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The dictionary defines the word statesman as “one who exhibits ability of the highest kind in dealing with important public issues.” Recently, I had the opportunity to interview two such persons as part of a local access TV program called Senior Beat. One is a Republican, the other is a Democrat, and that is where the differences end and the


similarities begin. Both are State Senators. Both have decided not to seek re-election in 2014. Both have been Majority Leaders of the State Senate. Both believe in compromise, and both have been criticized by their own political parties for their willingness to compromise across political lines.


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MDs offer tips to make the most of your next eye exam

One of the best ways of improving your health is to plan regular check-ups— with your doctor, dentist and eye care specialist. However, many of us procrastinate thinking, “if it isn’t broken, why fix it?” Or, we are hesitant about what to do or ask. But, regular checkups not only protect your body—they help your wallet by keeping future health costs to a minimum. The ophthalmologists at Eye Care Specialists provide the following tips to help make the most of your next visit to an eye doctor (or other physician).

WHEN YOU SCHEDULE ■ Concisely describe any vision

problems you know you have. ■ Ask if your eyes will be dilated. Will you be able to drive yourself? How long will your vision be affected? ■ Ask about cost & payment policies. Do they accept your insurance(s)?


Lists of the following: o Signs of any eye problems you have noticed (see box below) o Previous eye injuries or surgeries (approximate dates and reasons) o Your health condition (allergies, chronic problems, operations, etc.) o Family history of eye problems (glaucoma, cataracts, etc.) o Any vision-related questions

Dr. Mark Freedman recommends that family members attend appointments to help learn and remember exam results and treatment guidelines. ■ Your most recent pair of glasses

and/or contact lenses. By checking what you are accustomed to, your doctor will be able to write a prescription that most benefits your vision. ■ Any eye-related medication(s) or drop(s) you use, so your doctor can determine how well it is working or if a change is needed in the medicine or how it’s taken. ■ A list of all your other medications (oral, injectable, over-the-counter, and herbal). This is especially important if you take medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, infections or arthritis, since these may affect your vision and/or adversely react with certain eye medicines. ■ Medicare and insurance card(s) and any referral forms.

Poor vision is not a fact of life . . . as you age. Often, it is caused by a treatable condition, such as cataracts. Don’t let impaired vision decrease your independence and increase your risk of falls, injuries and car accidents. Schedule regular, comprehensive, dilated eye exams. Call even sooner if you notice: ■ ■ ■ ■

Sensitivity to light and glare Blind spots in your central vision Difficulty driving at night Holding items closer to view

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Difficulty with reading/close work Fading or yellowing of colors Vertical lines appear wavy Foggy, blurred or double vision

Dr. Brett Rhode advises patients whose vision can’t be improved through medical, surgical or laser treatment to ask their eye care specialist for information about low vision equipment, resources and services.

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What is my visual acuity (on the 20/20 scale)? Do I have any eye diseases/disorders? What caused my condition? Is this condition hereditary? Should my family members be checked? How will it affect my vision and lifestyle—now and in the future? Should I watch for and notify you of any particular symptoms? What tests do I need? Why? When? What is the best medical/surgical treatment for me? When will treatment start, and how long will it last? What are the risks, side effects, benefits and success rates of treatment? Are other treatments available? Are there foods, drugs, or activities I should avoid? If I need to take a medication, what should I do if I miss a dose? Would diet, exercise or lifestyle changes improve my condition? Would eye-related vitamin and mineral supplements be helpful? When should I schedule my next appointment?

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The explosion of civil lawsuits stemming from the on-going John Doe investigation may have put a cloud over Gov. Scott Walker. It is somewhat akin to the ever-present cloud of dust that hangs over Pig-Pen, the loveable character from The Peanuts comics and television cartoons. It’s unclear why creator Charles Schulz put the dust over Pig-Pen, but it doesn’t hurt the character. The dust over Walker’s head may have little effect in Wisconsin where he is seeking a second term in the November election. But it could affect his apparent ambitions to be president or vice president of the United States. A word about the John Doe investigation. This John Doe investigation is examining the assorted campaign activities including those by some conservative “independent” groups, stemming from the 2012 recall elections, particularly those linked to helping Walker. The probe was approved by FRAZIER continued from page 1A

I am talking about Senator Dale Schultz representing the 17th Senate District from Richland Center, and Senator Tim Cullen representing the 15th Senate District from Janesville. Senator Schultz has been in the Legislature for 32 years, Senator Cullen for 16 years with a 24 year break between terms to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services under Tommy Thompson, and 20 years in the private sector. During the hour long interview, my co-host Christine Beatty, Director of the Madison Senior Center, and I were able to discuss many topics including compromise, Voter ID, money in politics, mining, and redistricting among other issues. On the subject of compromise, Senator Schultz related to how he had reached out to Senator Cullen to mentor him when he became Majority Leader, but “now you are punished for having friends in the other party.” Senator Schultz also stated that “I will never apologize for representing everybody” meaning that he was elected to represent everyone in his district regardless of political party. Both men were very concerned and passionate about the “magnitude of money in politics.” Senator Cullen


the Government Accountability Board, a panel of six retired judges which oversees election law in Wisconsin. Central to all John Doe investigations are secrecy requirements, something aimed at helping obtain evidence while protecting the innocent. MOVING IN THE The prosecutors and investigators had met RIGHT DIRECTION By Bruce Nemovitz the secrecy requirement, but one of the conservative groups that aided Walker went public by talking to the editorial page writers of the Wall Street Journal. That newspaper hailed Walker, helping build suggestions among political pundits that Walker should be considered for national office. But then the


tone of the editorial page later turned sour amid unconfirmed reports the governor was trying to reach some sort of a settlement with John Doe prosecutors. A settlement could remove any Pig-Pen type cloud hanging over the governor’s larger political aspirations. This hint of a settlement came after related lawsuits sprouted like spring dandelions. The lawsuits kept the John Doe on the front pages of most WisMONEY SENSE By Karen Ellenbecker consin newspapers. It &was difficult for Julie Ellenbecker the news stories to keep -Lipsky all the legal threads in sight. Legal experts said they didn’t know where it all was going or how the legal tussle might be resolved. By APRON early June more than $300,000 in attorEmma ney fees had been putSTRINGS into the confused By Aunt Emma legal picture. In America everyone is assumed to be innocent, and that applies to the organizations and people who were supporting Walker in the recall election.

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By Jack Pearson money coming from donors hidden from the public could be the “dead end of democracy.” He stated that the “only people who do not know (who the money is coming from) are the voters.” Candidates, he said, “know exactly where the money comes from.” He cited the danger of individual campaigns having almost no money because people would be encouraged to give to interest groups that do not have to disclose the names of donors. But, again, the candidates would know. Senator Schultz said that money “drowns ev-

It’s proper to assume then that Walker’s allies did nothing wrong. But why then were they anxious to take the John Doe to the media and try to close down the investigation? One legal action contends the John Doe will violate a group’s freedom of speech. News about the investigation may hinder fund-raising, but that’s different than taking away a First Amendment right to discuss political issues. Walker and his allies will have plenty of outside money to help him win re-election. News accounts indicate Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group, recently made a $900,000 television ad buy to promote the concept that things are going quite well in Wisconsin. The television ad buy came shortly after a Marquette University Law School poll in late May showed Walker was in a virtual dead heat with Mary Burke, the front runner for the Dem-



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no longer have to knock on your door to solicit your vote depriving people of the opportunity to ask questions and be engaged in the election process. When Senator Schultz was first elected he said that there were 10 Congressional Districts with nine of them competitive, but now there are eight with almost none of them competitive. They would like to see a process similar to Iowa where redistricting is done on a non-partisan basis. “The two of us are going to be out there to get that done,” Senator Schultz promised. I have always thought that there is a political pendulum that swings back and forth sooner or later. I hope that 2014 marks the time when it begins to swing back not in the direction of more political partisanship, but in the direction of statesmanship…the kind of statesmanship exemplified by Senator Cullen and Senator Schultz. Note: If you would like to watch the two half-hour Senior Beat programs you can go on the web at www. then click on Madison City Channel-City of Madison, click on Shows, click on Senior Beat and watch the programs for June 2014, and July 2014.




eryone else out, not to educate but to confuse.” Neither senator supported Voter ID laws with Senator Cullen saying that “the issue is entirely political and that Voter ID wouldBynot Enisprevent Wright the type of fraud that is occurring.” Senator Schultz said that he had voted for the first Voter ID law, but changed his mind when his constituents told him that he was wrong on the issue. Redistricting was another issue of great concern to both senators. Senator Cullen lamented that so called “safe districts” meant that candidates would



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Tips on taking care of your vision and seeing better By Sharon Naylor Being unable to read small print or find a button on the remote can be a real headache, and vision problems can lead to headaches. But a number of simple remedies can help you avoid the hassle of eyesight issues. According to, about 20 percent of Americans age 65

or older have problems with their eyes -- problems that often worsen with age. Of course, the American Association of Optometrists recommends that you get your eyes checked at least every two years if you are younger than 70 and annually thereafter, and if you have diabetes or other eye illnesses, you may need to be checked more often.

