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Politicians, entrepreneurs, athletes, performers and philanthropists — Women have made their mark in every walk of life. This week, Tidbits takes a closer look at some of the more notable ones. • Before she was Coco, she was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, born in France in 1883. She opened a millinery shop in Paris in 1912 after a four-year career as a café singer. In 1922, she introduced a perfume, simply named Chanel No. 5, named such because a fortune teller had told her five was her lucky number. In 1926, she introduced the “little black dress” and was known for saying, “Fashion fades; only style remains the same.” • Although women were not given the right to vote until the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified in 1920, women in the state of Montana had that right before ratification. In fact, Montana had already elected the U.S. Congress’ first woman, Jeannette Rankin, in 1916. She is remembered as the only vote against entering World War II following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. She had also voted against the U.S. entry into World War I. turn to page 5 for more Other Big Birds!

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Sometimes brash, sometimes bawdy, The Divine Miss M is undisputedly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. Follow along as Tidbits brings you some of her life’s highlights. • Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bette Midler graduated as senior class president and valedictorian of that city’s Radford High School in 1963 and went on to study drama at the University of Hawaii. The daughter of a seamstress and a house painter, Midler worked at a pineapple processing plant as a teenager. • Midler’s mother named her after actress Bette Davis; in fact, her full birth name was Bette Davis Midler. Her mother named Midler’s sisters Susan and Judy, after actresses Susan Hayward and Judy Garland, respectively. Sadly, on a trip to New York City to see Midler star in Broadway’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” sister Judy was stuck and killed by a taxi. • Midler’s debut album, “The Divine Miss M,” produced by Barry Manilow, came along in 1972, with sales of three million copies its first year. It was followed by another blockbuster album the next year. Manilow was not only her musical director in the early years; he acted as her pianist as well. • An appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson in the 1970s gave Midler’s early career a huge boost. She was also the final guest on Carson’s farewell show in 1992. The only other guest on that show was Robin Williams. Midler sang “One for My Baby and One More for the Road” to Carson, bringing tears to the normally cool-as-acucumber host. • The title song from the 1979 movie “The Rose” earned Midler her first Gold single and first Grammy Award. The song was No. 1 on the Billboard charts for five weeks, and the soundtrack album had sales of over two million records. In addition to her Grammy, she was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for her starring role as a rock-and-roll singer, reminiscent of Janis Joplin. Although she didn’t win the Oscar, she did capture the Golden Globe for the performance. • The 5’1” diva married German performer Martin von Haselberg in 1984. The Las Vegas wedding was officiated by none other than an Elvis impersonator. The couple has one daughter, Sophie, who was named for songstress Sophie Tucker. • In 1979, Midler was put on Screen World’s list of the top 12 “Promising New Actors of 1979.” She has shown her acting versatility by easily crossing from drama (“For the Boys” and “Beaches”) to comedy (“Ruthless People” and “Down and Out in Beverly Hills”). She was a witch in “Hocus Pocus” and a robotic wife in “The Stepford Wives.” • In addition to music and movie roles, Bette Midler is also an author, having penned “A View from A Broad” in 1980, and a charming children’s book of verse, “The Saga of Baby Divine” in 1983. • Fans of educational television will recognize Midler’s voice as that of Woody the Spoon on the PBS series “Vegetable Soup.” • Two of Miss M’s hits are on the American Film Institute’s “100 Years of the Greatest Songs” list — “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Rose.” Her many accomplishments include four Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, a Tony and sales of more than 15 million albums.

