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Daily Trivia – 8/5/11

Question: What 1986 sequel earned Paul Newman his sole acting Oscar?


Last Question: In the first Police Academy movie, who did Mahoney teach to drive?

Answer: Hightower

After all, Hightower hadn’t driven since he was 12!

Here is the scene (You may have to go to youtube to view it):

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Remember That Song? – 8/5/11

Today, I decided to put on the 80s on 8 station, and get today’s lyrics from the first song that came on. Do you know who sang this, and can you complete the lyrics:

Our house, in the ______ __ ___ ______


Yesterday’s: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

I come home in the morning light
My mother says when you gonna Live You Life Right

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30 Day Song Challenge: Day 19 – A Song From Your Favorite Album

“Escape” by Journey

I’ll go with my obvious choice today. There are some great rock tracks on here, including “Keep On Runnin'” and “Escape”. There some great slow songs, such as “Open Arms”, “Still They Ride”, and “Mother, Father”. And don’t forget the iconic “Don’t Stop Believin'”

It even inspired a video game, for cryin’ out loud!

Here is the title track.

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Daily Trivia – 8/4/11

Question: In the first Police Academy movie, who did Mahoney teach to drive?


Last Question: What heavyweight was derided as “Boneclutcher,” for grabbing on to Mike Tyson in a 1987 title bout?

Answer: James “Bonecrusher” Smith

James “Bonecrusher” Smith won the WBA championship from Tim Witherspoon in December 1986. In March 1987 Smith put up his WBA belt against Tyson’s WBC belt in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of a unification tournament.
This came to be known as one of the most boring matches in boxing history. Mike Tyson kept trying to hit Smith, but Smith just kept holding him. Finally, in the last 30 seconds of the match, Smith decided to start boxing. But, it was too late. Tyson won by decision.

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Remember That Song? – 8/4/11

Do you know the artist and song, and can you complete the lyrics:

I come home in the morning light
My mother says when you gonna ____ ____ ____ _____


Yesterday’s: “Brass in Pocket” by The Pretenders

Intention I feel inventive
Gonna make you, make you, make you notice

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R.I.P. Bubba Smith – February 28, 1945 – August 3, 2011

Bubba Smith, pro football player, and best know to us ’80s fans as Moses Hightower from the Police Academy films, has passed away at the age of 66.

According to the L.A. Times, Smith was found dead Wednesday at his Los Angeles home. The L.A. County coroner’s office said it has not determined a cause of death, but officials believe he died of natural causes.

Bubba Smith appeared in all the Police Academy films except for the final one.

Smith spent nine seasons in the NFL as a defensive end. He was the first overall selection in the 1967 NFL Draft, chosen by the Baltimore Colts (he became the first African-American overall #1 to actually play in a game, as the first overall player with this distinction, Ernie Davis, died without ever playing a single down). Baltimore won Super Bowl V at the end of the 1970 season, earning Smith his only Super Bowl ring.

Bubba Smith was also in the classic Miller Lite commercials:

And here is a classic scene from Police Academy 2:

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30 Day Song Challenge: Day 18 – A Song That You Wish You Heard On the Radio

“Don’t Start Thinking (I’m Alone Tonight)” by Night Ranger

This was an extremely tough one! There are so many choices. I’ll have to do a top 10 list for this.
But for now, I will pick one of my favorite songs from one of the most underrated albums of the ’80s – “Don’t Start Thinking (I’m Alone Tonight)” from Night Ranger’s 1988 Man In Motion.

Daily Trivia – 8/3/11

Question: What heavyweight was derided as “Boneclutcher,” for grabbing on to Mike Tyson in a 1987 title bout?


Last Question: What frontman joined Duran Duran’s John and Andy Taylor to form Power Station?

Answer: Robert Palmer

Power Station was a supergroup that consisted of Robert Palmer (pre-“Addicted to Love”), former Chic (“Le Freak”) drummer Tony Thompson, and Duran Duran members John Taylor (bass) and Andy Taylor (guitar).
After Duran Duran’s third album Seven and the Ragged Tiger, the members of the band split into two projects. One of these was the band Arcadia, and the other was Power Station.

On February 16, 1985, the band performed “Some Like It Hot” and “Get It On (Bang A Gong)” on Saturday Night Live.

The band was so successful that Robert Palmer decided to take advantage of his fame, and released his solo album Riptide.

Power Station went on to tour with singer/actor Michael Des Barres (formerly of Silverhead, Checquered Past and Detective). Des Barres also performed with them at Live Aid in Philadelphia that summer.

The band folded later in 1985. The band reunited ten years later with its original members, including Palmer. In 1996, they came out with the album Living In Fear, but disbanded permanently soon after.

Both Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson died late in 2003.

Here are the band’s top 2 hits:

Some Like It Hot

Get It On (Bang a Gong)

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Remember That Song? – 8/3/11

Do you know the Artist and Song?

Intention I feel inventive
Gonna make you, make you, make you notice


Yesterday’s: “You Better You Bet” by the Who. This was both the 4th and 55th video to be aired on MTV, making it the first video to be shown more than once.

I call you on the telephone
My voice too rough with cigarettes.
I sometimes feel I should just go home
but I’m dealing with a memory that never forgets

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30 Day Song Challenge: Day 17 – A Song That You Hear Often On the Radio

“Harden My Heart” by Quarterflash

This doesn’t need to be a song you like, right? I hear this song on the radio now than I did when it first came out! It feels like it is on XM’s 80’S on 8 channel every hour. And there is a local radio station here that actually plays all 80s music on most weekends. And guess which song I always catch in the car when I put it on: