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Complimentary | Chester County Edition

May 2017 • Vol. 14 No. 5

Salute Veteran

In Memoriam

Col. Robert D. Wilcox

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Salute to Our Veteran: In Memoriam Col. Robert D. Wilcox 1922-2017

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Since we began 50plus LIFE, formerly 50plus Senior News, more than two decades ago, the publication has gone through many changes; it has grown and evolved in both its look and its content. For nearly 17 years, 50plus LIFE had at least one constant: Col. Robert D. Wilcox’s monthly column, Salute to a Veteran, in which he interviewed a local veteran and recorded their story of service. It is with heavy hearts we commemorate the passing of Col. Wilcox—always just “Bob” to us—on April 2, 2017. At age 95, his was a life long and well lived. Although Bob interviewed veterans from various wars and military campaigns, the majority of his columns are profiles of World War II veterans. Salute to a Veteran was consistently the most popular recurring column among the readers of 50plus LIFE, and for good reason. From October 1999 to August 2016, Bob—himself a World War II veteran of the Air Force Reserve— preserved in finely written word the firsthand wartime experiences of 201 veterans. Through his writing, Bob captured not just the facts of each veteran’s story, but also his or her personal reflections of their time in the armed forces:




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their feelings, their hopes and fears, and their priceless eyewitness accounts. This was an invaluable service to his community of veterans, to the readers of 50plus LIFE, to the vets themselves, and to their friends and families. Through Salute to a Veteran, Bob preserved these veterans’ historical legacies. But perhaps more importantly, for each veteran’s family, Bob documented their loved one’s strength, sacrifice, and service to country. In summer 2016, we at 50plus LIFE had the great pleasure of presenting Bob with the culmination of his years of service to our publication: a soft-cover book of his work. Salute to Our Veterans: Selected Profiles of Military Service comprised 50 of Bob’s veteran profiles, selected by him for inclusion. While we grieve the loss of our friend and member of the 50plus LIFE family, we are pleased to finally share Bob’s own story of his time in military service, which he asked us to save for this occasion. We honor Col. Robert D. Wilcox for his service to country and community. We thank him for enriching the pages of 50plus LIFE and for his unwavering commitment to chronicling the selfless military service of the Greatest Generation, of which he himself was a part.

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I joined the Army Reserve in 1942 in my freshman year at Rhode Island State College (now Rhode Island University). I was called into the Army on Feb. 28, 1943, my 21st birthday. I lucked out and was selected to become an aviation cadet. After getting my pilot wings and commission on April 15, 1944, I went on to become a B-17 pilot in Florida. There I was given an eight-man crew that I flew to Wales over the northern route via Goose Bay, Labrador; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Valley, Wales. The crew then went by train and truck to the 452nd Bomb Group in Deopham Green, England. There, the crew had practice missions and further training for combat. No pilot was able to fly his crew into combat, however, until he had flown at least one combat mission as co-pilot for an experienced crew. So, on Jan. 17, 1945, at 4 a.m., a sergeant woke me by tapping me on the shoulder and saying, “You’re up, lieutenant.”

After meeting the crew I was to fly with that day, there was breakfast and the briefing on the day’s mission: to attack the U-boat pens at Hamburg, Germany. The pilot I was to fly with was 1st Lt. Ira Smith, who was flying his last mission before returning to the U.S. He let me do all the flying as we formed up with many other bomb groups in a mighty 1,000plane force and flew across the North Sea. As we approached the coast of Germany, we donned our flak jackets, and as we approached the IP (the Initial Point, after which the planes could take no evasive action), Smitty said, “OK, Wilcox, I’ll take it from here. Just keep your eyes in the cockpit, and especially keep an eye on the oil pressure.” This was crucial, because if an engine were hit and needed to be feathered (where the blades were rotated in the hub so the airstream wouldn’t turn them and create drag), there was very little time to feather it before losing the hydraulic fuel to do that. Now, as we approached the target, we could feel please see SALUTE page 22

Mother’s Day Has a Long History of Love The second Sunday in May was officially proclaimed “Mother’s Day” by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, but it had a long history before then. The ancient Greeks held a festival for Cybele, the mythical mother of many Greek gods, during the spring. The Romans dedicated a holiday called Matronalia to the goddess Juno, mother of Mars, Minerva, and Vulcan. Gifts to one’s real mother were common that day. “Mothering Sunday” in Europe and the British Isles honored mothers

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in the 19th century. Her goal was to heighten awareness of local sanitation issues in her home state of West Virginia. Julia Ward Howe, author of the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” promoted a “Mother’s Day for Peace” in 1872. In 1908, Anna Marie Jarvis (daughter of Anna Reeves Jarvis) organized a celebration

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Fragments of History

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‘It’s All in Your Head!” – A Brief History of the Brain

Sometime during the Neolithic or Stone Age (6000–2000 BCE), a girl who suffered from epilepsy, migraines, depression, or a mental illness was treated by someone skilled in trepanation. Using tools available at the time, that person carefully made an incision on the scalp, peeling the skin back, and then drilled a hole in the girl’s skull in order to bring relief from her condition. Amazingly, the girl survived this prehistoric form of neurosurgery. Currently, her trepanated skull is displayed at the Museum of Natural History in Lausanne, Switzerland. Today, neurosurgeons continue to perform similar operations—still called trepanation—to relieve pressure on the brain or to remove bone fragments.

From the Neolithic age right to our own modern times, humans have worked hard to understand the complexities of the brain. It has been quite a learning curve, filled with errors and corrections followed by more misconceptions and revisions. Here is a brief history of the brain.

He believed and taught that “the brain is an organ of minor importance” and that “the seat of the soul and the control of voluntary movement—in fact, of nervous functions in general—are to be May is Mental Health sought in the heart.” Though he was Awareness Month wrong, his position is somewhat defensible in that Aristotle observed an injury to the heart meant immediate death, Aristotle’s confusions. Though whereas a head injury brought trauma the famed Greek philosopher (384– 322 BCE) was Plato’s most famous but could heal. student, tutor to Alexander the Great, and founder of his own prestigious Hippocrates’ corrections. university, his medical knowledge was Regarded as the founder of Western medicine, Hippocrates (460–377 flawed.

