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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trivia Q&A: June 21

We had a very lively night of Trivia at Professor Thom's last night, with 15 teams taking part in the festivities. The crowds have been going up steadily since we returned to the main floor a few weeks ago, and it was good to see a big crowd back in. It was a tight race all night, as we had a five-way tie for fourth place after the second round, but still had five teams bunched together as we headed into IQ Trivia. But the team of Let's Not Call it a Miss Trial, Cosby Might Try to Roofee Her! came out victorious, getting 42 points and the win by five points. (Our friends from DIMS, who have racked up many wins, were not in the bar last night.) Congratulations to Michael and Brad, both Trivia regulars who hooked up as a team for the first time to grab the W.

Second place was actually a tie with 37 points between Jeter Swallows and Otto Warmbier's Travel Agents. We broke the tie with the question: "What is Pittsburgh's current population?" (It was based on the answer to an IQ question.) Jeter Swallows was the closest to the actual answer and got second place.

Best Team Name: Booty and The Beast

Current Events
1. Anita Pallenberg, a former model, died last week at the age of 73. With what rock guitarist was she a former girlfriend & mother of three of his children?
2. What American city honored the memory of late actor Adam West last Thursday by flashing the 'bat signal" from their city hall?
3. What rock star will make his Broadway debut this November, playing five nights a week for eight weeks at the Walter Kerr Theater?
4. Amazon.com announced on Friday that is was buying what grocery chain, which has 460 stores, for $13.7 billion?
5. Director John G. Avildsen died last Friday at the age of 81. He directed such films as "The Karate Kid" and "Lean On Me", but what 1976 film earned him the Oscar for Best Director?
6. At least 62 people were killed when more than 60 forest fires broke out in what western European country this past weekend?
7. Actor Stephen Furst died this past Saturday at the age of 63. He was best known for playing Flounder in the classic film "Animal House", but what 1980s medical TV drama did he play Dr. Elliott Axelrod?

2000s Movie Trivia
1. George Clooney won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005 for what film?
2. The 2009 film "Inglorious Basterds" was set during what war?
3. Lindsay Lohan joins what A-list clique at her school in the 2004 film "Mean Girls?"
4. In the 2008 film "Fred Claus", who played the title character, the brother of Santa Claus?
5. What controversial director won an Academy Award in 2003 for the film "The Pianist?"
6. What was the name of the first sequel in the Harry Potter film series, released in 2002?
7. Name 2 of the 5 highest grossing films in the US in the decade of the 2000s.

The Q Train: True Or False Trivia
1. The dime is the only US coin that has no reference to either "cent" or "dollar" on it.
2. The Bronx is the largest of NYC's five boroughs in terms of area.
3. Fingernails grow faster than toenails.
4. Brad Pitt has been nominated twice in his career for the Best Actor Oscar.
5. Vladimir Putin & George W. Bush were both elected president for the first time in the same year.
6. In 2006, after opening to the general public, Facebook reached the 1 million user mark in 9 months.
7. Kim Kardashian won three beauty contests in her teenage years.
8. One of Charlie Chaplin's relatives starred on the TV series "Game of Thrones."
9. George Washington appeared on the first US postage stamp.
10. "NCIS" was the most watched program on TV for the 2015-16 season.

General Knowledge
1. The disease scurvy is caused by a deficiency of which vitamin? ( 1 pt)
2. Olympic Airlines is the national airline of what country? ( 1 pt)
3. In what city would you find McGill University, perhaps its nation's most prestigious university? ( 2 pt)
4. What celebrity was prosecuted by James Comey in the early 2000s? ( 2 pt)
5. Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize? ( 2 pt)
6. What movie actress is the mother of "Fifty Shades of Grey" star Dakota Johnson? ( 2 pt)
7. What current TV show's title character has a postgraduate degree from the University of American Samoa? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. A July 23, 1985 press conference announced the return to the shelves of what product, after an absence of nearly three months? ( 4 points)
2. In Netflix's new TV hit, how many cassette tapes does Hannah Baker leave behind to explain her suicide? ( 4 points)
3. On November 19, 1950 at 12:30 PM, the Chicago Historical Society celebrated a notable anniversary by displaying all five extant copies of what document? ( 4 points)
4. The Allegheny and Monongahelia Rivers join together to form the Ohio River in what city? ( 3 points)
5. In 2013, what two Oscar-winning actresses topped Quigley Publishing's list of "Top Money-Making Stars", the first two women to do so since 1932? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Keith Richards; 2. Los Angeles; 3. Bruce Springsteen; 4. Whole Foods; 5. "Rocky;" 6. Portugal; 7. "St. Elsewhere."

2000s Movie Trivia
1. "Syriana;" 2. World War II; 3. The Plastics; 4. Vince Vaughn; 5. Roman Polanski; 6. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets;" 7. Avatar, The Dark Knight, Shrek 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Spider-Man.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. false, Queens; 3. true; 4. true; 5. true; 6. false, 100 million; 7. false, none; 8. true; 9. false, Ben Franklin; 10. false, Sunday Night Football.

General Knowledge
1. C; 2. Greece; 3. Montreal; 4. Martha Stewart; 5. Marie Curie. 6. Melanie Griffith; 7. "Better Call Saul."

IQ Trivia
1. Original Coca-Cola; 2. 13 (13 Reasons Why); 3. Gettysburg Address; 4. Pittsburgh; 5. Jennifer Lawrence & Sandra Bullock.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The 21st Century's First Decade Had Some Good Films

And we will be testing your knowledge of those films. Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, June 21st at 8:30 PM, with "2000s Movie Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about films that were released from 2000 to 2009, and the final question will be a multiple points question. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Olympic Airlines is the national airline of what country?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday for another great night of Trivia Q&A at Professor Thom's!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Trivia Q&A: June 14

We had 12 teams last night at Professor Thom's, which turned out to be a great night of Trivia. We had a tight race throughout the evening, with four teams battling for Trivia supremacy. The top three were separated by just two points going into IQ Trivia. But the team of Backchannel Surfers emerged victorious, by just a single point with 43 points. Congratulations to two of my old regulars who came in for the first time in a few months to snag the victory.

Our friends from DIMS finished second with 42 points. They had won an amazing 12 consecutive times, and 15 of the last 16 weeks. It was a "Ken Jennings"-like run, and I congratulate them on such an amazing run of wins. In all my years doing Trivia, I've never seen a team dominate like this.

Third place went to I Love Trivia So Much I'm Recording Part 3 of the Celtics-Lakers Documentary Tonight with 38 points.

Best Team Name: Manifest Destiny's Child

Current Events
1. What rock singer was forced to postpone shows on his tour in London last week and was hospitalized due to a head injury from a fall he took?
2. What Middle Eastern country apologized last week after its national soccer team didn't stand at attention for a moment of silence for the London terror attack victims in a World Cup qualifier against Australia?
3. What comedian made news on social media last week after the singer Kesha attempted to hug him and he rebuffed her attempt, later saying he doesn't hug total strangers?
4. What American athlete finished second behind soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest paid athlete for 2017 (in salary and endorsements) in Forbes magazine's yearly rankings?
5. Rafael Nadal won the men's French Open singles title on Sunday, extending his record for the number of titles won at the event. How many French Open titles has he won?
6. What musician and entrepreneur was ranked number one in Forbes maagzine's list of the richest celebrities, earning $130 million in 2017?
7. Jeff Immelt, the chairman and CEO of what American conglomerate corporation for the last 16 years, announced his resignation on Monday?

Sunday Trivia
1. The 1976 movie "Black Sunday" is about a terror attack at what event?
2. "Bloody Sunday" was a 1972 incident when 13 civil rights protestors were shot and killed where?
3. "Easy (Like Sunday Morning)" was a 1977 Top 10 hit for what musical group?
4. "Low Sunday" is observed one week after what holiday?
5. Sunday Island is a small low-lying island off the coast of what country?
6. "Sunday's at Tiffany's" was a 2008 best-selling book by what popular author?
7. "Sunday in the Park With George" was a 1984 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by what eight-time Tony Award winner?

The Q Train: Red, White & Blue Flags Trivia
1. Thailand
2. Sweden
3. Paraguay
4. Brazil
5. Haiti
6. Argentina
7. Iceland
8. Netherlands
9. Spain
10. Costa Rica

General Knowledge
1. How many degrees are there in a right angle? ( 1 pt)
2. What state borders both Wyoming and Missouri? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the most frequently transplanted human organ in the US? ( 1 pt)
4. Henry Kissinger served as secretary of state under which two presidents? ( 2 pt)
5. On the TV series "Dallas", what was the name of the ranch the Ewing family lived on? ( 2 pt)
6. The Jetta TDI is a model of what car manufacturer? ( 2 pt)
7. Who is currently third in line to the British throne? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What was the first US state to join the Union after the Original 13? ( 3 points)
2. What city was the most recent and the only one in the last 50 years to have a king open its Summer Olympics? ( 4 points)
3. What movie star did Egypt ban in June 1956 when she converted to Judaism? ( 4 points)
4. Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind and Theodore Briseno were the four men who went on trial in 1992 for an incident involving what man? ( 4 points)
5. About 90% of the world's licorice is used not for candy but in what non-edible consumer product? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Phil Collins; 2. Saudi Arabia; 3. Jerry Seinfeld; 4. LeBron James; 5. ten; 6. Sean Combs; 7. General Electric.

Sunday Trivia
1. Super Bowl; 2. Northern Ireland; 3. The Commodores; 4. Easter Sunday; 5. Australia; 6. James Patterson; 7. Stephen Sondheim.

The Q Train: Red, White and Blue Flags Trivia
1. yes; 2. no; 3. yes; 4. no; 5. yes; 6. no; 7. yes; 8. yes; 9. no; 10. yes.

