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Robin Williams

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, listen as Debi talks about comedy legend Robin Williams. Find out about his childhood, his career, and his untimely death. In this episode you’ll get ten trivia questions about Robin Williams’ movies plus lots of fun facts. Find out why one man got fired from his job for watching a Robin Williams movie on the job.

From the Episode:

  1. Jimmy Fallon’s Tribute to Robin Williams:

2. Robin Williams wins a Special Achievement Award at the Golden Globes:

3. See Photos from Robin Williams’ Yearbooks

4. The Trailer for the Documentary Robin Williams Come Inside My Mind

You can find Trivia Rewind wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Ron Howard

Season 2 – Episode 2

Many people think of the cute little freckled boy Opie Taylor when they hear the name Ron Howard. Today he’s known for so much more. Back in the day, little Ronny Howard was a household name for his role on The Andy Griffith Show. Today he’s known as an award winning director of some highly acclaimed films.

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, you’ll get a look at how it all started for Ron Howard. Along the way learn some fun facts about this Hollywood nice guy. You’ll also get ten trivia questions about movies that Ron Howard directed. Do you have a favorite Ron Howard movie? Maybe it’s on our list!

You can listen to this episode of Trivia Rewind wherever you listen to podcasts. Just search for Trivia Rewind on your favorite podcast platform. You can also find Trivia Rewind on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Thanks for listening!

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Steve Martin – A Wild and Crazy Guy

Season 2 – Episode 1

Season 2 of Trivia Rewind kicks off with an episode all about one of America’s favorite actors, Steve Martin. Listen as I give you a little history on this comedian and tell you what he’s up to today.

In this episode find out about his first job and how much it would influence his career in comedy. If you think Steve Martin is just an actor, you’re wrong. You won’t believe all the talents this guy has. In addition to all the fun facts, I’ll give you ten trivia questions about movies that Steve Martin has been in. Find out if your favorite is on the list. I’ll finish this episode with a few more fun facts about Steve one of which I bet you had no idea about.

If you’re interested in finding out about Steve’s tour dates as well as his latest updates, visit his website!

Here’s a peek at the upcoming Hulu Original where Steve Martin stars alongside Martin Short and Selena Gomez.

You can find Trivia Rewind wherever you listen to podcasts. If you’d like to suggest a show topic, email me at triviarewind@gmail.com. You can also find Trivia Rewind on TikTok, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Fun Facts, Trivia or Both

As I am preparing for season two of Trivia Rewind (which will start in August), I wanted to take a listener poll. If you could take the time to answer the question below, I’d appreciate it. I’m looking forward to bringing you a fresh new season of the show.

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50th Episode Extravaganza

It’s hard to believe this is the 50th episode of Trivia Rewind. I thought it would be fun for the 50th episode to do something special.  So, I’m going to give you 50, yes 50 trivia questions from the past 50 episodes.  Because there are 50 trivia questions, I’m going to omit the fun facts. But the cool part is, if you want to hear fun facts about the question, all you have to do is go back and listen to the episode the question came from. Below, you will find the transcript to the show. At the end of each question and answer section, I will post which episode you can find the question on.

This is the last episode in Season 1 of Trivia Rewind.  I will be taking a several week hiatus and then I’ll be back with Season 2 of Trivia Rewind where I’ll bring you more television and film trivia and facts. If there’s a topic you’d like to see on Trivia Rewind, email me at triviarewind@gmail.com.   Don’t forget you can find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Thanks again for listening!


TRANSCRIPT: Trivia Rewind Episode 50 – 50th Episode Extravaganza

[00:00:00] Hi, welcome to the 50th episode of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. First off, I need to say thank you to each and every listener. Because of you, I keep writing these episodes each week. I thought it would be fun for the 50th episode to do something special. So I’m going to give you 50, yes 50 trivia questions from the past 50 episodes. 

[00:00:40] Because there are 50 trivia questions, I’m going to omit the fun facts. But the cool part is if you want to hear fun facts about the question, all you have to do is go back and listen to the episode that the question came from. If you visit triviarewind.com, I will post all the questions [00:01:00] and let you know which episode the question came from.

[00:01:03] So here’s how this episode will work. I will read each question one time, pause a few seconds, and then give you the answer. Stick around to the very end and find out about season two of Trivia Rewind. So if you’re ready, let’s get started with question one. In Beverly Hills Cop, what is the name of Eddie Murphy’s character? The answer is Axel Foley.  EPISODE: MOVIE THEMED TRIVIA

[00:01:36] Question two. In 2019, which series, an adaptation of the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series? The answer is Game of Thrones. EPISODE: EMMY AWARD WINNING TV SHOWS

[00:01:55] Question three. In the 1975 movie Jaws, [00:02:00] what was the name of the resort town where the story took place? The answer is Amity Island. EPISODE: STEVEN SPIELBERG MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:02:09] Question four. In the 1995 movie Toy Story, what is the name of the restaurant that Andy and his family go to and which toy does Andy take with him? Well, the name of the restaurant was Pizza Planet and the toy Andy takes with him is Woody.  EPISODE: PIXAR ANIMATION MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:02:30] Question five. In the 2008 movie Iron Man, what is the name of Tony Stark’s AI system and for a bonus challenge, what is it an acronym for? The AI system is named Jarvis and it’s an acronym for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.  EPISODE: MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:02:54] Question six. What movie is this quote from? “I [00:03:00] feel the need, the need for speed.” That quote comes from Tom Cruise’s character Maverick in the hit movie Top Gun.  EPISODE: HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM

[00:03:11] Question seven. What 1982 series featured an artificially intelligent black car named KITT and what was KITT an acronym for? The show was Knight Rider and KITT stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand.  EPISODE: 1980’s TV SHOW TRIVIA

[00:03:33] Question eight. What movie is this quote from? “You gonna eat your tots?” This quote is said by Napoleon in the movie Napoleon Dynamite.  EPISODE: ROADS, WHERE WE’RE GOING WE DON’T NEED ROADS

[00:03:46] Question nine. At the Cobra Kai Dojo in the Karate Kid Film, sensei John Kreese reminds the students they study the Way of the Fist. What is the Way of the [00:04:00] Fist, a phrase the students repeat? That phrase was Strike First. Strike Hard. No Mercy.  EPISODE: THE KARATE KID MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:04:10] Question 10. The TV show All in the Family discussed many controversial topics and the character Archie Bunker was always at odds with his son-in-law nicknamed what? His nickname was Meathead.  EPISODE: 1970’s TV SHOW TRIVIA

[00:04:27] Question 11. What TV show is this quote from? “Friends don’t lie.” That quote is said by the character Eleven on the show Stranger Things. EPISODE: ROADS, WHERE WE’RE GOING WE DON’T NEED ROADS

[00:04:41] Question 12 .In what 1992 movie does character Jimmy Dougan say “There’s no crying in baseball.” Well, that movie was A League of Their Own.  EPISODE: SPORTS MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:04:56] Question 13. What [00:05:00] TV series is this quote from? “The truth is out there.” This quote comes from the show, The X-Files.  EPISODE: THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID

[00:05:10] Question 14. Which Peanuts character was the only one to actually believe in the Great Pumpkin? That was Linus.  EPISODE: IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN Charlie Brown

[00:05:23] Question 15. What movie is this quote from? “Would it be indecent to ask the grandparents to stay at a hotel?” That was said by Audrey Griswold in the 1989 movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  EPISODE: CHRISTMAS TV SPECIALS + CHRISTMAS MOVIE QUOTES

[00:05:42] Question 16. In the 1980s psychological horror film, The Shining, Wendy finds a huge stack of paper where Jack has typed one phrase over and over. What was that phrase? That [00:06:00] phrase was “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  EPISODE: HORROR MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:06:06] Question 17. What movie is this quote from? “Remember who you are.” This quote is from the movie The Lion King.  EPISODE: REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

[00:06:20] Question 18. What is the name of the 1983 movie that features a super computer known as WOPR that types out the words, “Shall we play a game?” That movie was War Games and WOPR stands for War Operation Plan Response.  EPISODE: 1980’s BRAT PACK MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:06:45] Question 19. Which product used the slogan “Mikey likes it,” when advertising on TV? That slogan goes with Life Cereal.  EPISODE: TV COMMERCIAL TRIVIA

[00:07:00] [00:07:00] Question 20. Which film character said this line? “Don’t everybody thank me at once.” The person that said that was Han Solo.  EPISODE: USE THE FORCE, LUKE

[00:07:13] Question 21. In the 1999 film Big Daddy, Adam Sandler’s character Sonny Kofax works one day a week doing what? He is a toll booth attendant.  EPISODE: ADAM SANDLER MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:07:29] Question 22. In the 1966 animated TV special Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what is the name of the Grinch’s dog? Well, his dog’s name was Max.  EPISODE: CHRISTMAS TV SPECIALS + CHRISTMAS MOVIE QUOTES

[00:07:45] Question 23. In the film Elf, what is the name of the department store where Buddy gets a job? That department store was Gimbels. EPISODE: ELF MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:08:00] [00:07:59] Question 24. In the film It’s a Wonderful Life, what is the name of the town where the story takes place? It takes place in Bedford Falls, New York.  EPISODE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

[00:08:14] Question 25. In Die Hard, what does John McClain write on his arm? He writes the names of the terrorists. EPISODE: IS DIE HARD A CHRISTMAS MOVIE?