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movements; the brain is the seat of intelligence; and paralysis occurs on the side of the body opposite the side of a head injury. Autopsies and dissections are condemned. Herophilus (330–280 BCE) was a Greek physician who is regarded as the world’s first anatomist. He was founder of the world-famous Medical School of Alexandria and is the first known person to systematically perform scientific dissections on human cadavers. Herophilus was a skilled scientist who carefully recorded his findings, eventually writing nine medical volumes. In those, he described various bodily organs, compared the human brain to the brains of animals, and was the first to distinguish sensory and motor nerves. However, as he and other physicians opened and studied cadavers, the practice became suspect, controversial, and condemned. Influential Christian theologian Tertullian (160–225 CE) referred to Herophilus not as a doctor but as a “butcher who cut up innumerable corpses in order to investigate nature and who hated mankind for the sake of knowledge.” Tertullian’s condemnation of autopsies and dissections meant fewer and fewer physicians were willing to examine cadavers. Eventually, it became illegal in the Roman Empire to dissect human bodies. This would impede anatomical and medical knowledge for centuries. Galen the anatomist. The first person to seriously study the brain was Claudius Galen (129–199 CE), a Roman physician. His medical and anatomical knowledge combined with his huge collection of writings made him a foundational figure in Western medicine for over a thousand years. Galen’s writings include the 17volume On the Usefulness of the Parts of the Human Body. His collected works total 22 volumes. Because of opposition to dissecting human cadavers, Galen used pigs, goats, dogs, and monkeys, carefully studying their anatomy. Operating on live animals, he conducted spinal cord experiments showing how severing the spinal cord at various places affected different parts of the body.

Studying animal brains, Galen correctly identified various cranial nerves, such as the optic nerve (sight and visual information), the olfactory nerve (smell and taste), the acoustic nerve (hearing and balance), and the oculomotor nerve (eye movement control). The slow birth of neurology. Because the church banned dissection of cadavers, the progress of brain anatomy and knowledge moved slowly during the Middle Ages (fifth through 15th centuries). This changed during the Renaissance era, when philosophers and artists such as Leonardo da Vinci became curious about anatomy, particularly the brain. Da Vinci produced a series of anatomical drawings that included considerable detail about the brain. Following his lead, British physician and emerging neuroanatomist Thomas Willis (1621–75) began to examine and study brains extensively. In 1664 he published a groundbreaking book, Cerebri Anatome, complete with intricate information about major brain regions and the functions of some cranial nerves. In the 19th century, French surgeon Paul Pierre Broca (1824–1880) conducted numerous autopsies carefully examining human brains. He correctly noted that the frontal lobes were instrumental in driving intellect, judgment, abstract thinking, and critical reasoning. The strange case of Phineas Gage. A great deal of brain knowledge has come by studying people who have had damage to various regions of the brain. One of the most amazing and fascinating cases is that of Phineas Gage. In 1848, Gage worked on a railroad construction crew. As he was setting a charge of explosives, the dynamite blew prematurely, propelling a 13pound, 3.5-foot iron bar through the front of his head, where it destroyed much of his frontal cortex. Despite this appalling injury, Gage did not lose consciousness but walked calmly to a road where he obtained a ride into town. There a physician managed to remove the rod. Though Gage survived this trauma,

he was never the same. Before the accident, friends described him as responsible, hardworking, intelligent, and friendly. Afterward, his personality changed, leaving him unstable and impulsive. He wandered from job to job, eventually traveling with carnivals and exhibiting himself and his iron bar. Gage developed epilepsy and died 13 years later. Nevertheless, the report of Gage’s change in personality confirmed studies of other neurologists that psychopathological conditions could be correlated to brain injury. Einstein’s brain. Regarded as one of the most prominent geniuses of the 20th century, Albert Einstein’s brain was removed within eight hours of his death on April 18, 1955, in Princeton, New Jersey. Physician Thomas Harvey performed the autopsy with the approval of Einstein’s son, who stipulated that his father’s brain should be used only for research to be published in scientific journals of “high standing.” Harvey sliced the brain into

sections, providing some samples to leading pathologists but keeping many for himself. In 1978 a reporter (Steven Levy) interviewing Harvey learned the doctor still had several sections of Einstein’s brain. His published story attracted interest from scientists, who began to carefully scrutinize it. They discovered that Einstein’s brain was smaller than average, weighing 1,230 grams rather than the normal 1,400. However, his parietal lobes were unusually large, and this part of his brain was 15 percent wider than other human brains. The parietal lobes are where mathematical thought emerges, thus offering one explanation for Einstein’s incredible mathematical powers. Though brain science has developed greatly in recent times, it is still a frontier waiting to be further explored. Douglas Tweed, author of Microcosms of the Brain, notes: “Present-day knowledge of the brain resembles in some ways earlier Europeans’ knowledge of Africa. Explorers have mapped the coastline in detail, but the interior is mostly uncharted.”

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It’s gone around and around. Your mind just can’t let go: how can you put an end to a ticklish problem? You’ve let it roll through your head, around and around until you almost can’t think right, hoping the solution is somewhere close. But, as in the new book Vicious Circle by C.J. Box, the fix may be harder than it seems. Throughout his career, game warden Joe Pickett had seen a lot of dead bodies. He’d seen them in many places and positions, but he’d never actually witnessed a murder until he saw one on an iPad screen in a Cessna, high above the Wyoming mountains. The victim, he was sure, was Dave Farkus. Reported missing by a hunting buddy, Farkus had disappeared, leaving

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a one-time outdoor guide like Farkus didn’t just get lost in the woods. Add to that the odd call he’d made to Pickett the night before— something about Dallas Cates and Stockman’s Bar—and something was wrong. Everybody in Twelve Sleep County had been dreading this day, ever since Cates went to prison. Before he left, he’d vowed revenge on everyone who’d hurt his family and ruined his life, and nobody in Saddlestring doubted he’d try to get it. Pickett, who’d put Cates away then, was the first target. True to form, the newly freed Cates went afoul of the law almost immediately—and was quickly released because Undersheriff Lester Spivak had done something stupid during the arrest. With the possibility of double jeopardy gone and with two former jail buddies waiting in the wings to help, Cates focused on Pickett.

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But what—other than former fame as a rodeo star—did Cates have to offer the men who seemed willing to kill for him? That didn’t make sense to Pickett; there didn’t seem to be good motives for anyone to kill Farkus or bartender Wanda Stacy, who was also missing. And none of them seemed the type to do business with a meth tweaker like the one who’d been stalking Pickett’s daughters … To your list of Don’t Read Before Bedtime, you can add Vicious Circle. If you don’t, you may as well kiss sleep goodbye. Yes, there’s more than just one keep-you-up-all-night heart-pounder in this book; it’s the 17th novel to feature Joe Pickett, after all, and author C.J. Box nails it again with a story that lays out the clues and dares you to figure them out. Readers who know Pickett know that won’t be easy, just as they’ll remember how Box often brings back truly nasty bad guys and leaves fans with an aggrrrrrravating cliffhanger. And that, of course, will have you screaming for the next installment. Don’t hesitate to start this book if you’re new to Box’s novels; it won’t take long to catch on or to want the rest of the series. If you’re an old hand at the Pickett Posse, though, rejoice! Find Vicious Circle. It’s a book you’ll want around.

