Daily Trivia – 3/16/11

Question: In Gremlins, what are the three rules of proper “Mogwai” care?

Last Question: What 1984 sci-fi movie did David Lynch direct after turning down an offer to direct Return of the Jedi?

Answer: Dune

As Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman: Big Mistake! Big! Huge!

Dune was based on the first of a series of novels by Frank Herbert. The first novel was published in 1965. For many years, different people tried to make the book into a movie. Finally, David Lynch was set to direct the movie.

When the film was released in 1984, it was a huge flop. It did not make much money, and it got horrible reviews. For example, on At The Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, Siskel began his review by saying “it’s physically ugly, it contains at least a dozen gory gross-out scenes, some of its special effects are cheap — surprisingly cheap because this film cost a reported $40-45 million — and its story is confusing beyond belief. In case I haven’t made myself clear, I hated watching this film.”

There were suppose to be sequels to the movie, but as a result of its poor commercial and critical reception, all initial plans for Dune sequels were canceled. It was reported that David Lynch was working on the screenplay for Dune Messiah and was hired to direct a second and a third Dune film. In retrospect, Lynch acknowledged he should never have directed Dune.

Ronald Reagan Centennial – 1984 Landslide Election

In the 1984 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan ran against Democrat Walter Mondale. Mondale did not stand much of a chance. The country doing better since Reagan became president. The economy was better, and the U.S. athletes had just dominated the 1984 Olympics that were held in Los Angeles. The country was in a much better mood than when the 1980 election took place.
Mondale did not help himself when he made his acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention and said, “Let’s tell the truth. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won’t tell you. I just did.”
One interesting move was selecting Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York as his running mate, making her the first woman nominated for that position by a major party.
Reagan was the oldest president to have ever served (he was by this point 73), and there were many questions about him being able to serve another term. And he did not have a good first debate. He referred to having started going to church “here in Washington”, although the debate was in Louisville, Kentucky, referred to military uniforms as “wardrobe,” and admitted to being “confused,” among other mistakes. However, Reagan made an amazing recovery in the next debate, and had one of the greatest quotes in debate history – “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” Even Mondale found himslef laughing.

Reagan was re-elected on November 6, winning 49 states. Mondale was only able to win his own state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia. Even in Minnesota, he had only won by 3800, meaning Reagan came within 3800 votes of winning all fifty states.

As of 2011, the 1984 election was the last time that a Republican presidential candidate won the states of Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Daily Trivia – 3/15/11

Question: What 1984 sci-fi movie did David Lynch direct after turning down an offer to direct Return of the Jedi?

Last Question: In Superman III, who played computer genius “Gus Gorman”?

Answer: Richard Pryor

Well, it was better than Superman IV. The late Richard Pryor played Gus Gorman, a bumbling computer genius. This Superman movie did not have Lex Luthor in it. Instead, it had Robert Vaughn as the multi-millionaire villain. I thought it was funny seeing Vaughn shilling for a local law office – d’Oliveira & Morgan. Then while watching TV in another state, he was in another law office commercial. What the hell?!

Superman III also starred Annette O’Toole as Lana Lang – Clark Kent’s first love. Now she has starred in Smallville as Clark Kent’s mother, Martha Kent. I haven’t seen Superman III since Smallville has been on the air, so I’m not sure if I would be freaked out or not.

Daily Trivia – 3/14/11

Question: In Superman III, who played computer genius “Gus Gorman”?

Last Question: On Miami Vice, what pop singer played “Crockett’s” wife from 1987 to 1988?

Answer: Sheena Easton

Sheena Eason, the pop star from Scotland, played a singer named Caitlin Davies whom Sonny Crockett was assigned to protect in Miami Vice. Sheena Easton played Caitlin fro 5 episodes as Sonny and Caitlin got married.
Then Frank Hackman, an old Crockett enemy was loose. During a shootout, Hackman’s wife was killed (as it turned out by Hackman himself), and sought revenge on Crockett, so he disguised himself as a member of the light crew on Caitlin’s music tour. He used a laser rifle to shoot Caitlin dead in Crockett’s arms. Later, it was found that the surprise Caitlin tried to tell Crockett but never could was she was six weeks pregnant with their child, which sent Crockett into a drunken rage and he tracked Hackman down and killed him in cold blood, thus beginning Crockett’s gradual descent into his alter-ego, Sonny Burnett.

