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Volume 35 • Issue 20 • October 15, 2010

I got the horse right here - Secretariat By Cal Thomas

In 1977, things were similarly gloomy. The misery index under President Jimmy Carter reflected the mood of many Americans. The president would come to speak of an America that had seen its best days and he told us we were going to have to cut back on everything, including our vision of a greater America. Along came a big Broadway musical that year called “Annie.” It touched the country’s unique chord of optimism and promised, “the sun’ll come out tomorrow.” Most who saw it came away believing that the sun would, in fact, come out again and that things would eventually get better. Now we are in the midst of another national funk and there is a new cultural rescue boat coming just in time to save us from the flood of our current depression. It is a film called “Secretariat” and it is far more than entertainment; it is the artistic equivalent of a caffeine jolt, a Red Bull for the spirit. The story of the 1973 Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing winner, “Secretariat” is “The Blind Side” meets “Chariots of Fire” meets “National Velvet.” It is “Annie” on four legs. It is not only a story about a powerful thoroughbred, but also the story of Penny Chenery Tweedy (played magnificently by Diane Lane with a strong supporting cast led by the hilarious John Malkovich). In the film, Tweedy refuses to take “no” and “can’t do” and “no one has ever done this before” as final answers. Overcoming blatant sexism and condescension from a parade of men, along with opposition from her brother and the doubts of her husband, Penny has faith that her horse -- Secretariat -- can do what no horse had done in 25 years (and no other horse has done since “Affirmed” in 1978): win the Kentucky Derby and both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the latter by an astounding and unsurpassed 31 lengths. “Secretariat” is one of those feel good movies Hollywood makes every now and then to remind us it does not have amnesia about real American values and what at least Middle America -- sometimes derisively referred to as flyover territory -craves. The sound team should get an Oscar, as should Lane, Malkovich and director Randall Wallace, whose previous films include “Braveheart,” “Pearl Harbor” and “The Man in the Iron Mask.” The film also deserves an Oscar nomination for best picture. Cinematographer Dean Semler’s close-ups make the audience feel as though it is riding the horse. The editing by John Wright is first-rate. Critics of the formulaic and often violent and sexdrenched films that are the norm for Hollywood these days should support “Secretariat” by taking themselves and family members to see it. Nothing guarantees more films of this kind than to see it among the top grossing movies in Variety magazine. If you are in a funk over the current state of political and economic affairs, you will come away feeling better after seeing “Secretariat.” You will also believe that you can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in your own life with the kind of determination and grit displayed by Penny Tweedy. Run, don’t walk to the nearest multiplex. Spread the word. You’ll believe again that anything is possible for Americans and America. “Secretariat” opens nationwide on Oct. 8. (Direct all MAIL for Cal Thomas to: Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, N.Y. 14207. Readers may also e-mail Cal Thomas at For advertising information call: (858) 537.2280

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Dear Editor. In your 10-1-10 issue, page 25, your lesson on socialism was right on the mark. A superb lesson for everyone, not just young people. I commend you for including it. We need more of this type of instruction for our citizens. (Incidentally, note how “receive” is spelled -- “i before e except after c.”) JS. i downt think therz aneething rong with my speleeng! – Editor Re: Article last issue - Do You Know Your Political System? Brilliant. What a great experiment. Luckily this was only a few grades for some students and not an end result for this country. Let’s take it as a little lesson for all of us especially those who think socialism is a good idea for America. Kudos Professor. Stephanie Young San Diego, CA I agree with Liz Smith, Mad Max to Mad Men, think that Mel Gibson would be a great match for Don Draper in the show. Hey, he still makes great movies so don’t knock him. Always enjoy Liz’s hollywood scoop. Thanks for a great read. Trina, Oceanside You mentioned a documentary in your Oct 1 issue about the USCGC Eagle that I’d really like see, but there was no mention of where I could find it. Can you please help? I just joined the Coast Guard and this sounds really interesting. Greg, Imperial Beach Greg, I’ll get some information for you and send an email – Editor Great issue! I was born in ‘55 gonna frame the article. Frank, Oceanside Ha, ha Vasquez hurt on his first game in SF. Poor baby, see you on the sidelines as us Raiders kick you butts this Sunday. Go Raiders! A Raiders Fan in San Diego

Guess you were right! Were you using a crystal ball? Hey MP, Great cover! Got introduced to Kylie while in Australia. The ozzies had me watching old re-runs of ‘Neighbours’ on tv all the time. Sydney is just like San Diego. glad to be back home but I miss the Australian women. Steve, San Diego Great article - Do you know your political system? You guessed that less than one third of our population would know, sadly i’d think that the statistics are grimmer than that. Thanks for the information. Wake up America! Wow, just wanted to let you guys how much i enjoy your paper. The last article the golden age of aviation was so interesting. Keep up the great work. Mel, San Diego Re: Your Military Update, I spent 12 months in Vietnam and was in an area sprayed heavily with the defoliant Agent Orange. Since returning home in 1966 I have developed hyperthyroidism (which is not compensated by the VA), Type II diabetes, peripheral neuropathy in both feet and arms, and cataracts in both eyes. I have led a healthy lifestyle and at the ripe old age of 65 now live in constant discomfort. Old age was not a factor in developing thyroid problems or my other current problems. For anyone to even suggest that Vietnam veterans do not deserve benefits for Agent Orange exposure is a continuation of the welcome we did not receive upon returning home. I suppose it would have been less expensive if more of us had died. I applaud the attention our veterans are now receiving but I am totally dismayed that we who served in Vietnam are held in such low regard. GEORGE CRAIG Pacific, Wash.

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Many vets to be helped by 2010 veterans’ benefit act It’s unusual for Congress to pass a comprehensive bill to help thousands of veterans with a final legislative sprint that leaves veterans’ service organizations wondering what just happened. But that’s what the Senate and House did last week. After a burst of closeddoor compromises, they agreed to and separately passed the Veterans’ Benefits Act of 2010 (HR 3219), sent it on to the president. The package has no clear blockbuster initiative. But it improves many veterans’ benefits including some allowances for disabled veterans and various veterans’ insurance options. Employment protections are toughened for those returning to civilian jobs. Service members moving out of phone service areas will be able to sever cell phone contracts without penalty. And new federal grants will be authorized for job training and counseling, childcare services to homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children. “I think it’s fantastic and I’m truly incredulous that it went through as fast at it did,” said Tim Tetz, the American Legion’s legislative director. A week before passage Tetz said he and the Legion’s national commander had visited with Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), chairman of the veterans’ affairs committee. Knowing Congress would adjourn soon and not return until

after the November election, the Legion had urged Akaka to clear an omnibus benefits bill at least during the postelection lame duck session. Akaka said a bill was being worked. A week later, to Tetz’s surprise, a bill chock full of initiatives had passed both the House and Senate. “It’s quite expansive,” said Tetz. “It will be hard to find a veteran that in some way won’t be touched by it.” “The package is excellent,” said Joe Violante, legislative director for Disabled American Veterans. “There are new and expanded provisions for disabled veterans that should help them in a lot of different areas.” “We have about 20 to 25 separate bills in there,” said Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, in a phone interview. “It’s an incredible move forward for all our veterans, whether talking about those on the street or those suffering from mental illness or women veterans facing sexual trauma. I mean it touches virtually every issue that we’ve been working on for several years.” The House passed an original HR 3219 in July last year with a contentious provision to establish a $1000 a month-payment to former World War II merchant marines regardless of need or disability. Senators and even many vet groups refused to support it, arguing it created a benefit not available to other vets. WWII-era merchant marines, they argued, already have full veteran status and can apply for VA benefits including

a needs-based pension for the elderly. When House negotiators agreed to remove the merchant marine language, the benefit package came together, expanded by a final packet of Senate amendments, many of them bills already passed by the House. Here are highlights to take effect when the bill is signed: -An automobile assistance allowance for veterans who have lost limbs or have other qualifying disabilities will increase from $11,000 to $18,900. It also will be adjusted for inflation on Oct. 1 each year. -- The funeral or burial payment for veterans who die in a VA facility or who are eligible to be buried in a VA cemetery will increase from $300 to $700. This payment too will increase annually for

extended to two years, from 18 months, after they leave service. This change will be applied retroactively to persons separated from service on or after June 15, 2005. -- The maximum loan guarantee amount under the Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance program will increase from $90,000 to $150,000. It will increase again, to $200,000, on Jan. 1, 2012. -- Individuals who qualify for retroactive traumatic injury protection coverage under SGLI (called TSGLI) will be expanded to include veterans who incurred qualifying traumatic injuries on or after Oct. 7, 2001, but before December 1, 2005, regardless of where the injuries occurred. -- Veterans will be able to increase

“The package is excellent,” said Joe Violante, legislative director for Disabled American Veterans. “There are new and expanded provisions for disabled veterans that should help them in a lot of different areas. inflation but after 2011. -- Supplemental insurance for totally disabled veterans will increase from $20,000 up to $30,000. -- Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage for totally disabled veterans will be permanently

Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) coverage by $25,000 every five years until reaching age 60. -- The Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA) will be modified to allow service members to terminate cellular telephone contracts when ordered to relocate for a period of 90 days or more to an area not supported by the contract. -- The SCRA also will give service members a “private right of action” to file their own lawsuits against those who violate their legal rights. They no longer will have to wait for enforcement action by a federal agency. The SCRA is strengthened in two other ways, said retired Navy Capt. Samuel F. Wright, a legal expert with the Reserve Officers Association. It now will allow for the Department of Justice to bring a civil action against SCRA violators and those found guilty will have to pay court costs and service members’ attorney fees. “That’s very valuable,” Wright explained, because SCRA claimants will find it so much easier to find a lawyer. Architects of the bill found a way to pay for these improvements and many more by extending a reduction in VA pensions for veterans who have no spouse or children and who are covered by a Medicaid plan while residing in a nursing home. This allows the bill actually to save the VA $394 million over five years and a total of $8 million over the next decade. To comment, send e-mail to or write to Military Update, P.O. Box 231111, Centreville, VA, 20120-1111

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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — While sitting on the porch waiting for a home cooked meal in Long Beach, Calif. Oct. 6, Pfc. Anthony Rolden and his two friends and brothers in arms, Pfcs. Ryan Shuey and Christopher Smith, hear a gun fire in the distance. Without hesitation the three Marines spring into action, with nothing but raw instincts and Marine Corps training leading them. They race down an alley behind the house where they find a police officer fighting for his weapon and his life. “It’s rewarding to know he’s alright,” said Pfc. Ryan Shuey, 20, from Huntingdon County, Pa. and a combat engineer, with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division. “I’m glad we were there to potentially save his life.” The three Marines were taking a break from the mess hall, and having a relaxing night with family and friends before their deployment to Afghanistan in the next few days. That night had different plans for the young engineers and they had to show the true valor of the title United States Marine. “It looked like David verses Goliath,” said Pfc. Anthony Rolden, 18, from Long Beach, Calif. a combat engineer, with 1st CEB, 1st Marine Division. “It all happened so fast.” “We knew what we had to do,” said Rolden. “When we heard the gun shot we did what we were trained to do; which was to run toward the fight, not from it.” “This is a perfect example of Marines being Marines 24/7,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Niebel, 43, from Silver Spring, Md., battalion commander of 1st CEB, 1st Marine Division. “Even after the uniform is taken off they are still living up to Marine Corps standards.”

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Ernesto Che Guevara by Jerry A. Sierra THE CUBAN REVOLUTION WAS FIVE YEARS OLD in 1964 when Ernesto Che Guevara was offered financial compensation to speak at Havana University. Guevara was one of only a handful of foreigners who came with the Castro Brothers on the Yacht called “Granma” to fight against the Batista dictatorship. Upon landing in Cuba, most of the 81 men on the yacht were caught or killed, and only 16 escaped into the Sierra Maestra Mountains, where peasants and farmers aided them until their forces grew into the revolutionary army that defeated Batista. By the time his troops marched on Havana with Camilo Cienfuegos’ troops in January 1959, Guevara was very popular with the Cuban population. Stories of his bravery and leadership circulated widely, and he was considered one of the most important figures in the Revolution. In his response to the offer from Havana University, Guevara showed the contempt for money that he openly shared with the Castro Brothers and a number of the other revolutionaries. “It’s inconceivable to me,” he wrote, “that a monetary payment should be offered to an official of the Government and the (Communist) Party, for any work of whatever kind it may be. Among the many payments that I have received, the most important is to be considered a part of the Cuban people; I would not know how to gauge that in dollars and cents.” (The letter was printed in the Mexican magazine SUCESSOS, January 2, 1967.) The word “che” is the familiar diminutive for “you” in Argentina, as in “hey, you!” It was an affectionate term that became his “official” name and the one which he used for a signature, always with a lower-case “c.”