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Eating More Fish May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s, a disease that afflicts some 5.1 million Americans, is a type of dementia that affects a person’s memory, thinking, and behavior. Although at this point no cure exists, you can take measures to reduce your chances of suffering from this debilitating condition. New evidence suggests that eating more fish— as long as it’s not fried—may help to protect your brain from the shrinkage and decline associated with Alzheimer’s.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center tracked the diets of 260 people with normal cognitive function for more than 10 years. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), they measured the brain volume and function of each participant at the beginning of the study, and again at the end. The results: The 163 subjects who ate fish on a weekly basis (the majority consuming it one

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Coping with Ringing in Your Ears Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any new treatments you know of that can help with the constant ear-ringing syndrome known as tinnitus? I’ve had it for years, but it’s gotten worse the older I get. – Ringing Louder at 62 Dear Ringing, Tinnitus is a common condition that affects around 45 million Americans but is usually more prevalent in the 60-and-older age group. Here’s what you should know along with some tips and treatments that may help.

tinnitus is to see an audiologist or an otolaryngologist—a doctor who specializes in ear, nose, and throat diseases (commonly called an ENT). The various causes of tinnitus are:

What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus (pronounced “tinNIGHT-us” or “TIN-a-tus”) is the sensation of hearing a ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing, or whistling sound in one or both ears when no external sound is present. The sounds, which can vary in pitch and loudness, are usually worse when background noise is low, so you may be more aware of it at night when you’re trying to fall asleep in a quiet room. For most people, tinnitus is merely annoying, but for many others it can be extremely disturbing. Tinnitus itself is not a disease but rather a symptom of some other underlying health condition. The best way to find out what’s causing your

• Middle ear obstructions, which are usually caused by a buildup of earwax deep in the ear canal.

• Age-related and noise-induced hearing loss—this is the most common cause.

• The side effects of many different prescription and nonprescription medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen, certain blood pressure medicines and diuretics, some antidepressants, cancer medicines, and antibiotics. • Various medical conditions such as high blood pressure, vascular disease, diabetes, allergies, thyroid problems, ear or sinus infections, Ménière’s disease, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, otosclerosis, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a tumor, an injury to the head or neck, traumatic brain injury, depression, stress, and more.

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trains your brain not to hear the tinnitus. Or, if you have hearing loss, hearing aids can help mask your tinnitus by improving your ability to hear actual sounds. There are even hearing aids today that come with integrated sound-generation technology that delivers white noise or customized sounds to the patient on an ongoing basis. Your audiologist or ENT can help you with these options.   There are also certain medications that may help. While currently there’s no FDA-approved drugs specifically designed to treat tinnitus, some antianxiety drugs and antidepressants have been effective in reliving symptoms. Behavioral therapies, counseling, and support groups can also be helpful. Other measures you can take to help quiet the noise include avoiding food substances that can aggravate the problem, such as salt, artificial sweeteners, sugar, alcohol, tonic water, tobacco, and caffeine. And protect yourself from loud noises by wearing earplugs. For more information on tinnitus treatment options, visit the American Tinnitus Association at Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

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Intrigued by all the brain-training products out there to keep your mind sharp and spirits young? You may want to consider something else: a hearing test. Mounting evidence links untreated hearing loss to impaired memory and diminished cognitive function. What that means is, if you keep brushing off that suspected hearing loss of yours, your cognition may pay. Researchers have found that when people with unaddressed hearing loss strain to hear, they tend to do more poorly on memory tests. They may figure out what is being said, but because so much effort goes into just hearing it, their ability to remember what they heard often suffers. Experts believe this has to do with what they call “cognitive load.” That is, in order to compensate for the hearing loss and make out the words, people with untreated hearing loss may draw on cognitive resources they’d normally use to remember what they’ve heard. Experts say that untreated hearing loss may even interfere with the person’s ability to accurately process and make sense of what was said or heard. In fact, research shows that

people with poorer hearing have less gray matter in the auditory cortex, a region of the brain needed to support speech comprehension. Other research shows a link between hearing loss and dementia. One Johns Hopkins study found that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing. Another found that hearing loss is associated with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults. And a third revealed a link between hearing loss and accelerated brain tissue loss. Some experts believe that interventions, like professionally fitted hearing aids, could potentially help. The bottom line is we actually “hear” with our brain, not with our ears. So if you think you may have hearing loss, do something about it. Make an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional, and get a hearing test. After all, research suggests that treating hearing loss may be one of the best things you can actually do to help protect your memory and cognitive function. Source: Better Hearing Institute

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VA REACH VET Initiative Helps Save Veteran Lives As part of Department of Veterans Affairs’ commitment to put resources, services, and all technology available to reduce veteran suicide, VA has launched an innovative program called Recovery Engagement and Coordination for Health – Veterans Enhanced Treatment (REACH VET). Recent research suggests that 20 veterans die by suicide each day, putting veterans at even greater risk than the general public. Using a new predictive model, REACH VET analyzes existing data from veterans’ health records to identify those at a statistically elevated risk for suicide, hospitalization, illness, or other adverse outcomes. This allows VA to provide preemptive care and support for veterans, in some cases before a veteran even has suicidal thoughts. “One veteran suicide is one too many,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin said. “This cutting-

edge program is saving lives by identifying at-risk veterans and connecting them with the specialized care and support they need.” Once a veteran is identified, his or her VA mental health or primary care provider reaches out to check on the veteran’s wellbeing and review their condition(s) and treatment plans to determine if enhanced care is needed. The program began as a pilot in October and is now fully implemented across VA. “REACH VET is a game changer in our effort to reduce veteran

suicide,” Dr. Caitlin Thompson, national director of VA’s Office for Suicide Prevention, said. “Early intervention can lead to better recovery outcomes, lessen the likelihood of challenges becoming crises, and reduce the stress that veterans and their loved ones face.” VA’s suicide prevention resources include the Veterans Crisis Line, which provides confidential support from specially trained and experienced responders to veterans, even if they are not enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans and their families and

friends may call (800) 273-8255 and press 1; chat online at www., or text 838255. For more information about VA’s suicide prevention efforts, visit these resources • Veterans Crisis Line website: • Suicide prevention outreach toolkit: spreadtheword • “Be There” public service announcement: BeTherePSA • Suicide prevention fact sheet: • Make the Connection website: • VA Mental Health website: www.

