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FEATURE STORY:

Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers Returns Home to Visalia and His Rock & Roll Roots

When a Handshake Isn’t Good Enough The Controversial L’Oreal Story Are You Eating Whole Grains Yet?

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CENTRAL VALLEY’S VOICE OF THE PEOPLE - INNOVATIVE, INSPIRATIONAL, INSIDE MAGAZINE

Authentic American Rock & Roll From Visalia, with Love

Publisher R.J. Latronico

Creative Director Jennifer Lingard, Elisabeth Markus

Contributors This issue of VPI represents a historic first. Our “Vox Pop” cover story is an exclusive interview with a rock & roll icon. Who hasn’t heard of the Doobie Brothers and Tom Johnston? Which song most represents the Doobie Brothers for you? Is it the driving rock of “China Grove,” “Rockin’ Down The Highway” and the harmony of “Listen To The Music,” or the country sound of “Black Water?” Are you one who prefers the smooth folk sound of “South City Midnight Lady” and “Minute By Minute” or do you like the hint of funk, blues and gospel in “Jesus is Just Alright” or perhaps “Long Train Runnin’”? It really doesn’t matter. All of these songs are worldwide classics from a quintessentially American rock & roll band. The Doobie Brothers (who are not really brothers) are one band that I can relate to as a Baby Boomer. Irrespective of the origin of their name, derived from the cannabissmoking movement of the ’70s, the Doobies truly represent authentic American music. From the finger-picking guitar rifts that Pat Simmons performs, to the blues, jazz, and rock & roll they play, the Doobie Brothers portray what America is all about – growth, diversity and faith in the future. It’s not surprising that the band’s lead singer/ song writer is from a small town. Sure, the Doobies have experienced some turnover in the past 40 years, but Tom and another long time band member, Pat Simmons, have been a part of that same sound for the past 20 years. And they have returned twice to perform here in Visalia. That says a lot about a former garage band musician, who attended Mt. Whitney High School, COS, and later sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

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After my interview with Tom, I had the pleasure of attending the Doobie Brothers concert that evening. As I looked at the crowd seated around me at the Fox Theatre, I saw a lot of “middle aged” folks, like myself, singing and swaying to many familiar tunes. It wasn’t quite a throw back to the ’70s, when cigarette lighters were lit and raised in the air to honor the band, but I did see several cell phones raised and ablaze. It definitely was one concert that I’ll remember every time I hear a Doobie Brothers song on the radio. In this day and age of Hip Hop, a genre of music I cannot relate to, I’m glad there are still guys like Tom out there making music. Few recording artists and musicians have achieved such a successful evolution as Tom and the Doobie Brothers. I, for one, am happy that this talented 62 year-old “local kid” continues to create new sounds for all of us to enjoy. If you haven’t already picked up the Doobie Brothers newest album World Gone Crazy, you owe it to yourself to do so. It is the band’s first new release in more than a decade, and I’m sure you’ll find it worth the wait. Rock On,

Alana Unger, Harvey Mackay, Kurt Eichsteadt, David Hummerickhouse, DDS, Emily Latronico Cover: Forrest Cavale from Third Element Studios

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CONTENTS

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2010

From The Publisher’s Desk [2] Rock & Roll Super Star Returns Home.

FEATURE

Wealth & Finance [6] Harvey Mackay:

ON THE COVER

Harvey tells us something we all should already know – a solid agreement keeps a meeting of the minds from becoming a clash of wills. [9] Rich People Who Made It and What They Did With It: This true story sounds more like a great piece of fiction. This month Kurt delves into a story about the largest cosmetic/beauty company in the world, the richest woman in Europe and her daughter who claims people are stealing her mother’s money. And that is just the beginning.

Health & Wellness [12] Alana Unger:

Got Fiber? Did you know that eating just three servings (48 grams total) of whole grain foods daily can greatly help to reduce your risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes? Alana reveals all you need to know to live a bit longer.

[23] Guest Commentary:

Dr. Prem Kamboj (Tulare Pediatric Group) provides us with some good advice to help prevent the spread of the latest Tulare County epidemic – Childhood Obesity.

Johnston of the [15] Tom Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston returns home to Visalia and his rock & roll roots. At the age of twelve, Tom Johnston took up the guitar. By the time he was fourteen, he formed his first band. He was born and raised in Visalia, attended Mt. Whitney High School and College of the Sequoias. He is best known for writing and singing many of the Doobie Brothers’ hits, including “Listen to the Music” and “Rockin’ Down the Highway.” This month, we are proud to take you behind the scenes

[25] David Humerickhouse, DDS:

Many elderly people wear dentures. Some are ashamed to admit it. This month Dr. Dave shares another personal story with us concerning “false teeth.” Thank goodness that advances in dentistry have helped many people deal with this third set of teeth better!

for an exclusive interview with the legendary Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers.

Entertainment [28] Kurt Eichsteadt:

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Have you seen these movies: Coraline, Hangover Extreme Edition or the Television series Monk or The Pacific? If not, check out these reviews from Kurt first. These reviews may help you spend your entertainment allowance more wisely.