[00:08:26] Question 26. “My neighbors are mad at me because I won’t put the plastic Frosty on our roof. My wife feels like she has to hide in our house because the neighbors won’t leave us alone about it. Why am I being so stubborn about this neighborhood tradition? What movie am I in? Well, that movie was Christmas With the Kranks.  EPISODE: NAME THE CHRISTMAS MOVIE

[00:08:51] Question 27. In Back to the Future, what is the name of the town where Marty McFly lives? [00:09:00] Well, the town he lives in is called Hill Valley.  EPISODE: BACK TO THE FUTURE

[00:09:05] Question 28. In E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, what is the name of Elliott’s sister? Her name is Gertie. EPISODE: E.T.: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL

[00:09:20] Question 29. In the 2013 film Monsters University, what is the name of the fraternity that Mike and Sully reluctantly join? That fraternity was Oozma Kappa.  EPISODE: DISNEY PIXAR ANIMATION MOVIE TRIVIA PART 2

[00:09:37] Question 30. What is the name of the dog on the classic TV series, The Brady bunch? His name was Tiger.  EPISODE: FAMOUS TV PETS

[00:09:48] Question 31. In the 2010 post-apocalyptic western film The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington’s character is in possession of what [00:10:00] book? He is carrying the last remaining copy of the Bible.  EPISODE: DENZEL WASHINGTON MOVIES

[00:10:06] Question 32. In the series, the Mandalorian, what is the birth name of the character known as the Mandalorian? His name is Din Djarin.  EPISODE: THE MANDALORIAN – Star Wars AND BABY YODA

[00:10:21] Question 33. Which product uses the slogan “Can you hear me now,” when advertising on television? That line comes from a 2001 Verizon advertising campaign. EPISODE: SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS AND ADVERTISING SLOGANS

[00:10:37] Question 34. In the eighties cartoon Inspector Gadget, who leads the criminal organization that Inspector Gadget tries to stop? Well, that bad guy’s name is Dr. Claw.  EPISODE: CARTOONS OF THE 1980’s

[00:10:54] Question 35. On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, what was [00:11:00] the name of Betty White’s character? Her character was Sue Ann Nivens, the Happy Homemaker.  EPISODE: BETTY WHITE

[00:11:10] Question 36. In what 2008 film does Jeremy Renner play Sergeant first-class William James, the new team leader for a U.S. Army explosive ordinance disposal unit in the Iraq war? That film was The Hurt Locker.  EPISODE: BEST PICTURE OSCAR WINNERS 1990’s – 2010’s

[00:11:31] Question 37. In season three of The Brady Bunch, Marsha is the president of her school’s fan club for which musician? That was for Davy Jones.  EPISODE: THE BRADY BUNCH

[00:11:47] Question 38. On The Love Boat, a series that started in the 1970s, what was the name of the ship’s bartender? That popular [00:12:00] bartender was Isaac Washington. EPISODE: TV RERUNS – SHOWS FROM THE 50’s – 90’s

[00:12:03] Question 39. In The Sound of Music, when Nazi troops catch the Von Trapps pushing their car away from the house in the dark of night, where does Captain Von Trapp say they are going? He said they’re on their way to perform in the Salzburg Festival.  EPISODE: THE SOUND OF MUSIC

[00:12:24] Question 40. What is the name of the police show from the 1970s that focused on two detectives that had a bright red Ford Gran Torino with two white vector stripes on the sides? The name of that series was Starsky and Hutch.  EPISODE: TV COP SHOWS

[00:12:44] Question 41. In what 1988 film would you find the character Raymond Babbitt? That film was Rain Man.  EPISODE: OSCAR WORTHY FILM CHARACTERS

[00:12:58] Question [00:13:00] 42. On the TV series Little House on the Prairie, what is the name of the man that Laura married? His name was Almonzo Wilder.  EPISODE: LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE

[00:13:12] Question 43. I’m on a show that premiered in 2016 and the show is still on the air. I’m the mom to three kids referred to as the big three. I am Rebecca Pearson from This Is Us.  EPISODE: TV MOMS

[00:13:31] Question 44. On the TV series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, what was the name of the framed device that Mister Rogers could project videos or slides through when he wanted to show us a video or film about how things were made? That was called Picture Picture.  EPISODE: MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD

[00:13:52] Question 45. Not only is this actor well known, so is his father. This actor has [00:14:00] appeared in a lot of movies, one of which was Major League. On TV he appeared on a sitcom that aired for 12 seasons where he starred alongside Jon Cryer. What is the actor’s name? The actor is Charlie Sheen. EPISODE: ATHLETES TURNED ACTOR

[00:14:18] Question 46. In the movie Psycho, what is the name of the motel that Janet Leigh’s character arrives at to stay the night? That was the Bates Motel.  EPISODE: MOVIE THEMED TRIVIA

[00:14:33] Question 47. What is the name of Steven Spielberg’s production company, the same name of the 1968 movie that he wrote and directed. The name of his company is Amblin Entertainment and the name of the 1968 movie was Amblin.  EPISODE: STEVEN SPIELBERG MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:14:54] Question 48. In the 2003 movie Finding [00:15:00] Nemo, what is the name of Nemo’s over-protective father? His father’s name was Marlin.  EPISODE: PIXAR ANIMATION MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:15:09] Question 49. In the Marvel film Thor, thanks to a worm-hole in what U S state does Thor find himself? That was in New Mexico.  EPISODE: MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:15:25] And question 50. In the series Family Ties, what is the name of the character played by Michael J. Fox? That character was Alex P. Keaton.  EPISODE: TV SHOWS FROM THE 1980’s

[00:15:41] Well, you made it through all 50 questions. Each of those questions came from a previous episode of Trivia Rewind. If you haven’t listened to all 50 episodes, I hope you’ll go take a look at our list of episodes and catch up on some of the ones you may have missed.

[00:15:58] This is the last [00:16:00] episode in Season One of Trivia Rewind. I’m going to be taking a several week hiatus and then I’ll be back with Season Two of Trivia Rewind where I will bring you more television and film trivia and fun facts. If there’s a topic you’d like to see on Trivia Rewind, just email me at triviarewind@gmail.com. Don’t forget that you can find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and at triviarewind.com. Don’t forget that on TriviaRewind.com. I will post a list of the questions from this episode so that you know which episodes you can go back and visit if you want to hear fun facts from that question.

[00:16:44] Thank you again for listening and for supporting Trivia Rewind for these past 50 episodes. Have a great week. [00:17:00] 

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From Athlete to Actor

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone,  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bruce Lee…What do they all have in common?  They are actors that started out as athletes.   I would guess that 99 percent of us knew they were athletes before they became known for their acting career.  But those aren’t the actors I’m talking about this week.  

What you may not know is that some of your favorite actors were once athletes.  Some excelled in high school sports, some made a name for themselves in college sports and some took it to the next level.  However along the way, they caught the acting bug and shined on the big or small screen. 

In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about 10 actors that were once athletes. 

Find out which 4 time Screen Actors Guild Award winner was drafted to play NFL football but was cut in training camp.  Find out which People’s Choice Award winner helped lead UCLA to what may be considered its greatest football upset ever.  Find out which Academy Award winner played in a football game considered the most famous football game in Ivy League history.  Plus find out which Golden Globe winner’s criminal behavior caused him to lose his college sports scholarship. Those are just a few of the fun facts you’ll learn in this week’s episode.  

Links mentioned in the episode:

  1. Watch athlete #1 talk about his short lived pro-football career.
  2. Watch athlete #2 accept his National Football Foundation Gold Medal
  3. See a clip of athlete #2 as college quarterback
  4. Watch athlete #8 diving

Spoiler alert! Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.


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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are. -Mister Rogers

From 1968-2001, Mister Rogers put on his cable knit cardigan, changed into his sneakers and calmly reassured us that it was such a good feeling to know we’re alive.  For 31 seasons, he was a master at Children’s programming.  

Born in 1928, Fred Rogers spent the first 11 years of his life as an only child until his parents adopted a little girl. Growing up, Fred led a quiet life playing with puppets and making music. Part of his childhood was difficult. According to FredRogersCenter.org, “He was overweight, somewhat shy, and introverted. Fred was sometimes homebound because of his childhood asthma, even kept inside in air-conditioning during the worst air congestion of the summer months.“

Fred spent a lot of time with his maternal grandfather who gave him great guidance and built his self esteem.  FredRogersCenter.org says “Fred’s own sense of loneliness and self-doubt taught him to be aware of the insecurities and needs of small children. What he learned about himself and life as a child—much of it from his loving grandfather—prepared him to help millions of young children later.” Things did start looking up for Fred.   Once in high school, he had more confidence. He was a good student and an accomplished musician. His popularity even grew grew and he was elected president of the student council in his senior year.

After graduating from high school, Fred spent a year at Dartmouth College before transferring to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he graduated with a degree in music composition.  It was there that he met Sara Joanne Byrd, the lady that would become his wife.  According to WQED.ORG, “Rogers was preparing to enter seminary school after graduation when he saw television for the first time in his parents’ home. He decided to pursue a career in the medium in order to improve it.”  The children’s television programming that Fred saw, he found appalling. He thought it was too simple minded and knew that there was potential for giving children something better and he was right.  While working in television, Rogers was also working on his seminary degree. He would take seminary courses during his lunch hour.  Fred Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister where he had the unique charge of serving children and families through television.

Fred Rogers was a pioneer in children’s television and a champion for children everywhere. Through the television, he was able to walk alongside children during some of history’s most traumatic events including the 1968 assassinations of both Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the 1970s Iran Hostage crisis and the 1980s Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. 

The last episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired on August 31, 2001 just days before the September 11th terrorist attacks.  This life altering event brought Mister Rogers out of retirement in order to release public service announcements aimed toward parents. According to Biography.com, “The post-9/11 videos Rogers made were meant to be viewed by adults, but his paramount concern was for children. He wanted to provide guidance to adult caretakers so they could ensure the next generation was not overly traumatized by such terrible events.”  

I’m sure we all have our favorite Mister Rogers memories.  In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you back to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I’ll ask you ten trivia questions from the series and then give you some fun facts about Mister Rogers.

In our fun facts segment,  find out which celebrity once had a job getting to run the trolley on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Find out why Mister Rogers sued the KKK.  Plus, find out how Mister Rogers basically saved the VCR. Those are just a few of the fun facts in this week’s episode.

Things mentioned in this episode:

-The Speedy Delivery Documentary

Fred Rogers 1969 Testimony before the Senate in Washington D.C.

Mister Rogers Message to adults after the 9/11 terrorist attacks

-Visit the John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh to see the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Exhibit

Watch episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

-The letter Mister Rogers sent my daughter

The Letter Mister Rogers Sent my Daughter

Spoiler alert! Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. For more Oscar fun, look back at some of our previous episodes!


