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(CONTINUED FROM COVER) • DeLorean began seeking investors for the business, and celebrities like Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis, Jr., and country singer Roy Clark. Then came the breakthrough in funding from the British government, who pledged about $120 million if DeLorean would build the factory in Northern Ireland. • Dunmurray, a suburb of Belfast, was chosen as the site of the plant, to revive the war-torn area, where about 50% of men were out of work. Ground was broken in a peat bog in October, 1978. Critics claimed it wouldn’t be completed and operating for at least five years, yet in 16 months, it was ready, and was producing cars within two years of the start of construction, with the first DeLorean rolling off the assembly line in January, 1981. • Although it was John DeLorean’s brainchild, the car’s shape was devised by auto designer Giorgetto Gingiano, the same genius behind some models of BMW, Lorus, Maserati, Lexus, and Ferrari. The futuristic gullwing doors were John DeLorean’s idea, but it was Guigiaro who put the vision into reality. It was DeLorean’s intention for his rearengined vehicle to compete with the Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Porsche.

• The door’s torsion bars, which facilitated the lifting and lowering of the doors, were developed by Grumman Aerospace, the same company that made the Apollo Lunar Module and the F-14. • The car’s engine was a 2.7-liter V6, developed by a group consisting of Peugeot, Renault, and Volvo. The DeLorean was officially known as the DMC-12, for the DeLorean Motor Company. The “12” represented the price -- $12,000 – but by the time it hit the dealers, its suggested retail price had been upped to $25,000. • Right from the start, there were problems with the vehicle. With a heavy stainless steel body and a small engine, it was just plain slow! The speedometer topped out at just 85 mph (136.8 km/ hr). The engine ventilation system experienced failure, which produced (CONTINUED ON PAGE 6)

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Q: Who is the actor who plays the arrogant soccer star Jamie Tartt on “Ted Lasso”? When I first saw him, I thought he had to be one of the DeLuise boys -or a distant cousin. Did he ever play soccer in college or anything? The soccer scenes look so realistic. -- E.D. A: Phil Dunster, who plays Jamie Tartt on the Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso,” is a 29-year-old British actor. He’s not related to the late, great Dom DeLuise or his offspring, but he’s a joy to watch even when he’s playing the bad guy. Dunster’s previous roles include playing a count in the Helen Mirren HBO limited series “Catherine the Great” and a colonel in the 2017 Kenneth Branagh film “Murder on the Orient Express.” In an interview with AV Club about how they film the professional soccer scenes, Dunster said: “We have a dedicated sports choreography team for the show. We had a dedicated football director on season 2 who has worked a lot with shooting football. ... It takes a lot of time and good editors, which luckily we have, to make me look like Jamie Tartt.” In addition to being represented in England, Dunster just signed with the American talent agency CAA, so, in my opinion, it’s just a matter of time before we start seeing his name above the title at your local cinema. In the meantime, look for season three of “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV+ next summer. Q: Is the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” ever coming back to prime time? I loved the brief run it had last year with host Jimmy Kimmel, although Regis Philbin is my all-time favorite host. -- C.K. A: Game shows made a big comeback in prime time during the confining days of the pandemic, but “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” which debuted 21 years ago, hasn’t been renewed for another season -- yet. Modern versions of classic game shows “The $100,000 Pyramid,” “To Tell the Truth” and “Match Game” provided visual comfort food for nostalgia lovers as well as a new generation of fans. “Deadline” speculates that “Millionaire” could return to ABC in what is called “event programming” and not necessarily a regular fixture in prime time again like it once was when Philbin hosted. Q: This has been driving me crazy for a while. What is the name of the football drama that lasted just one season because, allegedly, the bigwigs in the NFL disapproved of it. -- G.G. A: You’re thinking of “Playmakers,” an ESPN original drama series that, despite high ratings, was given the ax three months after it premiered in August 2003. It was about a fictional NFL team, but rumor has it that NFL executives didn’t like how the players were depicted off the field and wanted to preserve their image. I think the show would have survived had it aired on a different network. Send me your questions at NewCelebrityExtra@ gmail.com, or write me at KFWS, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. (c) 2021 King Features Synd., Inc.

