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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops," according to American historian Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918). . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1547, England's King Henry VIII died; he was succeeded by his 9-year-old son, Edward VI . . . In 1871, France surrendered in the Franco-Prussian War . . . In 1902, the Carnegie Institute was established in Washington, D.C. . . . In 1915, the Coast Guard was created by an act of Congress . . . In 1918, Louis D. Brandeis was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to the Supreme Court. . . In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven crew members. . . .

Some Things Never Change

My face has fallen

My eyes have faded

I hardly give a hoot

I'm getting as old as the hills

But my husband still thinks I'm cute.

-- Diana Notaro

DANCING FOR A MARCH DATE -- The United Irish American Association will present its ninth annual cabaret and Valentine's dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 13, in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.

The event, which raises funds to help defray the costs associated with the St. Patrick's Day parade, will include music by Emerald Isle. Tickets are available at the Tara Gift Shoppe, 250 Abbott Road, or from any association executive committee member.

The community also is invited to attend a Mass in memory of the deceased members of the association at noon March 14 in St. Joseph's Cathedral, just prior to the parade. . . .

Cannot distribute vertically IT'S FREE -- Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and University at Buffalo alumnus Tom Toles will speak on "Economics Made Simpler than Economists Make It . . ." at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Screening Room of the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

Toles' talk, which will be free and open to the public, is part of the invited speaker series of the new master's program in applied economics. The editorial cartoonist for The Buffalo News received a bachelor's degree from UB in 1973. While at UB, he was editorial cartoonist for "The Spectrum." His work now appears in more than 200 newspapers in the United States and Canada as well as "The New Republic" and "U.S. News and World Report."

For more information about the talk, call Shelly Cohen in the Department of Economics at 645-2121, ext. 19. . . .

LACKAWANNA NATIVE Connie Porter, author of the popular American Girl Series (Addy), will read from her latest book, "Imani All Mine," at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6, at the Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road. Sal Bordonaro, director, said adults and children "are invited and encouraged to attend." . . .

FOR WRITERS -- A course, "Get Published: How to Become a Working Writer," will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 18, 25, March 11 and 18, at Buffalo State College. The course fee is $40 for members of the Just Buffalo Literary Center and $60 for others. The workshop sessions will combine lectures on getting started, writing exercises and assignments. Emphasis will be placed on marketing techniques. For more information, call 832-5400. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Martha Shanks, Ruth Guyker, Beth Cheney, Nick Carter, Valerie Lorefice, Larry Brown, Lori Engl, Ronnie Walterich, Cleonice Millanti, Danny Daniels, Joe Brownsey, Dolores Burr, Kerry Higgins, Susan Benedick, Natalie Sellers, Bob Frawley, Gary Depczynski, Alex Olear, Charlotte Siler, Debbie Flett, George Hillock, Craig Zakrzewski, Pat Zwick, Debbie Bowen, Tammy Davison, John C. Healy, Jacqueline C. Healy, Nick G. Carter, Gail Sfeir, Sheryl A. Short, Carol Ann Caya.

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