Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast went on to star as Peter Pan on Broadway. Who was she?

2) Who was the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500?

3) In which instance is it acceptable to fly the American flag upside down?


1) Cathy Rigby

2) Janet Guthrie

3) In times of national distress

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) When asked if there was anything she didn't play, this female athlete replied, "Yeah. Dolls." Who was she?

2) Why is the monarch butterfly never eaten?


1) Babe Didrickson

2) It's poisonous

Monday, June 28, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This day in 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed. What did it do?

2) Which country, according to recent figures, provides the highest number of adopted children in U.S. households?

3) Congress ordered that the motto, "In God We Trust" be stamped or printed on all U.S. currency as of what year?

4) This South Dakota mountain that bears the sculpted images of presidents Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt and Lincoln. What is its name - and - can you name the artist who created the work?


1) The Treaty of Versailles ended World War I.

2) Figures from 2008 show that Guatemala has provided the most, with 4,802 children adopted and sent to the U.S.

3) 1955

4) Mount Rushmore, and its creator is Gutzon Borglum.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) At his heaviest, how much did James Madison weigh?

2) On this date in 1949, Billboard began charting what is now called "Country & Western" songs. What did they initially call the genre?

3) The human kidney is comprised of over a million small tubes. Placed end-to-end, these tubes, from both kidneys are a total length of how long?

4) Which language has the longest alphabet?


1) 98 pounds

2) Hillbilly music

3) Approximately 40 miles

4) The Cambodian alphabet has 74 letters, compared with 26 letters in English.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) NBC debuted this show, the first television western, on this date in 1949. What was the name of the show?

2) How many presidents were born British subjects?

3) Gunther Schuller is responsible for forging elements of jazz and classical music together, creating the movement that is referred to as what?

4) Who was the oldest person to have been elected president?


1) Hopalong Cassidy

2) There were eight: Washington, both John and John Quincy Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson and W.H. Harrison.

3) "Third Stream"

4) Ronald Reagan. He famously deflected any objections related to his age by humorously remarking in his debate that he would not "exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1888, Frederick Douglass became the first African American to have done what?

2) Ho Chi Minh City was formerly known as what?

3) Prior to moving to its own headquarters in the J. Edgar Hoover building, where were the FBI offices?


1) Frederick Douglass was the first African-American to have been nominated for president.

2) Saigon

3) The Department of Justice

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Name the first operating state university in the U.S.

2) On this date in 1937, Joe Louis, AKA the Brown Bomber, knocked out his opponent in the 8th round in this fight held in Chicago, winning the world heavyweight champion title. Who did Joe defeat?

3) Phoebe Ann Moses was a star of "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Revue." What was Phoebe's stage name?


1) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2) Jim Braddock

3) Annie Oakley

Monday, June 21, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!

1) What are the three longest running Broadway shows?

2) Which denominations of currency are in use (as of 1969)?

3) Name the three corporations to have the largest revenues in 2009 (according to Fortune Magazine).

4) Name the seven people whose portraits are on seven denominations of U.S. currency.


1) Phantom of the Opera is number one, with over 9,300 performances, Cats, with nearly 7,500 performances, and Les Miserables, with nearly 6,700 performances.

2) Currently printed denominations are $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. Notes above the $100 denomination ceased being printed in 1946 and were officially withdrawn from circulation in 1969. These notes were used primarily in inter-bank transactions or by organized crime; it was the latter usage that prompted President Richard Nixon to issue an executive order in 1969 halting their use.

3) In order, they are: Royal Dutch Shell (Shell Oil), with $458.4 billion, Exxon, with $442.9 billion, and Wal-Mart, with $405.6 billion.

4) $1 - George Washington, $1.00; Thomas Jefferson, $2.00; Abraham Lincoln, $5.00; Alexander Hamilton, $10.00; Andrew Jackson, $20.00; Ulysses Grant, $50.00; Benjamin Franklin, $100.00.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who dubbed Lauren Bacall's singing voice in her screen debut "To Have and Have Not"?

2) Who was the first head of a Cabinet-level department to become president? For bragging rights, also name the department he headed.

3) Who was the only baseball player in sports history to be named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season?

4) What designation does the Atlantic Ocean have on wall maps in Philadelphia's Independence Hall?


1) It was dubbed by teenager Andy Williams.

2) Thomas Jefferson, who had headed the Department of State, was elected president in 1800.

3) Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox. On June 18, 1975 he hit three home runs, a triple, and a single in a game in which Boston massacred the Detroit Tigers 15-1.

4) Western Ocean.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This day in 1955 was a historic one for Anaheim, California. What happened?

2) Before he had his big hit "Mandy," Barry Manilow used to be the accompanist for which singer?

3) What is the proper term for a "bunch" of bananas?

4) How many presidents never attended college?


1) It's the day DisneyLand first opened.

2) The Divine Miss M, herself - Bette Midler.

3) A cluster or bunch of bananas is called a hand; a single banana is a finger.

4) Nine presidents did not attend college: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland and Harry Truman.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Michael Jackson was known to collect these.

2) Who was the first president to have been inaugurated in Washington, D.C.?


1) Mannequins

2) On March 4, 1801, Thomas Jefferson was the first president to have been inaugurated in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) For what was the screwdriver first used?

2) In hot weather, avoid foods high in what?

