Question: Was there a television series in the late '70s that went by the same title as the present-day Friends? The best I can remember about this short-lived series is that it starred youngsters as the main characters, most notably, I believe, Jill Whelan before her Love Boat days. Can you confirm this for me? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. — Neal T., Cynthiana, Ky.

Televisionary: Indeed there was, Neal, except in this incarnation the friends were all 11. Whelan played Nancy and Charles Aiken was her pal Pete. Both came from difficult family situations. Jarrod Johnson was their buddy Randy, a lawyer's son. As you say, the show was short-lived. It debuted in March 1979 on ABC and was gone in April.