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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Tidbits reviews some facts on famous sweethearts who existed only in the minds of their creators. • It was while working as a waitress at a resort that Wilma Slaghoople and her best friend Betty first met their future husbands Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, who were employed there as bellhops. The Flintstones was broadcast on ABC television from 1960 to 1966, with cartoon characters based on the 1950s TV series The Honeymooners. Fred worked as a crane operator at Slate Rock & Gravel Company, while Wilma stayed home to raise daughter Pebbles and keep house, using the modern conveniences of a wooly mammoth vacuum cleaner, pelican washing machine, and a pig garbage disposal.

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• A romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy seemed doomed from the start. Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice narrated the story of the very wealthy but snobbish and rude proprietor of Pemberley Estate, and the witty and intelligent Miss Bennet. Good marriages to wealthy men were vital to the five Bennet sisters, as their property and home was destined to be inherited by a male cousin upon the death of their father. Sparks flew from the beginning, when Mr. Darcy insulted Elizabeth’s

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appearance. When he finally realized his attraction and proposed to her, he did so while still reminding her of the large difference in their social statuses. Lizzie’s negative response reminded him of his arrogance and conceit, assuring him he was “the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.” However, as with all good romances, love triumphed as Mr. Darcy realized his pride, she recognized her prejudice, and Miss Bennet accepted the second marriage proposal.

• Barbara Millicent Roberts met Ken Sean Carson in 1961. Barbara, aka “Barbie”, had been on store shelves since 1959, but her hunky boyfriend wasn’t introduced until two years later, when the two “met” on the imaginary set of a TV commercial. Each of them has had a wide variety of occupations over the years, Barbie having been a teacher, dentist, veterinarian, Air Force jet pilot, firefighter, astronaut, and ballerina, among many others. Ken has worked as a pizza delivery boy, rock star, pro tennis player, and doctor, just a few of his 40+ careers. After 43 years as a couple, Mattel announced they had split in 2004, but in 2006, after Ken received an extensive makeover, they were reunited. • The 1961 musical film West Side Story chronicled the story of Tony and Maria, a tale loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, New York City style. The story revolved around the rivalry between two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets. Tony, co-founder of the Jets, fell in love with Maria, the sister of the Sharks founder, a combination that could only result in disaster. Richard Beymer took the role of Tony after it was declined by Elvis Presley, and Natalie Wood was chosen over the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Jill St. John. The film, which ended with the deaths of both Maria’s brother and Tony, took home 10 Oscars, including Best Picture and was the second highest-grossing film of the year. It ranks #51 on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 best movies. • Although the love story about Lois Lane and Clark Kent, aka Superman, has been told in many different ways in various forms of media, they were first introduced in June of 1938 in the DC Comics publication Action Comics #1. Their romance started out as a rivalry, after Clark scooped Lois on a story at the Daily Planet, an exclusive on Superman. Clark was enamored with Lois, but ironically, her affections were fixed on his alter-ego Superman. The couple didn’t tie the knot until 1996 when the event was published in the


ARIES (March 21-April 19): You can’t hit the ball every time at bat. There is always someone keeping score and adding up the averages. In the week to come, don’t get out of sorts just because your performance is being scrutinized. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Respect and trust are the two easiest things to lose and the hardest things to get back. In the upcoming week, make an extra effort to remain ethical especially when it is just a case of “business as usual.” GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Remember to honor the golden rule. In the upcoming week, treat others with the same respect and consideration you would like in return. Get bills paid today to avoid mix-ups later in the week. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Being generous attracts prosperity. Sound business practices of the past may reward you in the present. It is a fine week for smart financial maneuvering or to make your mark at community gatherings. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You mean business. Start the week off right by attending to your personal affairs with the same level of skill and serious attention to detail you would provide to an employer. Pay attention to your finances. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): All for one, and one for all. People will be more reasonable and willing to look optimistically at any plan on the table if everyone benefits. In the week ahead, be sure to include all members of a group. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Tune up your instrument before a performance. Since “practice makes perfect,” don’t be surprised if someone critiques your presentation or demands that you try just a little harder in the week ahead. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You will never become poor by giving. In the week to come, don’t be stingy about giving to charities, giving of yourself or giving someone the benefit of the doubt. Accept invitations to group functions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You can never be too rich or too thin. Start to watch your diet this week. Recent overindulgences may make you feel guilty or awkward. Make sensible changes and deny yourself a treat. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Rather than mixing business with pleasure, business can be a pleasure. Your financial acumen gets high marks. Be sure that whatever you endorse holds benefits for everyone in the week ahead. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Keep a rabbit’s foot handy. A positive outlook and faith in your fellow man could be rewarded with good fortune this week. It is the deeds and not the intentions that make the world go around. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Flipping a coin and choosing heads or tails is not the solution. Everything will become clear in the week ahead and you will be able to act from moral certainty rather than trusting to dumb luck.

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Feb. 4: in 1858, a group met in Ripon, Wis., to discuss forming a new political party opposed to the extension of slavery. It became known as the Republican Party. In 1861, the Confederate States of America was formed. Feb. 5: in 1937, President Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices; critics accused him of trying to “pack” the court with his allies. In 1962, French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria’s independence. Feb. 6: in 1778, France recognized the United States and signed a treaty of military aid; England declared war on France the same day. In 1952, Britain’s King George VI died; he was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth, who still reigns.

