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CARTOONS, PART ONE by Kathy Wolfe

What would Saturday mornings be like without our favorite cartoons? This week, Tidbits brings you Part One of a look at some of our long-time favorites, guaranteed to inspire more than a few good memories. • TV Guide has ranked Bugs Bunny as the greatest cartoon character of all time. Homer Simpson is No. 2 on the list, and Rocky and Bullwinkle hold the No. 3 slot. • “Ruh-roh!â€? became a common expression after it was frequently used by the Jetsons’ dog Astro. Voice actor Don Messick was the source for “Rats Rall Right, Reorge!â€? You might recognize his voice as that of other cartoon dogs Scooby-Doo and Muttley. turn the page for more Cartoons, Part One!

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THE BEACH BOYS

The pleasing harmonies that are the trademark of the music of the Beach Boys immediately conjure up thoughts of 1960s California and its culture of cars, surfing and young love. Tidbits takes you on a backstage tour of their rocky road to fame. • In 1961, three brothers, Carl, Dennis and Brian Wilson, gathered around the family piano in Hawthorne, California, practicing vocal harmonies. Their cousin Mike Love was soon on board, as was a friend from the football team, Al Jardine. • They adopted the name The Pendletones, a play on the brand name Pendleton, a popular wool shirt frequently worn by California surfers. Soon they had recorded their first single, entitled simply “Surfin.’” The name change to the Beach Boys came at the time of the song’s release, and the tune remained on Billboard’s Hot 100 for six weeks. • The band’s first four hits all contained the word “surf,” from 1961’s “Surfin’” and 1962’s “Surfin’ Safari” to 1963’s “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “Surfer Girl.” Although all the songs were popular, none hit the No. 1 spot on the charts. That feat was accomplished in 1964 with “I Get Around.” It was quickly followed by their second No. 1, “Help Me, Rhonda,” and their third, “Good Vibrations,” the first hit to go platinum. • The Beach Boys didn’t sing just about surfing; they also sang about cars, such as “Little Honda,” “409” and “Little Deuce Coupe.” The summer was a popular theme as well, as evidenced by “Summer of Love,” “Summer Means New Love,” “Things We Did Last Summer” and “Your Summer Dream.” • Success took its toll on the group early in their careers. While on tour in 1964, 22-year-old Brian Wilson suffered a nervous breakdown and left the tour. He was replaced by singer Glen Campbell for several months. Wilson’s problems were to plague him for years to come. He was in and out of the band several times, as he abused drugs, suffered from depression and paranoia, and experienced weight gain up to 320 pounds. He was officially dismissed in 1982 and entered a detox program. • It was the heartbreaking drowning death of brother Dennis in 1983 that seemed to bring the group back together. Their fourth No. 1 hit, “Kokomo,” came along in 1988, 22 years after their third. Cousin Mike Love sued Brian for songwriting royalties along the way, contending that Brian had failed to give him credit as the co-writer of 79 of the group’s songs. Yet another reconciliation followed, with plans for another studio album, followed by more tragedy in the Wilson family. Lung cancer claimed the life of brother Carl, a long-time heavy smoker, in 1998. • Despite their hardships, the Beach Boys top the list of sales of singles and album revenues, making them the No. 1-selling American band in history. They’ve logged 56 Hot 100 hits, 36 Top 40 hits and four No. 1 singles over the years. They received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1980, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy in 2001. • It’s interesting to note that while the group is best known for its surfing tunes, Dennis Wilson was the only one who surfed.

