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TIDBITS® GETS A LITTLE BIT POLITICAL by Patricia L. Cook This Tidbits shares some interesting election trivia.





happening shortly in the United States, maybe it is time for some election news you may not have heard; funny, sad, and maybe a bit absurd! • The youngest man elected president was John Kennedy who was 43. Most Americans are aware of that news but did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was actually younger, 42, when he was elevated to president from vice president? He filled the position when William McKinley was assassinated. • The oldest president elected was Ronald

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Reagan who was 69. Reagan and Gerald Ford were the two presidents who lived the longest after serving, both living to age 93. •

Young Grover Cleveland was only nineteen,

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run for the presidency in 1856. After Buchanan, there would not be another Democrat in the White House until Cleveland himself was elected 28 years later in 1884! Buchanan was the only president that never married. • Reagan was the only president who had been divorced. Five presidents remarried after their wives died, two of them, John Tyler and Woodrow Wilson, while they were in office.

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Tidbits® of Salina ELECTIONS (continued): • Six U.S. presidents had no children. John Tyler had the most, fifteen! Tyler was called “His Accidency” by opponents, being the first vice president called to fill the office of president by the death of his predecessor, William Henry Harrison. Harrison died of pneumonia after only being in office 32 days, the shortest term of any U.S. president. • There have been short and tall presidents, with James Madison the shortest at only 5’4” (1.62 m). Abraham Lincoln was the tallest at 6’4” (1.93 m), with Lyndon Johnson only a ½ inch (1.27 cm) under him. James Madison was also the lightest president, weighing only about 100 pounds (45.36 kg). William Howard Taft was the heaviest at about 300 pounds (136 kg) and actually had a bathtub installed in the White House that would fit four normal sized men! •

1. LANGUAGE: What is the meaning of the Latin prefix “demi”? 2. HISTORY: Who wrote the political book “The Prince” during the Renaissance? 3. ASTRONOMY: What phase of the moon is opposite of crescent? 4. LITERATURE: What was the real name of the author who assumed the pen name of George Orwell? 5. ART: What are the three primary colors? 6. MUSIC: What is indicated by the musical notation “estinto”? 7. GEOGRAPHY: What state lies directly east of Utah? 8. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the traditional birthstone for June? 9. MEASUREMENTS: The watt, a unit of electrical power, was named for what famous inventor? 10. ETIQUETTE: Properly speaking, who should host a wedding shower for a bride?

His size was not the most unusual thing or

memorable trivia about William Howard Taft, it was his activity after he was president. He served as a Professor of Law at Yale until President Warren G. Harding selected him to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court eight years after his service as president, in 1923. In 1925, Calvin Coolidge was the first and only president to be sworn in by a former president. • Taft, said that his greatest honor was serving as Chief Justice. He wrote: “I don’t remember that I ever was President.” •

When the government for the United States of

America was first formed, there were no political parties. George Washington served as president with no political party affiliation. •

The first political parties for the U.S. started

in the late 1700s. On February 12, 1798, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “Two political sects have arisen within the U.S., the one believing that the executive is the branch of our government which the most needs support; the other that like the analogous branch in the English government, it is already too strong for the republican parts of the Constitution.” The former were called federalists, sometimes monocrats and sometimes aristocrats, sometimes tories like the corresponding group in the English

PHOTO: Michael Fassbender Q: I love MTV’s original comedy “Awkward.” I missed some episodes of season two. Is it on DVD yet? Also, where there be a third season? -- Amy T., via e-mail A: You’re in luck on both counts. Aside from being able to watch full episodes on and, seasons one and two are available on DVD. The show has been granted a super-size season three, which will consist of 20 episodes instead of the previous 12 episodes each of the previous two seasons. Look for season three to premiere in summer 2013. *** Q: I just heard about the death of one of my favorite directors, Tony Scott. I couldn’t find any information on the

definite cause or reason for his death. Do you know what happened? -- Felix S., Vancouver, British Columbia A: The results of Tony’s autopsy were recently released, with the cause of death being multiple blunt-force injuries, which were sustained when he jumped off a Los Angeles bridge on Aug. 19. The official ruling is suicide, as no foul play was suspected or discovered. There was also no evidence of an inoperable brain tumor -- as some sources were citing as the reason he killed himself -- putting to rest those rumors that his family vehemently denied from the get-go. Tony, who was 68 at the time of his death, had recently announced his intent to develop a “Top Gun” sequel, and was with Tom Cruise just days prior to his death scouting locations for the movie. There is no word yet on whether the movie will be made without Tony. *** Q: “Assassin’s Creed” is one of my favorite video games, and my roommate heard that it’s going to be made into a movie. Is that true? -- Douglas W., via e-mail A: Development of a big-screen version of the popular video game is moving forward, with Michael Fassbender set to star as Desmond Miles, a man who comes from a long line of assassins but tries to lie low and maintain a more common lifestyle as a bartender. Since it’s still early in the development process, there’s no word on co-stars or a release date. However, I can tell you that it will be shot in 3-D. *** Q: My husband and I are curious as to what happened to Lisa, who was one of the “Ice Road Truckers” on the History Channel last year. We’re hoping she didn’t crash. -- Bonnie and George H., via e-mail A: Lisa Kelly is alive and well, and taking a year off. Producer Thom Beers told a group of reporters: “We offered her a contract to return, and she chose not to. (We’d) love to have her, (but) she’s taking a year off. The thing we liked about her more than anyone else -- she’s the one person of them all who showed real fear. I wish her luck, and I wish she was back.” Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at letters@

