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Lee Majors never marched at Castle Heights

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Dear Ken: I have heard that Lee Majors, star of TV’s “Six-Million Dollar Man,” was once a cadet at Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tenn. Is this true?

No, sir. The famous Majors who attended CHMA was Bobby Majors, the youngest of the University of Tennessee’s “first family of football.”

Bobby is a brother to Johnny Majors (former University of Tennessee football coach) and son of Coach Shirley Majors of Huntland, Tenn.., and the University of the South: Sewanee. Bobby played post-grad football at Heights before going on to be a punt returner for the Vols in the early 1970s.

Dear Ken: Did Dolly Parton have a sister who starred in the TV series version of the film “8 to 5”?

Yes. That would have been Rachel Dennison as Doralee Rhodes Brooks. The TV series aired 1982-1983.

Dear Ken: How old is Angus T. Jones, who stars as Jake Harper in the TV series “Two and a Half Men”? What can you tell us about him?

The 15-year-old Austin, Texas, native makes more than a million bucks a season on “Two and a Half Men.” He began his professional career at 4 in TV commercials and has a younger brother named Otto and a pet cat.

His other credits include the movies “See Spot Run,” “The Rookie,” “Bringing Down the House” and “George of the Jungle 2.” 

Dear Ken: What was the name of an older movie about an entire town that vowed to give up smoking for millions of dollars? Who starred in it?

That was 1971’s “Cold Turkey,” starring Dick Van Dyke, but the cast featured many wonderful character actors.

Also appearing were Pippa Scott, Tom Poston, Bob and Ray, Jean Stapleton, Barnard Hughes, Vincent Guardinia, Edward Everett Horton and Bob Newhart. 

Dear Ken: I loved the 1960s TV series “The Fugitive,” with David Janssen as Richard Kimball. I seem to remember that Janssen died young. How old was he and what was the cause of his death?

Janssen was only 48 when he died of a heart attack. While serving in the U.S. Army, he made pals with Martin Milner and Clint Eastwood, who also went on to Hollywood stardom.

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.

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