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Saying Thank You is Just Good Manners. Best Holiday Recipes & Wines


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A Heartfelt Thank You To All Our Veterans

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

Publisher R.J. Latronico

Creative Director Jennifer Lingard

Contributors Alana Unger, Harvey Mackay, Kurt Eichsteadt, David Humerickhouse, Emily Latronico

I wanted to do something special in this issue that would honor all Veterans, especially those who fought in World War II. My father and my uncles also fought in this Great War. I chose the black and white photo, circa 1940’s, as our cover shot to remind our readers that there was a time when life was not so complicated. Statistics reveal that of the 16 million who served in WWII, only 1.2 million brave souls are alive today. Six hundred of these soldiers die each day, so their stories and the memories are quickly fading away. One distinguished veteran that I met recently lives in a modest home in Tulare, with his wife of 71 years, Lorry. His name is Manuel Toledo. Mr. Toledo caught my eye for a variety of reasons; one reason in particular was because Manuel served part of his tour of duty in the Aleutian Islands. That’s also where my dad was stationed. Many Tulareans are probably familiar with Toledo’s Jewelry, a store downtown that Manuel has owned for decades. But few know of the hardships that this honorable man endured for the love of his country. This ordinary 95 year-old veteran, as it turns out, is really pretty extraordinary. If you have an opportunity, please take the time to visit the Tulare Historical Museum, where you’ll find a special military wing named in his honor. Manuel has donated hundreds of items to the museum from his World War II collection. Manuel trained with General Patton in the Mohave Desert, and was later sent to the Philippines as part of the Marshalls campaign. While under enemy fire one day he was hit by an unexploded mortar shell, was severely wounded and left for dead. Had it not been for three of his buddies that recognized him lying in a stack of dead bodies, he likely would not be here today.

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Manuel’s is just one story of the thousands out there that remind us of the bravery and hardships our parents and grandparents endured during the war. I find it very appropriate, as a baby boomer, to say thank you to all the brave soldiers like Manuel, my dad, and my uncles that answered the call of duty when it came. It is so easy nowadays to turn a deaf ear to the elderly. To write them off as simply not being in tune with the times, or living in their own world. How wrong is this? These folks make up the Greatest Generation and they are the ones that made this country what it is today - free! Sure, it might be a senior citizen driving or walking too slow in front of us when we are trying to get somewhere in a hurry, but consider this - we all will be there someday and they deserve the same common courtesies as anyone else. The elderly veterans, like Manuel Toledo, may not be as quick as they once were, but they sure know the difference between what’s right and wrong, good and evil. If you don’t believe this, ask them yourself. So the next time you get frustrated by someone that has a few years on you, someone who may not be as sharp or “with it” as you are, remember what goes around comes around. Thank you, veterans, for your service. I am truly grateful for what you have done to preserve our freedom!

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CONTENTS

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK

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A Hearfelt Thank You to All Our Veterans

WEALTH & FINANCE

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Harvey Mackay: If you don’t get a Christmas bonus this year maybe it’s because you forgot to say thank you for the bonus you received last year. Harvey Mackay explains why we need to say thanks now, before it’s just a memory.

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Kurt Eichsteadt: Elon Musk’s personal net worth is $6.7 billion. He owns the Tesla Electric Car Company and he started SpaceX to transport people into space. You’ll never guess what Elon Musk is up to now.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

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Alana Unger: Alana has assembled some quick and healthy holiday recipes to get us through the demanding season.

FOOD & WINE

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Kurt Eichsteadt: What are you planning to serve for your holiday feast? No matter what that may be, Kurt has a wine for it.

TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT

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David Humerickhouse, D.D.S.: Dr. Dave has decided to share with us his recent expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Despite a few minor mishaps along the way, David gets to cross this one adventure off his bucket list.

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This is a photographic Jose Ramirez follow up. These few photos from Jose’s match at West Hills College tell all. Care to guess how long it took Ramirez to be declared a winner by a TKO?

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Kurt Eichsteadt: Our winter DVD picks this month include The Wolverine, Prisoners, Despicable Me 2, Smurfs 2, Fast & Furious and Elysium. The DVD Don’t this month is The Lone Ranger and the old movie we pulled from the vault for your viewing pleasure is Good Will Hunting.

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MANUEL TOLEDO

In early 1941, Manuel Toledo and 52 other boys from Tulare joined the Army and became part of the 17th Infantry, 7th Division, Company B. Manuel remembers the frozen Aleutian Islands, the heavy combat of Leyte in the Philippines and finally returning home with a debt to repay.


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Say Thanks Before It's Just a Memory By Harvey Mackay Some time ago the owner of a small but profitable business wrote columnist Ann Landers about his practice of giving annual bonuses to his employees. The amounts were based on time served and salary levels.

How many times have we sent a birthday check and not heard a word back, the only evidence that the gift was received found among the pile of canceled checks returned from the bank?

He had been doing it for 16 years and in all that time only two employees had ever said “thank you.” Neither were still with the company. One passes away, and the other took early retirement.

How many times have you given a larger than normal tip without any recognition? Waiters and waitresses should realize a larger tip is a signal that a customer enjoyed the experience and wants to return, particularly if their generosity is acknowledged. Diners even have been known to ask for a favorite waitperson’s station.

The owner vowed that he wasn’t going to give any more bonuses, and if anyone complained, the response would be “There will be no bonuses this year because not one of our current employees has taken the time and trouble to say ‘thank you.’” In her answer, Ann Landers segued from that letter to the tons of letters she receives from others, parents and grandparents particularly, who want to know what do do about gifts that are not acknowledged. What happened? Did the poor thing lose the power of speech or the use of their writing hand? Did they fall off the ends of the earth? Was the gift lost in the mail?

