David Sarnoff (1891-1971), American broadcasting pioneer, observed that "Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1649, Richard Brandon, the official executioner for the City of London, died peacefully in his sleep. Among the many heads removed by his ax was that of Charles I, for which he was paid 30 pounds. A handkerchief that Brandon removed from the king's torso later brought him 10 shillings when he sold it as a souvenir. . . . In 1791, King Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette, were caught at Varennes while trying to flee France. They were returned to Paris and eventually executed . . . In 1837, at 5 a.m., Queen Victoria was awakened and told by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Chamberlain that she was the Queen of England. . . .
ONE MINUTE EARLY -- The 19 men who ran a 400-mile relay last week to publicize the need for jobs for veterans arrived at Philadelphia's Vietnam Memorial at 11:59 a.m. Friday -- "one minute early," according to runner Edward S. Simmons, a veterans counselor with the state Labor Department. The runners, most of them veterans, left Buffalo at 6 p.m. last Wednesday. They returned to Buffalo on Sunday. . . .
RECOGNITION -- Batavia High School students have honored Buddy Houseknecht of the Pepsi-Cola Co. with the first Prevention Plus award, which recognizes outstanding individuals who have helped young people in Batavia.
Houseknecht has been a leader in supporting drug and alcohol-free activities. The projects he has sponsored have included Batavia High School's award-winning Project Graduation, Operation Prom-Graduation and the ATOP group, a chemical-free youth organization. . . .
A REUNION of former employees -- management and union members -- of the South Mills and Structural Shipping Yards of Bethlehem Steel Corp. is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 8. A planning meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in Steelworkers Hall, 100 Lake Ave., Blasdell.
Edward Soda and Jerry Barry are chairmen of the event. . . .
HOSTS NEEDED -- The Buffalo-Dortmund Sister City Committee is seeking families to serve as hosts for two West German teen-age boys who will visit Buffalo for a semester of study this fall. If you can provide a home for one of the boys from Sept. 3 through Dec. 23, please call Dr. James McGoldrick at Canisius College, 888-2837. . . .
Wipe away yesterday's sorrow
Today is the first of the
rest of my life.
-- Rose A. LaJudice
FOR MUTTS -- The Childrens' Mutt Show will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday on the Medaille College campus in Buffalo and will feature at least nine categories in which children 6 through 14 can enter their dogs. Categories include best-mannered mutt, longest tail, shortest legs, saddest eyes, trickiest mutt, best costumed, most colorful hair, most resembles owner and the best Heinz 57.
Registration, to be limited to the first 150 entries, will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Youngsters, however, can register their dogs in advance through their veterinarian or by writing Post Office Box 1252, Ellicott Station, 701 Washington St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14205. The event is sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society. Each participant will receive a certificate, a T-short and at least one award. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Bill McAndrews, Jean Dean, Kristen Tocin, Bess Granatt, Carolyn Mignal, Mel Sauers, Sandy Szymanski, Martin Totaro, Dave Senker, Cindy Kowalski, Tom Pajak, Edna Gavigan, June Urbanski, Violet Euller, Robert Noll, Debbie Kuma, Michele Howard, Heather Leschler, Genevieve Nowicki, Tim Redmond, Candy Borynski, Matt Johnson, Erica Seubert, Tracy Webster and Helen Piotrowski.