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It’s birthday time for those born in September! Here are a few tidbits about these autumn babies, both past and present. • • Ed Sullivan was 62 years old when the Beatles made their first live appearance in America on his TV variety show in 1964. Every Sunday night since 1948, this former boxer had promised “a really big show” to his viewers, frequently prefacing his introductions with, “And now, right here on our stage…” The Beatles’ performance made that week’s show the most-watched program in TV history to date. Sullivan’s program remained on the air until 1971. • • Prince Harry, the younger son of Charles and Diana born in September 1984, isn’t really Harry at all, but rather Henry Charles Albert David. The 27-year-old pilot in training is third in line to the British throne. • • “You might be a redneck” if you’re familiar with the work of September baby Jeff Foxworthy. This Blue Collar Comedy Team member also hosts the quiz show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” Foxworthy didn’t start out as a comedian, but rather as a mainframe computer maintenance technician at IBM, a company where his father was an executive. It was his IBM co-workers who convinced him to enter a comedy talent show in 1984. • • Two great football coaches shared the same birthday, September 11, although 11 years apart. Paul “Bear” Bryant, longtime coach of the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide, led his charges to six national championships during his 25 years at the post. Tom Landry guided his Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl
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Laugh Lines! Teacher: If I give you two rabbits and two rabbits and another two rabbits, how many rabbits have you got? Paddy: Seven! Teacher: No, listen carefully again. If I give you two rabbits and two rabbits and another two rabbits, how many rabbits have you got? Paddy: Seven! Teacher: Let’s try this another way. If I give you two apples and two apples and another two apples, how many apples have you got? Paddy: Six. Teacher: Good. Now if I give you two rabbits and two rabbits and another two rabbits, how many rabbits have you got? Paddy: Seven! Teacher: How on earth do you work out that three lots of two rabbits is seven? Paddy: I’ve already got one rabbit at home now!
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victories and five NFC titles during his 29 seasons with the team. He holds the NFL record for the most consecutive winning seasons with 20, from 1966 to 1985. • • Tommy Lee Jones, of “The Fugitive” and “Men in Black” fame, is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in English. While at Harvard, he was the football team’s offensive tackle during their undefeated 1968 season and was named to the first-team All-Ivy League roster. His college roommate also went on to great things. That person was Al Gore, later to become vice president under President Bill Clinton. In his free time, Jones is a San Antonio Spurs fan. Of Cherokee ancestry, he also is fluent in Spanish. • • Country singer Patsy Cline accomplished much in her short five-and-a-half year career. Born Virginia Patterson Hensley, she was a Grand Ole Opry star at age 26 and the No. 1 female artist at 29. Her recording of “I Fall to Pieces” was Song of the Year for 1962. She initially disliked what has become her signature song, “Crazy,” written by fellow country artist Willie Nelson. Cline was nearly killed in a head-on collision in 1961 and cheated death for just one more year. At age 30, she was killed in a plane crash in a Tennessee forest. “Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits” was released four years after her death and has sold 10 million copies worldwide. She’s number 46 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” • • In 1965, Lesley Hornby was regularly in the camera’s eye, one of the world’s first famous teenage models. Weighing in at only 91 pounds (41 kg) on a 5-foot, 6-inch (1.68 m) frame, her ultra-thin body earned her the name of “Twiggy.” She achieved her wide-eyed look with three layers of false eyelashes. • • More than 11,000 teachers applied to the NASA Teacher in Space project for a chance to become the first civilian educator in space. New Hampshire social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe was chosen to be a part of the January 1986 flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger and was scheduled to teach two lessons to her classes from space. Just 73 seconds into the flight, the craft exploded, the result of a failure of rubber O-rings. • • Even if you’ve never heard the name Edgar Rice Burroughs, you’ve undoubtedly seen his creation. Beginning in 1912, Burroughs published 26 novels about jungle hero Tarzan of the Apes. He began writing the stories the previous year after struggling to make ends meet on his salary as a pencil sharpener salesman. Within a few years, he had purchased a large ranch north of Los Angeles and appropriately named it Tarzana. The community that grew up around the ranch goes by that name today. Even though it was Tarzan that brought the fame, Burroughs penned nearly 70 novels throughout his career. • • September-born New York Yankee Roger Maris gained fame when he broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1961. The Babe had hit 60 homers in 1927, and Maris belted out his 61st in 1961, a new record that endured until 1998. Over the course of his 12 years in the Majors, Maris played for four teams and batted in seven World Series. ...continued on next column
