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Sunday Newsletter 2000-11Su.
September 10, 2000.
This Friday the Summer Olympics open in Sydney, Australia. Coincidentally, our Friday Feature is published on the same day. Therefore look for my much talked about article on this year's Olympic Games, Canada's past performances, mascots and much more in this Friday's message. Now onto this week's newsletter.
== THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ==
What Canadian singer's first single, "Let me Take you Dancing", was released in 1979? As usual you can find the answer near the end of this newsletter.
== BIOGRAPHY ==
Fay Wray (born Vina Fay Wray).
Ms. Wray was born on September 15th, 1907, at Cardston, Alberta. Her family moved to Arizona when she was only three-years-old and then to Salt Lake City when she was five. Visits to the cinema and participation in school plays whetted her appetite for performing. After surviving childhood hardships, such as the influenza epidemic of 1918 (during which her older sister died), and the separation of her parents soon after, Fay left Utah for California in 1921 when she was only fourteen.
Settling in Los Angeles she managed to appear in a number of films, mainly westerns, under contract with Universal Studios for $75 a week. All this she had accomplished by the time she was nineteen. One of early Hollywood's most dynamic personalities, she continued to receive better and better parts, culminating in her appearance in the classic 1933 film "King Kong". This film assured her place as a screen icon and made her a figure in folklore and myth.
"King Kong", among the half-dozen most famous films ever produced, was an original conception for the screen. This 20th century version of "Beauty and the Beast" was created by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack with the assistance of special effects wizard Willis O'Brien, who made a remarkably innovative use of stop-motion animation and rear-projection. Although it inspired sequels, a remake and many imitations, the original "King Kong" remains unique and unequalled. Unlike so many of the others, the 1933 film imparts a kind of humanity in its strange, poignant tale of the giant, dark ape's love for the five foot three Fay (who wore a blonde wig to contrast with Kong). A creature of both terror and pathos, Kong tries to protect the fragile Fay from dangers both real and imagined. Succeeding generations have embraced the film. Most people today immediately recognise its legendary climax with Fay and Kong on top of the Empire State Building.
Although she continued to act on and off over the years after the release of "King Kong", Fay decided in the late nineteen thirties to allow her personal life to take precedence over her acting career, and her work after that point declined.
Noted film critic Roger Ebert once said, "Watching Fay Wray on the screen is one of the great pleasures at the movies. Meeting her in person was one of my great pleasures in life."
Turning 93 this week does not deter this lady from being part of the computer age, with her posting on the Internet of this message; "Warmest greetings to the caring people who write about me on various Web pages. You are making me feel contemporary and absolutely delighted! I send love. -- Fay Wray."
== QUOTE ==
"It's hard to make predictions -- especially those about the future." --Allan Lamport, Mayor of Toronto, 1952-1954.
== JOKE OF THE WEEK ==
A fellow I know from a small town on the Prairies was staying at a fancy hotel in Calgary, and was enjoying the pool when the manager told him quite bluntly to "get out!"
When asked for the reason, the manager said, "Because you went pee in the pool."
"Well," replied the swimmer, "lots of people do that. That's why you use chlorine."
"True," answered the manager, "but you did it from the diving board."
== RECIPE ==
Maple Baked Chicken Breasts (Poitrine de Poulet au Sirop D'Erable)
This easy recipe for chicken breasts can also be used with a whole, cut-up broiler-fryer chicken. It's from the collection of Jeanne d'Arc Nadeau, long-time proprietor of Le Danube Bleu reception hall in St. Marie, Quebec, and a cookbook author.
Yield: 4 servings.
4 chicken breasts; single.
1/4 cup all purpose flour.
2 tablespoons butter.
1/2 cup maple syrup.
1 teaspoon dried savory.
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme.
1/4 teaspoon dried sage.
1 sliced medium white onion.
1/2 cup filtered water.
Salt and ground black pepper, quantity as preferred.
Dredge chicken pieces in flour seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. In a heavy, flameproof casserole dish, heat butter until bubbling and brown chicken pieces. Pour maple syrup over chicken. Sprinkle with savory, thyme and sage. Arrange onion slices on top of chicken pieces. Pour water into the bottom of the casserole dish. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes or until tender, basting occasionally with pan juices.
== DID YOU KNOW? ==
Canada has a society that was formed over 35 years ago to protect our national parks and wilderness areas. Their mission is to "Keep Canada Wild".
This organization is The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), founded in 1963, and is Canada's grassroots voice for our wilderness. They save wilderness by campaigning for new parks and assembling opposition to the depletion of current areas. CPAWS also takes the lead in Canada to make sure governments put the needs of nature first in parks management. They achieve their goals through advocacy, education and co-operation with other organizations, governments, First Nations Peoples, communities, industry and others.
