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THEY CERTAINLY WEREN’T LOOKING FOR ME WHEN THEY FOUND ME. WHEN IT CLICKS, AMERICA WILL KNOW.”

P Justine Carrelli and Bob Clayton in 1959

Q: What happened to my favorite American Bandstand couple, Justine Carrelli and Bob Clayton? —Blanche Keastead, N.J.

A: Though they split

in 1960 after three-plus years of jitterbugging on the Dick Clark–hosted show, they were happy to see each other at the 40th reunion in 1992. “We danced and it was like we had never stopped,” says Clayton, 70, who owns a gift boutique in Delaware (Carrelli, 68, sells real estate in Arizona). They share their memories of the late Clark at Parade.com/bandstand.

PT l S ift via i IInstagram, t g Taylor Swift in a photo shot in Sydney

Q: What is Instagram, and

WALTER SCOTT ASKS …

Alex Trebek

Ask Walter Scott your questions at personality@ parade.com

The game show host, 71, will join celebrity contestants in Washington, D.C., for Jeopardy! Power Players Week (May 14–18; check local listings). Who will compete during Power Players Week?

Anderson Cooper, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Lewis Black, to name a few—people who influence the way we perceive the news. It’s nice to see them in a different light. How would you do as a contestant on the show? Against my peers, I would do very well, but a good 30-year-old would clean my clock any day of the week! Have you thought about retiring? There will come a time, but as long as I’m having fun and not slowing down too much because of age, I’ll continue to do it. Will there ever be another Ken Jennings? That’s a tough one. We’ve had a lot of contestants since he won 74 games in a row. The most since then is 18, I think, so that 74 looms very large. What would people be surprised to know about you?

why have I been hearing so much about it lately?

I like fixing things. I refer to myself as Mr. Sprinkler Man because I’ve gotten good at repairing those.

A: It’s an app (available

Letters to Walter Scott can be sent to P.O. Box 5001, Grand Central Station, New York, N.Y. 10163-5001.

—Dayle Brown, Calif.

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P Brad Paisley Easton Corbin

Q: Brad Paisley is known for pulling pranks. Is his summer tour mate Easton Corbin nervous? —Lillian Hudson, Austin, Tex.

A: No, he’s excited because he wants payback for a stunt orchestrated by Paisley, 39, in 2010. “I was onstage singing ‘Roll With It’ and I saw this bread roll whiz by me,” Corbin, 30, says. “Of course, Paisley was the one throwing them. I’ll me. I’m get him this time. prepared!” See the video of Paisley’s prank and find out how to enter for a chance too see Corbin perform at

—Kelly Ripa on the search for Regis Philbin’s replacement on Live! Who should get the gig? Vote at Parade.com/live

the Ram Truck “Road to the Ram Jam” concert at Parade.com/country. Q: Does Kristi Yamaguchi still skate? —Lenny, Hollywood, Calif.

A: “I do for fun some-

times, but nothing serious,” says the 1992 Olympic gold medalist, 40. These days, T her career on the ice in inspires her childre children’s books. Her latest, It’ It s a Big World, Little Pig Pig!, is set during an inter international skating cha championship. P Krist Kristi Yamaguchi

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Android phones) that lets you share photos and transform their look and feel; Facebook bought it last month for $1 billion. Why the hefty price tag? Since its creation in 2010, Instagram has amassed more than 30 million devoted users, including stars like Taylor Swift, who documented her last tour with it.

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What to read, see, and do this week

After eight seasons filled with mischief and mayhem, the women of Wisteria Lane are pulling up stakes. The Desperate Housewives finale (Sunday on ABC, 9 p.m. ET) will be “heartfelt and very satisfying,” says Emmy winner Felicity Huffman. “They’re throwing a lot of ingredients into the soup.”

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SOARING PIANO POP Blur or Oasis? Coldplay or Keane? The debate continues. But on their new album, Strangeland, Keane delivers with “On the Road,” a zippy number with an ’80s vibe, and the upbeat ballad “Day Will Come.”

