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by Kathy Wolfe Most folks alive in the 1960s remember the “big” events – the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, and the Cuban missile crisis. But how about those lesser-known events that occurred during this fascinating decade? This week, Tidbits focuses on occasions you might not know about that happened during the ‘60s. • An item purchased in 1960 for $100 would be equivalent to about $800 today. So consider that the average income in 1960 was $5,315. This would translate into today’s dollars at $42,520. A new house averaged $12,700, equivalent to $101,600 these days. By 1969, the income was $8,540 and the house cost was $15,500. A new car could be purchased for $2,600, a price that increased to $3,270 by 1969. • Chemist Leo Sternbach was responsible for calming the anxieties of millions of Americans with his invention of Valium in 1961, just one of his 241 drug patents. Valium decreases the rate of brain activity, tranquilizing those areas of the brain responsible for sensing fear. Although it was the biggest-selling drug in the nation from 1969 to 1980, it was found to be addictive, with some users dependent on it in just two weeks. Many users were found to depend on Valium for life’s everyday troubles, as well as difficulty experiencing joy.
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THE 1960s (continued): • The first James Bond movie “Dr. No” was released in 1962, starring Sean Connery in the first of his seven appearances as the British secret agent. Bond creator Ian Fleming didn’t want Connery in the role, and after viewing the film declared it was, “Dreadful. Simply dreadful.” The film’s budget was $1,000,000, and when costs exceeded that by $100,000, the producers wanted to halt production, fearing they would never make their money back. “Dr. No” went on to gross $59.6 million worldwide. • In July of 1963, the U.S. Post Office introduced the Zone Improvement Plan, or ZIP for short, establishing five-digit codes to improve its mail sorting and delivery systems. The code’s first digit designated the geographical area of the U.S., with zero assigned to the Northeast, increasing up to nine in the far West. The next two digits narrowed the area down to sectional centers, with the final two digits specifying the post offices. This was also the time that the Post Office instituted two-letter state abbreviations. Some locations ended up with noteworthy ZIP codes, including General Electric’s world headquarters in Schenectady, New York, with ZIP 12345. Newton Falls, Ohio, has 44444 and Young America, Minnesota’s mail is addressed to ZIP 55555. In 1964, the U.S. Forest Service’s mascot Smokey Bear was so popular and received so much fan mail that he was given his own ZIP code, 20252. • What were folks watching on TV during the 1960s? One of the most popular series was the prime-time soap opera “Peyton Place,” which aired from 1964 to 1969. Other dramas included “The Fugitive,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Perry Mason,” and “Route 66.” On the lighter side, viewers enjoyed the 98 episodes of “Gilligan’s Island,” along with “Hogan’s Heroes,” and “The Monkees.”
Because I called ahead, they were able to treat him immediately, and he recovered without any lasting problems. I hope my experience can help other pet owners as the busy, distracting holiday season descends on us. -- Relieved Mom in Pittsburgh DEAR RELIVED MOM: It certainly can! Thank you for sharing your experience. Keeping the emergency veterinarian’s number close by -- added to a mobile phone’s contact list, written next to other key numbers on the refrigerator -- is very important during holidays, when many vets’ offices are closed. And of course, because holiday gatherings can be distracting, it may be best to keep pets in a secure, comfortable area away from loud noise and tempting foods. Send your questions or pet care tips to ask@ pawscorner.com. (c) 2016 King Features Synd., Inc
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Online at www.lovemytidbits.com THE 1960s (continued): • The space adventures of the starship Enterprise on the NBC series “Star Trek” began on September 8, 1966 and continued for 79 episodes, with the last airing on June 3, 1969. Despite a fans’ letter-writing campaign, NBC cancelled the series, which achieved a much larger viewer audience afterward, when it entered syndication. Fans who became known as “Trekkies” organized conventions to honor the cult classic, which eventually became the most popular syndicated series. • A popular 1994 movie tried to convince us that Forrest Gump was responsible for the invention of the “smiley face” when he wiped his mud-splattered face on a yellow T-shirt. In reality, the image was the creation of American graphic artist Harvey Ross Ball. Ball was hired in 1963 to create an illustration to raise morale among the employees of an insurance company that had undergone several arduous mergers and acquisitions. He designed the image in less than 10 minutes, receiving $45 for his labors. The State Mutual Life Assurance Company issued posters, buttons, and signs embellished with the smiley face, trying to get their workers to smile more. • On January 15, 1967, the Green Bay Packers teamed up against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the very first Super Bowl. Forty million viewers crowded around their television to watch the inaugural sporting event. (Contrast this with the nearly 115 million viewers who watched Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, the most-viewed television broadcast of any kind in American history.) Halftime entertainment was provided by the marching bands from the University of Arizona and Grambling State University, trumpeter Al Hirt, and 300 pigeons, along with a release of 10,000 balloons. The Packers defeated the Chiefs by a score of 35 to 10.
