OLAF FUB SEZ: According to an Irish proverb, "When you are right, no one remembers; when you are wrong, no one forgets." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1694, Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III. . . . In 1832, John C. Calhoun became the first U.S. vice president to resign, leaving over differences with President Andrew Jackson. . . . In 1846, Iowa became the 29th state in the Union. . . . In 1856, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, was born in Staunton, Va. . . . In 1897, the play "Cyrano de Bergerac," by Edmond Rostand, premiered in Paris. . . . In 1917, the New York Evening Mail published a facetious essay by H.L. Mencken on the history of the bathtub in America. Mencken claimed, for example, that Millard Fillmore was the first president to have a bathtub installed in the White House. . . . In 1937, composer Maurice Ravel died in Paris. . . . In 1945, Congress officially recognized the "Pledge of Allegiance." . . . In 1973, Alexander Solzhenitsyn published "Gulag Archipelago," an expose of the Soviet prison system. . . . In 1981, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American "test-tube baby," was born in Norfolk, Va. . . .
And her clarinet
Went awry one day.
If you don't love it,
You ought to shove it
And go outdoors to play,
She heard her mother say.
-- Ann M. Smith
BIG, BIG PARTY -- The Sweet Home Alumni Association sent word that it will ring in the new millennium with its annual holiday party at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, in the Scotch 'N Sirloin, 3999 Maple Road, Amherst. . . .
NEW BOOK -- "Literacy With an Attitude," published by SUNY Press, is a new book by Patrick Finn of Buffalo, associate professor in the department of learning and instruction in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.
In the book, Finn addresses the resistance of working-class children to the kind of education they typically receive -- education designed to make them useful workers and obedient citizens. He contrasts these traditional models with alternative teaching methods adopted by "a new brand of teachers," followers of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, who are developing effective methods for teaching powerful literacy in American working-class students. . . .
NEW ASSIGNMENT -- Air Force Senior Airman John W. Jackson, son of John and Lessie Jackson of Niagara Falls, has arrived for duty at Soesterberg Air Base, Netherlands.
Jackson, a 1980 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, is a computer operator assigned to the 2005 Communication Wing. . . .
A WINNER -- Robert Zimmerman of Amherst, voice student of George Vassos in the Professional Studies Program at Cleveland Institute of Music, recently won first place in his category in a regional competition at Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
The graduate of Wagner College was seen as Rodolpho in scenes from "LaBoheme" in a recent production in the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theatre. In other CIM productions, he has performed the role of Ivan in "The Music Shop," Monostatos in "The Magic Flute" and in opera scenes as Tony and Romeo in "West Side Story" and "Romeo and Juliet." . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Ralph Brown Jr., Alyssa Derwin, Del Lillis, Norm Dailey, Jerry Nostrant, Alexandria Sullivan, Jim Lojacono, Jimmy Wojcik, Helen Mueller, Tim Leary, Jack Imperi, Judith Erbes, Joshua Wrest, Stephanie Sikorski, Laura Kosieracki, Patty Scheu, Sarah Thomas, Nicole Marcoux, Pat Hoy, Frank Waz, Kristi Marshall, Julia Sorce, Clara Hotchkiss, Mary Ann Zenger.