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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 ELECTIONS (continued): government. The latter were called republicans, whigs,





disorganizers. • When the U.S. Constitution was written, there was no mention of political parties. Most of the framers


of the document hoped that no political parties would form. They hoped the new country would be such that everyone would just “get along!” (agree!) • The current two party system, with Democrats and Republicans, has been part of the political system in the U.S. for years. The first party was originally formed from many of the advisers that George Washington consulted with. Oddly the first political party, started in 1792, was called the Democratic-Republican Party. • Many changes have happened with the political parties through the years. Smaller parties have tried to gain power but have never been very successful. The Republicans and Democrats are

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still the main newsmakers. •

Canada has also been a country dominated

by two political parties, today the Liberal and Conservative parties. An interesting time in Canadian history was when there were seven distinct political parties in the legislature in 1854. •

The Canadian parties at the time were four

groups from Northern Canada: 1) the Tories, 2) moderate Conservatives, led by the first Prime Minister of Canada, John A. Macdonald, known as “Sir John A.,” 3) Baldwin Reformers, who were

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moderate Liberals, 4) and the Radical or advanced Liberal party, known as the “Clear Grits.” The other three parties were from Lower Canada. They were: 1) Parti Bleu, the majority of the French Canadians,

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considered a liberal party even though most French Canadians were conservative, 2) the Parti Rouge, which was a small party of French Canadian Liberals, some who were rather radical, and lastly, 3) an English-speaking minority in Lower Canada. • People all over the world get fed up with politics. At a parliamentary election in Naples, Italy in 2008, a 41-year-old man ate his ballot in protest to the country’s politicians! He was charged with destroying election materials. • In 2004, a woman in England was fined for trying to register her cows, Henry and Sophie Bull and her dog, Jake Woofies, as voters. Her barn was listed as a separate property and when forms

“Totally Mad: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity” edited by John Ficarra (Time Home Entertainment, $34.95) Reviewed by Larry Cox Mad magazine was the brainchild of Bill Gaines, who inherited financially troubled Educational Comics after the death of his father. With the company more than $100,000 in debt, it didn’t take a genius to realize that titles such as “Bouncy Bunny in the Friendly Forest” were not a pathway to financial salvation. Slowly, the idea for a humor magazine began to take shape. In 1952, Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman launched a comic book, which expanded into a magazine three years later. Despite its original cover price of just 10 cents, it became one of the country’s most imitated and influential satirical publications -- famous for its biting wit and groundbreaking parodies. At its peak, Mad magazine had a circulation of more than 2 million copies a month. During Gaines’ reign, the magazine hardly changed at all. Each month, it contained 48 black-and-white pages printed on uncoated paper. Even though cheap imitations occasionally surfaced, no other publication could match its wacky content. If the magazine had a cover boy, it was Alfred E. Neuman. Kurtzman saw a postcard in 1954 depicting a grinning halfwit kid with the caption “Me Worry?” Intrigued, he added the character to the publication and even featured Neuman on the cover as a write-in candidate for president in 1956. (Spoiler alert: Neuman lost, but was such an outrageous hit that his image returned in the next issue as an addition to Mount Rushmore.) Although most of the featured items in this book are decades old, many still retain their original bite and focus. For example, “The Odd Father,” a takeoff on “The Godfather,” “Rockhead” (“Rocky”), “Saturday Night Feeble” (“Saturday Night Fever”) and “M*U*S*H” (“M*A*S*H) still are laughout-loud funny. A special bonus of 12 removable classic Mad cover prints are enclosed inside the book’s back cover, including one of a grinning, gap-toothed Alfred E. Neuman. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Firewood Tips Q: Last year, we ordered a cord of firewood, but the weather was so warm that we barely used half of it in our fireplace. Is the remaining half still good to use this winter? -- Frank in Marlborough, Mass. A: Stored correctly, firewood can last for several seasons if need be, so your remaining half-cord should be fine for use this winter. It has continued to season and is probably much drier than it was last year, meaning it will likely catch and burn faster. Large amounts of firewood that will be stored through the winter and into the next cold season generally should be kept several feet from the house at minimum. The wood should be kept off the ground -loaded on a pallet or a storage rack -- and

PHOTO: George Clooney HOLLYWOOD -- George Clooney believes in giving back by helping people in need. Among his many causes are “Not On Our Watch,” to stop and prevent mass atrocities, and a 2010 telethon, “Hope For Haiti Now,” to aid earthquake victims. He even got arrested to call attention to atrocities in the Sudan. But his most ambitious undertaking to date is as a board member and co-chairman of “We Take Care of Our Own,” which is trying to raise $350 million for The Motion Picture and Television Fund. The Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Calabasas, Calif., is one of the facilities that show-business people go to for care. Three years ago, it nearly closed some of its facilities due to financial problems. Since February, the charity has raised nearly $240 million. Producer Barry Diller and his wife, Diane Von Furstenberg, gave $30 million,

