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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to American political writer Theodore H. White (1915-1986), "To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can have."


ON THIS DAY -- In 1542, Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of England's King Henry VIII, was executed for adultery. . . . In 1795, the University of North Carolina became the first U.S. state university to admit students with the arrival of Hinton James, who was the only student on campus for two weeks. . . . In 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP, was founded in New York City. . . . In 1920, the League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland. . . . In 1935, a jury in Flemington, N.J., found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap death of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed. . . . In 1960, France exploded its first atomic bomb.


MILITARY NOTE -- Army Resreve Pvt. Christopher M. Liberto, son of Ronald M. and Judith L. Liberto of Lancaster, has graduated from the Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer Advanced Individual Training course at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

The course is designed to train soldiers to perform direct and general support, maintenance on chemical equipment, quartermaster machinery, air heaters and special purpose equipment.

Liberto is a 2003 graduate of Lancaster High School.


SEARCH IS ON -- The Futures Academy at 167 E. Utica St. is searching for "a direct descendant of Joseph Hodge, the first African-American male in Buffalo," according to a note from Letizia Conrad, principal.

"If you are -- or know of that person -- and have proof," the note continued, "please contact the school at 816-3130. We have an item of memorabilia for you."


DEADLINE to register for the Lancaster-Depew Teen Idol competition sponsored by the Lancaster Youth Foundation and Lancaster Youth Bureau is March 3.

Participants must be residents of Lancaster or students at Lancaster, Depew or St. Mary's Catholic high schools. They also must be 14 to 19 years old as of Jan. 1.

Vocal auditions and preliminaries will be held April 5 and 11. The final competition is scheduled for May 5 in Lancaster High School. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Entry forms are available at the Lancaster Youth Bureau, 200 Oxford Ave., or can be obtained from the music departments at the high schools. For information, call 683-4444.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Nancy Shaw, Joe Cole, Taylor Gavigan, Jane Wadsworth, Tony Dipasquale, Tina Kuczmanski, Dorothy Miller, Sean Sheehan, Alexis Hejna, Alan Yox and Dan "Giff" Griffin.


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