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June 8, 2017 • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Church Farm School 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Exton

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Table of Contents Welcome.............................................................. 12 Registration Form............................................. 12 Park ‘n’ Ride Information................................ 12 Directions to the EXPO................................... 12 Entertainment & Demonstrations.............. 13 Health Screenings............................................ 14 Exhibitor Display Map..................................... 15 50plus LIFE.......................................................... 16 Door Prizes.......................................................... 16 Presenter............................................................. 17

Registration is a breeze!

Simply bring this completed form with you to the EXPO, drop it at the registration desk and you are ready to go! Name:_ __________________________________ Address: __________________________________ ________________________________________ Phone:__________________________ Age:_ ____ Email:_ __________________________________

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Park ‘n’ Ride: Shuttle to the venue and back to your parking area will be provided by ROVER Community Transportation. Please, hop aboard. Additional parking is available at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1105 E. Lincoln Highway.


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We are looking forward to seeing you at the 14th annual Chester County 50plus EXPO. Each month, you enjoy the information that is included in 50plus LIFE, and the EXPO is a great complement to that. There are returning exhibitors as well as new ones. Your lives change from year to year, and what may not have been of interest to you last year, may be of more importance to you this year. Or perhaps you have become a caregiver. Representatives from a wide array of businesses are looking forward to speaking with you about issues that are on your mind, whether that is about caregiving, health, home improvements, finances, leisure, travel, fitness, nutrition, or something else. Our 50plus EXPOs are effective forums for all those “hidden” community resources to gather in visible, easy-to-access locations! For your enjoyment, entertainment and demonstrations have been scheduled throughout the day. There truly is something for everybody: chair dancing, vocal performances, helpful information on avoiding scams, container-gardening demonstrations, and more. Call your friend or neighbor and make plans now to attend. Or talk to your activity director to make sure they have the 50plus EXPO on their calendar, and hop on board the bus! OLP Events is happy to be able to present this dynamic, one-day event to our visitors free of charge. This day is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Please stop by their booths, have your bingo card signed, and talk with them about how they can assist you. Sponsors for this year’s EXPO include: Principal Sponsor – 50plus LIFE Visitor Bag Sponsor – Arbour Square at West Chester Luncheon Sponsor – Isaac’s Restaurants Supporting Sponsors – Center for Interventional Pain & Spine, Surrey Services for Seniors Media Sponsors – WCHE, WFYL See you at the EXPO! Donna K. Anderson, EXPO 2017 Chairperson

Directions to Church Farm School 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341

From Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and west: Make your way to the PA Turnpike and travel east to Downingtown exit 312 (old exit 23). Immediately after leaving the toll booth area, look for Route 100 South heading toward West Chester. Travel on 100 South about 3 miles, and just beyond the K-Mart on your left, prepare to make a left turn onto East Business 30. Travel approximately 2 miles to CFS. The admission office will be on the right side of the road. From the Lancaster area on the Route 30 bypass: Take the Route 30 bypass east past Coatesville and Downingtown. Follow signs for East 30/Frazer. Get in the left lane to exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto West Business 30, and follow 0.3 mile to CFS. The admissions office will be on the left side of the road. From Washington, DC; Baltimore; and points south: Take Interstate 95 North to Route 202 North (pick up Route 202 near Wilmington, Del). Continue on Route 202 North, and be sure to follow 202 as it bears to the right just below West Chester, Pa. Continuing on Route 202 North, ignore signs that read 100 North/30 West, Exton. Stay on 202 North and look for signs that read Route 30/Frazer. Follow

these signs and at the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left on West Business 30 for 0.3 mile to CFS. The admissions office will be on the left side of the road. From Philadelphia: Take Route 76 West (Schuylkill Expressway) to Route 202 South heading toward West Chester. Continue 9 miles on Route 202 South until you see signs for Route 30, Frazer/Downingtown. As you approach this exit, be sure to follow the sign that reads East 30/Business 30, Exton/Frazer. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto West Business 30, and follow 0.3 mile to CFS. The admissions office will be on the left side of the road. From Philadelphia International Airport: Take Route 95 South to Route 322 West/North to Route 1 South and turn left. Within a couple of miles, turn right on Route 202 North. Continue on Route 202 North, and be sure to follow 202 as it bears to the right just below West Chester. Continuing on Route 202 North, ignore signs that read 100 North/30 West, Exton. Stay on 202 North and look for signs that read Route 30/Frazer. Follow these signs and at the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left on West Business 30 for 0.3 mile to CFS. The admissions office will be on the left side of the road.

Don’t Miss the Great Lineup of Demonstrations and Entertainment at the EXPO! 9:30 a.m. – Peggy Keller, 2011 pa state Senior Idol Winner A nurse, teacher, wife, and mother from Ephrata, Peggy Kurtz Keller sung the national anthem for her high school and is still singing it today at Clipper Magazine Stadium for the Lancaster Barnstormers. Peggy enjoys singing at the VA Hospital in Lebanon, for community and civic organizations, and in local theater.

10:15 a.m. – Senior Crime Prevention Presented by Ameer Blackmon, Education and Outreach Specialist, Office of the Attorney General The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s “Senior Crime Prevention University” will educate seniors on how to protect themselves against fraud and financial exploitation. You will learn about the latest scams, frauds, and tactics in use to steal your life savings, how to avoid becoming a victim, and other important consumer information needed to protect your assets and your identity.

11 a.m. – Designing Blossoming Spaces! Presented by Alexis Margraff, LeBeau Gardens Currently nursery manager at LeBeau Gardens in Downingtown, Alexis Margraff has been gardening professionally for over 40 years and received her MS in ornamental horticulture from Cornell University. Container gardens take many forms, from terrariums and dish gardens to patio planters. The same basic concepts apply to all: provide a suitable environment for the plants, and take into consideration the principles of design. In this presentation, Alexis will focus on larger seasonal container gardens but will entertain questions on any gardening topic.

11:45 a.m. – Shimmy & Sway Your Way to Health! Presented by Holly Beebee of Dancin’ Chairs, LLC Love to dance but want to stay off your feet? Don’t get up—let’s dance! Holly will give a lively and engaging presentation of dances that audiences can do right in their seats. Join us for a fun dancing-in-chairs class to music like “Sweet Caroline” and “Uptown Funk”!

