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Tidbits is taking a look at some familiar folks born during the month of May. Follow along as we take a brief glimpse into their lives. • Sally Ride, the first American woman to go up in space, saw an ad in the newspaper seeking applicants for the space program and along with 8,000 others, answered the inquiry. At age 28, this young woman with a Ph.D. in physics joined NASA. In 1983, her first memorable flight was taken aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. A second flight followed in 1984, and she was preparing for her third when the Challenger disaster occurred. She left NASA in 1987 and is currently on leave from her professorship of physics at the University of California and directorship of the California Space Institute. • May baby Priscilla Beaulieu (born Priscilla Wagner) was just 14 years old in 1959 when she was introduced to Elvis Presley in Germany. Her stepfather, a U.S. Air Force officer, was stationed there, as was Presley, and a young Air Force recruit introduced the pair. Elvis returned to the states the following spring but stayed in contact with Priscilla via phone for the next two years. When she turned 21, he married her at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Six and a half years later, they were divorced. turn the page for more!
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1. MUSIC: How many strings does a ukulele have? 2. HISTORY: Who founded the Ottoman dynasty? 3. GEOGRAPHY: What is the traditional dividing line between Manhattan’s east and west sides? 4. U.S. STATES: What state’s motto is, “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you”? 5. MONEY: What is the common currency of South Africa? 6. LITERATURE: What was the ﬁrst land Gulliver encountered in the satirical novel “Gulliver’s Travels”? 7. MATH: What is the Arabic equivalent of the Roman numeral D? 8. PRESIDENTS: Who was Dwight Eisenhower’s vice president? 9. COMMON KNOWLEDGE: Who is the patron saint of physicians? 10. LANGUAGE: From what language are all the modern Romance languages directly derived?
MAY BABIES (continued) • You may remember South African runner Zola Budd who, at age 17, broke the women’s 5000 meter world record. She was especially noted for the fact that she ran barefoot. While competing at the 1984 Olympics in the 3000-meter race, Budd had three collisions with U.S. runner Mary Decker, with Decker falling, injuring her hip and withdrawing from the race. An international athletic jury found Budd innocent of any wrongdoing in the incident. • Not too many music fans are familiar with the name Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin, but millions have heard the music of Enya. Enya Brennan is an Anglicized approximation of how this Irish singer’s name is pronounced in her native Donegal dialect. As of 2009, her album sales stood at over 70 million. This multi-talented musician performs all the instruments and vocals in the majority of her songs and has sung in 10 different languages in her recordings. Her vocals are layered up to 80 times during recording to achieve her distinctive sound. If you’ve seen the movie “Fellowship of the Ring,” you’ve heard her composition “May It Be,” the film’s theme, a song for which she received an Oscar nomination. She is Ireland’s second-biggest musical artist. • If Enya is No. 2 in Ireland, who’s number one? That honor belongs to another May baby, Paul David Hewson, better known as Bono. Rolling Stone has ranked him as the 32nd greatest singer of all time, and his band U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Back in 1978, while still in high school, Hewson answered a note on the school bulletin board seeking musicians for a rock band that was written by drummer Larry Mullin, and U2 was born. As to why he is rarely seen without sunglasses, Bono states that his eyes are very sensitive to light and swell up and turn red. But that’s not the whole story. In his words: “It’s part vanity, it’s part privacy and part sensitivity.” continued on page 4
When it’s Mother’s Day, it’s all about tradition in the Paymar/Haddorff household. Now in its 20th year, moms, grandmothers, aunts, cousins and close friends gather in their home around a fabulous Sunday brunch. “It started rather small with our parents, grandparents and siblings long before our sons were born,” said Kara, mom of 11-year-old Eli and 7-year-old Jonah. “It feels like we’ve been doing it forever. In spite of tackling some extra cleaning around the house beforehand, it’s a special day that requires very little planning, and I don’t have to cook a thing,” she assured me. And they have every detail down pat. “The plan never changes, and our guests know the beat intuitively,” said dad Jeff. “No invitations or reminders necessary. They know where to go (our house), when to come (11-11:30) and what to bring.” “My dad purchases and prepares the maple sausages from his favorite meat market,” said Kara. “My father-in-law, Bob, brings a fruit salad. Brother-in-law Brian and his wife, Anita, share