If you’re a salesperson or own a company and have recently received a larger than expected order from a customer, what have you done to make that customer know how you feel about it? It’s great to take your spouse out to dinner to celebrate your great sales ability, but what about the guy or gal who gave you the order? A thank you is just good manners. A prompt thank you is easy to say, a lot easier to say than “Gee, I forgot to tell you how much I appreciated your order,” or “How’ve you been after all this time?”

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In New York City, the police are enforcing the qualityof-life laws and Mayor Giuliani is even calling for New York City’s cabdrivers and waiters to improve their manners, pointing out that rudeness is not a great civic selling point. It seems to be working. Crime is down. Tourism is up. New York City is on a roll. Many companies wait until the holidays to say thank you. There’s nothing the matter with that, but why wait? It’s a lot more personal and responsive to seize the day and say the magic words the moment it’s appropriate. And forget the stuff with your corporate logo on it as a thank you. It’s fine as advertising. For yourself. But it isn’t a gift.

set you straight when you were trying to figure out what growing up was all about? Though it may have been decades, you would be surprised how many of them remember us and remain our cheerleaders throughout our life. Believe me, a note or even a phone call from you would be well received. 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 and Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door. The Mackay MBA Of Selling In The Real World is Mackay’s seventh New York Times Bestseller. It’s #1 on the Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller list, and #2 on USA Today Money Bestseller.

The best gifts I have ever received have no monetary value but what I call momento value. They are the letters I receive from people who have used tips or advice I’ve given in speeches, columns or books to get jobs, bonuses or unexpected orders. When a 72-year-old woman wrote to thank me for helping her make a dynamic splash in her chosen field, I was on cloud nine for days. And what an upper it was to hear from a man in prison that he’d begun to turn his life around thanks to the inspiration he’d received from one of my books. One area of thank-you territory that many of us neglect is our formative years. They don’t call them “formative” for nothing. Have you ever said thanks to the teachers and coaches that lifted you up, dusted you off and

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[ WEALTH AND FINANCE ] A Rich Man and His Money:

by Kurt A. Eichsteadt

ELON MUSK: REAL CARS & A REEL CAR for $307 million in cash as well as stock options. Musk cleared $22 million and was on his way. Also in 1999, he found X.com, a financial services and e-mail company. A year later, X.com acquired Confity, which had a subsidiary called PayPal. Musk improved the business model, creating a person-toperson payment system and then renamed the entire company PayPal. Three years later, eBay purchased PayPal for $1.5 billion in stock. Musk was the largest shareholder, which made his share $175 million.

WHAT HE DID WITH IT-BUSINESS SpaceX

INTRO His interests range from Internet shopping to one of James Bond’s cars to being a private supplier to the International Space Station. He’s the owner of the Tesla electric car company. His worth has doubled from last year. With a personal net worth of $6.7 billion as of September, he’s number 61 on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans. Earlier this year, he unveiled the concept for the Hyperloop, a subsonic air travel machine that would take a person from L.A. to the Bay area in 30 minutes or less. He’s Elon Musk, this issue’s Rich Man and His Money.

BACKGROUND He was born in Pretoria South Africa in 1971. At the age of 12, he sold the computer code for a video game for $500. Musk moved to Canada in 1988 at the age of 17 to avoid military service. He attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario before transferring to Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Musk earned two degrees: business and physics. According to his biography, he attended Stanford for exactly two days before leaving to pursue his interests in the Internet, renewable energy, and outer space. He has definitely done that.

HOW HE DID IT One of his first moves was starting a company called Zip2, which created Internet city guides. In 1999, Compaq bought the company

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In 2002, he started SpaceX, short for Space Exploration Technologies. According to its website, it designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. It has developed Falcon rockets to be used as launch vehicles and the Dragon Spacecraft which will be carried into orbit by the Falcons and used to transport cargo and eventually humans. In 2006, NASA awarded SpaceX a contract to demonstrate a commercial system to resupply the International Space Station. In May of 2012, SpaceX become the world’s first privately held company to send a cargo payload to the international space station. In December 2012, it was the first privately funded company to launch, orbit, and recover a spacecraft. Published reports give SpaceX, which is still privately held, a valuation of $2.4 billion.

Tesla Motors Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 to manufacture electric cars and electric powertrain components. It’s best known for its Tesla Roadster, the first fully electric sports car. The company is also preparing to sell the Model S, a fully electric luxury sedan. Musk says his goal is to mass-produce electric cars that all consumers can afford. Right now the base price is $62,400, so there’s a way to go on that.


[ WEALTH AND FINANCE ] His personal investment is in the neighborhood of $7 million, out of a capital raised of more than $100 million. In 2009 the company was approved to receive $465 million in loans from the energy department, loans not related to the bailout programs of GM and Chrysler. They repaid that loan in total in 2013. Additionally, they did an initial public offering (IPO) in 2010 that raised $226 million. It announced profits for the first time in the first quarter of this year.

SolarCity Musk helped launch SolarCity in 2006 (he’s the largest shareholder and chairman of the board), which is the country’s largest provider of solar power systems. It provides services to individuals, businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations. It currently has approximately 1,600 employees and builds solar energy stems and charging stations for electric cars.

Hyperloop In August, Musk announced Hyperloop, which would transport people between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 30 minutes or less. It’s a system that would use a partial vacuum, which according to the proposal would reduce aerodynamic drag and use solar energy for its power requirements. Far fetched? Maybe.

WHAT HE DID IT-PHILANTHROPY He’s Chair of Musk Foundation, which concentrates on science education, pediatric health and clean energy. He’s on the following boards: The Space Foundation, The National Academies Aeronautics and Space Engineering, The Planetary Society, Stanford Engineering Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology.