Proudly Sponsored By: CHESTER COUNTY

Principal Sponsor:

Visitor Bag Sponsor: Arbour Square at West Chester

Luncheon Sponsor: Isaac’s Restaurants

Supporting Sponsors: Center for Interventional Pain & Spine Surrey Services for Seniors

Media Sponsors:

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The 50plus EXPO is FREE to the community due to the generosity of our sponsors.

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Health Screenings ENTACC/Advanced Hearing Solutions — Booth #133 Hearing screening Health Network Laboratories — Booth #164 Glucose screening Kimberton Chiropractic — Booth #113 Thermography spinal scan Uwchlan Ambulance — Booth #185 Blood pressure screening VisionCorps — Booth #130 Vision screening

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The 50plus EXPO committee is looking for volunteers to help at our 14th annual Chester County 50plus EXPO on June 8, 2017, at the Church Farm School, 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Exton, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you could help greet visitors, stuff EXPO bags, or work at the registration desk, we would be glad to have you for all or just part of the day. Please call On-Line Publishers at (610) 675-6240.

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Exhibitor Map & Exhibitor List Lobby

Demo/ Entertainment Area

Access Services................................................................184 American Treasure Tour..................................................145 amramp............................................................................131 Appleby Systems, Inc......................................................101 Arbour Square at West Chester.....................................138 Armstrong Relocation & Co............................................146 Bath Fitter.........................................................................127 Castle Windows...............................................................122 Center for Interventional Pain & Spine........................107 Champion Hearing Aid Center......................................102 Chester County Library...................................................190 Chester County Otolaryngology and Allergy Associates.........................................................123

Hickory House Nursing Home / Heatherwood Retirement Community.................................................171 The Highlands at Wyomissing.......................................125 Humana............................................................................141 Isaac’s Restaurants..........................................................144 Jordan Essentials.............................................................172 Kimberton Chiropractic..................................................113 Kistler Family Chiropractic.............................................167 Kitchen Magic..................................................................104 Kitchen Saver...................................................................128 LeafFilter Gutter Protection...........................................108 LuLaRoe – Ryan Merlino................................................158 Main Line Health.............................................................140


Moyer Indoor I Outdoor.................................................189

Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Inc........................163

Nana’s Bearz.....................................................................162

ENTACC / Advanced Hearing Solutions........................133

New York Life Insurance.................................................157

Garden Spot Village........................................................174


Glendale Mortgage.........................................................160

Office of the State Fire Commissioner..........................148

Health Network Laboratories........................................164

Pella Windows & Doors..................................................186

Health Partners Plans.....................................................136

Pennsylvania Captioned Telephone Relay Service.....137


Pennsylvania Lottery......................................................170

Hershey’s Mill Team.........................................................111

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission......................166

The Hickman....................................................................169

Premier Orthopaedics....................................................151

Renewal by Andersen.....................................................175 Ricker Sweigart and Associates.....................................180 Rothman Institute...........................................................188 Rover Community Transportation................................147 Shady Maple....................................................................139 Sundance Vacations........................................................155 Surrey Services for Seniors.............................................105 Tel Hai Retirement Community.....................................165 TriState LeafGuard...........................................................134 Uwchlan Ambulance.......................................................185 VisionCorps......................................................................130 WCHE.................................................................................106 Weaver Memorials..........................................................156 Wegmans..........................................................................159 WFYL.................................................................................112 Zerbe Retirement Community......................................129

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50plus LIFE It’s not an age. It’s an attitude. 50plus LIFE (formerly 50plus Senior News) reflects the lifestyles and attitudes of today’s boomerand-beyond generations. On-Line Publishers, Inc. (OLP) was founded 20 years ago with a mission in mind: to enhance the lives of individuals within the Central Pennsylvania community. Over the years, 50plus LIFE has grown to six unique editions in Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties. Central Pennsylvania’s adults over 50 are a dynamic and inspiring population who refuse to slow down and who stay deeply involved in their careers, communities, and family lives, and 50plus LIFE strives to reflect that in its editorial content. Pick up a free copy of 50plus LIFE for articles that will amuse you, inspire you, inform you, and update you on topics relevant to your life. Be sure to check out 50plus LIFE’s website (www.50plusLIFEpa. com), featuring editorial and photo content and offering you, its readers, a chance to offer your thoughts and commentary on the articles that reach you each month. And you can even find 50plus LIFE on Facebook (www.facebook. com/50plusLIFEpa)! The advertisers in 50plus LIFE offer goods or services to foster a happy, healthy life. They are interested in increasing your quality of life, so please call them when considering a purchase or when you are in need of a service. Let us know what you think of 50plus LIFE! Connect with us on our website, on Facebook, by emailing, or by calling (717) 285-1350.

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Many Great Prizes to be Given Away During the 50plus EXPO



Your chance of taking home a great prize from the 50plus EXPO is HUGE! These are just a sampling of the many door prizes provided by our exhibitors.

The EXPO thanks the following companies for their generous contributions:

American Treasure Tour Goody bag from gift shop ($25 value)

Norwex Dusting mitt ($19 value)

Champion Hearing Aid Dry aid kit, cleaning kit, battery tester ($45 value)

Zerbe Retirement Community Shady Maple gift card ($25 value)

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50plus EXPO – Brought to You By: On-Line Publishers, Inc. celebrates more than 20 years serving the mind, heart, and spirit of the 50+ community of Central Pennsylvania through our Mature Living Division of publications and events. OLP Events, its events division, produces six 50plus EXPOs annually in Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster (two), and York counties. These events are an opportunity to bring both businesses and the community together for a better understanding of products and services available to enhance life. Entrance to the event, health screenings, and seminars held throughout the day are free to visitors. Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair—held in York, Berks, and Lancaster counties and in the Capital Area—provides veterans and their families an opportunity to be introduced to exhibitors who are interested in their well-being. The Job Fair connects veterans and employers face-to-face to discuss available positions. 50plus LIFE (formerly 50plus Senior News) is published monthly, touching on issues and events relevant to the 50+ community. g tin r poornso p u S p S

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county editions and contains information from local businesses and organizations offering products or services that meet the needs of these groups. 50plus Living is an annual publication and the premier resource for retirement living and healthcare options for mature adults in the Susquehanna and Delaware valleys. On-Line Publishers also works to inform and celebrate women in business through our Business Division. BusinessWoman includes professional profiles and articles that educate and encourage women in business. The women’s expo is a one-day event featuring exhibitors and interactive fun that encompass many aspects of a woman’s life. Events are held annually in Dauphin, Lebanon, Lancaster, and Cumberland counties. For men of all ages, the Epic MEN'S Expo includes exhibitors covering food, microbrews, sports, automotive, outdoor adventure, travel, fitness, and more—as well as dynamic demonstrations, interactive entertainment, and contests. The Epic MEN'S Expo debuted in Lebanon this spring and returns to York in the fall.

