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By R.U. Steinberg

OCTOBER 6, 1997:  On Nov. 31, 1966, Robert C. Weaver became the first African-American cabinet member -- LBJ's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

The "macaroni" in the song "Yankee Doodle" ("stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni") refers to an American regiment during the Revolutionary War called "The Macaronies." Its members wore showy uniforms.

The "fluffer" on a porn movie set is the person responsible for keeping male actors erect between shoots.

The first episode of Joanie Loves Chachi was the highest rated American program in the history of Korean television. "Chachi" is Korean for "penis."

Kenny G was once a member of Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra.

The above is information which Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, a magazine, or the newspaper; heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party. Got any facts? Leave a message for Mr. Smarty Pants, at 454-5766, ext. 226 for possible inclusion in the column. E-mail: mrpants@auschron.com

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