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only human being whose mortal remains have been laid to rest on the moon. A capsule containing his ashes was sent to the moon aboard the Lunar Prospector on July 31, 1999.

• The Honeymooners first debuted in 1955. Jackie Gleason famously portrayed Ralph Kramden in the series. But did you know his real name was Herbert Walton Gleason Jr.? • Do you know what a wolf moon is? Or a harvest or ice moon? These names refer to Gleason made famous the catchphrase “Bang! specific full moons in the year. A wolf moon Zoom!” and threatened to send his wife Alice is a full moon that occurs during the month “right to the moon!” The comedic shtick has of January, whereas a harvest moon occurs been parodied by modern comedies, including during the month of September. These names “Family Guy.” Did you know there is a vintage originated with the Native American tribes of clothing line in Roscoe, New York, called North America, who named the moons to keep “Right To The Moon Alice”? track of the seasons. • Buzz Aldrin is known for many things. He

was the second man to walk on the moon, and • In “More English Fairy Tales” by Joseph Jacobs, there is a tale called The Dead Moon he has dedicated his life to promoting space (or The Buried Moon) about the moon. After exploration. 2009 marked the 40th anniversary hearing that monsters came out on nights when of the moon landing, and to commemorate she didn’t shine, the moon came down to find the event, Aldrin teamed up with Snoop out if this was true. She fell into a bog and Dogg and Quincy Jones to make “The Rocket was trapped. While struggling, her hood kept Experience,” his rap debut and single. Proceeds falling in front of her face, causing her light to from the song go to ShareSpace, a non-profit flicker. A passing man saw the flashing light in organization founded by Buzz in 1998. the distance and it warned him of the bog and • A few more lesser known facts about Aldrin: the monsters. Because she was trapped in a bog It’s strange but true; Buzz’s mother, Marion and not in the sky, the moon stopped rising for Aldrin, was named Marion Moon before she a long time. The people wondered what had married! Buzz Lightyear, from the animated happened to her. It was a wise woman who told classic “Toy Story,” was named for Aldrin. the people where to find the buried moon, and at One more for the record books: Buzz was born the wise woman’s advice, the people freed the Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr. but officially changed moon. his name to Buzz in 1988. The moniker came from his older sister who pronounced the word • Earth’s moon is the fifth largest moon in the solar system, but what’s the largest? That would brother as “buzzer.” be Ganymede, a satellite of Jupiter. Ganymede • Does Mare Tranquillitatis mean anything is named after a character in Greek mythology. to you? If you took a Latin class, you know He was a hero and a Trojan prince. Ganymede that it means Sea of Tranquility. However, the moon was discovered by Galileo Galilei in if you’re a space buff, you might know that 1610, exactly 400 years ago this past January it is the landing sight of the Apollo 11 lunar 10th. One more neat fact: Did you know that the module. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took red giant has 63 confirmed moons in all? their famous steps in the Mare Tranquillitatis,

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making it a famous landmark in American • What exactly is a blue moon? Every calendar year, there are approximately twelve full moons, history on July 20, 1969. but because the moon cycles every 28 days and • Can you see the Sea of Tranquility from earth? doesn’t fit into our monthly pattern, every 2.7 You sure can! The sea, if you hadn’t guessed, years there is an extra, thirteenth full moon in isn’t actually a sea but a maria, which is one of the year - a blue moon. So, the saying “once the many dark spots we see on the surface of in a blue moon” really does mean something earth’s moon. It’s location will look different that doesn’t happen very often as a blue moon depending on which portion of the world only happens about every 2.7 years. The next you’re in, so be sure to look it up in your local blue moon will occur this year on November library or favorite search engine. 21, 2010, but the next one won’t be until August • Rabbit or man? This depends where you’re 21, 2013. from. Many Asian cultures believe the dark marias on the surface of the moon form the • It’s official! As of September 2009, water was discovered on the moon. But don’t rush to get shape of a rabbit. There was a time in England your bathing suits for the first swimming pool when the shapes were believed to be an old on the moon; our satellite is still drier than witch carrying a bundle of sticks on her back. any dessert on earth. However, it has been Some Muslim cultures believe the name of discovered that there are very small traces of Muhammed’s son is written on the moon, as water on the moon, and that is an advancement Ali would be there to reflect the teachings of for the ages. Muhammed (the sun) after Muhammed was gone. There is even a part of South East India that believes the face of still-living guru Sathya Sai Baba can be seen in the maria. What do you see? • Dr. Eugene Shoemaker was a well-known astronomer and astrogeologist in his lifetime. At one point, he was considered as a candidate for an Apollo lunar mission. He also codiscovered the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. However, Dr. Shoemaker is also notably the


