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REPORTERS' NOTEBOOK

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was English poet, author and critic Arnold Bennett (1887-1931) who observed: "The price of justice is eternal publicity." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1533, England's King Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn, who later gave birth to Elizabeth I. . . .In 1890, reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World received a tumultuous welcome home after she completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes. . . . In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated U.S. transcontinental telephone service. . . . In 1947, American gangster Al Capone died in Miami Beach at the age of 48. . . . In 1959, American Airlines opened the jet age in the United States with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707. . . . In 1961, President John F. Kennedy held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and television. . . . In 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States. . . . SPAGHETTI DINNER -- Ed Miller of Cheektowaga sent word that a spaghetti dinner sponsored by Bishop Benincasa Council, Knights of Columbus, will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 in the St. Aloysius School cafeteria, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. The tab will be $5 for adults and $3 for children. . . .

Progress

Remember when a woman would buy a new hat

To cheer her on a rainy day?

The only thing that cheers her now

Is equal rights and plenty of pay.

-- Diana Notaro

A LECTURE and slide program on the autobiography of the late local artist Thomas Scovio will be presented by James Rapp at a meeting of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the society's museum, 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda.

Two of Scovio's works are on display in the museum. Rapp's lecture has been called an account of "a fascinating life story."

Joan M. Gerstman, secretary of the society, said the meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Dorothy Stiles, Kristen Zeigler, Gylda Hart, Rachel Ratajczak, Caroline Greisbaum, Ann Riley, Debbie Sikora, the Rev. Jeffery Sturmer, Paul Lexner, Dolores Fitzgerald, James Braun, Jean A. Dabek, Katherine Taneff, Bill Skipper, Terrance P. Scanlon, Cheryl Zima.

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