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Trinket Box Q: I have a small trinket box that is marked “M. Horn 1883.” I assume it must be quite old and wonder if you can tell me more about it. -- Susan, Dayton, Ohio A: It’s not as old as you might imagine. The company that manufactured your box was based in Eastland, Texas, and operated for at least two years beginning in 1952. According to Lehner’s Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay by Lois Lehner (Collector Books), the small company specialized in vases, console sets, candy boxes and other items it marketed as art china. *** Q: I have an early edition of “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. Is it valuable? -- Ken, Topeka, Kansas A: The first edition of “Gone With the Wind” was published in New York in 1936 and is marked “Published May, 1936.” The cover is gray cloth, and the original cover featured other Macmillan titles on the back panel. Most first editions I’ve seen are priced in the $5,000 to $10,000 range, depending on condition and if it has its cover. If you have a first edition and wish to sell, you should contact a good rare book dealer. ***
Q: I have a collection of the proceedings of the national conference of the VFW that was held in Chicago, New York and St. Louis during the years 1937-1945. All are illustrated with pictures of the officers, speakers, attendees and so forth. Are these items worth anything? -Richard, Clarkston, Michigan A: You might contact the national headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The address and telephone number are 408 West 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111; and 816-7563390. *** Q: I am sending you a picture of a table that has a sticker indicating it was manufactured in Rochester, New York. It also is stamped with the number “300.” I would like to know what the number means and what my table is worth. -- Ruth, Gloucester, Massachusetts A: The “300” indicates the production model number. I suggest you contact used furniture and antique dealers in your area to determine its value. Write to Larry Cox in care of KFWS, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, or send e-mail to email@example.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox cannot personally answer all reader questions, nor does he do appraisals. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.
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For Advertising Call or Text 740-441-7633 THE 1960s (continued): • There have been health warnings on cigarette packages since 1965, when the U.S. Congress passed the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act, requiring “Caution: Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health” to be printed on every package. The act also banned cigarette ads on broadcast media. • Most likely, the name Douglas Engelbart is unfamiliar to you, yet you probably use his invention every single day. In 1967, Engelbart applied for a patent for an “X-Y position indicator for a display system,” which consisted of a wooden shell with two metal wheels. Its purpose was to link to a computer’s cursor, allowing the user to position the cursor on the screen. One of the wheels was horizontal, the other vertical. So what was the invention? The computer mouse! Prior to Engelbart’s device, computer operators had to type codes and commands to make things happen. Engelbart never received any royalties for his invention. • Musical artists have been pictured on the cover of the Rolling Stone since November 9, 1967, when the magazine first hit the newsstands. The inaugural issue featured John Lennon on the cover. Tina Turner graced the cover of the second issue. The magazine was founded in San Francisco by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine’s publisher, along with a partner, music critic Ralph Gleason. Wenner borrowed $7,500 from his parents to establish the publication, and took the title from the 1950 blues song “Rollin’ Stone,” recorded by Muddy Waters, from the rock band The Rolling Stones, and from Bob Dylan’s hit “Like a Rolling Stone.” The first issue included stories about the Grateful Dead, David Crosby, The Who, Pink Floyd, and Donovan, and could be purchased for 25 cents.