Hits of Phil Collins – Horrible and Great

Since Phil Collins announced his retirement this week, let’s take a look back at some of his hits. To me, his music could be polarizing. Overall, I loved his music. After all, I did rank him as the #1 ’80s solo artist who had been in a successful ’80s band. But, some of his music was way way way overplayed. I pretty much love all of his Genesis work.

So, I present to you my list of the best and worst solo hits.

We’ll start off with the Bad:

5. Sussudio

This song was the first single released off of Collins’ third album, No Jacket Required. I did like it when it first came out. But just the name of the song started to irritate me. What the hell does it even mean?! It’s not even a friggin’ word! Even trying to find out what it means is irritating. Some sources say that it was just a word Collins used to fit the rhythm of the song, then ended up leaving it in. Apparently, other sources say that Collins said on VH1 Storytellers that “Sussudio” is an imaginary girl’s name. The song is about having a crush on someone when young. He used “Sussudio” as a name to symbolize any girl. So, maybe it’s a combination of both answers. Your guess is as good as mine. I already spent too much time and energy on it. So here’s the video:

4. Another Day in Paradise

This 1989 song was the first single off of Phil’s …But Seriously album. But Seriously, this song was on the radio and MTV constantly. It was too boring for me, and it was getting shoved into my ears. Ugh!

3. I Wish It Would Rain Down

This was the second song off of …But Seriously. See above. Eric Clapton plays guitar on the song, so I guess I’m suppose to like it. But, I don’t so I guess I don’t know anything about music. So, here is 8:35 of magic:

2. In The Air Tonight

This was Phil Collins’ first hit. This is another song I’m suppose to like – but don’t. When it comes on, I actually forget that it’s playing. The quick little drum part 3:16 into the song wakes me up – then I fall back asleep. Collins wrote this about the anger he felt after divorcing his first wife Andrea in 1979. He did not witness somebody drowning. It is an urban legend. Here is a quote from Phil Collins:

“I don’t know what this song is about. When I was writing this I was going through a divorce. And the only thing I can say about it is that it’s obviously in anger. It’s the angry side, or the bitter side of a separation. So what makes it even more comical is when I hear these stories which started many years ago, particularly in America, of someone come up to me and say, ‘Did you really see someone drowning?’ I said, ‘No, wrong’. And then every time I go back to America the story gets Chinese whispers, it gets more and more elaborate. It’s so frustrating, ‘cos this is one song out of all the songs probably that I’ve ever written that I really don’t know what it’s about, you know.

1. Two Hearts

This song came from the 1988 Phil Collins movie Buster. In my opinion, when it came out, this was the most overplayed song in the history of music. Well, at least out of all Phil Collins music. When it first came out, I actually bought the 45. I may have only had to play it once. Then it was on nonstop on the radio and on TV. I am still sick of it 23 years later!

A Groovy Kind Of Love

This one is in between for me. This song was overplayed, but I didn’t get sick of it too much:

And here are my favorites:

5. Easy Lover

I love this song, which Phil Collins sings with Earth, Wind and Fire’s Philip Bailey. It is a fun song, and they sound good together. The song appeared on Bailey’s solo album Chinese Wall.

4. Don’t Lose My Number

This song came off of Collins’ No Jacket Required album. I like the pace of the song. It’s not annoying like “Sussudio”. Everybody says that the drums are greatin “In the Air Tonight”, but I think they are even better here.

