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• Reginald Kenneth Dwight was recently honored with a flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream named after one of his songs. “Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road” was released in 2008 with all proceeds benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation. • Farrokh Bulsara, a native of Zanzibar, was attending St. Peter’s boarding school near Bombay that he started going by the name Freddie. His family fled their home during the Zanzibar Revolution and settled in London, where he studied design and joined a few bands. At twenty-three he became part of a band with Brian May. Freddie picked the name Queen for the band and tacked on his new last name of Mercury. • Bernard Schwartz was born June 3, 1925. He has appeared in over one hundred films since 1949. Married five times, it was his first marriage to actress Janet Leigh that produced daughter Jamie Lee Curtis. You might recognize Bernard better by his stage name Tony Curtis. • Dino Crocetti only spoke Italian until he was five and by the 10th grade he had dropped out of school. By his twenties he was going by Dino Martini after Opera tenor Nino Martini, but he later shortened it to Dean Martin. • Stevland Judkins, although born blind, was a gifted musician from an early age. He signed with Motown Records at eleven as “Little Stevie Wonder” after a producer had called him a “boy wonder.”

• Paul David Hewson’s friends gave him the nickname Bonavox after a local hearing aid store (they said he sang loud enough for the hard of hearing to hear him.) He kept the name when he realized the word was Latin for “good voice”, but these days he just goes by Bono. • Maurice Joseph Mickelwhite Jr. was acting as Michael Scott when he started out, but while on the phone with his agent, he was forced to make a change when they realized the name was already in use. Looking down the street, Michael saw The Caine Mutiny was playing and decided on Michael Caine. He later joked that had he looked in the other direction, he’d have been “Michael A Hundred and One Dalmatians.” • Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. got his first guitar from his maternal grandmother at age seven. It was a good start for legendary musician John Denver. • Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong was born on Christmas Day, 1971. She once commented that it was cruel to name a child one thing and call them another, as her parents had called her Dido since childhood. • Marion Robert Morrison’s parents changed his middle name to Michael when they decided to name their second son Robert. A local fireman was the one who started calling Marion “Little Duke” after he noted that Marion never went anywhere without his large dog Duke. He was credited once as Duke Morrison, but “The Duke” settled on the stage name John Wayne.

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CELEBRITY NAMES (continued): • Vivian Mary Hartley was born in Darjeeling, West Bengal. She kept part of her name as her stage name and took on Leigh when she married Herbert Leigh Holman. After her divorce from second husband, Sir Laurence Olivier, she was officially titled Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier. • Caryn Elaine Johnson adopted the stage name Whoopi, yes, after a whoopee cushion and Goldberg after some of her European ancestors. A DNA test showed she is 92% sub-Saharan African and 8% European. • John Charles Carter was born in No Man’s Land, an unincorporated area in Illinois between Evanston and Wilmette. His mother remarried Chester Heston and he would later take his stage name from his mother’s maiden name, Charlton, and his stepfather’s last name. • David Robert Jones is well known for his music and his ever-changing look. He has a particularly unique set of eyes, one pupil significantly larger than the other. He was injured after a friend punched him in the eye while wearing a ring. After several surgeries and nearly losing his vision in that eye, David, better known by the last name Bowie, was left with one pupil permanently dilated. • Georgios Kyriacos Panayiptou was born to a Greek father and English mother in North London. He is a former member of the band Wham! George Michael and Elton John divided all the proceeds from their single “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” between ten charities that benefited children, AIDS and education. • Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez took the stage name Martin Sheen, the last name after Catholic archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. He was the 2008 recipient of the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame, an annual award given for outstanding service to the Roman Catholic Church and society. • Robert Allen Zimmerman legally changed his name to his current moniker in 1962. He’s a vegetarian and has an honorary doctorate from Princeton University. His song “Like a Rolling Stone” is Rolling Stone magazine’s #1 Greatest Song of All Time and he won an Academy Award for his song “Things Have Changed.” Robert Zimmerman’s a nice name, but music wouldn’t be the same without Bob Dylan. The End