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[ wealth and finance ] COLUMNIST

harvey mackay

When a Handshake Isn’t Good Enough Agreements prevent disagreements. If you are a regular reader of this column, you have likely heard this before. It’s one of my core beliefs, yet it’s amazing how many people don’t heed this advice. I recently received an email from one of my regular readers in Louisville, Kentucky. He wrote: “I have seen it happen so often, especially in real estate. Both the seller and buyer agree on a price, terms, conditions and usually it will be a simple smooth closing ... I have seen many deals that were lost where the attorney or the client start playing games of demanding things that weren’t in the contract (after everyone agreed) or they say they will ‘walk.’ As you know, this happens in almost every business, if not by the boss, then a manager or employee. Most of the time it is NOT the money that motivates this action — it is the excitement of ‘Winning Always,’ to outsmart others, to get the upper hand. These people are never satisfied with a simple win/win.”

“… clear agreements often prevent small disagreements from becoming big ones.” While this statement may resonate with a lot of people, the bottom line is once you have a deal, you can’t change the rules in the middle of the game — unless the rules themselves were unethical. And shame on you if you originally agreed to shady terms. Every now and then you will find yourself dealing with one of those slick types who says he doesn’t want a contract and “your word is good enough.” Maybe yours is, but his usually isn’t. I’ve learned a few lessons the hard way. In my early business days, I had a handshake-deal with a man I hired. He agreed that he would not seek other employment for two years. After a year, what he thought was a better offer came along, and he was gone. He said that he 6

remembered that we had agreed on only one year. How could I prove he was wrong? I couldn’t. I always strive to come to an agreement and then put it in writing. Now when I make a deal with anyone, I send a letter the same day in which I: 1. Thank the person profusely for their courtesy, and 2. Spell out the terms of our agreement — “As I understand our agreement, I have agreed to do this ... and you have agreed to do that ...” This minimizes any confusion. I don’t usually ask for any acknowledgement other than to make sure they received the letter. It’s just a nice, friendly, little reminder ... and a useful record if there should be any misunderstandings later. You’d be amazed at how helpful this little exercise is. Pale ink is better than the most retentive memory. One more piece of advice: If the terms are important enough, make sure your agreement has some legal standing. Sometimes disagreements can’t be settled amicably or easily, even with a written document. A good lawyer will make sure you are protected. In a litigation-happy society, clear agreements often prevent small disagreements from becoming big ones. Unless you have time and money for an extended lawsuit, take the time up front to spell out the details. Your lawyer can anticipate scenarios that perhaps you haven’t considered. One last word of caution: Always make sure you know whom you are doing business with. You can save yourself plenty of headaches by using your head from the outset. Several men are in a golf club locker room when a cell phone rings. A man answers the phone. “Yes, I’m finished with my game so I can talk. You’re out shopping? And you want to order

those new carpets? Okay ... and they’ll include the curtains for an extra five thousand? Sure, why not?” The golf buddies start to laugh. “You want to book that week-long cruise? They’ll hold the price at twelve thousand? Sounds good to me. How about two weeks? If that’s what you want, okay by me.” The buddies start to wonder where he’s been hiding the money. He continues: “And you want to give the builder the go-ahead for the house addition? Seventyfive thousand if we say yes today? Sounds fair — sure, that’s fine.” Glances of amazement all around. “Okay, see you later. Yes, love you too,” says the man, ending the call. He looks at the other men and says, “Whose phone is this anyhow?” Mackay’s Moral: A solid agreement keeps a meeting of the minds from becoming a clash of wills. n Reprinted with permission from nationally syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 best seller “Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive.”

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COLUMNIST

Rich People Who Made It … and What They Did With It

The Butler Did It

A Rich Woman and HeR Money — Liliane Bettencourt

INTRO This is the story about the largest cosmetic/ beauty company in the world, the richest woman in Europe and her daughter who claims people are stealing her mother’s money. It is also about people who collaborated with the bad guys during World War II, a scandal that may have reached into the office of the President of France, and Bernie Madoff. The woman is Liliane Bettencourt, the company is L’Oreal and if you didn’t know, the President of France is Nicolas Sarkozy.

HISTORY OF L’OREAL L’Oreal traces its roots to a French chemist, Eugene Schueller, who developed a hair dye formula called Auréole in 1907. In 1909, they had three chemists. By 1950, there were 100 and by 1984, they had 1,000. Today, they have nearly 2,000 in five locations around the world: two in France, one in Clark, New Jersey, one in Japan and one in Shanghai. It is the largest cosmetics and beauty company in the world. The company is publicly held, but Liliane and Nestlé, the Switzerland based food products giant, each control a quarter of the shares. From hair dye, they expanded into 500 brands and thousands of products: hair color, permanents, hair styling, body and skin care, cleansers, makeup and fragrances. A few of their better known brands are: Garnier, L’Oreal Paris, Lancome, Helena Rubinstein,YSL, Maybelline NY, and the Body Shop Chain of 2,400 stores in 61 countries.

For a long time, their slogan was “Because I’m Worth It.” It has gone through two slight changes, “Because You’re Worth It,” and in 2009, “Because We’re Worth It.” In 1950, Liliane, Schueller’s only daughter, married Andre Bettencourt. They had one daughter, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers. Andre’s career included being France’s Interim Minister of Foreign Affairs for two weeks in 1973. He was a regional council president from 1974 to 1981. He also served a stretch as mayor from 1965 to 1989. He died in 2007.

