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Priced to sell at $210,000 juli Zerbe, Broker Associate email: Rose Steadman, Broker / Owner Melo-de Savage, Realtor Associate email: Kirby Winn, Realtor Associate email: Looking For Fort Zinderneuf or Gary Cooper Slept Here... by David Lewis Perception is reality. That's my favorite response to people who have difficulty accepting some versions of history. Perception is also responsible for the romanticized views of archaeology. Film makers can no doubt take credit for luring potential students to the anthropology departments of i .......... ................ ...... universities all over the country. The crowd at the Legion applauds our veterans jbr their service at the 2009 Warriors Breakfast. photo by Albie Stark Slots: Separating Myths From Facts (NAPSA)--America's favorite casino game is one of the most widely recognized symbols of casino gaming. There are currently 833,000 slot machines in the U.S., yet most people know very little about how they work. A tiny computer inside the machine called the Random Number Generator (RNG) determines where the reels stop on each play. "Learning how slot machines i ............................................................ and other casino games work is an important part of responsible gaming," said Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the Ameri- can Gaming Association. "Once players understand the role of the RNG, many of the most commonly held slots myths don't hold water." A closer look at these machines may help dispel some of the myths associated with them: Myth or Fact? Myth: If a slot machine hasn't paid out in a while, it's due for a win. Fact: Slot machines operate randomly at all times due to the RNG--no matter how many wins or losses have occurred in the past. Myth: A slot machine can tell the difference between maximum and minimum bets. Fact: The RNG, not the num- ber of coins played or the amount of a wager, affects the outcome of a game. Myth: Players can determine a machine's odds by counting sym- bols on each reel. Fact: Because multiple numbers generated can correspond to the same symbol on a ree], there are many more number combinations possible than are visible to the eye. Myth: Using a player's club card will increase the chances of winning a jackpot. Fact: The outcome of the game is determined by the RNG and is not linked to the player's club card reader. When casino visitors know more about the odds of the games, they can make informed deci- sions about their gambling. Myth: After hitting a jackpot, a player should move to a new slot machine. The machine currently m play is not likely to bit again. Fact: Because the outcome of each play is determined by the RNG, the odds of winning a jack- pot on the next p]ay are the same as they were before hitting the jackpot. There is no such thing as a "hot" or "cold" slot machine. Myth: Slot machines are highly addictive. Fact: Research has found no evidence that slot machines lead to greater rates of gambling addiction. For more information, you can read "Taking the Mystery Out of the Machine: A Guide to Under- standing Slot Machines" on the American Gaming Association site at How many of those students stick with the discipline after their first field school, I don't know. From what I have seen, a good field school is mostly hard work, often with little reward. But there is always that allure, the one we see in the movies, that leaves you hoping to make the one discovery that will change everything. For most of us, that monumental discovery will never come, at least not all at once. The slow methodical process of archaeology might seem out of place in today's world of instant gratification. It takes a special person to retrieve and interpret our past. I like to see those people rewarded for what they do. Those rewards come in many ways. Last week, I was fortunate to participate in one of them. It all began with an email from, Dr. Seth Mallios, head of anthropology at San Diego State University. Seth wrote: "Hi David, here is another strange and incredibly unprofitable archaeological venture in which you are cordially invited to join me." Well, how can a guy pass up an opportunity such as that? 'Tm in"l said. In 1939, Paramount Pictures produced the classic movie "Beau Geste." It starred my favorite leading man, Gary Cooper. It is the story of three brothers who join the French Foreign Legion, fighting in a mythical place named Fort Zinderneuf. For the movie, the desert of North Africa was recreated in our own backyard, just southeast of Yuma, Arizona. Soon after the Paramount movie was completed, two students from San Diego State College (the name back then) discovered that the movie set was still intact. To make money for their fraternity, they decided to make their own "Beau Geste," a spoof of the original movie. Enter Frank Thompson, a writer and documentary film maker. Frank had his own fascination with Beau Geste, and when he leaned of the movie made by the students, he began to research its history. Timing being everything, it just so happened that Dr. Seth Mallios was currently involved in a book project about the archaeology of San Diego State. Frank had made several trips to what he believed to be the ruins of the movie fort. Soon, a plan to map and document the site was formed. Forming the archaeological survey team was an easy task. Over the years, Dr. Mallios has assembled a team of talented individuals who staff the South Coastal Information Center, operated by San Diego State University. The team includes David Caterino (SCIC coordinator), Jamie Lennox (SCIC assistant coordinator), Hillary Sweeny (SCIC laboratory), and Nick Doose (SCIC GIS tech). On Wednesday morning, January 19, at 5:00am, that team, along with Dr. Mallios, Frank Thompson and myself, climbed aboard the SCIC's van, headed to Fort Zinderneuf. Archaeology doesn't begin in the field. It begins with a great deal of background research. Research isn't always tedious and in this case it was entertaining. I can't tell you how many times I watched the movie, looking for clues as to the size and shape of the fort, patterns on the walls, or artifacts that may remain at the site. This knowledge is necessary to understand what you observe in the field. Indiana Jones may have looked cool riding through the desert on a horse, but our ride had 650 supercharged horses and wound its way through the giant dunes, effortlessly. In a few short trips we arrived at the fort with all of our gear, ready to start the survey. Dr. Mallios, who cut his archaeological teeth at Jamestown, Virginia, wasted no time in forming our plans for the day. Each of us was assigned a task and it was not long before the debris field of the fort was delineated by a colorful assortment of flagging. With the site flagged, the team went to work on the details of the debris field. Fortunately, whoever was assigned to destroy the movie set, left enough evidence intact so that the location of the northeast corner of the fort could be fixed with a GPS recorder. Hundreds of empty cartridges were scattered about, as well as concrete and plaster of the walls and floor of the fort. As I sorted through the various cartridges, A model of what the fort may have looked like. I couldn't help but wonder, "Did Gary Cooper fire this 8mm Lebel from his rifle?" The day passed quickly, and soon we had all the data that we had hoped to gather on our first, and maybe only, visit to this famous movie set. It was a good day. I don't know where this adventure might lead us next, or whether it leads us anywhere. We got to visit movie history. We added a little content to the history of San Diego State. For me, the day was well spent, watching and learning from folks who represent the field of archaeology so well. Hollywood in Borrego February 13, 8 am - 3 pm Instructor: Fred Jee On this tour, you'll explore the rich history of films shot in our desert region with retired Park Ranger Fred Jee. View clips of the many movies shot in the area and then visit the actual locations! $45 / $35 for Anza- Borrego Foundation members Just like humans, pests seek shelter from the cold weather. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), rodents alone invade about 21 million homes in the U.S. each winter. For tips on how to pest-proof your home for the winter, visit