JULY 1999 ISSUE
Table of Contents:
||- A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
||- THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS
||-ARTIST KAREN DAVISON TALKS!
||- LIFE STYLE
||- BOOMER OF THE MONTH - Ronald A. Salvi
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SECTION ONE - FROM THE EDITOR!
We all lead busy lives today. Thank goodness for the Internet
-- it simply speeds thing up to a rapid pace. Like, instead
of writing Gramma Jones in New York if you live in Los Angeles,
you can e-mail her within seconds. Won't Gramma be thrilled
when she logs onto her computer and reads that you have a
new dog - perhaps even with a photo attached of you smiling
with the poodle? Oh, yes! Gramma will be thrilled that
she'll only have to hit the "reply" button and send a short,
nifty "thank you, sweetheart" message. She won't have to bother
to write a note, slip it into an envelope, lick a stamp or
wade through the snow to get to a post office.
Regardless of what we feel at the present fast-paced technology,
loneliness still strikes many, many people throughout the world.
They want one-on-one companionship with a real person. They
want someone to sit with -- to have a cup of tea -- talk. The
Internet is fast, respectable, unlimited, but sometimes cold.
Don't want to chat anymore on icq? Shut your computer down
immediately. You can always say later on that you were having
computer problems. Everyone knows that that can happen and is
totally acceptable. On the Internet, that is.
We all know someone who tells us, "I don't know anything about
computers." Makes me laugh really. I don't know much about
computers either. As a matter of fact, I know nothing. All I
know is how to get to the Internet once I snap on my computer
and hope and pray I can get to my server the first try. You
don't need to know anything about computers to surf the Internet.
And if you do, nobody told me!
In this issue, a special piece is written by Stephen J. Hopson.
It makes us stop to realize just what is important to us. And
Karen Davidson shares with us some inside information about
being an artist. She is frank and honest. It is because of
people like Stephen and Karen that I am hooked up to the Internet.
I hope you enjoy this issue!
Barry Wood, Editor
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SECTION TWO: THREE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS
THREE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS
written by Stephen J. Hopson
My life was dramatically transformed because a simple
three-word phrase was delivered at the right time in
just the right way. When I was three years old, my
parents discovered I was totally deaf, a situation
which forced them to make crucial decisions about my
After consulting with numerous specialists and doctors,
they made a decision that would forever alter my future.
Instead of sending me to a private school for the deaf,
they decided to "mainstream" me. All of
my peers and teachers would have normal hearing.
Since I started going there in 3rd grade, I was the only
deaf child at Blue Creek Elementary School in the small,
quiet town of Latham, New York. From almost the first
day there, the other kids taunted me and
called me names mainly because of my hearing aid and the
way I talked.
I remember thinking, "What have I done wrong?"
My hearing aid was a rectangular box that was harnessed
to my shoulders and hung from my neck like an albatross.
It created a big lump on my chest with wires running
from the box to my ears.
I experienced great anxiety throughout elementary school
because, in addition to the problems of "fitting in" with
the other students, I also struggled mightily with most
of my schoolwork. I seemed to spend every spare moment
doing homework just so I could keep up. The
teachers didn't know what to do with me.
Because of my hearing disability, I was constantly asking
everyone, "What did he/she say?" But I worried that everyone
would soon grow tired of repeating everything back to me.
Since fitting in was so important to me, every time people
around me laughed or smiled, I did the same even though I
usually had no idea what was going on.
When the kids made fun of me, I internalized all of it.
I was sure that I was a bad person; I felt I deserved their
sneers. On the surface, I was gregarious, outgoing and
happy-go-lucky, but in reality, my self-esteem was quite low.
I saw myself as an ugly buck-toothed kid wearing a weird-looking
box around his neck who wasn't smart enough to keep up with
the rest of the kids.
Mrs. Jordan, my 5th grade teacher, changed all of that with
a simple three-word phrase. A large woman with salt and
pepper hair, and twinkling brown eyes, Mrs. Jordan had a
voice that boomeranged off the walls of her tiny classroom.
One morning, she asked the class a question.
I read her lips from my front-row seat and immediately
raised my hand. I couldn't believe it -- for once I
knew the answer. But, when she called on me, I was afraid.
Here was an opportunity to impress the powerful teacher and
show her I was worthy of her love. Maybe even impress my
classmates a little. I didn't want to blow it.
Despite my fears, I felt uncharacteristically confident
because -- for once -- I was sure I had the right answer.