BOOKS -- Recommended Reading “When the Game Was Ours” by Larry Bird, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Jackie MacMullan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26) Reviewed by Chris Richcreek In the wake of yet another memorable NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s a good time to revisit one of the key segments of the longtime rivalry. And if you were a fan of basketball during the 1980s, then reading “When the Game Was Ours” will be like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket of memories. Sportswriter Jackie MacMullan does a great job of letting NBA greats Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird tell the story of their time in the league, when they helped push it to newfound levels of success. The book (which makes a great companion piece to Seth Davis’ “When March Went Mad”), reveals how much it galled Bird to lose to Johnson in the 1979 NCAA championship game. The pair took the NBA by storm that same year, yet they would not meet in the NBA Finals until 1984, when Bird’s Celtics beat Johnson’s Lakers in seven games, a victory that prompted Bird to tell a teammate: “I finally got him. I finally got Magic.” Johnson would turn the tables the next season, and he would win one more against Bird in 1987. Between them, Johnson and Bird captured eight of the 10 NBA championships during the ‘80s, but the crux of their relationship was an unrelenting drive to be better than the other person. Such an approach left little room for friendship, but a commercial filmed in 1985 featuring both stars helped them forge a new bond, one that continued to grow through their respective retirements and the 1992 Summer Olympics into the friendship they share today. Magic and Bird simply go together, then and now. MacMullan helps capture the rivalry that fueled the best basketball many fans say they have seen. Michael Jordan is often proclaimed as the greatest NBA player ever, but he lacked the suitable foil that Johnson and Bird had with each other, and the Lakers and Celtics still have today.

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TOP TEN MOVIES

Available in stores the week of July 13, 2010. PICKS OF THE WEEK “Temple Grandin” (Unrated) -- “Temple Grandin” is one of those little gems of a film that most people haven’t heard of or seen -- but should. Unless you have HBO, you’ve probably never heard of this delightful biopic. Claire Danes stars as Temple Grandin, a woman born in 1947 with classic autism, one of the most severe forms of the affliction. At the time, autism was diagnosed as a type of schizophrenia and mothers were blamed for the child’s condition, often being accused of being too cold and unfeeling toward the child. When Temple is finally properly diagnosed with autism, her mother (Julia Ormond) rejects the doctor’s suggestion to institutionalize the girl and instead devotes her energies to raising Temple to live a normal, fulfilling life. And Temple does just that. She not only attends university, eventually earning a Ph.D, she also becomes the foremost designer of humane slaughterhouses. “Temple Grandin” is a better-than-average biopic, mostly because it treats the subject with gentle humor and respect, and doesn’t fall into the trap of sentimentality or hagiography. Claire Danes’ performance is brilliant, and she definitely deserves an Emmy. If after watching the film, you want to learn more about Temple Grandin, I strongly recommend renting a copy of Errol Morris’ documentary series “First Person.” One of the episodes is devoted to Temple, and she tells her story in her own words as to how her autism gave her a unique insight and empathy toward cows, and how it gave her the ability to design the slaughterhouses so humanely and efficiently.

DOG OF THE WEEK “Furry Vengeance” (PG) -- Sometimes I imagine that Brendan Fraser’s idea of a perfect evening is having someone jangle a set of car keys just out of his reach whilst chiming, “Oooo! Shiny-Shiny!” It’s the only way I can justify in my mind why he makes such stupid movie choices. “Furry Vengeance” is about a guy (Fraser) who takes a job overseeing the development of a subdivision in Oregon. The wee woodland creatures aren’t too happy about having their forest mowed down, so they band together and find ways to attack Brendan Fraser’s crotch. By the end of the film, Fraser’s character learns Important Lessons About Family and The Environment. You, however, will want to hunt Fraser’s crotch down and finish the job.

1. Inception (PG-13) Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe 2. Salt (PG-13) Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber 3. Despicable Me (PG) animated 4. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG) Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel 5. Toy Story 3 (G) animated 6. Ramona and Beezus (G) Joey King, Selena Gomez 7. Grown Ups (PG-13) Adam Sandler, Kevin James 8. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson 9. The Last Airbender (PG) Noah Ringer, Nicole Peltz 10. Predators (R) Adrien Brody, Topher Grace TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD as of July 31, 2010 Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Hot Tub Time Machine (NR) John Cusack 2. Brooklyn’s Finest (R) Richard Gere 3. The Crazies (R) Timothy Olyphant 4. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG) Pierce Brosnan 5. The Book of Eli (R) Denzel Washington 6. Green Zone (R) Matt Damon 7. She’s Out of My League (R) Jay Baruchel 8. When In Rome (PG-13) Kristen Bell 9. Shutter Island (R) Leonardo DiCaprio 10. Alice in Wonderland (PG) Johnny Depp