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In 2010, he started a program through the foundation to help in disaster areas by donating solar power systems. He followed them up in 2011 donating a solar project worth $250,000 to Soma City in Fukushima, Japan after the earthquake and tsunami. In addition, in April of 2012 he joined The Giving Pledge, popularized by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet. It is a commitment by the world’s wealthiest people to give at least half of their fortunes to charity.

WHAT HE DID WITH IT-PERSONAL He recently paid $17 million for the 20,000 square foot mansion in Bel Air, a community of Los Angeles. He’s been married and divorced twice and has five boys. At one time, he owned a McLaren F1 sports car and a Czech manufactured jet trainer aircraft. A Falcon 900 aircraft that was used in the movie Thank You for Smoking is registered to Musk. Musk had a cameo in the movie as well, playing a pilot. The SpaceX facility in Hawthorne, California was used in Iron Man 2. Musk had a cameo in that one as well.

ABOUT THE BOND CAR In September of this year, the Lotus Esprit that was used in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me (Roger Moore was Bond) was sold at auction for almost $1 million. More than a month later it was revealed that Musk was the purchaser. At one part in the movie, Bond is pursued by bad guys in a helicopter. To escape, he drives the car off a pier. As it submerged, the wheels were withdrawn and replaced by fins. And then, Bond being Bond, launches a missile from the car to take out the chopper. Musk was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying, “I was disappointed to learn that it can’t actually transform. What I’m going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real.” Presumably he was kidding, but the guy developed solar panels, rocket ships and is serious about the Hyperloop subsonic travel system…so you never know. It could go either way.

AWARDS/RECOGNITION 2010: One of Time Magazine’s 100 people who most affected the world in 2010 2010: Gold Space Medal (highest award in air and space) from Fédération Aéronautique Internationale 2008: Named one of the most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire Magazine 2008: Received the National Conservation Award from the National Wildlife Federation

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[ HEALTH AND WELLNESS ] Inside-Out Lasagna ¼ tsp black pepper 14 oz can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs 8 cups baby spinach ½ tsp crushed red pepper (optional) ¾ cup reduced fat ricotta cheese

8 oz whole grain rotini or other pasta 1 tbsp olive or canola oil 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, sliced 3 ½ cups sliced mushrooms ½ tsp salt

Cook and drain pasta per package directions and hold in a large bowl. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and beginning to brown – about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until mushrooms release their liquid (4-6 minutes). Add tomatoes, spinach and crushed red pepper. Increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring once halfway through, until the spinach is wilted, about 4 minutes. Toss sauce with pasta and serve with a dollop of ricotta cheese on each serving.

Serves 4 | 360 calories

20 Minutes

As the holidays approach, it gets increasingly difficult to keep up with the demands of the season – and increasingly difficult to get healthy meals on the dinner table. Try these quick, healthy recipes to help you refuel and get back to decking the halls. Start with the 30-minute recipes, then work your way down to the 20-minute meals when time gets a little tighter. When all holiday heck is breaking loose, go to the 10 minute meals to keep you strong and merry!

30 Minutes

Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto 2 tsp + 1 tbsp olive or canola oil, divided ½ cup diced carrots or red bell peppers 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into quarters 1 large garlic clove, minced 5 cups reduced sodium chicken broth 1 ½ tsp dried marjoram

6 oz baby spinach, coarsely chopped 15 oz can cannellini or great northern beans, rinsed ¼ cup parmesan cheese 1/3 cup lightly packed basil leaves Ground black pepper to taste ¾ cup plain or herbed multigrain croutons (optional)

Heat 2 tsp oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add carrots or bell peppers and chicken; cook, turning chicken and stirring frequently, until chicken begins to brown, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Stir in marjoram; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer chicken pieces to a clean cutting board to cool. Add spinach and beans to pot and bring to a gentle boil. Cook 5 minutes to blend flavors.

Skillet Chicken with Cranberries and Apples 1 pound chicken tenders, cut in half on the diagonal ¾ tsp dried thyme, divided ¾ tsp salt, divided by Alana ¼ tsp black pepper 2 tbsp canola oil, divided 2 crisp red apples (Fuji, Gala, Braeburn…) thinly sliced

1 large red onion, quartered and sliced ¾ cup apple cider or apple juice, divided 1 cup cranberries, fresh, frozen Unger, Registered Dietician (thawed), or dried 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Sprinkle both sides of chicken tenders with ¼ tsp each thyme, salt and pepper. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add chicken. Cook, stirring, until lightly browned on all sides, 3-4 minutes. Transfer to clean plate. - Add remaining tbsp of oil to pan. Add apples, onion, 2 tbsp cider/juice and remaining ½ tsp each thyme and salt. Cook, stirring often, until apples and onion are softened, 3-4 minutes. Add cranberries and sprinkle flour over mixture. Cook, stirring, one minute. Return chicken to the pan and pour in remaining cider/juice. Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until sauce has thickened and chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Serves 4. | 290 calories

Southwestern Pumpkin Soup 1 ½ cups sodium free chicken broth 1 cup non fat milk (or evaporated milk) 2 cups pumpkin puree (or 15 ounce can pumpkin) 3 tbsp dark brown sugar 1tsp ground cumin

½ tsp chili powder ½ tsp ground coriander 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg ¾ cup (packed) low fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated Chopped fresh cilantro

Combine remaining tbsp of oil, Parmesan and basil in a food processor. Process until a coarse paste forms, adding water and scraping sides as necessary.

Bring broth and milk to boil. Whisk in pumpkin, brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, coriander and nutmeg.

Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Stir chicken and pesto into the pot. Season with pepper. Heat through. Garnish with croutons if desired.

Reduce heat to medium and simmer until soup thickens slightly and flavors blend, about 15 minutes.

