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Katherine Neville was born in St. Louis, Missouri. After college, she moved to New York City and began a career in the computer field.
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In 1980, she moved to San Francisco and eventually became the vice president of the Bank of America.
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TODAY’S MARILYN QUOTEA young man married a beautiful woman who had previously divorced 10 husbands. On their wedding night, she told her new husband to “Please be gentle; I’m still a Virgin”.
”Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered. ” —Marilyn Monroe
__________________________________________________________TODAY’S NAUGHTY LAUGH
“What?” said the puzzled groom. “How can that be if you’ve been married ten times?”
“Well, husband #1 was a Sales Representative; he kept telling me how great it was going to be.
“Husband # 2 was in Software Services; he was never really sure how it was supposed to function; but he said he’d look into it and get back to me.
“Husband # 3 was from Field Services; he said that everything checked out diagnostically but he just couldn’t get the system up.
“Husband # 4 was in Telemarketing; even though he knew he had the order, he didn’t know when he would be able to deliver.
“Husband # 5 was an Engineer, he understood the basic process but he wanted three years to research, implement, and design a new state of the-art method.
“Husband #6 was from Administration; he thought he knew how but he wasn’t sure whether it was his job or not.
“Husband # 7 was in Marketing; although he had a product, he was never sure how to position it…
“Husband # 8 was a Psychiatrist; all he did was talk about it.
“Husband # 9 was a Gynacologist; all he did was look at it.
“Husband # 10 was a Stamp Collector; all he ever did was lick it….. God I miss him.
” But now that I’ve married you, I’m so excited”.
“Wonderful”, said the husband, “but why?
“You’re with the Labor “GOVERNMENT” This time I KNOW I’M gonna get screwed.”
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 22nd MOVE
It seems as though the position is unclear, as White can post a Rook on the f-line and combined with Bb3 bear great pressure on Black’s King side. However, in these sharp positions it is of utmost importance who has the initiative. Black finds an idea based on the potential strength of his Black Bishop, and sacrifices a Rook inorder to be able to create direct threats.
Taking this Rook will bring about a winning attack in short order: 23. bxc3 Qxc3 24. e5 Bxe5 25. Kc1 Qb2 26. Kd2 Rc8 etc. No doubt White had forseen Black’s last move and had prepared a small finesse:
23. Rhf1!? Now if Black moves the Queen White can take the Rook as the increased pressure on the f7-square limits Black’s attacking chances. However, a big surprise awaits him!
23… Rxc2 !! Brilliant!
It is not often that we see a Rook sacrifice followed by a Queen sacrifice! It is very pretty. If now 24. Rxf3 Rxb2 25. Kc1 Rc8 26. Rc3 Bxc3 Black has an unstoppable and winning attack. White instead played the pedestrian 25.KxR but after 25…Qe2ch! the game soon ended.
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