Top 10 DVD Sales 1. Brooklyn’s Finest (R) (Anchor Bay) 2. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Light“Friday Night Lights” The Fourth Season “Ugly Betty” The Complete Fourth and Final Sea- ning Thief (PG) (20th Century Fox) 3. Hot Tub Time Machine (NR) (20th Century son Fox) “Dexter” The Complete Season Four 4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) (Music “Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends” Season Four Box) “Cougar Town” Complete First Season “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” The Complete 5. The Book of Eli (R) (Warner) 6. Avatar (PG-13) (20th Century Fox) Third Season 7. Alice in Wonderland (PG) (Buena Vista) “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” Season One, 8. The Crazies (R) (Anchor Bay) Part One 9. Green Zone (R) (Universal) “One Tree Hill” The Complete Seventh Season 10. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13) (Summit)

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¥ It was librarian and essayist Frederick Saunders who made the following sage observation: “Pride, like laudanum and other poisonous medicines, is beneficial in small, though injurious in large, quantities. No man who is not pleased with himself, even in a personal sense, can please others.” ¥ Earthquakes occur at a rate of roughly one every minute around the world. About eight of those every year are considered to be major, registering above 7.0 on the Richter Scale. ¥ If you’re a sailor you’re probably familiar with the hazards of being out on the water: high seas, storms, hidden reefs. You probably wouldn’t count whales among the dangers, but you’d be wrong. It seems that on a recent day sail out of Table Bay Harbor in South Africa, a couple on a 30-foot sailboat were whale-watching when one got too close for comfort. A 40-ton whale they had been viewing breached right next to the boat and landed on the deck, breaking off the mast and then thrashing around before sliding back into the water. The whale lost some skin and blubber, but was otherwise unharmed; the couple were lucky to still have a seaworthy craft and made it safely back to the harbor. ¥ Statistics show that the average 5-year-old boy today weighs about 10 percent more and the average 5-year-old girl about 8 percent more than children of the same age in the 1980s. ¥ Those who study such things say that the word “daisy” started out as “day’s eye” and was shortened over the years. Similarly, “God be with you” became “goodbye” and “whole be thou” became “hello.” *** Thought for the Day: “To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.” -- Peter McWilliams

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CARTOONS, Part One (continued):

• Beep! Beep! Wile E. Coyote started chasing the Roadrunner across the Southwestern desert in 1949. The coyote’s pursuit involved many complex contraptions manufactured by the Acme Corporation, but his elaborate schemes were foiled every time. He regularly caught on fire, was run over and plummeted to the bottom of a canyon in his attempts to nail the elusive bird. The coyote’s creator, Chuck Jones, used the same design for another cartoon character known as Ralph Wolf. Each work day, Ralph and Sam Sheepdog punched into a time clock, exchanged pleasant greetings, and spent the day battling each other over a flock of sheep. Although the two characters’ designs were nearly identical, the coyote’s nose was black, while Ralph’s was red. • Wearing a Roman soldier’s uniform of helmet and skirt, Marvin the Martian was modeled after Mars, the Roman god of war. He was forever trying to destroy the Earth with his Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator, but his efforts were outwitted every time by the clever Bugs Bunny. These failed attempts made him “very angry, very angry indeed.” • In the midst of the Cold War, the world of cartoons had its token Russian spies, Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. These bumbling villains attempted to do the will of their Fearless Leader, such as stealing secret rocket fuel formulas. All the while, Natasha called everyone “dollink” as Boris snapped, “Sharrup you mouth!” Natasha was voiced by June Foray, whose other credits include Dudley Do-Right’s lady friend Nell Fenwick, Rocky the flying squirrel, Tweety’s owner Granny and Lucifer the Cat in Disney’s 1950 production “Cinderella.” • The Jetsons were just an average family living in the year 2062. Their home in Orbit City’s Skypad Apartments was filled with futuristic, labor-saving devices. George Jetson’s work life consisted of pushing a computer button three hours a day, three days a week at Spacely Space Sprockets. Jane was assisted in her wifely duties by the robot maid Rosie. The series, produced between 1962 and 1963, was the first program on ABC to be broadcast in color. • “I yam what I yam,” is muttered in a gravelly voice by a rough and ready, muscular sailor with anchor tattoos. Popeye was created in 1929 as a comic strip by E.C. Segar but didn’t hit the movie screen until 1933. The woman of his dreams, Olive Oyl and her brother Castor Oyl, were on the scene 10 years before Popeye. Continued on page 7!

