Week of August 20, 2012
Vol. 2, Issue 27
TIDBITS® UNCOVERS A Favorite “Child”
by Blue Sullivan
America is a culture that loves good food. The proliferation of successful cooking shows on TV like “Master Chef” and “Chopped” has given rise to the “celebrity chef.” Yet perhaps the most beloved chef since the advent of television isn’t on TV anymore. That’s Julia Child. • She was born in 1912 in Pasadena, California. Her father John was a graduate of Princeton and a California real estate investor, and her mother, also named Julia, was a paper-company heiress. • In her youth, Child attended the elite Katherine Branson School for Girls in San Francisco. She was the tallest student in her class at 6 feet, 2 inches. • At school, Child was known as a high-spirited girl who loved playing pranks. She was also an accomplished athlete, especially skilled at golf and tennis. • Child attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her intended career had little to do with cooking. She wanted to be a writer instead. • “ There were some famous women novelists in those days,” Child said, “and I intended to be one.” Alas, though she wrote often and submitted manuscripts regularly to the New Yorker, none were ever published. • After graduating, Child tried her hand at advertising while working for a successful home furnishings company. It didn’t last long, as Child was promptly fired for “gross insubordination.” • When World War II broke out, Child volunteered for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Washington, D.C. She performed assignments all over the world, including stays in China and Sri Lanka. • While in Sri Lanka in 1945, Child began seeing her future husband, Paul, a fellow employee of the OSS. Child and Paul married after the war in September of 1946. • Paul and Child moved to France in 1948, when Paul was assigned to work at the American Embassy in Paris. It was there that Child’s love for cooking came into full bloom. She was quoted as saying, “The whole experience was an opening up of the soul and spirit for me . . . I was hooked, and for life, as it turned out.” • In Paris, Child enrolled in the world-renowned “Le Cordon Bleu” cooking school. After six months of training, she chose to open her own school with two fellow classmates. • They named the school “L’Ecole de Trois Gourmandes,” which translates to “The School of the Three Gourmands.” • Child and the other two founders of the school set out to create a cookbook of French cuisine that might be understood and employed by regular folk. • The two-volume cookbook was released in 1961, entitled “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” The book was incredibly successful, remaining the bestselling cookbook for over five years. • The book has since become a favored teaching tool at cooking schools throughout the world. Yet there was a time when it looked like it might never be published at all.
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Page 2 For Advertising Call 251-285-4116 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Thomas and Caroline’s relationship continued to blossom. Steffy was determined to have a good time with Liam before his wedding to Hope. Stephanie told Hope that she had her doubts about having the ceremony at the Forrester mansion. Katie had some tough questions for Bill about Deacon. Hope failed to show up to dinner with Liam because she was helping Stephanie tend to a health crisis. Steffy swooped in and took Liam out for a night on the town. Wait to See: A newly tattooed Liam stumbles his way to his nuptials. Caroline questions Rick about his interest in Hope. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Many Salemites were injured in the explosion, including Lucas, who tried to summon the strength to look for Sami. Andrew escaped while Chad assisted Gabi with her injuries. Madison was left feeling jilted at the altar while Brady was trapped in the rubble. Ian took advantage of Brady’s absence and told Madison that he loved her and not Kate. Jack had to overcome his PTSD symptoms to save his daughter, Abigail. Nicole began having excruciating preterm labor pains as Daniel stood by helplessly. Kate felt betrayed after Ian admitted that he used her to get rid of Stefano. Chad saw Melanie and Brady sharing a comforting embrace. Nicole was relieved to learn that her baby would be OK. Wait to See: Andrew confesses. Bo discovers that Ian is hiding something.
