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REPORTERS NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was former Buffalo resident Mark Twain who wrote: "Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1540, King Henry VIII's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed. The same day, Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard. . . . In 1868, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing due process of law, was declared in effect. . . . In 1945, Paul Dearing, a Catholic Relief employee and former reporter for the Buffalo Courier-Express, was among 14 people killed when a U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City's Empire State Building. . . .

GREAT IRISH MUSIC is in store at the annual Sheriff's Picnic -- an Evening With Thomas F. Higgins -- to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Fontana's Grove, 2440 Clinton St. A $15 donation includes food, refreshment and entertainment.

"This year, all proceeds of the event will go to the Sheriff's Pipe and Drum Band," Higgins said. He noted that members of the band perform at many civic functions throughout the year "at their own time and expense."

For further information, call Jodi Burvid at 858-7609, Dennis Clark at 858-7611 or Jim Higgins at 826-0498. . . .

WALTER S. SLON DAY -- Olaf has designated today as Walter S. Slon Day in Reporters' Notebook in observance of the retired lumber salesman's 90th birthday. The Buffalo native, who has lived in Cheektowaga for some 30 years, has been submitting poems to this column for two decades.

Although Olaf never has talked to Slon personally, he has received numerous notes from him over the years and has published well over 100 of his poems. His four-liners reflect an author who has a sense of humor as well as a sense of values. He leads the reader to laugh and to think.

Slon, a graduate of Canisius High School, wanted to be a songwriter when he was a young man and even won a songwriting contest. He worked for Frontier Lumber Co. as a salesman for many years until his retirement at the age of 64.

His son, William P., a math teacher at Lafayette High School, and other relatives treated Slon and his wife of 59 years, the former Mary Dorothy Bozek, to a birthday meal at Country Breads and More on Sunday. It was a happy day.

Slon will enter Buffalo General Hospital Tuesday to undergo minor surgery. Olaf wishes him well. Here are a couple of his poems. Enjoy:

Not So Young
Maybe it should be an utter laugh,

But to me it is a sheer horror

That I don't look on a photograph

As young as I look on a mirror.

-- Walter S. Slon
Winner's Circle
It is so simple and easy

To enter the winner's circle,

Just roll up your sleeves, get busy,

And then pray for a miracle.

-- Walter S. Slon
REUNION NOTE -- Members of the former St. Nicholas Academy Class of 1947 who haven't received word about a 50-year reunion planned for Sept. 18 can get details by calling Yvonne Haykel Labaki at 634-0463 or Loraine Block Wallmeyer at 626-5256, according to a note from Janet Meyer.

Reunion events will include a Mass at noon in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and a luncheon at 1 p.m. in Daffodil's, 930 Maple Road, Amherst. . . .

THE EUDIST FATHERS will hold a dinner Tuesday, Aug. 12, in Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora in celebration of 40 years of service to the Diocese of Buffalo. Anyone who is an alumnus of Cardinal Dougherty High School, any parishioner of St. John the Baptist, St. Christopher or St. Bonaventure parishes or other fields of the Eudists are invited to attend, according to the Rev. Ronald M. Bagley. For more information, call 825-4319. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Debbie Gleason, Vicki La Verne, Gustav Heublum, Stanley Martin, Elizabeth Denman, Mary Deschamps, Joan Schooley, Maryann Rooth, Eddie Osiecki, Judy James, Nora Pomplun, Collen Conley, Bill Marszalak, Corey Jelowski, Michelle Root, Camille J. Roberts, Evelyn Johnson, Don Buckley, Lois Ricupito, John Daly Sr., Marian Zolnowski, Pamela A Schupbach, Ruth Ann Musialowski, Jim Rindos, Bob Brown and Dr. Joe Neimar.

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