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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Back to the '90s On Wednesday

Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, September 20th at 8:30 PM with "1990s Movies" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about films throughout the final decade of the last century. The Q Train lightning round will be "Even Numbered Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions where every answer will be an even number between 1 and 50, and every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Carrie Underwood was once a winner on what TV reality show?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you this coming Wednesday night at Professor Thom's, which should be a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Trivia Q&A: September 13

We had 14 teams in for Trivia at Professor Thom's last night. The crowd was higher than last week, and I suspect it will grow more as we get further into September. We had a great three-team race going into IQ Trivia, as they were all separated by just one point.  But the team of DIMS got the win, as they did best in the round among the three, getting 49 points. Congrats to Ken and Michael on a nice win. Second place went to The Othyer Team with 45 points, and third place to I'll Give You a Lock of My Hair for $4000 with 44 points.

Best Team Name: Bleached Massholes

Current Events
1. What talk show host flashed a Nazi salute during a rant on his show last Thursday about President Trump and Steve Bannon?
2. At least 58 people died last Friday when an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck what country's southern coast?
3. What Oscar-winning actress caused a furor last week by suggesting the two devastating hurricanes of the past few weeks are nature's wrath for Donald Trump's presidential victory?
4. Pope Francis lost his balance while riding in his popemobile last Sunday in what South American country, bruising his cheekbone but wasn't seriously hurt?
5. Rafael Nadal won the US Open's men's singles title last Sunday, his 16th Grand Slam win. How many times has he won the US Open title?
6. Cara Mund won the title of Miss America 2018 last Sunday night, and became the first woman from what midwestern state to win?
7. A porn video was "liked" by the Twitter account of what US senator on Tuesday, and he later explained it was a mistake made by a "staffing issue?"

New York City Trivia
1. On which NYC avenue would you find "The Museum Mile?"
2. What is the name of the Revolutionary War fort that was built to protect Brooklyn and is still in use today?
3. The most stolen honorary street sign in NYC is named in honor of what NY-born rock star, who died in 2001?
4. Which of the NYC boroughs is the largest in area?
5. Which NYC bridge was renamed in honor of former mayor Ed Koch in 2011?
6. What NY-born actor founded the NYC-based Tribeca Film Festival?
7. Name 1 of the 2 US presidents who were born in New York City.

The Q Train: Robert DeNiro Characters Trivia
1. Rupert Pupkin
2. Jake LaMotta
3. Jack Walsh
4. Al Capone
5. Paul Vitti
6. Jimmy Conway
7. Sam Ace Rothstein
8. Bruce Pearson
9. Travis Bickle
10. Jack Tiberius Byrnes

General Knowledge
1. The nation of Zambia is found on what continent? ( 1 pt)
2. Which "Seinfeld" character was the first to lose the bet regarding being "master of their domain?" ( 1 pt)
3. Russell Crowe won an Academy Award for his role in what film? ( 1 pt)
4. "Eureka" is the motto of what western US state? (2 pt)
5. In 2003, who became the first African-American woman to appear on Forbes' list of wealthiest Americans? ( 2 pt)
6. "Disturbia" and "Unfaithful" are hit songs by what pop singer? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the largest lake in North America? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What president was the first to visit Europe while in office? ( 4 points)
2. What is the world's best-selling musical instrument?(4 pt)
3. What current US territory or possession is larger in area than the smallest US state? ( 4 points)
4. What female pop singer sang the opening theme song on the 1980s TV kids show "Pee-Wee's Playhouse?" ( 4 points)
5. What English comedian wrote a 2017 autobiography called "Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens?" ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Stephen Colbert; 2. Mexico; 3. Jennifer Lawrence; 4. Colombia; 5. three; 6. North Dakota; 7. Ted Cruz.

New York City Trivia
1. 5th Avenue; 2. Fort Hamilton; 3. Joey Ramone; 4. Queens; 5. Queensborough Bridge; 6. Robert DeNiro; 7. Theodore Roosevelt and Donald Trump.

The Q Train: Robert DeNiro Characters Trivia
1. The King of Comedy; 2. Raging Bull; 3. Midnight Run; 4. The Untouchables; 5. Analyze This; 6. Goodfellas; 7. Casino; 8. Bang the Drum Slowly; 9. Taxi Driver; 10. Meet the Parents.

General Knowledge
1. Africa; 2. Kramer; 3. "Gladiator;" 4. California; 5. Oprah Winfrey; 6. Rhianna; 7. Lake Superior.

IQ Trivia
1. Woodrow Wilson; 2. harmonica; 3. Puerto Rico; 4. Cyndi Lauper; 5. Eddie Izzard.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It's a New York Night on Wednesday

Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, September 13th at 8:30 PM, with "New York City Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about our great city through the years in all different categories like history and pop culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Robert DeNiro Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous characters that the great actor made famous, and you'll tell me what film it applies to.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The nation of Zambia is found on what continent?

I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday for what will be a great night of Trivia!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tower Records Forever

It's that day again.

Today is the 16th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on the United States, when nearly 3,000 innocent souls were brutally taken away from us in attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a field in western Pennsylvania. On that day, my dear friend Joyce Carpeneto had the terrible misfortune to be in her office at General Telecom on the 83rd floor of the North Tower. She didn't make it out, and none of her other 12 colleagues with the company made it out either. General Telecom suffered the worst loss of life of any company that was below where the planes struck in either building. Nothing was recovered from any of the lost 13 employees.

I have honored Joyce here every September 11th on my blog. I have been to all of the previous 15 remembrances at the World Trade Center, and will be there again today. As many of you may know, Joyce and I met at Tower Records in Greenwich Village back in August 1985. I had been there just about nine months, working as a rock floor clerk. Joyce joined as one of the "Front Desk Girls", who assisted customers as they entered the store. We became fast friends, and worked together until 1990, when Joyce joined an offshoot company connected to Tower called TRIP, which stood for "Tower Records Import Product", which sold product to all the Tower stores in the region. I joined her as her assistant in 1991, and she was a joy to work with as my boss.

In 1993, the company merged with another called Bayside Distribution. I was kept on, but Joyce was let go, which was incredibly short-sighted on their part. Joyce went back to Tower and worked as an instore artist, creating all kinds of incredible art used in the store, which included things like album covers and such. She was incredibly talented, and worked there for about 5 years, when she left Tower for good to join General Telecom in late 1998.

Last May, I discovered online that Urban Outfitters was selling Tower Records shirts, and I had to get one. I didn't have any of my old ones any more, and jumped at the chance to get one. Their store on Fulton Street had them, so I ordered one online, and went to the store to pick it up.

On my way there, a thought struck me. The store was just a few blocks from the WTC, so I came up with an idea. I got the shirt, and walked over to the memorial. It was the middle of the afternoon on a Thursday, and it was filled with the usual tourists. I reached Joyce's name on the North Tower pool, took out the shirt, and put it just below her name. I pulled out my iPhone and took some photos. There were some tourists watching me do it, and a couple from India asked me what I was doing. I explained about Joyce and Tower, and they even asked me if I would pose with the shirt so they could take a photo of me (I said yes).

As I took the photos I thought that I should save them for this September 11th, so I did.

I know Joyce was smiling as I took those pictures. I see them and they make me miss Tower, and especially Joyce, so much more.

As I said before, I have honored Joyce every year here on this blog, and if you'd like to read my past tributes, please click the links below:

2006: Forever Missed. And Forever Loved.
2007: Never Forget. Ever.
2008: We Can Be The Ones Who Remember
2009: The Most Sacred Of All Days
2010: 3000
2011: Ten Years After
2012: 11 Years
2013: No Other Place In The World I Could Be Today
2014: Always And Forever Family
2015: I'm The Lucky One
2016: Joyce and Alice

May God bless all the 9/11 victims and their families on this difficult day. Say a prayer for them, and especially those first responders who are ill and dying.

We miss you, Joyce. Thank you for being such a special part of my life in my most favorite job. I'll always love you.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Trivia Q&A: September 6

It was a rainy night in New York and with the completion of the Labor Day weekend, we had just eight teams in for Trivia last night. But it was fun as always, and it was also the return of DIMS, the team that has dominated our Trivia Night, who rolled up 51 points and grabbed a victory. Congrats as always to them. Second place went to Team Haggard with 35 points, and third place went to Ma Loof Is Fat! with 32 points.

