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The year was 1939 and a Boston College student established a new fad by swallowing a live goldfish.

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It was way back in 1941 that the first commercial FM radio station, W47NV, launched in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 1. In today’s world, I guess that AM stations take a backseat to the many FM stations.

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From the March 1921 local newspapers:

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The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

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Even mathematicians need mnemonics to help them remember stuff. Here are a few:

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The year was 1950 and on this very date, “Your Show of Shows,” with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, debuted on NBC. The show quickly became a magnet for comedy writers, including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. It was a live 90-minute variety show that was broadcast weekly in the United…

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“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” (Suzy Kassem)

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Ann and I had a successful weekend at the BG Flea Market and we got to visit with our flea market family in between sales. We had four family members (Melissa and Dave, along with Morgan and Caleb) help us pack up Sunday, so we were out of there in record time. Oh, it’s nice to have our own …

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On this very date in 1959, Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500 in a photo finish. That first 500 Mile NASCAR International Sweepstakes at Daytona was the second race of the 1959 NASCAR Grand National Series season. It was held in front of 41,921 spectators. It was the first race held at the …

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The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

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It was on this date, back in 1944, that the Big Week began. No, it wasn’t a sports event; it was a sequence of raids by the United States Army Air Force and RAF Bomber Command from that lasted five days as part of the European strategic bombing campaign against Nazi Germany. The planners int…

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And one more makes an even dozen. Granddaughter Audrey gave birth to Lucy Marie Weideman early Tuesday morning at Defiance, bringing our great-grandchildren count to 12. When contractions started inching closer together during the night, she called Mom and Dad to come to watch the other two …

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Are you tired of shoveling snow, yet? Don’t despair, spring is just around the corner — perhaps buried under that large snowdrift at the edge of our driveway.

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The year was 1959 and Fidel Castro became Cuba’s youngest prime minister on this same date. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was a Cuban revolutionary and politician who served as prime minister of Cuba from 1959-76 and president from 1976-2008. Ideologically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationali…

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Part 2 of common scams to avoid:

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The year was 1943 and Dwight D. Eisenhower, future president of the U.S., was promoted to full general and given command of the Allied armies of Europe.

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Happy 116th birthday, Dad. If John Grime were still living today, he would be celebrating today with a glass of his homemade wine, most likely. I still have a few bottles of his homemade brew, circa 1982, and I taste a bit each New Year’s Eve, toasting the gentleman who was like the Energize…

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I don’t know how some people could cope with this today:

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Well, if you are tired of all the snow in the Henry County, you can blame me. A few weeks ago, I boasted to my sister Deanna from Florida that we had not had to shovel snow yet. Well, just a few days later we got dumped on and it is starting to pile up around the edges of the driveway.

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“Flowers grow back even after the harshest winters. You will too.” (Jennae Cacelia)

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I have written occasionally about the fact that Ann and I babysit two great-grandchildren for a half-day a week. We constantly test Maggie Jo, who turns 3 this March, about her colors. Maybe we should back off a little, considering the following story that was shared with me from a friend:

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“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little effort.” (Jimmy Johnson)

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Do you have G.I. Joe action figures stored away in your attic? It was on this date in 1964 that Hasbro’s Director of Marketing Don Levine introduced 11.5-inch G.I. Joe action figures — not dolls — that represented the four branches of the military. They were named after the term for U.S. sol…

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After a fruitless year of entering a sweepstakes, Kathleen suddenly drew a blank on her password. She chose the new-password option on the website and waited for the company to email the new password to her. An hour later, she received it. The password they assigned to her was “Loser61”.

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Paul walked into the lobby of his apartment building recently and was greeted by this notice: “To whoever is watering these plants, please stop. They are the property of the building, and our maintenance staff will take care of them. They may already have been watered; in which case you will…

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The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

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The first blood drive of February (yes, I said February. Where has January gone?) takes place at the Napoleon Moose Lodge on Oakwood Avenue next Wednesday from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. This is a mini-drive and it is by appointment only. You can call Janet for information at 419-967-0976.

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On this very day, in 1973, the Paris Peace Accords brought a ceasefire to Vietnam; selective service ended the draft. A lottery drawing – the first since 1942 – was held on Dec. 1, 1969, at Selective Service National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This event determined the order of call fo…

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WASHINGTON – Bob Evans Farms, Inc. (“Bob Evans”), a Xenia, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 4,200 pounds of pork sausage product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically thin blue rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Se…

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On this date, in 1960, the FCC began a crackdown on payola, the practice of radio DJs taking bribes to play certain records.

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The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

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In Super Bowl III (back in 1969), it was Joe Namath leading his New York Jets to an upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Wauseon grad Rick Volk was in the defensive backfield of that Colt team, while Edon High School’s Dave Herman was an offensive lineman for the Jets.

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How well do you recall “I Love Lucy?” Can you handle a quick midweek quiz on the program?

