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free chewing gum with each can. We all know stick of sweetened gum contains about a half what happened next! Wrigley introduced Juicy teaspoon of sugar. That white powder coated patent for chewing gum. He never marketed his 2009. Fruit in 1893, spearmint shortly afterward and on the stick is a type of granulated sugar called Four high school seniors suffering product (made mostly of rubber) commercially Doublemint in 1914. “rolling powder.” A sugar substituted version is Senior Editor: Kara Kovalch from dusted “spring fever”gums. skipped their for profit. on sugar-free • AlthoughEditorial the Doublemint twins weren’t seen Director: Sandy Wo classes and went to the • Remember the Alamo? Notorious Mexicanmorning on television until 1960, the twins ad campaign • The first gum to be sold from a vending email:CHEWING tidbitseditors@sbcglobal dictator and general Antonio Santa Anna played beach instead. After lunch, theybrands, machine was one of Thomas Adams’ GUM: Turn to page 15 a major role not only at the Alamo -- but alsoreturned Tutti-Fruitti. The machines were installed in to school and told their in bringing chewing gum to America! Living New York City subway stations in 1888. teacher that they were late because in exile on New York’s Staten Island in 1869, • Frank Fleer is credited with the invention of they’d experienced a flat tire while he made the acquaintance of Thomas Adams, bubble gum in 1906, calling his formulation whom he told about a gummy substance from carpooling together school. Blibber-Blubber. But to histhe recipe never made the Sapodilla tree that his countrymen had been it to market because it fell apart, was hard to chewing for centuries. Santa Anna had a ton ofMuch to their relief, she smiled. chew and was too sticky. Fleer’s company chicle shipped to New York, with the intent of “You missed a test today,” she didn’t give up its experiments, however, and in combining it with rubber to make cheaper tires 1928, 23-year-old Walter Fleer’s continued, “but you canDiemer, makeoneitofup and rainboots. cost accountants with no chemical experience, now. Take seats apart from • When all the vulcanization experiments failed,rightperfected the process and named his creation another andAsthen get on out Adams came up with a plan to manufacture oneDubble-Bubble. he worked theamixture, chewing gum. He received a patent for a gum- pencil and a coloring piece of paper.” the only food on hand in the lab was making machine in 1871 and began producing pink, and bubble gum’s characteristic color was waited for tothem to sitdidn’t down, unflavored chicle gum. He then addedShe the result. Sad say, Diemer patent his sarsaparilla flavoring and called it Adams Newand then invention because“Question he was afraid ofOne: revealing its began. York No. 1. His next additive was licorice secret, and it wasn’t long before the competition Which tire on the car was flat?” flavoring, and a long-time favorite, Black got into the act, most notably Bazooka. Jack, came into being, remaining in regular • The Topps Company began manufacturing production from 1884 until the 1970s. Bazooka bubble gum shortly after World War II. They started adding comic strips featuring an In London, it is a 24-hour jail detainment for anyeye patch-wearing Bazooka Joe to each piece one caught sticking gum under a seat on the upin 1953. In the 1930s, a comedian named Bob per deck of a bus. Burns invented a tubular musical instrument using two pipes and a funnel. Burns called • Chicle gum was a good replacement for the the contraption a bazooka, based on the sound spruce and paraffin-based gums because it created. Bazooka Joe took his name from Kara Kovalchik & stranger Sandy Wood it was smoother, softer and held its flavor. by Burn’s invention, and still, so did the Over the years, chicle has been replaced by rocket launcher known by the same name! newer synthetic materials that are much less • When 29-year-old William Wrigley arrived in expensive, and there are very few companies Chicago in 1891, he had $32 to his name. He ADVERTISING PROOF still using natural chicle. Besides a gum base, got his start selling soap, offering free baking gum ingredients are sweeteners, flavorings and Final Changes DUE: TUES., MAY 11 5:00 powder as an incentive to his customers. Before softeners, such as glycerin or vegetable oil. A long, the baking powder was sellingPlease better review than carefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling  P

