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Tidbits® of Elmore County TIDBITS® SAYS GENTLEMEN

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A Teaching Clock for Preschoolers To help your preschoolers learn how to tell time on a traditional clock, make a teaching clock with a pizza pan. Personalize it with photos and drawings to remind them of the activities and chores they do throughout the day. There’s no time like the present, so get started with these four easy steps: Step 1: NUMBER from 1 to 12 around the edge of a metal pizza pan to create a baseline clock face. Use self-sticking numbers, stickers or permanent markers. Step 2: COLLECT 12 large plastic milk-jug caps and number them on the top from 1 to 12. On the backs, attach a piece of thick, selfsticking magnet (available in rolls at hardware stores). Step 3: CUT OUT two craft foam or cardboard arrows for clock hands, making one 3 inches long and the other 4 inches long. Attach magnets to backs. Step 4: DRAW pictures or cut out snapshots or magazine photos of what your child does in a typical day. For example: Eat breakfast, brush teeth, play outside, pick up toys, brush the dog, read a story, etc. Glue the images to small cardboard squares, attach magnets to the backs, and use interchangeably with the numbers on the clock to help your child understand what happens at different times throughout the day. Make extra cards for activities your child might do weekly, such as “visit Grandma and Grandpa,” “walk to story hour at the neighborhood library,” “attend ballet class,” etc. At bedtime, kids can choose the cardboard activity square that represents a specific special activity for the following day. Store them in a small box or basket when not in use. Extra Tips for Use: Remove all numbered caps and replace by matching the numbers on the caps with the numbers on the pan. Use numbered caps to practice counting. Note: Small plastic milk-jug caps may pose a choking hazard to children 4 and under. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.”

by Kathy Wolfe How much do you know about the manufacturers of our favorite automobiles? Tidbits enlightens with some facts about the history of famous cars and their makers. • Ransom E. Olds started manufacturing vehicles in 1897 in Lansing, Michigan. The Oldsmobile soon became one of the country’s top-selling automobiles. Although Henry Ford is often credited with creating the first auto assembly line, it was actually Olds who was responsible. (Ford’s innovation was the first moving assembly line.) Olds used the concept to mass-produce the Oldsmobile Curved Dash, beginning in 1901. The assembly line quintupled his output from 425 cars in 1901 to more than 2,500 the following year. Differences of opinion with his business partner led to Ransom Olds’ exit, and General Motors purchased Oldsmobile in 1908. Ransom’s new company, the REO Motor Car Company, produced the REO Speedwagon, the predecessor of the pickup truck. • During its 107 years of operation, Oldsmobile produced over 35 million cars. It was discontinued in 2004, at which time it was the oldest American automobile brand. The R.E. Olds Museum in Lansing is home to the last Oldsmobile (an Alero) to roll off the assembly line. • Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss auto racer who went into partnership with William Durant to produce automobiles. Chevrolet had already been in the news as a frequent race winner, driving his Buick up to 72 miles per hour. He wanted to build a luxury car, while Durant’s idea was to produce inexpensive cars to compete with the Ford Model T. Chevrolet won the debate and lent his name to the Classic Six. However, a few years later, while Louis was on a European vacation, Durant introduced a smaller, cheaper car. Upon Chevrolet’s return to Michigan, the two men’s dispute grew, and Chevrolet sold out his shares and left the company. Durant went on

