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Dear Ken: Is Buffalo Bob Smith of Howdy Doody fame still living?

Buffalo Bob: Say kids, what time is it? Kids: Its Howdy Doody time!

Smith, who created the Howdy Doody character when he was a radio announcer, served as host of the pioneer childrens TV show about a freckle-faced puppet and his friends in a circus and western frontier backdrop. The color series ran from 1947 to 1960 on NBC. Smith died of cancer in 1998 in Hendersonville, N.C. He was 80.

Dear Ken: What is Sheree J. Wilson, who played Alex Cahill on Walker, Texas Ranger, up to?

Wilson, 53, and several of her Walker cast mates will be at this weeks Festival de Country Music Mirande, July 12-15, in France. She also will be a guest at the Hollywood Show in Burbank, Calif., Aug. 4-5, where fans can meet her and purchase an autograph or have a photo taken for a small fee. Wilson, who lives in L.A., serves as vice president of the White Bridle Humane Society, a horse rescue equine therapy non-profit organization she helped organize in 2008. She also has become spokesperson for a new line of skincare products called Nurigene. And Wilson co-star in Saving Santa, a film exec produced by country music star Kix Brooks, which should hit theaters late this year.

Dear Ken: What were the titles of The Shirelles biggest hits?

Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Soldier Boy, Dedicated to the One I Love, Mama Said, Foolish Little Girl and Baby Its You are good for starters. Rolling Stone calls the African-American girl group one of the best 100 acts of all time.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at

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