SCANDAL, Part One In the early part of the Twentieth Century, Eugene Schueller, provided support for La Cagoule and allowed them to meet at L’Oreal headquarters. La Cagoule was a pro-fascist and anti-communist group. His son-in-law, Andre Bettencourt, wrote a series of Anti-Semitic articles during World War II, but later joined the French Resistance. Later in life, he tried to dismiss the articles as errors of his youth, stating his judgment was clouded by Vichy France propaganda. In his autobiography, he said, “I have repeatedly expressed my regrets concerning them in public and will always beg the Jewish community to forgive me for them.”

PHILANTHROPY While making money taking care of the outer woman, L’Oreal has devoted considerable resources in support of the inner woman. In 1987, Liliane and her husband created the

AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File

Bettencourt Schueller Foundation to support medical, cultural and humanitarian projects. It has an annual budget of over $200 million each year, split among scientific educational research, humanitarian and social projects and culture and the arts. In 1998, L’Oreal and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) joined forces to promote the role of women in scientific research through the “For Women in Science” program, consisting of the following: 1. The UNESCO-L’Oreal Awards. Each year, one exceptional woman from five continents is recognized as an exceptional woman and a role model for young women. 2. UNESCO-L’Oreal International Fellowships go to women scientists around the world. 3. UNESCO-L’Oreal For Women in Science program supports nearly 1,000 women in scientific research around the world. L’Oreal also funds Operation Souire, which helps those disfigured by war, illness, or malnutrition throughout Africa and Asia. www.voxpopinfluentials.com

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[ wealth and finance ] COLUMNIST

kurt eichsteadt

SCANDAL Part Deux In 1957, Liliane’s father died, and as the only child, she inherited the fortune, becoming the principal shareholder. The company went public and eventually she exchanged half of her stake for a three percent share of Néstle. Today, she and Néstle each own a third of the company. Liliane is said to be the richest woman in Europe, worth a total of $20 billion. In 1987, she met FrançoisMarie Banier, a writer, artist and photographer who was assigned to photograph her for a French magazine. According the Financial Times of London, he claims to have been friends with Samuel Beckett, Vladimir Horowitz, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Diane von Furstenberg and Johnny Depp.

before becoming Social Affairs Minister. The richest women in France was getting financial advice from the wife of the Budget Minister. Florence Woerth quit in the middle of the chaos. The prosecutor says the case will come to trial in September.

CONCLUSION Earlier this year, the New York Times summed up the case writing, “Arthur Goldhammer, a chronicler of French politics at Harvard’s Center for European Studies, said ‘This saga is the French King Lear: a thankless child attacks a failing parent and regime totters.’” And finally, she is said to be one of the victims of Bernie Madoff. n

In the ensuing years, as the relationship deepened between Banier and Bettencourt, she allegedly gave him gifts worth over a billion dollars. These included an island, paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, and two life insurance policies supposedly signed over to Banier after Liliane was recovering from two different hospital stays. Perhaps not surprisingly in 2007, just one month after the death of her father, daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers filed a criminal complaint against Banier, accusing him of “abus de faiblesse” or the exploitation of a physical or psychological weakness for personal gain.

“Because I’m Worth It.”

Earlier this year, Liliane’s butler unveiled 21 hours of audiotapes he had secretly made. The contents of the tape, which have been authenticated by the police include: • Liliane making Banier her “sole” heir, excluding the L’Oreal shares which made up the bulk of her estate. • Claims that French President Sarkozy took envelopes of cash (since proven false). • Other discussions of her finances, political contacts and contributions. Additionally, it was revealed that Florence Woerth had been hired to help Liliane manage her money. The problem with that was her husband, Eric Woerth, just happened to be Budget Minister for President Sarkozy

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COLUMNIST

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UPDATE ON A FORMER RICH MAN: CONRAD BLACK THEN

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NOW In July of this year, a federal judge in Chicago ruled he could be released from jail in Florida (on $2 million bail) pending an appeal. The same Appeals Court rejected Black’s appeal two years earlier. The second appeal followed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that said the law used to prosecute Black applied only to bribery or kickbacks. Neither of which applied to Black. The charge in question was about fraud; the obstruction of justice conviction remains in place. n

Date: 7.7.10

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[ health and wellness ] COLUMNIST

alana unger, registered dietitian

Got Whole Grains Yet? If you’ve listened to even half of the nutrition advice floating through television broadcasts, on the radio, in newspapers, magazines, and health newsletters, then you know that you should be eating whole grains. So, Are you? Are you afraid eating whole grains will make you gain weight? Did you know that whole grains actually help you control your weight by helping you control your appetite, intake, blood sugar and metabolism? Eating too much of any food will cause you to gain weight – carbs, protein, or fat based foods. You are not being told to eat more nutrient-deficient, high calorie, refined grains. There is a huge difference between whole and refined grains: Whole Grains – Use all parts of the grain, and all the healthy nutrients. Bran – minerals, fiber, B-vitamins, phyto-chemicals, protein

Are you beginning to see the whole grain picture now? If you’re not eating whole grains, you’re not getting these outstanding health benefits. What’s more, by not including whole grains in your diet, you’re increasing your chances of being plagued by these health issues. How difficult is it to get in those 48 grams? Just two slices of my Orowheat whole wheat bread for a sandwich covers 40 grams, practically a day’s worth – OR just one serving of my shredded mini-wheats at 49 grams and I’m done! Start checking food labels to see how much you’re getting! Use these tips to help you choose foods that will fill your whole grain needs: Look for this whole grain stamp, listing the grams of whole grain per serving. The stamp guarantees the product contains at least eight of grams whole grain per serving.

