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is most famous for his tower, he was also the designer for the framework of the Statue of Liberty. • There’s much more to Jimmy Buffett than his “beach-bum” character. In addition to telling us “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” this Alabama native holds a degree in history and is a multi-engine licensed pilot. The 1946 Christmas Day baby has written three No. 1 best sellers and is one of only seven authors (including Hemingway and Steinbeck) who has reached the top of the New York Times Best Seller list in both fiction and non-fiction. Buffett owns two restaurant chains, Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise, along with the Margaritaville Beach Hotels and the Margaritaville clothing line. An avid Miami Dolphins fan, he penned new lyrics for the team’s song “Fins.” He also bought the rights to have Dolphins Stadium renamed Landshark Stadium for the 2009 season due to the popularity of his private label Landshark Lager beer. Throw in those eight gold and nine platinum albums, and you see this guy is no bum at all! • If you’ve been to a performance of the operas “La Boheme,” “Tosca” or “Madama Butterfly,” you’ve heard the musical compositions of Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini. Born December 22, 1858, this genius had his life cut short when his chronic sore throats were diagnosed as throat cancer, a result of chain-smoking cigars and cigarettes. • A bright future awaited Binger, Oklahoma High School’s class valedictorian of 1965. Born on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, December 7, in 1947, this young man was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and spent 16 years as baseball’s greatest catcher. Johnny Bench was Rookie of the Year in 1968, National League MVP in 1970 and 1972, World Series MVP in 1976, 14-time All-Star, and winner of 10 Gold Gloves. He has been a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1989 and has been named the 16th greatest player of all time by Sporting News. His success hasn’t come without consequences, however. Stress on his hip joints resulting in severe arthritis led Bench to hip replacement surgery in 2004, when he was fitted with a ceramic hip. • “Book ‘em, Dano,” was the catchphrase familiar to fans of the 1970s cop drama “Hawaii Five-O” and uttered by Detective Steve McGarrett. McGarrett was portrayed by actor Jack Lord, born John Joseph Patrick Ryan in WANT TO YOUR of OWN BUSI NESS? Brooklyn in RUN December 1920. Lord had alPublish a Pa per in Your Area ready had two careers before his show business If You Can Provide: Sales Experience · A Computer · fame. started out· Aas an engineer Desktop He Publishing Software Reasonable Financial working Investment in Persia, then came back to the states to run a We provide the opportunity for success! Greenwich art school. His own paintCallVillage 1.800.523.3096 ings displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Modern Museum of Art. In his late twenties, Lord made the switch to acting. James Bond movie fans will recognize him for his role in the very first James Bond turn the page for more! Information in the Tidbits® Paper is gathered from sources considered to be reliable but the accuracy of all information cannot be guaranteed.

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Stringing Lights Q: Every year, we string outdoor lights not just around the edge of the roof but around the backyard, trees, etc. This year I noticed that about half the lights I strung did not light up when I turned them on. The lights seem to stop working in the middle of the string. What’s going on? -- Buster in Altamonte Springs, Fla. A: Grab some replacement bulbs (the same type and size, rated for outdoor lights) and start following the strings to the first bulb that isn’t lit. Take a close look at the bulb -- if you can see a tiny dark spot in the middle or the glass is generally darker than that of nearby bulbs, you’ve probably located your burnt bulb. Another more telling clue is that the entire string beyond the bulb is also not lighting up. The reason the string behind the burned-out bulb doesn’t light is because in most Christmas

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light strings, the bulb assemblies act as individual fuses. When a bulb burns out -- the filament inside the glass breaks, preventing electricity from traveling along it -- the bulb acts as a circuit breaker of sorts and stops electricity from conducting all the way along the wire. In newer strands, you’ll see the lights go out behind the burned-out bulb but work up to that point. Older light strands would completely break the circuit, meaning no lights would work -- and leading to much more tedious time spent searching for that elusive burnt bulb. To replace, simply pop out the old bulb (you may need to unhook a small plastic latch at the base of the bulb receptacle to pop out the bulb assembly), being careful not to break the glass, and snap in a new bulb of the same type. Test the strand by plugging it in. Work your way along the strand and replace any other burned-out bulbs.