At what age should I be concerned about developing macular degeneration? Is this a hereditary condition? The age of onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) varies a great deal from person to person. Some individuals may be only in their 40s and show mild changes in the retina, but because the incidence of AMD increases with age, the diagnosis is much more common in older people. The severity of the disease and level of vision impairment also varies from

person to person. At the mildest end of the spectrum are people who have such mild AMD that they aren’t aware of a problem. At the other end of the spectrum are people with very poor central vision. Doctors have known for a long time that a family history of AMD is one of the main risk factors. Recent DNA research has identified several genes that play a role in causing AMD. The fact that some people have mild AMD while others have more severe disease might be explained by various

For the average senior, reduced vision is just a part of aging and poses a minor annoyance when a newspaper or book needs to be held farther and farther from the face in order to read. That can lead to eye, arm and neck strain during a long reading session. And if you’re among the millions of seniors reading books on e-readers, you may

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combinations of these genes. This may also explain why if one or both parents have AMD, they may have children without it. A family history just increases the risk of AMD…it doesn’t make it inevitable. Lifestyle risk factors are also important. People who smoke increase the chance of AMD, and it’s also more common in those with a high Body Mass Index (overweight). A healthy diet is very beneficial for AMD. The best way to find out if you need to be concerned about AMD, especial-

be experiencing the kind of eye strain that strikes computer users of all ages. Luckily for your vision, there are a number of smart products on the market that are designed to help you see better and longer, allowing you to spend more time doing the activities you enjoy. EYES continued on page 6A

ly if you have risk factors, is to see your eye doctor for a thorough exam. For those with a family history, yearly exams should begin at age 40. If specific changes due to AMD are seen in your retina, your doctor may recommend a combination of antioxidant vitamins and minerals known as the AREDS formula (for Age-Related Eye Disease Study). These supplements have been proven to reduce the progression and worsening of AMD in those who have more than mild disease. By Robin S. Wilson, M.D.

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Eye Care Specialists, S.C. “What is the difference between wet and dry macular degeneration? How are they treated?” “AMD is an eye disease in which the macula, a highly sensitive area of the retina responsible for central and color vision (about the size of this “O”), is damaged. There are two forms of AMD. Both cause loss of straightahead central vision (as needed for driving a car, reading fine print and recognizing faces) but, fortunately, not side vision,” explains Mark Freedman, MD, a leading ophthalmologist and continuing education lecturer. “Dry AMD is more common (90% of cases), progresses slowly, and is caused by a thinning of macular tissue. Wet AMD is less common, can progress quickly, and is marked by the growth of abnormal new blood vessels under the macula, which can leak fluid and blood. This leakage can create scar tissue which causes blind spots and profound loss of sharp central vision. The earlier it is detected, the better the

chances of preserving vision. Without treatment, about 70% of wet AMD patients become legally blind within two years.” “If dry AMD is diagnosed, we recommend measures to prevent or slow progression, including vitamin supplements, sun protection, and not smoking, as. (See bullet points below.) If wet AMD is diagnosed, we recommend injections of special medications (Avastin, Eylea or Lucentis),” says Brett Rhode, MD, Head of Ophthalmology at Aurora Sinai Medical Center and private practitioner at Eye Care Specialists’ Milwaukee and West Allis offices. “These revolutionary drugs inhibit the growth of the abnormal blood vessels that cause wet AMD. Although there are NO guarantees, we have seen remarkable results with injection treatment. In the past, there wasn’t much we could do. Now, however, with regular injections (about every 4-8 weeks), we are able to stop the progression of wet AMD in 90% of our patients and even have up to 30% gain improvement in vision.”

“Sight-robbing conditions like AMD, diabetes and glaucoma often develop first in one eye without early symptoms. A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to accurately detect these disorders,” says Daniel Ferguson, MD, a partner at Eye Care Specialists, which provides medical, surgical and laser care for more than 125,000 patients. Ferguson recommends the following steps to protect vision: Schedule regular dilated eye exams (every 2 years over the age of 50; every year if you have early AMD or a family history). If you notice a problem with your vision (especially straight lines appearing wavy or blind or dark spots) don’t ignore it. Call your eye care specialist immediately. Wear sunglasses and hats with brims. UV-light exposure may be a factor in developing AMD and cataracts. Have a blood sugar test every 3 years after age 45. Diabetes increases the risk of eye conditions, including cataracts and glaucoma.

Avoid smoking. It can increase the risk of AMD by 3-4 times, as well as raise other eye disease risks. Second-hand smoke is also a threat to vision. Maintain a balanced diet high in healthy nutrients and low in fat and sugar. Some studies show that lutein and zeaxanthin (found in eggs and spinach) may help protect your retina. Two National Eye Institute AREDS studies found that high-dose combinations of specific vitamins, minerals and nutrients could significantly reduce the risk of developing advanced AMD by about 25% and the risk of related vision loss by about 19% in patients with certain types of AMD. Although these nutrients cannot cure AMD or restore vision, they may help protect existing vision. Ask your eye care specialist if and what supplements are right for you. Free detailed color booklets on AMD are available at 414-321-7035.

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--GET A LARGE-BUTTON REMOTE CONTROL. Every button is larger -and every number and command icon oversized -- to allow you to see what you need to push as you’re watching television, recording movies and play-

ing DVDs. You’ll find these new universal remotes at electronics stores. --GET A LARGE-BUTTON PHONE. Your at-home phone can make dialing easier when you swap your small-button phone for an enlarged-button phone. --READ LARGE-PRINT BOOKS. Buy or borrow books printed in oversize fonts, which sometimes double the size of words. With a simple click on your e-reader or computer, you can view books, magazines and websites in larger font as well. “I didn’t even know I could do that,” says grandmother Denise Helmsley. “But my son saw me reading a book on my Kindle one day and showed me how to triple the size of the print. I’m now enjoying reading so much more!” --GET LARGE-PRINT PLAYING CARDS. If you enjoy a good game of bridge or poker, you can now play with cards that have 1-inch numbers and less distracting print designs on the faces. Visit, Amazon. com and to order large-print playing cards and large-print crossword puzzle books and other games.

--CARRY A MAGNIFYING GLASS. They’re great for reading restaurant menus and other materials you encounter while you’re out and about. You can choose a traditional, hand-held, round magnifying glass or a credit card-sized rectangular magnifier with an LED bulb to make reading even easier. --IMPROVE YOUR LIGHTING. One great way to reduce eye strain and help you see and read better is to allow more natural light into your environment. Open curtains or pull the cord to raise blinds. Place a brighter light next to your chair for evening reading. And if you’re used to watching TV in the dark, try leaving a light on in the room to lessen the burden on your eyes. --REST YOUR EYES. Don’t read or work on the computer for too long without taking a break, say most optometrists. Look away from the book or screen every now and then, blink your eyes and look at items far away. And if you do get eye strain, doctors say that a hot or cold eye compress helps relax your eye muscles enough to provide relief.

--Get glasses or lenses. First, see your optometrist to make sure your eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions are perfect for your vision as it is right now. If it’s been a while since your last checkup, you might need a different prescription to clarify your vision. --GET RID OF GLARE. If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, or if you use an e-reader even a moderate amount of the time, affix an inexpensive anti-glare screen or film onto each of your electronic gadgets. These stateof-the-art anti-glare layers reduce eyestrain almost immediately, and many are created from materials that resist fingerprints and smudges, also protecting your clear vision. --WEAR COMPUTER GLASSES. Ask your optometrist to fit you for special glasses designed just for use while working on your computer, playing games or, again, using an e-reader. These glasses move with you as you switch from computer to e-reader to cellphone, helping you see better throughout your busy day.

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fect libido in women. In some circumstances, physicians may measure testosterone level in women, and small replacement doses can be very beneficial. Vaginal dryness and resulting pain with penetration account for most of the sexual dysfunction that occurs in women. The usual cause is hormonal loss associated with aging. This can be treated readily with hormone replacement therapy, estrogen creams and lubricants. Sexual problems also can occur because of weakness of the vaginal wall, caused by multiple pregnancies. Sometimes the uterus can prolapse (fall down and protrude into the vagina), making an active sex life difficult. These problems are amenable to surgical correction Problems in men are more easily identified, because ED is defined as an inability to develop or maintain an erection. Why does it occur? Well, first comes arousal, so libido is important. A message must then go from the brain to the penis for an erection to develop. For this to happen, the nerve supply to the penis must be normal. If the message is received, an erection occurs when the penis fills with blood. So ED can occur because of a lack of libido, or interference of the nerve or blood supply to the penis. These days, billions are spent on medications to treat erectile dysfunction. The most frequently used one is now generic. These drugs do not cause but facilitate an erection, and are of no value without adequate libido and arousal. Sadly, for most older men, the presence of vascular or nerve problems makes these drugs ineffective. At the end of a long visit, and as I am about to say goodbye, not uncommonly a patient will ask me, “By the way, Doctor, do you think Viagra will help me?’ I have become so aware of this problem that, in the appropriate setting, I always ask about sexual issues. And if there is a problem, it is important to engage both partners in the discussion.

