Daily Trivia – 10/26/11

Question: Whose long-dead corpse, stabbed repeatedly by a fencepost, is reanimated by a lucky lightening bolt, in a 1986 movie?

Last Question: What Matthew Broderick movie starred chimp actors named Willie, Okko and Lulu?

Answer: Project X

Project X was a 1987 movie that put Matthew Broderick in his “War Games” comedy-sci-fi-thriller mode. The movie also starred a pre-Mad About You Helen Hunt.

Helen Hunt played grad student Teri MacDonald, who was teaching a chimpanzee named Virgil to use American Sign Language. Her research grant was not renewed, and Virgil was taken away. Teri was told that Virgil was being sent to a zoo. Instead, he was taken to an Air Force base to be used in a top-secret research project involving platforms designed to simulate the operation of aircraft.

Matthew Broderick’s Airman Jimmy Garrett got in trouble for “having relations” in an aircraft cockpit, and was sent to the same chimp project to which Virgil was sent. Jimmy and Virgil bonded, and Jimmy found out that Virgil has been taught sign language.

What Jimmy and Virgil didn’t know was that the chimps trained on the flight simulators will be killed by radiation poisoning. Once they reach a certain level in operating the flight simulator, the chimps will be exposed to a lethal pulse of radiation in the simulator chamber, to determine how long a pilot may survive after a nuclear exchange known as the second-strike scenario.

Virgil found out what had happened, and screeched to the other caged chimps, letting them know what happened. Then Jimmy found out what was going on, and got Teri to join him at the base.

Jimmy and Teri rescued Virgil when he was about to be put in the flight simulator. Jimmy punched holes in the theories about the project to the assembled military guests, and assorted politicians, much to the chagrin of Dr. Carroll (William Sadler), who was running the project. In the meantime all the other chimps were staging an escape.

Jimmy and Teri steal a military plane to help the chimps escape, but they are stopped by military police. While the police held Jimmy and Teri at gunpoint, Virgil piloted the plane, and flew the chimps away. They eventually crash landed in the nearby Everglades and evaded a search. Just as the search was being abandoned, Jimmy and Teri saw Virgil hiding in the bush with his chimpanzee girlfriend. Teri signs to Virgil that he and the others are now “free”. The chimps disappeared into the Everglades.

Here is the movie trailer:

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Remember That Song? – 10/26/11

Can you name the artist and song:

Look, I’ll be honest man, this team won’t work.
The girls won’t be on you, Fred your face is all burnt!”

Last Song: “Don’t Cry” by Asia

So leave it all behind you
It took so long to find you
I know that we can last forever, ever and more, more, oh

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Daily Trivia – 10/25/11

Question: What Matthew Broderick movie starred chimp actors named Willie, Okko and Lulu?

Last Question: What short lived TV series starred John Ritter as a cop who inherited a decrepit apartment building?

Answer: Hooperman

Hooperman ran for two seasons on ABC, from 1987 to 1989. It was a comedy-drama, created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher who were the team responsible for creating L.A. Law. Bochco had also produced Hill Street Blues, and after Hooperman, would also go on to produce Doogie Howswer, M.D. and NYPD Blue.

In Hooperman, John Ritter played a San Francisco plainclothes police officer Harry Hooperman. Hooperman inherits the rundown apartment building he lives in when his elderly landlady is killed in a robbery. He also inherits her temperamental pet Jack Russell terrier named Bijoux. Due to the demands of his job as a police officer, he hires Susan Smith (played by Debrah Farentino) to be the building manager, and the pair become romantically involved throughout the first season.

The music of the theme song was composed by Law & Order’s Mike Post.

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Remember That Song? – 10/25/11

Can you name the artist and song:

So leave it all behind you
It took so long to find you
I know that we can last forever, ever and more, more, oh

Last Song: “Africa” by Toto:

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do

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One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1982 – Junior

“Mama Used To Say” by Junior

Junior Giscombe (simply known as Junior) is a British R&B artist. He was a backing vocalist with a group called Linx between 1980 and 1982. When he went solo, he had a big hit with “Mama Used to Say”, which peaked at #30 on April 24, 1982. Billboard magazine named him “Best Newcomer”. Junior did not have another hit after that. He did perform a duet with Kim Wilde, which was a very good song – “Another Step (Closer to You)”.

But here is his one U.S. hit, “Mama Used to Say”:

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Daily Trivia – 10/24/11

Question: What short lived TV series starred John Ritter as a cop who inherited a decrepit apartment building?

Last Question: Who sat beside Vin Scully in the broadcast booth for the last time during the 1988 World Series?

