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• The character of Russian-born navigator Pavel Chekov was introduced in the series’ second season. Walter Koenig appeared in 36 episodes from 1967 to 1969. • Roddenberry used the series to convey statements about morality, sexism, racism, nationalism, violence, and global war. He began by hiring a racially diverse crew, and went on to give the show a strong anti-war message, implications about nuclear war, and other political and social issues. Star Trek gained notoriety as the first American TV show to feature an interracial kiss between Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols. • The name Sulu does not have Japanese origins, but was conceived from Roddenberry’s observation of the Sulu Sea on a map. This body of water touches the shores of all Asian countries. Sulu’s character, played by George Takei, (who appeared in 52 episodes) has no first name in the original series, but a 1981 Star Trek novel bestows the first name of Hikaru. • Due to Mr. Spock’s green Vulcan blood, Nimoy’s makeup had a faint greenish tinge to it, but because the formula was hand-mixed, the amount of green occasionally varied. Rodenberry’s original idea was for Spock’s skin to be red, which would have created many additional hours of make-up time for Nimoy. When an early screen test showed that red appeared as black on 1960s blackand-white TV’s, the notion was scrapped. • The first regular episode aired on September 8, 1966, (two days earlier in Canada), and the last aired on June 3, 1969. In the beginning, ratings were high, but had dropped to 52nd out of 94 by the end of the first season. NBC was ready to cancel the show partway through the second season, but an extraordinary letter-writing campaign was begun, petitioning NBC to keep it. Hundreds of thousands of letters were written to the network (including one from then-New York Governor Nelson

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• The first Star Trek convention was held in January of 1972 in New York City. A few hundred fans were anticipated, but several thousand enthusiasts showed up. Four years later there were upwards of 250 Star Trek clubs with 25 organized conventions that hosted thousands of Trekkies. A 1975 Chicago convention marked the first time that the entire cast reunited, an event attended by more than 16,000 fans. • Having achieved fame as Captain Kirk, after the cancellation of the series in 1969, William Shatner went through tough times finding work during the early 1970s. With no new roles coming his way and very little money, the actor lost his home and lived in a camper on the back of a truck until a few minor roles came his way, which blossomed into higher-paying ones. • Although a popular catchphrase of the series is “Beam me up, Scotty,” in actuality, Captain Kirk never said that phrase to his Lieutenant Commander in any episode. However, other quotes are close – “Scotty, beam us up, “ “Beam me up,” “Scotty, beam me up,” and “Beam them out of there, Scotty.” • Although a specific city was never mentioned during the series, it was established that Captain Kirk was born

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Q: One of my favorite shows was "Orphan Black." Can you tell me more about the actress who played Delphine? Bryan F., via email A: Evelyne Brochu is behind the breakout role of Dr. Delphine Cormier on the Canadian science-fiction thriller, which made its way to the States via Amazon Prime. The series ended back in August, but she still gets recognized on the street. "It's surprising the places where people stop me and tell me that they've seen it and love it," she told me recently. "Everywhere I go, 'Orphan' fans are great. They are so smart and so loving. It's been a blessing to be a part of that group of talented people making the show." She's moved on to another talented group of people: the cast and crew of CBC's "X Company," which you can catch here in the U.S. on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on Ovation television. Loosely based on a true story, Evelyne plays Aurora Luft, the leader of the recruits from Camp X, the real-life first-known spy agency, which worked covertly for Allied interests during World War II. Of her character, Evelyne gushed: "I like that she's kickass and courageous. She puts her life on the line for what she feels is right. It's not always that you get to play these characters that have such a great, tremendous sense of self-sacrifice and justice. The team is super-young, and they have to learn as they go and toughen up. The fact that she's a woman makes her a great asset because she won't be someone to suspect. But it also puts her in the danger zone." *** Q: Can you tell me what Jamie Oliver is doing now? I've always enjoyed his personality, and his tough love when it comes to eating crappy foods. -- Gerry T., Mobile, Ala.

