Q: Did country singer Grandpa Jones have any family? R.A.B., e-mail
A: Born on Oct. 20, 1913, Louis Marshall Jones was a banjo player and old-time country music and gospel singer. He is better known as Grandpa Jones and best known for his role on the TV show "Hee Haw." Although none of the biographies I read mentions a family, I looked up his obituary. He was "survived by Ramona, his wife of more than 50 years; three children, Mark, Eloise and Alisa; and a number of grandchildren. A daughter, Marsha, preceded him in death." Jones passed away in 1998.
Q: On the TV series "The Good Wife," why is Chris Noth referred to as "special guest star"? P.L., Aston, Pa.
A: It's not uncommon for an actor who appears to be a regular cast member to receive special billings. I have not been able to find out why Noth receives such billing, but it could be part of his contract, along with the amount of money he is paid for his acting. Or maybe he just doesn't want to be a series regular because, if necessary, it would be much easier to get out of his current contract with the show. If any reader is aware of the actual reason, please let me know and I'll publish the information in a future column.
Q: Why are some sandwiches called "sliders"? G.L.G., Seward, Neb.
A: Originally a "slider" was a small greasy hamburger or cheeseburger that slid down a person's gullet. More recently, restaurants are stretching the definition of the word to include sandwich items made with pork, turkey, tuna and seafood. My guess is that a turkey slider is making reference to a small-sized sandwich and not its original meaning of greasy food. By the way, original sliders are still available at White Castle.
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