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Our Napoleon Lions club had to say goodbye to three members during the past few weeks. First, we lost Tim Schroeder, then Julie Mires, and finally Bill Donnett. Our club is not that large and it takes numbers to conduct our various projects. These three will be missed and can only hope that …

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The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

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Seventy-seven years ago Friday, an earthquake in San Juan, Argentina, killed an estimated 10,000 people and destroyed 90% of the buildings. The 1944 earthquake took place in the province of San Juan, in the center-west area of Argentina, a region highly prone to seismic events. This moderate…

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A priest decides one mid-week day to visit one of his elderly parishioners, Mrs. Smith. He rings the door bell and Mrs. Smith appears.

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It’s time for Ann and I to repack our goods and head for Bowling Green this weekend to gather with other vendors at the Junior Fair Building. It sounds like the weather might be nippy, but we are counting on overall dry weather.

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Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records in Detroit on this date in 1959. Some of the initial artists that recorded for Gordy were Jackie Wilson, Smokey Robinson and Mary Wells. Later, such groups as The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Jackson 5 became part of Motown music.

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What do Meryl Streep, Mae West, Lily Tomlin, Farrah Fawcett, Debbie Reynolds, Kathleen Turner, Sissy Spacek, Dusty Springfield and Debra Winger all have in common? Their real first name is Mary.

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Ann and I received emails early this week announcing that Henry County Hospital was offering COVID-19 vaccinations to the volunteer staff, who have been on leave since COVID-19 hit back in March. We quickly responded that we would like to obtain the vaccine and were called almost immediately…

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The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

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As the manager of an electronics shop, Kent ordered a part, number 669, from the factory. When it arrived, Kent noticed they’d sent him 699 instead. He fired off an angry letter and sent it back. A few days later, he got the replacement. It was the same part, along with a note, which read “T…

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Ann noticed a post on social media the other day that stated, “The first rule of 2021 is to NOT talk about 2020.” Sounds pretty good to me, but it also seems almost impossible to do.

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The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

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It’s been a rough year than most of us will never forget. Our world was turned topsy-turvy and each day gave us something else to worry about. But then out of the blue, you hear these words coming from the sky ...

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As I was admitted to the hospital prior to a procedure, the clerk asked for my wrist, saying, “I’m going to give you a bracelet.”

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One crazy day in our pediatric clinic saw me hand a young patient a urine-sample container and tell him to fill it up in the bathroom.

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People Magazine debuted on this date, way back in 1974, featuring Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan from the “Great Gatsby” on the cover.

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The year was 1939 and a Boston College student established a new fad by swallowing a live goldfish.

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It was way back in 1941 that the first commercial FM radio station, W47NV, launched in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 1. In today’s world, I guess that AM stations take a backseat to the many FM stations.

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From the March 1921 local newspapers:

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The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

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Even mathematicians need mnemonics to help them remember stuff. Here are a few:

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The year was 1950 and on this very date, “Your Show of Shows,” with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, debuted on NBC. The show quickly became a magnet for comedy writers, including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. It was a live 90-minute variety show that was broadcast weekly in the United…

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“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” (Suzy Kassem)

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Ann and I had a successful weekend at the BG Flea Market and we got to visit with our flea market family in between sales. We had four family members (Melissa and Dave, along with Morgan and Caleb) help us pack up Sunday, so we were out of there in record time. Oh, it’s nice to have our own …

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On this very date in 1959, Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500 in a photo finish. That first 500 Mile NASCAR International Sweepstakes at Daytona was the second race of the 1959 NASCAR Grand National Series season. It was held in front of 41,921 spectators. It was the first race held at the …

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The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

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It was on this date, back in 1944, that the Big Week began. No, it wasn’t a sports event; it was a sequence of raids by the United States Army Air Force and RAF Bomber Command from that lasted five days as part of the European strategic bombing campaign against Nazi Germany. The planners int…

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And one more makes an even dozen. Granddaughter Audrey gave birth to Lucy Marie Weideman early Tuesday morning at Defiance, bringing our great-grandchildren count to 12. When contractions started inching closer together during the night, she called Mom and Dad to come to watch the other two …

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Are you tired of shoveling snow, yet? Don’t despair, spring is just around the corner — perhaps buried under that large snowdrift at the edge of our driveway.

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The year was 1959 and Fidel Castro became Cuba’s youngest prime minister on this same date. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was a Cuban revolutionary and politician who served as prime minister of Cuba from 1959-76 and president from 1976-2008. Ideologically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationali…

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For many U.S. couples yearning to be married, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on their wedding plans while bolstering their teamwork and resilience. For couples already married, it has posed a host of new tests, bringing some closer, pulling others apart.

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Part 2 of common scams to avoid:

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The year was 1943 and Dwight D. Eisenhower, future president of the U.S., was promoted to full general and given command of the Allied armies of Europe.