General Knowledge
1. Ninety; 2. Nebraska; 3. kidney; 4. Richard Nixon & Gerald Ford; 5. Southfork; 6. Volkswagen; 7. Prince George.

IQ Trivia
1. Vermont; 2. Barcelona; 3. Marilyn Monroe; 4. Rodney King; 5. cigarettes.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Testing Your Knowledge of Flags & Sunday


Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's on Wednesday, June 14th at 8:30 PM, with "Sunday Trivia" as the Special Category. I will ask you seven questions connected in some way to the first day of every week. In honor of Flag Day this Wednesday, The Q Train lightning round will be "Red, White and Blue Flags Trivia." I will give you the names of ten nations around the world, and you have to tell me if they have the colors red, white and blue in their national flag. And no, the good ol' USA will NOT be one of the choices.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is: 
"How many degrees are there in a right angle?"

We are back on the main floor for good for Trivia on Wednesday, as the NBA is now finally over, and I hope to see many of you in what should be a great night for Trivia!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Trivia Q&A: June 7

When I arrived at Professor Thom's for Trivia last night, I discovered that we were being moved upstairs to the Loft, and it was due to Game 3 of the NBA Finals. I learned that the bar was really crowded due to spillover from Finnerty's, the bar next door that caters to the fans of the Bay Area teams. And it was indeed crowded with Golden State Warriors fans last night. So we returned to the Loft for one last time.

It was a light crowd, as eight teams took part, and our friends DIMS kept their winning streak rolling with a 56 point effort. Congrats to them again. Second place went to Reality Winner, You're Fired with 49 points, and Scooter Corgi finished in third with 48 points.

Best Team Name: Comey, Comey, Comey, Comey, Comeyleon

We will back on the first floor next Wednesday, as even if the Cleveland Cavaliers stage an amazing comeback in their series, there will be no game next Wednesday.

Current Events
1. What Middle Eastern country banned the film "Wonder Woman" last week because the film's star is Israeli and served in their military?
2. What American billionaire said last week he'll make sure the UN gets $15 million it needs for the Paris Climate Agreement after the US pulled out?
3. An open-air concert this past weekend at a race track in what country was suspended on Friday and resumed on Saturday due to a possible terrorist threat?
4. A new Showtime documentary about what 1950s Hollywood leading man stated that at the age of 53 he submitted to 100 LSD therapy sessions to try to get over his problems with women?
5. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt all cut ties with the nation of Qatar this past weekend over that country's ties with what other nation?
6. What prestigious university rescinded offers to at least 10 students this past week after they posted offensive photos and messages on social media?
7. What nation that was once part of Yugoslavia officially became the 29th member of NATO this past week?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of these films was not directed by Martin Scorsese? a. The Night of the Hunter; b. Gangs of New York; c. The Last Temptation of Christ; d. The Age of Innocence.
2. Which of these US presidents served their terms before the Civil War? a. Franklin Pierce; b. Benjamin Harrison; c. Zachary Taylor; d. James Garfield.
3. Which of these planets are smaller than Earth? a. Uranus; b. Mars; c. Mercury; d. Neptune.
4. Which of these entertainers has never won an Oscar? a. Glenn Close; b. Ed Harris; c. John Travolta; d. Johnny Depp.
5. Which of these universities and colleges are found in New York State? a. Rider University; b. Drew University; c. Williams College; d. Quinnipiac University.
6. Which of these teams didn't win a World Series in the decade of the 2000s? a. Houston Astros; b. St. Louis Cardinals; c. Chicago White Sox; d. Philadelphia Phillies.
7. Which of these countries are larger in area than the US? a. Australia; b. China; c. Brazil; d. Canada.

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. This was JFK's age at the time of his assassination.
2. This is the number worn by sports Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax, Magic Johnson and OJ Simpson.
3. This is the total number found in a score.
4. In a normal deck of cards, there are this number of red cards.
5. In the Bible, this is the number of days between Jesus' resurrection and his ascension.
6. Visa bank cards have this many digits.
7. This is the total number of men who have walked on the Moon.
8. Most half-hour sitcoms on US TV today are this many minutes with the commercials removed.
9. The second point won in a game of tennis is this number.
10. Mariano Rivera was the last player in professional baseball to wear this number, now permanently retired.

General Knowledge
1. If the temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, how many degrees Celsius is it? ( 1 pt)
2. Who has been the only bachelor president of the US? ( 1 pt)
3. What current African nation was formerly called Rhodesia? ( 1 pt)
4. The Rosetta Stone was found in what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the Aurora Borealis more commonly known as? ( 2 pt)
6. In what team sport would you perform a maneuver called a "kong?" ( 2 pt)
7. What card game has a name that comes from the Spanish for "basket"? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The motto of what US territory is "Where America's Day Begins?" ( 3 points)
2. What are the two official languages of the nation of Israel? ( 4 points)
3. The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is better known by what name? ( 4 points)
4. Of the eight Ivy League schools, which one was the only one founded after the American Revolution? ( 5 points)
5. What is the most populous state capital in the US? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Lebanon; 2. Michael Bloomberg; 3. Germany; 4. Cary Grant; 5. Iran; 6. Harvard; 7. Montenegro.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. a; 2. a,c; 3. b,c; 4. all; 5. none; 6. a; 7. d.

The Q Train: Even Numbered Trivia
1. 46; 2. 32; 3. 20; 4. 26; 5.40; 6. 16; 7. 12; 8. 22; 9. 30; 10. 42.

General Knowledge
1. zero; 2. James Buchanan; 3. Zimbabwe; 4. Egypt; 5. Northern Lights; 6. volleyball; 7. canasta.

IQ Trivia
1. Guam; 2. Hebrew & Arabic; 3. Gateway Arch; 4. Cornell; 5. Phoenix, AR.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Q-Tip Trivia Returns Tomorrow

Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's on Wednesday night, June 7th at 8:30 PM, with the Special category "Q-Tip Trivia." I will ask you seven multiple choice general knowledge questions, each with four choices for the answer. It can be 1, 2, 3 all 4, or none correct. You get a point for each correct answer (and 1 point if the answer is none). However, you have to be very careful, as if you give an incorrect answer (even if you put down any correct answers for that question) you automatically get no points for that question. I first did the category back in April and it went rather well.


The Q Train lightning round will be "Even Numbered Trivia." I will ask you ten questions where every answer will be an even number from 1 to 50 (and every answer will be a different number).

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"If the temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, how many degrees Celsius is it?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night for another great night of Trivia!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Trivia Q&A: May 31

The crowd was on the lighter side last night at Professor Thom's, but we still had a great night of Trivia with 11 teams taking part. Both the Special Category and the Q Train lightning round were a bit tougher this week, and that was reflected in the scores. But our friends from DIMS won again last night, rolling up 48 points and winning by nine points. Their winning streak has taken on "Ken Jennings On Jeopardy"-like proportions. My congratulations to them.

Second place went to Best Coast All-Stars with 39 points, and third place went to Something's Bruin with 34 points.

Best Team Name: The Real Covfefe

Current Events
1. Greg Giantforte, a Republican candidate for Congress from what state, grabbed and body slammed a reporter who was pressing him about a report on the American Health Care Act?
2. Siesta Beach was ranked as the top beach in the US for 2017 by the expert "Dr. Beach." What state is Siesta Beach located?
3. Disney CEO Bob Iger said last week that a threat from a group of hackers that claimed to have stolen what recently released film was a hoax?
4. Jim Bunning, the Hall of Fame pitcher who died last Friday at the age of 85, was also a two-term US senator from what state?
5. The private jet of what music immortal was auctioned off for $430,000 last Saturday after sitting on a New Mexico runway for many years?
6. A group of 8th graders from New Jersey refused to take a photo with what DC politician last week after meeting him on a school trip to Washington?
7. Zbigniew Brzezinski, a career diplomat and political scientist, died last week at the age of 89. Under what US president was he the National Security Advisor?

Beatles Trivia
1. Which of the Beatles authored the books, "In His Own Write" and "A Spaniard In The Works"?
2. What was the only Beatles album to win the Grammy Award for Best Album?
3. Who was the last of the Beatles to join the group in 1962?
4. After their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, the Beatles did their first ever US concert two days later in what US city?
5. What 1964 Beatles single sold over 5 million copies in the US by 1968, making it the best selling single of the decade of the 1960s?
6. What superstar British guitarist did a solo on the Beatles song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps?"
7. What Beatles song has been covered over 1600 times by other artists making it one of the most recorded songs in pop music history?

The Q Train: Comedy Movie Characters Trivia
1. Jonathan Mardukas
2. Dottie Hinson
3. Axel Foley
4. Mona Lisa Vito
5. Al Czervik
6. Peter Venkman
7. Steve Stifler
8. Hedley Lamarr
9. Penny Lane
10. Biggus Dickus

General Knowledge
1. In what sport would one use a shuttlecock? ( 1 pt)
2. The traditional gift for a couple celebrating their 20th anniversary is what? ( 1 pt)
3. "Caveat Emptor" is a Latin phrase meaning what? ( 1 pt)
4. What continent is the platypus native to? ( 2 pt)
5. Between Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Quebec, which Canadian province does not share a land border with the US? ( 2 pt)
6. To the closest foot, how many feet are there in 10 meters? ( 2 pt)
7. Within one year, what is the average age of a first-time grandparent in the US? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Legionnaires' Disease, a respiratory infection, was discovered in 1976 after an outbreak at a convention center in what US city? ( 4 points)
2. Of all the North African countries that border the Mediterrean Sea, which is the smallest in area? ( 5 points)
3. In the 2016 season, three of the five oldest players in the NFL played what position? ( 3 points)
4. What 19th century historical figure died at The Petersen House? ( 4 points)
5. What is the only US state flag that features the Union flag of the UK in it? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Montana; 2. Florida; 3. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales;" 4. Kentucky; 5. Elvis Presley; 6. Paul Ryan; 7. Jimmy Carter.