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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Daniel kissed Heather after she tried to break up with him. Avery told Phyllis to stop interfering with other people’s relationships. Lauren wanted to tell the police that the gun Paul was accused of using was hers. Cane demanded that Genevieve tell him everything she knew about his sister’s death. Neal and Harmony went on another date, which ended with a kiss. Nikki asked Jack if they could postpone their honeymoon until Victor was found. Needless to say, this didn’t go over well with Jack. Victor was hiding as a homeless person in Los Angeles, working at the docks. Phyllis invited Tim over to her house while Nick was gone. Wait to See: Victor gets a helping hand from a nun. Sharon makes a play for Newman Enterprises. 1. Which female singer had a big hit with “Tennessee Waltz” in 1950? 2. Name the two groups that both had a hit with “Dandy” in 1966. 3. Which Fleetwood Mac album contained “Stop Messin’ Round” and “Dust My Broom”? 4. Who had a hit with “Breathless” in 1958? 5. Name Elvis Costello’s first No. 1 U.S. hit. When was that? 6. Which album included “Only the Good Die Young”? Answers 1. Patti Page. The wildly popular song was even the best-selling song in Japan as recently as 1974. 2. The Kinks and Herman’s Hermits. Both did equally well, although in different parts of the world. 3. “Mr. Wonderful,” released in 1968. Jeremy Spencer, the first Fleetwood Mac guitarist, released his own vinyl album, “Bend in the Road,” on Record Store Day in 2012. (Look on YouTube for a video on the pressing.) 4. Jerry Lee Lewis. The song was on the Hot 100 chart for 15 weeks, as well as the R&B and country charts, and reached the top 10 in the U.K. 5. “Veronica,” in 1989. The song, co-written by Paul McCartney, was on Costello’s “Spike” album. It’s said the song was about his grandmother, an older women with memory loss. 6. “The Stranger,” Billy Joel’s fifth album, released in 1977.
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GENERAL HOSPITAL Sonny asked Kate to marry him. Carly was distraught to find that Josslyn was missing. Sam and Jason made the heartbreaking decision to end their marriage. Dante and Lulu were ecstatic to learn that they were expecting. Luke told Steve that his mother had an accomplice. Josslyn and Alexis both came down with mysterious medical ailments. Starr didn’t understand why Trey was keeping his father’s incarceration a secret. Patrick was determined to cope with Robin’s death without the use of drugs. Shawn found out that Alexis had a crush on him. Johnny feared that Josslyn was paying for his past mistakes. Wait to See: Trey receives a surprise visitor. Anna is close to finding Robin.
• The writing of the book was a grueling and frustrating 10year process for Child and her collaborators. She would spend months trying to perfect recipes for just a single ingredient. She wrote to her principal collaborator, Simca Beck, during her frustration: “I’ve just poached two more eggs and thrown them down the toilet.” • The initial draft of the book was turned down by the first publisher, as were many subsequent drafts. Only after offering it to a different publisher, Alfred Knopf, was it picked up for publication. • Child’s first television appearance was on a humble Boston public television station in 1962. She cooked an omelet on air. After a surprisingly positive and vocal response, she was invited to do a series. Her initial pay was about $50 a show. • Child’s show, “The French Chef,” grew quickly beyond those humble beginnings. Soon after its initial airings, the show was syndicated to 96 stations. The show was both a commercial and a critical hit. In 1964, Child was presented with the George Foster Peabody Award for her work on the show. Two years later, she was given an Emmy Award as well. • “ The French Chef” was produced and directed by Russ Morash. It ran for 199 episodes between 1963 and 1966. • “ The French Chef” was just one of many shows Child appeared on during her long career. Other programs included “Julia Child and Company,” “Julia Child and More Company” and “Dinner at Julia’s.” She was also a regular guest on “Good Morning, America.” • Child wrote many other cookbooks after her initial success. Among these were “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs,” “Baking with Julia,” “Julia’s Delicious Little Dinners” and “Julia’s Casual Dinners.” Many of these were accompanied by their own TV specials. • Julia Child died on August 13, 2004. She was just two days shy of her 92nd birthday. She was remembered by her family and friends as a person of great generosity who loved to teach others. Though she once mourned her “lack of talent,” Child left an indelible legacy in the kitchens of people around the world. • In addition to inspiring both the book and film, “Julie and Julia,” Child’s life inspired an exhibit entitled “Julia Child’s Kitchen” to be installed at the National Museum of American History. • The installation is 20 feet by 14 feet. These were the dimensions of Child’s kitchen in Massachusetts. Though the walls and floor were created for the exhibit, everything else found there is from Child’s own former kitchen. The arrangement of everything found inside was assembled exactly to replicate Child’s original workspace. • There are over 1,200 individual pieces from Child in the exhibit, including equipment housed in the cabinets and drawers. These objects are not visible to the general public, but hundreds of others still are.