to control General Motors, acting as president until 1920. • The names of Edward Murphy and Alanson Brush are probably not familiar ones, but you’ve certainly heard of their business venture, the Pontiac Buggy Company. First manufacturing horse-drawn carriages in Pontiac, Michigan, the business evolved into producing two-cylinder engines. When Murphy died unexpectedly at age 45, General Motors bought the company. Production of Pontiacs in America continued until 2009, when a G6 model became the final car produced. • Ford is not America’s oldest automobile company, as many believe. That distinction belongs to Buick, ahead of Ford by one month. Founded by Scotsman David Dunbar Buick, it was incorporated in 1903. Mr. Buick had previously been in the plumbing business, successfully inventing a process for creating white porcelain bathtubs and inventing an innovative lawn sprinkler. He invested his earnings in a new business venture, producing two-cylinder engine automobiles. Almost from the start, the company had financial problems, and David Buick signed his company over to William Durant in 1904. Soon afterward, Buick became part of General Motors. • Before there was the Ford Motor Company, there was the Detroit Auto Company, Henry Ford’s first endeavor in 1899. The venture failed completely, leaving him in financial ruin. After acquiring new investors (including the Dodge brothers), he began a second company, another one he left behind. (This business later became the Cadillac Company.) Finally, in 1903, Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company, and by 1906, it was the No. 1 car manufacturer in America. He introduced the Model T in 1908, which was a less expensive auto designed for the common man. Famous Ford names include the Thunderbird, introduced in 1954, the Edsel, a failure that debuted in 1957, and the Mustang, launched in 1964. • Henry Leland was assigned to liquidate the assets from Henry Ford’s second (continued on page 3)

Chicken and Fruit 1 package (6 1/4 ounce) white-and-wild-rice mix 1/2 cup parboiled rice 2 medium oranges 2 medium Red Delicious or McIntosh apples 1 bunch (about 1 pound) fresh spinach 1 (3/4 pound) smoked boneless chicken breast 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1. In 3-quart saucepan over high heat, heat 3 1/2 cups water to boiling. Stir in white-and-wild-rice mix with seasoning packet and parboiled rice; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender. Set aside to cool slightly. 2. While rice is cooking, cut peel from oranges. Holding oranges over large bowl to catch juice, cut sections from oranges; drop sections into bowl. Dice apples. Coarsely chop half of spinach leaves; reserve remaining leaves. Discard skin from chicken breast; tear breast into bite-size pieces. 3. To bowl with oranges, add rice mixture, apples, chopped spinach, chicken, vinegar and oil; mix well. Arrange reserved spinach leaves on platter; top with rice mixture. Serves 6. * Each serving: About 350 calories, 7g total fat, 39mg cholesterol, 995mg sodium. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/. (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved


For Advertising call (334) 202-7285 START YOUR ENGINES continued company and ended up taking it over. Leland named the company after the founder of Detroit, a French explorer named Cadillac, who reportedly was one of Leland’s distant ancestors. He operated the company until 1909, when it was purchased by General Motors. Cadillac is noted for producing the first vehicle with an electric starter in 1912, followed by the first massproduced car with an eight-cylinder engine. In 1924, the company was also the first to use lacquer paint, giving customers the choice of several different colors, rather than what other competitors were offering — black! • Gothenburg, Sweden, is the birthplace of the Volvo, with the first one rolling out of the factory in 1947. The name came from Latin, meaning “I roll.” Eight years later, the company had produced 15 million vehicles. Today, Volvo has more than 90,000 employees. • When you hear the name of John DeLorean, his sleek stainless steel two-seater with the unusual full-wing doors might come to mind. However, DeLorean achieved fame first for his contributions at General Motors, most notably the Pontiac GTO and Firebird. At age 27, with a Masters degree in automotive engineering, he joined the Chrysler organization. Less than a year later, he was working for the Packard Motor Company. Two years later, DeLorean made the move to GM, where he eventually became a vice-president. He is considered by many to be the creator of the “muscle car.” At age 48, he abruptly resigned from GM to start the DeLorean Motor Company. He chose Belfast, Ireland, for his manufacturing plant, and the factory began production in 1981, anticipating sales of 30,000 cars per year. By early 1982, the company had collapsed and was in receivership and closed in November, having produced only 9,000 cars in a 21-month period. • Although we frequently associate Lee Iacocca with the Chrysler Corporation, he initially worked for Ford Motor Company from 1946 to 1978. He was the head designer of the Ford Mustang in 1964 and became president of the company in 1970. Because of ongoing conflict with Henry Ford II, Iacocca was fired in 1978. He joined Chrysler, which was losing millions of dollars and on the verge of closure. He went to work rebuilding the company, turning it around completely. • Fiats have been around since 1899 when the Fabbrica Italiana Automobli Torino (translation: Italian Automobile Factory of Turin) was founded. The company built its first factory in the United States in 1908. ***

