My dad, a homemade hand puppet, and me; circa 1980. Ugh…those floral slip covers!
My dad is celebrating his 70th birthday today, so as a special tribute, I’m going to do a very special set of trivia questions that are all about people, places and things about which he is knowledgeable – or at least very, very interested in. He worked in the car-making biz for three different companies during his career (two of them are “Big Three”), so as you can guess, cars are going to make up a bulk of the question topics!
Sorry no answers! I wrote this quiz a year ago and don’t remember all of the answers…
- Cars – What Japanese automobile company manufactured the planes used in multiple Kamikaze attacks during World War 2?
- Cars – What does REO stand for in REO Speedwagon (the car, not the band)?
- College Football – What team did the University of Michigan lose to in the 1977 Rose Bowl (which probably made my dad super sad because he traveled out there to watch it)?
- Bumper Stickers – “(Blank)” is a Pecker” was an anti-Ohio state bumper sticker that some U of M fans had on their cars in the 1970s. What person’s name fills in the blank?
- Athletes – Who set a record for the 440-yard run in 1942, was selected as an All American in 1943 and went on to serve as lead broadcaster for University of Michigan football? Bonus – how many years did he serve as lead broadcaster?
- High Schools – Within five, in what year did Huron High School in Ann Arbor open?
- Filmmakers – What future filmmaker founded the alternative Flint newspaper called The Flint Voice at the age of 22?
- Actresses – What blonde actress, who wore cornrows in a 1979 Blake Edwards film, appeared on the March, 1980 cover of Playboy, which is considered one of the most valuable editions of all time?
- Automakers – What automaker has the distinction of being the first production automaker to equip cars with overhead valve engines?
- Coaches – Who immediately followed Bo Schembechler as University of Michigan’s head coach, starting in 1990?
- Companies – What company known primarily for making boat engines also produced the engines for Corvette ZR-1 models during the late 1980s and early 1990s?
- Museums – In what U.S. state would you find the National Corvette Museum?
- Singers – What Scottish singer/songwriter released the 1978 album “City to City,” which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts?
- Hit songs – Name either of the two highest-charting songs by the Four Seasons, both of which peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Name both for a “nerd” bonus point.
- Hit Songs Part Deux – Name two of the three songs by the Beach Boys to have hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts during the decade of the 1960s. Name a third for a bonus point.
- Film Quotes – In what 1999 sci-fi/comedy film does a character played by Sam Rockwell exclaim “That’s not right” after seeing a woman reveal octopus-like tentacles?