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PATRIOTIC SONGS (continued): • The original sheet music for “Yankee Doodle” (published in England, naturally) indicated that “the words to be sung through the nose, and in the West Country drawl & dialect.” The British truly thought they were putting those upstart Americans in their place, but the joke was on them. In typical American fashion, the colonists adopted “Yankee Doodle” as their rallying cry. When sung by an entire regiment accompanied by a fife and drums, it resonated just as loudly as sports anthems like “We Will Rock You” do today in stadiums around the world. • The song that became the anthem for the Confederate states was written by a Northerner – Daniel Decatur Emmett, who was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He originally wrote “Dixie” as part of a New York minstrel show, but the song took on a life of its own when it was rewarded with a standing ovation at each performance. • Even though “Dixie” was adopted by the Southern states as their call to arms, the sprightly melody was so infectious that it was popular in the North as well. In fact, “Dixie” was Abraham Lincoln’s favorite song, and was played at his inauguration per his request. • Although “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again” is credited to Louis Lambert, the song was actually composed by IrishAmerican Patrick Gilmore. The “Johnny” mentioned in the song title was John O’Rourke, a captain who served with the Union Army during the Civil War. O’Rourke was the beau of Gilmore’s sister, Annie. • Which came first, the words or the music? In the case of “America the Beautiful” it was definitely the lyrics. Katherine Lee Bates was an English professor at Wellesley College during the late 19th century. In 1893, she took some vacation time and ventured west. During a visit to Pike’s Peak in Colorado, she was so struck with the panoramic landscape surrounding her that she pulled out her notebook and jotted down her impressions of the sights she’d seen. • During the long ride back home, Bates couldn’t get the images of the purple mountains and endless skies out of her mind, so she fleshed out her original journal notes until she’d come up with four stanzas of verse. She mailed her poem to The Congregationalist, who published it on July 4, 1895. Soon afterward, composer Silas Pratt set her words to music, and everyone was singing “America the Beautiful.” (This included folks in Canada and Australia, who inserted their own country’s name in the lyrics.)