HERE COMES OMES THE THE JUDGE JUDGE

Look for shock jock Howard Stern to make some noise when he joins America’s Got Talent on May 14 (NBC, NBC, 8 p.m. ET). Says fellow buzzer-pusher uzzer-pusher Howie Mandel, “While Howard is edgy and honest, est, he’s also compassionate and nd emotional. He’s serious about bout finding a star.”

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO IRVING APP OF THE WEEK It’s not just young Picassos who’ve made Draw Something the fastestgrowing mobile app game ever; adults are obsessed. Need proof? Elvis and the Beatles have been turning up as drawing prompts along with Rihanna. (Free; Android, iPhone)

It takes a master storyteller like John Irving to weave challenging topics (gender identity, death) into a novel that is both laughout-loud funny and genuinely moving. In One Person is a warm, richly detailed fictional memoir about a man whose life and loves defy easy stereotypes.

A MOTHER’S DAY TREAT Kids can show Mom the love by whipping up this parfait: Fill the base of a dessert dish with granola; layer with berries and yogurt; top with more granola and her favorite fruit. Serve with a smile! (For more easy Mother’s Day ideas, visit dashrecipes.com.)

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hvyq f fmbsh Celebrity chef and author Giada De Laurentiis on arranging your kitchen gear like a pro

The CDC now also recommends routine vaccination for boys 11–12 years old.

Boys can be affected by HPV disease too. GARDASIL HELPS PROTECT BOTH YOUR SON AND DAUGHTER.

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Stash these seven utensils in a container by the stove: a whisk, a slotted spatula, a wooden spoon, a stainless steel spoon, a ladle, kitchen scissors, and a combination pasta spoon-strainer.

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Divide kitchen drawer items into three groups and store them separately. Flatware and serving pieces go in one drawer (those in heavy rotation should be front and center); often used gadgets in another; and things you seldom touch in a third.

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Keep knives safe— and sharp—in a block made from eco-friendly bamboo. You should own one for paring, one for serrating, and one for mincing, dicing, and chopping; for the latter duties, a mezzaluna (my personal favorite) fits the bill.

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Group like items together. Small appliances, pots and pans, bakeware, glasses, and so on should each occupy their own cabinet space.

When it comes to human papillomavirus (HPV), females are only half the equation. There are 30 to 40 types of HPV that will affect an estimated 75% to 80% of males and females in their lifetime. For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear certain types, HPV could cause cervical cancer in females and other types of HPV could cause genital warts in both males and females. And there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus. GARDASIL is the only HPV vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV. In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases. GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone, nor will it protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV. GARDASIL does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it’s important for women to continue routine cervical cancer screenings. GARDASIL does not treat cervical cancer or genital warts. GARDASIL is given as 3 injections over 6 months.

Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL, including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. GARDASIL is not for women who are pregnant. The side effects include pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and fainting. Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your child’s health care professional may ask your child to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after he or she gets GARDASIL. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff. This may require evaluation or treatment by your child’s health care professional. Only a doctor or health care professional can decide if GARDASIL is right for your child. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please read the Patient Information on the next page and discuss it with your child’s doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your child’s doctor about GARDASIL.

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USPPI 9883616 Patient Information about ® GARDASIL (pronounced “gard-Ah-sill”) Generic name: [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant]

