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Q: My family loves “The Waltons.” It’s such a wonderful family show; they just don’t make them like this anymore. What is Richard Thomas (John-Boy) ARIES (March 21 to April 19) doing now, and does he ever see his old cast memThe week promises a calmer aspect. Although bers anymore? -- Patricia C., Altoona, Pa. there might be some lingering effects of a recent A: I spoke with Richard recently to talk about his job problem, things should continue to ease up. latest movie, “Time After Time” for the Hallmark Also expect a change in a home-based situation. Channel (check your local listings for info), and he told me he does keep in touch with his fellow WalTAURUS (April 20 to May 20) tons. If you feel uneasy about a colleague’s suggestion, “Mary Elizabeth McDonough was just here a few it might be that your wise inner Taurean guide is weeks ago, and we had dinner. Michael Learned and alerting you to a potential problem. Stepping away I are very close friends. We all keep tabs on each could turn out to be the right thing to do. other. I saw Kami (Cotler) not long ago. We don’t all see each other all the time, but there is a great deal GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) of genuine fondness and familial feeling. We love A family get-together opens up new opportunities each other a lot.” for renewing ties. It can be especially effective He is counting on his “Waltons” fans embracing in dealing with disagreements that should have “Time After Time.” As he tells me, the movie is right been, but never were, fully resolved. up their alley. “This (movie appeals to) a segment of the old CANCER (June 21 to July 22) ’Walton’ audience. I consider it You might be surprised at the response you get a nice family movie and someto a recent decision. You might be even more thing that the family can enjoy surprised by the reasons behind it. In any event, together.” you’ll learn something important. *** Q: My husband told me that a LEO (July 23 to August 22) crewmember from “DeadliYour aspects favor resolving any tensions left est Catch” died. Is that true? If so, who was it? -- Francine R., over from a recent incident. You might want to consider having a “clear the air” talk as soon as you can. A call can lead to a change of plans.
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Rochester, N.Y. A: Justin Tennison (some sources say he was 33, some 34), deckhand for the “Time Bandit” crab fishing boat, died in his sleep in late February. An autopsy is scheduled, and as of this writing, no cause of death has been announced. Beer, hard liquor and a small amount of marijuana were found in the Alaska hotel room where his body was found. Justin will appear posthumously in the seventh season of “Deadliest Catch,” whose premiere date has yet to be announced by Discovery Channel. *** Q: I loved the movie “The Hangover.” I’ve heard rumors that there is going to be a sequel. Is there? -- Dave F., via e-mail A: Get ready for a roadtrip with the guys. “The Hangover: Part II” hits theaters May 26 (Memorial Day weekend), and the boys are headed to Thailand for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding. All the guys are back for the sequel (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha and Ken Jeong), with a cameo by Liam Neeson. *** Q: While I like all these new reality-competition shows, I need to know when my favorite one, “Dancing With the Stars,” will return, and who will be the stars this season. - Gina R., via e-mail A: “Dancing With the Stars” returns for its 12th season on Monday, March 21, at 8 p.m. ET. Eleven celebrities have been tapped to compete this season: Kirstie Alley, “Psycho” Mike Catherwood, Chris Jericho, Chelsea Kane, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ralph Macchio, Petra Nemcova, Romeo, Hines Ward, Kendra Wilkinson and Wendy Williams. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
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• In 1982, Lady Bird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes founded the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, originally called the Crested Butte, the official wildflower capital of National Wildflower Research Center, “to Colorado, began hosting a wildflower festival Among the many reuses for plastic newspaper introduce people to the beauty and diversity of in 1986. Now the week-long celebration has bags: Put soiled diapers in one before putting wildflowers and other native plants.” over 200 classes, including art and cooking in a trash can; use to pick up after your pet on classes with wildflowers. The 2011 event is set a walk; fill with grocery store plastic bags for •The center in Austin, Texas, has public storage; keep a few to store wet swimsuits af- gardens, woodlands and meadows and is an for July 11-17. ter a trip to the beach or pool. internationally influential research center. In The Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is a 2006, the center became an Organized Research multi-day arts and music festival celebrating Before removing a splinter, ice the area. Unit of the University of Texas at Austin. its 19th anniversary this year. Held north of There’s less fussing, and a wooden splinter Dallas in Richardson, Texas, it got its name might absorb some liquid, causing it to swell • Wildflower research has far-reaching implications. One wildflower that has made from the wildflowers planted throughout the enough to pop out a bit more on its own. a huge difference in many lives worldwide is parks, medians and roadsides of Richardson. Recycling paper is good, but reusing before re- Wild Foxglove, botanically known as Digitalis Do you know which United States’ First Lady cycling is even better. Ask your child’s classpurpurea. The medicine derived from this plant is considered the “Environmental First Lady”? room teacher if he or she has a “both sides” is widely used today to treat heart disease. As Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson, otherwise policy for lined papers. Also, copy paper that’s Lady Bird has said, “Surely there are others like known as Lady Bird, was the wife of the 36th printed on only one side can be quartered for digitalis waiting out there.” President, Lyndon Johnson. (The nickname use as quick