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Q&A: Annette Funicello very sick in recent years

Actor Annette Funicello, diagnosed with MS in 1987, has been very sick in recent years.

Associated Press (1990)

Actor Annette Funicello, diagnosed with MS in 1987, has been very sick in recent years.

Annette Funicello in poor health

What is the progress of ex-Mouseketeer Annette Funicello with her debilitating disease?

Annette Funicello, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987, has been very ill in recent years. Nonetheless, she has been instrumental in raising funds for further research of degenerative diseases.

She has become an outspoken advocate of research for MS. She revealed her illness to the public a few years after her diagnosis and established the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders at the California Community Foundation in 1993 and released her memoirs, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story, in 1994.

Donations for low-cost glasses

I read an article about atomic physicist Joshua Silver's low-cost glasses for those in poverty situations. I was wondering where to send a donation to buy a pair of glasses for someone who needs it.

Go to to donate to physics professor Joshua Silver's campaign to provide affordable corrective eyewear in the developing world. The company has offices in London and Oxford, England.

White House: 132 rooms, 91 staff

How many rooms does the White House have? How many employees does it need to keep it up?

The White House has 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and six levels in the residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, eight staircases and three elevators. The White House complex includes a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater and bowling lane.

The chief usher is in charge of keeping the house running smoothly. He has a staff of 90 to assist him: a head housekeeper, five chefs and numerous maids, butlers, carpenters, plumbers, gardeners and engineers.

With five full-time chefs, the White House kitchen can serve up to 140 dinner guests and hors d'oeuvres to more than 1,000.

'Shield' finale

After watching The Shield since its inception, I was unable to watch the final show. Do you know if it will be rerun or put on DVD? If not, where can I find out how it ended?

Too bad you missed the finale, which some critics say ranks among the best endings for a TV series ever. So as not to spoil it for people who still have not watched, we'll refer you to Alan Sepinwall's blog,, which has a detailed summary and review of the finale, as well as an extensive interview with Shield creator Shawn Ryan.

Q&A: Annette Funicello very sick in recent years 02/16/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 16, 2009 3:30am]
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