What's the latest on my hero, Gen. Stormin' Norman Schwarzkopf? He isn't in the news very much these days.
Best known for his duties in the Persian Gulf War as commander of Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Schwarzkopf retired from the Army in 1991 with the rank of four-star general.
After retirement, he published a bestselling autobiography, It Doesn't Take a Hero. He also has participated in several award-winning television specials, including the Peabody Award-winning special D-Day. He currently is a military consultant for NBC.
Schwarzkopf, 70, also has been involved in conservation activities and serves on the Nature Conservancy's Presidential Conservation Council.
He also is chairman of the STARBRIGHT Capital Campaign to improve the quality of life for seriously ill children; co-founder (with actor Paul Newman) of the Boggy Creek Gang, a camp in Florida for children with chronic illnesses; and national spokesman for prostate cancer awareness. He also is involved in other health care causes and is on several boards.
Although he shuns the spotlight, Schwarzkopf made news in the waning days of the presidential campaign when he issued a statement saying the Democratic National Committee "was making fraudulent phone calls" claiming that he endorsed the candidacy of Democratic Sen. John Kerry. Schwarzkopf said he supported the re-election of President Bush.
DNC spokesman Jano Cabrera said the ad in question had been spliced by Republicans so they could accuse Democrats of playing tricks. Republicans denied being involved.
The recipe for bourbon
What's the difference between Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey?
Most bourbons are made in Kentucky, said Monica Bell of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.
To be called bourbon, whiskey must be made from at least 51 percent corn and must mature for at least two years in new oak barrels, she said.
It can contain no additives, such as coloring or additional flavoring, and must undergo no additional processing. These are federal regulations.
Tennessee whiskey is made in almost exactly the same way as bourbon, but is charcoal filtered before aging. Because of the charcoal filtering, it can't be called bourbon, Bell said.
Clinton in the South
Which Southern states did Bill Clinton carry in the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections?
In 1992, running against George H.W. Bush, Clinton took Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee.
In 1996, running against Bob Dole, he took Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and Tennessee.