Q. What happened to Meredith Vieira from "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" We really miss her
— Dorothy, Davenport
A. According to an article in the Chicago Business Journal posted May 6, Meredith Vieira will be debuting a new syndicated daily talk show in September. The New York-based Vieira has approached Jon Harris, a longtime fixture on Chicago's public relations scene, to be the announcer for the new show. For the past several years Harris has been the chief spokesman for Hillshire Brands.
Vieira was host of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" from 2002-2013. She was replaced by Cedric the Entertainer. According to an article posted May 7 on Newsday, Terry Crews, actor and former NFL player, will be the new host of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" starting in the fall of 2014.
Q. In 1965, the Times-Democrat took the newspaper carriers to the ballpark to watch a game. Was this an annual event or winners of a contest? What was the name of the ballpark at that time? What was the name of the baseball team?
— Steve, Davenport
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A. I consulted with Bill Wundram, Quad-City Times columnist, associate editor and 70-year member of the Times staff, and Pam Curry, circulation administrative assistant and long-time member of our circulation department. The consensus (our best guess) was that it may have been honoring our carriers as part of Newspaper Carrier Day celebrated on Sept. 4 in the United States. The day honors Barney Flaherty, the first newspaper carrier, hired in 1833 on this anniversary by Benjamin Day, publisher of the New York Sun.
There is also an International Newspaper Carrier Day sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America. The date varies from year to year. This year International Newspaper Carrier Day is Oct. 18, according to Sean O'Leary, director of communications for the Newspaper Association of America in Arlington, Va. There is a Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame established in 1960. Some famous inductees include John Wayne, Warren Buffett and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
To view more inductees, visit www.naa.org. If you are one of the Times-Democrat carriers from 1965 who attended the day at the ballpark, drop us a line by email at email@example.com, by phone at 563-333-2632 or regular mail at Ask the Times, Quad-City Times, 500 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA 52801.
Steve Batterson, Quad-City Times sports writer, responded to the other questions about the ballpark name and the baseball team name.
The ballpark was Davenport Municipal Stadium from May 26, 1931-May 26, 1971. It was renamed John O'Donnell Stadium on May 27, 1971. The name was changed to Modern Woodmen Park on Dec. 12, 2007.
"The team was known as the Quad-City Angels from 1962-78 and from 1985-91. It remained an Angels affiliate in 1992, but was known for the first time that season as the River Bandits. The change was made at a time when a number of teams in minor league baseball were adopting local nicknames, creating marketing opportunities and a local identity for franchises instead of simply using the nickname of the major league parent club. The use of the major league nicknames had been fairly common practice throughout the minors before the 1990s and in some communities where affiliations changed frequently, it wasn’t uncommon for the same club to have three or four nicknames in an eight-year span."