Four random thoughts from recent web wanderings:
While searching for new theories about “sundown syndrome”, I found a website from Forest Laboratories. The website is a thinly veiled ad for combination drug therapy, (Aricept and Namenda). The “sundown” search led me to a link on their page titled; “Helping Your Loved One Be More Cooperative”. Wow.
A privately-owned chimpanzee in Stamford, Conn., viciously attacked a close friend of its owner, tearing at her face and landing her in a critical care unit. Travis the chimp, a veteran of Coca Cola and Old Navy TV ads, was acting out-of-sorts earlier in the day, and was given a Xanax by its owner not long before he went berserk. I think there’s a lesson here…
Speaking of animals, a woman working as a veterinary technician in Salt Lake City was able to capture a fleeing would-be car thief, by halting his escape with a “wedgie”, followed by a headlock. Doesn’t pay to wear those pants low if you’re contemplating a life of crime.
Finally, we are mourning the death of saxophone icon Gerry Niewood, who was killed in the recent plane crash in Buffalo. Niewood, 65, was a native Rochesterian and a childhood friend of Chuck Mangione, whose family has had a long relationship with our home. Gerry played with Chuck on-and-off over the years, and was a “go-to guy” for many luminaries, from Frank Sinatra to Paul Simon. (He was backing up Sinead O’Connor the night she ripped up the Pope’s photo on SNL.) Gerry was a favorite among his hometown fans and we will miss him greatly.