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I can monitor her while I'm out, or even talk to her? -Brian in Alpharetta, Georgia DEAR BRIAN: There's quite a bit of technology coming onto the market that is aimed at helping you spend more time with your pet -- even when you're not home. If you already have a home security system with cameras installed that you can monitor remotely, aim a camera at your dog's favorite hangout spot to monitor what she's doing all day. With new products like Pet Cube, you can not only monitor her during the day, but speak to her and even deliver treats through an app on your phone. Another product, PlayDate, allows you to remotely control a ball through a mobile app and your home's Wi-Fi system. Activity trackers for pets are another new product on the market. Similar to a Fitbit or other smart watches, sensors worn on your dog's collar can track her movements and activity levels, so you can find out whether she's getting enough exercise during the day. While none of these are a good substitute for quality face time with your dog, they can bring you some peace of mind when you're away at work. Send your questions, tips or comments to ask@ (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. Who was the last St. Louis Cardinals player before Jedd Gyorko in 2016 to hit 30-plus home runs in a season? 2. New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra caught three no-hitters -- two by one pitcher. Name that pitcher. 3. In 2015, Saquon Barkley broke the Penn State freshman record for rushing yards (1,076). Who had held it? 4. When was the last time that the Houston Rockets swept a playoff series 4-0? 5. Name the last team before the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016, 2017) to win consecutive Stanley Cups, each time in six games. 6. When was the last time the U.S. men's team lost an individual backstroke final at the Olympics? 7. In 2017, golfer Cristie Kerr set a record for most career points for a U.S. team member at the Solheim Cup (21 points). Who had held the mark?


His cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, ravaged by polio, could not participate in sports that he had once loved -- particularly golf. But Roosevelt was able to swim and he was an avid yachtsman.

PRESIDENTIAL JOCKS Contrary to what the White House press corps may have you believe, the favorite pastime of the president is not dodgeball. Politics, by nature, is a competition, and as follows, many politicians like to take their game to the sporting fields as well. George Washington, the father of our country, was an expert shot and considered to be one of the toughest wrestlers of his era. He was known to eschew church for fox and hound hunts, a nod to his English upbringing. Abraham Lincoln, the other president we recognize on President's Day, was a state champion wrestler and a handball fanatic. This probably was due to the fact that he had very large hands -- and at 6-foot-4 he towered over the men of his day. Lincoln kept in shape, and once was said to have chopped wood for Union soldiers during the Civil War. After several minutes of vigorous chopping, he held the axe straight out and didn't quiver a bit. No soldier, it was said, could duplicate the feat.

His successor, Harry Truman, was a sportsman of a different kind. Accustomed to dealing with gangsters in downtown Kansas City, Truman was known to be a very good poker player -- the type who would drink bourbon with you all night (or morning) long and always keep it together. Truman also was known as being an avid speed walker. In fact, he would often conduct interviews with the press during his morning walks. The press gave up -- they couldn't match his stamina. Dwight Eisenhower's love of golf was legendary. Not only did Eisenhower create a sort of pitch and putt area on White House grounds, he scored a hole in one at a California country club just before his death. John F. Kennedy played football as a youth (so did Gerald Ford, who played center for Michigan in college), and his family was known for their ultra-competitive touch-football games. Still, rumors of Kennedy's nightlife and his penchant for hanging out with the Rat Pack led many in the press to wonder just what, exactly, he meant when he said he only played "touch." Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in New Jersey. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. Carlos Beltran had 32 home runs in 2012. 2. Allie Reynolds tossed both in 1951. 3. D.J. Dozier rushed for 1,002 yards as a freshman in 1983. 4. The Rockets swept Orlando in the 1995 NBA Finals. 5. The Philadelphia Flyers, in 1974 and 1975. 6. It was 1992. 7. Juli Inkster had 18.5 points in her Solheim Cup career. Paula Creamer (19.5 points) also passed Inkster in 2017.

The most avid presidential sportsman was Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt installed the White House tennis courts and even set up a boxing ring so he could spar with anyone who would take up the challenge. He also studied jujitsu and once tossed the Swiss minister to the floor during a luncheon -- no doubt enraged by his neutrality. Now that's a statesman.

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SENSES FADE AS WE AGE Ninety-four percent of us will lose one or more our senses as we get older. A company called Sodexo, a leader in quality of life services, did a study with the University of Ottawa to help those who work with seniors understand how we perceive the world as those senses wane, especially in the long-term care field. The study results offered conclusions and help on topics such as: Hearing -- Most seniors over the age of 85 have hearing loss. Tips: Minimize sounds of heating and air conditioning systems, and provide a background of nature sounds and music. Smell -- The sense of smell starts to decrease at age 60. Tips: Utilize open kitchens so seniors can smell food being prepared. Provide fresh-air ventilation.