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• • Frankie Avalon didn’t set out to be a teen idol. He actually got his start playing the trumpet, recording “Trumpet Sorrento” in 1954 at age 15. His 1959 tune “Venus” firmly cemented him as a singing star, spending five weeks in the No. 1 spot on the charts. He joined up with Annette Funicello in the 1960s for a series of beach movies, such as “Beach Party” and “Beach Blanket Bingo.” Avalon remains married to a former beauty pageant winner he wed 48 years ago, and the couple has eight children. • • Generations of children have benefited from the wisdom of Stan Berenstain and his wife Jan, who together penned more than 300 Berenstain Bears books. The series of children’s stories address a variety of difficulties faced by parents, including teaching children about strangers, tantrums in public places, visiting the dentist and homework hassles. Stan got his start drawing cartoons for magazines and progressed into children’s literature after the birth of his son Leo. • • We know Alison Sweeney as the lovely host of television’s “The Biggest Loser,” a position she’s held since 2007. But her longest-running role is that of Samantha Brady on the daytime drama “Days of our Lives,” a role she has had since the age of 16, one that has earned her four Soap Opera Digest awards. Her first gig was in a Kodak ad at the age of five. She’s married to a California highway patrol officer who once had a guest spot on “Days.” • • Mike Post has made his living composing music for several television programs. If you’ve ever watched “The Rockford Files,” “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Law and Order,” “Magnum P.I.” or “NYPD Blue,” you’ve heard this September baby’s work.
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I Swiped my Debit Card…. and Identity Thieves swiped my money! By George Cravins Identity Theft is no joke. It is serious business. Criminals used to use guns, knives, and crow bars….to break into your house to steal or rob you. Now these thieves are more sophisticated. They simply use YOUR personal information! It starts when someone takes your information and uses it for themselves. They can get it from a number of sources. Recently, there have been a number of schemes where thieves will put a ‘fake’ card reader on a gas pump or an ATM. You swipe your card and enter your pin…. thinking you are simply getting cash or some gasoline. But what you don’t know is that you just gave the thieves your information…AND your pin! The next thing you know, your account has been drained and you have been thrust into the world of Identity Theft. It is an ugly world. And it isn’t going anywhere. In fact it is getting worse.
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Answering Five Questions Can Help You Pursue Your Goals As you strive to achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you may, at times, feel frustrated over events you can’t influence, such as the up-anddown movements of the financial markets. Yet there Dustin Friend is much you can control — once you determine the answers to just five key questions. Where am I today? Take stock of all your assets — your IRA, 401(k) and other savings and investment accounts. Then, do the same for your debts, such as your mortgage and any other financial obligations. On your financial journey through life, it’s essential that you know your starting point. Where would I like to be? Once you’ve established where you are today, you’ll need to identify where you’d like to be tomorrow. How much will you need to pay for the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned? Will you be able to help pay for your children’s or grandchildren’s college education? Will you need to support any other family members? At this stage, you’ll want to write down all your goals and put a price tag on each one. Can I get there? After you’ve identified your goals, determine if they are, in fact, achievable. By considering a variety of factors — including your likely future income stream and your family situation — you should be able to determine if you can attain your goals or if you need to modify them in some way. How do I get there? Now it’s time to put a strategy into action. Specifically, you need to choose those investments that can help you pursue the goals you’ve selected. Your ideal portfolio will depend on your risk tolerance and time horizon, but in general, you’ll want a diversified mix of quality investments. While diversification, by itself, cannot guarantee a profit or protect against loss, it can help reduce the effects of volatility. As you put together your holdings, make sure you understand what you can expect from your investments. For example, growth stocks may offer the highest potential returns, but they also carry the greatest risk. On the other hand, investment-grade bonds can offer a steady income stream and, barring the default of the issuer, will repay your principal when they mature. How can I stay on track? Once you’ve built your investment portfolio, you’ll need to review it regularly — at least once a year — to help ensure it’s still meeting your needs. After ...continued on next column