CPAWS has one of the strongest grassroots support bases in Canada. They have over 13 000 members, and nearly 400 volunteers working with ten regional chapters in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. They are highly respected for their science-based and solution-oriented approach, and their "on the ground" results say it all.
Over the years, CPAWS has played a key role in saving over 100 million acres of Canadian wilderness (an area nearly seven times the size of Nova Scotia), including:
- Kluane National Park west of Whitehorse, Yukon.
- Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories.
- Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island's West Coast.
- The Tatshenshini - Alsec Wilderness Park in northern British Columbia.
- Puskaskwa National Park in Ontario.
- Gwaii Haanas (South Moresby) National Marine Park on the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia.
- Auyittuq National Park on the Cumberland Peninsula of Baffin Island in Nunavut.
- Areas of British Columbia's northern Rockies.
- Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan.
Every year their dedicated volunteers contribute nearly $1 000 000 in time to our wilderness causes. CPAWS is a place where people passionate about nature can get involved. They are a registered, charitable, non-profit organization with a small national office in Ottawa, and have a 21-member grassroots national board.
Coming up for their society is a symposium entitled "Protecting Canada's National Parks: A CPAWS Symposium." In a symposium statement CPAWS has declared that Canada's national parks are threatened by visitor over-use, commercial developments, new roads, ski hill expansions, forest and mining developments outside park boundaries, pollution and global climate change. Therefore CPAWS is hosting this symposium that will focus on achieving ecological integrity of the parks system. The event takes place in Ottawa on Wednesday, September 20th, 2000, and admission is free.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the CPAWS chapter nearest you (links are on today's resources page:
- Wildlands League (Toronto), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web www.wildlandsleague.org/volun.htm
- Ottawa Valley, e-mail email@example.com
- Web www.cpaws-ov.org/volcorner.html
- Manitoba, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web www.cpaws.org/chapters/mb-volunteers.html
- Calgary / Banff, e-mail email@example.com
- Web www.cpawscalgary.org/volunteer
- Edmonton, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- British Columbia, e-mail email@example.com
- Web mypage.direct.ca/c/cpawsbc/volunteer.html
- Yukon, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saskatchewan, e-mail email@example.com
To volunteer at the National Office, in the Northwest Territories, or in the Atlantic Region, please contact Melissa Slatkoff at (416) 979-2720 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
= GEOGRAPHY AND PLACE NAMES ==
This Alberta town had a 1996 population of 3417. Located on Lee Creek, 75 kilometres south-west of Lethbridge and 35 kilometres north of the Montana border, it was founded by Charles Ora Card and was appointed a township in 1901.
Card was a son-in-law of Mormon leader Brigham Young and he settled in the area in 1886, having left Utah to avoid charges of polygamy. First called Lee's Creek, it became Cardston when a post office opened there in 1892.
== ANSWER TO THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ==
"Let me Take you Dancing" was recorded by Kingston, Ontario, native Bryan Adams. By the way, his middle name is Guy.
== CLARIFICATION ==
Two weeks ago, in the ninth issue of this newsletter, I used part of my opening statement to make these remarks; "Wow, another week gone by so quickly. Before we know it, we will back into the fall again. Oh well, I am just going to try and enjoy what summer we have left. Speaking of summer, this year's Summer Olympics are starting later than I can ever remember, running from September 15th through October 1st in Sydney, Australia."
I'm not actually going to retract that statement, as it was technically true in that it referred to my fading memory. However, while researching the Games for next Friday's Feature I discovered that the Games have started later twice in the past (one of which happened too early for me to remember anyway).
In 1988 (I should have remembered this) the Games at Seoul, Korea, began two days later than this year's, running from September 17th until October 2nd. The Games in Melbourne, Australia, in 1956 started more than two months later on November 22nd and completed on December 8th!
Two other Games finished later in the year but began earlier. These were the 1900 Games in Paris, France, (which began on May 14th, but did not finish until October 28th) and the 1904 Games in St. Louis, United States, (which began on July 1st and ran until November 23rd). Both these Games have been noted in numerous publications as being poorly planned and organized.
Just a reminder that our contest winner will be announced on Tuesday. Again, we thank you for choosing to subscribe to our ramblings and we hope that you pass these messages along to your friends and family. Anyone receiving this newsletter in that fashion is welcome to subscribe directly by sending a message to email@example.com stating their wishes. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any feedback for me, or have ideas about what you'd like to see in future issues of the newsletter.
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