Beatles Trivia
1. John Lennon; 2. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band;" 3. Ringo Starr; 4. Washington DC; 5. "I Want To Hold Your Hand"; 6. Eric Clapton; 7. "Yesterday."

The Q Train: Comedy Movie Characters Trivia
1. Midnight Run; 2. A League of Their Own; 3. Beverly Hills Cop; 4. My Cousin Vinny; 5. Caddyshack; 6. Ghostbusters; 7. American Pie; 8. Blazing Saddles; 9. Almost Famous; 10. Life of Brian.

General Knowledge
1. Badminton; 2. china; 3. "Buyer Beware;" 4. Australia; 5. Newfoundland; 6. 33; 7. 47.

IQ Trivia
1. Philadelphia; 2. Tunisia; 3. placekicker; 4. Abraham Lincoln; 5. Hawaii.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fab Four Trivia This Week


Trivia returns to Professor Thom's this Wednesday night, May 31st at 8:30 PM, with "Beatles Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album this week. It will be seven questions about the career of rock's greatest band. The Q Train lightning round will be "Comedy Movie Characters Trivia." I will give you 10 names of famous comedy movie characters down through the years and you have to tell me what film that character was in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"In what sport would one use a shuttlecock in?"

We are back on the main floor of Professor Thom's for good for Trivia, as the Celtics' playoff run just came to a close. Hope to see many of you for Trivia this Wednesday night!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Trivia Q&A: May 24

It was nice to be back on the main floor of Professor Thom's for Wednesday Night Trivia last night. We had a good turnout of 14 teams, and also had some audio problems through the first round, but my friend Neeru managed to find a mic from upstairs and we had smooth sailing through the rest of the night. Thanks to all of you who beared with us through that difficult first round. Next week should be a lot better.

We had a three-team race to the finish, and they were separated by just four points going into IQ Trivia. But the amazing team of DIMS pulled out yet another win, getting four of the five questions right to end with 48 points. Congratulations to them and their continued remarkable run.

Second place went to Book Hockey with 45 points and third place went to Should've Aimed For Elmo with 41 points.

We will be back on the main floor again for sure next week, as even if the Celtics make it to the NBA Finals, there is no game next week, as the Finals begin next Thursday. There would be a conflict on June 7th, which is a Wednesday and Game 3, but we'll see what happens with the Celtics, who are currently down 3-1 in their series with Cleveland.

Best Team Name: The Queue To Dump on Trump's Desk Starts Behind Me.

Current Events
1. Chris Cornell, the lead singer of what 1990s rock band, died last week at the age of 52 in what was determined to be a suicide?
2. The mayor of what Midwest city apologized to his police department last Friday after his office inadvertently issued a proclamation honoring a cop killer?
3. What Democratic politician spoke at a conference in Las Vegas last week, saying that "upon further reflection, Hillary Clinton wasn't a great candidate for president.'?
4. Hassan Rouhani was re-elected president of what Middle Eastern country by a wide margin this past weekend?
5. What cable TV news host surprised a colleague on his show last Friday, who was a Trump defender, by saying, "If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend him"?
6. The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that what southern state's redrawing of two congressional districts violated the Constitution by relying too heavily on race to redraw them?
7. Pope Francis named Bishop Anders Arborelius as a new cardinal and he becomes the first person born in what Protestant-dominated European country to become a cardinal?

Kennedy Family Trivia
1. What number president was John F. Kennedy?
2. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in what city in 1968?
3. Ted Kennedy ran for president once and failed to get the Democratic nomination. Who did they nominated instead?
4. JFK Stadium, which closed in 1992, was located in what city?
5. Who succeeded JFK as a congressman from Massachusetts' 11th district and served 34 years?
6. What position was Joseph Kennedy, JFK's father, forced to give up in 1940 after he made some controversial remarks that cost him his dream of running for president?
7. True or False: JFK is the youngest man ever elected US president.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. Michael Collins, command module pilot of Apoolo 11, actually suffered an epileptic seizure during his time alone in the command module.
2. The son of Alexander Hamilton was, like his father, killed in a duel.
3. The city of Washington DC was designed by a French engineer.
4. Tiger Woods' real first name is Edward.
5. Canada is the second largest country in total land mass.
6. "Dreamt" is the only word in the English language ending in "mt."
7. Louis Armstrong gained fame by playing the saxophone.
8. Mick Jagger once attended the London School of Economics.
9. Horse racing is sometimes called "the sport of kings."
10. Brazil has the largest number of Christians in its population, more than any other country.

General Knowledge
1. What color was PacMan in the classic video game? ( 1 pt)
2. Which vowel (A, E, I, O, U) does not begin the name of any US state? ( 1 pt)
3. The Ryder Cup is awarded to countries that compete in what sport? ( 1 pt)
4. The city of Sydney is located in what Australian state? ( 2 pt)
5. From what Caribbean country does Bacardi Rum originate? ( 2 pt)
6. If you just made a sternutation, what did you just do? ( 2 pt)
7. What organization has a candle surrounded by barb wire as its emblem? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What US city re-entered the top 50 in US population in 2015 after leaving that list ten years earlier? ( 4 points)
2. "The Father of the Constitution" was the nickname of which of the American Founding Fathers? ( 3 points)
3. Who is the only artist who has been inducted  into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on three separate occasions? ( 4 points)
4. Vaduz is the capital of what small European country? ( 4 points)
5. Garrett's Farm was the site where which infamous American figure was shot dead? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Soundgarden; 2. Cincinnati; 3. Joe Biden; 4. Iran; 5. Anderson Cooper; 6. North Carolina; 7. Sweden.

Kennedy Family Trivia
1. 35; 2. Los Angeles; 3. Jimmy Carter; 4. Philadelphia; 5. Tip O'Neill; 6. UK ambassador; 7. true.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. false; 2. true; 3. true; 4. false, Eldrick; 5. true; 6. true; 7. false, trumpet; 8. true; 9. true; 10. false, USA.

General Knowledge
1. yellow; 2. E; 3. golf; 4. New South Wales; 5. Cuba; 6. sneeze; 7. Amnesty International.

IQ Trivia
1. New Orleans; 2. James Madison; 3. Eric Clapton; 4. Liechtenstein; 5. John Wilkes Booth.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Know Your Kennedys On Wednesday


Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, May 24th at 8:30 PM, with "Kennedy Family Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of John F. Kennedy's 100th birthday next Monday. I will ask you seven questions not just about the former president, but also about other famous members of his family. (And no, Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be a part of this quiz.) The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The Ryder Cup is awarded to countries that compete in what sport?"

We will be back on the main floor of Professor Thom's for Trivia this week, and barring the Celtics making it to the NBA Finals, we should be back there to stay. We shall see. Hope to see many of you for a great night of Trivia on Wednesday night!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Trivia Q&A: May 17

Well, it was one of the stranger nights of Trivia last night in Professor Thom's Loft. It was a night when just about all the Trivia regulars stayed home or had something else to do. We had just four teams play last night, as the first floor had the Celtics Game 1 going on, and even that wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be. But, we carried on, and it was an enjoyable night nonetheless. The guys from DIMS won the night again, although it was close at the end, as they ended up with 35 points. Second place went to Jim Comey For Me, Baby with 31 points. They gave them a good fight, as they were just two points down heading into the final round. Third place went to Alternative Facts with 17 points.

We will back on the first floor next week, as there will be no Celtics playoff game next Wednesday night, as it will be an off day in the series. Hope to many more of you then!

Current Events
1. What religion in America announced that teenagers aged 14-18 won't participate any longer in the Boy of Scouts of America?
2. What young baseball star agreed to a one-year deal for a record $21.6 million for the 2018 season, the highest salary ever for an arbitration-eligible player?
3. Moon Jae-in was elected president of what Asian country last weekend?
4. Last week, ABC canceled the hit show "Last Man Standing" after six seasons in which many have speculated because of what star's controversial conservative opinions about Hollywood?
5. Actor Powers Boothe died this past Monday at the age of 68. He was known for various film and TV roles, but one of his best was as villain Cy Tolliver in what 2000s HBO series?
6. Pope Francis visited Fatima last Saturday and canonized two of the three children who saw the Virgin Mary there 100 years ago. What country is Fatima located in?
7. What airline will allow passengers to use facial recognition technology to self-check their luggage at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport this summer?

Italy Trivia
1. What is Italy's second largest city in population after Rome?
2. Leonardo daVinci pained the Mona Lisa in Italy in what century?
3. In 1890, Italian Giuseppe Airoldi is credited with inventing what, something you see in newspapers every day?
4. What small country is located totally within northern Italy, has a population of 30,000 and is the oldest constitutional republic in the world?
5. Venice's international airport is named for what Italian traveler and explorer?
6. What is the name of Italy's largest island?
7. How many times has Italy won soccer's World Cup?

