Dear Sun Spots: For the woman who wanted lemon squares recipe, here is one that appeared in your column quite some time ago. It’s quite good!

Lemon Squares. Ingredients: 2 sticks margarine or butter, melted; 1½ cups sugar; 3 cups flour; 2 eggs; 1 teaspoon vanilla; ½ teaspoon salt; and 2 teaspoons baking powder. Method: Mix all ingredients to make a batter. Press half the batter into bottom of ungreased foil-lined 13-by-9-inch pan. Spread one can of lemon pie filling on top. (Note: You can use lemon, strawberry, blueberry or apple pie filling.) Drop remainder of crumbled batter evenly over filling. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Enjoy! – Betty Bazinet, Greene.

Dear Sun Spots: On May 20, my husband had a bike accident in Mexico. Someone was kind enough to place a jacket under his head until the ambulance arrived.

I washed it and have it here at my home. Please call me at (207) 364-2078 so that I can return it. – No Name, Rumford.

Dear Sun Spots: Would anyone have a videotape of the Demolition Derby at the Oxford County Fair Sept. 15? We would love to borrow or copy it. My brother Dave Pratt, No. 61, took second place but we were unable to tape it. We can be reached at (207) 890-9002. – Holly Taylor, South Paris.

Dear Sun Spots: Can you please explain who Mark Hyman is? He does “The Point” commentary on television. If he’s such an expert why isn’t he running for office? He sounds like he’s perfect and knows it all. I put my TV on mute when he comes on so as not to spoil my day. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: According to Nielsen Media Research figures, Hyman – who broadcasts daily editorials called “The Point” – reaches 1.8 million people over the age of 18 every day; that compares with Bill O’Reilly’s 2.5 million-per-day audience reach, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Granted, Hyman’s several-minutes-long editorials are broadcast more than once per day.

But given his numbers and Sinclair Broadcast Group’s smallish size, Hyman – a former Navy intelligence officer who’s now a captain in the Naval Reserve – is sort of like the Fox News Channel versus CNN: Fox isn’t in every market like CNN, but routinely outpaces the Atlanta-based network founded by Ted Turner.

In short, a recent profile in the Baltimore Sun explains that Hyman is quickly becoming a success, and he’s doing it despite not being part of a major media empire.

What appeals to programmers, as well as many Americans, is Hyman’s style. It’s a breath of fresh air and, according to one media relations consultant, not a parroting of Washingtonian ideas.

“He’s interesting and fun to watch, somewhat refreshing in his approach to things – in the sense that not all original thoughts originate in Washington. I like that,” John Bilotta, a media relations consultant with government clients, told the Sun.

Dear Sun Spots: I urgently need a copy of Peggy Huddleston’s “Prepare for Surgery Heal Faster” tape and book. Might there be any readers out there who have them and who might be willing to share a copy with me for a reasonable price? If so, perhaps they could please contact the column with this information as soon as possible. – No Name, No Town.

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