Endosperm – carbohydrate, protein Germ – minerals, unsaturated fat, B-vitamins, antioxidants, phytochemicals Refined/Processed Grains – Use only the center of the grain, cutting out nearly all of the nutrients.

Terms that DO indicate Whole Grain: Whole grain (name of grain) Example: whole grain oats

Ground/rolled/cracked/crushed whole (grain) Example: stone ground whole corn Oats (including old-fashioned, rolled, instant…) Brown rice or wild rice Terms that MAY NOT indicate whole grain: • Wheat flour • Semolina • Durum wheat • Organic flour • Multigrain Terms that DON’T indicate whole grain: • Enriched flour • Degerminated (on corn meal) • Bran • Wheat germ Choose a variety of whole grain options including: Bread, rolls, bagels, english muffins, crackers, pretzels, tortillas, cereals, corn bread, popcorn, grits, brown/wild rice, oatmeal, granola, pastas, barley, quinoa. n

Whole (name of grain) Example: whole wheat

Besides the fact that grains are a major source of energy needed to get us through the day, the health benefits of whole grains rival those of fruits and vegetables. They help prevent health issues as minor as constipation and as serious as birth defects. Eating just three servings (48 grams total) of whole grain foods daily can help greatly reduce your risk of these major health issues: • • • •

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Reduce stroke risk by 30-36% Reduce type II diabetes risk by 21-30% Reduce heart disease risk by 25-28% Reduce cancer risk by 37% — and risk of death from cancer by 50%

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[ featured story ] TOM JOHNSTON OF THE DOOBIE BROTHERS – Interview by R.J. Latronico

Without The Doobie Brothers — Where Would We Be Now?

Officer Scott Nelson, Chief Colleen Mestas, Officer Mike Short, Captain Rick Haskill.

The Doobie Brothers in Concert — Visalia, California.

Photo: Forrest Cavale from Third Element Studios

Tom Johnston (Vocals/Guitar) of the Doobie Brothers was born in Visalia, California on August 15th, 1948. Tom’s favorite music in the 1950s included Bo Diddley, Elvis Presley, James Brown and a number of other rhythm and blues artists. At the age of 12, Tom took up the guitar, and had his first band at the age of 14.

When Tom left Visalia and moved to San Jose to finish college, he started playing in bands there. It was in San Jose where Tom met the legendary Skip Spence. Skip was the original drummer of the Jefferson Airplane; who went on to become a founding member of the group that had a major influence on the Doobie Brothers – Moby Grape.

Thanks to Brian Blain of Visalia, within this exclusive Vox Pop interview with Tom, there is a newspaper clipping from a “Back to School Battle of the Bands” event that took place right here in Visalia. (Brian was also a musician at the time, although a bit less famous than Tom turned out to be).

Skip introduced Tom to John Hartman. At that time, their band was called Pud. Pat Simmons then joined the group with Dave Shogren playing bass. A few key elements finally clicked and the group really came together. Tiran Porter replaced Dave Shogren on bass and a second drummer was added – Michael Hossack. “Listen To The Music” and “Rockin’ Down The Highway,” were some of the band’s first big hits.

In his early career, Tom Johnston played in a variety of bands. His interest in rhythm and blues led him to singing in a soul group from a neighboring town and, eventually, his own blues band.

The following is a brief interview that I was fortunate enough to do with Tom a few hours prior to the Doobie Brothers recent benefit concert in Visalia. www.voxpopinfluentials.com

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[ featured story ] TOM JOHNSTON OF THE DOOBIE BROTHERS Richard J. Latronico Welcome back to Visalia and thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. I know tonight’s concert is just a few hours from now, so I’ ll try to keep this brief. I understand that you were born and raised here in Visalia. What high school did you attend? Tom Johnston Yes, at first we lived on Myrtle Street. My family moved later on to West Street. I attended Mt. Whitney High School. A friend of mine gave me this September 1964 newspaper clipping (see inset). It’s a back to school, battle of the bands promotion. Brian Blain is pictured in a band called The Ultimates. You are pictured in another band called The Rivington Quintet (formerly The Implicits). There is another band featured called The Unknowns. Do you remember this?

styles that were explorations. The time spent on the album afforded us the time to hone the tunes and that made a huge difference in the quality of the product. In the early days you were influenced by rhythm and blues, but you clearly had a different sound than most other bands, didn’t you? In those days we did everything – from the Beatles to the Bryds to James Brown. I grew up listening to a lot of different stuff. When you left the band for a while the sound changed. Yeah, it was another direction all together, but they did well, winning some Grammys and all.