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Feb. 8: in 1904, the Russo-Japanese War began. In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. Feb. 9: the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president. In 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal ended with an American victory over Japanese forces in the Pacific. Feb. 10: in 1763, France ceded Canada to England under the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War. In 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolph Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States. Answer to last week’s question: This week in 1997, “The Simpsons” became the longest-running animated series in TV history with the airing of its 167th episode on Fox. This week’s question: In 1984, who succeeded Yuri Andropov as leader of the Soviet Union?

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Shelley is a gentle, calm little cat who lost her first home at the age of seven months because she had trouble coping with children. She was then adopted into an adult home where she lived happily for the next six years. She lost that home when her people moved. At Katie’s Place she is a quiet resident who never makes any trouble. She never pesters us but if we visit with her, she’s delighted. Shelley has settled into her communal room serenely enough -- she’s serene by nature! Yet she doesn’t seem to be happy. She stays out of everyone’s way but she seems resigned rather than contented. No doubt she’s lonely for a bond with a human family like she once enjoyed. She’s a tenderhearted but undemanding little soul who deserves more than life has given her. This endearing little cat with the plush, soft coat will be a joy to someone in a reasonably quiet home. Sweet Shaylynn was brought to the shelter by a kind human who found her hanging around without any obvious home. This outgoing and

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“FLIGHT”: Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington is no stranger to acting challenges, and he has one of his biggest yet in this compelling drama from director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”). Inspired by experiences of screenwriter John Gatins, the film casts Washington as a pilot who saves his passenger-packed plane from disaster by making seemingly impossible maneuvers. His immediate fame threatens to uncover personal vices that could end his career, among other possible fallout. Don Cheadle, John Goodman and Melissa Leo also are in the excellent cast, but this clearly is Washington’s show. ***

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comic book to coincide with the nuptials on the TV series Lois and Clark. In 2007, they welcomed the addition of an adopted Kryptonian boy then named Chris Kent.

Are you thinking of sending flowers to someone special on Valentine’s Day? You may want to check out of the meaning of some of our favorite blossoms before doing so! • Floriography, or the language of flowers, began during the Victorian era, when individuals used flower symbolism to express feelings they were unable to speak aloud, or wanted a discreet form of communication. Various blooms were used to send secret or coded messages of love and other sentiments. Flower dictionaries containing the meanings of different varieties filled the shelves as the long list grew. • Most of us know that sending red roses denotes enduring, passionate romantic love, meant for the love of your life. Pink roses are for a lesser affection, and yellow are to be used to symbolize the joy of a devoted friendship. While white roses represent purity and virtue, a bouquet of mixed red and white roses is used to designate unity with your loved one. Can’t afford a dozen roses? Just a single red rose in full bloom also says, “I love you.” Trying to tell your loved one it was love at first sight? Lavender roses are the symbol for that sentiment.

• Peter Parker made his first appearance in August of 1962 in the Marvel Comics’ publication Amazing Fantasy. He was an orphaned high school student in Queens, New York, living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. When he was bitten by a radioactive spider, he attained the “agility and proportionate strength of an arachnid,” and acquired the ability to cling to walls and ceilings. In other words, he became Spiderman! Aunt May continually tried to fix • Blue flowers are used to send a message of calm, him up with “that nice Watson girl next door,” beauty, tranquility, and peace. Specifically, blue a beautiful green-eyed redhead whose face was hyacinths indicate constancy and faithfulness, as do blue violets, which represent faithfulness and first seen in 1966. Mary Jane, or MJ for short, say, “I’ll always be true.” If violets are unavailable, first met Peter when she was 13 years old, blue forget-me-nots also let the recipient know and staying with her elderly Aunt Anna. Peter that your love is true. was 14. They married in a Spiderman comics issue in 1987. On the big screen, the pair was • The towering stems of gladioli are symbolic of a sword, and they even take their name from the popularly portrayed by Tobey Maguire and Lain word gladius, meaning “sword.” A bouquet of Kirsten Dunst for three films. The fourth film, these stunning spikes expresses to the recipient released in 2012, didn’t include MJ, but rather that he or she has “pierced the giver’s heart with Peter’s first girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. passion.”

• Author Edgar Rice Burroughs conceived the • If your sweetheart is a rare beauty, send her the gift idea of the British Lord and Lady Greystoke of orchids. Perhaps there is someone to whom being marooned on the coast of Africa in 1912. you’d like say, “You’re lovely,” but you want to do Lady Greystoke gave birth there, but died on it secretly, without divulging your identity. The her son’s first birthday, while the Lord was gardenia is an excellent symbol for this purpose. Asking to have your affection returned? Deliver killed by the leader of the Mangani ape tribe. jonquils, a fragrant member of the narcissus Their son, John, Clayton, Earl of Greystoke, family. was adopted by the ape tribe, and grew up to

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be their leader. Thus went the story of Tarzan over the course of 24 novels. Tarzan met Jane Porter when she and her expedition were marooned in a similar manner. The pair married in Burroughs’ second book, published in 1913. The immensely popular series led to radio programs, comic books, and 89 movies, beginning with silent films in 1918. The most popular actor to play the ape-man was an Olympic hero, Johnny Weissmuller, winner of five gold medals in swimming, who starred in 12 Tarzan films from 1932 to 1948.

• Homer and Marge Simpson were first introduced to TV viewers in December, 1989, along with their three children, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The bluehaired Marge Bouvier met Homer Simpson during her final year at Springfield High School. Although the couple might be a little rough around the edges, they seem to have a way of working through their marital difficulties with unending dedication to each other. Actress Julie Kavner provides not only the voice of Marge in the animated series, but Marge’s mother Jacqueline and sisters Patty and Selma as well. Dan Castellaneta voices Homer, Grampa Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Barney Gumble, Mayor Quimby, and Hans Moleman.

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