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THE ENQUIRER LOCAL NEWS FN WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 20. 2004 C5 Hug: Photo turns into television ad for Bush From Page CI "You could see those words hit him so hard - so suddenly." The president drew the girl to his chest and held her. Lynn Faulkner held his new digital camera in the air and snapped one frame in the hopes of getting a picture for the family photo album. "It wouldn't have surprised me if I had gotten his shoes or the sky or something else," he said. But the candid photo turned out clearly. The picture was sent to a few family friends, spread wildly over the Internet and ran in The Enquirer. That's how the Progress for America people found the family and approached them this summer. "People can immediately see in that photo an authenticness," Lynn Faulkner said. "I think that's why the image continues to travel." The Faulkners - along with Prince - agreed to be part of the ad shot at their Mason home in late July. "Brian (McCabe, the group's president) told us they were really excited about sending positive messages instead of ending on a negative note," Faulkner said. In the ad, Ashley Faulkner says: "He's the most powerful man in the world, and all he wants to do is make sure I'm safe, that I'm OK." A new TV ad for Democratic candidate John Kerry also uses the relative of someone who lost a loved one in the terrorist attacks. Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband was killed on Sept. 11, says: "I want to look in my daughter's eyes and know that she is safe, and that is why I am voting for John Kerry." Faulkner said he wrestled with potentially politicizing his daughter's life, but two things made him feel better about the commercial. One is that his wife had been a fan of Bush. Four years ago, she attended a rally in Blue Ash with Ashley and Prince. "This is something she would have approved of," Faulkner said. Also, he doesn't feel the ad is very political. "We're not attacking anyone, saying Kerry is a bum or whatever. We're just saying this is what happened to us, and I don't think that's terribly political," he said. The teenager also had final say. about whether to do the commercial. "Because she is an informed, politically astute young woman ... it was up to her," her father said. Ashley decided she wanted people to know her story. "Most people haven't had the opportunity to stand 18 inches from George Bush and speak to him and form an opinion, and we did," Lynn . Faulkner said. "What we're trying to do is tell anyone who is interested what our feelings were. That's what our TV commercial does." That spontaneous hug might also help Wendy Faulkner's legacy. The ad's Web site links to the Web site of the Wendy Faulkner Memorial Children's Foundation, which distributes clothing, toys and other goods to missions in the Philippines and Africa. Most of all, the moment continues to help Ashley, said her father. "When (Bush) wrapped his arms around her and pulled her to his chest, she really did show more feeling and more pain than she had in the past three years. She said it was one of the first times she had felt safe since her mother's murder," he said. That event was like a special little private gift to her." The Associated Press contributed. E-mail mdownsenquirer.com Complaint to be filed on Issue 3 signs The Enquirer Yes on 3, the campaign to repeal Article XII, plans to file a complaint today with the Ohio Election Commission charging supporters of Article XII with displaying yard signs that contain false statements and violate Ohio election laws. The sips that are the object of the complaint read, "Save Civil Rights and Marriage, No on 3," were paid for and distributed by Sam Malone, chairman of Equal Rights, No Special Rights, Yes on 3 officials said. "It's no accident that the sign would lead a reader to believe that the Issue 3 is the gay marriage a-mendment," Justin Turner, Yes on 3 campaign manager, said. Issue 3 has nothing to do with gay marriage - it's about protecting gays from discrimination in housing and employment in Cincinnati, he said. Laura Randall, Yes on 3 communication director, said the complaint regarding die yard sign will be filed today in Columbus. 1 Straus: 100 years young soon From Page CI He started volunteering -"when I was young and pretty" - at Jewish and Bethesda North. He's donated 11,387 hours of his time. "I've never met a more selfless man," said Karen Calligandes, Jewish Hospital's gift shop manager. "I hope his spirit for helping others and bringing a smile rubs off on the young people who come into the store." Ever the quipster, Straus has puckish advice for anyone wanting to reach the century mark: Stand on your own two feet "I do," he said, standing behind the gift shop's cash register. "And after all these years, they're not flat" Stick around for the long haul. He's been married to Mar-go, 88, his one and only love, for 65 years. "It was love at first sight When I asked her if it was love at first sight for her, she didn't say yes, she didn't say no. After 65 years, I figure it's yes." Eat right "I never take vitamins," he said. "I just eat whatever she cooks," he added with a nod to Margo. "John eats lots of vegetables," she said. "But he is a meat-and-po-tatoes man." With a sweet tooth. "I can't keep him away from sugar," she sighed. "To him a meal isn't complete without dessert." His favorite: Rice pudding. Exercise. "When he's not volunteering," his wife noted, "John rides a stationary bike 30 minutes a day." Stay healthy. "I don't have arthritis. I've never had a cataract," Straus said. He only takes two medications, a blood thinner and a baby aspirin. Honor your parents. "My mother lived 98 years and 10 months. People tell me: 'Living long is in your genes.' I tell them: 'I don't wear jean's." Keep the customer satisfied. With every purchase, everyone gets a gift, a zinger or a compliment To the doctor buying one stamp, Straus asked: "Just one? Can you afford it?" To nurse Chris Holmes, who told Straus she was a 31-year veteran at Jewish, he remarked: "Can't be. You're just a teenager." Holmes laughed and stepped back to gaze in wonder at the soon to be 100-year-old man. "He's amazing," she said, Tve never seen him have a sad day." Accentuate the positive. Margo and John Straus got married in their native Cologne, Germany, on Jan. 8 and 11, 1939. The first was before a swastika-wearing government toady. A rabbi performed the second ceremony. They tried to leave the country for Australia and Trinidad. No deal. They got on a waiting list to come to America, but their numbers never came up. Their luck changed, Margo said, "on Aug. 27, when we left for England." Five days later, Hitler launched World War II. During the war, they had no inkling about the horrors Hitler created with the Holocaust "We only learned about the Holocaust after the war," Margo said. "We never thought we would never see our family again. We lost 80 family members, cousins, aunts, uncles. And my mother." In England, they found work as domestics. Straus scrubbed floors on his hands and knees. He broke "chunks of coal into little pieces. I had never done work like that" Someone else might have found that work demeaning. But not John Straus. "It didn't bother me," he said. "When I came home, I took a bath and I was still the same person." They had bad days in Nazi Germany before the war and in England during the war. When they came to America, they struggled to make ends meet and raise a family on $35 a week. Through it all, John told his wife what he believed in his heart: "Tomorrow will be better." 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