OLAF FUB SEZ: It was American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) who observed: "Our life is frittered away by detail. . . . Simplify, simplify." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1825, the first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady. . . . In 1940, the half-million Jews of Warsaw, Poland, were forced by the Nazis to live within a walled ghetto. . . . In 1943, during World War II, the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algiers; 1,015 American troops were among the 1,138 men killed. . . . In 1950, China entered the Korean War, launching a counter-offensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the United States and South Korea. . . .
WE GOOFED -- Last Friday's column stated: "For information about a reunion of the Kenmore West High School Class of 1955 next July 8 and 9, e-mail the reunion committee at firstname.lastname@example.org" It should have read Class of 1995. . .
A WORKSHOP on "The Art & Craft of Creative Nonfiction," one of today's fastest growing genres, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at Just Buffalo Literary Center, Tri-Main Building, Suite 512, 2495 Main St. The cost is $50 and $40 for members.
Advanced registration is required. Call 832-5400 for details. . . .
RECOGNITION -- Karen A. Brown, a legal assistant for the U.S. Justice Department's Buffalo office, is one of 224 nationwide recipients of the 2004 U.S. Attorneys Directors Award. She was honored for her work in the "Lackawanna Six" investigation and many other cases. . . .
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS with sausage will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11 at Master Building Temple, 173 Delaware Road, Kenmore, with 50 percent of the net proceeds to benefit the newly formed Kenmore Chapter, Order of DeMolay.
Adult tickets are $5. Children under 12 pay $3. Guests younger than 2 don't have to pay. For information, call Steve Morgan at 773-5905. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Angelo Gonzales, Geraldine Dockery, Glenn Hoffman, Peggy Pantera, Florence O'Neil, Janet Bulger, Diane Maher, Heather Griffin, Anne E. Courtney, Chris Plewinski, John Luterek, Brian Zakrzewski, Julie Gavin, Matthew J. Gavin, Jennifer Sieracki, Jayne B. Thornton, Anne E. Courtney, Andrew Gauthier, Nancy Wlodarz, Aaron Reggie, Shirley Nizialek, Josephine Manuel.
SATURDAY -- Ann Olszowka, Martha Concannon, Jim Kelley Sr., Skip Travis, Gwendolyn P. Crews, Michael Petrie, Daryl Oliver, Tammy Safe, Kevin Powell, Matt Bement, Charles Sherry, Adam Haas, Rachel Diaz, Raechal Mack, Margie Rindos.
AND SUNDAY -- Jenna Ganci, Joey Panek, John McFall, Joe Mandeville, Gina Brogcinski, Denise Grove, Helen M. Ring, Matt Loftus, Jill Fitscher, Linnea Miller, Sister Mary Fredrica, Arieah Jones, Bruce Mitchell, Cassie Clemente, Jaime Leppard.