stacked evenly. This creates good airflow between the logs, allows it to dry quickly after a rain storm, and reduces the number of insects that take up residence in the stack, as well as discourages rodents from creating nests in it. How much firewood you should purchase and store each year is entirely up to you. I’ve often passed homes in the Northeastern countryside that have several cords of neatly cut wood stacked underneath the crawlspace of outlying barns, sheds, or sometimes even the houses themselves. In suburban and urban areas, this is probably not acceptable to the neighbors or may violate local ordinances. Plan to have no more than two winters’ worth of firewood stacked near your house. The amount depends on how much you use your fireplace, and whether it is a necessity to warm the home or just a decorative element. HOME TIP: Order firewood from a source as close to your home as possible, to prevent pests -- particularly tree-killing insects -moving from one area or region to another. Send your questions or tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. as did producer Steve Bing. Media mogul Rupert Murdock, and Anne and Kirk Douglas each gave $20 million. Tom Cruise, the Fox Entertainment Group, producer-director-screenwriter Todd Phillips, producer Joe Roth and many other industry heavy hitters have contributed large, undisclosed amounts. A few weeks ago, the founders of DreamWorks, Jeffrey Katzenberg (chairman of the MPTF), Steven Spielberg and David Geffin each donated $30 million. As MPTF president and CEO Bob Beitcher explained, “Our dedication to supporting the needs of the work force, as well as the growing needs of our industry’s senior population, continues to put incredible pressure on our philanthropic needs.” I’ve visited retired thespians at the home and seen how well they’re cared for. Some of them just didn’t have anywhere else to go, and they were able to spend their last days with dignity and love. Even though the fund is close to reaching its goal, you can be sure Clooney will not rest until he exceeds it, and then some. Bravo to all of them! *** Tom Cruise shouldn’t be too concerned that Beyonce dropped out of Clint Eastwood’s “A Star Is Born” remake. His plate is already full. This Christmas he has the $80 million “Jack Reacher” (you got the wrong guy) drama, with Oscar-winner Robert Duvall, hitting screens. In April, he’s got the $130 million sci-fi movie “Oblivion” with Morgan Freeman due out, followed by the $140 million “All You Need Is Kill,” based on a Japanese “light novel,” with Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton. “Kill” was shot in London in September, and is scheduled for release in 2014. In Cruise’s future is a remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” a “Van Helsing” (vampire killer) film for Universal, and “Mission: Impossible 5.” After “Rock of Ages,” Tom should stick to what he does best ... “Cruising” through sci-fi and action films! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

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. Hot Flashes Can Last Into the 70s DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you please tell me if there is something I can take to get rid of hot flashes? I am 74 and have them all the time. I sweat terribly. I have tried Estrace (female hormone), Estroblend (a dietary supplement) and black cohosh (an herbal remedy). -- M.B. ANSWER: It’s said that 8 percent of women still have hot flashes into their 70s. Most women get over them in six months to five years after menopause. The drop in estrogen production that occurs with menopause affects a part of the brain that regulates body temperature. The brain’s thermostat is thrown out of whack, and the result is spells of sudden, uncomfortable warming with sweating. Let me give you the usual recommendations made for control of hot flashes. I’m pretty sure you must have tried them after more than 20 years of putting up with flashes. Dress in layers so that outer garments can be shed at the first inkling of a hot flash. That can keep it from becoming a full-blown one. Keep ice water on hand and drink it at the start of a flash. Cut back on caffeine. Slow, deep breathing at the onset of a flash is said to minimize it. Estrogen, which you have tried, is the most effective treatment for flashes. It should be taken in as low a dose as possible for the shortest time possible. Maybe a different estrogen preparation would work for you. Effexor and Lexapro, two antidepressants, have met with success in suppressing hot flashes for some women. Here they are not used for their antidepressant action. It’s an example of medicines that have more than

one function. Neurontin (gabapentin) is a seizure-control medicine that is also used for control of hot flashes. Hot flashes that have lasted as long as yours call for a consideration of conditions other than estrogen deprivation. An overactive thyroid gland, a hidden infection and two unusual tumors -- carcinoid and pheochromocytoma -- are examples of illnesses that produce symptoms similar to a hot flash. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 84 years old. Recently I had a CT scan of my abdomen. It revealed multiple diverticula in the sigmoid colon. Will you please explain diverticulitis to me, and what I can expect from it? -- H.T. ANSWER: You don’t have diverticulitis. You have diverticulosis -- small, pea-size protrusions of the colon lining on the outer surface of the colon. Between 50 percent and 80 percent of people your age have the same condition. Diverticulosis almost never causes pain. It hasn’t caused any trouble in your past. It’s most unlikely to cause you any trouble in the future. Fiber stops diverticula from forming. Make sure you’re getting 25-30 grams of it every day. Diverticulitis is inflammation of diverticula. It happens to only a few people with diverticulosis. Fiber also will prevent inflammation from developing. The booklet on diverticulosis explains this common malady in detail. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 502W, 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. *** 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.

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California Faience Bowl Q: I recently received a California Faience bowl from a relative who told me it was the shop 1920s. I can'tand Q: I found a ceramic cat’s headfrom in a junk in Dallas, find anything about the company in any of my I am not quite sure what it was used as. It obviously mounted reference books. Can you help me? -- Laura, Earth on the wall, and the cat’s mouth has a small hole. -- Betty, City, Mo. Branch, Texas was a brand that was started in A:Spring California Faience about William V. Bragdon and Chauncy R. A: You1920 haveby a string holder, an item often found in kitchens Thomas at their tile shop in Berkeley, Pieces of throughout the 1930s and ‘40s. The one inCalif. my grandmother’s their pottery are generally marked "California kitchen featured a monkey Values vary depending on Faience" with a die stampdesign. and are quite collectible. style and condition, but oftenwith sell instylized the $20 dog to $45design range. in Typical prices are ashtray orange matt, $225; and burgundy gloss bowl, $250. *** *** Q: I recently inherited a collection of books from a distant Q: I have a set of Elsie and Elmer coffee cups that relative who was a professor of literature at a major university. were given away as premiums by the Borden Although several of the books are extremely interesting, I am Company. They are mint. -- Milton, Albuquerque, curious about one in particular: “Prufock and Other ObservaN.M. A:tions” Elsieby was 1930s as a mascot T.S.introduced Eliot. It was during publishedthe in London in 1917 and for the Borden Company. In 1940 she "married" appears to be a first edition. -- Susan, Helena, Mont. Elmer, who began promoting Borden's glue. A: This was T.S.had Eliot’s first book. According to “Collected Together they Beulah. Elmer and Elsie appeared TheofGuide to Values” by Allen and Patricia your Ahearn onBooks: dozens products, including, of course, coffee cups. I suspect yourif set four are (Putnam Press), your book, it is,of indeed, a firstworth editioninand the $12 toshape, $20 range. in decent is worth in the $8,500 to $10,000 range. *** *** Q: I have a set of cuff links that originally belonged to Q: My grandmother Canadian, found a commemoa riverboat captainwas who workedand on Ithe Ohio and Mississippi The set is in a leather case rative plate Rivers. in her estate. It was issued in 1927 andstamped is the "Currier & Ives byissue. Squire" are quite elaborate. Canadian Jubilee Theand identification mark indicatesDo that you have any idea of what they might be worth? -it was made by Wedgwood and Sons and imported by Nerlich Michael, Ormond Beach, Fla. CompanyKlompus of Toronto. haveand any collector. idea of howHis much it A:&Eugene is Do an you expert is worth? -- Stan, Providence, R.I. 5970, Vernon Hills, NJ contact information is P.O. Box 60061;; and A It took a little effort to track down information about this plate. After searching through several guides, I finally found it *** in “Bergesen’s of British Ceramics” by Q:referenced I have a pocket watchPrice thatGuide is marked "I.W. Co., Victoria Bergesen, whowatch indicates it is worth about $100 USD. Springfield, ILL." The is quite heavy and requires a key to engage the spring. What can you *** tell about it? --ago, Dean, Brutus, Mich. Q:me About 10 years I found several Pez dispensers in a A: The Illinois Watch Company was founded in 1872 thrift store. They are all Looney Tune characters: Western in Springfield, Ill. In 1928, the company was Sam, Movieby Daffy, Bugs Bunny, French Tweetie and purchased the Western Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pa. To determine value ofhope yourthey have African Taz. I paid a buck eachthe for them and timepiece, should show it to a competent increased inyou value. -- Sean, Albuquerque, N.M. jeweler.

