Mt. Vernon Register-News


March 24, 2013

No viewers turned on 'Turn-On'


The echoes bound to a joyful sound,

But shrink from voicing care.


Q: When was the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile introduced to the public? -- K.N., Clearwater, Fla.

A: Carl Mayer, the nephew of lunch meat mogul Oscar Mayer, came up with the advertising gimmick in 1936. The first Wienermobile rolled out the front door of General Body Co.’s factory in Chicago that July.

There are eight active Wienermobiles traveling the country today.


Q: What is the name of the sport in which a participant ascends the point of highest elevation within a given area? That area could be a county, state, country or continent. -- J.T.L., Bedford, Ind.

A: The sport you’re thinking of is called “highpointing.” One example of someone highpointing is climbing the highest point of each U.S. state -- some of which are not very tall.

Of course, the most ambitious activity is taking on the Seven Summits, which requires the climber to reach the top of the tallest mountain on each continent.


Q: Several years ago, I heard a comment during a TV show that has puzzled me ever since. It went something like, “A famous author gave acknowledgment to the person who killed him.” I’m not sure I have the wording right, but is this enough information for you find out who it was? -- O.M., Bethel Park, Pa.

A: You are probably referring to Dr. Herman Tarnower, author of the best-selling “The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet.” A lifelong bachelor, Tarnower had an on-again-off-again relationship with Jean Harris. In 1979, he began having an affair with Lynne Tryforos. When Harris found out, she murdered him.

In his book, published in 1978, he acknowledges Harris: “We are grateful to Jean Harris for her splendid assistance in the research and writing of this book.” Two paragraphs later, he thanks Tryforos.

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