notepaper. • So, whether you’re canoeing down a stream, was supposedly given to her by a nursemaid Trying to spot roof damage but not quite sure hiking in the woods, or observing the median on when she was a child who said she was “as you’re ready for a trip up the ladder? Before purty as a lady bird.”) you get up on the roof, get out your binoculars. a road trip, notice the wildflowers. Realize their value to society comes from more than their While she was First Lady, Mrs. Johnson You’d be surprised how much you can see from natural beauty. created the First Lady’s Committee for a the ground. Do a cursory examination and then decide if anything needs a closer look. More Beautiful Capital. She wanted to create natural landscaping to preserve the beauty of “Cut kitchen sponges into smaller pieces. They the nation’s capital. Later she expanded the clean as well as a larger sponge, and you can program to include the entire nation. dispose of the smaller pieces when they get 1. Name the band that released “All Day and yucky.” -- O.C. in Michigan All of the Night,” “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” and “Mister Pleasant.” “Need sliced mushrooms for your salad or rec- 2. Where did Depeche Mode get its name? ipe? They are hard to cut, but you might have 3. “Black Water” and “What a Fool Bea perfect tool for doing the job already in your lieves” were No. 1 U.S. hits for which band? kitchen. If you have an egg slicer, get it out. It 4. Which Beatles song has been covered the works very well for mushrooms, and it’s easier most by other artists? to use than trying to cut those slices yourself.” 5. Which artist released “Pilot of the Air-- J.R. in Utah waves”? 6. Which singer released “This Time,” “Girl After Girl,” “Tears From an Angel” and “Island In the Sky?” 7. Who wrote and released “Batdance,” and when? educational courses, art exhibits, workshops, hikes and even horseback rides.
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¥ It was 20th-century German-American poet, novelist and short-story writer Charles Bukowski who made the following observation: “The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.” ¥ In the 18 months that the Pony Express operated, carrying mail across the Wild West and its myriad hazards and dangers, only one pouch of mail was lost. ¥ It takes approximately 10 months for a Las Vegas slot machine to pay for itself. ¥ Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator and leader of that country’s National Fascist Party, grew up poor with a blacksmith father who, history indicates, spent most of his meager earnings on his mistress. When Benito was 27 years old, he met a 16-yearold girl named Rachele Guidi -- who was the daughter of that same mistress and her deceased husband. Rachele eventually became Mussolini’s second wife. ¥ At one time, some churches banned the playing
of Wagner’s “The Bridal Chorus,” also known as “Here Comes the Bride,” because the music was considered to be sexy and vulgar. ¥ You might not be surprised to learn that editor, lexicographer and textbook pioneer Noah Webster lobbied Congress to make his plan for simplified spelling the law of the land. Had he been successful, the United States would have been the only country in which incorrect spelling would be legally punishable. ¥ Many people claim that Worcestershire sauce does an excellent job of cleaning copper and brass. ¥ In Chicago, if you have a hatpin hidden under a lapel, you are considered to be carrying a concealed weapon
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“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the wellhoused, well-warmed, and well-fed.” -- Herman Melville (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.
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SUSAN BOYLE In April 2009, life changed for Susan Boyle, a single ordinary woman from Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland. She may have looked ordinary, but she definitely didn’t sound that way. • Boyle was born April 1, 1961, the youngest of nine children. Her mother was 47 at the time of her birth, and Boyle was deprived of oxygen briefly during the difficult birth. She has some difficulties learning and because of this was bullied as a child.
person ever to have a debut album open at No. 1; No. 1 on European and World charts for seven weeks; fastest selling debut album in United Kingdom history; highest one week sales ever in Australian history; and one of only two singers in the United States to sell over three million CDs in 2009. (Taylor Swift was the other singer, and it took her 12 months; Boyle’s album sold that many in less than six weeks!) By January 21, 2010, one year from the taping of “Britain’s Got Talent,” Boyle’s debut album had achieved Platinum sales status approximately 44 times in 12 countries and Gold in 15 more countries. There were other honors that came her way in 2010 including official recognition by the “Guinness World Records” for several records.
• Singing in her local Catholic Church brought Boyle great joy and also helped her to express herself. Her lovely voice was known by those in her hometown who had heard her. She also sang karaoke locally and dreamed of singing • Boyle’s autobiography, “Susan Boyle, The Woman I Was Born to Be,” was released on professionally. Fred O’Neil, her voice coach, October 12, 2010, and her second album, “The encouraged her to audition for “Britain’s Got Gift,” a Christmas album, was released on Talent.” November 9, 2010. Both are sure to set some • When Boyle came onto the stage for the popular records as the story of the woman from a small reality show, the reaction from the judges and Scottish village continues to inspire her loyal the crowd was kind of ho hum — Here we go and admiring fans. Dreams really can come again with another bad audition! Although her true! looks were plain, her banter with the judges revealed her jovial, funny personality. Then she had the opportunity to wow the audience, the judges and the world, which she certainly did. • Boyle’s words while on stage, before singing, on January 21, 2009 (it aired on television on April 11), “I’m trying to be a professional singer. I’ve never been given the chance before but here’s hoping it’ll change.” Well, change happened, and it happened quickly.