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Please join us for these FREE events! Always free parking!

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

1741 Papermill Road Wyomissing

1150 Camp Hill Bypass Camp Hill

Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel Radisson Hotel Harrisburg

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hershey Lodge


9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Shady Maple Conference Center LANCASTER COUNTY

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Church Farm School

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Spooky Nook Sports


Employers Job Counseling Workshops/Seminars Resume Writing Assistance

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

York Expo Center


Principal Sponsor: Sponsored by: BCTV • Berks Encore • Disabled American Veterans • The Guide Pennsylvania American Legion • Pennsylvania National Guard Outreach Office Pennsylvania State Headquarters VFW • USAA WFYL • WHP580/BOB 94.9 • WHTM abc27

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Memorial Hall East 334 Carlisle Avenue, York

Oct. 19, 2017

18th Annual


2913 Spooky Nook Road Manheim

Sept. 28, 2017

15th Annual

At the Job Fair

1001 East Lincoln Highway Exton

Sept. 21, 2017

21st Annual

Veterans Benefits Community Services Products and Services Available Support/Assistance Programs Education/Training Services

Smorgasbord Building 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl


At the Expo

325 University Drive Hershey

May 18, 2017

14th Annual

Please, join us! This combined event is FREE for veterans of all ages, active military, and their families.

18th Annual

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

May 9, 2017

18th Annual

May 31, 2017 Aug. 29, 2017

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Carlisle Expo Center CUMBERLAND COUNTY

100 K Street Carlisle

Exhibitors • Health Screenings • Seminars Demonstrations • Entertainment • Door Prizes

Limited Sponsorship Opportunities Available

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A Solemn Tradition: Memorial Day Memorial Day began in the 19th century as “Decoration Day,” when citizens were encouraged to decorate the graves of soldiers who’d died in the Civil War. After World War I, Decoration Day expanded to include ceremonies honoring the dead in all of America’s wars. Decoration Day officially became Memorial Day in 1967. In 1968 the Uniform Holidays Act established it as one of three holidays (including Veterans Day and George Washington’s birthday, now called Presidents Day) celebrated on a Monday to create a convenient threeday weekend. Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday in May. Wearing poppies is a popular Memorial Day tradition. The custom is generally credited to Moina Michael, a former teacher at the University of Georgia, who was working for the YMCA Overseas War Secretaries at the end of World War I. She was inspired by reading

the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Canadian poet and doctor John McCrae. The poem’s opening lines read: In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row ... During the Overseas War Secretaries’ annual conference held in New York City in 1918, shortly before the signing of the armistice that ended the war, grateful delegates gave Michael $10 in recognition of her help with the conference. She spent the money on 25 red silk poppies to hand out to participants (or she may have used the money on materials to make the poppies herself). The poppy became a national symbol of remembrance, and two years later the American Legion adopted it at its own conference. Poppies have symbolized the day ever since.

Celebrate Those Strongly Tied Knots!

Are you or is someone you know commemorating a special anniversary this year? Let 50plus LIFE help spread your news— for free! We welcome your anniversary announcements and photos. Anniversaries may be marking any number of years 15 and over. (Fields marked with an * are required.) *Anniversary (No. of years)_ __________________________________________ *Contact name _ __________________________________________________ E-mail _________________________ *Daytime phone _ ___________________ *Husband’s full name _______________________________________________ Occupation (If retired, list former job and No. of years held)____________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ *Wife’s full maiden name_ ___________________________________________

Watch for These Heart Attack Symptoms Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Stay on the lookout for these basic signs of a heart attack: Chest pain. The classic signal of a heart attack is an uncomfortable feeling of pressure or squeezing in the chest.  Jaw or arm pain. This tends to be more common in women, but don’t ignore it.  Heartburn/upset stomach. Don’t

write off stomach problems as just a minor ailment. Nausea and vomiting can occur during a heart attack.

Occupation (If retired, list former job and No. of years held)____________________ ______________________________________________________________ *Couple’s current city and state________________________________________ *Marriage date _ _____________ Location_ _____________________________ Children (name and city/state for each)_ _________________________________ ______________________________________________________________

Shortness of breath. Again, this is more common among women, but seek assistance if you’re having trouble breathing.


Dizziness. You may feel lightheaded or on the verge of passing out.

Photos must be at least 4x6'' and/or 300 dpi if submitted digitally. Completed information and photo can be emailed to or mailed to:

Sweating. Breaking out in a cold sweat is an additional symptom of a heart attack.

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Calendar of Events

Chester County

Support Groups Free and open to the public May 9 and 23, 5-6:30 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Main Line Unitarian Church 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon (610) 585-6604 Nondenominational; all are welcome.

May 2, 1:30 p.m. Grief Support Group Phoenixville Senior Center 153 Church St., Phoenixville (610) 327-7216 May 2 and 16, 6:30-8 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Brandywine Hospital Conference Room 2N 201 Reeceville Road, Coatesville (610) 998-1700, ext. 226 May 3, 6 p.m. Memory Loss and Dementia Support Group Sunrise Assisted Living of Paoli 324 W. Lancaster Ave., Malvern (610) 251-9994 May 8 and 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon Caregiver Support Group Adult Care of Chester County 201 Sharp Lane, Exton (610) 363-8044 May 9, 7 p.m. Hearing Loss Support Group Christ Community Church 1190 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester (610) 444-445

May 9 and 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Jennersville Hospital Conference Room B 1015 W. Baltimore Pike, West Grove (610) 998-1700, ext. 226 May 10, 1:30 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group Sarah Care 425 Technology Drive, Suite 200, Malvern (610) 251-0801 May 16, 6 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group Sunrise of Westtown 501 Skiles Blvd., West Chester (610) 399-4464 May 31, 6 p.m. Living with Cancer Support Group Paoli Hospital Cancer Center 255 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli (484) 565-1253

Community Programs Free and open to the public May 2, 11:30 a.m. West Chester University Retirees Luncheon For restaurant location, please email darsie@ May 4, 7:30 p.m. Compassionate Friends Valley Forge Chapter Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 132 E. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia (484) 919-0820 May 6 and 20, 5-10 p.m. Bingo Night Marine Corps League Detachment 430 Chestnut St., Downingtown (610) 429-8174

May 16, noon AARP Valley Forge Chapter Meeting St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church 203 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon (610) 647-1823

If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to for consideration.

