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November 8, 2013

Volume 2 Issue 45

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FAMOUS GAMES cont’d ● The story goes that a poker game started up on a steamboat. However, the players discovered they had no chips on board. They found some ears of dried corn and shelled them, using the kernels to bet with. In the middle of the game, one player found an opportunity to sneak back into the storeroom where the corn was kept, and in the dark he shelled another ear’s worth of kernels, figuring on sneaking these ‘chips’ into the game. It was unfortunate for him that the ear he chose in the dark was red. No word on what happened to him when he laid these counterfeit chips on the table, but one report states that his comrades tossed him overboard. ● King Kalakaua ruled Hawaii, and he was very fond of poker. During one game a messenger arrived with the urgent news that the natives were restless and beginning to riot. The king declared that as soon as the hand was finished they would all go home. There was quite a large pot, and just after the king put his final bet on the table, gunfire was heard. “Run!” cried King Kalakaua. They all rushed outside and commenced running down the road. When they figured they were a safe distance from the guns, they stopped and finished playing the hand while sitting in the middle of the road. The king won the hand— but only because he mistook a joker for a king in the dark. No one corrected him because he was, after all, the king, and also because he had been losing all summer long.

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● On Nov. 12, 1799, Andrew Ellicott Douglass, an early American astronomer born in Vermont, witnesses the Leonids meteor shower from a ship off the Florida Keys. Douglass' journal entry is the first known record of a meteor shower in North America. ● On Nov. 17, 1869, the Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean and the Red seas, is opened. The canal was only 25 feet deep, 72 feet wide at the bottom, and 200 to 300 feet wide at the surface. Fewer than 500 ships navigated it in its first full year of operation. ● On Nov. 16, 1907, Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory enter the United States as Oklahoma, the 46th state. Oklahoma initially prospered as an agricultural state, but the drought years of the 1930s made the state part of the Dust Bowl. ● On Nov. 14, 1941, "Suspicion," a romantic thriller starring Cary Grant and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, makes its debut. The film marked the first time that Grant, a Hollywood leading man, and Hitchcock, one of the greatest directors in movie history, worked together. ● On Nov. 15, 1957, Nikita Khrushchev challenges United States to a missile "shooting match," claiming that the Soviet Union had missile superiority over the United States. He also claimed that the United States did not have intercontinental ballistic rockets; "If she had," the Russian leader sneered, "she would have launched her own sputnik [satellite]." ● On Nov. 13, 1969, in Washington, protesters stage a symbolic "March Against Death" with more than 45,000 participants, each with a placard bearing the name of a soldier who had died in Vietnam. The march lasted for two days and two nights. President Richard Nixon was deeply angered by the protests, but publicly feigned indifference. ● On Nov. 11, 1973, the Soviet Union announces that, because of its opposition to the overthrow of the government of Chilean President Allende, it would not play a World Cup Soccer match against the Chilean team. It was the first time in the history of World Cup Soccer that a team had boycotted over political issues.

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ESTEE LAUDER cont’d ● By 1948, Saks Fifth Avenue was carrying her creams, followed by Neiman Marcus and Harrods. ● She made a habit of sending her products to all the richest and most famous ladies of the day, correctly guessing that when movie stars and royalty were seen using her products, it would provide valuable free advertising. ● Lauder was the only woman on Time magazine’s 1998 list of the twenty most influential business geniuses of the 20th century. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was inducted to the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1988. ● She was the subject of a TV documentary in 1985 called “Estee Lauder: The Sweet Smell of Success.” ● Estee Lauder died in 2004 of a heart attack in Manhattan at the age of 97. She lived long enough to see her products sold in over 120 countries. They are found at nearly every upscale department store in the U.S. and the company she founded is on the Fortune 500 list. She was one of the wealthiest self-made women in the history of the U.S.

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Two years ago, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. For one year, things were fine, but the atrial fib returned. After five months of hell and reactions to meds, I agreed to have ablation. I was told it was 80 percent effective; I'm in the 20 percent. Now the doctors recommend a repeat ablation. I hesitate, because I have gotten worse since the first procedure. Would you recommend a second try? -- K.S. ANSWER: Atrial fibrillation is near the top of the list when it comes to heartbeat disturbances. It's a rapid and erratic beat. The speed of the beat compromises heart pumping, and its irregularity sets the scene for a stroke. The upper heart chambers -- the atria -- are not contracting; they're squirming. Blood stagnates in the atria and forms clots. Pieces of the clots can be swept into the circulation to the brain, where they cause a stroke. Sometimes, if a normal beat can't be restored, slowing the fib restores adequate blood pumping, but the stroke threat remains. That's the reason for putting people on the anticoagulant Coumadin. Catheter radiofrequency ablation is an attractive choice for restoration of a normal heartbeat. A thin, flexible tube -- a catheter -- is inserted into a groin blood vessel and carefully advanced to the heart's left atrium, where the irregular beat originates. The catheter is equipped to emit high-frequency current that ablates tissue responsible