Trivia Rewind Episode 48 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

[00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. From 1968 to 2001, Mr. Rogers put on his cable knit cardigan, changed into his sneakers, and calmly reassured us that it was such a good feeling to know we are alive. For 31 seasons he was a master at children’s programming. Born in 1928, Fred Rogers spent the first 11 years of his life as an only child until his parents adopted a little girl.

[00:00:44] Growing up, Fred led a quiet life playing with puppets and making music. Part of his childhood was difficult. According to FredRogersCenter.org, he was overweight, somewhat shy and introverted. [00:01:00] Fred was sometimes homebound because of his childhood asthma. Even kept inside in air conditioning during the worst air congestion of the summer months.

[00:01:10] Fred spent a lot of time with his maternal grandfather who gave him great guidance and built his self-esteem. FredRogersCenter.org says “Fred’s own sense of loneliness and self-doubt taught him to be aware of the insecurities and needs of small children. What he learned about himself and life as a child, much of it from his loving grandfather, prepared him to help millions of young children later.”

[00:01:36] Things did start looking up for Fred. Once in high school, he had more confidence. He was a good student and an accomplished musician. His popularity even grew and he was elected president of the student council in his senior year. After graduating from high school, Fred spent a year at Dartmouth College before transferring to Rollins College [00:02:00] in Winter Park, Florida, where he graduated with a degree in music composition.

[00:02:05] It was there that he met Sara Joanne Bird, the lady that would become his wife. According to WQED.org “Rogers was preparing to enter seminary school after graduation. When he saw television for the first time in his parents’ home. He decided to pursue a career in the medium in order to improve it.”

[00:02:26] The children’s television programming that Fred saw, he found appalling. He thought it was too simple minded and knew that there was potential for giving children something better, and he was right. While working in television Rogers was also working on his seminary degree. He would take seminary courses during his lunch hour.

[00:02:48] Fred Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister where he had the unique charge of serving children and families through television. Fred Rogers was a [00:03:00] pioneer in children’s television and a champion for children everywhere. Through the television, he was able to walk alongside children during some of history’s most traumatic events including the 1968 assassinations of both Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the 1970s Iran hostage crisis, and the 1980s Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. The last episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired on August 31st, 2001 just days before the September 11th terrorist attacks. This life altering event brought Mr. Rogers out of retirement in order to release public service announcements aimed toward parents.

[00:03:46] According to Biography.com, “The post 9/11 videos Rogers made were meant to be viewed by adults, but his paramount concern was for children. He wanted to provide guidance to adult caretakers [00:04:00] so they could ensure the next generation was not overly traumatized by such terrible events.”

[00:04:06] I’m sure we all have our favorite Mr. Rogers memories. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you back to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I’ll ask you 10 trivia questions from the series, and then give you some fun facts about Mr. Rogers. In our fun facts segment, find out which celebrity once had a job getting to run the trolley on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Find out why Mr. Rogers sued the Ku Klux Klan. Plus find out how Mr. Rogers basically saved the VCR. Those are just a few of the fun facts in this week’s episode. Are you ready for the trivia questions?

[00:04:47] Here’s question one. What was the name of the Speedy Delivery man who often visited Mr. Rogers home?

[00:04:58] Question two. [00:05:00] In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what was the name of the owl that lived in the oak tree and had trouble making decisions?

[00:05:09] Question three. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what was the name of the king?

[00:05:17] Question four. What is the name of the animal character in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe that lived inside of a clock?

[00:05:27] Question five. What are the two main colors on the neighborhood trolley?

[00:05:36] Question six. Was the name of the framed device that Mr. Rogers could project videos or slides through when he wanted to show us a video or film about how things were made?

[00:05:50] Question seven. What color cardigan sweater and what color sneakers were Mr. Rogers most famously known [00:06:00] for wearing?

[00:06:02] Question eight. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what is the name of the lady that lives in the Museum-Go-Round and often isn’t afraid to stand up to the king?

[00:06:15] Question nine. After arriving at his home each day, what pet would Mr. Rogers feed?

[00:06:24] And question 10. What was the name of the queen in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe?

[00:06:32] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. What was the name of the Speedy Delivery man who often visited Mr. Roger’s house? His name was Mr. McFeely. Actor David Newell played Mr. McFeely.

[00:06:50] Originally he was hired on as the program’s Public Relations Manager and Fred Rogers cast him as the delivery man. In [00:07:00] 2008, a documentary titled Speedy Delivery was released. It follows the life of David Newell and his role on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. According to MrRogers.org, Fred Rogers originally named the Speedy Delivery character Mr. McCurdy in honor of president of the Sears Roebuck Foundation that underwrote the Neighborhood programs. But Mr. McCurdy declined the honor, so Fred turned to his own middle name, which was also his beloved grandfather’s last name, McFeely.

[00:07:34] A fan of the program, when my daughter was little, she drew a picture of Mr. McFeeley and sent it in a letter to Mr. Rogers. Mr. Rogers wrote her back the nicest letter. He was known to write the children who sent him letters. According to Guideposts.org, “Responding to fan mail was part of Roger’s daily routine. According to Heather Arnet, an assistant on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, kids would send him [00:08:00] letters in which they expressed personal issues they were experiencing such as the loss of a family member or pet. Arnet says Rogers received 50 to 100 fan letters per day, all of which he took very seriously.” Another thing Fred Rogers took seriously, he did not like people referring to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a show, he preferred they use the word program.

[00:08:26] If you want more information on the Speedy Delivery documentary, visit TriviaRewind.com for a link. I will also post a picture of the letter there that Mr. Rogers sent my daughter.

[00:08:39] Question two. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what was the name of the owl that lived in the Oak tree and had trouble making decisions? His name was X the Owl. According to MrRogers.org X the Owl got the name X because he X-caped [00:09:00] from a cage. Fred Rogers provided the voice for X the Owl. X the Owl had appeared previously on a different children’s program called the Children’s Corner that aired on WQED.  Host Josie Carey worked with Fred Rogers to develop the program.

[00:09:19] While working on that program, Fred Rogers developed many of the puppet characters that you would later see on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, X the Owl being one of them. The Children’s Corner was the first program that would feature the puppeteering of Fred Rogers and it would pave the way for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

[00:09:39] Question three. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what was the name of the king? The king’s name was King Friday the 13th. King Friday was the ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. On the program The Children’s Corner, King Friday first appeared [00:10:00] where he ruled over the kingdom of Calendarland. Fred Rogers was the voice for King Friday.

[00:10:08] Question four. What is the name of the animal character in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe that lived inside of a clock? That character was Daniel Striped Tiger. Fred Rogers was the voice of Daniel Striped Tiger. He too was a product of the television program The Children’s Corner. Daniel was actually the very first puppet to appear on The Children’s Corner.

[00:10:34] In a video interview with the Television academy, Fred Rogers said they named Daniel Tiger after Dorothy Daniel, the general manager of television station WQED. A couple days Before the Children’s Corner went on the air, Dorothy Daniel threw a party for the program and passed out party favors. She gave Fred Rogers a little tiger puppet.

[00:10:59] In the interview [00:11:00] with TelevisionAcademy.com, Fred Rogers described how he came up with the idea to make a slit in the set and he could just poke the stuffed tiger through the slit. It just so happened that a clock was part of the set and Fred Rogers said he made a little slit in the clock and put Daniel Tiger in it.

[00:11:19] His intention was to only have Daniel appear once, but the people ended up liking Daniel so much that he stayed. He said the program was never expecting to use puppets, but this ended up being the start of puppeteering on his programs. According to Grunge.com, “As a staple of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel would tap into the uncertainty and insecurity that so many children feel growing up, but in a way, Daniel was Roger’s inner child.” Daniel Striped Tiger would later go on to be Daniel Tiger’s dad in the PBS kids program, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

[00:12:00] [00:11:59] Question five. What are the two main colors on the neighborhood trolley? Those colors are red and yellow. According to PittsburghKids.org, when Mr. Rogers was young, there were lots of trolleys in Pittsburgh, and he liked riding on them. When he began Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he decided to use a trolley as a transition between the real and pretend segments of each episode. On the program, the trolley was considered an actual character named Trolley.

[00:12:32] You may remember that he’d move back and forth and make bell noises as if he were communicating with King Friday, for instance. One celebrity once helped on the set and even got to operate the trolley. Actor michael Keaton, former Pittsburgh resident was once a stagehand at WQED in Pittsburgh and had the opportunity to help out on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on occasion. In 2018, Michael Keaton hosted a 50th [00:13:00] anniversary tribute program on PBS called Mr. Rogers, It’s You I like.

[00:13:06] Question six. What was the name of the framed device that Mr. Rogers could project videos or slides through when he wanted to show us a video or film about how things were made? That device was called Picture Picture. One of my favorite parts of the program was having Mr. Rogers show us how things were made. As a child growing up in a small town, there wasn’t much to see. I was fascinated with how things were made and by Mr. Rogers taking us to factories, a whole new world was opened up to me.

[00:13:41] Speaking of videos, did you know that Fred Rogers practically helped save the VCR and public television? Back in 1969, a $20 million grant was headed to PBS and President Nixon threatened to slash it. [00:14:00] Doing so could have destroyed educational children’s programming. A relative newcomer to TV at the time, Fred Rogers headed to Washington to defend public television.

[00:14:12] A CNN article says, “When the government wanted to cut public television funds in 1969, the relatively unknown Mr. Rogers went to Washington. Almost straight out of a Frank Capra film, his five to six minute testimony on how TV had the potential to give kids hope and create more productive citizens, was so simple but passionate, that even the most gruff politicians were charmed. While the budget should have been cut, the funding instead jumped from nine to $22 million. After the speech Senator John O. Pastore, the chairman of the subcommittee had this to say, “I’m supposed to be a pretty tough guy and this is the first time I’ve had goosebumps for the last two days he said. [00:15:00] Looks like you just earned the $20 million.”