Yes, I do. That’s what we did back then. I was in about three or four different bands. We played everything from The Beatles to James Brown, and everything in between. Which college did you attend? College of the Sequoias for two years, then San Jose State University. Do you get the chance to visit here often – outside of touring with the band like tonight? I used to come to Visalia quite a bit with my kids when my mom was still alive, but since she passed away it has been a while now. I do remember seeing large fields of cotton off Caldwell Avenue. Now there are new homes there. What prompted you to move up north to Marin County? I had a sister that lived in San Jose, so I visited her often. I moved to Marin in 1969 because I liked the area and it was full of musicians I knew. Are there any favorite places you like to visit when you’re here in Visalia? Sure, Taylor’s Hot Dogs for one. There used to be a taco place called Ophelia’s, but I don’t think that’s around anymore. I understand you have a new album that just came out last month. Tell me a little bit about it. It’s called World Gone Crazy. We’ll be playing three songs from the new album tonight. The first single is already out, and so is the video. You can watch it on YouTube on the Doobie Brothers website, as well as MySpace and Facebook. It took us a while to make this album. It’s the first one we’ve done in ten years. I have to say that I am happier with it than any other album since the early ’70s. It’s a quality product because we went in some different directions and tried some 18

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1964 Newspaper clipping, submitted by Brian Blain. Tom Johnston is pictured 4th from left in lower left photo.

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[ featured story ] TOM JOHNSTON OF THE DOOBIE BROTHERS You’ve done many different albums in your career. Do you have a favorite? No, I really don’t. But right now, the new one is my favorite. People ask me what’s the favorite song I ever wrote and I usually answer, “I don’t know” and I really don’t. I’ve written a lot of songs and I still write a lot of songs. So my favorite song is the one I’m currently working on, whatever one that is. For me writing songs is a hobby. I really like writing. I have a studio in my home and I spend a lot of time there. I understand that being a musician is something that runs in the family. Your daughter is pretty talented, right? Was she on MTV? Yes. Lara actually opened for us last night in Modesto. She also opened for us in Washington, Oregon, Saratoga and San Diego. She’s doing real well for herself. Music must be in her genes. Yeah. I had a talk with her and I asked, “Are you sure you want to do this?” It’s a crazy business, but she is determined and I’ll always support her. Who has been the greatest influence on you as a guitar player? I would say all three King’s, none of which are brothers – Freddy, Albert and BB. At first Freddy and Albert influenced me more. Later, I was influenced by a number of different players – Eric Clapton back in the mid to late ’60s, and all those blues guys in Chicago. I understand that tonight’s show is a benefit for College of the Sequoias. You’ve done quite a few benefits like this, haven’t you? Yes, we do benefits every year. For a long time we did a lot of benefits for Vietnam Vets. Now we’ve kind of branched out a little bit. We’ve done gigs for soldiers who are returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well. How hectic is touring with the band? We generally do 80 to 90 shows a year, but this year has been more intense. We’ve only had eight days off since June 10th. How old are you now? I’m 62. This year has been the busiest year we’ve had, since I don’t know when. It’s because of the new album. We toured for six weeks with the band Chicago and now we’re out for five and a half weeks on our own.

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What about touring outside the U.S, like in Europe? We go to Europe in October for three weeks, which will include the Scandinavian countries, Germany, France, Italy, England, and Ireland. Then we have another ten shows back here after that. Your band has been, and continues to be very successful. What do you attribute this success to? We’ve been fortunate in several ways. We still get a lot of airplay, we still have the interest of people wanting to see the show, and we still move a fair amount of product both online and in the stores that still sell CDs. We also have a great fan club. As far as the band goes, we are playing better now than we did in the ’70s. That’s due to practice and making sure that everyone stays in shape on their instruments and voices. The show reflects this and is pretty potent now. Is there anything in particular that you attribute your success to?

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I think a lot of it is luck, hard work, and timing! There are so many people that write songs, so the ones we’ve written and continue to write have to be top notch. I attribute our success to being at the right place at the right time, and having a particular sound that people like. We’ve had all three of those elements. That’s the key to our longevity. You left the band for a while because you got sick. Are you pretty healthy these days? Yeah, I’m fine now. I eat right, exercise and take care of my health in general. I used to have a bleeding ulcer. It started when I was in high school. When I got into rock and roll it got much worse due to constant touring and the rock & roll lifestyle. Weren’t you once in a band once called Pud, in San Jose? I think Pud also stands for Peptic Ulcer Disease, doesn’t it? I never thought of that! Do you know where that name actually came from? I don’t believe anyone knows this, but it came form Fleers Bubble Gum. They had a guy on the comic strip named Pud. (Laughter) Footnote: Dubble Bubble was the world’s first bubble gum. It was invented in 1928 by a 23-year-old Fleer Chewing Gum Company accountant named Walter E. Diemer (1904-1998).