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the first time, not as a singer, but as a songwriter. “Sunday and Me” was performed by Jay & the Americans and made the Top 20. Diamond also composed four songs that contributed to the success of the Monkees, including “I’m a Believer,” popular music’s Song of the Year in 1966. • Success as a singer came along in 1966 with “Solitary Man.” When the time came to consider using a stage name, the options of Noah Kaminsky and Eice Chary were presented. After mulling it over, Diamond opted to use his own name, in honor of his grandmother who had recently died of cancer. • A tumor on his spine was discovered in 1979, and its surgical removal resulted in Diamond being confined to a wheelchair for three months, followed by a walker and a cane. Chronic back pain has plagued him to this day. • Diamond’s acting debut was 1980’s “The Jazz Singer,” a remake of an old Al Jolson film. The movie’s music, including “Love on the Rocks,” “Hello Again” and “America,” was highly acclaimed, but his acting ability was unmercifully slammed by critics. Diamond had the disappointing honor of being the first recipient of the Worst Actor Razzie Award, and ADVERTISING PROOF has never acted a movie role since, although FinalinChanges DUE: he has written several music soundtrack TUES., MAY 11 5:00 p.m. __________________________ scores, including those for “Pulp Fiction” and “Donnie Brasco.” compositions for PLEASEDiamond’s REVIEW CAREFULLY  Phone Number(s) Double check: the soundtrack of the 1973 movie “Jonathan  Spelling  Prices  Hours Livingston Seagull” actually grossed more than the movie itself did. • Although Diamond composed “Sweet Caroline” in 1969, Designs it wasn’t until 2007 that he revealed Calif. Seasons written 1/16ththat pg he BWhad13x disc it for Caroline Kennedy. Written May 16, 2010 in just one hour, he was inspired by

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a photo of her on the cover of Life magazine, dressed in equestrian riding garb. • If you’ve seen the 1991 film “What About Bob?,” you’ve heard Bill Murray utter profoundly, “There are two types of people in the world; those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t.” Apparently, many do, as Diamond has sold over 115 million records worldwide, with 35 Top 40 singles and 18 platinum albums. In terms of Billboard chart success, he is the third most successful Adult Contemporary artist ever, ranking behind only Barbra Streisand and Elton John. • Diamond continues to tour successfully, and maintains a very loyal following. His songs have been recorded by a vast arrary of performers from many different musical genres. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984, and in 2000 received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award. His vocal and songwriting talents have earned him permanent placement in the American music scene. ▄

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you can walk across state lines as you traverse of a new industry. Within eight years, 27 states the snack bar. Enter in one door in Northfield, had drive-in theaters, and 15 years after the first Massachusetts, and exit out in Winchester, New one, there were more than 800 across America. Hampshire! By their peak in the 1960s, that number was close to 4,000. Improved sound techniques brought poles to the lot with individual speakers for patrons to hang on their car windows. These were later replaced with a broadcast system ADVERTISING PROOF that used a vehicle’s radio, eliminating damage TUES., April 27, ‘10 Final Changes DUE: 5:00 p • Personal Bankruptcy to speakers and poles caused by cars. Please review carefully. Double check: • Animal Law Phone Number(s)  Spelling  Prices • As baby boomers began bringing their children Reasonable Rates • Local Office to the drive-in, theater owners came up with a FREE CONSULTATION use for the area between the screen and the cars. Lucille Boston Call TODAY to They added playgrounds! Some innovative 1/4 pg. discuss options: 4Cyour 26x disc. (760) rate 325-5498 This is a debt relief agency. I help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. owners offered miniature golf, pony rides and May 2, 2010 even fireworks. ▄

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June 6 marks the 77th anniversary of the opening of America’s first drive-in theater. This week, Tidbits looks at the history of this once-thriving theater venue that has since lost its prominence as a mainstream segment of American entertainment. • Camden, New Jersey, was home to the first drive-in theater in the U.S. It was the brainstorm of Richard Hollingshead, whose family owned a local chemical plant. Hollingshead experimented with the idea in his backyard, beginning with a sheet nailed to trees and a 1928 Kodak projector attached to the hood of his car. He positioned a radio behind the sheet and began tests for sound, car angle and weather conditions.