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If you’re like much of America, you enjoy watching “American Idol” every spring. This week, Tidbits takes a look at some of the winners of years past and gives you an update on where they are now. • We first heard the name Justin Guarini back in the summer of 2002 during the first season of “American Idol.” Idol was originally scheduled during the summer as a replacement show. It first aired on Fox, and Season One is the only season not to air from January to May. Justin was runner-up to Kelly Clarkson in the final episode of that inaugural season. These days, you can find Guarini on the TV Guide Network hosting “Idol Tonight” and “Idol Wrap Up,” as well as providing live coverage of the Grammy and Emmy Awards. Guarini, a Columbus, Georgia, native, married Reina Capodici on September 26, 2009, and continues to work on his career. He has appeared on the “Today Show,” “Larry King Live,” the Style Channel and many more as a returning commentator. • Speaking of first season favorites, we can’t talk about Justin without talking about winner Kelly Clarkson. After her win on Season One of “American Idol,” Clarkson sky rocketed to super stardom and is still releasing hit singles. Her most recent album, “All I Ever Wanted” (2009) is the fourth of her albums to date. Clarkson appeared with Guarini in 2003’s “From Justin to Kelly “and has also had acting roles in television’s “American Dreams” and “Reba.” The 27 year old isn’t slowing down, either. She has won two Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards and four American Music Awards and has continued touring for her “All I Ever Wanted” tour since the beginning of the year. What’s next for Clarkson? We’ll have to wait and see, but we’re sure Idol’s first winner will continue to wow us with her career. • Another Idol alumni who rose quickly to stardom was Season Four winner Carrie Underwood. An Oklahoma native, Underwood released her first album just one short year after she won Idol back in 2004. She was one of the biggest debuts in country music in recent years, and her albums have continuously produced hit singles on both country and pop charts. Underwood has won four Grammy Awards, 14 American Music Awards and five Billboard Music Awards and just from the release of three albums! Looks like Miss Underwood has many things yet to show us, too! • The state of Alabama has played a key role in producing some “American Idol” favorites, included Season Five winner Taylor Hicks. Hicks isn’t the only Alabama native to gain attention through the show. Season Two brought the world’s attention to the big, cuddly teddy bear Ruben Studdard, a Birmingham native. Ruben was followed by Diana DeGarmo in 2004 and Taylor Hicks in 2006, both also Birmingham natives. There was also Huntsville’s, Bo Bice in 2005. Studdard and Hicks were the only two Alabama natives to win the show, although DeGarmo and Bice were both runners-up in their respective seasons. • The sixth season brought around Jordin Sparks, a smiling girl who rose to fame when she won “American Idol” in 2007. Sparks, a Phoenix, Arizona, native, is the daughter of former NFL quarterback Phillippi Sparks. To date, Sparks is the youngest winner of American

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• It was Pulitzer Prize-winning American author John Steinbeck, best known for “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men,” who made the following sage observation: “The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.” • If you’re planning a summer trip to Maine, you won’t want to miss the stunning tourist attraction to be found on Peaks Island. There you’ll find an entire museum devoted to housing a rather extensive collection of umbrella covers. • In the United States, January is the least popular month for weddings. • If you’ve never heard of the quagga, don’t blame yourself. The creature, once found on the plains of Africa, has been extinct since 1883. An odd-looking creature, this subspecies of zebra was once thought to be half-zebra, half horse. Though the front part of its body had the zebra’s stripes, those stripes faded out mid-body and the rest of the equine looked remarkably like a common horse. • It’s been claimed that 19th-century English naturalist Charles Darwin devoted eight years to studying the lowly barnacle. • We all know that the day after Thanksgiving is commonly known as Black Friday, thanks to all the crowds seeking out deals on Christmas gifts, but have you ever wondered how it got that name? It seems that the moniker originated back in 1965 when the Philadelphia police department came up with the name after having to deal with the traffic jams and shopping crowds. *** Thought for the Day: “Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, use that something to support their own existence.” -- Frank Zappa (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

