By Buck Traxler, I-O editor
If you watch TV at all and even if you aren’t a fan, you have toknow that Jay (Leno) has departed the screen.
TV talk show huckster Jimmy Fallon finally got to sit in Jay’s seat early last week and takes over full-time after the Olympics. That in itself is not the story line here. The George Mason (GMU) University Media and Public Affairs department announced, and it is the season, that since 1992 Jay has told 43,982 jokes about politicians.
Leading the way with jokes being told about them were presidents Bill Clinton with 4,607 followed by George W. Bush with 3,239.
Somebody at GMU needs to get a real job.
And making a smooth transition, Jay (as in Dr. Taylor is not gone, yet).
By Melissa Huber, I-O Reporter
Mystery has always shrouded the origins of the famous lovers’ holiday, possibly because the Catholic Church recognizes three different saints named either Valentine or Valentinus. This is part of the reason Valentine’s Day has many different origin stories, none of which can be confirmed as the one that started what is now one of the most celebrated holidays.
One of the famous origin stories claims that during the reign of Emperor Claudius II, single men were viewed as better soldiers than those with wives and children. Therefore, marriage was outlawed for young men. Valentine, however, felt this decree was unjust, and continued to perform marriages for young couples in love. When the emperor discovered this, Valentine was put to death.
Joanne Mclean, of Augusta, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on Jan. 31.
A funeral service was held on Feb. 11 at the St. Mathias Catholic Church in Augusta followed by a memorial luncheon. Internment will be held in the Spring in Augusta.
Born in Great Falls on May 12, 1933 she was raised by her parents Kenny and Faith Mclean along with two brothers and two sisters on the Sunny Slope west of Fairfield where she attended school until 1948.Prior to graduating in 1951 her family moved to the Sawtooth Hereford Ranch northwest of Augusta.Growing up, she was very involved with ranch duties as well as being active in many school activities, including being an integral member of the Girl’s State Championship Basketball team in Augusta.