1 Franken scored a perfect 800 on the math section of his SAT boards at Blake School in Hopkins. He attributes his math aptitude to long hours spent playing canasta with his mother, Phoebe.
2 In 2007, the first year of his run for the Senate, Franken earned $17,500 in salary from Alan Franken Inc., his personal corporation. His earnings the previous year: more than $1 million.
3 In junior high, Franken got good grades and an occasional reprimand from teachers who failed to appreciate caustic truth-telling in a 13-year-old. He masterminded a parody of what he now calls an "insipid" production of "I'm a Little Teapot" by some classmates.
4 Fat cats were always a target for Franken's broadsides, even when they were his employers. While at Saturday Night Live, Franken took aim at NBC President Fred Silverman's door-to-door limousine service at a time when viewership was tumbling. The bit was called "Limo for the Lamo."
5 Franken doesn't drink or smoke.
Prince offered samples of a funky new solo album during an intimate late-night preview. He didn’t mention the album’s title or release date, but he did express frustration with the slow-grinding wheels of the record business.