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o I Happy New Year! We are now well into a New Year and a new decade. Some find it a time for opti- mism and others may be more weary, cyn- ical. wary, or. pes- simistic• Still others may be so enmeshed in getting • through each day it is hard to even notice. Beginnings can be a time to resolve to start new things or renew or refresh our dedication, and commitment to things already in place. Either effort involves some degree of the unknown, and possibly the question of success or failure, or some degree of risk. This can bring questions or fears to a person. Do we acknowl- edge this? Do we manage these things in a healthy way? Is it possible that things that fel negative can be useful in a pos- itive way? I have heard successful people say they learned more from their failures than their successes. I listened to a speaker one time that encour- aged embracing failure and learning from it, that trouble can be a friend. If we think about it we can all probably come up with phrases meant to support and encourage and inspire. Perhaps that is an indi- cation the human spirit needs Jus; Thinkin' these things. A study at the University of Pittsburgh by Hilary Tindle, M.D.M.P.H., shows that optimism reduces your risk of heart disease,, high blood pressure, dia- betes, and cancer. Choose a [)ositive outlook and you can benefit your health before you even start that first physical exercise you are plan- ning. Our human nature does not naturally see a positive outlook and fear-as allies. I did, how- ever, come across two phrases that introduce that relation- ship. They are (1) today I can try to remember: Fear loses its power to terrify when I invite it to be my teacher• (No author) and (2) I gain strength, cour- age, and confidence by every experience in.which I must stop and look fear in the face• Eleanoi" Roosevelt• W˘ may not choose the circumstances in which we find ourselves. They may be pesky and annoying or big and very scary or somewhere in between• We can, howevbr, choose how we manage them or the feelings they generate. May we choose that which sup- port health in body and soul. It may take some thinkin '. M. Tait Good '01 Days Trivia Sue Schaffenacker came across some local interest sports clippings from the late 1920s. Sue passed them on to Mary Brown. Raymond Hahn (deceased) is the father of Mary of Mt. Pulaski and Karmin Howe of Verssalles, Missouri. Mt. Pulaski Township High School sophomore Henry Blackford was elected captain of the 1928-29 high school basketball team. The clipping states the team was at a dinner at the home of the principal - I. M. Wrigley and his wife when the announcement of the election was made. Blackford was described as a "tower of strength and an instru- mental cog in the Hilltopper's offense. Coach Conrey announced the awarding of varsity letters to Floyd Kinert, Blackford, Ralph Downing, Raymond Hahn, Charles Anderson, Cecil McVey, and John England. Numerals were presented to John Dillsaver, Arthur Kolp, Carl Ey, Lee McKain and David Klotz. At Lincoln High School - the sports story read, "The old jinx of Mt. Pulaski was functioning again tonight. As a result, Lin- coln High School's basketeers saw the men of Ken Conray pass them up in a torrid 21-28 struggle. The score was tied six times with Lincoln always stepping ahead until the last three min- utes of the fray, when the Hill- toppers took the upperhand for good. They held the Rail- splitters without a field goal in the second half. Fouls were plentiful, and free throws were numerous, Mt. Pulaski sinking 11 while Lincoln made good ten tries. Hahn was the hero of the game coming through with two field goals at the last, to sew up the pastime." At Lincoln - the story goes, "Raymond Hahn, clever pivot ace of the Mt. Pulaski prep basketball team which won the first invitational tournament at Lincoln College Saturday night, is selected as the most valuable man to his team of the eleven quintets which par- ticipated in the tournament. Hahn's work throughout the tournament drew praise from the fans and it was his excel- lent floor play, accurate and almost uncanny basket sniping that paved the way for Coach Ken Conrey's Hilltoppers to annex their third Logan county championship. While all of Mt." Pulaski's tossers connected with the hoop Hahn's slipping the leather into the net despite good guards who were forever dogging his heels was out- standing in he Pulaski offen- sive. Hahn was the high score for the tournament. J. Dee of Elkhart, who broke the county record for the most points in a single game, was second high point man. There were several other men who stood head and shoul- ders along with Hahn above the rest of the players in the tour- namene. Kinert of Mt. Pulaski deserves a lot of credit in generalling his team to the bunting. J. Dee of Elkhart, Pyles of L atham, Thompson of Beason, and Leininger of Elkhart, Wilson of Lincoln and J. Wilson of Latham. A careful recapitulation of all-star material shows that the following selections would make a dandy mythical combi- nation. First Team - Pyles, Lathaml forward; Gorens, Lincoln, for- ward; Hahn, Mr. Pulaski, center; Malerich, Lincoln, guard; and Kinert, Mt. Pulaski, guard (captain), Scond Team - Downing, Mt. Pulaski, forward; J. Dee, Elkhart, forward; J, Wilson, Latham, center; Blackford, Mt. Pulaski, guard; and Bonaparte, Elkhart, guard." ALSO... Who was the male cheer- leader from 1938 - 1942? Ray Hanslow The first Senior League team in Mt. Pulaski. The year was 1980. They finished with a record of 13 & 4. They won the Senior League, and the Senior League Tournament. Pictured from left to right in the front row are Tony Howe, Ron Merold, Steve Tendick, and Brian Troyer. Back Row left to right are: Coach Ron Merold, Jeff Edwards, Darrel Clayton, Greg Griffin, Craig Ldwe and Steve Mason. Absent was, John Kirchner, Stan Manes, Asst. Coach Mike Lowe, and score keeper Tom Lowe. The raffle Tom, Dick, and Harry were enjoying - a few quiet drinks, when they decided to get in on the weekly raffle. • They bought five $1 tickets each,. seeing it was for charity. The following week they each won a prize. Tom won the first prize - a whole year's supply of gourmet spaghetti sauce• Dick was the winner of the second prize - six month's supply of gourmet coffee• And Harry won the sixth prize - a toilet brush• When they met in the pub a week later, Harry asked the others how they were enjoying their prizes. "Great," said Tom. "1 love spaghetti." "And I'm loving the coffee," said Dick. "So how's the toilet brush, Harry?" "Not so good," Harry said, "1 reckon • I'll go back to paper." Golfer: =English Caddy, do you think it is a sin to play golf on Sunday?" English Caddy: "The way you play, Sir, it's a crime any day of the week! ° Golfer: =This is the worst golf course I've ever played onff English Caddy: "This isn't the golf course, Sir! We left that a half hour ago!" Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots? He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on; she had worked up a sweat. She almost cried when the little boy said, 'Teacher, they're on the wrong feet.' She looked, and sure enough, The Cowboy Boots they were. It wasn't .any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as, together, they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet. He then announced, 'These aren't my boots.' She bit her tongue, rather than get right in his face and scream, 'Why didn't you say so?' like she wanted to. Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner had they gotten the boots, • off when he said, 'they're my brother's boots. My Morn made me wear 'em.' Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, 'Now, where are your mittens?' He " said, '1 stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.' She will be eligible for parole in three years. 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