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Wing vs. Wingless Sprint Cars Q: Greg, I attend the wingless sprint-car races run by USAC, and I still feel it is better racing than the winged sprints run by the World Of Outlaws. You have to be more of a driver to run a wingless car because the wing really helps. -- H.K., Pottsville, Pa. A: H.K., you wrote this letter following USAC’s appearance at your home track near Pottsville, namely The Big Diamond Raceway. I’ll bet you were there! That’s where 16-year-old USAC newcomer Cole Whitt (you have to be a newcomer at that age) won the feature event and thus becomes the youngest person ever to win a USAC National Sprint Series feature. Witt, who hails from California, led all 30-laps at the Big Diamond. Watch for him in the future. As for the wing versus no-wing, I’ll agree that it’s tougher to drive a wingless car than one with a wing, but I sure won’t take anything away from the winged sprint-car drivers. They, too, are some of the best drivers in racing, and many win when they cross over and run wingless events. *** Q: I’m thrilled that Hillary Will won her first NHRA drag race recently. When you realize that drag racing has already had a world champion in Shirley Muldowney (Top Fuel, three times) and now we have a winner in Indy Car racing with Danica Patrick, this is for sure the right time for women in racing. Also, whatever happened to Erica Enders, the Pro Stock racer who you said would one day win? -- Polly G., Wisconsin A: Polly, I agree 2008 will be remembered as a year women really excelled in motorsports. In addition to those you mention, Ashley Force and Melanie Troxel have both won in 2008 in nitro Funny Car. Erica Enders, meanwhile, continues to try and put a Pro Stock program together (check her Web site at The plain truth nowadays is that it takes big money and big-name sponsors to compete in the professional ranks, so it’s not just a matter of being able to do something well. Give her time, and I feel some company will see the benefits of partnering with Erica in Pro Stock. *** Q: Greg, I read with interest your column about alcohol (and ethanol). There are a other issues about alcohol you should consider. It takes almost a gallon of diesel to produce and transport the corn to make that gallon of alcohol. You can’t run alcohol through our pipelines. You must truck it. It takes almost 1.5 gallons of alcohol to make the same amount of energy as a gallon of gasoline. A lot of that corn was going for cattle, hog, chicken and turkey food. Now we have higher prices in the store for these products. Brazil uses sugar cane to make alcohol. -- Michael L., via e-mail A: Michael, thanks for your input, and I do not disagree. The price of oil since I wrote that column continues to skyrocket, so we’re going to be forced to look at alternative fuels and other energy options without delay. There is no easy answer. Write to Greg Zyla in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send an e-mail to (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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PATRIOTIC SONGS (continued): • John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” is, by act of Congress, the official march of the United States. The melody has another place in popular culture, however. In North America, the song is played by live bands at the circus or in theaters as a signal that a life-threatening emergency is afoot. Playing this particular song as a “code” alerts personnel to start evacuation procedures without alarming the audience. • Songwriter Woody Guthrie learned about traditional folk and blues music while traveling from Oklahoma to California with migrant worker groups during the Dust Bowl era of the Great Depression. After working at a California radio station for several years, Guthrie headed to New York City. At the time of Guthrie’s sojourn, Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” was hugely popular. • As he later admitted during a frank interview, Woody had grown tired of hearing it on the radio and felt the nation needed something new. While watching the scenery pass by on a cross-country train trip, he penned what became his most famous song. He set his descriptions of the American terrain to music (a melody he’d borrowed slightly from an old gospel song). In 1940, Woody released the single that he hoped would knock Kate Smith off the charts, “This Land is Your Land.” • Julia Ward Howe wrote the poem that eventually became known as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” as a challenge from a Unitarian minister. The reverend noted that Union soldiers often sang “John Brown’s Body,” while Confederate soldiers sang their own lyrics to the same melody. He thought that better, more unifying words could be written, and so Howe came up with the inspiring lyrics that we still sing today: “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…” • According to George M. Cohan, he was inspired to write “You’re a Grand Old Flag” after meeting a Civil War veteran who’d seen action at the Battle of Gettysburg. The aging soldier was carrying a folded but tattered flag, and when he noticed Cohan’s interest, he commented, “She’s a grand ol’ rag, isn’t she?” Cohan later changed the word from “rag” to “flag” to avoid showing any disrespect for Old Glory.

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placing it where you can see other “work” or projects you want to complete. Seeing what else you could or should be doing may “guilt” you into choosing to complete those projects instead of working out. Place music, a television or telephone in this room if you find yourself leaving your workout to do something else. If you do not have a separate room for your treadmill, try to create a space where you can reach it without stepping over furniture or other household items. Position your treadmill near a window or open space to create a view that can motivate you and eliminate a feeling of “working out” in your room. And no matter how much exercise equipment you have at home, you will have to continue to make the time to use it. Scheduling time to exercise and sticking with your schedule each day can help you get into a habit of using your treadmill. Avoid the temptation to use your treadmill for anything other than exercising, and ask others in your home to do the same. One shirt thrown on the treadmill can trigger an avalanche of clothes and other non-exercise items. Enjoy the benefits of exercising at home by planning and remembering why the treadmill is there. Always consult a physician before beginning an exercise program. If you have a fitness or training question, write to Andrea in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475

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Freeport Flag Ladies: Making Soldiers Smile

