Friday, October 29, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which renowned author created the character, Perry Mason?

2) Before it was called the Cabinet, various areas related to the executive branch of government were called departments. How many departments were there in the earliest presidential administrations and what were they?

3) Who was the author of the original Little House on the Prairie series of books?


1) Errol Stanley Gardner

2) In the early years of the U.S. there were four four departments: attorney general, state, treasury and war.

3) Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This vegetable is usually over 90% water, with healing and cooling properties beneficial to the skin. What is it?

2) What two states have the most number of lakes?

3) Thomas Jefferson and others introduced this popular vine-grown fruit that, for culinary purposes, is considered a vegetable. What is it?


1) Cucumbers

2) Minnesota and Wisconsin each have over 10,000 lakes

3) The tomato!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What Civil War-era fort was designed to protect San Francisco Bay?

2) In what national park was permission to erect a national monument denied twice by the state where it is now located?

3) What is Keibul Lamjao National Park's (in northeastern India) claim to fame?


1) Fort Point located under the Golden Gate bridge.

2) Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota

3) Keibul National Park is the only floating national park in the world.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What organization claims it is the oldest and largest fraternal organization?

2) Who was the first U.S. president to not have signed the Declaration of Independence?

3) La Cosa Nostra is an alternate name for this criminal society.

4) Who was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence?


1) Freemasons. The organization dates back to the late 16th - early 17th century.

2) George Washington

3) La Cosa Nostra is also known as the Mafia.

4) John Hancock.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


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

2) Which two states have names with French origins?

3) Who was the first jazz violinist?

4) How many of the 48 continental states have Native American-derived names?


1) Anita O'Day

2) Louisiana (King Louis XIV) and Vermont (vert mont, or green mountain).

3) Snuff Smith

4) Half of the contiguous states - 24 - have names with Native American origins.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1966, which group became the first all-female music group to have a #1 album in the U.S.?

2) The Pittsburgh Steelers are so named because of the steel industry that used to be prevalent in Pittsburgh. What other state has the natural resources needed to make iron and steel?


1) The Supremes

2) Alabama

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which U.S. building in the U.S. is the tallest?

2) Founded by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus in 1958, what organization has become one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the world?


1) Chicago's Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) is the nation's tallest building.

2) Dr. Percy Andrus Founded the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in 1958. She first formed the National Retired Teachers' Association in 1947.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This actor/director/writer once said, "I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded - dead!" Who was he?

2) This jazz singer dabbled in folk and soul music genres as well as jazz. She made the top 20 with her hit version of "I Loves You Porgy." Who was she?

3) This jazz and soul singer was born Ruth Lee Jones. She started out with Lionel Hampton and went on to record with Cannonball Adderly and Wynton Kelly. She was more famously known by what name?


1) Woody Allen

2) Nina Simone

3) Dinah Washington

Friday, October 15, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1990, this Russian leader was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

2) According to research in Science Journal, how did rats respond to a low-calorie diet?

3) On this date in 1903, Gordon Nance was born in Pattonsburg, Missouri. He played a cowboy in movies and serials. What was his character?


1) Mikhail Gorbachev

2) They lived 50% longer.

3) Known as "Wild Bill" Elliot, he was the first movie cowboy to wear his gun backwards. He starred in the Saturday serial "The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickock" and played Red Ryder in both serials and feature films.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1947, this aviator broke the sound barrier. Who was he?

2) Roger Moore had a recurring role in the 1960 - 61 season of Maverick. Who did he play?

3) In the 1955 Italian farce, Frisky, who played the title role?

4) On this date in 1926, Winnie the Pooh was published. Who was the author?


1) Chuck Yeager

2) He played Bret Maverick's cousin, Beauregard.

3) Gina Lollabrigida

4) A.A. Milne

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1957, these two superstars headlined an hour-long TV special devoted to introducing the 1958 Edsel. Who were the show's stars?

2) On this date in 1958, Warren Covington and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra had the #7 hit on the Billboard charts. What was it?

3) The first coffee sold in sealed tin cans were sold in the U.S. in 1879. What was the brand?

4) On this date in 1792 the cornerstone of the White House was laid. Who was the first presidential family to move in?


1) Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra

2) "Tea-for-Two Cha-Cha"

3) Chase and Sanborn

4) John Adams

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the only president to have earned the Eagle Scout award?

2) This jazz genre, identified with the West Coast, made use of unconventional time signatures and crisper tones. Artists associated with this movement were Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan and Lee Konitz. What genre is it?

3) This flower was designated by Congress as the national flower. What is it?


1) Gerald Ford

2) Cool Jazz

3) the rose

Monday, October 11, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1975, Saturday Night Live premiered. Who was the first host?

2) Who was the first leader of the band that eventually became known as the Count Basie Orchestra?

3) Which organization claims to be the oldest and largest fraternal organization?


1) George Carlin hosted, with musical guests Janis Ian and Billy Preston

2) Benny Moton

3) Freemasons - the organization dates back to the 16th century.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1919, the U.S. Congress passed the Volstead Act. What did that law do?

2) Actress Susan Weaver took her stage name, "Sigourney," from this novel.

3) This 1970s jazz pianist is known to fusion fans for his solo albums as well as his work with his group, "Return to Forever." Who is he?


1) The Volstead Act ushered in Prohibition, outlawing the sale and consumption of alcohol.

2) The Great Gatsby

3) Chick Corea

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Where does the modern-day art of bonsai come from?

2) What's the difference between regular boxing gloves and "Golden Gloves"?

3) Who was known as "The March King" and was the most noted leader of the U.S. Marine Corps Band?

4) This Bop Era composer from Cleveland composed "If You Could See Me Now" and "On a Misty Night." Who was he?


1) China

2) Regular gloves weigh 8 ounces; Golden Gloves weigh 10 ounces.

3) John Philip Sousa. He led the U.S. Marine Corps Band for 12 years.

4) Tadd Dameron

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Where were streets first paved?

2) The Blackhawk, a jazz club, was located in what city?

3) How many varieties of tomatoes are there?

4) Which seven states are named after royalty?


1) Rome - the first paved streets were laid out in 170 BCE.

2) Now long gone, The Blackhawk was where some of the best live jazz albums of all time were recorded. It was in San Francisco.

3) 57

4) Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, North and South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) You Bet Your Life debuted on this date in 1950 and was hosted by Groucho Marx. Attempts to revive the show were made in 1980 and 1992. Which celebrities were tapped for these outings?

2) What was the name of the famous night club in Harlem where Duke Ellington's Orchestra played?

3) This vegetable contains three times as much vitamin C as an orange and twicew as much iron as spinach?

4) This famous tenor sax player first came to be noticed while he played in whose band?


1) Both revival attempts were short-lived. Buddy Hackett hosted in 1980, then Bill Cosby in 1992.

2) The Cotton Club

3) Bell peppers

4) Lester Young

Monday, October 04, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the saxophone player for Cab Calloway?

2) What was the first ready-made food sold commercially?

3) This pair of states produces nearly half of the U.S.’s produce. Which states are they?

4) Who wrote the song "Tuxedo Junction"?


1) Chu Berry

2) Dating back to 1893, Aunt Jemima pancake flour mix was the first ready-made food to be sold commercially.

3) California and Arizona

4) Erskine Hawkins

Friday, October 01, 2010

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What TV Show was actor Randy Quaid once a regular on?

2) Who was regarded as the "James Dean of Jazz" in the 1950s?

3) Who was the Belgian-born gypsy who made his reputation as a musician in France, cemented it by performing with Duke Ellington in America, and was regarded as one of the first jazz masters on his instrument?


1)"Saturday Night Live," where in the mid - 1980s he impersonated President Ronald Reagan. He started in show business as the straight man in a comedy team. Quaid voiced an animated character in TV commercials for Colonel Sanders (for KFC)

2)Chet Baker Baker's career lasted a remarkably lon time. He battled a drug addiction throughout his life, and finally succumbed to the other side by falling from the window of his hotel room in 1988.

3) Django Reinhardt. Django was the co-leader of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. He and French violinist Stephane Grappelli led the group to international renown. This group was interrupted by World War 2, but afterwards the pair travelled to the United States together.