Serves 5 | 200 calories

Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Serve in bowls and garnish with cheddar cheese & cilantro. Serves 4 | 100 calories

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Pesto Egg-wich

10 Minutes

¼ cup sliced mushrooms 1 tbsp water, sodium free broth, or wine 6 egg whites, beaten 1 tbsp sliced olives Pepper/other seasonings to taste 2 tbsp low fat cheddar/colby cheese

2 tbsp low fat mayonnaise 1 tbsp basil pesto ½ cup raw spinach Sliced tomatoes and onions (optional) 2 slices turkey bacon, cooked (optional) 4 pieces whole grain bread, toasted

Heat small pan on medium heat, add mushrooms and water. Cook 1 minute. Add eggs, olives, and seasonings. Cook, stirring, until eggs are set. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Mix mayo and pesto and spread on 2 slices of toast. Divide spinach, veggies and bacon (if using) and egg mixture onto toast with spread. Top with remaining toast.

Serves 2 | 280 calories

Black Bean and Corn Pitas 2 medium whole wheat pita pockets, cut in half 1 (15 oz) can low-sodium black beans, drained & rinsed 1 cup frozen corn, thawed 1 cup fresh or no salt added canned tomatoes 1 avocado, chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped (or 1 tsp crushed garlic) 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper or more to taste 2 tsp lemon juice ½ tsp chili powder 1/3 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Mix all ingredients except pita pockets. Divide mix into 4 pita halves and serve.

Serves 4 | 350 calories.

Angel Hair Pasta with Veggies 1 package angel hair pasta 1 cup sliced carrots 1 zucchini, sliced ½ onion, diced

4 tbsp light margarine Salt and pepper to taste ½ cup Parmesan cheese

Prepare pasta according to package directions. In large skillet, heat margarine with carrots, zucchini and onion. Cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes. Drain pasta. Pour cooked veggies over pasta, sprinkle with Parmesan, salt and pepper. Stir.

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My Trip to Kilimanjaro

As with most significant things in my life, I’m not really quite sure where the genesis of an idea originates. All I can remember about this time is that one day I called an old classmate from USC and asked, “Hey Carlos, how about climbing Kilimanjaro?” A short conversation occurred before Carlos agreed and we began to make plans. For some reason I thought we could get several of our friends together for a fun trip up this wellknown peak. Erroneous assumptions on a few points—of the four or five who agreed to go, Carlos and I were the only two who actually made it on the flight to Tanzania. And by the third day up the mountain with no sleep because of the altitude meds he was taking, Carlos was questioning how in the world I managed to talk him into this crazy trip in the first place. Honestly, I just laid it out there. But here’s how our adventure went. First off, a little background. Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. It rises to a height of 19,341 ft. from the Serengeti Plain in Tanzania in east Africa. It is actually a giant stratovolcano that began forming about a million years ago. Three volcanic cones make up the mountain. The tallest cone is from the Kibo volcano. The top of Kilimanjaro is Uhuru peak, on the volcanic rim of this dormant volcano. Kibo’s last volcanic activity was about 200 years ago. As one of the Seven Summits (the highest peaks

on the seven continents), Kilimanjaro lies within the 292-square-mile Kilimanjaro National Park. Summer and early fall are the most popular times to climb Kilimanjaro. About 30,000 people a year attempt to do so. While many are successful, about 25% are not because of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS). That is, the percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is about 21%. As altitude increases, the percentage remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12,000 feet there are roughly 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath so the body must adjust to having less oxygen. At the Kilimanjaro summit there are over 50% fewer oxygen molecules per breath.

portal to the peak and back in one day. I found I could probably do the climb, but I also found that I am susceptible to altitude sickness. In retrospect it also was probably because we did it so quickly. So, during the summer I did several other mountain hikes with another experienced hiking buddy, Craig. Time spent at altitude would be my best way to adapt, I reasoned.

AMS is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced oxygen at increased altitudes. For this reason, the park requires a guide for nearly every climber in a group.

To start things off after our arrival, in Tanzania we found out KLM lost one of our checked bags. It had, among other things, our zero degree extralong sleeping bags along with some of Carlos’s mountain gear. I gave up a Thermarest mattress and my down parka to Carlos to help him out. We rented other replacement gear from the outfitters including “zero degree” bags. We quickly discovered that the bags were anything but that. Mine was a thin little short poly material bag. This didn’t factor in well with the cold nights we would encounter later.

I have to admit that this turned out to be one of the most difficult adventures I have ever been on. It was both physically and mentally demanding. Summit day was so difficult that there were many times I thought I could easily end up having a major cardiac event out here! I prepared by first climbing Mt. Whitney as soon as the snows cleared in June. My friend, Dan, and I did the 22-mile trek from Whitney

The first two days we spent just getting up to altitude. This involved hikes that ended up about 3000’ higher than their starting altitude. That doesn’t mean that they just went up. Actually it was more like up, up, down, up, up, down, up. The Tanzanians also seem to have no appreciation for maintaining a steady incline on any trail by the use of switchbacks as one would encounter in the Sierra Nevada. The

Background: Mt. Manu from Machame Camp, L to R: Guides Loi & Chaz, Banufu Hut Camp, David at Lava Tower


thought seems to be that if you want to go in a certain direction and the terrain goes straight up in those sections, then that’s just the way the trail goes also many times treacherously so, with steep rocky sections. Every day I needed to constantly watch my guide’s foot placements to stay safe on the numerous rock ledges and steep trail sections. For example, on the third day when we scaled the 1200’ Barranco Wall, there was a dangerous section where we had to hug the rock wall and maintain precisely directed foot placements to avoid falling off the cliff. It is simply amazing to me that more people don’t get seriously injured in this section. Yet, that’s exactly what our guides reassured us was actually the case. One of the overall difficult things was enduring the cold. Even though the trail begins in a lush tropical rain forest it isn’t long before the foliage thins out and you are exposed to the elements. The second night was the coldest. We were warned of how frigid it could be and they weren’t kidding. It got well below the freeze point. Worse yet, Carlos and I had to get up and go outside constantly because we were taking Diamox for altitude sickness. It also happens to be a powerful diuretic. That still gives me the chills just thinking about it. The scenery was often breathtaking. Lots of “wow” moments. You just can’t imagine the stars at night. During the day and looking out across the Serengeti Plain at another high volcano, Shiva Plateau, also provided some stellar views.