The Q Train: US and World City Nicknames
1. Sin City
2. The City of David
3. The Hub
4. The Biggest Little City in the World
5. The Forbidden City
6. The Square Mile
7. The Eternal City
8. The Pearl of the Danube
9. The Big Orange
10. The Emerald City

General Knowledge
1. The Falkland Islands are found off the coast of what country? ( 1 pt)
2. What 1960s rock star was known as "The Lizard King?" ( 1 pt)
3. What is the common nickname for nitrous oxide? ( 1 pt)
4. Death Valley is located in what American desert? ( 2 pt)
5. For what film did Leonardo DiCaprio win his first Academy Award? ( 2 pt)
6. What current British royal is known as The Duke of York? ( 2 pt)
7. What European country was in charge of developing and building the Suez Canal? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the only one of the Great Lakes located entirely in the US? ( 3 points)
2. What is the smallest state in the US west of the Mississippi River in land area? ( 4 points)
3. The month of March always starts on the same day of the week as what other month? ( 4 points)
4. What 1964 film included the characters Major Kong, Lt. Lothar Zogg and Gen. Jack D. Ripper? ( 4 points)
5. Who was the only person to sign all three documents that founded the US: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris and the US Constitution? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Mormon; 2. Bryce Harper; 3. South Korea; 4. Tim Allen; 5. "Deadwood;" 6. Portugal; 7. Delta.

Italy Trivia
1. Milan; 2. 16th (1503-06); 3. crossword puzzle; 4. San Marino; 5. Marco Polo; 6. Sicily; 7. four (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006).

The Q Train: US & World City Nicknames
1. Las Vegas; 2. Jerusalem; 3. Boston; 4. Reno; 5. Beijing; 6. London; 7. Rome; 8. Budapest; 9. Los Angeles; 10. Seattle.

General Knowledge
1. Argentina; 2. Jim Morrison; 3. laughing gas; 4. Mojave; 5. "The Revenant;" 6. Prince Andrew; 7. France.

IQ Trivia
1. Lake Michigan; 2. Hawaii; 3. November; 4. "Dr. Strangelove;" 5. Benjamin Franklin.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Italy Will Highlight Trivia This Week


Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, May 17th at 8:30 PM, with "Italy Trivia" as the Special Category, It will be seven questions about the great European nation in history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "US and World Cities' Nicknames." It will give you the commonly known nicknames of ten cities from around the world and you have to tell me the city I'm talking about.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The Falkland Islands are found off the coast of what country?"

We will be doing Trivia on Wednesday night back in the Loft, as the Celtics won their playoff game last night and wrapped up their series with Washington. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series will be tomorrow night, at the same time Trivia will be going on. But the following week we will be back on the first floor, as there will be no game that night. I hope to see many of you for Trivia on Wednesday night!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Trivia Q&A: May 10

We were back in Professor Thom's Loft for Trivia on Wednesday night, for the fifth time in the last six weeks due to the Celtics playoff game. The crowd was on the smaller side, with 10 teams taking part, but it was a spirited group and everyone enjoyed the night. We had a close race going into IQ Trivia, with the teams of DIMS and Comey 2012 separated by just one point. But the scores on IQ Trivia were on the lighter side, as four teams would up not scoring a point in the round. DIMS got three questions correct, and won the night with 43 points. Congrats to them on the win.

We had a tie for second, with Comey 2012 and Knowledge Fires tied with 31 points. Comey 2012 won the tiebreaker, as they were closest to the answer of "How tall is the Gateway Arch in total feet?" (It was an IQ Trivia answer.) It was 630 feet, and congratulations to them on their second place finish.

Best Team Name: Big Fact Hunt

Right now we don't know if we will be downstairs or upstairs for next week's Trivia, as that will depend on the status of the Celtics making it to the next round and having a game scheduled next week. I will be posting on the Facebook group page when it becomes official.

Current Events
1. The Sunday Times of London named what English rock superstar the richest musician on their annual "Rich List" last week?
2. What talk show host set off a firestorm on social media last week with a sexually charged joke about President Trump, with some calling for his firing?
3. What talk show host said in an interview on Friday that President Trump won't be appearing on the host's show, saying "he's against everything I stand for."?
4. Mark Green, President Trump's nominee for what secretary post, withdrew from consideration last week after lawmakers objected to stands he made on some social issues?
5. What tuna-canning company agreed to pay a $25 million fine after pleading guilty to conspiring with competitors to fix prices?
6. What former president is collaborating with best-selling author James Patterson on a fictional thriller that will be published next year?
7. Alan Joyce, the CEO of what foreign-based airline, was speaking at a breakfast when a man in a suit hit him in the face with a cream pie?

Which Came First Trivia
1. a. The American Civil War ends; b. Canada becomes an independent nation.
2. a. Saigon falls and Vietnam unifies;  b. Richard Nixon resigns and Gerald Ford becomes president.
3. a. OJ Simpson is indicted for double murder; b. MLB players walk out on strike and the World Series is later canceled.
4. a. American Idol debuts on Fox; b. Survivor debuts on CBS.
5. a. Barack Obama is born; b. John F. Kennedy is inaugurated president.
6. a. New England Patriots win their first Super Bowl; b. Boston Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years.
7. a. Bernie Madoff is arrested for running a Ponzi scheme; b. Barack Obama is elected 44th US president.

The Q Train: SNL Characters
1. Prymatt Conehead
2. Wayne Campbell
3. Matt Foley
4. Ed Grimley
5. The Church Lady
6. Emily Litella
7. Sean Spicer
8. Alex Trebek
9. Tommy Flanagan
10. Barack Obama

General Knowledge
1. Clemson University is found in what US state? ( 1 pt)
2. Michael Hutchence was the lead singer of what rock band? ( 1 pt)
3. How many natural satellites does the planet Mercury have? ( 1 pt)
4. Geronimo was the noted leader of what American Indian tribe? ( 2 pt)
5. Rod Laver Arena is located in what country? ( 2 pt)
6. Kate Winslet won an Academy Award for Best Actress for what film? ( 2 pt)
7. A vicennial event occurs how many years apart? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the tallest man-made monument in the US? ( 4 points)
2. In what South American country were legendary outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid supposedly killed in 1908? ( 4 points)
3. What small European nation is the world's most densely populated country? ( 3 points)
4. Charles Fairbanks, Charles Curtis and Charles Dawes were all early 20th century Americans who held what position? ( 5 points)
5. Of the original thirteen colonies, which was the last to become an official state? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Paul McCartney; 2. Stephen Colbert; 3. Ellen DeGeneres; 4. Secretary of the Army; 5. Bumble Bee; 6. Bill Clinton; 7. Qantas.

Which Came First Trivia
1. a; 2. b; 3. a; 4. b; 5. b; 6. a; 7. b.

The Q Train: SNL Characters
1. Jane Curtin; 2. Mike Myers; 3. Chris Farley; 4. Martin Short; 5. Dana Carvey; 6. Gilda Radner; 7. Melissa McCarthy; 8. Will Ferrell; 9. Jon Lovitz; 10. Fred Armisen & Jay Pharoh.

General Knowledge
1. South Carolina; 2. INXS; 3. none; 4. Apache; 5. Australia; 6. "The Reader;" 7. twenty.

IQ Trivia
1. Gateway Arch; 2. Bolivia; 3. Monaco; 4. Vice-president of the US; 5. Rhode Island.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Test Your SNL Knowledge On Wednesday

Trivia will be happening on Wednesday night, May 10th at 8:30 PM, and will be in the second floor Loft at Professor Thom's. The Special Category will be "Which Came First Trivia." I will give you seven sets of two famous events that occurred around the same time from history and pop culture and you have to tell me which happened first. The Q Train lightning round will be "Saturday Night Live Characters." I will give you the names of famous characters from the late night show throughout its history and you have to tell me what actor or actress played that character on the show.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Clemson University is found in what US state?"

We get rolling at 8:30 PM, and we are back in the Loft due to the Celtics Game 5 playoff game that night. Seats and tables will go quickly up there, so I suggest you getting in as early as possible. Hope to see you for another great night of Trivia tomorrow!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Trivia Q&A: May 3

 It was a strange night of Trivia last night at Professor Thom's We were back downstairs for the first time after four weeks upstairs in the Loft, as there was no Celtics playoff game. The crowd was definitely down, as we had just 12 teams in to play. We spread the word that we were back on the first floor, but I guess many folks had other things to do last night. The night started off with mic and speaker problems, so we had to get the speaker from the Loft and use that. My apologies for all that, as we got going about 20 minutes late.

The night proceeded along fine, and we had a really tight race going into IQ Trivia. But unfortunately, Yours Truly has made goofs in that final round, and I made one last night. In the question, "What country has not fought in a war since 1815?", I thought it was Switzerland, and accepted that as the answer. (Another team had asked me if "civil wars count" in that answer, and I said yes.) But one of the teams pointed out that Switzerland had a civil war among two factions in 1847, so I felt the only proper thing to do in this case (and I have done it in the past when it has happened) is to toss the question and give everyone four points. That made a difference in the final score, as DIMS pulled out the win with 43 points, and the team of Manny Being Manny Being Machado finished second with 41 points. My sincere apologies to them, as it cost them the win (they had answered Switzerland), but I appreciate them being as understanding as they were. I will be more careful with the IQ Trivia questions from now on!

Third place went to Ginyu Pours with 38 points. Best Team Name of the night went to: Screw Technology, We're Going Back to the Corded Mic.

Next week, we are not sure at this time if we will be upstairs in the Loft or downstairs. We are at the mercy of the Celtics. If there is a Game 5 in their series, it will be next Wednesday, and we will be in the Loft. If they sweep the series (they are up 2-0 in the series as I write this), we will be downstairs. I will update our status on the Facebook page when we know for sure.

Current Events
1. What cable TV network laid off over 100 on-air employees last week in response to financial losses and dwindling subscribers?
2. Ground was broken last week on a site in Manhattan where a museum will be built and opened by 2019 for what iconic baseball legend?
3. A British teenager confessed last week to a bomb plot surrounding a concert by what rock superstar in London on last year's anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks?
4. A strong earthquake measuring 6.8 struck off the coast of the island of Mindanao last Saturday in what south east Asian country?
5. The highest court of what Protestant denomination ruled that the consecration of its first openly gay bishop violated church laws?
6. What TV host was named the new permanent co-host on ABC's morning live show with Kelly Ripa this past Monday?
7. The government of Turkey blocked what web site last weekend after they refused to delete articles and comments suggesting the country is cooperating with terrorist groups?

