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• A fourth “Bruce” was made from the same mold as those used in the film. Although it never had a place in the filming of “Jaws,” it was employed at the Universal Theme Park from 1975 to 1990.

between two ships, proved equally dangerous. Italian extras were recruited and separated by political affiliation (pro- or anti-fascist), then put on the two boats, to give the on-boat clashes more “realism.”

• In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror classic “The Birds,” people in a California beach town are suddenly terrorized by swarms of birds. As outlandish as the premise sounds, it was inspired by an incident only two years before where birds in Monterey Bay suddenly began crashing into local houses.

• After separating the two sets of extras according to their violently opposed political affiliations, “Ben-Hur’s” director gave all the men prop swords that had actually been sharpened, again for “realism.”

• Many years later, the strange real-life occurrence that inspired “The Birds” was explained as the result of toxic algae in the birds’ water supply. • In the 1976 suspense blockbuster “The Omen,” a couple (played by Gregory Peck and Lee Remick) takes on the care of an orphan who may literally be the devil’s spawn. The filming of this movie was so crazy it inspired the documentary “The Curse of the Omen.”

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• In Howard Hughes' misbegotten 1956 epic “The Conqueror,” John Wayne played Genghis Khan. Filming was disastrous from the very start, when a flash flood nearly claimed the entire crew of the film. • Later, “The Conqueror’s” lead actress, Susan Hayward, was attacked by a panther. Fortunately, she survived the attack and was able to carry on filming. • Most of the filming of “The Conqueror” took place in St. George, Utah. Heat during filming regularly topped 120 degrees, and, unbeknownst to the performers, not far away in Yucca Flats, Nevada, were the military testing grounds for the atomic bomb. • Eleven atomic bombs were tested in Yucca Flats during filming of “The Conqueror.” Not only were the actors and crew exposed to dusts blown over from the nuclear test site, filmmakers unknowingly shipped 60 tons of the radioactive dirt back to Los Angeles for reshoots.

• The special effects coordinator of the film had the spookiest scrape. On Friday the 13th, 1976, he crashed his car in Holland. When he got out, he noticed the road sign. It read “Ommen, 66.6 km.”

• There aren’t many films more beloved than 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz,” starring Judy Garland. A little known fact is that she wasn’t the child actor the screenwriters had in mind for the part. Their choice for the part wasn’t a child actor at all: W.C. Fields!

• In terms of sheer danger, the film shoot for the 1925 epic “Ben-Hur” (the second of three cinematic adaptations of the novel of the same name) takes the cake. The chariot race in the film is still renowned for its realism, because the race was completely real.

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Dear Dr. Donohue: What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease? Are they the same? -- M.J. Answer: "Dementia" is an encompassing word that includes many different conditions. Those conditions have some similar features that indicate an impairment or loss of important mental functions. The inability to retain new information, getting lost in familiar surroundings, difficulty choosing the proper words to express oneself, trouble doing simple arithmetic like adding and subtracting, the failure to recognize close relatives and friends, and showing poor judgment like dressing for winter in the middle of summer are signs of dementia. Alzheimer's disease, Pick's disease, vascular dementia (dementia due to many small strokes), dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia are but a few of the dementia illnesses. Each of these illnesses has special features that set it apart from the other dementing conditions. Alzheimer's disease is the most common kind of dementia. People often use "dementia" when they mean "Alzheimer's disease." It's best to give the exact name for the illness that is causing mental deterioration. The booklet on Alzheimer's disease provides the signs and symptoms of this illness. Readers who would like a copy can obtain one by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 903W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient's printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. Dear Dr. Donohue: What has happened to the appendix? I never hear about appendicitis anymore. Has the operation gone out of fashion? Or is there some other way to deal with it? -- R.P.

Answer: The appendix is still where it always has been, dangling down from the first part of the colon on the lower right side. Long thought not to have any purpose, it does appear to add to immune defenses and seems to produce products useful for the development of the fetus. We do well without it, though. Appendicitis has not gone out of fashion. It happens with the same regularity it always has. The age group most likely to suffer from it is the group between 10 and 19. Around 250,000 appendectomies are done yearly in the United States. Newer developments in the diagnosis of appendicitis include CT scans and ultrasound. Many surgeons now use a laparoscope to remove it. It's a viewing instrument passed into the abdomen through a small incision. Instruments also are inserted through similar small incisions. Dear Dr. Donohue: I don't think my problem will impress you, but here I go. I refuse to wear a bathing suit in the summer because of all the spider veins on my legs, especially in the area of the ankles. How are they gotten rid of? I heard that tea bags work. Do they? -- E.L. Answer: I'm not familiar with tea bags for spider veins. Other treatments do work well. Lasers can obliterate them. So can sclerotherapy. A doctor injects these tiny veins with a solution that causes them to wither and dry up. I'm sure you won't have trouble finding a doctor who does these procedures. If you do have trouble, ask your family doctor for a referral. Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. yearly in the United States. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc., All Rights Reserved

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Keep Driving Longer Few of us want to even contemplate giving up driving, but we should. We should think long and hard because there are steps we can take to help us keep driving longer. The American Automobile Association has put together a website full of valuable information for us: www.seniordriving.aaa. com. There you'll learn how to: --Evaluate your driving ability: a 15-question

self-rating tool, interactive driving evaluation and links to getting a professional assessment. --Understand mind and body changes: As we age, our vision and hearing might not be as good as they once were. The medications we take can affect us, too. Our reaction times can slow, but there are ways to learn to overcome that. --Improving driving skills: Everyday driving can become challenging for us as we age, and unexpected situations can be downright dangerous. Click on the sections with tips for handling both everyday and unexpected situations on the road. Don't miss the link to driver-improvement courses, especially the AAA's Senior Defensive Driving Program. You can take the class online from home! --Maintaining mobility and independence: One of the best things we can do to keep driving longer is to stay physically and mentally fit. Click on the physical fitness techniques link. AAA has a series of stretches and exercises designed to improve neck, shoulder, trunk, back and overall flexibility. When you consider all the twisting and turning involved in getting in and out of the car and bending to put

groceries in the trunk, it makes sense that we'll do better if we stay limber. If you don't have a computer, have a friend print out the brochures under Tools & Additional Resources.

