Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on December 13, 1996 · 37
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ALBANY (OR.) DEMOCRAT-HERALD FRIDAY, DEC. 13, 1996 3 30 ALBANY (OR.) DEMOCRAT-HERALD. FRIDAY, DEC. 13. 1996 History Net brings the past into the future Until the Internet came along, working in a newspaper newsroom was one of the best ways to experience the excitement of knowing news throughout the world first and the fascination of learning everything from the causes for changing health-care patterns to George Washington's reasons for proclaiming Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Now that same sensation can be as close as your home computer. One of the most interesting ; World Wide Web resources I've found recently for people interested in history is the National Historical Society's History Net ' at http:www. It has something for everyone, is easy to use and is so invitingly designed that it's hard to visit the home page without beginning to click on feature after feature. As I'm writing this column on Dec. 10, six features beckon me to learn more. The summary of 'Hancock's Well-conducted Fizzle informs me that to cut Robert E. Lee's vital rail lines, Ulysses Grant chose one of the Union's proven heroes - "Hancock the Superb." "Drumnadrochit: Caught Between the Loch and a Hard Sell?" tells about how plans Brrs& Bytes t ' Jim ; Magruder S to upgrade visitor facilities at Scotland's Urquhart Castle put the castle's caretakers at odds with the nearby townspeople in Scotland. The castle is a favorite place for visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness monster. The other features are "Wintry Fury Unleashed" (Civil War): "Buffalo Bill's Skirmish at Warbonnet Creek," "Army Surgeon at the Bulge" and "1797: The First Real Election." The weekly features are only part of the page, however. You can access the archives through 10 areas: world history, American history, eyewit ness accounts, personality profiles, great battles of the ages, interviews, historic travel, aviation and technology, homes and heritage and arms, armies and intrigue. Another set of links leads you to an events-and-exhibits guide, an online guide, multimedia and book reviews and the National Historical Society store. There also are links that take you to a history chat area, an articles index and an e-mail connection. If you still haven't found just what you're after, a window that opens into a scrolling list takes you to 12 historical magazines, each with its own content. Civil War history, American history, aviation history, early American homes, military history and women's history are some of the topics to which the publications are devoted. Besides having the potential for hours of. fascinating browsing and research, The History Net is a model of Web-page design if that's one of your interests. It manages to include everything I've listed here and a couple of other items in a page that loads rapidly into your computer and prints out onto less than an 8Vi-inch-by-ll-inch sheet of paper. One of the reasons for the rapid loading is that there are only small graphics on the page. However, its design is so dynamic, it creates an overall view with lots to entice and interest readers. . History and the Internet also are intersecting here in Oregon. The Oregon Historical Society has announced that its research library will be closed Jan. 2-10 to provide greater access to the museum collections on a new society Web site. , . The museum exhibits will remain open for visitors when the library is closed. A news release says the Web site will be online early in 1997 and will provide access to photographs, maps, manuscripts, film footage, oral histories and artifacts. The site also will highlight current museum exhibits, special events and information about the society. I 1 As historical groups commit their records to computers, they no longer have to worry about destruction of the paper documents causing the contents to be lost for posterity. However, new menaces, like computer viruses, are springing up. - If you're concerned about picking up viruses from the Internet, you might want to visit the EliaShim Inc. home page at The site gives information about virus hoaxes and provides alert information about real viruses. It also offers a free download of ViruSafe-WEB, a plug-in for your IBM-compatible browser to protect you during downloads. Additionally, you can purchase EliaShim's full ViruSafe programs for PCs and download updates. If you have computing questions you'd like to have answered in future Bits & Bytes columns, send your e-mail messages to or write to. Jim Magruder at the Democrat-Herald, P.O. Box 130, Albany, 97321. Mid-Valley Online, the Democrat-Herald's World Wide Web site, is at Dogged Disney finds puppy love through interactive Dalmatians BY RIC LEYVA Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Kids hooked on certain cuddly spotted puppies frolicking across movie theater screens coast to coast don't