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Wednesday, November 7 Prescription Drug Plan: 8:30a.m. – 3 p.m. Individual sessions on a walk-in basis with SHICK counselors, Salina Senior Center.RSVP Sewing Ladies: 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Salina Senior Center. Open Computer Lab: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Salina Senior Center. Senior Fitness Class with instructor Marian Frank: 10 a.m., Salina Senior Center fitness room. $8/month for three class sessions per week. Computer “Guided Learning Session” provided by Maurice Kerr of The Computer Helper: 11a.m. – 1p.m., Salina Senior Center Computer Lab. Texas Hold ’em: 1 p.m., Salina Senior Center dining room. Thursday, November 8 Prescription Drug Plan: 8:30a.m. – 3 p.m. Individual sessions on a walk in basis with SHICK counselors, Salina Senior Center. Open Computer Lab: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Salina Senior Center. Bingo: 9:30 a.m., Salina Senior Center. Writing class: 10 a.m., Salina Senior Center. Strong People Exercise Class with instructor Leah Robinson, 10:30–11:15 a.m., Salina Senior Center. This class will meet through December 13, and is for beginners as well as seasoned exercisers. Sign up through Central Kansas Extension District Office at 309-5850, $10 per person, weights are provided. Computer “Guided Learning Session” provided by Maurice Kerr of The Computer Helper: 11a.m. –1p.m., Salina Senior Center Computer Lab. Card Game: “Hand and Foot,” 1 p.m., Senior Center dining room. Bunko: 1 p.m., Salina Senior Center. Salina Twirlers Square Dance Club, dance lessons, 7-10 p.m., $4 a person each time, contact Jim or Sue Dellere, phone number 825-0702 for more information. Friday, November 9 Open Computer Lab: 9 a.m.-4p.m., Salina Senior Center. Free Fun Bingo: 9:30 a.m. in the Salina Senior Center, sponsored by Sterling Houses of Salina. Senior Fitness Class with instructor Marian Frank: 10 a.m., Salina Senior Center fitness room. $8/ month for three class sessions per week. Computer “Guided Learning Session” provided by Maurice Kerr of The Computer Helper: 11a.m.– 1p.m., Salina Senior Center Computer Lab. Cards: Pitch, Pinochle and Joker Board (marbles), 1 p.m., Salina Senior Center dining room. Monday, November 12 Closed in observance of Veteran’s Day


Tuesday, November 13 AARP Safe Driving Class; 8:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Cost $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members. This month, the class will be free to all Veterans. Attendance at Monday and Tuesday classes is required. Painting classes with Barb Culley: 9 a.m., 1 p.m., Salina Senior Center. $10 fee. Open Computer Lab: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Salina Senior Center. 157 7th, Salina, KS Free Fun Bingo, sponsored Hospice Care of Kansas: 9:30 a.m. in Hungry? TryStrong the 1/2People lb buffalo burger! the Salina Senior Center. Exercise Class with instructor LeahDeli Robinson, 10:30–11:15 a.m., Salina Senior Center. This class will Sandwiches, Cheese Steaks, Gourmet Hamburgers, meet Fresh through December and is for beginners wellEtc. as seasoned Baked Bread, 13, Cheesecake, Cinnamon as Rolls, exercisers. Sign up through Central Kansas Extension District Office at PUT YOUR SANDWICH CLAMPS TO GOOD USE! “Guided 309-5850, $10 per person, weights are provided. Computer Learning Session” provided by Maurice Kerr of The Computer Helper: ALSO DAILY SPECIALS OFFERED 11a.m.–1p.m., Salina Senior Center Computer Lab. Dine In or Carry Out Cards: Dominoes, Pinochle and Joker Board (marbles), 1 p.m., Salina (785) 404-6058 Senior Center dining room. Mon thru Sat, 7 AM to 3 PM