L to R: Furtwangler Glacier, The Team, Mt. Kilimanjaro

The same goes for Kilimanjaro peak as seen from our numerous approach angles. The rain forest produced another type of gorgeous landscape alive with monkeys jumping through the trees. The summit day cannot be easily conveyed. I’ve thought about it but I can’t seem to capture the essence of the experience. It probably just needs to be experienced. But don’t sign up yet! Physically, imagine your heart pounding so hard and rapidly that you can feel it in your neck. Imagine experiencing this for seven hours while wearing five layers of clothing on your upper torso and four layers on your lower torso. I thought something might actually pop somewhere in me. I was at VO2 max most of this time. But then, working hard kept us warm. We also had a horrible scare as somebody way above us on the trail started a boulder rolling down the steep mountain trailside. We heard screams and shouts in Swahili from all above us, as our guide quickly got us to dive behind a giant nearby boulder. We later saw several stretchers headed uphill for other rescues. After reaching Stella Point at the rim of the volcanic crater, things got easier. Carlos said it took us 45 minutes to reach the summit from there. It seemed like 15. I couldn’t believe it when I came over a rise and there was the summit sign. We had finally reached it!

The scenery was amazing up there. The cloud-covered Serengeti Plain lies below and all around us. Nearby is a large caldera with a glacier on one side; Furtwangler glacier. Sunrise that morning was also a beautiful view. It had hues of purple, pink, and orange. Being oxygen deprived, I’m not sure I fully appreciated it though! After we quickly took photos, we rapidly headed down the mountain…through the scree. Scree is a loose, heavy buildup of small rock chips that has accumulated into flows down the mountainside. So we scree skied! That is, we took large footsteps through the scree with our heels dug in and our knees slightly bent and flexed. We slid through the stuff in long sweeping steps. It is really fun stuff at first because you can descend so quickly, so fast. Our guides were so helpful. They were encouraging; yet they pushed us when need be. That was summit day in a nutshell. We eventually descended back down the mountain, drove out of the park, and through small villages and beautiful coffee plantations back to our hotel in Arusha. There we came across some Tanzanite jewelry. Interestingly, Tanzanite comes from--you know where--Tanzania. It is a vanadium based gemstone. It is mined only in one mine in the world…and that mine is at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Until next time, happy hiking!

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[ FEATURED STORY ] Tulare has produced some amazing war heroes, like Manuel Toledo and Admiral Elmo Zumwalt. For those of you who do not know Admiral Zumwalt, he was the youngest Chief of Naval Operations who served our country for 32 years. Recently, a high-tech, $3.1 billion destroyer was named after him. I am very privileged at this time to relay to you Manuel Toledo’s World War II story. In undertaking this task I decided to depart from my usual question and answer format. Instead, I have asked Manuel’s daughter, Yvonne, for permission to reprint the story she wrote about her dad a few years ago. Manuel’s story was transformed to a DVD called Two Families in 2004 for Stories of Service. Yvonne was a volunteer and coordinator for Tulare County Stories of Service from 2004 through 2006.

I have had the privilege of having two families. I was born into the first one on July 13, 1918, and I have served with the other, the United States Army, since January 28, 1941. My parents were Portuguese; they emigrated from the Azores Islands. We didn’t have much back then during the Depression, but we didn’t suffer much either. We grew and raised most of our food. As the oldest, I had to work the ranch with my dad, so I only have an eighth grade education.

Considering that Manuel had already lived through the horrors of war once, I really did not want him to relive them again. So, I made the decision to limit my questions to a trip he took recently with Yvonne to Washington D.C. It was the first Honor Flight out of the Fresno region to see the World War II Memorial and other Annette & Michelle Toledo monuments. A non-profit group called The Honor Flight Network In 1934, I was at a paid for this three-day trip. These organized trips are one way that the wedding and saw the Network shows their appreciation to our veterans. cutest young girl there. Six years later, I was Here, in his own words, is Manuel Toledo’s story. It is a war story that was introduced to that same supposed to be an adventure for a bunch of Tulare boys, but turned into a girl, Lorry Thomas. long, horrific nightmare. We were married on Lorry, Yvonne, Manuel and Michael Toledo R.J. LATRONICO: How did you feel when you entered the WWII memorial November 21, 1942. in Washington D.C on your recent trip there? I was a farm boy who never strayed too far from home. On January 28, I was emotional. It bothers me. I had a lot of young kids [in my platoon] 1941, 53 of us local boys were on standby for the draft, and we decided who lied about their age to get into the service and [so many of them] to sign up for one year. died. After the Depression, parents were encouraging their sons to go At Fort Ord, California, we became part of Company B of the 17th into the service because they couldn’t find jobs. I didn’t have a job; 53 of Infantry, 7th Division. We all thought we would find a little adventure in us joined together. the army, but we got way more than we bargained for. By the end of the Why should more people visit our Nation’s Capital? war, most of us came back wounded, maimed, and scarred for life, but all of us made it home alive. To learn about our Country’s history. When I had my military museum in the basement [of the jewelry store], kids would come see [and hear about] We only had a few days left to serve when the Japanese bombed Pearl things. Teachers told me the kids learned more in one day than they did Harbor on December 7, 1941. After we completed combat training in the all year in class. Mohave Desert under General Patton, and amphibious training near San Luis How would you like people to remember you? I’d like to be remembered for helping Veterans and for respecting all those who came before me and those who serve with me--Veterans should come first. I’m glad I served my Country; I’m glad I help Veterans. Any further comments? No, other than I’m glad I was able to serve my country, and I am now able to help other veterans.