MOMENTS IN TIME The History Channel • On May 14, 1796, Edward Jenner, an English country doctor, administers the world’s first vaccination as a preventive treatment for smallpox. Scientists following Jenner’s model developed new vaccines to fight diseases such as polio, whooping cough, measles and tetanus. • On May 10, 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes has the White House’s first telephone installed in the mansion’s telegraph room. Hayes embraced the new technology, though he rarely received phone calls. The White House phone number was “1.” • On May 12, 1932, the body of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh’s baby is found, more than two months after he was kidnapped from his family’s Hopewell, N.J., mansion. Kidnapping was made a federal crime in the aftermath of this high-profile crime. • On May 11, 1947, the B.F. Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio, announces it has developed a tubeless tire. While Goodrich awaited approval from the U.S. Patent Office, the tubeless tires underwent high-speed road testing. Within three years, the tubeless tire came standard on most new automobiles. • On May 13, 1958, during a goodwill trip through Latin America, Vice President Richard Nixon’s car is attacked by an angry crowd and nearly overturned while traveling through Caracas, Venezuela. President Eisenhower dispatched U.S. troops to the area to rescue Nixon, and the vice president left Venezuela ahead of schedule. • On May 16, 1968, Donald E. Ballard, U.S. Navy Corpsman, is awarded the Medal of Honor for action in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. While directing the removal of a wounded man, an enemy soldier tossed a grenade into the group. Ballard vaulted over the stretcher and pulled the grenade under his body. The grenade did not go off. Nevertheless, he received the Medal of Honor for his selfless act of courage. • On May 15, 1982, “Ebony And Ivory,” a duet by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, takes the top spot in the Billboard Hot 100. This continued the pop-music trend of pairing successful duos, such as Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, and Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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To get started, simply choose some small photos of the kids, Dad or special people and pets in Mom’s life. Look for the rest of your supplies in a toolbox and in your family’s craft and junk jewelry boxes. If you need a particular item you don’t have, visit your neighborhood hardware store. Here’s how to make a locket: Step 1: Dig around in the toolbox for a standard 1-1/2 or 2-inch cabinet hinge. Set it in front of you closed, so it resembles a small book with the binding along the top. Cover the front and backside of the hinge with paint or colored adhesive-backed paper, or glue on wallpaper or fabric remnants cut to size. Decorate the front with glued-on beads, rhinestones or mini buttons, if you wish. Let dry. Step 2: Thread a 5-inch length of thin wire in and out of the tiny openings where the two halves meet to form a small loop on the outside of the hinge, then make a full twist to create a smaller loop so that a necklace chain (fan chains from the toolbox work great, too) or thin satin ribbon can fit through it. If the hinge doesn’t stay shut, glue a thin, 1/4inch magnet strip to the inside to keep the hinge closed when Mom wears it. Now you are ready to arrange and glue on a trimmed-to-fit picture or two. Keep the hinge open to allow the glue to dry. If you wish to make it a brooch instead of a locket on a chain, glue a jewelry clasp to the backside.

Step 3: Wrap it up and add a homemade card that might say: “Mom, no matter what, you never come unhinged!” Extra idea: Choose additional nonsharp items from the toolbox with holes in the center, such as nuts and washers. Thread and twist a length of wire or thin cording through and around the items to form a trendy-looking necklace. Add beads here and there for color and design. For a bracelet, thread the items onto elastic instead of wire. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning television series “Donna’s Day” airs on public television nationwide. Visit www.donnasday.com to find out when it airs on your local PBS station and to sign up for Donna’s e-newsletter. (c) 2010 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.


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JILL JACKSON’S HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD ... Dermot Mulroney has always wanted to be a director. Now his dream has come true. He will helm “Love, Wedding, Marriage,” a feature film starring James Brolin and Jane Seymour. In this, Brolin is an elderly gentleman with snow-white hair. Need I tell you that in real life, he is Barbra Streisand’s spouse, Josh’s dad and a heckuva fine fellow. Tinseltown is talking about ... 3D TV. Jeepers, won’t that be something to be lying in bed watching the tube and have things come flying out at you. NO THANK YOU! Just making conversation, folks. News is hard to come by when it rains in Hollywood, and we’ve had a bit of the wet lately. Aside to Beulah G. of Akron, Ohio: Righto. We’ve not seen or heard much about Stedman Graham lately. As far as I know, he and Oprah are still together. And you will be seeing a lot of her when she launches her own network. However, there is one thing I’m sure of -- Oprah is a very rich lady. No word of recent rompings up and down the boulevards by Tobey or Leonardo. They must be seeing their “ladies” somewhere indoors. They certainly haven’t been about in public. A long-black-haired, bearded Russell Crowe admitted in an interview that he is afraid of heights. He said he had to grit his teeth even when it was only an open window, but up high. He also admitted to several bad habits that he is trying to overcome. The biggest is cigarettes. He is trying very hard to quit. I sympathize with him on that one. Giving up on the puffing was the hardest thing I ever did. I chewed up every pencil on my desk, plus every piece of stick candy in town. P.S. Yes, we smoke no more! Did you know that Eddie Albert and Burt Lancaster were circus performers before they became movie actors? AND your reporter joined the circus each year when it came to New Orleans. I had a TV show there and would ride each year in the parade through town. Most

