The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 3, 1967 · Page 23
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 23

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 3, 1967
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THE WORLD'S CHAMPION MINIATURE WRITER by Irving Wallace I f James W. Zaharee were writing this piece he could write it in a straight line on a human hair V4 inch long. He has written the 1130 words of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on a hair 2V4 inches long. Under a powerful microscope his lettering is as clear as a line of type. Zaharee attracted world-wide attention when he wrote Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 18 times, the English alphabet 30 times and his own name 34 times on a 2-cent postage stamp, a total of 20,000 characters. To fully appreciate miniature writing one should attempt to write their initials on a hair or on a grain of rice. When Zaharee wrote 9,007 letters on a grain of rice for Robert L. Ripley he won recognition as the world's champion miniature writer. Zaharee was not satisfied. Next he wanted to see how much writing he could put on one side of a rice grain. He started by copying the Declaration of Independence and then found room to add the names of the 13 colonies and the 56 signers, making a total of 7,576 characters. One time an elderly industrialist asked Zaharee to make him a copy of his will on a grain of rice. After reading the finished work through a powerful microscope, he beamed, "I'll bet this is one document they won't tamper with after I'm gone." Who induced him to enter such business? A bull! Not the gentle Ferdinand, as one might suppose, but a real tough bull, who got sore when young Jim Zaharee got a teen-age idea of speeding up work on their North Dakota farm by substituting a motorcycle for the pony to round up the herd. When the bull got through with Jim, Jim landed in the hospital. While recovering in the hospital, Zaharee entered some miniature writing contests. He found his skill so proficient, he went on to win one contest after another. After a short stint at a teachers college in Minot, North Dakota, Zaharee transferred to the University of Michigan. During all of his collegiate days he continued his miniature writing contest endeavors. During the years Zaharee has appeared at all the important state fairs, expositions and even with traveling tent shows, and during this time he has written the names of approximately 250,000 people while they waited for their souvenir grains of rice. The grains of rice are so small that he glues them on cards. It has been estimated that he has written between ten" and twelve million characters on tiny grains of rice since the bull tangled with his motorcycle. To see Zaharee, who has a build of a football player and the hands of a blacksmith, you would never guess he was the world's smallest writer. His best work is 1/2000 the size of average writing. too'- / «.'•• ^ •^-^^ re TOLL HOUSE ROOKIE BRITTLE A delicious variation on America's favorite cookie treat 1 cup margarine 1'... teaspoons vanill 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup Sujjar 1 cup finely chopped Diamond Walnuts 1 6 oz. pkg. (1 cup) Nestle's' Semi Sweet Chocolate Morsels 1'reheat <>ven t<> .')7f> F. Combine margarine, vanilla, and .-~alt in bowl, and blend well. (iradually beat in sugar. Add Hour, Chorolate Morsels, and H i cup Walnuts; mix well. 1'res.-. evenly into ungreased 1IV' x 10" x 1" pan. Sprinkle remaining \\ cup Walnuts over top and pre.v-, in ligblly. B.\KK at: I57.V K. T1MK: 'Jf> minutes, or till golden brown. Cool, then break in irregular pieces. Makes about '1 Ibs. James W, Zaharee, world's champion miniature writer, writes name on a tiny grain of rice which has been mounted on 9 card. MAKES THE VERY BEST CHOCOLATE

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