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Self-esteem: A powerful predictor of living and aging well By: Dr. David Lipschitz Three sad words in the English language are: “Get into shape.” With every new resolution, Americans almost always use the common refrain, “I am definitely going to get into shape”. When we see someone who looks healthy, we say, “She is in such great shape.” Shape is a national obsession, and although it refers to health, it reflects the way we wish to look. The news media and advertisers portray being thin as a measure of beauty. Pictures of young men with perfect bodies or women wearing scanty clothes, a bare midriff and sporting jewelry in their belly buttons are everywhere. It is a rare person who can ever aspire to being “one of those beautiful people,” and as we look in the mirror, all we see are flaws or images of our parents or grandparents staring back at us. It’s not surprising that my patients universally scoff when I tell them they are beautiful. If not being perfect is devastating to the self-esteems of teenagers, young adults and baby boomers, the effects on older individuals are particularly severe. Just recently, one of the most beautiful 80-something people I know, with a beautiful face, blazing blue eyes and a tummy that is average for her age, complained about her wrinkles and double chin, and asked quite seriously if she should have a tummy tuck. She was desperate to bring back her youth. No matter how hard I tried, it was impossible to convince her that she is beautiful. Subjected to the most discrimination are those who are significantly overweight. One 75-year-old woman who weighed much more than 300 pounds came to see me regularly because she said, “I was the only physician who seemed to respect her as a person.” The indignities she had suffered amounted to serious discrimination. The reason this topic is so important stems from the results of a study by the MacArthur Foundation of thousands of people over age 50. It showed that high self-esteem was the single most important predictor of a long and independent life. Think poorly of your-

self, and your risk of illness and even death increases threefold. It is for this reason that I always look on the positive side and have as a major goal to make patients I see feel better at the end of their visits than they did before. So what can we do to improve our self-esteems? Here are some suggestions: —Think well of yourself. Just because you are pleasantly plump, have some wrinkles and are less shapely than you used to be, does not mean you are not beautiful? —Feel good about yourself and appreciate your inner and outer beauty. I, for one, love telling men they are beautiful. They look at me askance. I respond that beauty is not merely the way you look, but who you are, what you have done, the contributions you have made and what you stand for. Universally, women often say the man in their life is beautiful. —Always look on the bright side. No matter the afflictions, the future must have hope and purpose. Forget the negative stereotypes of aging — the best is yet to come. Retirement is not the end of anything. It is the beginning of a new phase, so treat it that way. —Getting and staying busy is the best approach to sustaining self-esteem. Life has to be full to have meaning. Cultivate your creative side. Remain a lifelong learner. Write, paint or develop an avocation. Stay occupied and involved. Stay close to your family. We are now the older ones. It is up to us to mentor our children and grandchildren. —Be aware of depression. Remember, depression is not a weakness but a disease. Depression adversely affects self-esteem and is treatable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if each of us felt comfortable with a bare midriff and belly-button jewel? So what if it jiggles and moves from side to side and up and down, always remember your inner and outer beauty and tell yourself you are gorgeous. Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book “Breaking the Rules of Aging.”

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Warmth is where the heart is! How many of you were ready to pull the plug and move to that warm destination you’ve always had in the back of your mind? You know what I am talking about. Remember back just a few months to March when it felt like we may be entering a new ice age? Think back to your state of mind when you made the statement that this will be the last winter you will ever suffer through in Wisconsin. How soon our minds change when circumstances do a 360. Where are those feelings now when it is absolutely gorgeous outside with the sun shining, leaves on the trees and warmth in the air? Notice that winter has left your mind replaced by a walk in the sun and purchasing flowers to plant in your garden. Thinking about moving from your long term home can be confusing, frustrating and physically draining. We want the best for our family as well as for our own peace of mind. However, where you live is so critical to your physical and mental well-being. The decision to sell your home and move to your new destination is so important


and must be thought out completely before that change is made. You’ve heard the expression, “Count to 10 before you speak.” I would suggest counting to at least 60 days before making one of the most important decisions of your AGING life. ISSUES A while back, my parents decided By Tom Frazier to move to Phoenix to get away from our tough winters and bask in the sun about 350 days a year. They worked hard and decided it was ‘their time.’ My wife and I were sad because we have two children who loved to be with their grandparents and this would put sepaPLANTING ration between them. There was no TOMORROW’S ‘Facetime’ on an iPad back then, so the DREAMS TODAY phone would be their new connection. By Brad Olson I remember watching mom and dad

drive away and how significant that moment would be in allMONEY of ourSENSE lives. By Karen Ellenbecker They lived in Phoenix for five years, & Julie Ellenbecker and we did visit each year. -Lipsky I bet you can guess what happened next. The phone rang and mom sounded so excited. “We are moving back to be with our grandchildren!”My heart exploded with happiness and we APRON were going to Emma be reunited once again.STRINGS The move for my parents costBy Auntwas Emma ly in many ways. My father was still working and the relocation impacted his business in a negative way. He lost many of his clients and never fully recovered from that loss of income. My mother confessed that her time in Arizona was spent lamenting about the loss of her grandchildren’s closeness and every day contact. She was unhappy while my dad enjoyed the sun. In the end, they never regretted moving back to our rather challenging winters. The point of this article is to watch out for emotional impromptu decisions when thinking about a move from your long time home. If your home is truly not meeting your physical and emo-

tional needs, a move is probably the right decision to make. But WHERE you move is what this article is about. It is great to feel that sun and warmth, but take that scenario to the next level. Close your eyes and meditate on how it would feel to be in your new location for the long term, not just for the immediate gratification. What would each day look and feel like? How would you enjoy the heat in summer months in your new warm weather climate if you could not afford to spend those months back in Wisconsin? What would it feel like to have an ipad/phone relationship with your loved ones? How does it feel to begin a new life and meet new people without the long-term roots of friendship and family? I am not advocating perpetual living in our state. I am only echoing many of my clients’ decisions to move and then receive a call to start looking for a home here in the Greater Milwaukee area as they have decided to come back to their roots and families. Take your time with your decision


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Abused women and Social Security By Tom Margenau Based on emails I get from many women, I sometimes find it hard to believe that we are living in the 21st century! It is just so sad, and even shocking, what some men will do to their wives or ex-wives. In these cases, I’m not talking about physical abuse, although I can only imagine what some of the women who share their stories with me have had to put up with. But I am talking about how some men treat women emotionally and financially — and more specifically, how Social Security gets involved in these matters. I’ve dealt with these issues before. (One of my columns that got the most feedback from readers was titled something like, “When you are married to a jerk!�) However, the sad emails from sometimes desperate women just keep flowing into my inbox, so I’ve got to address the issue again. : I was married to my first husband for 8 years. He died a long time ago. I’ve been married to my second husband for 35 years. A few years ago, I had a stroke, which left me with many problems. I am doing much better than I was in the past, but I still have many physical and emotional issues. Ever since the stroke, my husband has been aloof and distant from me. Sometime even hostile. We are both in our early 60s. He would never let me work outside the home, so I don’t have any Social Security of my own. He gets a nice pension from his former employer. He won’t let me share in that. I was hoping to get some of his Social Security, but he refuses to sign up for those benefits just to keep me from getting anything. What can I do? : Frankly, I’m not sure why you are still married to this guy. But from a Social Security perspective, I can tell you that you should dump his sorry butt as soon as possible. As long as you are married to him, you cannot get benefits on his Social Security record until he is getting benefits himself. But if you are divorced, you could claim benefits from him even though he isn’t getting anything. (There is sometimes a two-year waiting period to claim benefits after a di-



vorce, but still, the sooner he is out of your life the better off you will eventually be. Also, once you are divorced, you might be eligible for widow’s benefits off your first husband’s Social Security record. : My husband and I are getting a divorce after 30 years of marriage. I worked for a short while before we were married, but was a stay-at-home mom for the past three decades. To put it mildly, our divorce is an acrimonious one. He was a philandering fool, but he blames me for driving him into the arms of his mistresses! I am frankly happy to be rid of him. I was about to sign the divorce papers, but my lawyer just informed me that my husband and his lawyer are insisting on a clause in our divorce decree that stipulates that I cannot have access to any of his Social Security, both while he is alive and after he is gone. My lawyer tells me we should hold out and fight this in the courts. I thought I recall a past column in which you discussed something similar. What can I do? : First, you can think about getting a new lawyer. Second, you can sign the divorce papers. That Social Security clause your husband wants added to the divorce decree is totally meaningless. Social Security law says that you will be eligible for divorced spouse’s benefits on his record as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. In a nutshell, the rules say you would get part of his Social Security if you are at least 62 years old; he is also at least 62 years old; you are not currently married, and you are not due higher benefits on your own Social Security record. Anything your husband’s lawyer scribbles into a divorce decree about Social Security cannot supersede federal law. Your lawyer should have known this and told you so. If you have a Social Security question, Tom Margenau has the answer. Contact him at thomas.margenau@ To find out more about Tom Margenau and to read past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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Prairie du Chien? Why not enjoy the river and history? At one time explored by the French, then a British territory into the early 1800’s, the picturesque Wisconsin community of Prairie du SENSE Chien is filled withByMONEY history and reKaren Ellenbecker Ellenbecker lives its historical past& Julie time and again -Lipsky with performances, pageants, reenactments and positively comes alive in the warm weather seasons via boat traffic as it fronts on the Mississippi APRONWisconRiver inEmma deep Southwestern STRINGS sin. By Aunt Emma The river always has played an important role for Prairie du Chien. Even today, there are five public landings and almost daily river cruises from Spring into Fall that highlight life on the river


