The following is a lightly edited transcript of recent events in Nashville, TN…
BOB: Okay is the person alive?
CLARK: Yes. He’s in our family.
BOB: OK, you don’t need to tell me that, you just need to say “yes” or “no.” Uh, is it a man?
BOB: Is he on Mommy’s side of the family or my side?
BOB: OK is it [Clark’s grandfather]?
BOB: OK is it [Clark’s great-grandfather]?
BOB: OK is it [Clark’s uncle]?
CLARK: No. It’s Mommy! I tricked you!
BOB: OK well let’s tell the truth with our clues, otherwise there’s no point in asking for clues. OK I’m thinking of somebody.
CLARK: Is he in your family?
BOB: Well, yes, but technically you don’t know if it’s a he or she yet.
CLARK: Uncle Al?
BOB: [shocked] How the heck did you get that so fast?! Yes I was thinking of Uncle Al.
CLARK: OK I’m thinking of someone.
BOB: Is he alive or dead?
BOB: OK was he famous?
CLARK: Yes, he was a very famous musician.
BOB: OK, but you didn’t need to tell me that, you can just say “yes” or “no.” Do I listen to his music?
CLARK: I don’t know. He died very young.
BOB: Very young…? What the heck…? Buddy Holly?
[Bob flails about helplessly, trying to understand how Clark can know someone famous who died very young. Bob is trying to think of classical musical prodigies that perhaps Clark heard about in school?]
CLARK: Elvis! He died when he was 42. That’s very young. I read it in a book.