May 13, 9 a.m. – Paws on the Path, Nottingham County Park May 13, 2-3:30 p.m. – Invasion of the Crusty Crayfish, Warwick County Park May 28, 10-11 a.m. – Invasive Eats, Warwick County Park May 2017

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Coatesville Area Senior Center – (610) 383-6900 250 Harmony St., Coatesville – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. – Going Fit Exercise Program May 4 and 18, 11 a.m. to noon – Veterans Coffee Club May 10 and 24, 1-2 p.m. – Bingo Downingtown Senior Center – (610) 269-3939 983 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown – Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – Balance and Flexibility Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m. – Technology 101 Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. – Photo Shoot Hour Great Valley Senior Center – (610) 889-2121 47 Church Road, Malvern Kennett Area Senior Center – (610) 444-4819 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square – Oxford Senior Center – (610) 932-5244 12 E. Locust St., Oxford – Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. – Paint Class Phoenixville Area Senior Center – (610) 935-1515 153 Church St., Phoenixville – www. West Chester Area Senior Center – (610) 431-4242 530 E. Union St., West Chester – Thursdays, 1 p.m. – WCASC Chorus Just a snippet of what you may be missing … please call or visit their website for more information.


Parks And Recreation


Senior Center Activities

Downingtown Library, 330 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (610) 269-2741 May 16, 10-11 a.m. – Book Walkers May 16, 6:30 p.m. – Crafters Makers Space May 18, 6:30 p.m. – Downingtown Library Writers Group Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, (610) 273-3303 Malvern Library, 1 E. First Ave., Malvern, (610) 644-7259 Oxford Library, 48 S. Second St., Oxford, (610) 932-9625 Paoli Library, 18 Darby Road, Paoli, (610) 296-7996 Mystery Book Club – Call for dates/times

Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers Bethany Village – The Oaks

325 Wesley Drive • Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 (717) 766-0279 • Number of Beds: 69 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: CARF/CCAC; Eagle, LeadingAge PA Comments: Maplewood Assisted Living also available.

Homeland Center

1901 North Fifth Street • Harrisburg, PA 17102-1598 (717) 221-7902 • Number of Beds: 95 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

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SALUTE from page 2 the flak exploding all around us. It felt like someone was beating on the wings with a sledgehammer. I couldn’t resist looking down at Hamburg and seeing the great city below through the black bursts of flak that filled the sky. When I quickly looked back and checked the oil pressure, I saw the oil pressure on No. 3 engine dropping quickly. So, I yelled, “Feathering three,” and I went through the several-step procedure that feathered that prop. Then we got hit on the No. 1 engine, and it began to stream black smoke as Smith cut it back to half power. We had now dropped our bombs, and the tail gunner started calling tracking flak, “Flak, six o’clock level.” Then a bit louder, “Flak, six o’clock level.” Then louder, as the flak moved closer, “Flak, six o’clock level.” Then shouting, “FLAK, SIX O’CLOCK LEVEL!” At which point, Smith, with an oath, pulled the wheel back and rose well above the formation. A burst of flak then set our No. 2 engine on fire, and Smith pushed the wheel forward, dove down through the hole in the formation, and, after several thousand feet, was able to blow out the flames. It took me several tries before No. 2 could be feathered, but it finally feathered. In the meantime, the crew was working to drop the ball turret, which was heavy and created a lot of drag. Smith had given the order to throw everything out of the airplane that would move. I remember my reaction when the engineer tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Your flak jacket, sir.” But I climbed out of it, and he threw it overboard with all the others. I was now flying the airplane again, and at our slow speed, the bomber stream above us was passing us by. Over the town of Lübeck, the bomber stream turned west toward England … and so did we, lagging behind. We were holding 120 mph, trading airspeed for altitude, with Lübeck on the leading edge of our wing. Twenty minutes later, it was on the trailing edge, so I called our navigator and said, “Hey, Nick, where are we going to hit the ground?” A few minutes later, he called Smith and said, “Smitty, we’re going to hit the ground halfway to the front lines!” With an 80 mph headwind, we were making only 40 mph over the ground.

2nd Lt. Robert D. Wilcox, ready to head overseas in 1944.

Wilcox in front of the PT-17 Stearman in which he took his first solo flight in October 1943.

Wilcox in a BT-13 Vultee Vibrator at his basic flying training at Cochrane Field in Macon, Ga., in January 1944.

At once, Smitty said, “That’s all she wrote,” and kicked the plane around to head northeast toward Sweden. Now we had the wind behind us, so our ground speed picked up from 40 to 200 mph. But we had no maps to Sweden, and the visibility was terrible. We headed across the Baltic Sea in what we believed to be the general direction of Sweden. When we finally came over land, we were down to about 2,500 feet and were being fired at. Could it be Sweden? It didn’t seem likely. Then two fighters came in on a head-on attack. When our navigator was about to give them a burst from our chin turret (the only guns that couldn’t be moved), one of the planes did an Immelmann and sat down on our wing. It had three crowns on his tail, and he motioned to us to follow him, which we did, and then we landed at Malmo on the very southern tip of Sweden. We would never have found the airfield without his help. Smith and I examined the damage to the airplane before joining the rest of the crew, who were in the terminal, being fed sandwiches and real milk. When a Swedish officer came by, I asked him why they had fired at a B-17 in our condition as we came over the coast. “Did they hit you?” he asked. “They sure did,” I replied. Shaking his head slowly, he said, “That’s very unusual.” Pause. “They often fire, but they very seldom hit anything.” Four months later, the war ended, and we returned to the U.S. Ten months later, I returned to Europe for three years and flew the first two weeks of the Berlin Airlift. On one of those missions, I came closer to losing my life than I did in combat. But that’s another story. I stayed in the Air Force Reserve, where my mobilization assignment at the Pentagon was chief, internal information for the Air Force before I retired as a colonel in April 1974. Over those wonderful years of flying, I found that there were many ways to kill yourself flying an airplane—combat being only one of the more obvious. In lieu of flowers, donations in Col. Wilcox’s memory may be made to Lancaster Chapter MOAA (memo: High School Scholarship), P.O. Box 5031, Lancaster, PA 17606.