1814 that the Battle of Prairie du Chien occurred. This month (July) the battle BATTLING REENACTORS: Visitors July 19-20 can view the musket and cannon battles, tour and other activities will be reenacted the camp sites and chat with the re-enactors. and special memorabilia from the Civil This celebration also honors the As for accommodations, there War and that of 1812 will be displayed Villa Louis historic site and the adja- are about 500 hotel and motel rooms at Fort Crawford. Self-guided tours cent St. Feriole Island. available in the area, with most of them there can be had from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yes, some admissions will be right in the city. Let the chamber repreall this month. We’ll tell you more of charged. sentative steer you to a great location. the actual military reenactment now. July 12 will be a big day for Villa While there are five with indoor Louis. Visitors will be able to enter the pools, don’t plan on outdoor swimworld of Victorian America while tour- ming in a motel or hotel pool unless ing the landmark mansion complete you want to go all the away to the Fronwith spacious gardens, a fur trade mu- tier Motel in Marquette, Iowa, a couple seum and adornments. Also, a twilight of miles beyond Prairie du Chien. This tour will be held July 25 and again on just happens to be next to a casino. August 22 when open houses will alHow far is Prairie du Chien from low you to tour the elegantly restored Milwaukee? A scenic drive of 180 home of the Dousman family. There miles through numerous communities will be refreshments and piano music that will also pique your interest. from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Quite naturally, a main attraction is a boat tour. They’re fun and quite scenic along the Great River as it works its way south between Wisconsin, Iowa and past Illinois enroute to the Gulf of Pikes Peak State Park Mexico. The Villa Louis supervisors will stage the 34th annual Villa Louis Carand provide viewing of wildlife along The Reenactment of the Battle of By Enis Wright riage Classic Sept. 5-7. Many of the the shores and in the overhead fresh air Prairie du Chien celebration will be region’s finest horses and attractive and on well-watered islands. held from July 12-20. The actual physPrairie du Chien became important ical reenactment will be July 19-20. By carriages compete in a variety of arena to the French fur trading in the early way of history, it was July 17, 1814, and cross-country events. This event 1600’s. French lost control of the area when a British force led by Col. McK- descends from the times of the Dousto the British in the mid-1770’s despite ay attacked the fort. They were hardly man family who raised, among others, the fact that it really was a part of the all British, but had British leanings as some of the finest race horses of that United States since the Revolutionary the force was comprised of residents era. There’s a Victorian Kitchen War. Bountiful fur from the plenteous of Prairie du Chien, Green Bay, MichBreakfast, wine tasting, cave tours, supply of trapped and then skinned an- iganders, a British artillery sergeant music venues, farmers’ markets, asimals made Prairie du Chien and its ac- and over 30 Upper Mississippi Native cess to the mighty river very important Americans. They overtook the fort on tronomy programs, city-wide garage VILLA LOUIS: Yes, be sure to tour Villa Louto those who bartered with and bought July 20 and the American force surren- sales, archeology and foliage cruises is, the elegant old house was once owned from the Native Americans who inhab- dered the then Fort Shelby, which was in Fall among the wealth of activities by the wealthy Dousman family. Perhaps, that the Prairie du Chien Chamber of ited the area. under the command at the time of Lt. Commerce and Tourism Council have the village in Waukesha County is named A U.S. fort was built along the river Joseph Perkins. planned for visitors. For additional in- in Dousman’s honor. in 1805 to be later taken over by BritVisitors will be able to tour the ish forces and regained to the control camps, explore the sites and learn of formation, call Patti Wacker, tourism of the United States’ forces in 1815. military life at that time. There will be Coordinator at 1-80-732-1673, ext. 11. The war of 1812 continued in places musket and cannon pyrotechnics. far beyond its beginning year. It was in

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as to where your next home will be. Make sure your new location matches who you really are and what life holds for you. For many, the children have moved away and moving to a warm weather climate makes all the sense in the world. For others, family is here and moving away may be traumatic and difficult. Seasons change, people change, but one thing remains constant‌winter will always relent to spring. Yes, this last winter was one for the ages. I, too, said many times, “Why am I giving up half my life to this cold and

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Former baseball superstar McLain highlights sports collectors show Sports memorabilia fans and others who attended the Wisconsin Sports Collectors Show this past May enjoyed a rare treat when former pitching star Denny McLain made an appearance. McLain was here for a special autograph signing session. You may be familiar with the Sports Collectors group, and you may recall McLain’s days of glory on the baseball diamond, but if not, stick around; they both make for quite interesting stories. The Wisconsin Sports Collectors Association was started here in 1975 by a Milwaukee man, Leroy Kilps. He died three years ago, and the organization has since been operated by his son, Keith Kilps, who now serves as the group’s president, and another local gentleman, Mike Rodell, who is its VP. The group’s purpose today is to collect and merchandise sports memorabilia. That one-time modest little pastime has become one of the fastest growing and most profitable professions in the country today. You may have seen a recent story in the Milwaukee Journal about Hank Aaron autographs selling for $300 to $600 a piece, and the sale a couple years back of a Babe Ruth jersey (which wasn’t even autographed) selling for $4.4 million. The WSCA conducts its show and sales on the first or second Sunday of every month, all year long, in Gonzaga Hall at 1441 S. 92nd St., in West Allis. That’s adjacent to and south of St. Aloysius Church. In addition to offering sports memorabilia of all kinds, the shows sometimes include a guest speaker, and often, for autograph sessions, a former sports star. More on the Association and sport memorabilia later, but now some commentary on McLain, a man who has had a truly fantastic life. In truth, his story is one of the most astounding in the history of Major League Baseball, filled with more highs and lows than even a Hollywood script writer could concoct. Probably the best known of McLain’s many achievements in baseball was when he won 31 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1968, leading them to the American League pennant and the World Series Championship. Over the

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past 80 years in Major League play, he is the only pitcher to win as many as By Enis Wright 30 games in one season. My math may be a bit skewed, but my figures indicate that over that period of time more than 15,000 men pitched in the Major Leagues. And of all that huge total, only one, Denny McLain, has achieved the magic 30 win total. It is rarer than hitting 60 home runs. McLain followed that fantastic Denny McLain at the pinnacle of his career, the year he won 31 games for the Detroit Tigers season with 24 wins the next year. In ’68, he was awarder both the Most and won both the Cy Young and the Most Valuable Player awards. Valuable Player award as well as the shutouts. Few starting pitchers today total of 661 innings pitched over those Cy Young award, one of only a hand- reach even 200 innings. As for com- two consecutive seasons along with so ful of players to receive both honors in plete games and shutouts, last year the many starts and complete games were the same season. In ’69, he won the Cy entire Brewers pitching staff managed far more than those of any other pitcher Young again, sharing the award with only four complete games and only in Major league Baseball. Tigers’ manBaltimore’s Mike Cuellar. McLain’s one pitcher had a shutout. ager Mayo Smith might have realized pitching stats over the two seasons Denny was more than just a that he was endangering his pitching boggles the mind. In 1968, he pitched one-season wonder, too, as some had ace, especially after all the cortisone a total of 336 innings; in 1969, 325; he opined. Over the five seasons from shots that had been given to McLain had 28 complete games in ’68 and 23 ’65 through ’69, the two men who after repeated arm and shoulder sorein ’69; over the two years he pitched 15 were considered as the best hurlers ness. in baseball were Juan Marichal of In spring training in 1970, McSan Francisco and Bob Gibson of St. Lain could hardly raise his arm. He Louis. But McLain virtually matched didn’t realize it then, but for all intents, their achievements on the mound. his career as a superstar major league Over those five years, Marichal won pitcher was over. He managed to win 108 games and Gibson 96; McLain’s three games that year, on guile alone. win total of 108 exactly matched His once overpowering speed was Marichal’s. Both Marichal and Gibson gone. Then, amid stories in the media have since been elected to the Baseball that linked him to gambling, the Tigers Hall of Fame. McLain, for a number of suspended him, and eventually traded reasons that don’t make sense, has not. him to the Washington Senators. By McLain was sitting on top of the the end of the ’72 season, after being world then, his picture on the covers dumped twice, to Oakland and then to of baseball and other sports magazines Atlanta, he was finished. Incredibly, he as well as in newspapers all over the was still only 28 years old. Other than country. He appeared on all the major throwing a baseball, he really didn’t television shows of the day including have any marketable skills. As noted the Tonight and the Ed Sullivan Shows. in his bio in the Baseball EncyclopeHe was easily among the most popular dia, “McLain was ill-equipped to deal figures in the world of sports. with his problems. He was both brash But what is the old axiom about a and immature. In the go-go late ‘60s, comet or a meteor that is at its brightest he had lived a sort of twisted, mod lifeBack in the late 1960s McLain’s picture just before it burns out? All of those in- style, reaping the benefits of early fame appeared on the cover of magazines such nings pitched and all of the 51 complete without a clue to its true meaning and as Life and Time and on sports publications games, especially in the two seasons of significance.” such as Who’s Who in Baseball. ’68 and ’69, took their toll. McLain’s

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Appearing today at sports collector shows all over the country, here McLain (right), discusses a valuable item with one of the show attendees, Dick Wallace, a local golf teaching pro. He did give it a try, however, working in both radio and television, and running a night club. But he failed at everything, and the climax came when his home burned to the ground, destroying all his possessions including his priceless baseball awards. Bankrupt, he started association with mobsters, and in his own words, became a criminal himself. He was convicted of racketeering, extortion and gambling and sentenced to prison. After serving his sentence, he was paroled, only to fall back in with other lawless groups. He was arrested and sentenced again. Those who knew him when he was the toast of the baseball world could only shake their heads in sadness. Released from prison a second time, he became a compulsive eater, ballooning up in weight from a solid 195 to an unhealthy 370 pounds of flab. Can you begin to imagine gaining that amount of weight? If you have ever gained 20 or 30 pounds, you might recall how you couldn’t get into your clothes anymore and your friends commented on your looks. If you’d gained 50 or 60 your whole appearance would have changed and you’d probably have had to get a new wardrobe. Can you con-

ceive adding as much as 175? All through his ordeal, the one person who stuck by him and made life bearable for him was his wife, Sharyn. They were married more than 50 years ago and have four children and seven grandkids. Sharyn, by the way, is the daughter of Lou Boudreau, the former

McLain’s high kick delivery was the impetus behind his blazing fastball.

