Friday, January 29, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On January 29, 1977, actor and comedian Freddy Prinze died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Can you name his co-star in the NBC series "Chico and the Man"?

2) On January 29, 1985, who became the first Heisman Trophy winner to be elected to pro football's Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio?

3) On January 29, 1951, actress Elizabeth Taylor divorced her first husband. Do you remember his name?

4) Who were the first players elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on January 29, 1936?


1) Jack Albertson

2) O.J. Simpson

3) Conrad Hilton, Jr.

4) Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This actor, born on this date in 1981, appeared in Avalon, Forever Young, and Radio Flyer, all prior to the blockbuster Tolkien series of films, in which he played Froda. Who is he?

2) It was on this date in 1956 that Elvis first appeared on national TV, performing "Heartbreak Hotel." What was the show?

3) He served as Secretary of State in George Washington's administration, then later became president. Who was he?

4) What percentage of pet owners keep a picture of their pet on them?


1) Elijah Wood

2) The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show. It was a summer replacement show featuring Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.

3) Thomas Jefferson

4) 40%

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The city of Yerba Buena, CA changed its name in 1847. What is its current name?

2) Who was the Democratic challenger to the incumbent democrat, Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election?


1) San Francisco

2) Ted Kennedy

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Paul Newman was born on this date in 1925. He was disqualified from Navy Pilot School during WWII for what reason?

2) Who was the nation's first female Attorney General?

3) What president had served first as Secretary of War?

4) The world's largest diamond was discovered this date in 1905. How many carats was it and how much did it weigh?


1) He was color blind

2) Janet Reno

3) William Howard Taft

4) 3,106 carats and 1.25 ounces

Monday, January 25, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Elvis made only one television commercial -- for what product?

2) Which president was the first to hold a televised press conference, carried live on both radio and television?

3) On this date in 1927, Benjamin Kubelsky married Sadye Marks. We know them better as ______________ .

4) The U.S. Attorney General heads which Cabinet department?


1) Southern Maid Doughnuts in 1954.

2) John F. Kennedy

3) Jack Benny and Mary Livingston

4) The Department of Justice

Friday, January 22, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1987, this U.S. TV talkshow was the first to tape a segment here. Which show was it?

2) Inventor David Edward Hughes died this date in 1900. What was his invention?

3) On this date in 1968, this fast-paced satirical revue premiered with hosts Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. What was the name of the show?


1) The Phil Donahue Show

2) He invented the microphone

3) Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) According to research by McKinsey & Company of New York, to how many advertisements are Americans exposed during the average day?

2) Name the world's first atomic-powered submarine.

3) Today is the birthday of musician/composer Juan Tizol. Can you name two of the most popular songs he wrote? And for extra credit, what instrument did he play?

4) Name the Shoshone Indian woman guide of the Lewis & Clark expedition, and tell us in what state she was buried.


1) 270

2) Nautilus

3) "Caravan" and "Perdido." He was a valve trombonist.

4) Sacajawea lies at rest in the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which U.S. president once served as the president of Columbia University?

2) What famous character did actor DeForest Kelly, born January 20, 1920, play?

3) On January 20, 1920, the second man to set foot on the Moon was born. Can you name him?

4) As of October 2008, which state had the lowest three-number telephone area code?


1) Dwight D. Eisenhower.

2) On the original Star Trek TV series and subsequent big-screen releases, he played Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy. His original nickname was "Glands."

3) Astronaut Buzz Aldrin

4) New Jersey, with 201.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The first televised presidential news conference was conducted on January 19th (I won't say the year). There wasn't much on TV back then, but some viewers still complained because he pre-empted their test pattern. Who was the president?

2) Name the first English child born in America (on August 18, 1587).

3) On January 19, 1977, U.S. President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who had been convicted of treason for her World War II Japanese propaganda broadcasts. We knew her better as?

4) Dolly Parton was born on January 19, 1946. Can you name the 1992 movie in which she co-starred with James Woods?


1) Dwight Eisenhower, in 1955

2) Virginia Dare

3) Tokyo Rose

4) Straight Talk.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What is the world's largest office building?

2) On this date in 1967, the first Superbowl was played. Who played and what was the outcome?

3) The U.S. cereal industry uses enough of this substance to cover every American in three pounds of it? What is it?

4) What is the best-selling cereal of all time?


1) The Pentagon

2) The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.