The backs of their T-shirts say: “It’s all about America.” Every Tuesday morning for the past six years, rain or shine (or snow), three ladies in Freeport, Maine, have stood on a downtown corner waving big American flags. If that’s all they ever did, it would be enough. But they also do something even more important: They work to support the morale of soldiers. As part of the Maine Troop Greeters, they travel hundreds of miles each way to be at the Bangor Airport to meet the troops as they come home. Each one is given a small gift, and sometimes a cell phone for an immediate call home. Packages loaded with games, magazines and more go out every week, with special ones going to Combat Support hospitals. (The postage cost must be astronomical.) Their Web site [www.freeportflagladie] is loaded with photos of outbound soldiers, mostly for the families who might not have had the presence of mind to snap a few last pictures. Each soldier is given a small card with the Web address, as well as a lucky penny that many of them keep for the whole deployment. When you check the Web site, don’t miss the Egg section, or the one on Pennies. Why do they do it? The Web site has the answer: “It is solely an act of love, gratitude and appreciation for the great sacrifices the men and women of the military have given to this nation throughout the ages.” But these three ladies are doing everything on their own to put a smile on the faces of soldiers. They could use some financial support. Here’s the address:

HOLLYWOOD ... Shannen Doherty has not done much dramatically since her star stints in “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Charmed.” However, she’s managed to make big bucks in real estate and take a few acting and emcee jobs. Back in 2004, she bought a home in Malibu for $2.4 million. Now she has it on the market for $4.4 million. In case you care to purchase, it has five bedrooms, four and half baths, a master suite with fireplace and sits on 11 acres with a swimming pool, spa, motor court, a view to forever and copious gardens. At 38, Shando -- as she’s called by her friends -- is just as attractive as she was earlier on. She has been married many times, and at one of her weddings in a backyard she wore a silk bathrobe and was barefoot. Aside to Lionel K. of Olivia Hill, Ky. You asked me to explain what is the Sunset Strip mentioned often in this column and elsewhere. I believe I may have answered a question like this before, but here goes. Sunset Boulevard is the name of a street that runs from downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean. That’s 30 miles. The “Strip” is the part that passes through West Hollywood and ends at Beverly Hills. It’s the nightclub area with several hotels and eateries along the way. I could say it is about a mile and a half of excitement. If you do come out here, I suggest you walk it at night. Much easier than trying to park at each spot. Bryce Dallas Howard is set to star in “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.” She will play the wife of John Connor, the resistance hero (played by Christian Bale). She then goes into “The Loss of A Teardrop Diamond.” She was last seen as Gwen Stacy in “Spiderman 3.” Bryce is the daughter of director Ron Howard, himself once a

busy actor. ... Thandie Newton and Danny Glover have joined the cast of “2012.” John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor are already on board for this story of a global cataclysm and its survivors. And by the way, did you know her given name was Thandiwe? It is pronounced “Tandie,” and is Zulu for “beloved.” She attended Cambridge University, where she majored in anthropology. My neighbor Lake Bell has signed on to join the cast of “A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy.” The film is set to shoot in North Carolina. Lake plays Alison Cohen, a Columbia University graduate who constantly dishes out unwarranted advice, although she is dysfunctional in many ways and unhappy with her own life. Formerly mostly a TV actress, Bell’s movie career has suddenly soared. She was in “What Happens in Vegas” and recently wrapped “Pride and Glory,” a crime drama from New Line Pictures. She also earned an honor in acting at the Newport Beach Film Festival for her role in “Under Still Waters.” And, although she is my neighbor, I know very little about her private life. We say “Hi” when passing in the hall, and that’s about it. (Such is life in the big city.) *** BITS ‘N’ PIECES: A couple of weeks back, Julia Roberts visited “The Late Show” wearing jeans and a shirt. Not the usual little black dress worn by most other femme stars. On closer look, her chin seemed a little tightened. Maybe a small plastic tuck? ... Still love this movie title: “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” The sequel gets an outing in August. ... Warren Beatty has received 53 Oscar nominations. Some wag offered that’s just about as many ladies Warren dated before he settled in with Annette.

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• If you have plans to travel to Indiana this September, you might want to head to the small town of Harmony. That’s where, on the third Saturday of September every year, you’ll find the Big Whopper Liar’s Contest, in which contestants compete to see who can tell the most original, exaggerated lie. • You might be surprised to learn that it was noted author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson who made the following observation: “Being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of tranquility that religion is powerless to bestow.”


