The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 58
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 58

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 22, 2001
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Who's News To ask a question, e-mail or call 1-800-255-5463. BY LORRIE LYNCH Q . 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins seems like the ' perfect husband and father on TV. Is he married in real life? Does he have children? JOANNE DANIELSON, Visalia, Calif The head of the WB's Camden clan is married to acti'ess Flaye Grant and has a daughter, 11. He tells us he feels blessed to play pastor Eric Camden. The role "came at a moment when I'd been working on so many of the things the show is about: How can you be in this crazy business and be a good parent? How do you become a good person?" A regular at St. Matthew's Episcopal in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Collins, 53, gets insight from the church's rector and his own brother Mike, "a great father" who keeps his sense of humor with six kids. "The show gives me something to shoot for. I might be in an aii-port, angry with a ticket person, and I check myself, because part of me is seen as Eric Camden." CLICK ON LINKS Read our full interview with Stephien Collins at Q . Along with the rest of the nation, * I was surprised by the many pardons Bill Clinton granted in his final hours In the White House. Is this a common practice of exiting presidents? MARK J. FRANZEN, Alexandria, Ky. The 258 pardons and commutations gi'anted by Clinton in his last month — 177 on the final day — was unusual, but the total granted in his eight years, 456, was moderate. Richard Nixon granted 923. Of com'se, the public furor was not over the number of pardons or even the last-minute nature of some of them. Clinton's pai'don of financier Marc Rich (plus the involvement of assorted Rodham- Clinton relatives in other cases), was shocking in that it, like many others, did not go through the Office of the Pardons Attorney, which would have set it up for screening by the FBI, U.S. attorney, sentencing judge and deputy attorney general. Q . Is NBC's Katie Couric, whose husband died of * colon cancer in 1998, dating anyone seriously? Dos'NA JENNIKGS, Hixton, Wis. Couric, 44, who just celebrated 10 yeai's as Today co-anchor, has been dating super-producer Tom Werner (with her at left) for about a year. The hitch: Werner, 51, co-producer of such hits as The Cosby SIww, Roseanne and 3rd Rock Fwm the Sun, is based in L.A; Couiic lives in Manhattan with daughters Elinor, 9, and Caroline, 5. One sign the relationship could progress: Werner filed for divorce last fall from his wife of 28 yeai's; he was separated when he and Couric started dating. (Her manager inb-oduced them.) That romance, plus the fact that her $7 million-a- yeai- conti-act is up next yeai* and her old boss, Jeff Zucker, now is NBC's piime-time chief, has added fuel to talk that Couric would go west. But those in the know call it speculation. Q . I so enjoyed Joaquin Phoenix in his • latest movies — Gladiator, which got him an Oscar nomination, and Qui7/s. Is he related to former child star Leaf Phoenix? DEBORAH DOYON, Charlotte, Vt. He is that child star. His brother was teen idol River Phoenix, and his sisters are Rain, Liberty and Summer, so Joaquin adopted "Leaf" as a kid. Once missionaries, the family moved to L.A in 1978; Leaf landed roles in SpaceCamp and Parenthood in the late 19808 before dropping out to deal with River's overdose death in 1993. He resurfaced as Joaquin and made the edgy To Die For in 1995. It was while making 1996's Inventing the Abbotts that co-star Liv Tyler decided Phoenix was to die for; they dated for two years. There's no girlfriend now, but the Oscai- nomination boosted his career. This year Phoenix, 26, has already wi-apped the Clime di-ama Buffalo Soldiers and begun to Sim a sci-fi romance. PHOENIX BROUGHT HIS MOM, HEART, TO THIS YEAR'S ACADEMY AWARDS. THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS 4.22.01 Jack Nicholson 64 4.23.01 Mellna Kanakaredes 34 Valerie Bertinelli 41 4.24.01 Barbra Streisand 59 Shirley MacLalne 67 4.25,01 Tim Duncan 25 Renee Zellweger 32 Al Pacino 61 4.26.01 "T-Boz"Watkins 31 Carol Burnett 68 4.27.01 Casey Kasem 69 Coretta Scott King 74 4.28.01 Jessica Alba 20 JayLeno 51 Q . The use of "Dubya" as a reference to President • Bush is increasingly common. What is its origin? AZIZ M. AHSAN, Hopewell Junction. NX Columnist Molly Mns coined it in 1995; it's the spelled-out Texas-drawl version of Bush's middle initial (for "Walker"). Her editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tells us I^^ns "owned T>ubya' from the mid-'90s to 1999, then it caught on with evei*yone else." Well, not really everyone. Close friends call Bush "George W" His dad sometimes calls him "Quincy," a reference to John Quincy Adams, the only son of a president to become president. And ahnost everybody else calls him "Mr. President." The formality of the Oval Office has not dashed Bush's affinity for nicknames: Condoleezza Rice is "Guru," Karen (Parfitt) Hughes is "High Prophet" and Laura Bush is often "First," as in "fii-st lady." ca Contributing: PATTT RHULE, FRAPPA STOUT Surround yourself with music, not equipment. Music should be heard, not seen. That's the whole notion behind the Bose* Acoustic Wave* music system. It measures less than a foot tall, yet with Bose patented acoustic waveguide technolog>' it delivers full, dear sound. In fact, upon its introduction Stereo Reuiew wrote that it had "possibly the best- reproduced sound many people have ever heard," The system, which is now available in Platinum White or Graphite Gray, features a compact disc player; an AM/FM tunei; built-in speakers, and a handy remote control. And it's available directly from Bose, the most respeaed name in sound. So call for ©2001 Bose Corporation. Patent rights issued and/or pending. 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