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A FAVORITE “CHILD” by Blue Sullivan

America is a culture that loves good food. The proliferation of successful cooking shows on TV like “Master Chef” and “Chopped” has given rise to the “celebrity chef.” Yet perhaps the most beloved chef since the advent of television isn’t on TV anymore. That’s Julia Child. • She was born in 1912 in Pasadena, California. Her father John was a graduate of Princeton and a California real estate investor, and her mother, also named Julia, was a paper-company heiress. • In her youth, Child attended the elite Katherine Branson School for Girls in San Francisco. She was the tallest student in her class at 6 feet, 2 inches. • At school, Child was known as a high-spirited girl who loved playing pranks. She was also an accomplished athlete, especially skilled at golf and tennis. • Child attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her intended career had little to do with cooking. She wanted to be a writer instead. turn the page for more!

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A Favorite “Child” (continued): • “There were some famous women novelists in those days,” Child said, “and I intended to be one.” Alas, though she wrote often and submitted manuscripts regularly to the New Yorker, none were ever published. • After graduating, Child tried her hand at advertising while working for a successful home furnishings company. It didn’t last long, as Child was promptly fired for “gross insubordination.” • When World War II broke out, Child volunteered for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Washington, D.C. She performed assignments all over the world, including stays in China and Sri Lanka. • While in Sri Lanka in 1945, Child began seeing her future husband, Paul, a fellow employee of the OSS. Child and Paul married after the war in September of 1946. • Paul and Child moved to France in 1948, when Paul was assigned to work at the American Embassy in Paris. It was there that Child’s love for cooking came into full bloom. She was quoted as saying, “The whole experience was an opening up of the soul and spirit for me . . . I was hooked, and for life, as it turned out.” • In Paris, Child enrolled in the worldrenowned “Le Cordon Bleu” cooking school. After six months of training, she chose to open her own school with two fellow classmates. • They named the school “L’Ecole de Trois Gourmandes,” which translates to “The School of the Three Gourmands.” • Child and the other two founders of the school set out to create a cookbook of French cuisine that might be understood and employed by regular folk. • The two-volume cookbook was released in 1961, entitled “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” The book was incredibly successful, remaining the bestselling cookbook for over five years. • The book has since become a favored teaching tool at cooking schools throughout the world. Yet there was a time when it looked like it might never be published at all. • The writing of the book was a grueling and frustrating 10-year process for Child and her collaborators. She would spend months trying to perfect recipes for just a single ingredient. She wrote to her principal collaborator, Simca Beck, during her frustration: “I’ve just poached two more eggs and thrown them down the toilet.” • The initial draft of the book was turned down by the first publisher, as were many

subsequent drafts. Only after offering it to a different publisher, Alfred Knopf, was it picked up for publication. • Child’s first television appearance was on a humble Boston public television station in 1962. She cooked an omelet on air. After a surprisingly positive and vocal response, she was invited to do a series. Her initial pay was about $50 a show. • Child’s show, “The French Chef,” grew quickly beyond those humble beginnings. Soon after its initial airings, the show was syndicated to 96 stations. The show was both a commercial and a critical hit. In 1964, Child was presented with the George Foster Peabody Award for her work on the show. Two years later, she was given an Emmy Award as well.• “ T h e French Chef” was produced and directed by Russ Morash. It ran for 199 episodes between 1963 and 1966. • “The French Chef” was just one of many shows Child appeared on during her long career. Other programs included “Julia Child and Company,” “Julia Child and More Company” and “Dinner at Julia’s.” She was also a regular guest on “Good Morning, America.” • Child wrote many other cookbooks after her initial success. Among these were “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs,” “Baking with Julia,” “Julia’s Delicious Little Dinners” and “Julia’s Casual Dinners.” Many of these were accompanied by their own TV specials. • Julia Child died on August 13, 2004. She was just two days shy of her 92nd birthday. She was remembered by her family and friends as a person of great generosity who loved to teach others. Though she once mourned her “lack of talent,” Child left an indelible legacy in the kitchens of people around the world. • In addition to inspiring both the book and film, “Julie and Julia,” Child’s life inspired an exhibit entitled “Julia Child’s Kitchen” to be installed at the National Museum of American History. • The installation is 20 feet by 14 feet. These were the dimensions of Child’s kitchen in Massachusetts. Though the walls and floor were created for the exhibit, everything else found there is from Child’s own former kitchen. The arrangement of everything found inside was assembled exactly to replicate Child’s original workspace. • There are over 1,200 individual pieces from Child in the exhibit, including equipment housed in the cabinets and drawers. These objects are not visible to the general public, but hundreds of others still are.