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The frozen herbs can be chopped and used in cooked dishes. After freezing, the herbs usually are not suitable for garnish, as they become limp when thawed. GAZPACHO This wonderful recipe for Gazpacho is a great way to use a variety of your favorite herbs and summer vegetables. 6 large tomatoes 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced 1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped 1 medium-sized red onion, minced 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 medium avocado, peeled and diced, for garnish 1 cup herbed croutons, for garnish 1. To peel the tomatoes, submerge them in boiling water for 15 seconds. (Dip just a few tomatoes at a time or the water temperature may be lowered too much to remove the skins without overheating the tomatoes.) Place in a colander and rinse under cold water. The skins should slip right off. Core the tomatoes and gently squeeze out the seeds. Chop half of the tomatoes coarsely and puree the other half in a food processor. Combine the puree and chopped tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. 2. Add the cucumber, bell pepper, onion, vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, parsley, basil, hot sauce, salt, pepper, sugar and nutmeg to the tomatoes. Mix gently to blend the How About Freezing Fresh Herbs? Wash, drain and pat the herbs dry with paper tow- ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving. els. Wrap a few sprigs or leaves in freezer wrap and place in a freezer bag, then seal and freeze. 3. Serve chilled. Garnish with the avocado and herbed croutons, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

Can I Freeze Bell and Sweet Peppers Raw? If you’ve picked a peck of peppers and have too many to eat, try freezing them. Peppers are one of those foods that can be quickly frozen raw without blanching them first. The National Center for Home Food Preservation, hosted by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, offers these guidelines on freezing bell and sweet peppers raw: Select crisp, tender, green or bright-red pods. Wash, cut out stems, cut in half and remove seeds. If desired, cut into 1/2-inch strips or rings. Freezing Saves the Best of Summer Good for use in uncooked foods because they have a crisper texture, or in cooked foods. PackIt’s August, and that means I’m busily trying age raw, leaving no headspace. Seal and freeze. to figure out a way to preserve the smells and NOTE: To make it easier to remove only the flavors of my favorite vegetables. I enjoy stock- amount of frozen bell or sweet peppers needed ing my freezer with the vegetables I’ve grown at one time, freeze sliced or diced peppers in a or bought in large quantities from local farmers. single layer on a cookie sheet with sides. Transfer Your freezer is one of the best ways to preto a “freezer” bag when frozen, excluding as much serve the color and flavor of summer produce air as possible from the bag. all year long. Here’s some great tips for freezing the best selection of your favorite summer Can Tomatoes be Frozen Raw? vegetables and herbs: Like peppers, tomatoes can be frozen raw. Frozen tomatoes are best used in cooked foods such as soups, sauces and stews as they become mushy when they’re thawed. Select firm, ripe tomatoes with deep red color. Wash and dip in boiling water for 30 seconds to loosen skins. Core and peel. Freeze whole or in pieces. Pack into containers, leaving l-inch headspace. Seal and freeze. TIP: Dip just a few tomatoes at a time into the boiling water or the water temperature may be lowered too much to remove the skins without overheating the tomatoes. Place hot tomatoes in a colander and rinse under cold water to make them easier to handle. A knife with a serrated edge works best for cutting tomatoes.


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DOLLARS AND SENSE

CARTOONS, Part One (continued)

Is Foreclosed Home Really a Bargain?