Answer: Joe Garagiola

Joe Garagiola, Tommy Lasorda and Vin Scully
Vin Scully is best known for being the play-by-play voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1950, and is still going. His 62 seasons with the Dodgers is the longest of any broadcaster with a single club in professional sports history. Outside of Southern California, Vin Scully is probably best remembered as NBC television’s lead baseball broadcaster from 1983 to 1989. Besides calling the Saturday Game of the Week for NBC, Scully called three World Series (1984, 1986, and 1988), four National League Championship Series (1983, 1985, 1987, and 1989), and four All-Star Games (1983, 1985, 1987, and 1989). After the 1989 season, NBC lost the television rights to cover Major League Baseball to CBS. For the first time since 1946, NBC would not televise baseball. After leaving NBC, Scully returned to CBS Radio baseball in 1990, calling the network’s World Series broadcasts through 1997. On August 26, 2011 during the Dodgers game against the Colorado Rockies, Scully announced that he would return in 2012 for his 63rd season with the team.

Joe Garagiola began his baseball career as a player. In 1946, his rookie year, he played in his first and only World Series as a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Garagiola batted a 6-for-19 in five games against the Boston Red Sox, including a Game 4 where he went 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs. But, that was the peak of his playing career. He played for several other teams in a 9 year career – Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and New York Giants.

Garagiola then turned to broadcasting, first calling Cardinals radio broadcasts on KMOX from 1955 to 1962. Then he moved to NBC, and began doing national baseball broadcasts for the network in 1961. Garagiola alternated play-by-play duties with Curt Gowdy on NBC until 1976, when he assumed the role full-time. He teamed with color commentator Tony Kubek from 1976 to 1982; in 1983, he shifted to color commentary as Vin Scully joined the network as lead play-by-play announcer. After calling the 1988 World Series with Scully, Garagiola resigned from NBC Sports. NBC was on the verge of losing the television rights to cover Major League Baseball to CBS. Garagiola claimed that NBC left him “twisting” while he was trying to renegotiate his deal. Garagiola was replaced on the NBC telecasts by Tom Seaver.

After leaving NBC Sports, Garagiola had a brief stint as a television commentator for the California Angels. In recent years, he has performed some color commentary duties for the Arizona Diamondbacks, where his son, Joe Garagiola, Jr., served as general manager.

The 1988 World Series, which was the last broadcast that the two legendary announcers announced together, is best known for this:

And here is the opening of an NBC Game of the Week in 1984:

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Remember That Song? – 10/24/11

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a _______ ___ __ ____ _____ ____ __

Last Song: “Eat It” by Weird Al Yankovic:

Don’t wanna argue, I don’t wanna debate
Don’t want to hear about what kind of food you hate

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Remember That Song? – 10/21/11

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

Don’t wanna argue, I don’t wanna debate
Don’t want to hear about ____ ____ __ ____ ___ ____

Last Song: “Jammin’ Me” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Baby you can keep me painted in a corner
You can walk away, but it’s not over

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One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1982 – LeRoux

“Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin’ For the Lights)” by LeRoux

LeRoux (originally called the Levee Band, then Louisiana’s LeRoux) was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was popular locally.
The band was originally composed of: Jeff Pollard (vocals, guitars), David Peters (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Leon Medica (bass, backing vocals), Tony Haselden (vocals, guitars), Rod Roddy (vocals, keyboards, synthesizers), and Bobby Campo (horns, percussion, violin, backing vocals).

They released three albums between 1978-1980. In 1980, the band dropped “Louisiana’s” from their name, and became LeRoux. They were dropped by Capitol Records after they couldn’t expand their fan base.
In 1981 they signed with RCA and issued their 4th LP, Last Safe Place, which was their highest charting album and included their only Top 40 single, “Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin’ For the Lights)” , which peaked at #18 on April 17, 1982. Later that year, Bobby Campo and Jeff Pollard left the group. Campo went back to school to complete his Master’s degree in music and Pollard renounced rock music and entered the Baptist Christian ministry, where he remains today.

Fergie Frederiksen and guitarist Jim Odom took over for Pollard on the 5th album So Fired Up (which was released in January 1983). They album was not very successful, and the band was dropped by RCA. They disbanded after that. Fergie Frederiksen went on to join the group Toto. In 1985, the most of the band reunited, and perform annual concerts in and around New Orleans.

On October 10, 2009, during their performance at Tab Benoit’s “Voice of the Wetlands” Festival in Houma, Louisiana, LeRoux was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame as their 50th Inductee.

Here is their big hit, “Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin’ For the Lights)”:

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Moammar Gadhafi – Dead

According to ABC News, Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril announced that dictator Moammar Gadhafi has been killed. The following is from the report:

The flamboyant tyrant who terrorized his country and much of the world during his 42 years of despotic rule was reportedly cornered by insurgents in the town of Sirte, where Gadhafi was born and which was a stronghold of his supporters.

