Trivia Night Blog Debut

I’ve started another Blog. This one is completely dedicated to Trivia. I love playing trivia almost as much as I hate bad trivia. So, in an effort to rid the world of stinky trivia, I’m devoting myself to preaching and teaching the difference between good and bad. I’ve toyed with the idea of writing some software to help me expedite matters if I were to offer my services as Trivia Master for hire, and I’ve begun work on that. This new blog will be a place for all things Trivia. I’ll be asking questions for fun, I’ll be looking for questions from readers, both for fun and possible additions to my software. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve dropped away from writing here at this blog. Never fear, I will continue here, but it’ll likely be in the online journal mode more often than not. If something strikes in the area of politics etc., you can be sure I’ll comment. But, I like to read the news each night, and that usually takes me about an hour, and after that, I usually am too tired to comment. Anyway, here’s the address of the new blog: Check it out, let me know what you think. Send me some questions. You can use the comments to send me the questions. I’m going to use the Blogger comments for this one, so either sign up for a blog of your own, or check “other” when making your comments.

Trivial Trivia

I played in a Trivia Contest this past Friday night. It was a fund-raiser for the South County YMCA. I can’t say it was the worst one I’ve attended, but it was not very good. What makes a good Trivia contest? I’ve been thinking about that. First, there is an expectation of nominal…oh, I’ll call it “professionalism.” Things like having enough greeters/money handlers and tables outfitted with scratch paper and pencils.

But by far the most important aspect of any Trivia contest is the questions themselves. There are specific difficulty-levels of questions and there are specific categories of questions. A good mix of these two things make up a fun night of Trivia. Questions that are either too hard or too easy make for a frustrating evening. Likewise, questions in too narrow of a category are no fun at all. For example: “What is the date that Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan?” This is a nice general question as far as categories are concerned, but it’s too easy. Therefore, not a good question. If the questions was “What was the name of the Naval Officer in charge of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7th, 1941?” That is too difficult, but more accurately described as too specific. A creative mind can find the right mix of difficulty and specificity to balance it all out. “What was the name of the US Battleship that exploded during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, accounting for nearly three-quarters of the casualties?” And though this would be considered an “easy” question, it nonetheless qualifies as a good question. One way to gauge a question is your response after hearing the answer. If you hear the answer, “The USS Arizona,” and say, “Oh, yeah…that’s it” then it’s probably a good question. If, on the other hand, you hear the answer and say, “whatever…” well, you get the idea.

I’ve been thinking a long time about developing some Trivia Software. I’ll be looking for some good questions. In the meantime, I may be throwing some questions your way, which you must answer WITHOUT using the Internet to look it up first! That would be cheating.

Which of the following actors was NOT in the film “Kelly’s Heroes?” a) Don Rickles b) Rod Steiger c) Harry Dean Stanton d) Gavin McCleod?

The Comment line is down

Hey, where’d my comments go?! Do not panic, they’ll be back; though I don’t know exactly when. Hopefully by the time you read this. The comments are hosted by a company called HaloScan and their server is down tonight. Sorry.

Here’s a quick trivia question for you: What was Gilligan’s first name?

A very nice, warm evening on the south side

It really feels like spring now. Actually, today felt more like summer but I’m not complaining. It was a beautiful day and evening. The trees are blooming and when you turn your car down South Grand, you feel like you’re under a giant canopy of green. It suddenly becomes quiet and serene. When I come around the block to my street, I always turn off the radio. I just love our block. Quiet, green; great neighbors to sit and gab all night to.

I have three young people that work for me in my office. I always take the opportunity to ask them some pertinent trivia questions, especially on history when conversation may turn to something in the news. Today one of them commented on the new nickel that she had just seen. I asked her if she knew who that was on the front of the nickel. She guessed Washington. Oh, well. After I told her it was Jefferson and mentioned the Louisiana Purchase in context of the new nickel, I asked if anyone knew who we bought it from. Nobody knew. I keep trying.

Here’s the trivia question for the day: How much did we pay for the Louisiana Territory?

Fifties Trivia Answer

Rosemary Clooney had hits with “Hey There” plus “This Ole House” which were both #1′s. “Hey There” was #1 for all of October then “This Ole House” for a week following that. “Mambo Italiano” was the third one. Thanks for reading and responding. I apologize to anyone who might have wanted to think about the answer for a little bit, I forgot that my brother-in-law Rob might be reading this. None of us could keep up with him if the category was ’50′s pop music.

So here’s one from the innocuous TV category: What movie star played Michael J. Fox’s alcoholic uncle in the sitcom “Family Ties?” (He was in three episodes.)

Like, cool daddy!

Alright all you hippies, yippies and beatniks. This Saturday nights the coffee house features “Oldies.” You gotta come and sing along with us. 7:00 pm this Saturday night. Be there or be square.

This got me thinking, just what is an “Oldie?” Last month we did Beatles; wasn’t that Oldies? No, that was Beatles. It kind of goes back to an argument I was making in a previous blog entry. The Beatles were too serious. The Turtles, now that’s Oldies. All those animal names. In case you didn’t know the Beatles decided to make a play on words from Buddy Hollly’s “Crickets” so the came up with Beatles spelled with the BEAT.

So, we’re going to do some Turtles, Monkees, Drifters, Hermits and maybe a little Elvis.

Here’s some ’50′s lingo for all you beatniks: Wowsville, daddy-o, cool daddy, good time, voodoosville, big daddy, wow, dig, crazy, hep, string me, allie oop, like way out man, coffee pad, bug me, hep cat, square, squaresville, man, kookie, swingin’ , itsy bitsy, crazy pop.

Can you think of any more? Don’t make me embarass you, I wasn’t born until 1959. Here’s some more trivia for you:

In 1954 (50 years ago!!) a House cost $22,000, our average income was $3,960, a new Ford cost $1548-$2415, a gallon of milk cost $.92, gas was $.21 a gallon, a loaf of bread was $.17, a Postage stamp was $.03, Swiss Cheese was $ .69 lb., American Cheese was $.55 lb., a T-Bone steak was $.95 lb., Del Monte Catsup (2) 14.oz bottles cost $.25, Post Grape Nuts cereal – 10 .oz pkg cost $.19, Clorox Bleach – 1/2 gal. was $.19, 20 gallon gas water heater would cost you $75 and a Semi-automatic Kenmore washer would run you $154.95.

If you’re cool enough: Rosemary Clooney had two hits in 1954 besides “Hey There.” What were they?