(Updated 2019) Happy Birthday To My Dad! Some Trivia Questions About Things He Knows and Loves…

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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…

  1. Cars – What Japanese automobile company manufactured the planes used in multiple Kamikaze attacks during World War 2?
  2. Cars – What does REO stand for in REO Speedwagon (the car, not the band)?
  3. 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)?
  4. 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?
  5. 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?
  6. High Schools – Within five, in what year did Huron High School in Ann Arbor open?
  7. Filmmakers – What future filmmaker founded the alternative Flint newspaper called The Flint Voice at the age of 22?
  8. 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?
  9. Automakers – What automaker has the distinction of being the first production automaker to equip cars with overhead valve engines?
  10. Coaches – Who immediately followed Bo Schembechler as University of Michigan’s head coach, starting in 1990?
  11. 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?
  12. Museums – In what U.S. state would you find the National Corvette Museum?
  13. Singers – What Scottish singer/songwriter released the 1978 album “City to City,” which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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?

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This movie came pretty close to tentacle porn territory, lol…

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