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INVENTORS (from page one) enabled his servants to send wine bottles from the cellar to his guests in the dining room at his Monticello home. • Earle Dickson was a cotton buyer working for Johnson & Johnson in 1921 when his wife’s kitchen mishaps inspired an invention. His bride was frequently cutting her fingers while preparing meals, and he was patching up her injuries with gauze and adhesive tape. Dickson developed a compact bandage of small pieces of gauze and surgical tape that could be easily applied, and pitched his idea to plant management. A position as company vice president came along as the years went by, as well as a place on the board of directors. When Dickson died in 1961, Johnson & Johnson’s sales of Band-Aids topped $30 million a year. • As a Minnesota manufacturing plant worker during the World War I era, Charles Strite partook of his meals in the plant cafeteria. After being served burned toast countless times, he devised a machine that would turn off the heat and pop up the bread when the toast was done. Although General Electric had already marketed a toaster in 1909, their model only toasted one side at a time and had to be manually turned off. Strite added springs, a timer and an automatic shutoff switch to his appliance and patented the invention as the “Toastmaster.” His later models added a control lever for lightness and darkness. • While Swiss chemist and textile engineer Jacques Brandenberger was seated in a restaurant in the early 1900s, a glass of wine was spilled on the tablecloth. As the chemist

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an ironing board, she is credited with a major watched the waiter replace the cloth, an idea improvement to the design. Patent No. 473,653 occurred to him — a transparent, protective film was issued to this former slave in April of that would make cloth waterproof. After many 1892, making her one of the first, if not the first by Ka experiments, he came up with what we know African-American woman to receive a patent. today as cellophane. First to use cellophane An “ironing table” patent had been awarded in in the United States was the Whitman’s candy 1858, but Boone’s featured a narrower, tapered1. Wh company, which wrapped its fine chocolates in by Kara Kovalchik & Sandy Wood design, enabling users to effectively iron both the film. Brandenberger’s patent rights were sci sleeves, collars and bodies of garments. later sold to the Dupont company. In 1912, he mo also began manufac-turing a clear, thin film • The Frisbie Baking Company opened in sea used in making gas masks. Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1871, and ran a good business selling pies to many of the New England colleges, including Yale. Beginning2. Wh

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youth to live and work in the basement of his Elizabeth, New Jersey home. Some of Edison’s earliest inventions were related to telegraphy, including a stock ticker, for which he later he sold the rights to a private corporation. His first official patent was for an electric vote registering device, which was granted in 1869.

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Three calls in three days, each the same: two parents, their offspring and one growling, biting dog. The difference is only in the details. One family is dealing with a Rottweiler that growls when they pet him on the head. One is confronted with a Beagle that “goes for the kids’ throat.” And one is relatively content with the fact that their dog ( is “just a growler.” But “just a growler,” left to his own devices, could easily become a biter. And the big problem here is that children are involved. One of the things I do with my free time is go to schools and educate children on how to handle dogs. Kids are kids, and dogs are dogs, and neither is educated on the other unless someone knowledgeable steps in to bridge the gap. This is largely the job of the parents, but parents unfortunately don’t always know what they’re doing when they combine child and canine under one roof. Children want to hug dogs, to wrap their pudgy arms around their furry necks and squeeze in a display of affection. They’ll toddle right on up to a dog and greet him head-on, literally face to face. They yank on ears, tug on tails, hop on board for a “pony” ride. They shriek and flail their arms around a dog, even hit a dog, not knowing any better. production Some parents, on the other hand, are under the 1 MIN: 45that dogs should be able to misguided HRS: impression stamp tolerate anything. And so they allow their children to AdVenture Media engage in what is, by my lights, animal abuse. I start my “class” by giving the kids a general introduction to the dog, the dog’s anatomy and the unique features of this very special companion animal. I talk about the dog’s phenomenal sense of scent, and how they use that first and foremost to learn about the world. I discuss the dog’s sense of hearing, and how they hear five times to 10 times better than we do, making them especially sensitive to loud music and 31-August 6, 200 voices -- including yelling theJuly word “no.” Then I give them some general instruction in handling dogs, familiar and otherwise. I teach them how to approach strange dogs -- always getting permission from the owner to approach and keeping their face away from the dog’s jaws. I show them how to Go Figure use their hands when greeting a new dog -- the old answers “knuckle sandwich” technique. And I demonstrate how not to use their hands and feet -- hitting, pulling, Tidbits® of Coachella Valley