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1. LANGUAGE: In English slang, what is a jumper? 2. LITERATURE: What author used the pen name Ellis Bell? 3. SUPERHEROES: Who was the Green Hornet’s sidekick? 4. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of Laos? 5. MUSIC: The film “Rhapsody in Blue” was a biographical movie about what composer? 6. MOVIES: Who wrote the music score to the movie “Jaws”? 7. AD SLOGANS: “You can trust your car to the man who wears the star” was an advertising slogan of what company? 8. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What was the original name of the island that is home to the Statue of Liberty? 9. TELEVISION: What sport is featured in the series “Friday Night Lights”? 10. RELIGION: What is the color of the skullcaps worn by Catholic bishops? Answers 1. A sweater 2. Emily Bronte 3. Kato 4. Vientiane 5. George Gershwin 6. John Williams 7. Texaco 8. Bedloe’s Island 9. High school football 10. Purple
HOLLYWOOD -- In l969, American businessman Kirk Kerkorian bought the greatest movie studio in the world, MGM, and systematically sold it off piece by piece. He sold its back lot to condo developers, its library of classic films such as “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With the Wind” to Ted Turner and even Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers! Hollywood knew it was the end of a golden era. Last year, another businessman, Carl Icahn, muscled his way into what was left of MGM by buying 25 percent its stock. When his attempt to win control of MGM failed, MGM bought 17.6 million of his shares at $33.50 each, totaling $590 million, to send him packing. Last year, the same Carl Icahn tried a hostile takeover of Lionsgate and to oust its controllers. When that, too, failed, Lionsgate paid him $309 million for his shares. Meanwhile, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer was rewarded with a $6.44 million bonus, and vice chairman Michael Burns with a $5.57 million bonus, partly because of the hell they went through fighting off the hostile takeover and also because of the success of “The Hunger Games.” It proved to be such a hit, they’ll not only film “Hunger Games 2,” but they’ll split the third book of the trilogy into two movies, like “Harry Potter” did. “Hunger Games” fanatics will be able to feed their addiction for several years to come! Once, we could look forward to romantic comedies, date movies, spy films and thrillers. Now, all we seem to get is 3D and IMAX epics and comic-book sequels such as the upcoming “Iron Man 3,” “Thor 2,” “Captain America 2” and, of course, “The Avengers 2.” Oh yes, they’ll even be a “Cars 32,” “Madagascar 47,” “Ice Age 27” and 17 more “Snow White,” “Cinderella” and “Puss ‘N Boots” movies. Where will it end? *** Meanwhile, back in the real world, NBC has hired “Smash” executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (who gave us the great musical films “Chicago” and “Hairspray,” plus the TV versions of “The Music Man,” “Annie,” “Cinderella” and “Gypsy” with Bette Midler) to produce a holiday event -- a new production of “The Sound of Music.” Zadan has said, “It’s not our intention to produce a remake of the movie version. That would be artistic blasphemy. What we want to do, instead, is give audiences a completely fresh experience of this great Tony Award-winning stage musical in the form of a classic television event: All the actors will be singing live; there will be no lipsynching to pre-recordings.” No casting has been announced ... hummm, wonder how “Smash” star Katharine McPhee would look in a nun’s habit?