• A 1945 cartoon entitled “Hare Trigger” introduced a cantankerous red-haired cowboy with an extreme dislike of rabbits. After several cartoons featuring the meek and mild Elmer Fudd as Bugs Bunny’s adversary, Yosemite Sam was created as a more formidable foe who was not so easily put off. With six-guns in hand, Sam frequently thundered at Bugs, “Say your prayers, Varmint!” He was voiced by Mel Blanc, who had undergone a spell of road rage on the day he came up with Sam’s voice and merely screamed at the top of his lungs. • Known as “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” Mel Blanc was the voice behind many of our favorites, including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn, Wile E. Coyote, Woody Woodpecker, Speedy Gonzales, Barney Rubble, Pepe LePew and George Jetson’s boss Mr. Spacely. He set a record of the longest voiceover, having spoken for Daffy Duck for 52 years. The inscription on Blanc’s gravestone appropriately reads, “That’s All, Folks.” • Popeye was well known for eating spinach for strength, and he sang, “I’m strong to the finich, ‘cause I eats me spinach.” He was so popular during the 1930s that there was a 33-percent increase in spinach consumption during that decade. The sailor’s family members included his adopted baby son Baby Swee’ Pea, nephews Pipeye, Pupeye, Poopeye, and Peepeye, and father Poopdeck Pappy. Hamburger-loving Wimpy and the bully Bluto completed the cast. • November 18, 1928, is considered the birthday of Mickey Mouse. It’s the day he debuted in “Steamboat Willie” at New York City’s Colony Theater. Starring as a riverboat deckhand, Mickey’s voice was that of Walt Disney himself. Mickey had actually appeared six months earlier in a cartoon short entitled “Plane Crazy” with Minnie Mouse at his side, but “Willie” was the first of his cartoons with sound. Mickey didn’t appear in color until 1935. He went on to star in more than 120 different cartoons, and was voiced by Disney until 1946. Mickey was the first cartoon character to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. • A different kind of mouse regularly defended the citizens of Mouseville. Wearing a yellow jersey and red cape, inspired by the Superman character, Mighty Mouse came to the rescue, singing, “Here I come to save the day!” This superhero squelched the threats of villain Oil Can Harry against the townspeople, and more specifically, his girlfriend Pearl Pureheart. • A similarly-named sweetheart, Sweet Polly Purebred, was the love interest of the endearing Shoeshine Boy. When danger was imminent, the Boy quietly slipped into a nearby phone booth and retrieved a Super Vitamin Pill from his ring’s secret compartment, exiting the booth as Underdog. Polly was a TV reporter, who could be heard pleading, “Oh where, oh where, has my Underdog gone?” • Chrysler paid $50,000 to Warner Brothers for the privilege of using the cartoon image of the Road Runner on the side of the Plymouth Road Runner muscle car, which began manufacture in 1968. They also expended $10,000 to develop a horn with a “Beep, Beep!” sound effect.