• Some of the most popular names for the drivein were the Starlite, the Moonlite, Sunset, SkyVue, Star-Vue and Motor-Vue. Two theaters set records for the number of cars that could be accommodated, one in Detroit, Michigan, and one in Lufkin, Texas, which could each park 3,000 cars. • With the introduction of color televisions in the 1960s, the popularity of drive-ins began to decline. Daylight Savings Time robbed viewers of an hour of viewing time. Weather conditions often had a negative effect on business. Because drive-ins were usually located on large tracts of land on the outskirts of town, as commercial development moved outward, owners found that their property was worth more to shopping PROOF ADVERTISING mall and subdivision developers. Drive-ins TUES., OCT. 13 Changes began to beDUE: leveled in the name of progress.

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The job market has changed since he entered college. Realistically, getting an engineering job without experience will be difficult. Steer him toward options that will assure his parents’ well-being as well as his own. His wake-up call may have to be his parents giving him a deadline for their financial cutoff. He needs to learn that life is not always fair and he must find a way to produce an income right now - regardless of whether it is in his chosen field or not. There are always options to pursue in finding wok -- even if it means taking a menial job on a temporary basis. At least he will be employed, earning a check, and helping to support himself. In the meantime, he can continue to take classes to keep his foot in the door and network with his former college classmates for possible job openings. He can search online for positions and continue to set up interviews with prospective employers. If he hasn’t already done so, he should check with his college office for any placement services they may provide for their graduates. His priority is to set his mind with a positive attitude and accept that life is not always fair. He needs to move to plan “B,” which includes being patient. His career passion will eventually steer him where he wants to go, but immediate gratification is going to take a little longer!

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I am 66 years old. My husband died when I was 60, but I never was able to get widow’s benefits because I was still working. I’ve just applied for Social Security and learned I’ll only receive my benefits and nothing from my husband. They said it’s because my retirement payment is higher than my husband’s monthly rate. I think the fact that I’ll never receive any of my husband’s Social Security isn’t fair! And especially when I read your columns about divorced women getting spousal benefits. Is this any way to treat a woman who was married for 40 years? I think I should get both benefits -- my own and my husband’s!

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they are still (at least partially) financially dependent on their husband. And I’m not sure why you seem to hold this grudge against divorced woman. You may not know it, but in the early days of the program, divorced women didn’t collect Social Security. And that was totally unfair. There were many tragic stories of women who were married for 30 or 40 years. And then, just as they were pushing 60, the husband would divorce his wife and marry a younger woman -- leaving his first wife totally out in the cold when it came time for Social Security. Today, a divorced woman who has not remarried and was married to her ex for at least 10 years qualifies for the same kind of benefits as a married woman. So, if she worked and earned her own Social Security benefit, she might only receive that amount. But if she were wholly or partially dependent on her ex, then she’d likely qualify for wife’s or widow’s benefits. ���������������������������������������� Here’s one final way to look at this whole spouse and ���������������������� dependency situation. Suppose Congress removed the������������������������������� dependency laws from Social Security’s books. Well, then you would be entitled to widow’s benefits on your husband’s record -- in addition to your own ���������������������������� retirement payments. And I’m sure you’d be happy. But then why wouldn’t everybody be due the same? For example, should I get a husband’s benefit on my wife’s Social Security record, even though I already collect a very comfortable retirement pension that’s much higher than her Social Security retirement payment? And for that matter, when Bill Gates reaches retirement age, should we pay him spousal benefits on his wife’s Social Security account? If you can get it, why can’t we?