Q: I am so bummed that “Unforgettable” was canceled. I love Poppy Montgomery in just about everything she’s in! Any chance we can convince CBS to bring it back? -- Britney F., via email A: In a rare turnabout, CBS recently decided to un-cancel the procedural drama, which stars Poppy and former “Nip/Tuck” star Dylan Walsh. After the May cancellation, the series was being shopped around to other networks, including TNT and Lifetime, when CBS decided to give it another go. “Unforgettable” will return with 13 all-new episodes in summer 2013. *** Q: Earlier this year, I read about a man who allegedly killed his wife while scuba diving on their honeymoon in Australia. Then I believe I saw an interview with Harvey Keitel, and it was mentioned that he’s starring in a movie about the woman’s death. Is that true? If so, when will it come to theaters? -- David W. in Alabama
A: Mr. Keitel is indeed starring as Tommy Thomas, the father of Tina Watson, whose suspicious scuba-diving fatality made headlines all over the world when her husband was accused of orchestrating her death for insurance money. But you don’t have to go out to a movie theater to see “Fatal Honeymoon”; the movie premieres on Lifetime Television Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (with re-airings throughout that weekend and the next -- check your local listings). *** Q: Who is the beautiful young woman who plays Lilith on my favorite show, “True Blood”? Can you tell me anything about her? -- Bobby R., via email A: Jessica Clark made quite an impression on “True Blood” viewers when she made her naked, bloody debut as the “mother of all vampires” back in July. Jessica herself is a “True Blood” fangirl and was thrilled to get the chance to be on one of her favorite shows. She eventually got used to the show’s “naked rite of passage,” telling me recently: “After the first, second, third take, you just kind of go: ‘OK, I’m naked. You’ve seen it.’ Most of the cast has been through it in some shape or form, so everyone is super supportive. The cast and crew are respectful and professional, but
funny as well. Everyone was like: ‘Welcome to “True Blood.” Here’s another Thursday.’” It also was tough keeping her role as Lilith a secret from family and friends: “It was something the show wanted to keep under wraps, because it’s been building all season. Part of the fun and the mystery of ‘True Blood’ is that you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen. So, I couldn’t tell anybody.” *** Q: Since they wrapped up the Rosie Larsen murder on “The Killing,” will it be back for another season? -- Ron A., Bangor, Maine A: It saddens me to report that AMC has decided not to pick up “The Killing” for a third season. At least we found out who killed Rosie Larsen. PHOTO: Jessica Clark
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Gordon, Kahne Eye Wild-Card Spots To win the Sprint Cup championship, it’s hardly necessary to lead the point standings at the end of the regular season. In fact, Jimmie Johnson won five straight titles (2006-10) without once leading the standings at the beginning of The Chase for the Sprint Cup. In other words, the driver at the top of the board now, Dale Earnhardt Jr., is far from home free. Twelve drivers will be cordoned off, their points almost equalized, for the final 10 races of the season. Until Jeff Gordon won Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400, he seemed a long shot. Now he and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne are in position, albeit tenuous, to make the Chase and compete for the championship. Should Carl Edwards win a race, everything could change. The same is true should Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch or Ryan Newman win a second race. At the moment, five regular-season events remain. What’s important now is making the Chase. The top 10 get in and are seeded on the basis of victories. Two more are added on the basis of victories and ranking in the top 20. “In my opinion, this only puts more pressure on us over these next several weeks, but we’re ready for the challenge,” Gordon said. “This is a great moment for our team because I think we’re really fired up for the next race, and the coming weeks, to legitimately have a come-from-behind season and get ourselves in there, and live up to the pressure of our boss.” Gordon was referring to Rick Hendrick, who said before the season that he expected all four of his drivers to make the Chase. If Kahne and Gordon make it, his wish will come true. Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson are virtual shoo-ins. ¥ It was BritishAmerican poet T.S. Eliot who made the following sage observation: “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.” ¥ Each fingernail on the Statue of Liberty is nearly a foot long. ¥ Filmmaker George Lucas is arguably best known for his “Star Wars” franchise, but he also directed “American Graffiti.” During the making of that earlier film, he designated each reel of film with an R before the reel’s number, and each instance of dialog was prefixed with a D. At one point during the
For the second time in his career, Gordon won a rain-shortened race at Pocono Raceway. He was running fifth when Johnson and Matt Kenseth, racing for the lead, touched off a crash that Gordon managed to get through. A violent rainstorm followed, and because more than half of the race’s scheduled 160-lap distance had been completed, he won. “I don’t believe that’s luck, good or bad,” Gordon said. “I don’t think it was bad luck on Jimmie (Johnson’s) part. The car got loose. I don’t think it was good luck on our part. We were in the right place at the right time. Some people might call that luck. I call that, you know, a hard day’s work of getting into that position for something to go your way and go right.”
