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Whether you’re a spectator or a participant, there’s something for everyone this winter in the sports arena. Tidbits presents some interesting info about several favorites. • It’s most probable that the Scandinavians invented the sport of skating by strapping ox or elk leg bones to their boots with leather straps. Five-thousand-year-old skates have been found in Finland, and were a mode of transportation rather than a form of entertainment. Metal blades didn’t come along until the 13th century. • The game of ice hockey originated in eastern Canada in the mid-1800s. The first organized indoor hockey game was played in March of 1875 at Montreal’s Victoria skating rink in front of 40 spectators. • Manitoba-born Mervyn “Red” Dutton was serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in France during World War I when an exploding shell filled his leg with 48 fragments of shrapnel. When doctors informed him that his very life depended on amputating the leg, he refused, citing his love of hockey. His leg was placed at a 30-degree angle for the next 14 months. Dutton recovered, going on to play pro hockey for 15 years and serving as president of the NHL. He was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1958.

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WINTER SPORTS (continued): and the only player to play in five different decades, from the 1940s up to the 1980s. Although he retired in 1971 after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, he came out of retirement two years later to play in the World Hockey Association until 1980. When he retired at age 52, he became the oldest NHL player to retire, and the only one to play after age 50. • The Winter Olympics were officially held for the first time in 1924 in Chamonix, France, and were called “International Winter Sports Week.” There were 16 events in six different sports, with 258 athletes participating. Four years later, the event moved to St. Moritz, Switzerland, and the number of athletes jumped to 464. By 1952, there were 694 athletes participating in Oslo, Norway, increasing to 1,272 in Sarajevo in 1984, and an all-time high of 2,566 in 2010 in Vancouver. Vancouver’s Olympics featured 86 events in seven different sports. • Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie competed in her first Olympics at Chamonix at age 11, finishing dead last. But just four years later she took the gold medal, followed by two more wins in 1932 and 1936. Her performances took place on outdoor rinks in the cold and wind. Although she performed in a knee-length wool skirt, she didn’t need to worry about that hampering her jumps – in her day it was deemed “unladylike to jump into the air” or perform spins. Sonja retired at age 23, moved to Hollywood, and became one of the industry’s highest paid movie stars of her day. • Dick Button, former network sports commentator, was the men’s figure-skating Olympic gold medalist for 1948 and 1952, and is still a record-holder as the youngest man, at age 18, to win the Olympic figure skating title. He was the first to ever perform a triple-spin jump and the double axel jump, as well as inventing the flying camel spin.

the women came in first, second, and fourth in the competition! Once their tactics were discovered, they were all disqualified and their medals were revoked. • Anders Haugen of the United States received his bronze medal for ski jumping in 1974. What’s unusual about that? Anders was 86 years old! He had actually competed in Chamonix in 1924, but a calculation error put him in fourth place. Fifty years later, a Norwegian sports historian noticed the blunder and Anders was awarded his medal by the daughter of the actual fourth place finisher, who had taken the bronze home years before. • It might look like Alpine ski jumpers soar miles above the crowd, but in reality, they are rarely more than about 18 feet (5.5 m) above the ground. Jumpers reach speeds of up to 65 mph (104 km/hr). • The biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship, was originally a military training exercise. Over the 12.5mile (20-km) course, the athlete must switch from arduous skiing with a rifle on his/her back to the intense focus of shooting. The sport wasn’t an official part of the Olympics until 1960 for men and 1992 for women. • While Alaska’s Iditarod is probably the most famous dog sled race, the 1,049-mile (1,688km) trip from nchorage to Nome is not the longest. That honor belongs to the Beringia Trail in ussia, where the world’s longest race takes place on the amchatka Peninsula. The trail is 1,270

• Figure skaters complete many triple axels, but what exactly is it, and why is it called that? The axel is a move created in 1882 by a Norwegian figure skater named Axel Paulsen. For the single axel, the skater launches into the air off one foot, spins around 1 _ times, and lands on the opposite foot, going backward. The triple axel is 3 _ rotations. Don’t confuse these with the Lutz, when the skater starts out backward, leaps into the air off the toe pick, spins, and lands on the same foot. • Eddie Eagan was the Olympic champion in boxing’s light-heavyweight division at the 1920 Summer Olympics. Twelve years later at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, Eagan was a member of the gold medal winning four-man bobsled team, making him the first person to win in both Summer and Winter Olympics. He had taken up bobsledding a mere three weeks before the Olympics. • Bobsled tracks are made of concrete and coated with ice. They are about 4,000 to 4,200 feet (1,200 to 1,300 m) in length and have at least 15 curves. The sleds typically move along about 93 mph (150 km/hr). The very first Winter Olympics featured the fourman bobsled race, and the two-man event was added in 1932. • The East German women’s luge team had a unique strategy for the 1968 Grenoble Olympics. They heated the runners on their sleds, which caused the ice to melt, increasing their speed. No surprise that