Cleveland Indians shortstop, manager and batting champ. When Denny got out of prison the last time, he went to his home in Detroit and did little but sit and sulk for some time. “One day it sort of hit me,” Denny said. “Or maybe it had been building up in my head for some time. But I looked at myself in the mirror and saw this ugly, fat pumpkin looking back at me. And not only that, but the ugly, fat pumpkin was broke, had nothing going for him, and was a lousy failure. So I came to the conclusion, and thank God that I did, that I had to do something pretty quick about it.” And so he did. He put himself on a rigorous diet, cutting out all the junk foods, soda (he’d been drinking more than a case of Pepsi a day) and booze, and began exercising. The results you see today; he looks good, and show crowds love him. “I took off between 160 and 170 pounds,” Denny said, proudly. “I’ll tell you, doing that was a hell of a lot harder than winning 30 games.” He also discovered the world of sports memorabilia. He began attending sports shows and signing autographs in the Detroit area, where he lives, and then more across the country. He told me that today he participates in 225 to 240 shows a year, in just about every state in the U.S. He said he signs anywhere from 75 to 450 autographs a show. At the recent Sports Collectors Show here, he signed for four hours, getting $17 an autograph, more if the signing was personalized or on a piece of clothing. So I did a little math, as we were talking. Guess what! If you take an average of 230 shows a year, times an average of 260 signings, times $17, what do you think you’d get? The answer is more than a million dollars. Denny watched me doing my calculations. “Hey, stop that,” he said, laughing. “You’re going to come up with some fool figure and get me in trouble with the IRS. I’ll tell you something; I’ve had my fill of trouble with the law – it’s the straight and narrow for me, now.” I thought that I would comply with his request and not put in anything about earnings, after all, I wasn’t one of those investigative type writers. But then I changed my mind. I reasoned that this whole thing was a wonderful example of how someone like McLain,

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once way up there in fame as well as fortune, who then, through his own fault or whatever, made some awful mistakes and lost it all, and had sunk to the depths financially and physically. Then, through his own resolve and with the help of his wife, fought back and climbed back up once again. Perhaps you might say that signing autographs isn’t really all that much of an accomplishment. Maybe; but maybe not. First of all, it’s a completely honest endeavor and he’s the only one doing the work; nobody is giving anything to him. He’s 70 years old now, and he’s earning even more than he did when he was in his 20s as a star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers (his top pay then was $90,000 a season). So the way I look at it, it’s a real success story. For so many years pitied and scorned, McLain today is successful and respected. As they say over Piccadilly way, “Bully, Denny lad, bully!” I said I’d also give you a little more about the Wisconsin Sports Collectors Association. All of their shows are open to the public. As noted, they have one every month. The admission charge is only $1, and even if you don’t find something to buy, you’ll enjoy yourself just looking and talking to people. It is really fascinating. And if you decide to sign up to be a member of the Association, which costs $8, you and your family, can attend every show of the year free. Upcoming shows are on July 13, Aug. 16, Sept. 7, Oct. 12, Nov. 16 and Dec. 14; the first two from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., the rest, in deference to the Packer games, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, check out (My thanks to you, MR, for suggesting this story, and good luck in your own struggle.)

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Korean War, looking back 60 years While General Douglas MacArthur was heralded as a genuine leader in the United States military and World War II hero as reported in the June issue of this magazine, he did not serve long into the Korean Conflict as the general and then President Harry S. Truman had conflicting ideas about the war and how it was being fought. General MacArthur, relieved of command, retired and returned to the United States to standing ovations by the populace in the major cities he then visited. But what of Korea? The 60th anniversary of the horrendously brutal war came to a close in July, 1953, just over three years after the Communistic North invaded South Korea.

A recent book published by the South Korean government, “Korea Reborn – grateful nation honors war veterans for 60 years of growth,” allowed us a retrospective look at the war, at the U.S. military members who served there, the stopping of the Communists’ drive to take over the country and, so importantly, how the once wartorn country has begun the vibrantly prosperous nation that South Korea is today. South Koreans are proud of their country’s rising from the rubble and ashes left by the Communists’ aggression to become an economic power and democratic world leader today.

The nicely done book is dedicated to all Korean War veterans. It was published in 2013 on the 60th anniversary of the military armistice agreement, which is still short of a peaceful all-time solution due to the stubborn ideas of the North. The book honors the noble sacrifices of all the veterans and reminds them of the real values of freedom and democracy. The all-important fact that freedom is not free was demonstrated by the United Nations armed forces, who re-

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turned to UN control. A brief look at what had occurred during those years in the Koreas. Almost immediately upon the Communistic invasion, moving below the 38th parallel, the United Nations approved sending troops to assist South Korea. The North enemy was well equipped and a bloody siege was to begin in what was described even early on as a war we could not win. The Communists had looked for an easy victory and had even overtak-

As a Korean veteran, Al Ortiz, said, “We’ve helped a lot of countries and done a lot of other things and, boy, they’ve never expressed their appreciation like the Koreans have.” sponded to the Communists’ attack on South Korea that began June 25, 1950. The furious fighting continued until the still-in-effect armistice was signed July 27, 1953, bringing to a close 1,122 days of warring in which American forces’ casualties were heavy, 33,629 dead and 103,284 wounded. The prisoner exchanges that followed the next month saw 75,823 Communists sent back home in return for 7,802 Republic of Korea soldiers 3,597 U.S. services’ personnel and 1,372 persons of other nationalities re-

en the main city of the South, Seoul. The Communists numbered hundreds of thousands. The allied forces were first put on the defensive, but later the regrouped armies just began the key task of fighting for one strategic hill after another until they turned the tide against the Communists under the leadership of Field Commander Matthew Ridgeway. At one time as many as 365,000 soldiers, mostly American, carried the U.N. banners. With superior resources (Communistic supply lines were cut)

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and the advantage of deadly air power, the Communists’ advantages slowly slipped away. Cease-fire negotiations began in summer of 1951, but were abandoned and the war continued until the beginning of the end came via the Red Cross arranging an exchange of the sick and wounded prisoners as a “gesture of peace.” This occurred just a short time before the death of Josef Stalin, the So-

viet leader. Russia had backed, armed and promoted the Communists’ invasion. The Communists began looking for a peaceful solution. They found it and the armistice was signed in July, 1953. By August of that year, many of the military personnel (This writer included) were on their way to their homes, released at the very least from active military duty.

A Korean girl places a wreath of flowers on the grave of an American soldier, while Pfc. Chester Painter and Cpl. Harry May presents arms, at the U.S. Military Cemetery at Danggok, now officially known as the United Nations Memorial Cemetery Korea. ( April 9, 1951, photo by Cpl. Alex Klein, Army)

National World War II Museum From the battlefield to the home front in Louisiana, the National World War Two Museum is being expanded at its location in New Orleans. The museum with its proposed addition will be located in 300,000 sq. ft. Founded by the late author-historian Stephen Ambrose, the museum now is promoting a $33 million expansion including architectural development and additional World War Two exhibits and furnishings. Tom Hanks is the honorary chairman of the capital campaign that seeks contributions from per-

sons, who become charter members for a minimum $25 donation. Steven Spielberg is quoted as saying, “I urge you to join me in supporting the National World War II Museum that will celebrate the American spirit and remind Americans of the 21st century and beyond that freedom does not come free.” Among others who endorse the expansion are former President George H.W. Bush and commentator-author Tom Brokaw. The National World War II Museum is at 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

As a Korean veteran, Al Ortiz, said, “We’ve helped a lot of countries and done a lot of other things and, boy, they’ve never expressed their appreciation like the Koreans have.”

“It is not easy to describe a country from being ravaged to one of great skyscrapers,” says veteran Bob Ramos. What we say, “Where there is a will, there’s a way.”

The two Koreas

The zones of control that separate the North and South Koreas were established by the Americans and the Russians in 1945. A single Korea today would make a drastic cut in military spending, which certainly creates a burden for both sides. Still, while older people want unification, the younger South Koreans are satisfied to keep things as

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they are. Only 40 percent of them think unification is necessary. We suspect that modern thinkers in Korea realize the enormous costs involved with unification of the two Koreas. This has been estimated at $600 billion. How much of this would good old and loyal Uncle Sam provide? Let us never find out.




ARTS July 4 Have a safe and fun 4th of July!

the WRIGHT July 11 SIDE of By Enis Wright



July 26 Brady St. Festival Brady St., Milwaukee Brady Street will be rockin’ the day and night away with 3 stages packed with live entertainment, vendors, crafters and much more, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Details at


Starry Nights Concerts Sharon Lynne Wilson Center 19805 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield, WI 53045 Free outdoor concerts performed at the Gerlach Outdoor Theater at 6:30 p.m. – July 11, Rockin’ Robins (music from the 50s -60s) - July 18, Starry Nights Orchestra - July 25, Robert J and the Most (jazz, pop, funk, rock reggae).

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July 12 Lake Country Art Festival Naga-Waukee Park Hwy 83, Delafield The festival features exhibitors offering fine art, glass, pottery, woodwork, painting and much more. From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $5 donation per carload. July 13 Cedarburg Maxwell Street Days Firemen’s Park W65 N796 Washington Ave., Cedarburg Open from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., admission is free; event takes place rain or shine. July 19 Port Washington Fish Day Downtown Port Washington Parade and opening of the festival grounds starts at 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., free admission to grounds, charge for main stage area. Free shuttle bus service begins at 8 a.m. Visit portfishday. com for more information. July 23 – August 3 Phantom of the Opera Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is better than before. This is a not to be missed event this summer. Visit or call 414-273-7206.