Mexico Trivia
1. Which US state does Tijuana share a border with?
2. Within three, how many states does Mexico have?
3. What country did Mexico defeat on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla, which the Cinco de Mayo holiday commemorates?
4. True or False: Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world by population.
5. What is Mexico's second largest city in population after Mexico City?
6. In 1821, what country did Mexico declare its independence from?
7. Mexico's flag is what three colors?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. Director Tim Burton's first choice for the title role in "Beetlejuice" was Sammy Davis Jr.
2. The Empire State Building is struck by lightning on average 25 times a year.
3. The Oscar statute is estimated to be worth about $1,000.
4. Author Tennessee Williams was actually born in Mississippi.
5. Twinkies have a shelf life of nearly 20 years.
6. Reno, NV is further west than Los Angeles, CA.
7. John Adams was the first man to sign the Declaration of Independence.
8. The US purchased Florida from England in 1819.
9. The distance from the foul line to the headpin in bowling is 60 feet.
10. The US has the longest coastline of any country in the world.

General Knowledge
1. What famous theme park first opened to the public in July, 1955? ( 1 pt)
2. Manuel Noriega was deposed as dictator of what country by a US invasion in 1989? ( 1 pt)
3. How many vowels are there on the bottom row of a typewriter? ( 1 pt)
4. Acrophobia is the fear of what? ( 2 pt)
5. How many articles does the US Constitution have? ( 2 pt)
6. What color navigation light shines from the starboard side of a ship? ( 2 pt)
7. What animal is the source of the most widely consumed red meat in the world? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the only planet of the Solar System that can't be seen by the naked eye? ( 3 points)
2. What country has not fought in a war since 1815? ( 4 points)
3. Pierre Omidyar and Michael Dean Johnson founded what current online company in 1995? ( 4 points)
4. What man did Time magazine select as their "Person of the 20th Century" ( 5 points)
5. Who was the only artist to have a Billboard number one single every year in the decade of the 1990s? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. ESPN; 2. Jackie Robinson; 3. Elton John; 4. Philippines; 5. Methodist; 6. Ryan Seacrest; 7. Wikipedia.

Mexico Trivia
1. California; 2. 31; 3. France; 4. true; 5. Guadalajara; 6. Spain; 7. red, white and green.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. true; 3. false, $150; 4. true; 5. false, 25 days; 6. true; 7. false, John Hancock; 8. false, Spain; 9. true; 10. false, Canada.

General Knowledge
1. Disneyland; 2. Panama; 3. none; 4. heights; 5. seven; 6. green; 7. goat.

IQ Trivia
1. Neptune; 2. Switzerland; 3. eBay; 4. Albert Einstein; 5. Mariah Carey.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Mexico Trivia In Honor of Cinco de Mayo This Week

Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, May 3rd at Professor Thom's on the first floor this week, as there is no Celtics playoff game that night. The Special Category will be "Mexico Trivia", in honor of Cinco de Mayo, which is happening on Friday. It will seven questions on our neighbors to the south. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What famous there park first opened to the public in July, 1955?"

We get going at 8:30 PM on Wednesday night. I look forward to seeing many of you that night for what should be a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Follow The Unofficial Captain's Lead

I haven't talked much about the Red Sox since the 2017 season started, so here we go.

Last weekend, we all saw video of that unfortunate slide Manny Machado made on Dustin Pedroia on a force play at second base last Friday night in Baltimore. Machado slide with one of his spikes high, and it clipped  Pedroia on his left leg and ankle. It forced Pedroia to the sidelines for three games, and he finally returned last night.

After Friday's game, Pedey downplayed the whole incident, and made it seemed like no big deal. Just one of the hazards of playing the position, and he seemed to absolve Machado of any blame, and certainly didn't think it was a dirty play. And you might figure the whole thing would drop there. But there were a few Red Sox players who weren't happy with Machado, and the feeling was that something was going to happen, probably later in the series when the time is right to get even with Machado.

Once Pedroia totally downplayed it, I thought it was all over. But with the Red Sox having a 6-0 lead in the 8th inning on Sunday, and Machado batting with one out and one on, Matt Barnes threw a pitch that went behind Machado's head and hit his bat. It was dangerously close, and Barnes was immediately tossed after the game, and later suspended for four games. (He would later claimed he wasn't trying to hit Machado, that it just got away. That's what every pitcher would say in that situation.) Machado was later seen back in the on-deck circle talking to Pedroia, who was in the Red Sox dugout. Pedroia was seen mouthing the words "It wasn't me, it was them." He was telling Machado that he wasn't the one ordering the headhunting.

This whole situation was disturbing on many levels. Thankfully, Machado wasn't hit in the head. But the fact that Pedroia claimed to have nothing to do with incident says something about what's going on in the Red Sox clubhouse. Pedey is the unofficial team captain, inheriting the title from David Ortiz after his retirement. He's the Red Sox senior member, and should get the "C" on his jersey. If he says the incident with Machado isn't a big deal, it should have died right there on Friday night. It's understandable that some of his teammates aren't happy with Machado, but if Pedroia isn't upset, they should let it go. Now, whether this was Barnes acting on his own or under orders to do what he did, we don't know. It was just a stupid thing to do. And with the Orioles coming to Fenway for four games starting on Monday, you know this whole mess isn't over.

Supposedly on Tuesday as the game against New York was rained out, Pedroia and the rest of team put up a unified front, that everything was cool between them and they all had each other's backs. They talked about the incident, and everything was fine in the clubhouse.

And the Red Sox promptly went out there the next two nights and didn't bother showing up, getting only one run in two frustrating losses to New York. They have now scored just 13 runs in the last seven games, including three shutouts, tied for the most in MLB so far. I'm not saying there is any direct connection, but since they came out and said everything is so hunky dory between them, the Sox basically sleepwalked through two uninspired losses against a division rival at home, while Chris Sale, MLB's best pitcher in April, pitched another gem on Thursday night that was once again wasted.

Do the Sox miss David Ortiz? From my perspective, they sure do. Not just his bat, but his leadership.

Dustin Pedroia is now the leader of the Boston Red Sox, and the players should follow his lead. He's The Man.

Or are things not as rosy in that clubhouse as we've been led to believe? We'll find out soon enough.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Trivia Q&A: April 26

We were back in the Loft last night for Trivia, and 14 teams came out for all the festivities. Once again the speaker up there was out, so Yours Truly had to yell out all the questions and answers. It went fine again, and my voice is still in fine shape despite all the yelling!

I was surprised just before we got started to see Jennie and Barbra, who were Trivia winners back in 2009, and they still had their winning giftcard from back then! They joined us last night, and actually did quite well. But it was once again a night for the team of DIMS, who wound up taking the night with 51 points. The Comebackers (Jennie and Barbra) finished second with 42 points, and third place went to Ann Coulter Pulls Out (who also won for Best Team Name) with 41 points.

As I write this, we don't know where we will be next week. It will all depend on the fate of the Celtics, who lead their playoff series, 3-2. If they don't make it to round two, we will be back on the first floor next week. If they advance, we will see the schedule for the round by Monday, and I will pass along the info on the Facebook group page. Stay tuned and I'll see you next Wednesday night.

Current Events
1. What Oscar-winning actress was selected for the fifth time as People magazine's "Most Beautiful Woman in the World" for 2017?
2. Last Friday, Russia's Supreme Court announced that what religious group was banned from the country and to close all its local chapters there.
3. What rock superstar canceled concerts last week after contracting a rare infection while recently touring South America?
4. What Middle Eastern nation was controversially elected to the UN's Women's Rights Commission last week?
5. What southern US city began removing statues there on Monday morning, monuments to Confederates that many see as a representation of a racist past?
6. American Peggy Whitson established a new record in what field of endeavor earlier this week?
7. What US state executed two convicted murderers on Monday night, the first state since 2000 to carry out two death sentences in one day?

England Trivia
1. Speaker's Corner is found in what famous London park?
2. What English port city is located on the river Mersey?
3. What English city was the home of Lady Godiva?
4. During what century did the Great Fire of London take place?
5. What English holiday is celebrated every year on November 5th?
6. Former British prime minister Tony Blair was a member of what political party?
7. Which current population is larger: the country of England or the state of California?

The Q Train: Movies By Decade Trivia
1. West Side Story
2. Casablanca
3. Monster's Ball
4. Goodfellas
5. It Happened One Night
6. Glory
7. Ben-Hur
8. The French Connection
9. The Hunger Games
10. The Deer Hunter

General Knowledge
1. In what city was the sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" originally set? ( 1 pt)
2. How many strikes make a perfect 300 game in ten pin bowling? ( 1 pt)
3. How many films were there in the original "Planet of the Apes" series from the 1960s and '70s? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the only letter of the alphabet not in the name of any US state? ( 2 pt)
5. What actor provided the voice of Sideshow Bob on "The Simpsons?" ( 2 pt)
6. What world capital city is located on the island of Luzon? ( 2 pt)
7. Magyar is the official language of what European country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 20th century president was the first to visit Europe while in office? ( 3 points)
2. What is the northernmost world capital city? ( 4 points)
3. What is the world's largest nation by population that is all in a single time zone? ( 5 points)
4. "The Liberty Bell March" is the theme song to what classic TV show? ( 4 points)
5. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe were known as what 1980s musical duo? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Julia Roberts; 2. Jehovah's Witnesses; 3. Elton John; 4. Saudi Arabia; 5. New Orleans; 6. Most days in space by a US astronaut; 7. Arkansas.