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Make Some New Year’s (Financial) Resolutions for 2013 Once again, it’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions. This year, in addition to promising yourself that you’ll hit the gym more often, learn a new language or take up a musical instrument — all worthy goals, of course — why not set some financial

resolutions? Consider these suggestions: • Boost your retirement account contributions. If your income will rise this year, consider putting more money into your employersponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b). You typically contribute pre-tax dollars to your plan, so, the more you put in, the lower your taxable income. Plus, your money can have taxdeferred growth potential. • Don’t over-react to the headlines. Lately, you’ve heard a lot about the “fiscal cliff,” political paralysis, the debt ceiling and other Really Scary Topics. These issues are not insignificant — but should they keep you from investing? After all, in any given year, you won’t have to look hard to find warnings and negative news events — and many people do use these ominous-sounding headlines as a reason to head to the investment “sidelines” for a while. But if you’re not investing, you’re unquestionably missing out on opportunities to make progress toward your financial goals. So, instead of focusing on the news of the day, make your investment decisions based on the fundamentals of those investments you may be considering, along with your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. • Keep whittling away your debt. Over the past few years, Americans have done a good job of lowering their debt burdens. Of course, the economy is still tough, and it can be challenging to avoid taking on new debts. But the less debt you have, the more you can invest for your retirement and other important objectives. • Rebalance your portfolio to accommodate your risk tolerance. If you spend too much time worrying about the ups and downs of your investments, then your portfolio’s potential for volatility may be too great for your individual risk tolerance. On the other hand, if you continually see little growth in your holdings, even when the financial markets are going strong, you may be investing too conservatively — especially if you are willing to take on some calculated risk to potentially boost your returns. So review your portfolio at least once in 2013 to see if it needs to be “rebalanced” to fit your risk tolerance. • Get some help. Navigating the investment world by yourself is not easy. For one thing, there’s a lot to know — different types of investments, changing tax laws, the effects of inflation, interest rate movements, and much more. Furthermore, when you’re making investment decisions on your own, you may have a hard time being objective — so you might end up investing with your heart, and not your head. The need for knowledge and objectivity point to the advantages of working with an experienced financial professional — someone who understands both the financial markets and your individual needs and goals. These aren’t the only financial resolutions you could make for 2013 — but if you follow through on them, you may well need to make fewer ones when 2014 rolls around. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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: While I haven’t heard a lot about changing doorknobs and deadbolts on new homes for security purposes (you could just have the locks rekeyed), it certainly wouldn’t hurt to do so. In addition to having new locks that no one else has the key to, you get the added benefit of choosing new styles of hardware for your exterior doors. Once you’ve picked out the new doorknobs and deadbolts, remove and replace the old hardware one at a time. If there are any problems with installing the locks, you’ll at least have one working lock on the door while you solve the problem. Remove the doorknob by first taking off the cover plates. There may be screws holding the plates in place; unscrew and remove those. If there are no visible screws, check the doorknob on the interior side. A small slot should be visible on one side of the handle, usually behind the knob. You should be able to push in the small metal piece inside the slot, using a paper clip or even the tip of a key, until the knob pops loose. Now take off the cover plate. An underlying plate will be visible. This can be popped off by locating a small notch on the edge of the plate where it presses against the door. Insert a flat head screwdriver into the notch and gently twist it to loosen the plate. Now you’re free to unscrew the attaching screws that hold the doorknob assembly. You also will need to remove the screws from the latch plate on the side of the door. Remove the assembly carefully so you don’t damage the door. If you intend to replace the strike plate as well, remove that from the door frame. To install a new doorknob, reverse the above procedure. You may find that the new doorknob doesn’t line up quite the same as the old. You can adjust the backset (the distance between the center of the doorknob and the edge of the door) to correct this. If you replace the strike plate, make sure the latch hits it correctly. Tighten up all the screws, being sure not to overtighten, and test to make sure the door latches and locks properly. Replacing a deadbolt lock is very similar to replacing the doorknob. The biggest difference (and difficulty) is if a door does not already have a deadbolt installed. In that case you’ll have to drill holes for the deadbolt and the latch before installing the new hardware. HOME TIP: Maintain exterior door locks by cleaning and lubricating with a professional-quality product like Lockease or Tri-Flow, rather than squirting in graphite powder. My new e-book, “101 Best Home Tips,” is available to download on Amazon Kindle! Pick it up it today for just 99 cents. Send your questions or comments to ask@