their favorite creme brulee for dessert. Since they don’t have kids, they have plenty of time to prepare it! And this year, the boys and Jeff will peel and cook apples for our over-the-top French toast made with piles of fresh croissants. There’s really nothing better than celebrating and carrying on a tradition with family and friends,” she added. Brother-in-law Brandon arrives with orange juice and champagne for a mimosa toast to the moms. If you are tempted to start a new Mother’s Day tradition, here’s their family recipe to get you inspired. CROISSANT FRENCH TOAST WITH COOKED APPLES 1 stick of butter (1/4 pound) 1/4 cup raw sugar 4 apples peeled, cored and cut into eighths 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 2 cups milk 3 eggs 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 4 croissants, halved lengthwise Confectioners’ sugar Fresh mint leaves for garnish 1. Melt half the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add raw sugar and cook 1-2 minutes, until the sugar has caramelized. Add the apples and maple syrup. Cook over medium heat 20-25 minutes, until apples are tender. Keep warm until ready to serve. 2. Whisk milk, eggs and cinnamon together in a shallow dish. Dip croissant halves into the mixture one or two at a time. 3. Melt some of the remaining butter on a griddle. Cook soaked croissant halves over medium heat until they are golden brown on each side. Repeat with remaining butter and croissant halves. 4. Spoon warm maple-apple mixture on bottom half of a croissant. Cover with the top and dust with confectioners’ sugar. Garnish with mint and serve. Makes 4 servings.
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Page 4 1. Who are the only three major-leaguers to have both a 40-homer season and a 50-steal season? 2. Name the ﬁrst Cy Young Award winner to have more wins the season after he captured the award. 3. Who holds the Big East record for most rushing yards by a freshman? 4. When Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings tallied 55 points in a game in 2009, it was the most by a ﬁrst-year NBA player since when? 5. Who holds the Washington Capitals record for most assists by a player in his ﬁrst two NHL seasons? 6. Name the only drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona. 7. Who was the last male tennis player to hold all four major titles concurrently?
Strength Training Is the Real Deal A recent study at the University of Michigan has convinced me to get started at the gym again. It concluded that while muscle loss is to be expected with age, we don’t have to accept it. Researchers even pinpointed exactly what we need to do to re-
Tidbits® of Utah County MAY BABIES (continued) • Who hasn’t heard Bing Crosby croon “White Christmas” in his distinctive bass-baritone voice? Born in May, 1903, Crosby was a descendant of Mayflower passenger and Pilgrim spiritual leader William Brewster. At age six, Harry Lillis Crosby became a fan of “The Bingville Bugle,” a column in the Sunday edition of Spokane, Washington’s Spokesman-Review. A 15-year-old neighbor and fellow fan began calling him Bing and the nickname stuck. Crosby had his first No. 1 hit at age 25. His success continued as 10 of 1931’s top 50 songs featured his voice, either solo or with others. He made 1,700 recordings, and 383 made the Top 30, and 41 were No. 1 on the charts. Known as an avid golfer, he was also part owner of baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates. • Little did Ken Jennings know when he stepped onto the set of the game show “Jeopardy!” on June 2, 2004, that he would be appearing in 75 episodes and set a record for the longest winning streak on the popular program. During his tenure as champion, the Utah software engineer earned $2,520,700, plus $2,000 for second place on the day of his defeat and another $500,000 prize during the program’s Ultimate Tournament of Champions. Barbara Walters featured Jennings on her 2004 ABC News Special “The Ten Most Fascinating People of 2004.” In addition, Jennings chronicled his success in a 2006 book “Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs.” • At age 24, Tina Fey became a writer at NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” and by 29, she was the head writer. The next year she joined the cast, where she remained six years until 2006. She is the creator of the TV series “30 Rock” and is the winner of seven Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes. Her daughter was born in 2005, and she returned to work just one month later, saying, “NBC has me under contract. The baby and I only have a verbal agreement.” • Clint Eastwood turns 81 this May and seems to have no intention or retiring. He spent his early years in a series of jobs, including lifeguard, grocery clerk, forest firefighter and golf caddy. He was almost 30 before the continued on next page