Best Team Name: Quiz Quizty

Current Events
1. The pop single "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee tied what female pop singer's record for being on the top of the Hot 100 singles chart for 16 weeks last week?
2. What US city declared a state of emergency last weekend due to some of the worst brushfires in the city's history?
3. Walter Becker, a founding member and guitarist with what classic rock band, died last Sunday at the age of 67?
4. What west coast city declared a public health emergency last weekend over an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to at least 15 deaths?
5. Madonna announced in an Instagram post last Sunday that she has moved to what European country, where her adopted son is playing in a youth academy?
6. What actor, known for his iconic space role, won a contest with NASA to send a message to the Voyager spacecraft, which has been in deep space for 40 years?
7. What world leader's wife is expected to be indicted for fraud in her home nation shortly over pocketing money and accepting items illegally worth more than $110,000?

Mob Movies Trivia
1. Robert DeNiro won his first Academy Award in what mob film?
2. The book "Wiseguy" was the basis for what 1990 mob film?
3. "Kill the Irishman" was a 2011 gangster film about mobster Danny Greene, who rose to the top of the underworld in what midwest city?
4. What film was voted the number one mob film of all-time by the American Film Institute?
5. Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar directing what mob film?
6. The 1983 mob film "Scarface" was primarily set in what US city?
7. The 2007 film "American Gangster" was based on a NYC drug dealer named Frank Lucas and starred what Oscar-winning actor as Lucas?

The Q Train: Colleges and Universities Trivia
1. Marquette
2. Occidental
3. The Citadel
4. Gonzaga
5. Drexel
6. Morehouse
7. Creighton
8. Wake Forest
9. Quinnipiac
10. Marshall

General Knowledge
1. The Phantom of the Opera is set in what city? ( 1 pt)
2. Germany invaded what country on September 1, 1939, beginning World War II? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the Zodiac sign of the goat? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the minimum age for a person to serve in the US Senate? ( 2 pt)
5. Chris Martin is the lead singer of what band? ( 2 pt)
6. John Gotti was once the boss of what New York crime family? ( 2 pt)
7. What is the smallest country in area in Central America? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What East Asian country gained their independence in 1948, and celebrates their Independence  Day every August 15th? ( 4 points)
2. What late celebrity appeared on the cover of People magazine 58 times, more than anyone else? ( 4 points)
3. What ice cream company makes the desserts in the shape of characters like Cookie Puss and Fudgie the Whale? ( 4 points)
4. Who was the only filmmaker that won two Best Director Oscars during the 1980s? ( 5 points)
5. The core of what rock band was born when Paul Hewson met Dave Evans in 1976? ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Mariah Carey; 2. Los Angeles; 3. Steely Dan; 4. San Diego; 5. Portugal; 6. William Shatner; 7. Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mob Movies Trivia
1. "The Godfather Part II;" 2. "Goodfellas;" 3. Cleveland; 4. "The Godfather;" 5. "The Departed;" 6. Miami; 7. Denzel Washington.

The Q Train: Colleges & Universities Trivia
1. Wisconsin; 2. California; 3. South Carolina; 4. Washington; 5. Pennsylvania; 6. Georgia; 7. Nebraska; 8. North Carolina; 9. Connecticut; 10. West Virginia.

General Knowledge
1. Paris; 2. Poland; 3. Capricorn; 4. 30; 5. Coldplay; 6. Gambino; 7. El Salvador.

IQ Trivia
1. South Korea; 2. Princess Diana; 3. Carvel; 4. Oliver Stone; 5. U2.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Colleges & The Mob: Perfect Together

Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, September 6th at 8:30 PM, with "Mob Movie Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions concerning films about gangsters and mobsters, of the more recent vintage. The Q Train lightning round will be "Colleges and Universities Trivia", in honor of the new school year starting. I will give you the names of ten well-known places of higher learning, and you have to tell me which US state it is located in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The Phantom of the Opera is set in what city?"


We continue to get terrific crowds every Wednesday night, so make sure you get in a bit early to get a good seat or table. Hope to see many of you for Trivia on Wednesday night!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 30

We had another full bar in for Trivia last night, with 17 teams taking part in all the festivities. We had one team who dominated the night, Our Naming Rights Are Still Available (our friends from DIMS were away on vacation), rolling up 54 points and winning the night easily. They were perfect in the last three rounds, and missed just two questions all night long. My congratulations to my old regulars on a terrific night. Second place went to What a Crowd! What a Turnout! with 41 points, and third place went to Trivia Newton-John with 39 points.

Best Team Name: I Want to Sox You Up

Current Events
1. TV personality Bill Nye (aka "The Science Guy") is suing what company, claiming they underpaid him by at least $9 million for his popular TV series?
2. Floyd Mayweather won the much-hyped boxing match over Conor McGregor in a TKO in what round last Saturday night?
3. Jay Thomas, a radio personality and actor, died last Thursday at the age of 69. On what 1990s sitcom did he win Emmy awards in a guest role in 1990 and 1991?
4. What Asian country's National Space Organization launched its first satellite, FORMOSAT-5, inot space last week?
5. Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins became the 28th player in baseball history to reach what home run milestone last Sunday?
6. What rapper won the 2017 Video of the Year at last Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards?
7. An historic Memphis movie theater banned showings of what classic 1939 film, calling it "racially insensitive", even after showing it for the last 34 years?

2000s Trivia
1. What female singer was awarded the title of "Top Radio Songs Artist" of the 2000s by Billboard magazine in 2009?
2. In 2008, the Republic of Kosovo gained its independence from what European country?
3. The 2000 Summer Olympics were held in what city in September of that year?
4. Daniel Pearl, the reporter who was murdered by Al-Qaeda in 2002, worked for what newspaper at the time of his death?
5. Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Best Actor Oscar in 2006 for what film?
6. In the decade of the 2000s, what TV show was the number one rated show four straight years, from 2005-08?
7. What punk band refused to attend their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2006, calling the Museum "a piss stain?"

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. Jupiter was the first planet discovered by a telescope.
2. Presidential retreat Camp David was named for Harry Truman's grandson.
3. French was once the official language of England for nearly 600 years.
4. Arizona is the US state with the most national parks.
5. The 1976 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria were originally going to be held in Denver.
6. New York City has over 500 miles of shoreline.
7. John D. Rockefeller was the first confirmed American billionaire.
8. The word "Sunday" does not appear in the Bible.
9. The secret society "Skull and Bones" operates at Harvard University.
10. The Us was the first country to grant women the right to vote.

General Knowledge
1. What ocean has over 45 percent of the world's water? ( 1 pt)
2. How many stripes are there on the current US flag? ( 1 pt)
3. Satriale's Pork Store was a popular hangout among characters in what 2000s TV series? ( 1 pt)
4. How many spikes are there in the Statue of Liberty's crown? ( 2 pt)
5. "The Magnificent Mile" is located in what US city? ( 2 pt)
6. What sport takes place in a velodrome? ( 2 pt)
7. Mount Erebus is an active volcano located on which continent? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Which is the only one of the original 13 states that doesn't border the Atlantic Ocean? ( 3 points)
2. The Battle of Waterloo took place in 1815 in what present-day country? ( 4 points)
3. What fast-food chain got its name from an amusement park attraction briefly seen in the 1978 film "Grease?" ( 4 points)
4. Queen Victoria was the last British monarch of what House? ( 5 points)
5. What "Saturday Night Live" cast member left the show in 1994 after having been in a record 153 shows? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Disney; 2. ten; 3. "Murphy Brown;" 4. Taiwan; 5.50 in a season; 6. Kendrick Lamar; 7. "Gone With The Wind."

2000s Trivia
1. Beyonce; 2. Serbia; 3. Sydney; 4. Wall Street Journal; 5. "Capote;" 6. "American Idol;" 7. The Sex Pistols.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. False, Uranus; 2. false, Dwight Eisenhower; 3. true; 4. false, California; 5. true; 6. true; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, Yale; 10. false, New Zealand.

General Knowledge
1. Pacific Ocean; 2. thirteen; 3. "The Sopranos;" 4. seven; 5. Chicago; 6. cycling; 7. Antarctica.

IQ Trivia
1. Pennsylvania; 2. Belgium; 3. The Shake Shack; 4. House of Hanover; 5. Phil Hartman.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

2000s Trivia On Tap Wednesday

Trivia will be happening on Wednesday night, August 30th at 8:30 PM, with "2000s Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be another round of seven questions about the first decade of this century in various subjects, such as music, movies, sports and more. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"How many stripes are there on a current US flag?"