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Puppy-Mill Dog Not So Chipper DEAR PAW’S CORNER: This Christmas, we thought we bought the perfect puppy for our son. “Chipper” looked adorable and healthy at the pet store when we picked him out. However, a couple of days after we brought him home, Chipper got very ill; he was lethargic and vomiting. We took him to the vet right away, where he remains, recovering from several issues the vet said are typical of puppy-mill dogs. He also said that puppy-mill dogs can have behavioral problems as well. Now I’m not sure we should keep him. What should we do? -- Taken for a Ride in Pennsylvania DEAR TAKEN: OK, first off, please keep Chipper. Even though he is not the perfectly healthy puppy you expected, it’s not his fault. Furthermore, you made a commitment to bring a pet into your home, and you should stick with that promise. Second, you can complain about what happened. Complain to store management, write the corporate headquarters, if there is one, and complain to the Better Business Bureau. Pet stores and breeders must be licensed by the USDA to sell pets, and are supposed to be inspected regularly. You can contact the local SPCA, the Humane Society of the United States (hsus.org) or the ASPCA (aspca.org) if you think Chipper came from a puppy mill. Again, please keep him if at all possible. Too many puppy-mill dogs wind up in shelters, or are euthanized, due to health and behavioral problems that their owners didn’t want to deal with. If his health issues become overwhelming, talk to your vet about treatment and payment options. To head off potential behavioral problems, contact a dog trainer who has experience dealing with difficult dogs. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Agree to Disagree I make the same mistake every year around this time: I paint myself into a corner with these annual “best of ” or “biggest stories” lists from the year previous. I got the ball rolling last week by mentioning the Marquez-Pacquio fight and the Giants’ improbable Super Bowl run. This week, after much reflecting, soul searching and too much port and lively conversation after holiday dinners, I decided to speed up the process and free myself from the constraints of a top 10 list and throw a bunch of stuff at you, dear reader. The athlete of the year for most sports publications is Michael Phelps, U.S. Olympic swimmer. True, his career body of work is likely to be unmatched anytime soon, and he’s certainly worthy of mention. Usain Bolt would be another fine choice. But for me, Serena Williams is the better choice. Frankly, she might be the greatest female athlete of all time ... no doubt that she is the best women’s tennis player of all time. She lost one match last year, won three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic Gold medals. Frankly, that may just be the best year any athlete put together ... ever. This year, should she win the Australian Open, she will become the oldest woman to ever hold the world’s No. 1 ranking, and really, she easily could dominate the sport for another three or more years. Then there were the scandals. The fall of Penn State was one of the most stunning things I’ve ever seen. A child molestation coverup by Jerry Sandusky led to the firing of one-time legend Joe Paterno, who died suddenly a few months later. It was surreal. Then, after Tiger Woods won his first PGA tournament since his public disgrace, he handed over his honorary title to Lance Armstrong. Armstrong was accused of drugging and doping his way to all of those Tour de France victories and was stripped of all his titles, dropped by all of his sponsors and forced to resign from his cancer foundation. My thinking has evolved on this matter, and the credit goes to the doctors and pharmacists in my family (and the aforementioned port). The fact is, Armstrong didn’t fail a drug test. What we believe might have happened -- that he gamed the system and intimidated his teammates -- really shouldn’t trump that fact, either. The rules say he must pass a drug test, and he did. If I’m an employer, and I make somebody submit to random drug tests and they pass, that doesn’t mean I could fire him or her because someone said they smoked a joint. They passed the test. After that, it’s about honesty and morals. It’s not as if Armstrong was flying passenger jets on LSD. He rode bikes up steep terrain for the Postal Service. Either way, these things are always worth the debate. More next week ... Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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SPORTS QUIZ By Chris Richcreek

1. Pitcher Dwight Gooden set a record for most consecutive games with at least one strikeout to start his major-league career. How many was it? 2. Who pitched the most innings in one major-league All-Star Game? 3. How many national championships has the University of Nebraska achieved in football? 4. Name the first No. 8 playoff seed to reach the NBA Finals. 5. Who are the top three players on NHL’s career points per game list? 6. When was the last time before 2012 that the U.S. men’s soccer team lost to Jamaica? 7. Name the last boxer who beat heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Answers 1. He did it in 349 consecutive games. 2. Lefty Gomez pitched six innings in the 1935 game. 3. Five (1970, ‘71, ‘94, ‘95 and ‘97). 4. The New York Knicks, in 1999. 5. Wayne Gretzky (1.921 points per game), Mario Lemieux (1.883) and Mike Bossy (1.497). 6. The U.S. had never lost to Jamaica. 7. Lamon Brewster, in 2004.

