Question: What was the name of the show where the teenage girl had an alien father who was in a box, and she stuck her index fingers together to freeze time? — Cristy F., St. Louis, Mo.

Televisionary: I touched on the show, Out of This World, a while back, Cristy. However, in the spirit of keeping my newer readers informed, I'll add some details to the taste I provided back in 2002.

The syndicated World, 96 episodes of which were produced from 1987-91, focused on 13-year-old Evie Garland (Maureen Flannigan), whose father was an alien and whose mom (Donna Pescow) ran a private school near Carmel, Cal. (Dad headed home to the planet Antareus after Evie was born, so, voiced by Burt Reynolds, his only involvement came via a futuristic space phone.) Being a human-alien hybrid had its benefits for Evie, who was able to, as you say, stop time by touching her index fingers together and to create things simply by thinking about them.

Among the others in the cast were Joe Alaskey, who played Evie's uncle Beano; Christina Nigra, who played her pal Lindsay; and Steve Burton, who played Evie's boyfriend, Chris.