England Trivia
1. Hyde Park; 2. Liverpool; 3. Coventry; 4. 17th century (1666); 5. Guy Fawkes Day; 6. Labour; 7. England ( 55 million-39 million).

The Q Train: Movies By Decade Trivia
1. 1960s (1961); 2. 1940s (1942); 3. 2000s (2001); 4. 1990s (1990); 5. 1930s (1934); 6. 1980s (1989); 7. 1950s (1959); 8. 1970s (1971); 9. 2010s (2012); 10. 1970s (1978).

General Knowledge
1. Milwaukee; 2. twelve; 3. five; 4. Q; 5. Kelsey Grammer; 6. Manila; 7. Hungary.

IQ Trivia
1. Woodrow Wilson; 2. Reykjavik, Iceland; 3. China; 4. "Monty Python's Flying Circus;" 5. Pet Shop Boys.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Blighty Trivia This Week


Trivia Night will be happening this Wednesday night, April 26th in the Loft at Professor Thom's at 8:30 PM, and the Special Category this week will be "England Trivia", seven questions about our great ally, in history and pop culture, in honor of St. George's Day (England's patron saint), which just happened on Sunday. The Q Train lightning round will be "Movies By Decade Trivia." I will give you the names of ten classic films, and you have to tell me the decade it was originally released.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"How many strikes make a perfect 300 game in ten pin bowling?"

We'll be back in the Loft on Wednesday night, as the Celtics have Game 5 of their playoff series then, and fans will take over the first floor. Sorry about the delay last week, and hopefully there won't be anything going on in the Loft before our Trivia Night, so we should get going on time this week. Seats will go quickly, so get in early. Hope to see many of you on Wednesday night for a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trivia Q&A: April 19

It was to say the least a very unusual night at Professor Thom's last night. We were back upstairs for Trivia for the third straight week as the Bruins playoff game brought out the hockey fans to the bar. But there was also a private party in the Loft that went on until almost 8:30 PM, so that delayed the start of Trivia. So all the players had to wait downstairs until the Loft was ready. And if that wasn't enough, the upstairs mic was on the fritz, so Yours Truly had to do the entire Trivia Night shouting out all the Q&A, and with a nasty head cold to boot.

I survived the night, and things actually went rather well. We started just a few minutes late, but ended right on time, with 14 teams taking part. It was a really tight race heading into IQ Trivia, with the top two teams tied and just four points separating the top five. The scores in IQ Trivia were unusually high, but the team of DIMS continued their domination by winning the night by just two points, rolling up 47 points in total. Congrats to the boys on their continued success.

Second place went to Book Hockey with 45 points, and third place went to Wasted Talent with 44 points.

Looks like we will be back in the Loft again next week, unless the Celtics get swept in their first round playoff series. If they have a Game 5, it would be next Wednesday night. I'll keep you all posted here, and on our Trivia Facebook page.

Best Team Name: We Didn't Hear The Instructions & We Don't Know What We're Doing

Current Events
1. What actor, known for his rather odd behavior, is living alone for a month in a cabin in a remote section of Finland for a performance are project called "Alone Together?"
2. Dan Rooney, former ambassador to Ireland and longtime owner of this NFL team, died last Thursday at the age of 84.
3. What hotel on the Las Vegas Strip had a rooftop fire last Thursday night, but was quickly contained and resulted in no injuries?
4. What airline is giving employees permission to offer passengers up to $10,000 in compensation to give up their seats on overbooked flights?
5. What film opened last weekend to a US box office of $100 million, but worldwide opened to $532 million, a new record for an opening weekend?
6. What two-time Oscar-winning actor was named host of the 2017 Tony Awards earlier this week?
7. Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat were the men's and women's winners at Monday's Boston Marathon. What country do they both hail from?

Boston Trivia
1. Alexander Graham Bell was a professor at what Boston institution of higher learning before securing his telephone patent?
2. At 790 feet, what is the name of Boston's tallest building?
3. Martin Scorsese won an Academy Award for Best Director for what Boston-based film?
4. The Celtics have won the most title of any Boston-based sports team (17). Between the Red Sox, patriots and Bruins, which won has won the second most?
5. What Boston tunnel is named after one of the city's all-time sports legends?
6. True of False: The first subway built in the US was built in Boston.
7. What American statesman defended British soldiers involved in the infamous Boston Massacre of 1770?

The Q Train: US States Nicknames Trivia
1. Equality State
2. Granite State
3. The Old Dominion
4. Razorback State
5. Magnolia State
6. Yellowhammer State
7. Ocean State
8. Constitution State
9. Gopher State
10. Evergreen State

General Knowledge
1. "What's Love Got to Do With It" was a 1984 hit song for what artist? ( 1 pt)
2. The entire length of the Erie Canal runs through what US state? ( 1 pt)
3. Between Russian, German and Chinese, which is not an official language of the UN? ( 1 pt)
4. Since 2011, when the field was last expanded, how many teams play in the NCAA basketball tournament every year? ( 2 pt)
5. On a roulette wheel, the double zero space is usually what color? ( 2 pt)
6. What country's nickname is "The Hermit Kingdom?" ( 2 pt)
7. In what city could you hire one of the public bicycles known as "Boris Bikes?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Costa Brava is a coastal region in the northeastern region of what country? ( 4 points)
2. What is the second largest city in the United Kingdom by population, after London? ( 5 points)
3. What is the largest third-party political party in the US, with over 500,000 members? ( 3 points)
4. What musical instrument is on Louisiana's state quarter coin? ( 4 points)
5. What wealthy American is also known by the nickname "The Oracle of Omaha?" ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Shia LeBeouf; 2. Pittsburgh Steelers; 3. Bellagio; 4. Delta; 5. "Fate of the Furious;" 6. Kevin Spacey; 7. Kenya.

Boston Trivia
1. Boston University; 2. John Hancock Tower; 3. "The Departed;" 4. Red Sox (8); 5. Ted Williams; 6. true; 7. John Adams.

The Q Train: US States Nicknames Trivia
1. Wyoming; 2. New Hampshire; 3. Virginia; 4. Arkansas; 5. Mississippi; 6. Alabama; 7. Rhode Island; 8. Connecticut; 9. Minnesota; 10. Washington.

General Knowledge
1. Tina Turner; 2. New York; 3. German; 4. 68; 5. green; 6. North Korea; 7. London.

IQ Trivia
1. Spain; 2. Birmingham; 3. Libertarian; 4. trumpet; 5. Warren Buffett.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Celebrating Boston & Patriots Day On Wednesday


This Wednesday night, April 19th, Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's, in the second floor Loft, with "Boston Trivia," seven questions about the great city to the northeast of us, in honor of Patriots Day and the running of the Boston Marathon. The Q Train lightning round will be "US States Nicknames Trivia." I will give you 10 famous nicknames associated with states of our great country and you have to name that state.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The entire length of the Erie Canal runs through what US state?"


We'll get going at 8:30 PM on Wednesday. We will be up in the Loft once again, as the Bruins have a playoff game that night. Things have gone very well in the two weeks we have been up there, but unfortunately, space is at a premium, so I urge you to get in as early as possible to assure a seat. As you know, we will be in the Loft as long as there are playoff games on Wednesday nights for the Bruins and Celtics. So I hope to see many of you on Wednesday night for another great night of Trivia Q&A!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Trivia Q&A: April 12

We were back in the Loft at Professor Thom's for Trivia last night, as the bar was invaded by Bruins fans for the first playoff game. 16 teams turned for another great night of Trivia upstairs. I reintroduced the "Q-Tip Trivia" round for the first time since my return, and it went very well, and one team even got the highest score possible in the round of 17 points. It was a two-team race in the final rounds, but the team of DIMS had a perfect round in IQ Trivia to seal their victory with 60 points. Congrats to the boys on another well-earned victory.

Second place went to Malicious Advertisers getting 46 points (nice to see some old friends from my first go-around at Thom's back last night), and third place went to United Didn't Even Sink to Using Chemical Weapons with 43 points.

A quick note to say we will be back in the Loft again next Wednesday, as the Bruins will have their Game 4 playoff game then. It also looks like we will upstairs again for April 26th, the following Wednesday, as well. I will keep you all updated as information becomes available. Once again, my apologies to everyone for the lack of seats last night, as space in the Loft is a bit less than downstairs. Thank you all for understanding!

Best Team Name: You Can't Have Your Chocolate Cake and Bomb it, Too

Current Events
1. A 46-year-old man filed a lawsuit against Ed Murray, the mayor of what West Coast city, that he raped and molested him over 30 years ago?
2. David Letterman substituted for Neil Young, who was ill, in inducting what rock band into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame last Friday?
3. Facebook admitted last week that they were tricked by a malicious advertiser into carrying a fake news post that what legendary rock star had committed suicide?
4. 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured when two bombs were detonated at Christian churches last Sunday in what country?
5. Separate groups led by Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush have emerged as possible bidders for what NL baseball team, with the price tag in the range of $800 million- $1.6 billion?
6. Gov. Robert Bentley, of what US state, resigned on Monday as impeachment proceedings began over charges he was using state resources to cover an affair he was having?
7. In a recent poll of 85,000 registered voters by Morning Consult, Charlie Baker, governor of this state, was voted the US' most popular governor.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of the following countries have hosted the Summer Olympics? a. Canada, b. Russia, c. Netherlands, d. Belgium.
2. Which of these US presidents had more than one vice-president? a. FDR, b. Richard Nixon, c. Theodore Roosevelt, d. Abraham Lincoln.
3. Which of these neighborhoods are located in Brooklyn? a. Woodhaven, b. Tottenville, c. Kingsbridge, d. Murray Hill.
4. Which of the following films were set in New York City? a. Dirty Harry, b. Field of Dreams, c. Working Girl, d. The Producers.
5. Which of the following musicians were drummers? a. Don Henley, b. Peter Criss, c. Karen Carpenter, d. Sheila E.
6. Which of the following films did not win the Oscar for Best Picture? a. Saving Private Ryan, b. Gladiator, c. Chicago, d. The Aviator.
7. In which of the following years was a Democrat elected to the White House? a. 1968, b. 1996, c. 1984, d. 1988.

