OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American author James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), "The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master." . . .
ON THIS DAY -- In 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his Seventh Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana. . . . In 1906, a love triangle came to a violent end atop New York's Madison Square Garden as architect Stanford White, the building's designer, was shot to death by Harry Thaw, the jealous husband of Helen Nesbit. . . . In 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the Communist North invaded the South. . . . In 1951, the first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour special from New York to four other cities. . . . In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that the use of an unofficial, nondenominational prayer in New York State public schools was unconstitutional. . . . In 1988, American-born Mildred Gillars, better known during World War II as "Axis Sally" for her Nazi propaganda broadcasts, died in Columbus, Ohio, at age 87. She had served 12 years in prison for treason. . . . In 1996, a truck bomb killed 19 Americans and injured hundreds at a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia. . . .
Grandmother's First Game
A phone call late in the day
Grandson called to say
Game tomorrow at two.
New bat and mitt
Baseball cap that fit
A home run just for you.
At the playing field
Colorful uniforms, many teams
Family and friends began to gather.
With folding chair in tow
What team am I looking for?
I don't know.
-- Lucy McCabe
77 YEARS LATER -- Seven of the 30 graduates of the St. Matthew's grammar school eighth grade Class of 1924 are still alive and six of them are planning to attend a reunion luncheon Wednesday at the Buffalo Yacht Club, according to Fred Hofmeister.
Hofmeister, a member of the class and former commodore of the Buffalo Yacht Club, said his classmates intending to attend the reunion luncheon include Harold Ashford, Alfred Pache, Joseph Nienhaus "and the Paulus sisters -- Mary and Evelyn." The other remaining member of the class, Bernadine Mandel Wagner, will be unable to attend.
The school was located at West Ferry and Wyoming Avenue. . . .
BIG SPLASH -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 12th annual gelatin splash June 15 raised $65,000 for the society's Western New York and Finger Lakes Chapter.
One hundred costumed participants took the "big plunge" into 1,000 gallons of Cherryberry Royal Gelatin at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott Hotel for a minimum of $250 in donations from family, friends and co-workers. More than 2,000 spectators were on hand.
Top fund-raiser for the event was Ed Krasnicki, president of Enidine, with a total of $6,042. Other top splashers included second-place winner Erika Ryan, $5,128; third place, Elizabeth Herrer, $4,046; and fourth place, Bryan Jenkins, $3,078. Adelphia and Oldies 104 FM were the sponsors. . . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Grace Ulrich, Jeri Ratchuk, Dominic J. Zanghi, Michele Fiorella, William G. Miller, Dorie Kaminski, Barbara Dirickson, Kelly O'Brien, Joseph Lauria, Shirley Hett, Alyssa Aldridge, Pat Egan, Flo Ruhl, George Strubel, Pat Manzella, Dave Pickens, Nash Verona, Edward Kuczmarski Jr., Sandy Bohen, Mark Nowicki, Timothy Stelle Sr., Jim Perry, Sheila Zielinski, Daniel Zielinski, Stephanie Mitchell, Enid Washington, Ernest Washington, Gerald Bartkowiak, Jane Galioto, Karen Kopacz.