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

Sometimes Heartburn Can Lead to Cancer

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For many years, I had heartburn, and I lived with it by taking things like Tums. Finally, I consulted a doctor, who referred me to a gastroenterologist because he was alarmed at the length of time I’d had it. The gastroenterologist gave me a scope exam of my esophagus and stomach. It turns out I have GERD and something called Barrett’s esophagus, which turns into cancer. Naturally, I am nervous. I’ve never heard of heartburn-caused cancer. How often does that happen? -- A.S. ANSWER: Not often, but enough that plans have to be made to keep checking for such a change. Heartburn is officially called GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease. Stomach acid squirts upward (refluxes) into the swallowing tube, the esophagus. The esophagus isn’t built to deal with stomach acid the way the stomach is. The result is heartburn. Medicines for GERD are many. The ones most often chosen are proton-pump inhibitors, medicines that all but turn off acid production. Their names are Prevacid (lansoprazole), Dexilant (dexlansoprazole), Prilosec (omeprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole) and Aciphex (rabeprazole). Up to 12 percent of GERD patients, even with treatment, develop Barrett’s esophagus. The lining cells of the lower part of the esophagus change into ones that are more resistant to stomach acid. That change can evolve into another transformation that

Tidbits® of the River Region is precancerous. That’s called dysplasia. Dysplasia can then become cancer. The absolute risk for this is small, but it is real, and has to be carefully looked for. If the Barrett’s cells show signs of low-grade dysplasia, then a follow-up scope exam of the esophagus is done in six to 12 months and repeated annually. If high-grade changes are found, the scope exam is repeated every six months. If no dysplasia changes are seen, follow-up exams are scheduled for every three years. The booklet on hiatal hernia and GERD gives a comprehensive treatment on this subject. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 501W, 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 am a senior citizen. For the past five years I have received Botox injections and wonder where the Botox goes after it leaves the injection site after about six or seven months. Does it stay in the body forever? Does it go to an organ? Suddenly, I am worried about this. -- S.B. ANSWER: The body, as it does with all injected medicines, breaks down Botox, and the breakdown products are eliminated. It’s the way nature takes care of all foreign materials that find their way into our bodies. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: All my friends have menstrual cycles that last 28 days. Mine don’t. They vary from 23 to 34 days. Is that normal? I feel fine. I am 23 and active. My periods are not painful. -- J.F. ANSWER: The average menstrual cycle is one of 28 days. That’s only an average. The cycle can vary from 21 to 35 days and still be considered normal. ***

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by Samantha Mazzotta DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Last spring, as I was taking my cat “Ferris” out of my mom’s car at the vet’s office, he jumped out of my arms and ran into the woods. We searched the woods and surrounding neighborhoods for hours, with no luck. About a week later, we got a call from a veterinarian almost 10 miles away from where Ferris had escaped! He was found by one of the assistants, and they had quickly identified Ferris by scanning his implanted microchip. Please tell your readers how important it is to microchip their pets. It reunited us with Ferris quickly, once he was found. -- Sarah in Smyrna, Ga. DEAR SARAH: I’m glad to hear Ferris got home safely! Microchipping can indeed help reunite a lost pet with its owners. The biggest benefit of microchips is that if a pet loses its collar and ID tag, the microchip -- a rice grain-sized device typically

implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades -- carries that ID information as well as contact information. Once a microchip is implanted, owners should register the chip’s information at an online registry such as the nonprofit Found Animals or a registry recommended by your veterinarian. If your pet gets lost and is found and scanned, the information will be relayed to these registries. From there, the owner can check the registries, or opt to be alerted if their pet’s chip is scanned. Microchipping is affordable, as well. Generally, even the priciest chipping costs well under $100, and it’s often offered as part of low-cost vaccination clinics at a reduced price. Send your questions or comments to ask@, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner. com.

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1. Who was the last Houston Astro to be named N.L. Rookie of the Year? 2. Dick Williams was one of two managers to take three different franchises to the World Series. Who is the other? 3. In 1968 and in 1969, a University of Southern Cal player was taken No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft. Name the two players. 4. In 2009-10, Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani became the second 7-footer to have more than 100 blocked shots and 100 3-pointers in a season. Who was the first? 5. Who holds the record for most career regular-season OT goals in NHL history? 6. At which Olympic Games did Greco-Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner end Aleksandr Karelin’s 13-year winning streak? 7. Who was the last male amateur to lead after a round of a golf major before Tom Lewis did it at the British Open in 2011?

1. Is the book of Merab in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Who does Paul call “our dear friend, the doctor” in Colossians 4? Jesus, Mark, Luke, Asa 3. Jesus was about how much younger than John the Baptist? 12 days, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years 4. David captured the fortress associated with which mountain? Zion, Nepal, Rahab, Carmel 5. James and John were called Boanerges, meaning “Sons of” what? Israel, Bethel, Thunder, Hadad 6. From Genesis 24 who was the mate of Rebekah? Adam, Joseph, Aaron, Isaac

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1) Neither; 2) Luke; 3) 6 months; 4) Zion; 5) Thunder; 6) Isaac

1. Jeff Bagwell, in 1991. 2. Bill McKechnie (Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati). 3. Ron Yary in 1968 (Minnesota) and O.J. Simpson in 1969 (Buffalo). 4. Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki did it in the 2000-01 season. 5. Jaromir Jagr, with 16. 6. It was the 2000 Summer Olympics. 7. Mike Reid, in the 1976 U.S. Open.

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