Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What was the world's first airline?

2) Richard Gere's first three major film roles were all offered to, and turned down by, the same actor. Who was it?

3) Peggy Lee was once nominated for an Oscar for what film?

4) What did President Hoover do with his salary?


1) Delag

2) John Travolta

3) Pete Kelly's Blues

4) The independently wealthy Hoover signed his checks over to charity.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What are the top three board games in the U.S.?

2) Of the wagering games in Las Vegas, which one is the most popular?

3) This alto sax player, featured in Billy Joel's hit, "Just the Way You Are," credits Charlie Parker for being a great influence on his playing. Who is he?

4) This tenor sax player played with Art Blakey and Maynard Ferguson and co-founded Weather Report. He also contributed to many of Joni Mitchell's later albums. Who is he?


1) Monopoly, chess and checkers


3) Phil Woods

4) Wayne Shorter

Friday, August 27, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1859, the first U.S. oil well struck crude oil. In which state did this happen?

2) Dizzy Gillespie played in this bandleader's swing band. Who was the bandleader?

3) This musician is famous for having popularized jazz banjo. Who is he?


1) Pennsylvania

2) Cab Calloway

3) Bela Fleck

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the vocalist for Gene Krupa's band?

2) Dr. Lee DeForest was born on this date in 1873. His invention made radio and television possible. What did he invent?

3) During the rise of bebop, who was the regular pianist at Minton's Playhouse?


1) Anita O'Day

2) He invented the 3-element vacuum tube

3) Thelonious Monk

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Sean Connery was born this date in 1930. How many James Bond movies did he star in?

2) In 1939, Lina Medina became the youngest mother on record. How old was she?


1) 7

2) 5 years old

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Prior to being president, George H.W. Bush served as CIA Director. Who appointed him to that position?

2) Who was nicknamed the "James Dean" of jazz?

3) What U.S. national park is 95% water?

4) This New Orleans Creole musician proclaimed himself to be the inventor of jazz. Who was he?


1) President Gerald Ford

2) Chet Baker

3) Biscayne National Park

4) Jelly Roll Morton

Monday, August 23, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the first musician to assemble a jazz trio of piano, guitar and bass?

2) Kobe Bryant turns 32 today. In what country did the basketball star grow up?

3) 1940s era radio character, Captain Midnight had a mechanic. What was the mechanic's name?

4) Wes Montgomery taught himself to play guitar when he was a teenager. Left on his own, he developed a unique playing style. What was unique about it?


1) Nat King Cole

2) Bryant was raised in Italy where his father played professional basketball for eight years.

3) The character's name was Ichabod "Icky" Mudd

4) Wes Montgomery played with his thumb.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Born this date in 1918, She wrote the bestsellers, Valley of the Dolls and The Love Machine. Who was she?

2) Brothers Adolph and Rudolph formed companies that sold the same thing. What product did they sell?

3) This jazz hyphenate is a pianist and vocalist. She's married to famous pop song composer and performer, Declan McManus (we know him as Elvis Costello). Who is she?

4) Francis Scott Key composed on the side. What was his profession?


1) Jacqueline Susann

2) shoes

3) Diana Krall

4) lawyer

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Actor John Stamos was born on this date in 1963. In addition to his roles in television's Full House and ER - and forays into musical theater on Broadway, like his starring turns in Cabaret, Nine and Bye Bye Birdie - Stamos also has a standing musician's gig, performing with what band?

2) How many husbands did Calamity Jane have?

3) Who was the "victim" in the board game, "Clue"?

4) Who was the first world leader to send an e-mail?


1) He plays drums from time to time for The Beach Boys.

2) 12

3) Mr. Boddy

4) Queen Elizabeth II

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!

1) The late Patrick Swayze was born on this date in 1952. Who played his love interest in the breakout hit, Dirty Dancing?

2) In the famous Abbott and Costello "Who's on 1st" skit, who played right field?

3) What was Little Red Riding Hood's given name?

4) This TV personality insured her legs for $2 million. Who is she?


1) Jennifer Gray

2) Psych! There was no right fielder in that bit.

3) Blanchette

4) Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) How many different animal shapes are there in a typical box of animal crackers?

2) When plastic was first introduced, what kind of compound was used to create it?

3) Who helped George Washington write his farewell address?

4) Actor Sean Penn made his TV debut on what show?


1) 18

2) Celluloid

3) Alexander Hamilton

4) Barnaby Jones

Monday, August 16, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Recycling one glass jar saves enough money to watch a television for how long?

2) What was the name of the ship sunk at Pearl Harbor?

3) The largest desert is in Africa. What is its name?

4) Which U.S. county occupies the smallest area?


1) 3 hours

2) The USS Arizona

3) The Sahara Desert is the largest at 3.5 million square miles

4) The smallest county is New York County, which is comprised only of the city of Manhattan.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!

1) Born on this date in 1899, this film director once famously said, "I never said actors were like cattle. What I said was they should be treated like cattle."

2) Who was the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court?

3) This commemorative U.S. postage stamp was the bestselling of all time.