We've been getting some really large crowds for Trivia over the past few weeks, so I recommend you get in early to grab a prime seat or table. I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday for a great night of Trivia!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 23

The crowds keep growing for Wednesday Night Trivia, as we had 22 teams in last night. It was also another crowd that was loud and really into the Trivia. And Yours Truly goofed up another question in the General Knowledge round. (Of course Interpol is in France, not Switzerland.)  Our friends from DIMS, who have won Trivia Night more times than I can count, were not in last night, so it was anyone's game. We had four teams bunched within one point heading into IQ Trivia, but the team of The Mustangs ran the table with a perfect last round to win it all with 46 points. They were just a group of guys who didn't know it was Trivia Night, as they were in to wish a friend goodbye who was moving to Boston. They played and took the prize. Congrats to them.

Second place went to Ladies with 40 points, and Third Place went to Game of  Pwns (pronounced "Pones") with 37 points.

Best Team Name: Started At The Bottom, Still At The Bottom

Current Events
1. What female pop star shocked her fans last week by wiping her social media accounts clean, such as unfollowing all her Twitter followers and deleting all her Instagram posts?
2. Thousands of current and former students of what Pennsylvania university are petitioning the school to rescind an honorary university degree awarded to President Trump in 1988?
3. Naval researchers announced last Saturday that they found the wreckage of what lost WWII cruiser on the floor of the Pacific Ocean?
4. What celebrity, who has been out of the limelight for many years, said in a recently filed lawsuit that he did not leave the limelight to have a sex change operation?
5. An LA jury ordered what company to pay $417 million in damages to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in baby powder caused ovarian cancer?
6. One person was killed and 25 were injured when an earthquake struck a popular tourist island called Ischia in what European country on Monday?
7. What pop/rock singer wore an enlarged Star of David on his lapel during an encore of his show last Monday night, a reference to his Jewish roots and denouncing far right extremists?

US States Trivia
1. The largest indoor shopping mall in the US is found in what state?
2. The College World Series is played every year in what midwestern state?
3. Which southern state has the oldest European settlement in North America?
4. What is the only US state to have the flags of six different nations fly over it?
5. The Wright Brothers, Paul Newman and Drew Carey were all born in what US state?
6. What state is bordered by eight other states, the most of any US state?
7. What state is the number one producer of tree "P"s, peanuts, pecans and peaches?

The Q Train: First Albums Trivia
1. 19 (2008)
2. The College Dropout (2004)
3. 39/Smooth (1990)
4. Dangerously In Love (2003)
5. The Fame (2008)
6. Sigh No More (2009)
7. Reasonable Doubt (1996)
8. Boy (1980)
9. Kill "Em All ( 1983)
10. Parachutes (2000)

General Knowledge
1. Which of the four major North American pro sports currently has the most number of teams? ( 1 pt)
2. Interpol is based in what European country? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the largest city in Alaska by population? ( 1 pt)
4. How many units have to be sold for an album to reach "gold" status? ( 2 pt)
5. What language contains the most words? ( 2 pt)
6. What shoe company shares its name with a type of antelope? ( 2 pt)
7. Although associated with Hawaii, what foreign country are macadamia nuts actually from? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. If you travel due east of New York City all the way to Europe, what country will you his first? ( 4 points)
2. The longest interstate highway in the US, I-90, is located between Seattle and what other major city? ( 4 points)
3. "Chasing Down the Dawn" is a 2000 memoir written by what female singer-songwriter? ( 4 points)
4. What female pop artist has had more number one songs in the US than any other individual artists in history? ( 3 points)
5. Benjamin Harrison is the only US president born in what midwestern state? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Taylor Swift; 2. Lehigh; 3. USS Indianapolis; 4. Richard Simmons; 5. Johnson & Johnson; 6. Italy; 7. Billy Joel.

US States Trivia
1. Minnesota; 2. Nebraska; 3. Florida; 4. Texas; 5. Ohio; 6. Tennessee; 7. Georgia.

The Q Train: First Albums Trivia
1. Adele; 2. Kanye West; 3. Green Day; 4. Beyonce; 5. Lady Gaga; 6. Mumford & Sons; 7. Jay Z; 8. U2' 9. Metallica; 10. Coldplay.

General Knowledge
1. Football (32); 2. France; 3. Anchorage; 4. 500,000; 5. English (900,000); 6. Reebok; 7. Australia.

IQ Trivia
1. Portugal; 2. Boston; 3. Jewel; 4. Mariah Carey (18); 5. Indiana.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pop Artists Debuts On Wednesday

Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, August 23rd at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "US States Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions where every answer will be a different state in these United States. The Q Train lightning round will be "First Albums Trivia." I will give you the names of ten debut albums from current recording artists and the year they were originally released, and you have to tell me who the artists are.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Interpol is based in what European country?"


We've been getting some huge crowds the past few weeks, which is so great to see, and I thank you all for that. So I recommend you get in a bit early as to get a good seat or table. Hope to see many of you on Wednesday night!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

How About "Tony Conigliaro Drive?"

Earlier this week, Red Sox owner John Henry talked about wanting to change the name of the street that Fenway Park is named after, Yawkey Way. The block was originally called Jersey Street, but was renamed in honor of longtime Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey in 1977, some months after he passed away from leukemia.

Yawkey was a complicated man, look most men who've owned baseball teams down through the years have been. He was born in South Carolina, and wasn't known for having any progressive racial views. It was well-known the Red Sox dragged their feet on integrating the team once the color barrier was lifted in 1947. (The Red Sox signed their first black player in 1950, an outfielder named Piper Davis. He isn't well-known, as the Red Sox never promoted him to majors, and he never reached the big leagues with anyone else.)

Yawkey's been called a racist by many, and might well have been. (A friend of mine many years ago did some research trying to find a "smoking gun" on Yawkey, some solid evidence of his racism "on the record." He really couldn't find it.) Yawkey had many cronies around who were well-known to be bigots. It is also well-known the Red Sox gave Jackie Robinson a tryout in 1945 that was little more than just window dressing, had a chance to sign Willie Mays in 1949, and passed on both. And there isn't any doubt that the fact the Sox passed on many great black players in this era hurt the team going forward.

OK, Yawkey wasn't on board with racial progress in baseball.

But let's not forget other facts about him that seem to be lost on most fans.

In 1932, the Red Sox were at their historic nadir. They were the worst team in baseball, and had their all-time worst season, finishing 43-111, 64 games behind the champion Yankees. Fenway Park was falling apart, and the team did not draw 200,000 fans that season. The team was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. There was no guarantee the Red Sox as a franchise was continue in Boston. They needed a savior. Enter Tom Yawkey.

Yawkey has just turned 30 years old and had just inherited millions of dollars from his uncle, who was his legal guardian. And he wanted to own a team. (He had actually been offered a 50% share in the Brooklyn Dodgers earlier, but declined it, as he wanted complete control of a team. Imagine how Dodgers history might be different had he accepted that.) He bought the Sox, imediately renovated Fenway Park, and set about making the Red Sox relevant again.

Yawkey's dream was a World Series title, but under his ownership of 43 years, the Sox won three AL titles, losing them all in seven games.

In 1953, the Braves moved out of Boston, leaving the city to the Red Sox, They also were the original supporters of the Jimmy Fund, helping children struck down by cancer. So the Red Sox filled that hole, and have done so ever since. Yawkey and his Yawkey Foundation have raised hundreds of millions for that worthy organization over six decades. There are many people still alive today who can thank the Yawkey Foundation for all their great work with the Jimmy Fund.

One thing I did notice many years ago was that once the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, it seemed like it was "open season" on Tom Yawkey's legacy. I saw many writers blasting him, especially the Red Sox' dubious racial history. As owner, of course, the buck stops with him. I think the anger over the Red Sox not winning the Series all those years was laid at the feet of Yawkey, whether true or not.

I believe that the rush now to rename Yawkey Way is just a knee jerk reaction to all that's going on with the taking down of the Confederate statues. The Sox managements obviously fears that the attention will shift over to them and the Yawkey name. So they are trying to beat them to the punch, and are now pushing to change the street name. (It's not as easy as it may appear, as the city of Boston owns the street and has control over its name. It will take open hearings to affect the change. But I will bet it WILL happen.)

I have no strong feelings either way on changing the name of the street. If they want to do it, fine. Street names change all the time. Henry suggested renaming it after David Ortiz, but the street at the end of Yawkey Way was just named for him earlier this year ("David Ortiz Drive"), and the bridge near Fenway was also just named for him, and justifiably so.

