Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 6, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
FOR SUNDAY, JULY 7
The situation today calls for discretion. Not everyone is as open-minded as you are, so keep secrets. The moon in Gemini makes people feel chatty, and foes may disclose valuable information. Budget-minded house hunters are in luck. Drop-in visitors appear, bonging surprising help, advice and support. People love to play games today.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your ideas about what’s glamorous are changing. Entertaining friends and colleagues puts you in the best light — just let someone else handle the food. Your forte is toasts, witty banter and making others feel special.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Unless conflicts are settled now, you’ll be dealing with them throughout the week. Everyone exaggerates, so you may as well have fun in your corner. Put on a show that endears new friends to your creative ways.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Money for business comes in the nick of time, so stop worrying! Your views are fresh, and you see opportunity that jaded eyes miss. Your family trusts your judgment. It pays to be the host.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Partnerships bong obligations, but they are well worth it. An Aries friend would like to begin a romantic relationship. An ex-love is ready to make big concessions. Are you willing to compromise, too?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Find new ways to get positive vibes into your world; get on inspirational e-mail lists. Consider hiring a personal coach to push you toward one shining goal. Love is met in the “self-improvement” aisle of the bookstore.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 7) Energy returns, and you are able to juggle a part-time business or hobby along with your regular duties. In December, you achieve financial success with a long-term project. Enormous clout in January leads to community and industry power. An ex-love returns this fall, but he or she may have to vie for your affec-
_ tions with a newly met
Sagittarian. Your lucky numbers are; 2, ll, 19, 27 and 34.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Seemingly frivolous activities actually promote your business. It is appropnate to ask social contacts for career recommendations. Music, art and theatre are especially lucky explorations for dates.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You can have a great time tonight with someone very different from you. Take notice of others; observant people are sexy people. A Libra would like to go into business with you. Get details in writing.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Ask for something from friends who seem to take more than they give. Time spent admiring something beautiful gives you inner calm. Someone close is jealous — take all comments with a grain of salt.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Balance your life with plenty of relaxation. You’re on the verge of growth — an open mind is the first step. Make your needs known, and tune into someone else’s. A friend who’s feeling low needs your cheer.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Keep promises, and you’ll earn trust. Inventors and artists have breakthroughs. There is a reason a friendship has cooled — ask pointed questions to find out why. Luck is on your side at a competitive event.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Influential people gravitate toward you. Spend time in environments that make you feel creative. A sweetheart spoils you. Adjust your expectations of young people; they need your encouragement, not your criticism.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A person who behaved badly wants to make it up to you. Don’t be ordinary; use your imagination regarding how to get that special someone’s attention. Delegate chores so you have more time to take care of yourself.
Toronto native among models in Playboy s ‘Women of Enron’
Autograph seekers line up as Playboy model Cynthia Coghlan of Toronto poses with a copy of the issue containing the Women of Enron pictorial at BCE place in Toronto on Thursday. Coghlan was a an employee of the Toronto office of Enron Corp.
By Lianne George
TORONTO — Cynthia Coghlan and Christine Nielsen, both 28, pulled up in front of Sutton Place Hotel in a white stretch Lincoln, and emerged with the Playboy chaperone and personal stylist accompanying them on a three-day media blitz.
Coghlan, a Toronto native, and Nielsen, from Oregon, are in town to promote Playboy’s Women of Enron spread in its August issue. It’s what the magazine calls its “pink-slip pictorial.”
The evidence suggests we all love a sex scandal — whether it’s in public life (Bill Clinton and Paula Jones, another Playboy model) or popular culture (Darva Conger, of Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?, another Playboy model) or the religious sphere (TV evangelist Jim Bakker fell from grace with Jessica Hahn, still another Playboy alumna).
“People are attracted to scandal,” says Coghlan, a University of Toronto graduate in English literature. “This is the biggest U.S. financial scandal that we’ve seen in a long time. I think Playboy was brilliant to pair up with Enron. Also, it’s a great way to show that there are real, brilliant professionals working behind the scandal.”
“I think that people love drama,” says Nielsen. “I think people like to see other people suffer. That’s a turn-on for them.”
Nielsen worked in Portland, Ore., as a project co-ordinator for Enron for two years, specializing in marketing and promotions. In May 2001, she was laid off, six months before the scandal erupted.
