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Dear Ken: What has happened to “Medium”? I really miss it. Is she gone forever?

I, too, am a medium, and my crystal ball allows me to see into the future and share the good news that “Medium” returns at 9 p.m. Feb. 2 on NBC.

Sadly, “Medium” star Patricia Arquette filed for divorce from husband Thomas Jane on Jan. 5. Previously she was wed to Nicolas Cage.

Dear Ken: Tennessee native Dinah Shore was a wonderful pop singer. She had her own TV show for years but what films did she appear in?

The Winchester native only made a few movies, such as “Up in Arms,” “Belle of the Yukon” and “Till the Clouds Roll By.” Her best was 1952‘s “Aaron Slick From Punkin Crick” in which she sang “Marshmallow Moon” among other tunes. 

Dear Ken: How old is Macaulay Culkin, the child star from “Home Alone”? What has he done lately?

Mac is 28. His most recent movie was “Sex and Breakfast” in 2007. He also furnished the voice of Bastian Bux in several episodes of the Cartoon Network’s “Robot Chicken” in 2005 and 2006. 

Dear Ken: Whatever happened to comedian Gabe Kaplan, who starred as Mr. Kotter in the TV series “Welcome Back, Kotter”?

Since that popular 1970s TV series, Kaplan, 63, made a few films and another TV series,  “Lewis & Clark” in 1981, but he has enjoyed a terrific career as a professional poker player. He also has served as a commentator for ESPN and CNBC for major poker tournaments. In 1977, he wrote Kotter's Back: E-mails From a Faded Celebrity to a Bewildered World.

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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