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Saturday, June 9, 2012

JIM:

Saturday Night Live debuted on NBC on October 11, 1975… the day after my 28th birthday. The 1970s cast included future comedy legends: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray. In those halcyon early days, SNL was the freshest breeze to hit the airwaves since Monty Python's Flying Circus. And it was equally offbeat.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

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By Bob urban

burban@tnonline.com

A loyal reader, one of my generation, sent this list along to share with readers.

He opened with a prayer and followed with some wisdom for the ages.

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference. Now that I'm "older" (but refuse to grow up), here's what I've discovered:

1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

2. My wild oats have turned into prunes and All Bran.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

At the dawn of the new century, tuberculosis or TB was the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for about one out of every nine deaths in 1900. Those who survived did not have an easy time as countless numbers were permanently crippled or lingered with pain.

Costs associated to TB were also huge, even by today's ballooning health care standards. Economist and health advocate Irving Fisher estimated the total cost of TB exceeded $1,100,000,000 annually.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

This week, I decided to list the reasons I would not vote for Barack Obama in the next election. A few months ago, I said I would never join the "Anyone But Obama" crowd. Now I must eat my words. Having lived under the rule of this egotist for three and a half years, it is time for a change. I cannot vote for Obama because of his deception and his failed promises. He promised us prosperity and he gave us a serious recession that bordered on a depression.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

One of the most enduring aviation mysteries of the last century is the disappearance of historic aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

But new evidence suggests the mystery could be closer to being solved. Earhart who held several aviation records was an author and aviatrix before she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean with her navigator Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932 and also became the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean twice in that same year. She also received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1932.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

As the days go by, more of my friends and acquaintances announce their vacation destinations.

Three couples are going together to Greece. One couple is touring Australia. Another picked Hawaii.

But former Allentown residents Joyce and Don Rebholz seem to take the cake when it comes to vacations. They are now on a long around-the-world cruise. The last e-mail we got from them detailed their time in Singapore and Malaysia.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

OK, picture this. It's 1959. Fifth grade. Mr. Howard Borger says, "Class, take out your history books."

I feel my brain begin to glaze over. All I can think of is, "Oh no. More dead people."

That's how I viewed history. Lots of dates of stuff that happened a billion years ago and names of lots of dead people I was going to have to memorize so I could get a passing grade.

I hated history.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
9 hours without a cell phone

By ANDREW LEIBENGUTH

aleibenguth@tnonline.com

Our world is becoming more and more dependent on portable electronics. So when you lose or misplace one of them, your life can be turned upside down.

Here is a quick personal story relating to the loss of my cell phone...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Do you ever have vivid dreams and then remember them?

I had one last night. I think it might have come about because I watched "What Not to Wear" for four hours straight and then a new show, "Big Brooklyn Style."

"What Not to Wear" is a show that features fashion stylists Stacy London and Clinton Kelly who give a gal an opportunity to have a new $5,000 wardrobe, hair and makeup/make up make over, all to help them feel pretty.

After "What Not to Wear," a new show premiered called "Big Brooklyn Style."

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I've been asking people a simple question that doesn't get the easy response I anticipated.

The question: What do you do for fun?

I heard on the radio it was National Have Fun month. That's makes me chuckle. For me, every month is dedicated to having fun.

Does that mean I have to do something special this month in addition to my normal fun-filled activities? I decided it would be an interesting question to ask others.