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Colin Farrells pop was a pro footballer in Ireland

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Dear Ken: Didnt Richard Pryor star in a baseball film, a comedy, about the Negro baseball leagues? What was the title and who else starred?

Your movie is The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings from 1976. The cast also featured Billy Dee Williams in the title role (Bingo Long was based on Satchel Paige), James Earl Jones and Stan Shaw. Set in the 1930s, the film came from the William Brashler novel of the same title, and Motown honcho Berry Gordy was a co-producer.

Dear Ken: What were The Shirelles biggest hits?

The first African-American girl group to top the Billboard charts (with Will You Love Me Tomorrow) was composed of Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Addie Harris and Beverly Lee, four teenage girls from Passaic, N.J. Their other major hits include Tonights the Night, Dedicated to the One I Love, Mama Said, Baby Its You, Soldier Boy and Foolish Little Girl.

Dear Ken: Was Col. Sanders the fried chicken kings real name? How old did he live to be?

Harland David Sanders was born in 1890 near Henryville, Ind., and died of pneumonia at 90 in 1980 in Louisville, Ky. He began his path to becoming a millionaire when he opened a gas station in 1930 in Corbin, Ky., where he fed his customers his home-cooked, finger-licking good chicken, ham and steaks. In 1935, Kentucky Gov. Ruby Laffoon awarded him the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel, and the name, just like his fried chicken, has stuck. KFC boasts that it serves more than 12 million customers daily around the world. Glad I aint the one plucking their chickens.

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