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REPORTERS" NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was English poet Felicia Dorothea Browne Hemans (1793-1835) who noted, "Though the past haunt me as a spirit, I do not ask to forget." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1775, the British repulsed an attack by Continental Army Gens. Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec. Montgomery was killed . . . In 1857, Britain's Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada . . . In 1877, President and Mrs. Rutherford Hayes celebrated their silver anniversary by re-enacting their wedding ceremony in the White House . . . In 1879, inventor Thomas A. Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J. . . . In 1946, President Harry Truman officially proclaimed the end of World War II . . . In 1974, private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years. . . .

Fresh Start

Another year allotted me,

To wipe clean the slate,

And use to best advantage

Lessons learned to guide my fate.

-- Rose A. LaJudice

NOTHING CHANGES -- Marion E. Elmer of Williamsville sent Olaf a note quoting Jean Baptiste Colbert, the French finance minister under King Louis XIV. Colbert observed, "The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing." . . .

RECOGNIZED for meritorious service to the Republic of Korea at a recent luncheon sponsored by the United Nations Korean War Allies Association at the Hotel Shilla in Seoul was Army Sgt. 1st Class Theodore Stevenson Jr. of Buffalo, a flight operations non-commissioned officer assigned to Headquarters Company of the 17th Aviation Brigade at Yongsan Army Garrison in Seoul. Stevenson has served more than nine years of his military career in various units throughout Korea. . . .

JAMES VULLO of Trenton Avenue in Buffalo has sent in a few more of his "daffynitions" to bring in the new year. He calls a bar "the pour house" and warned that "pickled drivers make traffic jams." He also noted that "cars and bars mean stars and scars." Not bad, Jimmy, not bad. . . .

SOLD OUT -- Jim Dunn, president of Dunn Tire, and Ron Rice, general manager of WHTT FM/AM, report that 2,000 cassettes of the Buffalo Bills Boogie -- a satire of the music played on Oldies 104 geared for particular Bills' games during the regular season -- sold out in less than four hours Dec. 21. The cassettes were sold for a dollar each, with all proceeds going to the City Mission. Presentation of the check to the Mission is scheduled today. . . .

A GALA REUNION of the 1940 and 1941 classes of Lafayette High School is being planned for June 14 at the Buffalo Hilton. For more information, call Helen Reem Diefendorf of the class of 1940 at 836-2097 in the evenings, Marion Parsons Culliton of the class of 1941 at 882-8667 or Esther Sellers Fiddes of the class of 1941 at 877-1012. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Donald Orsolits, Lafayette Linsey, Nancy Jordan-Staves, Daniel Taylor, Gail Arnold, Jerry Buczkowski, Sean Kennedy, Sylvia Gembolys, Clara Delecki, Jimmy Couell, Pamela Labell, Kyle Dunning, Agnes Kolek, Sandy Jordan, Amanda Skinner, Tom Slowe, Marcia Vizzi, Ann Roberts Pokorny, Wanda Laska, Kathy Smith, Vivian Davis, Don Schneegold Jr., Kathy Ball, Bev Lates, Kenny Graber, Joe Kostelny.

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