Mt. Vernon Register-News

August 1, 2013

A case of the Tuesdays

The Register-News

---- — Q: My 8-year-old grandson, Brennan, has a question for you: How did Tuesday Morning stores get their name? — C.V.H. and C.B., Lake Jackson, Texas

A: Tuesday Morning is a discount gift and home accessory chain with its headquarters in Dallas. In 1974, founder Lloyd Ross rented a large warehouse in Dallas and held a “garage sale” for high-end gift and household merchandise. The success of the sale left no doubt in Ross’ mind that there was a place in the retail world for an operation specializing in upscale closeout items. According to company press materials, Ross picked the name of because in his opinion, “(Tuesday morning) is the first positive day of the week.”

DID YOU KNOW? Before he was an actor, James Garner claims to have had 75 odd jobs, including pumping gas and modeling men’s clothing.

Q: My husband and I have an ongoing difference of opinion on who narrates the current Nationwide Insurance commercial. Do you know who it is? — M.H., York, Pa.

A: You probably have noticed that Nationwide Insurance has ditched its geeky “World’s Greatest Spokesperson in the World” character and replaced him with Julia Roberts. She does not appear in the insurer’s ads, but she serves as the voice for the campaign, called “Join the Nation.”

Q: In the late 1950s into the early 1960s, there was a TV show called “Adventures in Paradise.” It was about a guy who was the captain of his schooner and carried passengers and cargo to South Pacific ports. I seem to recall the star of the show stayed in the South Pacific after the show was canceled, looking for real-life adventure. Is there any truth to this? Whatever became of him? — J.T., Port Myers, Fla.

A: “Adventures in Paradise” (1959-1962) starred Gardner McKay as Adam Troy, an American Korean War veteran. McKay and his schooner, “Tiki III,” drifted the South Pacific looking for adventure.

After the series was canceled, McKay realized he didn’t enjoy the life of a celebrity and decided to roam the world instead. He turned down a movie role with Marilyn Monroe to write, and was the drama critic for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner from 1977 to 1982. He considered himself a writer who spent some time in the spotlight as an actor. He was married with two children. McKay died Nov. 21, 2001, at age 69, from prostate cancer.

Q. How many words in the English language have three consecutive sets of double letters? — H.J., Santa Rosa, Calif.

A. I know of only one: bookkeeper. If any reader knows of more please let me know.

Q: What is the song, artist and/or album name for the piano piece used on the Omega Co-Axial Watch commercial? — T.S.

A: The theme song, “Smiling,” is by British composer Harry Gregson-Williams and recorded by the composer and the Seattle Session Orchestra. You can find it on the soundtrack of the 2004 Denzel Washington movie “Man on Fire.”

Q: I inherited hundreds of MAD magazines dating back to the mid-1950s. Alfred E. Neuman is not on some of the earlier issues. When did he make his first appearance? — K.N.M., Seattle

A: Neuman made his official debut in issue No. 30, from December 1956. Artist Norman Mingo created Alfred E. Neuman. The character has appeared on all but a few of the magazine’s 500 covers.

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