OLAF FUB SEZ: The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn't contain a single idea, according to Mortimer J. Adler. . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1770, composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. . . . In 1773, American colonists disguised as Indians boarded a British ship in Boston Harbor and dumped more than 300 chests of tea overboard in a protest against tea taxes. The event became known as the Boston Tea Party. . . . In 1809, Napoleon Bonaparte was divorced from the Empress Josephine by an act of the French Senate, which Napoleon controlled. In 1916, Rasputin, the monk who enjoyed a powerful influence over the Russian court, was assassinated by a group of noblemen. . . . In 1944, the Battle of the Bulge began in Belgium. . . .
People are friendly
at this time of year
because it's the season
of boundless good cheer.
The very same people
will fill you with dread
and after the holiday
bite off your head!
-- Diana Notaro
SALTY MEMORIES -- Buffalo-area fans of the 1970s country-rock band Old Salt will be traveling to Rochester for a big reunion of the band, which broke up in 1984. The reunion will be held Friday and Saturday at the Country Warehouse Bar on Water Street, with music starting at 10 p.m.
Old Salt was one of Western New York's most popular bands through the 1970s, rocking away at bars like the old Belle Starr in Glenwood and the Old Barn in East Aurora. . . .
CRUSADE CONTINUES -- Francis Leo Hoehn, the beloved head usher and director for the disabled at Memorial Auditorium until he died eight years ago, must have been lurking in the shadows Dec. 7 when one of his greatest wishes came true -- two new elevators were made available to the handicapped at the Aud.
Not only that, the new elevators the Sabres put in near the Terrace entrance to the Aud were dedicated to Hoehn, who spent more than four decades fighting "access" battles for the handicapped.
The Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association presented a plaque in recognition of his "devoted services in working toward the accessibility of Memorial Auditorium and his efforts that benefited all persons with disabilities."
The first ride on one of the new elevators went to his widow, Helen, who was there with their son, Francis Jr., a retired Aud usher, and their grandson, Paul M. Ackendorf, who took over as head usher and director for the disabled at the Aud when Leo died. . . .
TIMELY DECORATIONS -- Thirty-three yellow ribbons, each representing a Dunkirk resident serving in the Persian Gulf, were attached to the city's Christmas tree during a ceremony Friday night in front of City Hall. Yellow ribbons also were attached to the two pillars in the front of City Hall.
Family members put the ribbons on the tree as the names of the service personnel were read by Mayor Gregory Krauza. If family members were not present, representatives of veterans' groups placed the ribbons on the tree for them. About 250 people attended.
PARTY TIME -- The Cedar Club of Niagara Falls is sponsoring a 24th annual Cerebral Palsy Recreation Group Christmas party at 5 p.m. today in Dell's Crown Restaurant, 2901 Pine Ave.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Mary Muzyka, Colin Ambellan, Jesse Washington, Edward Beyers, Christopher Faltisco, J. James Roycroft, Tommie Ryan, Terry Pfuntner, David Crimi Jr., Tiffany Zielinski, John Podkladek, Mary Ann DiStephano, Timmothy McCaffery, Camille Glose, Agnes Forcucci, Sarah O'Mara, Franz J. Swartz, Bill Best, Susan Gebson, Brian D. McCabe, Neil Batta, Kelly Ann Mazella, Nick Lischak, Mark L. Zamboroski.