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Saturday, January 29, 2011

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Last week's Do-Wop Oldies quiz was so popular and got so much response, we decided to extend the quiz another week.

See if you do as well this week as you did in last Saturday's quiz. Keep rockin'!

1. Edd Brynes had a hit with ''Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb''.. What TV show was he on?

(a) 77 Sunset Strip

(b) Hawaiian Eye

(c) Surfside Six

2. In 1960 Bobby Darin married:

(a) Carol Lynley

(b) Sandra Dee

(c) Natalie Wood

3. They were a one hit wonder with ''Book Of Love'':

Saturday, January 29, 2011

By TERRY AHNER

tahner@tnonline.com

It's funny how terminology that used to mean one thing now stands for something entirely different.

Perhaps no where is that more evident than in the lingo that is commonly associated with the Information Age.

Also commonly known as the Computer Age, or Information Era, the Information Age has certainly changed the way we communicate.

Look no further than how our society interacts on a daily basis, where technology terminology has become the unofficial language of this generation.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

From the conversations I've been having with my friends, I'm getting the impression we are a nation obsessed with food.

We seem to spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about what we should eat, what we shouldn't have eaten, and what we will eat.

Our social life often seems to revolve around food. Mine sure does.

When Dave and I get together with friends, it's often to go to dinner, or, we combine dinner and dancing. Seldom do we socialize without food.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Already three weeks into the new year and not only do we continue to have animal deaths around the world, but the unthinkable has happened! Most of us may have lost the astrological signs under which we were born, or have we? The latest viral story on the Internet is that the zodiac has shifted by a sign and we lost a sign of the zodiac years ago that has resulted in this one sign shift.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thanks to the Ford Motor Company's Model T which was introduced in 1908, the automobile was beginning to impact American society in a big way by 1911.

Not only was the Model T simple to drive and easy to repair, but Henry Ford's hope to make the car affordable to the average wage earner was also becoming a reality.

Ford was a big believer in mass marketing strategy. His Detroit public relations department made sure that every newspaper in the nation was supplied with stories and advertisements about the newest advancements in the auto industry.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Watching the NFL playoff games last weekend, I saw several commercials hyping the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards show that will air Feb. 13 on CBS.

Truthfully, I didn't recognize any of the artists who were previewed. Oh, I recognized some of their names, but I couldn't recognize any of their music if you paid me.

That's strange, because I really enjoy good music. But I don't enjoy what's considered good music today.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Oh the things we eat

I love ground beef. It's a working woman's best friend in the kitchen. You can make anything with ground beef. Casseroles. Stews. Soups. Meatloaf. Lasagna. Spaghetti. The list is endless.

Over the last few years, I've begun substituting ground beef with ground turkey because it's better for you.

Harry eats just about everything except chicken.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I had a discussion with a friend of mine a few weeks ago about schools and the state of the school systems in general. This led to a general discussion of classes and subjects we enjoyed in school as well as those which really made no sense or seemed to not have any practical application. I thought back over my education both in high school and college and realized that I did enjoy much of my formal schooling and in retrospect I think even classes that made no sense do have practical applications.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

While I don't want to sound cruel or give the impression that I don't care about what happened in Arizona last week, I believe that this sad event has been blown out of proportion. The massacre of six people with countless others wounded was tragic for the families and for the nation as a whole.

That said, I believe Congress is using this tragedy for their own purposes. Our elected representatives decided to postpone their legislative agenda for a week so that they can consider other prepackaged laws.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

For all of you who received new golf equipment for Christmas, here's some words of wisdom. They will help you pass the time while you're waiting for the blanket of snow to melt and the weather to get a lot warmer. Unfortunately April is still two and a half months away.

1. Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk. Grantland Rice

2. Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. John Updike