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TOP TEN MOVIES 1. Megamind (PG) Will Ferrell, Tina Fey 2. Unstoppable (PG-13) Denzel Washington, Chris Pine 3. Due Date (R) Robert Downey Jr., Zack Galifianakis 4. Skyline (PG-13) Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson 5. Morning Glory (PG-13) Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford 6. For Colored Girls (R) Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine 7. Red (PG-13) Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman 8. Paranormal Activity 2 (R) Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat 9. Saw 3D (R) Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor 10. Jackass 3D (R) Johnny Knoxville, Ryan Dunn

PICKS OF THE WEEK “Shrek Forever After” (PG) -- After a disappointing third film, this fourth and final installment of the “Shrek” series is as refreshing and funny as the first two movies. After growing tired of the domestic routine, Shrek makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to get his roar back. And in a turn taken from “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Shrek discovers that maybe his world would be a better place if he put things back to the way they were -- and he has only 24 hours to reverse the contract. “Fox 75th Anniversary Collection” -- If you just bought your first DVD player, have an extra $500 and need an instant movie collection, you definitely need to grab this massive 75-film collection from 20th Century Fox. It includes timeless classics like “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” beloved musicals like “South Pacific,” Hello, Dolly,” “The Sound of Music” and “The King and I”; the war epics “Patton,” “MASH” and “The Longest Day;” sci-fi landmarks like “Planet of the Apes,” “Star Wars,” “Fantastic Voyage” and “Avatar;” and tons of Oscar-winning dramas and classic comedies. Sure, the price is steep, but it averages out to a little more than six bucks a movie, so it’s actually a pretty great deal -- and there isn’t a bad film in the bunch. “ESPN Films 30 for 30 Gift Set Collection” Volume 1 (NR) -- This six-disc set of ESPN’s awardwinning documentary series is a must-have for every sports fan. The collection features the first 15 films from the series, directed by such filmmakers as Barry Levinson and Peter Berg: “Kings Ransom,” “The Band That Wouldnt Die,” “Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?,” “Muhammad & Larry,” “Without Bias,” “The Legend of Jimmy the Greek,” “The U,” “Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks,” “Guru of Go,” “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen


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Iverson,” “Silly Little Game,” “Run Ricky Run,” “The 16th Man,” “Straight Outta L.A.” and “June 17th, 1994.” Also included is more than two hours of bonus material. “American Pop” (R) -- Animator Ralph (“Lord of the Rings,” “Fritz the Cat”) Bakshi’s ambitious tale of the history of American pop music follows the lives of four generations of a Jewish-American family of songwriters and musicians from the turn of the 20th century through World War II, the ‘60s and finally to ‘70s punk rock. Featuring the music of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Pat Benatar, Janis Joplin, Benny Goodman and more, this is probably Bakshi’s finest motion picture.

Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Predators (R) Adrien Brody 2. Sex and the City 2 (R) Sarah Jessica Parker 3. How to Train Your Dragon (PG) animated 4. The Karate Kid (PG) Jaden Smith 5. Jonah Hex (PG-13) Josh Brolin 6. A Nightmare on Elm Street (R) Jackie Earle Haley 7. Get Him to the Greek (R) Jonah Hill 8. Iron Man 2 (PG-13) Robert Downey, Jr. 9. Robin Hood (PG-13) Russell Crowe 10. Splice (R) Adrien Brody

Top 10 DVD Sales 1. Sex and the City 2 (R) (Warner) 2. How to Train Your Dragon (PG) (DreamWorks) 3. Predators (R) (20th Century Fox) 4. The Girl Who Played With Fire (Music Box Films) (R) TV SERIES 5. The Karate Kid (PG) (Sony) 6. Iron Man 2 (PG-13) (Paramount) “Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper” 7. Hocus Pocus (PG) (Buena Vista) “Best of Soul Train” “SpongeBob SquarePants” Season Six, Volume 2 8. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Two (NR) (Warner) “Hoarders” Season Two: Part One 9. The Blind Side (PG-13) (Warner) “Taxicab Confessions: New York” Parts 1, 2 & 3 “Boy Meets World” The Complete Fourth Season 10. The Hangover (R) (Warner) “Bonanza” Official Second Season V.1