gain lost muscle tone and strength: resistance exercises, also known as strength training. With strong muscles we can continue to climb stairs and mountains, dig in the garden and row a kayak into advanced years. With muscle loss we might experience shaky balance, falls and bone fractures -- which can lead to loss of independence. The study from UM’s Physical Activity and Exercise Intervention Research Laboratory talks about how few seniors take part in strength training, and faults previous studies for not making it crystal clear just how great the benefit is. Maybe this is what has sent me back to the gym: the researchers’ absolute certainty that resistance training can bring gains in strength
There’s No Fixing Droopy Light Switch Q: Lately when I turn on the light switch in the bedroom, the switch goes up but then drops loosely down to the halfway position. Why is the switch doing this? -- Jacob C., Cleveland A: The switch is broken and must be replaced. There’s no fixing it, but the part is not expensive. Replacing a switch isn’t an especially difficult task, but if you’re at all uncertain about doing it or totally inexperienced with electrical tasks, have an experienced friend replace the switch, or hire an electrician. If you’re determined to do it yourself, great. You’ll need a standard screwdriver and needle-nosed pliers, and keep a wire cutter/stripper nearby in case it’s needed. A voltage tester (or multimeter) is important to make sure no electricity is coursing through the circuit during the replacement job. You’ll also want to purchase the replacement switch. Turn off the circuit that controls the switch. The best way is to leave the light on and have a helper call out when you’ve switched off the correct circuit at the box. (Now is also a good time to label that circuit for the next time you need to switch it off.) To make absolutely sure that no power is reaching the switch, take the face plate off and use your voltage tester by placing one sensor tip against one of the two screws on the side of the light switch (you’ll see a wire attached to each) and then placing the other sensor tip against the second screw. If the tester does not light up, electricity is not flowing to the switch; if it does light up, electricity is still flowing and you should not start the repair until the problem is remedied. Once the power is off, gently remove the switch from its mounting brackets by unscrewing the top and bottom screws of the bracket and easing it out. Locate the wiring connections on the side of the switch, taking special note of where the wires go. The “hot” wire (the one through which electrical current flows) is usually black or red in color, while the neutral wire is usually white (but sometimes blue or green). Loosen the connecting screws and detach the wires, using the needle-nose pliers. At this point, check the condition of the wires. If the exposed copper ends are frayed and there is a little wire to spare, consider trimming the old wire end and stripping insulation to expose the same length of twisted copper (just enough to hook around the screw). Attach the new switch, being sure to hook up the wires in exactly the same configuration. Tighten the screws and then ease the switch into its bracket and replace the mounting screws. Attach the faceplate. Test your work by turning the circuit back on and flipping the switch. HOME TIP: Stay safe when doing electrical work. Never start a repair if you’re not certain the power is off, and have a helper nearby in case of emergency. If you’re not confident you can complete the task safely, contact a licensed electrician.
and development of lean muscle mass. They were even able to specify how much muscle we lose: nearly a half pound per year after the age of 50. So, I made an appointment with a personal trainer at the gym. He was very young -- but very smart: His first question was whether my doctor had approved my exercise plan. (Answer: yes.) Then he let me set my own initial weight levels on the machines and incorporated those into an overall plan of repetitions and sets for the next six weeks, at which time we’ll review. Even though many of us stop and restart exercise programs, the main thing is that we keep trying again, right?
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MAY BABIES (continued) turn in his career came along with the role of Rowdy Yates in television’s “Rawhide,” a character he would play for the next six years. After starring in a string of Western movies, he moved on to the “Dirty Harry” films. When Sean Connery left the role of James Bond, it was offered to Eastwood, but he declined, stating that Bond should be played by a British actor. Eastwood has had a lifelong love of music and the piano and has composed the music for many of his films. • The family of Henry Kissinger fled the persecution of Nazi Germany in 1938 and moved to New York when he was 15. After serving in the U.S. Army for three years (where he was a Bronze Star recipient), he went on to Harvard University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1954. For the next 15 years, he was a member of Harvard’s faculty before entering the political world, serving as the U.S. Secretary of State under Presidents Nixon and Ford.
