Sunday, October 18, 2009

Presidential Pretenders - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) Beatrice Arthur. Bea became famous in the All In the Family spin-off Maude from 1972 to 1978 and cemented her legacy as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak on The Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992.
  • A2) Harry Harrison. Stanley R. Greenberg's screenplay, including the addition of cannibalism, helped the movie win the 1973 Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film.
  • A3) Elvin Hayes. In addition to his 28.4 points per game, the Big E averaged 17.1 rebounds for the San Diego Rockets.
  • A4) Marilyn Monroe. With Bernie Taupin's lyrics, the song was not completed until 1973, a full eleven years after the actress died.
  • A5) Mary Pierce. The daughter of an American father and French mother vaulted to a career-high #3 ranking with the win and would later capture the French Open in 2000. Although not officially retired, Pierce has not entered a Grand Slam tournament since 2006, but she would have played in the 2008 Olympics if not for an injury.
  • A6) Victoria Adams. The future Mrs. Beckham was nicknamed Posh Spice by the British magazine Top of the Pops in 1996.
  • A7) Flip Wilson. Clerow Wilson Jr. escaped from poverty in Jersey City through the Apollo Theater to guest appearances on The Tonight Show, Laugh-In, and The Ed Sullivan Show to the highest rated show on television in 1970 and 1971, The Flip Wilson Show.
  • A8) Samuel L. Jackson. The ubiquitous Morehouse College graduate managed to make 36 movies from 1990 to 1999, a full half dozen more than Harvey Keitel. Whoopi Goldberg led all actresses with 29 movies.
  • A9) Bonnie Tyler. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" held the #1 position for a full four weeks and sold six million copies.
  • A10) Booker T. Washington. The 'T' stands for Taliaferro, not Tuskegee, although he died in the Alabama town in 1915.
  • A11) Jimmy Johnson. His 1987 Miami Hurricanes upset the #1 Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl on January 1, 1988, and his Dallas Cowboys downed the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl on January 31, 1993 (and again on January 12, 1994 in an unprecedented rematch).
  • A12) Elizabeth Taylor. At age eleven, the actress played Priscilla in Lassie Come Home, and the following year she starred as Velvet Brown in National Velvet.

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