OLAF FUB SEZ: According to a French proverb, Pierre qui roule n'amasse pas mousse, or, in English, A rolling stone gathers no moss. . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews from Spanish soil, except those willing to convert to Christianity . . . In 1917, the United States took possession of the Virgin Islands, which it purchased from Denmark . . . In 1933, Congress authorized the Civilian Conservation Corps . . . In 1949, Newfoundland entered confederation as Canada's 10th province . . . In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned the country by announcing he would not run for another term of office . . . In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that coma patient Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from her respirator. She remained comatose but survived until 1985. . . .
Our reps in D.C.
do many a thing,
but one thing's for sure,
to their jobs they'll cling.
-- Walter E. Bell
JOEL THOMPSON will celebrate his 107th birthday during a special party this afternoon in Seneca Manor Health Care Facility, West Seneca.
Born in Tennessee in 1888, Thompson moved to Buffalo in 1916 and held various jobs, including being a butler and chauffeur.
Thompson, who uses a wheelchair, enjoys relatively good health, according to staff members. About 35 residents and family members are expected to attend the party in the facility's dining room. . . .
TICKETS to the Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School's Sports Hall of Fame ceremony to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the South Buffalo school at 601 McKinley Parkway are available in the school, 601 McKinley Parkway, or by calling 826-3615 or 826-3610. The 15th annual Sports Nite program will include a Chinese auction.
The auction will feature a hockey stick autographed by the Buffalo Sabres, a stick signed by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Ramsey, a baseball bat signed by Boston Red Sox star Jose Canseco and other memorabilia. . . .
BIG LIFT -- Studio Arena Theater's first endowment campaign, which got a big lift two weeks ago with a $250,000 challenge grant from M&T Bank, has received another major boost toward its $3 million goal.
Comptek Research Inc. and its president and chief executive officer, John R. Cummings, have donated 4,000 shares of Comptek stock valued at $60,000. The gift will be applied to the $500,000 Studio Arena must raise from private sources under terms of the M&T grant. . . .
PRICE IS RIGHT -- A spaghetti dinner will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Precious Blood Parish Hall, 145 Lewis St. Adults can eat for $4.50 and children for $3. . . .
ENCORE -- Iroquois High School students had such a good time staging "Little Shop of Horrors" that they were disappointed when the musical comedy's three-day run ended March 12.
So, at the suggestion of Richard Marotto, principal, they will do a free encore performance Saturday night before an audience of guests.
The audience will include disabled people and students from area high schools who weren't able to see the original Iroquois performance because they were involved in their own school plays, according to Judy Talty, producer of the Iroquois play. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Graham Genrich, Ted Powell, Denise Petyk, Courtney Colern, Dana Grady, Aaron Stenzel, Joe Trembath, Giovanna Pupilli, Helen Radomski, Mandy Lynn Daniels, Dan Gaughan, Rick Covey, Kimberly Johnson, Ed Alejniczak, Santo Fatta, Nicholas Catanzaro, Scott Richard Najuch, Janelle DeSimone, William J. Fredenburg, Bob Howard, Kay MaLarkey, Christopher Tiranno, Stella Branka, Terry Paulus, Bill Fredenburg, Patricia Scanlon, Jill Babinski, Mary Cirbus, Chris Carney, Bill Guenther, Alice Siemieniuk, Vincent Ruffino.
SATURDAY -- Rosemary Elizabeth Dolata, Kevin Carl, Nan Haynes, Diane M. Hayes, Elaine Sirianni, Robert E. Dawson, Bonnie Werdein, Helen McMahon, Margaret Barille, Fay Rech, Raymond Krolewicz, Leo Kapturowski, Katy O'Reilly, Cindi Hagen, Darrin Showers, Ryan Dubel, Barb Smith, Megan Ford, Geri Blake, Paul Montesano, Jane Kubacki, Don Menge, Doris West, Jackie Cook, Mariah Marie Steiner, Quinne Sember, Lou Krause, Marc Ruggio, Bob Smith, Gloria Scime, Trisha Brown, Ruth McAndrews, Melissa Szczpanski, Heidi Hoerner.
AND SUNDAY -- Douglas K. Deschamps, Scott Bryk, John J. Kaniecki, Helen Domagala, Jeff Wagner, Dorothy Lane, Laura McNamara, Nicollette Walaszek, Bob Grazulis, Rita G. Dosher, Jon Hale, Frank Kaczmierczak, Amy Grimaldi, Erik Rose, Ann Elliott, Irvin Ram, Nicollette Walaszek, Catie Murray, Nora Murray, Jimmy Murray, Asutin James Tait, Nancy Drake, Walter L. Roath, Jessica Lynn Stresing, Nicole Calderon, Eugene Frankowski, Julia Gary, Connor Abbott, Christopher Galley, Katie Comerford, Jennie Comerford, Sean McGrath, Aileen Lang, Megan Higgins, Gregg Dake, Ginny Leahy.