July 31 – August 10 Wisconsin State Fair Wisconsin State Fair Park 640 South 84th, St., West Allis Be sure to come more than once to this fair with events going on every day! Visit for listing of daily activities or 800-884-fair. Activities in and around the area: July Events – Jackson Crossings Retirement Community N168 W22026 Main St. Jackson 262-993-2838 Free events- July 5, 6 p.m., music by Terry Morganroth: July 10, 6 p.m., music by Greg Driss: July 15, 6 p.m., music by Barry and Blondie. July 11- professional massage appointments, beginning at 9:30 a.m., call 262-677-8864 for cost and to reserve a time. July 10 - 13 Iola Old Car Show and Swap Meet Iola Old Car Show Grounds Jenson Dr. & East State St. East Hwy 161, Iola The Midwest’s largest Old Car Show held annually the 2nd weekend of July. Feature exhibit this year will be “Four for all in ‘14”, Four-door sedans, convertibles and station wagons with other show cars. Great food and camping is available. Visit www. or call 715-4454000 for details.

Ongoing – September 4 Jazz in the Park Cathedral Square Park, Milwaukee Concerts take place Thursday evenings, 5 – 9 p.m. with music starting at 6 p.m. Visit jazz-in-the-park for their lineup and band schedule. Through August 27 Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series Pewaukee Lakefront Park This free musical series is held (weather permitting) from 6 – 9 p.m. each Wednesday of the month. Visit for more information. Through summer Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Show Lake Park, Pewaukee Enjoy the water ski show from 6:45 – 7:45 (weather permitting), Thursdays during the summer season. Visit for any updates on events. Badgerland Water Ski Show Frame Park 1240 Frame Park Dr., Waukesha From Memorial Day through Labor Day this free event on the Fox River is for your enjoyment, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., (weather permitting). ON-GOING Alzheimer’s Support Group Cedar Bay West, Fellowship Hall, 5595 County Road Z, West Bend. Group meets the second Wednesday from 1 - 3 p.m. For details, call (262) 306-4230. Alzheimer’s Support Group Jackson Crossing Lakeshore Building N168 W22026 Main St., Jackson Support group held the third Wednesday of each month; 6 p.m. Respite care is available. Please call for reservations at (262) 993-2838. Afternoon Dance American Legion Post #449 3245 N. 124th St., Brookfield Everyone Welcome! Second Monday of every month, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Big Band dance, $3.

• • • • • Charles Horwitz Planetarium S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha For more information on upcoming programs visit - • • • • • Milwaukee Art Museum 700 N. Art Museum Dr. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday Sunday. Call (414) 224-3200 or go to • • • • • Milwaukee County RSVP – Interfaith Older Adult Programs, Inc. Contact Eddie at (414) 220-8655 to be a volunteer. • • • • • Milwaukee Dancing Grannies Interested in becoming one of Milwaukee’s dancing grannies? Contact us at (414) 630-4493. • • • • • Museum of Wisconsin Art 300 South Sixth Ave., West Bend Public hours, Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 4:30 p.m. (262) 334-9638/ www. • • • • •  O.A.S.I.S. 2414 West Mitchell Street For seniors Fifty-Five Plus Travel Club meets monthly, second Friday of the month 8:30 a.m. Website: • • • • •  Potawatomi Bingo Casino Senior Day is every Tuesday of the month. That means more chances for you to win! • • • • •  Schlitz Audubon Nature Center 1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee Call for information at (414) 3522880 Ext. 0. • • • • • SC Johnson Tours Golden Rondelle Theater 1525 Howe St., Racine Reservations are required; admission is free, open all year on Fridays only. Offering three tour programs that run from 1 to 3.5 hours. Visit website to schedule a tour at and for tours of 20 or more, call (262) 260-2154. • • • • •

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Racine Art Museum Free First Fridays RAM, 441 Main Street, Racine Free admission to everyone the first Friday of every month generously sponsored by the Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation. For details, call (262) 638-8300 or • • • • • Vagabond Ski & Social Club Knights of Columbus Hall 3200 S. 103rd & Oklahoma Ave. An active social club for singles and married couples. Meeting and dance. Visit website for more details: www.

July poem July, of 31 days, has fresh air with an occasional wind gust. For times like these in last and long winter we really did lust. This month is full of surprises; there are some every single day. Who needs it? In lingering daylight, there’s ample time to play. Farmers excitedly in their fields do work labors of love. Working very intently fits most such workers like a glove. We sub and urbanites seek out worthwhile things to do. July still is the time for many young turtle doves to bill and coo. This time of mid-summer is not for just the birds to enjoy a bit of woo. Anything we eat today, we’re told, must be fat and gluten-free. Would you guess that such a diet does not fit my taste buds to a tee.

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The federal government plans to put a cap on spending. It probably will be a high centered one. N N N N N President Lyndon Johnson, in 1964, declared war on poverty. Is this to be a non-ending battle in the United States? N N N N N I wonder if Gov. Walker cleans house for his wife? I noticed recently that he can sweep the room with a glance. N N N N N Is there a senior citizen who does not realize how great experience really is? It enables the average person to recognize his mistake the second time around. N N N N N I can honestly report from comparing times past with tomorrow, we always tried to make ends meet. However, it seems like the same ends kept moving further apart. N N N N N Be very careful if you are one of those people who have never made a mistake. My futuristic globe tells me that there’s at least one heck of a problem just ahead. N N N N N The Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Appleton may be akin to “Hangover Heaven “ Sunday morning, July 20, following the Commander’s Club party the night before at Post 38 during the four day American Legion state convention, July 16-20. The Memorial Service begins at 8 a.m. that Bloody Mary morning.

As July progresses, there are ball games of all types and sorts. Golf and tennis take the summer scene as great outdoor sports.

As for summer cook-outs, we don’t really go for wings and chicken. But a swig or two of beer helps to keep the old boys tickin’. Trust July for all mid-summer fun activities and such to really grow. On these nice days, by the way, don’t forget your lawn to mow.

N N N N N While the average American male is about 5’9”, the average height for an NBA player is 6’7”. Isn’t basketball discriminatory? Where are the people who should be calling for equal employment opportunities? N N N N N While writing about basketball, we hate the fouling and free throwing near the close of tightly scored games. Why not eliminate this nonsense and speed up the game by awarding three free throws (enough to win the game)? N N N N N I suspect many of those big executives with the multi-million dollar salaries never climbed the ladder of success. Those guys utilized the elevator. N N N N N We read some place that when your horoscope and your wife’s plans for you for that day don’t agree, just go back to bed or do what she wants. N N N N N Geniuses talk about people thinking in their left and right brains. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an ambidextrous brain? N N N N N That farmer who has posted a sign alongside the road must no longer like his wife. The sign reads: Honey for sale. N N N N N I noticed the biggest guy on the moving crew is the one who lifted the piano stool. He undoubtedly was the quickest on the draw and also, the laziest.

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Soon July Fourth comes as a day we mostly do cherish. For certain, on this day the brats, buns and beans will perish.

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Emma covers a lot this month MOVING IN THE

RIGHT IDIRECTION Here we are again. am so happy Bruce Nemovitz with the weather Bythis summer – not too warm, no local tornadoes, enough sunshine and rain to make our garden grow and warming water in our lakes so the young ones can swim and enjoy life as it should be enjoyed. I guess that is enough about such things. Henry just popped in over his AGING lunch break at the factory. What he’s ISSUES doing home right now is a mystery By Tom Frazier to me as he usually eats in the cafeteria? “Henry,” I asked, “What’s so important as to bring you home at noon?” Henry, a bit embarrassed, or so it seemed, ran right to the bathroom and returned almost immediately, saying, “Emma, I had to come home to get PLANTING my false teeth. For some unknown and TOMORROW’S stupid reason, I forgot the lower plate DREAMS TODAY this morning and didn’t realize it until By Brad Olson I got to the cafeteria. I suddenly knew while looking at that deep fried steak sandwich that it was more than I could chew.” He then laughed and I smiled even though I wanted to groan. As Henry says when I complain about a minor hip pain or a backache after making the bed, “Emma, there’s SPORTS absolutely nothing wrong with you By Jack Pearson that a bit of a visit with my psychiatrist, Dr. Ezra Brooks, won’t fix, or at least have those pains going bye, bye birdie in a hurry.” He and I both know that



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if I followed his advice, dinner might be late and I’d be adding a headache to the pains I already have. I guess such is life and as I get older each day, I’m making progress and I hope it really is not only to the grave. I have an old friend and I really do mean old; she’s about 93 and still lives by herself in an independent living situation. She is a really loving type of person, who keeps up her appearance by going to the house beautician every week or so. This lady is quite a smart old gal. She said the other day when I visited her there, “Emma, I am so tired of this weather. The weatherman predicts this or that and almost half the time it isn’t even right. When they can predict eclipses of the sun, know of falling stars, far-flung tornadoes and things like rising oceans due to warming, why can’t they foretell more accurately what the weather will be like on the weekend?

