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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American playwright Arthur Miller (1915-2005), a former husband of Marilyn Monroe, "Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets." . . .

In 1763, France ceded Canada to England under the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War. . . . In 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolph Ivanovich Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States. . . . In 1967, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went into effect. . . .

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ON THIS DAY

MAX MINGAL of Getzville might not have been around last Friday to celebrate his 100th birthday had he missed being on the famous list of Oskar Schindler. Mingal and his late wife, the former Ala Kuperberg, were saved by the industrialist who rescued the couple and hundreds of other Jews from Nazi death camps in Poland and put them to work in his bogus munitions factory in Brinnlitz, Czechoslovakia.

The Mingals survived the Nazis and the ravages of World War II and migrated to Buffalo. He worked at Bethleham Steel in Lackawanna for 25 years, retiring in 1973; she owned and operated Storz & Mingal Catering until retiring.

Mingal, a life master bridge player, was treated by friends and relatives last Saturday to a party at Weinberg Campus in Getzville, where he has lived for more than three years. He attributed his longevity to his "will to live" to enjoy his son, Victor, and daughter, Renee Bagel, both of Williamsville, and his grandchildren. And he didn't forget Schindler, who protected and saved him from the Nazi concentration camps.

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A BENEFIT for Amherst Meals on Wheels will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with a spaghetti dinner in the Amherst Center for Senior Services Dining Room, 370 John James Audubon Parkway.

Sponsored by Evans National Bank, the dinner is open to the public and available for $6 pre-sale or $7 at the door. It includes spaghetti and meatballs, bread, salad, dessert and beverage. For more information, call 636-3065.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Courtney Watson Willett, Michael Merrell, Glenn Sheesley, John Michael Buczkowski, Charles Coe, Melissa Goodman, Jean Zimmer, Bonnie Platt, Bridget Murphy, Eric Sonntag, Meloney Brady, Paul Duke, Michael Ritchey, Jaden Pacer, Ben Perry.

SATURDAY -- Linda Lee Lukasiak Kish, Cheryl Kobza, Lisa Hewitt, Dr. Donna Orlando-Martin, Mary Elizabeth Braun, Gayle D. Price, Eleanor M. Burke, James Pries, Briana Bauer, Sean Danieu.

AND SUNDAY -- Uri Loman, Kevin Danieu, Jamie Panek, Krystal Staring, Paul Held, Jack Smith, Donna Chrzanowski, Mark Lickfeld, Donna Forsyth, Rev. James O'Connor, Daniel J. Victor, Jennifer Grace Persico, Drew Cannizzaro, Julie Larroque, Mark Rogowski, Katia Mervine, Barbara Oleksy.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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