Q: I'm a big fan of actor Tommy Lee Jones. Please tell me a little about him. Is he married, does he have children and when's his birthday? D.W., West Covina, Calif.
A: Tommy Lee Jones, an accomplished actor and film director, entered the world in San Saba, Texas, on Sept. 15, 1946. His acting career began in New York City, where he made his Broadway debut in the 1969 play "A Patriot for Me." The following year, he appeared in his first film, "Love Story." Since then, he has starred in at least 30 films, countless television roles and has garnered numerous awards for his performances. He has been nominated three times for an Academy Award, and he won Best Supporting Actor for the 1993 film "The Fugitive." He attended the same high school as future first lady Laura Bush, and he shared a dorm room with future vice president Al Gore at Harvard. In 2000, Jones gave the nominating speech for Al Gore for president of the United States.
Married three times, he has two children. He married his third wife, Dawn Jones, in March 2001. He's a part-time cattle rancher, plays polo and raises polo ponies; he is also an avid San Antonio Spurs fan. An eighth-generation Texan with a Cherokee Native American grandparent, Jones is mostly of Welsh ancestry.
Q: Archie and Edith Bunker sang the theme song from the comedy series "All in the Family." The song ends "gee, our LaSalle ran great." When was the LaSalle made? Can you provide the words to the theme song? R.A.B., Fleetwood, Pa.
A: Produced by General Motors, the LaSalle sold as a companion car of the Cadillac from 1927 to 1940. Here is the short version of the theme aired at the beginning of episodes: "Boy, the way Glenn Miller played, songs that made the Hit Parade; guys like us, we had it made; those were the days. And you know where you were then; girls were girls, and men were men; mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again. Didn't need no welfare state; everybody pulled his weight; gee, our old LaSalle ran great; those were the days!"
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