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When camping, use this important tip: Store toilet paper in a coffee can with a lid. It’s To make a bottle of travel nail-polish watertight -- no dampness will ruin your TP. remover, start with a clean film canister or airtight medicine bottle. Stuff it with a foam “I like pretty buttons, and I use them to hair roller (with a hole in the middle) that’s keep track of my earrings. I pin a pair of earrings cut to fit the bottle. Saturate the foam with through the holes of a button, and store them nail-polish remover. To use, just stick one all in a bowl. This way, I get to enjoy both the finger at a time down in the hole in the roller. buttons and the earrings.” -- C.L. in Virginia Move finger up and down to “scrub” the polish off. This works really well. “I hang a bag of clothespins in our laundry closet. When adding an item to the basket, I “Sew buttons on the top wrist area of (or my family members) clip a clothespin to gloves or mittens for children (works for any areas that need extra attention. We do this adults, too!). They can be buttoned to a coat if there’s a stain, or if it needs to be dry-cleaned or pocket. They stay attached, and it’s easier or hand-washed, for example.” -- P.L., via e-mail for kids to unbutton gloves than to unpin them. On my children’s jackets that have no Coffee filters are excellent for applying shoe buttons, I sewed a small strip of fleece into the pocket with a buttonhole on it.” -- G.S. in polish. Canada (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 50-yearold female, and I have asthma that seems to be getting worse. In October, I got the H1N1 flu and had to go to the hospital twice because of breathing problems. I get scared every time I have a simple cold. I was told that my asthma is allergyinduced, and I have been on a daily inhaler ever since. I saw an allergist, who tested me and wanted to put me on allergy shots. He said they may or may not work, but they don’t cure asthma. Then what’s the point? Does oxygen help? Are there natural ways to prevent asthma? -- M.M. ANSWER: Asthma is a chronic condition. Looking for a cure is not realistic in many cases. Looking for control is realistic. It’s an inflammation of the airways -- the bronchi, the tubes that bring fresh air into the lungs and remove carbon dioxide from the lungs. The inflammation makes the airways very sensitive. They constrict on slight provocation and obstruct the flow of

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Support Community Sustainability-Shop & Hire Locally-Tell Them Tidbits® Sent You! DECEMBER BABIES (continued): film; he played a CIA agent in 1962’s “Dr. No.” • Every time you hold a one-dollar bill, you see the work of Gilbert Stuart, born on December 3, 1755, who has been dubbed the “Father of American Portraiture.” This Rhode Island-born artist trained in London and painted likenesses of more than 1,000 American political figures, including the first six U.S. Presidents. Portraits of George Washington hanging in schoolrooms everywhere have a white, cloudy unfinished area across the bottom. Stuart left this one unfinished at the time of his death. The original portrait can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian. • Denzel Washington is the son of a Pentecostal minister, who also worked at the local water department, and a hairdresser. This gifted actor holds a degree in journalism from Fordham University. He got his start in the hospital drama “St. Elsewhere” and appeared in the series for its entire six-year run. His son John plays professional football for the St. Louis Rams. He celebrates his birthday every December 28. • Those who remember the 1968 Summer Olympics might recall a spunky little 16-yearold gymnast named Cathy Rigby. Before she wrapped up her gymnastics career, she had garnered eight gold medals in various international events. Her next career move was to the Broadway stage. She prepared for it with seven years of voice and acting lessons. She is best known for her Broadway portrayal of Peter Pan, a perfect role for this little pixie. • Coincidentally, two members of the popular 1960s band The Monkees share the same birthday, although three years apart. Michael Nesmith was born on December 30, 1942, and singer Davy Jones came along in 1945. • More Tidbits are waiting when you subscribe online at Take the paper home and join us for History; 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Trivia; more Dr. Donahue; Hollywood, and a chance to win.