National Transition Council leaders said Gadhafi’s son, Motassim, was also killed though another son, Saif Al-Islam, fled Sirte in a convoy. Three of Gadhafi’s children are in Algeria, and NTC leaders say they will ask the neighboring country to send them back.

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Moammar Gadhafi has been killed,” Jibril said at a news conference in Tripoli.

He added that the rebel government will wait until later today or Friday to officially declare what it calls a state of liberation.

The National Transition Council earlier today said that its fighters found and shot Gadhafi in Sirte, which finally fell to the rebels today after weeks of tough fighting. Rebels now control the entire country.

An NTC fighter who says he shot Gadhafi told reporters the eccentric leader was carrying a golden pistol and pleaded to him not to shoot.

Word of Gadhafi’s death triggered celebrations in the streets of Tripoli with insurgent fighters waving their weapons and dancing jubilantly.

The White House and NATO said they were unable to confirm reports of his death.

Al Jazeera aired video of what appeared to be the dead leader, which showed Gadhafi lying in a pool of blood in the street, shirtless, and surrounded by people.

Libya’s Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam told the Associated Press that Gadhafi was in a convoy when he was attacked by rebels.

A NATO official said that its jet fighters struck two military vehicles “which were part of a larger group that was maneuvering in the vicinity of Sirte conducting military operations that presented a clear threat to civilians.” But NATO would not confirm whether Gadhafi was part of that convoy.

Gadhafi had been on the run for weeks after being chased out of the capital Tripoli by NATO bombers and rebel troops.

He was believed to be hiding in the vast Libyan desert while calling on his supporters to rise up and sweep the rebel “dogs” away. But his once fearsome power was scoffed at by Libyans who had ransacked his palace compound and hounded him into hiding.

While reports of Gadhafi’s death have been met with jubilation, Libya now faces a new challenge of establishing a government.

“Let us recognize immediately that this is only the end of the beginning,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Gadhafi, 69, ruled Libya with an iron fist for almost 42 years. He seized control of the country in Sept., 1969 in a bloodless coup when he was just 27 years old. The then young and dashing army captain and his small band of military officers overthrew the monarch King Idris, setting up a new Libyan Arab Republic that over the years became increasingly isolated from the rest of the world.

Gadhafi became an advocate of Arab and African unity, and openly declared his vision for a “United States of Africa.” But his relationship with the western world was strained and Gadhafi instead became known as the top sponsor of terrorism and for harboring international fugitives.

At the height of his ability to threaten terrorism, President Ronald Reagan dubbed Gadhafi the “mad dog of the Middle East.”

He was accused of backing the 1986 bombing of a Berlin disco popular with American soldiers, reportedly funding the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, and the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which resulted in the U.N. and United States imposing sanctions on Libya.

For years, Gadhafi refused to take responsibility for the bombing, but that changed in 2003 when he acknowledged his role and tried to make amends.

Western nations established diplomatic relations with Libya in 2003 after Gadhafi agreed to give up weapons of mass destruction.

The eccentric leader, who amassed power and wealth by controlling the nation’s oil industry, held the title of being the longest-serving leader in Africa and the Arab world.

Over the years, Gadhafi earned an international reputation for his outlandish apparel and much-ridiculed phobias and proclivities.

In U.S. diplomatic cables recently released by WikiLeaks, Gadhafi was described as a “mercurial and eccentric figure who suffers from severe phobias, enjoys flamenco dancing and horse racing, acts on whims and irritates friends and enemies alike.”

He was “obsessively dependent on a small core of trusted personnel,” especially his longtime Ukrainian nurse Galyna, who has been described as a “voluptuous blonde,” according to the cables.

Among his other unusual behaviors, the Libyan leader reportedly feared flying over water, didn’t like staying on upper floors and traveled with a “pistol packing’ posse” of female bodyguards.

He Counted On America To Be Passive. He Counted Wrong …

As mentioned in the article above, Gadhafi was responsible for backing the 1986 bombing of a Berlin disco popular with American soldiers. Big mistake. Big, big mistake. In response to this, on April 14, 1986 shortly before 7 p.m. EST (2 a.m., April 15 in Libya), The U.S. launched air strikes against Libya. Five military targets and “terrorism centers” were hit, including the headquarters of Gadhafi.

Even before the operation had ended, President Reagan went on national television to discuss the air strikes. “When our citizens are abused or attacked anywhere in the world,” he said, “we will respond in self-defense. Today we have done what we had to do. If necessary, we shall do it again.”

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