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Early On, Alzheimer’s Needn’t Impair Function Ron Reagan, our late president’s son, has written a memoir about his father to celebrate the 100th year of his birth. In this memoir, he discusses his father’s early symptoms of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease, prompting a worthy discussion on the illness and its impact. Reagan believes that toward the end of his father’s first term in office, President Reagan began to exhibit changes suggestive of memory loss. There seemed to be a greater level of confusion than expected during the presidential debates with Walter Mondale, and even his ability to engage in vigorous discussion with his son seemed to decline. In fact, the president had become alarmed that he could no longer remember the names of very familiar places and was at a loss for words on occasion. Ron Reagan states that if diagnosed earlier, his father may well have left office before the end of his second term. The big question that begs to be answered is whether or not having early memory loss impaired President Reagan’s ability to function in our country’s most important position. Here, I believe that the answer is almost certainly not or, at worst, only minimally. The early lapses in memory associated with Alzheimer’s disease can have little impact on a person’s overall quality of life -- especially for those who are surrounded with trusted ones and BELloved AIR GREENS confidants. 6th pg. Alzheimer’s is a slowly progressive disease Nov. 21st, 2010 with abnormalities occurring in the brain at least 20 years before the illness becomes clinically recognizable. Symptoms develop very gradually, the earliest recognizable problems being a decline .. in S ’ . short-term memory. IT E suspected Usually, a memory problem is initially ERpatient begins by family members who note that the to repeat himself, asks the same H question again and again, or may have trouble recalling recent events. At this stage, especially in a person with great intellect, only detailed and extensive testing would be able to identify an early deficit. There is no question that long after he left the White House, President Reagan had Alzheimer’s disease. However, the problems during his presidency could be due to subtle declines in memory

