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Once you have submitted your application, a represen- Apollo 13 was the third space mission meant to
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your application. You can also check the status of your 13:13 CST on April 11, 1970, the
application by signing in to your “my Social Security” craft experienced an onboard oxy-
account at gen tank explosion on April 13,

When to Apply? 210,000 miles (330,000 km)
You should file one or two months before you want from the Earth’s surface.
benefits to begin, but if you’re the worrying type, you
can do it up to three or four months before. It takes a The mission was aborted
little time to process the paperwork, so by putting in and miraculously, the crew
your application a few months early, you can fix any returned safely.
problems that come up without it interfering with your
starting date. Answer on page 8

It’s also worth noting that if you start receiving your
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three months before your 65th birthday. It will include
instructions to return it if you have work coverage that
qualifies you for late enrollment.

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As the holiday season approaches, Tidbits takes

time to remember when Kevin McCallister was

left behind by his family on their Paris Christ-

mas vacation.

• After getting into a scrap with his older

brother Buzz, Kevin was grounded to his room

on the third floor of the family home. The fol-

lowing morning, as the family scrambled to get

to the airport on time, Kevin was forgotten and

was left home alone. At first, it was fun – mak-

ing a mess, jumping on the bed, eating what

he wanted, and doing as he pleased – until two

burglars attempted to rob the house on Christ-

mas Eve. Kevin set out to foil the bandits’


• It took three months to film the picture, begin-

ning on Valentine’s Day, 1990 and wrapping up

on May 16. Director Chris Columbus had been

the screenwriter of “The Goonies” and “Grem-

lins,” and post-Home Alone, he directed “Mrs.

Doubtfire,” “Bicentennial Man,” and the first

two Harry Potter movies. Even though screen-

writer John Hughes wrote the role of Kevin

specifically for Macaulay Culkin, Columbus

auditioned more than 100 kids for the role

before settling on the 9-year-old. When “Home

Alone” hit theaters in November, 1990, Culkin

became an immediate star. about because they contribute to increased weight over dinner winds down over coffee, avoid any plates of
additional sweets that may be sitting on the table.
• Although there seems to be an age spread time. 10. After Thanksgiving dinner, take a walk with your
among all the McCallister children – Buzz, Me- Keeping weight stable in the fall and winter may help friends or family. Fifteen minutes of walking will get
gan, Jeff, Linnie, and Kevin – all of the actors prevent age-related weight gain and associated dis- your blood circulating and can burn off 100 calories,
except Culkin were born in 1977. Culkin was eases, says Dr. Riva Rahl, medical director at Cooper says Susie Kania, exercise physiologist and director
born in 1980. Hillary Wolf, who played Me- Wellness. In addition to not looking or feeling top- at Cooper Wellness. The fresh air will invigorate you
notch, adults with excess weight are at greater risk of after a long stay at the table.
(Information courtesy of Cooper Wellness, www.
gan, quit acting and took up judo, becoming a heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain
member of the U.S. Olympic team for the sport cancers, she says.
at the 1996 and 2000 games. Cooper Wellness experts say to go ahead and enjoy LIGHT SWEET POTATO PUDDING
• Stuntman Larry Nicholas served as Culkin’s your favorite Thanksgiving foods, but consider mak-
stunt double. When viewers saw Kevin sled ing healthy choices at your turkey dinner. They offer Agave syrup is a natural sweetener that doesn’t raise
some tips for keeping you from fiddling with your belt your blood glucose levels. This is a great dessert for
everyone, but is particular good for diabetics.
(continued on the next page) at the end of the meal.
1. First of all, don’t arrive at a Thanksgiving dinner 1 1/3 cups mashed, cooked sweet potato
A Happy (and Healthy) hungry. Eat a good breakfast, and maybe even lunch 1/2 cup agave syrup
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Thanksgiving! that day. 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
2. Fill half your plate with vegetables, one quarter of 1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Most people eat more at Thanks- it with lean meat, and one quarter with starches like 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup egg substitute
giving dinner than they consume mashed potatoes and turkey dressing. 16 ounces evaporated skim milk
1/2 cup light whipped topping, optional
in a normal day, and then con- 3. Choose white-meat turkey and avoid eating the skin. 1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts, optional
Cooking spray
tinue overeating at year- 4. Avoid gravy. Turkey doesn’t need to be
1. Heat oven to 375 F.
end. So it helps to have a smothered in gravy to taste good. If you want 2. In a large bowl, combine sweet potato, syrup,
cinnamon, orange zest, salt, ginger, cloves and egg
plan in place to avoid any gravy, just drip a little on your meat and pota- substitute. Beat at medium speed with a mixer until
smooth. Add milk; mix well.
holiday gobbling that you might pay for later. toes. 3. Pour mixture into a 2-quart casserole coated with
cooking spray. Bake at 375 F for 1 hour or until a
Turkey, yams, mashed potatoes, green beans 5. Limit yourself to small helpings of heavily knife inserted near the center comes out clean. (For
individual servings, pour 2/3 cup potato mixture into
and cranberry sauce are all nutritious, so long sweetened yams and cranberry sauces. each of 4 custard cups. Bake at 375 F for 40 minutes
or until a knife inserted near the center comes out
as lots of salt, sugar and butter haven’t been 6. Use restraint when dinner rolls are passed clean.)
4. Let pudding cool. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Serve
added to them, says Kathleen Duran-Thal, around. Buttered rolls may melt in your mouth, with a tablespoon of whipped topping and sprinkle
with walnuts, if desired. Makes 4 servings (2/3 cup per
director of nutrition at Cooper Healthy Liv- but they’re full of calories, so eat only one. serving, 88 calories).
ing at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. An earlier 7. Try sampling in moderation the many foods Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s
author, culinary historian and the author of seven
study by researchers at the National Institute of PHOTO CREDIT: that you have looked forward to. And consider cookbooks. Her latest cookbook is “The Kitchen
Depositphotos Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is www.
Child Health and Human Development and the bringing something healthy to the dinner, like a To see how-to videos, recipes and much,
much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kid- side dish that’s low in fat, sugar and salt. Diva! on Facebook. Recipes may not be reprinted
without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis.
ney Diseases found that Americans usually gain only 8. Eat slowly. By eating Thanksgiving dinner slowly,
(c) 2020 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf
one pound during the winter holidays, but the weight your body has time to register when it is full so that Medearis

