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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American reformer Eliza Farnham (1815-1864), "The ultimate aim of the human mind, in all its efforts, is to become acquainted with Truth." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1889, the first jukebox made its debut, in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon. It consisted of an Edison tinfoil phonograph with four listening tubes and a coin slot for each tube. . . . In 1903, Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in "Rigoletto." . . . In 1971, the People's Republic of China was seated in the United Nations Security Council. . . .

CORRECTIVE SURGERY -- Dr. Jean-Michel Roland, a cardiologist at Children's Hospital, will direct research into complications arising from surgery to children born with heart defects.

The doctor's role was described incorrectly in Friday's Reporters' Notebook, in an item on a Nov. 5 fund-raising cocktail reception for the research effort, called the Children's Hearts Fund. The event raised $10,500 toward the goal of $320,000 goal. All money will go toward research.

The Children's Hearts Fund also will sponsor a fund-raising fashion show in the Brookfield Country Club, Clarence, on March 20.

Donations can be made to:

Children's Hearts Fund

219 Bryant St.

Buffalo, N.Y. 14222. . . .

BREAKFAST BUFFET -- The Variety Club of Buffalo will sponsor its third annual Breakfast Buffet with Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Troop I Building, 432 Franklin St. The price is right, too. The meal, including scrambled eggs, French toast, sausage, bacon, potatoes, coffee, tea, juice and Danish, will cost adults $6.25 and children (3-12) $4.95. Youngsters younger than 3 eat free.

In addition to the breakfast, pictures with Santa will be available, and members of the Buffalo Jills will make an appearance. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 854-7577. . . .

SELF-DEFENSE -- Have you ever thought what you would do if you were attacked?

Russell J. Gullo of the National Self-Defense Institute says he might have the answer. The Institute, in conjunction with Erie Community College, is sponsoring a four-session program titled "Self-Defense for Today's Adult" to be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays between Dec. 1 and Dec. 22 in Room 6209 on the second floor of the gym in Building No. 6 at ECC's South Campus. The fee is $29.

Open to adult men and women of all ages, the course will teach how to defend against grabs, chokes, punches, kicks, locks, holds and pushes/charges. Call 655-5731. . . .

NOW WE KNOW -- U.S. residents can take home up to $200 worth of goods per person on returning from visits to Canada of less than 48 hours. They previously were limited to just $25 in purchase exemptions. Exemptions for visits longer than 48 hours are $400 per person. . . .

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION -- The story telling talents of LuAnn Roberts will be featured in a special holiday program at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Julia B. Reinstein Library, 1039 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. Call 668-4991. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Bonnie O'Hara, Alice McSkimming, Ray Fisher, Mary Ann Swift, William Koszela, Heather Piniewski, Janet McPike, William Lardo, Kevin Wiles, Christine Grosstephan, Azzie McGhee, Karen McCarthy, John T. Gerbec, John Schaller, Codi Marie Fatta, Cash Remery, Todd Nixon, Cyndee Stelmach, Kathleen Kisker, Brian Migliore, Gino Kurdziel, Laura McCabe.

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