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954-367-2130 “America’s Sweetheart,” with females across the nation copying her bobbed hairstyle. The Dorothy Hamill doll was introduced shortly afterward. In recent years, she has penned two autobiographies and has survived breast cancer. Kristi Yamaguchi took the Olympic gold in 1992, turning professional immediately afterward. It was at these Olympics that she met her husband, who was a member of the Olympic hockey team. Yamaguchi’s mother was born in a Japanese internment camp where her grandparents had been sent during World War II. Yamaguchi was the celebrity winner of “Dancing with the Stars” in its sixth season. • Richard Starkey turns 71 this month. If you don’t recognize the name, you may have followed his career as Ringo Starr, the drummer for the Beatles from 1962 to 1970. Starr wasn’t the Beatles’ first choice for their percussionist. He was already playing in Liverpool with the band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, while Pete Best was drumming for the Beatles. Starr was very ill for much of his childhood and spent two years in a sanatorium recovering from pleurisy. If you’re a fan of Thomas the Tank Engine, you’ve heard Starr narrating the character’s first two series on children’s television. • July baby Donald Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defense under two different U.S. presidents, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. It’s noteworthy that while attending Princeton University as a young man, his roommate was Frank Carlucci, who also went on to serve as Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan. • J.K. Rowling penned the first book of the Harry Potter series as a single mom living on welfare. Within five years, she was a millionaire. She conceived the idea of the boy wizard while sitting through a four-hour train delay back in 1990. Seven books and 4,195 pages later, Forbes magazine estimates her net worth in excess of $1 billion. The series has been translated into 65 languages. • Remembered for her extravagant collection of 2,700 pairs of shoes, former first lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos is a former Miss Philippines. To put her shoes in a mathematical equation, if she were to change her shoes three times a day, never putting on the same pair twice, it would take upwards of two years and five months to wear them all. She and her husband Ferdinand plundered millions of dollars of the country’s wealth during their 21year tenure.

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MICHAEL J. FOX Canadian celebrity Michael J. Fox, struck down at the height of his career, has used his adversity to further the search for a cure for illness. Here are some facts about this optimistic individual who has chosen to overcome his disabilities. • The Edmonton-born Fox moved several times as a child, the result of his father’s military career, finally settling in

British Columbia. As a 15-year-old, he made his acting debut in a Canadian sitcom, “Leo and Me.” As he devoted more time to his passion for acting, his schoolwork was neglected and before long, he was flunking nearly every class. He made the decision to drop out of high school to pursue his career, something he now calls a “stupid youthful mistake.” His social studies teacher advised him, “You’re making a big mistake, Fox. You won’t be cute forever.” Fox achieved his GED 15 years after dropping out. • At 18, Fox moved to Los Angeles. It wasn’t an easy road as he struggled to make a name for himself, and he lived on macaroni and cheese for months. He had sold all his furniture to survive shortly before landing his breakout role as Alex P. Keaton on TV’s “Family Ties” at age 21. Over the series’ seven-year run, he collected three Emmy Awards. In the midst of the sitcom, he took on the role of time-traveling teen Marty McFly in “Back to the Future,” a huge box-office hit, followed up by two sequels.

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Many talented individuals call Canada home. You’re probably not aware of how many familiar • Television viewers first saw him as a young faces are natives of “up north.” Let’s take a look doctor in his six-year stint on the hospital drama at just a few. “St. Elsewhere.” Today, Howie Mandel is popular as the host of “Deal or No Deal,” both the U.S. and • Rick Moranis played a nutty scientist who shrunk Canadian versions. This Toronto native is a distant his kids in the 1989 Disney film, then “blew up” cousin to violinist Itzhak Perlman. He suffers the kids in the 1992 sequel. Born in Toronto, from mysophobia, an irrational fear of germs, and Moranis worked at several local radio stations finds it impossible to shake hands with his game before branching out into movies. He retired from show contestants without latex gloves and prefers films in 1997 to devote time to being a single to share “fist pounds.” Mandel also has attention father following the death of his wife from liver deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In 2009, cancer. he released his autobiography entitled “Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me.” • Montreal was the birthplace of the man we know as Captain James T. Kirk of “Star Trek” fame. • Although best known for his hosting of William Shatner was trained as a Shakespearean “Jeopardy!,” Ontario-born Alex Trebek actually actor, with regular performances at Ontario’s started his television career as a newscaster for the Stratford Festival of Canada. He hit the big screen CBC following graduation from the University of at age 20 in a Canadian film called “The Butler’s Ottawa. Trebek made history in 1991, when he Night Off” and moved into television three years became the only host to moderate three daily U.S. later at age 23 as Ranger Bob on “The Canadian game shows at once — “Jeopardy!,” “Classic Howdy Doody Show.” He made his debut as Concentration” and “To Tell the Truth.” captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise in 1966 at age 35. • Yet another Canadian hosted a well-known • Ontario-born Rachel McAdams, star of “The Notebook” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” is the daughter of a truck driver and a nurse. She first excelled in figure skating competitions. As a teenager, she was acting in summer Shakespearean productions and working at McDonald’s. She was a top choice for the “Bond girl” in the 2006 film “Casino Royale” but turned it down.

