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For Advertising Call (604) 638-7399 WINTER SPORTS (continued): air” or perform spins. Sonja retired at age 23, moved to Hollywood, and became one of the industry’s highest paid movie stars of her day. • Dick Button, former network sports commentator, was the men’s figure-skating Olympic gold medalist for 1948 and 1952, and is still a record-holder as the youngest man, at age 18, to win the Olympic figure skating title. He was the first to ever perform a triplespin jump and the double axel jump, as well as inventing the flying camel spin.

◆ “Save egg cartons for children’s painting palettes. It’s very easy to give kids a small amount of many colors, and when they are each in their own cup, they don’t get spread out and run together as quickly. Plus, they are easy to carry.” -- O.L. in Utah ◆ Remove price-tag residue off hard surfaces with hairspray. Or WD40 works well too.

• Figure skaters complete many triple axels, but what exactly is it, and why is it called that? The axel is a move created in 1882 by a Norwegian figure skater named Axel Paulsen. For the single axel, the skater launches into the air off one foot, spins around 1 _ times, and lands on the opposite foot, going backward. The triple axel is 3 _ rotations. Don’t confuse these with the Lutz, when the skater starts out backward, leaps into the air off the toe pick, spins, and lands on the same foot.

◆ Make your own frozen dinners by purchasing divided trays and using them to store leftovers. Slip each into a plastic bag and label. On busy nights, you can take your favorite out and microwave it. ◆ “A beautiful but stained or worn tablecloth can find a new life at your dinner table. Cut into napkin sizes, and give any frayable ends a hemming.” -A.S. in Oregon

• Eddie Eagan was the Olympic champion in boxing’s light-heavyweight division at the 1920 Summer Olympics. Twelve years later at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, Eagan was a member of the gold medal winning four-man bobsled team, making him the first person to win in both Summer and Winter Olympics. He had taken up bobsledding a mere three weeks before the Olympics.

◆ Here’s a great winter tip that’s double purpose: After your dishwasher has done its job, open the door and let the dishes air dry rather than machine dry. You’ll save on energy, while you add warmth and humidity to your home’s air. ◆ A damp cloth plus baking soda should by your first weapon against stains in the kitchen and bathroom. It’s eco-friendly and a mild abrasive, which works without scratching! WINTER SPORTS (continued): • No wonder they call him Mr. Hockey! Gordie Howe is the ultimate record-holder, beginning with the most NHL games played, 1,767, and the only player to play in five different decades, from the 1940s up to the 1980s. Although he retired in 1971 after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, he came out of retirement two years later to play in the World Hockey Association until 1980. When he retired at age 52, he became the oldest NHL player to retire, and the only one to play after age 50.

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◆ It was iconic pop artist Andy Warhol who made the following observation: “Employees make the best dates. You don’t have to pick them up, and they’re always tax deductible.” ◆ At one time in Alabama, it was illegal to wear a false mustache to church. ◆ The English word “toast” to describe a piece of browned bread comes from the Latin word “tostare,” which means “roasted.” The word “toast” to mean kind words spoken while sharing wine also comes from the same root, though in a roundabout way. In the Middle Ages, wine was not always of the highest quality; as a gesture of goodwill and hospitality to guests, a piece of toast was sometimes added to improve the flavor. Eventually (as vintages improved, one might assume), the browned bread was forgotten and only the words remained. ◆ You might be surprised to learn that the man who was the lead designer for the original GI Joe action figure also designed the inaugural medal for the John F. Kennedy-Lyndon Johnson administration. ◆ If you’re an arachnophobe, it you probably don’t want to know that a tarantula can live for up to two years without eating a thing.

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WINTER SPORTS (continued): (1,200 to 1,300 m) in length and have at least 15 curves. The sleds typically move along about 93 mph (150 km/hr). The very first Winter Olympics featured the four-man bobsled race, and the two-man event was added in 1932. • The East German women’s luge team had a unique strategy for the 1968 Grenoble Olympics. They heated the runners on their sleds, which caused the ice to melt, increasing their speed. No surprise that the women came in first, second, and fourth in the competition! Once their tactics were discovered, they were all disqualified and their medals were revoked. • Anders Haugen of the United States received his bronze medal for ski jumping in 1974. What’s unusual about that? Anders was 86 years old! He had actually competed in Chamonix in 1924, but a calculation error put him in fourth place. Fifty years later, a Norwegian sports historian noticed the blunder and Anders was awarded his medal by the daughter of the actual fourth place finisher, who had taken the bronze home years before. • It might look like Alpine ski jumpers soar miles above the crowd, but in reality, they are rarely more than about 18 feet (5.5 m) above the ground. Jumpers reach speeds of up to 65 mph (104 km/hr). • The biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship, was originally a military training exercise. Over the 12.5-mile (20-km) course, the athlete must switch from arduous skiing with a rifle on his/her back to the intense focus of shooting. The sport wasn’t an official part of the Olympics until 1960 for men and 1992 for women. • While Alaska’s Iditarod is probably the most famous dog sled race, the 1,049-mile (1,688-km) trip from Anchorage to Nome is not the longest. That honor belongs to the Beringia Trail in Russia, where the world’s longest race takes place on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The trail is 1,270 miles (2,044 km) long in an area where 29 active volcanoes dot the landscape.