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The Best for First DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Daytona 500 is NASCAR’s greatest race. Of that there is little doubt, though some drivers cite the Brickyard 400 as comparable. Why is it NASCAR’s greatest race? Unlike the greatest events of other sports, the Daytona 500 opens the season rather than concludes it. The Super Bowl, World Series, et al. determine championships. The Daytona 500 isn’t even in the Chase. Winning it isn’t even a significant factor in determining the Sprint Cup champion. More than any other major sporting event, it stands alone, comparable more to the premier events of golf and tennis than team sports such as football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer. The 500 pays far more than any other race on the schedule, however, and to understand its importance, one also must understand unique aspects of automobile racing in general and NASCAR in particular. “From a talent standpoint ... it’s harder to win at Martinsville, it’s harder to win at Bristol, it’s harder to win at Kansas and most other tracks,” Jeff Gordon said, “but I think there isn’t anybody who doesn’t want to win the Daytona 500. That’s the difference. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a restrictor-plate race or not, or how much skill or luck goes into it. You want to win it. “The longer you go without winning it, the more challenging it becomes and the harder you think it is, and when you do accomplish it, I think there is that much more meaning behind it, not to mention the fact that this race means the world to a race-car driver.” Gordon has won “the Great American Race” three times: 1997, 1999 and 2004. But many of the sport’s greats, most notably Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip, waited many years before finally claiming the Harley J. Earl Trophy. Rusty Wallace never won it. Tony Stewart hasn’t won it yet. Stewart, the reigning champion, said it was at the top of his “bucket list.” The race does not always go to the sport’s superstars. In 2011, both Sprint Cup winners at Daytona claimed their first career victories. Trevor Bayne won the 500, and David Ragan won the Coke Zero 400. This Daytona 500 could well be another major surprise. It almost surely will be dramatic. Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at nascarthisweek@yahoo.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

‘Minor’ Heart Attacks Can Still be Deadly DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband, 46, died suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack. An autopsy showed that he died from what the doctor said was a minor heart attack. How does a minor heart attack kill? It was major for him and me. -- C.C. ANSWER: The pathologist who performed the autopsy must have found that only a small section of heart was involved, and only a small heart artery was obstructed. Minor heart attacks can lead to major complications, including death. They can generate abnormal heartbeats, so abnormal that the heart’s pumping action stops. You have my deepest sympathy. The booklet on heart attacks explains why they happen and how they’re prevented. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 102W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I want to get rid of a lot of expired medicines. I have heard that flushing them down the toilet or putting them in the garbage will make them end up in our drinking water. What is the proper solution? -- M.S. ANSWER: Different government agencies have different recommendations for medicine disposal. Congress is trying to resolve those differences. First, check with your drugstore to see if it has a

1. In 2010, Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun became the fifth player in majorleague history to hit at least 125 home runs and post at least a .300 average in his first four seasons. Name two of the other four. 2. Who was the last National League player to have at least 30 home runs and 30 errors in the same season? 3. How many times have Army, Navy and Air Force all played in a football bowl game in the same season? 4. Who held the record for most 3-point field goals made in an NBA Finals game before Ray Allen hit eight in a game in 2010? 5. Who played the most games in his NHL career without ever making the Stanley Cup playoffs? 6. When was the last time before 2011 that New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup? 7. Who was the first non-American female golfer to win the LPGA Championship?