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¥ It was comedian-turned-U.S. Senator Al Franken who made the following sage observation: “Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.” ¥ Those who study such things say that 1 percent of the world’s lizard species have no males. The females reproduce by parthenogenesis, which produces offspring that are clones of their mothers. ¥ Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony’s eReader -- it seems that everywhere you look these days people are reading onscreen. You may not realize, however, just how long digital books have been around. The first e-book was manually typed into a computer way back in 1971, when Michael S. Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, chose the Declaration of Independence to be the first literature so digitized. ¥ A woman in Tennessee was once arrested for biking while intoxicated -- and she was on a stationary bike at the gym at the time. ¥ According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, if you’re like the average American, you drink 22.7 gallons of coffee every year. The surprising thing about that statistic isn’t how much it is, though -it’s how little. It seems that in the 1940s, Americans were drinking twice that amount of java. ¥ If you look at the innards of a Boeing 747 airplane, you’ll find a whopping 171 miles of wiring. ¥ If you consider surface area covered rather than population, the world’s largest city is in Inner Mongolia, where Hulunbuir covers more than 160,000 square miles. *** Thought for the Day: “Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.” -- Laurens Van der Post

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MORE NOTABLE WOMEN (continued): • Twin sisters with unusually similar names born in 1918 went on to exactly the same profession. Esther Pauline Friedman and Pauline Esther Friedman both became advice columnists within months of each other. Esther Pauline was known for 56 years as Ann Landers, dispensing frank, sometimes controversial advice to millions of readers. Pauline Esther wrote under the byline Dear Abby for 39 years until she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. • Journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran took on the pen name of Nellie Bly to write for a Pittsburgh newspaper back in 1885 and concentrated her early efforts on the working conditions of female factory workers. When her editor reassigned her to the society and gardening sections, she rebelled and traveled to Mexico as a foreign correspondent. At age 23, she went undercover at a women’s insane asylum, faking insanity to probe reports of brutality at the New York facility. After enduring filth, starvation and abuse for ten days, she penned an exposé that created such a racket that an additional $850,000 was dispatched to the asylum in short order. At age 25, Bly undertook a trip around the world reproducing the fictional journey of Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days.” She finished her 24,899-mile trip in just over 72 days, actually meeting Jules Verne during a stop in France. After an early retirement from journalism, she invented and patented a steel barrel, whose design is still in use in today’s 55-gallon oil drums. • A natural brunette, comedienne Lucille Ball started her career as a blonde model named Dianne Belmont in 1933 and landed a movie role shortly afterward in that year’s “Roman Scandals.” She adopted her trademark red hair in 1942 at the advice of MGM Studios. She and husband Desi Arnaz hit the small screen in 1951 when “I Love Lucy” made its television debut. When she became pregnant in 1952, it was written into the sitcom’s plot, and the episode depicting Little Ricky’s birth aired on exactly the same day that Lucy delivered son Desi Jr. Lucy and her son were featured on the cover of TV Guide’s very first issue, in 1953. She and Desi Sr. divorced after 20 years. Lucille Ball was the first woman to own her own film studio, and over the course of her long career, appeared in 72 movies and received 13 Emmy nominations, with four Emmy Award wins. Continued on page 7!


