Monday, October 31, 2011

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This cable channel was created for the express purpose of showing music videos.

2) This stocky actor and former fighter pilot starred in TV's Cannon and Jake and the Fatman. Before his television career took hold, he worked in radio, starting in the 1930s. But it was the role he voiced from 1952 - 1961 that was his longest-running role. What was it?

3) Charles Ginsburg was head of the team that invented this entertainment device.

4) Who was the original host of Jeopardy?


1) MTV

2) Conrad’s longest-running role was that of U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon on the radio western Gunsmoke, which aired on CBS radio from 1952 to 1961.

When the golden age of radio was over, Conrad could be heard delivering the urgent narration for Jay Ward’s classic Bullwinkle Show.

3) The VCR

4) Art Fleming hosted the show from 1964-1975, then again from 1978-1979 when the show returned to television.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What retailer was the first to guarantee satisfaction?

2) How many feathers are there in a shuttlecock (used in badminton)?

3) How frequently, according to astronomers' estimates, is a new star is born?


1) Montgomery Ward introduced a satisfaction-guaranteed promise back in 1874.

2) Exactly 16. The best shuttles use feathers from a goose's left wing.

3) Every 18 days a new star forms in our galaxy.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which coffee was the first to be sold in sealed tin cans?

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

3) On this date in 1958, the last Big Band style song to appear on the Billboard charts peaked at #7. What was the song?


1) Chase and Sanborn

2) President John Adams and his family were the first to move in to the White House.

3) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra's recording of the Tea for Two Cha Cha Cha

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The kilt originated what country?

2) In a deck of playing cards, which king has no facial hair?

3) What term is commonly applied to the mainstream jazz of the 1930s and '40s?


1) Kilts are famously associated with Scotland, but they originated in France.

2) The King of Hearts

3) Swing

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Saturday Night Live premiered on this date in 1975. Who was the guest host?

2) This powerful lobbying organization was founded by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus in 1958.

3) This organization claims to be the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world.


1) George Carlin. Janis Ian and Billy Preston were the musical guests.

2) AARP: the American Association of Retired Persons

3) Freemasons. Freemasons date back to the late 16th century.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) According to Men's Health magazine, 69% of men surveyed considered themselves to be fit. What percent of men actually are physically fir?

2) As of 2010, only 5 jazz musicians have been featured on the cover of Time. Who are they?

3) What was the biggest selling single for The Platters?


1) Only 13%

2) Thelonius Monk, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis and Dave Brubeck.

3) "The Great Pretender."

Friday, October 07, 2011

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The art of bonsai originated in what country?

2) For boxers, what is the difference between standard boxing gloves and golden gloves?

3) Who was known as the "March King" and led the U.S. Marine Band?


1) China

2) Regular gloves weigh 8 ounces and golden gloves weigh 10 ounces.

3) John Philip Sousa

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The Blackhawk Night Club was a legendary jazz mecca from 1949 - 1963. What city was it in?

2) These 7 states are named for various royalty.

3) How did the tradition of trick-or-treat start?

4) What city was the first to have paved streets?


1) San Francisco

2) Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, both Carolinas and both Virginias

3) The tradition of going from door to door receiving food already existed in Britain and Ireland, in the form of souling, where children and poor people would sing and say prayers for the dead in return for cakes.[1] Guising — children disguised in costumes going from door to door for food and coins — also predates trick or treat, and is recorded in Scotland at Halloween in 1895, where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money.[2] While going from door to door in disguise has remained popular among Scots and Irish, the North American custom of saying "trick or treat" has recently become common. The activity is prevalent in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Puerto Rico, and northwestern and central Mexico. In the latter, this practice is called calaverita (Spanish for "little skull"), and instead of "trick or treat", the children ask ¿me da mi calaverita? ("can you give me my little skull?"); where a calaverita is a small skull made of sugar or chocolate.

4) Rome

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This member of Monty Python's Flying Circus was born on this date in 1943.

2) Which university was the first to award athletic scholarships to women?

3) He was the the first American in outer space.

4) What rolle did Ann B. Davis play on The Brady Bunch?


1) Michael Palin

2) University of Miami was the first to do so, in keeping with the passage of Title IX.

3) Alan Shepard was - for only 15 minutes, on May 5, 1961.

4) Ann B. Davis played the lovable maid, Alice. She had previously been "Schultzy" on Love That Bob with Bob Cummings and played Miss Wilson on the John Forsythe Show.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What country holds the record for highest recorded temperature?

2) Where was the coldest temperature recorded?

3) In the United States, which snack is the most popular?


1) Libya was recorded as having reached 136 degrees Fahrenheit.

2) Vostok Station, Antarctica got down to -128.6 F.

3) The ever-popular potato chip is America's favorite.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What is the oldest breed of canine in the United States?

2) Which breed of dog is said to be the smartest?

3) What breed of dog bites humans more frequently than other breeds?

4) It was common at one time for dogs to sleep under the covers with their humans. What was the reason for this?


1) Foxhound

2) Border Collie

3) German Shepherds

4) So any bugs in the bed would be attracted to the dog and leave the humans alone.