Obispo, we boarded the USS Bell and headed for combat in April of 1943. As our ship sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge, I had a sick, empty feeling in the pit of my stomach. When we were ten miles out at sea, we learned that instead of going to the North African desert, we were heading to the Aleutian Islands. We were young, scared, improperly trained, and wore clothing totally unsuitable for the harsh, icy, wet and mountainous terrain of the Aleutians.

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[ FEATURED STORY ] We landed on Attu, on May 11, 1943. And it was there we learned to survive. We shot at human beings for the first time and watched our own men die right in front of us. We endured the cold and many of us suffered from frostbite. We lost 10 of the 40 men in our platoon on the first day. On the second day, our platoon leader was wounded during a banzai attack, and I took over the command. At the end of that day, I had ordered the troops to dig in, but it was hard to dig into frozen ground. After a nighttime banzai attack in the thick fog, we awoke and found 18 more men in our platoon slaughtered. Most of them had not dug in. They were bayoneted or shot to death. After all these years, the image of the bloody, mutilated bodies of those 15 to 19 year old boys still haunts me. Yes, many kids lied about their age when they enlisted! After watching all those boys die in those first battles, I really didn’t want to get close to anyone. It hurt too much. I felt like I was in hell, we were all in hell—together. That strange bond kept us going, as things got worse. On October 20, 1944, during General MacArthur’s return to the Philippines, the 17th Infantry was one of the first to hit the beaches of Leyte. The Japanese were everywhere and they were ruthless; we were constantly under machine gun fire. On October 28, our platoon leader was killed, and for the fifth time, I took over the command.

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On October 29, as the 1st Battalion advanced through the swamp, we were hit hard by heavy machine gun fire, and we lost 50 of our men. They were either wounded or killed. I was one of the lucky ones—I was only wounded. A 25-millimeter mortar shell blasted through a nearby banana tree, but didn’t explode. Both the shell and a chunk of the tree ripped right through me. It left huge open wounds in my chest and my back and it knocked me unconscious. I was mistaken for dead and then stacked with the dead bodies. As the troops began to advance, three of my buddies from Tulare—Timmy Lopez, Tommy Fikes, and Manuel Sotelo—happened to glance at the stacked bodies and recognized me. Luckily, they checked for a pulse and when they felt one they yelled for a medic who then stuffed my wounds with sulfa drugs. These guys then risked their own lives by carrying me through the swamp under heavy machine gun fire to a field hospital. One of the doctors there told the medics to leave me alone and take care of the others. He didn’t think I was going to make it. That doctor may have thought I was almost dead, but I was determined not to die. After drifting in and out of consciousness for eight hours, I still had a pulse. Another doctor then cleaned my wounds and sewed me up. I was critically wounded and my right side was paralyzed. I would later learn that I had two splintered ribs and damage to the upper lobe of my right lung, as well as my spinal cord.


[ FEATURED STORY ] On November 1, 1944, I was placed on a hospital ship headed to New Guinea. About a month and a half later I was on the USS Monterey, a damaged aircraft carrier converted to a hospital ship, in route to the states. Two months later my ship again passed under the Golden Gate Bridge heading homeward, but now I was a different man. I started out as a strong, healthy 180-pound Portuguese adventurer and was transformed into a feeble 115-pound disabled soldier. Three days after arriving at Letterman Hospital in San Francisco, I was transferred to Baxter General Hospital in Spokane for experimental surgery. At 26, I was told I would die without the surgery. I knew I could die on the operating table, or perhaps survive. I thought maybe that I had a few years to live. In February 1945, I became an experimental guinea pig for numerous surgeries. I was told that I might have two to five years to live, at best. That was nearly seventy years ago—I am now 95 years young. When I was finally released from the hospital I returned home for therapy at the Fresno VA Hospital. While I was home I became involved with several veterans groups. Then in 1947, I joined the California National Guard as a First Sergeant. Nineteen years later, I retired as a Captain. In 1948, I met Colonel Ralph Thorpe, a retired WWI and WWII medic. We formed the Tulare AMVETS Post 56 together with 30 charter members (of which I am the only remaining charter member). The membership has now grown to more than 2500.

After my discharge on July 13, 1945, I continued rehabilitation and eventually recovered. I then took advantage of the GI Bill and was trained as a watch and clock repairman. I then bought a business in 1947. My wife, Lorry, and I owned and operated Toledo’s Jewelry in Tulare for 61 years. We have been married 71 years and have four children, Yvonne, Michael, Annette, and Michelle; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandson. My life was spared many times during the war, and I owe a debt to all those young men and women who died, as well as the ones who came home alive. I’d like to pay a special tribute to my wife and family, to those who saved my life, to all of those who served, and especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. This year, Manuel Toledo participated in The Honor Flight Network program, which sponsors all-expense paid trips for World War II veterans to visit the nation’s capital, and, in particular, the World War II Memorial that opened in 2004. The memorial honors the 16 million men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces, including the 405,399 Americans who died during the war. Congressional representatives hosted the veterans for a luncheon and honored their service at the Library of Congress, where fellow World War II veterans Reps. John Dingell (D-MI) and Ralph Hall (R-TX) addressed them. Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22) was also on hand to participate in the event.