I would hope they would rename the block after Tony Conigliaro, a beloved native son of Boston whose career was cut short with that terrible injury he suffered and its aftermath 50 years ago. Carl Yastzemski would also be a great choice, as would Pedro Martinez as well. I saw on another site that someone suggested calling it "Jimmy Fund Way," as they would keep Yawkey's legacy alive in the name. Any one of them would make sense to me. (BTW, some have suggested Ted Williams, but Lansdowne Street was named "Ted Williams Way" many years ago.)

So, like many people who have walked this earth, Tom Yawkey was a complicated man, with many faults. But he wasn't without his good points, and the Red Sox have honored him down through the years, including naming Fenway's street after him. I'm sure that there are many fans who don't want to see the name changed, but it won't change history if the block changes its name.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 16

The crowds keeping increasing for Wednesday Night Trivia, as we had another 20 teams like last week. But the bar seemed to have more folks than last week, and everyone was really into it. (We even briefly halted the proceedings while the Red Sox rallied in the bottom of the ninth at Fenway for a 5-4 win. Very enjoyable!)

I read the other day that most millennials aren't big fans of Elvis Presley, and what happened at Trivia last night seemed to bear that out. We did Elvis Presley Trivia last night in honor of the 40th anniversary of the King's death yesterday, and the scores seemed to bear that out. They were lower than I would have thought, even with most being multiple choice questions.

Anyway, our friends from DIMS pulled out a two-point victory, getting 50 points and hard-fought win. (After the win, they told me that they will be away for the next two weeks, so we will definitely have a new champion next week.) Second place went to Anal Bum Cover with 48 points, and third place went to Fine People with 45 points.

Best Team Name: Guam With The Wind

Current Events
1. A federal judge dismissed a Colorado DJ's legal claim against what pop singer last Friday, saying the radio host failed to prove the singer set out to get him fired?
2. What cab;e channel offered a "bounty payment" of $250,000 to hackers behind a data breach at the network in a recent leaked email by the hackers?
3. What restaurant chain announced last week that they would be closing 135 locations this fiscal year, doubled the amount they previously estimated they would?
4. What pop singer announced last Saturday that he will be donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to those affected by the Flint water crisis?
5. What comedienne and TV host posted on Twitter last Friday calling for a military coup to overthrow President Trump?
6. What horror sequel film was the number one film in the US last week, grossing the same total ($35 million) as its original film did in 2014?
7. A co-creator and three producers of what hit TV series are suing the network over claims that they were cheated out of profits from the wildly successful show?

Elvis Presley Trivia
1. Which of these artists have had more US number one singles than Elvis Presley? a. The Beatles; b. Michael Jackson; c. Madonna; d. The Rolling Stones.
2. What was the name of Elvis' first film? a. Jailhouse Rock; b. King Creole; c. Love Me Tender; d. Kid Galahad.
3. What state was Elvis Presley born in? a. Louisiana; b. Mississippi; c. Tennessee; d. Alabama.
4. What was Elvis' rank in the Army when he left in 1960? a. private; b. corporal; c. sergeant; d. lieutenant.
5. What was Elvis' last number one single in the US in 1969? a. Suspicious Minds; b. Good Luck Charm; c. Surrender; d. Are You Lonesome Tonight?.
6. "Blue Suede Shoes", a big hit for Elvis, was written originally by what artist? a. Chuck Berry; b. Carl Perkins; c. Buddy Holly; d. Elvis Presley.
7. True or False: The Us National Archives most requested photo is one of Elvis meeting President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970.

The Q Train: Horror Film Trivia
1. Night of the Living Dead
2. Poltergeist
3. Halloween
4. Shutter Island
5. The Exorcist
6. Saw
7. Friday the 13th
8. The Blair Witch Project
9. Interview With a Vampire
10. Psycho

General Knowledge
1. Who wrote the novels "Carrie" and "Misery?" ( 1 pt)
2. Will.I.Am. is the singer and founder of what pop group? ( 1 pt)
3. Victoria is the capital of what Canadian province? ( 1 pt)
4. East Pakistan changed its name in 1971 to what name it is known as today? ( 2 pt)
5. Australia Day occurs every year during what month? ( 2 pt)
6. What rock band has won the most Grammy Awards in history? ( 2 pt)
7. What US state is the only one that borders just one other state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. "La Gioconda" is another name for what famous painting? ( 4 points)
2. What US state has the largest Amish population as of 2015? ( 3 points)
3. "Despacito" is the first Spanish-language song to top the pop singles chart in the US since what 1996 hit song? ( 4 points)
4. A monument in what state claims to mark the geographic center of the contiguous 48 US states? ( 5 points)
5. After the White House, what is the second most visited residence (or house) in the US? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Taylor Swift; 2. HBO; 3. Applebee's; 4. Bruno Mars; 5. Chelsea Handler; 6. "Annabelle: Creation;" 7. "The Walking Dead."

Elvis Presley Trivia
1.a; 2. c; 3. b; 4. c; 5. a; 6. b; 7. true.

The Q Train: Horror Film Trivia
1. 1960s (1968); 2. 1980s (1982); 3. 1970s (1978); 4. 2010s (2010); 5. 1970s (1973); 6. 2000s (2004); 7. 1980s (1980); 8. 1990s (1999); 9. 1990s (1994); 10. 1960s (1960).

General Knowledge
1. Stephen King; 2. Black Eyed Peas; 3. British Columbia; 4. Bangladesh; 5. January; 6. U2 (21); 7. Maine.

IQ Trivia
1. Mona Lisa; 2. Ohio; 3. "The Macarena"; 4. Kansas; 5. Graceland.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The King Is Special Tomorrow Night

Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's this Wednesday night, August 16th at 8:30 PM, and the Special Category will be "Elvis Presley Trivia," in honor of the 40th anniversary of the King's passing on Wednesday. It will also be a multiple choice round as well. (Or as a teacher of mine at Brooklyn Tech used to say, "multiple guess.") The Q Train lightning round will be "Horror Movies Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous horror films from down through the years until today, and you have to tell me what was the decade of its original release.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Will. I. Am is the singer and founder of what pop group?"

We have been getting bigger crowds as the weeks have progressed, so make sure you get in early enough to get a prime seat or table. Hope to see many of you on Wednesday night!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 9

We had a great night of Trivia on Wednesday night, as 20 teams turned out and it was lively all night. We had a close race throughout, and the top six teams were separated by just 6 points going into the final round. But the team of DIMS, who have won on many an occasion, pulled out a one-point win, getting a total of 49 points. (My apologies to everyone on the goof up with the Album of the Year Grammy question. It was another faulty source, and the Mighty Quinn regrets the error. It turns out that not only Taylor Swift won it twice, but Adele did, too. So everyone who answered with either answer got credit for it. I'll be more careful next time.)

Second place went to Team Kim Jong Poon with 48 points, and third place went to Terms and Conditions with 42 points.

Best Team Name: You Got My Cheese Quiz, Boy?

Current Events
1. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was confirmed last week as the new ambassador to what European country?
2. Jim Justice, governor of what eastern US state, announced he was switching political parties, from Democrat to Republican?
3. What New England state became just the fourth state in the nation last week to make community college free?
4. What newly-released film overtook "Dunkirk" and grossed $19 million last week to become the number one film in the US?
5. What baseball star appeared as an extra on the TV series "Game of Thrones" last Sunday, as a soldier hurling a spear?
6. The producers of what TV series, which is being revived after 11 years, came under fire on social media after they announced the original final scenes were being ignored and the show will pursue a new direction?
7. The New York Knicks hired former Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson to a front office position earlier this week. Who is Robinson's famous brother-in-law?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of these countries were officially neutral during WWII? a. Switzerland; b. Ireland; c. Canada; d. Greece.
2. Which of these films was Morgan Freeman nominated for an Oscar? a. Unforgiven; b. The Shawshank Redemption; c. Driving Miss Daisy; d. Invictus.
3. Which of the following celebrities died while in their 30s? a. Elvis Presley; b. Marilyn Monroe; c. Kurt Cobain; d. River Phoenix.
4. Which of these rock groups was Eric Clapton once part of? a. Buffalo Springfield; b. Cream; c. Traffic; d. Blind Faith.
5. Which of these 2000s films won the Oscar for Best Picture? a. There Will Be Blood; b. Brokeback Mountain; c. Mystic River; d. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
6. Which of these 20th century US presidents were once also vice-president? a. FDR; b. Woodrow Wilson; c. Richard Nixon; d. Herbert Hoover.
7. Which of these NFL teams have won the Super Bowl at least three times? a. New York Giants; b. Pittsburgh Steelers; c. Dallas Cowboys; d. Denver Broncos.