Born in Argentina on June 14 1928 (he was ten months younger than Fidel Castro), Guevara studied medicine at Buenos Aires University, where he also became involved in opposition to the Argentine leader Juan Peron. He later went to Guatemala, and in 1953 he joined the government of Jacabo Arbenz Guzman, who was overthrown by a CIAsponsored coup. An intellectual and an idealist, able to speak coherently about Aristotle, Kant, Marx, Gide or Faulkner, he also loved poetry, and was equally at home with Keats as with Sara De Ibáñez, his favorite writer. It is said that he knew Kipling’s “If” by heart. continues on page 10 “ALL WORK GUARANTEED” FREE ESTIMATES •

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GOOD GUY VS BAD GUY “I don’t think you and I are very closely related,” Che wrote in a letter to Señora María Rosario Guevara, “but if you are capable of trembling with indignation each time that an injustice is committed in the world, we are comrades, and that is more important.” It was this “great sensitivity to injustice” that forged his political views and led him to distrust imperialism, specifically the American government. It is said that Guevara played an important role in converting Castro to communism, often quoting Marx, Engels, Mao Tse-tung and others. Guevara suffered from a lifelong asthmatic condition that might have prevented any other man from participating in guerilla warfare as he did, but he was determined to not let his ailment interfere with his ideals for a just society. This condition may be why, as a doctor, he specialized in allergies. Journalist Herbert L. Matthews writes about Guevara in his book, REVOLUTION IN CUBA: “His dedication to his revolutionary beliefs was deeply religious. Che had a missionary’s faith in the innate goodness of man, in the ability of workers to dedicate themselves to ideals and to overcome selfishness and prejudices. It was the other side of the coin of his passionate indignation against injustice and exploitation of the humble. He saw the solution in an exalted form of Marxism that would bring freedom and brotherhood. Such men are born to be martyrs.” While living in Mexico, Guevara worked in the allergy ward of the General Hospital and supplemented his salary as a photographer. It was at this time that he met Raul Castro, who told him about the situation in Cuba. In early

“I don’t think you and I are very closely related,” Che wrote in a letter to Señora María Rosario Guevara, “but if you are capable of trembling with indignation each time that an injustice is committed in the world, we are comrades, and that is more important.”

July 1954, Guevara met Fidel, and after talking through the night for ten straight hours, he joined the Cuban Revolution. Guevara went on to become the official doctor of the rebel army, and an important leader and strategist. Before leaving for Cuba on the Granma, he told his wife Hilda Gadea (whom he married on August 18, 1955 in Mexico City) that he joined the expedition “because it was part of the fight against Yankee imperialism and the first stage of the liberation of our continent.” After taking on many important jobs in the Cuban government after the Revolution (he headed Cuba’s Ministry of Industry from 1961 to 1965) he led a force of 120 Cubans into the Congo, but the mission ended in failure. In 1966 Guevara went to fight for revolution in Bolivia. He was captured by the Bolivian Army and executed on October 9 1967.

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straight Fight of the Night awards in his career, including wins over Joe Lauzon, Matt Wiman and Spencer Fisher. Stout has another Fight of the Night candidate on the horizon as he takes on Paul Taylor (fighting out of Walsall, England / 10-5-1, 1 NC). “Relentless” is dropping from welterweight to lightweight for this battle, and is a three-time Fight of the Night winner himself. Taylor will look to add another award to his resume in his firstever pro fight in the United States. Despite breaking his jaw during a preliminary victory at the start of The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 and being unable to continue onto the show, Chris Camozzi (fighting out of Lakewood, Colo. / 13-3) refused to give up on his dream and was rewarded with a fight against James Hammortree at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, which resulted in a unanimous decision win. The 23-year old will match up with the undefeated Dongi Yang (fighti n g out of South Korea / 9-0), who is making his UFC debut. Yang has never been to a decision, winning eight bouts by knockout and one by submission, and has allowed a fight to last into the third round only once in his professional career. In a bout that pits experience against youth, heavyweight Gilbert Yvel (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. / 36-15-1, 1 NC) looks to use his extensive mixed martial arts experience to propel him to victory; “The Hurricane” has been in there with standouts like Junior Dos Santos, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson and many more. On the other side of the Octagon®, Jon Madsen (fighting out of Granite City, Ill. /



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When I was 16 I started modeling…it was more of a hobby than anything. When I was 18, I sent in photos to agencies and began working immediately. My first job modeling was with a real estate infomercial. It was a lot of fun and I got bit by the modeling bug. I was contacted by a lot of the modeling agencies locally and one thing led to another.   At first most of my gigs were swimwear shoots. I finally got a break when FORD motor company asked me to do modeling for them full time. Next was TV. I appeared on the Carson Daly show, the Nick and Jessica Variety show, and the WB Morning show. Furthermore, I was in an independent movie called “Vegas, Baby” with Chuck Liddell. When I built up my resume I wasn’t sure where I wanted my career to go, and then the UFC® was introduced to me.   It was my second time working as a Octagon girl™ at a boxing match and the press took my photo and posted it on an MMA website. James Pena (trainer with UFC®) approached me and told me the UFC® was looking for a new Octagon Girl™ and would I try out. Of course, my answer was yes and I gave him my card and received an email immediately from the company. I went in for an interview and have been with UFC® ever since. Time flies by, and this is the most fun I’ve ever had. Rachelle Leah Host - UFC® All Access™ For advertising information call: (858) 537.2280

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s we’ve entered the second month of the college football season, the BCS picture still looks fairly clouded. Some slots seem to be locks for teams that have already stood out from the competition, while other spots could end up being an absolute brawl to the end. So who’s in, and who’s out? Here’s my latest BCS bowl projections to date. Orange: Miami (FL) vs. West Virginia The ACC is one gigantic mess. Florida State showed early promise, but the blowout loss to Oklahoma raised some doubts. Virginia Tech simply imploded at the start and Clemson remains inconsistent with the ghosts of what might’ve been against Auburn. Miami is playing the best football in the conference right now and is the logical pick to stay at home for the Orange Bowl. I see them taking on West Virginia. The Mountaineers appear to be the best team in a very weak Big East, even for Big East standards. The Orange Bowl has the potential to have some steak to it, but not much sizzle. Fiesta: Nebraska vs. Arizona The Fiesta takes the Big 12 champion, which I think right now will be Nebraska. Oklahoma is ranked sixth and is undefeated, but I really can’t see the Sooner offense having much success against Nebraska’s rugged defensive unit. The Sooners are undefeated, but besides the rout of Florida State, have won in fairly ugly fashion (the again, a win’s a win, right, OU?). Nebraska could be the victim of the BCS system; they could easily be undefeated after the regular season, but be behind two or three other undefeated squads. I have the Huskers taking on Arizona.. I’m jumping on Arizona’s and Nick Foles’s bandwagon for

now; they are playing solid football down in Tucson and could be the story of the college football season this year. Do I hear another Stoops for National Coach of the Year? Sugar: Arkansas vs. Oklahoma Ah, Sooners. You might be upset that I’m thinking Huskers for the conference title, but you still make it to BCS territory. Oklahoma might win ugly at times, but good teams find ways to win. Oklahoma has a strong case of winning out the regular season, but I’d still have them falling to Nebraska, which sends the Sooners to Bourbon Street. On the other side, I have Arkansas in as process of elimination. With Alabama in the title game, I see Florida, South Carolina, LSU, Auburn, and Arkansas fighting for the Sugar invite. Florida’s rough loss indicates they might lose a few more, and if Alabama takes out South Carolina, that leaves the three from the SEC West. LSU’s miracles against North Carolina and Tennessee won’t last all season, so that boils it down to the Auburn/Arkansas winner. Despite Auburn having a much easier schedule down the road, I see Arkansas beating the Tigers in a shootout and getting past South Carolina to set up a border showdown in New Orleans. Rose: Ohio State vs. Boise State Boise State fans, comment below and protest all you want, but wins over Virginia Tech and Oregon State don’t entice me enough to believe that the Broncos deserve a BCS title game invite. I think Boise’s a solid team, and I do wish more teams would take the Boise challenge. However, until there’s a playoff, Boise needs

to stack up quality opponents in order to win over the voters. The Broncos will get a pretty good consolat i o n prize though in a trip to Pasadena. They’ll take on Ohio State, who could easily go undefeated, but given their shaky performance at Illinois, the Buckeyes have raised more doubts with me than the two teams I have picked for the title game. Ohio State still has some tough hurdles to jump over in conference play, but Terrelle Pryor is no doubt the real deal and is worthy of strong Heisman consideration. It may not be the title game, but Boise will have a chance to make yet another big statement. BCS Championship: Alabama vs. Oregon I don’t think anyone can doubt picking Alabama right now. The Tide breezed past Florida, and if they take care of South Carolina, they should be the team with no problems getting a chance to defend their title. The young ‘Bama defense has definitely grown up fast under Nick Saban. The question is if they’ll be ready for the Oregon offensive juggernaut. What both teams have in common is that the real stars of their teams are in the trenches. Alabama always has immense talent on the offensive and defensive lines, and you have to say, at least offensively, the line at Oregon is one of the best, if not the best. Think how easy it was for Oregon to replace Jeremiah Masoli, or even LaGarette Blount, for most of last season. No offense given to LaMichael James, who is a phenomenal running back, but the Duck offensive line has made life easier for Chip Kelly and his program. Who wins, though? Right now, I have to take Alabama, whose balance has them geared for a repeat title.






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Many veterans with PTSD struggle to find supportive employment Experts say simple accommodations can greatly improve their success in the workplace, but many employers are still wary of hiring those with mental disabilities. By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times & Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times

Michael Butcher has applied for at least 25 jobs since injuries he suffered in Iraq forced him to leave the Army three years ago. “I was even turned down by McDonald’s,” said the 29-year-old San Diego native. The military is known for developing leadership, adaptability, loyalty and teamwork. But Butcher said when he tells employers he needs time off to see therapists for post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury, they don’t call back. “They think you are mental,” he said. After nearly a decade of war, many U.S. military veterans have lived through extended periods of combat stress and the trauma of losing colleagues. Nearly a third of the troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of PTSD, severe depression or traumatic brain injury, according to a 2008 study by the Rand Corp. Many of these new veterans struggle to find and retain civilian jobs. Not only are they returning to the worst economy in decades, advocates say, but many employers do not know how to accommodate these invisible wounds and worry that they might “go postal.” “If you are a person with a lost limb, it’s a little more straightforward what you might need,” said John Wilson, assistant legislative director for Disabled American Veterans. “You might need a different kind of keyboard or voicerecognition software to do the typing.”

