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• Dick Clark first gained real fame as the host of “American Bandstand” from 1957 to 1987, where many famous artists, including Prince, Jackson 5, Sonny and Cher, and Aerosmith, got their start. Clark’s first job in the broadcasting industry was at age 16 when he started as a mail clerk at a Rome, New York, radio station owned by his uncle. It didn’t take long for him to move into the relief weatherman slot. During college, Clark worked at a country music station, and after graduation, nabbed his first television host job, that of “Cactus Dick and the Santa Fe Riders,” a country music program. In later years, Clark hosted the game show “Pyramid,” and broadcast “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” live from Times Square from 1973 to 2004, when he suffered a stroke. • “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron started out as a disc jockey at a Haverhill, Massachusetts, radio station. After appearing as a regular guest host on “Good Morning, America,” he became the host of “Hollywood Squares” in 1998, and was nominated for five Emmys. He moved on to “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” a position he held for 14 years. He’s been doing the dancing gig since 2005.

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• Nearly everyone recognizes the face of Pat Sajak, “Wheel of Fortune” host since 1983. But Sajak has a long list of other accomplishments. Born Patrick Sajdak, he started as a radio newsman while still in college, along with working as a hotel desk clerk. At 22, he served in the Vietnam War as a disc jockey for the American Forces Vietnam Network. After a few gigs as a broadcaster and weatherman, Sajak took the helm at the “Wheel.” Sajak was a regular substitute host for “Larry King Live” and “Live with Regis and Kelly,” as well as hosting his own short-lived late-night talk show and a program on the Fox News Channel. He also had a stint on the daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” Sajak keeps his radio roots close, hosting a syndicated radio sports talk show, as well as owning a radio station in Maryland.


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• Before there was Pat Sajak, there was Chuck Woolery, who was the first host of “Wheel of Fortune,” beginning in 1975. It wasn’t Woolery’s intention to host TV shows. After a stint in the U.S. Navy and a job as a salesman for Pillsbury, he headed to Nashville to form the rock band Avant Garde. After a Top 40 hit in 1968, the band recorded five records that went nowhere and became “one-hit wonders.” Merv Griffin chose Woolery to host his new game show “Wheel of Fortune,” where Woolery remained for the next six years. When the show’s ratings skyrocketed, Woolery demanded a salary increase from $65,000 a year to $500,000. His contract was not renewed and Sajak replaced him. After a two-year hiatus, Woolery began his 11 years of hosting “Love Connection,” while hosting “Scrabble” at the same time. Woolery claims that during the 2,000 episodes of “Love Connection,” 22,000 couples met, resulting in 29 marriages and 15 children. He moved on to “The Dating Game” in 1997 for three seasons, and “Lingo,” which aired from 2002 to 2007. • Canada-born Alex Trebek has been the face of “Jeopardy” since 1984. After obtaining a degree in philosophy from the University of Ottawa, Trebek set out on a career in broadcasting, starting out with the Canadian Broadcasting Company as a newscaster and sportscaster. In 1973, at age 33, he moved to America and became the host of a new game show “The Wizard of Odds.” He moved on to “High Rollers” and “Battlestars” before the revival of “Jeopardy.” Trebek took on the hosting job of “Classic Concentration” in 1987 and “To Tell the Truth” in 1991, making history as the first person to host three game shows at the same time. Trebek is a renowned philanthropist, having donated $2 million worth of land in north Hollywood to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and $7.5 million to the University of Ottawa. He also funds a Leadership Award at the University to those who demonstrate community leadership. Trebek has participated in 13 USO tours, visiting American troops on several overseas military bases. In 2014, Trebek overtook Bob Barker’s record of the most gameshow episodes hosted on the same program. At that time, Trebek had hosted 6,829 episodes of “Jeopardy.” • Although Alex Trebek has gained fame as the host of “Jeopardy,” he wasn’t the first host. That honor belonged to Arthur Fleming Fazzin, better known as Art Fleming, who hosted the show from 1964 until 1974, and again for five months in 1978. After starring on Cornell University’s football and water polo teams, Fleming served in World War II as the pilot of a bomber for 3 ½ years. He already had a successful television, commercial, and film career by the time he was noticed by Merv Griffin on a television ad for Trans World Airlines. • Before “Jeopardy,” Art Fleming had already had a run in ABC’s series “International Detective,” and an NBC Western “The Californians.” In addition to 5,000 episodes of television programs, Fleming appeared in 48 movies. During his entire run of “Jeopardy,” Fleming never missed a single taping • “You might be a redneck” if you know much about stand-up comedian and host Jeff Foxworthy. This Georgia-born TV personality started out with a degree in com-

