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Q&A: More 'All in the Family' coming

Story of Strange middle name

How did Robert S. McNamara get his middle name, "Strange"?

It's his mother's maiden name. McNamara, who died in this at 93, was born in San Francisco in 1916 to Claranel Strange and Robert James McNamara. McNamara was president of Ford Motor Co., secretary of defense under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson from 1961 to 1968 and president of the World Bank from 1968 to 1981.

More 'All in the Family' coming

I'm trying to find DVDs of old All in the Family seasons. I can only find through Season 6.

All in the Family was groundbreaking televisions and a huge hit for CBS from Jan. 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. It was then retooled, renamed Archie Bunker's Place and ran four more seasons.

As you note, the first six seasons are out on DVD. Erin O'Brien of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment said the company does plan to release the subsequent seasons, but has no firm dates for those releases.

She suggests checking Sony's Web site for product announcement updates. That's at

That's no Tony Shalhoub double

Neil Patrick Harris appeared in a very short-lived series before How I Met Your Mother. He played the part of a literary agent to a guy who put me in mind of Tony Shalhoub. This writer was funny and unique and had an assistant who was also funny. Can you tell me the name of the series and the author?

The series was Stark Raving Mad, which aired on NBC in 1999-2000. (How I Met Your Mother premiered in 2005.) The writer was named Ian Stark; he reminded you of Tony Shalhoub because he was played by Shalhoub, post-Wings and pre-Monk. Harris played a book editor assigned to work with Stark. Jake, Stark's assistant, was played by Eddie McClintock.

Snub not intended

In the movie Cocoon: The Return, I saw Brian Dennehy at the end of the movie. Yet, when they gave the credits, he was not listed. Any reason for this omission?

It's not a slight to Dennehy, a fine actor. Especially for brief cameos, actors will at times be omitted from the credits, or at least from the opening ones. That way, audiences may be surprised to see the actors, and don't waste energy looking for them when they're not in the movie much. In addition, a small role might mean lower-than-usual billing for an actor. By taking no credit, the actor doesn't set a precedent for lower billing when working out deals for other films.

Dear Conan . . .

I love Conan O'Brien. Where can I write him?

Letters can be sent to The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien, Stage 1, Universal City, CA 91608.

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