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Q: I have an old Coca-Cola bottle in amber glass and am curious about its value. -- John, Bay Minette, Ala. A: According to several collectors I contacted, most amber Coca-Cola bottles are generally valued in the $20 to $35 range, depending on age and condition. Bill Schutz is president of the Mobile Gulf Coast Coca-Cola Collectors Club, which includes both Alabama and Louisiana. He might be able to help you. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Q: I have two Edison Diamond Disc 78s, each with a small chip. They feature Billy Wynne’s Greenwich Village Inn orchestra, Benny Davis and Joe Burke, Fry’s Million Dollar Pier orchestra, and Gus Kahn. -- Jean, Oxford, Conn. A: The Edison Diamond Disc recordings actually are cut at 80 rpm, not 78 rpm, More importantly, they could not be played on standard machines, and since they required a special Edison player, the quarter-inch discs were soon eclipsed by the more accessible recordings being issued by such companies as Victor, Brunswick and Columbia. Most Edison discs sell in the $5 to $10 range, depending on condition and desirability. Q: I have a copy of “The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters,” edited by Logan Marshall and published in 1912 by L.T. Meyers. It is in good condition, and I would like to know its value. -- Artrischia, Cottage Hills, Ill. A: I found several copies offered for sale at www.abe.com in the $45 to $75 range. I also checked with several used bookstores in Los Angeles, Denver, New York and St. Louis, where I found early editions with average prices of about $50. As with most collectibles, prices are generally determined by rarity, demand and condition. Q: I have a large collection of fossils and need help in identifying them. -- Pam, Winchester, Va. A: Nathaniel Ludlum is a member of the International Society of Appraisers, and he specializes in the appraisal of mineral and fossil collections for insurance, donation and estate purposes. He might be able to help you. Again, you should expect to pay for his expertise. Contact him c/o Natural History Appraisals, 7323 Tucker Road, Centerville, OH 43001.
It’s hard to say where Edward P. Jones would be today if he hadn’t been fired from his job. He devoted his “down time” to writing a novel, a decision that changed his life. Tidbits gives you a glimpse into the timeline of this award-winning author. • It’s ironic that a New York Times bestselling author would be raised by a single mother who couldn’t read or write. His father, a kitchen worker, abandoned the family when Jones was a preschooler. Growing up in poverty in Washington, D.C., he read a steady stream of comic books until he was 13, when he discovered novels. A good student, Jones spent much of his time in libraries and earned a scholarship to Massachusetts’ Holy Cross College. • Following his college graduation, Jones began writing a few short stories depicting life as he knew it in the D.C. area in the 1950s and 1960s. He was living with his terminally ill mother, and following her death, he was unemployed, suffering from depression and living in one of the city’s rescue missions. • Jones took a job as a proofreader and columnist for Tax Notes, a journal publication for tax professionals. On his days off, he continued to write. His collection of short stories about Washington was finally published in 1992, and “Lost in the City” was nominated for a National Book Award. But it was a full 10 years later before he began writing a novel in earnest. continued on next page
To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.
Bowling With an Aneurysm DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 73-year-old woman. I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. I have sonograms regularly. I am in a bowling league. I bowl each week. My bowling ball weighs 10 pounds. Should I bowl? My last ultrasound shows that the aneurysm is 3.8 cm. -- F.S. ANSWER: Your doctor is the only one who can answer your question with authority. He or she knows all the circumstances of your health. However, I can tell you that most people with an aneurysm of your size are encouraged to be active. Lifting heavy weights is discouraged. A 10-pound bowling ball isn’t considered a heavy weight. The size of an aneurysm determines its risk of breaking apart and bleeding profusely. Aneurysms smaller than 4 cm are not in danger of suddenly rupturing. When an aneurysm reaches 5 to 5.5 cm, then surgical repair is recommended. You are quite a distance away from the danger zone. For readers: Aneurysms are bulges of an artery wall, and are weak spots. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I hope you will discuss lactose intolerance. I am 60 and just developed it. -J.B. ANSWER: Lactose is milk sugar. In our digestive tracts is an enzyme -- lactase -- that digests milk sugar. People with too little of the lactase enzyme have trouble when they drink or eat dairy products. Milk sugar doesn’t break down. The undigested sugar leads to gas production, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Medical tests can confirm the dearth of the lactase enzyme. Standard treatment of lactose intolerance (also called lactase deficiency) is avoidance of dairy products. Most cheeses have little lactose, so they can be eaten. Yogurt made from live cultures is usually tolerated. Furthermore, many dairy products can be pretreated with lactase, and people with the intolerance are not bothered by such products. The lactase enzyme comes in pill and liquid forms. It can be added to milk or taken by mouth before eating or drinking dairy products. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: How do I get a doctor to correct or change his written report? Twice in my 77 years I have pointed out incorrect statements in their records. Each time I was told they could not change anything once it appears in their written report. There must be a way to correct an error, especially before sending the report to other doctors. Do you have any suggestions? -- G.J. ANSWER: I do have a suggestion. The doctors are afraid of changing information because such changes can be damaging to them if the records are required in any legal proceedings. However, they can make a current note in the chart, explaining how previous information in the record was not correct. That’s not going to get them into any trouble. It seems to me that not doing so would get them into trouble. If the doctors balk at this, ask them to talk to a lawyer. Tell them you are preparing a document that states what the correction should be and that you will send it to any doctor to whom your current doctor sends your records. That should motivate your doctor to act.