Pud had many formations. It was a power rock trio at first, then a soul group with a horn section and background singers, then it went back to a power rock trio. Skip Spence was involved with the group. Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently, if you could? If I changed any one thing, I believe I wouldn’t be where I am right now. A change might have altered the way I write songs, the stories I tell in my songs, the feel I give my tunes, or the person I am on stage. I could say that if I knew I’d live this long, I may have taken better care of myself! (Laughter) Do you collaborate with your daughter, Lara, at all? We’ve written a couple of songs together and played live together. I have to give her credit. I never, ever, tried to push my kids in any musical direction. Excluding, of course, piano lessons when they were kids. They were “encouraged” to do that like I was “encouraged” to play the clarinet. I told Lara that if she wanted to get into music, it was her decision. I was not going to push her to do it. My son plays the guitar too, but he’s not going after it with a passion. Lara just started singing and devoting a lot of time to it. I never said anything. She did it on her own and really went after it. The issue now is how the landscape of the music business has changed – especially with Internet marketing and downloading songs for sale on the Internet. The advent of shows like American Idol has 20

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[ featured story ] TOM JOHNSTON OF THE DOOBIE BROTHERS also changed the business. Every kid on the planet wants to be in show biz now.

upkeep on the house. I’m no different than anyone else. I always have a to-do list and I pay bills like everybody else.

The door you had to walk through, if you were lucky in the old days, has gotten much smaller. Now you have a multitude of people trying to get through a much smaller door, so to speak.

Any advise for the young musician who thinks they can make it big time?

Lara really does have a great voice and I have to give her the credit because she has worked very hard for it. She’s really developed her voice into a beautiful instrument. What do you do for fun when you’re not on the road touring? I love living where I do. I’m out in the country with lots of open space. I take walks up in the hills and I spend a lot of time in my studio. I like to write. I always get a kick out of it. It’s fun to explore. I have all the software, so I can play the drums, the bass, keyboards, strings, horns, whatever. I then lay in the guitar, add the lead vocal and background vocals. Then I completely flush the song out. It’s a cool thing. What about the rest of your time? I do what every other dad does – I’m involved with the kids. Lara is home only some of the time now. She’s attending USC. I spend time with Chris every now and then just to keep tabs on him. Then there’s always

Yes, practice! Make sure you are really good at your instrument. There are so many people out there doing exactly that. The sad part is that these days a lot of people “making it” do not deserve to make it. They are not good at what they do. I think they are kind of cheating the public. Some are doing shows that are all lip-sync. That’s not right. If you really want to get into this business knowing that the entry door has gotten way smaller, you have to do more than just play the guitar. You have to write. The first thing my daughter hears when she auditions is the question, “Do you write?” She does, and that’s a good thing! This business is more competitive now than it’s ever been. That doesn’t mean you won’t make it, but it’s a lot harder. n

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[ featured story ] THE DOOBIE BROTHERS

The Latest Scoop on the Newest Album from The Doobie Brothers

World Gone Crazy The Doobie Brothers latest HOR Records release World Gone Crazy stands completely on its own. It is another chapter in one of the great American music stories, but the new album is neither comeback nor nostalgia. According to music critics, “It is an exhibition of aggressive and emotional performances, evocative storytelling, unapologetic attitude and world class musicianship, the collection is its own justification.” World Gone Crazy is an analogy for the Doobie Brothers as a whole. Led by founding members, vocalists and principle songwriters Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and joined by longtime members John McFee on guitar and Mike Hossack on drums, the Doobies “pro tem” have perfectly honored the broader, 40-year band’s legacy with an offering that grows in unexpected new directions. “This album has been in the mix for five years, but we didn’t seriously start putting the nuts and bolts together until three years ago,” Johnston says. Simmons adds, “We had been compiling songs with the idea we would eventually do a record. Our old producer Ted Templeman came by tour rehearsals one day and was impressed with how we were sounding. He asked if we were doing any new material or thinking about recording. And that’s where it really started.” Aside from a few years of inactivity in the mid-eighties, the Doobie Brothers have continued to perform, create and record, with Johnston and Simmons fronting together for a band-record 21 years. “The Doobies have always been about playing live,” Johnston says. “We’re not a studio hot house group and we’re not a concept album band. We’ve always just brought in the tunes we had, put them together and made an album. That’s the way it’s been from the very first album and that’s still the way it’s being done.” n

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Chronology of The Doobie Brothers Albums n The Doobie Brothers (1971) n Toulouse Street (1972) (U.S. #21) n The Captain and Me (1973) (U.S. #7) n What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974) (U.S. #4) n Stampede (1975) (U.S. #4) n Takin’ It to the Streets (1976) (U.S. #8) (does not actually appear on much of album) n Livin’ on the Fault Line (1977) (U.S. #10) (listed in credits but may not actually appear on album) n Farewell Tour [Live] (1983) (U.S. #79) (guest appearance on two songs) n Cycles (1989) (U.S. #17) n Brotherhood (1991) (U.S. #82) n Rockin’ Down the Highway: The Wildlife Concert [Live] (1996) n Best of the Doobie Brothers Live [Live] (1999) (single CD of Wildlife Concert tunes) n Sibling Rivalry (2000) n On Our Way Up (2001) n Divided Highway (2003) (consisting of tunes from Cycles and Brotherhood) n Live at Wolf Trap [Live] (2004)

Solo n Everything You’ve Heard is True (1979) - includes song “Savannah Nights” n Still Feels Good (1981)

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[ health and wellness ] Guest Contributor

Dr. Prem Kamboj (Tulare Pediatric Group)

Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity has become a serious epidemic in our country. Prevalence of obesity in the Tulare County pediatric population has tripled to over 30% in the last three decades. Although there are some genetic and hormonal causes, most of the time obesity is caused by kids eating too much and exercising too little. This epidemic has medical, social, and economic impacts.

