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Question: I noticed that PBS' Antiques Road Show has a new host. What happened to Chris Jussel?

Answer: Jussel, who served as host of the immensely popular PBS show since its inception five years ago, left the show at the end of last season to become a senior vice president with Sothebys.com, the online presence of the venerable London auction house. Jussel has been replaced by Dan Elias, a contemporary art dealer in Boston.

"As a respected antiques expert, Chris gave the series, which was just starting out, more authority in terms of the antiques and collectibles that we were looking for," said Judy Matthews, senior publicist for Antiques Road Show. That having been accomplished, the show decided on a host who can "bring something slightly different."

"Dan's a reflection of our audience: He's not an antiques expert, but has a deep interest in the stories objects tell about our history and culture," Matthews said.

Question: My class and I followed the Iditarod, Aliy Zirkle specifically. We are wondering whether there will be any taped coverage of the race.

Answer: USA cable will present highlights of the 1,100-mile dog sled-musher race from Anchorage to Nome in a two-hour special on April 10.

Question: I am in the process of reading Andy Rooney's new book, My War. As a retired Army man, I am extremely interested in it. I would like to know his mailing address.

Answer: Write to Andy Rooney in care of 60 Minutes, 524 W 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

Question: I was wondering when the soap opera awards will appear on TV this year.

Answer: The Daytime Emmy Awards, with several soap-opera categories, airs May 18, prime time on NBC. Kathie Lee Gifford will host the two-hour event. The Soap Opera Digest Awards, normally seen in the spring, have been delayed this year.

_ Times wires

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