- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 26, 2002

Intro to freshmen
"Beloit College has released its fifth annual 'mind-set list' to help professors better understand freshmen. For the members of this year's entering class, many of whom where born in 1984, Barbie has always had a job. Afghanistan has always been a front-page story and the Coen brothers have always been making films. A sampling of how freshmen might view the world:
"'Big Brother' is merely a television show;
"Cars have always had eye-level rear brake lights, CD players and air bags;
"Cyberspace has always existed;
"They have no recollection of Connie Chung or Geraldo Rivera as serious journalists;
"Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Dan Rather have always anchored the evening news;
"The United States has always been trying to put nuclear waste in Nevada;
"Fox has always been a television network;
"Vanessa Williams and Madonna are aging singers;
"Perrier has always come in flavors;
"Cherry Coke has always come in cans;
"A 'hot line' is a consumer service, not a telephone used to avoid accidental nuclear war;
"The drug Ecstasy has always been around;
"Genetic testing and DNA screening have always been available;
"The drinking age has always been 21 nationwide."
From "Remember 1984?" in the Sept. 6 Chronicle of Higher Education

Classic victim
"The delicately beautiful, blonde star Veronica Lake, whose memorable films were all made in a brief period in the '40s, kept none of her money and little enough of her dignity over the next quarter century. During her marriage to her second husband, Hungarian director Andre De Toth, Lake lived the Hollywood good life, owning a farm where she attempted to raise wheat, a 23-acre ranch outside Los Angeles, a vacation house, a yacht and a plane.
"She had no business sense, however, and, more disastrously, no man sense either. De Toth, who meddled controllingly in her career and stalled in his own, spent money compulsively. With or without De Toth's help, Lake developed alcohol and emotional problems that quickly undermined her career. When her own mother sued her for financial support, there was none to be had. Lake separated from De Toth in 1951 and declared bankruptcy. Her home was seized for back taxes.
"Lake claimed to have left Hollywood on her own steam but no one was trying to stop her. Back east, she scraped by with stage, TV and radio work for a while, but no comeback materialized. In 1959, a reporter came upon her working as a barmaid in the Colonnade Room, the cocktail lounge in the cheap residence hotel for women where she lived.
"She moved to England for a few years, where she 'wrote' her autobiography and remarried, but she died of acute hepatitis, broke and alone in 1972. Veronica Lake was a classic victim of Hollywood and the men she chose, and seemed to play the victim right to the end."
Virginia Campbell, writing on "Stars Gone Broke," in the October issue of Movieline

Space boy
"Once Lance Bass gets an idea 'N his head, he apparently has a very hard time letting it go.
"The 'N Sync-er, who was recently denied the chance to zip into space on a Russian Soyuz rocket, is reportedly back in Moscow to resume his participation in the space training program.
"'He will not go in October for sure, but he just doesn't want to interrupt the program,' Yuri Nikiforov, general director of Atlas Airspace, told the Associated Press this week.
"Nikiforov did not say why Russian space officials had allowed Bass back after insisting he leave just a few weeks ago, once it became clear that he couldn't cough up the $20 million fee for his space flight.
"Maybe they just missed him."
Amy Reiter, writing on "He's Baaack," Tuesday in Salon at www.salon.com

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