Until now. What, I've asked myself, would happen if I fell and there was no one here to help? I've thought about ways around that, including having a neighbor come over. But no, I wouldn't enjoy what has always been a happy solitary task with music blaring. So where do you draw your line in the battle against aging? When do you stop shoveling snow? When do you

Vision -- Weakened eye muscles, diminished vision. Tips: Use high-contrast colors helps seniors navigate corridors and see all the food on their plate. Avoid clutter. Install minimum-glare flooring. Touch -- Each year we seniors lose 1 percent of our ability to perceive vibrations or pressure. Tips: Animal therapy can provide opportunities to touch. Beware injuries to feet, since they often can go unnoticed.

Taste -- Our ability to taste starts to decline at age 40 in women and age 50 in men. Tips: Medications can alter the taste of foods; look for alternative medications. Provide foods with texture, and use a variety of spices and herbs. In addition to the sensory loses, seniors can experience loneliness, which can result in aggression and stress. Help by providing a regular schedule of activities and social interaction. For study results, as well as tools Sodexo created to help us find quality long-term care, go online to and search for "How and Why the Five Senses Matter for Quality of Life." (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Pairing Mexican Haas avocados with citrus fruits takes an ordinary bowl of salad greens to a new taste level. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis

Hass avocados are native to Mexico and grow in the Michoacan area west of Mexico City. The climate and growing conditions are perfect because of the rich volcanic soil. Mexico grows more than 40 percent of the world's avocados and is one of the leading year-round suppliers to the United States.


Check the sticker on the avocado before you buy to be sure you're getting the high-quality Haas type from Mexico. An avocado is ready to serve when the skin turns from dark green to nearly black and yields when pressed gently with a thumb. Firm, dark-green avocados will ripen in a day or two at room temperature, and even faster in a brown paper bag on your kitchen counter. Placing an apple inside the bag also speeds up the process. Ripe avocados can be kept in the refrigerator for several days. You should be able to remove the short stem easily when an avocado is ripe.

Hass avocados from Mexico are prized by chefs because of their delicate flavor and smooth, buttery texture. Mexican Haas avocados provide a rich, creaminess and a distinctive flavor to a variety of dishes. One of the best things about Mexican Haas avocados is that they contain the good "heart-healthy" fats that are so important in a balanced diet. They're also packed with nutrients -- 20 vitamins and minerals, fiber, folate and potassium.

To open an avocado, cut lengthwise around the pit. Gently twist to separate the halves. To remove the pit, place the avocado half on a counter and carefully strike the pit with the blade of sharp knife and twist to remove. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon. To prevent cut or prepared avocados from darkening, sprinkle with lemon or lime juice. Then place a layer of clear plastic wrap in direct contact with the avocado, cover tightly and refrigerate.


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HOMEMADE INSTRUMENTS TO DRUM AND SHAKE When I heard the beat of the drums, I knew I was really back in Africa. It had been years since I taught in a secondary school in the remote Ubangi region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Accessible only by boat or plane, I was fortunate to return recently to this tropical land of mangoes, butterflies and poinsettias as large as trees to see former students, and participate with Congolese women's groups devoted to hygiene, finance, agriculture and clean-water projects. It was the rhythmic welcomes in villages, each drum with its own sound blended with the tones and beats of rattles and voices, that got my feet stamping and hands clapping. The sounds are pervasive. All ages still beat drums to transmit messages, even while others simultaneously dial up their cellphones to do the same. Percussion instruments are universal, really, and at their most basic level play an important part in a child's development. A simple rattle sparks an array of sensory experiences for a baby. No wonder a growing toddler enjoys finding anything that clangs to bang together like cymbals. Later, their fascination may lead them to musical training, which has been proven to increase math scores and self-expression.

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Tidbits of Greater Ft. Lauderdale & Aventura - Vol 9, Issue 5  
Tidbits of Greater Ft. Lauderdale & Aventura - Vol 9, Issue 5  

Tidbits of Southeast Florida is published on the first and third Friday of each month, 24 times a year. Our newspaper is distributed at over...