• In ancient Egypt -- around 1500 B.C. -- baldness was considered to be the absolute height of feminine beauty. Women of the nobility often had special gold tweezers that they used to pluck their hair, and then they polished their heads to a high sheen with buffing cloths. • Those with entirely too much time on their hands have determined that there are precisely 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

• Studies show that men not only laugh louder than women, they also laugh longer and more often. • If you think weddings in the United States are getting out of hand, you might want to consider this: In a traditional Korean wedding, the engagement gifts alone can cost $40,000 or more. • Every year, there are more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world. • The next time you’re upset and thinking about tossing something across the room, try to keep in mind the results of a study conducted in 1999, in which researchers found that venting anger on inanimate objects actually increases aggression rather than decreasing it.

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By Samantha Mazzotta Q: I’d like to get a complete set of tools for my home. What makes up a basic tool set? -- Jamie B., Valdosta, Ga. A: Most home-improvement and hardware stores sell “starter” sets for first-time tool buyers. These include many of the basic items you’ll need for minor home repairs, such as pliers, standard and Phillips-head screwdrivers, and assorted sizes and types of wrenches. However, you will need a few more things to complete your home repair kit: • A curved claw hammer and nails -- Make sure the hammer is at least 12 ounces in weight and comfortable to hold. Buy a variety of nails in different sizes and types; most stores offer nail sets. • Adjustable wrench -- A 10-inch adjustable wrench (or a plumber’s wrench) is a versatile tool around the house. Make sure the worm gear operates smoothly and doesn’t wobble. • Rotary power drill -- More important than a power screwdriver and probably the most convenient decorating accessory you will ever have. Make sure the drill has variable speeds, a reverse switch and can hold drill bits up to 3/8ths inch. • Steel tape measure -- The model should have a lock button to hold the extended tape in place; purchase one with at least 25 feet of tape. A 1-foot ruler and a yardstick make good companions. • 24-inch carpenter’s level -- It should have two bubbles: one for measuring horizontal level, and the other for marking vertical plumb. • Handsaw -- Buy a saw marked “general purpose” to handle any variety of wood. Look for a steel blade, about 26 inches long, with a wooden handle. • Hacksaw -- This thin saw cuts metal; the blades are replaceable and come in several grades for cutting different strengths of metal. • Pocketknife and utility knife -- The pocketknife comes in handy for all sorts of tasks; the utility knife has a retractable (and replaceable) blade. • Putty knife -- Used to apply and work plaster, spackle, or -- yes -- putty. You should have two sizes: a 1-inch blade and a wide-blade wall scraper. • Sandpaper, steel wool, metal file and wire brush -- These come in handy for a variety of cleaning and sharpening tasks. • Duct tape, electrical tape (yes, they’re different) and three types of glue: epoxy, white (PVA) and wood glue. • Spackling compound and wood putty -- These make filling holes and gaps in walls and wood easy. Finally, having both a stepladder and an extension ladder will allow you to tackle hard-toreach repairs, both indoors and out.



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Save Money by Raising Your Credit Score With the growing number of foreclosures, repossessions and jobs being lost, lenders are taking a hard look at borrowers before lending money. Lenders care about how likely you are to repay your debt on time, and your credit report gives them a good indication of how you’ve handled credit in the past. The FICO score is the most commonly used credit-rating system, but each of the big three reporting agencies use the information in a different way, thus producing different credit scores on the same credit history. (A lender will likely take the middle of these three numbers.) Here are some steps you can take to improve your credit score: • Pay your bills on time. This counts as 35 percent of your total score. • Limit the amount of your available credit that you use. • Limit the number of inquiries on your credit report. If you need to shop for deals, perhaps for a car loan, do your homework so that the credit inquiries are all done in a short period of time, say a month. The credit bureau will consider all the inquiries in a given amount of time to be part of the same inquiry.