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Dear Dave, A couple of years ago my parents got into a big financial mess. They filed bankruptcy, and had to give up their house. Now, they lived on a fixed income of $2,220 a month, and my dad is not in good health. My wife and I help them out with a little money each month, but my sister and her husband don’t do much for them. Do you think I should lean on her a little bit in an effort to make her pitch in and help? Randy Dear Randy, If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that you can’t make another adult behave. The only person you can control is the one you look at in mirror every morning. Now, should a son or daughter want to help their parents, especially if one is in poor health, and the money’s tight? Absolutely! But family relationships are strange animals. Your sister and her husband may have some bruised feelings from something that happened years ago, or they may be having money problems of their own. At this point, all you can do is try to gauge their interest in this idea. For starters, I’d suggest working up a monthly budget on your parents. I’m talking about a simple, one-page document, and show it to your sister and her husband. Let them know that mom

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modified mice, bred to give scientists more of an indication of how the drug can work in humans. The drug they’ve been researching restores long-term memory in mice with Alzheimer’s. (One of the tests used for mice involved swimming through a maze and determining whether the drug helped them remember the path.) The technical lingo talks about circuits and synapses and a gene called histone deacetylase. The bottom line is that the drug restores memory and the ability to learn new tasks. Next step: Determining whether that drug will do the same in humans and lead to the recovery of memory. Treatment is still 10 years away. I hope Tsai keeps following her heart with this research. It seems that she could well be on the right path to finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.


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The Truth About Chiropractic Care Modern day chiropractic started in 1895 along with the development of X-rays and the national football league. That year Harvey Willard, a Davenport Iowa janitor, slipped on some stairs and fell and hit his neck and head on the stairs. D.D. Palmer discovered that Harvey Willard was deaf so he performed the classical chiropractic neck adjustments and Harvey went to the window and could hear the carts going up the Brady Street hill. Over the succeeding months, other patients came to Palmer with every conceivable problem, including flu, sciatica, migraine headaches, stomach complaints, epilepsy and heart trouble. D.D. Palmer found each of these conditions responded well to chiropractic care. In 1895 D.D. Palmer stipulated that every action of the body was controlled through the nervous system, so to have perfect health you need to have a well working nervous system with no nerve interference. D.D. Palmer stated nerve interference came through physical trauma, chemical trauma, and through the thoughts that you think. Physical trauma are the bumps and bruises that we acquire as we go through life. Chemical trauma is acquired through the foods that we eat, the fluids we drink, and the air we breathe. The combination of negative and positive thoughts we think also lead to nerve interference.

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CONCORD, N.C. -- The inevitable finally happened. Ever since his rookie season in 1999, the Sprint All-Star Race has seemed ideally suited to the driving style of Tony Stewart. Stewart, the only driver to date who has won championships under both the former system (2002) and the Chase format (2005), finally won Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s all-star event in his 11th try. “There are a lot of races I still haven’t won,” said Stewart, “but it’s a hard race to win. Nobody holds anything back. “This is a special race. You know it’s different. You know it’s going to be more difficult because of that. We always, in the past last 10 years here, were always good on long runs and always good late in the race. This kind of format never fit the package that we had.” Stewart, who turned 38 on May 20, roared to the front in the final segment, passing Matt Kenseth

with less than two laps remaining in the fourth and final segment. This year Stewart became a car owner, acquiring a majority share in what is now Stewart Haas Racing. Eleven races into the season, Stewart is second in the Sprint Cup standings, but he hasn’t won an official race yet. The Sprint All-Star Race isn’t a “points” race. He became only the second driver-owner to win the All-Star Race. The first was Geoff Bodine in 1994. For 10 years, Stewart competed for Joe Gibbs Racing, where he has been succeeded by rookie Joey Logano. This year Stewart hired Ryan Newman as his teammate. After a slow start, Newman has risen to eighth place in the point standings. For all those years at JGR, Stewart had one crew chief, Greg Zipadelli, now paired with Logano. Darian Grubb, formerly at Hendrick Motorsports, now leads Stewart’s team. “They’ll basically have that monkey off their back,” said Grubb of the team after Stewart’s victory. “We don’t want to lose the monkey. We want him to hang out with us.” ***

Monte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog NASCAR This Week ( features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. Email Monte at (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Tony Stewart celebrates winning the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, his first victory as a team owner. (Getty Images for NASCAR photo)

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