With his rain-shortened win at Pocono, Jeff Gordon, at right, has a chance to make The Chase for the Sprint Cup. Gordon and teammate Kasey Kahne are both in a position to take wild-card spots. (John Clark/ NASCAR This Week photo)
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ANSWER: Not often, but enough that plans have to be made to keep checking for such a change. Heartburn is officially called GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease. Stomach acid squirts upward (refluxes) into the swallowing tube, the esophagus. The esophagus isn’t built to deal with stomach acid the way the stomach is. The result is heartburn. Medicines for GERD are many. The ones most often chosen are protonpump inhibitors, medicines that all but turn off acid production. Their names are Prevacid (lansoprazole), Dexilant (dexlansoprazole), Prilosec (omeprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole) and Aciphex (rabeprazole). Up to 12 percent of GERD patients, even with treatment, develop Barrett’s esophagus. The lining cells of the lower part of the esophagus change into ones that are more resistant to stomach acid. That change can evolve into another transformation that is precancerous. That’s
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• The most expensive coffee in the world comes from beans called the Kopi Luwak. These beans sell for $120 to $600 a pound and are sold mainly in Japan and the United States. The beans are found in areas with high numbers of Civets, a cat-sized mammal whose diet of ripe berries creates a unique environment for the growth of these rare beans. • The popsicle was invented in 1905 by Frank Epperson, though its creation was entirely by accident.
leaving a mixture of soda and water with a stir stick on his porch on a night of freezing temperatures in San Francisco, Epperson awoke to discover the solution frozen to the stir stick. He called the resultant fruity, icy treat the “epsicle.” When he patented it 18 years later, Epperson renamed it the “popsicle.” • If you’re looking for something to eat that is about as expensive as a mid-priced luxury car, your search is over. The most expensive food in the world is a type of caviar called “Almas.” This caviar from the Iranian Beluga fish will run you about $34,500 per kilogram (2 lb., 3oz.), a price that gives it the nickname “black gold.” Only albino sturgeons between 60 and 100 years old can produce it, and only those found in the relatively pollution-free southern Caspian Sea. • The traditional method of eating caviar is by rolling it between your thumb and index finger and then into your mouth. If you’ve paid over $30,000, however, you’ve earned the right to eat it any way you choose! • There are expensive foods, and then there are odd foods. In the West, we may be tempted to squash a beatle or cricket in our house, or at least shoo it outside. In many Asian countries, insects are welcome in the kitchen; in fact they’re on the menu! • While coconut milk comes from the coconut flesh, coconut water is the liquid actually found within the coconut. In addition to being refreshing, coconut water has another, unexpected use. • Coconut water is actually an acceptable substitute for blood plasma. It has a PH level that is ideal. It is also sterile. • For anyone who really loves cherry pie, there are reasons to encourage your continued consumption of this wonderful (though calorie-rich) dessert. It turns out that the chemicals that give tart cherries their red appearance have potentially more pain-relieving potential than aspirin or Advil. It’s thought that a diet of 20 tart cherries a day can lessen inflammation and the likelihood of headaches. • Residents of Michigan are especially fortunate in this regard, since Michigan contains nearly four million cherry trees. Each of these produces between 150 to 200 pounds of tart cherries a year. Considering a cherry pie has about 250 cherries, Michigan is a cherry pie lover’s dream.
