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September 2013

A Monthly Publication for Folks 50 and Better

Wild mustangs and the Grandest Canyon

Diving into iPads Memories of early ranch life

Have Fun Just Wanna In Re

Scheduled Events
September 7th, 2013 - Bolle Yellowstone Alpine Klimb

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The Yellowstone Alpine Klimb returns for the second year on September 7, 2013. An Ultra Century 141 miles of epic road riding from Red Lodge, Montana, through the Beartooth Pass, the Top of the World, into Wyoming, through Sunlight Basin, Chief Joseph Pass, Bear Creek and back to Red Lodge Montana all in one day. Montana Cycling & Ski Race Series will provide world class support as you ride through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Dont miss this amazing ride. New this year is the option to ride the course with a teammate and conquer the route relay style.

An Educational Adventure for the Whole Family

September 14th, 2013 - Oktoberfest Saturday September 14th The sixteenth annual Red Lodge Oktoberfest will take place from 2 until 9 pm behind Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company at the Special Events Center in Red Lodge.
Oktoberfest is a family friendly day with lots of kids games. Enjoy the ever-popular Oktoberfest Olympics, freshly brewed German Beers, German food and live music. Traditional German Oktoberfest outfits will be available for sale.

Montanas ONLY wildlife rescue open to the public. Come see bears, wolves, lions, bison, elk, fox, raptors and dozens more!
Open Daily 10a to 5p (open till 8p on Wednesdays)
Located just north of downtown Red Lodge on 2nd St East

Animal Sightings Guaranteed!

Saturday, September 21, 2013 The Hoedown - Outlaw Style

Carbon County Historical Society and Museums Annual Fundraiser. Dining, silent auction, live auction, entertainment and dancing. Dont miss this heel-kickin event.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2013 The Nitty Gritty Off Road Race

August 2013

After a very successful first year, the Nitty Gritty is back! This offroad marathon will be held at Red Lodge Mountain Resort. With a few small changes to the course from last year, the race still promises to be one nitty, gritty marathon with 14.7 miles of climbing (3,400feet of elevation gain) all on dirt roads and single track trails. With a September date, your summer of running and racing will be what prepares you for this battle royal event. Though all distances are based on a full marathon, you dont have to do it alone! Form a six, three or two-runner relay team to tackle the event, or if you have the grit, solo away for a full 26.2 miles! The Nitty Gritty is a tough race with a the flair of a festival. After your run, you can relax at your teams camp in the resorts base lodge courtyard while you enjoy music and food, get to know other runners and plan out next years race schedule. So gather up your team, because its time to get a little nitty and probably pretty gritty!vww

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News Lite
Clown couple ties the knot, no foolin
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) If the key to a long marriage is laughter, these clowns are set. Billy Tedeski and Patty Kulwicki tied the knot at an annual clown festival in central Pennsylvania. The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News reports Kulwicki literally reeled Tedeski in to start the ceremony a bit the Pittsburgh couple had performed at Clownfest two years ago. Tedeski wore a fake nose, black lipstick and full clown regalia as he exchanged vows with Kulwicki at the festival in Lancaster. The bride wore the same dress shed used in the skit two years ago, plus a lace headband to go along with her flame-red wig. Guests got in on the act and so did the officiant, a fellow clown. Tedeski says his fellow clowns are more than friends, theyre family. the Columbia River gorge have complained about a smoky taste and smell in their water. Turns out, it wasnt their imaginations: Public health authorities say a nearby wildfire burning in a drainage basin contributed the sooty aroma to the towns drinking water. The Dalles Chronicle reports the fire dropped burning debris into the stream. Aside from the aesthetic issues, authorities say the water poses no health risks.

Police catch a pig, post him online

Fire lends towns water smoky taste and smell

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) To serve and protect is a common police motto. In western Michigan, it extends even to pigs. Grand Rapids police say they rescued a 6-month-old pig named Ramone. The pet got away from his home in the citys Eastown neighborhood and approached Officer Jeremy Huffman. Huffman put the porker in the back seat of a squad car. Grand Rapids police posted a picture on its Facebook page, where its received more than 1,000 likes and more than 100 comments.

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This issue of Montana Best Times contains a story by reporter Macy Ricketts about the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range and the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The horse range is home to pure, wild mustangs, descended from horses the Spanish conquistadors brought over hundreds of years ago. And in the area, the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, which contains whats billed as the grandest canyon in the Northern Rockies, provides stunning beauty. Its an amazing location to enjoy. The wild horses can even be viewed from your car on a paved road. Summer might be over, and the kids and grandkids back in school, but that doesnt mean you cant do a little day-trip traveling during the late summer and fall season ahead. Montana contains so many interesting places to visit, you wonder why state residents go anywhere else for trips. And were not just talking about the mega tourist attractions like the Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. The state has smaller but just as captivating places to see that are within a days drive and, in many cases, in the back yards for many Montana Best Times readers. Among them: The raw beauty of the eastern Montana badlands. There are all kinds of entry points to these hills. Try Makoshika State Park outside of Glendive home to many dinosaur bones or go to Terry and ask any local how to best view the badlands there. The Little Bighorn Battlefield, one of the most famous battlefields in the world right here in Montana. September 2013 4

Amazing things to see ... right here in Montana

Ghost towns, from one end of the state to the other. The Ross Creek Cedars. What? Montana has cedar trees? Yes, does it ever. These giant western red cedars, some of which are 8 to 10 feet in diameter, are in a unique area south of Troy. Famous points along the Lewis and Clark Trail. And, as it gets into fall, leaf viewing in places all over Montana. Fall foliage is not just for New Hampshire and Vermont. Montana has gorgeous stretches of fall leaves to rival those states that you can view off winding highways. So one of these weekends, grab those kids and grandkids and get out into Montana outdoors before the snow flies. Dwight Harriman Montana Best Times Editor

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Jim Miller, creator of the syndicated Savvy Senior information column, is a longtime advocate of senior issues. He has been featured in Time magazine; is author of The Savvy Senior: The Ultimate Guide to Health, Family and Finances for Senior Citizens; and is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show.

How to Get Paid for Being a Family Caregiver

Dear Savvy Senior, I have been taking care of my elderly mother for nearly three years and its taking a huge toll on my finances. Are there any resources you know about that can help family caregivers get paid? Financially Exhausted Dear Exhausted, To get paid as a family caregiver, there are various government programs, tax breaks and family payment options that may be able to help you, depending on your moms financial situation. Heres where to look for help. If your mom is low-income and eligible for Medicaid, you may be able to get paid a small amount by the state. In 15 states, Medicaid offers a Cash & Counseling program ( that provides an allowance that can be used for various services, including paying family members for care. Many other states have similar programs for low-income seniors, even if the person receiving care doesnt quite qualify for Medicaid. To find out about these options contact your local Medicaid office. In some communities across the U.S., veterans who are at risk of nursing home placement can enroll in the Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services program, that allows veterans to manage their own care, including hiring and paying their own caregivers. Also available to wartime veterans and their spouses, is a benefit called Aid and Attendance that helps pay for in-home care, as well as assisted living and nursing home care. This benefit can also be used to pay family caregivers. To be eligible your mom must need assistance with daily living activities like bathing, dressing or going to the bathroom. And, her income must be under $13,362 as a surviving spouse minus medical and long-term care expenses. If your mom is a single veteran, her income must be below $20,795 to be eligible. Her assets must also be less than $80,000 excluding her home and car.

Tax breaks

To learn more, or contact your regional VA office, or your local veterans service organization. For contact information, call 800-827-1000. Uncle Sam may also be able to help if you pay at least half of your moms yearly expenses, and her annual income was below $3,900 in 2013 (not counting Social Security). If so, you can claim her as a dependent on your taxes, and reduce your taxable income by $3,900. See IRS Publication 501 ( irs-pdf/p501.pdf) or call the IRS help-line at 800-829-1040 for information. If you cant claim your mom as a dependent, you may still be able to get a tax break if youre paying at least half her living expenses including her medical and long-term care costs, and they exceed 10 percent (or 7.5 percent if youre 65 or over) of your adjusted gross income. You can include your own medical expenses in calculating the total. See the IRS publication 502 ( for details. If your mom doesnt financially qualify for the government aid or the tax breaks, can she afford to pay you herself or do you have any siblings that would be willing to chip in? After all, if your mom had to pay for home care services, the costs would be anywhere between $12 and $25 per hour. If she agrees to pay you, its best that you or an attorney draft a short written contract detailing your work and payment arrangements so every one involved knows what to expect. A contract will also help avoid potential problems should your mom ever need to apply for Medicaid for nursing home care. Another payment option to consider is for your mom to adjust her will, so you receive a larger portion of her estate for providing her care. But to avoid conflict, be sure all family members are aware and in agreement. Also, check to see if your mom has any long-term care insurance that covers in-home care. If she does, in some cases those benefits may be used to pay you. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or September 2013 5

State aid

Family payments

Veterans aid

Grandest Canyon
and wild Spanish mustangs
For places to see in Montana, it doesnt get better than this

On the cover, above and facing page: Wild mustangs are pictured on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.