• Don’t automatically cancel old credit cards that you don’t use. Longevity of your accounts counts for 15 percent of your FICO score. Canceling the cards will often result in a lowering of your score. • The jury is out on whether credit counseling will hurt your credit score. It probably won’t, but it might impact your ability to get a loan if part of the counseling was to negotiate smaller payments on old debt. • Track your credit score. If it goes down, follow up by getting a copy of your credit report to verify that all the information is correct. A good credit score can make the difference between getting a loan with a low interest rate or getting one with a higher rate -- or not at all. For more information, go to, then click on FAQ and Index and scroll down to Credit Scores: Fact Sheet 6(c): Your Credit Score: How It All Adds Up. The Federal Credit Information Center has good information as well. Check and put “credit scores” in the search box. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to

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1. Rogers Hornsby with 143 RBIs in 1925. 2. Eight (1984, ‘87, ‘88, ‘89, ‘94, ‘95, ‘96 and ‘97). 3. North Carolina’s Charlie Justice in 1948 and 1949. 4. It was the 1993-94 season. 5. It was the 1991-92 season. 6. Italy and Germany (which includes West Germany). 7. Felix Trinidad, who was the WBA titleholder.

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Fighting Skin Aging I trust university researchers more than I do Madison Avenue cosmetics advertisers, especially when part of the funding for the research comes from the National Institutes of Health. So when I read a study done by the University of Michigan saying that there really is an ingredient that helps fight signs of skin aging and wrinkles, I had to pay attention. Wrinkles in seniors develop because we have much less collagen than we did years ago, as much as two-thirds less. It’s the collagen that keeps skin looking firm. Lying just under the inner dermis layer, it keeps the skin above padded and stretched. Less collagen means less support. The university research (published in a recent issue of Archives of Dermatology) combined a review of the literature since the early 1990s, as well as hands-on lab work. The latest lab study involved application of an over-the-counter moisturizer (with

a magic ingredient added) in a six-month double-blind process. That means nobody knew what was in the bottles of lotion except the researchers themselves. So what was this “magic” ingredient. It’s Retinol, a form of vitamin A, and the same ingredient that Madison Avenue advertisers have been pushing for years. Who knew? This research affects not only looks, but serious medical issues such as bed sores, tears, ulcers and bruising, as Retinol could make skin withstand injuries. That’s not to say we should all rush out and buy lotion that contains Retinol. For one thing, it causes skin to dry out, and in some cases can cause sun sensitivity. If you’d like to try it, ask your dermatologist or doctor for a product name recommendation. Not all Retinol products are the same. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to

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Graham Johnson 801-513-9878 Hitting All the Red Lights “We’re hitting all the red lights,” my son said impatiently as we slowed to stop at another light. “I like getting all the green lights.” I agreed with him. When we breeze through intersections on our way to church or the mall, it’s much more convenient. A red light is a kink in our flow, a halt in our pace. It means we have to wait. And who likes to wait? Like my son, I want all the green lights in life. I think that’s our impatient human nature. Right now, our son would like a green light on his request for the X-Box 360 game system. Mom and Dad have handed him a red light. I’m waiting on a green light for a loved one’s improved health. I’ve had a red light for nearly a decade. I want green lights in my parenting, marriage, career, friendships, hobbies and, here’s a big one, prayer life. So, what do we do with all the darn red lights life gives us? What are we to do with the unanswered prayer for a loved one’s healing, a relationship that can’t be fixed, a promotion never offered, the good grade never received, a friend who can’t have a baby? “Life’s not fair,” my son said the other day. “You’ve got that right,” his dad replied. As harsh as it sounds, we want our kids to know that, don’t we? The last thing we want to do is turn