But employers may not know what to expect from a person with PTSD or a brain injury. The symptoms can include severe headaches, memory lapses, poor concentration, slurred speech, loss of balance, a short temper and anxiety in a crowd. “These elements can make it a challenge to do everyday activities in the workplace,” said Raymond Jefferson, assistant secretary for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service in the U.S. Department of Labor. “But there are very reasonable accommodations employers can make to allow wounded warriors with PTSD and [brain injuries] to be high-contributing, high-performing members on the team.” When the Society for Human Resource Management surveyed its members in June, 46% said they believed post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues posed a hiring challenge. Just 22% said the same about combat-related physical disabilities. Although media attention has helped make the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and traumatic brain injury a government priority, veterans say it has also contributed to the stigma

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VETERANS NEWSI MP Hartfield’s 17-year Army career was cut short by a 2005 ambush in Iraq. She spent the next two years in and out of the hospital to associated with these repair three crushed ribs and drain fluid from around her heart. She is now home in Bakersfield, but commutes several wounds. times a week to medical centers in Sepulveda and West Los Angeles to treat a brain injury and PTSD. “They hear so many stories To compensate, she would work 13-hour days, which caused more stress. But she said her supervisor would on the news ” this soldier still complain when she had to leave for an appointment. When she was asked to delay surgery to remove got back from Iraq and shrapnel from her back, she resigned. killed his wife — which “I need my appointments to live,” she said. makes people a little Hartfield now wants to set up her own business advising veterans and employers how to work together. reluctant to hire you,” She says more open communication would have helped in her case, but at first she did not want to Butcher said. acknowledge her disabilities. Butcher deployed “One of the problems is so many folks aren’t even talking about their invisible wounds,” said Tim to Iraq in 2003 as Embree, legislative associate for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “The issues are different with part of a tank crew every individual, so what I think matters is that the individual understands what’s going on as well as the that repeatedly came employer.” under fire. One hot day To help employers better accommodate the mental health issues veterans face, the Department of Labor he left a hatch open and has set up a web site, America’s Heroes at Work. the force of a grenade blast Many veterans find civilian work with the U.S. government, which is one of the largest employers of former slammed his head against an military personnel; they make up a quarter of the federal workforce. About 40% of the staff at VA medical call centers in iron shield. Many veterans are using Northern California are disabled veterans, many of them with PTSD or brain injuries, according to Project Hired, the nonprofit contracted education benefits to improve to run them. Los Angeles Habilitation House is training 18 veterans with invisible wounds to provide contract management services to their qualifications. But the government. They include Ronta Foster, a 49-year-old father of two who has cycled between the Army and low-paying civilian jobs for years. when Butcher enrolled in He was diagnosed with PTSD and traumatic brain injury after deploying to Iraq in 2003 but traces the symptoms back to a beating he community college, the sight of Muslim students kneeling received outside a German nightclub in 1982. Some companies also seek out veterans. Joshua Stout is one of 80 people recruited through Northrop Grumman’s hiring program for to pray triggered terrifying flashbacks. He left after one severely wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. A former Marine who served in both wars, he now works as a project manager at a plant in San Diego that is developing an unmanned surveillance plane for the Navy. semester. The company consulted occupational nurses on how to help the 27-year-old manage PTSD and a brain injury. They showed him how A friend helped arrange an internship at a computer to set reminders on his computer and arranged his cubicle so co-workers could not come up from behind and startle him. Stout said he struggled to learn how to manage databases, but his supervisor worked with him until he could remember the steps. manufacturing company, “I get a lot of self pride out of working for this company,” he said. “I’m still supporting the troops and I’m still defending freedom.” but Butcher said he got into Although accommodations have to be made, Karen Stang, who manages the hiring program, said managers appreciate what veterans frequent arguments with coworkers. After four days, he like Stout bring to the company. “They bring loyalty, a great work ethic, commitment,” she said. “It’s been a real win-win.” was asked to leave. Butcher said he has since learned to walk away when he gets angry and uses weekly counseling sessions to relieve stress. 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Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand and wife Sophie assassinated in Sarajevo by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. The Start of the War World War I began on July 28, 1914, when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. This seemingly small conflict between two countries spread rapidly: soon, Germany, Russia, Great Britain, and France were all drawn into the war, largely because they were involved in treaties that obligated them to defend certain other nations. Western and eastern fronts quickly opened along the borders of Germany and AustriaHungary. The Western and Eastern Fronts The first month of combat consisted of bold attacks and rapid troop

Late in 1914, the Ottoman Empire was brought into the fray as well, after Germany tricked Russia into thinking that Turkey had attacked it. As a result, much of 1915 was dominated by Allied actions against the Ottomans in the Mediterranean. First, Britain and France launched a failed attack on the Dardanelles. This campaign was


effort to win the war, both efforts failed. The fighting between exhausted, demoralized troops continued to plod along until the Germans lost a number of individual battles and very gradually began to fall back. A deadly outbreak of influenza, meanwhile, took heavy tolls on soldiers of both sides. Eventually, the governments of both Germany and Austria-Hungary began to lose control as both countries experienced multiple mutinies from within their military structures.

followed by the British invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Britain also launched a separate campaign against the Turks in Mesopotamia. Although the British had some successes in Mesopotamia, the Gallipoli campaign and the attacks on the Dardanelles resulted in British defeats.

The war ended in the late fall of 1918, after the member countries of the Central Powers signed armistice agreements one by one. Germany was the last, signing its armistice on November 11, 1918. As a result of these agreements, Austria-Hungary was broken up into several smaller countries. Germany, under the Treaty of Versailles, was severely punished with hefty economic reparations, territorial losses, and strict limits on its rights to develop militarily.

Trench Warfare The middle part of the war, 1916 and 1917, was dominated by continued trench warfare in both the east and the west. Soldiers fought from dug-in positions, striking at each other with machine guns, heavy artillery, and chemical weapons. Though soldiers died by the millions in brutal conditions, neither side had any substantive success or gained any advantage. The United States’ Entrance and Russia’s Exit Despite the stalemate on both fronts in Europe, two important developments in the war occurred in 1917. In early April, the United States, angered by attacks upon its ships in the Atlantic, declared war on Germany. Then, in November, the Bolshevik Revolution prompted Russia to pull out of the war. The End of the War and Armistice Although both sides launched renewed offensives in 1918 in an all-or-nothing For advertising information call: (858) 537.2280

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Mistress of the Dark Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is an American actress best known for her on-screen horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ wearing a black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. Her wickedly vampish appearance is offset by her comical character, quirky/quick-witted personality, and valley girltype speech. Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Peterson grew up in Randolph, until the town was flooded to create Tuttle Creek Reservoir. Her family then moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. During her teens, Peterson worked as a go-go dancer in a local gay bar. She graduated from General William J. Palmer High School in 1969. Days after graduating, she drove to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she became a showgirl at The Dunes. The Guinness Book of World Records cited her as the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas history. She had a small role as a showgirl in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, briefly dated Elvis Presley, played a topless dancer in Working Girls (1973), and purportedly posed for the cover of Tom Waits’s 1976 album, Small Change. However, this story is apparently unverified, as Peterson has since described it as “a giant mystery,” claiming that while she has no memory of the event, the picture looks enough like her that she feels “pretty sure” that it is. She is a vegetarian and has appeared in a humorous halloweenthemed ad for PETA promoting a vegetarian diet. In the early 1970s, she moved to Italy and became the lead singer of the Italian rock b a n d Latins

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Ochanats. During this time, she had a chance encounter with director Federico Fellini which led to a small part in Roma (1972). Back in the United States, she toured nightclubs and discos around the country with a musical/ comedy act, Mammas Boys. In 1979, she joined the Los Angeles-based improvisational troupe The Groundlings, where she created a valley girltype character upon whom the Elvira persona is largely based. Peterson auditioned for the role of Ginger for the third Gilligan’s Island television movie in 1981, shortly before KHJ-TV offered her the horror-host position. Peterson also was a radio show personality on Los Angeles’ 106.7 KROQ radio station from 1982 to 1983. In the late spring of 1981, five years after Larry Vincent (who starred as host Sinister Seymour of a local Los Angeles weekend horror show called Fright Night) died, show producers began the task of bringing the show back. Deciding to use a female host, producers asked 1950s horror host Maila Nurmi to revive The Vampira Show. Nurmi worked on the project for a short time, but eventually quit when the producers would not hire Lola Falana to play Vampira. The station continued with the project and sent out a casting call. Peterson auditioned against 200 other horror hostess hopefuls, and won the role. Producers left it up to her to create the role’s image. She and best friend Robert Redding came up with the sexy punk/ vampire look after producers rejected her original idea to look like Sharon Tate in The Fearless Vampire Killers. Unable to continue with the Vampira character, the name Elvira was chosen. What followed was Elvira’s Movie Macabre featuring a quick-witted valley-girl type character named Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. With heavily-applied drag queen-style horror make-up and a towering black beehive wig concealing her flame-red hair, the transformation from Cassandra Peterson to the sexy “Elvira” was so drastic that no one ever recognized her out of costume. Shortly before the first taping, producers received a cease and desist letter from Nurmi. Besides the similarities in the format and costumes, Elvira’s closing line for each show, wishing her audience “Unpleasant dreams,” was notably similar to Vampira’s closer: “Bad dreams, darlings...” uttered as she walked off down a misty corridor. The court ruled in favor of Peterson, holding that “’likeness’ means actual representation of another person’s appearance, and not simply close resemblance.” Peterson claimed that Elvira was nothing like Vampira aside from the basic design of the black dress and black hair. Nurmi herself claimed that Vampira’s image was based on Morticia Addams, a Charles Addams cartoon character from



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The Addams Family comic strip in The New Yorker magazine. The Elvira character rapidly gained notoriety with her tight-fitting, lowcut black gown which showed more cleavage than had ever appeared on local Los Angeles television before. The movies featured on Elvira’s Movie Macabre were always B grade (or lower). Elvira reclined on a red Victorian couch, introducing and often interrupting the movie to lampoon the actors, the script, and the bad editing. Adopting the flippant tone of a California valley-girl, she brought a satirical, sarcastic edge to her commentary without ever being crass or mean-spirited. Like a macabre Mae West, she reveled in dropping risqué double entendres as well as making frequent jokes about her eyepopping display of cleavage. In an AOL Entertainment News interview, Peterson revealed, “I figured out that Elvira is me when I was a teenager. She’s a spastic girl. I just say what I feel and people seem to enjoy it.” Her campy humor, obvious sex appeal, and good-natured self-mockery endeared her to late-night movie viewers as her popularity soared. At the same time, Elvira was embraced as an icon of the waning 1980s punk movement as well as the emerging Goth subculture. The demand for Elvira increased throughout the 1980s. A frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and many other talk shows, she also produced a long-running series of Halloween-themed TV ads for Coors Light Beer and Mug Root Beer (her trademark cleavage was covered up for the Coors campaign). She did guest roles on television dramas such as CHiPs, The Fall Guy, and Fantasy Island, and appeared on numerous awards shows as a presenter. Despite the fact that her success is forever linked to her image as Elvira, Peterson has never been reluctant to make outof-costume appearances as herself for television interviews and specials. In 1982, with the surprising success of Movie Macabre, Knott’s Theme Parks hired Elvira to replace Seymour as the host of its annual Halloween Haunt during the month of October. Elvira would appear nightly at the park, live on stage with a Halloween-themed musical comedy revue similar to her Mamma’s Boys act from the 1970s. The Elvira character rapidly evolved from obscure cult figure to lucrative brand-name and “Mistress of all Media,” spawning countless products throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including Halloween costumes, comic books, action figures, trading cards, pinball machines, Halloween decor, model kits, calendars, perfume, and dolls. She has appeared on the cover of Femme Fatales magazine five times. Her popularity reached its zenith with

the release of the feature film, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (co-written by Peterson) in 1988. She also did many non-Elvira character-roles in other films, most notably Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) with friend and fellow Groundling, Pee-wee Herman, aka Paul Reubens, and King Solomon’s Mines (1985) starring Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone. In 1985, Elvira began hosting a home video series called ThrillerVideo for International Video Entertainment (I.V.E.). Many of these films were films hand-selected by Peterson. Choosing to stay away from the more explicit zombie, cannibal, and slasher films of the time, these were generally tamer films such as The Monster Club and Dan Curtis TV films, as well as many episodes of the Hammer House of Horror TV series. She refused to host Make Them Die Slowly, Seven Doors of Death, and Buried Alive, so the videos were released on the LIVE Home Video label without Elvira’s appearance as hostess. The success of the Thriller video series led to a second video set, Elvira’s Midnight Madness through Rhino Home Video. In 2004, she revisited this concept with a similar horror film collection on DVD, titled Elvira’s Box of Horrors. After more than ten years, Box of Horrors was the return of Elvira hosting horror movies as she did with Movie Macabre. On Halloween night of 1992, Elvira appeared with rock band U2 when they played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on their ZOO TV tour. Just as she apparently did some 14 yIn the early 1990s, she released a very successful calendar featuring Elvira in various locations (on a studio set) and in poses. One of the months can be seen in the video game Blood, hanging on various walls. In 1997, Ray Productions of Orlando, Florida produced the first haunted house chain endorsed by Elvira titled “Elvira’s Nightmare Haunted House”. The attraction was fully themed (including an Elvira Look-alike) and remained open for two Halloween seasons in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2001, she appeared throughout the nation screening her second full length feature film Elvira’s Haunted Hills including Los Angeles, New York, Key West, Chicago, and Atlanta. Lockheed’s “Skunk Works”, which designed and built the F-117 airplane, built into a mobile trailer a bomb targeting computer system for guiding the airplane through the maze of enemy radar systems. The trailer and system was nicknamed “Elvira” for its ability to safely guide the airplane through the darkness of their night missions. See interview on page 48

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I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators. – Gerald R. Ford Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974. As the first person appointed to the vice-presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, when he became President upon Richard Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974, he also became the only President of the United States who was elected neither President nor Vice-President.