3) What color clothing is best to wear in high heat?

4) Who was the first Speaker of the House to have gone on to be elected president?


1) The screwdriver helped knights put on their armor.

2) Protein

3) White

4) James K. Polk

Monday, June 14, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the first U.S. president to broadcast a message over the radio?

2) Elephant herds are unique among mammal herds. What's different about them?

3) In Hawaii's ecology, what is unique about the hoary bat and the monk seal?


1) On this date in 1922, Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. president to broadcast a message over the radio. The occasion was the dedication of the Francis Scott Key Memorial in Baltimore.

2) Unlike most mammal herds, females are the heads of elephant herds.

3) They are the only two mammals native to Hawaii.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1979, Marion Morrison died. Marion is better known as who?

2) Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau was born on this date in 1910. Scuba is an acronym that stands for what?

3) The box office hit, E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial , was released on this date in 1982. Who did the voicing for E.T. in the movie?


1) Marion Morrison is better known as John Wayne.

2) Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

3) Debra Winger

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which worldwide organization was founded by two friends, Dr. Robert Smith and William G. Wilson, on this date in 1935?

2) Actress Elizabeth Shue made her debut in this movie. Hint: it was a movie whose sequel is currently showing in theaters.

3) The first TV debate between vice-presidential candidates was held in 1976. Who were the participating candidates?

4) Who was the first African-American to win an Oscar?


1) Alcoholics Anonymous

2) The Karate Kid

3) Walter Mondale and Bob Dole

4) Hattie McDaniel received the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Gone With the Wind.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1934, this cartoon character made his debut doing a bit part in the Walt Disney cartoon The Little Wise Hen. Who was he?

2) The first president to appear on a U.S. coin was who?

3) Who was the first president to appear in a live telecast, coast-to-coast?

4) Who transformed popular music by inventing the solid body electric guitar?


1) Donald Duck

2) Abraham Lincoln, appearing on the penny in 1909.

3) Harry Truman, in 1951.

4) Les Paul

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) By water content, how much snow is equal to one inch of rain?

2) Pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping in the U.S. Which topping is the least popular?

3) Which country was the first to grant women the right to vote?


1) Ten inches of snow = one inch of rain.

2) Anchovies are the least popular pizza topping.

3) New Zealand was the first, granting women voting rights in 1893. Australia followed in 1902, then Finland in 1906. A total of fifteen nations gave women the right to vote before the U.S. acquiesced in 1920.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This WWI flying ace's nickname was "Captain Eddie." What was his real name?

2) Before her success as a comedienne, Ellen Degeneres considered becoming another profession. What was it?

3) In 1976, this military academy was the first to enroll women. It admitted 155 women that year, ending a tradition of all male attendance. Which military academy was it?

4) Who was the lone dissenter in the House vote for declaration of war against Japan, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor?


1) Edward "Eddie" Rickenbacker

2) Ellen was eager to pursue a career as a professional golfer.

3) The U.S. Air Force Academy

4) Rep. Jeannette Rankin (R - Montana) dissented. She was the first woman elected to Congress.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What city was the home base for King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke and Benny Goodman?

1) Chicago

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the original host of the evening version of The Gong Show?

2) He got his start playing with such greats as Art Blakey, Maynard Ferguson and Miles Davis. He is the legendary tenor player and co-founder of jazz fusion group Weather Report. Who is he?

3) This Massachusetts alto man was greatly influenced by Charlie Parker and is remembered for his solo work on Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are." Who is he?

4) This Hollywood star was born this date in 1925. He appeared in The Defiant Ones, Houdini, and The Count of Monte Cristo, but perhaps most remembered for his role in drag opposite Marilyn Monroe, in Some Like It Hot. Who is he?


1) Gary Owens (Rowan and Martin's Laugh In) hosted initially, then the show's creator and producer, Chuck Barris, took on hosting duties.

2) Wayne Shorter

3) Phil Woods

4) Tony Curtis

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Congress granted citizenship to these people on this date in 1924. What people?

2) On this date in 1886, a president did something while in office no president had done. What was it?

3) What was Disney's first feature-length animated film?

4) If your doctor tells you your otoplasty was successful, what does it mean?


1) All American Indians

2) Grover Cleveland got married.

3) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

4) Your ears will no longer stick out.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) According to the National Climatic Center, which U.S. city is the windiest?

2) How many member nations make up the United Nations?

3) What phrase was designated by Congress in 1956 as the U.S. national motto?

4) Name the highest point in the U.S.


1) Dodge City, Kansas. Ironically, Chicago - the famed "Windy City" - is ranked 53rd.

2) 192

3) "In God We Trust."

4) Mount McKinley, in Alaska has the highest point at 20,320 feet.

Alan Rock's Trivia! 5/31/2010


1) The tradition of observing Memorial Day began as a way to honor veterans of which war?

2) On what date was Memorial Day first observed?

3) Memorial Day used to be known as ______________ Day.

4) Which community was declared to be the birthplace of Memorial Day?

5) Which war had the highest percentage of U.S. casualties, based on number of troops served?

6) Why is Gen. John Alexander Logan important to the celebration of Memorial Day?


1) The Civil War

2) May 5th, 1866

3) Decoration Day

4) Waterloo, New York

5) The Civil War

6) He ordered thaat the holiday be observed by decorating the graves of the fallen.