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Higher healthcare costs. Especially as these kids are growing up into obese adults requiring expensive medical intervention To effectively tackle this serious health care issue, I believe we need to work together with local schools, city leadership, parks and recreation departments, churches, and service clubs. It was gratifying to work with John Beck, Luis Castellanos and their staff at Tulare City Schools over the last few years to make changes in school lunch menus. Carla Lopez, the new dietician, has made a big impact and I hope we keep making improvements in the school cafeteria and playgrounds. I would like to challenge the hospitals, physicians and clinics to become more actively involved to address this issue. Pastors at our churches can play a big role in constantly giving this message to their congregations. Here are some of the tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

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Breastfeeding. Breast fed babies have a lower incidence of being overweight compared to babies who are formula fed. I am very pleased to note that local hospitals are aggressively advocating breastfeeding. Tulare Regional Medical Center is the leader with 67% of babies delivered being breast fed.

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If you want an active child, be active yourself.

CHANGE FAMILY BEHAVIOR Instead of singling out the child, the whole family should make healthy lifestyle changes. Making these changes can be challenging, especially when you are busy juggling the demands of daily life. If your family works together and supports each other’s efforts, however, you are more likely to succeed. Eventually healthy habits will become routine... and you’ll be well on your way to treating childhood obesity and improving your family’s health. Let us all work together to reverse this trend for our kids’ sakes!! n

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[ health and wellness ] david humerickhouse, dds

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A Third Set of Teeth Way back when, in a time when my wife and I were still dating, we would split time between my parents’ home and her parents’ home, beginning with those special holiday dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas. As time went by, I found myself eating more and more meals up at her folks’ place. There were birthday barbeques and occasions when it was simply the easiest place to grab a meal for free. Cathy and I used to live just a couple of blocks from each other. She was my sister’s best friend beginning back in the sixth grade. They are still good friends. But in those days, my brother and I used to “needle” her when she came down to our house to play with my sister. She admits that she enjoyed the attention, even back then. Curiously though, Cathy and I never dated until after I finished my undergraduate degree in San Diego and shortly before I left for dental school at USC. But, I digress.

like the profile painting of Whistler’s Mother. Now, I’m just trying to give you an exaggerated visual idea of the look around the mouth area— my mother-in-law did not look like Whistler’s Mother. Don’t go spreading rumors. I could get into serious trouble here if this gets back to San Diego!

“Because not even her children, her daughter, my wife, knew…”

Anyway, on one of my visits during the latter years of my dental program when my future mother-in-law and I were talking alone, she told me her amazing story. She grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania—the home of Hershey’s Chocolate and the company headquarters. She said that her family was not well-off financially and she doesn’t remember ever seeing a dentist until she was 19 years old. When she did finally go to the dentist, it seems that she had numerous problems. It’s nearly impossible to determine how bad her problems really were, but the fact remains that this particular dentist of her family’s determined that all of her teeth needed to come out. I find it incredible to believe that no teeth were salvageable. But then, this was quite a long time ago. The dental profession

All I mean to say is that I’ve known Cathy and, consequently her family, for quite some time. And one of the things I noticed at those meals together up at her parent’s home, especially later in my dental education at USC, was that her mom had a different way of eating her food than I was used to seeing. It wasn’t anything really profound. For instance, I remember that she always carved the corn off the cob with a knife to eat it instead of gnawing on it like the rest of us heathens. “Well,” I naively thought, “I guess that’s just the way she likes to eat it—a bit more of a refined and proper way to eat cob corn. She doesn’t want to look like an animal chewing on a corn cob like the rest of us.” Also, she rarely ate any steak or firmer, chewier meats when they were available. I thought she was just being nice, and she was, by giving us more instead. Come to think of it now, most of the food on her plate was broken up and easily chewed. Her profile was a little sunken in around her mouth too—with her chin a bit too pronounced. If you can imagine, it was a bit www.voxpopinfluentials.com

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[ health and wellness ] COLUMNIST

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couldn’t do then what it can today. And there was also a different mindset back then, for dental treatments and priorities. Nonetheless, even now, as she related her story to me, I could tell she was hurt and embarrassed to have this happen to her. She related how devastating it was for her, as a 19-year-old girl, to now have no teeth and have to wear dentures. Even at that time, this was certainly not a common thing. And as she added the final bit to her story, I can only just begin to grasp some idea of how embarrassing it was for her to have lost all of her teeth at such a young age. She was 19 years old and she had to wear complete upper and lower dentures. Oh, for another chance. If only we humans could get a third set of teeth. She asked me to please not tell anyone. No one. Because not even her children, her daughter, my wife, knew that her mom wore dentures. Incredible you say? Impossible? How could they not know? Well, actually this is not a unique story. In fact, it isn’t all that rare either. Denture wearers like my mother-in-law lead a life of shame and embarrassment of their dental condition for most, if not all, their lives. Bad

things can happen to any of us for a variety of reasons beyond our control. I think it is worse for a child when they never had a choice, and then later realize that something could have been done to prevent it. In the case of denture wearers, most of them just suffer with their condition. They adapt their eating habits because, they have had to.

