Pressing questions answered

first_imgQ: In the television show “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” the secret agents often entered the headquarters through a tailor shop. What was the name of the shop? How about the address of the HQ? – M.H., Winchester, Ky. A: The name of the nondescript tailor shop was Del Floria’s. The exact location varied through the run of the series. However, the general location is the East Side of Manhattan, near the United Nations, along First Avenue in the 40s. Q: In the 1968 science-fiction movie “Planet of the Apes,” in what year did the events take place? Q: I have never seen Bojangles dance, but it is my understanding he was a pre-eminent tap dancer. Where did he get his nickname? When and where was he born? – J.R., Lincoln, Neb. A: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (1878-1949) was born in Richmond, Va. Robinson, who wasalways claimed that he had no idea where Bojangles came from or what it meant. Q: I understand one of the most visited sites at Arlington National Cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknowns. I’ve also heard it called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Which is correct? When did it open to the public? When did guarding the tomb begin? given the nickname as a child, – C.E., Ann Arbor, Mich. A: According to the folks at Arlington National Cemetery, there is no official name for the tomb, which opened to the public on April 9, 1932. The Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) began protecting the monument around-the-clock on April 6, 1948. Q: In more than one spy novel, the hero orders a magnum of champagne for himself and his lady friend. What kind of champagne is this? – B.E.R., Middle Valley, Tenn. A: It’s not a type or brand; it’s the size of the bottle. A magnum is equivalent to two standard- size bottles, or 1.50 liters. Q: You said three Major League Baseball players hit a grand-slam home run in their first at-bat: Bill Duggleby (1898), Jeremy Hermida (2005) and Kevin Kouzmanoff (2006). What about Bobby Bonds? Didn’t he do the same thing? – M.L., Elmira, N.Y. A: Bobby Bonds (San Francisco Giants) played his first major-league game on June 25, 1968. If you were scoring his first plate appearance that night, your scorecard would have read HBP – hit by pitch. However, in the sixth inning, he hit a grand slam. Bonds, like the others, hit a grand slam in his first major-league game – but not in his first appearance at the plate. Q: For several years I have had tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ear. What does the word tinnitus mean? – B.L., Waco, Texas A: Tinnitus comes from the Latin “tinnire,” meaning “to ring.” Send your questions to Mr. Know-It-All at [email protected] or c/o United Feature Syndicate, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.– F.T., Roanoke, Va. A: The film – starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter – took place in A.D. 3978. Q: In the 1960s, I spent my teenage years in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where I listened to a local group called Chad Allan and the Reflections. I even have the band members’ autographs in my collection of stuff. I know this is a long shot, but can you tell me what happened to the band? – K.H., Bar Harbor, Maine A: The band formed in 1960 as the Silvertones and, two years later, became Chad Allan and the Reflections; the members subsequently changed their name again, to Chad Allan and the Expressions. One more name change in 1965 to The Guess Who. last_img

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