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The Slice: No, he’s not that Kramer

Today is Jerry Kramer’s birthday.

Who is he?

A) A character on “Seinfeld.” B) Figure skater who first attempted quad booty call. C) University of Idaho/NFL football player and author from Sandpoint. D) Actor who played Paladin on “Have Gun/Will Travel.” E) Spokane TV news anchor fired after suggesting that his on-air colleagues man up and accept that winter is a naturally occurring fact of life here. F) A WSU psychologist who studied pickup truck ownership. G) First guy to wear ballcap at formal occasion. H) Found fossilized remains of woolly marmot.

The correct answer is C.

Thanks for the pep talk, kid: Gaye Robinson, who uses an oxygen tube to help her breathe, was at SeaTac airport waiting for her flight home to Spokane.

A little boy getting off a plane that had just arrived saw her and approached. “My uncle had oxygen but he’s dead now,” he said.

Family Phrases Department: Sam Riddlesberger’s then 3½-year-old son wanted to speak to his grandmother on the phone after his parents were done talking to her. But by the time he got on, she had already hung up.

So his “Hi, Grandma” was met with silence.

The boy then turned to his parents and said, “The answers aren’t working.”

Many years later, family members still use that expression when there’s a problem on the other end of a phone call.

Know your beach movie trivia: Susan Hart, who played the curvaceous Lily Kilua, Tab Hunter’s love interest in 1964’s “Ride the Wild Surf,” was born in Wenatchee.

Speaking of Washington cities: Paula Conn still remembers the way her late mother laughed upon reading a reference to a Tacoma resident in the newspaper. “Tacoman,” which she read as “Taco Man,” cracked her up.

Today’s Slice question: Your household would be the perfect test market for what?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470, fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail Ever been in a focus group asked to evaluate lawyers’ test-run medical malpractice arguments?

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