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The Slice archive for Jan. 1, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012




Perfect record

I have attended a grand total of one National Basketball Association game. I was still in college and working part-time for a small daily newspaper in Arizona. My boss wanted me to have the experience of covering a pro sports event. So he arranged for…

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Silver money

When was the last time you got a pre-1964 silver quarter in change? For me, it was about 10 years ago. It was at the Albertson's at 37th and Grand. Both the cashier and I noticed the distinctive thunk it made as it landed on…

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This night on "All in the Family"

Do you remember the theme song for the spin-off show, "The Jeffersons"? You know, with the line "To a de-luxe apartment in the sky." Well, on Jan 11, 1975, that happened in an episode of "All in the Family" called, fittingly, "The Jeffersons Move Up."…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012


The art of spotting loser boyfriends

One needn't be the parent of daughters to possess the ability to confidently spot loser boyfriends. Some of us do it all the time, in stores, restaurants and all sorts of public spaces. Often, the dull lad's hair is a dead giveaway. It's not simply…

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Better to be lucky than good

About 30 years ago, when I was working in Tucson, I was in the newsroom on a Saturday. And I called the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona. I was trying to contact a staffer to get a comment for some…

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Meowing cats

Readers said that was one I left out when asking what sound people in their circle hear in the background when phoning one another. www.todayithink.wordpress.com

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Re: Today's print Slice

"I have a different perspective on the mountains here than those who complain," wrote Eve Montgomery. "We moved here from Wichita Falls, Texas, in October. Wichita Falls is one of those places where you can see the storms three counties away and you have a…

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50 years ago tonight on "Dick Van Dyke" 

Casually sexist stereotyping is the order of the day in "The Curious Thing About Women." Apparently Laura takes the liberty of looking at Rob's mail. He gets miffed. She gets defensive. Antics ensue. Do you remember what happens right after scene below? www.sharetv.org

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This date in Slice history (1995)

Stronger than dirt: Sandy Anderson of Post Falls knew she needed a timeout when she caught herself taking clothes out of the dryer and putting them into the washing machine. "I thought, gee, these clothes are so warm," she wrote.

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012


Re: "Let's move on"

The Slice's often-used expression came in for some criticism in today's print column. But Sandy Tarbox is among those who do not object to it. "Screw all those people who don't want you to use your signature phrase," she wrote. "It's the perfect polite remark…

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More memories of the 1962 World's Fair

Keith LaMotte: "I was there, September 11 -- 16, as a member of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Perfect early fall weather. We shared the billing with Vic Damone." Valerie Adams: "I remember the Wild Mouse rollercoaster ride with our uncle, the Belgian waffles and the…

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Have you ever wondered...

...if you might be the only person in this neck of the woods to have visited a certain place far from here? Me, I would nominate tiny Bagdad, Arizona. (Yes, that's how they spell it.) It's a remote copper mining camp that was the site…

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Stamping on "stomping" 

One of my friends on the copy desk sent me a good-natured note Friday night long after I had gone home for the day. She mentioned that my use of "stomping grounds" in my column for Tuesday -- don't get me started on my deadlines…

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