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Other than “cat” and “canary,” how many animals can you think of that begin with the letter “C?” Tidbits has found some of the more unusual creatures that meet this criterion. • The world’s largest rodent is the capybara, a close relative of the chinchilla and guinea pig. This unusual furry creature is an excellent swimmer and can remain underwater for five minutes, and can even sleep under water, provided his nose just breaks the surface. It’s a social animal that is very vocal and can be heard purring, barking, whistling, squealing and grunting. • You can find cuckoo birds on every continent except Antarctica. They range in size from six inches (15 cm) to 25 inches (63 cm), depending on the species, and enjoy a diet of insects, especially hairy caterpillars. Their distinctive call varies from a whistle to a flute-like sound to a hiccup and is used to charm a mate or establish their territory. • The most dangerous bird in the world, the Cassowary, can be found in Australia and New Guinea. This large flightless bird, standing up to 79 inches (2 meters) tall and weighing 129 lbs. (58.5 kg), is an aggressive bird whose blow can be fatal. Its threetoed feet have dagger-like claws up to five inches (125 mm) long). The Cassowary can sprint along at 31 mph (50 km/hr), jump distances of nearly five feet (1.5 meters), as well as swim long distances. They are basically shy, but if wounded or cornered, they can inflict serious injury. • Often mistaken for a muskrat, a coypu is a large, semi-aquatic rodent similar to a beaver but with a small tail. The adult coypu can weigh as much as 20 lbs. (9 kg) and be 24 inches (60 cm) tall. This furry creature has bright orange incisor teeth and webbed hind feet. • Until 1995, no one had ever reported seeing a chupacabra, and even today, the descriptions differ, depending on the eyewitness. Its name translates to mean literally “goat-sucker,” and the chupacabra reportedly attacks and drinks the blood of livestock. The creature has become somewhat of a legend, because folks can’t agree on its appearance, and its existence has not been proven. Some say it looks like a small bear with a row of spines down its back, while others describe it as a reptile with scaly greenish-gray skin. Still others say it has a panther-like nose, a forked tongue and fangs, hops like a kangaroo, and emits a sulfuric smell when riled. While most sightings seem to be in Mexico and Latin America, there have been reports as far north as Maine. • You may think a chamois is just that thing you use to wipe down your car. Did you know the name comes from a breed of goat-antelopes that live in high, steep, rocky European mountain ranges? In the nineteenth century, leather workers found that WANT TOwas RUN YOUR OWN BUSI when the leather tanned in NESS? fish oil, a highly Publish a Paper in Your Area absorbent material was the · Aresult. They began If You Can Provide: Sales Experience Computer · Desktop Publishing Software · A Reasonable Financial Investment making gloves for carriage drivers, and business We provide the opportunity for success! really took off when automobiles came along. Your Call 1.800.523.3096 chamois most likely didn’t come from the European breed, as today the hides of deer, sheep and other goats are used, as well as synthetic fabrics.

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MORE NOTABLE WOMEN (continued) • How many women drove pink Cadillacs because of Mary Kay Ash? At age 45, this cosmetics entrepreneur had worked many years for Stanley Home Products but finally resigned after being passed over for promotions in favor of men she had herself trained. It was her plan to write a book that would aid women in business, but the book ended up being a business plan for a new company, and in 1963, she and her husband began Mary Kay Cosmetics with a $5,000 investment. She wrote three best-selling books, and her business philosophy, “Mary Kay on People Management,” became part of the business course curriculum at Harvard Business School. Although Ash passed away in 2001, today there are more than 1.8 million independent consultants in 30 worldwide markets. Fortune magazine has added the company to its list of “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.” • Financial guru Suze Orman became interested in fiscal responsibility as the result of a fire. As her father’s restaurant went up in flames, she watched him run into the burning building to rescue the cash register that contained every dime he had. He exited the building, money in hand, but with third-degree burns covering his body. Says Orman, “That’s when I learned that for some people, money is more important than life itself.” • Although best known for penning a novel about four sisters that was loosely based on her own family, Louisa May Alcott also served as a nurse during the Civil War. This author of “Little Women” caught typhoid fever and suffered for the remainder of her life from mercury poisoning as a result of the treatment for the typhoid. • The life of the first woman prime minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, had humble beginnings. Growing up as the daughter of a father who owned a couple of grocery stores, she enjoyed swimming and playing hockey. In college, she studied chemistry, and after graduation, went to work as a research chemist for a plastics company, followed by a stint as a chemist helping develop a method for preserving ice cream. After her marriage to Denis Thatcher, she began studying for the bar. At age 28, she became a barrister specializing in tax law, and later that year, became the mother of twins. At 45, Thatcher was Britain’s Secretary of State for Education and Science, and in 1979 she was elected Prime Minister. Although she had the longest continuous period of office of any 20th-century Prime Minister, she had the second-lowest approval rating of any post-war Minister. Following her time in office, Thatcher went on to serve as Chancellor of the College of William and Mary in Virginia and Chancellor of the University of Buckingham.



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