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nothing I tell you is going to make you think the If you have a Social Security question, Tom Margenau has the system is fair. But I’ll try to explain the law. Although there are some elements of “insurance” answer. Contact him at thomas.margenau@comcast.net. To built into Social Security (you have to pay “premiums,” find out more about Tom Margenau and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators or Social Security taxes, in order to receive benefits), Syndicate website at www.creators.com. the program really is, and always has been, what its COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM. name implies: a social welfare program. And I mean welfare in its broadest term -- something intended to help the most people for the good of the country as a whole. And when it comes to benefits for a spouse, the litmus test for eligibility has always been about “dependency.” In other words, you don’t collect benefits as a spouse just because you were married to someone -- as might be the case in a straight insurance program. Under Social Security rules, you get benefits as a spouse because you were financially dependent on your husband or wife. When Social Security first started in the 1930s, most women were not working outside the home. So, they had no income of their own and no potential pensions of their own. They were totally dependent on their husband’s income while he was working, and they were dependent on his Social Security when he retired. That’s why for many years, most women collected only spousal benefits -- a wife’s benefits while the husband was alive and a widow’s benefits once he died. But as more and more women went to work, they started having their own income and started earning their own pensions -- and their own Social Security retirement benefits. In other words, they became less ���������������������������������������� financially dependent on their husband’s income, ���������������������� and they became less financially dependent on their husband’s Social Security. ������������������������������� Today, the law says that as a general rule, you always receive your own Social Security benefit ���������������������������� first. And it’s only after that benefit is paid that the Social Security Administration can look to your husband’s record to see if your monthly benefit can be supplemented. A wife whose husband is still alive can have her benefit augmented up to one-half of her husband’s rate. A widow caninstalled get supplemented to bars Profesionally assistanceup grab 100 percent of the husband’s amount. You apparently in your own home. We have several styles to were fortunate enough to have a good jobinstalled with a good choose from. They can be anywhere income, and you obviously made even more money you need to feel more secure; bathrooms, hallthan your husband. That’s why your Social Security is more than his and why you don’t qualify for widow’s benefits. But there are still many women who, for a variety of reasons, didn’t, couldn’t or weren’t allowed (by their husbands) to work outside the home. Or they worked, but they took a lot of time off to raise kids. Or they worked at jobs that didn’t pay very much. And many

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toll on your emotional energies. Decide whether you really want to purDEAR DR. DONOHUE: What’s the purpose sue the possibilities here. of ear wax? I seem to produce tons of it. I can’t SCORPIO (October 23 to Novemfind answer thisFor question, I thought I ARIES (March 21 to April 19)an Still berto21) all yoursoskill in keeping would write to you. -C.N. operating under a full head of self- your secrets safe, you could be unwit• On June 9, 1772, the British vessel esteem makes you want to tackle a tingly letting one slip out by the way Gaspee runs aground off the coast of ANSWER: Ear wax keeps the ear canal matter you had shied away from. OK. you’re behaving inPROOF that new moist. relationADVERTISING Rhode Island while pursuing the Hanit, theship. canal’s dries up andsoon itches. It But be sure to arm yourself Without with facts Arelining congratulations to be TUES., MAY 11 DUE: 5:00in p.m..na, an American smuggling ship. 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With more and more people falling behind on bills, it makes sense that the number of debt settlement companies is on the rise. Unfortunately, the incidence of consumer fraud from those settlements also is increasing. The Government Accountability Office did an investigation of debt settlement companies and The enclosed photo is of my pitcher. Most ironstone dinnerware was made in reported that: Marked on the bottom are the words: “Patented ■ Consumers are being told to send payments -- Bo Peep -- USA.” It stands 8 inches tall and the last half of the 19th century in Staffordshire, to the debt settlement company instead of the England. Sets were either all white or patterned. Just is in perfect condition. enough cobalt was added to the clay to diminish a credit-card company -- even on accounts that are What can you tell me about my pitcher? still current. This destroys the consumer’s credit yellow tone. Some of the white pieces had embossed rating even more than it already is. Located in Zanesville, Ohio, Shawnee Pottery designs, and those with patterns were often decorated ■ Consumers are being guaranteed that the designs. made your pitcher in the 1940s. They were in with transfer-print ADVERTISING PROOF debt will be reduced or go away, or that lawsuits The value of your set would probably business from 1937 to 1961. The Native American MAY 31 be $800 to 5:00 will stop. Credit-card companies, however, don’t Changes DUE: p.m.. $1,200. Shawnee tribe, who inhabited the Zanesville region, Final like working with debt settlement companies. Please inspired the name of the pottery. Your pitcher wasreview carefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling  Prices  Hours ■ Upfront fees are required, and most of that Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 247, inspired by the early-19th century English nursery money doesn’t go toward the debt. rhyme, “Little Bo Peep.” Shawnee decorated their Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be ■ Less than 10 percent of consumers who answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she pitchers in a variety of colors. enter into a monthly payment agreement will finish cannot answer individual letters. To find out more about Anne Your pitcher can be found on the Internet selling McCollam and read features by other Creators Syndicate it. Victoria’s Attic in the range of $100 to $150. writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website ■ Consumers often end up in worse financial 1/16th page, 4C, 13x rate at www.creators.com. June 6, 2010 situations, and much further in debt. There’s no reason you can’t call your debt holders yourself. If you’re truly in a financial hole ������������������� and they see that you won’t be able to pay the debt as originally agreed, they might agree to settle for less and reduce your payments. Warning: If you do get a credit-company to settle for less than the original amount owed, that • American Antique money could become a tax liability to you. In other Browse hundreds of ure Furnit Multiple Shawnee words, if the forgiven debt is more than $600, it quality items from • Roseville & CaliDealers! Pottery fornia Pottery becomes taxable income. (This applies unless you reputible dealers in our produced • Mid-Century Modern are truly insolvent -- your debts are greater than ure Furnit spacious 5,000 sq. ft. showroom. their e Jewelry Vintag • your assets. Other situations apply, so research Bo Peep    tising pitchers in Adver • yours before you agree to settle a debt.) In most Collectibles the 1940s. cases, you’ll get a 1099-C tax form in the mail • Large Art Collection Antiques & Collectibles at the end of the year, and the Internal Revenue Service will get a copy of that same form. It’s 67-777 Palm Canyon Dr., #9 • Cathedral City (Between Lumpy’s & Innovative Flooring. Across from Del Taco) expected that you’ll add the forgiven amount to (760) 328-7999 your income for that year. Hours: Mon-Sat: 10-6 • Sun: 12-5 I inherited a porcelain hot chocolate DOLLARS & SENSE: To page 15 set from my mother. The enclosed mark is on the bottom of each piece. The set consists of a chocolate pot, four dessert plates, four cups Proof created by: and four matching saucers. They are decorated with pastel flowers against a white background with gold trim. Because my mother kept the ������������������� 760.320.0997 Fax: 760.320.1630 set in her china closet and it was only brought valleybits@msn.com out for special occasions, it is still in mint All Rights Reserved condition. Do you know who made my set, its vintage and its value?