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It was French playwright Albert Guinon who made the following sage observation: “There are people who, instead of listening to what is being said to them, are already listening to what they are going to say themselves.” Most people at all familiar with the name Max Schmeling know him as the Great Nazi Hope, the boxer produced by Adolf Hitler in the 1930s to defeat Joe Louis, supposedly proving Aryan superiority. (He did defeat Louis in a match in 1936, though he lost a rematch in 1938.) What most people don’t realize, though, is that Schmeling did not subscribe to Hitler’s beliefs -- he wasn’t even a member of the Nazi party. In fact, during World War II, Schmeling risked his life to save two Jewish children. For reasons that are unclear now, the Supreme Court in 1893 declared that a plant eaten during a main course was a vegetable and one eaten afterward was a fruit. What do King Henry VIII, science-fiction

author H.G. Wells, English naturalist Charles Darwin, American author Edgar Allan Poe and composer Sergey Rachmaninoff have in common? They all married their cousins. The 1958 film “Gigi,” starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier, has the distinction of having the shortest title of any film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The home of sitting U.S. presidents, the White House, didn’t become widely known as the White House until 1902, during Theodore Roosevelt’s term in office. The building was originally called the President’s Palace, but the word “palace” was deemed to be too royalsounding, so the name was changed to the Executive Mansion. Thought for the Day: “We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (c)

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Entrepreneur, inventor, engineer, movie producer and director, aviator and philanthropist — These all describe the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Follow along as Tidbits takes a closer look at this unusual December baby, born in 1905, who went from center stage to recluse. • Howard Hughes was a high school dropout. However, his wealthy father, owner of Hughes Tool Company and patent holder for a drill bit for oil drilling rigs, took care of that. A hefty donation to Cal Tech soon had Howard enrolled there, and later at what is now Rice University, studying math and aeronautical engineering. When his father died just a few weeks after Hughes’ 18th birthday, he dropped out of Rice and took over the tool company. • At age 19, Hughes and his new bride moved to Hollywood to chase his dream of making movies. By the time he was 23, one of his films had won an Academy Award. His 1930s film “Hells Angels,” about World War I aviators, was the most expensive movie to date, costing $3.8 million to produce. It was while making this film that Hughes, who had taken his first flying lesson at age 14, earned his pilot’s license.


• Hughes’ interest in aviation led him to branch out into aircraft design. In 1937, in his H-1 Racer, he set an airspeed record when he flew non-stop from Los Angeles to New York City in just under seven and a half hours with an average speed of 322 mph (518 km/hr). The following year, he flew around the world in 91 hours, setting another record.


• When the U.S. Government ordered a giant cargo plane from Hughes Aircraft during World War II, Hughes used $18 million of government funds and $7 million of his own money to build it. It was officially known as the Hughes H-4

: Watching older movies with George Clooney, and comparing how he looked then with now, it looks like he has had a little tightening done to his face? Has he? To me, he seems like the last person on Earth who would undergo plastic surgery. -- Hannah F., via e-mail : Actually, the 49-year-old star confessed to Oprah Winfrey back in 2007 that he had had some excess skin under his eyes removed. As he said: “It’s important to look awake.” If you check out some before and after pictures online, you can see that the result is subtle and natural-looking, unlike some other pulled-tight celebs who shall remain nameless. ***

