Friday, March 30, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1842, Dr. Crawford Long was the first physician to use this.

2) What precious metal is used in modern cars' catalytic converters?

3) Amerigo Vespucci, the man from whose name we have "America," made his living in what trade?

4) The TV game show, Jeopardy debuted on this date in 1964. Who was the show's original host?


1) He was the first to use an anesthetic, specifically ether, in surgery.

2) Platinum

3) Mapmaking

4) Art Fleming hosted 2,500 consecutive daytime shows. Alex Trebek has been host since the show's syndication in 1984.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia


1) Which former movie star served as a member of the U.N. delegation and as ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia?

2) What World War II fighter pilot was the first pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947?

3) What is the highest rank that any officer can earn in the U.S. military?

4) Who is the only person to have been named to the College Basketball Hall of Fame both as a player and as a coach?


1) Shirley Temple Black, the famed little dancing girl in movies.

2) Charles "Chuck" Elwood Yeager. By the way, Jackie Cochran was the first woman to break the speed of sound.

3) "General of the Armies of the United States" is the highest military rank of all time. George Washington and John J. Pershing are the only two military officers to reach this rank.

4) John Wooden holds that honor.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which U.S. president purchased Alaska from Russia?

2) How many varieties of apples are there?

3) This North Carolina school was Trinity College until 1925. What is its current name?

4) Who was the only president to enter and complete his term as a bachelor?


1) Andrew Johnson

2) There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples worldwide.

3) Trinity College is now Duke University

4) James Buchanan

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1512 Ponce de Leon landed in Florida. What was Ponce de Leon's first name?

2) They were the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup.

3) A women's size 3 shoe in the U.K. is equal to what size in the U.S.?

4) This Constitutional Amendment grants citizens the right to bear arms.


1) Juan

2) The Seattle Metropolitans won in 1917.

3) 5

4) The 2nd amendment.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1885, something momentous occurred for the motion picture industry. What was it?

2) On this date in 1886, Asa Yoelson was born in Srednick, Russia. He later became famous by what name?

3) On this date in 1937 spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas unveiled a statue of a man who meant a great deal to them. Who was it?

4) Who wrote Waiting for Godot?


1) The Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company of Rochester, New York manufactured the first commercial motion picture film.

2) Al Jolson

3) Popeye the Sailor (the statue remains today).

4) Samuel Beckett

Friday, March 23, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Actress Amanda Plummer's father is Christopher Plummer. Who is her mother?

2) On this date in 1965, this U.S. two-man crew launched into space on the Gemini mission. What were the astronauts' names?

3) On this date in 1983, this man was the world's first recipient of a permanent artificial heart.

4) On this date in 1983, this piano man married an uptown girl. Who were they?


1) Tammy Grimes

2) Gus Grissom and John Young

3) Barney Clark in Seattle, Washibgton

4) Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What city became known as the "Second City" of jazz?

2) Dwight D. Eisenhower won both his presidential terms in landslide victories. Who did he defeat?

3) This state got its name from the French words for green and mountain.


1) Chicago

2) Adlai Stevenson

3) Vermont

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who are the two traveling companions in Of Mice and Men?

2) This famous painting by Edvard Munch was stolen in 2004.

3) On this date in 1934, radar was used for the first time in what country?


1) George and Lennie

2) The Scream

3) Germany

Monday, March 19, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) The show Honey West featured television's first female private eye. Who played her on the show?

2) Actor and occasional musician Bruce Willis is celebrating his 57th birthday. What is the name of his blues band?

3) On March 19, 1988, Michael Jackson bought a ranch near Santa Ynez, California, and built his own personal zoo and amusement park. What did he call it?

4) On March 19, 1953, something happened with the Academy Awards ceremony? What?


1) Anne Francis. It lasted only one season, from 1965-66.

2) Bruno

3) Neverland

4) The Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the first time from Hollywood and New York. The Greatest Show on Earth was named best picture of 1952; John Ford won as best director for The Quiet Man; Gary Cooper won best actor for "High Noon," while Shirley Booth received best actress for Come Back, Little Sheba.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which musical instrument is Woody Allen most noted for playing?

2) What was Peter, Paul & Mary's only #1 song?

3) Which fruit is of the genus Pyrus?

4) Which element is represented by the letter "B" in the periodic table of elements?


1) Clarinet

2) "Leavin' On A Jet Plane," written by John Denver in 1966. "Puff, the Magic Dragon" and "Blowin' in the Wind" peaked at #2.