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Cost Of Living How Much things cost in 1975 Yearly Inflation Rate USA9.2% Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 858 Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 7.25% Average Cost of new house $39,300.00 Average Income per year $14,100.00 Average Monthly Rent $200.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 44 cents Average cost new car$4,250.00 Foster Grant Sun Glasses $5.00

Baader-Meinhof guerrillas take 11 hostages at West German embassy in Stockholm The First ever strike by Doctors in the US causes hospitals to reduce services Jimmy Hoffa ex teamsters boss disappears never to be seen again Patti Hearst Becomes Most Wanted and is Arrested for armed robbery

What Events Happened In 1975 Oil goes over $13.00 per barrel The Vietnam War ends as Communist forces take Saigon and South Vietnam surrenders unconditionally The US Carries out Vietnam “Operation Babylift” bringing Vietnamese orphans to the US New York City avoids bankruptcy when President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion loan US Pulls out of Cambodia The first oil pipeline to serve Forties oilfield starts pumping North Sea Oil An IRA hit squad takes refuge and hostages at Balcombe Street in central London The IRA bombs London Hilton Hotel In Park Lane Cod War breaks out between Britain and Iceland when Iceland extends it’s fishing rights to 200 miles

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The name “Micro-soft” (for microcomputer software) and Microsoft becomes a registered trademark NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars. US Apollo and Soviet Soyuz 9 spacecraft link up in space and Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts shake hands BIC launches first disposable Razor Work on the Alaskan Oil Line begins The Digital Camera Steven Sasson and Kodak Company Laser Printer USA

Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins Bill Gates and Paul Allen develop a BASIC program for the Altair 8800 Motorolla obtains patent for the first portable mobile phone

Don Corleone: You talk about vengance. Is vengance going to bring your son back to you or my boy to me? I forgo the vengance of my son. But my youngest son had to leave this country because of this Sollozzo business. So now I have to make arraingments to bring him back safely cleared of all these false charges. But I’m a supersticious man. And if some unluck accident should befall him, if he should be shot in the head by a police officer, or if should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he’s struck by a bolt of lightning... *then I’m going to blame some of the people in this room*... and that, I do not forgive. But, that aside, let say that I swear, on the souls of my grandchildren, that I will not be the one to break the peace we have made here today.

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Vlad the Impaler probably caused more rivers of blood to flow than any other tyrant in the history of the world. Bear in mind that there are many versions of Vlad the Impaler’s life story, and there are no entirely accurate ones. Historically, Vlad is best known for his resistance against the Ottoman Empire and its expansion[and for the cruel punishments he imposed on his enemies. Vlad III is believed to have inspired the association of his name to that of the vampire Count Dracula in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. As you may well know, author Bram Stoker (1847-1912) based the title character of his 1897 novel Dracula on an actual human being, or should we say inhuman being. In this website, we will try our best to make the distinction between the real and the imaginary, the facts and the fiction. This is not an easy task, considering the amount of vampire lore which has imbibed our culture since Dracula was first published in 1897. What is interesting to note, is that Stoker’s vampire, while being loosely based on Vlad the Impaler, is nowhere near as threatening, nor as sadistic. Stoker’s Dracula is a mysterious, somewhat sensual character who kills and feeds to survive, much like any being in nature. In fact, as much as there is reference to the evil of Dracula, it can be reasoned that all of his actions were motivated by survival. Vlad the Impaler, on the other hand, killed not just to feed, but to revel in his own power, and just for the sheer pleasure of seeing the suffering of his numerous victims.

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When he came to power, Vlad ruled with the intention of exacting revenge on the boyars for killing his father and eldest brother. Though Vlad took nearly a decade to do so, he fulfilled this vow, completing the task on an Easter Sunday around 1457. The older boyars and their families were immediately impaled. The younger and healthier nobles and their families were marched north from Târgoviște to the ruins of Poienari Castle in the mountains above the Argeș River, 40 miles north of Târgoviște. Vlad was determined to rebuild this ancient fortress as his own stronghold and refuge so he might monitor the movements of the Hungarians coming through Transylvania and the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. The enslaved boyars, their families and some master masons were forced to labor until their deaths, rebuilding the old castle with materials from another nearby ruin. According to tradition, they labored until the clothes fell off their bodies and then were forced to continue working naked. None survived the construction of castle Poienari, as those who did not die from exhaustion were impaled. Throughout his reign, Vlad systematically eradicated the old boyar class of Wallachia. The old boyars had repeatedly undermined the power of the prince during previous reigns and had been responsible for the violent overthrow of several princes. Vlad was determined that his own power be on a modern and thoroughly secure footing. In place of the executed boyars, Vlad promoted new men from among the free peasantry and middle class, who would

be loyal only to their prince. Vlad the Impaler’s reputation was considerably darker in Western Europe than in Eastern Europe and Romania. The fame of his cruelty spread in the form of a pamphlet, seriously exaggerated, and promoted by Matthias Corvinus. Matthias tarnished Vlad’s reputation and credibility for a political reason: as an explanation for why he had not helped Vlad fight the Ottomans in 1462, for which purpose he had received money from most Catholic states in Europe. Matthias employed the charges of Southeastern Transylvania, and produced fake letters of high treason, written on 7 November 1462. In the West, Vlad III has been characterized as a tyrant who took sadistic pleasure in torturing and killing his enemies. The number of his victims ranges from 40,000 to 100,000. The atrocities committed by Vlad in the German stories include impaling, torturing, burning, skinning, roasting, and boiling people, feeding people the flesh of their friends or relatives, cutting off limbs, and drowning. All of these punishments mainly came from things people did that displeased Vlad the most; stealing, lying, and adulterous relations. Other methods of punishment included skinning the feet of thieves, then putting salt on them and letting goats lick off the salt. This was a way that Vlad kept his people in order and taught them that stealing would not be tolerated in his lands. No exceptions were made: he punished anyone who broke his laws, whether men or women, no matter the age, religion or social class. Impalement was Vlad’s preferred method of torture and execution. His method of torture was a horse attached to each of the victim’s legs as a sharpened stake was gradually forced into the body. Death by impalement was slow and agonizing. Victims sometimes endured for hours or even days. Vlad often had the stakes arranged in various geometric patterns. The most common pattern was a ring of concentric circles in the outskirts of a city that constituted his target. The height of the spear indicated the rank of the victim. The corpses were often left decaying for months. One of the most famous woodcuts of the period shows Vlad feasting in a forest of stakes and their grisly burdens outside Braov, while a nearby executioner cuts apart other victims. This place was famously known as the Forest of the Impaled. In this forest is a story of Vlad’s “sense of humor”: a servant was holding his nose and Vlad said to him while feasting, “Why do you do that?” The servant replied, “I cannot stand the stench.” Vlad immediately ordered him impaled on the highest stake and said, “Then you shall live up there, where the stench cannot reach you.” Vlad the Impaler is alleged to have committed even more impalements and other tortures against invading Ottoman forces. It was reported that an invading Ottoman army turned back in fright when it encountered thousands of rotting corpses impaled on the banks of the Danube.It has also been said that in 1462 Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, a man noted for his own psychological warfare tactics, returned to Constantinople after being sickened by the sight of 20,000 impaled corpses outside Vlad’s capital of Târgovi. The total Turkish casualty toll in this battle reached over 40,000. The warrior sultan turned command of the campaign against Vlad over to subordinates and returned to Constantinople, even though his army had initially outnumbered Vlad’s three to one and was better equipped.


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Although by now you will have noticed that Vlad the Impaler and Count Dracula a very different characters, we would like to point out the following elements which may or may not have influenced Bram Stoker in the creation of his fearsome character. • Dracula’s cape may have been based on the red and black cape worn by members of the Order of the Dragon. • Killing a vampire by driving a stake through his heart is reminiscent of Impalements. • Vlad the Impaler was Transylvanian, as is Stoker’s character. • Vlad the Impaler lived in a castle, which is also known as castle Dracula, and currently a tourists attraction (although the real castle Dracula lies buried beneath is structure) • While imprisoned, Vlad the Impaler tortured and impaled rodents and insects. Count Dracula’s lackey, Renfield, devours insects in his cell while imprisoned

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in an insane asylum. • Vlad the Impaler is said to have consumed human flesh, and to have drunk human blood. Some also speculate that he suffered from a rare allergy that made him lose control when exposed to blood, as well as crave it. • While Vlad the Impaler may not have been one of the living dead, it is believed his allergy to blood caused him to have very pale and swollen face. • Although most movie versions of the Dracula character were without facial hair, Stoker’s character

afterward William committed suicide in the house. In 1920, his daughter also committed suicide, and later so did William Lemp, Jr., and Charles Lemp, leaving the family completely torn apart. Since then, the house was sold and became a boarding house and later, in 1977, a fine restaurant (which is still open today). Workers and boarding tenants have reported feelings of being watched, vanishing tools, strange sounds, apparitions, glasses flying through the air, a piano playing by itself, voices and other strange occurrences.

was a tall man with aquiline features, sporting a long white mustache, an elderly version of what the real Dracula would have looked like. Harker recalls a conversation with Count Dracula: “In his speaking of things and people, and especially of battles, he spoke as if he had been present at them all.” In that same exchange, Dracula explains the origins of his race: “What devil or what witch was ever so great as Attila, whose blood is in these veins?” He held up his arms. “Is it a wonder that we were a conquering race, that we were proud, that when the Magyar, the Lombard, the Avar, the Bulgar, or the Turk poured his thousands on our frontiers, we drove them back?” Count Dracula alsop states that: “Who was it but one of my own race who as Voivode crossed the Danube and beat the Turk on his own ground?” • In Francis Ford Coppola’s feature film “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, actor Gary Oldman is shown wearing an armor sporting the “Order of the Dragon” insignia, and a fair amount of background is given on the Character which was not in the book but is based on the historical Vlad Dracula. Again, In Coppola’s adaptation, Prince Vlad Dracula’s wife Elisabeta is shown committing suicide to avoid capture in exactly the same manner as Vlad the Impaler’s wife during the capture of his castle by the Turks.

“bred” his own slaves, until eventually his cruel practices were discovered and he retired to become a farmer. In the 1920s, the house was opened as a tourist attraction where slavery existed in Illinois, however tourists began reporting sounds of people crying and moaning coming from the attic, cold chills, and whispers. Things intensified when a ghost hunter named Hickman Whittington went to the attic shortly after it opened and spent a few hours there. Though he was in perfect health at the time, he died a few hours

after leaving the mansion. Reportedly, hundreds of people tried to spend the night in the attic after Whittington’s death, but would leave, terrorized, before morning (one man did finally spend the night there in 1978, and reported strange sounds). Currently, the Hickory Hills mansion is owned by the state of Illinois, and is scheduled to open as a historic site (but has not yet re-opened to visitors).

3. Villisca Ax Murder House, Villisca, Iowa In 1912, the J.B. Moore family (the parents and their four children), along with two children who were staying over that night, was murdered in their beds in a shocking crime for this otherwise small, peaceful community. The murders were never solved, but since then many unusual phenomena have been reported in the house. The Moore home was restored and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, and today is open to overnight visitors. Guests have reported children’s voices and laughter, falling lamps, moving objects, and odd sounds, while others have recorded audio, video and photographic evidence of supernatural activities. Psychics who have visited the home have also reportedly communicated with spirits. 4. The Old Slave House (Hickory Hill), Junction, IL

1. Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Midlothian, IL This 1800s-era cemetery has been largely abandoned since 1965, and since then has fallen victim to vandals. Among the toppled tombstones it is said that satanic and occultist groups perform ceremonies, and over 100 reports of strange phenomena have been collected. Among them, ghost lights, inexplicable lights and voices, apparitions, strange photos, anomalous recordings and sightings of unbelievable creatures. There is also a nearby haunted lagoon, a phantom farmhouse and a stretch of haunted turnpike near Bachelor’s Grove. 2. The Lemp Mansion, St. Louis, Missouri

The Hickory Hill mansion was in 1842 by a wealthy man, John Crenshaw, who owned several tracts. Although it was illegal to

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slaves in Illinois at this time, it was legal to lease slaves from other states to work in the salt mines. Crenshaw imprisoned slaves, some of whom were kidnapped, in the attic of the mansion in narrow cells and manacles. He reportedly tortured and beat the slaves for many years, and also

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Top 10 Hammer Horror Films

Let me set for you the stage. An impressionable lad (yours truly) has just been forced to sit through Bible School thanks to his highly religious and over-bearing grandmother. After church Mom would be doing chores and my grandparents would inevitably fall asleep in their easy chairs. Despite their respectful attempts to keep me pure as the driven snow, this was a grave mistake in my rearing (and I emphasize grave). Left alone to my own devices, I found myself being drawn away from my usual helpings of Bugs, Magoo and the Panther to find myself awash in Technicolor thrills on those Sunday afternoons. I surrounded myself with gothic mysteries, Dr. Frankensteins, vampires and Van Helsings, witches, mummies and scores of beautiful bountiful women spellbound by all manner of monstrous predator. This was sinful, and I loved every single stinking moment of it. I was addicted. I wanted more. I never turned back. This was my first real introduction to horror - the house that Hammer built, one beguiling brick at a time. They impressed. They scarred. They titillated. They gave me a corset and petticoat fetish that continues to this day. Most importantly, they made my Sundays worth getting up for. They still haunt my subconscious, and I keep them all close to my blackened heart. Whittling down my top ten favorite Hammer Horrors was an arduous task to say the least, I feel as flushed now as I did when I first got an eyeful of Barbara Shelley’s cleavage, but I digress. Here they are for your consideration - musings of a misspent youth, indeed.