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anything. Maybe it’ll happen down the road.” For now, if you’re in New York, you can see him treading the boards in person. Or you can wait until Feb. 5 to catch him in the DVD release of the feature film “Alex Cross,” or you can see him on the big screen April 12 in “42” playing Red Barber. Of his role as the legendary baseball announcer, John told me: “Red Barber was an iconic radio pioneer who was kind of the co-inventor of the live [play-by-play sports] broadcast. The film is as much a celebration of one of the great civil-rights stories of the last century as it is a sports story. I’ve seen about 20 minutes of the film, and I just thought it was phenomenal. I haven’t seen the whole film yet, but I can’t wait.” *** Q: With the passing of Larry Hagman in November, what will become of J.R. Ewing

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→ On Jan. 7, 1789, America’s first presidential election is held as voters cast ballots to choose state electors. Only white men who owned property were allowed to vote. As expected, George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30, 1789. → On Jan. 12, 1928, a young pianist from Kiev named Vladimir Horowitz makes his American debut at Carnegie Hall. Sir Thomas Beecham, guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic, was the headliner, but it was the young Russian pianist playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 who stole the show. → On Jan. 11, 1937, nearly two weeks into a sit-down strike by General Motors auto workers at the Fisher Body Plant in Flint, Mich., a riot breaks out when police try to prevent the strikers from receiving food deliveries from supporters on the outside. The melee was later nicknamed the “Battle of the Running Bulls.” → On Jan. 10, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program is brought before the U.S. Congress. It gave the chief executive the power to “sell, transfer title to, exchange, lease, lend or otherwise dispose of ” any military resources he deemed in the ultimate interest of the defense of the United States. → On Jan. 8, 1962, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, is exhibited for the first time in America. The painting is a portrait of the wife of wealthy Florentine citizen Francesco del Gioconda. → On Jan. 9, 1972, in Hong Kong harbor, a fire breaks out aboard the Queen Elizabeth, and by the next morning the famous vessel lies in a wreck on the bottom of the sea floor. After being purchased in 1970 by C.W. Tung, a Taiwanese shipping tycoon, the vessel was renamed the Seawise University. → On Jan. 13, 1982, an Air Florida Boeing 727 plunges into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., killing 78 people. The plane was forced to wait 45 minutes for clearance after de-icing, and at the end of the runway was able to achieve only a few hundred feet of altitude.

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For all of those readers who loved Lucy, Tidbits offers some information you might not have known about this madcap redhead, a woman who firmly stated, “I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.” • The death of Lucy’s father when she was three changed her comfortable life into one of difficulties. Her mother found work in a factory and remarried. Her new husband didn’t care much for children, and moved Lucy’s mother out of state, leaving Lucy and her brother behind with grandparents. Reunited with her mother at age 11, Lucy eventually convinced her to allow her to enroll in a New York City dramatic arts school. At age 15, she met fellow student Bette Davis there. The overly-shy Lucy was so nervous on stage that the school’s headmaster advised her mother, “Lucy’s wasting her time and ours. She’s too shy and reticent to put her best foot forward.” • Although Lucy’s real name was Lucille Désirée Ball, when she secured work as a fashion model at age 17, she changed it to Diane Belmont, taking the name of New York’s Belmont racetrack. Lucy modeled fur coats for Hattie Carnegie, one of the leading designers of the 1930s. She was enjoying a blossoming career when she was suddenly struck ill with rheumatoid arthritis and spent the next two years relearning how to walk. • At age 21, this natural-born brunette dyed her hair blonde and moved to Hollywood, and landed a job as a dancer with Metro-Goldwyn Studios as a “Goldwyn Girl.” Her movie career was launched in 1933 with a part in Roman Scandals. Although Lucy is best remembered for her work in television, she appeared in 72 movies during her career.

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• During the filming of 1940’s Dance, Girl, Dance, Lucy was introduced to castmate Desi Arnaz, a handsome 23-yr-old Cuban musician. They were married shortly afterward. In 1942, because there were so many blondes in Hollywood, Lucy dyed her hair her trademark red, hoping it would make her stand out. • It was actually a radio program that launched Lucy into television. CBS Radio’s My Favorite Husband was so popular, it was developed for television, and I Love Lucy was born. It premiered in 1951 when Lucy was 40 years old, three months after she gave birth to her first child, Lucie. The sitcom quickly became a hit. Two years later, Lucy was expecting her second child, and the pregnancy was written into the script. Her son Desi, Jr. was born the same day the episode of the birth of “Little Ricky” was aired. Over 71% of television viewers watched that episode, higher numbers than those who watched President Eisenhower’s inauguration ceremony. The very first issue of TV Guide, which debuted in 1953, featured Lucy and her son on the cover. For four out of its six years, I Love Lucy was the number one show in America. • After 20 years of marriage, Lucy and Arnaz divorced. Two years later, Lucy became the first woman to run a major television studio, one that produced several successful series. She was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards,

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