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By Macy Ricketts Montana Best Times

If visiting the Grandest Canyon in the Northern Rockies isnt enough, the wild mustangs will seal the deal. The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, located in southcentral Montana and Wyoming, provides a scenic Western retreat for anyone who wants to experience the beauty of wild mustangs without ever having to leave their vehicle. The horse range was established in 1968 by then-Secretary of the Interior Steward Udall. It was the first public wild horse range created in the United States, and was established after a longstanding dispute between the Bureau of Land Management and local citizens about how the horses should be managed, according September 2013 6

to the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center website. A strategy was developed in 1971 with the Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act, which enabled horse management practices in areas where the horses already existed to come in to play. The now 39,651-acre range hosts a herd of 155 horses. These are Spanish colonial horses, Kassi Renner, of the PMWMC in Lovell, Wyo., said in a recent interview with Montana Best Times. The Spanish conquistadors brought them over here in the early 1500s. Our herd is the only herd in the world that is still 100 percent Spanish and pure there isnt any cross-breeding, Renner said. In 2004, Matt Ricketts of the Natural Resource Conservation Service conducted a study that proposed grazing management to

enable the horses to remain on the range while leaving as small of an impact on the pristine landscape as possible. Today, tourists and recreationists visiting the horse range and the overlapping Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area can see these feral horses roaming free. Its a great place to see wild horses while driving on a paved road, Cass Bromley, Chief of Resources for the BCNRA, said. The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area the Grandest Canyon in the Northern Rockies, according to its National Park Service website boasts 1,000-foot-tall sheer canyon cliffs, world class fishing and other recreational opportunities. Its a beautiful canyon Ive been working here for nine years, and I still dont get sick of it, Bromley said. BCNRA offers auto touring, bicycling, boating, camping, fishing, hiking and horseback riding opportunities within the park. Bromley added that four historic ranches within the park provide educational opportunities for visitors. For more information on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range or the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, visit, or call (307)-5489453. Macy Ricketts may be contacted at

Every September, thousands make the pilgrimage for Mayberry Days, a wholesome family-friendly festival
By Kathy Witt McClatchy-Tribune/MCT

A bucket list adventure: Return to Mayberry

The Andy Griffith Show ended 45 years ago, but the man who played the affable sheriff and the town he patrolled have never been far from the collective conscience of their legions of fans. The show has aired in original broadcasts and reruns somewhere continuously since its debut on Oct. 3, 1960. And the town of Mayberry? The locals know it as Mt. Airy, a North Carolina town of 10,000 near both the Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains, whose people and places were referenced so liberally in The Andy Griffith Show during its eight-year run. THELMA LOUS BUCKET LIST ADVENTURE For aficionados of all things Andy, it is Mayberry right down to its friendly people, spit-shined Main Street and noticeable absence of parking meters in the heart of downtown. And every September, thousands make the pilgrimage for Mayberry Days, a wholesome family-friendly festival (would Griffith have had it any other way?) that lasts four days and harkens back to a simpler time with parade, music, rib-sticking eats, pie eating contests even an official Mayors Proclamation. You wont find Sheriff Andy Taylor or his high-strung deputy, Barney Fife, but youll likely spot Thelma Lou, aka Betty Lynn, the actress who portrayed Fifes girlfriend on the show

and in the 1986 movie, Return to Mayberry. She makes appearances not only for Mayberry Days, but year-round, signing autographs at the Andy Griffith Museum. Lynn moved to Mt. Airy in 2007. A visit is a bucket list adventure for a lot of people, Lynn said. People really love coming here. Ive met people who say theyve moved here because of the show. They get here and its such a pretty town the land, the trees, the mountains, the sky and the people are very kind. Of course, I moved here because of the show. I think its something people wish the world was really like. Its a sweet and funny show, and it makes people laugh. It lifted their spirits when things were bad. Indeed, the magic of Mayberry never seems to diminish. I think the bottom line of the shows popularity is that The Andy Griffith Show is just outstanding storytelling and entertainment, said Jim Clark, president of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC). Noting the impossibility of calculating how many fans there are worldwide, Clark said TAGSRWC itself has over 1,400 organized chapters in about a dozen countries. The writing, directing, casting, acting and other aspects of the shows production were among the very best of their time and of all time, he said. Quality tends to endure through time. Generations of viewers are being entertained. Andy Griffith always said the secret to the show was love and no one would know better than he. EVERY DAYS A MAYBERRY DAY For those coming to Mt. Airy in September for Mayberry Days, its a chance to see Lynn and other celebrity guests, See Return to Mayberry, Page 13 September 2013 7

This excellent book doesnt tell you to stubbornly stay wherever you happen to live now. Rather, it helps you see decades into the future, so you can decide where to live, why its best for you, and how to make it happen. Highly recommended.
John E. Nelson, author of What Color is Your Parachute? for Retirement
How to Age in Place: Planning for a Happy, Independent, and Financially Secure Retirement By Mary A. Languirand, PhD, and Robert F. Bornstein, PhD Ten Speed Press - 2013 Paperback $32.95 250 pages 6 x 9 ISBN 978-1-60774-416-0

By Montana Best Times Staff

Everyone strives to plan ahead, but one area baby boomers often fall short on is careful planning for their future. A brand-new book, How to Age in Place: Planning for a Happy, Independent, and Financially Secure Retirement, by Mary A. Languirand, Ph.D and Robert F. Bornstein, Ph.D, aims to remedy that. By 2030, 71 million Americans will be 65 or older. How to Age in Place is an invaluable guidebook for those who want to live in their own home or community as they age (or find an alternative they love just as much) and 89 percent of retirees do, according to a recent AARP survey, said a news release from publisher Ten Speed Press. Mary Languirand and Robert Bornsteins empowering book gives seniors the foresight and tools they need to age with dignity and comfort in the place of their own choosing. This indispensable handbook is the first comprehensive guide to aging in place a burgeoning movement for people who dont want to rely on assisted living or nursing home care in their later years, but rather on forward-thinking and carefully planned choices that (with health permitting) allow for a more independent lifestyle and a personally rewarding future, the release said. September 2013 8

Aging in place doesnt have to mean staying put; it can also mean finding a new place to live full of opportunities that support independent living. How to Age in Place guides readers to consider the possibilities and make the best early decisions so they can thrive independently into their 80s and beyond. The first five chapters are devoted to Making it Work, focusing on the range of aging in place options, from financial strategies and housing and accessibility issues to health concerns. Languirand and Bornstein lay all of the practical groundwork for success, including: How to fund and make the most of retirement. Factors to consider in deciding where to live. Modifications that can be made for a safer and more accessible home, including universal design principles that support aging in place. Smart decisions about transportation (both public and private) when faced with declining mobility. Strategies for dealing with illness and injury when they occur. The authors then turn their attention to Making it Count, offering tips for maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit; strengthening ties with others; and giving back. This essential information is grounded in an overarching framework that helps guide and shape a complete and thorough plan.

Boomer urban myths


half truths

By Rebecca Nappi The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)/MCT

Nostalgia hit like a summer rainstorm the other day, prompting some bittersweet longing for all the lazy time we had in our 1960s childhoods, sharing stories scary, creepy and spine-tingling. Turns out, nostalgia can be good for you. Writing in the July 8 New York Times, John Tierney explained that nostalgia has been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety. It makes people more generous to strangers and more tolerant of outsiders. So heres some nostalgia today about those urban myths and half-truths we shared as gospel at slumber parties and around campfires.

