DEAR SUN SPOTS: Love your column.

Every Sunday our whole family gets together, like a lot of families did long ago. The great-grandkids to the great-grandparents. Great-Grammy cooks for everyone and we all have a great time.

I am writing to let you know that we would love to have a parachute to play with, or to use as an umbrella over the table or for shade. My father was a paratrooper in the second World War. It would be nice to have one as a usable memento.

Thank you so much for all you do.

— Richard Nadeau, Minot

ANSWER: Is anyone other than Sun Spots amazed by the interest in World War II parachutes? Anyone have one they’re willing to part with?


DEAR SUN SPOTS: You are so informative!

Would you please give the life history on David Muir, who reports on TV from 6:30 to 7 p.m. daily?

He is very good. Thank you.

— Addie Yenco, Lisbon Falls

ANSWER: David Muir was born on Nov. 8, 1973, in Syracuse, New York. That makes him 43 years old, and a Scorpio.

Not only has he been the anchor of the nightly broadcast of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir since 2011, he is the managing editor of that program and co-anchor’s ABC’s 20/20.


According to ABC News biography, he is a magna cum laude graduate of Ithaca College. He also attended the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University and studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

He’s received too many awards here to mention, including multiple Emmys and Edward R. Murrow Awards, and has reported from all over the world.

According to his ABC bio, “Most recently, Muir landed the first interview with President Donald Trump after his inauguration. Muir also secured the exclusive interview with President Barack Obama during the former president’s historic trip to Cuba; the exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook amid the battle between Apple and the FBI over whether to unlock the San Bernardino killer’s iPhone.”

In addition to his regular appearances, according to ABC News, “Muir has reported numerous primetime specials for ABC News. Most recently, Muir reported Breaking Point: Heroin in America and Flashpoint: Refugees in America.”

He has reported from the world’s hottest spots, and on some of the most painful stories, including the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and from the Superdome in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Before moving to ABC News, he worked for WCVB-TV in Boston, where he was part of a team that tracked the path of the 9/11 hijackers.

He is single, and is widely considered to be one of the hunkiest anchors on television.

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