The Daytona Shootout is scheduled for Feb. 16. Speedweeks continues at Daytona International Speedway through the season-opening Daytona 500, which is set for Feb. 24. Matt Kenseth won last year. Next year the two-time 500 winner will compete in a Joe Gibbs-owned Toyota instead of a Roush Fenway Ford, but that is only one of many changes to be unveiled in the coming year. Daytona Beach, Fla., is cool and often breezy in February. Fans miss the NASCAR merry-go-round during the winter months, when they cross the bar between “whew, the season’s over” to “I feel like a bucking horse waiting to be let out of the stall.” This off-season brings with it considerable reason for optimism. Christmas was appropriate for the masters of the NASCAR universe. They’re all getting new race cars. The 2013 season will be the first for what the sport’s leaders have dubbed the “Generation Six” design, with renewed manufacturer identity and a “racier” look than the “Car of Tomorrow” that was partially implemented in 2007. This year’s Daytona qualifying races, to be run on Thursday, Feb. 21, will regain some of the significance of their storied past. In recent years, the twin 150-milers (once 100 and then 125 miles) morphed into little more than polite exhibitions held for the benefit of television and the gate. Only a few positions in the 500 were available for drivers to “race their win.” That changes next season as the qualifying format takes on the basic shape of years past. It should make the qualifying races exciting again.a The Daytona Shootout -- I’m thinking a corporate sponsor could materialize at any time right up to the week before it is run -- also is in throwback mode, returning to a format in which the exhibition race honors pole, not race, winners. That, by the way, eliminates the drivers who finished first (Brad Keselowski) and second (Clint Bowyer) in the recent Chase, but at least the changes give the race a reason again. It’s a fast race for fast qualifiers instead of a knock-off of the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte in May. Fans will be able to tell a Ford from a Chevy (from a Toyota) again. The qualifying races are going to mean something. NASCAR Nation can’t wait.

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THE KITCHEN DIVA By Angela Shelf Medearis

Help for the Common Cold Like many people, I try different methods to avoid catching a cold or flu during the winter. Despite my best efforts, I often get a little “under the weather” during the month of January. This year I’ve decided to work on ways to boost my immune system before the worst part of the cold and flu season hits. “One thing to remember is that simple diet choices can boost our immune system,” said Susan MillsGray, Nutrition and Health Education specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Here are a variety of ways to help your immune system to work at peak performance. --Get plenty of liquids to help prevent viruses and bacteria from taking up residence in your body. According to Dr. Riva Rahl of the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, “the mucus in your nose is actually one of the key physical barriers that keep germs out of your body. When you’re not well hydrated, it dries up and doesn’t provide that protection.” --Protein is a building block for a healthy immune system. Choose lean red meats, poultry and fish, dried beans and soy. You also can choose protein-rich plant sources with heart-healthy fat, like peanut butter and nuts. --Choose foods rich in vitamins C and E. These two antioxidant-rich vitamins protect cells -- including those of your immune system -- from damage by toxins in the environment. Choose citrus fruits/juices, melons, mangoes, kiwi, peppers, tomatoes, berries, broccoli, cabbage, sweet/white potatoes, winter squash, leafy greens, almonds, hazelnuts, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, safflower oil, whole grains and fortified cereals several times a day. --Eat probiotic foods to help build up the good bacteria in the intestines. These bacteria play a role in helping fend off illnesses. Any fermented food is rich in this type of good bacteria, so choose yogurt, sauerkraut, tofu, brine-treated pickles and aged cheese at least daily. --Add a zinc-rich food to your daily diet to increase the production of white blood cells in your body. Research shows that this effect can reduce the number of days you’ll suffer from a cold. Some foods rich in zinc are yogurt, lean red meat, poultry and fish, almonds, pumpkin seeds and fortified cereals.

