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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was American poet and critic Ezra Pound (1885-1972) who noted: "Literature is news that stays news." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some settling in present-day New Orleans . . . In 1825, Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil . . . In 1875, Capt. Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel. He swam from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours . . . In 1916, the National Park Service was established within the Department of Interior . . . In 1921, the United States signed a peace treaty with Germany . . . In 1944, during World War II, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation . . . In 1950, President Harry S. Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike. . . .

JERRY SCHEITEN of the Buffalo Scrabble Club came home $4,000 richer from the American Scrabble Championship in Chicago, which was held Aug. 9-13. He took first place in the second division of the 31-game tournament. He said the words "variety, Soviets and tempered" gave him the winning edge.

He was one of nine members of the Buffalo club who made the trip to Chicago. The tournament attracted 550 players from throughout the nation and English-speaking world. He was first in the second division of 156 players.

Randy Greenspan of Amherst, who is rated as one of the top 50 Scrabble players in the nation, took seventh place in first division competition of 120 players. That was good for $800.

The local club, which has 40 to 50 active members, meets from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Kenmore Baptist Church, 10 Wardman Road. Scheiten said visitors are welcome. For more information, call him at 885-0462 or the National Scrabble Association at (516)-477-0033. . . .

MILLENNIUM STUFF -- Olaf's buddy Mary Beth Spina at the University at Buffalo News Bureau sent word that the coming of the millennium -- with all its assorted myths, predictions and omens -- will be the subject of the first lecture of the Senior Alumni Luncheon program for the 1998-99 academic year.

Phillips Stevens Jr., UB associate professor of anthropology, will lead the discussion, beginning at noon on Sept. 18 in the Center for Tomorrow on the UB North Campus in Amherst.

His presentation will include art and other materials that depict how ancient and modern-day people and religions have viewed the coming of the millennium. The cost of the luncheon, designed for UB senior alumni, their spouses and guests, is $10 per person. For details, call 829-2608. . . .

Men Should Come With Instructions
Men should come with instructions,

I just read that phrase today.

I echo that thought

Because I've known it's true

For always -- and a day.

There are how-to books on gardening

And books on how to cook

But to find instructions on men --

I wouldn't know where to look.

"No one can rent space in my head"

Those are some words -- another man said

Gosh I wish I could find a map real thick

To help me figure out --

What makes some men tick.

-- Rose Batt
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