3) Sugar

4) Cheerios

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Actress Shelley Winters died this date in 2006. She was nominated many times for an Academy Award and won twice (A Patch of Blue and The Diary of Anne Frank). Can you name the TV sitcom where she had a recurring role?

2) What was the original title for NBC's The Today Show?

3) On this date in 1963, the first of what would be 124 guest hosts filled in for Johnny Carson. Who was it?

4) On this date in 1690, this musical instrument was created. What was it?


1) Roseanne

2) The Rise and Shine Revue

3) Jimmy Dean

4) the clarinet

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This is Cuckoo Dancing Week, which has nothing to do with dancing. It's a week devoted to remembering the antics of a certain comedic duo. Who?

2) On this date 30 years ago, The Bionic Woman debuted on ABC. Who was the star?

3) Today is "Radio Day." How did that come about?


1) Laurel and Hardy. Their theme song was "The Dancing Cuckoo."

2) Lindsay Wagner starred. Her character's name was Jaime Sommers, whose "normal" gig was teaching.

3) On this date in 1910, the first public broadcast went out over the air as tube inventor Lee DeForest aired the voices of Metropolitan Opera stars to several radio receivers in New York City.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What was the name of the Indian Princess on Howdy Doody?

2) On this date in 1932, Hattie Caraway became the first woman to do what?

3) How was "Butch" wax used?

4) Batman made its TV debut this date in 1966. Who played the crime-fighting duo?


1) Princess SummerWinterFallSpring

2) A Democrat from Arkansas, she was the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

3) It was a pomade used to stiffen a flat-top so that the hair would stand up.

4) Adam West played Bruce Wayne/Batman and Burt Ward played his "ward," Dick Grayson/Robin.


Monday, January 11, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1913, the first sedan was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York. Who was the manufacturer?

2) Marvin Middlemark invented these to improve reception -- what?

3) On this date in 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General declared that smoking was the number one cause of lung disease. Who was that Surgeon General?


1) Hudson Motor Company

2) rabbit ears

3) Luther Terry was the Surgeon General

Friday, January 08, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Had he lived, Elvis Presley would have turned 75 today. Many celebrations (as well as marketing opportunities) are underway as people remember "The King." Knowing then when he was born, where was he born?

2) How many presidents first served as vice-presidents?

3) It used to be that electoral votes determined who would serve as vice president. For example, had that practice continued, we would have Barack Obama as president and John McCain as vice-president. Which amendment changed the system so that the electoral college voted separately for president and vice-president?


1) Tupelo, MS

2) John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush

3) Passed in 1804, the 12th Amendment. The presidential candidate gradually gained power over the nominating convention to allow him (or her!) to choose a running mate.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1789, a very special election occurred. What was it for?

2) On this date in 1990, this famous building was closed to the public. Which building was it?

3) The first commercial bank in the U.S. was opened on this day in 1782, in what city?


1) The first U.S. presidential election was held.

2) The Leaning Tower of Pisa

3) Philadelphia

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Where do the anchovies used for pizza come from?

2) On January 9, 1959, Rawhide made its TV debut and featured a Hollywood newcomer who would later star in numerous films and earn acclaim as a director. Who was he and what character did he play?

3) On January 9th, 1987, actor Arthur Lake died at the age of 81. His name may not be familiar, yet he starred in 27 movies always as the same character. Who did he play?


1) Pizza anchovies come from the Mediterranean. All other anchovies are processed for use as fish meal, fertilizer or oil.

2) Clint Eastwood played Rowdy Yates.

3) Arthur Lake played Dagwood Bumstead in the Blondie (after the comic strip) movies, going on to portray the character in the TV series.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!

1) On this in 1961, Mr. Ed, the star of which was the "talking" horse, debuted on TV. Who was the voice of Mr. Ed?

2) Which presidents never attended college?

3) Who was the last heavyweight contender to box bare-knuckle fashion?

4) What is the most common religious affiliation of U.S. presidents?


1) Allan "Rocky" Lane

2) There were nine: Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Cleveland and Truman.

3) John L. Sullivan

4) Episcopalian is the most common, followed by Presbyterian.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who said, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country"?

2) Who said, "Man is the only animal that blushes -- or needs to"?

3) What was the name of the New York City political machine led by William "Boss" Tweed in the 1880's?


1) Nathan Hale

2) Mark Twain

3) Tammany Hall