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Seinfeld quartet reconvenes on the Curb

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Dear Ken: Exactly what is the deal on a “Seinfeld” cast reunion I’ve heard mention of?

Well, their characters must have gotten a get-out-of-jail-free card.

But the answer is yes. Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander will work together in a few episodes on the new season of Larry David's HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm. The quartet haven’t been together since the “Seinfeld” finale in 1998. (Wow, has it been that long?)

David and Seinfeld were the co-creators of “Seinfeld,” that brilliant sitcom about nothing at all. Seinfeld has created and is producing a new reality show, “The Marriage Refs,” for NBC this fall. Hopefully, it is about something.

Dear Ken: How many times was Richard Burton married? Did he marry Elizabeth Taylor twice?

Burton, once the highest-paid actor in Hollywood was married to four different women, and, yes, he married Taylor twice. The first marriage ran for 10 years from 1964 to 1974. One year and four months later, they married a second time and went around the mulberry bush for nine months before calling game over.

Burton died in 1984 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 58.

Dear Ken: How many No. 1 hits did Hall & Oates have? How old are those guys?

The Philly soul duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates had six No. 1 hits and 34 singles that made the Billboard Hot 100. The biggest hits include “She’s Gone,” “Sara Smile,” “Rich Girl,” “Maneater,” “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go for That” and “One on One.” Hall is 62 and Oates is 60.

Dear Ken: I’ve heard Paul Newman started a camp for kids in New England. Can you provide some details?

That would be the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp that the late actor founded in 1988 in Ashford, Conn. According to the camp’s Web site, it is a nonprofit, residential summer camp and year-round center serving children and their families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses and conditions. Through camp programs, year-round outreach to hospitals and clinics, and ongoing services for children, families and caregivers, the camp serves more than 15,000 annually. All of the camp's services are provided free of charge

Services include an outreach program to hospitals from New York to Boston in which staff members make regular visits to seriously ill hospitalized children.Each summer more than 1,000 children between the ages of 7 and 15, diagnosed with cancer, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS, hemophilia and other serious illnesses and conditions attend the camp.

The camp is entered by a passageway through rough-hewn boulders reminiscent of a Wild West hideaway, which makes sense because it was named for the secret, outlaw hiding-place from Newman’s film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via www.sherlocksbooks.com where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson  County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."

Recently Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.

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