Corned Beef Hash and Eggs 1 tablespoon margarine or butter 1 large red pepper, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 4 cups (about half 32-ounce package) frozen hash brown potatoes (southern style) 8 ounces deli corned beef in 1 piece, cut into 1/2-inch chunks (about 2 cups) 4 large eggs 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

THAI HOT AND SOUR SOUP Thai hot and sour soup contains spicy hot chilies and a burst of citrus to provide a boost to your immune system and some relief for cold and flu symptoms.

1. In nonstick 12-inch skillet, melt margarine over medium-high heat. Add red pepper and onion and cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring often. Stir in frozen hash browns and corned beef; cook 10 minutes or until hash browns are lightly browned. Spread hash evenly in skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low. 2. One at a time, break eggs into cup and slip into skillet on top of hash. Sprinkle eggs with salt and black pepper. Cover skillet and cook 5 to 8 minutes or until eggs are set or cooked to desired doneness.

1/4 pound small (30-35 count) shrimp, peeled and butterflied 2 ounces thin, vermicelli noodles 2 quarts chicken broth 1 stalk fresh lemon grass, cut into 2-inch pieces, smashed 1/4 cup Thai fish sauce (also called Nam Pla) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 teaspoons lime zest 1/2 small pickled or fresh jalapežo chili pepper, seeds and ribs removed 2 slices fresh ginger, chopped or 1 teaspoon powdered ginger Juice of 1 lemon Juice of 1 lime 1/3 cup fresh or drained canned straw mushrooms 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley 2 green onions, green and white parts chopped, roots discarded 1. Bring a medium-size pot of water to a boil. Add the shrimp and boil until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer shrimp to colander. Rinse under cold water, drain and set shrimp aside. Cook rice noodles in the same pot of boiling water until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again. Set aside. 2. Combine broth with lemon grass, fish sauce, oil, red pepper flakes, lime zest, chili pepper and ginger in a wok or soup pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Strain or use a slotted spoon to remove lemon grass pieces. Stir in lemon and lime juice. 3. Evenly distribute rice noodles, shrimp, mushrooms and cilantro between 8 heated soup bowls. Pour broth, and sprinkle cilantro, parsley and green onions evenly between each bowl, if desired, and serve. Makes 8 servings.

„ Each serving: About 450 calories, 20g total fat (6g saturated), 268mg cholesterol, 865mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate, 5g dietary fiber, 22g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www.goodhousekeeping.com/ recipefinder/.

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Ranchero Shepherd’s Pie 8 ounces extra-lean ground turkey or beef 1/2 cup chunky salsa 1 cup (one 8-ounce can) tomato sauce Brown sugar substitute = 1 tbs brown sugar 2 cups (1 16-ounce can) French-cut green beans, rinsed and drained 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese 2 cups water 2 cups instant potato flakes 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder 3/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1 teaspoon chili seasoning 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray 8-by-8-inch baking dish with olive-oil flavored cooking spray. 2. In a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray, brown meat. Stir in salsa, tomato sauce and sugar substitute. Add green beans and half of Cheddar cheese. Mix well. Spread evenly into prepared baking dish. 3. In medium saucepan, bring water to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in potato flakes and milk powder. Add yogurt, parsley flakes, chili seasoning, black pepper and remaining cheese. Mix gently to combine. Spread potato mixture evenly over meat mixture. 4. Bake 25-30 minutes. Place baking dish on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Divide into 6 servings. ¥ Each serving equals: 209 calories, 5g fat, 16g protein, 25g carb., 358mg sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Meat, 1 1/2 Vegetable, 1 Starch. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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For all of those readers who loved Lucy, Tidbits Arnaz, a handsome 23-yr-old Cuban musician. offers some information you might not have They were married shortly afterward. In known about this madcap redhead, a woman 1942, because there were so many blondes in who firmly stated, “I would rather regret the Hollywood, Lucy dyed her hair her trademark things that I have done than the things that I red, hoping it would make her stand out. have not.” • It was actually a radio program that launched • The death of Lucy’s father when she was Lucy into television. CBS Radio’s My Favorite three changed her comfortable life into one Husband was so popular, it was developed of difficulties. Her mother found work in a for television, and I Love Lucy was born. It factory and remarried. Her new husband didn’t premiered in 1951 when Lucy was 40 years old, care much for children, and moved Lucy’s three months after she gave birth to her first mother out of state, leaving child, Lucie. The sitcom quickly Lucy and her brother behind became a hit. Two years later, Lucy with grandparents. Reunited was expecting her second child, and with her mother at age 11, Lucy “I would rather the pregnancy was written into the eventually convinced her to allow script. Her son Desi, Jr. was born the her to enroll in a New York City regret the things same day the episode of the birth dramatic arts school. At age 15, that I have done of “Little Ricky” was aired. Over she met fellow student Better than the things 71% of television viewers watched Davis there. The overly-shy Lucy that episode, higher numbers was so nervous on stage that that I have not.” than those who watched President the school’s headmaster advised Eisenhower’s inauguration her mother, “Lucy’s wasting ceremony. The very first issue of her time and ours. She’s too shy TV Guide, which debuted in 1953, and reticent to put her best foot featured Lucy and her son on the forward.” cover. For four out of its six years, I Love Lucy • Although Lucy’s real name was Lucille Désirée was the number one show in America. Ball, when she secured work as a fashion • After 20 years of marriage, Lucy and Arnaz model at age 17, she changed it to Diane divorced. Two years later, Lucy became the Belmont, taking the name of New York’s first woman to run a major television studio, Belmont racetrack. Lucy modeled fur coats for one that produced several successful series. She Hattie Carnegie, one of the leading designers was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards, of the 1930s. She was enjoying a blossoming • “A man who correctly guesses a woman’s age career when she was suddenly struck ill with may be smart, but he’s not very bright.” – Lucille rheumatoid arthritis and spent the next two Ball. years relearning how to walk. ADVERTISE WITH US

