OLAF FUB SEZ: It was Andrew Young who observed, "Influence is like a savings account. The less you use it, the more you got it." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1792, a 22-year-old man named Ludwig van Beethoven paid the equivalent of 19 cents for his first lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn in Vienna . . . In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi, seated in an improvised receiving station near St. John's, Newfoundland, intercepted the letter "S" sent in Morse Code across the Atlantic Ocean by an operator at Poldhu in the British Isles . . . In 1913, authorities in Florence, Italy, announced that the "Mona Lisa," stolen from The Louvre in Paris in 1911, had been recovered. . . .
"TO BINGO" is the vanity license plate message on a car spotted at the Walden Galleria parking lot recently by one of Olaf's alert operatives, who was so impressed that he wrote, "I'm amazed how Western New Yorkers get ahead of others on such ideas!" . . .
PAID HIS DUES -- Harold J. Ahlstrom of Lockport was honored recently for 50 years of continuous membership in the National Railway Historical Society, a 19,000-member organization with headquarters in Philadelphia.
Ahlstrom, a member of the Niagara Frontier chapter in Buffalo, is national secretary emeritus of the society, which preserves equipment and structures, operates museums and tourist excursions and publishes railroad related items. . . .
PRIME TIME -- Peggy Woltz, a graduate of Kensington High School, will appear as a contestant on "Jeopardy" at 7:30 p.m. Monday on Channel 7. She is living in New York and operates her own travel agency in Manhattan. Her parents are Laura and Charles Woltz. The show was filmed in Los Angeles in August. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Helen Rank, Dan Roberts, Marisa Kosek, Greta Thompson, Russ Ceminara, Herb Hall, Anna Zepmro, Gail Scholtz, Bill Mullen, Maria Trimper, Dale O'Dea, Matthew Starr, Gertrude Abwender, Arthur Barczykowski, Debbie Clotfelter, Richard Krasinski, Paul Roy, Victoria Wilkosz, Chuck McCabe, Tom Paulus, Katie Walsh, Kimberly Zlotek, James J. Thompson, David Moeller, Nicholas Stachewicz, Sarah Anne Yonder, Charlie Varecka, Walter Misiak, Martha Wilson, Brian Kroll.