What is GARDASIL? GARDASIL is a vaccine (injection/shot) that is used for girls and women 9 through 26 years of age to help protect against the following diseases caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV): 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊Cervical cancer 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊Vulvar and vaginal cancers 𰁕 Anal cancer 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊Genital warts 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊Precancerous cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal lesions GARDASIL is used for boys and men 9 through 26 years of age to help protect against the following diseases caused by HPV: 𰁕 Anal cancer 𰁕 Genital warts 𰁕 Precancerous anal lesions The diseases listed above have many causes, and GARDASIL only protects against diseases caused by certain kinds of HPV (called Type 6, Type 11, Type 16, and Type 18). Most of the time, these 4 types of HPV are responsible for the diseases listed above. GARDASIL cannot protect you from a disease that is caused by other types of HPV, other viruses, or bacteria. GARDASIL does not treat HPV infection. You cannot get HPV or any of the above diseases from GARDASIL. What important information about GARDASIL should I know? 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊You should continue to get routine cervical cancer screening. 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone who gets the vaccine. 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊GARDASIL will not protect against HPV types that you already have. Who should not get GARDASIL? You should not get GARDASIL if you have, or have had: 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊an allergic reaction after getting a dose of GARDASIL. 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊a severe allergic reaction to yeast, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, polysorbate 80. What should I tell my health care provider before getting GARDASIL? Tell your health care provider if you: 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. GARDASIL is not recommended for use in pregnant women. 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊have immune problems, like HIV infection, cancer, or you take medicines that affect your immune system. 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊have a fever over 100°F (37.8°C). 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊had an allergic reaction to another dose of GARDASIL. 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊take any medicines, even those you can buy over the counter. Your health care provider will help decide if you should get the vaccine.

Can other vaccines and medications be given at the same time as GARDASIL? GARDASIL can be given at the same time as RECOMBIVAX HB®1 [hepatitis B vaccine (recombinant)] or Menactra [Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine] and Adacel [Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed (Tdap)]. What are the possible side effects of GARDASIL? The most common side effects with GARDASIL are: 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊headache 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊fever 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊nausea 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊dizziness 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊vomiting 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊fainting There was no increase in side effects when GARDASIL was given at the same time as RECOMBIVAX HB [hepatitis B vaccine (recombinant)]. There was more injection-site swelling at the injection site for GARDASIL when GARDASIL was given at the same time as Menactra [Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine] and Adacel [Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed (Tdap)]. Tell your health care provider if you have any of the following problems because these may be signs of an allergic reaction: 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊difficulty breathing 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊wheezing (bronchospasm) 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊hives 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊rash Tell your health care provider if you have: 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊swollen glands (neck, armpit, or groin) 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊joint pain 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊unusual tiredness, weakness, or confusion 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊chills 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊generally feeling unwell 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊leg pain 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊shortness of breath 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊chest pain 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊aching muscles 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊muscle weakness 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊seizure 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊bad stomach ache 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊bleeding or bruising more easily than normal 𰁕 skin infection Contact your health care provider right away if you get any symptoms that concern you, even several months after getting the vaccine.

Ask Marilyn By Marilyn vos Savant

I often park my car in the sun. When I get back inside, it feels warmer than the outside temperature. Why is that? —Gary McConkey, Knightdale, N.C.

This is a good example of the “greenhouse effect,” which is essential to life on Earth. Without it, our planet wouldn’t be warm enough for living things to survive. In the case of a car, the sun’s rays enter through the window glass. Some of the heat is absorbed by interior components, such as the dashboard, seats, and carpeting. But the heat they radiate is a different wavelength from the rays of the sun that got through the glass, and it doesn’t let as much of the rays pass back out. As a result, more energy goes into the car than goes out, and the inside temperature increases.

How is GARDASIL given? GARDASIL is a shot that is usually given in the arm muscle. You will need 3 shots given on the following schedule: 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊Dose 1: at a date you and your health care provider choose. 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊Dose 2: 2 months after Dose 1. 𰃊 𰁕𰃊 𰃊Dose 3: 6 months after Dose 1.

For a more complete list of side effects, ask your health care provider.

Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your health care provider may ask you to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after you get GARDASIL. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff. This may require evaluation or treatment by your health care provider.

This leaflet is a summary of information about GARDASIL. If you would like more information, please talk to your health care provider or visit www.gardasil.com.

