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Merge Wright Texting has been here for centuries I started texting back in the last century.
Merge Wright Texting has been here for centuries I started texting back in the last century.

Texting has been here for centuries

I started texting back in the last century.

Don Wright Columnist Springboro Sun

When I began I did it in cursive and it took me forever to make sure all the letters were perfect. I’d write three sen- tences and take a break, have a cherry Coke, a nickel bag of chips and a

couple of penny candies. Cursive wasn’t the way to go. Texting was difficult in the old days. I final- ly found a used typewriter for $5 and was hyped that I’d be able to type my texting. What a break through. I stayed up nights learn- ing the Qwerty keyboard and it wasn’t easy push- ing those keys down about three inches to get the

letter to hit the paper. Once my text was complete, I’d put it in an en- velope, buy a 3-cent stamp and if it was going out of town, buy an airmail stamp for an extra penny and write AIRMAIL on both sides of the envelope and put it in the big blue mailbox across the street. Sometimes I’d write “FLY IT” on the envelope instead (That was cooler). A few days later my text would be received and enjoyed by my father who lived in Rochester, N.Y. He’d sit down and text me back and about three or four days later I’d receive his text. He caught on quick and would write “FLY IT” on his too. Quite a bit of work went into texting back then. Like a lot of young kids I’d write/text short sto- ries, funny stuff and goofy poems for school. Notes/texts in school were passed from one to another during class and in the hallways. They were the social communication method of the day. I remember a note/text in fifth grade that was handed to me in the hallway by some girl, it said, “Cynthia thinks your cool.” I’m still texting today as evidenced by this col- umn. And yes, I do text a lot on my cell phone when looking for quick answers and not wanting to get involved in a five-minute phone conversa- tion with how are you, how’s the family, how was your weekend, etc. Who would have ever guessed that phone tex- ting would be an enormous hit. Not to mention all the texting on Face Book that happens 24/7. News today is instant. When the alarm goes off at 5 or 6 a.m. every morning I grab my smart phone off the night stand and read the Detroit Free Press, USA Today, check for text messages and email that came in overnight, get the temp and weather for the day and then proceed to the kitchen for green tea and the Dayton Daily News in print form. Hope to have an I-Pad in the near future to do it all including books, magazines, videos, newspa- pers and more. Some disagree but it’s the future. Ask any youngster today.

I haven’t bought a CD in years downloading all my music and backing it up on CD and external HD. With Time Warner’s Turbo I can download 12 songs in just a couple of minutes. If I subscribed to their Extreme program I could do it in a few seconds. Extreme will download a whole movie in less than 30 seconds. Do you remember in the 90s when it took three or four minutes for a black and white picture to download? In church one Sunday I was reading the lesson for the day off a teleprompter, but car- rying a Kindle with the lesson on it in case the teleprompter failed. Texting and batteries are here to stay. LOL

Roosters Restaurant in the Springboro Point Shopping Center is supporting the Springboro Community Assistance Center (food bank) next Tuesday, Apr. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring four canned goods and get $2 off your bill. There will be door prizes, give-a-ways, karaoke, dancing and all kinds of fun. Other items needed are cereals, cleaning supplies, TP, paper goods and gas cards. Wendy Ford, Director of the SCAC will be with us to answer any questions and let everyone know what they are doing for people in our community and how many families they’re helping which are way up during the current recession. I’ll be your emcee and provide the hits from yester year right through today. Come join us and support this great cause for our city. A special thank you to Bobbi Joe and the Rooster’s staff for making this special event happen. They care about our community.

Tomorrow is Good Friday, many churches have come together for a cross walk from the Presbyte- rian Church on N. Main St. to the United Church of Christ at the end of the historic district on S. Main St. You’re welcome to join us at 12 noon and make the walk with us. It’s only 1.3 miles and we’ll have police protection on the road during the walk. And don’t forget Easter Sunday please take your family to the church of your choice to worship our Risen Lord. It’s a joyous celebration with many churches offering Easter Egg hunts for the kids and brunch for everyone after the serv- ice. Happy Easter everyone.