called “benign forgetfulness,” which includes a deCASEY’S CORNER (from page 9) creased ability to remember names and places as well as occasional lapses in train of thought. These punching, pinching, kicking, strangling, stepping on symptoms are almost universal with advancing age paws -- explaining that those negative behaviors can (as anyone over the age 70 would attest) and are of hurt the dog and can lead to dog bites. no clinical significance. The real-time statistics are that kids under the The president’s occasional lapses in memory age of 12 are bitten the most, and boys are bitten could have reflected the earliest stages of his more often than girls. This makes sense. Boys are disease. But, even if he had been diagnosed with rougher, and children under 12 have little ability to Alzheimer’s disease, a good physician would have understand the consequences of their actions. reassured him that at its early stages, declines in The key to dog bite prevention is education -- of memory are nothing more than a minor disability. all dog owners, regardless TUES., of age. JAN 4 After an initial diagnosis, long-term memory, judgWoof! review ment and the ability to make rationalPlease decisions cancarefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling  Pric remain clearly intact for several years. Dog trainer Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis is the coIn order for patients to cope with the early author of 18 books about dogs, a behaviorist, a popular radio stages of Alzheimer’s disease, loved ones and and television guest, and the host of the PBS series “WOOF! It’s a Dog’s Life!” Read all of Uncle Matty’s columns at www. friends must understand the problem and protect Battie Medical Weight creators.com, and visit him atLoss www.unclematty.com. Send your them from lapses in short-term memory. questions to dearuncle.gazette@unclematty.com or by mail to 1/8 pg. 4C 26x If the patient has difficulty remembering a Uncle Matty at P.O. Box 3300, Diamond Springs, CA 95619. recent event and turns to a relative for help with an Jan. 9, 2011 Vol. 7 - No. 2 COPYRIGHT 2011 CREATORS.COM answer, do not try and squeeze the answer out of him (that can be very frustrating and embarrassing for the individual). Rather, immediately provide him with the correct answer. If he does not remember someone’s name, subtly remind him to avoid JUMP START YOUR METABOLISM... embarrassment. Little accommodations can make IMPROVE YOUR BODY’S a big impact in a person’s life and facilitate coping with this challenging illness. REACTION TO STRESS! If you suspect a friend or loved one has a Dr. Ray Battie, a trusted valley physician in family memory problem, it is important that evaluation by practice for over three decades & weight loss a specialist in memory disorders be considered. A care for over 7 years, can show you qualified physician can help delineate whether perhow to achieve permanent weight loss without permanent deprivation. ceived forgetfulness is of relevance. If necessary, extensive memory testing by a qualified neuropsyRonnie Nicholas, R.N., M.S. is chologist may be needed. here each day to help you In the event that early Alzheimer’s is diagnosed, stay on course! patient and family education, compulsive manage► No Contracts or Gimmicks ment of medical problems, and therapies to slow ► Sensible Eating Plans the rate of the disease’s progression can provide ► Metabolic/Body CompTesting many years of productive and high quality life. ► Eat Your Own Food! (SuppleBeing diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is not a death ments, snacks & meals available Dr. Ray Battie, MD for those who prefer this option). sentence. In its earliest phases, this disorder can ► You do not have to be a FREE have virtually no impact on your ability to participatient to purchase our Co nsu ltations pate in life. The greatest message is to take every products. Cal l for precaution to delay the illness. Eat right, exercise, ► Free Maintenance Program appointment take your medications regularly, and develop a supIf you have the will, we have the way when you portive team to help you navigate the challenging become a patient. You DO have choices. illness of Alzheimer’s. Choose the way that works!

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I have a 40-year-old friend who is getting Social Security disability benefits. I know that she was averaging only about $20,000 per year while she was working. And she told me she is getting $1,600 per month from Social Security. I am 63 years old and I get about $1,400 per month in Social Security retirement benefits. I worked all my life, and when I retired, I was making about $30,000 per year. Why is my friend getting more than I am from Social Security, even though I made more money and paid Social Security taxes for many more years than she did?

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their last 35 years. Let’s say you retired in 2010. I am 72 and getting benefits as a wife That means your Social Security benefit was based on my husband’s Social Security record. He is on your earnings between 1975 and 2010. I’ve got a 84. I spent my entire adult life as a wife and hunch that back in the 1970s, you were selling fries mother and never paid into Social Security. But at McDonald’s (or some similar job) making mini- I recently started working. Someone told me mum wage. Factoring in all those low-earning years the money I’m paying in Social Security taxes is from more than three decades ago, your overall av- doing me no good. Is that true? And if so, can erage lifetime wage will be reduced, which in turn I get out of paying those taxes? lowers your Social Security benefit. Yes and no! I mean, yes, the money you are On the other hand, your disabled friend’s Social paying in Social Security taxes will never come back Security benefit was based on fewer years of earnings. The formula is complicated, and I won’t get into to you in the form of higher Social Security benefits. it here. But assuming she started getting benefits Unless you work long enough, like maybe about 25 last year, my guess is that they went back about 15 years, your own benefit could then finally surpass years to figure her disability payment. That means the amount you’re getting as a spouse. But of course, they based that payment on her earnings between that’s not going to happen. And no, you can’t get out of having Social Secu1995 and 2010. And it is likely that her average wage between 1995 and 2010 is greater than your average rity payroll taxes deducted from your earnings. So wage between 1975 and 2010. So, that’s one reason how about if you think of it this way: the money you pay in school taxes, for example, doesn’t do you any her Social Security benefit is higher than yours. The other reason is that she is receiving a full good, but it helps someone else -- and your commupayment while yours is reduced. Social Security dis- nity as a whole. And now the money you are paying NOV. isn’t doing you 9 any good, but ability benefits are always paid at the full (100 per- in Social Security taxesTUES., it’s also helping someone else -- and your country cent) rate. But your retirement benefit was reduced Please review carefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling  Prices about one-half of 1 percent for each month you start- as a whole. ed those payments before age 66. If you have a Social Security question, Tom Margenau * * *