[00:15:04] A decade later, Fred Rogers would give testimony once again, this time defending the VCR in what is known as the Betamax case. Eventually that court case went before the Supreme Court and in their decision, they cited Fred’s testimony and that testimony ultimately helped save the VCR. That same CNN article said, “Rogers also spoke to Congress and swayed senators into voting to allow VCRs to record television programs from the home. It was a cantankerous debate at the time, but his argument was that recording a program like his, allowed working parents to sit down with their children and watch programs as a family.”

[00:15:49] According to Rollins.edu, the case has served as a precedent for other popular recording and streaming technologies, including iPhones and [00:16:00] Netflix. If you’d like to watch Fred Rogers give his testimony, visit TriviaRewind.com for a link to the video.

[00:16:08] Question seven. What color cardigan sweater and what color sneakers were Mr. Rogers most famously known for wearing? Well, he was famous for wearing a red cardigan sweater and blue sneakers. While Fred Rogers were a lot of different colored cardigans, the red one is his trademark cardigan. The sweater now belongs to the Smithsonian Institute. However, it’s not currently on display. All of those iconic sweaters that Mr. Rogers wore were made by his mother who had a gift for knitting.

[00:16:44] The blue sneakers Mr. Rogers changed into at the beginning of each program were made by Sperry and they were the men’s Captain CVO style. Have you ever wondered why he changed into the sneakers? According to Pbs.org, [00:17:00] “Fred began wearing sneakers in the studio so he could run behind the set from the organ to the puppet area without being heard. He later made that an important part of his program opening.”

[00:17:12] Question eight. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe what is the name of the lady that lives in the Museum-Go-Round and often isn’t afraid to stand up to the king? Her name is Lady Elaine Fairchilde. Fred Rogers provided the voice for Lady Elaine. The character was named after his sister, Elaine Rogers. While Lady Elaine wasn’t afraid to stand up to the king, in real life Fred Rogers wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believed in either.

[00:17:43] Did you know that in 1990, Fred Rogers sued the Ku Klux Klan? They had been using his voice and the effects of his program to spread racist ideologies on one of their hotlines. According to AllThatsInteresting.com, a federal [00:18:00] judge ruled that the KKK must stop using the messages and ordered a temporary restraining order on the recordings a day after the suit was filed. As a result, the three men agreed to stop playing the hateful messages on the hotline and to destroy the recordings.”

[00:18:18] Question nine. After arriving at his home each day, what pet would Mr. Rogers feed? That pet was fish. The fish tank didn’t become a part of the program until after the first year. Of course in Mr. Rogers fashion, he wanted to show kids how to take care of a pet and having a fish tank would do just that. According to MrRogers.org. “It became so much a part of his routine that sometimes he’d feed the fish without saying what he was doing. Times like that disturbed a five-year old blind girl whose father put her thoughts in a letter. ‘Please say when you are feeding your [00:19:00] fish, because I worry about them. I can’t see if you were feeding them. So please say you are feeding them out loud.’ And so he did.”

[00:19:09] In one episode of the program, Mr. Rogers discovers that one of the goldfish in his tank is dead. On episode 36, titled Death of a Goldfish, Mr. Rogers walks kids through the process of taking the dead fish out of the tank and burying it. He talks with the television audience about how when he was a kid, his dog died. He discussed the grief process of losing a pet.

[00:19:37] And question 10. What was the name of the queen in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe? Her name was Queen Sara. The character Queen Sara voiced by Fred Rogers. The character was named after Fred Rogers’ wife, Sara Joanne Bird, who went by the name Joanne. The two met while attending Rollins [00:20:00] College. The two both had a love for music. According to the Los Angeles times, Fred proposed to Joanne via letter while the two were both working in separate states.

[00:20:11] Joanne Bird received a bachelor of music degree from Rollins college and went on to earn her master’s of music degree from Florida State University. The two were married for over 50 years when Fred died in 2003. In January of this year, Joanne Rogers died at the age of 92.

[00:20:32] Fred Rogers made a huge impact on children’s television. Over the years, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood won for Daytime Emmy Awards. Fred Rogers won a George Peabody award in 1993 and a Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1997. He was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Over his [00:21:00] lifetime, Fred Rogers received numerous awards, honors and dozens of honorary degrees.

[00:21:07] If you’re ever in the Pittsburgh area, visit the Senator John Heinz History Center. On the fourth floor, you will find the Special Collections Gallery, which houses the largest collection of original items from the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television set on public view. I’ll give you more details on TriviaRewind.com.

[00:21:29] If you’re interested in taking a trip back in time to watch some of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes, you can head on over to MrRogers.org. According to the website, full length episodes will be posted on the first and third Monday of every month. The selections will be feature programs from the theme weeks library from 1979 to 2001. I’ll post the link on TriviaRewind.com.

[00:21:56] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. You [00:22:00] can visit Trivia Rewind on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and at TriviaRewind.com. Visit the website to find all the links mentioned in this episode. Thanks for taking the time to listen and go be a good neighbor.

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“Now Wally, I want you to go in the living room and pick up those orange peels that you left on the coffee table. If your father comes home and sees them he’ll be in a terrible mood all through dinner.” – June Cleaver

Just turn on the TV and you’ll find a TV mom. Over the decades we’ve seen quite the variety of moms. We’ve seen moms that wear pearls and high heels when cleaning the house. We seen working moms, moms with blended families, single moms, moms that have adopted children, the list goes on.  While TV moms may have started out exemplifying perfection, as the decades went on, TV moms became more in tune with reality. 

“Honestly, there should be a museum for the two of you. It’ll be called the Schmoopie Center for Cuteness and I will be the curator, and people will line up for blocks just to delight in your deliciousness.” Beverly Goldberg

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you ten trivia questions about various TV moms over the decades.  In our fun facts segment, find out why one TV mom really wore pearls and high heeled shoes. It’s not the reason you think. Find out which mom word was not allowed to be said on one classic TV show back in the 50s.  Plus, find out which TV mom actress is younger than than her co-stars that play her adult kids.  Those are just a few of the fun facts in this week’s episode. 

“We are very fortunate to have the children, Cliff. Otherwise we would never know the joy of leaving them at home.” Clair Huxtable

Spoiler alert! Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. For more Oscar fun, look back at some of our previous episodes!

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 47 – TV Moms

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. This week, we’re going to talk about TV moms. Over the decades, we’ve seen quite the variety of moms that go anywhere from moms that wear pearls and high heels while cleaning, to working moms, to moms with blended families, single moms, moms that have adopted children, the list goes on.

[00:00:37] While TV moms may have started out exemplifying perfection, as the decades went on, TV moms became more lined up with reality. Whether or not we like the TV moms on the list this week, each one probably speaks to someone. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you 10 trivia questions about various [00:01:00] TV moms over the decades.

[00:01:02] After I ask you the 10 questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out why one TV mom really wore pearls and high heeled shoes. It’s not the reason you think. Find out which mom word was not allowed to be said on one classic TV show back in the fifties. Plus find out which actress that plays a TV mom now is actually younger than her co-stars that play her adult children. Those are just a few of the fun facts in this week’s episode. Are you ready?

[00:01:41] Let’s start with question one. I live in the 1950s. I have two sons and I’m happily married. I’m dedicated to my family and you’ll often see me wearing pearls and high heels while cleaning the house. My youngest son often gets himself in [00:02:00] trouble but we always work it out in the end with a good lesson to be learned. Who am I?

[00:02:07] Question two. I live in the 1950s and my husband is a musician. When I told him I was pregnant, I did it with a note during one of his concerts. We named our son after my husband. Who am I?

[00:02:25] Question three. You saw me on TV in the eighties and early nineties. My doctor husband and I have five kids. We live in Brooklyn, New York. I am an attorney. Who am I?

[00:02:41] Question four. You saw me on TV in the seventies. I am the mom of a blended family. I have six kids, three are boys and three are girls. I don’t know how I’d make it without our live in maid. Who am I?

[00:03:00] [00:03:00] Question five. I’m on a show that premiered in 2016 and the show is still on the air. I am the mom to three children referred to as “The Big Three.”.

[00:03:15] Question six. I was on TV in the early 2000’s. I am a single mother to a teenage daughter who is very intelligent. She often acts more grown up than I do. Later in the show she ends up going to an Ivy League university. Who am I?

[00:03:34] Question seven. The show I was on started in the 2000’s and is still airing new episodes. I am the mom to three kids and I will do whatever it takes for them, even if it means showing up at their school in my flashy sweaters, trying to solve their problems even when they don’t want me to. Who am I?

[00:03:58] Question [00:04:00] eight. I was on TV in the early 2000’s and by the end of the series, I have five children, none of which I can really handle. To help pay the bills I work at a drug store. Our house is a huge mess and it doesn’t look like anyone has ever taken care of our yard. Honestly, I don’t care. I’m just trying to get by. Who am I?

[00:04:25] Question nine. My show was first on TV in the late eighties. I’m part of a very blue collar family and have quite the mouth on me. I’m loud, obnoxious, sloppy and I yell at my kids quite a bit. Who am I?

[00:04:43] Question 10. I was on a show in the mid 2000’s. My family is upper middle class and I am bi-racial. My husband is African-American. I am an anesthesiologist. Who am I?

[00:05:00] [00:05:00] Well, those were our 10 questions about TV moms. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. I live in the 1950s, have two sons and I’m happily married. I’m dedicated to my family and you’ll often see me wearing pearls and high heels while cleaning the house. My youngest son often gets himself in trouble but we always work it out in the end with a good lesson to be learned. Who am I?

[00:05:30] I am June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver. Leave it to Beaver debuted in October of 1957. TV mom June Cleaver was played by actress Barbara Billingsley. Those of us that didn’t grow up in the fifties wondered, did moms really wear pearls every day? Surely moms didn’t really clean the house and cook in high-heeled shoes. Well in an interview with The Archive of American Television, [00:06:00] Barbara Billingsley explains why she wore pearls and high heel shoes. She said that she has a hollow in her neck and she wore the pearls to hide it.