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The Sacking of Romo There is something undeniable about Tony Romo. He is all but universally beloved by anybody who has ever coached or played with him. As the franchise face for America’s Team, his mug gets plastered on both sporting and celebrity gossip magazines alike. But you know, he’s got a bad back and he has yet “to win the big one.” “Yet to win the big one” is perhaps the most damning thing you can say about an NFL quarterback, particularly when you’re a Dallas Cowboy and have to live up to legendary names like Don Meredith, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. And it’s something that Romo has heard a lot. People are always unsure about him. Is he a fearless playmaker, or is he a guy who makes bad decisions and refuses to stick to the script? Well, we may never know that answer, at least not in Dallas, because a new story is being written there as we speak by Rayne Dakota “Dak” Prescott. Prescott is accustomed to rewrites. He rewrote Mississippi State’s record book, setting 38 school records and setting the record for most passing yards in Orange Bowl history. Picked in the fourth round by the Cowboys in 2016, he broke the rookie record for most completions without an interception as a rookie, a record once held by a guy named Tom Brady ... a guy who didn’t break 38 records at Michigan. Prescott plays like the pro he is every week, he plays as if he’s been there before, and he plays like a leader who will take you places that you’ve never been before. When you can orchestrate not one, but two game-winning full-field drives to come from behind at Pittsburgh, you are treading on untouched real estate. But that is, of course, exactly what Prescott did. The Cowboys as a franchise know how to deal with the press. While more than a few players aren’t smart enough to keep their names out of the police blotter, they know better than to tip their hand regarding the quarterback situation. “I’ll let those in charge of making that decision make that decision” is the common refrain. The team’s largerthan-life owner is a near-obsessive fan of Tony Romo. (He has gone on record saying that he would be heartbroken if he didn’t win Romo a championship. Huh? Shouldn’t that be the other way around?) Even he had to begrudgingly admit that the team had to go with “the hot hand.” The aforementioned hand is Prescott’s, and no doubt about it, it is scorching hot. Romo may be burning to get back into the game, but with each passing win -- and I do mean “passing” win -- the more it appears that we will be seeing Romo in another uniform come next fall. Time waits for no one, and in the NFL, you’re only as good as your backup’s first game. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in New Jersey. (c) 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.
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This super simple coffee cake is celebrity Tyra Banks’s family recipe. 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1. Heat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt and nutmeg until no lumps remain. Stir in vegetable oil. Reserve 1 1/2 cup mixture for topping; set aside. 2. Into mixture in large bowl, stir baking powder, baking soda, eggs, buttermilk and cinnamon to topping. Spread batter in greased 13-inch by 9-inch pan; sprinkle with topping. Bake 45 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www.goodhousekeeping.com/ recipes/. (c) 2016 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved
* On Dec. 5, 1839, Gen. George Armstrong Custer is born in Harrison County, Ohio. Although he is best known for his demise at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Montana, in 1876, Custer built a reputation as a dashing and effective Union cavalry leader during the Civil War. * On Dec. 10, 1869, motivated by interest in free publicity, Wyoming territorial legislators pass a law granting women the right to vote. Area men hoped women would be more likely to settle in the rugged and isolated country if they could vote. * On Dec. 6, 1884, in Washington, D.C., workers place a 9-inch aluminum pyramid atop a tower of white marble, completing the construction of a monument to the city’s namesake, George Washington. * On Dec. 9, 1917, after Turkish troops withdrew after only a single day of fighting, officials of the Holy City of Jerusalem offer the keys to the city to British troops, who promised to protect all religious shrines. * On Dec. 11, 1946, the U.N. votes to establish the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to help provide relief to children in countries devastated by World War II. The United States has never ratified the treaty. * On Dec. 7, 1989, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard triumphs over a lackluster Roberto Duran in a unanimous 12-round decision in Las Vegas. Leonard, an Olympic gold medalist, became a boxing sensation in the 1980s. * On Dec. 8, 1993, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is signed into law by President Bill Clinton. NAFTA, a trade pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico, eliminated all tariffs and trade restrictions. NAFTA was criticized by businessman Ross Perot, who argued that Americans would hear a “giant sucking sound” of U.S. companies fleeing to Mexico and taking jobs with them.