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The arthritis booklet deals with some of the more common forms of arthritis. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 301W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada. with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Public speaking panics me. My job requires that I do lots of public speaking. In spite of the fact that I am called on to perform often, it doesn’t get any easier for me. In fact, I think it’s gotten worse. My sister has a similar problem. Her doctor gave her a medicine that makes her actually relish getting up and addressing a crowd. Do you know the name of the drug? -- S.S.

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Walking Speed Predicts Life PHOBIAS (continued): • Some phobias relate to what’s up above, Expectancy such as the sun (heliophobia), the clouds

As we age, manythe of usmoon find that our walking (nephophobia), (selenophobia), speed gets slower. Most of us assume that it’s are and the stars (siderophobia). Some folks DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Your article on ara function of age and that it’s inevitable. It’s just afraid of looking up – they are not. called thritis was ver y interesting, but you did not Researchers compared natural walking speed and anablephobes. explain about the arthritis that comes with expectancy and came to some startling concluProof: I’m pretty sure it’s Inderal (proprano- life psoriasis. I have it, and I know of two other AdANSWER: • Not all phobias seem that abnormal or sions. people who have it. We don’t understand it at lol). Wheels the World They combined the results of nine different uncommon. Lots of people might have a fear It hastomany medical uses, like regulating the all. Please explain. -- B.E. studies and followed participantsBut for up to heartbeat, controlling blood pressure and abolishing of death, known 34,000 as necrophobia. those 1/16th page Black and White 21with years.an Each participant was age 65 or older with certain tremors. extreme form might be terrified of 23, 2011 (Volume 7: Issue #4) ANSWER: Autoimmunity is the explanation for Jan. average age 73 years. Their natural walking It also controls the signs of stage fright. Many pro- anbeing buried ofalive. A nosocomephobe has a many illnesses, including both skin and joint psoria- fessional musicians have to use it before their perfor- speed, from a standing start, was measured and fear of hospitals, a verminophobe is afraid of sis. “Autoimmunity” indicates that the immune sys- mances. for short distances. It’s a prescription your doctor Corrections due by: 12drug, pm, so Wed., 1/19/11 has timed germs, and a hydrophobe has an irrational fear tem -- our protection against germ invasion and other to agree to its use. Limit taking it to those occasions The result of the studies: Those who naturally of water. harmful attacks -- for reasons not yet understood, when you have to speak in public. It’s not habit-form- have an above-average walking speed will generturns against our own bodies; in this case, it’s the ing. It’s not a narcotic. It’s not a tranquilizer. ally also have a suffering longer-than-average life expectan• Individuals from extreme agoraskin and joints. The immune system targets joints in *** cy.phobia rarely leave their homes, due to their fear Researchers were able to correlate current age as many as 7 percent of those who suffer from skin Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual with walking speed and predict the likely survival of public or open spaces and the inescapable psoriasis. That’s a considerable number of people letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever ages. For those participants age 75 and older, the situations that may occur there. Only home is when you consider that as many as 3 percent of the possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of information was especially on target. available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL safe. entire population suffers from skin psoriasis. Additionally, researchers realized that the 32853-6475. 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got me scammed into a bad deal. I called the company and told them I wanted to cancel. They said I had signed a six-month minimum contract, which could not be cancelled. They have my credit card, and now I feel I’ve been “had”. How can I get out of this?

