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Byline: Bob Welch / The Register-Guard

It may be a "bye" week for the Ducks, but there are no "bye" months for trivia. Thus, do we strap on our helmets of minutia for the October edition of Q&A:

Q. There's a guy on a Wentworth Buick TV commercial who looks like the sheriff in the old "Dukes of Hazzard" show? Is it?

A. No. Actor Rick Hurst played Deputy Cletus Hogg. Wentworth employees Jerry Carpenter and Bob Carlin and former employee Dino Deschaine have appeared in recent commercials, but not Hurst.

Q. Local weather forecasters talk about "partly cloudy" and "partly sunny." What's the difference?

A. "Partly cloudy," KEZI meteorologist John Fischer says, means most of the sky will be clear and only a small part will be cloud-covered. "Partly sunny" means most of the sky will be cloudy and only a small part of it will be clear.

Q. Why do folks in Oregon refer to hazelnuts as filberts when the rest of the country refers to them as what they are: hazelnuts?

A. "Filberts" was adopted by Oregon growers sometime before the 1950s to distance the state's nuts - no pun intended - from Turkish hazelnuts. "We wanted to separate ourselves from an inferior product," says Jim Goodpasture, a McKenzie Valley grower and former Oregon Hazelnut Commission board member.

Problem was, while Oregon grows 99 percent of the fil - er, hazelnuts - in the United States, the world market is clueless about "filberts." (Oregon owns only about 3 percent of the world market, Turkey 70.) Thus, in 1988, a campaign was launched to revert back to "hazelnut." The state Filbert Commission became the Oregon Hazelnut Commission in 1993.

"I joke we raise our hazelnuts on filbert trees," Vida grower Garry Rodakowski says.

Q. Why would the University of Oregon's recreational sports program holds its fall intramural tournament at Corvallis' Trysting Tree Golf Course, owned by Oregon State?

A. Brad Harrison, the UO's recreational sports director, says he's heard the same question from owners of Eugene-area courses. The tournament is a regional qualifier for the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association and, thus, open to collegiate golfers from across the state. Trysting was deemed a good, central location. In the spring, the UO will hold its annual intramural tournament at the traditional place, Tokatee.

Q. We live on Skipper Avenue and every evening the black birds - about 400 - migrate from east to west and every morning they move from west to east. What kind of birds are they and where do they travel to and from?

A. "My guess is he's talking about American crows, which go to large communal roosts at night," says Noah Strycker of Creswell, who has written for "Birds of Oregon: A General Reference." "In the evening he's seeing them fly into their roost and in the morning they're flying back out."

Q. You recently referred to the Michigan football scene on TV in the movie "The Big Chill." Do you know about the UO football scene in the movie "Head of State'?

A. Yes, thanks to a dozen readers e-mailing me about it. I checked it out. In a bar scene, actor Chris Rock is involved in a conversation but is distracted by an "ESPN Classic" football segment on a TV. It shows a few plays from the 1994 Oregon-Washington (`Wheaton's gonna score!!!') game at Autzen Stadium. The star of the segment is not Wheaton, however, but fullback Dwayne Jones. He's shown scoring the winning touchdown.

Q. I missed seeing the Eugene Highlanders bagpipe band at the Eugene Celebration last month. I know many members are getting on in age, but why weren't they there?

A. Because even moved back from 8 a.m. (2002 parade) to 9 a.m. (2003), the parade is still "too damn early," pipe major Hector Smith says. The Highlanders are celebrating their 50th year as a musical group, but Smith says they don't plan on marching in the parade until the start is moved back. So there.

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Date:Oct 19, 2003
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