Q. In the movie "Tombstone," Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo meet in a wooded area. Ringo says, "Well, I didn't think you had it in you." Holliday replies, "I'm your huckleberry." They have an altercation, and Ringo is shot. Holiday says, "You're no daisy!" What do the two terms mean?

--- F.M., Pottsville, Pa.

A. "I'm your huckleberry" is 19th-century slang made popular again by the 1993 movie "Tombstone." The current use of the phrase is usually as a response to a threat or challenge; it means "I'm the man you're looking for" or "I'm the perfect man for the job." "Daisy" also has roots in the 19th century and means "the best in its class."

Q. Hank was the saloon owner in the TV series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." What can you tell me about the actor?

--- N.B., e-mail

A. William Shockley was born Sept. 17, 1963, in Lawrence, Kan. He attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated from Texas Tech University with a political science degree. He moved to Los Angeles in 1987 and has worked steadily in film and TV since. He appeared in more than 120 episodes of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" as Hank Lawson, the moody saloonkeeper and brothel owner. Since the series ended in 1998, he has appeared regularly in TV shows and in several movies.

Q. What is the history behind the game gin rummy?

--- M.W., Marshall, Minn.

A. There are different thoughts about the origin of gin rummy (or gin). Most believe the game evolved from a similar game called gin poker, which was popular in saloons and other gambling venues in the 1800s. Others believe that whist teacher Elwood T. Baker and his son Charles G. Baker, both of New York City, created the game in 1909.

Q. How many active volcanoes are there in the U.S.?

--- R.N.P., Yakima, Wash.

A. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are 169 active volcanoes in the U.S. and its territories. Of these, 18 volcanoes are considered a "very high threat" to public safety, while 36 are classified as a "high threat." Of the 169, 65 are "historically active," meaning there is written documentation of past eruptions.

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