Kara Kovalchik

Writes about: Big Questions , tv , tvholic
Kara Kovalchik was born in Detroit and currently lives in the leafy suburb of Birmingham, MI, where she and her husband Sandy Wood spend their days ferreting out fun, fascinating trivial facts for mental_floss, Reader’s Digest, CNN Headline News, and a series of books (to name but a few of their projects). After more than 20 years of blissful togetherness, Sandy has learned to tolerate and even indulge Kara’s love of '70s music, classic TV sitcoms, kitschy collectibles, The Walking Dead, Lifetime movies, Mystery Science Theater 3000, sparkly silver spoon rings, true crime stories, and her “unequalled ability to be fascinated by absolutely nothing.” She enjoys hearing from readers, even the “I’m an 11-year-old boy named Kenny and my teacher made me write this” messages. (What she’s waiting for is an email that says “I’m a 45-year-old man named Norman Reedus and this fire in my loins made me write…”)
Honoring the Service of Agent 86, The Professor & Other TV Vets
A Very Brady Post: 6 Secrets from The Brady Bunch Vault
Tales behind the Tails, Part II
7 Tales behind the Tails
TRUE CRIME: The Very Strange Story of Sqeaky Fromme
Native or Not? The True Stories behind 5 "American Indian" Actors
The Killilea Family: Where Are They Now?
How Real is Reality TV? The Dishy Revelations Behind "Real" Shows
6 TV Stars with Billboard Hits
TRUE CRIME: John Draper, the original whistle blower.
5 Charlie's Angels Facts Revealed
TRUE CRIME: The Incompetent Kidnapping of Frank Sinatra, Jr.
TRUE CRIME: The Wichita Massacre
5 Things You Didn't Know About COPS
True Crime: Doug Street, Human Chameleon
6 Big Questions about your Television
Even More Secrets from the Set of Roseanne
TRUE CRIMES: Don't Mess with Texas (Banks)
True Crimes: The Man Who Hijacked a Cargo Jet
6 Bizarre Explanations from the Set of Roseanne
7 Things You Might Not Know About The Golden Girls
A Spoonful of Wheaties Facts
6 Little-known Secrets of the Mickey Mouse Club
5 Awful Saturday Night Live Hosts of the '70s
Happy Birthday, Big Mac! 4 Stories about America's Best-Known Burger
6 Television Firsts (from Canned Laughter to Dropping the "D" Word)
5 Horrific Murders (and the TV Movies made from them)
6 TV Movie Facts (Including some dirt on Steven Spielberg)
5 TV Dads Who Deserve a Mug
5 Beastly Secrets Behind Wild Kingdom
Theeeeere's Johnny! 5 Memorable Moments from The Tonight Show
4 Infomercial Superstars (and Where They Came From)
6 Little-Known Facts About 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'
What's the Connection Between Dalmatians and Firehouses?
When Cigarettes Invaded TV: 5 Big Tobacco stories revealed
The Wonderful Stories Behind 6 Classic TV Theme Songs
5 Mysteries Surrounding The Cosby Show
5 Strange Facts about Classic Kids' Shows
Holy Kitsch! 5 Campy Facts About TV's Batman
It Slices, It Dices, and It Never Loses Its Edge!: 6 Must-have Facts about Infomercials
Fun 'Frasier' Facts You Might Not Know
4 Famous TV Co-workers (who struggled to get along)
4 More things to know about Jack Webb (Part Deux in a series)
Thank God It's Friday: 7 Reasons to Love Dragnet
5 Vintage TV Commercials Worth a Second Look
Why Carlton has two moms: 5 TV Switches we weren't supposed to notice
Come On Down!: 4 Great Moments in The Price is Right
The Real Story Behind A Charlie Brown Christmas (and why it almost wasn't shown)
7 (More) Rockers and their Gratuitous TV Appearances
7 Pop Groups and their Ridiculous TV Guest Spots


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