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game show for many years, offering contestants the choice of Door No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3. Monte Halperin, better known as Monty Hall, began hosting “Let’s Make a Deal” in 1963. Hall is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a degree in chemistry and zoology.

• What do Canadian singers Avril Lavigne and Gordon Lightfoot have in common? Both sang in church choirs in their native Ontario before • British Columbia crooner Michael Buble making it big in the music industry. longed to be a professional hockey player for the

• Nova Scotia native Sarah McLachlan started playing musical instruments at age 5, beginning with the ukulele. Her debut album came at age 20, and she has sold over 40 million recordings in the 22 years since.

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It was Danish author, philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard who made the following sage observation: “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”

After the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film “The Birds,” pet stores all over the country saw a sharp decline in the sales of pet birds.

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If you’re like the average American, you eat 20 quarts of ice cream every year.

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “dimwit” used as an insult, but, as it turns out, the word is more descriptive than derogatory. The human brain actually uses less power than a 100-watt light bulb.

A man named Patrick Hooligan lived in London in the mid-1800s. He was such a notorious troublemaker that his name is still used today to refer to ruffians and hoodlums.

In 1909, in England, one Lord Barbazon took a pig up for a ride in an airplane. Bovines seemingly got short shrift; the first cow didn’t take to the air until 1930. It was in February of that year that a cow was loaded into an airplane in St. Louis. It was milked during the flight, and the milk was parachuted to earth.

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Summer Seashell Souvenirs Beautiful seashells are priceless, especially those that your kids handpick on a lazy day at a favorite shore this summer. Or maybe your family hit warm climates this past winter and you have some choice “keepers” from a special beach. As your collection grows, sort them, clean them and then make one of these simple seashell souvenirs suitable for saving!

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well. “Peter was so wonderful to work with,” she told me. “We had such a great time with him on and off the screen. I will really miss him a lot.”

HOLLYWOOD -- We’ve received mail from devoted “All My Children” fans who don’t know how they’ll manage without the long-running soap. Cheer up! Word is that the wonderful Carol Burnett, a devoted “AMC” fan herself who appeared as Verla Grubbs in ‘83, ‘95 and 2005, will be in several episodes in September. In ‘83, Carol made the TV movie “Between Friends” with Elizabeth Taylor, and they arranged their shooting schedule around their favorite soaps (Carol’s was “AMC”; Liz’s was “General Hospital), and they watched them together. Liz appeared in “GH” leading up to and including the marriage of Luke and Laura, which was the highest-rated show in daytime TV history.

Those Hemsworth brothers are on fire, career-wise. Chris Hemsworth made a big splash with “Thor” and shot two films for MGM, which were delayed by money problems. Now, “Cabin in the Woods” is slated for Halloween, and the remake of “Red Dawn” has been delayed so MGM can update the film to the tune of $1 million. Hemsworth also will star in “The Avengers” with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo, due out in May 2012. Meanwhile, Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus’ love interest on and off the screen in “The Last Song,” has “The Hunger Games” due out in March 2012 and is set to star in “AWOL.” These guys may come from Down Under, but they sure are on top now! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

Or, intersperse several more shells on the length of fishing line or twine. Knot each one evenly in place and end with the final shell dangling.

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On a newspaper-covered table, apply acrylic paints with a sponge brush to the outside of a flat shell, such as a scallop shell. Gently lay a plain cotton T-shirt, napkin or canvas tote bag over it. Press lightly with your fingers so that the paint is transferred onto the cloth. Remove from the shell to reveal the beautiful natural pattern. Add more paint to the shell for more prints. Or, paint additional shells in various sizes using contrasting colors to make a pleasing design. Beginners might wish to make prints on paper napkins, In ‘84, when Carol appeared as Verla Grubbs, she found perfect for a seaside picnic. herself in a scene in a restaurant. During the scene, a charwoman, dressed like Carol’s famous charwoman *** from “The Carol Burnett Show,” became overly intrusive, Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on cleaning, in the scene. When the unsuspecting Carol looked public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit and link to the NEW Donna’s into the face of the charwoman, she saw it was Elizabeth Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Taylor! Carol stayed completely in character, but they had Funstuff for Families.” gales of laughter for many years thereafter. When Carol shoots those new shows for “AMC,” you can be sure she’ll (c) 2011 Donna Erickson be remembering that first shoot with the late, great Elizabeth Distributed by King Features Synd. Taylor! *** Chatted with Gena Rowlands, who’s leaving soon to make “Last Dance” in Australia, about her longtime friend Peter Falk, who passed away a few weeks ago. Gina guest-starred on an episode of “Columbo” in l975, and her late husband, John Cassavetes, cast Peter in “Husbands” and as Gena’s husband in “A Woman Under the Influence,” for which she was nominated for a best actress Oscar, won that year by Sophia Loren for “Two Women.” Peter also did a cameo in Gena’s “Opening Night” film, directed by Cassavetes as