“…dental implants have been an absolute godsend for patients and dentists alike.” They make the best of a bad situation. Lower dentures are notoriously horrible about staying in place when you’re chewing. The denture wearer has to figure out a new way to effectively chew their foods and/or adapt by eating softer foods. Most dentists dislike having to make dentures for their patients, especially lower dentures, for

this reason. Even the best made lower denture can be little better than a floating hockey puck in the mouth unless you glue it down with a pound of adhesive. As Gordon Christiansen, a world renowned dental speaker and clinician would say to his patients, “You have your smiling teeth and your chewing teeth,” when telling his patients about their new dentures and partial dentures. He continues, “We made your teeth so that they would look pretty when you smile. But when you chew, you’ll have to do it very differently and avoid certain foods than when you had your original healthy teeth.” For this one reason alone, dental implants have been an absolute godsend for patients and dentists alike. Dental implants are small titanium pegs that are placed into the jaw and affixed solidly into the bone. This makes them a rigid anchoring system, which in turn can be used to securely attach a denture in place to allow a solid bite once again. For the patient, dental implant placement is a simple process. A person’s health, not age, is most important when considering dental implants. Most of my patients routinely tell me that these

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appointments were considerably easier than having the original teeth removed. Two regular sized implants can provide a much needed improvement in denture chewing function. Additional implants usually give an even better and more reliable outcome. Lately, a new type of dental implant called the “mini-implant” has also been coming on the scene. These are smaller and thinner than regularly sized implants, and they can be placed in certain jaw ridges where regularly sized dental implants would need special grafting procedures or could not be placed at all. Typically, these are situations where the bone has thinned a lot because the teeth have been gone for a long period of time. As a bonus, the mini-implant is also usually significantly cheaper to place than their full-bodied cousins. And well-placed, these fixtures can boast of success rates equal to their regular sized counterparts. Have you, or someone you know of, been suffering with dentures? Have you adjusted your diet in a way that now fits your dental condition? Wouldn’t it be nice to chew most,

if not all foods, the way you used to? Please take a look into how dental implants can help improve the quality of your life. If you know of someone, as I have, who has quietly suffered and adapted their life in this way, consider talking to them about getting more information. You’ll be doing them a favor. Start with your family dentist or someone you know who can provide

you with more information on this life changing process. If you’re still not sure where to go, you may also contact our office at (559) 688-8069 for a point in the right direction. We welcome your stories, thoughts, and input. Please contact us at info@tularedental.com and tell us what you think. n

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[ entertainment ] dvd diary kurt a. eichsteadt

DVD Diary Take a moment and check out our new DVD recommendations. Fall is a great time to watch a good movie. This time of year is kind of a fallow period since production companies are holding the desirable films for the holiday season. We have two features from the opposite ends of the movie experience: one is a delicate, nuanced story for the entire family and the other, well, isn’t. All of these movies are now (or soon will be) available on DVD, Blue Ray or for downloading. CORALINE This movie is a stop-action creation directed by Henry Selick, who also directed Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Coraline’s family moves to an isolated old house, where she finds a passage leading into a parallel world that duplicates the one she came from, with the exception of the fact that in place of eyes, everyone has buttons. She feels respected and appreciated, so much so, that she wants to stay. Which would be fine, except for the fact that she would have to make the switch to button eyes. This is a complex tale about parents and children and getting what you really want. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature as well as a Golden Globe. 96 Minutes. Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive language. HANGOVER EXTREME EDITION For something extremely different, it’s Hangover: Extreme Edition. The Motion Picture Academy rating tells you pretty much all you need to know: “Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content including nudity, and some drug material.” HOWEVER, they left out one thing: it’s really, really funny. Vulgarity for its own sake is just boring and perhaps offensive. The actions and words in this movie seem logical and for that reason, funny. They didn’t spend a lot of money on the premise, a bachelor party road trip to Las Vegas, but they made up for it in action and dialogue that you can’t exactly call “sparkling,” but it does move along at a brisk pace, and while it’s just for adults, you’ll laugh all the way through.

OTHER RELEASES WORTH CHECKING OUT Monk, the Complete Series List Price is $249.98 for 32-discs featuring eight seasons. Monk is a detective, but what makes this detective unique is his OCD, which through excellent writing and outstanding acting (three Emmys) by Tony Shalhoub, makes Monk entertaining, sophisticated and in a way, endearing. The Pacific, a 10-part mini series that aired on HBO that looks and feels like a feature, follows three Marines in separate combat actions in World War II. The producers included Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. The $100 million dollar budget was used to create a magnificent visual campus for the personal impact that war has on individuals.

FROM THE VAULT Open Range a Western epic, starring and directed by Kevin Costner, with respect for the classic western genre. Costner is joined by Robert Duvall and Annette Benning. It’s the story of a cattle drive and cowboys fighting nature and the bad guys. Way above average.

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