pastors sermon focused on how God knows which
of us grows best in the sunlight and which of us needs
shade. "For example," he said, "roses must
be planted in the sun, but fuchsias thrive in the
After the service, a woman, her face
beaming, approached him. "Your sermon did me so much
good," she said.
Before he had time to gloat too much,
she added, "I always wondered what was wrong with my
"But what ... is it good
--Engineer at the Advanced Computing
Systems Division of IBM 1968, commenting on the
"This telephone has
too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a
means of communication. The device is inherently of no
value to us." ,--Western Union internal memo, 1876.
"The wireless music box has no
imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message
sent to nobody in particular?"--David Sarnoffs
associates in response to his urgings for investment in
the radio in the 1920s.
I used to be a lifeguard, but some blue
kid got me fired.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Yesterdays St. Louis Republic
contained a picture of Walter D. Acuff, formerly of this
city, and Miss Emma Haid of St. Louis, who were married
at 7 p.m. last Wednesday. The interesting part of the
item was the fact that Miss Haid founded an "old
maids club," the members of which were pledged
to single blessedness, and Mr. Achuff in marrying her has
to pay a $10 fine into the club treasury.
His father was formerly city marshal
here on a reform ticker, but resigned and moved to St.
Louis, where his son is now Sunday school superintendent
of the First Methodist church.
The young couple started on a bridal
tour through "Southern Missouri," which it is
hoped will bring them through Carthage, where Walter has
many friends anxious to congratulate him. They will be at
home at 2801 Thomas street, St. Louis, after a couple of
Three Minutes of
The Three Minutes of Fame lip
sync competition will be held once again this
year during the Maple Leaf week. The event is
scheduled for Thursday, October 14th at 7 p.m. in
the Carthage Junior High School Auditorium.
This is a family-friendly event
that always delights the packed audience. The
lip-sync competition offers both an adult
division and a junior division for 14 years and
under. Cash prizes will be awarded again this
"Each year this event gets
bigger and better and we owe it all to the folks
from our community and local businesses for their
continued support," said Beth Foust, event
Those who would like additional
information, should contact the Carthage Chamber
of Commerce at 417-358-2373 or you may email
email@example.com. Entries must be turned into
the Chamber office at 402 S. Garrison no later
than Monday, October 11th.
Fall is typically when the
"pile shift" takes place at my
house. Movin the winter piles out and
movin in the summer piles. This spring
and fall ritual is always intended to be a
cullin process. The struggle of
gettin rid of those things ya really
never use, just hate ta throw em away.
My problem is it seems the
piles never diminish much over the years. No
matter how much I throw away each season,
somehow I accumulate replacements each year.
I keep thinkin someday Ill open
the barn door and see the entire floor with
everthing that is occupyin space
in its proper and useful place. Although
its hard to judge with any accuracy, I
do think there are fewer and smaller piles
than before. Hopefully this fall I can muster
the courage to uncover a few more square feet
of floor space.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Carthage Printing Services
To Your Good
By Paul G. Donohue,
10,000 Steps a Day
Keep the Doctor Away
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I hear that
taking 10,000 steps a day is all that a person
needs to stay healthy. Is this so? How much time
does that take? Do you count all the steps you
take in a day, or are these 10,000 steps in
addition to what you normally take? -- G.D.
ANSWER: The 10,000-steps-a-day
program originated in the Surgeon Generals
office some years back. Its been shown,
more than once, that people who increase their
total daily steps to 10,000 (counting the ones
they normally take) have less body fat, lower
blood sugar and lower blood pressure. There is
more to staying fit than taking 10,000 leisurely
steps. Strength building is also important.
Ten thousand steps are
approximately 5 miles (3.6 to 4.9 miles; 6 to 8
kilometers). How much time does this take? The
walking should be brisk. Thats defined as
taking 90 to 100 steps a minute. For the entire
time involved, you can do the math. However,
these steps dont all have to be taken in
one session. You can amass them throughout the
day. A hundred steps a minute is a quick pace.
You might not be up to it. Its OK to start
more slowly and gradually work your way to the
100-steps-a-minute goal, and not all the 10,000
steps have to be such fast ones. The goal of
10,000 steps is another thing that can take you a
while to reach. Dont try to do all this on
the first day. Start out by taking an extra 200
steps a day, and gradually work your way to
10,000 over a couple of months.
You cant count these
steps without driving yourself crazy. You need a
pedometer, a gadget that records your steps.
Pedometers range in cost from $17 to $80. They
can be worn on a belt, put in a pocket or worn
around the leg. They register steps by the
movement of the hips or the impact of the foot
against the ground.
If you want to be really
healthy, you have to add some resistance exercise
to your program. Resistance exercise is lifting
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