Question: What is "white man's soul food"? -- P.L., Waverly, N.Y.

Answer: According to Archie Bunker, it's Twinkies.

Q: One of ice hockey's great lines used by a play-by-play announcer is "He shoots, he scores!" Do you know who coined the phrase? -- L.G., DeRidder, La.

A: Foster Hewitt (1902-1985), often called Canada's premier hockey play-by-play broadcaster, is credited with the phrase. Hewitt's enthusiastic style of calling plays was popular with listeners of "Hockey Night in Canada."

Q: What does the "K" stand for in newsman Howard K. Smith's name? What can you tell me about him? -- R.C., Jackson, Miss.

A: Howard Kingsbury Smith was born in Ferriday, La., in 1914. He graduated from Tulane University as a Rhodes Scholar, and joined United Press as its London reporter. In 1960, Smith headed the first presidential debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Besides being a popular television broadcaster, he also wrote several best-selling books and appeared in several movies, usually as himself. Smith died in 2002.

Q: When was the first major league baseball game televised? -- O.C.B., Altoona, Pa.

A: On Aug. 26, 1939, the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers played a doubleheader, the first MLB game on TV, with Red Barber as the announcer.

The first college baseball game televised was on May 17, 1939. This game featured Columbia and Princeton.

Q: What was the name of the dog on the TV show Petticoat Junction? -- F.G., Nahant, Mass.

A: In real life, the dog's name was Higgins, but on the show he was called "Dog." Higgins also starred as the title pooch in "Benji."

Q: When the "Adventures of Superman" first appeared on TV in 1952, Phyllis Coates played Lois Lane. She left after one season, and Noel Neil took over. Why did Coates leave the show?

A: Phyllis Coates (real name: Gypsie Ann Evarts Stell) played the role of Lois Lane in the 1951 movie, "Superman and the Mole Men" starring George Reeves as Superman. She was then asked to play the role on TV. She decided not to return the second year, citing a conflict with the producers and other commitments. Noel Neill, Coates' replacement, had played Lois Lane in the old movie serials (1948-1950).

Coates played Lois Lane's mother in one episode of "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman."

Q: What is radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh's real name? -- I.J., Escondido, Calif.

A: He was born Rush Hudson Limbaugh III on Jan. 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Q: In baseball, what is a "Ballantine Blast"? -- A.L., Corpus Christi, Texas

A: Ballantine Beer was a sponsor of New York Yankees baseball. Hall of Fame announcer Mel Allen came up with the "Ballantine Blast" to describe a Yankee home run.

Q: Does the cartoon bee in the Honey Nut Cheerios advertising have a name? -- U.Z., Tombstone, Ariz.

A: Yes -- he's known as Buzz Bee.

Q: Was Gladys Knight related to any of the Pips? -- S.D., Greenville, Pa.

A: The Pips consisted of Knight's brother, Merald "Bubba" Knight, and two of her cousins, Edward Patten and Wiliam Guest.

Q: When Dell Computer Corp. first started, it was known by a different name. Do you know what it was? When did the company start? -- G.K., Joplin, Mo.

A: In 1984, Michael Dell started PC's Limited in his University of Texas dormitory room. At age 19, he dropped out of college to run his business full time. In 1987, the company name was changed to Dell Computer Corp. In 2003, the name was changed to Dell Inc.

Q: Before Diane Keaton became an actress, her name was Diane Hall. Did she act under that name? I recall an actress named Dianne Hall. Keaton and Woody Allen were a couple for a while -- did her last name have any influence on the movie "Annie Hall"? -- J.L.B., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

A: Diane Hall took her mother's maiden name, Keaton, to avoid confusion with the already-established actress Dianne Hall. Woody Allen did adopt her given last name and nickname for the 1977 movie in which Diane Keaton had the title role. According to several sources, one of her childhood nicknames was Annie.

Q: My husband and I recall a TV show in the 1980s that was about life aboard an aircraft carrier. Do you recall the show? -- D.W., Pueblo West, Colo.

A: "Supercarrier" ran for about six months in 1988. The hourlong drama depicted life aboard the aircraft carrier USS Georgetown. The series was based on a book of the same name written by George Wilson.

Q: What were Thomas Edison's first and last patents? -- E.L., Albany, Ga.

A: Edison applied for his first patent on Oct. 28, 1868. It was for an Electrographic Vote-Recorder, which he unsuccessfully attempted to market to the Massachusetts Legislature. On Jan. 9, 1931, he applied for his final U.S. patent -- his 1,093rd -- which was a Holder for Article to be Electroplated. Edison died later in 1931; the patent was issued in 1933.

Q: Years ago, my grandmother often talked of having "freedom steak" when she was a kid. I have often wondered what she was eating. I can't ask her, but I'll ask you if you know. -- A.L.B., Reading, Pa.

A: In the philosophy of having "freedom fries" and "freedom toast," during World War I, many Americans had "freedom cabbage" (sauerkraut) or "freedom steak (hamburger) -- or even owned a liberty dog (dachshund).

Q: I recently purchased a Jack Russell terrier. How did the breed get its name? -- D.J., Lima, Ohio

A: It was named after English clergyman John Russell (1795-1883), who developed the dog through breeding.

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