[00:06:10] In an interview with The Washington Post, she said, “In those days, cameras and the film weren’t as good as they are today so I used to wear different kinds of jewelry around my neck to hide that spot. So no matter what I was doing, cleaning, cooking, or answering the phone, I had those darn pearls on.” And the high heel shoes? Well she wore those because the boys grew and the producers didn’t want her to be shorter than the kids. In that same Washington Post article, she said, “The high heels also had a reason. In the beginning of the series, I wore flat shoes, but then Wally and the Beaver began to get taller. That’s why they put me in heels. The producers wanted me to be as tall or taller than the kids. Sometimes I would stand on the stairs [00:07:00] for a scene so I could have some more height.”

[00:07:03] In a 1997 TV Guide Magazine interview, Barbara Billingsley described her character as “The ideal TV mother.” She said, “Some people think she was week-ish, but I don’t. She was the love in that family. She set a good example for what a wife could be.” And here’s something interesting about the night that Leave it to Beaver premiered. According to Metv.com “As Leave it to Beaver was premiering on CBS on October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union was celebrating the launch of its Sputnik 1 satellite.”

[00:07:41] Question two. I live in the 1950s and my husband is a musician. When I told him I was pregnant, I did it with a note during one of his concerts. We named our son after my husband. Who am I? I am Lucy Ricardo from [00:08:00] I Love Lucy.

[00:08:01] Lucille Ball had the role of TV mom Lucy Ricardo. Lucy’s real life husband Desi Arnaz played her TV husband, Ricky Ricardo. Would you believe that when the show was on the air, the censors would not let them use the word “pregnant.” Lucy and Ricky couldn’t even sleep in the same bed. It all started when they shot the premiere of the show.

[00:08:26] Lucille Ball was actually pregnant with their first child, Lucy Arnaz. While you can tell that she’s pregnant in the show, there is no mention of it in the storyline. During the second season, Lucille Ball becomes pregnant again and this time they wrote it into the storyline of the show. A USA Today article says, “In a TV fantasy world, Lucy Ricardo’s pregnancy prompted by the real life pregnancy of Lucille Ball, was a major risk. The plot worried [00:09:00] CBS, which was afraid viewers might pause to consider how Lucy got pregnant, a thought process the twin beds were designed to circumvent. But the show was allowed to proceed with one stipulation. The word “pregnant” was never uttered. Lucy was “expecting.” When those expectations were fulfilled and Lucy gave birth, the show’s ratings hit their peak and a major barrier between TV and the real world collapsed.”

[00:09:33] According to The Huffington Post, “When Little Ricky was born on I love Lucy on January 19th, 1953, coinciding with Ball’s real life delivery of Desi Arnaz Jr. via scheduled Caesarean section, more than 44 million viewers tuned in.”

[00:09:52] Question three. You saw me on TV in the eighties and early nineties. My doctor husband and [00:10:00] I have five kids. We live in Brooklyn, New York and I am an attorney. Who am I? I am Clair Huxtable from The Cosby Show. Actress Phylicia Rashad had the role of TV mom Clair Huxtable. Not only is she the wife of her physician husband, she is the mother of five children and an attorney.

[00:10:23] She showed how a woman could be both a mom and have a career outside the home. She was able to get it all done without outside help. During the third season of the show, Phylicia Rashad  became pregnant in real life. The producers didn’t want to add another child to the Huxtable family so they had to get creative, hiding her growing belly. People Magazine told us one way that they did it. The article says, “The most clever was having Rashad fall ill and hollowing out a piece of mattress so that she could lie in the bed without showing her growing [00:11:00] belly.” Other ways they hid her belly were by one time having her hold a huge teddy bear while sitting on the couch or having her stand somewhere strategically placed so that her stomach wouldn’t show.

[00:11:13] Question four. You saw me on TV in the seventies. I am the mom of a blended family. I have six kids, three are boys and three are girls. I don’t know how I’d make it without our live in maid. Who am I? Well, I am Carol Brady of The Brady Bunch. Actress Florence Henderson had the role of TV mom Carol Brady. Carol Brady was more of a progressive mom when it came to classic TV moms. In a People Magazine article, she discusses how when producers wanted her to do something she may not agree with, she’d often have to put her foot down.

[00:11:51] The article says, “She insisted Carol was painted as a relatable character for young mothers out there and pushed for [00:12:00] progressive scenes not often seen on television.” The article quotes Henderson as saying, “For instance, I would never wear an apron,” she said. “They tried to make me wear an apron.”

[00:12:12] Florence Henderson has said that she used to beg the producers to give her character a job. It wasn’t until a reunion show that she finally had one. She was a realtor.

[00:12:24] Question five. I’m on a show that premiered in 2016 and the show is still on the air. I am the mom to three children referred to as “The big three.”

[00:12:39] I am Rebecca Pearson from This Is Us. Actress Mandy Moore plays Rebecca Pearson. In This Is Us, Mandy Moore’s character Rebecca takes on a myriad of parenting topics that range from the pregnancy of triplets, stillbirth, multiracial adoption, the death of a [00:13:00] spouse, single motherhood, and so on. We get to see Rebecca being a mother for decades.

[00:13:06] Here’s a fun fact that you may not have known about Mandy Moore. Did you know that she’s the youngest of her co-stars? All of the adults that play her children in the series are older than her in real life. The hair and makeup crew do a great job of taking her through all the age transitions on the show which have been from the twenties to the sixties.

[00:13:30] For her older age, it takes three and a half hours in the makeup chair for her to make the transition to older mom and grandmother.

[00:13:39] Question six. I was on TV in the early 2000’s. I am a single mother to a teenage daughter who is very intelligent. She often acts more grown up than I do. Later in the show she ends up going to an Ivy League university. Who am I? I am Lorelai [00:14:00] Gilmore on the Gilmore girls. Actress Lauren Graham plays mother Lorelai Gilmore. Because she had her daughter Rory at the young age of 16, the two’s relationship was often more of sisters or friends rather than mother daughter. The mother daughter duo was so popular that the two even made it onto Entertainment Weekly’s list of The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years.

[00:14:27] When the show was over, Lauren Graham found out in the strangest of ways. In an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, she said, “We shot the last episode and we had no idea. There was some back and forth about what was going to happen. I was in a restaurant and I had turned off my phone. So the waiter comes to the table and he was like, “Are you Lauren Graham?” And I was like, “yes.” He goes, “Your agents on the phone.” I thought I was in a forties movie or something. I was walking to the house [00:15:00] phone and I was like, “Hello.” And he goes, “It’s canceled.” and that’s how I found out it was the end.”

[00:15:08] Question seven. The show I was on started in the 2000’s and is still airing new episodes. I am the mom to three kids and I will do whatever it takes for them, even if it means showing up at their school in my flashy sweaters, trying to solve their problems, even when they don’t want me to. Who am I? Well, I am Beverly Goldberg of the Goldbergs. Actress Wendy McLendon-Covey has the role of the ultimate eighties TV mom Beverly Goldberg. She’s over-protective, manipulative and often embarrasses as her kids, but she does it all in love. When talking to her kids, she’s known to address them as “schmoopie.”

[00:15:53] She asks them for “huggies” and “nubbies.” In real life. Wendy doesn’t have any children. [00:16:00] An article on Bustle says, “Though McLendon-Covey doesn’t have children of her own, she says of Beverly’s parenting style, “I wouldn’t be any different. I would be just as annoying cause you know, it all comes from love.” But doesn’t mean her time as the ultimate mom on the Goldbergs has influenced her in real life. “It’s fun to play, but it also makes me think, yeah, I made the right decision not having kids. This is exhausting,” she says.

[00:16:31] One of the coolest things about this series is that it is based on the real life of series creator Adam F. Goldberg. One thing the character Beverly Goldberg is known for is her over the top themed sweaters that you can see her wear on each episode. Many of those sweaters actually belong to the real life Beverly Goldberg, Adam’s mother. Costume designer Keri Smith gets the fun job of dressing the over the [00:17:00] top TV Beverly. A Chicago Sun Times article says, “When the show first aired in 2013, the real Beverly shipped boxes of sweaters and accessories she’d saved for decades, to Smith. Many have made appearances on the show.” You can even find the real Beverly Goldberg on Twitter sharing her real life Beverly Goldberg moments.

[00:17:26] Question eight. I was on TV in the early 2000’s and by the end of the series, I have five children, none of which I can really handle. To help pay the bills, I work at a drug store. Our house is a huge mess and it doesn’t look like anyone has ever taken care of our yard. Honestly, I don’t care. I’m just trying to get by. Who am I? Well, I am Lois from Malcolm in the Middle. Actress Jane Kaczmarek has the role of Lois. Lois is far from [00:18:00] the perfect TV mom. Some might even call her unconventional.

[00:18:04] However, it’s not all Lois’ fault. She has some wild kids that really make her job as a mom difficult. But in the end, the kids always get caught and Lois wins. When Malcolm in the Middle first came out, the Orlando Sentinel did an article about the show and said this about Lois. “She not only altered our perceptions of the perfect television family, but redefined the role of the sainted television mom as well.”

[00:18:36] When asked about TV moms, they quote her saying, “The TV mom I identify most with is Donna Reed, because I grew up in that era. What I really like about Lois is that she has depth. Mothers on television tend to not grow, they tend to be kind of wise, nodding, influencing kind of funny moms. Lois isn’t that. She yells and is [00:19:00] kind of the mouthpiece for the family. She’s just kind of normal.”

[00:19:04] Regardless of all the chaos that goes on in her household, Lois loves her kids. During the first season of the show Kaczmarek was pregnant and she had to hide her pregnant belly. She told TV Guide Online, “If you check out the shows, you can see me indulging in the fine art of keeping my tummy off camera.”

[00:19:26] She told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that she was forced to hide behind chairs, frying pans, and refrigerator doors. She was also pregnant for a second time on the show in real life. Jane Kaczmarek has been nominated for multiple awards for her portrayal of Lois.

[00:19:45] Question nine. My show was first on TV in the late eighties. I’m part of a very blue collar family and I have quite the mouth on me. I’m loud, obnoxious, sloppy, and I yell at my kids quite a [00:20:00] bit. Who am I? I am Roseanne Conner on the show Roseanne. Actress Roseanne Barr plays TV mom Roseanne Conner, mom to four kids. The show centers around a lot of family dysfunction.