for fibrillation. "Ablation" means "destruction." One ablation treatment restores a normal beat 80 percent of the time. You fell into the 20 percent group. A second attempt achieves success 90 percent of the time. With those odds, I would jump at the chance of a second go with ablation. The odds are greatly in your favor. If a normal beat is restored, you can stop taking medicines, with their potential for side effects. You also can stop taking the anticoagulant, since the stroke threat will have gone. The booklet on heartbeat irregularities explains what happens in atrial fibrillation and its treatment. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 107W, 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: I have been active all my life. In high school, I played three varsity sports. I am now 60. My doctor told me I have a dropped uterus. Do you think all that physical activity caused it? -- B.A. ANSWER: At your age, many, many women have dropped pelvic organs -- uterus, bladder or rectum. It's called pelvic prolapse. Genes (the go-to reason for just about everything), the number of vaginal deliveries, obesity and the normal diminished production of estrogen at menopause are some of the causes of pelvic prolapse. The most important factor is aging. I don't believe your active life had a role in it. The pelvic organs are held in place by muscles and ligaments. With aging, those muscles and ligaments become lax, and organs drop. If the prolapse isn't causing symptoms, no treatment is necessary.

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For a true homemade presentation, use our trick to remove the crust from its foil pan and place in a 9-inch pie plate: Gently fold back foil around edge of frozen crust and pull slightly on the crust to remove from foil. Transfer to pie plate and thaw as directed. With fingertips, press lightly on thawed dough to mold into shape of pie plate. 1 frozen deep-dish piecrust 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 large egg white 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 pounds Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and/or Gala apples, each cored, peeled and cut into 8 wedges 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1. Preheat oven to 375 F. While crust is thawing at room temperature for 15 minutes, mix pecans, flour and brown sugar in bowl. Work in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. 2. Prick bottom and sides of crust with fork. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Immediately brush bottom and sides of hot crust with light coating of egg white. Reset oven to 425 F. 3. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine granulated sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Toss in apples and lemon juice. Cover with waxed paper and microwave on High 12 minutes, stirring halfway through. Spoon filling into crust. Sprinkle pecan topping over filling. 4. Bake pie 10 to 12 minutes or until topping is golden. Cool on wire rack. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired. Serves 10. ● Each serving: About 290 calories, 12g total fat (3g saturated), 7mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 43g total carbs, 3g dietary fiber, 3g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at

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The wheels of justice grind slowly. It was May 2012 that the capture of "Bobby Thompson" was detailed in this column. Thompson had spent the previous eight years scamming people who donated $100 million to the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. A reporter in Florida uncovered the scheme when he discovered that none of the supposed partners and participants of the charity organization could be located. Now his trial finally has begun. "Thompson" was a real piece of work. He made sure to send lots of money to political campaigns, thus ensuring himself photo ops with the candidates. If you put his name in an Internet search box, you'll find lots of images of him posed next to important people at fundraisers. Except his name wasn't Bobby Thompson. His name was John Donald Cody. He was finally identified when his 1969 military fingerprints were located. Cody was an attorney who'd been in one type of scheme or scam or another for many years ... starting when he went underground, vanishing from Arizona in 1984. Among other things, he was allegedly wanted for: --espionage and theft of client money in Virginia, --skipping out in Arizona after taking client money, --theft of charity money in Ohio and 40-plus other states. In the height of arrogance, he once hired a former state attorney general to represent the fraudulent Navy charity. The sheer length of time this guy evaded the authorities and the amount of money he scammed presses home a serious point when it comes to making donations: Check, check, check before you donate to veterans causes. Here are some of the best sources: GuideStar: Charity Navigator: Charity Watch: Be sure to check the percentage of donated funds that actually go to a cause, as opposed to administrative costs. Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to

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You Don’t Have To Worry Our nephew, an enlisted man in the Army, is heading to a dangerous part of the world for a second tour of duty. His parents and the rest of our family are justifiably concerned for his safety. A businessman watches carefully as a strong competitor opens a business two blocks down the street. Grandma is going to the doctor for her health check-up next week and she is apprehensive about what may be found. Each scenario is an occasion for worry. If my nephew’s parents spend an inordinate amount of time and energy conjuring up all the possible bad things that could happen to their son, they would never sleep because the possibilities for bad things to happen are endless. If the businessman sits and stews about how the competition will cause him to lose his business, he’ll probably lose his house, then his wife will divorce him, then his kids will think him a failure, and worse of all, his mother back in Des Moines won’t let him come home! In the meantime, he won’t have any time to think about the positive things he could do right now to solidify his customer base, expand his product lines, revitalize his marketing, etc. And Grandma, now in her mid 80’s; imagine all the things that could be wrong with here! She probably has all the latest information about some dreaded disease

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that her neighbor died of a couple of months ago and now what if she gets it? She could worry herself right into a whole variety of ailments. These are all examples of the negative self-talk that distracts the mind from focusing on the real problems at hand. Worry is the archenemy of the imagination. You must take those negative worrying thoughts that enter your mind, and change them into problem solving thoughts that will result in a creative solution. You must deny worry a resting place in your soul. What’s important is what you can do today about the problems you face today. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow’s not yet here. Today is what you have to deal with and worry doesn’t get anything done. The next time your mind begins to imagine all the bad things that could possibly happen, take that negative energy and put it to work to solve problems. You will be surprised at how much can be accomplished once the paralysis of worry and fear is crushed. And once you’ve done what you can do, take your stand. Things will happen the way they will happen whether you worry about them or not. Leo Buscaglia said, “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow it only saps today of its joy.”

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