I just told her that as Henry tells me when I make a dumb mistake, “Genius can’t always be right, but stupidity never changes.” I guess that I don’t even have to be on top of the mountain to be at my top peak performance. I am realizing that I have enough hills to climb without finding some imaginary ones. Henry says, (My, do I ever like to quote my hubby) “Emma, keep those weeds from growing in the gardens of your mind. You do this by thinking things through instead of shrugging your shoulders and   saying to yourself, I can’t do it.” I thought to myself, I guess Henry thought things through this noon when he came home for his teeth. Oh, Oh, now I have gone and done it. The label in that new fancy shirt that Sonny gave to his daddy (my Henry) for Father’s Day, read that it should be dry cleaned only. I do wish I would have read that before I washed it today. Perhaps I can set it aside so Henry won’t notice its being gone until I can squirrel enough money from my grocery stash to buy him an identical one. You’d be – or at least I was – so surprised by the way those stripes all kind of now run together. I guess it is true that you should have absolute trust in God, but always read directions and follow them. Might reading the Bible

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be the directions to Heaven? Henry and I are preparing for our annual summer week at the cabin up north where several of us own six weeks of timeshare. While I am not crazy about that lake near Tomahawk, I do admit that I like the summer week much better than the ice fishing one. I read a lot while I am there. It is my second best activity. I’ve really gotten good at swatting those big black flies and smacking the half dollar size mosquitoes.  Well, yes, this last is somewhat of an exaggeration. We’ll be up there the last week of this month, so I will have a lot to write about for the next issue. There are many nice restaurants in that area. I do like that. But Henry has cautioned me about going to the ones with the fancy white tablecloths and individual  lanterns on the tables. He says that he never even considers ordering a bratwurst smothered in onions, sauerkraut and pickle relish in a place like that.  I wonder, is that because they wouldn’t know how to properly cook it? Until we get together again, let me tell you that should opportunity knock, do let it in.  Who knows   if you’ll get that same chance ever again? Bye for now.





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KILLING TIME with Jim McLoone

Welcoming home the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight at Mitchell Airport on June 7th. Jack and his father Harold Hoffmann

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A record album cover from the early days. By Jack Pearson Hysteria: A neurosis characterized by mental aberration; excessive and over-active emotions; wild and uncontrollable adoration. The word “hysteria” aptly defines what occurred in Milwaukee during the afternoon and evening of September 4, 1964, when thousands of screaming teenagers went completely bonkers during the first and only visit and concert here by the then world famed phenomenon known as the Beatles. If you were around then, it was something you’d never forget. The next day, under a banner headline in the Milwaukee Sentinel that read: “Thousands Sob, Yell at Arena – Beatles Conquer City!” were these words from the following story: “Fifty Milwaukee police officers and thirty Sheriff’s deputies restrained the crowd with great difficulty as other officers stood by with hoses, ready to drive them back if necessary. ‘I never saw anything like it,’ one deputy said, ‘and hope I never do again. Those kids were crazy.’” Well, with that kind of coverage



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by the press, there obviously was a good deal of chaos and disorder. Those youngsters may have been wild and a bit nutty, but they weren’t destructive or dangerous. The concert did go on, and the Beatles did their thing, and the event went down as one of the truly great highlights in the city’s history, right along with VJ Day and the day the Braves won the World Series. And a local man, Bob Barry, who had already become quite famous as the city’s top radio disc jockey, became even more famous after serving as the concert’s master of ceremonies. In fact, to this day, a half century later, he is still often referred to as “Beatle Bob” Barry. Time does fly by, and we’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of that momentous occasion. So to write about it, I decided to talk to Barry. There’s no one today who has better personal recollections of that Beatles concert, but also newspaper and magazine articles and, best of all, dozens of wonderful photographs. Most of the pictures with this story were provided by him. Bob and his


wife, Nancy, reside today on the shore of Nagawicka Lake. At the time of the concert, he worked at WOKY, then the busiest station in the area in regard to modern day music. The name of his show at the time, “Bob Barry Calls the World,” was a radio hit from ’62 until ’76. In 1975, Billboard Magazine, the Bible of Show Business, ranked Bob the top radio personality in the country, and in 2001 he was inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Bob hasn’t been involved in DJ work for some time, but he is still quite active in radio production work and advertising, and is a frequent guest speaker at local events. It was fascinating discussing that long ago era with him when the

A youthful and happy five-some; Paul McCartney, 23, Bob Barry, 22; John Lennon, 23; Ringo Starr, 23; and George Harrison, 20. Lennon and Harrison have since died. Beatles were the hottest thing in the entertainment world. Every one of their concerts, all over Europe and wherever, were sold out, always well in advance. Their records were easily number one in sales in the world, far outselling those of any other entertainer, including Presley and Sinatra. The overwhelming success of the Beatles in Great Britain and the rest of Europe in the early ‘60s culminated in a special Command Performance of the group before the Queen and the Royal Court in BEATLES continued on page 6B

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London in late 1963. At the same time here in the United States, the nation’s most popular television program was the Sunday night Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan’s show regularly featured the most famous entertainers and celebrities in the world. Because of that command performance, and of course also because of the Beatles’ fantastic record sales here and everywhere, Sullivan invited the group to appear on his show. The performance was scheduled for February 9, 1964, and became the most widely viewed TV show in history. As a follow-up to that show, the Beatles’ management set up a 23-city concert tour throughout the United States and Canada. The tour was slated to open in San Francisco on August 9, and included cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit and Dallas and several more, including Milwaukee. The date for Milwaukee was set for September 4 at the Arena. In early April the Milwaukee Sentinel ran a small story about the upcoming concert, and where tickets could be purchased. Within only days all of the available 11,838 seats in the Arena were gobbled up. Had the Arena been larger, or had another, more spacious venue been available then, at least 20,000 more seats could have been sold. There’s a somewhat bizarre story involving Barry and the arrangements for the concert that has all but been forgotten over the passage of time. When a representative of the Beatles initially asked Barry if he’d serve as the master of ceremonies for the concert, he actually turned them down! Bob started to laugh and shake his head when I asked him about it. “I’ve made some goofy moves in my life,” he said, “but that one has to be the topper. I still can’t believe I did it.” Here’s what happened. “I was with WOKY then, and had been for the previous two years,” Bob recalled. “The music director of the station was Arline Quier. One day she received a phone call from Frank Fried of Triangle Productions in Chicago, the

Bob Barry today. outfit that was handling the Beatles’ tour. He told her he was looking for a master of ceremonies to work the Beatles concert in Milwaukee, and that he wanted to talk to me about it. So she said she’d transfer him to my line. When Frank and I began talking, he said he wanted someone who was not only knowledgeable of the music, but who was also popular in the community, and that I had been recommended to him. I thanked him for his comments, and then we discussed a few items, including my input during the concert. Then I asked him what the job paid, and sort of chuckled. ‘We don’t pay anything for the master of ceremonies work, at any of the concerts,’ he said. ‘Being associated with the Beatles is payment in itself.’ So I thanked him again, but told him I wasn’t interested, and hung up. Arline had been listening in. ‘Are you out of your mind?’ she asked. ‘Do you realize who the Beatles are? Only the hottest thing in the world right now. Most people would kill to get what you just turned down. Call them back and tell them you’ve reconsidered and will take it.’ I gave her a dubious look. ‘Go on, go on,’ she said, glaring at me. It wasn’t just the money or lack of it that I objected to; MC jobs such as this one paid only $150 to $200, anyhow. It was the principal of the thing. The Beatles were getting paid; the warm-up bands and the stage hands and the electricians all

were getting paid; so why not me? But on the other hand, maybe Fried and Quier were right. Being associated with a famous group like the Beatles was a great honor, and who was I to complain? So I took Arline’s advice and called Frank back. But when I did, there was a hitch. He explained that after I had turned him down he had called another station and hired someone else. But he said that I was really his first choice, and that he’d call me back. About two hours later he did, and said that he’d arranged with the other DJ to just work with the warm-up groups, and that I could take over when the Beatles came on. It was that close. If Fried hadn’t accepted my reconsideration of his offer, all these stories I’m telling you now, all the photos of the Beatles and me, never would have happened, and you wouldn’t have been doing this story, at least with me in it.” Incidentally, on the subject of pay, for that 1964 concert the Beatles had demanded a base pay of $30,000. Because the crowd was as large as it was, however, that upped the ante and they were eventually paid $50,000. This doesn’t seem like much for a world famed group like the Beatles, but remember that was in 1964. In today’s economy, $50,000 would equate out to $500,000 or more. Most people, including myself, recall the Beatles as being a hugely charismatic group, both in person and on records, which explained their tremendous popularity then and to some degree, to this day, fifty years later. What has been largely forgotten is that they were also exceptional composers; they wrote the words and the music to nearly all of their hits. All this, and so young. At the time of the Milwaukee concert, George Harrison was only 20, Paul McCartney 21 and Ringo Starr and John Lennon 23, and they had been playing together for years. They were in Milwaukee for less than 22 hours and their time with Barry only a fraction of that (a press conference, a photo session and their short time on stage at the Arena), BEATLES continued on page 7B

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The Beatles arrive at the airport in Milwaukee. BEATLES continued from page 6B

yet they and Bob developed an almost instantaneous bond. Perhaps it was the similarity of their ages, Barry was only 22, but also all five were very good at what they did, all five were good looking and magnetic and all five loved music. They hit it off, as well or better than the Beatles did with any other MC on their tour. When you look back on it, the Beatles didn’t often come in contact with people of their own ages; most of their fans were in their early teens or younger, and the people they worked with in radio stations and on tour were usually far older. Barry was like a brother to them. There was one time, however, when Barry might have been a little upset with his English pals. The concert was to begin at 8 p.m. with the four warm-up groups, and then Barry was to come on stage at 9, say a few words and then introduce the Beatles, who were to come on a couple of minutes later. “Except it didn’t happen that way,” Bob recalled. “Just before I was to go up on stage and take the mike, we realized the Beatles were nowhere to be found. We had to just hope that they would show up soon, as I went out on stage and began talking. I was prepared to make just a couple of background stories and then do the introductions. But they didn’t come in for nearly twenty minutes. Can you imagine how difficult and maddening it is to have to

ad-lib for as long as that when you aren’t really prepared, and worse, with nearly 12 thousand screaming fans in front of you, all going nuts in anticipation of their beloved Beatles coming on, and with me still yakking away? I think I died a little bit up there. But then they did arrive and I did the intros, and everything was great. Wild, and delirious and frenzied, but great.” Something else few recall today about that famous concert: the Beatles were on stage for only 31 minutes, not two or three hours, as you might expect. “And for most of that little over a half hour when they were performing, you could hardly hear them,” Bob said. “The screaming and yelling was unbelievable and non-stop.” Of the 11,838 fans in the Arena, probably 10,000 of them were young girls, between eight and 16 years of age. Tickets for the concert sold then for $2.50, $3.50, $4.50 and for seats up front, $5.50. If someone who had attended the concert still had their old stubs, they could probably sell them for more than the original price, by far. By the way, the warmup groups that preceded the Beatles were Jackie DeShannon, Bill Black’s Combo, the Exciters and Clarence “Frogman” Henry. They didn’t go on to become as famous as the Beatles, but then, how many entertainers did?