[00:20:15] However, the show addresses a broad range of issues that you may not see other TV mom’s take on. Judine Mayerle, professor of television at Marquette University and author of a 1991 essay on Roseanne in the Journal of Popular Culture, said this about the series. “It has broken new ground on the prime-time television stage where the players can never be too rich or too thin, where children and relatives are charming. It has given us instead, characters who are just getting by financially, who are overweight and not concerned about dieting and exercise, whose children and relatives are not always pleasant.”

[00:20:57] A 1997 Baltimore [00:21:00] Sun article quotes Sheri Parks, an associate dean and professor who teaches courses in television at the University of Maryland saying, “It was the first show I ever saw where people were talking about bills and wondering how they were going to pay them. Bills are not something TV families talked about.”

[00:21:20] Roseanne Barr won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of TV mom Roseanne.

[00:21:27] And question 10. I was on a show in the mid 2000’s. My family is upper middle class and I am bi-racial. My husband is African-American. I am an anesthesiologist. Who am I? I am Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson from the TV show Black-ish. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross plays TV mom Bow Johnson, mother of five children. Not only is she an anesthesiologist, the [00:22:00] Detroit News describes her as “A mom of five, struggling to provide a sense of cultural identity for their kids as the only black family on their upper middle-class Los Angeles block.”

[00:22:14] Essence calls her “The perfectly imperfect TV wife and working mom.” In the series when she is pregnant with her fifth child, Ross had to wear a prosthetic bump which was actually quite heavy. Heavy enough that she ended up at a chiropractor with neck pain. In the season three finale, the show branched out and went where most TV shows don’t go when it comes to pregnancy. 40 year old Bow was experiencing dangerously high blood pressure caused by preeclampsia and two months before her due date, she had to have an emergency C-section.

[00:22:53] An article on Refinery29 says, “On TV, pregnancy is often idealized and [00:23:00] treated like an experience that everyone goes through in the same way. It almost always ends in an overdramatized, but complication-free delivery scene with a healthy (and usually three months too old) baby to show for it. While it may not be a common scenario to see on a family comedy, life-threatening complications during pregnancy can and do happen.”

[00:23:25] And speaking of moms, here’s a fun fact about actress Tracee Ellis Ross. Her mom in real life is none other than singer Diana Ross. Tracee Ellis Ross has won multiple awards for her role on the series.

[00:23:41] Well, that was a look at just 10 TV moms. Each of those TV moms has a unique trait that makes them special to some TV fan out there. As we close out this episode, I’d like to wish all of the moms, a Happy Mother’s Day, including my own.

[00:24:00] [00:24:00] You can find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and at triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening.

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Little House on the Prairie

In 1974, the series Little House on the Prairie first aired and served up a fresh batch of wholesome television viewing for the whole family.  The series was an adaptation of the popular best-selling series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Television producer Ed Friendly is responsible for bringing the series to television. Not only did he create the television series, he was the Executive Producer alongside Michael Landon.  Michael Landon also wrote and directed many episodes in addition to playing the role of Charles Ingalls, known also as Pa.  

Unfortunately things got off to a bit of a rocky start between the two. It was actually more than rocky!  They weren’t on the same page about a lot of things. It was a battle over who had creative control of the show. In one instance, after the pilot episode, Ed Friendly wanted to see the children running around dirty and barefoot but due to the extreme heat outside where they filmed, Michael Landon was against it. When Michael Landon told the studio he couldn’t work that way, he gave them an ultimatum and said either Ed Friendly does the show or he does the show.  The studio ultimately sided with Michael Landon even though it was Ed Friendly’s money that bought the show.  From that point on, Ed Friendly was never allowed on the set.  Michael Landon took over and was even quoted in the Los Angeles times saying “I have a thing about control. The only times in my life when I was unhappy is when I didn’t have it. I like to have it.”  Ed Friendly did however continue to get paid and made a good bit of money from the series.  

Little House on the Prairie ran on the NBC network for nine seasons and had over 200 episodes plus a few television specials.  This was one of the most watched television series of the 1970s and early 1980s.   Even today, the show can be seen in reruns and is quite popular. Little House and the Prairie has never been off the air since its debut in 1974.   

In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, we are taking a trip back to Walnut Grove.   I will give you ten trivia questions from the show and a lot of fun facts.   Find out who got grounded for telling Melissa Gilbert that she got the role of Laura when it was supposed to be kept secret. Find out about the awkward moment when Melissa Gilbert had to do her first onscreen kiss on the show.  Plus, find out what horrible thing happened to the Little House on the Prairie set at the end of the series.  It will blow your mind!  Those are just a few of this week’s fun facts.

Links to things mentioned in the show:

  1. Watch Melissa Gilbert’s Audition with Michael Landon
  2. The research behind Mary’s blindness
  3. Allison Arngrim’s work with The National Association to Protect Children
  4. The explosion of the Little House on the Prairie Set
  5. Take a road trip to Walnut Grove
  6. See the Little House on the Prairie Cast Then and Now

Spoiler alert! Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. For more Oscar fun, look back at some of our previous episodes!

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Trivia Rewind Episode 46 – Little House on the Prairie

[00:00:00] Welcome to Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. Well in 1974, the series Little House on the Prairie first aired and served up a fresh batch of wholesome television viewing for the whole family. The series was an adaptation of the popular best-selling series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Television producer Ed Friendly is responsible for bringing the series to television.

[00:00:39] Not only did he create the television series, he was the Executive Producer alongside Michael Landon. Michael Landon also wrote and directed many episodes, in addition to playing the role of Charles Ingles, also known as Pa. Unfortunately, things got off to a bit of a [00:01:00] rocky start between the two. It was actually more than rocky.

[00:01:04] They weren’t on the same page about a lot of things. It was a battle over who had creative control of the show. In one instance, after the pilot episode, Ed Friendly wanted to see the children running around dirty and barefoot, but due to the extreme heat outside where they filmed, Michael Landon was against it.

[00:01:25] When Michael Landon told the studio he couldn’t work that way, he gave them an ultimatum and said either Ed Friendly does the show or he does the show. The studio ultimately sided with Michael Landon, even though it was Ed Friendly’s money that bought the show. From that point on, Ed Friendly was never allowed on the set.

[00:01:48] Michael Landon took over and was even quoted in the Los Angeles times saying “I have a thing about control. The only times in my life, when I was unhappy is [00:02:00] when I didn’t have it. I like to have it.” Ed Friendly did however continue to get paid and make quite a bit of money from the series. Little House on the Prairie ran on the NBC network for nine seasons and had over 200 episodes plus a few television specials.

[00:02:20] This was one of the most watched television series of the 1970s and early eighties. Even today, the show can be seen in reruns and is quite popular. Little House on the Prairie has never been off the air since its debut in 1974. In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, we are taking a trip back to a Walnut Grove.

[00:02:46] I will give you 10 trivia questions from the show and a lot of fun facts. Find out who got grounded for telling Melissa Gilbert that she got the role of Laura when it was supposed to be kept a secret. [00:03:00] Find out about the awkward moment when Melissa Gilbert had to do her first onscreen kiss for the show. Plus find out what horrible thing happened to the Little House on the Prairie set at the end of the series. It will blow your mind.

[00:03:16] Those are just a few of this week’s fun facts. So if you’re ready, let’s get started with the trivia. Here’s question one. What were the names of the Ingles family’s first three children?

[00:03:34] Question two. What was the name of the first dog that belonged to the Ingles family?

[00:03:42] Question three. What is the name of the man that Laura married?

[00:03:48] Question four. According to her doctor, what was the cause of Mary’s blindness?

[00:03:57] Question five. [00:04:00] What were the names of Nels and Harriet Oleson’s children?

[00:04:06] Question six. What was the name of the Walnut Grove doctor?

[00:04:14] Question seven. What was the name of the busy city that Charles Ingles often had to make deliveries to or where they’d go if they needed a doctor that could do more than their town doctor?

[00:04:28] Question eight. What is the name of the Ingles family friend that had troubles early on with alcoholism and depression after losing his wife and child to Smallpox? He was a good friend of the family, especially to Laura and he would often sing the song Old Dan Tucker.

[00:04:50] Question nine. When Laura needed cheering up after her porcelain doll broke, Mary brought her home an animal that Laura [00:05:00] named Jasper. What kind of animal was Jasper?

[00:05:05] And question 10. What was the name of the only general store in Walnut Grove?

[00:05:14] Those we’re our 10 questions. Let’s go back review, get the answers and fun facts. Question one. What were the names of the Ingles family’s first three children? The names of their first three children were Mary, Laura, and Carrie.

[00:05:32] Their fourth child, Charles Jr. died as an infant and then they had a daughter named Grace. The Ingles later adopted three children, Albert plus James and Cassandra Cooper. Out of all the children, the character Laura appeared in the most episodes. Actress Melissa Gilbert had the role of Laura. She was born on May 8th, 1964 and given up immediately for [00:06:00] adoption. The next day she was adopted by film and television actor Paul Gilbert and his wife, actress Barbara Crane, the daughter of the creator of The Honeymooners, Harry Crane.

[00:06:12] Her first steps into acting were in commercials where she was as young as two years old. In one commercial for Alpo dog food, she appeared with Lorne Greene the TV father of Michael Landon on the show Bonanza. Then along came the opportunity to audition for the New series, little House on the Prairie. 500 kids auditioned and Melissa Gilbert knocked it out of the park. Michael Landon knew that she was the one to play Laura. He was so convinced that he only sent her screen test to the producers.

[00:06:47] Watching her audition with Michael Landon really shows you how she was made for the part. If you visit triviarewind.com, you can see the actual audition. She was just nine years old when she [00:07:00] started her role as Laura. There’s a funny story about how Melissa Gilbert found out that she got the role of Laura.

[00:07:06] It just so happened that she went to the same school with Leslie Landon, the daughter of Michael Landon. Well, Leslie found her at school, introduced herself and couldn’t help but tell her that she got the role of Laura. Gilbert ran to the school office and called home to tell her family the good news.