Tidbits® of Elmore County program to dispose of medicines; many do. Also check with your town, county or state to see if it has “takeback” programs. Many do. If you can’t find a facility that accepts old medicines, mix them with coffee grounds, sawdust, kitty litter or similar materials (making them less appealing for children or pets to eat), seal them in a plastic bag and put them in your trash. A few drugs ought to be flushed down the toilet or the sink. These drugs are mostly powerful painkillers, like morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone and Demerol. They pose a danger to children, pets and even adults if accidentally ingested. This advice comes from the Food and Drug Administration. You can find the complete list at www.fda.gov. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have an ingrown toenail that’s giving me much grief. I’d like to take care of it myself. I’m out of work and have no insurance. Will you give me some directions on what to do? -H.A. ANSWER: You can try to handle it on your own, but be careful. Don’t traumatize the toe or skin. Soak your foot in warm, soapy water for 10 minutes. To free the nail from the corner of the skin in which it is imbedded, try to work a small ball of cotton between the nail and the skin. Dental floss hooked under the corner of the skin helps you accomplish this. From this day onward, cut your toenails on a horizontal plane. Don’t round off the edges. That’s an invitation to an ingrown toenail. If all of this is a bit overwhelming, let a podiatrist free the nail for you. Make some arrangements for a later payment. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


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? For a great springtime facial, mash up a small can (or a snack-size serving) of peaches in juice. Add to it 2 to 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar and gently massage into skin. Let sit for a minute or two and then rinse with warm water. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

? If you like your coffee fresh and strong but not so hot, make a small tray of ice cubes out of coffee to cool your morning cup. ? “Always dust from the top down. My mom taught me that, since the dust falls and then you vacuum it up at the end. Also, don’t use too much furniture polish, since using a lot can actually attract dust.” -- B.O. in Pennsylvania ? “Keep leftover slices of good meat and veggies in zipper-lock plastic baggies and freeze. When you make canned soups, just add the appropriate bits from your baggie. It really bulks up the soups, and you save money and don’t waste precious food.” -- P.R. in California

? “Styrofoam peanuts are great for adding to the bottom of plants for drainage. You can usually get some for free if you get packages in the mail. If not, you can ask your local shipping store for a few handfuls, and they are usually quite gracious. Mine is.” -- A.R. in Florida ? To check for toilet leaks, add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If, without flushing, you see the bowl water start to change colors, you know you have a leak. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@ yahoo.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

? To calm flyaway tresses, rub ChapStick on your palms and then run your palms over your hair to smooth it.

Fruit Fly Swarm Infests Kitchen By Samantha Mazzotta

Q: How can I get rid of pesky fruit flies? They’re all over my kitchen. -- Stephen F., Warwick, R.I. A: Fruit flies, as their name indicates, love hanging out around fruit, or any sort of sweetish, sugary item. They’re much more common in the summer months, but it’s not unusual to see them in early spring, particularly in the kitchen, if the conditions are right. A warm environment combined with a bowl of overripe bananas often is all it takes for a few fruit flies to set up housekeeping, and in a few days, it will seem like they’re everywhere. The fastest way to get rid of fruit flies is to hunt down and get rid of items in which they live and breed: namely, overripe, fermented or spoiled fruits, vegetables or other food. They also can thrive in drains, empty containers, mops, piles of damp rags or clothing -- anywhere that liquid or food has been allowed to sit and get stagnant. They can even get into your refrigerator. Throw out old food and clean the kitchen or other infested areas. Look behind appliances, including the stove and re-