The Q Train: Name That Sport
1. Giancarlo Stanton
2. Sergio Garcia
3. Alex Ovechkin
4. Diana Taurasi
5. Clint Dempsey
6. Garbine Muguruza
7. Takuma Sato
8. Bode Miller
9. J.J. Watt
10. Fererica Pellegrini

General Knowledge
1. The original "smile" icon below the Amazon.com logo connects what two letters in the company's name? ( 1 pt)
2. What film in the initial Star Wars trilogy did Jabba the Hut make its first appearance? ( 1 pt)
3. In the comic strip "Peanuts", what is the usually posted price of "Psychiatric Help" at Lucy's booth? (1 pt)
4. Acura is the luxury division of what automaker? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the second most common surname in the US after Smith? ( 2 pt)
6. What is the largest Mediterranean island, both in terms of area and population? ( 2 pt)
7. 60% of all the bats used in MLB games are manufactured in what US state? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What the only name shared by one of the Original Care Bears and Disney's original Seven Dwarfs? ( 4 points)
2. Helle Thorning-Schmidt was the first female prime minister of what country? (4 points)
3. Ras Hafun, the easternmost point of Africa, is found in what country? ( 5 points)
4. Who is the only woman to win the Album of the Year Grammy award twice? ( 3 points)
5. What hip hop artist recorded a rap single with Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin called "Rocket Experience" in 2009? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. United Kingdom; 2. West Virginia; 3. Rhode Island; 4. "The Dark Tower;" 5. Noah Syndergaard; 6. "Will & Grace;" 7. Barack Obama.

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

The Q Train: Name That Sport
1. Baseball; 2. golf; 3. hockey; 4. basketball; 5. soccer; 6. tennis; 7. auto racing; 8. skiing; 9. football; 10. swimming.

General Knowledge
1. A&Z; 2. "Return of the Jedi;" 3. five cents; 4. Honda; 5. Johnson; 6. Sicily; 7. Kentucky.

IQ Trivia
1. Grumpy; 2. Denmark; 3. Somalia; 4. Taylor Swift and Adele; 5. Snoop Dogg.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Know Your Sports Stars This Wednesday

Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's this Wednesday night, August 9th at 8:30 PM, with "Q-Tip Trivia" as the Special Category. I will ask you seven general knowledge questions, and each will have four choices. You can pick as many of the four as you think are correct, and will get a point for each one that is right. (And you'll get one point if the correct answer is "none.") However, if you give any incorrect answers, that will negate any right answers for that question and you will get no points for that question. So you have to be careful.

The Q Train lightning round will be "Name That Sport Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current stars from all different sports and you have to tell me what sport they play. Every answer will be a different sport.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"In the comic strip "Peanuts", what is the usually posted price of "Psychiatric Help" at Lucy's booth?"

I look forward to seeing many of you for a great night of Trivia Q&A this coming Wednesday night!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Trivia Q&A: August 2

Trivia returned from a one-week vacation last night, with a really good turnout of 15 teams. We had a three-team horse race going into IQ Trivia, with the each team separated by one point. But the team of DIMS emerged victorious, winning the night with 48 points. Congratulations to them on another well-earned victory.

Second place went to We Didn't Have Mooch Time to Come Up With a Team Name finished second with 42 points (and also won Best Team Name), and third place went to Now Available with 40 points.

Current Events
1. Ram Nath Kovind was recently elected president of what Asian country?
2. What magazine caused a stir last week when it put Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on its cover with the title, "Why Can't He Be Our President?"
3. Rocker Alice Cooper said last week that he recently discovered a print from what artist that he bought over 40 years ago, and could be worth millions of dollars?
4. What website entrepreneur briefly overtook Bill Gates last week as the "World's Richest Person", with a net worth of $90.5 billion, but slipped back to second the next day?
5. Apple last week announced that they were discontinuing what two types of iPods?
6. What baseball legend was accused of statutory rape in a court document filed on Monday, as the now-grown woman claims to have had a sexual relationship with him in the 1970s when she was 15?
7. Los Angeles reached an agreement to host the 2028 Summer Olympics with what other city, which host the Olympics in 2024?

1980s Trivia
1. "Bleach" was the first album released by what rock band in 1989?
2. "The Simpsons" first appeared on a series of cartoon shorts in 1987 on what TV show?
3. In 1982, Great Britain clashed with what country over the Falkland Islands?
4. What R&B legend was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987?
5. What Super Bowl championship team had a rap hit in the 1980s called "The Super Bowl Shuffle?"
6. When the Fox network debuted in October 1986, who hosted their first show called "The Late Show?"
7. Name 2 of the 5 highest grossing films in the US in 1980s.

The Q Train: Total Acting Oscars Trivia
1. Jack Nicholson
2. Diane Keaton
3. Clint Eastwood
4. Sally Field
5. Denzel Washington
6. Glenn Close
7. Cate Blanchett
8. Daniel Day-Lewis
9. Al Pacino
10. Harrison Ford

General Knowledge
1. "Granny Smith" is a popular type of what fruit? ( 1 pt)
2. Dolly, the first successfully cloned mammal, was what kind of animal? ( 1 pt)
3. Who won a Best Support Actor Oscar for the film "Goodfellas?" ( 1 pt)
4. The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 affected what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What US president was known as "The Great Communicator?" (2 pt)
6. What US city was the first to host the Olympic Games? ( 2 pt)
7. How many acres are in a square mile? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What are the two national languages of India? ( 4 points)
2. "Firelight" was a 1964 science fiction film marking the theatrical film directing debut of what Oscar-winning director? ( 4 points)
3. The World Health Organization said that the world's most polluted city in 2016 was found in what African country? ( 5 points)
4. What future Oscar-winning actor had a recurring role as Ned Donnelly on the 1980s sitcom "Family Ties?" ( 4 points)
5. What veteran entertainer is credited by Guinness World Records with logging the most hours ever on US television? ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. India; 2. Rolling Stone; 3. Andy Warhol; 4. Jeff Bezos; 5. Nano and Shuffle; 6. Pete Rose; 7. Paris.

1980s Trivia
1. Nirvana; 2. "The Tracey Ullman Show;" 3. Argentina; 4. Aretha Franklin; 5. Chicago Bears; 6. Joan Rivers; 7. ET, Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The Q Train: Total Acting Oscars Trivia
1. three; 2. one; 3. none; 4. two; 5. two; 6. none; 7. two; 8. three; 9. one; 10. none.

General Knowledge
1. Apples; 2. sheep; 3. Joe Pesci; 4. Northern Ireland; 5. Ronald Reagan; 6. St. Louis (1904); 7. 640.

IQ Trivia
1. English and Hindi; 2. Steven Spielberg; 3. Nigeria (Omitsha); 4. Tom Hanks; 5. Regis Philbin.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Trivia Returns From Vacation Wednesday

Trivia returns to Professor Thom's on Wednesday night, August 2nd at 8:30 PM, with "1980s Trivia" as the special category. It will be seven questions on that decade in pop culture, sports, history, etc. The Q Train lightning round will be "Total Acting Oscars Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current actors and actresses and you have to tell me how many total acting Academy Awards they have won in their careers. (Directing and writing Oscars don't count.)

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Granny Smith is a popular type of what fruit?"


Looking forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday night, after the one-week layoff. It will be good to be back again asking Trivia Q&A again on Wednesday. See you then!

Monday, July 24, 2017

No Trivia This Week


A reminder that Wednesday Night Trivia at Professor Thom's will NOT be happening this week, as I will be away on assignment. Trivia will return on Wednesday night, August 2nd at 8:30 PM. I will have the Sneak Peek question and the Special Category and Q Train lightning round posted here next Tuesday, August 1st. Have a great week everyone, and see you next Wednesday night!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trivia Q&A: July 19

It was a hot night in New York last night, and the crowd was a bit less than last week, but it was a spirited turnout with 13 teams taking part. I goofed up a General Knowledge question, and I'm still trying to find where I got it. (It's the one where TLC sang the theme to "All That." My source said it was Destiny's Child. Sorry about that folks. The Mighty Quinn regrets the error.) We had a three-way tie going into the final round of IQ Trivia, but our friends from DIMS pulled out a one-point victory, garnering a total of 44 points for the win. Designated For Assignment finished second with 43 points, and The Uptown Scallawags finished third with 38 points.

Best Team Name: It's My Birthday Dammit!