The Q Train: 21-30 Trivia
1. This is the number of MLB Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Tony Perez and Rickey Henderson.
2. The number of days February has in leap years.
3. This is the number amendment that ended Prohibition in 1933.
4. In a normal deck of cards, there are this many red cards, as well as black cards.
5. The most famous psalm in the Bible was this number, also known as the Shepherd Psalm.
6. The Arabic alphabet has this many letters.
7. Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for this many pieces of silver.
8. This is the current roster size number for all MLB teams.
9. Rock stars Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain all died at this age.
10. This is the total number of soccer players that can be on the field active at any one time.

General Knowledge
1. "Land of Lincoln" is what US state's nickname? ( 1 pt)
2. Who was the last president of the Soviet Union? ( 1 pt)
3. The holiday known as Festivus gained popularity because of what TV sitcom? ( 1 pt)
4. Croatia and Slovenia were both formerly part of what country? ( 2 pt)
5. The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is an award presented every year in what sport? ( 2 pt)
6. At 2,290 miles, what is Europe's longest river? ( 2 pt)
7. How many main islands does the state of Hawaii have? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Robert LeRoy Parker was the real name of what 19th century outlaw? ( 4 points)
2. What US president is the only person named Time's "Person of the Year" three different times? ( 3 points)
3. In the famous Abbott and Costello comedy routine "Who's On First", the third baseman's name is? ( 4 points)
4. The Order of the Arrow is the honor society of what national organization? ( 5 points)
5. What state has been hit by more than half of all the earthquakes recorded in the United States? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Seattle; 2. Pearl Jam; 3. Paul McCartney; 4. Egypt; 5. Miami Marlins; 6. Alabama; 7. Massachusetts.

Q-Tip Trivia
1. all; 2. a,b,d; 3. none; 4. c,d; 5. all; 6. a,d; 7. b.

The Q Train: 21-30 Trivia
1. 24; 2. 29; 3. 21; 4. 26; 5. 23; 6. 28; 7. 30; 8. 25; 9. 27; 10.22.

General Knowledge
1. Illinois; 2. Mikhail Gorbachev; 3. "Seinfeld;" 4. Yugoslavia; 5. hockey; 6. Volga; 7. eight.

IQ Trivia
1. Butch Cassidy; 2. FDR (1932, 1936 and 1941); 3. I Don't Know; 4. Boy Scouts of America; 5. Alaska.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Back In The Loft on Wednesday Night


Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, April 12th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "Q-Tip Trivia" as the Special Category. This category has nothing to do with cotton swabs, but the way it works is I will give you seven general knowledge, multiple choice questions, and each will have four possible answers. You can pick as many as you think are correct, and you will get a point for each correct one, so you could possibly get four points if you say "all" and are correct. (And there is a possibility that none are correct. If you say "none" and are right, you get one point.) However, if you give any incorrect answers, you get no points for that question. So you have to be careful in your responses in this round. I'll have further explanations about the category on Wednesday night to clear up any confusion you may have about it.

The Q Train lightning round will be "21-30 Trivia." I will give you ten questions where the answer will be a number from 21 and 30, and each answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"'Land of Lincoln' is what US state's nickname?"

As many of you know, we moved upstairs to do Trivia last week, due to the Celtics and Red Sox games that brought many fans to the bar. The NHL just released their playoff schedule, and the Bruins will have playoff games both this Wednesday (Game 1) and next Wednesday night (Game 4), so Professor Thom's will be filled with playoff hockey fans. That means we will be in the second floor Loft for this week and next week's Trivia Nights for certain. As the weeks progress, we will play it by ear as to where we will be doing it, and I will keep you all updated here. I thought last week's Trivia went great, with the only drawback being that we have less room upstairs than we do downstairs. So I would urge you all to come in as early as you can, so you can get some seats. My apologies for any inconvenience this may cause to you, but we'd rather do Trivia upstairs than to have to cancel it because of the Bruins and Celtics playoff games, which always brings enormous crowds to Professor Thom's. I look forward to seeing many of you in the Loft for another great night of Trivia on Wednesday night!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Trivia Q&A: April 5

Last night at Professor Thom's, we had an influx of Celtics and Red Sox fans in to watch their games, so we moved Trivia upstairs to the second floor, called The Loft. It's an intimate place that is used for private parties and such. We did the Trivia there and it went great. The only drawback is the fact that the space is a bit limited, so we had 13 teams in and the Loft was crowded all night. I thank all of you who came in and enjoyed the night. With the Celtics and Bruins about to begin their playoff runs later this month, there will be Wednesdays where we will be in the Loft to do Trivia Night. I do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Next week it is not certain yet where we will be, but it should be a great night nonetheless. I will keep all of you posted on our Facebook group page with updates.

This was one of those nights where I made the Trivia a bit tougher, especially in the rounds of 1990s Trivia and IQ Trivia, as the scores were a bit low in both. I guess I'll have to make up for that next week! LOL But in the IQ round, I did discover I made an error on question #4, as I used the word "hydrogen" instead of "nitrogen." I do apologize for that mistake. No one got the question correct, so it ultimately didn't affect the final scores.

Our friends from the team of DIMS continue the reign over Trivia Night, as they won the night, getting 43 points. Congrats to them on another fine victory. Second place went to 17 Going On 18, who got 33 points, and third place went to Tar Heels Can Use Any Bathroom They Want with 31 points.

Best Team Name: Bill O'Reilly's Summer Interns

Current Events
1. What classic rock singer recently told the New Musical Express, "The Democrats threw it away by nominating Hillary Clinton. A dead dog would have won against her."?
2. An elevated section of the northbound Interstate 85 in this city collapsed last Thursday after a massive fire broke out.
3. Rioters stormed and set fire to what South American country's Congress last Friday after the Senate secretly voted for an amendment allowing its president to run for re-election?
4. What recent Grammy-winning musician donated $1 million to Chicago's public schools last week, and it was matched by the NBA's Chicago Bulls?
5. What controversial TV host was reported by the New York Times last week to have settled as many as five sexual harassment cases against him for as much as $13 million?
6. Over 200 people were killed and hundreds injured from flooding and landslides last weekend in what South American country?
7. This sports league announced on Monday it would not be sending any of its players to the 2018 Olympics as owners were increasingly unhappy having to shut down its league down every four years.

1990s Trivia
1. In what year in the 1990s was Nelson Mandela released from a South African jail after 27 years?
2. What record became the world's biggest-selling single of all-time in 1997?
3. The 1992 Summer Olympics were held in what European city?
4. Madonna won a Golden Globe for the first time in 1997 for what film?
5. Johnny Carson left the Tonight Show as host after 30 years in what year?
6. Who succeeded Margaret Thatcher as British prime minister in 1990?
7. The massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado and the death of JFK Jr. both occurred in what year?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. The maximum number of digits allowed on a credit card in 19.
2. Cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis.
3. "Bookkeeper" is the only word in the English language with three consecutive double letters.
4. Panama hats are actually manufactured in Panama.
5. Abraham Lincoln was the first US president born in a log cabin.
6. New Zealand was the first nation to grant women the right to vote.
7. More people are killed by donkeys every year than are killed in plane crashes.
8. Only male mosquitoes bite humans.
9. Bananas originated on the continent of Asia.
10. Texas has the most ghost towns of any state in the US.

General Knowledge
1. A bar mitzvah is celebrated when a Jewish boy reaches what age? ( 1 pt)
2. Who was the US president during the War of 1812? ( 1 pt)
3. Wright Brothers National Memorial is located in what US state? ( 1 pt)
4. Hypertension is the medical term for what common health problem? ( 2 pt)
5. The novel "Brave New World" was written by what 20th century author? ( 2 pt)
6. What finger is fractured twice as often on average as any other? ( 2 pt)
7. Mount Desert Island is the largest island off the coast of what US state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What 1985 film earned Harrison Ford his only Oscar nomination to date? ( 3 points)
2. "A Nation Once Again", written in 1840, is an anthem associated with the independence of what nation? ( 4 points)
3. In 1860, what board game, still available today, was founded by Milton Bradley and was his first board game? ( 5 points)
4. After nitrogen and oxygen, what is the third most abundant element in the earth's atmosphere? ( 4 points)
5. What is the least populous state capital in the United States? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Roger Daltrey; 2. Atlanta; 3. Paraguay; 4. Chance the Rapper; 5. Bill O'Reilly; 6. Colombia; 7. NHL.

1990s Trivia
1. 1990; 2. "Candle in the Wind;" 3. Barcelona; 4. "Evita;" 5. 1992; 6. John Major; 7. 1999.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. false; 3. true; 4. false, Ecuador; 5. false, Andrew Jackson; 6. true; 7. true; 8. false; 9. true; 10. false, Oregon.

General Knowledge
1. 13; 2. James Madison; 3. North Carolina; 4. high blood pressure; 5. Aldous Huxley; 6. pinky; 7. Maine.

IQ Trivia
1. "Witness;" 2. Ireland; 3. The Game of Life; 4. argon; 5. Montpelier, VT.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Back to the '90s Trivia This Week


Trivia will be happening on Wednesday night, April 5th at Professor Thom's, and the Special category will be "1990s Trivia," seven questions connected to the final decade of the 20th century in history, sports and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be another edition of "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Who was the US president during the War of 1812?"

