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Q&A: Obama had teleprompters in inaugural address

Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher in a happy time.

Times files (1955)

Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher in a happy time.

Obama had teleprompters

During President Obama's inauguration speech, was he using a teleprompter?

Yes, he had access to two teleprompters, one on each side of the podium, which were on the flip side of the gray panels you can see in photos.

Obama is well-known for his reliance on teleprompters, and some critics liked to call him the "teleprompter candidate" during the campaign.

Head coach and many more

I was surprised to read last week that the Bucs have a position titled assistant defensive backs coach. How many coaches does the team have?

Because of the recent change in head coaches from Jon Gruden to Raheem Morris, the Bucs staff still has openings.

But in the 2008 media guide, the team listed 20 coaches: Gruden, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, offensive coordinator Bill Muir, a special teams and runnings back coach, an assistant head coach, an assistant running backs coach, a linebackers coach, a tight ends coach, two defensive quality control coaches, an offensive assistant, an assistant to the head coach for football operations, a wide receivers coach, a head strength and conditioning coach and an assistant strength and conditioning coach, a defensive backs coach, a quarterbacks coach, a special teams quality control coach, a defensive line coach and an assistant offensive line coach.

The Super Bowl teams, Arizona and Pittsburgh, each list 16 coaches on their Web sites.

No pets aboard US Airways jet

In the recent crash in the Hudson, were any pets trapped in the plane?

Yet more good news on this month's splash landing in the Hudson River, just a few hundred yards from the Manhattan skyline: "We have confirmed there were no pets on Flight 1549," US Airways spokesman Morgan Durrant said.

Unlike some other airlines, US Airways doesn't transport pets in the cargo compartments of its aircraft, Durrant said. Pets would only have been allowed in the passenger cabin — and this particular flight had none aboard.

The airliner made an emergency landing in the water after both of its engines failed, for reasons still being investigated. All 155 people on board survived.

Whither Eddie Fisher?

Whatever happened to Eddie Fisher?

The 80-year-old entertainer lives in San Francisco and gets around in a wheelchair. He has written two autobiographies: Been There, Done That and Eddie: My Life, My Loves.

Fisher has been married to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Connie Stevens and Terry Richard. His fifth wife, Betty Lin, died from lung cancer in 2001. He has four adult children. In later years, he battled drug addiction and near-financial ruin.

Q&A: Obama had teleprompters in inaugural address 01/29/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 29, 2009 3:30am]
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