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March 24, 2013

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Q: Stuart Sutcliffe was one of the original Beatles. What happened to him? -- L.I.J., Madison, Wis.

A: In 1960, John Lennon suggested that his art school friend Stuart Sutcliffe buy a bass guitar and join his band with Paul McCartney and drummer Pete Best. They played local clubs and later toured Scotland and Germany. After a tour in Germany in 1961, Sutcliffe decided to remain with his girlfriend to pursue his career as an artist, effectively leaving the band.

On April 10, 1962, two days before the Beatles were to arrive back in Hamburg, Sutcliffe died of a brain aneurysm at age 21.

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Q: Who was the voice of adult Kevin Arnold on “The Wonder Years”? -- S.P., Salisbury, Md.

A: Daniel Stern voiced adult Kevin on “The Wonder Years.” The sitcom, which aired from 1988 to 1993, starred Fred Savage as Kevin, with Stern providing narration. Stern is well known for his roles in “City Slickers” (1991) with Billy Crystal, and as the robber Marv in “Home Alone” (1990) and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (1992).

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Q: There is an opening line to a poem: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you;/Weep, and you weep alone.” What is the complete poem? Who wrote it? -- P.Z., Peachtree City, Ga.

A: Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote the poem “Solitude” in 1883, and it is considered her most famous work. The poem was first published in the New York Sun and was later part of her book, “Poems of Passion.” If you enjoy poetry, I highly recommend it.

Here’s the first stanza of “Solitude”:

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;

Weep, and you weep alone.

For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,

But has trouble enough of its own.

Sing, and the hills will answer;

Sigh, it is lost on the air.

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