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campaigns ever developed. Early Wrigley Corrections due: 2 p.m., Tues. (03/02/10) radio ads included double piano players and double violin players, which were followed by billboards featuring twins scattered across the American countryside. Indiana twins Jayne and Joan Boyd were the first on television, playing AFFORDABLE tennis and riding bicycle, as they urged gumfor chewers to “Double your pleasure, double your the fun.”

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• If you’re a child of the 1960s, you may recall the hobby of making gum wrapper chains. Gary Duschl of Virginia Beach started folding wrappers in 1965, and his project now spans 62,000 feet, with nearly 1.5 million wrappers. That’s the height of about 40 Empire State Buildings! Gary only uses Wrigley brands and estimates his chain represents close to $96,000 worth of their products. • About half of the U.S. population chews gum, with average annual consumption of about 180 sticks per person. In the United Kingdom, that figure is 125, while Russians chew about 50. The average resident of China consumes only 20 sticks per year, and those in India, only four. • The machine used today by the Wrigley company to wrap pieces of gum is made up of more than 6,000 parts.

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DOLLARS & SENSE: From page 14 Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) have sponsored The Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act of 2010 in the hope of reining in debt settlement companies that are abusing consumers. In part, the legislation asks for more disclosure for consumers, a limit on the fees the companies can charge and more enforcement at the state and federal levels. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.

When hitting out of a bunker, a common tendency for many amateurs is to decelerate or stop the club completely after impact. The result usually leaves the ball still in the bunker. It is important to have a complete follow-through when hitting out of the sand, but for some players it can be difficult to incorporate that feel. As a drill, hit some bunker shots with only your left hand (for left-handed players, use your right hand). This will force you to take a longer swing, as well as exaggerate your follow-through. Don’t lock your elbow or wrist after impact. Allow the elbow to remain relaxed and the wrist to hinge after impact and during the follow-through. This drill will give you the proper feel for what it is like to accelerate through the ball. As an additional result, you should find that you are now utilizing the full bounce of the club and that the club head slides through the sand much more cleanly.

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