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This Chiropractor Really Puts Her Back Into Her Job

February 16, 1986|Herbert J. Vida

At 5 feet tall and 100 pounds, Jo Anne Kreiss isn't big, but she's well tuned.

It has not been an easy task pumping iron six days a week for two years to sculpt her body, "but it's the only sport that will keep you looking young until your 50s, easily," said Kreiss, 30, a practicing chiropractor in El Toro, who just competed in the Los Angeles Body Building Championships.

Although she did not place in the top three, she earlier won the lightweight division in the Saddleback Muscle Classic in Newport Beach and took third in the Golden Valley Muscle Classic in Burbank.

Since her job is to manipulate the patient's body to give relief from pain, the strength she builds working out "helps in my profession," she said. "And I think it's very important for me to look healthy to my patients."

Kreiss, who holds a master's degree in biological sciences, graduated from chiropractic school two years ago, when she started seriously working out.

"I first took ballet and I developed good legs," she said, "and then I decided to develop my upper body partly because I really liked the way I felt after ballet practice. It got me more in touch with my body."

Combining dance moves with posing also gave her an edge in the competition. Kreiss also credits her chiropractic training in anatomy, nutrition and mental discipline for her development.

"A lot of people really don't know what a well-balanced meal consists of or the role nutrition plays in developing a fit and healthy body," she said. "Too many people eat too many fast food meals. You don't build muscles unless you eat properly."

But Kreiss said she is not interested in developing "very large muscles," which may hinder her in body building competition.

She said judging is unpredictable, because some judges stress a muscular build while others lean toward a more feminine look. When performing, she accents her back and stomach muscles, the strong points of her build.

"I'm not that interested in winning a major title," Kreiss said. "I just like to perform. That's the most fun for me."

Fair-ah is not your ordinary 1,000-pound Jersey cow. She's a celebrity.

The Orange County Fair folks located her enjoying life in a Santa Ynez pasture and selected her as the fair's mascot.

The cow was once owned by Elizabeth Broadcast, a Brea resident and one-time 4-H Club member.

Before the cow, fair officials had sheep, a horse and a pig as mascot.

"Finally," said Harold Willard, 44, of Santa Ana, "the public will be aware we live." He was referring to two new postage stamps issued that feature marking devices, more commonly called rubber hand stamps.

Willard and 600 others in the nationwide Marking Device Assn. are the people who make the stamps for post offices, as well as for commercial and private use, and last year did $350-million worth of business.

"I sold $2 million myself," said Willard, who feels "rubber stamps are the most effective communication tool you can buy. You never miss seeing a message stamped on a package, do you?"

The name Jerry Sheldon is not all that common, but it has plagued two Marine officers for much of their military lives, especially when they're assigned to the same base.

Currently Lt. Col. Jerry M. Sheldon, 48, and Col. Jerry L. Sheldon, 55, are at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, still getting their mail and phone calls mixed up. The last time was in Okinawa when they worked across the hall from each other.

"This started 18 years ago," said Lt. Col. Sheldon, "and it's really not getting any better."

When Ella Youngblood's son starts growing up, he most certainly will be the only kid on the block with a tape recording of his birth at home. It was recorded over the telephone with Huntington Beach fire dispatcher Steve Rothert who successfully talked Youngblood through the home delivery after the Westminster woman's call saying she was in heavy labor.

"Mrs. Youngblood called back later and asked for the recording," said Rothert, himself the father of three children. "She wants to give it to her son when he grows up."

Doris Hand, 47, of Garden Grove works crowd control at the Anaheim Civic Center and discovered it's good training for family life. She just became a grandmother for the sixth time.

Acknowledgments--Family therapist Lulu L. Biggs, 39, of Orange was appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian to a four-year term on the state Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, the licensing group for psychologists, therapists and counselors.

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