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As you can see, answering all these questions will take both work and expertise. That’s why you may want to work with a professional financial advisor to help you identify your goals and create a strategy for pursuing them. In any case, though, start asking — and answering — these five key questions as soon as you can. It’s easier to reach your financial goals if you put time on your side. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
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By Samantha Weaver ¥ It was way back in the 17th century when noted Scottish scholar Patrick Young made the following sage observation: “The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.” ¥ About once a week, a frog will shed its skin. Then eat it. ¥ If you’ve watched many old Westerns, you’ve doubtless seen Native Americans scalping their enemies. You probably don’t realize, though, that the brutal practice didn’t originate with the Indians. When the Dutch and English settlers were trying to clear out the natives, they were paid a bounty for each scalp they brought back. The Native Americans adopted the practice only after the Europeans’ arrival on the continent. ¥ The country’s first pizzeria opened in 1895 in, unsurprisingly, New York City. ¥ Those who study such things say that 70 percent of Americans have visited either Disneyland, in California, or Disney World, in Florida. ¥ If you want to have an especially memorable -- and chilly -- vacation, consider heading to Finnish Lapland. There, more than 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle, you can stay at the Kakslauttanen Hotel. The quarters aren’t luxurious, but the sights are amazing. All the accommodations are geodesic glass igloos, offering amazing views of the aurora borealis. ¥ Are you a snollygoster? If so, you’re shrewd, which isn’t a bad thing, but you’re also rather lacking in principles. ¥ When Andrew Jackson was running for president in 1828, his opponents called him a stubborn jackass. Jackson was proud that he was known for obstinately sticking to his guns, so he started using the image of a donkey on his campaign materials. The Democrats have been using that symbol ever since. *** Thought for the Day: “Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts.” -- Leo Rosten (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
Dear Paws: I wanted to add my two cents to the question, “Are pets people too?” I believe they are a big part of a family. Animals are smarter than people. Dogs are the only ones who are so happy to see us when we come home! -- Anna L. M., Melbourne, Fla. Dear Anna: You make a good point! I’ve never seen my dogs mope when I walked in the door; rather, they always are right there to greet me. Pets do enrich our lives, and many of us consider them to be a part of the family. Dear Paws: I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be alive without my dog “Blake.” I’m a senior citizen; my wife passed away three years ago, and most of my children live too far away to visit regularly. Blake sleeps at the side of my bed every night and at exactly 6 a.m. every morning he sits up next to me, licks my face until I’m awake. He’s so happy when I get out of bed that he turns in circles nonstop until I get dressed so I can take him out for his morning walk. At my last checkup, my doctor said those morning walks are helping keep my blood pressure under control and I seem in good spirits. I do enjoy taking care of Blake and he’s the one who kept me going after my wife passed. Blake is family to me and no one can tell me different. Sign me -- Stubborn Old Bob in Palmyra, N.Y. Dear Bob: That’s telling ‘em! Thank you for telling your story. It sounds like Blake is taking care of you as much as you take care of him. Send your question or comment to email@example.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner. com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
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¥ A trio of sewing tips from S.R. in Idaho: 1. “Store patterns in plastic baggies. It’s hard to get them back into their envelopes, and I find that the baggies store just as well. 2. I keep my pattern from tearing by spraying them with spray starch. 3. I also sharpen needles by stitching through very fine sandpaper. These tips have worked for me for many years.” ¥ “It’s almost time for Scouts to start up again. I have been washing uniforms and sashes, and find this trick to be helpful when it comes time to stitch on badges. Put a bit of plain school glue on the back of your badge, place it where you want it on the sash, then let it dry. It will stay in place long enough to stitch the edges. When you launder it, the glue will wash right out.” -R.D. in Florida ¥ Solve the case of the tricky screw: Coat problem screws with clear fingernail polish right before you insert them. They will hold tightly after that. ¥ To keep hair shiny and soft, rinse weekly with a 50-50 mix of vinegar (apple cider or white) and water. The smell goes away quickly, but the softness and shine stick around. ¥ If you have a cracked or otherwise leaking vase that is opaque (not glass), try heating a bit of paraffin wax and coating the inside of the vase with it. Let it harden, and it should be watertight again. ¥ “To keep plywood or thin materials from splitting, I tape my cut line with low-tack masking tape. It keeps my cut sharp, reduces the fraying and it’s easy to remove when I’m done.” -- G.S. in Minnesota 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 email@example.com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
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