“I actually volunteered to be laid off,” she says. “I knew we were in trouble and I wanted to get into the job market before anyone else. As well, I didn’t know if there’d be severance for everyone.”
When she heard on the radio that Playboy was looking for former employees to model, she knew immediately it was something she wanted to do.
'It's not porn. It's tastefully done."
“The way Playboy approached it was it was a way to give back, even if it was only to a few, to give back. I never thought I’d get selected."
Coghlan, who worked in the energy trader’s Toronto office for four months as a sales co-ordinator before being laid off last December, heard about the model search from her current employer, a Toronto furniture manufacturer.
“He came in one day and jokingly said, ‘Cynthia, you should try out for this thing.’ At the time I didn’t even consider it. Then I went home and thought about it and I thought ... ‘I’m a liberal, ffee-spirited person, why not?”’ Both sent in a head shot and a clothed fulllength shot and received calls from Playboy within weeks. Of the 300 women who applied, Coghlan and Nielsen made the first cut. Now the magazine needed to see nudie shots.
“That was the most embarrassing part,” says Nielsen. “Getting my boyfriend to take the nudes and then having to take them to one-hour developing at Walgreens.” Within a few days, Nielsen heard from Playboy again. Not only had she been selected, but they wanted to fly her to Los Angeles immediately to shoot the cover.
“It was that fast,” she says. “No time to starve yourself. No time to prepare. No time to even think about it.”
The models were allowed to choose how naked they were prepared to be. (One only bared her buttocks.) Coghlan and Nielsen both decided to go all the way.
“It’s not porn,” insists Nielsen. “It’s tastefully done. If you think about it, there are tonnes of naked sculptures in the world of nude bodies. I’m pretty exposed in the magazine compared to some of the gals, but we talked about it. I told them, ‘No up-close-and-personal shots,’ if you know what I mean.” Coghlan agrees.
“I think Playboy has a knack of making women beautiful and glamorous. And I think it’s a way to assert myself as a woman and my sexuality and my strength.”
Don’t say this to childless couples
Editor's Note: Ann Landers answered her readers ’ letters up to her death on June 22. The following was one of her last columns.
Dear Ann Landers: You recently printed a letter with suggestions about what childless people should say to parents. I will keep those comments in mind, but I would like to offer a few things for parents not to say to childless couples:
1. Don’t ask, “When are you having kids?” Some childless couples have chosen not to have children, while others have tried desperately and cannot have children due to fertility problems. It’s nobody’s business.
2. Don’t say, “You’ll change your mind when you are older.” That might happen, but it usually doesn’t, and it is annoying to hear.
3. Don’t tell me I’m being selfish for not bringing children into this world. I think the reverse is true. All children should be wanted. If I don’t want a child, it would be wrong to have one.
4. Don’t tell a childless couple that they would make “perfect parents.” Choosing whether or not to have children can be an agonizing decision. Adding guilt does not help. — No Children By Choice in California
Dear California: Thanks for your excellent suggestions. The best solution would be for parents and childless couples to respect one another and not assume the other person has made the wrong choice. Nothing is more private than this.
Dear Ann Landers: I want to share a story with your readers. I was in Portland, Ore., two weeks ago, travelling on an eight-lane highway. There was a lot of traffic, and everyone was in a hurry. I noticed a mother duck, limping, with five baby ducks following her right onto the interstate.
They were headed for a park on the other side.
I was on the far lane and could do nothing. I got off at the next exit and turned back, fully expecting to see a bunch of ducks run over. To my amazement, all traffic on both sides of the highway had stopped. Many people were out of their cars making a safe path for the mother duck and her babies to cross. No one was honking or swearing.
I sat in my car and cried. We read about cruelty every day, and these total strangers worked togeth
er for the sake of those little ducks. Beautiful? You bet! — Sentimental in Washington State
Dear Washington: Your letter warmed my heart. I truly believe people are basically good, and your story proved it. Thanks for writing.
Dear Ann Landers: I was grateful to see the letter from “Sleepless in Atlanta,” whose boyfriend, “Trent,” would stay the night but refused to fall asleep. That letter could have been written about me.
When I was dating my wife, I always avoided overnight invitations, even if there was a blizzard outside. My mother finally spilled the beans and told my girlfriend that I was a bed-wetter. My wife said it was OK with her as long as I wore adult diapers to bed.