SPECIAL REMINDER: Trivia Night will NOT be happening next week, as I will be away on assignment next week, but Trivia Night will return to Professor Thom's on Wednesday night, August 2nd at 8:30 PM. I'll see you then, and have a great week next week!

Current Events
1. Two men were arrested last week after admitting to killing four men and burying them on a farm property in what US state?
2. John Bernecker, a stunt man for what current TV show, died last week after suffering head injuries from a fall on the set?
3. Roger Federer won his first Wimbledon's men's singles title in five years on Sunday. How many total singles titles has he won at Wimbledon?
4. Jodie Whitaker was named to be the first woman to play what iconic TV character last week?
5. Actor Martin Landau died on Sunday at the age of 89. What film screen legend did he portray to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1994?
6. What beloved children's book character has been censored by Chinese social media after unflattering memes surfaced comparing it to the country's president?
7. What rock star's 22-year-old son was arrested on Monday in Indiana on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest after his brother got into a fight with another man?

2000s Trivia
1. What European country was the first to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001?
2. What rapper had the most combined sales in albums of any artist of the 2000s?
3. Michael Jackson died on the same day in 2009 as what famous Hollywood actress?
4. What country launched its first manned mission in space in October 2003?
5. What American was given an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002?
6. Who were the only two teams to twice win the World Series from 2000 to 2009?
7. What comedy series' 2004 finale was the most-watched single TV show in the decade of the 2000s?

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. The toothbrush was invented in the 15th century.
2. Michael Jackson owned the rights to South Carolina's state anthem.
3. According to the UN Charter, a US citizen cannot hold the position of Secretary-General.
4. Jousting is an official state sport of Maryland.
5. North Dakota is the only US state that borders three Canadian provinces.
6. Argentina is the largest country in South America in terms of land area.
7. Ronald Reagan was the first choice by Warner Brothers to play Rick Blaine in "Casablanca."
8. CNN was the first cable channel to operate in the United States.
9. Cary Grant was once offered the role of James Bond.
10. Walt Disney was criogenically frozen upon his death in 1966.

General Knowledge
1. "O" is the symbol for what element on the Periodic Table? ( 1 pt)
2. The Seminole Indian tribe is native to what US state? ( 1 pt)
3. How many countries border North Korea? ( 1 pt)
4. In what city can you find the oldest public park in the United States? ( 2 pt)
5. What girl group of the 1990s sung the theme song to the hit sketch comedy TV show "All That?" ( 2 pt)
6. What 1993 film became the highest-grossing movie od all-time, passing "ET" until "Titanic" broke its record in 1998? ( 2 pt)
7. The duffel bag gets its name from a town in what European country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What Oscar-winning actor founded and led Hollywood's original "Rat Pack?" ( 4 points)
2. "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" was the first novel of what 20th century writer? ( 4 points)
3. According to popular legend, what branch of the US Armed Forces was formed in a Philadelphia tavern in 1775? ( 3 points)
4. Catalan is the only official language of what small European country? ( 4 points)
5. What 19th century opera' plot follows the life of a female cigar factory worker? ( 5 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Pennsylvania; 2. "The Walking Dead;" 3. eight; 4. Doctor Who; 5. Bela Lugosi; 6. Winnie the Pooh; 7. John Mellencamp.

2000s Trivia
1. Netherlands; 2. Eminem; 3. Farrah Fawcett; 4. China; 5. Rudy Giuliani; 6. Red Sox and Yankees; 7. "Friends."

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. true; 2. true; 3. false; 4. true; 5. false, Montana; 6. false, Brazil; 7. true; 8. false, HBO; 9. true; 10. false, he was cremated.

General Knowledge
1. Oxygen; 2. Florida; 3. three; 4. Boston; 5. TLC; 6. "Jurassic Park;" 7. Belgium.

IQ Trivia
1. Humphrey Bogart; 2. James Joyce; 3. Marine Corps; 4. Andorra; 5. Carmen.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The 2000s Weren't So Long Ago. Or Was It?

Trivia will be happening on Wednesday night, July 19th at 8:30 PM, with "2000s Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about the previous decade in all areas: pop culture, history, sports, entertainment, etc. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"O" is the symbol for what element on the Periodic Table?"

We had a huge crowd last Wednesday, as the Trivia players flocked back in after the July 4th holiday passed. So, get in early to guarantee a good seat or table. Hope to see may of you on Wednesday night!

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Long National Nightmare Ended Today



I haven't written about the Red Sox in a long while (and it's time to start writing more about them at this blog), but this is as good a time as any to do so.

The Pablo Sandoval Era came to a merciful end on Friday, as the Red Sox finally admitted their mistake in signing him and designated him for assignment today. They now have 10 days to do something with him, either trade him, release him, or if he clears waivers, keep him at AAA. His release looks like the most viable option, as he has absolutely no future whatsoever in the Red Sox organization.

It looked promising this past spring, as Sandoval showed up to camp in much better shape, and led the Sox in RBIs in the spring games. His play in the field wasn't bad, so there was reason to hope he was on to a possible comeback season. The Sox traded away Travis Shaw to Milwaukee with idea that third base was Sandoval's position to lose.

And from the get-go, it all fell apart. Sandoval hit just .212 in 35 games, with 4 HRs and 12 RBIs. He wound up on the disabled list twice, and it was apparent the end was coming for him now. Third base became a black hole for the Red Sox, but the emergence of Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin both filling in ably there made the decision to cut ties with Sandoval a bit easier. He is still owed over $48 million on a contract that runs until the end of 2019.

In my opinion, this is the worst free agent contract the Sox have ever given out. Many may argue that Carl Crawford's odious seven-year deal the Sox gave him in 2011 was worse, but Crawford's numbers were actually decent, and the Red Sox were able to dump the majority of the money and years on his deal to the Dodgers in the famous trade that opened a ton of salary relief that the Sox wisely turned into the 2013 World Series championship. So Crawford's deal actually had a silver lining to it.

The Sox have to eat the remainder of this deal. No one in their right minds will swing a trade for him, or bring him in to play in 2017. The only route I can see Sandoval going now is to Japan to revive his career. There's no silver lining that I can see coming out of the Sandoval signing, now or in the future.

The Red Sox made a big mistake signing Sandoval, and will pay dearly for him to either play on another team or to sit home. Some times you just have to admit the mistake and move on.

Sandoval leaving may very well mean that we will be seeing much-heralded rookie 3B Rafael Devers in the near future. He was putting up big numbers at AA Portland (.300 AVG, with 18 HRs in 77 games) and was just promoted today to Pawtucket.

Devers is the future, Sandoval is the past. Time to look ahead, and forget this ill-conceived signing ever happened.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Trivia Q&A: July 12

We had a great night of Trivia on Wednesday night, as we went from 10 teams last week to 21 teams last night. The bar was completely filled, and that's always a great thing to see! Everyone was really into the Trivia, and we had a great race to the finish, as the top five teams were separated by just four points heading into IQ Trivia. But the team of Trump & Trumper: This Is Why We Have Birth Control (who also won for Best Team Name) had a perfect round, scoring 20 points, and jumped from third place to win by just one point with 51 points overall. Congratulations to them on a great come from behind win.

DIMS finished second with 50 points, and third place went to The Whore Mongers with 46 points.

Current Events
1. What struggling department store chain announced they will be closing another 43 stores by this October?
2. The G-20 Summit meetings took place last week in what major European city, which also brought out many violent protests?
3. What American female pop singer, currently on tour in Australia, came under fire there by releasing a promo video in which she tells her dog to "chase down some koalas?"
4. What "Transformers" star was arrested for the sixth time this past weekend for public drunkeness and disorderly conduct in Georgia?
5. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge set a rookie record for his team, hitting his 30th home run last week. What Yankees great held the record of 29 which he broke?
6. What film opened with a $117 million debut this past week to make it the number one film in the US?
7. The NY Post reported earlier this week that Derek Jeter and what other sports superstar are nearing a deal to purchase the Miami Marlins for $1.2 billion?

France Trivia
1. What is the second most populous city in France after Paris?
2. What French author wrote the classic novel "The Count of Monte Cristo?"
3. Marie Antoinette was the wife of what French king?
4. The Eiffel Tower is more or less than 1,000 feet (with its antenna)?
5. What country did France defeat in 1998 to win its only World Cup soccer title?
6. Jean Dujardin was the last French actor or actress to win an Oscar for what 2011 film?
7. What three words make up France's national motto?

