November 27, 1978 12:00 PM

by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace

The first volume sold almost a million copies, so the son-and-father team, with “writing and editing by more than 400 people,” has produced a sequel. Lovers of the original won’t be disappointed. The random information includes the fact that Debbie Reynolds is a Presbyterian. The eight famous people whose names suggest seafood include Buster Crabbe. Tony Randall’s real name is Leonard Rosenberg. Paderewski once played piano in a St. Louis cathouse. In 1382 “the word sex made its first appearance in English.” The National Geographic took Al Capone’s name off its membership list when he was sent to Alcatraz. Harriet Beecher Stowe died at 85 of old age (or was it boredom, because there weren’t People’s Almanacs in 1896?). The authors promise they’ll produce another volume in three years. (Morrow, $19.95; Bantam, $9.95)

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