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BRAVO TV STAR ANDY COHEN SHARES A NIGHT ON THE TOWN WITH HIS BIGGEST FAN— HIS MOM BY LEAH ROZEN

o understand where Bravo TV executive and talk show host Andy Cohen gets his prodigious energy and gift for gab, one need only meet his mom. Evelyn Cohen, 75, silver-haired and diminutive, proves that big personalities can come in small packages. On this spring day, mother and son are having dinner at one of the Palm steak houses in Manhattan. Evelyn arrived in the afternoon from Clayton, Mo., the St. Louis suburb where 43-year-old Andy and his older sister, Emily, were raised (and which he fondly refers to as “Pleasantville”). They are dining on separate orders of filet mignon, Andy having announced preemptively, “I don’t want to split with you; I want a whole one for myself.” Cohen’s appetite is well earned. He has already finished up work at his day job, as executive vice president for development and talent at Bravo, and had a session with his trainer. Next he will head to his second gig, as host of Watch What Happens Live, a half-hour, five-night-a-week celebrity chatfest that airs live on Bravo at 11 p.m. on the East Coast. Evelyn is coming along to watch him work. “She texts me a review of my show every night,” says Andy, holding up his iPhone as proof. “She’ll say, ‘Fantastic.’ ‘You seem drunk.’ ‘Funny one.’” C OV E R AND OPE NI NG PHO TO GRAPHS BY M IC H AE L E DWARDS | May 13, 2012 • 9

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today. “He had gotten to a place where he was about to burst,” says Baten, now a psychologist in Manhattan. “He felt comfortable enough with me to take that step, and it was a positive experience.” Positive enough that not long after, he told his parents. Although supportive, they needed time to adjust. “I cried for six months,” Evelyn says, explaining that back then she knew almost no other gay people; she also worried about AIDS and thought that Andy would have career trouble. Then a neighbor told her, “Andy is Andy. He’s still the same today as he was yesterday.” Realizing that was true, Evelyn, who had always been involved in community and volunteer work, turned activist: She helped establish Doorways, an interfaith organization in St. Louis that provides housing for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. “That really speaks volumes as to who she is,” says Andy. “I love her for it.” Upon graduating in 1990, Cohen was hired as a news clerk at CBS This Morning. DistinThe surest sign that Cohen has arrived came guishing himself with his enthusiasm, he rose last month when he and his talk show were quickly. “It was a great place for him to learn how parodied on Saturday Night Live. SNL cast TV works and what works on TV. Every cell in member Taran Killam lampooned Cohen as self- his brain was geared to learning that,” says his adoring and obsessed with the trivial. “Look, I’m friend Harry Smith, who was an anchor on the wearing floaties,” the faux Cohen announced, program. “I told him once, ‘You’re gonna end up waving colorful blow-up water wings on his arms. with your own show.’ ” Cohen says he regards being satirized as an Cohen booked celebrity guests (Oprah honor. “It was funny; I revere SNL,” he says. (For Winfrey, Susan Lucci, Joey Buttafuoco) and the record, he has never worn floaties.) Mom is crisscrossed the country producing hard and markedly less pleased. “It hurt my feelings as a soft news stories. “He had good story ideas and mother,” says Evelyn. “Lou [husband Lou Cohen] was passionate about selling them,” recalls Paula and I turned it off. Andy is nothing Zahn, then co-anchor with Smith. like that. He isn’t an egotist.” After a decade at CBS, Cohen Cohen grew up in Clayton glued became a programming executive at Chat With Andy Cohen! to All My Children (a passion his the start-up cable channel Trio. “It He’ll dish mother came to share), Battle of the was like cable boot camp,” he says. with fans about the Network Stars, and CHiPs (he had an His next job was programming and Housewives and early crush on Erik Estrada). “He’s more at Facebook.com development at Bravo, where he also /parademag today, always been about TV,” says his sisbegan blogging and conducting interSunday, May 13, at 2 p.m. ET. Join him! ter, Emily Rosenfeld. Young Andy views on the network’s website. At used to yak for hours into a hairbrush, the suggestion of his bosses, Lauren pretending it was a microphone. “He never shut Zalaznick and Frances Berwick, Cohen served up,” Evelyn says. During high school, Cohen had as host of the second Real Housewives reunion internships at St. Louis TV and radio stations; show (Orange County, 2007), and his career as he then majored in communications at Boston a TV star was born. (This despite the fact that University and landed a summer internship at one of his eyes wanders a bit—something a CBS CBS News in New York. producer once warned him could keep him off It was during college that Cohen began telling the air. Cohen says he consulted an eye surgeon a good friends that he was gay. One of the first was couple of years ago who said the problem wasn’t Amanda Baten, with whom he remains close serious enough to warrant correction.) about age 4 with mom Evelyn, dad Lou, and sister Emily. Below, with the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. “I love sociology and human behavior,” Cohen says, “and that’s why I love the Housewives. Watching them is like guilt-free gossiping.”