[00:07:27] In a cheatsheet.com article they quote Melissa Gilbert saying “Leslie had told me even before my agents knew and boy, did she get grounded for that one.” What’s Melissa Gilbert up to today? She’s enjoying life with her husband, Emmy Award-winning actor Timothy Busfield, probably known most for his role on the show Thirtysomething. You can follow her on Instagram to keep up with what’s going on in her life.

[00:07:56] Question two. What was the name of the [00:08:00] first dog that belonged to the Ingles family? His name was Jack. Michael Landon fell in love with a dog named Barney and Barney took on the role of Jack. According to producer Kent McCrae, “The dog had a bigger contract than some of the actors did, but that was just the way it worked.” Sadly, in the fourth season of the series, Jack dies. Laura then gets a new dog named Bandit.

[00:08:30] Question three. What is the name of the man that Laura married? His name was Almonzo Wilder. Actor Dean Butler had the role of Almonzo and to Melissa Gilbert, a man he was. Things were a little awkward for her when it came to Dean Butler.

[00:08:50] When he arrived on the series, she was only 15 and he was 23. Then came the part in the series where they had to really [00:09:00] kiss, not just a peck on the lips. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Melissa Gilbert said, “I was kissing a man who had to shave that morning and I hadn’t even ever shaved my legs. It’s bizarre. I mean, he was a grownup person with a car. He golfed.”

[00:09:18] In one interview. Dean Butler said, “It was a big moment, but I don’t know if this was her first kiss or one of her first kisses in her life, but it was certainly treated as if it was her first kiss ever. Which certainly added a bit of responsibility to the whole thing.”

[00:09:35] Well, the whole thing had to have been a little weird. Supposedly Melissa Gilbert’s mother was standing on the set, crying my baby, my baby so hysterically that she had to be consoled. At the 2006 TV Land Awards, the kiss between Dean Butler and Melissa Gilbert won for most memorable kiss.

[00:09:56] Question four. According to her doctor, what was [00:10:00] the cause of Mary’s blindness? Well, her doctor said that Scarlet Fever weakened to the nerves in her eyes, thus causing blindness. Well, back in 2016, CNN health had an article about Mary’s blindness. Researchers weren’t convinced that her blindness was caused by Scarlet Fever. The researchers dug through old letters and newspaper accounts from the time and came to the conclusion that the real cause of Mary’s blindness was Viral Meningoencephalitis. Reading those letters really paid off for their research. Of course, we’ll never really know for sure, but the fact that doctors actually researched this is pretty interesting. Actress Melissa Sue Anderson, known on the set is Missy had the role of Mary Ingles. She was 11 years old when she got the role.

[00:10:52] At the 1978 Primetime Emmy Awards, she was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series [00:11:00] Emmy for her role on the series. She was the only person on the show to be nominated for an acting Emmy. Unfortunately, she decided to leave the show early. A UPI article quotes her saying “The writers have exhausted all the possibilities for Mary. First of all, she became blind. Then she had a miscarriage. She lost her mind. Another baby died in a fire. She’s had all kinds of diseases. It’s just a matter of moving on for me. I’ve done about everything I can do with the character.” Melissa Sue Anderson wasn’t friends with any of the other kids on set.

[00:11:39] It had been reported that nobody really was close to her and that she was standoffish. There has been speculation that her over-protective mother could have had something to do with it. You can find more information about their research into Mary’s blindness on triviarewind.com.

[00:11:57] Question five. What were the [00:12:00] names of Nels and Harriet Oleson’s children? Well, their children were Willy and Nellie later in the series, they would adopt Nancy. Actor Jonathan Gilbert had the role of Willie. Did you know that in real life, Jonathan Gilbert and Melissa Gilbert are brother and sister. Unfortunately, the last I read, they haven’t seen each other for years. In her memoir, Melissa says that when Jonathan turned 18, he left and dropped contact with the family. Occasionally over the years, he might turn up. He left acting to pursue an MBA in finance.

[00:12:41] Alison Arngrim had the role of Nellie when Alison auditioned for Little House on the Prairie, she actually auditioned for several of the roles, including Laura before finally getting the role of Nellie Oleson. Alison’s character Nellie was known for those perfect blonde curls.

[00:13:00] [00:12:59] Well, that was actually a wig. After a few weeks of filming the show, they realized that it would be too time consuming and painful for Alison if they had to curl her hair each time. So a wig it would be. Unfortunately, she still had to endure some pain. Metal hair pins were used to attach the wig to her own hair and often the hair pins would dig into her scalp and cause it to bleed. More than the curls, the character Nellie was known to be someone you couldn’t stand. On the show, Nellie was a character that most people found detestable. She was spoiled, bratty and unkind. Alison Arngrim has stated before that in real life, people would treat her as if she really was Nellie Oleson.

[00:13:46] She was once in a Christmas parade and someone threw a can of soda at her head. In the series, Laura and Nellie were enemies. However, in real life, they were best friends. As soon [00:14:00] as they met on the set they bonded. They would get together outside of the show and have sleepovers and tons of fun together. They were quite the pranksters on set too.

[00:14:09] In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Alison Arngrim said that her TV parents were great and like her second set of parents. She said that if any one of the actors was most like their character, it would be her TV dad Nels Oleson played by actor Richard Bull. She said he was calm and a sensible guy.

[00:14:31] Playing Nellie Oleson was actually therapeutic for Arngrim. As a child, she was abused by a relative. In a Huffington Post article, she says, “So here I was playing this girl that everyone was afraid of. And it’s great. I’m paid to play this person who screams, yells, throws things, vents her anger, just lets it out, doesn’t care who’s looking. Shows all the worst parts, makes terrible faces and doesn’t [00:15:00] care how awful she looks. It was absolutely therapeutic” she said. Nowadays, Alison Arngrim is making quite the difference, in a good way. She is the president of the National Association to Protect Children and has devoted her life to this effort.

[00:15:18] Visit triviarewind.com to find out more about The National Association to protect children. Their organization is doing some amazing things.

[00:15:29] Question six. What was the name of the Walnut Grove doctor? Well, his name was Dr. Baker. Actor Kevin Hagan played Dr. Baker also referred to as Doc Baker or just Doc. While we all probably remember Doc Baker as the kind, quiet town doctor, many of Hagan’s other roles were quite the opposite.

[00:15:54] He loved playing the villain. Not only was Doc Baker a doctor [00:16:00] to the people in Walnut Grove, he was also the veterinarian. A great piece of dialogue from the series is when Harriet Oleson asks, “What are you, a doctor or a veterinarian?” Doc Baker so perfectly responds, “Looking at some of my patients, sometimes I get a little confused myself.” A nice little jab at Harriet Oleson. Sometimes the quiet person can say it best.

[00:16:30] Question seven. What was the name of the busy city that Charles Ingles often had to go to, to make deliveries or where they go if they needed a doctor that could do more than their own town doctor? That town was Mankato.

[00:16:47] Another town he often traveled to was Sleepy Eye. Mankato is a real town in Minnesota and is about 90 miles from Walnut Grove. If you’re ever in [00:17:00] Minnesota and want to visit Walnut Grove, you can make a stop at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. None of the show was filmed in Minnesota. It was filmed in California.

[00:17:11] Interior shots were filmed at Paramount Studios. When they lost their lease at Paramount, the indoor scenes were moved over to MGM Studios. For the outdoor scenes, filming took place at The big sky Ranch in Simi Valley. This location was a very hot and a few of the actors fainted from the extreme heat.

[00:17:33] It was at this location where they constructed the town of Walnut Grove that we saw on the television show. What happened to the pretend Walnut Grove when the show was over will blow you away. According to Wide Open Country, “Producers agreed with the land owners before the first season that they would restore the land to its original condition after the series wrapped. At Michael Landon’s suggestion, [00:18:00] they just blew it up. However, that is not quite how Melissa Gilbert said things went down. In her memoir titled Prairie Tale, she tells what really happened. She said, “Michael Landon didn’t find out that Little House on the Prairie had been canceled from the network, he found out from her. For this reason he was furious.”

[00:18:22] So supposedly as payback, he wanted all the sets blown up and what a better way to do that than to work it into the storyline of the last episode. I don’t even think I saw that particular episode. I’m going to have to see if I can find that. In the very last postseason movie episode, 10.3 titled The Last Farewell, the town’s people see that a greedy railroad tycoon is going to take over their town, so they take matters into their own hands and dynamite the place. Everything except the church and the little house at Plum Creek were blown to smithereens. Well, that’s one way to [00:19:00] end a series. Actress Karen Grassley told Entertainment Weekly,” I thought it was a shame. We could have done annual specials about the characters, but once you blow up the town, you can’t do that.” Regardless of which reason it was, blowing up Walnut Grove definitely took it to the next level. If you’d like to see one of the pictures from this explosion, visit triviarewind.com.

[00:19:24] If you’d like to make a summer road trip and visit Walnut Grove, you can also visit triviarewind.com for more information and about the museum.

[00:19:33] Question eight. What is the name of the Ingles family friend that had troubles early on with alcoholism and depression after losing his wife and child to Smallpox? He was a good friend of the family, especially to Laura and he would often sing the song Old Dan Tucker. That person was Isaiah Edwards, also known as Mr. Edwards. Actor Victor French had the role of [00:20:00] Mr. Edwards. French’s father was a stunt man who appeared in many westerns. French followed in his father’s footsteps. It was his work on Bonanza where he met Michael Landon.

[00:20:11] When Michael Landon went off to work on Little House on the Prairie, he wanted Victor French to have a part. In a Cheat Sheet article, they quote Victor French saying, “The network wanted a name actor, but Michael stood by his guns.” According to a 1989 Los Angeles Times article, he said “That role changed my career. Michael is really my angel.” After the Little House series was over, French went on to star in another series with Michael Landon, Highway to Heaven.

[00:20:45] Question nine. When Laura needed cheered up after her porcelain doll broke, Mary brought her home an animal that Laura named Jasper, what kind of animal was Jasper? Well, Jasper was a [00:21:00] raccoon. Thanks to Pa, he allowed Laura to keep Jasper for a while until Jasper got unruly and bit not only the family dog Jack, he also bit Laura. Laura’s Pa wins the dad of the year award for letting her even keep a raccoon as a pet. Charles Ingles always tried to do what was best for his family, but a pet raccoon may have been at borderline bad decision. On TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Dads of all Time, Charles Ingles comes in fourth place.