I took a deep breath and nervously answered Mrs. Jordan's
I will never forget what happened next.
Her response was explosive. It startled all of us.
Mrs. Jordan enthusiastically slammed her right foot on the
floor and whirled her right finger in a full circle until
it pointed directly at me.
With sparkling eyes and a wide smile she cried, "THAT'S
For the first time in my young life, I was an instant star.
My heart burst with pride as an ear-to-ear grin filled my
face. I sat a little taller in my chair and puffed out my
chest. My confidence soared like never before. I decided
right then and there that I would make a place for myself
in this world. A simple three-word phrase delivered with
incredible enthusiasm had totally transformed my young life.
"That's right Stephen!"
From that day forward, my grades and speech improved
dramatically. My popularity among my peers increased and
my outlook on life did a complete turnabout.
And it all started with Mrs. Jordan. "THAT'S RIGHT STEPHEN!"
Stephen Hopson is a former award-winning stockbroker turned
inspirational speaker and author:
His website: http://www.sjhopson.com
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SECTION THREE: ARTIST KAREN DAVIDSON TALKS
I got my start in art through my father. He was a wonderful
artist until his eyesight got too bad. I always admired his
ability to paint and sculpt with wood. I started drawing
people during my high school years and would draw them during
study hall or anytime I had a free moment. After high school
I would do portraits occasionally on the side for extra income
but never got into it very much. I went to Ringling School of
Art in Sarasota Florida for a few months but got homesick and
came home. I gave up my dream of becoming an artist and having
my own gallery for many years while raising a family.
After my kids got older I started getting back to my art and
learning how to paint and developing my talent more. I got
many books on techniques and taught myself how to paint. Two
years ago I went in with another artist and we opened our own
gallery and working studio. My dream was finally realized.
I teach beginner art to 8 kids and one adult now and truly
love it. I enjoy trying all kinds of mediums and styles as
long as it's creating something new. I especially love
painting wildlife and flowers. I look for expression in
the eyes as that is the core of the painting with animals or
people. The eyes are what sets the whole feel for the
painting. I enjoy realism with my work, I guess I'm a
lot like my dad who was always and still is a stickler
Friends are angels that lift us to our feet
When our wings forget how to fly.
The Studio Gallery
SECTION FOUR: ANNOUNCEMENT
BY: Jeri Maier
AUGSBURG HIGH SCHOOL
July 13 - 17, 2000
Lodge of Four Seasons Resort
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
A reunion for Augsburg High School, Augsburg Germany,
Years 1963 through 1966, give or take a couple of years.
We have 40 registered thus far, but looking for more.
If you know any one who attended school there in the 1960's,
Marilyn DUNCAN Simcoe
World record holder, Elvis Impressionist Donn Jett will
break his record of singing 396 songs in 21 & 1/2 hours as
announced by Marvelous Marvin on 970
WFLA Radio!! Saturday August 7th 11:00 AM.
Through Sunday 8th 5:00 PM. At
K-Lyn's Catering Cuisine located in
The Holiday Inn Bay Side Center'
20967 U.S. 19 North,
Rent a space,or become a sponsor.
Win Cash!!! Enter our Elvis Look-A-like Contest.
Tickets on sale now! $5.00 Per Person.
Produced by Santa Maria
* * RICHARD NADER ONLINE * *
Also Starring On
The 30th Anniversary Celebration
Richard Nader's Original
ROCK & ROLL REVIVAL SPECTACULAR
The Theatre At MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
* * STARRING IN PERSON * *
Flamingos "I Only Have Eyes For You"
Bo Diddley "Bo Diddley"
The Platters "My Prayer"
Larry Chance & The Earls "Remember Then"
Bill Haley's Comets "Rock Around The Clock"
The Capris "There's A Moon Out Tonight"
Freddy Cannon "Palisades Park"
The Dovells "Bristol Stomp"
Joey Dee & The Starliters "Peppermint Twist"
Jimmy Clanton "Just A Dream"
Bobby Lewis "Tossin & Turnin"
The Penguins "Earth Angel"
Johnnie & Joe "Over The Mountain"
Frankie Lymon's Teenagers "Goody Goody"
Jerry Butler "He Will Break Your Heart"
The Belmonts "Tell Me Why"
Pookie Hudson & The Spaniels "Goodnight Sweetheart"
Kenny Vance & The Planotones "Looking For An Echo"
OCTOBER 29, 1999 7:30pm
The Theatre At MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!