Tidbits® of Utah County EDWARD JONES (continued) • Jones, an African-American, had a great interest in the history of slavery and began researching the subject. It especially fascinated him that there were free blacks who became slave owners during the time of the Civil War. He started a short story about it during his Tax Notes employment, but it was shelved for years, although he continued to ponder the idea. • In 2002, the staff at the tax journal was reduced, and after 19 years there, Jones was fired. He dug out the 12 pages of the slavery story he had begun and set a goal of writing five pages per day. With only a small savings account, two months’ severance pay and a plan, he started putting on paper the plot he had been pondering for a decade. It took him just two-and-ahalf months to complete it. He entitled it “The Known World” and dedicated it to his late mother. • In “The Known World,” published in 2003, Jones penned the story of a former Virginia slave who purchased freedom and became the owner of 33 slaves and landowner of 50 acres. The novel was declared the winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and became one of the choices for “The Today Show’s” Book Club series. Oprah Winfrey declared it “the best book I have read in 10 years.” • Edward Jones followed up his Pulitzer winner with a second collection of short stories, which also was nominated for various awards. Overcoming the odds, he has progressed from proofreader at Tax Notes to Pulitzer winner and an instructor of fiction writing at several universities, including George Washington University and Princeton.
MAYS AND BERRA Two of Major League Baseball’s greats claim May as their birth month. Willie Mays turns 80 this month, and Yogi Berra will celebrate his 86th birthday. Let’s take a short look at each of their lives and careers. • The professional baseball career of Willie Mays, the “Say Hey Kid,” began while he was still in high school. He started playing on Tennessee’s minor league Chattanooga Choo-Choos during his summer continued on next page
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For Advertising Call (801) 616-6288 MAYS AND BERRA (continued) break in 1947. After a stint in the Negro American League, he joined the New York Giants’ Class B team in 1950. He missed 266 games when he was drafted during the Korean War but was back in the game for the 1954 season. The Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958. • Many consider Mays to be the greatest all-around player of all time. He played in 24 All-Star games and had a lifetime batting average of .302. He ranks fourth on the list of career home runs with 660 and had 3,283 hits. During two seasons, he blasted 50 or more home runs, and he was named “Player of the Decade” for the 1960s. • One of Mays’ best friends on the Giants was right fielder Bobby Bonds. When Bobby’s son Barry was born in 1964, Mays was asked to be his godfather, and he has remained close to the younger slugger his entire life. (Bobby himself was no slouch in the home run department, having hit 332 during his career.) • After 17 years with the Giants, Mays was traded to the New York Mets at age 41. The Giants were in financial trouble, and Mays couldn’t be guaranteed an income after he retired, whereas the Mets had offered him a coaching position upon retirement. • At his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1979, reporters asked Mays who was the best ball player he had seen over the course of his career. His reply? “I don’t mean to be bashful, but I was.” And in the words of baseball great Ted Williams, “They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays.” • Lawrence Peter Berra’s famous nickname Yogi has nothing to do with a bear. His friend told him he looked like a Hindu holy man, or “yogi,” because he always sat with his arms and legs crossed as he waited for his turn at bat. Berra’s parents came to America from Italy, arriving at Ellis Island in 1909 and later settling in St. Louis. • Berra lost a spot on the St. Louis Cardinals to his best friend Joe Garagiola in 1942. Instead, he played Class B ball until he entered the Navy during World War II, where he served as a Gunner’s Mate during the D-Day invasion. • Berra has been called the greatest catcher in continued on next page
Little-Known Benefit Aids Some Elderly Vets
