Stan’s Trivia Bits


Small-town celebrity birthplace of the week: Jamestown, N.D. (current population about 15,000). Western author Louis L’Amour was born there in 1908, and singer Peggy Lee was born there in 1920.

n Orson/Gideon Welles update: Thanks to Don Weingarten of El Cerrito, Calif., whose genealogical research has established that Orson Welles was not a descendant of Lincoln Cabinet member Gideon Welles. Orson’s great-great-great-great-grandfather was named Gideon, but he lived entirely in the 18th century.

The Volkswagen Beetle was introduced in the United States in 1949. How many Beetles were sold in the U.S. in that first year?


B) 2,002

C) 22,002

D) 200,022

Wednesday’s answer: Dwarf Cavendish is the name of the familiar yellow variety of bananas.