In March 1987, I received the National Silver Helmet “AMVET of the Year” Award. With the dedicated help of Cliff Cates, a WWII veteran, I opened the Toledo Military Museum, which is now housed at the Tulare Historical Museum. Manuel & Yvonne Toledo celebrating the completion of his story for the Stories of Service organization

Toledo with Congressman Devin Nunes at the WWII Memorial

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Driving Under the Influence A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can have lifelong consequences. In addition to possibly losing your driver’s license, you may face substantial fines and jail time. A criminal conviction may make it difficult to find employment, housing or get certain professional licenses. At the Bianco Law Firm, our experienced Visalia DUI defense lawyers know how to defend against these charges and will fight to minimize the potential punishments and consequences. If you have been charged with a DUI, we are here to help.

least, request a conditional work permit so you can still get to your job. After the DMV hearing, we can provide with a strong criminal defense in court.

Criminal Court Representation A DUI conviction may lead to heavy fines, jail time and the installation of an interlock ignition device in your vehicle. The potential consequences are more extreme if you are charged with felony DUI. A felony DUI charge occurs if you are convicted of DUI three or more times within 10 years, or if the DUI results in an injury, regardless of the number of prior offenses.

Representation in License Suspension Hearings A DUI charge must be defended on two different fronts, one in criminal court and one in a license suspension hearing before the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A request for a license suspension hearing must be made within 10 days after the arrest. If this request is not made, you will have waived your rights and your license will be automatically suspended 30 days after the arrest. The Bianco Law Firm can provide experienced representation in DMV license suspension hearings. Due to the fact that there is a short period of time in which to request a hearing, it is important to speak with our lawyers as soon as possible after your arrest.

With so much at stake, it is important to protect your rights. The lawyers at the Bianco Law Firm know how to build an aggressive DUI defense. We will evaluate the circumstances of your charge and provide you with the information you need to make an educated decision on whether to fight the charges. DUI is not limited to drinking. You can also be charged with DUI even if you were taking legally prescribed medication. We can help guide you through the court process and will fight to minimize the consequences.

Contact the Bianco Law Firm at (559) 732-8654 if you are in the need of fair, aggressive and intelligent legal help dealing with a DUI case.

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Obesiy in Pets By Kelly Anez, DVM

Do you regularly reward your pet with treats for good behavior? Do you feed scraps from the table? Do you think your pet’s regular diet is “boring” and needs some human food thrown in to make life more fun? Statistics indicate that we may be turning our pets into treat junkies. Researchers for the National Pet Obesity Awareness Day last October cited some frightening statistics and noted that pet obesity is the greatest threat to the health of the U.S pet population. How bad is pet obesity? One study estimates that 34 million dogs and 54 million cats are overweight and that these figures are up 5 percent from 2007. That translates into 55% of dogs and 53% of cats being overweight. Part of the problem, researchers note, is that owners with overweight animals incorrectly label their pets as normal. Owners look at their chubby companion and categorize their weight as normal

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and healthy, while in reality the pet is obese and probably suffering health consequences from their condition. Obese pets often suffer from weight related diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease. As veterinarians, our task is to educate owners about proper healthy weights for pets and to teach owners the best way to prevent obesity and to address a weight loss program for pets that are already overweight. One way to put it into perspective is to relate your pets’ weight to human standards. For example, a 12 pound Yorkie is the same as an average height female weighing 218 lbs and a 14 pound cat is equivalent to 6’ 237 pound man. How about a 90 lb female lab? It’s the same as a 186 lb 5’4” female. What is one quick way to keep your pet’s weight under control? Don’t feed treats! Labeled as “kibble crack” by one veterinarian, today’s pet treats are loaded with sugar and fat and can create cravings that

are far from healthy. For example, to a 50 lb.dog, a premium pig ear is equivalent to a six pack of 12- oz sodas! If you feel you must reward your pet’s behavior with food, there are healthy alternatives. LeanTreat snacks, Science Diet W/D canned food cut and baked like cookies, or even lean mozzarella cheese can be healthy alternatives. However, in general, it’s best to stick with a high end quality kibble and avoid all snacks, treats, and human food altogether. And what about human food? Giving that 15 lb. Dachshund a “small piece of pizza”, for his size, is similar to feeding yourself a treat of 3,000 calories. If you want to avoid the ER and scary words like “pancreatitis” and “enteritis due to dietary indiscretion,” just say no when it comes to people food. If you think you have an overweight pet or would like to learn more about pet obesity, contact your veterinarian and check out the website www.petobesityprevention. com/ for more information. Your pet will thank you.

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It took Jose Ramirez (last month's featured Influential) a mere 47 seconds to knock out his opponent, Erick Hernandez, in the highly publicized Fight for Water at West Hills College in Lemoore. The entire evening of boxing was actionpacked with a number of excellent bouts, but it was quite obvious when this Main Event began, that Jose was the reason the audience turned out. Everyone had hoped for a stellar match, but the local boy from Avenal who turned Olympian, then Professional, decimated his opponent in the blink of an eye with a barrage of powerful punches. Jose then finished him off with a crushing right hook which landed Hernandez maimed and twisted between the ropes. There is no doubt in my mind that this boxing prodigy from Avenal is destined to become a local legend.


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[ FOOD & WINE ]

Wine and the Good Life by Kurt A. Eichsteadt

This is the Holiday Edition of Wine and the

pastures were called estives. Nowadays, most

Reds with ham should be lighter: Beaujolais

Good Life. We’re going to look at a good

cheese is made in dairies.