The Q Train: Born Outside The USA Trivia
1. Jim Carrey
2. Kiefer Sutherland
3. Russell Crowe
4. Salma Hayek
5. Liam Neeson
6. Alanis Morissette
7. Charlize Theron
8. Mila Kunis
9. Pierce Brosnan
10. Cate Blanchette

General Knowledge
1. What is the telephone prefix (of 3 numbers) is used in the movies by most filmmakers? ( 1 pt)
2. The Marianas Trench is located in which ocean? ( 1 pt)
3. Harpo Productions is a company founded by what famous person? ( 1 pt)
4. What country is the most populous democracy in the world? ( 2 pt)
5. What letter is the most common blood type in humans? ( 2 pt)
6. What Midwest state is the only state whose two-letter postal abbreviation is a preposition?  ( 2 points)
7. What African country is the only one with a flag that is red, white and blue and no other color? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1, What 20th century artist's painting, called "Untitled," was sold at auction for $110.5 million last month, a new record for an American artist? ( 5 points)
2. The success of the first vaccine discovered by Jonas Salk was announced in 1955 on the 10th anniversary of whose death? ( 3 points)
3. What is the most successful movie franchise in history based on a video game, with five installments earning nearly $1 billion worldwide? ( 4 points)
4. What recording artists hold the all-time record with 37 top ten albums in Billboard's US charts? ( 4 points)
5. The success of the new film "Baby Driver" has revived interest in what onetime very popular device? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Sears; 2. Hamburg; 3. Katy Perry; 4. Shia LeBeouf; 5. Joe DiMaggio; 6. "Spider-Man: Homecoming"; 7. Michael Jordan.

France Trivia
1. Marseille; 2. Alexandre Dumas; 3. Louis XVI; 4. More (1,063 feet); 5. Brazil: 6. "The Artist;" 7. Liberty, Equality & Fraternity.

The Q Train: Born Outside The USA Trivia
1. Canada; 2. UK; 3. New Zealand; 4. Mexico; 5. Northern Ireland; 6. Canada; 7. South Africa; 8. Ukraine; 9. Ireland; 10. Australia.

General Knowledge
1. 555; 2. Pacific; 3. Oprah Winfrey; 4. India; 5. O; 6. Indiana; 7. Liberia.

IQ Trivia
1. Jean-Michel Basquiat; 2. Franklin D. Roosevelt; 3. "Resident Evil;" 4.The Rolling Stones; 5. iPod.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Don't Lose Your Head Over French Trivia Wednesday


Trivia will be happening on Wednesday night, July 12th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "France Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the nation of France in history, sports, pop culture, etc., in honor of Bastille Day, which is coming up this Friday. The Q Train lightning round will be "Born Outside the USA Trivia." I will give you the names of ten current celebrities who were not born on our shores, and you have to tell in what nation they were born in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Harpo Productions is a company founded by what famous person?"

We've been getting some good sized crowds in for Trivia, so please do get in early to get a good seat or table. Hope to see you on Wednesday for another great night of Trivia Q&A!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Trivia Q&A: July 5

I had a feeling the crowd at Professor Thom's would be down a bit on Wednesday night, due to the fact we were doing trivia the day after the 4th of July holiday ended. And I was right, as we had 10 teams in, but the crowd was really into it, and we all had a great night.

We had a tie going into IQ Trivia, between perennial champion DIMS and a new team in for the first time, House Slytherin. The scores in IQ Trivia were actually very good throughout all the teams, but House Slytherin got 16 of the 20 points to pull out a one-point victory with 49 points. Congratulations to them on a hard-fought victory.

DIMS finished second with 48 points, and third place went to Soory, Not Soory with 46 points.

Best Team Name: Kim Jung Un Shoots an ICBM (Irritable Colon Bowel Movement)

Current Events
1. What Oscar-nominated actor was sentenced to one week in jail last week for his 2015 arrest at a power plant protest?
2. What European country voted to make same-sex marriage legal last week?
3. What female pop singer canceled the final two shows on her current world tour last week because she said she has damaged vocal cords?
4. 25 people were shot when gunfire erupted at a rap concert in what southern state this past weekend?
5. What country attempted to launch one of the world's most powerful rockets, the Long March 5, for the second time last Sunday, but failed yet again?
6. A British teenage Islamist was sentenced to 16 years in prison for plotting a bomb attack at a London concert of what rock superstar last September?
7. What male pop singer announced earlier this week that he was quitting Twitter due to Internet trolls constantly leaving vile comments on his page?

Canada Trivia
1. In what Canadian city is the Rogers Centre located?
2. What US state has the longest border with Canada?
3. Ken Dryden won six championships with this sports team and then won election to Canada's parliament.
4. What was the last Canadian city to host an Olympic Games?
5. Name 2 of the 3 largest provinces in Canada in terms of population.
6. Marc Garneau was the first Canadian in 1984 to accomplish what feat?
7. What Canadian-born actor has been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar twice since 2006, but didn't win either time?

The Q Train: 2000s TV Characters Trivia
1. Nucky Thompson
2. Jesse Pinkman
3. Liz Lemon
4. Omar Little
5. Ari Gold
6. Niles Crane
7. Jon Snow
8. Benjamin Linus
9. Dwight K. Schrute
10. Negan

General Knowledge
1. What time zone is Denver, CO located? ( 1 pt)
2. In what film did Al Pacino star as gangster Tony Montana? ( 1 pt)
3. Who is currently the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show?" ( 1 pt)
4. On which of Earth's continents will you find most of the planet's fresh water? ( 2 pt)
5. What US president got Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat together at Camp David? ( 2 pt)
6. Alexa is a San Francisco-based company best known for ranking the popularity of what? ( 2 pt)
7. The Komodo Dragon is native to what Asian country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What iconic 18th century American is pictured on the Pulitzer Prize medal? ( 4 points)
2. What restaurant chain was launched in 1991 by Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Arnold Schwarzenegger? ( 4 points)
3. The character Jar Jar Binks first appeared in which of the Star Wars films? ( 3 points)
4. What clothing retailer named for a New Jersey town now uses a sideways heart for the first letter in its logo? ( 5 points)
5. What pop/R&B legend played 27 instruments on his debut studio album in 1978? ( 4 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. James Cromwell; 2. Germany; 3. Adele; 4. Arkansas; 5. China; 6. Elton John; 7. Ed Sheeran.

Canada Trivia
1. Toronto; 2. Alaska; 3. Montreal Canadiens; 4. Vancouver (2010); 5. Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia; 6. Fly in space; 7. Ryan Gosling.

The Q Train: 2000s TV Characters Trivia
1. Boardwalk Empire; Breaking Bad; 3. 30 Rock; 4. The Wire; 5. Entourage; 6. Frasier; 7. Game of Thrones; 8. Lost; 9. The Office; 10. The Walking Dead.

General Knowledge
1. Mountain; 2. "Scarface;" 3. Trevor Noah; 4. Antarctica; 5. Jimmy Carter; 6. websites; 7. Indonesia.

IQ Trivia
1. Benjamin Franklin; 2. Planet Hollywood; 3. "The Phantom Menace;" 4. Burlington Coat Factory; 5. Prince.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Saluting Our Friends Up North Tomorrow


Trivia will be happening at Professor Thom's on Wednesday night, July 5th at 8:30 PM, with "Canada Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of our neighbors to the north celebrating their sesquicentennial last Saturday. (That's their 150th anniversary as an independent nation.) It will be seven questions about Canadian history, sports, pop culture, etc. The Q Train lightning round will be "2000s TV Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten well-known TV characters since 2000 and you have to tell me what TV show they were on.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What time zone is Denver, Colorado found in?"

We have been having bigger crowds as summer has begun, so get in early to get a good seat or table. Look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday night for a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Friday, June 30, 2017

"Big League Dream: The Sweet Taste of Life in the Majors"

Three years ago, I read a book by a man named Roy Berger, a businessman from Long Island who grew up a passionate baseball fan. His book was called "The Most Wonderful Week of the Year", and it was all about his trials and tribulations being at a major league fantasy camp. He was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan (and a Yankees fan later in life), and chronicled the thrill of being not only at the Pirates fantasy camp, but also going to the Yankees and Detroit Tigers camps, all in a span of four years.

Roy Berger is now back with more tales from the world of fantasy camp baseball, this time with "Big League Dreams: The Sweet Taste of Life in the Majors." In this book, Berger sits down and chats amiably with many of the game's greats (and a few not-so-great) who have also shared his love of fantasy camp baseball, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s.