10. Demons Of The Mind (1972) Sexual repression, madness, incest, suicide, possession - it’s all for e-strange-d doctor Patrick Magee to discover in this intellectual mind hump. It’s a convoluted morality play posing science against religion; however, there’s enough blood, boobs and gothic weirdness going on to satisfy most horror fans, I assure you. 9. Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971) This particular doctor gets a gender face lift in this interesting twist on the famous tale of duality. Ralph Bates gives his best, and Martine Beswick is ferociously sexy as the otherhalf intent on completely taking over. Hammer also throws famed graverobbers’ Burke and Hare and Jack The Ripper into the mix to keep the proceedings from ever getting dull. It remains a smart and classy presentation despite the many lurid possibilities. 8. Curse Of The Werewolf (1961) This serious marsupial memoir stars a young Oliver Reed as Leon, the result of a rape between an imprisoned beggar and a servant girl, who is cursed for having been born on Christmas Day. Leon’s only hope for redemption is true love, and we all know it’s not easy finding a girl who will put up with his type of moonlighting. Excellent performances, especially from Reed, help to make this a fascinating character study that shares little in common with most of its counterparts - aside from the requisite silver bullets. 7. Fanatic aka Die! Die! My Darling (1965) Tallulah Bankhead does her Baby Jane-best in this over the top psycho-thriller. Bankhead Bible-thumps and gun totes her way into Camp Classic, as a mother intent on keeping her dead son’s fiancé faithful to the end. Richard Matheson’s kinetic script swiftly builds to the inevitable and entertaining climax. In addition, Donald Sutherland’s turn as halfwit imbecile here is a delight onto itself. 6. The Plague Of The Zombies (1966) This compelling argument for undead labor unions was an obvious

influence on Night Of The Living Dead. When locals refuse to work in the village Lord’s hazardous tin mines, he kills and resurrects them with voodoo rites. A chilling dream sequence remains a highlight in this genuinely suspenseful and well acted revenant relic. 5. The Gorgon (1964) Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, along with director Terence Fisher, were the unholy trinity in the House of Horror - and this gothic fairy tale is one of their best. Barbara Shelley is excellent as a troubled woman who turns into the mythical snake-haired creature at night and petrifies all those in her sight. Cushing carries the impetus of the film as a man struggling with his own personal demons, while Lee attempts to vanquish all evil. Impressive mix of characters, action and thrills topped off (pun intended) by a memorable bleak ending. 4. The Devil Rides Out (1968) Another strong Matheson script is realized through intense performances from Chris Lee and Charles Gray. This was a pet project of Lee’s, and he really embraces his role with zeal. Imaginative and skillfully directed, this tense morality play is thoroughly entertaining with some fantastic set pieces. Also notable as one of the most thoughtful and serious attempts to realistically portray the practice of magic. 3. Twins Of Evil (1971) Ah, the Karnstein Trilogy, let my inner pervert catch its breath for a minute. You see, Hammer went softcore in a trio of vampire tales – these being generally more graphic in both flesh and foul than

any of the company’s previous excursions. It was a wrestling match with my crotch to not include them all quite honestly. The first, The Vampire Lovers (1970) stars the comely Ingrid Pitt and the always dependable Peter Cushing, and is a common favorite for some; Lust For A Vampire (1971) was even more explicit, but it marginally suffers from an inexperienced cast. Twins Of Evil would find Cushing back in tow, alongside the Collinson Sisters (Playboy’s first twin playmates), who make fine additions to Hammer’s able-bodied (ahem) female roster. This could be considered a prequel of sorts, and we are treated to more food for thought in the narrative, giving this entry the most substance of the three in my opinion. 2. The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957) While Americans were under attack from wild teenagers and atomic monsters, the Brits usher in the return of gothic horror (and in graphic color, no less) with this indisputable masterstroke. Terence Fisher skillfully directs the first coupling of soon-to-be Hammer stalwarts Lee and Cushing, and both give brave interpretations. Lee wordlessly inspires both shock and sympathy, while Cushing’s portrayal shows remarkable depth and gravity. A landmark. 1. Horror Of Dracula (1958) One of the most iconic vampire films ever made, period. The perfect blend of gothic horror, suspense and eroticism insures this film the top spot on my list. Hammer made seven sequels, all but one starring Lee; while Cushing would only reprise his Van Helsing role three more times. As explicit as the censors would allow in the day, Horror Of Dracula was a groundbreaking and subversive punctuation in the neck of horror cinema. Only Dracula – Prince Of Darkness (1966) would come close to capturing the same exquisite magic if you ask me, but they’re all enjoyable


The Scream Zone is San Diego’s largest and scariest haunted attraction and is held in Del Mar. it features a huge House of Horror with rooms filled with terrifying scenes and scares lurking at every turn, a one-of-a-kind Haunted Hayride through the haunted barns on the race track and The Chamber with the largest spinning tunnel in San Diego. The first 5 people that can email me, and tell me who is the actor that played The Wolfman as pictured on the left will get a pair of tickets to Scream Zone! How scary is that! send to:

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communicate, was asked after the climb if it was terribly difficult. Her response was to blink twice for ‘no.’ Asked if she had fun, Kaatz enthusiastically blinked once for ‘yes.’ During the week Kaatz also tried surfing and sailing, finishing a sailing race in first place. Asked if she’ll

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County will be hosting a historic community-wide event celebrating Jewish heroes. Marking Federation’s 75th anniversary of service to the community, the evening will revolve around the themes of “honor, partnership and community.” A portion of the occasion will be dedicated to a celebration of Jewish Americans serving in the United States Armed Forces. It will include a moving ceremony in support of the “Torahs for Our Troops” program which provides Torah scrolls for use by military chaplains all over the globe, including Iraq and Afghanistan (the Torah is central to Jewish life and includes the first five books of the Bible). The selection of the venue is in line with the night’s momentous theme. Historic NTC Promenade, once a Naval Training Center, is rich in both Jewish and military history. WHERE: NTC Promenade, Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road San Diego, CA 92106 WHEN: Thursday, October 28, 6 pm - 8 pm Cost: The event is free and open to the public For more information, visit www.

return next year, Kaatz beamed, blinked one time, waited, then for emphasis, blinked once again. HHV is the largest supplier of free therapeutic arts & crafts kits to VA and military hospitals worldwide. Since 1971, HHV has delivered nearly 28

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Anna Rawson No wins yet . . . but she’s a winner!

Paralyzed Navy Nurse Reaches Top of Rock Climbing Wall Nearly 100 disabled veterans recently attended the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego, CA. Now in its third year, the Clinic provides veterans with significant physical or psychological impairments the opportunity to learn sports and activities such as surfing, sailing, kayaking, track & field and cycling. Specially trained therapists, clinicians and coaches from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the VA San Diego Health Care System utilize cutting edge adaptive sports as therapeutic and rehabilitative tools. The result is a significant improvement in the quality of disabled veterans’ lives, particularly newly injured veterans from the War on Terror. Imagine blind veterans kayaking, traumatic brain injured veterans sailing, amputees cycling and paralyzed veterans surfing. Scenes such as these provided many inspirational moments throughout the Clinic events. Ellen Kaatz from New Hampshire made her first trip to the Clinic, and she was open to trying it all. Kaatz is a former Navy nurse and graduate of Norwich University, the nation’s oldest private military college. Kaatz is a quadriplegic and has ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Imagine the surprise when Kaatz, strapped to a specially designed harness, inched her way to the top of a rock-climbing wall. When she reached the top those in attendance went wild in awe. It was triumph over adversity at its absolute best. Kaatz, who blinks to For advertising information call: (858) 537.2280

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application, Phonics.”

IN PRISON...the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you. AT must carry around a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked the young programmer, “And what starting salary were you looking for?” The programmer said, “In the neighborhood of $75,000 a year, depending on the benefit’s package.” The HR Person said, “Well, what would you say to a package of 5-weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years - say, a red Corvette?” The programmer sat up straight and said, “Wow!!! Are you kidding?” And the HR Person said, “Certainly, ...but you started it.”

Jail Vs. Work IN spend the majority of your time in an 8X10 cell. AT WORK ... you spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle.

...she asked for a price check at the Dollar Store. takes her two hours to watch 60 Minutes. ...if she spoke her mind, she’d probably be speechless. ...she studied for a blood test ...and failed. ...she told me to meet her at the corner of “WALK” and “DONT WALK”.

...she tried to put M&M’s in alphabetical order. ...she sent me a fax with a stamp on it.

She Was So Blond...

...she thought a quarterback was a refund.

...she spent 20 minutes looking at the orange juice box because it said “concentrate”.

...she got locked in a grocery store and starved to death.

...she put lipstick on her forehead because she wanted to make up her mind.

IN get time off for good behavior AT get more work for good

...she got stabbed in a shoot-out.

...she tried to drown a fish.

...if you gave her a penny for intelligence, you’d get change back.

...she thought Meow Mix was a record for cats.

...they had to burn the school down to get her out of third grade.

...she thought she needed a token to get on Soul Train.


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...she thought Boyz II Men was a daycare center.

...she thought TuPac Shakur was a Jewish holiday.

IN must deal with sadistic wardens. AT WORK...they are called managers.

IN get three meals a day. AT only get a break for one meal and you pay for it.

On the bottom of the application where it says “sign here”.. she put “Sagittarius.”

IN PRISON...they allow your family and friends to visit. AT can’t even speak to your family.

IN spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out. AT spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.


...she took a ruler to bed to see how long she slept.

IN get your own toilet. AT have to share with some idiot who pees on the seat.

IN PRISON...the taxpayers pay all expenses with no work required. AT get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.


...she tripped over a cordless phone.

IN can watch TV and play games. AT get fired for watching TV and playing games.