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puter technology and a job at IBM. Making people laugh became more important than the job, and he turned in his resignation. His hosting duties have included “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?”, “The American Bible Challenge,” and “The American Baking Competition.” He’s the largest-selling comedy recording artist in history as well as the author of 26 books. Yet he takes time out each week to lead a Bible study with homeless men, a group that started out with 15 members, and has grown to more than 100. • Can you name all six of the hosts of the game show “Family Feud”? The program debuted in 1976 with Richard Dawson at the helm, where he remained until 1985. After a three-year hiatus, Ray Combs stepped in as host in 1988, and remained until 1994. Dawson then came back for a single season. Tragically, Combs committed suicide in 1996, in the process of being treated for depression. After another pause in production, comedian Louie Anderson took over, hosting from 1999 until 2002, when “Home Improvement” star Richard Karn replaced Anderson. John O’Hurley was next in line when Karn departed in 2006. O’Hurley hosted until 2010 when current host Steve Harvey joined the show. Since Harvey took over, ratings have increased dramatically, moving the show into the top five most popular syndicated TV shows in America.

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* On May 26, 1897, the first copies of the classic vampire novel "Dracula," by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops. In 1890, Stoker published his first novel, "The Snake's Pass." He would go on to publish 17 novels in all, but it was "Dracula" that eventually earned him literary fame. * On May 21, 1927, American pilot Charles A. Lindbergh lands at Le Bourget Field in Paris, successfully completing the first solo, nonstop trans-Atlantic flight. The flight of the Spirit of St. Louis between New York and Paris took 33-1/2 hours. Six men had died attempting the same flight. * On May 23, 1934, famed fugitives Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker are killed when police ambush their car near Sailes, Louisiana. They died in a two-minute fusillade of 167 bullets. * On May 25, 1935, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Babe Ruth hits his 714th home run, a record for career home runs that would stand for almost 40 years. * On May 28, 1937, Volkswagen is founded in Wolfsburg, Germany. Adolf Hitler's pet project was the mass production of an affordable vehicle that could sell for less than 1,000 Reich marks (about $140 at the time). The "People's Car" was based on Austrian automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche's design. * On May 20, 1956, the United States conducts the first airborne test of an improved hydrogen bomb, dropping it from a plane over the tiny island of Namu in the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. * On June 3, 1956, authorities in Santa Cruz, California, announce a total

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* Presidential security was not always as formidable as it is today. In 1913, former President Theodore Roosevelt was walking down a Milwaukee street, heading to a speech he was scheduled to give. A man named John Schrank pulled out a gun and shot toward Roosevelt, who staggered but did not fall. There was no blood evident, and Roosevelt, who was campaigning for a second term, insisted on delivering his speech. When he pulled from a coat pocket the 100 pages on which his speech was written, he saw a bullet hole through the sheets of paper. Still determined to carry on, he gave his speech before going to the hospital, where it was discovered that the bullet had penetrated four inches into his body. After the perpetrator was arrested, it became evident that Schrank was insane; he claimed that President William McKinley had revealed to him in a dream that Roosevelt was responsible for McKinley's assassination. Schrank spent the next 32 years in an insane asylum. * If you see a group of flamingoes together in one place, it might be handy to know that the appropriate collective noun is a "flamboyance."

* Of all the stamps that have been used by the U.S. Postal Service, more have featured George Washington than any other person; so far there have been 305 with the likeness of the nation's first president.

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SEXY SALT Salt has been used since ancient times and in many ways, from a condiment and a preservative to a valuable form of currency. Roman soldiers were paid in salt. The English word for salary is derived from the Latin word "salarium," which means "payment in salt." Salt was once so difficult to obtain that it was the catalyst for several wars.