1) Alfred Hitchcock

2) Thurgood Marshall

3) The U.S. Postal Service's 1993 stamp commemorating Elvis Presley sold 122.3 million.

Trivia for August 12th, 2010


1) On August 12th, 1973, Jack Nicklaus won the PGA championship for his 14th major title, surpassing Bobby Jones's record of 13 majors. Over his career, how many majors has Nicklaus won in total?

2) On August 12th, 1974, for the first time in history, two teammates were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame - together. Who were they?

3) What percentage of tornadoes happen in the U.S.?

4) Though a "blue moon" refers to the rare occurrence of a second full moon within a month, there are times when the moon actually appears to be blue. What is the explanation?


1) Nicklaus won 18 major tournaments in his career.

2) NYY's Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford

3) 75%

4) Soot and water in the sky

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the first president to use the line-item veto.

2) Today is Terry Gene Bollea's birthday. Terry Gene is better known as who?

3) There is only one vegetable/fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed or cooked? In other words, it is only sold fresh. What is it?


1) Bill Clinton used the line-item veto on this date in 1997. Congress had granted the option the year before.

2) Hulk Hogan

3) lettuce

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What was the original title of the hit, "Eleanor Rigby"?

2) What popular festival is marked as the eve of All Saints' Day?

3) On this date in 1996, Republican presidential nominee, Bob Dole, chose this former NFL quarterback as his running mate. Who was it?

4) In 1996, this current U.S. senator was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Who is he?


1) "Miss Daisy Hawkins" was Sir Paul's initial vision for those famous five syllables and opening notes to the famous tune. McCartney said he later came up with the name Eleanor from actress Eleanor Bron, who had starred with the Beatles in the film Help!. Rigby came from the name of a store in Bristol, Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers, that he noticed while seeing his then-girlfriend Jane Asher act in The Happiest Days Of Your Life. He recalled in 1984, "I just liked the name. I was looking for a name that sounded natural. Eleanor Rigby sounded natural."

2) All Saints Day is preceded by Hallowe'en.

3) Jack Kemp was Dole's running mate.

4) Senator Jim Bunning (R - KY).

Monday, August 09, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Actor Sean Penn won an Oscar for his role as this famous Belgian/Romani (gypsy) jazz guitarist in the biopic, Sweet and Low.

2) She said to her "Lover," I have a "Fever." He didn't care and she wondered, has "Somebody Else Has Taken My Place" and if that's so, then "Is that All There is?" Who is she?

3) This jazz pianist defined "cool jazz" due to his less frantic approach to the music. Miles Davis was an admirer and the music certainly was cool. After all, this was the fellow who composed "Snowfall."

4) This famous drummer never learned to read music. He first performed at 18 months old in his parents' vaudeville act, where he was billed as "Traps, the Drum Wonder." He played with the Tommy Dorsey Band where he first met and performed with Frank Sinatra and later played for Harry James before leading his own big band. He did session work for Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson and many others and is considered a drumming icon. Who was he?


1) Django Reinhardt

2) The oddly constructed sentence used for the question incorporated the names of her hits. They were the songs of Miss Peggy Lee.

3) Claude Thornhill

4) Buddy Rich

Friday, August 06, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Timothy Dalton was the 4th actor to take on this movie role. What was it?

2) She began as a gospel singer, and got her big break as a vocalist with Lionel Hampton's band. Her signature tune was "What a Difference a Day Makes." Who was she?

3) What tune is the official march of the U.S.?


1) That's Bond. James Bond.

2) Dinah Washington

3) "The Stars and Stripes Forever"

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This actress was discovered dead on this date in 1962. The circumstances of her death remain a mystery even to this day.

2) Which U.S. president signed the legislation designating that Martin Luther King be honored with a federal holiday?

3) American Bandstand debuted on this date in 1957. Dick Clark was of course, the host. What was the first record played?

4) This storm was a Level 5 hurricane, making landfall in 1969. What was its name?


1) Marilyn Monroe

2) Ronald Reagan

3) Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day"

4) Camille

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Yesterday was Jay North's birthday. What TV character did he play?

2) Ben Franklin believed a warm bed would sap his strength, so when his bed became warm, he'd switch to a cold one. How many beds did he sleep in per night?


1) "Dennis the Menace"

2) 4

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Dino Crocetti and Joseph Levitch were a stage and screen duo of much fame under their adopted showbiz names. What were their stage names?

2) What commission is awarded to graduates from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point?

3) Who wrote "Tuxedo Junction"?

4) What is the longest river in Europe?


1) Dino Crocetti and Joseph Levitch are known to us as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

2) West Point graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and receive the rank of second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

3) Erskine Hawkins

4) The Volga River in Russia is the longest at 2,300 miles.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the trombonist in Louis Armstrong's Hot Five combo?

2) What was Bud Powell's real first name?

3) How many countries make up the continent of Africa?

4) Because he was underweight, this movie star was turned away when he wanted to join the military in WWII. Who was he?


1) Kid Ory

2) Earl

3) 55

4) James Stewart. Stewart eventually was accepted and went on to become a Brigadier General in the Air Force.