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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, Dectmbvr 17, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I just had a yearly chest X ray and it was described as un- remarkable. The report then said there was a prominent right pericardia! fat pad. What does this mean and what should I do about it? I'm 60 years of age, 5-foot 4, and weigh 165. I know all about dieting, but am never successful at it. Dear Reader To paraphrase Mark Twain's remarks on stopping smoking, you know all about dieting, you have dieted so often to lose weight. You are on the right track about what the pericardial fat pad means. One of the places fat accumulates is on membranes, like the membranes between the intestinal loops. The pericar- dium is simply a membranous sac around the heart. You have an accumulation of fat there. This does not mean the fat is in the heart muscle or even that there is fat in the arteries to the heart muscle. It is a reflection of your weight problem. It is true, though, that people who have obesity problems tend to have more health problems. The way to eliminate the fat pad is to eliminate all of your excess fat. The key to being successful, when you know all about dieting, is consistency. You might find that a good well- balanced diet that isn't too strict will help over a long period of time. For help, you can write to me at P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019, and ask for my booklet on losing weight. Send 50 cents to cover costs. Dear Dr. Lamb I am 15 years old and starting high school I like sports and all of the sciences. I plan to become a doctor I'm doing well in everything except sports. No matter how hard I try, I'm still no good. I do all of the warm-ups and exercises re- quired to the utmost of my ability. I even work out at home, on my own time, lifting weights, jogging, and stuff like that. I'm still no good, no matter how hard I try. Am I leaving something out, or is something wrong with me physically? Dear Reader We all have various levels of ability in different fields, sometimes called talent. One person has a musical talent and can play instruments or sing with ease, another has an inborn art talent. The level of one's inherent ability determines whether it is easy or hard to do something. The same applies to sports. You can improve your ability by proper training. Some people have muscle fibers that have a quick twitch, and others a slow twitch. These differences are important in tasks involving speed. I suspect that a great deal can be done to improve an in- dividual's coordination, speed, and responses. A person low on talent may need special physical-type training as analogous to special reading classes for youngsters with handicaps in reading. Not much is done about it because the emphasis is on the individual who already has a talent that can be developed. In any case, being a slow learner in the sports field does not mean there is anything wrong with you physically. It means sports achievement will be much harder for you. Flashback By The CANADIAN PRESS 1792 The first assembly for Lower Canada opened at Quebec. 1843 Charles Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol was published. 1914 The British govern- ment proclaimed Egypt a protectorate. 1939 The German battleship Graf Spec was scuttled. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF Both vulnerable. South deals. NORTH QJ105 876 AJ9 WEST EAST K 632 SOUTH A9874 AQ 5432 4K3 The bidding: South West North East 1 Pass 3 PaSs 4 Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: King of There is nothing magical about the way an expert de- clarer goes aoout making a seemingly impossible con- tract. All he does is carefully weigh all the evidence he has available, and then draw the logical inferences there- from. Consider this hand. North was perhaps a point short for his jump raise of his partner's opening bid, especially since his hand did not contain the vestige "of a ruffing value. However, no other bid appealed to him, and there is no denying the quality of his trump support. West made his natural lead of the king of diamonds, and East made the techni- cally correct play of over- taking with the ace and re- turning the ten. West over- took with the jack and cashed the queen to com- plete the defensive book. East discarded a low heart. At this point, it seemed that West could safely exit with his fourth diamond and wait for declarer to take a losing trump finesse. How- ever, West looked deeper into the situation. If he led his fourth diamond, declarer would ruff in dummy. When East could not overruff, West would become marked with the king of trumps. Therefore, it would be point- less for declarer to take the trump would be bound to lose. South's only hope would be to play the trump ace and hope that West had a singleton king. To prevent that, West elected to shift. Since he did not relish the prospect of breaking the club suit, he selected a heart despite the fact that his partner had shown no interest in that suit. Declarer won in dummy, and now it was his turn to don his thinking cap. He reasoned that since West knew declarer held the remaining diamond, and since a glance at dummy was sufficient to convince any de- fender that, if East held the king of spades, he could be finessed out of it, the obvious play for West was to lead a fourth round of diamonds and allow East to score his king by overruffing dummy. The fact that West had shift- ed meant that he knew that East could not hold the king of trumps, and the only way he could be sure of that was if he held the king himself! Logically, therefore, de- clarer had only one play. He led the queen of spades, just in case East did have the king and covered, and West had misdefended. But when East followed with a low spade, South hopped up with the ace and brought the king tumbling down, thus making his game. Your horoscope ly Jeane Dixon WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 Your birthday today: Finds you discarding unrealistic dreams and plans, planning more pragmatic programs and taking on much greater personal responsibility than you've had in a long time. 