The Aid and Attendance Pension isn’t a widely known veterans benefit. It provides money to vets who need help with daily living skills such as dressing themselves, or if they are housebound. A doctor must sign a form stating these facts. To qualify for the A&A Pension, you must be a veteran age 65 or older, or permanently disabled, who served for at least 90 days, and one of those days must have been during a wartime period. After September 1980, you must have served 24 months. You also must have a limited income, and that includes income from a spouse or dependents. You can exclude income such as Supplemental Security Income. If you already receive a service-connected disability benefit, you don’t qualify for this money too. (You’ll get the one that pays more.) Unfortunately, there are groups trying to take advantage of veterans. They give “free” seminars on the A&A benefits and offer to help file the paperwork. Their “free” service isn’t free, and once you sign their contract, you’ll get a call asking for money before they’ll file your claim. They’ll also pressure you to buy investments such as trusts and annuities with your money, especially if you get a retroactive lump sum. Bottom line: If you’re a member of one of the veterans service organizations, you’ll have access to a Veterans Service Officer. Use him or her to file your paperwork. If you’re not in one of those groups, contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (1-800-827-1000) and ask for VA Form 21-526, Veteran’s Application for Compensation and/or Pension, or go online to download the forms. Take care to provide all the documentation they ask for.
● On May 9, 1671, Thomas Blood, an Irish adventurer better known as “Captain Blood,” is captured attempting to steal the Crown Jewels from Charles II of England in the Tower of London. Charles was so impressed with Blood’s audacity that, far from punishing him, he made him a member of his court with an annual pension. ● On May 14, 1914, Washington Senators pitcher Walter “Big Train” Johnson throws his 54th consecutive scoreless inning, against the St. Louis Browns in Sportsman Park III. Johnson broke a 53-inning record set in 1910 by Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia Athletics.
Oxygen Hose Is No Chew Toy by Samantha Mazzotta
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I have a 2-year-old cat, “Annie,” who loves to chew on anything plastic -particularly my wife’s oxygen hose. How can I stop her from doing this? It gets costly. -- Dave F., via email DEAR DAVE: It’s not just costly in terms of replacing medical equipment, there’s also the risk of Annie having to endure a costly surgery to remove bits of plastic lodged in her digestive tract. However, it can be tough to break a cat of certain habits, and many cats love to gnaw at certain textures and shapes. If possible, you or your wife should come up with ways to move the oxygen hose (or hoses) out of Annie’s reach, either by attaching to the chair with a strip or two of medical tape or, if carrying oxygen around, by looping the excess length of hose around the top of the tank or over one’s shoulder. Another method to consider is spraying the exposed
length of hose with a cat repellent. Several types are available at pet stores and are used to deter cats from clawing or gnawing things like furniture or other fascinating protuberances. In either case, constant vigilance is still required, as Annie will continue to try to bite the hose if she can get close enough (despite the presence of any stinky spray). When she makes a move toward the hose, distract her with a toy or by calling her. Or, by gently picking her up and placing her in another part of the room, ideally facing a favorite toy or scratching post on which she can take out her energy. Send your questions or comments to ask@ pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Find more pet advice and resources at www.pawscorner.com.
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● On May 11, 1934, a massive dust storm sends 350 million tons of topsoil flying from across the parched Great Plains as far east as New York, Boston and Atlanta. Even ships some 300 miles offshore saw dust collect on their decks. ● On May 12, 1949, an early crisis of the Cold War comes to an end when the Soviet Union lifts its 11-month blockade against West Berlin. The blockade had been broken by a massive U.S.-British airlift of 278,288 relief missions to the city, resulting in the delivery of 2,326,406 tons of supplies. ● On May 15, 1963, Gordon Cooper is launched into space aboard Faith 7 on the longest American space mission to date. Cooper completed 22 orbits of the Earth and spent 34 hours in space. ● On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II is shot and wounded at St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca, an escaped fugitive already convicted of a previous murder, fired several shots at the religious leader. Agca was immediately captured. After a two-day trial, he was sentenced to life in prison. ● On May 10, 1990, the government of the People’s Republic of China announces that it is releasing 211 people arrested during the massive protests held in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in June 1989. Most observers viewed the prisoner release as an attempt by the communist government of China to dispel much of the terrible publicity it received for its brutal suppression of the 1989 protests.