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SEMPER FI By Chaplain Ringo I MP

Chappy’s On Eagle’s Wings

The Power of Kindness Over the past several years we have heard the phrase “Kinder and Gentler” used in many areas of our life. Politicians and the like have used it, but it is something we may all want to apply more in our lives. A story I once read told of a young factory worker who noticed one day that a valuable tool was missing from his toolbox. Later he saw it in a toolbox of a fellow worker. Wanting to practice the teachings of the “Golden Rule” the young man went to the other and said, “I see you have one of my tools, but you may keep it if you need it.” Then he went on with his work and put the incident out of his mind. During the next few weeks, the person who had taken the tool tried to soothe his conscience. He tried several ways of paying his fellow worker back. Eventually, the co-workers became good friends, and the one-time tool thief admitted he couldn’t resist the man’s kindness. Kindness is one of the most effective tools we have in our toolbox of virtues. However, even when it doesn’t bring about reconciliation, as it did with the two co-workers, it is still the right response. Then, when shown to us, we should feel a desire to pass those kindnesses along to others. When we are faced with the potential of anger, hostility, or opposition, we can often be tempted to fight fire with fire, meet rage with greater rage, and escalate hostilities. But, a far more effective strategy can be to respond to harsh words with kind replies, and as in the story above, answer enmity with the olive branch of friendship. We have all been taught that kindness begets kindness, gentleness leads to greater gentleness, and an apology is never out of place. When we respond to harsh talk by speaking harshly, the resulting hurt feelings and escalating anger cannot lead to any sort of positive resolution. Problems can be solved when both parties in a dispute are willing to solve them, and that willingness to work together is far easier to achieve with someone we’re willing to think of as a potential friend than with

someone we’re convinced is a sworn enemy. It has been said, “When we cultivate a spirit of goodwill and humility, it becomes easier to turn away wrath and answer hostility with generosity. When we cultivate kindness, we’ll harvest a crop of charity, forgiveness and peace.” The poet Goethe said, “Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.” What a blessing to be a link in the chain, when we show kindnesses to others. Part of sharing the spirit of kindness is looking for the good around us. A story I’ve heard shares this message. “An aged Japanese philosopher spent many days in the woods and hills near his village studying the laws of nature. Upon returning to his village in the evenings, he taught others what he had learned. As he prepared to leave the village for the woods and hills one morning, a friend asked him to bring him a hawthorn twig so that he might study the lesson the philosopher had given about that tree. Another friend asked the philosopher to bring him a rose so that he might study its beauty according to a lesson the old man had taught. A third friend asked the philosopher to bring him a lily so that he might study the lesson of purity that the learned man had given. When the philosopher returned to his village at sundown, he found his friends waiting at the gate. To the first he gave the hawthorn twig; to the second, the rose; and to the third, the lily. The first friend

complained, “Here is a dead leaf on the stem of my hawthorn twig.” The second said, “Here is a thorn on the stem of my rose.” The third exclaimed, “Here is dirt on the roots of my lily.” The philosopher took back the twig, the rose and the lily. He plucked the dead leaf from the twig and gave it back to the first friend. He removed the thorn from the stem of the rose and gave it to the second. He took the dirt from the roots of the lily and put it in the hands of the third. “Now, each of you has what attracted you first,” he told his friends. “You looked for the dead leaf and found it. You looked for the thorn; it was there. You found the dirt on the roots of the lily. You may keep what attracted you first. I will keep the hawthorn twig, the rose and the lily for the beauty I see in them.” Obviously, the moral of the story is: We find just about what we look for. We would do better if we could remember that we can find good in everyone if we look for it. “There is so much good in the worst of us, an so much bad in the best of us, that it hardly behooves any of us to talk about the rest of us.” (Edward Wallis Hoch [1849-1925], Governor of Kansas.) May we take the time to look for the good around us and show our appreciation for such with our kindness, is my prayer for this week. As always, it is my hope that this message will help you this week to, “mount up as on eagle’s wings”, and renew a little of your strength to keep moving forward and find joy…(Isaiah 40:31) Until next time, may God bless you and may God continue to bless our great nation… SEMPER FI Chaplain Ringo, is the Command Chaplain at MCRD H&S BN, holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling, and is a Certified Trauma Specialist. www.

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Reality Bug Bites TV Stars of the ‘80s There’s a wave of ‘80s talent back on television this fall. It’s just that many of them are playing themselves, rather

depressingly, in reality TV shows. Sure, “T.J. Hooker” is starring in a CBS sitcom, “Magnum P.I.” looks splendid back in uniform and one “L.A. Law” alumnus was appointed (temporarily, anyway) to the Supreme Court on “Outlaw.” But October also brings us another “L.A. Law”-yer, the star of “Who’s the Boss?” and a blast from “Cheers’” past portraying themselves -- or heavily massaged versions of the real articles. Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna star in and produce “Harry Loves Lisa” for TV Land, Tony Danza becomes an English teacher on A&E’s “Teach,” and Kelsey Grammer turns up in “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” The 310 area code-edition of Bravo’s franchise began taping before Grammer left his wife, Camille -who’s featured in the show, along with one-time child stars/sisters Kim (“Escape to Witch Mountain”) and Kyle (“Little House on the Prairie”) Richards. Admittedly, this hardly qualifies as a new trend, following as it does in the footsteps of actors like Kirstie Alley; kid stars Danny Bonaduce and Christopher Knight; and musical acts Gene Simmons, Ozzy Osbourne, Dee Snider and Flavor Flav, who have all invited camera crews into their lives. Heck, VH1 essentially built an entire network around such second acts, which doesn’t include competitions like “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Apprentice,” or even “Celebrity Rehab” and “Celebrity Ghost Stories” -although to be fair, being really high can make you think you’ve seen a gh-gh-ghost. Still, there’s something particularly meta about these vehicles, which craft series that otherwise resemble traditional sitcoms and dramas around actors who, we’re supposed to believe, aren’t acting. In their show, Hamlin and Rinna spend considerable time strategizing about how to jump-start their careers. Hamlin frets about getting “back in the game” on television and his pilot-season opportunities -- ignoring that the cable show has put him on television, right now. Danza, meanwhile, appears flustered in “Teach” -- which features the actor

becoming an educator at a Philadelphia high school -- when a student asks if he’s a millionaire. Beyond citing a desire to teach that preceded his acting career, he doesn’t fully address the obvious implication in the kid’s question -- namely, “Why the hell are you here?” Then again, the logical rationale for this detour -- “TV star tackles challenges of teachers” earned him a seven-episode commitment -- doesn’t sound quite as high-minded. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of these shows, though, is the amount of artifice that goes into them -- coupled with the audience’s willingness to suspend disbelief. The premises rely upon us to overlook that these veteran performers are still performing, albeit in the equivalent of an Off-Off Broadway venue. (The level of staging inherent in unscripted TV is spoofed in the premiere of “Law and Order: Los Angeles” -- a small measure of revenge, no doubt, exacted by members of the Writers Guild.) In a recent interview, actor Jon Hamm issued a fairly stinging if entirely justifiable indictment of the reality genre, citing a distinction between people merely interested in achieving fame (or notoriety) and those aspiring to be artists. “If you just want to be famous ... that’s not that much different than porn,” the “Mad Men” star told Details magazine. “’I’m a movie star!’ Well, no, you’re not. You’re a porn star, and that’s completely different. ... You’re selling your dignity in a way that I feel I’m not. And once you sell it, it’s gone. You ain’t getting it back.” Hamm was specifically referring to those who garner fame via programs like “The Bachelor,” not other celebrities. And as a leading man near the height of his appeal, he currently has the luxury of taking the high road. For his sake, let’s hope he and actress girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt never feel compelled to pitch their own reality show, “Jon Loves Jennifer,” years from now. Still, it’s hard to deny his point. Indeed, watching these latest showcases for former TV stars brought to mind a line spoken by Kim Basinger’s character -- the prostitute who harbored dreams of being an actress -- in “L.A. Confidential.” Thanks to her pimp, she says wistfully, “We still get to act a little.”


Playing in theatres is a documentary film from director Dana Brown about the love and life of surfing the North Shore of Oahu with his release “Highwater”.

Thanks for taking the time to talk surf with me Dana. Sure Jeri! Tell me a little about “Highwater”. It’s a movie about the six weeks on the North Shore of Oahu where they hold the Triple Crown of surfing. The film is about the men and women who participate in the crowning! It’s such a diverse sport and in those six weeks we try to show the whole thing, the whole experience of something that has been around for 50 years. The North Shore has been the ground of the world best Page 34 October 15, 2010 THE MILITARY PRESS

surfers. What was your motivation for choosing this topic for your film? After I made “Step into Liquid” (2003) I didn’t think I’d make another one. I was in negotiations to make a reality series based on surfing. That kind of fell threw and I was left with this idea and I thought it would make a great movie. As much as people talk about the fiction and non-fiction of surfing so I thought it would be worth doing. How did you get all the surfers involved? I know most of them so I called and said I’m coming down and here’s my idea. When we got there the cameras were rolling as the events unfolded. I went to Pancho Sullivan and found out about the underground surfing. It’s like if you were doing a story, you have one thing in mind but as the story unfolds you find different aspects of it that you hadn’t anticipated. Are you a surfer yourself? I’ve surfed since I was three or four years old. I should be a lot better than I am. Have you done any competitions? I came in 3rd in the 8 and under division in 1969, other than that, that’s my big trophy. When I was in my teens and 20’s, there really wasn’t any professional surfing competitions around for me. I realize these kinds of movies people think they know all about surfers – wither its “Step into Liquid” or “Dust to Glory” (2005). I hope it appeals to a wide range of people.

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The Social Network Opening in theatres this Friday from director David Finch is a look behind a cultural phenomenon with Columbia Pictures and Relativity Media in the tale of “The Social Network”. This film tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), a Harvard undergrad who gets dumped by his girlfriend Erica Albright (Rooney Mara). He returns to his dorm, begins blogging his feelings and, in a crazed moment creates a social network for college students. With his best friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and his roommates the idea grows by the day. At the same time, Mark is approached by another dorm headed by the Winklevoss brothers (Armie Hammer) to create a site for their elite group. Before long Mark creates “The Facebook” and soon becomes the hottest commodity on campus. Growing by leaps and bounds it begins to take over his life. Tension begins to grow between Mark and Eduardo as Napster’s creator Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) comes into the mix. Six year later, Facebook has over 500 million friends but Mark is in court being sued by his best friend Eduardo and the Winklevoss brothers. No one said being the youngest billionaire on the planet didn’t have its bad days. FINAL WORD: Eisenberg is amazing as Zuckerberg. His wit, sarcasm and inability to relate to most anyone is exhausting to watch! This young actor has managed to get inside this role and hold his own fantastically. There isn’t a scene that his words don’t bite or his silence isn’t deafening. Garfield as Eduardo is harmless enough as this young actor begins his rise. In this role he jumps into Mark’s ideas as the moneyman and leaves it without his friend. He can soon be seen in the film “Never Let Me Go”. Hammer as Winklevoss is a hardnosed and elitist. He manages to play these roles cleanly and very effectively. Another winner here is Timberlake as Napster founder Sean Parker. Timberlake gave Parker a sleazy underhanded feel, which works for the story and gives Timberlake some credibility as an actor. Other cast include: Bryan Barter as Billy Olsen, Dustin Fitzsimmons as the Phoenix President, Joseph Mazzello as Dustin Moskovitz, Patrick Mapel as Chris Hughes, Max Minghella as Divya Narenda, Calvin Dean as Mr. Edwards, Denise Grayson as Gretchen and Brenda Song as Christy. Director Fincher did a fantastic job of layering the story. I will admit that both the subject and the director didn’t have me running to my seat. I will happily say I was wrong on both counts. It is smooth, easy to follow and even if you don’t know what Facebook is (then I have to ask what planet are you from), you get the point. TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Social Network” four tubs of popcorn out of five. It is an interesting and thought provoking story of something no one could have ever seen coming. It’s the first film that speaks to a generation about the way it communications with one another. Taking it apart piece by piece it is the story that was inevitable in the telling. This film is entertaining, interesting, fascinating, compelling and any other word you can think of that will having you talking for days after. It is a film that is well acted, nicely directed and worth every minute of the over two hour running time. I suspect there will be an award or two thrown its way before the season is over. In the end – you don’t make 500 million friends without making a few enemies. For advertising information call: (858) 537.2280

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(Biographical drama, not rated, 84 minutes). The title is a good one, because the film is both about Allen Ginsberg and his famous poem. Re-creating the late 1950s in San Francisco, it shows young Allen, still almost daunted by the power of his poem; Beats such as Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Neal Cassady; a court trial for obscenity and Ginsberg’s coming out as homosexual. Some scenes animating the poetry don’t really work, but on the whole the era is evoked well. Directed and written

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students by random lottery and virtually guarantee high school graduation and acceptance by a college. He explains why bad teachers who cannot be fired are a national scandal. The film is alarming, fascinating, and in the end, hopeful. Rating: Three and a half stars.

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(Comedy, R, 98 minutes). Woody Allen considers several people who are worriedly scuttling about in search of happiness. This search is probably futile, the indulgent narrator informs us, but

(Documentary, PG, 102 minutes). The new documentary by Davd Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) says the American educational system is failing, and dramatizes this failure in a painfully direct way, saying what is wrong and what is right. He points to existing magnet schools that draw their

we can watch it take place in their lives as urbane, well-off, literate Londoners; there are enviable locations; and the cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond is seductive. It’s not much more than that, but pleasant and soothing. With Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, Naomi Watts and Lucy Punch. Rating: Two and a half stars.

