Friday, January 31, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who is Angelina Jolie's celebrity father?

2)  After this week's State of the Union address, this Congressman, upon having given an opposing response, was pressed by the reporter there about allegations regarding a federal investigation into his campaign's fundraising practices. He told the reporter, "I'll break you in half" and threatened to throw him off the rotunda balcony in the Capitol Building. What was the Representative's name?

3)  Yellowstone National Park is located in which state?

4)  What does the "T" stand for in CT scan?


1)  Jon Voight

2)  Michael Grimm

3)  Wyoming

4)  tomography  (Computed Tomography scan)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which city has the world's tallest building?

2)  The city of Honolulu is located on which Hawaiian island?

3)   This actress is Goldie Hawn's daughter.

4)  The first of 2,956 episodes of The Lone Ranger first aired on this date in 1933 on Detroit's WXYZ. Before settling on the permanent name of "Scout," what did Tonto call his horse for the first few episodes?


1)  Dubai

2)  Oahu

3)  Kate Hudson

4)  The first horse, used for that first episode only, was called "White Fellah."

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Who once said, "Being President is like running a cemetery; you've got a lot of people under you, but nobody's listening."

2)  William Claude Dukenfeld was born on this date in 1880. What was his stage name?

3)  On this date in 1953 the first movie to have been filmed in Cinemascope premiered. What was the movie?

4)  On January 29, 1951, actress Elizabeth Taylor divorced her first husband. What was his name?


1)  Bill Clinton

2)  W.C. Fields

3)  The Robe

4)  Conrad Hilton, Jr.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Caroline Kennedy is currently serving as U.S. Ambassador to what country?

2)  Who directed The Wolf of Wall Street?

3)  This U.S. city is known for its large population of polydactyl cats.

4)  How many presidents have been impeached?


1)  Japan

2)  Martin Scorcese

3)  Key West, Florida. The cats are affectionately called "Hemingway" cats, as the famed author made his home there and had many of those cats with the extra toes. In his honor, about 50-60 kitties continue to "reside" at the Hemingway Home and Museum.

4)  Two, and both men were acquitted - Andrew Johnson, who was accused of violating the Tenure of Office Act, and William Clinton, who was accused of perjury and obstruction of justice in relation to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1785, the first state university in the U.S. was chartered. Which university was it?

2)  Who played Agent 99 on TV's Get Smart?

3)  The commonly-prescribed Lipitor pill is used to control what?

4)  On this date in 1976,the popular TV show Laverne and Shirley debuted as a spin-off of what show?


1)  University of Georgia

2)  Barbara Feldon

3)  cholesterol

4)  Happy Days

Friday, January 24, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  This town in Switzerland will host peace talks regarding the Syrian conflict.

2)  Who was this year's Golden Globes winner of Best Actress in a TV Series - drama?

3)  Which city is known as the "Eternal City"?

4)  Jazz musician Jerry Mulligan played what instrument?


1)  Actually, the talks began in Montreaux then moved to Geneva.

2)  Robin Wright (House of Cards). All the winners can be found here.

3)  Rome

4)  baritone saxophone

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Today is "Cold, Cold, Cold Day." The coldest temperature ever recorded in the United States was at Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska on this date in 1971. How low did the temperature get?

2)  What does a milliner manufacture?

3)  What gas is created by the process of photosynthesis?

4)  How many sides are there in a heptagon?


1)  The temperature plunged to -79.8 degrees. That was the coldest temperature in the U.S. In Canada on January 31, 1947 at Snag River in the Yukon the temperature fell to 81 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

2)  hats

3)  oxygen

4)  7

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What nationality was Nostradamus?

2)  What is the first book of the New Testament?

3)  What was the name of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin's sketch comedy show?

4)   It was on this date that the first female Secretary of State was appointed.  Who was she?


1)  French

2)  Matthew

3)  Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, more popularly known as Laugh-In.

4) It was Madeline Albright.  First nominated by President Clinton in May 1996, she was confirmed by a unanimous Senate vote of 99-0 January 22nd, 1997.  She took her oath of office the next day (January 23rd).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What was the first civil rights-related act Martin Luther King, Jr. participated in?

2)  How many letters are in the Greek alphabet?

3)  Who was the first president to have written a best-selling book prior to taking office?

4)  This actress was the subject of a 1981 biopic adapted from her daughter's controversial memoir.


1)  The Montgomery Bus Boycott

2)  24

3)  Theodore Roosevelt's book, The Rough Riders, was a bestseller, making him a successful author before he was President.

4)  Joan Crawford

Monday, January 20, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.  Who was the second man to walk on the moon?

2)  Lorenzo Lamas's birthday is today. His father was actor Fernando Lamas. Who was his mother?

3)  On what date were most U.S. presidents sworn in?

4)  Where in the Constitution are the words, "so help me, God"?


1)  Buzz Aldrin

2)  Arlene Dahl

3)  Prior to 1933, presidents were sworn in on March 4th. The 20th Amendment (ratified in 1933), changed the date to January 20th.

4)  Nowhere. Chester Arthur included the phrase at the end of his oath when he took office following the assassination of James Garfield.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  In "LED" (as in LED televisions), what does the "E" stand for?

2)  How do you indicate 50 in Roman numerals?

3)  Who wrote, "'Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all"?

4)  Who was the Grateful Dead's guitarist?


