Radio duo sought by local relative

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Dear Sun Spots: When the radio station WCOU was on the air in the late 1940s, my father, Ludovic (Vic) Vaillancourt and my uncle, Antonio (Tony) Charest, had a 10- or 15-minute program that aired once a week. I believe that it was sponsored by Swift & Co., a meat distributor. My father would accompany my uncle, who was a great tenor, on the piano.

I am searching for anyone who would have been affiliated with WCOU or remembers these programs. I am also trying to locate any taping that would have been done. I am wondering if whoever bought out WCOU would have any archives of this?

Is there any possible way that you could find out, or that somebody who is reading this could help. If so, please get in touch with me at (207) 784-1209. Thank you in advance. – Constance Caron, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I read your column every day. Great job! It is very informative. Keep up the good work. I have a few questions:

Can you please get me Dr. Timothy Johnson’s address? He is always on television. I believe he practices at Boston General Hospital.

Can you also please tell me when the balloon festival started putting the logo on the champagne bottles? At first, it was just a plain label, and now they have the balloon festival logo on them.

Can you please tell me whom to contact to get a DNA test done? Is there a toll-free number that someone could call?

Thanks for all your help. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Regarding your first question, you can try contacting Johnson via the church where he is an assisting pastor. You can reach him at Community Covenant Church, 33 Lake St., West Peabody, MA 01960, (978) 535-5321, e-mail commcovchurch@aol.com. Sun Spots had the pleasure of speaking with Pastor Joel Anderle, who says Johnson travels extensively, and it may take some time, possibly a few months, for him to receive your mail. But since he appears to no longer practice medicine, this would appear to be the timeliest method for reaching him. You might also like to check out the church’s Web site and Johnson’s biography, which is at www.communitycovenant-westpeabody.org. Just click on ‘staff’ for more information on Johnson.

Regarding your second question on the champagne bottles, Sun Spots has not located an answer; perhaps readers out there may be able to assist you in finding an answer.

And finally, you might like to contact Genelex Corp. about the DNA testing. You can reach them via mail at 3000 First Ave., Suite One, Seattle, WA 98121, (800) 523-3080, (206) 382-9591 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.

Dear Sun Spots: What has happened to the show “8 Simple Rules?” I miss it. The shows I see are all repeats. When will new shows be taped? – Anita Lagrange, Lewiston.

Answer: According to a note posted on www.abc.go.com, the next episode of “8 Simple Rules” has not yet been scheduled. The last episode appears to have aired April 15, 2005.

• To No Name, Lewiston featured in the March 3 column, who was seeking a toy dealer: Sun Spots located Ron Childs of Lewiston, who says he does just this. You can reach him at (207) 784-6204. Additionally, you can page him at 471-1778.

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