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Stuckeybowl owner moves into advertising career

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Dear Ken: There was a TV show on about eight years ago called “Ed,” about a lawyer who moves back to his hometown and buys a bowling alley called the Stuckeybowl. What happened to the star? I thought he was good and had a bright future.

That is Tom Cavanagh, 45, who is now starring on TNT’s “Trust Me,” a TV series about the lives of employees at a Chicago advertising agency.

In between he was in three other TV series, “Love Monkey,” “Scrubs” and “Eli Stone” and in such films as “How To Eat Fried Worms” and “Two Weeks” and the miniseries “The Capture of the Green River Killer.”  

Dear Ken: Who was the voice of Smurfette on “The Smurfs” cartoons?

That was and still is the wonder voice actress Lucille Bliss, who turns 93 the end of March. I know you won’t remember this, but she was the voice of Crusader Rabbit in the 1950s TV cartoon series. More recently she has been the voice of Ms. Bitters on “Invader ZIM.”

Dear Ken: What’s happened to folksinger Gordon Lightfoot of “Sundown” and “If You Could Read My Mind” fame”

The Canadian national treasure is 70 and still performing his greatest hits. He plans to do a concert tour of his home country in April going from British Columbia to Ontario.  

Dear Ken: How many films did legend James Dean star in? How old was he when he died?

Other than three or four movies where he made brief unaccredited appearances, he starred in three films: “East of Eden,” “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant.”

The Indiana native was 25 when he died in a car crash in his Porsche Spyder just a couple of hours after he got a speeding ticket.

Dear Ken: I remember a TV series long ago, way before “Airwolf” in the 1980s, about two guys in a helicopter who performed lots of good deeds. Have you got the title and the names of the stars?

That was “The Whirlybirds” from 1957-1959, and it starred Kenneth Tobey and Craig Hill.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson  County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."

Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.

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