Black Widows in Beehives

The beehive the big ratted hairdo that indeed looked like a real beehive combed its way into mass popularity in the early 1960s. The story: A teen ratted her hair in a beehive, sprayed it into stiffness and neglected to wash it for weeks, due to the hassle of ratting and spraying. Unbeknownst to her, a black widow spider crawled in, built a nest, laid eggs and when dozens of the eggs hatched, they bit the teens skull, killing her. True or false? False, according to, a website that researches urban legends. The urban legend disappeared in the 1970s when straight, long hair rendered beehives old-fashioned. However, the urban legend washed back into popular culture in the 1990s. With some modifications. The victim was a man. The hairdo, dreadlocks. The spiders, unidentified.

the police who finally trace the call and tell her to leave the house immediately because the man is calling her from within the house. The children are later discovered murdered by the man who had been hiding either upstairs or in the basement, depending on which version was circulating in your 1960s circle. This story had many holes even in the low-tech, highly gullible 1960s. For instance, when you called your own number, you got a busy signal. The police didnt trace calls, even in the 1960s. The phone company could do traces, but it was an elaborate process that took awhile. What would have happened if this situation had been real in the 1960s? The babysitter would call her parents who would rush over. Or she would call the police who would show up to investigate. Despite its implausibility, the plotline has been incorporated into several movies, including When a Stranger Calls, which was made in 1979 and remade in 2006. This urban legend would be more plausible in modern time, because the dangerous man could be hiding in the house making menacing calls from his cellphone to the house phone.

The Hook Hand on the Car Door

Aspirin in Coca-Cola Makes You High

At slumber parties in the late 1960s, two aspirins dissolved into a bottle of Coke was a secret practice we did after the parents were asleep upstairs. It didnt make you high, some of us learned from personal experience. The myth may have started in the 1930s, according to snopes. com, when an Illinois doctor wrote the Journal of American Medical Association to warn that teenagers were dissolving aspirin in Coca-Cola to create an intoxicating beverage that was as serious a threat to teenagers as narcotic habituation. Coke in aspirin turned out to be harmless for societys young people. It later was discovered that both products can be worrisome for kids, but not because either makes you high. Too much soda has been linked to obesity. Aspirin taken during the flu can result in Reyes syndrome, a sometimes fatal reaction.

The Babysitter and the Hiding Man

The story: A babysitter answers the phone. A creepy man asks her if shes checked on the children. He keeps calling back. She calls

The story: A couple is making out in lovers lane. A man has escaped from an insane asylum (excuse the insensitive description of both mental illness and the institutions that help people with mental illness, but it was the 1960s.) The escaped man (for unknown reasons) has a hook for a hand. The girl is nervous about the reports that a lunatic is on the loose, and shes not in the mood to kiss or do anything else. The boyfriend, angry at her resistance and unfounded fear, speeds off. When he gets home, the boyfriend discovers a hook in the car door, ripped away from the hook man as he was about to open the car door. Whats fun about this one? Its deeper meanings in the context of the 1960s. The urban legend spoke to societal fears that women were getting looser just like the loose boys who couldnt be expected to control themselves, theorized Neal Litherland, a blogger and writer from Indiana who describes himself as a genre-hopping tale teller who isnt shy about taking his readers to some of the stranger corners of the human heart. In an online essay about this urban legend, Litherland wrote: Though sexually frustrated and upset, the boy realizes that if his girl had let him have sex with her that the maniac would have killed them both. Thus it shows that it is a womans responsibility to take the reins of sexual behavior firmly in hand, and that men should always bow to the womans lead. And the story, told around every campfire in the 1960s, reflected Cold War worries, too. See Urban myths, Page 11 September 2013 9

50-plussers dive into iPad use

Carla Prevost, who took a couple of iPad classes at Dawson Community College, shares with Ardie Adams something she learned.

Montana Best Times photos

By Sue Miller Montana Best Times

GLENDIVE People purchase their iPads for many reasons to keep in touch with family, to play games, to do research on the Internet. But for those unfamiliar with the concept of using the technology, getting started can be daunting. Thats where Dawson Community College instructor Gail Ring comes in.

400,000 apps

Ring teaches community education classes for iPads users. She teaches beginning iPad classes and recently taught Doing more with your iPad its all about the apps. Though the class was offered to the general public, the majority of the students were senior members of the Glendive community. Ring, a full-time professor at DCC, instructed the workshop. In the most recent class, students learned about what software September 2013 10

applications are available and what to do when you find something you want to use. There are more than 400,000 apps just for the iPad, Ring said. It is overwhelming what you can do with all of the apps out there. She started out showing students where they could find books, entertainment or education apps. Just pick something that interests you and there is probably an app for that, she said. Its sort of like looking at a bookstore. We dont all look for the same books, she added. While instructing the traditional DCC student, she is exposed to how they use technology, Ring said. Their lives are centered around their smartphones, computers and iPads.

Students experiences

She recognizes that someone in his or her 50s uses the same tools in a very different way. Ardie Adams was one of the participants in the iPad class.

Mary Kutzler enjoys seeing her grandsons now that she has learned to use FaceTime on her iPad. This is not the first workshop she has taken at DCC, but it was her first iPad class. Misfortune almost caused her to have to miss the class. After having her iPad for only six weeks, Adams iPad was recently stolen. When she called to tell DCC she would have to cancel out of the class, class organizers told her they would loan her an iPad. She was allowed the use of an iPad for the week of the workshop. Her new one is on the way. Adams used her iPad for e-mail and Facebook. After attending Urban myths, from Page 9 The hook is often portrayed looking like a Soviet sickle, Litherland said. It was thought that ideas like communism, and its elimination of religion and morality, would destroy youths upstanding honor and American traditions.

the class, she says she will use it for much more. The class opened her eyes to the possibilities an iPad offers. There is so much information, Adams said. If they have more classes, I would take it again. I would take one or two more classes. After the theft of her iPad, Adams has advice for new iPad users: Dont put credit card information on your iPad, she said. It takes forever to get a new password. Another person who attended the class was Glendive resident Mary Kutzler. She has had an iPad since March. She used her tablet mainly for games and Facebook. After seeing the many options she can use her iPad for, she was hooked. FaceTime is now one of her favorite uses for her iPad. She can use this to see her grandchildren. Kids get on and just do it. I had a computer for years, but this is different, Kutzler said. She said as an instructor, Ring was very in tune with her students needs. She was there to help us. We felt we could ask any questions. She was very helpful, Kutzler said. Carla Prevost took two iPad classes at DCC. She enjoys her iPad because it is portable. You can take it with you, and if you want to check the weather you can, or if you want to find a store, you can look for that, she said. She recommends taking a class to anyone who gets an iPad, since they are available in many communities. There are so many things out there you can do that you may not find on your own, she said. expectation of privacy. Sally Jackson, longtime Spokane Valley, Wash., coach and swimming instructor, said: I remember a neighbor boy hes dead now told me he had to swim nude at the YMCA. We thought that was really something. Im sure it was true and not a rumor, because it made me realize Id never apply there for a lifeguarding job. This was the late 1930s. We were just coming out of the Depression. Maybe it was a poverty thing that they couldnt afford swimsuits. Still, pretty creepy, whatever the real reasons. By the early 1970s, the nude swimming requirement disappeared from society because boomer boys and their parents rebelled, Fulton said.

Mandatory nude swimming

In the 1960s, we girls were required to wear swim caps in public and private pools. The caps were made of rubberized material and decorated with hideous flower petals. We were told swim caps were required because our hair would clog pool filters. We disliked the swim cap rule, but we knew that boys had it worse. We heard a rumor that in some schools, clubs and mens organizations boys had to swim nude. Turns out, this ones true. Jeff Fulton, a freelance journalist, started investigating the urban legend after a friend told him he remembered being required to swim naked at a university function in 1968. In an article published at in 2011, Fulton wrote: It was indeed not a legend, but very true, especially in high schools. Fulton traced the origin of the practice to YMCAs in the 1890s where suits were banned because men wore wooly suits, which shed fibers, clogging the then sensitive water filters. By the 1960s, though, the filters were much better. They couldnt easily filter hair but those wooly suits were history. The practice continued, however, and Fulton has theories why. Boys werent expected to be modest, because their teachers, coaches and youth leaders who swam nude in their childhood pools served in World War II when men lived communally with no


In a Facebook posting, we asked boomer friends to share some other myths and urban legends they remember from their 1960s childhoods. A sampling of their responses, snark included: Banana peels will make you high. One of the M&Ms, perhaps green, is an aphrodisiac. Paul is dead. Work hard and youll succeed. Justice prevails. Social Security and pensions will support you in retirement. Rebecca Nappi writes for and edits the weekly Boomer U section in The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. Email her at September 2013 11

92-year-old shares memories of ranch life

Betty Halverson Jarrett, pictured in her room at Big Timbers Pioneer Medical Center, laughs as she talks about her childhood on her familys ranch.

Montana Best Times photo by Monica Gokey

By Monica Gokey Montana Best Times

BIG TIMBER: For 92-year-old Betty Halverson Jarrett, smiles and laughs still come as easily as they did when she was a young girl living on her familys ranch up Deer Creek. Her room at the Pioneer Medical Centers assisted living facility is decorated with sheep sheep hanging on the door, sheep figurines, sheep insignia everywhere a lingering affection from her life as the daughter and wife of sheep ranchers.

Three to a horse

Betty was one of five children four girls, one boy born to Mable and Ronald Halverson, second-generation sheep ranchers of Swedish and Norwegian heritage. Attending rural school is the common thread through several of Bettys fondest memories. September 2013 12

Betty and her two sisters all rode one horse, Lady, on the three-mile ride to school and back. Nobody rode three to a horse but us, Betty laughed. She was just a wonderful old ploddy horse a red sorrel. Every day, theyd put Lady into the stable behind the Deer Creek School. Jarrett recalled feeding her oats or some other feed that made her gassy for the ride home. The kids would all get up on the porch to laugh at the Halverson girls going up the road, she chuckled. Lady would pass gas, and the kids would laugh. In the winters, Betty remembered her dad wrapping all the kids feet in gunny sacks so they wouldnt get cold on the ride to school. Betty thought they all had good attendance at school until her mother showed her all of her old report cards. She saw that theyd missed a lot of school in the winter mostly because it was just too hard to get there.

When I get to heaven, if I can find my dad, Im going to ask him how come I never got bawled out (for the fire).
Betty Halverson

There was this little bonfire ...

When Betty was in the fourth grade, she remembered how one of the teachers would always let the older kids run up the hill and make a fire to cook potatoes on. Kids in the fourth grade and under could never go. One day she and some other girls were out collecting turkey eggs and Betty brought the matches. I thought itd be nice to build a little bonfire, she laughed. Betty built a fire for the girls, but once it got going, they had a hard time putting it out. It was still smoking, so we put sand on it, then it was still smoking and so we put hay on top of that. When all was said and done, Bettys fire consumed three haystacks. We returned with the eggs and we could see the fire from the house, she remembered.

Her mom and dad asked around about how the fire got started, but all the kids were quiet. I hid every time they talked about that fire, Betty remembered. And my dad never ever said one word to me. And when I get to heaven, if I can find my dad, Im going to ask him how come I never got bawled out. Even though her sister tattled on her a couple of months after the fire, Betty said she never got scolded for it.

No dull moments

Whether it was at the Deer Creek School or down on the ranch, Bettys childhood lacked just one thing: dull moments. From a sitting chair in her apartment at the Pioneer Medical Center, Bettys stories are measured in laughs especially the ones about the Deer Creek School. Thats what I learned in school how to build fires! to 1995. There are also treasures from Griffiths childhood, including his rocking chair, items relating to Betty Lynn and her TV and movie career and directors chairs from Matlock, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder. Andy Griffith fans can happily lose the better part of a day touring through the museum, accompanied by an audio guide and reading all the newspaper clippings, letters written by Griffith and stories behind some of the exhibits, including the joke behind the infamous puckered gray suit he wore in Matlock, on display not far from original jail keys and a sheriffs shirt Griffith wore in The Andy Griffith Show. INFORMATION What to do: Mayberry Days, Sept. 26-29, 2013. Tickets are available online for the various events and activities at Where to stay: The Andy Griffith Homeplace, the two-bedroom bungalow at 711 East Haymore Street that was Andys boyhood home, managed by Hampton Inn; the charming and comfy Cabins at White Sulphur Springs; Mayberry Motor Inn on the outskirts of town; theres an homage to actress Frances Bavier with the inns Aunt Bea Room, furnished with items bought from Baviers estate. Other reasons to visit: Wine lovers will be interested to know that there are 36 vineyards producing some highly regarded, award-winning wines in the areas picturesque Yadkin Valley _ but thats an adventure for another bucket list. Mt. Airy Visitors Center:, 800-9480949. Surry County Tourism:, (877) 999-8390. EDITORS NOTE: Kathy Witt is a Kentucky-based author and travel and lifestyle writer whose columns include Bucket List Adventures, Cruise Trends & Trips and Travel Goods, Gadgets & Gear for McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. She can be reached at or September 2013 13

Return to Mayberry, from Page 7 including Elizabeth MacRae (Betty Parker in The Andy Griffith Show and Lou-Ann Poovie in Gomer Pyle USMC); James Best, best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the 1980s television show, The Dukes of Hazzard; actor George Lindsey, Jr., son of George Goober Lindsey; and Roland White of bluegrass group, The Country Boys, that appeared in two episodes of the show. On stage at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, the Historic EARLE Theatre and other Mt. Airy venues will be music, shows and lectures, including the VW Boys Tribute to Mayberry; Tied Up in Knotts, daughter Karen Knotts homage to growing up with Don Knotts; and the TAGSRWCs annual meeting, open to all and with Clark, Presiding Goober, Emeritus and founding member at the helm. During the festival and any time of year you can take a vintage squad car tour, the very same kind of cruiser Andy and Barney drove. Drop by Floyds Barber Shop for a haircut. Slip into Otis cell at the Old Jail. Shop at places that have carried the spirit of the show right down Main Street: Opies Candy Store, Wallys Service Station, Mayberry Toy Co. Order the sandwich du jour at Snappy Lunch, mentioned a number of times in The Andy Griffith Show. If youre going to throw down some gastro-trash, their fried pork chop sandwich with coleslaw, tomato, chopped onion, chili sauce and yellow mustard is it in the very best sense of the word. You can get this sloppy and delicious morsel anytime during the diners hours of 5:45 a.m. to 1:15 or 1:45, depending on the day its always good. Wander over to the bronze statue of Andy and Opie smiling at each other as they clutch their fishing poles. Youll be inclined to smile right back. Just beyond is the Andy Griffith Museum, where thousands visit monthly 8,000 were there in July to see memorabilia from The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, Griffiths wonderfully charming crime drama that ran from 1986

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Terry McEneaney is ornithologist emeritus for Yellowstone National Park, and is the author of three books: Birding Montana, Birds of Yellowstone, and The Uncommon Loon. He has been watching birds for 50 years and is one of Montanas most experienced birders.

Common Ravens Insidious Predators and Pirates of Magpies

EDITORS NOTE: Montana Best Times has been featuring some of the fascinating adventures Terry McEneaney had when he was Yellowstone National Parks ornithologist. Following is another excerpt from a new book he is writing, Lucky Feathers: Adventures and Experiences of a Yellowstone Ornithologist. I started becoming a believer in the Common Raven (Corvus corax) as a major predator of birds early in my career as a field ornithologist. I thought I had seen more than most people, because of the decades of time spent observing birds in the field. But on May 14, 1996, ravens brought new meaning to the word predator, and since then when talking about ravens, I have interjected another word pirate to describe the behavior of this skilled and intelligent predator/scavenger. My personal encounter started when I drove home from Mammoth, Wyo., to Gardiner, Mont., after a long day in the field in Yellowstone National Park. As I drove up the hill to our house overlooking the park, I noticed a raven in the wooded drainage below our house being attacked by two adult Black-billed Magpies (Pica hudsonica). Rather than disturb the behavior and commotion that I envisioned might happen, I drove steadily by the encounter and instead decided to watch the incident from the window of my home. My hunch about what would happen proved to be correct for this incident, which began at 17:10 hours. While its mate sat on a cliff nest below, a male raven (identified by its call, large size, long throat feathers, and large-head flight silhouette) landed on top of a large domeshaped magpie nest located in a tall willow. Within a couple of minutes, two magpies joined the two adult magpies, making loud alarm calls, scolding the intruding raven. The male raven began pecking the nest and opening up the side of the heavily fortified domed magpie stick nest with young inside. The raven was somewhat bothered by the troublesome noise, and kept the scolding magpies at bay and from pecking its feathers by periodically fanning its tail and flicking its wings. Regardless of the presence of the adult magpies, the raven was determined to get into the magpie nest by pulling and breaking sticks out of the domed nest, mainly with its beak. At approximately 17:30, the male raven reached its head into the newly formed hole created in the nest and pulled out what turned out to be the largest chick, which I called chick #1 not surprising, since magpie eggs hatch asynchronously, meaning magpie chicks are of different sizes and ages due to being born one day apart. The adult male raven pulled out magpie chick #1, killed it, carried it away in its beak, and cached it in the sagebrush. The male raven returned repeatedly for magpie chicks #2, #3, #4 and #5, always resuming with the largest chick remaining and working down to the smallest magpie chick available.