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Evelyn chortles. “ ‘Too dirty,’ ” she chimes in. “ ‘Not our demographic.’ ‘Get some sleep.’ ‘Didn’t laugh once,’ ” Andy continues. “I feel a need before I go to bed to text him,” Evelyn explains. “I like it,” says Andy. “And my staff now asks, ‘What did your mom say?’ ” Evelyn may be critical of individual episodes of her son’s show, but she’s his biggest supporter. “Andy was a magnetic personality from the time he was a little boy,” she says. “He brings this energy with him and makes people happy.” The rest of the country is only now catching up with Evelyn in fully appreciating her beaming baby boy. After a career spent behind the scenes as a TV news producer and programming executive (overseeing Top Chef and the Real Housewives franchise, among other popular Bravo reality shows), Cohen has in recent years become a recognizable face himself, as the host— or, more accurately, referee—of the Housewives reunions as well as Watch What Happens Live. The freewheeling gabathon that is Live broadcasts from a tiny, bric-a-brac-filled studio that Cohen has dubbed the Clubhouse. Typically, it features an actor or singer promoting a project and a second guest who’s often a Bravo personality (a.k.a. a Bravolebrity). Liam Neeson, Anderson Cooper, and Sarah Jessica Parker, all friends of Cohen’s, have sat in Live’s swivel chairs, as have Housewives NeNe, LuAnn, Teresa, and many others. Part of Live’s shtick is that Cohen and his guests imbibe freely, and there’s an on-set bartender. “Anyone else need a refill on their Fresquila?” Cohen will ask, waving his tumbler of Fresca and tequila. (He also quaffs Maker’s Mark bourbon mixed with ginger ale on the air.) Then he’ll urge viewers to tweet him, contact him via Facebook, dial in with questions, post to Live’s website, and otherwise interact with the show. This month, Cohen also published a breezy memoir, Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture. Mixed in with the boldface names are warm family tales and reminiscences of growing up Jewish, gay, and televisionobsessed in the Midwest. Why a book now? “I’ve been working in TV for 22 years, so I don’t want anyone to think that I just showed up and all this happened,” he says of his newfound fame. “Besides, I had good stories and I love to write. I just needed a deadline.” 10 • May 13, 2012

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Since Live expanded to five nights, Cohen has cut back some on his executive responsibilities at Bravo, though he still goes into his office—a corner perch on Rockefeller Center’s 46th floor, where he keeps a mini refrigerator stocked with Diet Cokes—three days a week and watches rough cuts of shows. What’s missing from Cohen’s life is a significant other. “I would like a boyfriend,” he says. “I’m a very happy person and it is the final, final piece of the puzzle. I’m looking for that shout-itout-from-the-mountaintops, fall-in-love person.” Evelyn worries that he’s too busy to meet Mr. Right. “Is life passing him by because he’s working so hard?” she asks at dinner. “Maybe I just haven’t met the right person,” Andy tells her. After dinner, they head to the Live studio. Evelyn sits in while Andy goes over the lineup— singer Monica and actor John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) are the guests—then takes a seat in the Clubhouse as Andy runs through his lines. She objects to off-color dialogue in a Big C clip that he plans to show. “Too dirty,” she winces (a frequent reaction). Once the show starts, Evelyn laughs at her son’s jokes and kibitzes with him and the crew during commercial breaks. When Live finishes, Andy walks over and holds his cell phone aloft. “ ‘Good show,’ ” he says, reading his mother’s texted review. “It was,” she says, beaming. “So good I sent that text before the show was even over.”