put on then isn’t shed in the new year. you don’t consume too much.

Those findings contradict many people’s views that 9. At dessert time, try to choose the lightest options.

they gain five to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving Pick pumpkin over pecan pie, for example, and avoid

and New Year’s Day. Researchers said the effects of 200 calories in the process. Or just eat half a piece of

weight gain at year-end, however, are worth worrying pie, and pass on whipped toppings and ice cream. As

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Solution puzzle on page 8 2. What mixed martial arts $17 million, and “Home Alone” maintained
fighter won a major upset at the No. 1 spot for 12 weeks. It was the highest-
Answers on page 8 UFC 193 in 2015 and gave grossing movie of 1990, and for 27 years, it
Ronda Rousey her first loss? held the record for highest-grossing live-action
3. What team selected goaltender John Vanbiesb- comedy, with earnings of $285.7 million. It was
rouck with their first pick in the 1993 NHL Expan- produced on an estimated budget of $18 mil-
sion Draft? lion. The film’s two Oscar nominations were
4. How many double stitches are hand-sewn on the for the movie’s music.
cover of an official Major League baseball?
5. The Hopman Cup tennis tournament is named
after Harry Hopman, a player and coach from what
6. Who did unheralded boxer Hasim Rahman knock
out to win the unified heavyweight championship in
April 2001?
7. Nick Nolte and country music artist Mac Davis
starred in what 1979 football comedy film?

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Q: What kind of vehicles do Disney 1. Name the most visited theme park in all of Did you hear about the family who got stuck
characters drive? Europe. on Peter Pan’s Flight for over 3 hours?
2. What part of Disneyland contains the “Big
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2.Name the only Disneyland ride to hang board a rocket? Answer on Page 7
from the ceiling? 5. Where would a visitor find “Mr. Toad’s Wild
Ride” and “Peter Pan’s Flight”? RLOOTDOANWM
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lot for over 40 years. London, or tumbling into Alice’s 1. Disneyland Paris
nonsensical Wonderland?” 2. Frontierland
3. The Monorail
-- Walt Disney 4. Space Mountain
5. Fantasyland
Answers on page 7

