Question: As a kid, I loved Toto in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz." What can you tell me about him? -- H.J.C., Scranton, Pa.
Answer: Toto's real name was Terry, and he was a she. Terry was a cairn terrier who was paid an enormous salary for that era, $125 per week (equivalent to more than $2,000 today), which was more than many of the Munchkins.
Terry's owner eventually changed her name to Toto, due to her popularity in the role. She appeared in 15 films.
Q: How many Aesop's fables are there? -- J.L., Brattleboro, Vt.
A: That all depends on who you ask. The number varies from zero to hundreds. Some say Aesop, who was a slave who lived between 620 and 565 B.C., wrote down folk tales he heard, which always contained a moral. His master was so impressed that he gave Aesop his freedom. Others argue that Aesop was as much a fable as, well, Aesop's fables. They argue the works are mostly by two poets, the Greek Valerius Babrius and the Roman Phaedrus, who translated the works of Babrius.
Popular fables include "The Ant and the Grasshopper," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "Town Mouse and Country Mouse."
Q: My father has been watching reruns of the TV show "Green Acres." He would like to know details of the old tractor that always broke down when used by Mr. Douglas. The tractor is similar to one my father used many years ago. -- F.W., Waynesboro, Pa.
A: "Green Acres," staring Eddie Albert as Oliver Douglas and Eva Gabor as his fashionable wife, Lisa, aired from 1965 to 1971. On the show, the temperamental tractor was a fictional Hoyt-Clagwell. In reality, it was a Fordson model F, the first tractor built and sold by Henry Ford.
Q: I would like to read all the novels by the Bronte sisters. Where can I get a list? -- F.L., Mesa, Ariz.
A: All together, the literary sisters wrote seven novels. Emily wrote "Wuthering Heights"; Anne wrote "Agnes Grey" and "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall"; and Charlotte wrote "Jane Eyre," "The Professor," "Villette" and "Shirley."
There were six Bronte children -- five girls and one boy, though the two oldest sisters died as children.
For many years, the sisters wrote under the pen names of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, retaining their actual initials.
Q: Who was the first known person born in Antarctica? -- C.B., Mans field, Ohio
A: Emilio Marco Palma became the first known person born on the icy continent in 1978. Palma was born in an Argentine military base.
Q: I was watching a movie that had several shots of Mount Fuji. When was the last time the mountain erupted? -- S.L.S., Auburn, Ala.
A: The tallest mountain in Japan, Mount Fujiyama is said to be the most photographed of any mountain in the world; it last erupted in 1707.
Q: While still king, Edward VIII attempted to find a compromise so he could remain on the throne and still marry American Wallis Simpson. One of his suggestions was that he and Simpson would agree that their off spring would renounce any claim to the throne, as would their offspring. The agreement was not unusual between the mar riage of a man or woman of royal or noble birth with a partner of lower rank. There is a name for this type of marriage. Do you know what it is? -- E.H., New York City
A: This is called a morganatic marriage. The word comes from Medieval Latin, "matrimonium ad morganaticam," meaning "marriage with a morning gift."
Edward and Simpson did not enter into this type of marriage; instead, he abdicated the throne for the woman he loved.
Q: The day of our daughter's birth, June 20, 1970, I recall reading about a man who finished walking around the world. Can you tell me anything about his adventure? -- F.B.L., Pensacola, Fla.
A: Dave Kunst was the first man to walk around the world. He didn't finish his trek on your daughter's birthday, he started on that date, from Waseca, Minn. It would be four years, three months and 16 days before he would see his hometown again, on Oct. 5, 1974. He wore out 21 pairs of shoes in what has been an estimated 20 million steps covering 14,450 miles.
Q: Audrey Hepburn was one of the classiest women in Hollywood. I recall hearing that this was not her real name. I can't find the information myself. Can you help? -- D.N., Stowe, Vt.
A: The Belgium-born actress was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston, though she adopted the nickname Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston during the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. Her father, Joseph Hepburn-Ruston, was a British banker, and her mother, Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch baroness. Born into wealth, she was educated in private schools in England and the Netherlands.
Hepburn's career in films began in 1951, and she quickly became one of Hollywood's best-known and most beloved stars. She passed away in Switzerland on Jan. 20, 1993. She was 63.
Q: Is Minnie Driver the actress's real name? When and where was she born? Did she ever date actor Matt Damon? -- V.N., Hinesville, Ga.
A: Amelia Fiona Driver was born Jan. 31, 1970, in London. She spent her first seven years in Barbados but attended school in France and in England. She was dubbed "Minnie" because her sister was unable to pronounce her real name.
Driver met Matt Damon on the set of "Good Will Hunting" in 1997, and the two began dating. Damon announced to the world that the two had broken up while he was a guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." According to some sources, Driver had no idea that she was being dumped, though Damon and friends say the relationship had ended at least a week before the taping of the show.
Q: What was Lady Bird Johnson's real name? When did she and Lyndon Johnson get married? -- I.J., Long Beach, Miss.
A: The future first lady was born Dec. 22, 1912, in Karnack, Texas. She was named Claudia Alta Taylor, though a nanny nicknamed her Lady Bird as a child. She met Johnson in 1934, and he proposed after their first date. They were married on Nov. 17 of that year in San Antonio, Texas. She used the name Bird on her marriage license.
Q: Where would I have to go to see the painting "Whistler's Mother"? -- G.F., Daytona, Fla.
A: Pack your bags -- you're heading to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. "The Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1," also known as "Portrait of the Artist's Mother" by James Abbott McNeill Whistler is one of the best-known paintings by an American artist. Whistler painted the piece in 1871, using his reluctant mother only because his model failed to show up for a session.
Q: Jackie Gleason played a bartender on his TV show, "The Jackie Gleason Show." Was his name Joe or Mr. Dennehy? -- K.G., Stuart, Fla.
A: One of the many characters introduced by Gleason was Joe the Bartender. Mr. (Thomas "Pop") Dennehy was the unseen customer. Gleason said he modeled him after the superintendent of the building he grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Gleason later revealed that the name Dennehy is a tribute to his first love, Julie Dennehy.
Q: One of the most famous statues in the world is Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker." Is "The Thinker" supposed to rep resent someone? -- R.W., Knoxville, Tenn.
A: The statue is supposed to be of Dante Alighieri, the author of "The Divine Comedy."
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