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June 29, 2013

Studio drummer spends a day in the life of a Beatle

Q: I read a story that someone was a Beatle for a day. Were they considering making the Fab Four the Fab Five? -- J.A.Z., Palmyra, Va.

A: Hardly. On Sept. 11, 1962, the Beatles underperformed on their first two attempts to record their debut single, "Love Me Do." Studio manager George Martin brought in drummer Andrew White for a third, successful try. This cut made it onto the Beatles' first album, "Please Please Me." Ringo Starr played the drums on the version that was released as the single. Scotland-born White was paid 5 pounds, or about $8, for his role as Beatle for a day.

As a studio drummer, White also played with Jimmy Page, Tom Jones, Herman's Hermits and Burt Bacharach.

Q: The Green Bay Packers play at Lambeau Field. Who is the field named after? -- W.L., Bangor, Maine

A: The stadium is named after Earl Louis "Curly" Lambeau, who co-founded the Green Pay Packers. Originally known as City Stadium, it was rededicated as Lambeau Field on Sept. 11, 1965, following its namesake's death.

Lambeau was not only one of the founders of the team, he was also a player and the club's first coach. He coached his team to six NFL championships, equaled only by George Halas of the Chicago Bears.

Q: Who were Colgate and Palmolive? -- R.L., Palatka, Fla.

A: William Colgate opened a soap factory in New York City in 1806. In 1872, Colgate introduced a perfumed soap, Cashmere Bouquet.

You might think Palmolive was named after its founder, but it wasn't. In 1864, Caleb Johnson founded a soap company called B.J. Johnson Soap Co. in Milwaukee. The soap was made from palm oil and olive oil, along with some cocoa butter. Palmolive soap became so popular the company was renamed Palmolive.

We now shift our attention to Kansas City, Mo., where the Peet Brothers merged with Palmolive to become Palmolive-Peet. This company merged with the Colgate Co. in 1928 and became the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co. In 1953, Peet was dropped from the name, forming the Colgate-Palmolive Co

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