A Common Raven is pictured east of Tower Junction in Yellowstone National Park. September 2013 14

Photo by Liz Kearney

All those magpie chicks were killed and cached in sagebrush or underneath rocks, and covered up similar to the technique employed on the first magpie chick. When the adult male raven pecked at magpie chick #5, he flew with the magpie carcass in its beak and by the adult brooding female mate nesting on a cliff with three raven young. He then cached the carcass, after which the female raven immediately left the nest and followed the male raven back to the source of this abundant food. At the partially destroyed magpie nest, the male showed the female the entrance he had created, and she took over with him perched on the ground. The female raven took off with magpie chick #6 and cached it in sagebrush as well. Then the adult female raven delivered magpie chick #7 to her waiting raven young in the cliff nest. Magpie chick #8, the smallest of the lot, I might add, was finally picked out of the dome stick nest by the male raven and put out of commission on the ground. Interestingly, the commotion and noise created by the magpies ceased as soon as magpie chick #8 was no longer alive. To my surprise, following the last raven/magpie encounter, there was complete silence. The last thing I recall seeing was the male raven flying off into

Yellowstone National Park to the south of Gardiner and landing in a conifer while finally eating the smallest of the magpie chicks. This was some raven/magpie encounter, but it proved to me Common Ravens were both pirates and predators. It was a sight to behold. They were robbers, plunderers, the pirates of the sky. They took advantage of what pirates call pieces of eight, not

necessarily in reference to the silver coins broken into eight pieces years ago, but a treasure magpie nest with eight chicks destroyed by a very serious avian predator. They took these young out of a nest that seemed virtually impenetrable. And that is why to this day, I refer to Common Ravens as insidious predators and pirates of magpies and many other bird species.

A Black-billed Magpie checks out its surroundings.

Photo by David Menke/courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

More short stories from Lucky Feathers: Adventures and Experiences of a Yellowstone Ornithologist, will be featured in forthcoming issues of Montana Best Times. In the meantime, enjoy Montana birds! And the Best of Big Sky Birding to you! Bird watching questions may be sent to Terry McEneaney by writing to 1215 Lolo St., Missoula, MT 59802; emailing; or visiting or If questions are mailed, include a phone number at which you can be reached.

News Lite
A big cat has Detroit residents on alert
DETROIT (AP) Stray dogs are a common sight in Detroit. What about a big cat? The Detroit Free Press reports that many residents on the citys northeast side have seen what appears to be an exotic cat, perhaps as tall as 4 feet, roaming the streets. The Michigan Humane Society says it will try to find the cat. Antwaun Asberry, a 6-foot-5 Detroiter, says the cats tail is longer than his arm. The cat has large black spots and stripes, according to a photo. Fourteen-year-old Paul Hatley says the cat stared back at him when he saw it a few days ago. He says the encounter scared him. Neighborhood association leader Vondell Boyer wonders what will happen when the cat runs out of rabbits and other small animals to eat. caught fire, spreading stench and wrinkling noses through a Vermont town but causing no damage, officials said. The odor evoked a damp kind of burning leaves or brush fire, Windsor Town Manager Tom Marsh said. A worker on her way to milk goats discovered the fire in the 120-cubic-yard manure pile around 3 a.m. recently, said George Redick, owner of the 800-goat Oak Knoll Dairy. He and others put out the flames with water from a hose but the pile continued to smolder. He planned to call the fire department later in the morning, but firefighters were already searching for the source of the smell by 6:30 a.m. Marsh said he could smell the fire at his hilltop home five miles away. He called it a little disconcerting, because it was a very strong smell. Redick says the manure would typically have been spread around the farm earlier in the year, but the rainy season and other factors kept that from happening. He said he used to think spontaneous combustion was makebelieve. Now Im a believer, he said. September 2013 15

Spontaneous goat manure fire stinks up Vermont town

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) A pile of goat manure spontaneously

Glenn Sperry, 72, shows off some tricks on Lake Worth in Fort Worth, Texas, in early July. Sperry took his first water-skiing lesson when he was 6.

Photos by Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT

Water skier still making a splash at

If you didnt know better, you might make the mistake of calling Glenn Sperry old. His thick glasses sit evenly below his gray head of hair. Even Sperrys faded green swimming trunks seem to be a relic, abruptly ending closer to his waist than knees. But ask his friends or neighbors, and Sperry is anything but old. Thats because theyve seen the 72-year-old glide across Lake Worth in Fort Worth, Texas, on water skis like a man who is 27. In fact, skiing on an actual pair of water skis is simply Sperrys warm-up act. For more of a challenge, he might surf across Lake Worth on a wooden saucer 3 feet in diameter. Or he might float perched atop 6-foot stilts, as if he were a circus performer moving not on land but on water. If its got a flat surface, Ive skied on it, Sperry said. On this particular day, Sperrys trick involved the wooden saucer and a folding chair. While balancing on the saucer behind the September 2013 16

By Christian Clark Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT

boat, Sperry carefully unfolded the metal chair previously tucked under his left arm. Then, like an Olympic gymnast, he pushed himself into a handstand on the chair, his toes pointed toward the blue summer sky. He held the acrobatic pose for 10 seconds before returning to his feet. A bad day on the water for Glenn is the best day for any of us, said Chuck Reagan, Sperrys friend and so-called partner in crime. The narrow brick hallway leading from Sperrys front door to his living room is a miniature museum of Sperrys water-skiing career. Black-and-white photos of a younger Sperry performing tricks line the wall, eventually giving way to color photos. Most of Sperrys career is chronicled here, including his time as a member of the Tommy Bartlett Show, a water-skiing act customers still flock to see in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. The show, in its 61st season, features daredevil water-skiers performing acrobatic feats. Sperry used the money he earned there to fund his college education. That ones me on the 10-foot stilts, Sperry said, pointing to a


dusty black-and-white photograph. Im the only person in the world to do that. On the opposite side of the hallway are some of Sperrys 400 trophies, neatly arranged across four shelves. Lost among the army of miniature gold men are Sperrys two National Championship awards. Ones from 1957, the other 2007. Sperry is the only man to win the competition 50 years apart, and the margin isnt close. For as long as he can remember, water skiing has been a part of Sperrys life. He took his first lesson as a 6-year-old in Baltimore. Richard, the Sperry family patriarch, taught all four of his children and was an accomplished water-skier himself. In the spring of 1952, the family moved to Fort Worth. The Sperrys brought with them their love of water skiing. Countless summer days were spent on Lake Worth, skiing until the sun set. A decade later, Sperry bought a house of his own overlooking Lake Worth, where he raised his four children with his wife, Judy. Though he didnt know it at the time, Sperry would never leave. He got a job teaching woodshop at Castleberry High School, and spent his summers skiing in shows all around the world. In 2006, just months after Sperry retired from teaching, Judy died. During that difficult time, Sperry turned to two of the things he loved most: water skiing and teaching. Quickly, Sperry realized the reward of teaching others what he had spent a lifetime doing. My greatest joy is seeing someone else stand up and water ski for the first time, Sperry said. Theres nothing like it. These days, Sperry is happily remarried. During the summer months, he skis between three and four times per week. Weather

Glenn Sperry warms up on skis before performing tricks. is rarely a deterrent. He goes out there in the winter with his wet suit on, Sperrys wife, Cynthia, said. It has to be real cold for him not to be out there. At 72, Sperry has hardly slowed down. After all, 72 in the Sperry family is young. Sperrys mother, Lucille, water skied until she was 100. Ill be 73 years old this year, Sperry said with a smile. I dont do some of the stuff I used to, but I can still do a lot. The way Sperry sees it, some of his best years are still ahead.