need to go the pet store to continue the fantasy adventure after the closing credits roll. All they need to do is to turn the family PC into a doghouse. "Disney's Animated Storybook: 101 Dalmatians" (Disney Interactive, CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh, $34.95, . for ages 3-7) is a perfect digital playmate for plugged-in preschoolers, taking them on a playful canine cartoon journey. Based on the animated Disney classic, not the live-action remake currently in theaters starring Glenn Close, the CD-ROM features fun sing-alongs and read-alongs telling the tale of Cruella De Vil's plot to skin London's Dalmatian puppies for an extremely politically incorrect fur coat. Baby boomer parents who warmly recall the original "101 Dalmatians" will have a nostalgic blast bonding with their Nintendo generation offspring, building shared experiences the kids can fondly look back on when they grow up. Kids can have the storybook just read aloud to them, but most will go with the Read & Play option, in which cartoon sequences punctuate storytelling and each page is packed with interactive goodies to keep mouse fingers hopping. In the opening scene, Pongo introduces his sleeping human "pet" Roger, after proving he is man's best friend by switching on the automatic coffee maker. Clicking on things in the room brings them to life, such as making the alarm clock ring or using the electric can opener to get Pongo's breakfast. ' In the kitchen, kids can make messes, breaking an egg on the floor or spilling milk, but then they have to grab a sponge and clean up. Having fun can coexist with instruction. I Four built-in games entertain young children while teaching reading, cognitive skills, logic, problem solving and computer operation techniques. Each game has three difficulty levels to keep kids interested. There's a lost dog matching game, a secret code game based on identifying animal sounds and a hidden dog search-and-rescue quest. Munch the Magic Bone in the final scavenger hunt maze and defeat Cruella with dreaded Puppy Breath, While canine narrators tell the story, the text appears along the bottom of each page, so kids can't help but build reading skills. They also can click on highlighted vocabulary words for pop-up definitions doled out in catchy rhymes. j Each page has a Special word in a thesaurus box offering four or five synonyms. Clicking on the stereo, jukebox, radio tower or similar musical source activates the animated sing-alongs, with lyrics on screen to maintain the educational flow during multimedia musical interlude. The side goodies are almost as fun as the game's main activities, such as when a puppy in the park foils a robber trying to steal the coin a little girl tossed into a fountain, or the baby in a stroller who bops a robber on the head when the thug tries to steal his candy. Perhaps the best sidelight comes in the barn scene, where kids get the the rare opportunity to make a skunk take a shower. There's a lot more to "101 Dalmatians" than learning new words, practicing computer mouse navigation, enhancing visual, hearing and memory skills and teaching strategy and logic. There's also puppy love. Cruising Cyberspace View the Internet as the Crow flies Thus spoke the raven: "Buy more." The spooky black bird is back from the dead - again - in "The Crow: The Complete Interactive Collection" (Graphix Zone, hybrid CD-ROM for Macintosh and Windows, ?39.95). Soar on inky wings to an abandoned Gothic cathedral where interactive stained glass windows and shrines lead to explorations of the dark story's central themes, like reincarnation and revenge. View hundreds of film clips, including the infamous "Skull Cowboy" footage cut from the original movie. Visit the shrine to Brandon Lee, who was accidentally shot while filming a gun battle scene for the film and later died. There are also interviews with cast members from- the original Cruise into the Democrat-Herald's film and the sequel, star biographies, and excerpts from the James O'Barr comic book that started it all. Caw, caw. ; Also from Disney Tie-ins. Kids who like "101 Dalmatians" are bound to enjoy "Disney's Animated Storybook: The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Disney's Activity Center: Toy Story," (Disney interactive, CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh, $34.95 each). "Hunchback" (ages 3-9) is similar to "101 Dalmatians" in format and boasts a 360-degree panorama screen of the streets of Paris and the title cathedral. "Toy Story" (ages 5 and up) has the same stunning 3-D graphics that made the film such a hit in a multimedia package of riddles and games boosting math, reading and artistic skills. INTERNET Start Here. 757-0248 Your Internet service provider for: ALBANY "BROWNSVILLE CORVALLIS LEBANON SWEET HOME 928-7704 OR 451-5342 'Phone -926-2211 Fbri More IirfbrmaSon aboiadyertisir onthkpagaj J Ballet marks real community effort BY CONNIE PETTY For the Democrat-Herald CORVALLIS - Annette Youngberg is among the many reasons - about 100 reasons - that Shelly Svoboda decided to stage a second "Nutcracker" in 1994. Tonight and Saturday, Svoboda's third "Nutcracker" production, with Youngberg once again in the role of Mother Ginger, will be presented at the Majestic Theater. The community's first "Nutcracker" of 1996 - a touring production by the Eugene Ballet -was performed last month as a benefit for Opera Theater Corvallis. For 10 years, Svoboda, a former Eugene Ballet dancer, trained mid-valley dance students to perform when the Eugene company presented the holiday favorite in the mid-valley. That gave 40 to 50 young dancers a chance to perform, but all in minor roles. However, Svoboda said, "There's so much talent - not just in the kids, but in the community - and only so many parts in the 'Nutcracker.' " The 1994 "A Nutcracker of Our Own" gave students at Svoboda's Regional School of Ballet (including Youngberg) the opportunity to do major roles. Last year, me renamed Chamber Ballet of Corvallis opened auditions to students in other dance studios, as well as to community performers. "I had always dreamed of pro- The Nutcracker When: 7 p.m. today, Dec. 13; and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Whew: Majestic Theater, 115 S.W. Second St, downtown Corvallis. Tickets: Admission $10, but tickets may be sold out Call Rice's Pharmacy 752-7779. during the 'Nutcracker,' and to have it as a community project, and this year, it really is," Svoboda said. About 100 people are involved, including parents who have sewn costumes, located props and painted a new canvas backdrop. One reason she's performing in the "Nutcracker," Youngberg said, is because it is a truly community-based production. Mother Ginger is "just a fun little dance," she added, but it's always a show-stopper. Costumed in a wide-hooped skirt, Mother Ginger appears on stage, lifts her skirt and allows the dancers to pop out, one by one. "I basically stand and let them show off, then hustle them off stage," Youngberg said. Youngberg, who is 47 and started studying ballet at 30, said she'll never be much of a dancer. But "It's wonderful exercise, and I love the music Dancing was something she always wanted to do. But as the old- 1 ' h -' 1 I 1 --' v-w- . !; .;. .. p-. C1 , r. 1 , a a -k x COM PETTY Amanda Lundy, Rachel Nelles, Devon Walker and Madeleine Bennett dance the Ginger Snaps to Annette Youngberg's Mother Ginger in the Regional School of Ballet's 'Nutcracker.' est of five kids growing up in the Midwest, she never had the opportunity. Youngberg first studied with Robert Irwin through Linn-Benton Community College, then at the Irwin studio. She takes two lessons a week at Svoboda's studio. Youngberg and husband, Dan, a project manager at Hewlett- Packard, have lived in North Albany since 1976. She worked 10 years for Corvallis Clinic and three as research manager with Brad Smith's llama program at Oregon State University before returning to the clinic as the microbiology lab supervisor. "My job nourishes the intellectual side of my brain, and dancing the creative side," Youngberg said. Maricar Drilon Capps and Russell Capps, artistic directors of Rose City Ballet of Hillsboro, will dance the principal roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier Prince. Christine Price dances in the Waltz of the Flowers scene, and shares the Mouse King -role with Loren Sommers of Corvallis. Tickets on sale for family drama CORVALLIS - Another holiday drama awaits mid-valley theatergoers, but Corvallis Community Theater's producton of "All Through the Night" won't open until after Christmas. The family drama will be staged Dec. 27-31 at the Majestic Theater, 115 S.W. Second St., Corvallis. In this story, a group of weary travelers is stranded on Christmas Eve in a small-town train station during a blizzard. A group of children drop by and sing songs they are rehearsing for a local church pageant. The L. Don Swartz play premiered in 1989 in New York, where it was praised as "good theater. ... Before the evening is over you feel many emotions - a whole range that can take you from outbursts of laughter to heartache, compassion and tears." Adult roles are played by Casey Bair, Courtney Hagen, Kay Carroll, Bob Lee, Wendy McCoy, Stacy Pratt, Daniel Ungier, Nick Van Veldhuisen and Jessica White. Child actors are Mandela Black, Hasina Cohen, Gabrielle Hommes, Jeff Lee, Michael Miranda, Jaclyn Moore and Heidi Powell. The show is directed by Dean Kennedy. The children are directed by Louise-Annette Burgess. "All Through the Night" will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28, and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 30-31, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29. Tickets are $7, $5 for seniors and juniors. For reservations call Rice's Pharmacy, 752-7779, or the Corvallis Coin Shop, 754-8455. PJ3 C3 e3 EJ E3 B tJ Tuppy LaPeWm h, (Pol- Hrnrmiinn "WC 77 mm D D D With coupon $2.00 off on bath or U groom. 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