A: Elvis Presley first appeared on CBS' "Stage Show" on Jan. 28, 1956. "Stage Show" was produced by Jackie Gleason and hosted by big band leaders Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. Presley made a total of six appearances on the show by the end of March. Next came two appearances on "The Milton Berle Show" and one appearance on "The Steve Allen Show." Finally, on your birthday, he appeared on Ed Sullivan's show. He made two more appearances on that show, the last being Jan. 6, 1957.
Q: As a kid, one of my favorite movies was "Mister Roberts." What was the name of the ship? When was the film released? -- K.S.Z., Concord, Calif.
A: "Mister Roberts" was released in 1955. The name of the cargo ship was the USS Reluctant, which was affectionately called "the Bucket."
The film, which takes place in the Pacific theater during World War II, starred Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon, Betsy Palmer and Ward Bond.
Q: I can only paraphrase the quote, "My life has had terrible things, but most never happened." Can you tell me the actual quote and who wrote it? -- H.W., Denton, Texas
A: "My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened." Michel de Montaigne wrote the sentiment. Montaigne (1533-1592) is considered one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance.
Q: I have a really silly question for you: How many last names of U.S. presidents can be typed with one hand only? I could figure it out, but it will be fun to see my initials in your column! -- K.L.C., Peoria, Ill.
A: With your left hand, you can type Taft, the 27th president, and Carter, the 39th president. Using your right hand, you can type Polk, the 11th president.