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(Drama, R, 115 minutes). A well-made retelling of the Swedish “Let the Right One In,” which doesn’t cheapen the original but respects it and adds some useful events. Owen (Kodi SmitMcPhee) is a bullied, neglected boy, and Abby (Chloe Grace Moretz, of “Kick Ass”) is the girl who moves into the next apartment and has “been 12 for a very long time.” The same cold, dark atmosphere of foreboding, in a doomladen vampire drama. Not for Team Edward. Rating: Three and a half stars.

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we needed to lighten up a little and remind him of a film he did in 1991 entitled “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead”. He laughed saying, “I was 25 or so at the time being the associate producer or something like that.” Is he going back to film? “Right now I’m going to just go be a good dad for a while. This documentary was very emotional for me – now its time for my wife and kids”. If you want more information go to and find out what you can do to help or, at the very least, become informed on what is happening in our schools. TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Waiting for ‘Superman’” four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. It is a powerful look at what parents go through to find worthwhile education for their children. The struggle and the anguish cannot be overlooked.

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I tell him that I believe there is a paradigm shift in education and the call to arms for change, but that something needs to push it right over the top. So, does he feel his documentary can do that? “It’s interesting, I focus on two things,” he says, “One is there is a huge part of the population that is disengaged from this issue. They are sticking their heads in the sand. They are taking care of their own and they think it’s hopeless. On the other hand there is a group of reformers that have broken the sound barrier and are on to something. They have the ingredients for success. The movie brings it together and that gives us a shot at fixing it. The movie wakes up the population and reengages them. The film can provide the fuel for reformers that can help to fix our schools.” In our last few moments left I thought


Opening in theatres this Friday from writer/director Davis Guggenheim is a powerful look at the decline of our education system and the reasons behind it with Paramount Vantage, Walden Media and Participant Media’s offering of “Waiting for ‘Superman’”. There is no reason not to see this film. It is an eye-opening look at a system that is failing our children. Even if you don’t have children, don’t lull yourself into thinking it has nothing to do with you. When you hear the phrase “the children are our future” remember that someday they will be the ones to decide important issues that will affect you in some way. We all have a chance to get involved. I was honored to have the chance to speak to Davis Guggenheim this past week at the San Diego Film Festival. When I asked about his reasons for this film he said, “I’m driving my kids to school and I start to count the public schools that I’m passing. I sort of feel like well my kids are okay because they go to private school. What about the kids in my neighborhood that aren’t being served? What if I made a movie about education from a parent’s point of view, the one of frustration.” And about the families in the film he says, “To get them to open up? That’s the trick to every movie that I make. I really endeavor to get deep and personal. Even if it’s Al Gore I wanted to really try to capture what’s going on with him personally. What were his obstacles and what does he have to overcome it’s the same with the kids. It’s sort of about being a storyteller, about being persistent and gaining their trust.” Guggenheim had previous done a documentary entitled “The First Year” (2001 narrated by his wife actress Elizabeth Shue) following the lives of five teachers from Compton, Watts and East Los Angeles. Having done this he already had a solid base about teachers, now he wanted to tell the story of families. “I think there’s a misconception that parents don’t care. I think every

parent cares. I think parents lack the skills to get access to a successful education for their children,” he says. What does he believe his film will accomplish? According to Guggenheim, “It’s pretty clear you are going to have to bring reform to district schools. You bring the ingredients that are common in all these hard to find charters. There are low performing charters and they should be shut down. In the high performing charters the ingredients to success are always the same, really great teachers, high expectations, longer school days, more school days and accountability by teachers to say ‘what kind of job are we doing?’ Those things aren’t being done in district schools. I think that’s what progressive reformers in district schools are trying to do.” Listening to ever word he is saying I ask, “What bothers you the most about the education systems inability to succeed?” and as he sits back in the chair to think, finally comes the reply, “We don’t have methods of recruiting great teachers, developing great teachers or methods in assessing to see what kind of job teachers are doing and rewarding great teachers.” “Obviously we don’t have a method for removing bad teachers either. We don’t have a real commitment to that whole pipeline of rewarding teachers. What I found is that the new teachers are left alone. We don’t have a real commitment to that whole pipeline of teachers with recruiting, developing and rewarding. We, as a country, don’t have that. In absence of that I think you get the unions that naturally get defensive and with the power and structure they have they make it impossible to create change.” It is obvious that Guggenheim has a passion for this film; it shows incredibly in his compassion for the children that he follows throughout the film. There is a sense of urgency here that gets under ones skin, including my own.

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When his handsome face and a stroke of luck brought Curtis to Hollywood in 1948, he was 23 years old and felt as if he was in heaven. That wasn’t because of the acting opportunities. It was because of the women, and Tony was one of the town’s best-known lotharios for decades. He loved acting, too, and made great films and bad ones with the same sense of fun. He was also a lifelong artist, whose paintings commanded decent fees, and a party animal until he got clean and sober in 1982. One thing you will not notice in the obituaries is anyone with a bad word to say about him. He was fun, and few had more fun than he did himself. Curtis, born Bernard Schwartz in 1925 and raised in poverty and in an orphanage, finished Navy duty in World War II, took acting lessons in New York, and in 1948 was spotted by a talent agent and signed by Universal Pictures. He was one of the most beautiful men to ever appear in the movies, and stardom c a m e q u i c k l y. One day in 1985 at the

Hollywood. My name was Bernie Schwartz. I signed a contract at Universal, and I bought a house in the hills. It had a swimming pool. Unheated, but it had water in it. One night I came home late, I jumped in the pool, I swam a few laps, I got out, I dried myself off, I put on my clothes, and I walked directly into this room and sat down and started to talk to you. Do you see what I’m saying? Thirty-eight years, I don’t know where they went. Gone like that.” He made four pictures that can certainly be called great, and was crucial to the success of all four: “Some Like It Hot,” “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Spartacus” and “The Defiant Ones,” for which he received an Oscar nomination. He made perhaps 60 others, some of them huge successes, others best forgotten. He worked on all of them with boundless energy. In an earlier conversation at Cannes 1982, he informed me he was trying to think of a better title for his new movie. The current title was “Othello, the Black Commando.”

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The thing about Curtis was, here was a truly great star, a legend, who had a big libido but not a big ego. How many other movie stars would pull up their shirt in a restaurant to show you their scar from heart surgery? Once, Wolfgang Puck hung an exhibition of Curtis’ paintings in his original Spago on Sunset Boulevard. Puck and the director Billy Wilder, who directed “Some Like it Hot,” were both from Vienna and loved talking with each other. One night, Puck told me, he had Billy, a famed art collector, get up and inspect some of the paintings. “Billy looked at one,” Puck said, “and all he said was, ‘Lousy actor, lousy painter.’ Then he turns around and Tony was standing right there. He doesn’t miss a beat. ‘Oh, hello Tony,’ he says. ‘I knew all along you were standing right there.’” Bernie Schwartz from Brooklyn and Tony Curtis from Hollywood died Wednesday at his home near Las Vegas. He was 85. His sixth wife, the horse trainer Jill VandenBerg, was at his side. Together they supported a refuge for abandoned horses in Nevada. In addition to his wife, Mr. Curtis’ survivors include two daughters with Janet Leigh, his first wife: Kelly Lee Curtis and the actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Also Alexandra Curtis and Allegra Curtis, daughters with his wife Christine Kaufmann; and a son, Benjamin Curtis, with his wife Leslie Allen.

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Opening in theatres this Friday from director Robert Schwentke, Summit Entertainment and DC Comics is a different look at heroes but with gumption in “Red”. This film tells the story of Frank (Bruce Willis), a retired CIA Agent who days seem to be filled with boredom. So much so that he intentionally tears up his pension checks just so he can call Sara Ross (Mary Louise Parker) for a kind person to talk to. That is until one night his past comes rushing back. He enlists the help of Sara to get in contact with his fellow retirees. There is Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman) who lives in a seniors’ facility and his history is with Human Intelligence. Then there is Marvin Kordeski (John Malkovich), an expert in explosive and improvised weapons who is not a great people person. Finally, there is Victoria (Helen Mirren) whose specialty is long and close range combat as well as knife

Keeper and another very cool appearance by Brian Cox as Ivan Simov. Also, Jefferson Brown as Fred, Rebecca Pidgeon as Cynthia Wilkes, Jason Giuliano as Endercott, James Remar as Gabriel Singer, and Julian McMahon as Robert Stanton. TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Red” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a welldone film that is just a good time to be had. The story is fairly familiar to follow but that doesn’t stand in the way of enjoying it. It engages the audience, is high on comedy and brings a veteran cast together to play with explosives and cars all the while being totally entertaining. What can be bad about that? “Red” is based on a graphic novel from DC Comics by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, Listening to Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle” in the trailers just puts the right mood to want to see the film. In the end - still armed, still dangerous and still got it!

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“LIFE, I am of both your directions/hanging downward the most/strong as a cobweb in the wind.” That is a little bit of a poem written by Marilyn Monroe. And how well it expresses her ethos -- fragile but struggling against the odds, tougher than her image, but too soft to survive. This insight into Marilyn’s mind is but a small part of the astonishing upcoming book, “Fragments.” It is Marilyn speaking for herself, through poetry, notes to herself, to-do lists, scribbled random sentences. Marilyn continues to visit us, almost 50 years after her death. New photos, film footage, anecdotes pop up every year. “Fragments,” however, is a revisionist glimpse of the star who has been endlessly analyzed and stereotyped. The crazy lady of Monroe mythology, stumbling through her life in a haze of drugs and drink, neurotic to the point of incapacitation is not here, in her writing. This Marilyn is clear-headed, sensitive, professional, amusing. Tormented? Very much so -- but it was torment mixed with romantic hope, optimism and even whimsy. However, those who doubt that Marilyn “couldn’t possibly” have committed suicide, are in for a jolt. Her depression runs like a hot red line through her musings. By the same token, the woman of “Fragments” would never have become the vengeful shrew of conspiracy theory, so threatening that she had to be murdered. I READ “Fragments” fast. I had to. It is under lock and key. I traveled up to the spacious, book-laden Upper West Side apartment of Lee Strasberg’s widow, Anna. (Lee, the great proponent of The Method, was Marilyn Monroe’s acting guru; his first wife Paula became Marilyn’s controversial drama coach.) It is Anna who controls much of Marilyn’s estate and properties. Anna told me, “I’m not going to talk much about this. I don’t think I have to. Finally, Marilyn can speak for herself.” (Anna didn’t know Marilyn, but she clearly appreciates her, and absorbed her late husband’s adoration of the star.) Although a few snippets of this material have been printed in other books, the power of “Fragments” comes from so much of it all at once. Copies of the original jottings in Marilyn’s own sprawling hand accompany the poems and notes. On various stationeries and through the years, the actress expresses herself, revealing a personality totally at odds with the cartoon-like women she often portrayed. And, of course, there are lovely photographs -- for who would be silly enough to publish a book about Marilyn with no pictures? ONE OF the most amazing letters comes late in the book -- a five-page missive written to her therapist, Ralph Greenson, while she was incarcerated against her will at Payne-Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in New York -- placed

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TRAVELS with Howard Hian I MP

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As a seasoned cruiser, I always plan to arrive in port a few days before sailing. It gives me a chance to acclimate to a different time zone, it’s an added opportunity to sightsee and, if there is a travel glitch, it is still possible to get to the ship on time. Accordingly, my wife and I arrived for an early holiday in Barbados. We stayed at the 150-room Amaryllis Beach Resort. Its beautiful sandy beach, all 500 feet of it, is complemented by lush tropical landscaping. Hotel amenities include three pools (one for children), an outdoor Jacuzzi and a fitness center. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable, many with ocean views. The staff is pleasant and helpful. There are two restaurants. The Almond Tree is open for breakfast and offers nightly dinner specials; its terrace is an idyllic spot to dine. The Turtle Nest Beach Bar is open-air, on the sand and perfect for a casual lunch. Both are quite good and reasonably priced. The resort is conveniently located within walking distance to shopping and other sights via a scenic oceanfront boardwalk. After a relaxing first day on the beach, we headed out for a tour of Harrison’s Cave and St. Nicholas Abbey. Harrison’s Cave is Barbados’ #1 tourist attraction. A tram ride allows visitors to see most of its geological features, including streams, oddly shaped stalactites and stalagmites and “The Great Hall,” which is 100 feet high. St. Nicholas Abbey was built in 1660 and has been completely restored. It is one of three genuine Jacobean mansions in the western hemisphere and a working plantation that continues to distill rum in the traditional manner. In fact, sugar cane production still plays a big part in the island’s economy, along with manufacturing and, of course, tourism. Don’t miss the gift shop, historical movie and free rum tasting. During our outing, we stopped in Little Good Harbor for lunch at the Fishpot. This picturesque, oceanfront restaurant features a sophisticated menu of international and local fare. We shared the marinated flying fish, chili shrimp and coconut fried soft-shelled crab; definitely worth a stop. Oistins Fish-fry on Friday and Saturday nights has become Barbados’ #2 tourist attraction. Oistins is a major fishing community and, on weekends, dozens of vendors grill freshly caught fish and serve local specialties like macaroni pie and sweet potatoes. Try the local beer, Banks, and the fried flying fish. There are booths with crafts and souvenirs. The lively music and energetic crowds make this a not-to-be-missed happening. On sailing day, we dropped off our luggage at the dock and then walked into the capital city, Bridgetown. There we visited the Jewish Synagogue. First built in 1654, it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1831, rebuilt, fell into disrepair and, in 1983, was purchased and restored by the island’s Jewish community. It is now an active house of prayer. Our last stop was the Farmers Market, where we wandered among the stalls of fresh fruits, food and crafts. Late afternoon, we boarded the Royal Clipper, unpacked and explored the ship.

