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Have you seen the television commercial for Snickers candy bars? A group of young men in their 20s are playing football with none other than 88-year-old actress Betty White. Grouchy and off her game, White takes a bite of a Snickers bar and magically transforms into a young man. Meanwhile, another player is losing steam. Guess what? He s Abe Vigoda.


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For the last century, vacations have been a part of life in America. Whether ' at the beach, drink in hand, or barreling down the interstate in search of roadside attractions like the world's biggest ball of yarn, destinations symbolic of our desire for rest and relaxation dot the nation's landscape.


After 40 years in the same house, Roberta Gosselin says, We had a huge accumulation. The house, basement, and storage shed out back were full of things she and her husband had accumulated over the years.

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White House Curator James Ketchum had the holy grail of museum jobs. From 1963 to 1969, he served three presidents and managed a priceless collection of artifacts that told the story of the world s best-known house and the families that lived there.


It s probably the world s most famous address 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue an 18-acre plot of carefully manicured grounds on which stands a Georgian-style mansion. The National Park Service lists it simply as Reservation No. 1. First Lady Dolly Madison called it the President s Castle, but most know it as the White House.


It s one thing to hear about an Erickson community; it s quite another thing to experience it for yourself.