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1. Thomas Harris is a best-selling American suspense author. He is best known for "The Silence of the Lambs" (1988), which featured Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Before that mega-hit, he published his first novel, "Black Sunday" (1975), which was about a terrorist plot to bomb the Super Bowl. We know about his writing skills, but he is a multi-talented man.
Which of the following statements about him is true?
2. British born Colin Lionel Em is better known as actor, comedian, game show host and panelist, Richard Dawson. As a comic, he played the famed London Palladium. He has been married twice, first in 1959 to the British bombshell, Diana Dors, and in 1991 to Gretchen Johnson. How did he come to know Ms. Johnson?
3. Harry James was one of the most popular American trumpet players and bandleaders in the heyday of the "Big Band Era" of the 1930's and '40's. He even played briefly in the great Benny Goodman Orchestra before going out on his own in 1939. Harry liked the ladies too, and in fact he got hitched three times. Which lovely lady became the second Mrs. James in 1943?
4. Tom Seaver was one of baseball's greatest pitchers. Over a 20 year career, with four teams, he compiled a record of 311-205 with an E.R.A. of 2.86.
Known as "The Franchise", he was Rookie of the Year in 1967, for the N.Y. Mets. Several times he took a no-hitter into the 9th inning only to lose it, but eventually he got one. Which team was he pitching for when he twirled his no-hitter?
5. Richard Dreyfus is an American actor best known for his movie career, which includes blockbusters like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), and perhaps the biggest of them all, "Jaws" (1975). He first began acting at the age of 16. He fell off the straight and narrow in 1982 when he was arrested. With what crime was he charged?
6. Harry Belafonte has entertained fans with his magical Caribbean/ Island style of music for over 50 years. His first big hit was the single, "Matilda" (1956). In that same year he recorded one of his more than his 50 albums, "Calypso". On that original album was a song called "Day-O", which later was re-named "The Banana Boat Song". Do you know where "The King of Calypso" was born?
7. Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743. He served as the third U.S. president, from March 4, 1801 to March 4, 1809. Earlier he had served in a number of political positions including U.S. Minister to France (1785-1789). On January 1, 1772 he married Martha Wayles Skelton, who at age 23 was already a widow. What was somewhat unusual about their marriage?
8. Dick Clark, also know as "America's Oldest Teenager" is best remembered for his 30 year stint as host of "American Bandstand" (1957-1987). On its national debut broadcast, August 5, 1957, he got started with a bang, interviewing "The King", Elvis Presley. In addition to "Bandstand", what daily, daytime TV game game show did he also host?
9. Harry Chapin was an American singer-songwriter who specialized in the folk-rock genre. His debut album, "Heads and Tales" released in 1972, featured "Taxi". He is best remembered for a song which came out of his fourth album, "Verities and Balderdash", titled "Cats in the Cradle".
What was the cause of his death at the age of just 38?
10. Tom Smothers is an American comedian, best know for being in partnership with his sibling. It's not surprising that they were professionally known as "The Smothers Brothers".
Initially, Tom had hopes of making it as a folk musician, but fortunately for the millions he (and his bro) have entertained since, changed to comedy.
Tom is the older of the two. What is the name of his younger brother?
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