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4. Toss cucumbers and radishes with parsley, oil and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl and chill, uncovered, about 20 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

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5. The salad can be made ahead and refrigerated.

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TURNOUT IS FAIR GAME It's not something he does very often, but this time President Donald Trump was telling the truth when, in his rambles before the gun nuts -- aka the National Rifle Association Convention in Dallas -- he pointed out that the upcoming midterms will be determined by voter turnout. Turnout is always the be-all and end-all when it comes to any election, but it's particularly vital in this one. The Democrats will get the chance to demonstrate whether they can abandon their usual backbiting and lethargy, and instead channel all the anti-Trump horror into crowds at polling places. Donald Trump is not even on the 2018 ballot. It's a race to control Congress, but he recognizes that if Dems take over the GOP-majority Senate or House, his presidency is in deep doo-doo. The opposition will be empowered to constantly harass him and even impeach him if the stars align. He is well-aware that he needs to create more passion on the right, even for those in the party who are less than enthusiastic about him. They are even less enthusiastic about the Democrats, who are doing everything they can to overcome the divisions that invariably define them. Already, the D's are bickering over whether they'll stick with Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House if they take over. The R's demonize her nonstop, so many candidates in her party are running away from Pelosi as hard as they're running for their congressional seat. If they can't channel their anti-Trump frenzy into voter turnout, then in the words of Rep. Jim Clyburn, a member of Pelosi's leadership team, "If we're still in the minority, all of us have got to go." It is not overstating it to argue that this election, as much as any in our history, will define the United States of America. Even though he's not on the ballot, his fellow countrymen and women will be deciding whether to reject or accept Donald Trump's record as president after nearly two years of racism, misogyny, outright stupidity and autocratic tendencies, as well as his constant lying. Is such a person the one who should continue to lead this country? It's the first chance since Trump had his election handed to him by the feckless opposition, with a little help from his friend Vladimir Putin, for the citizens of the United States to make it clear what we stand for.

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And it's not just one campaign, it's 470 for Congress alone -- all 435 House seats are up for grabs and 35 in the Senate. That probably will make it difficult for the Russians to steal all of them. But those other adversaries of U.S. democracy, the big-money contributors, will be spreading their financial poison over most of the races. Already they are dumping huge amounts. Through hook and crook -- mainly crook -- they can pay for misleading ads that smear anyone they decide they need to oppose. Still, the wild card is the wild man. Donald Trump is impervious to scandal with those in his base. If the opposition can't match their turnout, it will be the scandal that indelibly stains the nation. Bob Franken is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who covered Washington, D.C., for more than 20 years. (c) 2018 Bob Franken Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

for older people. And since it can enhance balance and coordination, those who are trained in the practice may find themselves less likely to experience falling. Tai chi movements help strengthen and tone the muscles in the lower body, and also promote better posture, which aligns the spine, neck and head, relieving pressure on the lower back. A study in "Annals of Behavioral Medicine" indicates that older people who benefit from these strengthening exercises say they feel less limited in their physical abilities, which gives them a renewed sense of self-confidence.

THE GRACEFUL EXERCISE Tai chi, an exercise regimen from China, has been found to be an effective technique for relaxation and a generally safe method to encourage older people to get up and move around. But before I list the possible benefits you may derive from tai chi, let me remind you to check with your doctor before you begin any type of exercise program. According to a number of studies, tai chi's choreographed exercises promote flexibility. It may help promote recovery from falls, an all-too-common problem