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Inflammation and the food you eat By Charlyn Fargo Many of us fight inflammation — swelling, redness and even pain in various areas of our bodies. Longterm inflammation can be a risk factor for other diseases and health conditions, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and Type 2 diabetes. New research finds that what you eat can make a difference in fueling inflammation or reducing it. Foods such as fish, vegetables and herbs help fight inflammation and can help maintain good health. Foods that can fuel inflammation include fried and charred food, refined sugars and highly processed foods, excesses of omega-6 fats (in refined vegetables oils), food sensitivities and partially hydrogenated oils and trans fats. Environmental Nutrition newsletter offers five inflammation-reducing diet strategies. Choose more of these foods: 1. Omega-3 fats. They are found in oily fish (wild-caught salmon and canned sardines), walnuts, flaxseed, eggs from hens given omega-3 rich feed and grass-fed meats. Fats are converted include substances called prostaglandins and different types (good fats vs. bad fats) of prostaglandins either increase or decrease inflammation in the body. 2. Slow-digested carbohydrates. Opt for foods that produce a more

gradual rise in blood sugar (low glycemic load) such as lentils, berries and other high-fiber foods. The Journal of Nutrition (February 2012) reported that overweight men and women who ate a low-glycemic load diet for a month reduced C-reactive protein by about 22 percent compared to when they ate a high-glycemic load diet. C-reactive protein has been linked with an increased risk of heart attack 50 Plus and stroke. July 2014foods. Free 3. Antioxidant-rich 4.75by x 7.3 radicals (produced the body) can damage body tissue and trigger inRun Date: JULY 2014 flammation. They help gobble Deadline: 6-18-14free radicals in the bloodstream and help calm the immune system. They are found in fruits and vegetables such as berries, broccoli and dark leafy greens as well as garlic, onions, nuts and extra virgin olive oil. 4. Probiotics. These beneficial bacteria can help reduce inflammation in the gut as well as other parts of the body. They are found in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir and kombucha tea. 5. Spices and herbs. Studies have shown herbs and spices have significant anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant activity. Choose rosemary, sage, thyme, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, oregano and turmeric. Information courtesy of Environmental Nutrition

Plan Veterans’ Memorial A Veterans Memorial is being proposed for the Village of Greendale. The idea is to honor the Greendale residents who have sacrificed so much in the defense of our country, according to representatives of the Greendale Post 416 of the American Legion. There will be a computer kiosk with veterans’ information. There also will be panels for each of the services. The American Legion Foundation now is seeking donations for the memorial. Three different size bricks for names and or messages are available. The 4x8 inch with a limit of 42 characters is $10; an 8x8 with up to 50 characters is $20. A 16x16 inch

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plate charge, it’s worth it. More and more, smart restaurants are offering up half orders or smaller portions right on the menu. Train yourself to order less. Tell yourself you can always order more if you’re still hungry. (You won’t be.) FOCUS ON STARTERS. Advanced players skip over the entrees. Instead, they focus on the appetizers, sides and salads. That’s where the gold is. The food’s still a taste thrill, the portions are more manageable, and yes, the prices are lower. You’ll also save hundreds of calories when you make a meal from two appetizers or one starter and a salad, but calorie counting isn’t the point. It’s not as bad as texting at the table, but it can ruin the pleasure of the meal. When you eat, eat. Slow down. Chew. Enjoy. Guilt around food is counterproductive and actually promotes indigestion. WASTE NOT, WANT NOT. Menu Aerobics is played best with a doggy bag. You order the entree you want, eat half, and take the rest home. If you meet a hungry person or stray animal on the way, be generous. If you hate leftovers because they tend to turn to pond scum at the back of the fridge, consult the Menu Aerobics manual for further instruction, including recipes. SKIP OVER FRIED. Menu Aerobics gives you the core strength to glide quickly past the deep fried stuff: the fried chicken, the fried fish, the fried cheese curls. It’s not a matter of “bad� food as much as a bad habit. When you have a lapse — and you will — and you wind up with a plate of fried onion rings the size of a Chihuahua, at least pull off some of the breading. This is extremely challenging in the case of crispy french fries, so if that’s your weakness, don’t panic. Ask for the salt, count out 9 beauties (not out loud), and be conscious of every bite. Move the rest out of reach. SAY THE MANTRA. Memorize this phrase until it rolls off your tongue without the slightest embarrassment: “Dressing on the side, please.� Was that so hard? Practice at home, and repeat it AEROBICS continued on page 11B

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Legal in every state: How to keep your joints happy By Marilynn Preston Healthy joints make for happy athletes. A bum knee, sore shoulder or painful wrist gets in the way of your best time — playing tennis, riding your bike, humiliating yourself at golf. Research shows that more than 80 percent of all sports injuries involve joints. Ouch! The good news is that there’s a lot you can do, and Aleve cannot, to keep your joints strong and healthy all year long. Here are seven points about joints that will save you time, money, aggravation and dependence on painkillers: 1. LOSE WEIGHT. The more fat you lug around, the more stress to your joints. Every pound you lose equates to four pounds less pressure on your knees. Best advice? Don’t diet. Eat real food in modest amounts, lots of fruits and vegetables, limiting sugar and gluten.

2. CROSS-TRAIN. This is just a fancy way of saying you shouldn’t focus on one sport or activity to get fit. By cross-training — doing a mix of sports you enjoy — you avoid the kind of single-sport repetitive motion that can cause joint problems over time. Cross-training helps you develop muscles in areas untouched by your primary sport, and strong muscles help stabilize and protect your joints. If you’re uncertain about a good cross-training complement to your sport, do yoga. It’s an ancient and magnificent way to keep your joints strong, flexible and spacious. 3. LUBRICATE. Joints have juices, lubricating fluids that allow your joints to move with more ease and less stress. To activate those juices, start your exercise routine with a gentle 5-10-minute warm-up and gradually increase your effort. Another good way to self-lube is water, water and more water.

AEROBICS continued from page 11B

ORDERING WINE? If you’re not interested, fine, but if you are, take the menu aerobics pledge and exercise moderation. Then you can toast your good judgment, repeatedly, throughout the night. DESSERT! Talk about a minefield. Menu aerobics doesn’t require you to deny, deprive or punish. You already know that the healthiest desserts are fruits — fresh or icy. But there are genius pastry chefs out there determined to defeat your game plan. So OK, order one gorgeous caramel-coated brownie with two scoops of pecan green tea ice cream, and pass it around the table. Be sure to take the first bite ... and kiss it goodbye.

with a smile in every restaurant you visit. I’m all for tasty sauces and dressings, but many places pour on way too much without thinking, and without thinking, you take it all in. Instead, dip your fork in, and sprinkle lightly. DO YOU NEED BREAD? Some menu aerobic practitioners shun the buns and ask waiters to take the breadbasket away. Too many calories, too much gluten, too much bloating. If you can’t resist, satisfy yourself with a few bites or crusts. If you want butter — and who doesn’t? — make a little go a long way.

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12B • 50PLUS • JULY 2014 help you improve it. So will working out with wobbly balance boards, rubbery half domes and exercise balls. Muscle imbalance also contributes to joint problems. Typically, it’s your back, side and rear leg muscles that are underdeveloped and overly tight. Yoga and qi gong, so different from traditional sports, help you create

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awareness of these areas and position you to bring them back into balance. 6. DON’T OVERDO IT. Joints need tender care. If you carelessly yank them around, overuse them or work them in ways they’re not intended to go, they will rebel. Trying to lift too much weight, for instance, is a very jerky thing to do. So is overtraining, doing too much, too often, on muscles and joints not ready for the stress and strain. Learn to listen to your body. Think about giving it a name: “Hi, Hal. Are you warmed up yet?” Understand the range of motion for joints (knees, for example, are supposed to hinge, not rotate). Be mindful about your movement and never push past joint pain. 7. FIGHT INFLAMMATION WITH FOOD. The anti-inflammatory diet is a well-documented way of eating that

decreases disease-causing inflammation throughout the body, including the joints. It avoids foods that make inflammation worse — processed food, grain carbs, sugar — and emphasizes healthy fats, including olive oil and omega-3 foods like salmon, herring, sardines, flaxseed and walnuts. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C (in foods, not supplements), selenium and carotenes are part of the anti-inflammatory diet, and so are bioflavonoids (quercetin and anthocyanidins) found in onions, kale, leeks, blueberries and red and black grapes. Ginger and turmeric are two spices that also fight inflammation. Interested? Good! Stick with a smart eating plan and your joints will thank you.



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