: The great Leslie Nielson, 84, who began his acting career back in 1950, passed away in November after : Why did the ABC/Disneya short battle with pneumonia. For his produced “Legend of the final movie, he voiced a character in Seeker” get canceled? There the animated comedy “The Waterman is a worldwide fan campaign Movie,” which is scheduled for release George Clooney ( that is some time next year. working hard to get this beloved, *** high-fantasy show back for a third season. : What has happened to Rich Fields, the Have you heard anything about the show announcer for “The Price Is Right”? coming back? -- Shirley T., Derby, Conn. They keep having “guest” announcers. Will : The Internet is exploding with campaigns he return sometime soon? -- Donna C. in to save the show, as well as some wellNew York placed rumors that the show might not be : Rich Fields, 50, who came aboard “The finished. Back in October, “Seeker” stars Craig Price Is Right” after the death of longtime Parker and Bruce Spence hinted at the fan announcer Rod Roddy in 2004, is no longer gathering RingCon 2010 that the show might the announcer of the perennial game show. not be over, yet. Bruce stated, “I know that a lot Before the start of the 2010 season, Rich was of people think it’s dead, but it’s not.” informed that the producers wanted to go a While he might just be employing positive different way with the show, which included thinking, rumor has it that many alternative a new announcer with improvisation-comedy stations have been approached about picking background. For now, the show is employing up the show for its third season, including SyFy a series of guest announcers, but hopefully the and BBC (both of which reportedly passed). For producers will settle on one announcer soon, some fan-made videos, as well as other links to instead of continuing this game of announcer help save the show, check out musical chairs. Currently, Rich is a part-time (a fansite for the “Seeker” star). meteorologist in Los Angeles. (c) 2010 King Features Synd.,


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Howard Hughes (continued): Hercules and nicknamed The Spruce Goose, even though most of the plane was made of birch, with small amounts of maple, poplar, balsa and spruce. The craft was designed to hold 750 armed troops or two 30-ton tanks. It contained eight 3,000-horsepower engines and had a wingspan of nearly 320 feet (97.5 m.), 20 feet longer than a football field, making it the largest aircraft ever made from wood. The plane made only one flight, one mile long, on November 2, 1947, and remained in its own custom-built hangar for the next 33 years, costing $1 million per year to maintain. She now has a permanent home at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. • Hughes suffered from an extreme obsessivecompulsive disorder most of his life, which led to bizarre behavior, including locking himself away for months at a time, living on chocolate bars. He spent the final years of his life as a recluse, living in his penthouses in the Bahamas and Mexico. He is thought to have died on a private jet en route to a Houston hospital. His appearance had so deteriorated that the FBI used his fingerprints to identify his body. At 6’4” (188 cm) tall, he was a mere skeleton at 90 lbs. (41 kg). In his later years, he had become addicted to painkillers and morphine, and X-rays of his body showed broken-off hypodermic needles embedded in his extremities. • The 2004 film “The Aviator” starred Leonardo DeCaprio as Hughes and earned 11 Oscar nominations.

Subscribe to Tidbits Online for More Timely Information Gift Card - Pros and Cons For many who do last-minute holiday shopping, speed is essential. There’s no more time to ponder and compare and wander the aisles looking for the perfect gift. Gift cards can be a fast purchase, but you still need to take a little care. Consider the recipient’s interests. Teenagers might appreciate a gift card to a music store. Handy homeowners will use a gift card to the local hardware store. For women, if you can find an all-mall card, so much the better. However, not all gift cards are alike. While the industry used to be guilty of abuse with gift-card expiration dates and fees, new rules this year force merchants to keep the cards (and the balance) active for five years. If there are per-purchase fees, they must be written on the package. Balance carry-over fees can’t be assessed until the card has been used at least once. After that, however, fees can be assessed once a month, and there’s nothing to limit the amount of fees that can be charged for that. If the card is lost, there’s no guarantee you can get a replacement, even with your receipt. If you can get a replacement, there are sure to be fees.