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 columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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ARIES (March 21 - April 19) A stubborn refusal to go ahead on a project mystifies colleagues who expected more flexibility. But once you explain your position, they’ll understand and even applaud you. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) A relationship seems to be stuck in the same place. Now it's up to you, dear Bovine, to decide how far you want it to go and how intense you want it to be. Choose well and choose soon. GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) A relationship progresses more slowly than you would prefer. Best advice: Insist on a frank and open discussion. What is learned could change minds and, maybe, hearts. CANCER (June 21 - July 22) It's all right to be grateful to a workplace colleague who has done you a good turn. But gratitude shouldn't be a life-long obligation. The time to break this cycle is now. LEO (July 23 - August 22) It's going to be especially nice to be the King of the Zodiac at this time. A recent money squeeze eases. Plans start to work out, and new friends enter Your Majesty's domain. VIRGO (August 23 - September 22) Before you make a commitment on any level (personal, professional, legal), get all the facts. There might be hidden problems that could cause trouble later on. LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) Personal relationships improve. Professional prospects also brighten. A job offer could come through by month's end. An old friend seeks to make contact. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Your senses detect that something is not quite right about a matter involving a workplace colleague. Best advice: Follow your keen instincts and don't get involved. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21) A prospect offers rewards, but it also demands that you assume a great deal of responsibility. Knowing you, you're up to the challenge, so go for it, and good luck. CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19) A favor you did a long time ago is repaid, as a trusted colleague steps in to help you with a suddenly expanded workload. A family member has important news. AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18) A new job offer could require moving across the country. But before you let your doubts determine your decision, learn more about the potentials involved. PISCES (February 19 - March 20) Your sense of fair play doesn't allow you to rush to judgment about a friend who might have betrayed you. Good! Because all the facts are not yet in. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a romantic nature that allows you to find the best in people. You would excel at poetry and drama. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Q: When will my favorite show, "Rookie Blue," be returning for another season? Please say it hasn't been canceled! -- Olaf D., St. Paul, Minn.

A: "Rookie Blue" will indeed be back for its third season on Thursday, May 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Now entering their third year on the job, our five rookie cops have learned to overcome the sophomore curse -- knowing a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Having seen the premiere episode, I can tell you that it is indeed one that fans won't want to miss! Q: I love everything that the talented Sarah Chalke does. When will she get her own show?

A: The only part that is true is that Breckin does indeed have a new comedy called "Men at Work" on TBS, which premieres Thursday, May 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The multicamera comedy, which Breckin created, writes and executive produces, stars Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Michael Cassidy and Adam Busch. Breckin told me a bit about his new show when we spoke the other day: "Honestly, it's a show based on my life and the -- Jason R., via e-mail embarrassing relationships I've A: Sarah is slated to star in the new had. It's about four guys who are ABC comedy called "How to Live all at different stages of their lives with Your Parents for the Rest of relationship-wise, and they have Your Life," in which Brad Garrett each other's backs. It's based on me and my friends." and Elizabeth Perkins play the Breckin Meyer aforementioned parents. Sarah plays As for Breckin making a cameo, he played coy: "I don't know -- we'll see. There Polly, a recently divorced single mom who moves might be an Alfred Hitchcock-like walkthrough. in with her eccentric parents, Elaine and Max. The Hopefully we'll have some better guest stars than show is set to premiere this fall. just me." Q: I am hooked on "Once Upon a Time." Will it Speaking of guest stars, as "Franklin & Bash" gears be back for a second season? -- David T., St. Louis up for its second season -- premiering Tuesday, A: As of this writing, no official word has come June 5, on TNT -- Breckin revealed: "We have an from ABC, but you can bet the farm that the topunbelievable line of guest stars this season. Sean rated drama series, which has smashed viewing Astin plays a superhero. Seth Green and Eric records each week, definitely will be back for Mabius come on as the 'Bizarro' Franklin and Bash. another season. Cybill Shepherd guest-stars. And we actually get to Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, meet Mark Paul Gosselaar's mom this time around, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at letters@cindyelavsky.com. who's played by Jane Seymour. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Novi and be recognized at the Memorial Ceremony. • Area families are encouraged to decorate their bikes and join the parade. Riders should meet at 9:30am at the Holly Hill Plaza, located on the south side of Ten Mile Road, west of Haggerty Road. Helmets are required. No pre-registration is necessary. • New for 2012, family and friends of deceased Veterans may participate in the parade as part of a Fallen Hero Tribute. Signs, recognizing the deceased Veterans, to be showcased during the parade route will be created by Novi staff members. Photos and military service information must be provided to Stephanie Schuetzler via sschuetzler@cityofnovi.org or in

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