Glenn Sperry prepares to go out on the lake. My greatest joy is seeing someone else stand up and water ski for the first time, he said. September 2013 17

Gallatin County

Below is a list of volunteer openings available through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in communities across southern Montana. To learn more about RSVP, call (800) 424-8867 or TTY (800) 833-3722; or log on to www. make calls to homebound seniors, providing reassurance, check on safety and wellbeing, and access to up to date referral information to vulnerable individuals. - MSU Foundation: Volunteers needed to help set-up for Alumni events at the Blue and Gold Breakfasts and Tailgate events. Multiple dates and times are available. - Museum of the Rockies: Variety of opportunities available. - RSVP Handcrafters: Volunteers to quilt, knit, crochet and embroider hats for chemo patients, baby blankets and other handmade goods once a week (can work from home). - Senior Nutrition Volunteers:Volunteers needed to help seniors with grocery shopping, meal and menu planning, and companionship, 2 hours a week, days and times are flexible. - Thrive Child Advancement Project (CAP): Seeking mentors to students in grades K-12, one hour commitment a week, training and support provided. - Your unique skills and interests are needed, without making a long-term commitment, in a variety of ongoing, special, one-time, one-shift events. Contact: Deb Downs, RSVP Program Coordinator, 807 N. Tracy, Bozeman, MT 59715; phone (406) 587-5444; fax (406) 582-8499; email: debdowns@rsvpmt. org. - Elementary Schools: Grades K-3: Volunteers reading mentors to help on a one to one basis, primarily reading help but also some math, one hour a week. - Fix it Brigade: Needs volunteers of all ages and skill levels to help with small home repairs such as mending a fence, clean up a yard, help weatherize, for seniors and veterans, 2-hour tasks. - Food Pantry and Loaves and Fishes: Need help at either location in a variety of ways. - Loaves and Fishes: Dire need of help in order to be open Monday through Saturdays. Wednesday is especially in need of support staff, just a few hours of wrapping silver, serving or wiping tables. - Park County Senior Center: Volunteers needed in a variety of ways including bingo, games, mailings and others. - RSVP Handcrafters: Volunteers to help with current special projects, such as knitting or crocheting hats and scarves for Head Start and getting ready for the holiday bazaar. Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center. - Stafford Animal Shelter: Needs volunteers who love animals to walk a dog or cuddle a cat, or help with other animals waiting for adoption. - Yellowstone Gateway Museum: Volunteers interested in becoming involved in a variety of exciting activities. - Various agencies are in need of your unique skills and interests in a variety of ongoing and one-time special events, including mailings throughout the summer. Contact: Shannon Burke, RSVP Program Coordinator, 208 So. Main St., Livingston, MT 59047; phone (406) 222-2281; email:

- American Red Cross Blood Drive: Two volunteer opportunities available; an ambassador needed to welcome, greet, thank and provide overview for blood donors and phone team volunteers needed to remind, recruit or thank blood donors, excellent customer service skills needed, training will be provided, flexible schedule. - Befrienders: Befriend a senior; visit on a regular weekly basis. - Belgrade Senior Center, Gallatin Gateway Community Center, Hyalite Elementary School and Three Forks Senior Center locations: Have affordable farm fresh, local produce for Seniors available. - Belgrade Senior Center: Meals on Wheels needs substitute drivers, before noon Monday-Friday. - Big Brothers Big Sisters: Be a positive role model for only a few hours each week. - Bozeman and Belgrade Sacks Thrift Stores: Need volunteers to sort and price items, Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. - Bozeman Deaconess Hospital: Variety of opportunities to volunteer. - Bozeman Senior Center Foot Clinic: Retired or nearly retired nurses are urgently needed, 2 days a month, either 4 or 8 hour shifts. - Child Care Connections: Front desk help needed Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., to greet clients, answer phones, and general reception duties. - Childrens Museum of Bozeman: Welcome desk volunteer(s) needed for 2-hour shifts, Mondays-Saturdays. - The Emerson Cultural Center:Volunteers needed for front office, greeter/reception, Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. - Gallatin Valley Food Bank: Volunteers needed to help prepare summer nutritious lunch meals for kids 9-11 a.m., noon-1 p.m., or 1-3 p.m. any day (Monday-Friday) at Beall Park, MSU SOB Barn or Hollensteiner Park in Belgrade; also needed are volunteers to deliver commodities to seniors in their homes once a month. - Habitat for Humanity Restore Belgrade: Volunteers needed for general help, sorting donations and assisting customers. - Heart of The Valley: Compassionate volunteers especially needed to love, play with and cuddle cats, do carpentry work, be an animal bank collector (asking local businesses to display an animal bank for donation collection) or birthday party leader. - Help Center Telecare: Volunteers needed 3-4 mornings a week 8:30-11 a.m. to September 2013 18

Fergus & Judith Basin counties

Park County

- There is currently an unprecedented need for volunteer services in our area. - America Reads Program: Looking for volunteers in Judith Basin County as well as the outlying schools in Fergus County to assist kindergarten through sixth grade students in increasing their reading skills, working one hour a week through the coming school year, listening to and helping children as they read. - Family Planning: In need of one volunteer to do some shredding and preparing files. - Head Start: Needs a volunteer to manage the front desk for an hour or so in the afternoons and also, someone to help in the kitchen. - The Treasure Depot: Looking for volunteers to help. Contact: RSVP Volunteer Coordinator Cheryll Tuss, 404 W. Broadway, Wells Fargo Bank building, (upstairs), Lewistown, MT 59457; phone (406) 535-0077; email: rsvplew@

Musselshell, Golden Valley & Petroleum counties

- America Reads: Tutor students in reading, the most important skill a child can acquire. - Meals on Wheels Program: Deliver meals to the housebound in the community, just one day a week, an hour and a half, meal provided. - Nursing Home: Assist with activities for residents to enrich supported lifestyle. - School Lunch Program: Help serve and supervise children during lunch time. Meal provided. - Senior Center: Volunteers are needed to provide meals, clean up in the dining room and/or keep records, meal provided. - Senior Transportation: Volunteer needed to drive Senior Van to meals, fundraisers and appointments, one day a week or See RSVP, Page 19

By Addy Hatch The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)/MCT

50s, 60s collectibles can have surprising value

Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Albert King played a series of concerts at San Franciscos storied Fillmore and Winterland music venues in February 1968; the poster advertising the shows featured a bloodshot eyeball flying through a ring of fire. It was totally cool and badass and your-motherwould-shriek-if-she-saw-it kind of thing, said Ben Marks, a collector of vintage rock posters. If you were lucky enough to be there, you have the memories. If you nabbed a poster, you may have much more. A first printing of the poster in mint condition might sell for $10,000, said Marks, senior editor at Collectors Weekly, a San Francisco-based website thats part auction, part social media and part news site. Its just one example, albeit an extreme one, of the market for boomer collectibles. Toys, music, furniture, sporting goods, politics many of the things that the baby boom generation cherished as children and young adults now have monetary value. Recently, for example, these items sold on eBay, according to Collectors Weekly: 1969 Hot Wheels Redline gold custom T-Bird, $502 1966 Color Magic Barbie doll in box, with accessories, $710 1959 Sony transistor radio, in box, $256 RSVP, from Page 18 month, no special license needed, meal provided. - RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers as it matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to serve their communities. You choose how and where to serve. Volunteering is an opportunity to learn new skills, make friends and connect with your community. Contact: Abbie Nichols, Volunteer Coordinator, South Central MT RSVP, 315 1/2 Main St., Ste. #1, Roundup, MT 59072; phone (406) 323-1403; fax (406) 3234403; email:; facebook: South Central MT RSVP.