Nouveau, Zinfandel, Tempranillo (from Spain),

holiday gift (to yourself or someone else) and then do a quick review of the best wines for holiday dining. The gift we are highlighting is a book called The

Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World off French Cheese. It is a fun, entertaining, and d fact-filled look at the world of, well, French cheese. It took a self-proclaimed “cheese head,” Kathe Lison, who was born in Wisconsin, to write an

Speaking of dairies, did you know that milking machines might cause bladder infections in cows? Well, now you do! Cheese smells, or to put it more eloquently, has an aroma due to a bacteria called Brevibacterium linens, which is used to ferment several types of cheese. Roquefort cheese originated when a blue colored mold covered a cheese that was served to Charlemagne around 800 B.C. He was persuaded not to scrape it off, but to eat it instead.

Another interesting tidbit to ponder: Goat milk

Valley here in California. TURKEY Turkey is traditionally served with stuffing and often, rich sauces. The website wine.about.com says, “Sauvignon Blank is hands-down one of the best top white wine picks for turkey and savory sides, as it tends to bring its own herbal tones to the table.” On the other hand, recommended reds are Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah/Shiraz or Zinfandel. PRIME RIB Since it’s meat, red wine is the traditional and logical choice. The wine needs to be strong like a Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Barbaresco or Barolo from Italy. If

is better for you than cow’s milk.

you need a white, it should be white Burgundy.

French cheese through the ages. For example,

Lison actually tried to make her own cheese,

DUCK Since duck is on the fatty side, good

how it was first imported into the United States

using nylon stockings. She succeeded, and the

in 1830.

task itself was pretty interesting.

reds and Zinfandel. If the duck is accompanied

Lison traveled all over France, stopping at

This book is so well written, even if you have

favorites), switch to whites like Sauternes,

places like a Monastery in the French Alps, as

no interest in the subject matter, it’s still a good

Rieslings and Gewurztraminers.

well as farms, dairies and caves. She starts by

read. The paperback lists at $15.00 and is

detailing the very beginning of French cheese

available in the usual places.

DESSERT Wine Enthusiast Magazine says a

CHRISTMAS MEAL WINE PAIRINGS These

sweet Rieslings (for example, Jekel, Willamette

are traditional pairings that are recommended

Valley Vineyards) and traditional dessert wines

with traditional meals. But as I always say,

like Moscato, or even rum (Goslings or Captain

drink what you like!

Morgan) will do the trick.

BAKED, SMOKED OR HONEYED HAMS

No matter what your wine choice may be this

Wines with ham should have a touch of

holiday season, be sure to drink responsibly

sweetness. In whites, that means German or

and try not to over eat too much!

entertaining look at the history and industry of

production, and ends with how cheese is produced today. Along the way she finds some interesting things. Apparently, the first appearance of cheese was when a Mesopotamian stored some fresh milk in a lamb’s stomach, which is “the prehistoric equivalent of a Ziploc baggie,” Lison said. At one time, virtually all cheese was made high

Alsatian Rieslings. The latter wine has more

in the mountains on the same day the milk was

body, less sugar, and a much richer palate

taken from the cows. In some places the

than the German Rieslings. Gewurztraminers work well too.

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[ ENTERTAINMENT ] by Kurt A. Eichsteadt There’s plenty to choose from for gift giving, or even if you just want to enjoy a movie for yourself. There are some serious films and some providing fun for everyone. It’s the Holiday Edition of DVD Diary, where we tell you what’s worth your time and money…and what’s not!

THE WOLVERINE Featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine, superstar Hugh Jackman is back. Wolverine has superpowers including immortality, which proves to give him some trouble. It’s an intelligent, compelling movie that doesn’t let the spectacular action sequences interfere with complex relationships among the characters. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language. 126 minutes.

PRISONERS Jackman shifts gears from superhero to a small town father (Keller) driven to unspeakable violence when his daughter disappears. After the police release a suspect, Keller kidnaps him and inflicts a series of increasingly horrific beatings. The violence is graphic but the story is all consuming. Complicated, although thought-provoking. Rated PG-13. 153 minutes.

DESPICABLE ME 2 Let’s lighten the mood. After saving the world in the original Despicable Me, Gru (Steve Carell) has made the transition from super-villain to loving father. He has to save the world again, while he’s just trying to raise three girls who just want a new mom. And the minions are also back providing their mumbled dialogue and impersonations. This is fun for all ages. Tip: watch the credits. Rated PG for rude humor and mild action. 98 minutes.

SMURFS 2 Here come the Smurfs again, mixing live action and state of the art animation.The plot has some complicated aspects but the dialogue and action are kid-level. It’s also one of the last appearances of Jonathan Winters, as Papa Smurf. Rated PG for some rude humor and action. 105 minutes.

FAST & FURIOUS 6 This will never be confused with Citizen Kane, but it’s top-shelf. Vin Diesel is back in an excellent action movie without excessive violence, but with a dash of profanity and plenty of humor. Rated PG-13 for language and violence, but it’s actually pretty tame.130 minutes.

ELYSIUM

Matt Damon stars in one of the best movies of the year. In the future, civilization has been divided into two groups, one living in squalor on earth and the other living in a spaceship (Elysium) where all their needs are met. An industrial accident gives Damon just five days to live and he decides to try to take his girlfriend and her daughter to Elysium, where medical care is available to save her life. Spectacular. Rated R for strong, bloody violence and language throughout.109 minutes.

DVD DON’T THE LONE RANGER Don’t be fooled. Big time talent flopped in this. Johnny Depp and the rest of the people who did a great job in Pirates of the Caribbean, didn’t here.,,at least they play the song and we get to hear “Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!” Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material. 149 minutes.

FROM THE VAULT GOOD WILL HUNTING Matt Damon co-wrote and starred (with fellow co-writer Ben Affleck) in 1997’s Good Will Hunting. Damon is the emotionally damaged genius who struggles to overcome his tortured youth. They won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Rated R for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue. 126 minutes.

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