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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former Buffalo resident Mark Twain (1835-1910), "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1864, a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians in the Sand Creek Massacre. . . . In 1924, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera "Turandot." It was finished by Franco Alfano. . . . In 1929, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd radioed that he'd made the first airplane flight over the South Pole. . . . In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews. . . . In 1952, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower kept his campaign promise to visit Korea to assess the ongoing conflict. . . . In 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. . . . In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, Calif. She was 43. . . . In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa. He was 82. . . . In 2001, former Beatle George Harrison died in Los Angeles following a long battle with cancer. He was 58. . . .

The Way It Is
It occurs to me

That increased earnings

Very often lead

To increased yearnings!

-- Ollie Britton
CHIEF RETIRES -- One of the most respected and well-liked people in Buffalo's federal court system will be honored with a retirement party at 5 p.m. Friday in Longfellow's Restaurant at 69 Delaware Ave.

Since 1991, Gerald "Gerry" Kalisz has headed "the bluecoats," the team of court security officers who work closely with the U.S. Marshals Service. He joined the court security staff in 1984, after a 25-year career as a New York state trooper.

"I've worn uniforms since I was a kid -- altar boy, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Army, trooper, court security officer, and probably a hundred baseball and basketball uniforms," said Kalisz, 64. "It's time to stop wearing a uniform and enjoy myself with my family."

Kalisz has been a longtime volunteer with the former Troopers Helping Hands organization.

Joseph Casciano, another former trooper, will take over as the chief court security officer. . . .

SANTA CLAUS will make a visit from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the 61st annual Family Christmas Fair from noon to 6:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Gonzaga School Hall, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. In addition to items for sale and drawings, goulash, hot dogs, pizza, homemade soup and desserts will be available. For information, call 833-1715. . . .

FINISHES BASIC -- Airman Erik L. Digby, a 2002 graduate of McKinley High School, has successfully completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Cynthia Digby of Buffalo. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Andrew Shonitsky, Sue Allen, Mary Lou Gefaller, Linda Taber, Tara Seifried, Pat Howells, Sarah Dellamore, Rebecca Dellamore, Mark Schwarz, Cindy Ann Sitterle, Carol Rybicki, Jamie McCartan, Vinny Occhino Sr., Suzanne LiBassi.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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