1958/60 Youth for Kennedy campaign button, $265 April 1954 Silver Screen magazine with Marilyn Monroe cover in mint condition - $660. The common thread among these items is condition theyre in original boxes or are in like-new or lightly used shape. Thats usually the linchpin of any collectible, dealers say. Take that Jimi Hendrix poster. Marks said: I definitely remember that poster on peoples walls ... (but) they were putting it on their walls with tape or thumb tacks and that kind of thing completely devalues those pieces. He said any collectibles market usually will resemble a pyramid: a handful of items at the very top are worth a boatload of money, then theres everything else. Still, even items with lots of wear can sell. A Color Magic Barbie with almost no hair sold on eBay for $211. A third printing of the Hendrix flying eyeball poster with condition issues sold for $99. Its all supply and demand, said Penny Simonson, a longtime Spokane, Wash.-based dealer. Generally, items from the 50s, 60s and 70s are hot now, she said. The buyers market is the younger generation, and thats what they find kitschy and fun, thats what they remember in their grandmothers house, she said. See Collectibles, Page 20

Custer & Rosebud counties

- Custer County Food Bank: Volunteers needed for food distribution Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. - Custer County office: Clerical work volunteer with computer skills needed 1-2 days a week. - Custer Network Against Domestic Violence: Volunteer needed with the crisis line.- Forsyth Senior Center: Volunteer musicians needed to provide entertainment. - Harvest for Seniors: Volunteers needed

to assist with collecting and distributing food on Sept. 11, 2-3 hour shifts. - Head Start: Volunteer classroom aides needed in September, 2013. - The Historic Miles City Academy: Volunteers needed at thrift store in maintenance, and cleaning. - Holy Rosary Health Care: Volunteer receptionist needed at front desk. - Kircher School: Volunteer needed for lunch delivery. Free lunch and mileage is reimbursed. - Local Government office: Needs volunteer for 3- to 6-month project in data entry. - Miles City Soup Kitchen: Volunteer receptionist needed at front desk. - Out of Darkness Walk: Volunteers to man water stations on Saturday, Sept. 6. - Ranger Riders Museum: Greeters needed through Oct. 31, dates and times of your choice. - Stories in Stone: Volunteers needed to assist on Sept. 9 with a practice day. - TLC: Volunteer needed to do shopping for a resident. - VA Community Living Center: Volunteers needed to assist with activities for veterans, such as taking them fishing two Fridays per month, playing cards or other

games, or playing other games with them (can be done outside), days and times can be flexible. Also need someone to go to the veterans rooms to make a list of their requests and then shop to fill them; must be able to drive and lift at least a 12-pack of pop. - WaterWorks Art Museum: Volunteer receptionists needed, shifts available Saturday 3-5 p.m., Sunday 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday 9-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1p.m. Choose a shift each week, every other week, or one shift a month. If you are interested in these or other volunteer opportunities please contact: Betty Vail, RSVP Director; 210 Winchester Ave. #225, MT 59301; phone (406) 234-0505; email:

Dawson County

- Volunteers needed to deliver commodities, once a month, to individuals unable to pick them up at the designated site. - If you have a need for or a special interest or desire to volunteer somewhere in the community, please contact: Patty Atwell, RSVP Director, P.O. Box 1324, Glendive, MT 59330; phone (406) 3774716; email: September 2013 19

On The Menu

With Jim Durfey

Rock soup and grouse fingers

In Montana, the upland bird hunting season opens Sept. 1 each year. Thats a great time to be a taste bud because mountain grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge are excellent table fare. Some of the best feasting of the year is in store for bird hunters and their family members and friends in September. Your Best Times recipe contributor is lucky to have two bird hunting dogs. Both are Gordon setters. One is a proven and trusted 10-year-old dog thats a veteran of well over 100 hunting trips. The other is a newcomer that hasnt figured out exactly what her role is. Nor has she been able to determine what is huntable and what isnt. On a September hunt last year she got birdy. Her tail was wagging madly and her nose was vacuuming up fresh grouse scent as she swept back and forth across a mountain meadow. She finally found what she thought was her quarry and went on a rock-solid point. When her master moved in to flush a grouse, he realized she was pointing a rock that resembled a mountain grouse. Hunts with the older dog proved to be more productive, fortunately. Although the leg and thigh meat of game birds makes superb eating, the breast meat is considered by most people to be more desirable. My favorite grouse dish is applestuffed roasted grouse. Another method of preparing the breast meat of grouse and partridge is called fingers. Boned-out breast meat is cut into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch-wide strips, which are marinated, dredged in seasoned cracker crumbs and then baked in a hot oven for a fairly short time. The recipe below will be a treat for the taste buds of those you prepare it for. One advantage of cutting the breast meat into strips is it will allow you to locate and discard any pieces of shot. Meat from upland game birds does not have nearly as much fat as domestic fowl. The meat should be cooked quickly at high heat.
Vegetable cooking spray. Combine meat, buttermilk and garlic in bowl. Let marinate for at least 1 1/2 hours in fridge. Preheat oven to 450. Crush crackers. Place in separate bowl. Add paprika, seasoning and cheese. Mix well. Remove each piece of meat from marinade and place in cracker mixture. Press so cracker crumbs and cheese cling to sides of meat. Place on baking sheet thats coated with vegetable cooking spray. Bake for no more than 10 minutes.

Grouse Breast Fingers

Breast meat from two grouse or four Hungarian partridge, cut into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch-wide strips 1/2 c. buttermilk 1 large garlic clove, minced 1/4 lb. non-fat saltine crackers with salted tops 1/2 tsp. paprika 1/4 tsp. Creole seasoning 5 tbsp. shredded Asiago cheese

Collectibles, from Page 19 High-end antiques are out of favor among younger collectors, Simonson said. Something she called fascinating junk is in. Dianna Chelf, of Spokanes Two Women Vintage Goods, said colored Pyrex mixing bowls are an example. Nested sets of these bowls, which typically came in primary colors, can sell for $50 or even $100. Whoever would have thought as we were putting them in the dishwasher ruining them _ that someday theyd be worth something? she said Another hot trend is what Chelf called the vintage trailer look. Besides the trailers themselves, anything that might be used in or around them is very collectible, like metal ice chests and metal lawn chairs. An old Igloo cooler might fetch $45 to $65 in her shop, Chelf said. A bonus its still quite usable. Joshua Scott specializes in vintage toys at Spokanes Time Bomb store. He said toys based on Hanna-Barbera cartoons sell well, such as The Flintstones, Yogi Bear and The Jetsons. Toys based on 1960s TV series, The Addams Family and The Munsters are so popular, that stuff is getting harder and harder to find, he said. September 2013 20 Will that be the case in 10 years? Probably not, dealers say. Simonson, whos been in the business with her husband since 1994, said the market for collectibles is ever-changing. As an example, she said she recently came across a calendar featuring the Dionne Quintuplets that she would have pounced on 15 years ago. Nobody wants them now, she said. The time has passed. Marks, at Collectors Weekly, said his fellow music poster collectors wonder whether that market will hold up as baby boomers age. Theres a lot of this stuff in peoples garages, closets and attics, and its only a matter of time before all this stuff starts getting released, he said. But maybe it doesnt matter, he said. Thats the thing thats cool about stuff, Marks said. Itd be nice to get the extra $50 because you find something in your garage, but to me whats really interesting is what these things tell us about what we are and where we came from. EDITORS NOTE: Addy Hatch is the city editor of The Spokesman-Review. She can be reached at

September 2013 Calendar

 Tuesday, September 3 Maize at Grandpas Farm, Pumpkin Patch, Field of Screams, Hay Mountain, through Nov. 2, 58th Street West, Follow the signs, Billings Bridger Mountains Raptor Migration, through Oct. 31., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Bridger Ski Area, Bozeman Bogert Farmers Market, Tuesdays through Sept. 24, Bozeman Federation of Fly Fishers Museum, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Livingston Yellowstone Gateway Museum, daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Livingston The Annual Art Auction Exhibit, through Sept. 28, Custer County Art and Heritage Center, Miles City  Wednesday, September 4 Livingston Farmers Market, Wednesday evenings through Sept. 25, Miles Park, Livingston  Thursday, September 5 Music in the Mountains Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Town Center Park, Big Sky Harmony Market, 4-8 p.m., First Thursdays through Nov., Holiday Inn on 5 East Baxter Lane, Bozeman. Columbus Farmers Market, Thursdays through Sept. 12, Railroad Park, Columbus Yellowstone Gateway Museum Modern-Day Flint Knapping, 6:30 p.m., at Museum, Livingston  Friday, September 6 The Fall Home Improvement Show, through Sept. 8, Expo Center at Metra Park Fairgrounds, Billings Farmers Market, 10-11 a.m., Fridays through Oct. 4, JC West Park, Glendive Farmers Market, Fridays through Sept. 20, Little Horn State Bank, Hardin Farmers Market, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Fridays through Oct. 4, Lions Park, Red Lodge  Saturday, September 7 Cobblestone Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Cobblestone School grounds, Absarokee Big Timber Farmers Market, Saturdays through Sept. 13, Lions Club City Park, Big Timber Farmers Market, Saturdays through Oct. 5, Dillon Annual Montana Chokecherry Festival, Lewistowns Historic Main Street, Lewistown Charlie Russell Chew Choo, 5 p.m., Lewistown Farmers Market, Saturdays through Oct. 5, Lewistown Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon, Saturdays through Oct. 26, Riverside Park, Miles City Missouri Headwaters State Park Summer Speaker Series, Saturdays, 7 p.m., Three Forks Utica Rod and Gun Club roast beef dinner, raffle and auction, 6 p.m., Community Hall, Utica  Sunday, September 8 Historic Bell Street Bridge Day, outdoor family fun, Glendive Country Fun Day, Big Horn County Historical Museum and
State Visitor Center, Hardin
Breakfast with the Masons, 7:30-10 a.m., Masonic Temple,

Montana Bale Trail What the Hay Contest, between Hobson

and Windham
Hay Maze, half way between Hobson and Utica Museums open in Hobson and Utica Utica Day Fair, crafts, food and raffle, featuring hand embroi-

dered quilt, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Utica

 Monday, September 9

Family Days at Museum of the Rockies Activities, fly-fishing,

 Thursday, September 12  Saturday, September 14

casting, fly typing, river ecology, bugs, 4-7 p.m., Museum, Bozeman

Museum of the Rockies: TwoFly fishing event, through Sept.