The book opens with a forward (which he calls a "pregame") with Bucky Dent. I seriously considered skipping it totally, and for obvious reasons. But I felt that would do a disservice to the author, so I sucked it up and read it. Dent talks about his career with the White Sox and Yankees, and of course, plenty about THAT GAME (I don't have to mention any names or dates, you know what I am talking about), and even about his brief managerial career. I got through that as fast as I could and got one with book.

I was surprised to see a familiar name on page 10 of the book, as Berger talks about his favorite moment ever in his fantasy camp career. At Yankees camp in a 10-10 tie game in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, Berger stepped to the plate. He describes the scene: "I looked over at the on-deck circle and saw my camp buddy Mike Dempsey waiting his turn. I knew Mike would enjoy being the hero too much, so I'd better make something happen on my own."

I write that because Mike Dempsey is a friend of mine, and he has been at the Yankee fantasy camps for many years. He is always posting pictures on Facebook of his many adventures there in January, and I get a kick out of seeing him with so many Yankee greats of the past. Mike is also a World Trade Center survivor, and a very nice guy as well.

Mike never did get the chance to bat in that situation, as Berger singled in the game-winning run.

Berger covers a lot of ground in his interviews, and I found his time with Mike (Doc) Emrick especially fascinating. Doc is well-known as hockey's greatest announcer, but he also describes his life growing up in Indiana as a rabid baseball fan, and how he was able to swing going to Pirates fantasy camp in 2012 despite the NHL All-Star Game going on that same weekend. He also covers the career of ex-pitcher Fritz Peterson, who will forever be known as one of the pitchers who swapped wives and families with teammate Mike Kekich in 1973. As a Red Sox fan, I quite enjoyed his take on Steve (Psycho) Lyons, and what he had to say about infamously dropping his pants at Tiger Stadium in 1987. (Lyons swears it wasn't done on purpose.) One of the most moving parts of the book was with Kent Tekulve, the Pirates closer from the 1970s and 1980s. Tekulve had a heart transplant many years ago, and it saved his life. He was able to throw out the first pitch at the Pirates' playoff game that year. But he also talked about not letting the heart donor's family who he was, and the reasons why he didn't. Quite a good story.

I did find a few goofs in the book. Berger talked with legendary Dodgers' shortstop Maury Wills, and Wills talked about how much he idolized Ty Cobb, whose stolen base record he broke in 1962. But Berger talked about how Cobb "made no secret about his racial biases." That his since been debunked by Charles Leerhsen's excellent book "Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty" a few years ago, and I suggest Mr. Berger pick up this book and read it, and it should give him a new perspective on the Georgia Peach.

In the same chapter, he talks about Bobby Bragan, a one time Brooklyn Dodgers player from Alabama who went out of his way to racially harass Jackie Robinson when broke into MLB in 1947. Bragan later completely changed his tune on black players, and by 1958 was managing in the Dodgers' system. But Berger says Bragan was brought back the team by Branch Rickey in 1958. That would not be possible, as Rickey left the Dodgers for good eight years earlier, in 1950, after he lost a power struggle with team owner Walter O'Malley and sold his shares of the club to him.

Not to nitpick too much. I did enjoy the book overall. Berger even covers ground with the first female fantasy camp players, and that is fun to read. I certainly recommend "Big League Dreams" to any and all baseball fans who have that dream of going up against their heroes of yesteryear one of these days. You may have to pay a pretty penny for the privilege, but Roy Berger believes it is worth every cent.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Trivia Q&A: June 28

The crowds keep getting bigger as the summer begins for Trivia at Professor Thom's, and we had 19 teams in last night. It was another spirited crowd that really enjoyed the night. It was good to see that, and thanks also to a few of my softball playing friends who came in last night and took part as one team.

It was a tight race all night, and by the time we reached IQ Trivia, it was a tie for first. But our friends from DIMS reached the winner's circle again, having a strong final round and winning with 50 points. Congratulations to them. Second place went to It's Worldwide, It's Worldwide with 41 points, and third place went to This Team Name Has Been Delayed By Train Traffic with 40 points.

Best Team Name: I've Been Waiting Five Years, But Trivia Baby Is Finally In The Oven

Current Events
1. What Oscar-winning actor announced his retirement from acting last week & he'll have one final film released later this year?
2. What Oscar-winning filmmaker was announced last week as the new director of the Han Solo "Star Wars" spinoff movie, after the two original directors were recently fired?
3. What actor appeared at the Glastonbury music festival in England last week and told the assembled audience, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" in his diatribes at President Trump?
4. What celebrity couple bought Jackie Kennedy's Cartier watch at auction in New York last week for $379,500?
5. Over 150 people were killed last Sunday when an overturned oil tanker exploded in what Asian country?
6. Markelle Fultz of the University of Washington was the first player taken in the NBA Draft last week and was selected by what team?
7. What controversial actor, who has appeared in two baseball movies, put a Babe Ruth World Series ring up for auction, and the bidding has topped more than $600,000, which will make it the highest-priced championship ring ever sold?

July 4th Trivia
1. On this day in 1826, what two former presidents both passed away on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence?
2. In 1976, Israeli commandos rescued hostages on an Air France jetliner at Entebbe Airport in what African country?
3. In 1863, the city of Vicksburg, MS surrendered after a 47-day siege to what Civil War Union general?
4. Ron Kovic, a Vietnam veteran and peace activist, was born on July 4, 1946. What Hollywood actor portrayed him in a film based on his life?
5. In 1881, Tuskegee University opened in what US state?
6. In 1855, "Leaves of Grass," the most famous book published by what American poet, was released in Brooklyn, NY?
7. George Steinbrenner was born on this day in 1930. How many World Series titles did the Yankees win with as the principal owner?

The Q Train: 2000s Album Trivia
1. Born This Way
2. Take Care
3. The Rising
4. Red
5. Back to Black
6. Kid A
7. Stankonia
8. The 20/20 Experience (Part I)
9. The Suburbs
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind

General Knowledge
1. What musical group was Beyonce originally part of? ( 1 pt)
2. What American city holds the oldest annual marathon in the world? ( 1 pt)
3. The TV series "The Walking Dead" is set mainly in and around what major southern US city? ( 1 pt)
4. Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for what film? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the only continent without an active volcano? ( 2 pt)
6. In what city is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame located? ( 2 pt)
7. What sport would you make use of a cart called a sulky? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What is the smallest country in the world in terms of land area where French is an official language? ( 4 points)
2. Who was the only villain to appear in the first three of Christopher Nolan's "Batman" films? ( 4 points)
3. What Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was voted in 1999 as the best novel of the 20th century by American librarians? ( 4 points)
4. What Asian country was partitioned at the 17th Parallel by the Geneva Accords of 1954, though its own delegates refused to sign the agreement? ( 5 points)
5. Who was the best-selling music artist of the decade of the 2010s in the US, selling a combined 23.3 million albums and singles in this country? ( 3 points)

Answers
Current Events
1. Daniel Day-Lewis; 2. Ron Howard; 3. Johnny Depp; 4. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian; 5. Pakistan; 6. Philadelphia 76ers; 7. Charlie Sheen.

July 4th Trivia
1. John Adams & Thomas Jefferson; 2. Uganda; 3. Ulysses S. Grant; 4. Tom Cruise; 5. Alabama; 6. Walt Whitman; 7. seven.

The Q Train: 2000s Albums Trivia
1. Lady Gaga; 2. Drake; 3. Bruce Springsteen; 4. Taylor Swift; 5. Amy Winehouse; 6. Radiohead; 7. Outkast; 8. Justin Timberlake; 9. Arcade Fire; 10. U2.

General Knowledge
1. Destiny's Child; 2. Boston; 3. Atlanta; 4. "Boys Don't Cry;" 5. Australia; 6. Springfield. MA; 7. harness racing.

IQ Trivia
1. Monaco; 2. The Scarecrow; 3. "To Kill a Mockingbird; 4. Vietnam; 5. Adele.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

July 4th: Our Independence & A Whole Lot More


Trivia will be happening this Wednesday night, June 28th at 8:30 PM, with "July 4th Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about events that happened in history on the day of our independence, which is coming up next Tuesday. The Q Train lightning round will be "2000s Albums Trivia." I will give you the names of ten hit albums from all different kinds of music that were released from 2000 until the present day, and you have to tell me who the artist that recorded the album is.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What American city holds the oldest annual marathon in the world?"

We've been getting bigger crowds as the weeks have gone on, so get in early to assure yourselves of a good table. Hope to see many of you Wednesday for a great night of Trivia Q&A!

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!