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Q&A: London in 1967 was site of first hospice facility, St. Christopher's

First hospice: London in 1967

How, when and where did hospice health care begin?

British physician and humanitarian Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of St. Christopher's Hospice in London in 1967, is considered the founder of the modern hospice movement. The word hospice, from hospitality, means a resting place for travelers or pilgrims.

In the late 1960s, Yale University students invited Saunders to speak at their school. Inspired, the students launched the hospice movement in the United States. The first facility was the Connecticut Hospice, opened in 1974, followed shortly by hospices at Yale Medical Center and in Marin County, Calif.

By the late 1970s, the Health Care Financing Administration was starting hospice demonstration projects across the country.

For more information about hospice, visit the Web sites or www. There are hospice offices throughout the Tampa Bay area. To find one, see and type in your county or ZIP code.

Winners pay for their prizes

Do winning contestants on The Price Is Right have to pay for delivery charges, taxes, etc., for their prizes?

Contestants are responsible for paying all federal, state and local taxes on their winnings. The suppliers of the prizes are responsible for getting their merchandise delivered to the winners.

The Price Is Right is one of the longest-running game shows in television history. It began in 1956 and ran through 1965 with Bill Cullen as the host. In 1972 the show was resurrected with Bob Barker as the host. In 2007, Barker was replaced by Drew Carey.

For more about the show, see the Web site The show is also the subject of a 2007 book by longtime producer Stan Blits, Come On Down!: Behind the Big Doors at The Price Is Right.

Macfadyen veteran British actor

I enjoyed very much watching Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy in 2005's Pride and Prejudice. And now I am appreciating his performance in Little Dorrit. Can you tell me something about him: Where is he from; how old is he; what else has he appeared in?

Macfadyen, 34, was born in England and has acted often in British TV and in movies. His credits include the series MI-5 (also known as Spooks), Frost/Nixon and the movie Incendiary. MacFadyen is married to actor Keeley Hawes, whom he fell in love with when both were on MI-5. He will reportedly play the sheriff of Nottingham in a new movie version of Robin Hood with Russell Crowe in the title role and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian. It is tentatively scheduled to be released next May.

Q&A: London in 1967 was site of first hospice facility, St. Christopher's 07/20/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 20, 2009 5:29pm]
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