I see a urologist twice a year and have tried every drug available, but without success. If not for my wonderful and understanding wife, I would still be living at home with my parents. We’ve been married 25 years, and I bless her every day. — Wet but Grateful Heart in St. Louis
Dear St. Louis: Your wife is a very compassionate woman, and you are a lucky man to have found her. There are other treatments for bed-wet-ting, including special alarms and personalized therapy. Please check with your urologist.
TODAY IN MUSIC HISTORY
# In 1971, jazz great Louis Armstrong died in New York of a heart attack. He was 71. Armstrong had been unable to blow his trumpet for several years, and had turned increasingly towards novelty vocals. He had his biggest success in 1964 when he turned the title song from the Broadway show Hello Dolly into a million-selling record.
Armstrong learned to play the trumpet in a waifs’ home in New Orleans, and at 18 joined the Kid Ory band. He later played with King Oliver before forming his own group in the late 1920s. Armstrong is credited with developing the role of the soloist in jazz, and of originating scat singing — singing without lyrics.
# In 1998, Roy Rogers, the “King of the Cowboys” and one of the greatest western stars from the 10'tOs to the I QSOs
died of congestive heart failure at his home in Apple Valley, Calif. He was 86. Rogers was the only real rival to Gene Autry as the leading singing cowboy. He was a founding member of the famous western singing group the Sons of the Pioneers before leaving for his Hollywood career in 1937. Among Rogers' own hits in the 1930s and ’40s were Hi-Yo Silver and Think of Me. His theme song was Happy Trails to You. Modern country stars honoured Rogers on the 1991 album Tribute, where his duet partners included Clint Black and Randy Travis.
# In 1925, Bill Haley, rock ’n’ roll’s first teen idol, was born in Highland Park, Mich. Haley, with his group, the Saddlemen, at first played country-and-western, but in 1952 he dropped the cowboy image and changed the band’s name to the Comets. Haley began recording cover versions of rhythm-and-blues hits, and in 1953, his Crazy Man Crazy became the first rock ’n’ roll record to make the Billboard pop chart. Bill Haley and the Comets’ biggest success came in 1955 when Rock Around the Clock rose to No. 1. Haley was the most popular rock ’n’ roll idol until Elvis Presley came along, but by 1958 his career was basically over. He continued to work as a nostalgia act, mainly in Britain and Europe. Haley died Feb. 9, 1981 in his hometown of Harlingen, Tex.
# In 1927, Canadian composer Dolores Claman was born in Vancouver. She and her husband, Richard Moms, became one of the country’s most successful jingle-writing teams in the mid-1960s. Claman and Moms have also written several stage musicals and film scores, the theme for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and the score for the Oscar-winning film A Place to Stand, made for the Ontario pavilion at Expo 67.
# In 1932, singer-actress Della Reese, whose real name is Dellareese Taliaferro, was born in Detroit. Originally a gospel singer with Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward, Reese switched to pop music in the mid-1950s. Her biggest hit came in 1959 with Don’t You Know.
# In 1934, Canadian soprano Sarah Fischer was heard in the first opera telecast by the British Broadcasting Corporation — 30 minutes of excerpts from Carmen.
# In 1955, Baby, Let’s Play House became Elvis Presley’s first national chart single, reaching No. IO on Billboard’s country chart.
# In 1957, 16-year-old John Lennon and his group the Quarrymen recorded Baby Let’s Play House and Puttin’ on the Style at a church social in Liverpool. The recording, made on the day Lennon met 14-year-old Paul McCartney, sold at a 1994 London auction for the equivalent of $ 156,000 Cdn.
# In 1964, the Beatles’ first film, A Hard Day’s Night, had its royal premiere at the London Pavilion. The movie opened in North America the following month, grossing $1.3 million in its first week.
# In 1965, Marty Bairn and Paul Kantner formed a folk-rock group that evolved into the Jefferson Airplane, the premier San Francisco psychedelic band of tne late 60s. I he Airplane made its debut the following month at a Haight-Ashbury club. The Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, their first album, was awarded a gold record in 1966.
# Born today in 1956, saxophonist Kenny G, whose name is Kenneth Gorelick.DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG
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