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How Will You Spend Your $20.91? For 2013, Social Security recipients will get a whopping 1.7 percent increase in their monthly checks starting in January. Only a few times since 1975 has that rate of increase been so low. For a person who receives the average $1,230 per month, that increase will amount to $20.91 extra. Don’t spend it all in one place. The small increase is due to the Consumer Price Index, which Social Security adjustments are based on. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the index increased just 1.7 percent overall in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2012. The USDA does concede that because of the droughts in the Midwest (the worst in 50 years), food prices will rise in 2013 above the “average” inflation of 2.5 percent to 3 percent that’s taken place in 2012. It takes several months for that type of disaster to impact food prices. It says that for 2013, “inflation should be above the historical average for food categories such as cereals and bakery products, as well as other foods.” The “experts” don’t shop at my grocery store. What they apparently haven’t seen is that store prices already are rising ... quickly. And that’s not all. Medical care has gone up 4 percent this year. Gas for the car rose 6 percent. Rents and utilities also have risen. Meanwhile there’s the coming rise in Medicare Part B. That cost comes out of your Social Security check before you even get it. It’s estimated that the additional cost each month will be in the $7 range -- one-third of the Social Security adjustment. When you run all the numbers, I think we’re already spending our average $20.91 increase.

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1. Who were Boyce and Hart? 2. Name the group that wrote and released “The Letter.” 3. Which artist got a start with a band called Steel Mill? 4. Name the female artist who was born Anna Mae Bullock. 5. Identify this song lyric: “Take your silver spoon and dig your grave.” All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A World Without Heros I had a bout of insomnia the other night, so I went down to my office (office ... not a “man cave” ... will somebody please retire that stupid phrase already?) and picked, what I assumed, would be the most boring book in reach of my chair. It was the 1964 Annual of the Americana Encyclopedia. (For those of you wondering, encyclopedias were well-sourced books containing information about a variety of things in alphabetical order.) As I am wont to do, I flipped to the sports page. It was a fine year, 1964. Arnold Palmer won the Masters, staving off a challenge from that angry, poor dressed, up-and-comer Jack Nicklaus. A.J. Foyt won at Indy, and some guy named Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston in a remarkable “though dull” heavy-

weight title fight in boxing. Oh, the article added, Clay changed his name after the fight or something silly like that. Clay, they also took time to note, admitted that his pre-fight antics were designed to drum up gate receipts. In that regard, they said Clay was similar to the year’s other phenomenon, The Beatles. Clearly the “Fab 4” were just a “Fad 4” (snicker), and now let’s get back to the year’s classical and jazz music scene. What struck me about the article was how they really had little sense at just how heroic Palmer, Nicklaus, Foyt, Ali, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison would go on to become (sorry, Ringo). Because the other day, I read about the fall of Lance Armstrong, and even though I wasn’t really surprised to hear the news -- that he was the biggest scam in sports history and had to vacate seven Tour de France titles -- it didn’t make me feel any better. Armstrong was one of the kings of sport for the millennial/generation X era. He and guys like Tiger Woods, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemons, Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather. It’s been all drugs, dope, drugs, addiction, violence. And there are so many I could add to that list of disappointments ... Ben John-

son, Florence Griffith Joyner, Martina Hingis. John McEnroe ... not because of performance enhancers, but because his talk show was the worst ever. These people robbed a generation of their superstars. McEnroe, in particular, robbed us of the Patty Smythe and Scandal reunion tour. There’s no excuse for that. Last weekend, watching the Jets-Patriots game with my 3-year-old, we were treated to a commercial that had a ninja assassin, ostensibly fighting for America during the Revolutionary war, shoot someone in the back, throw a hatchet through someone’s face and walk off a field leaving a dozen or so British soldiers dead in the snow in his wake. Who greenlights something like that? Have we all lost our minds. Thankfully ... not all of us have. Next week: the heroes. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Horses for Therapy Unless you look for it, you wouldn’t suspect that research literature is full of glowing praise for using animals as therapy for wounded veterans. Whether it’s traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder or a physical injury, horses are being used as “animal therapists” in equine-facilitated therapy. Here’s why it works: --Immediate feedback. Pull a horse’s reins one way, and it goes in that direction. Groom a horse and the blood pressure goes down. --Success with the horses increases confidence in skills that can be used in day-to-day life. --Animals don’t judge. They don’t care if their human has scars or a slower gait. They care only about the interaction with their human. --Caring for an animal can provide the steps to reconnecting on an emotional level. --Relaxation ... deep-down genuine ease and relaxation. If you think you can benefit from an animal therapy program, inquire at your VA medical center. There are 30 centers that participate in the horse therapy program. Here are a few examples: --Horses for Heroes [] is a non-profit, working New Mexico ranch that provides free hands-on experiences to veterans and active-duty military who have PTSD or physical injuries. While veterans heal, they work toward the goal of training horses for future veterans who will participate in the program. For more info, call 505-798-2535. --Injured soldiers with TBI and PTSD ride and take care of horses in the Therapeutic Riding Program near Fort Belvoir, Va. The horses and the soldiers who run the program are from the 3rd Infantry, the Old Guard. --The Lexington VA Medical Center in Kentucky has an alternative rehab program that pairs veterans with horses. Again the emphasis is on veterans with PTSD and TBI. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to

Medication labels can fade, so when you get yours, put a piece of clear tape over the instructions. This way, you’ll always be able to read the instructions. “During the holidays (the height of baking season for me), I keep a large plastic saltshaker filled with flour and a bit of dry rice. The rice helps the flour to shake out without getting clumped up, and I use it to dust cake pans, rolling pins, kneading boards, etc.” -- W.F. in Canada “One of the household cleaners I prefer comes in a spray bottle, and it’s on the expensive side. I make sure to get all of the liquid out by adding some regular glass marbles to the bottle. The marbles displace the liquid, ensuring it finds the bottom of the sprayer’s suction tube.” -T.H. in Mississippi “Stack hockey pucks in the holes of a cardboard soda six-pack carrier. Tell your coach. And to keep them bouncy, store them in your freezer (as long as your mom says it’s OK).” -Eric, via e-mail Keep the fog off your glasses by cleaning them with shaving cream. It will prevent mist-ups when you come in from the cold. Save your citrus peels and dry them to use for kindling in your fire. They contain flammable oils, and they smell pretty good, too. 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