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“free trials” is often a dressed-up way to legally tap into your credit card account. Always question the contract terms and ask for a copy in writing, then ● On Feb. 16, 1878, the Bland-Allison Act read it carefully before agreeing to any “deals”. -- which provided for a return to the mintNow, call the seller again and ask for a contract ing of silver coins -- becomes the law of cancellation. Always keep a record of the date, time the land. During the 19th century, money Our son and daughter-in-law will be and person’s name that you spoke with. If he refuses was backed by actual deposits of silver and taking a six-month overseas work assignment to cancel the contract, immediately call your credit gold, unlike today when the value of Ameristarting in April. They have asked us to take card company and demand that they reverse the can money is essentially secured by faith in care of our 8-year-old grandson, and we are charges. Tell both the seller and your card company the stability of the government. delighted for the opportunity. Our goal is to en- that you are notifying your state Attorney General’s courage and help build his self-esteem. What office, the Federal Trade Commission and your lo● On Feb. 15, 1903, candy-store owner suggestions do you have to help us do this? Morris Michtom places two stuffed bears in cal Better Business Bureau. There is a good chance his shop window in Brooklyn, N.Y., adverthey will back off. tising them as Teddy bears, after President Help him to learn responsibility by finding There actually are someTUES., legitimate companies JAN. 26 Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Other toy things around your house and yard that you want that introduce new products and use the phone and manufacturers Please review carefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling  Prices  Hours soon began turning out cophis assistance with. By becoming a partner and help- Internet to market them. But, as you have learned ies of Michtom’s stuffed bears, which would ing with certain duties, he will feel more involved the hard way, “Free” does not always mean the offer become a national childhood institution. and appreciated, and he’ll also learn to value himself. isn’t going to cost you! Isolation with the TV and video games contributes ● On Feb. 14, 1929, in Chicago, gunmen Doug Mayberry makes the most of life in a Southern absolutely nothing toward character building. If he in the suspected employment of organized is accustomed to spending all his time this way, let California retirement community. Contact him at deardoug@ crime boss Al Capone murder seven memBob’s Clock Repair him know from the start that your house rules allow msn.com. To find out more about Doug Mayberry and read bers of George “Bugs” Moran’s North SidBZ 4C features 26x by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, only a minimum amount of that activity. ers gang. The so-called St. Valentine’s Day visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com. Massacre motivated federal authorities to Lawns need mowing, gardens need weeding,Jan. cars31, 2010 V6-No.6 redouble their efforts to find evidence inneed to be washed and trash must be carried out. criminating enough to take Capone off the How about a workshop project that he could help streets. granddad with? Teach him what different tools are for and show him how to use them. Howard Miller • Ridgeway • Sligh • Antique ● On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. But don’t make it all work. Plan some activities for We also Service, Repair and New Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, aurepair Wall, all of you. Take him fishing, to a movie matinée or Mantel, Movements from Germany thorizing the removal of all people from miliShip’s and a water park. Spend time playing board games and tary areas. The military in turn defined the 31 years Cuckoo reading some good books to him each day. B OB ’ S C LOCK S HOP Clocks experience entire West Coast as a military area, and If he’s satisfactorily performing all his duties Carlsbad / San Diego / Desert Communities more than 110,000 Japanese Americans around the house, tell him how much you appreciServicing Coachella Valley on Fridays & Saturdays were relocated to remote internment camps ate it. Let him know that as a result of his help, his Call for In-Home service appointment around the country. grandmother had extra time to bake cookies. As an 760-729-5121 -or- 1-800-734-5121 additional reward, you might let him choose when ● On Feb. 18, 1959, Ray Charles records Adcan Proof: “What’d I Say,” which went on to become he invite a friend over for a sleepover. one of the greatest rhythm-and-blues reAs grandparents, you are fortunate to have the opBram’s cords ever made. The call-and-response portunity to help in his 26x character When 1/12th page, B&W, rate formation. 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from 1882 to 1925. You have a portrait plate. In both the United States and Europe, several companies made plates featuring portraits of women in period costumes. Many were historical figures from the 18th century. Similar portrait plates are selling in the range of $100 to $125.

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