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‘My name is Talky Tina, and I’m going to kill you’

There’s a “Twilight Zone” marathon today on the Syfy channel.

Feel free to celebrate by calling The Slice’s phone and recording your impression of Talky Tina in the episode called “Living Doll.”

(I know I’ve asked for that before. But I never get tired of coming back to work after a holiday and hearing those phone messages.)

Slice answers: “My parents divorced when I was 2,” wrote Sue Jones, who is now 68. “My father had visitation weekends, so twice a month he would take me out to his parents’ farm outside Dallas. As we arrived he would say ‘Hey, Pop’ and as we would leave he would wave out the car window and call out ‘Bye, Mama.’ So, as a result, I knew them as ‘Hey Pop’ and ‘Bye Mama.’ ”

“My daughter called my mother Mukka,” wrote Sally Kuchik of Coeur d’Alene. “Don’t know how she got that but it stuck.”

Valerie Adams wrote, “My dad was G-G-Pa to his great-grandchildren.”

When Louise Gillespie’s son was almost 3, he called his grandmothers “Grandma” and “Grandma Shorty.” And when he met Louise’s grandmother, he declared that he would call her “Grandma Cotton-Top” because of her hair color.

Don Hartvigsen shared this. “When our first grandchild was about 1 and a half, he called me ‘Paga.’ When asked what grandma’s name was he said, incredulously, ‘Maga.’ Still does call us that. He graduated from high school this year.”

And one of Patsy Wood’s grandkids addressed Patsy’s mother as “Grandma Grape” because he thought he heard her called that. What he had actually heard was “Grandma Great.” But you have to admit, “Grandma Grape” has a ring to it.

Loyal to the end: The Slice had asked about music played at memorial services, and Newport’s George Weisbarth shared this.

“When my dear friend, Jim Sewell, passed a few years ago in Newport, the WSU Cougar fight song was played. In addition there was a big sign on the side of the casket that read ‘GO COUGS.’ ”

Today’s Slice question: When he was a teenager, my late older brother once convinced a girl he had played the part of “Boy” in the Johnny Weissmuller “Tarzan” movies. No film scholar, the young lady apparently failed to note that those pictures had been made long before my brother was born. But here’s the question.

What’s your favorite story of astonishing gullibility?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email Do you have a favorite scene in the movie version of “1776”?

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