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Q&A: Paul Todd, Progressive Insurance ad character Flo, aircraft carrier medical personnel

Aircraft carriers, such as the USS George Washington, have about 60 medical and dental personnel onboard.

Associated Press (2002)

Aircraft carriers, such as the USS George Washington, have about 60 medical and dental personnel onboard.

Musician Paul Todd performs

About five years ago I watched Paul Todd in concert. He was fabulous. He played mainly religious music and sang, and on some songs his feet went a mile a minute. But then I heard nothing about him for a long time. Whatever happened to him?

Christian artist Paul Todd continues to work in the business, singing and entertaining, and has a series of concerts this month in Florida, mostly in the Naples-Fort Myers area.

On his Web site, Todd says his mission is to "use his talents to help raise funds for charitable organizations." He started a television program to help raise money; it can be seen nationally on Sky Angel television of Naples, which is an Internet-based broadcasting service (

For more information about Todd, go to For a list of upcoming concerts, go to

Improv actor in commercials

What can you tell me about the woman who plays Flo in the Progressive Insurance commercials?

Her name is Stephanie Courtney. She is 39 and has appeared in the movies The Heartbreak Kid (the Ben Stiller version) and Blades of Glory, as Marge the switchboard operator in the TV series Mad Men and in other commercials. (She is one of the women doing yoga in a Glade ad.)

She is also a member of the Groundlings, the famous Los Angeles improvisational troupe whose former members include Lisa Kudrow, Jon Lovitz, Laraine Newman, Jennifer Coolidge and the late Phil Hartman.

Flo, she told the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, "is me at my silliest. You start off with a script, but at the end they usually let me put a little zinger in there. We put a little mustard on it. That's when it gets fun."

But a lot of work goes into turning her into Flo. "They tease my hair, spray it and stick the headband in it," she told the Austin newspaper. "And the makeup is like painting a portrait on my face. It's insane. It totally changes things on my face. It's like having a mask on."

Aircraft carriers' medical crew

Considering how big an aircraft carrier is these days — about 6,000 people — what kind of medical and dental staff do these vessels have?

An aircraft carrier has about 60 onboard medical and dental staff. The total includes several surgeons, five dentists, a general practitioner, a psychologist and a physical therapist, according to the Navy.

Each carrier has a medical "ward" with 40 to 60 beds, an operating room, laboratories, three-bed intensive care unit, two "isolation rooms" with four beds each and a pharmacy. And if that isn't enough, sailors are flown by jet or helicopter to the closest hospital.

Q&A: Paul Todd, Progressive Insurance ad character Flo, aircraft carrier medical personnel 02/02/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 2, 2009 5:51pm]
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