Mr. Know it All: Country singer said ‘I do' to TV actress


Q: Where was Country Western singer Clint Black born? How long has he been married? -- J.L., Avon, Conn.

A: Clint Black was born in New Jersey on Feb. 4, 1962, but was raised in the suburbs of Houston. In 1991, he married television actress Lisa Hartman. In 2000, the couple received a Grammy Award nomination for best country collaboration for "When I Said I Do," which hit the top of the country music charts. The couple has one daughter, Lily Pearl, born in 2001.

Q: When and where was the assassination attempt made on President Ronald Reagan? -- S.L.E., Holland, Mich.

A: On March 30, 1981, outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., John Hinckley Jr. shot the president and also wounded press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and police officer Thomas Delahanty.

On June 21, 1982, at the conclusion of Hinckley's seven-week criminal trial, the jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity. He was confined to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. The psychiatric hospital was also home to would-be presidential assassin Richard Lawrence, who attempted to kill Andrew Jackson. The successful assassin of James Garfield, Charles J. Guiteau, was a patient there until his execution. The hospital was founded in 1852.

Q: In the early 1930s, my father worked for the Connecticut Leather Company. After World War II, he married my mother and they moved West. Whatever happened to the leather company? -- G.N.B., Chincoteague, Va.

A: Connecticut Leather Company was started in 1932 by Russian immigrant Maurice Greenberg to distribute leather products to shoemakers and later leather goods for craft kits. By the ‘60s and ‘70s, the company was making plastic swimming pools, handheld electronics, snowmobiles and even dirt bikes. The company started trading under the name Coleco.

In 1982, Coleco introduced its short-lived gaming system, ColecoVision, followed by the doomed Adam Computer and the wildly successful Cabbage Patch Kids. But the success of the doll wasn't enough to divert bankruptcy. Hasbro bought the company assets in 1989.

Q:When did Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston get married? When did they get divorced? -- D.S., Belmont, Mass.

A: The couple wed at a lavish ceremony in Malibu, Calif., on July 29, 2000. Their divorce was finalized on Oct. 2, 2005.

Q: What is the term for a tightrope walker? -- R.L., Canton, Ohio

A: A funambulist.

Q:French military personnel wear a flat-topped, circular cap. Do you have any idea what it is called? -- T.L., Biloxi, Miss.

A:It's a kepi.

Send your questions to Mr. Know-It-All at AskMrKIA or c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.


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