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• Divorce rates are rising again. Think about it: It takes some confidence in the financial aspect of one’s life to file for divorce. There’s the house (Will it sell? Is there any money to divide up?), the prospect of paying alimony (Is there enough job security to make alimony possible?) and the division of assets. The emotional aspect should be included here: If it’s perceived that the bad financial times are over, maybe having a partner isn’t as important now. Even if the news were all bad, it’s still possible to live a secure and contented life in spite of the economic news. Your own money plan should continue as it has for the past few years. Your goal should be to spend as little as possible. Save every dollar you can, ideally in an interestbearing account, until you have your rainy day fund. You should know within $10 what your actual bills are each month. Keep credit-card debt low or nonexistent so you’re not spending money on interest and fees. Take care of your health, reduce stress and get exercise daily. Focus on friends and family, and look for free activities. Keep your vehicle in good shape to avoid expensive repairs. Just don’t let down your financial guard -- not yet. 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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• On July 26, 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Until then there were no post offices in the colonies, so mail was typically left at inns and taverns. • On July 25, 1832, the first recorded railroad accident in U.S. history occurs when four people are thrown off a vacant car near Quincy, Mass. A cable on a vacant car snapped them off the train and over a 34-foot cliff. • On July 31, 1916, future racing legend Louise Smith, who will become the first woman inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, is born in Barnesville, Ga. In her first race, unaware that a checkered flag meant the finish line, Smith kept going when the race ended until someone threw out a red flag. • On July 28, 1932, President Hoover orders the U.S. Army under Gen. Douglas MacArthur to evict Bonus Marchers -a group of World War I veterans seeking cash payments for their veterans’ bonus certificates -- from Washington, D.C. MacArthur’s men set their camps on fire, and the veterans were driven from the city. • On July 29, 1958, the U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America’s activities in space. NASA was created in response to the Soviet Union’s Oct. 4, 1957 launch of its first satellite, Sputnik I. • On July 30, 1971, a mid-air collision between a Boeing 727 and a fighter jet in Japan kills 162 people. At 28,000 feet the Boeing suddenly encountered two military jets. One was flown by a student who had only a few hours of flying experience. Neither jet was equipped with radar. • On July 27, 1993, Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis collapses and dies after suffering cardiac arrest while shooting baskets at Brandeis University in Boston. After previous cardiac arrhythmias, doctors had incorrectly assured him that he could continue to play. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

• To bring out the natural sweetness of corn on the cob, try sprinkling a little bit of sugar in the pot after the water has come to a boil. • If the scar of a cantaloupe is rough or has a stem attached, the melon was picked too early and won’t ripen as well as one with a smooth scar. Also, check the net pattern on the outside; it should be even and an overall tan-yellow color, not green or mottled. • You can remove berry stains from your fingers with lemon juice. Got berry juice on your tablecloth? Here’s E.B. of Mississippi’s suggestion: “Pour a generous amount of milk on the spot, let it soak for 15 minutes or more. Then soak in cold water with soap for an hour or more. Wash, rinse and dry.” • Soak raisins in cold water before chopping so that they won’t stick to your knife. • “Use lined-up celery ribs to create a base for your roast. This way, the juices move around more and the roast never sticks to the pan. I serve the celery with the roast, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.” -- A.T. in Tennessee • Need to chill some drinks for a party fast? Pile on the ice, of course, then add the secret weapon: water. Icy water chills drinks quicker than placing them in ice alone. The heat is transferred from the warm drinks to the water because there’s total contact. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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A: I spoke with Lea Thompson, who played Erica in the original movie, and she also is a little iffy about the remake. “I have my doubts, clearly,” she said, “because they haven’t released it yet although it’s supposedly been done for ages. I’ll be really interested to see it. One of the really amazing things about the original ‘Red Dawn’ is that there were no special effects in terms of computer-generated effects. Everything that happened really happened, which makes it more of a visceral nightmare. Sometimes some things left to the imagination are actually more haunting.” You can catch Lea starting July 30 in Hallmark Movie Channel’s “The Cabin,” where she plays a single mom who brings her kids to Scotland for fun and games, and for her,

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