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James Brolin fun I ever had. Incidentally, if you make friends with an elephant, you have a friend for life. Point is, you have to find the elephant! Chris Pine (the divine) spotted roaming around town. Still no “special one” in his life, but the scripts are pouring in for him to film a movie. His agent assures me I will know -- when and what -- as soon as it happens. *** BITS ‘N’ PIECES: I wouldn’t want to be Conan O’Brien. Not even for a million bucks a day. ... Did you know Bing Crosby got the name “Bing” at age 7 because he was an avid fan of a comic strip titled “The Bingville Bugle.” ... Mae West disliked her co-star W.C. Fields, although it never showed when they performed. ... Well, now you see even the biggest have their troubles, e.g. Sandra Bullock ... And NO! Tiger Woods has NOT been offered a starring role in a movie, although it could happen. Letcha know when it does. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

Oxlade takes things beyond the typical “get out of debt” book. Not only are debts written down and categorized, they’re critiqued and analyzed for what they really cost. There is plenty of hands-on help. Focus on long-term goals. Decide what you really want, because with debt control, it matters. Write down your core values, prioritize and set a goal. Find friends who are compatible with that goal (spending less to have fun). Swap bad habits for good ones. “Debt-Free Forever” explains how to get a handle on disappearing money (what happens when the pocket monster eats all the change when you break a $20), 401(k) plans, insurance, credit cards and more. There are worksheets, guidelines, instructions on how to make a budget -- everything you need to become debt free, except for a pencil, piece of paper and a calculator. Vaz-Oxlade has a television show called “Til Debt Do Us Part” (about couples in debt) on CNBC and has written 11 books on finances. As she says on her blog: “Money is only a tool. You can use it to your advantage or you can misuse it to your detriment. You decide.” 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.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A seemingly stalled romantic situation could benefit from your reassurance that you want this relationship to work. And if you do, use a tad more of that irresistible Aries charm. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Going to new places and meeting new people appeals to both the Taurean’s romantic and practical side. After all, you never can tell where those new contacts can take you. Right? GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) That careerchange opportunity that didn’t work out when you first considered it could come up again. But this time, remember that you have more to offer and should act accordingly. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) There could be some tensions in relationships -- domestic or workaday. But a calm approach that doesn’t raise the anger levels and a frank discussion soon will resolve the problem. LEO (July 23 to August 22) It’s a good idea to begin preparing for that career change you’ve been thinking about for a while. Start to sharpen your skills and expand your background to be ready when it calls. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Bless that Virgo skepticism that has kept you from falling into traps others seem to rush into. But you might want to give a new possibility the benefit of the doubt, at least on a trial basis. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Traveling and career are strong in your aspect. Perhaps your job will take you to someplace exotic. Or you might be setting up meetings with potential clients or employers. Whatever it is, good luck. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Someone might use deception to try to push you into making a decision you’re not fully comfortable with. But those keen Scorpio senses should keep you alert to any such attempt. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Romance dominates this week when Cupid spears the Archer, for a change. Positive things also are happening in the workplace. Expect important news to arrive by the week’s end. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Anyone trying to bully the Sea Goat -- whether it involves a personal or a professional matter -- will learn a painful lesson. Others will also benefit from the Goat’s strong example. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Congratulations. With things going the way they are, you should be able to spare some time and take a break from your hectic schedule for some well-earned fun and games. PISCES (February 19 to March 21) Your sharp Piscean intuition should be able to uncover the true agendas of those who might be trying to catch the Fish in one of their schemes. BORN THIS WEEK: Your flair for innovative art and design keeps you at least a step ahead of most everyone else. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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By Monte Dutton

