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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer-actress Bette Midler, "The worst part of having success is to try finding someone who is happy for you." . . .

ON THIS DAY -- In 1729, the city of Baltimore was founded. . . . In 1792, the French national anthem "La Marseillaise," by Claude Joseph Rouget, was first sung in Paris. . . . In 1844, the New York Yacht Club was founded. . . . In 1932, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles. . . .In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill creating a women's auxiliary agency in the Navy known as Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service -- WAVES for short. . . . In 1945, during World War II, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; only 316 out of 1,196 men survived the sinking and the shark-infested waters. . . . In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Medicare Bill, which went into effect the following year. . . . In 1975, former Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. Although presumed dead, his body has never been found. . . .

LAST CALL -- A reunion for members of the Sweet Home High School Class of 1994 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Root Five Waterfront Restaurant, S4914 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.

The tab will be $25 per person and includes dinner and four hours of open bar. For information, use Web site www.sweethomeschools.com; go to the community heading, click on the alumni link, then the online heading. . . .

FREE CONCERT -- The Buffalo Area Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society is sponsoring an appearance of Byron Jones -- "The Welsh Wizard" -- on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ at a Family Pops Concert at 2 p.m. Aug. 29, at Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St.

Although the concert is free, there will be collection boxes for contributions to the nonprofit organization.

The world famous organist, who had a Mighty one installed in his home in Bristol, England, last year, is also scheduled to perform at the State Fair in Syracuse.

For information about Jones' performance, call 684-8414 or 694-9158. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Sue Joffe, Shannon Lavelle, Wilbur Watson, Paul Mieth, Theresa Fiorella, Jim Greco, Pat Edbauer, Paula Betz, Joey Ciesinski, Julianne Przybyl, Mark Slomba, Steve Ruszczyk, Russell Messier, Colleen Patterson, Jiggs Laettner, Doug Rokitka, Jim Courtney, Kyle Smolinski.

SATURDAY -- Stefanie Czopp Lints, David DellaVentura, George A. Scherer, Roger Heck, Shawn Gaskill, Joe Trimper, Ed Sasiadek, Margaret Safe, David Lawrence Round, Shari Barry, Patrick Zak, Amanda Lauricella, Marilyn Stahl, Rick Iacobucci, Kim Schueler, Barbara Graham, Ron Smith, Terry Sabia, Helen Szefel, Jim Kaczmarek, Claudia Moore.

SUNDAY -- Ella Trietley, Don Rossel, Tiffany R. Crews, Betty A. Lewis, Megan Petersen, Frances Klys, William F. Delaney, Mary Clare Kurzanski, Sheila Sarafin, Thomas A. Gerbec, Rich Robinson, Dylan McPike, Kenny Liszewski, Ashlyn Tiberio, Jeanette Shields.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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