out into the world young adults who believe the fantasy that life is supposed to be fair and easy -- that they are supposed to get everything they want, whenever they want it. They will face times of waiting and waiting and waiting. That’s easier to explain to my kids when we’re talking about the red lights that come when they want a game system or a later bedtime -- insignificant things --but harder to explain when the red lights apply to such larger issues in life as health, loss and conflict. Last summer our 12-year-old had his appendix removed. The surgery went well. We were given the green light to go home the next day. But before we left, I heard a mother ask another parent how long they had been in the hospital with their sick child. “Two weeks,” the father said. “What about you?” “We’re going on our fifth week,” the mother replied. Another parent said they were in the hospital for their young son’s 80th surgery. I’m not sure what illnesses these parents were facing with their children, but I wanted to know what gave them the strength and courage to wait. And if I could have given them a little bit of my own green light, I would have. But that’s only in God’s control. So as I accepted our green light, I prayed for their relief to come, where their child could play and their long-awaited red light would end. Write to Taprina Milburn in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Don’t Bully the Skinny Kid I don’t know how many high-school kids are out there reading this, but there comes a time or two when your raging hormones may unduly influence your decision-making process. I don’t need to tell you that -- you already know. It’s the distracting girl in front of you in Social Studies; it’s the reckless play on the football field; it’s what led you to bully that skinny kid at the lunch table. Let me tell you this: Don’t bully the skinny kid at the lunch table. There wasn’t much to fight about in well-to-do Middletown, N.J., but I do remember one kid who was even skinnier than me at our lunch table sophomore year -- a real preppy kid with neatly parted hair who always wore khakis and expensive sweaters. Him, I could take, I was sure. Junior year, he was gone. Some prep school, if I recall. Senior year, he was back, and he was an absolute monster. His name was Christian Peter. It didn’t take long before the football coach at Middletown H.S. South noticed him, told him to line up on the right side and kill the guy with the ball -- something Peter did with helmet-smashing glee. At parties, Peter became the guy you didn’t want to mess with. The skinny kid from the lunch table was long gone. After South took the Central Jersey championship, Peter took a scholarship to Nebraska. While there, Peter racked up 124 tackles, 9 sacks, 8 arrests and 2 rapes. Still, he was drafted into the NFL, which he credits for saving his life. Two years later, his brother Jason Peter filled his cleats on the South football team. And it was on to Nebraska for him as well. (Their younger brother, Damien, was on his way to Notre Dame until one night, at a party, he decided to dive into the shallow end of the pool.) Jason didn’t beat women like his brother did, but he did abuse a lot of drugs. Finally, after being forced to retire by the Carolina Panthers, Peter allowed himself to spiral out of control. Too much money, too much time on his hands, too easy to get drugs ... lots of drugs. He shot heroin, smoked crack and failing that, he would do up to five eight-balls of cocaine, swallow 70-80 Vicodin and 20 Ambien per day. Finally clean, Jason now works at a radio station in Nebraska. Christian owns a bar on the Jersey Shore. Is there a lesson in all of this? Ask Jason and Christian, and I’ll bet they’ll tell you ... “don’t bully the skinny kid” is as good as anything to take from this story. Jason Peter’s book, “Hero of the Underground: A Memoir,” with Tony O’Neill (St. Martin’s Press) is due on shelves in July. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter and publisher of The Parkville (Mo.) Luminary. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. Who was the last second baseman to lead the National League in RBIs for a season? 2. How many batting-average titles did Tony Gwynn capture during his career? 3. Who was the last player before Arkansas’ Darren McFadden in 2006 and 2007 to finish second in the Heisman voting two years in a row? 4. When was the last time before the 2006-07 season that the Golden State Warriors made the NBA playoffs? 5. Name the last time before the 2007-08 season that the Montreal Canadiens won an NHL division title. 6. Brazil is the only country to have played in all 18 men’s soccer World Cups. Which two countries are tied for second with 16 appearances? 7. Whom did Bernard Hopkins beat to unify the three major middleweight boxing titles (WBA, WBC, IBF) in 2001? (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