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By Lynn Sherr

Why I Swim

PERFECT STROKES

The author on her four-mile crossing of the Dardanelles.

strokes of my own: right arm, left arm, roll, breathe. All this, halfway around the world, submerged in the Hellespont (known today as the Dardanelles), the storied channel separating Europe from Asia in western Turkey. Geographically, I’m moving from one continent to the other, a passage more sensibly traveled by boat or plane. Historically, I’m swimming an iconic waterway crossed by heroes from the mythical Leander to the Romantic poet Lord Byron. I’m seeking adventure and have dusted off my college Greek to revisit the cradle of antiquity. But I am also testing my body. Officially, I’m in a race with more than 400 other international adventurers. Before the start, the mood is cheerful but edgy: scary sea; distant shore. The ships in this busy channel have been stopped for only 90 minutes. Marlin, the clown fish, grows That’s our window. Miss the time grumpy, Dory grabs his fin and and you get fished out; misjudge wriggles onward after singing, the currents and you get swept far “When life gets you down, you out into the Aegean. My goal? Just know what you’ve make it across. I’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming, swim- “SWIMMING IS chosen this event AN OBSESSION, carefully: tough ming, swimming.” BENIGN BUT enough to push me Which is exactly OBSTINATE.” to my limits, reawhat I’m doing on sonable enough for this brilliant summe to think I might mer day. The sea make it. I’ve been training surrounds me, a warm expanse hard for more than a year. of regal blue with gentle But unlike most of my waves barely stippling the buff competitors, I’m a surface. The calm is degrandmother approaching ceptive. I am trying to 70. Am I nuts? Can I, too, cut through a relentless swim the Hellespont? crosscurrent with firm

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wimming is my sal-

vation. Ask me in the middle of winter, or at the end of a grueling day, where I’d most like to be, and the answer is always the same: in the water, gliding weightless, slicing a silent trail through whatever patch of blue I can find. Tell me, as the medical world does from time to time, to think of something pleasant and count backward, and I’m back in the drink, enveloped by an ocean, a lake, or a turquoise box, carving long and languorous laps that lull me into serenity. At one level, it’s purely sensual: the silky feeling of liquid on skin; the chance to float free, as close to flying as I’ll ever get; the opportunity to reach, if not for the stars, then at least for the starfish. Swimming stretches my body beyond its earthly limits. But it’s also an inward journey, a time of quiet contemplation. I find myself at peace, able to flex my mind and imagine new possibilities without the startling interruptions of modern life. The silence is stunning. Have I mentioned that I’m a Pisces? Swimming is, in short, an obsession, benign but obstinate. But unlike most addictions, it’s good for us. Water heals every ache, soothes every muscle. It’s also the world’s cheapest antidepressant, and the second-best way I know to fall asleep. And I’m not alone. When a recent poll

asked Americans which sport they’d like to participate in, nearly every age group listed swimming for fitness either first or second. Swimmer after swimmer tells me it restores their sanity and provides an escape—from the world, from their kids, from themselves. Life lessons from swimming permeate our society’s foundations, in everything from the Bible to rock music. It has made a splash through the centuries, from the underwater athletics of ancient Assyrian warriors to the aquatic extravaganzas of Hollywood’s Esther Williams. And then there’s the bighearted blue fish named Dory in Finding Nemo. When

