Dear Matthew Alice: I sure hope you can help me in my quest. For quite a while now I’ve been trying to come up with the name of a fictional character from about 13 to 15 years ago. The show was called H.R. Puff-N-Stuff, a 30-minute show, before school, in the late ’70s. There was a young boy, a stuffed dragon or dinosaur, and a magical flute. Now my question is, what was the magical flute’s name? I sure hope you’re able to help me out. Thanks for all your help! — Casper and Friends, San Diego
Whenever I’m feeling blue, as if I don’t amount to a hill of beans in this cockeyed world, I scan a few of the queries you fellow riders on the mule train of life are kind enough to fling my way, and it perks me right up. Just contemplating the unmitigated nonsense that keeps the rest of * you up at night is enough to put me back on my feet again. This letter has kept me cheery for weeks. So in return, Casper, I’ll tell you the flute was named Freddie. Freddie the Flute. Your life is complete.