• In the 1890s, the first “modern” bicycles appeared: chain-driven vehicles with simiDavis and Morgan larly-sized tires. These were safer than the high-wheel models (and were even called “safety bicycles” as a result), but proved a step backwards in comfort. While the long spokes of high-wheel bikes absorbed bumps and ruts, the smaller wheels on these new bikes, particularly when coupled with the hard-rubber tires of the era, made for jarring, unpleasant rides. • More than a million bicycles were sold in the United States by the time 1895 rolled around, but one last improvement would propel the bicycle into the must-own category: the pneumatic tire. Under the guidance of the Pope Manufacturing Company (which made bicycles), the Hartford Rubber Works produced America’s first pneumatic tires in 1895. Providing a much softer ride, they soon became a standard feature on all bicycle models. • Dozens of smaller-scale improvements boosted the speed, comfort, longevity and performance of bicycles during the 20th century. As women began to find them as necessary as men, two varieties of bicycle were made. Men’s bikes were built with an extra stabilizer bar across the top of the bike. Women’s bikes omitted the bar, providing for easier mounting and dismounting of the vehicle when wearing skirts. • The 1970s saw the development of two bicycle extremes. First came bicycles that took you nowhere. Otherwise known as exercise bikes, these training aids first hit the home market at the beginning of the decade. Then, as time went on and the energy crisis sent fuel prices skyrocketing, mopeds appeared. These bicycle/motorcycle hybrids, most popular with city-centered business workers, could either be pedaled like a regular bike or powered using a small, low-powered gasoline engine.

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The fourteenth entry in our All the Presidents’ Tidbits series deals with Zachary Taylor, “Old Rough ‘n’ Ready” himself. Taylor was the only president whose name contained the letter “Z” until more than 100 years later. Who joined him on that short list? [see the answer at the end of this article] • Zachary Taylor was one of a handful of presidents who owed his political power to his years as an Army officer. In turn, he owed his military life to a chance given him by his second cousin, James Madison. In 1808, Madison was a heavyweight in Washington (as Thomas Jefferson’s Secretary of State). It took little effort for him to arrange an Army commission for his cousin. Luckily, Zachary was well suited for a military life. He spent his entire adult life serving his country, including four full decades in the Army. • Zachary Taylor was born on November 24, 1784, in Montebello, Virginia. Shortly thereafter, parents Richard and Sarah moved the Taylors to Kentucky, where they settled on a plantation outside of Louisville. While Zachary had access to private tutors, he failed to show much interest in practical education. By the time he reached his mid-twenties, however, he needed a career. That’s when “Cousin James” came to the rescue. • Taylor thrived in the structure of the military. He married Margaret Smith in 1810, and she followed Zachary wherever the military sent them. The couple lived as far north as Minnesota and Wisconsin, and as far south as Florida and Louisiana. Taylor earned the nickname “Rough ‘n’ Ready” for his distinguished military service throughout the early 19th century. He served active duty in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Seminole War, and the Mexican War. • Taylor’s successes helped the young nation expand its borders to the west and south, and his rank and compensation grew as well. By the 1840s, the Taylors owned a cotton plantation in Mississippi. Although he could have retired at any time, the general didn’t hesitate to answer the call when James Knox Polk asked him to head to Texas to confront the Mexicans. Taylor silenced America’s cries of “Remember the Alamo!” when he defeated General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna in 1846-1847. Stories spread quickly of the brave American general who emerged victorious against the Mexicans, despite being outnumbered four to one. • Although Zachary Taylor’s political leanings were vague, the Whigs courted him to help the party regain the White House (which they had lost to Polk and the Democrats in 1848). Opponent Lewis Cass would probably have defeated Taylor had it not been for former president Martin Van Buren, who hoped to return to office as a Free Soil Party candidate. When the election ended, however, Taylor had garnered enough electoral votes to win the race. • Sadly, Taylor was like most presidents that were elected after living the military life: he was overwhelmed and underprepared. His term was fraught with corruption and indecision, even as the country began to split along lines that would soon define the Civil War. Only two years into his presidency, Taylor became ill during an Independence Day celebration. He passed away five days later; doctors attributed it to gastroenteritis. • To answer the trivia question that we asked in the introduction of this article: What president joined Zachary Taylor as the second one to have a “Z” in his name? Why, it was John Fitzgerald Kennedy, elected in 1960.

