Jerry Vale no longer performs
Some time ago we read that singer Jerry Vale had suffered a stroke. How is he doing, and is he still performing?
Jerry Vale, born Genaro Louis Vitaliano in the Bronx section of New York City on July 8, 1930, was one of the more popular crooners of the 1950s and into the 1960s. He specialized in romantic songs, among them Volare, Amore, You Don't Know Me, Innamorata, Al Di Law, Arrivederci Roma and Have You Looked Into Your Heart?
He's also done some acting, appearing as himself in the movies Casino, Donnie Brasco, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Goodfellas and on two episodes of the TV show The Sopranos.
In early 2002, he suffered a stroke, but has recovered nicely, though he no longer performs. He does make personal appearances, is involved in charity work, golfs and spends a lot of time with the Sinatra family. He lives in Los Angeles.
His autobiography, A Singer's Life, was written with Richard Grudens and published in 2000.
For more, go to the fan Web site at home. comcast.net/~sfrogers/jerry_vale/index.htm.
ABC pulls the plug on 'Kyle XY'
I'm a huge fan of the show Kyle XY. The last show that was on left many unanswered questions. Will Kyle XY return?
Sorry, it will not. Kyle XY, a quirky series about a young man who has mysterious powers but no memory, human emotions or navel, was canceled by ABC on Jan. 31 after three seasons. The final episode aired March 16 on the ABC Family network.
As in all canceled TV shows, story lines are left hanging. This time, however, series co-producer Julie Plec answered many questions about the series in a Web chat with ABC Family.
Among her revelations: Kyle would have likely ended up alone, instead of with Jessi or Amanda, traveling around the world and trying to make it a better place; Tom Foss would remain in Kyle's life; Adam is really dead; Josh and Andy would have attempted a long-term relationship; and Declan and Lori would eventually end up together.
To see the full interview, go to community. abcfamily.go.com/blogs/kyle-xy, and click on the link to the Plec interview.
Bush began term with a surplus
I understand that when George W. Bush became president there was a budget surplus. How much was the surplus?
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the surplus for 2000, the last full year of President Bill Clinton's administration, was $236.2 billion. The CBO also recorded a $128.2 billion surplus in 2001, Bush's first year in office.
Since then, it has registered negative numbers. The deficit in 2008 was $458.5 billion, and the CBO projects that in 2009, it will be $1.85 trillion.