frigerator, for dropped food or spilled juices. Check and clean all cabinets, especially those in which food is stored (canned or fresh), in case any food has fallen out of sight and spoiled. Treat drains, including unused or infrequently used drains, by pouring a cup of white vinegar down each and letting it sit for several minutes before rinsing with hot water. If a thorough cleaning doesn’t end the problem, talk with a pest control professional about locating other sources of the infestation and treating with a pesticide. To prevent future infestations or minimize the impact of one (since fruit flies can be brought into the house with fruit and veggies from the store), clean the kitchen and other areas where food is eaten or stored once a week, and reduce the amount of clutter in those areas so the bugs have fewer places to settle in. Treat drains with vinegar once a month, or more frequently if needed. Store garbage in tightly sealed containers and away from entry points like windows or doors. Make sure window screens don’t have holes or small tears that would allow pests through. HOME TIP: Make a simple fruit fly trap by pouring an ounce or two of apple cider or putting a slice of banana into a glass jar, then rolling a piece of paper into a funnel shape and sticking the narrow end of the funnel into the jar. Fruit flies will be attracted down the funnel to the cider, but can’t get out. Send your questions or tips to ask@thisisahammer.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

Online Gaming Our local senior center shares a building with an afterschool program for teens. One recent afternoon I spied one of my friends heading up the stairs to the teen area. Thinking she had volunteered to run a shift, I was surprised to learn that she was on her way to a computer game convention -- with the teens. Sure enough, when I looked later, there she was in a huddle with a group of kids all hooked into a “roleplaying” game on the center’s laptops. A study done about senior gamers revealed that older women are the fastest-growing segment of those who play online, and they spend more time at it than any other group. We like role-playing, adventure and mystery online games. We want mental stimulation rather than those games that require fast reflexes. We like exploration games that actually have a storyline with puzzles to be solved. While most of us like single-player

games, many players, like my friend, prefer being in a multi-player game. Here’s what I learned at the senior center: --Online gaming is generally not free, if you play as a subscriber. Beware that when you buy more in-game currency or other items, it gets added to your credit card. --It can be addicting. Yes, it’s fun using a cartoon persona, but don’t let it take over your life. Sitting for so long at a computer isn’t good for your health. --Depending on the game, it can be serious brain food as you have increasing events and components to coordinate and take care of. Want to learn more about our peers who are gaming online? Go online and search for a study called “The Truth About Baby Boomer Gamers.” Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Tidbits® of Elmore County

1. Is the book of Capernaum in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Exodus 28:39, what kind of head covering did the priest wear? Turban, Snood, Scarf, Kalupto 3. The Pentateuch refers to how many of the first books of the Old Testament? 2, 4, 5, 7 4. Whose harp playing caused Saul’s “evil spirit” to leave him? Solomon, Alexander, David, Haman 5. Esau sold his birthright for a mess of “what”? Gold, Pottage, Oil, Manna 6. What/where was the burial place of Samuel? Gilgal, Joppa, Corinth, Ramah

Mortgage Help for Homeowners If you have mortgage problems, parts of a $25 billion settlement could be coming your way. Five of the nation’s largest banks accused of abusive practices have agreed to help 1 million homeowners. The banks are Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Ally Financial. Allegations included the extensive use of robo-signers (foreclosure documents were signed without even being read), failure to offer foreclosure options and incorrect handling of loan modifications. Borrowers who are underwater (the house is worth

less than what’s due on it) but still holding on will get come help in the form of reduced debt, either from lowered interest rates or principal reduction. It’s thought that 11 million borrowers owe more than their homes are worth, which means they haven’t been able to sell or refinance. Lenders will be required to rework loans and reduce the principal for those nearing foreclosure. If you lost your home to foreclosure (as did 750,000 families) between 2008 and 2011, you could receive a payment of $2,000. That’s not to say all the problems are over. For some, the nightmare continues: While the investigations into alleged abusive practices were going on, some lenders just called a halt to the final steps of foreclosures. Families continued to live in their homes without making any payments. Now that the guideline are clear, lenders are likely to press forward with those foreclosures. Neighborhoods that saw too many empty houses due to foreclosure could see many more, as not everyone will qualify for assistance. This could force home prices down even more in neighborhoods hardest hit as more bank-owned properties come on the market