Vitamin Supplements and Bone Fractures The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported on the relationship between vitamin D supplements and bone fractures. Researchers at Oregon State University analyzed 11 different studies done with and without calcium, which often is given at the same time as vitamin D. All participants were age 65 or older. The study concluded that there is a correlation between low levels of vitamin D and early death in older adults. Specifically, researchers looked at vitamin D levels in “frail seniors,” a group defined by having three of the following five characteristics: exhaustion, slow walking, muscle weakness, low levels of physical activity and unintentional weight loss. “Pre-frail” seniors have two of the above five. The frailest seniors had the lowest amount of vitamin D in their blood. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found “strong evidence” that seniors need both vitamin D and regular exercise to prevent fractures from falls. So how do we get vitamin D? Ideally we get it from our diet (though there’s not much in our food) and sunshine. But many of us live in areas where it’s too cold to continue walking outside when winter comes. That’s where vitamin D supplements come in. Ask your doctor if you need a test to determine your vitamin D levels. Ask, too, whether you are in a high-risk group and perhaps need to have your balance, gait and vision assessed. Getting more vitamin D could be as simple as adding certain types of fish to your diet and taking calcium and vitamin D supplements. Don’t try this on your own because your personal dose will vary. Ask your doctor first.
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MOVIES OF THE WEEK “Battleship” (PG-13) -- This vessel doesn’t even deliver a shipment of cheap thrills. There are no thrills, and everything in this flick is a clear product of a bloated budget. The hero is Lt. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch, who you don’t remember from the bigger-budgeted mega-flop “John Carter”). He’s on this boat with Liam Neeson as his superior. The aliens are heaping eyefuls of computergenerated machines without much menace or intrigue to them. Somehow inspired by the board game of the same name, director Peter Berg gets only white pegs, since every shot he takes is a miss. This could be -- simultaneously -- the loudest movie ever and the easiest to sleep through. “The Lucky One” (PG-13) -- This one fits squarely in the “Another Nicholas Sparks Adaptation” category. Zac Efron’s character was a Marine in Iraq who became fixated on a found-photo of some woman, and believes it kept him alive. He seeks out the girl from the photo when he returns to the states, and finds Beth (Taylor Schilling), a single mother who runs a dog kennel. When he finds her, instead of professing his love (or whatever), he accepts a job helping out around the place. Other Sparks books have been handled better, but this is no “The Notebook.” Efron and Schilling have no discernible chemistry. If you want to hear the sappiest dialog ever uttered with sunbeams and tree boughs framing every shot, you could do better with the Hallmark Channel. “Think Like a Man” (PG-13) -- It may be somewhat standard romantic-comedy fare, but it’s non-toxic and kinda sweet. Drawing from Steve Harvey’s book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” the story follows a
group of men and women with different issues in their different relationships. The cast is a likable assembly of attractive people. The spread-out story is handled well enough that nothing feels lost. All in all, for an ensemble romcom that doesn’t get weighed down in details or depression, this movie has the right mindset. “Darling Companion” (PG-13) -- Kevin Kline and Diane Keaton are a married couple with a fading spark. Keaton’s character forms a strong bond with a dog she finds on the side of the road, nurses him back to health and names him “Freeway.” In a beautiful vacation home in the mountains, the dog runs off, and the affluent middle-aged people must find their dog and probably fix their marriage in the process. It’s about as tedious and slow as it sounds, but maybe inoffensive and accessible if you’re not wholly paying attention. TV RELEASES “Sons of Anarchy: Season Four” “The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season” “Once Upon a Time: The Complete First Season” “Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season” “Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated: Season 1, Part 2” PHOTO: Taylor Schilling, Zach Efron in “The Lucky One”