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REPORTERS NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) who observed: "Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1822, scientist Louis Pasteur was born in Dole, France. . . . In 1932, Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City. . . . In 1945, the World Bank was created with an agreement signed by 28 nations. . . . In 1947, "Howdy Doody," the children's TV program, made its debut on NBC. . . . In 1949, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands granted sovereignty to Indonesia after more than 300 years of Dutch rule. . . . In 1970, the musical "Hello, Dolly!" closed on Broadway after 2,844 performances. . . . In 1985, Palestinian terrorists opened fire in the Rome and Vienna airports; 20 people were killed, including five of the attackers slain by police and security personnel. . . . In 1994, four Catholic priests -- three French and one Belgian -- were shot to death in their rectory in Algiers, a day after French commandos killed four radicals who had hijacked an Air France jet from Algiers to Marseille. . . .

The Letdown

I won't be taken in again

That's my New Year resolution.

I'll save my money next time

I've found the smart solution

I'll put a blindfold on

and plug my ears up tight

I won't watch television

Commercials every night

Next year I'll skip December

fast forward from November

To cold, boring, scary, wary

unexciting January.

-- Diana Notaro

FIRST RECIPIENTS of the newly established Hilbert College President's Scholarship have been named. The scholarships are worth $20,000 over four years.

The recipients include Joseph Devine and James Wilson of Hamburg, Heather Smith and Kristin Wilczak of Eden, Deanne Gabel of Collins and Bonnie Terwilliger of Blasdell. A President's Scholarship awarded to Michael Yehl of Allegany will be effective in the spring. Created by the college, the $5,000 annual scholarship awards provide outstanding young freshmen funding to partially cover education costs. They are renewable annually, based on the student's maintaining a 3.0 grade-point average. . . .

EDITORS IN CHIEF -- H. Raghav Rao of Getzville and Ram Ramesh of East Amherst, both associate professors of management information systems in the University at Buffalo School of Management, have been named editors in chief of a new journal, "Information Systems Frontiers: A Journal of Research and Innovation."

The lead article in the just-published inaugural issue was written by Kenneth Arrow, Nobel laureate. The editorial board consists of such eminent academic and industry researchers as Tom Cook, president of Sabre Decision Technologies; A. Netravali, president of Bell Labs; Hatim Tyabji, chief executive officer of saraide.com; and Roy Radner, past president of the National Academy of Science. . . .

PERSONAL ATTENTION from caring adults is needed by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Erie County. The organization sent word that it is hoping that area adults will resolve in 2000 "to bring some extra happiness into the life of a lonely child."

The organization has a waiting list of children who are in need of experiencing personal attention from caring adults who are willing to invest a few hours of their time each week. For more information, call 878-4337. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Beth D'Amico, Ray Napierala, Al Parsons, Dave Gray, Diana Raczkowski, Wendy Kelley, Mary Kay Caie, William Zokus, Patti Streck, Dick McPherson, Buz Comerford, Carol Williams, Mary Tysiat, Mary Quirk, Joe McMahon Jr., Thomas J. Sullivan, Joey Long, Patty Meegan, John Argo, Kelly Dubel, Karen Dubel, Richard Bryk.

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