Dear Sun Spots: Could you tell me how many people are still living in the world right now that were born before the year 1900? Also, how many people are still living in the world that were on the Titanic? Thank you so much for your help. – No Name, Monmouth.

Sun Spots contacted the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, D.C.. They began researching your request some three months ago but were unable to narrow down your inquiry. However, Carol Haub of the bureau noted the number still living is pretty close to the number of centenarians alive today (minus a few years). However, Haub was unsure on how to go about estimating it but was looking into it. She did advise it would be an extensive undertaking to find that data for you. Ellen Carnevale, director of communications with the agency, says you can contact her. You can reach her via e-mail at ecarnev[email protected] or by phone at (202) 939-5407.

Regarding your question about Titanic survivors: Sun Spots located a Web site that lists several living survivors among them: Lillian Gertrude Asplund, Eliza Gladys Milvina Dean, Winnifred Vera Quick VanTongerloo and Barbara J. West. The Web site is http://www.euronet.n1?users/keesree/alive.htm and it also notes two of those survivors live in the United States and two in England. You might be interested in knowing Sun Spots’ grandfather worked on the Titanic as a welder in the Harland & Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Several feisty family members have been known to wonder whether or not that was the reason the ship sank. Others believe it was because the Pope never blessed the ship.

Dear Sun Spots: Thank you for your helpful column. I have a friend in need of a booklet to go with her small organ. It is for an Estey Electric Organ, Model No. 3724, serial number 8572. It is a very small organ. Estey Musical Instrument Corporation, Harmony, Penn., was the maker, but it is now defunct and was bought out by a Florida company. My friend hopes that someone has one in their possession and maybe could let her see it or buy it.

I also have two very nice lamps that I would like to have repaired. Do you or your readers have any recommended places to get lamps rewired? I also have to purchase new shades for them.

I am also looking for two movies that I have been unable to find via the Internet or stores. I want to find: “Miss Anne Rooney, That Hagen Girl” and “A Kiss for Corliss.”

Please call me at (207) 224-7355 if you have any information regarding these inquiries. Thank you very much for all your column does for our area. It is the first thing I read. – Arlene Nason, Hartford.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots would recommend you contact Dale Honaberger at the Lamp & Shade Shop, 95 Main St. in Bridgton, (207) 647-5576. Honaberger says his wife makes custom shades, using wires and covering them with all kinds of designs such as cut and pierce, fabric as well as uses a designer who hand paints the shades.

• The Friday column advised reader Robert Kester of Auburn to contact the Mount Desert Islander for possible coverage of an accident at Baxter State Park. Thanks to a tip from an observant colleague, Sun Spots should have directed you to a more local paper: The Bangor Daily News, 491 Main Street (PO Box 1329)Bangor, ME 04402-1329, (800)432-7964.

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