have to make them last. It works.” -- R.E. in Minnesota

Our master roasted-chicken recipe combines dried Mediterranean herbs and garlic. 1 whole (3 1/2-pound) chicken 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter, softened 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary 1 clove garlic, crushed with press 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1/2 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Remove bag with giblets and neck from chicken cavity; discard or reserve for another use. 2. In cup, mix olive oil, herbs and garlic. With fingertips, gently separate skin from meat on chicken breast. Rub herb mixture on meat under skin. Tie legs together with string. Rub chicken all over with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1 1/4 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper. 3. Place chicken, breast side up, on rack in small roasting pan (13 by 9 inches). Pour 1/4 cup water into roasting pan. Roast chicken 1 hour or until juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced with tip of knife and temperature on meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh reaches 175 F. 4. When chicken is done, lift from roasting pan and tilt slightly to allow juices inside cavity to run into pan. Place chicken on platter. Let stand 10 minutes to allow juices to set for easier carving. 5. Remove rack from roasting pan. Skim and discard fat from pan juices. Add remaining 1/4 cup water to pan juices; cook 1 minute on medium, stirring constantly. Serve chicken with pan juices. Makes 4 main-dish servings. • Each serving: About 390 calories, 23g total fat (6g saturated), 161mg cholesterol, 700mg sodium, 1g total carbohydrate, 1g dietary fiber, 41g protein.

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HOME TIPS Storing Lawnmower for Winter Q: When should I mow the lawn for the last time before winter? And do I need to take the blades off of my lawnmower before storing? -- Janet in Macon, Ga. A: The timing of the “last mow” varies from region to region, but generally, it should take place shortly before the first hard frost. If the grass doesn’t need mowing, use your discretion as to whether to mow it one more time or not. Once mowing is finished for the year, seed any bare or brown spots. Some of the seeds will sprout, but most should lay dormant through the coldest part of winter and then sprout well before your first mow come spring. Some lawnmower owners remove the blades from their mower before storing for the winter. It’s recommended, but you don’t have to do this. I would recommend first removing the spark plug from the motor and carefully draining the gas from the tank and into a safe storage container (do this outside where spills can be quickly cleaned up). After that, tip the mower onto its side (unless it’s a lawn tractor, in which case, don’t do this by yourself, or at all) and, using a sprayer attachment on your garden hose, wash off all the grass, leaves and dirt from the underside of the mower and the blades. Allow the mower to dry completely and then apply a light coat of oil (such as 3-in1 oil or WD-40) to the blades and the rotating mechanisms and wipe away excess. Store the mower upright in a dry part of your garage or shed. Other garden tools, including shears and clippers, shovels and so on, also should be cleaned and their blades lightly oiled. Store them upright and off the floor -- a pegboard is ideal for this purpose. HOME TIP: To keep birds away from a freshly seeded spot, place a few wooden stakes around the area and tie an old piece of cloth to each stake. The motion should scare most birds away.


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