Merge Wright’s email address is: mergewright@ya-

Springboro Sun,

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Dr. L. Joseph Rubino locates office at MVH EduCare Center

Orthopaedic physician specializes in knee and shoulder surgery


In March, Dr. L. Joseph Rubino opened his practice to the Miami Valley Hospital EduCare facility located at the Springboro High School. Rubino is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery with Wright State Physicians, who specializes in knee and shoulder surgeries. “We moved there because the patients that we were seeing

“We moved there because the patients that we were seeing Dr. L. Joseph Rubino were having

Dr. L. Joseph Rubino

were having to travel from the Springboro area to Middletown or up to Miami Valley Hospital,”

Dr. Rubino said. Rubino, who is from Maryland, came to Ohio to do his residency training and stayed on as faculty with Wright State Physicians. He was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2008 and has his sub- specialty certification in orthopaedic sports medicine. He works as an orthopaedic consultant for the University of Dayton in addition to being an orthopedic doctor for the Springboro High School. He currently is at the Miami Valley Hospital EduCare facili- ty every other week. To book an appointment with Dr. Rubino, call the Atrium Medical Center at (513) 705-4201.

WCCS names new executive director

The Board of Trustees of Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS) welcomes Tom Salzbrun to the position of Executive Director effective Apr. 1. Salzbrun will be responsible for leading WCCS’ efforts to sup- port the Warren County commu- nity. “We are very pleased to have found someone with Tom’s back- ground and skills,” said Dr. Charles Peckham, Chairman, WCCS Board of Trustees. “He is committed to leading WCCS in providing services to our com- munity.” Salzbrun succeeds Larry Sargeant who retired Mar. 31 after 38 years of service. Salzbrun brings his experi- ence at Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity as Executive Director, at Deaconess Long- Term Care as Director of Facilities and Materials

Long- Term Care as Director of Facilities and Materials Tom Salzbrum Management and 25 years at

Tom Salzbrum

Management and 25 years at St. Joseph Orphanage as Associate Executive Director. “Quality services and improved lives: this is the last- ing legacy to the steadfast lead- ership of Larry Sargeant.

Despite the uncertain economic times in which we currently live, I am confident that through the sheer capacity of our staff, the strength of our board and volunteers, and the will of our community, WCCS will find new ways to transcend the difficul- ties of today and achieve the potentialities of tomorrow.” said Mr. Salzbrun. WCCS is a nonprofit, charita- ble organization serving Warren County. It is the premier provider of social services to seniors, children, families, serv- ing more than 10,000 people annually. The agency sponsors Aging Services, Early Learning Centers, Energy Assistance, Family Services, Meals on Wheels, RSVP, Weatherization, and more. The agency employs more than 150 individuals with an annual operating budget of $8.2 million.

Use caution when using public Wi-Fi

BBB says nonsecured networks could be vulnerable to hackers

Protecting your iden- tity is important and with Wi-Fi networks popping up nearly everywhere, many peo- ple don’t realize the dangers that come with using public Wi-Fi con- nections. Wi-Fi hotpots, like coffee shops, libraries, airports, hotels and universities, are breed- ing grounds for hack- ers. You should be cau- tious before using non- secure wireless net- works or sending per- sonal information via unencrypted Web sites. When surfing on non- secure Internet con- nections, personal information, private documents, contacts, photos and even login information are up for grabs as other network users are capable of seeing what’s being sent. To confirm Internet connections are secure, the BBB and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advise you:

Make sure connec- tions are protected by unique passwords. If a Wi-Fi hotspot doesn’t ask for a password, the Internet connection isn’t secure. If a hotspot asks for a pass- word just to grant access, proceed as if the connection were unsecured. Only trust home and work Internet connections protected by cus- tomized user pass- words. Wi-Fi hotspot connections with generic passwords are

words. Wi-Fi hotspot connections with generic passwords are vulnerable to hackers. ■ ■ Know transmitted

vulnerable to hackers. Know transmitted information should be encrypted. When send- ing personal informa- tion, like addresses and credit card and Social Security num- bers over the Internet, make sure the Web site is fully encrypted and the network is secure. Look for https (the “s” stands for secure) at the beginning of the URL address to con- firm its security. Don’t stay perma- nently logged-in to wireless hotspots. Never leave your Internet connection running while your computer is unattend- ed and make sure to log-off after every use. Change your pass- words frequently. When creating new accounts,

make sure you use dif- ferent passwords. Don’t use the same password for different sites. If one password is hacked, the chances of other accounts being hacked become greater with repeated pass- words. Contact the BBB for more advice on securi- ty scams. Visit or call (937) 222-5825 or (800)


You can also learn more about protecting your privacy online and what to do if your information is compro- mised by visiting www.OnGuardOnline.g




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