Do your homework and be sure what you’re getting. There are new warnings out this year about preloaded gift cards you take off the rack: There might not be any money there by the time your recipient uses them. Scammers have figured out how to read the code on a card, call the toll-free number on the back, and then spend that money. Instead of buying a pre-loaded card, get a blank card from a clerk or customer services and have the amount loaded while you wait. Then hold on to your receipt in case something happens. For the Internet-savvy recipient, consider an e-gift card, also known as a virtual gift card. You e-mail a special code to the recipient, who prints it out and takes it to the store. It spends just like a plastic gift card. Be careful of the store: If it goes bankrupt, the gift cards you buy might be worthless. Consider giving cash instead. While it’s thought that nearly 30 percent of gift cards go unused every year, nobody loses track of cash. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

Answers: 1. San Diego’s Trevor Hoffman, who finished second to Atlanta’s Tom Glavine in 1998. 2. Tom Browning won 20 for Cincinnati in 1985. 3. Marques Tuiasosopo, for the University of Washington in 1999. 4. Robert Parish played in 1,611 NBA games. 5. He was 19. 6. It was 1986. 7. Vreni Schneider won 14 times in the 1988-89 season.

deleted scenes, a Trivial Pursuit game, the panel discussion from Comic-con 2010 and much more. Also, if you don’t already own the previous two episodes, the entire trilogy can be had in the boxed set: “Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy.” DOG OF THE WEEK PICKS OF THE WEEK (Release Date 12/21) “Salt” (Unrated Edition) -- Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a spy on the run (a la the Bourne films) in this high-octane, action-fueled thriller. Salt is a CIA agent married to a German national who visits Korea very often. On the eve of her anniversary, a Russian defector dying of cancer reveals that Salt is a sleeper agent, trained since she was a child, whose mission, when “activated,” is to assassinate the Russian president. Fearing for her husband’s safety, she begins her search for him, while at the same time eluding her fellow agents who are hellbent on killing her. The action scenes are seemingly non-stop, and the plot twists keep you guessing whether Salt is or isn’t a Manchurian Candidate. Add to the mix the electric performance of Angelina Jolie, and you’ve got a recipe for a delicious afternoon’s diversion. “Family Guy: It’s a Trap!” (Unrated) -- The third installment of “The Family Guy” specials spoofing the original “Star Wars” trilogy this time takes its bad-taste aim at “Return of the Jedi.” The DVD release also includes printed pages or write in longhand, it’s your words that have the most value.

Memory Lane Have you made a memory book for those who come after you? This is a project that’s better done sooner rather than later, and the quiet week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is perfect for getting started. Consider it a gift to future generations of your whole life in pictures and words. Things to include: Written text -- Whether you use typed and

Photos -- Pick out some photos to include in your book and write about each one. Start at the beginning with your earliest photographs, which might include your parents. Include school photos through the years. Add in teenage heartthrobs, your wedding and pictures of your own children as they came along. Music of the times -- If you can’t remember the names of favorite songs or the year they came out, look online or even in your own record collection.

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (PG13) -- In the 1990s, if you wanted a telltale sign that a movie was gonna suck, all you had to do is see if Freddy Prinz Jr. was in it. Today, if you want a guarantee that a movie is gonna blow chunks, look for Shia LeBeouf in the cast list. Whether he’s dragging down the plot as Indiana Jones’ son, or in the case of this “Wall Street” sequel as Gordon Gecko’s protege, Jake Moore, that boy can take a mediocre movie and turn it into something that smells like it came straight from a corpse. Granted, “Money Never Sleeps” wouldn’t be a very good film even without LeBeouf. Michael Douglas looks like he’s just phoning it in, and the movie fails to capture the same energy as the original. TV SERIES Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy” “Futurama” Volume Five “Caprica” Season 1.5 “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” Season 5 “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” Volume Five “Bob Ross: Joy of Painting -- Barns Collection” “The Guild” Season Four “The Virginian” The Complete Season Two “Billy the Exterminator” Season 1 “Bleach” Uncut Box Set 7 c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc

how events affected you. Memorabilia -- Was your spouse or a parent in the military? Do you still have all the letters sent home? Consider adding some of them to the collection, or at least some selected quotes. NOTE: Are your photographs all in boxes? Your first step in preparing a memory book might well be to pick up a few of those special markers to write on the back of unidentified photographs. Then categorize them into subjects or time periods, and spring for a few photo boxes to put them in, or use 9 by 12-inch envelopes instead.

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