Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 30, 2000 · Page 22
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Who's News To ask a question, e-mail whosnews@usaweekend.com or call 1-800-255-5463. BY LORRIE LYNCH VISNJIC'S LUKA IS ALL HEARTTHROB. Q , What do you know about the most ' interesting face on ER this season? I'm talking about mysterious doctor Luka Kovac. Who is the actor playing him, and where is he from? MARY KINASTOWSKI, Arlington Heights, 111 Goran Visnjic is from Croatia, just like the gentle doc he plays. But he had connections to the ER folks. Visnjic, married and now living in LA, starred with George Clooney in The Peacemaker, a 1997 action- thriller directed by Muni Leder, who also had worked on ER. Largely a theater actor in his home country, Visnjic also appeared in Welcome to Sarajevo. Q , Can Donald Trump ' run for president even though he's not married? MARGARET FENO, Middlenex, N.J. Of course. In fact, six of our 42 presidents entered the White House unmarried. Four of them were widowers (Andrew Jackson's wife died between election and inauguration); two, Grover Cleveland and James Buchanan, had never been married. Cleveland wed during his first year in office, but Buchanan remained single. His political opponents used bachelorhood against him, campaigning with this ditty: "Who ever heard in all his life of a candidate without a wife?" Q . Here's the question I'd like to see answered ' op ABC's hit Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Where does the million dollars come from? ANDREW BALLAKD, Farmington Hills, Mich. Prize money is built into Millionaire's production budget. By the end of its late- fall run, the show — now airing three nights a week •— had awarded more than $5 million to 56 contestants, including the first million-dollar winner, John Carpenter (who'll pay $400,000 of it to the IRS). It sounds like a mound of cash, but it's peanuts for ABC, which spends an average $400,000 (excluding prizes) per show — money it can make back in one 30-second commercial on Millionaire. A, Is our vice president's THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS 1.30.00 Gene Hackman 69 1.31.00 Portia de Rossi 27 Minnie Driver 30 2.1.00 Pauley Shore 30 Lisa Marie Presley 32 Princess Stephanie 35 2.2.00 Christie Brinkley 46 Farrah Fawcett 53 2.3.00 VladeOivac32 Nathan Lane 44 Morgan Falrchild 50 2.4.00 Clint Black 38 Rosa Parks 87 2.5.00 Bobby Brown 31 Roberto Alomar 32 Hank Aaron 66 Q . Everyone in ' my family is a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, and we're especially fascinated byJaromirJagr.We know how talented he is on the ice. But there must be more to the man than that. PATTY HOSTUTLER Canton, Ohio Not much more. He's a hockey addict who has been skating since age 4, and he's arguably the best player on the ice today. Jagr, single and 27, arrived in America at 18, a long-haired kid from Czechoslovakia who couldn't speak English. He's still connected to his homeland. He brings Czech friends here often and spends summers there. His jersey number, 68, is a reminder of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Homesick as he may be, Jagr's loyal to Pittsburgh and Penguin fans as he pursues another Stanley Cup. wife really named Tipper, or is that some kind of nickname? ALFRED JONES, HendentonviUe, Term. Tipper is a nickname given to her by her mother, who took it from a lullaby. Mrs. Gore, 51, was born Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson in Arlington, Va. Her parents, John and Margaret Ann Aitcheson, split up when Tipper was just 4. Her mother and grandparents reared her in the big family home that her grandparents built in 1938 and that she lived in with her husband and children until Al Gore was elected vice president. a , Judging Amy, starring Amy Brenneman, won our ' household viewership with its intelligence. Did Brenneman really go to Harvard, like her character on the show? MARILYN FILONOW, $tiUwater, Okla. Yes. She has a Harvard degree in religion; both her parents are Harvard Law graduates. In fact, Brenneman, 35, created Judging Amy, the No. 1 new drama this season, as an homage to her mother, Frederica, a juvenile- court judge in Hartford, Conn. Semi-retired, Judge Brenneman contributes to the show's intelligence as a consultant. • This month, Judging Amy went up against Brenneman's old show, NYPD Blue. She was a regular in its first season and met her husband, Brad Silberling, when he directed an episode, ca Contributing: BICABPO GUTIERREZ, EVELYN POITBVBNT CLICK ON LINKS yf Want to be a millionaire? 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