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devoted herself to her novel about the South during and after the Civil War. The book sold 1 million copies in its first six months. • On Nov. 9, 1938, in an event that would foreshadow the Holocaust, German Nazis launch a campaign of terror against Jewish people and their homes and businesses. “Kristallnacht,” or “Night of Broken Glass,” left some 100 Jews dead and 7,500 Jewish businesses damaged.

• On Nov. 14, 1851, Herman Melville publishes “Moby-Dick.” Initially the book about Captain Ahab and his quest to catch a giant white whale was a flop, but it would eventually become a staple of high-school reading lists across the U.S. • On Nov. 12, 1892, William “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player when Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Athletic Association pays him $500 to play as a ringer in a game. Before then, players had traded their services for expense money or trinkets, not cash. • On Nov. 8, 1900, Margaret Mitchell, author of “Gone with the Wind” (1936), is born in Atlanta. Mitchell quit working as a journalist after an ankle injury limited her mobility, and she

• On Nov. 10, 1969, “Sesame Street,” a pioneering TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count, makes its broadcast debut, on PBS. • On Nov. 11, 1978, a stuntman on the Georgia set of “The Dukes of Hazzard” launches the show’s iconic 1969 Dodge Charger, nicknamed the General Lee, off a 16-foot-high dirt ramp and over a police car. Several hundred Chargers were used during the show’s six-year run due to damage from jumps and other stunts.

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(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2) overheating. The electrical system frequently failed, and batteries died prematurely. The celebrated gullwing doors presented a major safety issue, since if the car were to roll onto the roof in an accident, the occupants had no way to get out. Reviews were lukewarm at best. • Within a year, DeLorean was clearly in financial trouble. The company had failed to recover the $175 million investment costs. The final DMC12 was produced on Christmas Eve, 1982, the Always We Are& Selling! Buying

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last of about 9,000 produced. Nearly half of the cars produced were still unsold. A restructuring deal was put in place, requiring John DeLorean to come up with $27 million cash to keep the company alive. In a desperate attempt to save DMC, he agreed to smuggle 59 lbs. (27 kg) of cocaine, worth about $24 million. DeLorean was approached by an FBI informant and the sting operation was captured on video.

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Thought for the Day: “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” -- Edith Wharton

2. MEASUREMENTS: How many pecks are in a bushel? 3. GEOGRAPHY: Which continent has regions in all four hemispheres of Earth -- north, south, east and west? 4. MUSIC: Which singer is known as the Queen of Disco? 5. U.S. STATES: Which state has the only royal palace in the United States? 6. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: How many federal holidays are recognized by the United States? 7. ASTRONOMY: How many moons does Mars have? 8. MOVIES: Which iconic movie has the tagline, “A man went looking for America, and he couldn’t find it anywhere”? 9. FOOD & DRINK: Which minerals are found abundantly in dairy products? 10. COMICS: Which long-running comic strip developed from a weekly panel titled “L’il Folks”? (c) 2021 King Features Synd., Inc.

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You may be familiar with the DeLorean from seeing the timetraveling version in the 1985 blockbuster “Back to the Future.” But how much do you know about this stainless steel vehicle? This week, Tidbits takes you for a drive through the facts.

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• John DeLorean was an outstanding student, both at a specialty honors technical high school and at the Lawrence Institute of Technology. After a three-year interruption in his studies to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II, he returned to finish his industrial engineering degree. A master’s degree from the Chrysler Institute in Automotive Engineering was next, after which he joined the Chrysler engineering team. But after less than a year, he moved on to the Packard Motor Company in 1953. In 1956, DeLorean’s career took a dramatic upturn when he joined General Motors’ Pontiac division, where he was responsible for bringing us the GTO, Firebird, and Grand Prix. At age 40, he became the head of Pontiac, the youngest GM division head in history. Another promotion followed in 1969 to head up the entire Chevrolet division, with an annual salary and bonuses of $600,000 (about $4.25 million in today’s dollars). • DeLorean seemed to have the Midas touch, and his success soared. He became part owner of the San Diego Chargers and the New York Yankees. With Chevrolet experiencing record sales, DeLorean was on track to become president of General Motors. However, in 1973, he left GM to pursue his dream of his own company. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 2)

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