14, at Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman

Annual UMW Hunter/Jumper Horse Show, through Sept. 15, J

and S Sporthorses Arena, Dillon

Oktoberfest, behind Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company, Special

Events Center, Red Lodge

Evelyn Cameron Heritage Gala, Rialto Theatre, Terry

 Friday, September 20
Capital Hill Mall, Helena

Great Divide Orchid Society Show and Sale, through Sept. 22, Music on Wings Bluegrass Festival, through Sept. 22, the East-

ern Montana Fairground, Miles City

 Saturday, September 21
Symphonic Classics from the Silver Screen, Orchestra and Cho-

rale Concert, 7:30 p.m., Alberta Bair Theater, Billings

Fall Home Improvement and Healthy Living Expo, through

Sept. 22, Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Bozeman

Big Bear Stampede, 5K, 8K Trail Run, Community Walk, Gar-

Livingston Dance Club, country western dancing, 7-11 p.m.,

American Legion, 112 N. B St., Livingston

Carbon County Historical Society and Museums Annual Hoedown, Rock Creek Resort, Red Lodge

 Sunday, September 22
Livingston Out of Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention, noon

registration, Sacajawea Park Gazebo, Livingston

 Friday, September 27
Western Sustainability Exchange Harvest Celebration, cocktails

5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m., Chico Hot Springs, Pray

Livingston Gallery Association Art Walk, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Liv-


 Tuesday, October 1
Bozeman Straw Bale Maze, through Oct. 31, Mandeville Lane

off North 7th Avenue, Bozeman

October Fall Festival, through Oct. 31, Miles City September 2013 21

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By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, Ph.D.

Who has been the most surprising guinea pigs?

Q. Who has been one of the more surprising guinea pig groups in historic medical experimentation? A. The doctors themselves, who have been famously known to take some of their own test medicines to see if they would work, says Clifford A. Pickover in The Medical Book. This is known as medical self-experimentation, or MSE. Early in the 20th century, doctors working under US Army surgeon Walter Reed tested the theory that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquitoes by allowing the insects to bite them freely. One physician died from the experiments. In 1929, German physician Werner Forssmann inserted a catheter up his arm and into his heart to deliver drugs and dyes useful for X-ray studies not knowing whether this would kill him or not. Later, when Australian researchers Robin Warren and Barry Marshall did pioneering work on stomach ulcers, Marshall actually drank contents of a petri dish containing the bacterium H. pylori and five days later developed gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). For their work, Forssmann, Warren and Marshall were all awarded Nobel Prizes. As physician Donald L. J. Freed once eloquently explained MSE: Why do we do it? Because we are... more representative of human beings than a hundred laboratory rats; because we are better informed of the risks and possible benefits than probably anyone else...; because we believe that the potential benefits to mankind are great. stick, tooth loss has remained fairly constant, even after the introduction of helmets, says physicist Aaron Santos in Ballparking: Practical Math for Impractical Sports Questions. First, lets assume that an average of 1 tooth is lost per player per season (a typical adult has 28 teeth). Each team dresses 20 players (18 skaters and 2 goalies), so there are, on average, 20 lost teeth per team per season. One can estimate the total number of teeth lost in NHL history as follows: NUMBER OF TEETH = 20 (per team per year) x 15 (teams) x 90 (years) = 27,000 teeth, or roughly 1000 mouths worth. Next, lets say that a player might live another 50 years not having to brush those missing teeth. With toothpaste costing about $3 per tube, it can be estimated that NHL players have collectively saved 1000 mouths worth of teeth x $3 per mouth per month x 12 months per year x 50 years = $1,800,000! But, Santos concludes, this figure must pale in comparison to the collective amount theyve spent on other dental care! Q. When asked how the chicken tasted, M.W. was apt to say something like, There arent enough points on it. And he wasnt just using a figure of speech. What was going on? A. He had the rare capacity of synesthesia, occurring in 1 in every 25,000 people, where one sense blends with another to the point that shapes may have tastes, music may have colors, say Bryan Kolb and Ian Whishaw in An Introduction to Brain and Behavior, citing research by neurologist Richard Cytowic. All his life, when tasting or smelling foods, M.W. felt this taste-shape experience sweeping down his arms to his fingertips: Some would engulf his whole body; others were more like cones, pyramids, balls, cubes that he felt only on his face, shoulders or back. Synesthesia often runs in families, a famous case being the Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov, who once complained to his mother that his alphabet blocks were the wrong colors. She understood what he was saying because she too perceived letters and words in particular colors! Later, Nabokovs son exhibited a similar sensory crossover. In theory, Kolb and Whishaw add, five senses ought to produce 10 possible pairings, but some pairings occur rarely, if at all. Often they work only one way, with people seeing colors when they hear music but never having colors trigger music. Though various theories have been advanced, for now synesthesia remains yet one more of the brains myriad mysteries. Q. When you look at the ABCs of beer, how deep into the dictionary might brew terminology reach?

Q. Heres a rather startling sports curiosity for you to sink your teeth into: Given all the lost teeth in hockey games, how much money has the National Hockey League (NHL) and its players saved on toothpaste over the years? A. With hockey players routinely getting hit in the mouth with a puck or September 2013 22

A. No doubt alcohol, ethanol, and hops readily come to mind. More obscure are Brussels lace (the foam adhering to the inside of the glass and considered by some to be a sign of highquality beer) and cerevisaphile (a beer expert, incorporating the Latin name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and vis meaning strength), says Christian Millman in 20 Things You Didnt Know About Beer in Discover magazine. But a real reach worth mentioning and worth drinking to is zymurgy, or the study and practice of yeast fermentation in brewing. Even more fun is the fact that this particular z word is also the last word in many dictionaries, as well as in this particular issue of Discover.

Q. Who were the first LOLers (laughing out loud), and whos doing this one better these days? A. Users of pre-web bulletin boards expressed amusement by LOLing to one another, says Tom Chatfield in New Scientist magazine. These days, huge numbers of us own one of the worlds

more than 2 billion internet-linked computers and 6 billion cellphones, with digital technology fueling a linguistic revolution where simple smilies or acronyms are among the millions of words typed onto computer screens. In March 2011, LOL took up its official place in the Oxford English Dictionary, as did the acronym OMG (oh my god). LOL typifies the digital trend of self-dramatization, where someone may lol or LOL with true intensity, offering a sort of stage direction that writing doesnt usually convey. Going beyond mere LOL-ing and projecting a state of highly amused irony are ROFL, to roll on the floor laughing, and ROFLMAO, to

roll on the floor laughing my a off, Chatfield adds. One best-selling dance music band even ventured into LMFAO (dont even ask!).

Q. When psychologists analyze the tickle, whats the most fundamental fact that might start the discussion? A. Basically, we cannot tickle ourselves, suggesting that tickling is inherently social, an important means of interpersonal tactile communication and bonding between tickler and ticklee, says behavioral neuroscientist Robert Provine in New Scientist magazine. Its also possibly the basis of a babys earliest preverbal conversations with carers.

Many people claim they hate tickling, but we all usually tickle or are tickled by friends, family and lovers, with the motive of showing affection and getting attention. This capacity for mutuality opens the door to plenty of well-choreographed tickle battles, physical play or sex play. The resultant labored breathing, Provine argues, is the origin of laughter, with the ancestral pant-pant still produced by chimpanzees when tickled eventually evolving into the modern human ha-ha. I will further suggest that feigned tickle the basis of the Im going to get you game is the most ancient joke.

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