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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon Friday. September 21, 1973 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD -7 by charles schuiz Ask Andy SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 Your birthday today: Marks the onset of self-questioning, the search for truth and 'sincerity in yourself and others, which may awaken la- tent powers of extended perception. Material affairs -are complex, perhaps difficult in the coming few months, but can be handled. Relationships 'are subject to interruptions, conflict, as you see life in -fresh perspective. Today's natives are collectors, usually Of items of scientific or other specialized interests. ARIES (March 21 April If you don't need a par- ticular object immediately, don't buy it. Confidential deals can be made with good' prospects. Restrict social adventuring to simple, well- known situations. TAURUS (April 20 May Your basic tendency is to overstate your case, force issues in family matters with a good chance you'll have regrets later. Use the energy to settle old accounts. GEMINI (May 21 June It probably seems to you that everybody is just too ex- travagant, both in spending and in personal expression. Suggestions from all sides are apt to be unworkable. CANCER (June 21 July Favor economical sizes and models, against a prevail- ing bent to wastefulness. Friends are apt to be in tur- moil over local social-political issues. Think before taking sides. LEO (July 23 Aug. Career interests and family concerns run to conflict with no easy compromise within reach. Accept last minute changes of schedules. Pay attention to loved ones. VIRGO (Aug. 2o sept. Whatever you work at today, let it be in the open, well observed, and correct from the outset. Background con- ditions are likely to provide surprises with just a little in- quiry. LIBRA (Sept. 23 Oct. An air of expectancy wafts through the day and night; however, nothing is going to be either as terrible or as perfect as you anticipate. Don't neglect weekend routines. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Differences of opinion, stiff competition or rivalry are the normal order of the day. Be a good loser if you must, and prepare for another round. If you win, don't gloat. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. Creative pursuits preferred, and less apt to open the door for difficulticulties. Forcing business issues yields a poor return. Staying home is prescribed over travel. Learn something of importance. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. You now have an edge, which should be used to ad- vantage. Be up and about early, put a stop to casual waste of time and resources. Compete vigorously. Avoid overindulgence. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Patience! No very close co-operation is going to be smooth today. Old friends, old times come to remembrance. Visiting is quite rewarding, offers new perspectives. PISCES (Feb. 19 March Select, where you can, things to do which require no help from others. Avoid strenuous or hazardous ac- tions. Advancement comes from unlikely sources. (1973, The Chicago Tribune) WHAT'S ELECTRICITY? Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Diane Sanders, age 14, of Channelview, Texas, for her question: What exactly is electricity? We know how to generate it and we most certainly know how to make use of it. Scien- tists can explain what is necessary to make it work. They also explain that electricity is a form of energy. But nobody can say what it actually is. In fact, people learned how to generate and use it long before they knew the first thing about what goes on behind the scenes. Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I'm pret- Environmental influences ty hung up about this, and I take over then. That means figured you could help me out. any illness which might occur, I'm referring to the column or the nutrition that s you wrote about the 14-year- old guy who was concerened with his small size. You advis- ed him not to lose his head un- til he was the same size and two years older. I'm a little past 16 and I'm only 5'2" and weigh about 110 pounds. My folks say it's a "stupid thing" to worry about not being able to keep up with kids my own age because of my size. I'm worried, stupid or otherwise, and I eat the same food as the rest of the family, which seems healthy enough, so it must be me. If you suggest a pro, also suggest how to talk parents into it. They aren't accustom- ed to spending dollars on "stupid things." Reply through the paper, if possibke, because if Mom or Dad finds this letter of yours I'll get the hassle of my life. Thanks a heap. Dear Reader One problem of being small is not being able to keep up physical- ly with one's own age group. In our sports-minded society this can be a real blow, so it is not just a "stupid thing." All people aren't destined to toe the same size, and being small doesn't mean that one's abnormal. A number of small, people have been giants in their profession, or even in -history. The size one achieves and the rate of growth is related to inherited factors. The blueprint for body development is already there .the instant the first lusty wail is made in the delivery room. Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER "It's amazing how you remember numbers and said Charlie. "I wish I could." Ron smiled. "Just one of those he declared. "You find a gimmick. Take that number, for example. It's one more than six times the product of its last two figures." Sound simple! What was the number? Yesterday's answer: SUBWAY was 102647. Mr. Hunter answers all letters: ideas welcomed. LI1ABNER available. If a person doesn't have ade- quate nutrition, particularly proteins, in the growth phase it's true that growth may be delayed or stunted. I doubt that's the problem in your case, judging from your com- ments. You are probably not growing. Many people con- tinue to grow in height into their early 20s. One major fac- tor in determining height is the length of the leg bones. When they finally completely calcify so they can't continue to grow, then maximum height is achieved. You are quite a bit short of that age group yet. You may have a late spurt. I'm not overly concerned about your size at your age, if the rest of your development is normal. A boy should start showing definite male development by the time he is 16 or 17 years of age. This means normal sexual development, hair dis- tribution, body build, beard growth and other characteristics induced by the normal production of male hormone. If he doesn't, he definitely should see a specialist, or as you say, a pro in the endocrinology field a gland specialist. Your family doctor ought to be able to look at you fairly quickly and determine whether you have delayed puberty or are just slow in skeletal growth. He can re- quest your parents to refer you to a specialist if you really need to see one. Incidentally, you can grow quite tall and have delayed or absent sexual development, so the two are not synonymous. If you are unable to see a family doctor, get your school athletic coach to say something to your parents about it. It may be that you are going to end up short, but I would like to reassure you that the time span for your usual growth phase is far from over. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) 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. Basically, electricity is a form of energy that a tiny atom uses to hold itself in shape. Down in the mini-world of atomic particles, there are two opposite kinds of electrical energy called positive and negative. Each proton particle in the nucleus bears a positive charge. Each electron" particle, orbiting the nucleus, bears an equal and opposite negative charge. The secrets of our electrici- ty are in the little electron. In a cloud chamber, this in- visibly small particle leaves a trail which proves that it bears a negative charge. It has been estimated that the number of these midgets in a' pound is two followed by 15 zeros. The energy of one electron is negligible. But the combined energy of billion-billion electrons can be harnessed to keep a light bulb burning for one hour. The trick is to pry zillions of electrons from their atoms and organize them to move in the same direction. Some atoms are more helpful in this matter than others. For ex- ample, our electrical wires are made of copper because each copper atom has one rather loosely attached electron. It can be jolted free and made to march in an electric current. The jolting is called voltage. It pushes zillions of electrons through a wire circuit. In a battery, the voltage jolt is provided by chemicals. In a generator, it is produced when copper coils cut continuously through the field of energy around a magnet. An electric current gets going when the two ends of a wire loop are connected to the battery or generator. The wire must be an unbroken circuit. Nobody knows exactly how volttage power pushes zillions of energetic electrons through a wire circuit. But it does and we can make it work to give us different types of electric current. In direct current, the moving electrons march together in the same direc- tion. In alternating current, they march in step, jogging back and forth at so many times per second. In some miraculous way, the combined energy of teem- ing electrons charge the wire circuit with electric current. Along the circuit, we set up outlets and plug into this electrical energy. Giant generators have enough voltage power to push teeming electrons through wire circuits hundreds of miles long. Most of them are adjusted to generate alter- nating current, in which the electrons jog to and fro. Chances are, the billions of energetic electrons that light a reading lamp jog back and forth sixty times every second. Andy sends a seven-volume set of The Chronicles of Nar- nia to Alan Roberts, age 10, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, for his question: Which is the highest mountain in the world? The people of Tibet live on its high shoulders and call it Chomolungma. The people of Nepal, who also live on its slopes, call itSagarmatha. We call it Mount Everest, in honor of the first man who measured it and proved that it is the highest mountain in the world. In the 1800s, Sir George Everest said that the topmost peak of the mighty mountain stands feet higher than the level of the sea. No other mountain can match it. Several other surveyors measured it later. Some say it is 29 028 feet and others that it is feet tall. Everybody agrees that it is higher than 29 000 feet, which is about five and a half miles. Mighty Mount Everest stands on the shoulders of the high Himalayas. It lies north of In- dia, on the frontiers of Tibet and Nepal. And nobody climb- ed to its topmost peak until 1953 Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) SHOW ORIGIN Horse shows and riding competitions evolved from the desire of hunt members to compare horses and riding skills GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN 1973, The Chicaso Tribune North- South vulnerable. South deals. 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