Against All Odds

I guess I’m kind of contradicting myself here as far as overplayed songs are concerned. But, for some reason I never got sick of this one, and I still like it. Here is Phil’s Live Aid performance:

2. Separate Lives

This is probably one of my favorite duets ever. This 1985 song that Collins performed with Marilyn Martin came from the White Nights soundtrack. It sounds just as good today as it did 26 years ago.

1. Disney’s Tarzan songs – Strangers Like Me/Two Worlds/You’ll Be in My Heart

I know – sacrilege – these aren’t ’80s songs! But I do love these songs – especially “You’ll Be in My Heart”. After what seemed like an eternity between solo projects, Phil Collins wrote the songs for this movie. It just feels like he put a lot of heart into these songs. It’s too bad he didn’t continue on with this success.
Phil, you will be missed! But, your music will live on forever.

Strangers Like Me

Two Worlds

You’ll Be In My Heart

Daily Trivia – 3/11/11

Question: On Miami Vice, what pop singer played “Crockett’s” wife from 1987 to 1988?

Last Question: Can you name the two 1987 movies that starred future governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura?

Answer: Predator and Running Man

Jesse Ventura has had anything but a boring life. He was part of an Underwater Demolition Team in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a bodyguard for The Rolling Stones for a short time. Then he went into professional wrestling and had a successful career. He had to stop wrestling in 1984 due to blood clots in his lungs, which he believed were a result of his exposure to Agent Orange during his time in Vietnam.
He became a wrestling announcer after that, and he was very entertaining.
In 1990, Ventura took advice from a former high school teacher and ran for mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota in 1990. He defeated the city’s 25-year incumbent mayor and served from 1991 to 1995.

In 1998, Ventura ran for governor of Minnesota as an independent and won. He only stayed for one term because of the media’s affect on his family.

Currently, Ventura and his wife live in Mexico, “There are no newspapers down where I live. Where I live, I’m an hour from pavement and an hour from electricity..I’m completely off the grid.”

Ventura costarred in two Arnold Schwarzenegger movies in 1987 – Predator (released June 12), and The Running Man (released November 13).

In 2003, California had a recall election which resulted in Governor Gray Davis being removed from office. There were many people that were in the running to replace him – including several celebrities. Arnold Schwarzenegger won the election. In 2006, he ran for re-election. Despite a poor year nationally for the Republican party, Schwarzenegger won re-election with 56.0% of the vote. Due to term limits, Schwarzenegger is no longer governor.

According to a web site called The Arnold Fans, Schwarzenegger revealed that he was being courted for more than fifteen films, including sequels to The Terminator, remakes of Predator and The Running Man, and a film about a comic book character that he will announce in late March or early April.

New Journey Album and Tour Coming This Summer!

There’s very exciting news for fellow Journey fans. They are releasing a new album – Eclipse – on May 24 in the U.S. and Canada. Like their last album, Revelation, it will be sold exclusively at WalMart stores. And they will be touring with two other groups that I love – Foreigner and Night Ranger! Here is the press release from Journey:

JOURNEY, one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, is gearing up to unleash their latest album of brand new material, Eclipse. The album will be released in the U.S. and Canada on May 24 exclusively at Walmart and beginning June 3 in Europe on Frontiers Records. To follow the release of Eclipse, Journey will launch the “Eclipse Tour” with Foreigner, and special guest Night Ranger, beginning July 21 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT. Fans can expect to hear new songs from Eclipse as well as classics such as Don’t Stop Believin’, Any Way You Want It, Faithfully, Lights, Separate Ways, Wheel In The Sky, and many more. The “Eclipse Tour” dates are listed below.
“I’m in love with this record, which I haven’t said about one of our albums for a long time,” says founding member and lead guitarist, Neal Schon. “It’s a rock record and it sounds amazing.” Commenting on the upcoming tour, Schon continued, “We’ve got a lot of hits to play and there’s plenty of time to do some new stuff too, so we’re gonna mix it up. We haven’t toured with Foreigner for over 10 years, so we’re really looking forward to this run.”
Tickets for “The Eclipse Tour” go on sale beginning Friday March 11, at all the usual online, phone and physical retail outlets, including select Walmart Ticketmaster locations across the country. Check www.journeymusic.com for complete ticket onsale information.
Journey has once again teamed up with iloveallaccess.com to offer their fans a variety of VIP ticket packages. For more details go to www.journeymusic.com.
In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, keyboardist Jonathan Cain recently described Eclipse as “a concept record with some spiritual themes to it…pretty tough, hard-hitting stuff.” Jonathan continued, “We just felt like it was time to send a message to the world about how we feel about life in general.”
Journey toured the world for two years in support of their 2008 release, Revelation. More than a million fans attended the shows, and welcomed new lead singer Arnel Pineda. Completing the Journey lineup is Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals) and Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Revelation marked the band’s biggest first week’s sales in more than a decade, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 in June 2008 and taking the top spot on the Independent Albums chart. Revelation earned the band their 11th Platinum album certification to date, leading The New York Times to declare that “the band…feels alive.”
Since its formation in 1973, Journey has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums. The band’s Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders. The group also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.
For more information, visit www.journeymusic.com.

Tour Dates:

* July 21: Salt Lake City, UT (Rio Tinto Stadium)
* July 23: Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
* July 24: Phoenix, AZ (Desert Sky Pavilion)
* July 27: Maryland Heights, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
* July 30: Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
* July 31: Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
* August 02: Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Blossom Music Center)
* August 03: Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
* August 05: Columbus, OH (Crew Stadium, Ohio State Fair)
* August 06: Noblesville, IN (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
* August 10: Darien Center, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
* August 13: Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
* August 16: Hartford, CT (Comcast Theatre)
* August 17: Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
* August 19: Virginia Beach, VA (Virginia Beach Amphitheater)
* August 20: Raleigh, NC (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek)
* August 21: Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte)
* August 24: Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
* August 27: Burgettstown, PA (First Niagara Pavilion)
* August 30: Syracuse, NY (New York State Fair)
* August 31: Allentown, PA (The Great Allentown Fair)
* September 02: Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center*)
* September 10: New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Arena)
* September 16: Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood)
* September 17: Tampa, FL (1-800 Ask-Gary Amphitheatre)
* September 18: West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
* September 24: Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
* September 25: The Woodlands, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
* September 28: Kansas City, MO (Starlight Theatre)
* October 01: Englewood, CO (Comfort Dental Amphitheatre)
* October 07: Chula Vista, CA (Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre)
* October 14: Wheatland, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
* October 15: Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
* October 19: Portland, OR (Rose Garden Arena)
* October 21: Seattle, WA (KeyArena

Daily Trivia – 3/10/11

Question: Can you name the two 1987 movies that starred future governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura?

Last Question: On Valerie, who played the family matriarch after actress Valerie Harper left the show?

Answer: Sandy Duncan

Valerie first aired in March of 1986, and starred Valerie Harper as Valerie Hogan, a mother trying to juggle both her career and the raising of her three sons while her husband, an airline pilot, was seldom around. For the first two seasons, the show was called Valerie. By the end of the second season, the show was a big hit. The producers then decided that they wanted to focus more attention on the young cast members – fraternal twin sons Willie (Danny Ponce) and Mark (Jeremy Licht), and especially David (Jason Bateman). Bateman was becoming a teen heartthrob.

Previously, when Valerie Harper and her boyfriend Tony Cacciotti had control of the show, it had “smart realistic humor”. Now the new producers wanted to have more family-oriented slapstick stories. Harper and Cacciotti disagreed with this decision, and they were fighting during the 1987 hiatus. Harper was dismissed and her character was written out of the show as having died in a car accident. I guess they really didn’t want her back! At least she didn’t go on any rants that included “Winning!” and “Tiger blood”. But, Harper did take the producers to court for breach of contract. In late summer 1988, Harper won the case, and she was awarded $1.4 million in damages.

