Q&A on the News

Q: Has the American Association of School Administrators rescinded Beverly Hall’s award as Superintendent of the Year, in view of the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal?

—Carol Goodson, Carrollton

A: The governing board of the AASA is waiting for “all the legal proceedings” to conclude to take any action – “if at all” — regarding Hall, a spokeswoman told Q&A on the News in an email. The AASA selected Hall as its Superintendent of the Year in 2009 for accomplishing “significant gains in student achievement” and demonstrating “a commitment to setting high standards for students and school personnel, working collaboratively with the school board, and meeting the needs of the local community.” Hall is one of 35 former APS employees facing trial charged with conspiring to cheat on federally mandated standardized tests.

Q: Who were the original characters and what actors played those parts in the first shows of “The Young and the Restless?”

—Chuck Randall, Roswell

A: The premier of “The Young and the Restless,” which focused on the Brooks and the Foster families of fictional Genoa City, aired March 26, 1973. The soap recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The cast included Robert Colbert (Stuart Brooks), Dorothy Green (Jennifer Brooks), Julianna McCarthy (Liz Foster), William Gray Espy (William “Snapper” Foster), Trish Stewart (Chris Brooks), Janice Lynde (Leslie Brooks), Tom Hallick (Brad Elliot), Sally McGuire (Lee Crawford), Robert Clary (Pierre) and Deidre Hall, who has played Marlena Evans on “Days of Our Lives” since 1976, played Barbara Anderson. Jeanne Cooper, who plays Katherine Chancellor, had been with the show since November 1973, until her death on May 8.

Andy Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).

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