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1. ENTERTAINMENT: 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'A CHRISTMAS STORY' AND ITS POPULARITY.BRIAN JONES, leg-lamp entrepreneur and owner of A Christmas Story House inCleveland: "Although it was filmed in 1983, 'A Christmas Story' is a holidayclassic that has joined the ranks of 'It's a Wonderful Life' and 'Miracle on34th Street.' The movie is filled with so many memorable scenes and hilariouslines that people instantly recognize, whether it be the tongue stuck on theflagpole, 'I can't get my arms down' or the embarrassing Christmas gift fromAunt Clara. 'A Christmas Story' has become a Christmas tradition for manyfamilies, whether they sit down to watch it together or have the 24-hour TVmarathon playing in the background, providing a soundtrack for the day as theyeat dinner or open presents. It would not be the same for many if a Christmaswent by without seeing Ralphie, his family and friends." Jones can shareinteresting facts and trivia about the movie, its actors and the making ofthis family-favorite film. He also can discuss the "A Christmas Story" 25thAnniversary Celebration & Convention that will take place Nov. 28-29 inCleveland. News Contact: Emily Vincent, Phone: +1-216-912-2848 (10/24/08)

2. HEALTH: IT'S TIME FOR THE FLU SHOT -- EVEN FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS. DR. EDEHLINGER, director and chief public health officer at the UNIVERSITY OFMINNESOTA Boynton Health Service and leading chief health officer in highereducation, can speak about why flu vaccinations are important for collegestudents and the public. He is spearheading efforts to set a Guinness WorldRecord on Tuesday, Oct. 28, for the most flu shots given in a single day: "Aflu shot can save your life. The shots work to not only reduce absenteeism andsickness, but also stop the spread of the virus to susceptible groups. Alongwith raising awareness, this event also allows us to test our emergencyresponse -- to see if we are able to provide 10,000 vaccinations in a day ifwe are ever faced with a mass public health emergency." Ehlinger is boardcertified in internal medicine and pediatrics and has a master of sciencedegree in public health. News Contact: Patty Mattern, Phone:+1-612-624-2801 (10/24/08)

3. RECREATION: BABY BOOMERS DISCOVER BENEFITS OF SAILING. SHEILA MCCURDY,sailing expert and volunteer head of US SAILING's national faculty, an expertgroup of top trainers and school administrators in the country who create andimprove standards and certification at the nation's governing body forsailing: "Baby boomers are more active than ever, and many are continuing tolearn and hone new skills well into retirement. We have found that manyretirees are fulfilling a lifelong dream of getting out on the water andlearning to sail. It is a great way to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors.Learning to sail is particularly popular in fall and winter in warmer coastalclimates that are home to many snowbirds." News Contact: Angie HendersonMoncada, Phone: +1-305-535-2576 (10/24/08)

4. SPORTS: MENTAL TOUGHNESS DURING THE WORLD SERIES. CORY BANK, Ph.D., aPhiladelphia-based sports psychologist, can speak about mental aspects of theWorld Series from the perspective of the athletes and the fans: "The realchampion is the one who gives all he has, constantly working close to hiscapacity at all times. In doing so, one forms the mental attitude of givingall he has -- always." Bank can discuss how athletes maintain their composureand stay mentally tough while in the national limelight playing in the biggestgames of their careers. He can also provide insight as to why fans identifywith sports teams, get so emotionally entrenched, and the impact that winningand losing has to our psyches. News Contact: Amy Grossman, APGG40@aol.comPhone: +1-215-805-0299 (10/24/08)

5. SPORTS: WOMEN AND SOCCER INJURIES. KEVIN PLANCHER, M.D., a leading sportsorthopaedist in the New York metropolitan area: "The number of women'scollegiate soccer teams has increased significantly in the new millennium, tonearly 900, tripling the number of female teams playing in the late 1980s.With so many more player competitions, the number of playing-field injurieshas also increased. What is surprising is that women sustain injuries at arate of 3-8 times that of male players, for reasons that are not yet clearlyunderstood. More than 70 percent of soccer injuries occur in the lowerextremities. Soccer players are particularly vulnerable to ligamental injuriescaused by sudden stopping and starting on the playing field, includinganterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament tears that canresult from the hard twisting and turning moves soccer players are best knownfor." News Contact: Melissa Chefec, Phone: +1-203-968-6625 (10/24/08)

To submit an Opportunity by e-mail: profnet@profnet.comTo consult the ProfNet Experts Database: contact ProfNet by phone: +1-800-PROFNET, ext. 1To share a thought on ProfNet Expert Alerts: profnetalerts@prnewswire.com1. Entertainment: 25th Anniversary of 'A Christmas Story' and Its Popularity 2. Health: It's Time for the Flu Shot -- Even for College Students 3. Recreation: Baby Boomers Discover Benefits of Sailing 4. Sports: Mental Toughness During the World Series 5. Sports: Women and Soccer Injuries


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