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• At age 21, this natural-born brunette dyed her hair blonde and moved to Hollywood, and landed a job as a dancer with Metro-Goldwyn Studios as a “Goldwyn Girl.” Her movie career was launched in 1933 with a part in Roman Scandals. Although Lucy is best remembered for her work in television, she appeared in 72 movies during her career. • During the filming of 1940’s Dance, Girl, Dance, Lucy was introduced to castmate Desi


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Ellis Island January 1 is Ellis Island Day, memorializing subject to the medical exam, with the the portal through which more than 12 million assumption that they were less likely to be a immigrants entered the U.S. between 1892 and medical burden to the government. Because 1954. Let’s learn more about this facility that was third-class “steerage” passengers traveled in the gateway to the new world for so many. the lower level of ships under more unsanitary • Ellis Island hasn’t always been known by that conditions, they were required to undergo the name. The Mohegan Indians dubbed it Gull three-to-five-hour inspection, which included Island, while early colonists called it Oyster answering 29 questions. Island. When pirates and convicts were hanged • Those who did not pass the medical exam there in the mid-1700s, a tool known as a were ones with a contagious disease, who gibbet was used, and the island became known were excluded from entry. Ellis Island gained as Gibbet Island. New York businessman Sam a reputation as the “Island of Tears” for those Ellis purchased it in 1776, and ran a tavern and who were turned picnic area there. away, while in • In 1808, the U.S. Government bought the island from Ellis’ heirs for $10,000 in order to establish a defense system to protect New York City. A fort was built, which, during the Civil War, housed prisoners, as well as weapons and ammunition for the Union Army. Ellis Island became the first federal immigration station in 1890.

actuality, only 2% of all immigrants were denied entry during all the years of operation.

• During the Island’s peak years, 1900 to 1914, 5,000 to 10,000 people were passing through every day. After World War I, the U.S. established embassies worldwide, enabling immigrants to complete paperwork and medical exams in their own countries, and by 1924, only those with paperwork problems were sent to Ellis Island. During World War II, it was a detention center for captured enemy seamen, and was also used as a Coast Guard training facility. In 1954, it officially closed and remained abandoned until 1976, when it was opened to the public on a limited basis for tours. The structure underwent a massive $160 million restoration during the 1980s, and now receives 2 million visitors a year.

• The island, located just off the New Jersey coast near the Statue of Liberty, was originally 3.3 acres, but was expanded to 27.5 acres as landfill was added to the site, along with excess dirt from the excavation of New York City’s subway system. A new wooden structure opened on New Year’s Day of 1892, with a 15-year-old Irish girl named Annie Moore processed as the very first immigrant. Five-and-a-half years later, a fire raged through the complex, burning it to the ground, taking with it all of the U.S. • Many well-known immigrants were processed immigration records dating back to 1855. A through Ellis Island, including Irving Berlin, new fireproof structure opened in 1900. Max Factor, Rudolph Valentino, and Cary • Medical clearance was a source of anxiety for Grant, who arrived at age 16. The family of many immigrants who feared being turned entertainer Bob Hope, who arrived at age 4 away at the gate for miscellaneous maladies. with his mother and four brothers in 1907, has First- and second-class passengers were not established a memorial library in his name in the restored facility. ­


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