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FRIDAY NIGHT TRIVIA ANSWERS
FRIDAY MARCH 25, 2011
The Lunar landing was the most watched TV program of the sixties. What was #2? Tiny Tiim’s wedding to Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show, also in 1969.
As television became more popular, motion picture gross receipts topped out in 1946 at a record $1.65 billion in record receipts. That record held until 1974. It was still the case that less people were going to the movies in ’74 than in ’46 but ticket prices were much higher, so the total gross was as good as it hade ver gotten. The industry wondered whether people were becoming disenfranchised with TV, but it was more likely due to 2 block buster movies. The Exorcist and this one. What one? The Sting.
In 1980, an experimental drug was believed to be a potent weapon against tooth decay. But the drug wasn’t originally being tested for anything dental. The hope was it would combat this. What? Obesity.
In 1970 the government sued the 4 major auto manufacturers charging they violated anti-trust provisions by colluding over this. What did the feds think car manufacturers jointly did? Delayed the development or installation of improved air-pollution controls.
In 1966 agreement was reached to build the world’s largest nuclear fueled desalination plant. It would cost $435 million and take 5 years to build, but would provide 150 million gallons of water a day. Where was it being built? Los Angeles. (It never came to pass but the idea is still being floated.)
FRIDAY MARCH 4, 2011
Two luxury sports models were introduced in the 1963 lineup of cars. Riviera and what? Avanti.
In 1977, the major networks, CBS, ABC, NBC were in a frenzied battle for tv ratings. The contest produced a runaway blockbuster. What was it? Roots
The plot of this 1977 box office smash was less responsible for the movies success than the work of the stuntmen on it. What movie? Smokey & The Bandit.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2011
His was one of the summer of 1998’s most anticipated box office hopefuls. It had a great opening weekend and then it totally tanked. What was it? Godzilla.
Meanwhile this movie got poor reviews, but it turned out to be the most successful summer film of 1998. What was it? Armegeddon.
The first nine months of 1998 broke record sales for every car manufacturer, except two. Name one: Saturn & Mazda.
This low-budget film became the surprise hit of 1999. What was it? The Blair Witch Project.
Jaws was cited in 1975 as contributing to the decline of this. What? Star power. (None of the stars, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw nor Roy Scheider was particularly well known. By comparison movies by Robert Redford and Paul Newman did terribly.)
In 1983, the US auto industry began to recover. Increased profits were mainly due to this. What? Cost cutting measures (Dozens of plants were closed and thousands of jobs were lost.)
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2011
The movie industry in 1970 tried to lure younger viewers with a flood of movies aimed at them—none of them were successful including half a dozen dealing sympathetically with campus revolts. Sex was also selling less in ’70. The sequel to “I Am Curious Yellow,” “I Am Curious Blue,” went nowhere. “Love Story” did well, but there was a runaway top grosser though, and it surprised the major studio heads as it was little more than an old fashioned melodrama. What was it? Airport.
FRIDAY JANUARY 28, 2011
For the 1968 car line, only one car model was completely eliminated. What was it? AMC Marlin.
As of January 1, 1969 every car manufacturer was required to include this item with each vehicle. What? Headrests.
Three movies were critically acclaimed in 1994, but the audience passed. Name one: Quiz Show (Robert Redford), Shawshank Redemption (Morgan Freeman), Crooklyn (Spike Lee)
Jaws was the only blockbuster movie of 1975, but what a blockbuster. In addition to the Alfred Hitchcock-esque technique of shock and surprise, two well known literary works were cited as its inspiration. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick of course and what else? Henrik Ibsen’s “An Emeny Of The People.”
A deal was struck in the early ‘80s to reopen a closed car plant. Two companies combined forces in the deal. Which two? GM and Toyota made a deal to manufacture there.
In 1954, this was considered the major invention of the year. What? Solar battery (which changes sunlight into electricity developed by Bell Telephone Laboratories).
Engineers and scientists predicted in 1973 that 3 things would need to be done before the energy crisis eased. One was relaxing environmental standards. Another was research and development program. The third was accepting the urgency of implanting this. What? Nuclear power.
FRIDAY JANUARY 14, 2011
In 1993, it was expected that this American concept car would soon be marketed. It would take a few years before it appeared, and even then sales were low in the less than half a dozen years it was produced. But a lot of advertising accompanied it. What was it? The Prowler
In 1993, the Japanese hit the wall. As American cars made a comeback, cars made in Japan were in a horrible slump here. Honda dropped 11%, even closed some plants. Why were Japanese cars in trouble in the USA? The decline of the US dollar against the Yen made them a lot pricier.
This was General Motors’ significant new product in 1992. What? The Dual Overhead Camshaft 32 Valve Northstar V-8 Engine.
In 1970, for the first time ever, this car maker designed a car for Russia. It sold for the equivalent of $6,000 US and was a four seater. What car maker? Fiat.
1994 was a year of monumental achievements and notable disappointments for the movie industry. Forest Gump and The Lion King broke records, but there were five big expensive flops. Name one: Wyatt Earp, I’ll Do Anything, Ed Wood, I Love Trouble & Love Affair.
FRIDAY JANUARY 7, 2011
In 1972, there was only one blockbuster movie, The Godfather, but another film was praised for its innovation. It was said it ushered in a new direction in movies of its genre. Like The Godfather, it had an R rating, but the similarities ended there. What movie? Cabaret, a musical starring Liza Minelli and Joel Gray.
1972 saw the motion picture industry’s first X rated film in this genre. What genre and what movie? Cartoon / Fritz The Cat.
1982 was one of the worst years for US automakers on record to that point. Only one car exceeded its 1981 production figures. Which one? AMC’s Renault Alliance.
Auto sales were so bad in 1982, that GM did this. Did what? Sponsored a sweepstakes.In the US in 1980 a brand of this product was recalled because if a few cases it actually killed people. What brand? Rely Tampons.
Want to see previoustrivia answers? 2010 is here. June - December 2009 is here. As for everything prior to that, they're buried in the blogs, generally under a Saturday entry. (Click on "Blog" on the navigation bar and start scrolling backwards. You should easily find another year's worth, though it won't be worth the effort.)