Thursday, February 28, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Comedian Eddie Anderson died at the age of 71 after 21 years on radio followed by 15 years on television. He was known mainly for playing this character.

2)  What do etymologists study?

3)  Established in 1804, this was the world's first black republic.

4) What are the most common symbols on a national flag? the least?


1)  Eddie Anderson played the role of Rochester, Jack Benny's valet.

2)  Etymology is the study of word origins, usage and evolution over time.

3)  Haiti

4)  The most commonly used symbol are stars, which appear on over 50 national flags. The second most common symbol is the crescent, which is featured on 9 flags. The least common symbol is an image of the Bible, which is on the Dominican Republic flag.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Where is the historic sanctuary, Machu Picchu located?

2)  How many Wimbledon Men's Singles titles did tennis player Bjorn Borg win?

3)  When discussing electricity, what does the "D" in "DC" indicate?

4)  Chromatics is the science of what?


1)  Peru

2)  Borg won five Wimbledon titles. This photo was from his 1977 victory against Jimmy Connors.

3)  DC stands for "Direct" current (AC = "alternating current").

4)  Chromatics is the science of colors.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Mattel introduced the Ken doll as a boyfriend for Barbie. What was Ken's last name?

2)  Demi Moore posed nude twice for the cover of this magazine. The first photo was for the cover of the August 1991 issue and showed Demi in an advanced stage of pregnancy. The second cover was published a year later and showed Demi in fighting trim, obscuring her nakedness with a hand-painted man's suit.

3)  This one corporation owns all the following products and brands - and then some: Kool-Aid, Cheez-Whiz, Jell-O, Miller Beer, Marlboro, Oscar Mayer, Post, Velveeta, Tombstone Pizza and Maxwell House.

4)  Brass is comprised of what metals/minerals?


1)  Ken "Carson"

2)  Vanity Fair

3)  Phillip Morris Company

4)  Copper and zinc

Monday, February 25, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who was the youngest man to have served as President?

2)  Which canal was first to open - the Panama Canal or the Suez Canal?

3)  What does "url" stand for?

4)  The island of Zanzibar is in which ocean?


1)  Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest to have served, as he was 42 when he was sworn in following McKinley's assassination. At 43, Kennedy was the youngest President ever elected.

2)  the Suez Canal

3) "universal resource locator"

4)  Zanzibar is in the Indian Ocean

Friday, February 22, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  The role of Harry Callahan ("Dirty Harry") was offered to three actors prior to Clint Eastwood. Who were they?

2)  On a dart board, what number is at the top?

3)  On this date in 1965, the Beatles began filming their second movie. What was its title?

4) Who wrote Jacob's Room?


1)  Frank Sinatra, John Wayne and Paul Newman, in that order, were offered and rejected the iconic role.

2)  20

3) Help!

4)  Virginia Woolf 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  These two are the only presidents to have been buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

2)  This president began the custom of throwing out the first pitch of baseball season.

3)  Who was the only grandchild of a president to become president?

4)  Who was our tallest president? Our shortest?


1)  John F. Kennedy and William Taft

 2) William Howard Taft started the tradition of throwing out the first pitch of the season.

3)  Benjamin Harrison

 4)  Abraham Lincoln was the tallest at 6'4" and James Madison, at 5'4", was the shortest.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How many pieces of silver did Judas Iscariot get for betraying Jesus?

2)  This U.S. president was arrested and fined for speeding ---- while on his horse.

3)  Obviously he couldn't call it "Washington, D.C." What did George Washington call the nation's capital?

4)  Of the five Great Lakes, this is the only one that lies entirely within U.S. borders.


1)  30

2)  Ulysses S. Grant

3)  Federal City

4)  Lake Michigan

The Lighthouse of Chicago on Lake Michigan

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who described Margaret Thatcher as being "the best man in England"?

2)  Lee Marvin was born on this date in 1924. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in this 1965 movie.

3) Who was the author of Treasure Island?

4) On this date in 1922, this vaudevillian became the first "big name" star to sign on as a regular in a radio show.


1) Ronald Reagan

2) Cat Ballou

3)  Robert Louis Stevenson

4)  Ed Wynn

Monday, February 18, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in the Winter Olympic games?

2) What is the hormone epinephrine also known as?

3) Name the Russian cosmonaut who flew the first manned space flight.

4) What did the U.S. Table Tennis Association want to call its sport?


1) On February 18, 2006, American Shani Davis won the men's 1000 meter speed skating event in Turin.

2) Adrenaline

3) Yuri Gagarin, in 1961.

4) Ping-Pong, but Parker Brothers already owned the rights to the name.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  How much were the Beatles paid for their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show?

2)  These two television actors made headlines when they kissed on their show in the 60s.

3)  Miles Davis cut his teeth playing for this jazz giant when he was a teenager.

4)  What is the Superbowl trophy called?


1)  They were paid approximately $2,400.

2)  Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhuru (William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols) kissed on the original Star Trek series. It was the first kiss between an interracial couple to be shown on television.

3)  Charlie Parker

4) It's called the "Vince Lombardi" trophy.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) On this date in 1968 Planet of the Apes opened in theaters nationwide. Who were the three actors playing the main characters in the movie?

2)  This president was the first to have a radio in the White House.

3)  This was Jane Austen's first published novel.

4)  Who wrote Robinson Crusoe?


1)  Charlton Heston, Roddy MacDowell and Kim Hunter

2)  Warren G. Harding

3)  Sense and Sensibility

4)  Daniel Defoe

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  If a dish's title includes the word, "florentine," what does that mean?

2)  According to Greek mythology, Prometheus stole this from the gods.

3)  This is the only state in the U.S that has no caves.


1)  It means that it has spinach.

2)  Fire

3) Delaware

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1943, this singer debuted on Your Hit Parade.

2)  Leonardo da Vinci died in what country?

3)  What was the flight number of the PanAm plane that was bombed over Lockerbie, Scotland?

4)  Whose remains were discovered under a parking lot in England?


1)  Frank Sinatra

2)  France

3)  Flight #103

4)  Richard III

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Who was the first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV?

2) Who was the first U.S. president to be buried in Washington D.C.?

3) From the world of television, what was Maxwell Smart's agent number?

4) Scoliosis is a condition that affects which part of the body?


1) Fred and Wilma Flintstone

2) Woodrow Wilson, on February 5, 1924.

3) 86

4) Spine

Monday, February 04, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1) Francois-Marie Arouet is better known as whom?

2) Where in the human body are growth hormones made?

3) This incredible percussionists, during his tenure as one of the Jazz Messengers, could be thought of as the greatest scout in the history of jazz, recruiting such talents as Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, and Lee Morgan.  Can you name him?


1) Voltaire

2) Pituitary gland

3) Art Blakey

Friday, February 01, 2013

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1940, Frank Sinatra had his first recording session with the Tommy Dorsey Band. He recorded "Too Romantic" and "The Sky Fell Down." Sinatra was there to replace what singer?

2)  On this date in 1964, the first mass-marketed doll/action-figure was introduced by Hasbro. The character was named for a character in a 1945 film starring Robert Mitchum. What was the character's name?

3)  Where is the Brandenburg Gate located?


1)  Jack Leonard was the band's previous singer.

2)  G.I. Joe

3)  Berlin, Germany. The story of the gate's history is an interesting one. It was commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II in the late 1700s to represent peace. Though the ensuing years brought more war and devastation, the gate continued to stand. It was the site where, in 1963, President Kennedy declared, "Ich bin ein Berliner" and where Ronald Reagan gave his "Tear-Down-This-Wall" speech in 1987.