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OLAF FUB SEZ -- As Einstein mused: "I never think of the future. It comes soon enough." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy. . . . In 1897, the New York Sun ran its famous editorial, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." . . . In 1931, Britain went off the gold standard. . . . In 1938, a hurricane struck parts of New York State and New England, causing widespread damage and killing more than 600. . . . In 1949, the People's Republic of China was proclaimed by its communist leaders. . . . In 1996, John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, Ga. . . .

LOVE FARRELL'S NIGHT -- The Delaware Wednesday Night Duplicate Bridge Club, which has been meeting once a week for 58 years, will honor Love Farrell, its oldest member, this week.

The duplicate bridge session will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Knights of Columbus Club Rooms, 1530 Kenmore Ave. Mrs. Farrell, a 101-year-old great-grandmother, lives with her daughter in Kenmore and has a son in Cleveland. For many years, she was the club's director, stepping down when she was 99.

Although she no longer direct the play at the weekly tournaments, she still plays with her partner, Verna Walker, 92, according to Kay Renshaw, the club's treasurer. Even more amazingly, according to Lorna Brewer, a club member, "she doesn't even wear glasses when she plays."

Dorothy Kumrow, the club's director, and Anne O'Connor, the club's president, as well as other members report that Mrs. Farrell, who will be 102 in December, is alert and on top of her game. She doesn't trump her partner's aces -- a bridge no-no -- when she is playing. A turnout of 55 to 60 members is expected. Members take goodies such as brownies and other delights to the meetings. . . .

DESTINATION SPACE, an exhibit in the Buffalo Science Museum, officially will be launched Saturday by none other than James A. Pawelczyk, Erie County's first shuttle astronaut. It's the first exhibition presented in the museum's new Temporary Exhibit Gallery.

Pawelczyk, an Elma native and 1978 graduate of Iroquois Central High School, will be on hand at the new traveling exhibition from 1 to 3 p.m. to talk about his career and experiences on the space shuttle Columbia. The 6,000-square-foot exhibit allows visitors to explore the future in space through hands-on activities with science and technology.

It features 75 original artworks works by Robert McCall, chronicling the history of the space program and the future of space exploration. A vast mural in the Smithsonian National Art and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., depicts his concept of the conquest of space. The exhibit, sponsored by Wegmans and WGRZ-TV Channel 2, will remain on display through Jan. 2 in the museum at 1020 Humboldt Parkway. For more information, visit the Web site at www.sciencebuff.org or call 896-5200. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Brittany and Brandan Sherk, Carmen M. Panaro, June Marie Jablonicky, Mike Sullivan, Dr. Sam Ruggiero, Adam S. Tomaka, Sue Rebman, Marie Hunt, Allyson Hilton, Sandy Meyer, Donna Evans, Hank Slisz, Alexa Cudney, Sister Anne Marie Jablonicky, Paul Hoeflick Jr., Rochelle Bicup, Ricky Bicup Jr., Sarah Orr, Kathy Antonik, Kathy Levulis Michalek, Jill Gannon, Colleen Kaney, Lily Thoma, Sue Lynn Tirado, Claudia Schreiber, Ed Kowalczewski, Dexter Jimerson, Chris Kensy, Sheila Dennehy, David Wiesner, Jean Drogoszewski, Lil Wilkins and Donna Burns.

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