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At first, it’s easy—I slip through the glittering water like a mermaid. But soon I feel more like a ship without radar. No lines to guide me, no walls to push off. Nothing to thwart the occasional jellyfish but a quick retreat. Yuck! I stroke on, willing my legs to keep kicking, my arms to propel me. And suddenly, I’m within reach. After more than an hour, the deadline is closing in, but so is the finish line. Just keep swimming, I tell myself, channeling Dory. My last hundred yards are fierce, as I fight a strong current that makes the trees on the shore stand still. “You made it, Lynn!” shouts one of the coaches, cheering me into the dock. Moments later, I actually do, leaping out in one hour, 24 minutes. I flip off my goggles, shake out my wet hair, and lift my arms in perfect Olympic form. I have, improbably, also won my age group. The medal decorates my neck all day. That was last summer, and I can still feel the glow. Still smile with pride. I did it! Waded into the water in Europe and waded out in Asia. Swam the Hellespont—four miles, a personal record. Discovered my own inner strength. Remembered what I’ve known since I first slipped into the water as a toddler: Swimming is magical. It can change your life. Lynn Sherr, an award-winning correspondent for ABC News for more than 30 years, is the author of the new book Swim: Why We Love the Water. Follow her on Twitter (@LynnSherr) or Facebook (facebook.com/swimthebook).

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he Round Mound of Rebound. Boy Gorge. The Leaning Tower of Pizza. From his playing days at Auburn through his 16 seasons in the NBA, Charles Barkley, 49, racked up a lot of nicknames inspired by his girth. But the Hall of Famer takes it all in stride—especially now that he’s a Weight Watchers pitchman and has dropped nearly 60 pounds. Currently weighing in at 292, he tells Kate Meyers he’s hoping to trim 20 more pounds from his 6-foot-5 frame. Meanwhile, Barkley shares his opinionated observations about the sport he loves on TNT’s Inside the NBA. PARADE What made

you take losing weight seriously? I’d gained, like, 100 pounds since I retired, and that wasn’t good. You donned a dress for your Weight Watchers ad about “Man Food.” Whose idea was that? It was mine. I thought their commercials were a little intense and I wanted to have more fun. I’ve dressed like a woman on Saturday Night Live, so it doesn’t bother me at all. My message is about health.

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I’VE ALWAYS HAD GREAT PRIDE AND SELF-ESTEEM. I JUST FEEL BETTER BEING HEALTHY.”

I read somewhere that you’re a Republican; true? No, I said I was rich like a Republican.

Are you a fan of President Obama? I am. I’m going to campaign with him again.

Charles Barkley The basketball great on weight loss, life lessons, and walking in high heels

And the heels, Charles? I think women are the most talented people in the world. I walked a little bit in heels and almost killed myself. Do you do anything special on Sundays? Not really. Every day is pretty much a day of rest for me. I just try to enjoy and be thankful. You’re a self-described neat freak; where does that come from? When I was a kid, my mom was a maid, and I had to take care of my

brothers. My mom didn’t want to come home and clean, so I ended up doing all the cleaning.

What was the best advice you ever got? It was from [NBA star] Grant Hill’s mom. She said don’t have a bunch of freeloaders on your payroll and don’t start giving family and friends money. There’s a reason that around 70 percent of athletes go broke. Have you ever found your golf swing? No, I have not. Are you still trying? I love golf. Just smoking me a couple of stogies and drinking me some beer while I’m playing— that’s a perfect day.

What’s the most important thing you learned from your mom? You spend a lot of time Growing up with her and meeting your fans. my grandmother in It’s a privilege when peoAlabama, where there’s ple want to say hello to a lot of racial tension, me. I’ve had an amazing [I was taught] not to life. I got paid to play basget caught up in it. ketball; now There’s no I’m getting white or See the star’s paid to watch black, just hilarious Weight it. I should judge everyWatchers ad at always be in a one on their Parade.com/barkley good mood! own merits.

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