Considered one of the sport’s more talented drivers, it’s no surprise that Kahne is moving . . . Proud to be a United Way Agency to Hendrick Motorsports once his contract at Family to Family Education Program RPM expires at the end of the season, but he’s This program is FREE for family and  not moving there directly, or at least, that’s the caregivers of persons with: current spin. ~Major Depression~ Next year Kahne will drive for a team not yet ~Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)~ announced -- Stewart Haas Racing, a Hendrick ~Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder~ Kasey Kahne announced that he will head to Hendrick satellite of sorts, is most often mentioned -~Borderline Personality Disorder~ Motorsports in 2012, complicating a team roster that while Mark Martin completes his contractual ~Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder~ includes Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin. commitment at Hendrick. Kahne will not actu~Co-occuring Brain and Addictive Disorders~  (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo) ally join Hendrick proper until 2012. Or so it is The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Course is a twelveweek, 2-1/2 hours per week, experiential education course Kasey Kahne to Detour on Way to Hendrick currently assumed. for family and friends of individuals with serious mental Kahne is willing to wait a year, apparently, in illness. The course uses a combination of lecture, interactive exercises and structured group processes. The diversity FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kasey Kahne is order to join the team that produced the top of experience among course participants affords for a lively headed to Hendrick Motorsports, but it’s kind of three finishers -- Jimmie Johnson, Martin and dynamic that moves the Course along. We think you will be pleased by how much assistance the program offers. We complicated. Jeff Gordon -- in last year’s Chase. invite you to call for more information. Kahne, 30, has already driven for three teams in “To be in the position I’m in now and know Classes Start: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 the Sprint Cup Series -- without ever moving. where I’m going to be in 2012, to have the opClasses End: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 He began with Evernham Motorsports, which 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. portunity with Rick Hendrick and everybody Family Care-VA Medical Center became Gillett Evernham, which became Richat Hendrick Motorsports, to me, it’s an unbe#1 Jefferson Barracks Rd., Building 50 St. Louis, MO 63125 ard Petty Motorsports. All along, Kahne drove lievable opportunity. I can’t wait to get that No. 9, but he started in a Dodge and this year Registration is required. Please Call (314)962-4670 started.” changed to a Ford. Beyond the announcement of Kahne joining Hendrick in 2012, little is known. Martin has declared he isn’t retiring. Tony Stewart has said he has made no arrangements to have Kahne join him and Ryan Newman, and other scenarios (JR Motorsports, also Hendrick aligned, PAW’S moving up from Nationwide to Cup being one) CORNER are similarly denied or, at least, played down. By Sam Mazzotta water. No one knows whether or not Kahne will take While explaining that most dogs love water, Dog Life Vests, Safety Belts his crew chief, Kenny Francis, along with him she warns, “Dogs get tired just like us. They -- wherever that is. need to take breaks.” Several years ago, a frightening incident “I’ll work through it with Mr. Hendrick and figDogs also should wear a pet life vest when inspired automotive safety specialist Christina ure out exactly what we need to do that makes Selter to found BarkBuckleUP, a program that on the water with owners -- in a boat or other the most sense,” said Kahne. watercraft, for example. promotes pet safety. *** Monte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) “We had a near-accident with our dogs in the To keep dogs healthy, wash them off after Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the they’ve finished their swim. “A few years car. (We were) only traveling about 2 mph National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog ago in California at a pet event, there was a from a stop sign, when a car ran a red light NASCAR This Week (http://nascar.rbma.com) features all of huge breakout of hot spots (on dogs) after his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. E-mail and our little Betty fell off the seat. (She) going into the ocean,” Selter says. “Clean Monte at nascar_thisweek@yahoo.com. wasn’t hurt, but didn’t want to be on the seat their fur thoroughly and their feet. Clean (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. or in the car. It took some time to get her them off every time.” confident again.” The BarkBuckleUP website (www.BarkSelter, who has an SAE (Society of AutomoBuckleUP.com) features safety products for tive Engineers) certification, created Barkpets, including restraints for dogs and for pet BuckleUP to remind owners to restrain their Y Pet sitting in your home for your carriers, life vests, first-aid kits, and more. pets properly in the car, using safety belts “tail wagging” family member specially designed for pets. She travels the Send your pet questions to Sam Mazzotta at U.S. throughout the year, promoting the mesY Pam has a warm sage and working with police and fire depart- ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s CorY ner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. ments to support the safety program. heart for cold noses Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Find BarkBuckleUP also focuses on other safety more pet resources at www.PawsCorner.com. Loving and Trustworthy issues, and Selter wants pet owners to stay aware. May is National Water Safety Month, (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. Call Pam Sullivan at and she reminds owners to keep a close eye on their pets while playing near or in the 636-661-5750 TM

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