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Neutered Male Cat Still Sprays By Samantha Mazzotta

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I have a 19-monthold cocker spaniel that is new to our home. Ginger is constantly growling at our older dog, 9-year-old Buster, and they often get into fights. What can I do to stop them from fighting? -- John F., Tampa, Fla. DEAR JOHN: There’s no quick solution to this problem. What’s happening is that Ginger, the spry young dog, is in an active contest with Buster, the old hand, for first place in a two-dog pecking order. Many dog owners assume that one good-natured dog will get along fine with another friendly pooch in the same household. Some also think that treating all dogs equally will keep them peaceful. But pet researchers are coming to different conclusions about the “pack mentality” and the dominance of one dog over another. Some believe that recognition and enforcement of the pecking order is a very important step toward keeping order in the household. Another factor in your situation is that Ginger and Buster are evaluating their places in the family. Until

recently, Buster was top dog -- the only dog, in fact. Ginger, who may have been the dominant member of her litter or her household, is confused at her new status as second fiddle. Neither dog is willing to concede its claim to the throne. So, it’s up to you to decide. You have to choose which dog will be the more dominant of the two. And you have to reinforce that decision by treating the leader like a top dog. When the dogs come inside, pet the dominant one first. At dinnertime, feed the dominant one first. And so on. Establish the pecking order, placing yourself at the top as the decision maker, and then promote either Ginger or Buster. In a short period, the fighting should stop, as should most of the growling. If it does not, consult a professional trainer or a behaviorist, and your veterinarian. Send your tips, questions and comments to Paws Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail them to

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Fly a Patriotic Windsock on the Fourth of July

A yellowed 4-cent postcard surfaced from the bottom of an old shoebox stashed in our attic. A classic in time, it was sent before ZIP codes and eons before cell phones and snappy e-mail. The relic wasn’t written by some greatgrandparent, but by my “boomer” husband to his parents when he was off to camp for the first time at Round Lake in northern Minnesota at the age of 10. I’m sure his parents were waiting patiently for news of the week. Was he healthy, happy, making new friends, missing his parents -- but not too much? -- all those concerns we have when our kids are away from home for the first time. Well, here’s what he wrote: “Dear Mom and Dad, I wasn’t going to write, but they made me write it or I couldn’t eat dinner. Camp is really fun. We won volleyball and water polo today and now tied for second place. Well, now that I got this written, I can go eat. Love, Dean”

While we like to receive any word from our kids while they’re away at sleepover camp, it’s the campers who also like to hear their name at “mail call.” Here are some tips: --Write and send a note or two to your child’s camp via U.S. mail a few days before he leaves home. Your child will be thrilled to hear from you the first day of camp. Keep the letters coming. They’ll no doubt end up in a scrapbook (or shoebox) your child will treasure in years to come. --If your child is a baseball fan, remember to send clippings of box scores of games missed while away, or send a favorite comic strip from the paper. --Tuck in addressed envelopes, stamps and a pen to encourage your child to write home. --If your child’s camp will print out your e-mailed letters, try not to overload the system. There is a fine line between keeping in touch and letting your child feel independent and “away” from his typical “at home” routine. Tip: A camp experience in the outdoors can positively impact a child. Consider sending a kid to camp by providing scholarship funds for someone who might not otherwise have resources. Contact a camp of your choice or your local YMCA directly to find out how you can sponsor a camper. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning television series “Donna’s Day” airs on public television nationwide. Visit to find out when it airs on your local PBS station and to sign up for Donna’s e-newsletter.

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Tidbits of Ogden, North Davis and Morgan, Utah