Please tell me something about Judge Joe Brown and what happened to his TV show.
—R. Ewell, Roswell, N.M.
The no-nonsense presiding judge of his own half-hour weekly TV series—still on the air in many markets, including New Mexico—was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up in south-central Los Angeles. "I grew up in one of the toughest neighborhoods," he says. "If you saw the movie Boyz 'n' the Hood, that was the way I grew up. I watched my parents tough it out on a daily basis, and I saw that what really kept them going was making a difference to others. That's why, today, making a difference to others is everything I'm about."