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your work requires increased effort during the next few days. But it all will pay off down the line. Things ease up in time for weekend fun with family and/or friends. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your genuine concern for others could prompt you to promise more than you can deliver. It’s best to modify your plans now, before you wind up overcommitted later. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A situation that seems simple at first glance needs a more thorough assessment before you give it your OK. Dig deeper for information that might be hidden from view. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Careful: Right now, things might not be quite what they appear. Even the intuitive Crab could misread the signs. Get some solid facts before you act on your suspicions. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your energy levels are high, allowing you to complete those unfinished tasks before you take on a new project. A social invitation could come from an unlikely source. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might think you’re helping, but unless you’re asked for a critique, don’t give it. If you are asked, watch what you say. Your words should be helpful, not hurtful. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your attempt at mediating disputes might meet some opposition at first. But once you’re shown to be fair and impartial, resistance soon gives way to cooperation. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Go ahead. Reward yourself for helping settle a disturbing workplace situation. On another note: A personal relationship might be moving to a higher level. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A sudden change of heart by a colleague might create some momentary uncertainty. But stay with your original decision and, if necessary, defend it. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Rely on a combination of your sharp instincts along with some really intense information-gathering to help you make a possibly life-changing decision. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Instead of worrying if that new person in your life will stay or leave, spend all that energy on strengthening your relationship so it becomes walk-out resistant. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A sudden financial dry spell could reduce your cash flow almost to a trickle. But by conserving more and spending less, you’ll get through the crunch in good shape. BORN THIS WEEK: Your ability to keep secrets makes you the perfect confidante for friends, family and co-workers. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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PHOTO: KISS Top 10 Pop Singles This Week Last Week 1. Maroon 5 No. 1 “One More Night” 2. PSY No. 2 “Gangnam Style” 3. Taylor Swift new entry “I Knew You Were Trouble” 4. fun. No. 4 “Some Nights” 5. Taylor Swift No. 5 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 6. Justin Bieber feat. Big Sean No. 7 “As Long As You Love Me” 7. Alex Clare No. 10 “Too Close” 8. Ke$ha No. 14 “Die Young” 9. Pink No. 9 “Blow Me (One Last Kiss) 10. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen No. 11 “Good Time” Top 10 Albums 1. Mumford & Sons No. 1 “Babel” 2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis new entry “The Heist” 3. KISS new entry “Monster” 4. MGK new entry “Lace Up” 5. Coheed and Cambria new entry “Afterman: Ascension” 6. All Time Low new entry “Don’t Panic” 7. Barbra Streisand new entry “Release Me” 8. Pink No. 4 “The Truth About Love” 9. Ellie Goulding new entry “Halcyon” 10. Muse No. 2 “The 2nd Law” Top 10 Hot Country Singles 1. Taylor Swift No. 1 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 2. Carrie Underwood No. 3 “Blown Away” 3. Florida Georgia Line No. 6 “Cruise” 4. Hunter Hayes No. 4 “Wanted” 5. Lee Brice No. 23 “Hard To Love” 6. Jason Aldean No. 5 “Take a Little Ride” 7. Luke Bryan No. 8 “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” 8. Dustin Lynch No. 7 “Cowboys and Angels” 9. Taylor Swift No. 2 “Red” 10. Jake Owen No. 12 “The One That Got Away”

by Kelly MacDonald), is a princess who doesn’t want to do the whole princess thing. Merida tries to thwart her own arranged marriage. When that doesn’t work, she tries to use dangerous magic to change her fate. While “Brave” has its strong points, it falls short of Pixar’s greatest hits. The pacing can get on your nerves, for example. The tone can get a little dark. It’s not enough to scare the kiddos or keep them from enjoying the tale. It’s a pleasant departure from the typical princess story with a good helping of slapstick comedy and amazing visuals. EDITOR’S NOTE: DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of Nov. 12, 2012.

PHOTO: Aaron Johnson in “Savages” PICKS OF THE WEEK “Brave” (PG) -- Pixar’s latest release goes into a mythical Scottish setting to tell the story of a headstrong, red-haired lass. Merida (voiced

“Savages” (R) -- Oliver Stone directs this summertime crime epic about a trio of pretty, young marijuana moguls who go to war with the big bad Baja Cartel. Chon (Taylor Kitsch, short-haired handsome dude) and Ben (Aaron Johnson, long-haired handsome dude) are living large in Laguna Beach with their shared squeeze, Ophelia (Blake Lively, vacant-looking blonde). Brutal drug lord, Elena (Selma Hayek) wants a piece of their pot profits, so she sends in her minion, Lado (Benicio Del Toro.) Stone knows how to keep you watching. Hayek’s evil narco-empress is chilling and also very hot. However, Lively was given voice-over duty, and her voice and the things she says soon become tiresome. You may wish you didn’t want to keep watching. “The Watch” (PG-13) -- Four suburban guys (Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and

Richard Ayoade) looking for an excuse to hang out form a neighborhood watch and wind up in a showdown with alien invaders. It’s a simply silly concept that could pass or fail based on the comedic riffing of the stars. It’s a fail. The jokes are lazy, the script is tedious. Whether it was the acting or the direction, the funny men just aren’t at their best. There’s no room for wit or originality to blossom when the script is overflowing with anatomy jokes. “Pixar Short Films Collection 2” -- As much as Pixar has a great record with feature films, it also knows how to put a lot of heart and art into a featurette. This collection of animated shorts includes “La Luna,” “Day and Night” and “Presto.” Each one is about five minutes of high-quality animation. The shorts were released with major Pixar films, but this collection puts them on one disc and adds value. The collection also includes older shorts from Pixar’s animators and creative directors, as well as information about how they got their start. TV RELEASES “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection” “Doctor Who: Series Seven -- Part One” “Lost Girl: Season Two” “Duck Dynasty: Season 1” “Friends: The Complete Series” [Blu-ray] “Dance Moms: Season 2, Volume 1”