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* A holiday reminder: Freezy equals flaky when it comes to baked goods. Pie crusts, biscuits, even shortbread cookies turn out better when you keep ingredients very cold (not actually frozen, though). For items that you want soft and light, like cakes, let ingredients (butter, eggs) come to room temperature for best results. * Recipe substitution: For ricotta in Italian pasta dishes, try pureeing cottage cheese instead. * “Add a shake or two of cinnamon to chili this season. It really enhances the flavor, and my family has enjoyed great renown locally for our recipe.” -- E.L. in Texas * You can refill your foaming hand soap by watering down budget shampoo. Really. It’s super-cheap, smells great and lasts forever. If you don’t have a foaming hand soap dispenser, cut down on the amount of soap that comes out with each pump by wrapping a rubber band around the pump. * Here’s an easy DIY decoration that really makes a table -- candles. Simply wrap the label area of your empty wine bottles with your favorite wrapping paper of the season, then stick a tapered candlestick into the top. Surround with painted pinecones for a beautiful centerpiece. * “Use a hole punch and ribbon to add Christmas cards to your display. They can double as ornaments, or look great hanging from a bannister or around a doorway.” -- A.V. in Kentucky Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. (c) 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Alone for the Holidays
What are your plans for the holidays? Big celebration with lots of family flying in from many locations? Having holiday dinners at the home of a child who’s now taken over those duties? Jetting off on a lavish vacation? Or will you be alone over the holidays? Some of us dread the holidays, not only because we’ll be alone, but because they’re not what they used to be ... children grown and gone, grandchildren too far away. The key for many of us to get through the holidays is to stay busy. Here are a few ideas: * Check the calendar at the local senior center and mark the events you’d like to attend. Especially consider going on any trip they’ve organized. Daytrips can be a great break, and you don’t have to drive. * Make calls now about volunteering, before all the positions are filled. Santa fund organizations often need people to deliver children’s gifts if the parents have no car, or you can sort and wrap toys. Many churches host free holiday dinners and need cooks or servers. Does the humane society need dog walkers to fill in? The hospital might need extra help, even if you don’t have a medical background. Even the library might need help keeping books shelved. * Look in the newspaper for free holiday performances and take a friend along. Put an ad in the paper offering pet care. Many people don’t want to board their cats or dogs. Offer to lead a singalong at a rehab center or children’s hospital wing. Load up the car with friends who don’t drive and go see the Christmas lights. * Don’t pack every day with nonstop activities, however. Take some time to yourself to rejuvenate, kick back, read, snack on holiday treats or watch movies on TV. (c) 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Another ‘Gift’ From Vietnam
Just when we thought we had a handle on the consequences of our service in Vietnam -Agent Orange -- we now have another potential killer on our hands. Bile duct cancer, known as cholangiocarcinoma, can appear 25-40 years after eating raw fish in Asian countries. The fish contain small worms called liver flukes that burrow into the liver ducts, where they remain, causing inflammation for many years until the liver can turn cancerous. The Department of Veterans Affairs has turned down most of those who apply for benefits -- generally the widows of veterans who have died of this cancer. It’s difficult to pinpoint something that happened so long ago, especially something as oddball as eating the wrong kind of fish or wading in the wrong body of water. The denials of benefits run the standard gamut. However, it’s now coming to light as more veterans are being affected, and the VA can’t ignore it. Lesser complications from fluke exposure can include cirrhosis, liver bile-duct stones and hepatitis. If you ate the fish, swam in the water, cooked or made Kool-Aid with unsterilized water, are getting jaundiced or are losing weight for no obvious reason, go to the VA immediately. Diagnosis can be tough. This isn’t generally considered an American cancer, but it’s now beginning to receive some attention, especially if you go to a VA doctor. If you are a Vietnam veteran who has been diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma or have been denied benefits for it, make a note of these links: www.va.gov/vetapp12/files1/1206119.txt www.va.gov/vetapp11/files5/1144474.txt Both of these are appeals that were decided in favor of the veteran. The text of the 2012 appeal says that they “support a finding that the veteran’s cholangiocarcinoma was due to liver fluke exposure in Vietnam.” (c) 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.
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