Richard Nader's Website Click Here
WEB SITES OF INTEREST
The Ring of Free Graphics
YOU'VE BEEN SENT THIS INDIAN SPIRIT BLESSING
Hyper History Online
Wonderful World of Music, Poems, Love Songs
Here's looking at you, kid
Bogart and Hepburn top list of 20th-century stars - June 16, 1999
Also winning Top 10 kudos among the men: Cary Grant,
James Stewart, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda,
Clark Gable, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy and Charlie Chaplin.
The other winners are:
Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck, John Wayne, Laurence Olivier,
Gene Kelly, Orson Wells, Kirk Douglas, James Dean,
Burt Lancaster, The Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton,
Sidney Poitier, Robert Mitchum, Edward G.
Robinson, William Holden.
On the women's list, Hepburn is followed by Bette Davis,
Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo,
Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy
Garland, Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford.
The rest of the women's list are:
Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert, Grace Kelly,
Ginger Rogers, Mae West, Vivien Leigh, Lillian Gish,
Shirley Temple, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall,
Sophia Loren, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Mary
Pickford, Ava Gardner.
SECTION SIX: LIFE STYLE
If You Don't Long to Live, You Won't Live Too Long
BY AgeVenture Grontologist, Dr. David Demko, PhD
There is now a vast body of research showing that
people who often suffer negative emotions tend to die
sooner that people who face life with positive emotions.
According to Dr. Susan S. Knox, National Institute of
Health (NIH), negative emotions include "worrying
incessantly, feeling friendless, and flying off the
handle". The latter emotion is also refered to as a
Knox, an NIH researcher, studies the interaction of
psychology and physiology at the NIH's National Heart,
Lung, and Blood Institute. "Emotional factors have a
major impact on physical health," Knox tells New
Choices magazine (July/August 1999). New Choices
focuses on living better after age 50. Negative
emotions, says Knox, often lead to weaker immune
systems, higher rates of heart disease, and other
major health problems.
If negative emotions tend to shorten one's life,
then do positive emotions tend to lengthen life?
Good question. The answer is a "yes". Researchers
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found
that people with long histories of positive
relationships tend to have lower levels of stress
hormones, according to Dr. Carol Ryff, director of
the University's Institute on Aging.
Everyone's got a "do" list, so here's a "do not"
list that's designed to help you live a happier,
Do not make unfair demands of yourself
Here's a few examples.
"I must always do well and win the
approval of others."
"If I don't excel at all times, then
I am worthless."
Do not make unjust demands of others
Here's a few examples.
"People must always treat me fairly."
"If people don't treat me fairly,
then they are bad people."
Do not make demands of others
Examples include the following.
"The conditions in which I live must
"If my living conditions are not
hassle-free, I can't enjoy myself."
None of these ways of looking at the world holds
up if you challenge them objectively, says NIH's
Dr. Knox. Life's a progression, and as "we continue
to develop and mature, we are better able to see our
strong and weak points and accept what can and cannot
be changed". "Self-knowledge is the basis of all
AgeVenture News Service, www.demko.com
SECTION SEVEN: BOOMER OF THE MONTH
BOOMER OF THE MONTH - Ronald A. Salvi
Ron is one of a chat host at Boomers International Club
and a co-founder of Boomers Single Club. A warm and witty
Italian Host, Ron can be found regularly at Boomers Club
in the evening.
Ron works for the Southwest Florida Welcome Centers,
as a sales and marketing executive. Also worked for 4 years
as Account Executive for local cable company selling TV spots,
video production and leased access time in Fort Myers, Florida
Ron is separated and has two married children living in New Jersey.
He lives in South Fort Myers, Florida (Near the beach LOL)
Professionally, Ron is an experienced and versatile business
and sales executive with extensive knowledge in the operation
of small and medium sized businesses, including eighteen
years of business ownership and operation. A dedicated
individual, client oriented and a team player.
One of the original innovators in the Quick Printing
Industry and was one of the top franchises in the national
chain. Received many awards for sales increases. Developed
and managed successful Direct Mail Marketing Program.
Increased sales 10% to 20% per year. Successfully
trained and motivated employees bringing them up to
their full potential resulting in high employee
Tennis, Internet, Reading, Music, Kayaking,
Making New Friends, Long Walks on the Beach,
My friends say I look about 40.
Live and let live the Italian way, soft and gentle.
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