Tai chi's adherents claim the slow, gentle dancelike movements make it as effective as yoga in helping them to relax, especially when they feel anxious or tense about a situation in their lives. There is also some evidence that when used in combination with diet and medication, tai chi may enhance blood pressure control. To do tai chi correctly, you should find a class that offers it. Check with your local Y or senior center. Videos may be helpful, too. Be patient. It takes time to develop expertise, but you should have a good grasp of the movements within a few weeks. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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HOW LOW IS TOO-LOW BLOOD PRESSURE? DEAR DR. ROACH: You have written many articles about high blood pressure, but I want to know about low blood pressure. What is normal? What is low, and what is dangerously low? I have a heart issue for which I take medication. I want to know if my blood pressure is too low. -- Anon. ANSWER: Among young adults, only 5 percent of men will have a blood pressure below 110/60 or so, and for young women, it's 90/46. Blood pressure tends to go up with age, so low blood pressure numbers are higher for older adults. For people with healthy hearts, the only time we worry about low blood pressure is if there are symptoms, and the most common symptoms are lightheadedness and fainting. In people with congestive heart failure, low blood pressure usually is not concerning in itself, but because it might indicate that the heart is getting weaker. However, many of the medications used for CHF reduce blood pressure, which can even limit the amount of medication that can be used. In people with blockages in their arteries, too low a blood pressure can cause inadequate blood flow to parts of the heart and cause angina symptoms. The blood pressure is dangerously low when a disease process is causing the low blood pressure. In extreme cases, low blood pressure is one of the most dangerous signs of shock. But in general, for healthy people, low blood pressures are not worrisome. *** DR. ROACH WRITES: I have received more letters about hearing loss than I would have believed possible. Most of the advice was consistent, so let me review what both professionals and people who have been through the process of getting hearing aids have advised.

PURE STUDY RESULTS IGNORE IMPACT OF POVERTY The results of the PURE study ignore the role of poverty in improving health, according to a letter to the editor published in The Lancet. The recently published PURE study argued that high carbohydrate consumption increased mortality risk. The letter argues that these results ignore socioeconomic factors associated with poor health outcomes, including pollution and health care, and that it is misleading to condemn foods such as fruits, vegetables, and legumes. The authors suggest that revised global dietary guidelines focus on efforts to relieve poverty and increase access to healthful foods and health care to improve mortality rates.

First, have realistic expectations about what a hearing aid can do. It does not make your hearing what it was 50 years ago. Loud noises can be painfully overamplified. Second, find someone who really knows what he or she is doing. The people whose technicians spent a lot of time teaching, discussing the different options and adjusting them after purchase were the most satisfied. (The adjustment period can take weeks.) A referral from a satisfied friend could be a good place to start. Several professionals recommended that your audiologist be certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Third, be prepared to spend some money. Good hearing aids are expensive. More expensive doesn't always mean better, but most of my readers felt that the money they spent on hearing aids was well worth it. I'm sure there are some great ones, and some not as great. Many veterans wrote me to tell me about their (mostly) good experiences at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Fourth, try many models. Some people prefer in-the-ear, some over-the-ear. Because it takes a long time to get used to them, you need to wear them pretty much constantly. Both your ears and your brain need time to adjust, so be patient. Finally, several people and one chapter president wrote to me about the Hearing Loss Association of America ( and the benefit they gained from visiting their local chapter and sharing their experiences. *** Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to To view and order health pamphlets, visit, or write to Good Health, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. (c) 2018 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved



Soy products and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts reduce treatment-related side effects among breast cancer survivors, according to research published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Researchers followed 365 cancer survivors and compared symptoms such as hot flashes, joint pain, fatigue, and memory issues with soy and cruciferous vegetable consumption. Higher intakes of these foods lowered the odds of these symptoms, compared with women who consumed little or no soy or cruciferous vegetables. Researchers attribute the reduced risk to better regulation of estrogens, reduced inflammation, and increased intake of phytochemicals found in these foods.

Researchers attribute rising global death rates from heart disease to Westernized diets and lack of nutrition counseling, according to an article in the American Journal of Medicine. The authors cite many factors in the 41 percent rise in heart disease deaths from 1990-2013 including diets with more processed foods, more animal-based foods, such as red meat and dairy products, and fewer servings of fruits and vegetables. The authors reviewed evidence that suggests plant-based diets reduce the risk for heart disease. Results from a survey of cardiologists showed limited knowledge of diet for disease treatment and prevention. The authors suggest improved nutrition training among physicians throughout medical education to curb this disease burden. Subscribe to the Physicians Committee’s Breaking Medical News. Breaking Medical News is a service of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine 5100 Wisconsin Ave. Suite 400 Washington, DC 20016 202-686-2210 Join the Physicians Committee and receive the quarterly magazine, Good Medicine.

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