3) Pears

4) Boron

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This MLB team had two players hit more than 50 home runs in the same season.

2) On this date in 1968, Life magazine proclaimed him as "the most spectacular guitarist in the world."

3) This baseball team was founded on this date in 1869. They were the first all pro team.


1) The 1961 Yankees saw 61 home runs from Roger Maris; Mickey Mantle hit 54.

2) Jimi Hendrix

3) Cincinnati Red Sox - then called the Cincinnati Red Stockings.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) What was the name of the fictional island that was King Kong's home?

2) Which state has these two natural attractions: "The Hangman Fossil Beds" and "Craters of the Moon"?

3) What is the difference between spirits and liqueurs?


1) Skull Island

2) Idaho

3) Liqueurs have additional sugars

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Today is Ken Day. It was on this day in 1961, Mattel introduced a doll named Ken a boyfriend for Barbie. What was Ken's last name?

2) This corporation owns Kool-Aid, Cheez Whiz, Jell-O, Miller Beer, Marlboro cigarettes, Oscar Mayer, Post Cereal, Velveeta, Tombstone Pizza and Maxwell House.

3) What minerals make up brass?

4) Demi Moore artfully posed nude for the cover of this magazine twice.


1) Ken Carson

2) Phillip Morris

3) Copper and zinc.

4) Vanity Fair

Monday, March 12, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1974 Wonder Woman debuted on television, with Lynda Carter starring as Wonder Woman. The series was based on the comic book character which was created by Charles Moulton. What else was he known for?

2) What is Yogi Berra's real first name?

3) He was the only astronaut to fly in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space missions.

4) Juliette Gordon Low founded this organization on this date in 1912.


1) He also invented the lie detector.

2) Lawrence

3) Wally Schirra

4) Girl Scouts

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) This Billie Holiday staple became a hit on the pop/rock charts in the 60's. Who recorded it?

2)The FCC (Federal Communications Commission), responsible for broadcast transmissions and telecommunications is one of two government agencies. What is the other agency?

3) This government program was modeled after the British Poor Law of 1601.


1) "God Bless the Child" was a hit for Blood, Sweat and Tears, with David Clayton Thomas on the lead vocal.

2) The FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

3) Social Security

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1988, the TV series, The Heat of the Night. It starred Carroll O'Connor as Chief Gillespie and Howard Rollins as Mr. Tibbs. Who played these roles in the 1967 film?

2) On this date in 1982, Willie Nelson's song, "Always On My Mind" entered the charts at #88. It was recorded ten years earlier by another singer. Who?

3) What was Ed McMahon's first regular network TV show?


1) Rod Steiger was Chief Gillespie and Sidney Poitier was Tibbs.

2) Elvis Presley

3) The show, on CBS in 1950, was Big Top. Unsurprisingly, the show featured circus acts.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1960, Elvis Presley was discharged honorably from the U.S. Army. What was his rank?

2) Who was the first American president to host a radio talk show?

3) On March 5, 1946 he said this in reference to the threat of Soviet Communism: "An Iron curtain has descended across Europe." Who was it?

4) John Schrank was born on this date in 1876. What was he known for?


1) Sergeant

2) Jimmy Carter became the first president to host a radio talk show when he took questions from 42 listeners in 26 states on Ask President Carter. Walter Cronkite co-hosted the program.

3) Winston Churchill

4) He shot President Roosevelt, claiming McKinley's ghost told him to as a warning to anyone thinking of running for a third term.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Which jazz vocalist started her career thanks to having been discovered by bandleader Chick Webb?

2) He was the only person to have been elected governor of two states.

3) On this date in 1939, these states were the last to ratify the U.S. Bill of Rights.


1) Ella Fitzgerald

2) Sam Houston (Tennessee and Texas)

3) Massachusetts, Connecticut and Georgia actually ratified the Bill of Rights in 1939 in an anniversary ceremony, and in doing so made the adoption of the bill (finally) official.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1780, this state was the first to abolish slavery.

2) The radio program, The Lone Ranger, was also a hit on television. The part of the Lone Ranger was played by Clayton Moore on TV, but who was the most memorable of the radio portrayals of the character?

3) What city hosted the United Nations' first assembly?

4) Currently there are no countries that begin with this letter.


1) Pennsylvania

2) Brace Beemer - he was the radio voice Of the Lone Ranger from 1941-1954.

3) London hosted; the meeting took place in January 1946.

4) No countries begin with the letter, "X."