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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary." -- President James Madison (1751-1836). . . .

ON THIS DATE -- In 1858, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, was born in New York City. . . . In 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, opened in New York City. . . . In 1938, Du Pont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn: nylon. . . . In 1947, "You Bet Your Life," starring Groucho Marx, premiered on ABC Radio. . . . In 1954, the first television program of Walt Disney -- titled "Disneyland," after his yet-to-be completed theme park -- premiered on ABC. . . . In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord. . . .

IMPROVE YOURSELF -- Pottery, photography and stained glass making are just a few of the Fall Craft Workshops to be offered, beginning this week, at the University at Buffalo's Creative Craft Center.

Other offerings include Textile Design, Jewelry Casting, Quilting, Brazilian Embroidery, Weaving, Crocheting and Knitting, Art Beading, Pottery for Children and Multimedia for Children.

All workshops run for six weeks and will be held one night a week, except for children's workshops, which will be held Saturday mornings. Fees are $30 for UB students, $50 for everyone else. Early signup is advised. For information, call 645-2434. . . .

OOPS -- A phone number was listed incorrectly in Wednesday's Reporter's Notebook for reservations for the appearance Thursday of racing welder Dennis Klingman at the dinner meeting of the Niagara Section of the American Welding Society in Adam's Steak and Seafood Restaurant, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. The number is 549-7572. . . .

FUND-RAISER -- Mercy Flight and the Marilla Community Center will benefit from the Marilla Home Bureau Harvest Moon Craft Auction at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Marilla Community Center, S-1810 Two Rod Road. Afghans and specialty baskets will be offered, as well as crafts and baked goods. . . .

CRASH, BOOM, BOP -- The Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, a quartet that specializes in exotic rhythms from jazz, rock and the classics, will give a free after-school concert at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in School 77, 370 Normal Ave., under auspices of the Community Music School. . . .

THE NEWS BEHIND THE NEWS -- A familiar face will be at the podium as the Friends of the Orchard Park Public Library open a new season of Fourth Tuesday evening programs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library, 4570 S. Buffalo St. Speaking about her experiences as a television news reporter and anchorwoman will be Carol Jasen of WIVB-TV, Channel 4. . . .

TESTING, TESTING -- The Independent Living Center of Western New York is looking for blind persons who use Braille regularly to take part in paid three-hour focus groups.

Participants will receive $50 a session to evaluate prototypes of new equipment developed for persons with disabilities. If necessary, the center will provide transportation. For information, call 836-0822. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Mark Pronobis, Marianne Pastore, Scott Daquin, Sarah Odrobina, Claudzell Anderson, Colleen Weishaupt, Jacqueline Owens, Roz Rossi, Nancy Fahy, Sue Mumme, Bill Mosler Jr., Joyce Bartels, Cheryl Falkowski, Glone Hammand, Mary Byersters, William Gavin Jr., Evelyn Schell, Sue Piecuch, Frank Pringle, Keith Telaak, David Lillis, Rick Schaumloeffel, Stephen Nemeth, Tom Carney, Cheryl Webster, Irene Weiss, Molly Erin McMullen, Lucy Smith, Janaina Ferreira, Stephen Palame, Steve Rossi and Karen Bolin.

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