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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 WALL (continued from pg.4): side of the city to the other. • The city of Berlin and country of Germany was divided at the conclusion of World War II. The Soviet Union and communism controlled the East, with the allied powers of Great Britain, France and the United States controlling the West in a democracy. So it was a West vs. East; democracy vs. communism divide. • By 1949, the division of Germany and the city of Berlin was official. West Germany was called the Federal Republic of Germany and East Germany was the German Democratic Republic. Since Berlin was entirely within the East, and it was agreed that the city would be divided, West Berlin was like an island of democracy within East Germany,

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Tidbits® of Salina THE BERLIN WALL (continued) This wall was also accompanied by over 300 watchtowers and thirty bunkers to keep people from crossing the border. • President Ronald Reagan spoke to the people of West Berlin on June 12, 1987. His words were some of the most memorable of his presidency: “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” •

The Wall, in its final reinforced state, stood

until November 9, 1989. Thousands of Germans demanded passage through the gates after the government announced that “private trips abroad” would be allowed. They, literally, tore the wall down. • Reunification of Germany was formally concluded on October 3, 1990. The infamous wall stood from August 13, 1961 until November 9, 1989. SWEATER WEATHER In many areas November is still “sweater weather.” It’s not cold enough for winter coats but a nice wool, cashmere or even a cotton or synthetic sweater is just right for the cool temperatures. • Sweaters have been around for centuries. The need for something warm to add a layer for cool days brought about the hobbies of knitting and crocheting. •

Sweaters were only used for warmth or as

athletic items, not fashion, until the 1920s. When Lana Turner appeared in a fashionable sweater in the 1937 movie, “They Won’t Forget,” sweaters became a fashion statement “must” for women. •

Cardigans, pullovers, sweater vests and more

are now fashionable for men, women, boys and girls. One man who became known for wearing a sweater was “Mr. Rogers.” •

Fred McFeely Rogers, started the series, Mr.

Rogers’ Neighborhood in 1966. Prior to the show that made him a household name in children’s programming, he had produced The Children’s Corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the early 1950s, winning the first of many television awards.

Holiday Jobs Can Ease Financial Strains Nearly a half-million people will take temporary jobs during the holidays to earn extra income. The cash that comes in from those jobs can go a long way toward easing financial strains -- if the windfall goes to critical items first. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling offers some timely advice about where to put that extra money to make sure it does the most good. Here are its recommendations, listed in order of what to do first: --Bring current all living expenses, such as housing, utilities and insurance payments. If you need to put gas in the car or food on the table, those basics will help restore stability. --Catch up on secured debts, such as a car payment or any loan that involves collateral. If you don’t get caught up on secured debt, you can lose whatever the loan covers. Additional fees can be added to a car repossession, so you could end up owing additional money despite having lost your vehicle. --Catch up on past-due debt, such as credit cards. While there is no collateral such as a vehicle, being behind on other debts can re-

sult in lower credit scores, which can impact your future ability to borrow at good interest rates. You also will be subject to late fees, and if the creditor is awarded a judgment against you, your wages could be garnished. Additionally, if you’re left without a credit card, you’ll be forced to pay cash everywhere you go. --Take care of any repairs to your home or vehicle before the problems get worse. If there are extra funds, weatherize your home. The benefits of weatherization will result in lower utility bills not only this winter, but in future years. --Put 10 percent of your holiday pay into a savings account, if possible, after paying critical items. If you have cash left after paying off more crucial items, increase the amount for savings. To learn more about what the National Foundation for Credit Counseling has to say, go to its website at Check the financial self-assessment and the budget sheets in the consumer tools section. The alerts link has information on debt settlements and what to guard against. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to

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1. Who hit the most major-league home runs during the decade of the 1940s? 2. Two Minnesota Twins pitchers had 20-win seasons during the 1990s. Name them. 3. Who holds the NFL mark for most field goals in a season, and how many? 4. When was the last time before 2011-12 that the Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team started a season 10-0? 5. Name the only NHL team other than Edmonton (2010-12) to have the No. 1 overall draft pick three consecutive seasons. 6. Which was the first country to win back-to-back Euro titles in men’s soccer along with a World Cup in between. 7. Who were the world heavyweight boxing champions before and after Rocky Marciano’s 1952-56 reign?

It was Scotsman Bertie Charles Forbes, journalist and founder of Forbes magazine, who made the following sage observation: “There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than in being a tenth-rate executive.” The prospectors of 1849 might not have realized it, but you’re more likely to find a 5-carat diamond than a 1-ounce nugget of gold. You might be surprised -- and, depending on your temperament, terrified -- to learn that bats can fly at speeds up to 60 mph. Some can even reach altitudes of 10,000 feet. Coffee beans are actually seeds. The fruit of the coffee tree is called a cherry and are said to be delicious. They spoil too quickly to be marketed effectively, though, so only the seeds are used.

