Sort­ing out hot days and fa­mous Phoenix TV stars

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OK, peo­ple, we have a win­ner in the an­nual Won­der­fully Won­der­ful Val­ley 101 Guess the First 100 De­gree Day con­test.

It’s Jan Ioset of Scotts­dale, who guessed 3 p.m. Tues­day, just 12 min­utes off the of­fi­cial time of 2:48 p.m. Jan wins tick­ets to a fu­ture Ari­zona Diamondbacks game.

And the win­ning guess was filed sev­eral days ahead of the ac­tual event, un­like some of you who sort of cheated and en­tered late Tues­day morn­ing, but still got it wrong.

Now, on to other mat­ters.

When I was 6 years old and liv­ing in the Val­ley my par­ents took me to a TV sta­tion to be on a kids show.

I thought it was called “Sun­set Car­son.” The hook was you held up a photo of Sun­set Car­son and he shot a bul­let through the photo. I can’t find any info on this.

I think you have your old cow­boys mixed up.

Sun­set Car­son was a B-movie cow­boy hero of the 1940s and ’50s. It’s pos­si­ble, I sup­pose, you might have seen him at some sort of pro­mo­tional event, but he did not have a reg­u­lar TV pres­ence in Phoenix.

It is pos­si­ble you are think­ing of Lew King, who had pop­u­lar ra­dio and TV tal­ent shows back in those days, or per­haps Gold Dust Char­lie — Ken Kennedy — whose show later gave us the im­mor­tal Wal­lace and Ladmo. If you pluck out an eye­brow hair

that’s gone gray, does it grow back gray?

If you ac­tu­ally pluck it out fol­li­cle and all — ouch — it prob­a­bly won’t grow back at all. If the fol­li­cle is still in place, the eye­brow will grow back, but whether is it will grow back gray is not cer­tain.

That’s be­cause melano­gen­e­sis — the process by which hair fol­li­cles make the pig­ment that gives hair its color — does not al­ways work the same way from hair to hair.

Val­ley 101 Clay Thomp­son Ari­zona Re­pub­lic USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

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