David Hasselhoff 7/17/52

Vin Diesel 7/18/67

Vikki Carr 7/19/41

Carlos Santana 7/20/47

Jon Lovitz 7/21/57

Selena Gomez 7/22/92

Daniel Radcliffe 7/23/89

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and before I dispose of them, I’m trying to determine • Great Britain has a centuries-old tradition of
if they have any value. Where can I go to see if they Christmas pudding during the holidays. Sym-
are worth anything? These would be from the 1930s or bolizing Jesus and his 12 disciples, the pudding
‘40s. has 13 ingredients, including various dried
fruits, suet, eggs, molasses, and several spices.
A: If the paintings are signed, search the artist’s name Moistened with brandy, it is then aged for at
least a month, and up to a year. Legend has it
on the internet to see if other paintings by that artist that all who eat Christmas pudding in 13 differ-
ent homes between Christmas and New Year’s
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716-638-4611 ings to see if they have heard of the artist. Prices for • The term “baker’s dozen” has its origins in paintings by artists that aren’t well-known depend on medieval England. Also known as a long dozen
Tues.-Sat. 10am-6pm the desirability of the subject and the skill of the artist. or devil’s dozen, the quantity is 13, one more
Artists Sunday Nov 29 10-6 Sun. Noon-4pm • Closed Mon. than the standard. In those days, there was a
harsh punishment for any baker who cheated
That said, some people buy paintings just because customers, so in order to be safe, bakers began
giving a free loaf for every 12 sold. The 13th
they like the colors and need something that size to loaf was referred to as the vantage loaf, since it
was advantageous to receive the extra.
fill space on a wall. If they are paintings, not copies • Superstition has even played a part in the
Indianapolis 500. The number 13 was not
victorian cabinet (prints), they would have to be seen by a knowledge- permitted between 1926 and 2002 due to fear
able person to be appraised. of tragedy in the sport. In 2003, the rules were
The furniture you select for your first house is usually changed and racer Greg Ray chose the number
furniture that is as old as the house. A new modern *** for his car, the first time it had been used since
house probably has lots of windows, high ceilings, CURRENT PRICES 1914. Ray experienced no bad luck and finished
kitchens and bathrooms made with marble. Most Vaseline glass pickle castor, silver plate frame, fans, 8th in the competition. In 2018, racer Danica
rooms are painted with either a mixture of very bright C-scrolls, finial, marked Bersh, 11 inches, $180. Patrick chose a Chevrolet with the number 13
colors or a monotone shade of white or beige. Fur- Game box, rosewood, S-scrolls, flip-top compart- for her final race. Her car was green, which
niture looks like the first modern designs -- simple ments, escutcheon, hinges, 7 x 17 inches, $240. is also said to be bad luck in racing. And so it
shapes, little carving or decoration, chairs made of Sign, Maserati, logo, round, red, white, blue, porce- was, as Patrick crashed into the wall on Lap 67
bent wood and metal rods, and plain rectangular stor- lain, 12 inches, $345. of the race, escaping with minor injuries, retir-
age pieces and tables. Victorian furniture with dark Tiffany & Co. cup, silver, marching children’s band, ing shortly after the Memorial Day competition.
wood, carved and gilt trims, and metal plaques, just flute, tambourine, hand cart, trees, 3 1/2 x 4 inches, • Up until January, 2019, a 13-year-old girl
doesn’t fit in. $510. could be married in New Hampshire as long as
When this 1870 American Renaissance-era cabinet *** she had parental consent. A boy had to be 14
was offered at auction (est. $8,000 to $12,000), there TIP: Never stop a music box in the middle of a tune. years old. Under the new law, the minimum age
were few bidders. Moore, York, & Howell of Phila- If the box is later moved, there is more likely to be was raised to 16 for both.
delphia, who exhibited at the damage to the spikes on the cylinder if it is not at the
end of a song.

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wall space. So, while prices PHOTO CUTLINE: Trends in clothing change
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neckties. Large, Victorian furniture is out of style happen on Friday the 13th that cannot

bought at a 2007 auction for and hard to sell. This top-quality cabinet didn’t sell happen on Saturday the 14th.”
even though it was estimated at less than half the -- unknown

$18,000, was featured in a price it cost 12 years ago.

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