Beverly Hills, Calif., is one of the most affluent areas of the country. It was not always such a posh locale, however; in 1920 the population was 674, and most of the land was given over to bean fields. All joking aside, those who study such things say that natural blondes tend to have more difficulty driving than those whose hair is of a darker hue -- at night, anyway. The reason? Most natural blondes also have blue eyes, which aren’t as good as brown eyes at shielding out light. This means that blondes tend to be more easily blinded by the headlights of oncoming cars. When a professional football player retires, there’s a 50-50 chance he’ll get divorced within a year. Everybody dreams. Those who claim that they never have dreams just don’t remember them. *** Thought for the Day: “Any frontal attack on ignorance is bound to fail, because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession -- their ignorance.” -- Hendrik Willem

On Nov. 12, 1864, Union Gen. William T. Sherman orders the business district of Atlanta destroyed before he embarks on his famous March to the Sea through Georgia to prevent the Confederates from recovering anything once the Yankees had abandoned it. On Nov. 16, 1901, a low-slung car called the “Torpedo Racer” -- basically a square platform on bicycle wheels -- breaks the world speed record for electric cars in Coney Island, N.Y., by going 1 mile down the straight dirt track in just 63 seconds. That’s about 57 mph. Today the world speed record for an electric vehicle is about 245 mph. On Nov. 14, 1914, in Constantinople, capital of the Ottoman Empire, the religious leader Sheikh-ul-Islam declares an Islamic holy war on behalf of the Ottoman government, urging his Muslim followers to take up arms against Britain, France, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro. On Nov. 15, 1943, Heinrich Himmler makes public an order that Gypsies are to be put on “the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps.” Himmler was determined to prosecute Nazism racial policies, which dictated the elimination of all races deemed “inferior” and “asocial.” On Nov. 13, 1953, a member of the Indiana Textbook Commission calls for the removal of references to the book “Robin Hood” from textbooks used by the state’s schools. She claimed that Robin Hood was a communist because he robbed the rich and gave it to the poor. On Nov. 17, 1968, the Oakland Raiders score two touchdowns in nine seconds to beat the New York Jets -- and no one sees it. In a debacle which would become known as “Heidi Bowl,” with just 65 seconds left to play, NBC broke away from the game to air its previously scheduled programming, the movie “Heidi.” On Nov. 18, 1987, a fire in a London subway station kills 30 commuters and injures scores of others. At the King’s Cross station in London, people began to smell smoke coming from beneath one of the station’s escalators. It was later revealed that debris and grease had built up under the escalator. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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The Perils of Kansas ... and Danica Patrick

PHOTO CUTLINE: Danica Patrick (driving the No. 10 Impala) made a point to Landon Cassill (in the No. 83 Camry) during the Sprint Cup race at Kansas, only she got tangled in it and wrecked herself. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo)

Among my colleagues, it’s popularly believed that I am at my best, particularly as a columnist, when, uh, “all hell breaks loose.” Of course, my view isn’t objective, and I think I do pretty well regardless of the circumstances. But ... I certainly missed a great opportunity when I went off gallivanting to Texas to play music, taking a few vacation days, and passed up the crashfest at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 21. I watched most of the race on a motel television set after listening to the early stages in bits and snatches on radio. My gosh. There were times when it took half an hour to run a handful of green-flag laps. Drivers who “just don’t wreck” wrecked. By far the most amusing incident involved Danica Patrick, who apparently pronounced herself ready to deliver “the old payback.” She didn’t like the way Landon Cassill -- yes, that’s right, this was truly a Clash of the Titans -- was racing her, so, again apparently, but with very little in the way of denial, Patrick decided she’d deliver a message by spinning him out. It’s hazardous for any driver to play with such fire, but it’s absolutely a must for a driver who does decide to wreck his opponent to do so without wrecking, uh, herself. Oh, I wish I’d been there. It was apparently quite the

Flashback Answers 1. Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart produced hits for many major groups in the 1960s, but were best known for the songs they wrote for The Monkees. The duo created more than 300 compositions and sold 42 million records. 2. The Box Tops. The first line of the song, “Give me a ticket for an aeroplane,” was a throwaway mentioned by the father of a bandmember. “The Letter” was a No. 1 hit in 1967 and later covered by Joe Cocker. 3. Bruce Springsteen. Some members of Steel Mill ended up in Springsteen’s E Street Band in 1972. 4. Tina Turner. She met future husband Ike Turner when he was playing in St. Louis. Tina grabbed the mic, and it wasn’t long before the Ike & Tina Turner Revue was born. 5. “Gold Dust Woman,” by Fleetwood Mac, written and sung by Stevie Nicks. The 1977 song was originally cut as a B-side to “You Make Loving Fun.”

Answers 1. Ted Williams, with 234. Johnny Mize was second, with 217. 2. Scott Erickson (1991) and Brad Radke (1997). 3. San Francisco’s David Akers had 44 in 2011. 4. It was 1989-90. 5. The Quebec Nordiques (1989-91). 6. Spain (2008-12). 7. Jersey Joe Walcott before, Floyd Patterson after.

scene. Via radio, Patrick’s veteran crew chief, Greg Zipadelli, let her know in fairly blunt language that he didn’t think much of her actions. When Patrick finally got around to talking about it, she did herself no favors. She has many virtues, but one of them isn’t being capable of freely accepting blame for her various misadventures. Patrick may prove me wrong, but her development as a stock-car racer is lagging. When a great college football player doesn’t make it in the NFL, it really doesn’t detract from what he accomplished earlier. Some people can make the transition and others can’t. In football, it’s a move upward. Some would claim that moving from Indy cars to NASCAR is lateral, but the difference between racing a lithe, rear-engined speedster and a heavy, fendered behemoth is considerable. Many have been unable to make that transition. As much as I missed being at Kansas, I’m dreading next season already. I have a hunch the story of Danica Patrick trying to make it in Sprint Cup is going to have many twists and turns, and most aren’t going to be pretty. *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at nascarthisweek@ (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Trivia Quiz

Answers 1. Half 2. Niccolo Machiavelli 3. Gibbous 4. Eric Arthur Blair 5. Red, yellow and blue 6. So soft that it can hardly be heard 7. Colorado 8. Pearl 9. James Watt 10. A friend of the bride