  • 0

Happy 116th birthday, Dad. If John Grime were still living today, he would be celebrating today with a glass of his homemade wine, most likely. I still have a few bottles of his homemade brew, circa 1982, and I taste a bit each New Year’s Eve, toasting the gentleman who was like the Energize…

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I don’t know how some people could cope with this today:

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Well, if you are tired of all the snow in the Henry County, you can blame me. A few weeks ago, I boasted to my sister Deanna from Florida that we had not had to shovel snow yet. Well, just a few days later we got dumped on and it is starting to pile up around the edges of the driveway.

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“Flowers grow back even after the harshest winters. You will too.” (Jennae Cacelia)

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I have written occasionally about the fact that Ann and I babysit two great-grandchildren for a half-day a week. We constantly test Maggie Jo, who turns 3 this March, about her colors. Maybe we should back off a little, considering the following story that was shared with me from a friend:

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“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little effort.” (Jimmy Johnson)

  • 0

Do you have G.I. Joe action figures stored away in your attic? It was on this date in 1964 that Hasbro’s Director of Marketing Don Levine introduced 11.5-inch G.I. Joe action figures — not dolls — that represented the four branches of the military. They were named after the term for U.S. sol…

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After a fruitless year of entering a sweepstakes, Kathleen suddenly drew a blank on her password. She chose the new-password option on the website and waited for the company to email the new password to her. An hour later, she received it. The password they assigned to her was “Loser61”.

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Paul walked into the lobby of his apartment building recently and was greeted by this notice: “To whoever is watering these plants, please stop. They are the property of the building, and our maintenance staff will take care of them. They may already have been watered; in which case you will…

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The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

  • 0

The first blood drive of February (yes, I said February. Where has January gone?) takes place at the Napoleon Moose Lodge on Oakwood Avenue next Wednesday from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. This is a mini-drive and it is by appointment only. You can call Janet for information at 419-967-0976.

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On this very day, in 1973, the Paris Peace Accords brought a ceasefire to Vietnam; selective service ended the draft. A lottery drawing – the first since 1942 – was held on Dec. 1, 1969, at Selective Service National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This event determined the order of call fo…

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WASHINGTON – Bob Evans Farms, Inc. (“Bob Evans”), a Xenia, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 4,200 pounds of pork sausage product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically thin blue rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Se…

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On this date, in 1960, the FCC began a crackdown on payola, the practice of radio DJs taking bribes to play certain records.

  • 0

The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

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In Super Bowl III (back in 1969), it was Joe Namath leading his New York Jets to an upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Wauseon grad Rick Volk was in the defensive backfield of that Colt team, while Edon High School’s Dave Herman was an offensive lineman for the Jets.

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How well do you recall “I Love Lucy?” Can you handle a quick midweek quiz on the program?

  • 0

Our Napoleon Lions club had to say goodbye to three members during the past few weeks. First, we lost Tim Schroeder, then Julie Mires, and finally Bill Donnett. Our club is not that large and it takes numbers to conduct our various projects. These three will be missed and can only hope that …

  • 0

The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

  • 0

Seventy-seven years ago Friday, an earthquake in San Juan, Argentina, killed an estimated 10,000 people and destroyed 90% of the buildings. The 1944 earthquake took place in the province of San Juan, in the center-west area of Argentina, a region highly prone to seismic events. This moderate…

  • 0

A priest decides one mid-week day to visit one of his elderly parishioners, Mrs. Smith. He rings the door bell and Mrs. Smith appears.

  • 0

It’s time for Ann and I to repack our goods and head for Bowling Green this weekend to gather with other vendors at the Junior Fair Building. It sounds like the weather might be nippy, but we are counting on overall dry weather.

  • 0

Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records in Detroit on this date in 1959. Some of the initial artists that recorded for Gordy were Jackie Wilson, Smokey Robinson and Mary Wells. Later, such groups as The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Jackson 5 became part of Motown music.

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What do Meryl Streep, Mae West, Lily Tomlin, Farrah Fawcett, Debbie Reynolds, Kathleen Turner, Sissy Spacek, Dusty Springfield and Debra Winger all have in common? Their real first name is Mary.

  • 0

Ann and I received emails early this week announcing that Henry County Hospital was offering COVID-19 vaccinations to the volunteer staff, who have been on leave since COVID-19 hit back in March. We quickly responded that we would like to obtain the vaccine and were called almost immediately…

  • 0

The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

  • 0

As the manager of an electronics shop, Kent ordered a part, number 669, from the factory. When it arrived, Kent noticed they’d sent him 699 instead. He fired off an angry letter and sent it back. A few days later, he got the replacement. It was the same part, along with a note, which read “T…

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Ann noticed a post on social media the other day that stated, “The first rule of 2021 is to NOT talk about 2020.” Sounds pretty good to me, but it also seems almost impossible to do.

  • 0

The Henry County Senior Center is offering “drive-thru” meals for seniors.

  • 0

It’s been a rough year than most of us will never forget. Our world was turned topsy-turvy and each day gave us something else to worry about. But then out of the blue, you hear these words coming from the sky ...