1) "emitting"

2)  L

3)  Tennyson

4) Jerry Garcia

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1920, the 18th Amendment, also known as The Volstead Act, went into effect. It was repealed in 1933. For what was the amendment intended to regulate?

2)  What country is tennis champion Pete Sampras from?

3)  This 1974 bestseller by Peter Benchley was made into a hit movie. Who was the author?

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


1)  The 18th Amendment prohibited (as in Prohibition) the sale of liquor.

2)  United States

3)  Jaws

4) The Cotton Club

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  What Roman numeral is the symbol for 1,000?

2)  What subject did Breaking Bad high school teacher Walter White teach?

3)  On this date in 1967, the first Superbowl featured the top teams from what was then two leagues: the AFL and the NFL.  Which teams played?

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


1)  M

2)  chemistry

3)  Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs. Green Bay won over Kansas City, 35 - 10.

4)  Cheerios

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On this date in 1963, this guest host became the first of a total of 124 guest hosts to fill in for Johnny Carson over the course of his 29 years of hosting The Tonight Show.

2)  Who was the first host and what was the original title of NBC's The Today Show (or Today)?

3)  This animated series, previously featured as segments on The Tracey Ullman Show, debuted on this date in 1990.

4)  This fruit's Latin term is Musa Acuminata.


1)  Jimmy Dean

2)  It was called The Rise and Shine Revue; Dave Garroway was host.

 3)  The Simpsons

4)  bananas

Monday, January 13, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Virtually all of us have been bothered by the Musca domestica. What is the common term for this creature?

2)  Nicosia is the capital of what country?

3)  Which U.S. city contains the world's railway bridge?

4)  "The Dancing Cuckoo" was the theme song for this comedy duo.


1)  Housefly

2)  Cyprus

3)  New Orleans' Huey P. Long Bridge

4)  Laurel and Hardy

Friday, January 10, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which city hosts the first major New Year's Eve celebration each year?

2)  On this day in 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations assembled in what city?

3)  What is the body's second largest organ?

4)  Where did the Greek mythological figure, Charon live?


1)  Sydney, Australia

2)  London

3)  the liver

4)  Hades

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Where were French fries first made?

2)  On this date in 1987, actor Arthur Lake died at the age of 81. His name may not be familiar, yet he starred in 27 movies always playing the same character. Who did he play?

3)  On this date in 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?

4)  Early thermometers were filled with this substance instead of mercury.


1)  Belgium

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.

4)  brandy

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Where is the city of Dunkirk located?

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

3)  Elvis Presley was born on Jan 8, 1935. Where?

4)  For two years the nation was run by a president and vice president who were not elected by the people. Who were they?


1)  Dunkirk is on the northern coast of France, close to the border of Belgium. It was the site of WWII's Battle of Dunkirk.

2)  14: J. Adams, Jefferson, Van Buren, Tyler, Fillmore, A. Johnson, Arthur, T. Roosevelt, Coolidge, Truman, Nixon, L. Johnson, Ford, and George H.W. Bush.

3)  Tupelo, MS

4)  Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller. After Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigned in 1973, President Nixon appointed Gerald Ford as Vice president. Nixon resigned the following year and Ford appointed vice president, Nelson Rockefeller, as second in line.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Today was once known as Melody Ranch Day, marking the debut on January 7, 1940 of Melody Ranch on CBS Radio. What singing cowboy host kept listeners tuned in for 16 years?

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

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

4)  On this date in 1990, this famous building was closed to the public due to safety concerns. Which building was it?


1)  Gene Autry was the host.

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

3)  Philadelphia

4)  The Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was stabilized and reopened in 2001.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Which country is currently under the threat of a weather condition known as the polar vortex?

2)  Cars have recently become much more expensive in which country?

3)  This bass jazz vocalist and sometime band leader was born and later died in Pittsburgh.

4)  TV's Wheel of Fortune debuted on this date in 1975.  Pat Sajak assumed hosting duties in 1981; who was the show's first host?


1)  Usually a polar vortex, which essentially is arctic weather causing the spread of a deep freeze, only affects the northernmost regions of Canada, but at present it has spread into the United States, causing record cold temperatures.

2)  Cuba

3)  Billy Eckstine

4)  Chuck Woolery

Friday, January 03, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Henry Deutschendorf became a famous singer under what name?

2)  On January 3, 1970, The Beatles recorded their last song together.  What was the song's title?

3)  Who was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

4)  How many American states start with the letter 'O'?


1)  John Denver

2)  I Me Mine.  Ten years later it was the title of George Harrison's autobiography.

3)  Aretha Franklin, on January 3, 1987.

4)  Three: Ohio, Oklahoma, and Oregon.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  Today is Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Day.  The Andrews Sisters recorded the song for Decca Records in Los Angeles on January 2, 1941.  In what movie was it featured?

2)  Which U.S. President signed a bill requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 mph or lose federal highway funds?

3)  In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, who was Hamlet's mother?

4)  What was the Russian city of Volgograd formerly known as?


1)  Buck Privates starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.


2)  Richard Nixon, on January 2, 1974.

3)  Gertrude

4)  Stalingrad

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Alan Rock's Trivia!


1)  On January 1, 1908, what significant event happened in Times Square (NYC) for the first time?

2)  What breed of dog is the Disney character Pluto?

3)  Who will play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biographical film Jobs?

4)  Ilie Nastase was one of the world's top players in which sport?


1)  The ball dropped, bringing in the New Year.

2)  Bloodhound

3)  Ashton Kutcher

4)  Tennis