'Relationships survive well, and sustain you through moments of stress and challenge. Today's natives are particularly tactful, have potential literary talent. Many have been leaders in religion politics or civic welfare. ARIES (March 21-April Communication improves. Use it to renew contacts and make deals for your future. Publishing in all forms is favored, particularly in areas with new concepts. TAURUS (April 20-May Go after influential people whose opinion you value. They can be helpful subtly and overtly. Seek settlements of pending matters; give time to serious study. GEMINI (May 21-June Bring others up to date. Find out what you can do to improve local conditions. Gifts convey your feelings better than words. CANCER (June 21-July Your work and attitudes have probably come to the atten- tion of important people. Improvement of property is favored and yields extra benefits. Add to your savings. LEO (July 23-Aug. Pre- sent your creative efforts to those who lead large enterprises and to whatever audience you can reach. Ex- pect an interested response. Learn something new. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Write your own ticket today. Work efficiently and keep details straight to create a future opportunity for hourself. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. You can sell any idea in the right place. Your judgment in selecting and the effort you're willing to invest are critical. Business travel is favored. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Voice your impressions in front of serious listeners. You can work out beneficial agreements in most areas of daily living. Make construc- tive competition. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Call on significant contacts. If you have nothing to sell or aren't quite ready, be a broker for somebody else. You don't have com- petition. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Clear up confusion on business or financial details; full discussion is needed in at least one place. A diligent search now turns up useful surprises. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Press forward in your special interest campaign. Intuition comes in sharp and clear on essential issues if you let it. Gather associates for a lively debate. PISCES (Feb. 19-March You can persuade a few well placed people to adopt your ideas. Get as much done as possible with as little publicity as can be managed. Discretion goes a long way. Ask Andy METRIC SYSTEM HISTORY Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Jim McGillis, age 14, of Kingston, Ont., Canada, for his question: Who thought of the metric system? In the 1880s, a small portion of France was donated to become the international home of the metric system. The famous place is at Sevres, near Paris. Here, world scien- tists carry on superfine work in the tricky business of weights and measures. Here, every six years the inter- national General Conference on Weights and Measures meets to survey progress and possible improvements. v Our remote ancestors invented units of weight, length and volume as they took up building, handcrafts, swapping and trading. The planet earth does not provide these neat units, so various tribes and early nations invented different units of their own. In time, as trade and travel became more com- mon, these various measuring systems led to a lot of desperate confusion. Obviously the logical answer was a set of standard units to be used by all nations. Strange to say, so far as we know, nobody suggested a possible improvement until 1670 In that year, Gabriel Mouton suggested units related to a global circle. He was the vicar of St. Paul's church at Lyons. The next year. Jean Picard, another logical Frenchman, suggested a very similar idea. These two men started the move toward a simplified system of international weights and measures. But they did not live to see their ideas blossom into the metric system For more than a cen- tury, scholars wrestled with the possibilities. At last, in 1791, the Paris Academy of Sciences presented a basic plan to the French National Assembly. This plan was based on the meter and the kilogram and used the logical decimal system of tens. Though refinements were made later, it was the basis for the modern metric system. Numerous scholars and teams of scholars worked through several generations to make it possible. Obviously the metric system is the logical answer to a lot of age-old confusions. One would expect the world to welcome and adopt it without further ado. But, as we know, many nations still lag behind. Someday, they promise, we must give up our bewildering old weights and measures and adopt this newfangled metric system. Meantime, the International Bureau in France toils to make the neat metric system even more precise. And one by one the nations of the world adopt the excellent system and discard their ancient con- fusions. Questions askad by chil- dren of Herald renders 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 Each distinct letter in this addition stands for a par- ticular but different digit. It's very easy, so just dis- cover what POPS must stand for. STOP DO Thanks to L. D. Barton, Waco, Texas. (Answer tomorrow) STOP DO STOP POPS Yesterday's answer: Two stamps at eight cents, five at five cents. 13 at three cents. Mr. Hunter answers all letters: ideas welcomed. I UHAT HAPPEN IF I TRIEPTOMAKE FRIENP5 WITH THAT STVPIP CAT POOR... I COUIP SHOW AW WILL W EKTENPIN6 PAW IN FRIENDSHIP SHORT MBS MA9 THE OLD CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ANY MORE. I PFCORATED A NIIC6- LITTLE TREE .WITH POPCORHI STRUNG MYSELF ANP NOBODY EVEN NOTICED IT SHOULD, HAVE USED CANDLES. ITS PRETTY PARK IN THE CHAM8EP HI AND LOIS IT'LL SURE LOOK" NEAT WHEN YOU IT ALL PAINTED UP, BUGS BUNNY HOW ABOUT ALL THAT HOMEWORK YA YA HAD T'oof ALL THE INFORMATION IS RECORDED AND WILL FILTERED THROUGH MY SUBCONSCIOUS WHILE I EVER HAPPENED f KEAPIN', WRITIN; AN' ARITHMETIC? BLONDIE IT'S SO HARP TO 6ET DA6WOOD GOING IN THE MORNING IT TOOK MEAN HOUR TO GET XtHIM OUT OF BED, DOWN TO BREAKFAST, AMP OFF TO WORK NOW IVE GOT TO CALL HIM ARCHIE DOESN'T THAT IDIOT DADDY, YOU KNOW SLAMMED IT'S ALL THE DOOR. "S QUIET IN ARCHIE'S ON THE CANAPUS; HE SAID HE'S A STUDENT AND HE'S DEMONSTRATING DADDY, YOU DIDN'T LET HIM HE'S '------------s. DEMONSTRATING VACUUM J HAGAR THE HORRIBLE King Syndicate, Inc. 1974 BEETLE BAILEY CAN'T I A BEER y WOULD HE BUT i CAN'T OPBN CAN iz-n IT PAV5 TO HAVE A MASTER Lll ABNER TUMBLEWEEDS T- LETS QUITfr SHE'S LOCKING UP. NOTHING UNUSUAU HAPPEMED ALL DAy YOU THIMK THERE UWUSUAL. A60UT THOSE PAMSIES SLIPPING OUT FROM UNDER THE DOOR VERy WELL, THEN- I'LL PAMPER you By FOLLOWING THEM THEV AINT OONNA STEAL NO POTENTIALS IP I KIN HPLP IT.1 KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN WHILE I'M GONE, Pf PUTYJ PVERY0NES A POTENTIAL THIER PONT WORRY! A ;