No name for M.A.S.H. bear
Q: I always enjoyed the TV series "M.A.S.H." Radar was so fond of his teddy bear. Did it have a name? -- F.L., Madison, Wis.
A:The outdoor scenes of the Korean War-set show were filmed at Fox Ranch, located in what are now the hills of Malibu State Creek Park in California. The teddy bear was found there and was incorporated into the script. The bear was never given a name. For a while, the bear was housed in the Smithsonian. It was auctioned on eBay in 2005 for nearly $12,000. Gary Burghoff played Radar O'Reilly in 156 episodes of the hit show.
Q: Many, many years ago, I read a quote saying something like, "It's nice to have money to buy things, but you should check on your possessions for things that do not cost money." I'm stretching this a bit. Do you know of the phrase? -- K.D.B., Clearwater, Fla.
A: How about this: "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy," by George H. Lorimer, author and editor of the Saturday Evening Post.
Q: I'm looking for a word: In an arrangement in a square, there are five objects, one in each corner and one in the middle. Do you know what I'm talking about? -- S.L., Marblehead, Mass.
A:The word you want is "quincunx." It's the shape of the pips on the fifth side of a six-sided die.
Q: I remember recordings of "The Old Philosopher" from the 1950s and ‘60s. Who was he? -- P.P., Coventry, Conn.
A:Eddie "The Old Philosopher" Lawrence was born March 2, 1919, in New York City. He became a minor local celebrity thanks to his club performances when he was barely out of his teens. One of his first radio appearances was in 1943 on "Major Bowes Amateur Hour," a talent show. In the 1950s, he appeared in off-Broadway and Broadway productions. Law rence began recording LPs under The Old Philosopher name in 1956; the first Philosopher record appeared on the Billboard Top 40. In the late 1960s and for the next decade he appeared in several movies and had Johnny Carson in stitches after doing a five-minute routine on the show. Later in his career, he hosted children's shows. As of this writing, "The Old Philosopher" is still alive and well.
Q: When did singer Patti Page die? I don't have a computer to look it up .-- S.B., London, Ky.
A: Patti Page, born Clara Ann Fowler, was an incredibly popular singer best known for "Tennessee Waltz." She was born Nov. 8, 1927; she died on Jan. 1, 2013.
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