At Sea With Royal Clipper We had chosen back-to-back seven day cruises. Our itinerary included the Grenada, Tobago Cays, St. Vincent, Bequia, Martinique, Marigot and Soufriere Bays, St. Lucia, Rodney Bay, Dominica, Nevis, St. Kitts, Iles des Saintes and, of course, Barbados. One highlight of the trip was the opportunity to snorkel daily with the on-board oceanographic expert, Mariano Peruzzo. He guided us into the warm, clear waters of the Caribbean, sometimes disappearing underwater, then bringing to the surface denizens of the sea floor. We saw needlefish, flying gunnard, parrotfish, octopi, lizardfish and even a conch eating a starfish. Mariano’s joy of the sea was contagious. We took two excursions (port tours can be purchased aboard the ship). First, we swam and snorkeled with hawksbill and leatherback turtles in Barbados; it was an amazing experience. When the waters were chummed, we were immediately surrounded by hundreds of fish. We held out bits of bread and they ate from our hands. It was like swimming in an aquarium. The second trip was to the Malibu Beach Club on departure day. It was a lazy day on the sand in comfortable surroundings that included lunch, showers and transportation to the airport. As one would expect, with over a dozen stops during a two week period, the

ports and beaches ranged from middling to excellent, including a nice surprise: Dominica. There, the high annual rainfall feeds its many rivers, lakes, streams and waterfalls; tropical forests cover twothirds of the island. Its Morne Trois Pitons National Park was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Caribbean. Interestingly, Dominica is one of only a couple of islands in the region with indigenous pre-Columbian Carib Indians. We toured with a local character, “The Bushman,” Peter Green. He was engaging, knowledgeable and very proud of Dominica. We took a strenuous hike to Middleham Falls through a tropical rainforest, which included a much needed dip in the clear, cold water at the base of the falls. Along the way, we swung on vines, ate bananas growing in the wild and learned about the flora and fauna. As we headed back, a refreshing tropical rain shower cooled us. We then drove to Titiou Gorge, a narrow canyon, leading to another waterfall. We also stopped at several viewpoints for camera ops and picked up roasted plantains from a roadside vendor. Dominica deserves a return visit.

More About Royal Clipper Royal Clipper is the first five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship to be built since 1902. It is a dazzling vessel with 42 sails, gleaming brass and polished wood everywhere. When under full sail, it is a thrilling experience and the stuff of travel dreams (its twin diesel engines are used mainly for docking and inclement weather). The ship is 439 feet long and accommodates 227 passengers and 105 crew members. There are three swimming pools, piano and deck bars, library, retail shops, spa, fitness center, hair salon and a three-level atrium with a spiral staircase leading to the dining room. The cabins are spacious, cleverly laid out and comfortable. The entire crew is well-trained, friendly and always ready to help.

Information & Websites Barbados – As the easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles, it is positioned away from Hurricane Alley and a short distance from the Grenadines and Windward Islands. There is an international airport with abundant flights. Logon to for information. Note: Delwyn Layne was our tour guide in Barbados. He is knowledgeable, friendly and a wonderful travel host. He can be contacted at Harrison’s Cave - St. Nicholas Abbey - Fishpot Restaurant - Dominica – Destination details can be found at Our official tour guide was Peter Green of Bushman Tours. This guy is terrific, knows his stuff and takes joy in his ambassadorship role. Contact him at gbushmantours@ Star Clippers – Mega yachts, the cruise industry term for small ships, are able to visit islands and ports often inaccessible by larger vessels. Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper, the crown jewel of the fleet, are in that category and even more distinctive because they are sailing ships. Go to for reservations, schedules and information or call 1-800-442-0551. Safe travels and enjoy the journey… Howard Hian

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2Br Flats/Twnhm's $1150 to $1395 $500 Dep. Remodeled apts. avail. w/yard/decks. No pets. Move-in specials. 5810 Amaya Call Theresa 619.697.3285

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Rent: military special $ 1,695 Only $500 deposit 3Br's, W/D, EZ Fwy access, Min. to Camp Pendleton. Lg. pool & Jacuzzi.

Call us at: 760-434-5257 662 Tamarack Ave.

ss: Addre Carlsbad, CA 92008

NEW CONSTRUCTION Spacious 3Br/2.5Ba. HIGHLY upgraded, 2-car gar, f/p, gourmet kitchen, SS appl's, W/D, fenced patio, walk to shopping, EZ freeway access, Camp Pendleton close, Award-winning schools. $ 2099/mo Matt- 858-344-9581 or

Newly Remodeled 2 br/1 ba Units 995 sqft. $900/mo.

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Beautiful Newly Renovated Homes in Oceanside. Conveniently located near Camp Pendleton.

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Point Loma Apts Studios Starting @ $865 Tropical settings, Secure Prkg, Library, Gym, Pool, Jacuzzi, Near all. No Smoking/Pets.



Private 3br/1ba $1650 Deck, Big Backyard Laundry Room, Den

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Apartment for Rent

2br/2ba, Full Kitchen $1050 Incl. Utilities

Newly Remodeled, Close To Parks, Bustop, Trolley, Library. Motorcycle Friendly, Secure Parking. Close To 32nd St. Call Mike/Rob 619.474.2025

MISSION ARBOR APARTMENTS Now leasing Large 2br apartment homes Ideally located in Mission Valley

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CREEKSIDE VILLA APARTMENTS 2BR's, 4BR's Call for Move-in Specials 888.875.0638 220 47th Street, #C San Diego, CA 92102



4538 35


St. 1450 $

3br house w/garage & Lndry, DW & HW floors

Call 858.699.2024

Available Oct. 6th, 2010 San Diego's Adams Ave. Great Location!



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Spring Valley Conrad Villas Apartments

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We have 2br/1ba or 2 Great prices, very affordable. Close to everything Call for Move-in Specials Se habla Español


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601 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.


Large 2BR/2BA Apartments Huge 3BR Townhouses w/att. 2-car Gar.

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Serra Mesa





Cats Ok w/Pet Deposit. 1515 Date St., Vista 92083

Military & Veteran Discount

2BR/2BA, W/D in unit. Pool & Jacuzzi. $1195/mo.

Hardwood Floor Specialists Veteran Owned Business Active Licensed & Insured. Call For A FREE Estimate


619.307.3900 Lic. #123456



•3/2 Upper Apt 1400 •2/1 $1000 & up •1/1 $900 •Studio $800

TIERRASANTA ROOMMATE $ 550/mo + $100 dep.

Make the most of your BAH in a fabulous, local resort community:

Bright & Airy. Lg. patio, Lndry, Carports. Near all. NO Pets

Internet/cable/all util's paid. Female preferred. Mins from all fwy's, 1 exit from MCAS. Military Discount. No Pets/Drugs/Smoking.

Bring your RV to La Pacifica



Kenwood Properties Spring Valley 2 BR 1 BA starting 875 2 BR 2 BA starting $975 $ 0 Deposit OAC Free Credit Check w/LES Gated Community with pool & laundry Optional Garages Available $

9209 Kenwood Drive 619.433.0150

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As little as $595/mo. - space. Util's incl. Electric extra. Hook up your RV, Get some roomies, Stay awhile, you’ll love it. EZ commute to your station in SD. Quiet community already housing some of your colleagues. Beaches are 3 mi. away. Local shops & restaurants on the doorstep.



Albert’s College Apartment Homes

move-in today…. military specials! Oversized Studios, 1, 2 & 3 Br Apartments Starting at $807 15 minutes to Bases, Beaches, Airport & Downtown, Easy Access to Freeways & Shopping, Spectacular City Views, 6 Swimming Pools, Pet Friendly Work Hard, Play Hard


To Place an ad Call:


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help wanted

military spouses p/t 10-4

f/t 8-4

must have good communication skills w/computer knowledge -salary-

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Why Rent an Apartment When DeLuz has all the convienence of Home Ownership

•No Lawn Care •No Utilities, A/C incl. •W/D Hook-ups

•Private Garage

•Private Driveway •Pools & Parks •Community Center •Fallbrook School Dist.

•Weekly/Monthly Events Centrally located between the Naval Hospital & Main Exchange Complex. Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School located on the property

DeLuz Housing LLC, Camp Pendleton Call 1-760-385-4835 for availability. 108 Marine Dr. Oceanside, CA 92058 October 15, 2010 THE MILITARY PRESS Page 49


A little chat with Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira Come in Darling ive been expecting You Trevor – Cassandra ciao, come stai? Cassandra – ringraziamenti molto buoni, appena un piccolo stanco

I have a huge following from people in the Military. Even had a lot of military equipment such as planes, tanks and even stealth bombers adorned with my image.

Hey i was just seeing if it was true that you spoke fluent Italian! especially noting that you once sang in an Italian rock band. Your a very clever man!

How’s your daughter? Great, she turns 16 tomorrow, is already playing in an alternative rock band. Very proud of her . . . chip off the old block.

Yeah, tell my boss that! I spent yesterday afternoon looking up old episodes of Movie Macabre on Youtube. I was rolling, you are hilarious, the queen of risqué double entendres. Did you script the show yourself? was any of it adlib? Yes, it was tightly scripted by myself and my good friend / co-writer, John. Tell me a little bit about how each episode was produced. It was craziness. Three of us sat in a room about the size of a closet and watched whatever movie the tv station had picked out for us. We watched the movie over and over again, taking

This Halloween

Love your car, what is it? Ahh, my baby, a 1959 convertible T-Bird fully customized by the famous custumiser himself, George Barris. I don’t get to drive it too often, but I sure love it. notes, figuring out where we’d throw in a humorous quip or two. Then we’d have about 3 - 4 hours in the stations studio to record the episode. No extra time to do multiple takes. Hey a few bloopers here and there just added to the whole camp madness. When did the first Movie Macabre air ? 1981

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Were you always a fan of horror films? Absolutely! when other girls were playing with Barbie dolls, I was reading Monsters of Flmland magazine, building horror models of The Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon, watching Hammer Horror movies and films by Roger Coreman. Guess I was a little strange huh! Favorite horror movie? The House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price. I was mesmerized and had nightmares for months. Did you get to meet any horror legends? Almost all of them, plus got to work with a lot of them too: Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, John Carradine, Linda Blair, Robert Eglund . . . the list goes on. You’ve got plenty of strange fans, people that dress as goats and wot not. Yes, plenty of strange fans. Men and women. Just yesterday I had 7-8 people want me to write my signature on some part of their anatomy, and they then went off and had a tattoo artist tattoo the signature . . . now that’s fandom!

Where’s home? I live on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Far enough away and yet close enough to get in to work each day. How come you didn’t ever come trick or treat at my house? I didn’t know where you lived darling! Got any exciting new plans? Well funny you asked! Writing, producing and financing a brand new Movie Macabre series that is to be syndicated and shown in every city in America. I’m very excited, if you liked my first series then I think you are going to be amazed by the new series. It airs in three weeks and hence i’ve been extremely busy. I’m looking forward to it too, how can we find the showtimes? Log on to, all the info is there. Thanks Cassandra for our brief chat. I’m thrilled to have gotten the chance to speak with you. Unpleasant dreams couldn’t have been further from the truth!

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