Heard in a barber shop somewhere across the country:

It’s football season again — the players get on the field, I get on the couch and my wife gets on my back.

“Success is often just an idea away.” (Frank Tyger)

The new college library from the 1960s gave each employee a T-shirt with the Dewey Decimal System map of the bookshelves to acquaint everyone with the layout. Sarah, a new employee at the library, often wore a blouse over her T-shirt.

One day, a timid-looking freshman approached her in the stacks. “Can you tell me where the 800s are?”

“I can do better than that,” Sarah replied, unbuttoning her blouse to locate the map.

“That’s okay, lady,” he blurted out. “It’s only a book I’m looking for, honest.”

“If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution.” (Steve Jobs)

The year was 1941 (four years before I stepped foot on this planet called earth) and the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture went to “Rebecca,” while James Stewart captured the Best Actor Award for his part in “The Philadelphia Story” and Ginger Rogers was the Best Actress for “Kitty Foyle.”

Whirlaway was the Triple Crown winner, taking the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. The Yankees dropped their cross-town rival Dodgers four games to one in the World Series. The Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio captured the American league MVP, while the Dodgers’ Dolph Camilli took the honor in the National League. In the NFL Championship (remember, there was no Super Bowl, yet), the New York Giants bested the Chicago Bears 37-9, but it was the Packers’ Don Hutson who took the MVP award for the league.

It was also the Andrews Sisters (LaVerne, Maxene and Patty) who harmonized the hit song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” in the 1941 Abbott and Costello film “Buck Privates.” The song, written by Don Raye and Hughie Prince, became a patriotic smash for the girls, but even though it seemed connected to World War II, was written 11 months before Pearl Harbor.

“Family is the most important thing in the world.” (Princess Diana)

Ann and I assisted at the Senior Day at the fair on Tuesday, helping the local Harrison Gleaner Arbor provide eye-glass wipes to each senior at the luncheon and we also conducted the bingo before the meals. With the Henry County Senior Center on our minds, let’s take a look at those celebrating birthdays from the 16th-21st this month. They include: Glenda Borck, Lee Jackson, Ruth Bomer, Celestino Guevara, George Andrews, Robert Panning, Elizabeth Felter, Dolores Firman, Linda Beck, Diane Meyer, Josef Kuckelkorn, Hazel Martinez, Jane Hoeffel, Bernice Lee, Clarence Ludeman, Debora Rowe, Joe Brubaker, Janet Kerwin, Lavina Nickels, Florence Snyder, Carolyn Robison and Kay Shaneyfelt.

Ralph loved hunting fossils, a hobby that wasn’t exactly his wife’s favorite. On one excursion, he found the petrified bones of a squirrel-like mammal. When he brought them home and told his wife what they were, she squelched her excitement. “I’ve heard of many a squirrel bringing a nut home,” she remarked, “but this is the first time I’ve heard of a nut bringing a squirrel home.”

Some golfing quotes to close out the day:

“Do I ever disagree with him on course strategy? Never, unless he’s wrong.” (Gary Nicklaus, on caddying for his father Jack Nicklaus)

“There is no movement in the swing so difficult that it cannot be made even more difficult by careful study and diligent practice.” (Thomas Mulligan)

“Golf puts a man’s character on the anvil and his richest qualities — patience, poise and restraint — to the flame.” (Billy Casper)

”The winds were blowing 50 mph and gusting at 70. I hit par 3 with my hat.” (Chi Chi Rodriguez)

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I started at the Northwest Signal in 1994 and became editor in 2004. I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1994.

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