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Marty Allen Still Making ’Em Laugh Nick Thomas

Marty Allen and wife Karon Kate Blackwell.

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Allen and Rossi with the Beatles in 1964.

Allen and Rossi.

asked her to come on the road with me, and the audiences loved her.” Allen appeared in a half-dozen feature films and some TV movies, and he guest starred on several television series. One memorable guest spot was on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 with the Beatles. “The guys had no idea who we were, but backstage they were very friendly and likable,” recalled Allen.

“I remember walking over to joke with John and saying, ‘A lot of people mistake me for you!’ He thought that was hysterical, me with my crazy hair, and almost collapsed from laughing.” Like Allen’s wild hair, his “Hello dere!” catchphrase—also the title of his 2014 autobiography (see www.—was not planned. He blurted out the phrase in a brief, rare moment of onstage

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Known for his trademark salutation (“Hello dere”), his bug-eyed comic stare, and his wild, Brillo-pad hair, veteran comedian Marty Allen is still making audiences laugh. “I get up in the morning and the only thing that doesn’t hurt is my pajamas,” joked Allen, who turned 95 in March, from his home in Las Vegas. A veteran of six decades in the entertainment industry, in 1957 the Pittsburgh-raised comedian teamed up with handsome lounge crooner Steve Rossi, who became his “straight man.” The union produced the incredibly popular comedy duo of Allen & Rossi. Over the following decade, the pair toured the world and appeared on every TV variety show. They amicably parted in 1968 but reunited many times, as late as the 1990s. Rossi died in 2014. “He lived in Las Vegas, too, and we remained good friends,” Allen said. “I last saw him a few days before he passed away. What can I say, we were like brothers.” Today, Allen is partnered with a new straight man—or straight woman, to be more precise: his wife of over 30 years, Karon Kate Blackwell. “After Steve and I split up, I worked as a single for many years and even acted,” recalled Allen. “Then I met Karon at a Los Angeles restaurant. She was working as a singer and piano player, and when I saw her perform I

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confusion when working with Rossi one evening. After the show, when audience members began repeating it, he says, “I knew I had a gimmick entertainers only dream about.” As for that hair, “It seemed every time I cut my hair, I’d catch a cold, so I just let it go,” he recalled. “It just took off and grew wild.” But it was TV game shows where Allen excelled as himself. “I was on them all, my favorite being a semi-regular on Hollywood Squares with people like Paul Lynde, Charlie Weaver, and Rose Marie,” he recalled. “We were allowed to write our own jokes, which we would throw in when Peter Marshall asked the questions. We didn’t know the questions up front, so we really did ad lib the answers.” Allen says that throughout his career, he had a reputation of working well with others. “I approached every job I ever had with a good temperament,” he said. “I never fought with anyone and just wanted to entertain. My career and the people I’ve met have been a great blessing.”

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Lori Verderame

Settling Estates Filled with Antiques

Grandma passed away, leaving valuable item worth thousands of behind a house filled with art, dollars is left sitting in the dumpster antiques, and collectibles. outside your late grandma’s house. You and your family members have How would he feel when a nosy varied feelings about her heirlooms. neighbor, local trash man, or antique Some of your relatives want to divvy reseller stops by and helps himself to up everything. Others want to just that valuable piece? bring in a reseller. Often, a dumpster is the original Other family members are ready to location of many items that you will pile it all into a dumpster. And, some later find for sale at sky-high prices relatives are at some of ready to give the most away every prestigious last unwanted auction object. houses and And, of trendy antique course there dealerships. are also those Recently, folks who just an antique can’t deal with chair found on Grandma’s a neighbor’s objects as tears trash pile was flow at the sold by the Get an unbiased appraisal before discarding sight of her guy next door your loved one’s belongings. quilts or wash for $198,000. bowl set. And, a jogger in New York City helped herself to What Should You Do? an abstract painting on a curbside Arrange a family caucus at a garbage heap that she later sold for location other than Grandma’s empty $1.2 million. home. Give everyone a turn to express So, without an unbiased appraisal their feelings about what should and review of the current market for happen with the objects that have been your late grandmother’s stuff, this left behind. dumpster-happy family member is just Everyone needs to keep an open helping your entire family lose lots of mind—and not necessarily an open money. mouth—about how to deal with Get an unbiased appraisal first— Grandma’s personal property. one where the appraiser does not want The person in your family who to buy anything from you. keeps saying that everything is The best solution is open worthless old junk and that the best communication with all of your family thing to do is to trash everything members and an action plan for the is the person who is throwing away appraisal of Grandma’s antiques. your money and your inheritance Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, and probably should not have the last author, and award-winning TV word. personality, Dr. Lori hosts antiques Let them have their say, and while appraisal events worldwide. She is the some items will not be worth a king’s star appraiser on international hit TV ransom, the trash option is usually the shows: Discovery’s Auction Kings, History one that people regret in the long run. channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, Once it’s gone, it’s gone. and Fox Business’ Strange Inheritance. Visit, Remind yourself to ask that person DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010. to consider how he would feel if a


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Here’s What Happens When You Cry Suzy Cohen

When we think of crying, we usually relate it to grief, pain (whether it be emotional or physical), shame, and sometimes even guilt. We cry for a lot of reasons. Sometimes we cry because “I’ll never let go, Jack� happens in a movie. When I was pregnant with my daughter Samara in 1989, I remember crying at some totally inappropriate moment during the whale movie, Orca. It was so odd, but to this day I recall how good it felt to let those tears out and blow my nose. It’s funny looking back. Personally, I’m not a crier—it takes a lot—but I have, and I do, and on occasion it’s provoked by normal causes, such as grief, or the fear of losing someone I love, or if I really, really hurt myself. I once started

crying after cutting open my finger while chopping an onion. Any type of emotional surge, whether it is positive or negative, can trigger tears. When we’ve finished crying, we feel so much better! That feeling of relief you experience after crying comes from “feel-good� hormones and neurotransmitters that are released during the episode. Emotional crying contains “leucine-enkephalin,� an endorphin

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Crying releases stress. Stresscrying releases toxins that assist the body in ridding itself of chemicals that are known to raise cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone that puts fat around your belly, so controlling cortisol could contribute to weight loss and helps you cope with stress. Do not allow your stress or emotions to remain bottled up inside you. Tears are antibacterial. As for the killing off of bacteria, an article published by Medical Daily found that tears (which contain lysozyme) can kill up to 95 percent of bacteria in under 10 minutes! Crying improves communication. Babies cannot speak, so they let you know about their discomfort by crying.






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