Tidbits® of Utah County MAYS AND BERRA (continued) baseball history. His career with the New York Yankees began in 1946. He played in the All-Star game 15 times, was the league’s MVP three times and appeared in 14 World Series. His lifetime batting average was .285, and he slugged 358 home runs. • Berra is noted for many memorable quotes, perhaps the most famous being, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Other wise advice was, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” His reason as to why the Yankees lost the 1960 World Series to the Pirates was, “We made too many wrong mistakes.”
securely on their heads. But you might not realize that these women can carry more, relative to body size, more efficiently than pack mules. ● As the end of the school year approaches, this might be a good time to remember that it was Americans who came up with the idea of summer camp. ● It was Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein who made the following sage observation: “If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” ● Much like farmers of today, ancient Egyptians who worked the land worried about a variety of animals that could destroy their crops: locusts, sparrows, mice and worms. Unlike the typical Midwesterner of today, though, they also had to worry about hippopotamuses. ● The fierce Apache warrior we know today as Geronimo was not originally so named. His given name was Goyahkla, which means “one who yawns.” ● We’ve all seen pictures of African women carrying heavy loads -- up to 75 pounds in some cases -- balanced
● The name of the country of Iraq is derived from the Arabic word meaning “origin.” ● If you’ve ever watched the closing credits of a film (and are not yourself involved in the movie industry), you might be wondering about some of the titles you’ve seen, so here’s a quick rundown: The gaffer is the chief electrician on the project; the key grip puts together and takes down sets, as well as lighting and laying the track on which the cameras move; and the best boy assists the gaffer and the key grip. Thought for the Day: “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” -- Isaac Asimov
1. Brady Anderson, Barry Bonds and Ryne Sandberg. 2. Milwaukee’s Warren Spahn won 21 games and the Cy Young in 1957, then won 22 games in 1958. 3. Pitt’s Dion Lewis, with 1,799 yards in the 2009 season. 4. Earl Monroe tallied 56 points in a game in 1968. 5. Nicklas Backstrom, with 121 assists (2007-09). 6. Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt. 7. Rod Laver, in 1969.
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Spring is a great time to do repairs and preventative maintenance on your vehicle and home, and to save money in other ways, too. Here are some ideas: Car maintenance: If you live in a snow area, run your vehicle through a car wash that includes under-carriage spray to remove road salts and avoid corrosion. Schedule a tuneup and oil change. Make sure fluids are topped off and tires are at the right air pressure. Invest in a small tube of car paint (get this from your dealer for an accurate match) to cover any dings or scrapes. House: Compare heating bills from this recent winter and winters past. While the prices might have changed, you can compare your actual usage. If your heat usage went up this winter, consider why. If you have an older home, you might be in line for more attic insulation before next winter. While up in the attic to check insulation depth, use a flashlight to look at the plywood roofing, and around vents and eaves: Are there any signs of water leaks? If you had window drafts, you might find sales on new windows over the summer. At the very least, put caulking on your list of things to do. Walk around the house and check for any winter damage to siding and the roof. Don’t forget the foundation. If you need repair work you can’t do yourself, get estimates early, as summer is the busiest construction season. Children: Scout charity and thrift shops for children’s summer play clothes. If you find bargains on items they can wear to school in the fall (and if you’re sure of sizes), select a few outfits to get them started and avoid last-minute shopping panic. Local summer day camps can be an economical way to let your children experience camp without going too far from home. Investigate camps sponsored by the YMCA and local church and youth groups. Inquire about low-income scholarships, if you qualify, and sign up early before all the slots are filled. If you’re hoping for a family vacation this year, check a new book called “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Best Family Destinations.” In spite of the title, the publication is packed with information on vacation spots in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, including beaches, outdoor adventures, historical sites, amusement parks and much more.