by David Uffington

We’re poised to hit the 1 million mark this year when it comes to home foreclosures, 100,000 more than last year. Whether it’s being caused by unemployment, or by lenders who aren’t cooperating with homeowners in getting revised loans written, or lenders who are snowed under by the number of refinance applications they already have, the bottom line is that there are many houses that are sitting empty. It’s a self-perpetuating cycle: When too many houses in a neighborhood are empty, the values in the whole neighborhood suffer. Homeowners find that they can’t sell for enough to pay off their mortgage. When they walk away, the cycle continues. At the same time, if you’re in the market to buy, be careful if you consider buying a foreclosed home. Don’t let the low prices blind you to the realities. The biggest thing to consider when buying a foreclosed home: Whoever owned it didn’t get to foreclosure overnight. It was likely a long, drawn-out financial decline, during which time needed repairs might not have been made. Additionally the house could have remained empty for a very long time, possibly more than a year. This means that mold could be present, perhaps the result of flooding from frozen and cracked pipes. Animals (even the human kind) could have gotten in and done damage. Check the HUD foreclosure website (www.hud. gov/homes) and see if you’re interested in any of the homes listed. Study the reviewer’s notes. Look for mentions of mold, flood damage, lead paint and missing appliances, furnace or central A/C unit. The home could have serious damage that’s not apparent from a drive-by look. Sign up with a HUD counselor. Call 1-800-5694287 to find one near you. The counseling service is free, but extra services are not. Be sure you know what is included in the counseling. If you find a foreclosed home that you like and that doesn’t have too many problems, don’t put yourself in a potentially bad position when it comes to taking out a loan. Do your homework first, as not all lenders will finance a foreclosure, and you could pay higher interest for a loan. Even though HUD will have inspected the property, hire your own inspector. 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 328536475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail. com. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• Although “Snow White” featured eight songs, Nearly everyone on Earth is familiar with the 25 songs were originally composed for the feacreations of genius Walt Disney. Follow his ture. It quickly became the highest grossing film path from humble beginnings on a Missouri of all time, a record it held only until 1939, when farm to film mogul and theme partk creator. • An artist from childhood, Disney was already “Gone with the Wind” surpassed it. Walt built Disney Studios in Burbank, California, with the profselling sketches at age seven. In high school, its from “Snow White.” Over the next five years, he worked on the school newspaper while athe released “Pinocchio,” “Fantasia,” “Dumbo” tending night school at the Academy of Fine and “Bambi.” Arts. • In 1918, Walt tried to enlist in the military but • As early as August of 1948, Walt Disney was was turned away because he was only 16. His thinking of building an amusement park called alternative was to sign up with the Red Cross, “Mickey Mouse Park.” In 1955, he opened his 400-acre Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, in Anawho sent him overseas. He spent a year drivheim, with a price tag of $17 million. It was Walt’s ing an ambulance, decorated from top to bottom with his drawings and cartoons. He served intention that Disneyland would, “never be completed as long as there is imagination left in the in a unit with Ray Kroc, who, decades later, world.” Indeed, new attractions are added on a would found the McDonald’s fast food chain. regular basis. • Disney’s career in advertising began after • With his eye on the future, Walt purchased the conclusion of World War I. In 1920, he by Bonnie St.another Clair theme park 28,000 acres in Florida for created his first animated cartoons, and three but didn’t liveErnie? to see its construction. Walt Disney years later, headed for Hollywood withBert $40 to without Laurel without Hardy? Hall without World opened in 1971, five years after Walt’s his name. He joined up with his brother Roy, Oates? They just wouldn’t have been the same. Join Tidbits and the two borrowed $500 and built a camera death. Strangely enough, Disneyland is in Orasstand wein their share behind some famous “people pairs” ange County, California, and Walt Disney World’s uncle’sstories garage where they started location is Orange one County,another. Florida. production of cartoon and how “featurettes.” they managed to discover • Walt Disney was the recipient ofwho more than 950 the Great Depression, Disney Batman • • In the midst Inofthe original story, met the boy would produced “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freebecome Robin 1940. Dick Grayson was civilian an eight-year-old America’s highest honor, awarded to for the astronomical sumin of $1,499,000. It took dom, him at the White HouseWhen in 1964 by President Lyncircus acrobat, the1,500 son of of trapeze artists. a gangster two million illustrations using shades don Johnson. Walt holds the record for the most paint to create the 1937 masterpiece. Fifty difwho’d been extorting money from the circus sabotaged the Academy Awards and received honorary degrees ferent names were considered for the dwarfs, riggings, Dick’s parents fell tofromtheir deaths. Batman investiHarvard, Yale, the University of Southern including Gabby, Blabby, Hotsy, Nifty and gated fondand enough of the boy to become California UCLA. Shifty. the crime, and he became

