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Did you know that about 7,500 magazines are published in America? Some are very familiar titles, others not so much! Tidbits takes some time to look at the history of one of our favorite sources of information and reading material. •Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea of publishing America’s first magazine in 1741. He put his plans in place, but just three days before his American Magazine came out in print, Andrew Bradford beat him to the punch with General Magazine. Perhaps the nation wasn’t ready for such publications, because Bradford’s magazine lasted just three issues, and Franklin ceased printing his after six issues. A few others, including Christian History in 1743, tried their hand at publishing, but it wasn’t until 1821 that the first truly successful U.S. magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, hit the stands. •The Saturday Evening Post was a weekly publication that quickly grew to become the most widely circulated weekly magazine in America, and the first to reach the 1,000,000 copies sold mark. The Post featured articles, human interest stories, cartoons, poetry, and features by well-known authors. It may be best remembered for its covers that featured paintings by artist Norman Rockwell. Rockwell’s first cover was in May, 1916, and over the next 50 years, he provided more than 300 paintings for the magazine’s cover. (cont'd next page)

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• National Geographic with its familiar If your non-profit organization has a fundraising event you would like to have published in the Tidbits® paper, please contact us. Space is limited but we will make every effort to list special events such as fund-raisers for your organization. Use our online form at Otter Creek Area Lions Club Fish Fry Saturday, January 11, 2014, 4:00--7:00 PM 3275 Otter Rd, Toddville, IA Event held at Toddville Legion Hall All you care to eat fish (or grilled cheese sandwich), cole slaw, baked potato, roll, drink and dessert. Adults $9.00, 12 & under $5.00 and age five & under free. Proceeds to enhance & maintain Midway Park and to support Lions State & International programs. Chili Supper with Live Entertainment Saturday,January 11, 5pm-9pm Prairie Hill Pavilion, Corner of Kacena Ave. and Hwy 13 in Marion Come enjoy a delicious meal of chili, soup, and salad, plus an array of breads and desserts. Adult tickets are $10. Seniors are $8, and kids 10 and under are only $5. This year, we will have live entertainment provided by Mr. Hypnotizor! All proceeds benefit the Cedar Valley Humane Society. Boy Scouts Pack 90 Fundraiser Sunday, January 12th, 2014, 5:00 -7:00 PM Hope Lutheran Church 2736 Bowling St. SW, Cedar Rapids Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup Bake Sale and Silent Auction

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• Recently graduated from Yale in 1923, Henry Luce borrowed $86,000 from relatives to start up TIME magazine. TIME was designed with news summaries that “busy men” could read weekly in under an hour. The first issue’s cover featured retired Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Joseph G. Cannon. In July of that year, a woman was on the cover for the first time, a popular actress of the day, Italian Eleanora Duse. Starting out with 12,000 subscribers, by 1963, after 40 years of publication, TIME had a circulation of 3,600,000 in 150 countries. Today it has the world’s largest circulation for a weekly news magazine with over 25 million readers. • In 1928, TIME began its famous “Man of the Year” issue, with Charles Lindbergh as the first person of distinction. This individual is chosen as the person who “for good or ill” has most affected the course of the year, with “ill” choices including Adolf Hitler. In 1936, the title became “Person of the Year,” when American socialite Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom King Edward VIII of England abdicated his throne, was chosen. TIME’s December 31, 1999 issued named Albert Einstein as the Person of the Century. • LIFE magazine debuted in 1936 and is credited with establishing photojournalism. Publisher Henry Luce had already achieved great success with TIME, and wanted a publication that told the story in pictures. LIFE’s first cover featured a photo of Montana’s Fort Peck Dam, and the issue sold 380,000 copies. Just four months later, circulation was up over one million copies a week. LIFE was published weekly for 37 years.

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• The Lady’s Magazine is considered the first significant women’s magazine. First published in London in 1770, it contained essays on female virtues, fashion advice, hints for wives and mothers, medicinal recipes, and embroidery patterns. Upwards of 150,000 American women were reading Godey’s Lady’s Book when the Civil War broke out, making it the most widely circulated magazine in the country. • McCall’s was initially established as a women’s magazine called The Queen in 1873. It was renamed in 1897 and remained such until 2001 when Rosie O’Donnell became editorial director and changed the title to Rosie. Rosie lasted a little over a year. Female baby boomers may remember Betsy McCall paper dolls printed in McCall’s beginning in May, 1951. • We started reading Better Homes and Gardens in 1922, Ladies’ Home Journal in 1883, Good Housekeeping in 1885, Redbook in 1903, Woman’s Day in 1931, followed by Family Circle in 1932.

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July 23– August 22 Tsk-tsk, Leo. You suspect it won’t work, and you’re right. Some people have to learn the hard way, however. A shift in opinion eases conflict at home.

August 23– September 22 Step up or step out, Virgo. Demand has grown, and the pace is quickening. A relative makes an announcement. Be there for them.

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Methods are challenged, and you must hold firm if any progress is to be made. Be bold and be brave, Libra. A text adds to the intrigue at home.

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Faith, Sagittarius. This week is all about faith. Believe in those around you and trust their instincts, and the deadline will be met. A cause is worthy.

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