When the 1987 – 1988 season premiere aired, the show was retitled Valerie’s Family: The Hogans. The time-line for this third season began 6 month’s after Valerie’s death. NBC’s decision to continue the series without Valerie Harper was controversial at the time. But the show survived and continued on for three more years. Taking Harper’s place in the household was Sandy Duncan as Michael’s sister, Sandy, who had moved in with her brother to help the family in their time of loss. She took a job as a guidance counselor at the high school the boys attended following her recent divorce. Next-door neighbor, Mrs. Poole (Edie McClurg) became a more regular character, and was a major scene-stealer.

At the end of the third season, Harper’s lawsuit continued, and the network dropped Valerie’s name from the title completely. The show was retitled The Hogan Family.

In 1990, NBC canceled the series due to declining ratings. However, CBS picked up the series. That December, CBS also canceled the series due to dismal ratings. There were 4 unaired episodes that were filmed at that point. CBS aired the final episodes in July of 1991.

The theme song, “Together Through the Years,” was performed by Roberta Flack and composed by Charles Fox. The lyrics were written by Stephen Geyer.

Daily Trivia – 3/9/11

Question: On Valerie, who played the family matriarch after actress Valerie Harper left the show?

Last Question: What East German figure skater beat world champion Rosalynn Sumners to win gold in the 1984 Olympic Games?

Answer: Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, first in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the second in 1988 at the Calgary Olympics. She narrowly won the 1984 Olympic title over the favored contender, reigning World champion Rosalynn Sumners of the United States. Witt and Sumners held the top two spots heading into the Olympic free skate, which were worth 50% of the total score. Witt landed three triple jumps in her free skate program, and the judges left room for Sumners to win the event, but Sumners scaled back two of her jumps, and Witt won the long program by one tenth of a point on one judge’s scorecard.

After the 1988 Olympics, Witt became a professional skater. In 1995, she was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In December 1998, Witt posed nude for Playboy magazine. The issue in which these photos were published was the second ever sold-out issue of the magazine. (The first sold-out issue was the inaugural one including photos of Marilyn Monroe.)

Currently, Witt is the bid head for Munich’s bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2018.

Here is Katarina’s 1984 Olympic performance:

And here is her 1988 performance:

Daily Trivia – 3/8/11

Question: What East German figure skater beat world champion Rosalynn Sumners to win gold in the 1984 Olympic Games?

Last Question: In 1986, who became the first female president of the Philippines?

Answer: Corazon Aquino

In 1986 Corazon Aquino ran against the unpopular Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippine presidential election.

In the last week of November 1985, Marcos surprised the nation by announcing on American television that he will hold a snap presidential election in February 1986, in order to dispel and remove doubts against his regime’s legitimacy and authority.

Aquino, whose husband (Ninoy Aquino) was a popular senator that was assassinated in 1983, was reluctant to run. However, one million signatures urging her to run for president were presented to her. Eventually, she decided to run.

Marcos did not help himself when he said that Corazon that she was “just a woman” whose place was in the bedroom. She responded by saying “may the better woman win in this election.”
The election was held on February 7, 1986 and was marred by massive electoral fraud, violence, and intimidation. There may have been election rigging, and the allies of the ruling party declared Marcos the winner. In protest to the declaration of the Philippine parliament, Aquino called for a rally dubbed “Tagumpay ng Bayan” (People’s Victory Rally) the following day, during which she claimed that she was the real winner in the election and urged Filipinos to boycott the products and services by companies controlled or owned by Marcos’ cronies.

After weeks of tension following the disputed outcome of the snap election, disgruntled and reformist military officers, led by then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and General Fidel V. Ramos, surprised the entire nation and the whole world when they announced their defection from President Marcos and their strong belief that Aquino was the real winner in the presidential election on February 22, 1986.

Finally, to the amazement and admiration of the entire world, after twenty years of martial rule, Ferdinand Marcos was driven out from power and Corazon Aquino was formally and peacefully sworn in as the new president of a freed and liberated Philippines on February 25, 1986, a historic event which is now known and remembered as the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

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