Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
38-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wednesday, August 28, 1974 Lawrence Lamb Dear Dr. Lamb I was born with a short leg. My left leg is several inches shorter than my right. I'm 20 now and about five feet tall, weighing 105 pounds. Also, I have no toes on my left foot. The foot ends about where toes should be. I started walking with crutches at age 2, and when I was 7 was fitted with my first elevated shoe. While I was growing the shoe was elevated regularly. By the time I was 18 my left shoe was built up about 10 inches. It was very clumsy. About a year ago my mother found a great orthopedic shoe specialist. He made a special shoe for me and may I say, Doctor. I was just about ready to cry when he put the shoe on my toeless foot. My right shoe was a black patent oxford, lac- ed type with a half-inch heel. My new left shoe was also all- black patent. It had an ankle strap and laced onto my foot with 12 eyelets. The heel was a full 10 inches and made of aluminum. The platform was solid cork. My foot fitted into a lot of cotton padding. I was surprised how well I could walk with it. Doctor. I am really happy with my unusual shoe. I almost always wear slacks so my shoe is not noticeable. My boyfriend has taught me to dance, and I even go on long hikes with him. Now, the real question I must ask you. Three months ago my girlfriend, who is the same age as I am. was in a very bad automobile accident. She had to have her right leg amputated above the knee. Flashback 1904 The first United States motorist was jailed for a traffic offence, serving five days for speeding at 20 miles an hour. 1920 The 19th Amendment enfranchised women in the United States. 1926 The Russian ship Buryvestnik hit a pier at Kronstadt. killing 300. leaving her with a six-inch stump. She now wears an ar- tificial limb. She walks with hardly a limp. After seeing how well my girlfriend gets along, I wondered if I would be better off if I had my left leg remov- ed and was fitted with an ar- tificial limb. My family doctor says the decision is up to me. I would really appreciate your opinion. Dear Reader That is not a decision you can make without a careful study of the details of the problem. First you need the benefit of an ex- pert evaluation of the problem by a specialist in orthopedic surgery. The condition of your shortened leg makes a lot of difference. This may deter- mine whether or not you would want to keep the knee joint, should it be advisable and you wanted to have sur- gery. It is not a decision that has to be made tomorrow. Why don't you ask your family doc- tor to arrange for you to see an orthopedic surgeon and after you have all the facts as they apply to your particular case then you will be in a better position to make a good decision? If you were my patient I would want a con- sultation with a specialist before trying to help you make your decision. It is important to have good support for your shortened leg or proper replacement if that seems in order. It makes a lot of difference to your spine. If one leg is shorter than the other it puts a strain on all the muscles up the spine as your body tries to balance the ine- quality. So. I do favor being sure that you have taken the right measures now and not delayed too long. Whether it is a built-up shoe or an artificial limb, it is important to have the right balance that means the right length. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on balanced diet, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Balanc- ed Diet" booklet. Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 Your birthday today: Con- solidation is your by-word. Many delicate choices are ahead. Have your resources well organized and firmly controlled. Intuition grows with daily meditation, prayer. Relationships generally flourish this year, despite dis- traction. Today's natives are prudent, self-contained, usual- ly ignore advice. ARIES (March 21-April 19) You profit from inviting good friends to share in new group activities. Fresh contacts promise interesting dis- coveries. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) All day you meet personal issues, settle career plans or resolve conflict between business and family life. Dis- tant communication im- proves; ask questions while you can. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You benefit beyond current expectations from study, research begun now. Pick an area in which you are curious. Include and encourage associates in chores. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Clear up uncertainties in group or organizational finances. Close accounts, demonstrating your skills dur- ing this good working day. Don't pass the buck; added responsibility is likely. Plan further during evening hours. LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct Creative changes are relative- ly easy to make; keep balance by sticking to some routine. Hobbies offer extra pleasure. Let those you love know your true feelings. SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov You more readily manage home and family affairs. Wind up protracted negotiations; convert resources to cash. Prepare for bigger and better events. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec Concentrate on pending business matters, brief journeys, correspondence for easier going in forthcoming mixed conditions. Give sym- bolic gifts expressing your views. CAPRICORN (Dec 22- Jan Methodically clear up, take inventory, ask direct questions about discrepan- cies. Your local environment and enterprises are relatively peaceful. AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Begin with a single idea and build on it as you make a full round of visits or calls. You have a complete story, e-ie WOOPSTOCK IS THE ON If PERSON I KNOW .WHO COULP 6ET CMA5EP FOR THREE SLOCKS 6f AN ABAlONE'. SHORT MBS make reports. You are beginn- much achieved by the end of ing a build-up. Get set! LEO (July 23-Aug Teamwork proceeds rather well if you are willing to join the day. PISCES (Feb 19-March 20) You have much to do, some of which requires discretion. in. You are highly praised for Eliminate neglected items taking care of obligations with first. Resist temptations to grace and care. VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept Associates notice you stop for gossip. Solitary study proves beneficial in later hours. Ask Andy SLUGS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Frank Drzal. age 14. of Bridgeport, Connecticut, for his question: Are slugs related to insects? Whether we like it or not, .Newspaper Enterprise Assn. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN c 1974, The Chicago Tribune Dear Mr. Goren: a recent column you stated: "I am an old-fash- ioned guy who likes to bid what he has." My gripe is that you and other bridge columnists often deliberately do not do that. Specifically, when one player opens and the next player has a fine hand, why does he double, forcing his partner to bid a suit, instead of bidding "what he A. A. Sinclair, Highland Park, Mich. [This question has been awarded the weekly prize.] couldn't agree with you more, provided that the player behind (he opener has a clearcut action. However, suppose the player at your right opens one diamond and you hold: x x KQ x x Ox x x x. Now, you have all three unbid suits and a fine hand, a game is a distinct possibility if you can find a fit. Which suit do you sug- gest bidding? If you overcall one heart, you can't expect partner to bid with: AQxxxx vxx Oxxx Vet you have a good play for four spades. The double tells exactly what you for the unbid suits and a hand of at least opening bid strength. You are announcing three suits with one bid. In effect, you are not asking partner to bid a suit. You are asking him which of your suits he can support. Is there a better way of bidding "what you the course of the deal, one of the cards was accidentally faced. The play- er's partner immediately or- dered a redeal. Is this cor- J. Holt, Harbor Beach, Mich. player was perfectly within his rights. Law 10 of the Laws of Contract Bridge states: "There must be a redeal if, be- and insects in our gardens. Both do a lot of damage to our favorite vegetables. However, though slugs and insects often share the same territory and even dine on the same foods, they are not related to each other. In some cases, an insect chrysalis is shaped somewhat like a slug. But the slug is a slimy slowpoke and the chrysalis will hatch into a lively, very, very different sort of animal. When the sun shines, frisky grasshoppers leap from leaf to leaf, devouring the greenery. They are. of course, insects. After dark, the slimy, slow- poke garden slugs come forth to feed on plants and on small helpings of meat. Slugs belong to a large group of animals called mollusks and their closest cousins are the snails. Some people say that slugs are snails that have lost their shells. This mav be so Vu VVUdL Udl U I f t fourth-hand plays, declarer is cer- because a few Slugs have the tiny remains of shells hidden on their backs. The mollusk right-hand opponent is "known" clan also includes clams and to hold the queen, declarer "dis- oysters, squids and octopuses covers his revoke and corrects it c H with his low card. If, however. A11 the mollusks have Soft, fourth hand produces the queen! boneless bodies With rather declarer corrects his revoke by cljnnprv skins Playing the king. Fourth hand sllPPery SKlns- may retract his queen, and fol- he SiUgS hatch from low suit with any other card, but jellified eggs and the infants are miniature copies of their parents. On the other hand, Though correcting the revoke the insects also hatch from in this manner is strictly within j r the letter of the law, declarer eSSs and some of them should not be allowed to profit develop through StagCS that by it. whether the transgression somewhat resemble those Of fore the last card has been dealt, it is discovered that a card has been turned face up in is an A1 c a t r a z Coup, and how did it get its Simons, White Plains, N. Y. Alcatraz Coup is an at- tempt to locate a key card by means of out and out thievery. It was named not because it orginated on the Rock, but be- cause players who try to pull it belong (here. Consider this situa- tion: Dummy A .110 Declarer Kxx Declarer is in dummy and leads the jack. Instead of following suit from his own hand, however, he discards. Depending on what card tain to score three tricks in the suit. Suppose fourth hand follows with a low card. Now that his phylums. The members of each phylum share a number of outstanding features. Many are either related or descend- ed from common ancestors. The slugs are classified in the phylum Mollusca the soft- bodied ones. As a rule, scientists base their classifications on the adult, mature form of an animal. Caterpillars and chrysalises are immature forms of adult butterflies. True, these infants and teenagers resemble the slow- poke slugs somewhat. But their adults do not. A butterfly, as we know, is a frisky, wide-winged insect with six legs. A slimy, slow- poke slug never gets off the ground and never sprouts any legs. The insects belong in the huge phylum called Arthropoda, a name which refers to their special joints. Together they outnumber all other creatures by far and they occupy a special arthropod class called Insec- ta. Questions asked by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Fun with figures By J.A.H. Hunter exclaimed Joan, pointing to the Candy shelf. "That one's only about a third was inadvertent or not. In tourna- _ ment bridge, a director would the Slugs. Butterflies Start out certainly rule against the offen- as sluggish caterpillars that the price of the candy to its crawl around, devouring their left." Send any questions for this favorite leaves. Later the to: Charles Goren, caterpillars go through a pupa this newspaper. Each Sta8e. forming chrysalises week a prize of a copy of the fnat look somewhat like sleep- n e w Goren's Bridge Com- plete. a value, will be u at a11 stages the awarded for the question basic Differences are very judged the best received. great. Scientists have classified more than a million Charles Goren personally different members of the ____________ cannot undertake to answer animal kingdorn into a few Yesterday's answer: NUT all questions submitted. major groups called phyla, or was 592. Ted looked. "You're he told her. "And you know what? If you take its square from its cube you get seven cents less than 11 times the price of the other one." What were the two prices? Thanks for an idea to Ted Byers, Toronto, Ontario. (Answer tomorrow) IS HONORABLE OPPONENT READY FOR KARATE I ALWAYS USE HEAP TO WIN AT 1 1974 6v NEA. inc.. Reg US Pa! Off. WAND LOIS PO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MOVIE IS ABOUT? 7 THEN WHY ARE YOU WATCH IN6 8-28 WE HE4RP YOU SAY TO KNOW IF WE SHOULP see IT BUGS BVKMY OUR. COMPLIMENTS TO THE WHY DONT YA 1 COME OUT T' TH J KITCHEN TELL HIM 1 PERSONALLY? 5EASTUY SNEAKY OP YOU, :.i BLONDIE TMATS AM AWFULLY BIG GANG FOR JUSTONECAR THIS '.S NOTHING.' WE STILL HAVE TO PICK UP THE BAND HAVE A MICE TIME AT THE DANCE. 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