On March 24, 1765, Parliament passes the Quartering Act, which required the colonies to house British soldiers in barracks provided by the colonies, local inns, livery stables, ale houses, uninhabited houses, outhouses or barns. Forcing colonists from their own homes was not the intent of the law. On March 21, 1871, journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his famous search through Africa for missing British explorer Dr. David Livingstone. When Stanley found him on Oct. 27, he stepped forward and stretched out his hand: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” On March 25, 1911, flames engulf the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City, killing 145 workers. Only one elevator was operational in the 10-story building. There were two stairways down to the street, but one was locked from the outside. The inside fire hose was rotted and its valve was rusted shut. On March 26, 1941, Italy attacks the British fleet at Suda Bay, Crete, using manned torpedoes to sink a British cruiser. Known as the “Chariot,” the manned torpedo was ridden by “pilots” to “drive” them to their targets in the harbor. On March 23, 1962, Pakistan’s governor, Ayub Khan, gives first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy a horse she nicknames “Black Jack.” Jackie chose “Black Jack” to serve as the ceremonial riderless horse during Pres. Kennedy’s funeral. On March 27, 1973, the actor Marlon Brando declines the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in “The Godfather” as a protest against Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film. The first performer to turn down a Best Actor Oscar was George C. Scott, who declined to accept his award for “Patton” in 1971.
• Boyle sang “I Dream a Dream” from “Les Miserables” on stage that night, and her fame started spreading around the world like wildfire. •
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Boyle came in second place on “Britain’s Got Talent,” but she captured the hearts and ears of fans worldwide and had a phenomenal year. People were watching her on YouTube and accessing her information on Wikipedia in record numbers immediately following the show. Her story was the No. 2 Top Story by the Associated Press in 2009.
On March 22, 1983, the Pentagon awards a production contract worth more than $1 billion to AM General Corporation to develop 55,000 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). Nicknamed the Humvee, the rugged vehicle was designed to transport troops and cargo. In 1992, a civilian version of the Humvee, known as the Hummer, went on sale.
• On November 23, 2009, Boyle’s first album, “I Dreamed a Dream,” was released and the sales shot through the roof. Here are some of the statistics for her album sales: the best selling female debut album worldwide ever; oldest
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ANSWERS Flashback Answers 1. The Kinks, in 1964, 1966 and 1967. 2. Translated it means “hurry fashion” or “fashion update.” While Depeche Mode had a few singles reach No. 1 in the U.S., they were on the dance charts, not pop. 3. The Doobie Brothers, in 1974 and 1979. 4. “Yesterday,” placing fourth on the Top 100 list. 5. Charlie Dore, in 1980. It was the very last song played on pirate station Radio Caroline, transmitting from offshore in the waters off England. 6. Troy Shondell, back in the ’60s. The group Tommy James and the Shondells was named after him, although he was never in that band. 7. Prince, in 1989. “Batdance” made it onto the soundtrack for the “Batman” film.
Sports Quiz Answers 1. Seven (1946-52). 2. Minnesota’s Bert Blyleven. 3. Jerome Harrison ran for 286 yards in a game in 2009, besting Brown’s mark of 237 yards. 4. Wojciech Myrda of LouisianaMonroe had 535 blocked shots (1998-2002). 5. Bob Gainey, Pavel Datsyuk, Guy Carbonneau and Jere Lehtinen. 6. Danny Harris, in 1987. 7. Betsy Rawls, in 1960.
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1. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” 2. Cee Lo Green “Forget You” 3. Bruno Mars “Grenade” 4. Pink “Perfect” 5. Rihanna “S&M” 6. Katy Perry “Firework” 7. Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris & DJ Frank E “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” 8. Katy Perry ft. Kanye West “E.T.” 9. Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull “On the Floor” 10. Dr. Dre ft. Eminem & Skylar Grey “I Need a Doctor”
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1. Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson “Don’t You Wanna Stay” 2. Brad Paisley “This Is Country Music” 3. Taylor Swift “Back to December” 4. Blake Shelton “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” 5. Billy Currington “Let Me Down Easy” 6. Luke Bryan “Someone Else Calling You Baby” 7. Thompson Square “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” 8. Lady Antebellum “Hello World” 9. Zac Brown Band “Colder Weather” 10. Darius Rucker “This”
conut extract. Evenly spoon hot mixture into 4 dessert dishes. 2. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, pecans and coconut. Evenly sprinkle a full tablespoon of crumb mixture over top of each. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serves four. Each serving equals: About 142 calories, 2g fat, 5g protein, 26g carb., 214mg sodium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1/2 Skim Milk, 1/2 Fruit. (c) 2011 King Features Synd. Inc.
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