and investors pick up properties to turn into rentals -- never a good way to stabilize a neighborhood. Ideally, banks won’t release all the properties at once. The programs funded with the $25 billion settlement are set to run for three years, but lenders are being given incentives to act within the first year. What to do if your mortgage is in trouble: Call your lender. Ask specifically who is holding your note, as changes might have been made when loans ended up in various secondary-market packages. Take the names of those you talk to. Ask what specific programs will be available to help you. Ask for a time frame and follow up weekly. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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* It was 20th-century American director, screenwriter, playwright and novelist Ben Hecht who made the following sage observation: “Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.” * If you visualize an image of John Lennon, more likely than not you’ll see him in your mind’s eye wearing a pair of round spectacles. In July of 2007, one pair of those iconic glasses was sold at auction for a whopping $2 million. * There’s nothing terribly surprising about the fact that an animated version of George Orwell’s famed novel “Animal Farm” was produced in the United States in 1954. What made this production unusual is that the movie rights were bought by, and the film was covertly funded by, the CIA. It was thought that it would be excellent anti-Communist propaganda during the Cold War. * If you’re like 12 percent of American men who are about to get married, you’ll go to a tanning bed before you make that walk down the aisle. * You might be surprised to learn that early automobile magnate Henry Ford was a fan of soy. In the 1940s, the fabric used for the upholstery in some of his cars was made from 25 percent soy. He even owned a soy-based suit of clothing that he would sometimes wear for media events. * The Transportation Security Administration banned cigarette lighters on carry-on luggage between 2005 and 2007. During that time, TSA screeners confiscated 22,978 lighters [SET ITAL]every day[END ITAL]. Safe disposal of those lighters cost the taxpayers approximately $4 million every year. *** Thought for the Day: “Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.” -Arthur Schopenhauer (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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* On March 18, 1852, in New York City, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo join with several other investors to launch their namesake business. In July 1852, their company shipped its first loads of freight from the East Coast to mining camps scattered around northern California. * On March 17, 1901, paintings by the late Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh are shown in Paris. Van Gogh had committed suicide 11 years earlier without any notion that his work was destined to win acclaim beyond his wildest dreams. In his lifetime, he had sold only one painting. * On March 14, 1914, stock-car racer Lee Arnold Petty (father of Richard Petty) is born near Randleman, N.C. In 1959, he won the Daytona 500. It’s said that Lee Petty never lost a race on account of being too kind to his competitors, even if his competitors were family. * On March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Mass., American Robert Goddard successfully launches the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket. The 10-foot rocket, fueled by liquid oxygen and gasoline, traveled for 2.5 seconds at a speed of about 60 mph, reaching an altitude of 41 feet and landing 184 feet away. * On March 13, 1942, the Quartermaster Corps of the United States Army begins training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps.” Perhaps the most famous war dog was Rin Tin Tin, an abandoned puppy of German war dogs found in France in 1918 and taken to the United States, where he made his film debut in the 1922 silent film “The Man From Hell’s River.” * On March 15, 1954, the Chords record “Sh-boom.” The song’s lighthearted melody and nonsensical lyrics kicked off a new era of “doo-wop” music. Doo-wop hits included “Earth Angel” by the Penguins and “In the Still of the Night” by the Five Satins. * On March 12, 1969, the London drug squad appears at house of George Harrison and Pattie Boyd with a warrant and drug-sniffing canines. Sergeant Pilcher, the man behind the raid, was later convicted of planting drugs in other cases and went to jail in 1972.


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1. Joe DiMaggio, Chuck Klein, Albert Pujols and Ted Williams. 2. Pedro Guerrero of the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 1983. 3. Once, in 2010. 4. Kenny Smith (1995), Scottie Pippen (1997) and Allen (2008) each had seven 3-pointers in an NBA Finals game. 5. Guy Charron played in 734 games without a postseason appearance. 6. It was 1987. 7. Canada’s Sandra Post, in 1968.

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