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1. Name the last Royals pitcher before Zack Greinke in 2009 to strike out at least 200 batters in a season. 2. During the 1940s, three different Yankees Anne Hathaway won the A.L. Most Valuable Player Award. Q: I just finished reading the book “One Day” by David Nicholls and absolutely loved it. Is it being Name two of them. 3. Entering 2010, how many consecutive made into a movie? -- Darla E., via e-mail seasons has the University of Florida football A: I loved the book as well and am happy to report that the movie adaptation is currently filming team lost to at least one team in the SEC West in England. Anne Hathaway stars as Emma, and Division? 4. In what season did fans begin voting for Jim Sturgess is Dexter. The film will follow the starters to the NBA’s All-Star Game? story of Dex and Em, two university classmates 5. How many consecutive seasons (through who meet on graduation night in 1988, and fall 2009-10) have the Detroit Red Wings made the in and out of each other’s life over the next two decades. In a clever storytelling convention, each NHL playoffs? 6. Who holds the Ultimate Fighting Championchapter lets the reader explore the protagonists’ ship record for most number of consecutive title lives on July 15 of each year, beginning on that defenses? fateful day after graduation. 7. When was the last time that Germany’s *** men’s soccer team failed to be in the final four Q: Dustin Hoffman has always been one of my teams of the World Cup? favorite actors. What does he have coming up? -- Julie F., Denver A: HBO landed the award-winning actor for its new series, “Luck,” which is about the horseracing world: the owners, jockeys and gamblers. Filming begins this fall, and the show co-stars Dennis Farina and Nick Nolte. The pilot episode will be directed by Michael Mann, of “Miami Vice,” “Heat” and “Public Enemies” fame. *** Q: I have a question that I have been wondering about for two years. Why was “Boston Legal” canceled? I have heard it was due to low ratings, which I have a hard time believing since so many people watched and enjoyed it. I have to wonder if some of the storylines were too controversial and ruffled some feathers? - Monnie F., via e-mail A: Writer and creator David E. Kelley told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in December 2008: “ABC 1. ADVERTISING: What product did Tony the didn’t want us back. We had to fight to get back Tiger sell in advertisements? on with 13 [episodes]. It’s not a product they care 2. GEOGRAPHY: What is the highest waterfall to market. Five years into the show, if anyone has in the world? ever seen the show at ABC, they’ve yet to bring it 3. LANGUAGE: Who coined the phrase “wildto my attention,” he said. goose chase”? David speculated the lack of promotion had to do 4. BIBLE: Which book of the Bible contains the with the fact that 20th Century Fox produced the longest name mentioned -- “Mahershalalhashshow, not ABC itself, so ABC didn’t share in the baz”? profits. “Even though our numbers are solid, not 5. MOVIES: What was the name of the male huge, I think the conventional wisdom at ABC, lead character in “Love Story” (played by Ryan and I don’t know this, but I’m guessing they con- O’Neal)? tinue to believe they can develop their own prod- 6. ANATOMY: About how long is the human uct and get that [rating] number, and then also small intestine? share in the profits.” 7. TITLES: What is the abbreviated title of a veterinarian? 8. COMICS: What comic-book superhero is sometimes known as “The Caped Crusader”? 9. MEDICAL TERMS: What is a more common name for somnambulism? 10. ASTRONOMY: What are most of Uranus’ 27 moons named after?

Answers 1. Kevin Appier struck out 207 in 1996. 2. Spud Chandler (‘43), Joe DiMaggio (1941, ‘47) and Joe Gordon (‘42). 3. Eleven consecutive years. 4. It was the 1974-75 season. 5. Nineteen seasons. 6. Middleweight Anderson Silva, with six consecutive defenses. 7. It was 1998. Answers 1. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes 2. Angel Falls in Venezuela 3. Miguel de Cervantes in “Don Quixote” 4. Isaiah 8:1 5. Oliver Barrett 6. 16-20 feet 7. D.V.M. (doctor of veterinary medicine) 8. Batman 9. Sleepwalking 10. Shakespearean characters

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Asthmatic Cat Needs Veterinarian’s Opinion DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I was wondering what kind of medicine to give a cat that has asthma. My cat “Jack” had an asthma attack last night. Are there any home remedies I can use? -Cathy S., via e-mail DEAR CATHY: Only your veterinarian can determine the right medicine to give to your cat. It’s very important that you take Jack to the vet for a complete checkup in the next few days. (If he seems distressed or continues to have trouble breathing, take him to vet right away.) Tell the vet the symptoms Jack had during his asthma attack -- any wheezing, distress or odd behavior before the attack, and any weakness or lethargy before, during or after. If he has shown the symptoms before, describe when they occurred and the intensity. Don’t try to diagnose Jack’s problem yourself, and don’t try a home remedy until a proper diagnosis has been made. There are some very important reasons for this. First, cats can “wheeze” due to something as benign as a hairball, or as serious as an undiagnosed heart problem. Only your vet can tell. Second, the type of problem, and its extent, is a big part of determining what medicine to give the cat. Only your vet can do this. This is not to put down home remedies for pets. Many owners swear by homeopathic remedies developed to treat common pet issues like anxiety, and every cat owner knows how most cats react to catnip -- an herb that can be grown on a windowsill. But most acute illnesses need professional medical diagnosis and treatment so Jack can recover quickly and return to a healthy norm. Send your pet questions and tips to ask@pawscorner. com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475.


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