Kirk Cameron grows a hit with Fireproof

Ken Beck

Dear Ken: My wife and I recently went to see “Fireproof,” which starred Kirk Cameron. I recollect that he was in a 1980s sitcom but I cannot remember the title. Can you refresh my memory bank and give me an update on his career?

Dear Kirk fan: Cameron, 38, starred as Mike Seaver on “Growing Pains” from 1985 to 1992. He continues to act and directs films and operates a ministry called The Way of the Master.

He and his wife, Chelsea, have six children, four of them adopted. In 1989 the couple opened Camp Firefly for sick children and their families. Cameron released an autobiography, “Still Growing,” earlier this year. You can buy the book and find more info at http://www.kirkcameron.com/.  

Dear Ken: I loved watching “The Glenn Beck Show” on CNN Headline News but it has not been on in recent weeks. What happened?

Dear Beck fan: My cousin Glenn was dropped by CNN as soon as they found out he had a signed a deal with Fox News Channel. His show should start there in early 2009. The conservative and comedic commentator has a new book out, “The Christmas Sweater.” He is not really my cousin.

Dear Ken: I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan and saw that he has a new film out as a director. How old is he now? How many times has he been married and how many children does he have?

Did he ever marry girlfriend Sondra Locke, who was from Shelbyville, Tenn.?

Dear Clint fan: Eastwood is 78 and recently released “Changeling,” a 1920s thriller that he directed but did not act in. He has seven children, ranging from 12 to 44 years old. He has been married twice, from 1953 to 1984 with Maggie Johnson and for the past 10 years or so to Dina Ruiz, who is 35 years younger than Clint.

He and Locke, a native of Bedford County, Tenn., were together from 1975 to 1989 and appeared in six films together.  

Hey Ken: I’ve read before that Goo Goo candy bars, MoonPies and Little Debbie Snack Cakes were all made in Tennessee? If so, can you tell me where they were invented and the year? Also, do the letters in Goo Goo really stand for “Grand Ole Opry”?

Dear candy fan: The Goo Goo Cluster was concocted in Nashville in 1912. The combination of milk chocolate, marshmallow, roasted peanuts and caramel once boasted the slogan “a nourishing lunch for a nickel.” Since the “Opry” did not begin on WSM Radio until 1925, it seems impossible for the candy to have been named after the radio show.

The MoonPie was born in 1917 in Chattanooga. An RC Cola and MoonPie Festival is celebrated annually in June in Bell Buckle, Tenn.Little Debbie is the new kid on the block and was conceived in 1960 in Collegedale, Tenn., named after a 4-year-old granddaughter of the founder of McKee Foods Corporation.

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."

Earlier this year 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.