We get going at 8:30 PM tomorrow night. We continue to get large turnouts every week, so get in as early as you can. I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow for another great night of Trivia Q&A!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Happy Opening Day 2017


We start playing for real today, and the expectations for the Red Sox have never been higher going into the 2017 season. Many prognosticators are picking the Red Sox to win the AL East, and afew are even picking them to win the whole enchilada. The Sox open at home today, and here are the 25 players (and those on the DL) who will open the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates today:

Pitchers:

Rick Porcello, Chris Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright, David Price (DL), Drew Pomeranz (DL), Craig Kimbrel, Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, Heath Hembree, Robbie Ross, Fernando Abad, Robby Scott, Ben Taylor, Tyler Thornburg (DL).

Infielders:
Mitch Moreland, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Brock Holt, Jeff Rutledge (DL).

Outfielders:
Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, Mookie Betts, Steve Selsky, Chris Young.

Catchers:
Sandy Leon, Christian Vazquez.


Friday, March 31, 2017

"Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character"

Casey Stengel is one of the legendary names in baseball history, and everyone knows him as the man who led the Yankees to seven World Series wins and five straight titles from 1949-1953. He was also the man who put the Mets on the map in the early 1960s with his wit and clownish charm. There have been biographies written about him before, most notably Robert Creamer's wonderful book about him in 1984. So why another book about the life of the "Old Perfessor?"

Marty Appel, who worked for the Yankees for as their PR Director and producer of their local TV broadcasts as well as having written many books about the team and its stars, has answered that question, and he's hit one out of the park with his new tome, "Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character," which was just released by Doubleday.

For this book, Appel had access to an unpublished memoir by Edna Stengel (Casey's beloved wife), and it is an inside look at the man who was one of the most well-known people in America in the 1950s, but few really knew. The Stengels never had any children, as they thought they too old to begin a family. We learn about Casey's investments in Texas oil wells, and how the returns on that made him comfortable (but not really a millionaire) for life.

But Appel's book takes a ride through the baseball life of a man who just adored the game, and was simply miserable if he couldn't be a part of it. Casey was a good ballplayer with the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Braves. His career wouldn't have made him a Hall of Famer, but he could always hang his hat on the fact that he played on two Giants World Series championship teams in the early 1920s under the legendary John McGraw (and he hit the first ever World Series home run in Yankee Stadium in 1923). Playing under McGraw would be a great learning experience for Casey, and he would bring that knowledge with him as his managerial career got under way.

Appel takes us through Casey's life as he became a manager, and the results weren't anything special. He managed two mediocre clubs in the 1930s and 1940s, the Dodgers and Braves. He would then return to the minors to manage clubs in Milwaukee, Kansas City and Oakland, and won a title with the Oaks in 1948. That set the stage for his return to MLB, with the Yankees in 1949.

He managed the Yankees for 12 seasons, and put up the greatest resume any manager ever has: 10 AL pennants, 7 WS titles, and five straight to begin his tenure. But Appel points out that he had very complicated relationships with two of the team's biggest stars: Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. He and DiMaggio didn't speak much, and Joe had his own set of rules. Casey is painted as being disappointed in Mantle because he wasn't more like Babe Ruth in the numbers he could have put up. He also talks about the way Stengel treated Phil Rizzuto at the end of his career, especially embarrassing him by batting him ninth in some games. It was a slight Rizzuto never forgot. And Casey's complicated relationship with Billy Martin is also explored, and how their relationship was splintered when Casey didn't defend him after the Copacabana incident in 1957 that got him traded shortly after to Kansas City. Martin never really forgave Casey for that.

Appel also addresses the charges of Casey and racism. The Yankees didn't get their first black player until Elston Howard joined the club in 1955, and Appel deftly explains his behavior in the context of the day. He doesn't excuse some of Casey's callous remarks towards Howard.

We also see why the Yankees eventually let Casey go after the World Series loss in 1960, and the anger he had towards them for many years. (He stayed away from the Yankees and any events the club had for 10 years until he returned to have his number retired in 1970.) His return to baseball with the Mets in 1962 was in many ways was to stick it to his old employers in their own backyard. Casey rolled out the charm and the "Stengelese" as the Mets were historically bad, and it served the club well. (I must correct an error I found in the book. Not a major one. Marty called Ed Kranepool "an original Met." Having watched Mets games from my youth, Lindsey Nelson on TV would always go to great lengths when talking about Kranepool that he was NOT an original Met, as he was signed by the club in June of 1962, and an "Original Met" was someone who was with the club since their first game in April. Sorry, Marty.)

Casey will always be a beloved figure for what he did for establishing the Mets, and leading the Yankees to a decade of unprecedented success. He still loved baseball right up until his death in 1975, even watching the NBC Game of the Week in his hospital room as cancer was taking his life. The book is also a wonderful love story of Casey with his beloved wife Edna, who he slowly lost to Alzheimer's in the early 1970s. Casey Stengel was truly a renaissance man, more than just a clown or a great baseball manager. He truly enjoyed being with people, and loved the attention from the fans. He was a baseball lifer, and someone you'd love to have a beer with and talk about the game of baseball.

In 2009, the MLB Network ranked Casey as the most beloved character in baseball history. And it is a perfect title for Marty Appel's book. It's an enjoyable ride with one of MLB's most colorful figures. No matter who you support in MLB, you will enjoy this wonderful book.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trivia Q&A: March 29

We had 18 teams in on Wednesday night, on another great night of Trivia. It seems like the number of people playing per team has gone up, and the bar was crowded once again. Always great to see that.

We had another tight race to finish last night, as going into IQ Trivia, the top five teams only had four points between them, and one point between each team. But it was another great night for the team of DIMS, who had a perfect round of IQ Trivia to win the night with a total of 51 points. Congratulations to the boys on another well-earned victory.

Second place went to my old friends Reunited and It Feels So Good with 46 points, and Quiz On Your Face (who won for Best Team Name) finished in third with 44 points.

Current Events
1. Last week, the US Senate confirmed bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman as the new ambassador to what country?
2. Fortune magazine selected what MLB executive as the "World's Greatest Leader" over such dignitaries as Pope Francis and Amazon head Jeff Bezos?
3. What longtime TV show will be debuting a character with autism later next month?
4. One person was killed and fifteen injured at a nightclub last Saturday night in what midwestern city, in a shooting spree that was unrelated to terrorism?
5. What airline caused an firestorm on social media on Sunday when it wouldn't let two girls on a plane because it now has a leggings ban?
6. The NFL owners voted 31-1 on Monday to allow the Oakland Raiders to move to this city, but they will remain in Oakland for at least two more years until their new stadium is built.
7. What college basketball team qualified for their 20th Final Four this past weekend, a record for men's teams?

Pop Music Trivia
1. In 1985, the Live Aid concerts were held in London and what other city?
2. What R&B legend was known as "Mr. Dynamite?"
3. Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar and a Grammy in 1994 for what song?
4. Name 1 of the 2 artists to win eight Grammys in one year, the record?
5. What Boston-based rock band won MTV's first Best Video Award in 1984?
6. What future rap star was, as a 13-year-old youth, an advisor to the owner of the Oakland A's baseball team in the 1970s?
7. "Kerplunk" and "American Idiot" were albums by what rock band?

The Q Train: 1, 2, 3 or 4 Trivia
1. Cancer is this number sign of the Zodiac.
2. Catcher is this number on a baseball team.
3. On a telephone, this number key is associated with the letters D, E and F.
4. The number of US presidents who have been impeachment.
5. The number of MLB platers who've hit at least 700 home runs in a career.
6. This is the number of Super Bowls won by the New York Giants in their history.
7. The number of state capitals named after US presidents.
8. This number was a hit song for the Bee Gees, Faith Hill and U2.
9. This is the atomic number of helium.
10. The total number of Oscars won by Al Pacino in his career.

General Knowledge
1. The majority of London buses are what color? ( 1 pt)
2. Tabasco is a state in what country? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the second largest city in Canada by population after Toronto? ( 1 pt)
4. What was the name of the first film featuring the Beatles? ( 2 pt)
5. What American general was nicknamed "Old Blood and Guts?" ( 2 pt)
6. Which is the most easterly of the Great Lakes? ( 2 pt)
7. The daiquiri cocktail is named after a town in what Caribbean country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Leon Trotsky, Franz Joseph and Sigmund Freud all lived in what city in the year 1913? ( 4 points)
2. The poem "The New Colossus" can be found inscribed in what famous place? ( 3 points)
3. What was the first southern state capital to fall to Union troops in the Civil War in 1862? ( 5 points)
4. Bianca, Miranda and Portia are all satellites of what planet? ( 4 points)
5. Bernard Barker, James McCord and Frank Sturgis were three of the men involved in what infamous early 1970s event? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Israel; 2. Theo Epstein; 3. Sesame Street; 4. Cincinnati; 5. United; 6. Las Vegas; 7. North Carolina Tar Heels.

Pop Music Trivia
1. Philadelphia; 2. James Brown; 3. "The Streets of Philadelphia;" 4. Michael Jackson and Santana; 5. The Cars (You Might Think); 6. MC Hammer; 7. Green Day.

The Q Train: 1, 2, 3, or 4 Trivia
1. 4; 2. 2; 3. 3; 4. 2; 5. 3; 6. 4; 7. 4; 8. 1; 9. 2; 10. 1.

General Knowledge
1. Red; 2. Mexico; 3. Montreal; 4. "A Hard Day's Night;" 5. George S. Patton; 6. Lake Ontario; 7. Cuba.

IQ Trivia
1. Vienna; 2. Statue of Liberty; 3. Nashville, TN; 4. Uranus; 5. Watergate break-in.