[00:21:32] Michael Landon was loved for his role as Charles Ingles. The actors have said that although he meant business on the set, he also had a lot of fun. The crew was like a family. Michael Landon was born in 1936 and was actually given the name Eugene Maurice Orowitz. When he started acting, he chose a screen name. The way he chose the name Michael Landon was quite interesting. He found the [00:22:00] name in the phone book.

[00:22:01] Michael Landon did not like coming across as short. While he was five foot nine, he wanted to be taller. So in the series, he wore boots with four inch tall heels. Many say that’s what gave him that swagger when he walked. Melissa Gilbert had a falling out with Michael Landon after he left his wife for the show’s makeup artist. Melissa Gilbert’s family and the Landon family were quite close and this action really upset her. It wasn’t until right before his death, that she visited with him and they reconciled. In a CheatSheet.com article, they quote her saying, “He pulled me toward him and we hugged,” she said. “Nothing else needed to be said. That hug was more than enough. That’s all he wanted.” In April of 1991, Michael Landon found out he had pancreatic cancer and on July 1st of that same year, he died at the [00:23:00] age of 54.

[00:23:01] Question 10. What was the name of the only general store in Walnut Grove? Well, that was called Oleson’s Mercantile. Nels and Harriet Oleson were the owners of Oleson’s mercantile. They actually had the nicest house in town. It was attached to the store. In season eight, episode one, Nels and Harriet Oleson adopt a girl named Nancy. Just when you thought there was no child as bratty as Nellie Oleson, along comes Nancy. She was quite the disaster. Actress Alison Balson had the role of Nancy.

[00:23:40] Well a lot of young actors and actresses appeared on the series that would later go on to have big acting careers of their own. Jason Bateman had the role of James Cooper Ingles, the boy that would be adopted by the Ingalls family. He appeared in 21 episodes and would go on to have a successful career in shows [00:24:00] like Arrested Development and more recently, Ozark.

[00:24:03] Shannon Doherty had the role of Jenny Wilder in season nine. She was the little girl adopted by Laura and her husband. She’d go on to be known for her role in Beverly Hills 90210.

[00:24:16] Willie Ames appeared in one episode, he later went on to star in Eight is Enough. Todd Bridges appeared in one episode as the character Solomon Henry. He’d go on to be known for his role on Diff’rent Strokes. Sean Penn had an uncredited role as an extra, and that was his small screen debut. Those are just a few of the actors that appeared on the show that later went on to do great things.

[00:24:44] Just this past December, it was announced that a Little House on the Prairie reboot is in the works. I’ve read that it’ll be a one hour dramatic series adaptation and Ed Friendly’s son trip will be the executive producer. Not everyone is sure [00:25:00] that it’s a good idea. Actor, Dean Butler said, “The fact that it’s been so beloved for so long and it’s never gone off the air since 1974, it has been on the air somewhere around the world constantly, I think that says to a lot of people, this was done really well and why mess around with it?” Butler said, “The show is more beautiful now than it was when it was new. Why mess around with it? Why change it? Why do it again? I’m sure it will happen and we’ll all be watching closely to see how they do.”

[00:25:33] For a fun look at how the actors looked then and now, visit triviarewind.com. Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. I hope you enjoyed this look back at Little House on the Prairie. You can visit Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can visit triviarewind.com for more information about things that I mentioned in the episode. I also post a [00:26:00] transcript there. Thank you so much for listening. I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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Oscar Worthy Film Characters

On Sunday, April 25, the 93rd Academy Award will take place at 8pm Eastern Time on ABC. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremony is taking place a few months later than it normally would. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Producers of the ceremony initially hoped to have the honors handed out—and received—only in person. However, given Covid-19 risks and the challenges of international travel, the Academy appears to be open to acceptance speeches from hubs in London and Paris by winners who can’t make it to Los Angeles.”

Last week, the first round of presenters were named and here’s a few of the stars you can look forward to seeing. Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.

ABC7 say “It’ll be a scaled back affair, with only presenters, nominees and their guest in attendance, but the producers are working to make it a must-see event amid critically low ratings for other awards shows during the pandemic.”  

I’m sure you’re wondering…Will it be a boring Zoom event like the Golden Globes? No. According to ABC7 “The Oscars are not making a virtual element possible for nominees who either can’t or don’t feel comfortable attending. The producers said they plan to treat the event like an active movie set with on-site COVID safety teams and testing protocols.”  So no pajamas for this event. 

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about those characters that were played so well that the actor or actress won a Best Actor or Best Actress Oscar.  Over the years, some brilliant actors and actresses have played roles that have won them best acting Oscar Awards.  Some have even made history in the process.

Currently, the actress that holds the record for the most Oscar wins is Katharine Hepburn.  She was nominated for 12 awards and won 4.  

The actor that has the record for the most Oscar wins is Daniel Day Lewis. He was nominated for 6 awards and won 3.  

Other actors and actresses have set records for things other than the amount of wins.  Sidney Poitier was the first black male to win a Best Actor Oscar. That was for his role in the film Lilies of the Field. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to ever win an Oscar.  Her award came from her performance in Gone with the Wind. 

Just this year, Steven Yeun is making history by being the first Asian American ever to have been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.  He’s nominated for his role in the film Minari. We’ll have to wait until Sunday, April 25th to find out if he won. 

This episode of Trivia Rewind will be a little different than our other episodes. Here’s how it will work.  I will ask you 20 questions. After each question, I’ll pause and then I’ll give you the answer.   This may be harder than you think.  I’ll give you the name of the character and the year the movie was released. You’ll have to guess which movie the character is from.  See how many of the 20 you get right!  

Spoiler alert! Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. For more Oscar fun, look back at some of our previous episodes!

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Trivia Rewind Episode 45 – Oscar Worthy Movie Roles

[00:00:00] Hey there. Welcome to this special Oscar edition of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host of the virtual red carpet. On Sunday, April 25th, the 93rd Academy Awards will take place at 8:00 PM Eastern time. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the ceremony is taking place a few months later than it normally would.

[00:00:35] According to the Wall Street Journal, “Producers of the ceremony initially hoped to have the honors handed out and received only in person. However, given COVID 19 risks and the challenges of international travel, the Academy appears to be open to acceptance speeches from hubs in London and Paris by winners who can’t make it to Los Angeles.”

[00:00:59] Last [00:01:00] week, the first round of presenters were named and here are a few of the stars you can look forward to seeing. Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, and Zendaya.

[00:01:24] ABC seven says, “It will be a scaled back affair with only presenters, nominees and their guest in attendance. But the producers are working to make it a must-see event amid critically low ratings for other award shows during the pandemic.” So will it be a boring Zoom event like the Golden Globes? No.

[00:01:45] According to ABC seven, “The Oscars are not making a virtual element possible for nominees who either can’t or don’t feel comfortable attending. The producers said they planned to treat the event like an active [00:02:00] movie set with onsite COVID safety teams and testing protocols.” So no pajamas for this event.

[00:02:09] In this episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about those characters that were played so well that the actor or actress won a Best Actor or Best Actress Oscar. This episode will be a little different than our other episodes. Here’s how it will work. I will ask you 20 questions. After each question, I’ll pause and then I’ll give you the answer. I’ll give you the name of the character and the year the movie was released. You’ll have to guess which movie the character is from.

[00:02:45] Unfortunately, there won’t be fun facts for this episode. I know you must be disappointed. That’s my favorite part of the show too. Stick around to the very end, because I’ll tell you who currently holds the [00:03:00] record for the most Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar wins. Plus a few other interesting Oscar record facts.

[00:03:09] So if you are ready, let’s get started with question one. In what film from 1987 would you find the character Gordon Gekko? That movie was Wall Street. Actor Michael Douglas had the role of Gordon Gekko and this was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:03:39] Question two. In what 1988 film would you find the character Raymond Babbitt? That movie was Rain Man. Actor Dustin Hoffman had the role of Raymond Babbitt. This was his second Best [00:04:00] Actor Oscar win. He had previously won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Kramer vs. Kramer.

[00:04:08] Question three. In what film from 2005 did an actress win the Best Actress Oscar for her role portraying June Carter Cash? That movie was Walk the Line. Actress Reese Witherspoon had the role of June Carter Cash. This was her first Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:04:34] Question four. In what film from 2016 would you find the character Mia Dolan? Well, that movie was LA LA Land. Actress Emma Stone had the role of Mia Dolan. This was her first Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:04:58] Question five. [00:05:00] In what 2017 film did one actor win a Best Actor Oscar for portraying Winston Churchill?

[00:05:11] That film was Darkest Hour. Gary Oldman had the role of Winston Churchill. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win. He is currently nominated for another Best Actor Oscar in this upcoming 93rd Academy Award Ceremony.

[00:05:31] Question six. In what 2019 film would you find the character Arthur Fleck? That movie was The Joker. Actor Joaquin Phoenix had the role of Arthur Fleck. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:05:50] Question seven. In what film from 1980 would you find the character Jake LaMotta? [00:06:00] That film was Raging Bull. Actor Robert DeNiro had the role of Jake LaMotta. This was his second Best Actor Oscar win. His first was for his role in The Godfather Part II.

[00:06:15] Question eight. In which 1996 film would you find the character Marge Gunderson? That film was Fargo. Actress Frances McDormand had the role of Marge Gunderson. This was her first Best Actress Oscar win. She’s currently nominated for another Best Actress Oscar at the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards.

[00:06:44] Question nine. In what 2001 film would you find the character Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris? Well, that film was Training Day. Actor Denzel Washington [00:07:00] had the role of Alonzo Harris and this was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:07:07] Question 10. In what 1987 film would you find the character Loretta Castorini? That film was Moonstruck. Cher had the role of Loretta Castorini and this was her first Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:07:30] Question 11. In what 2004 film would you find the character Maggie Fitzgerald? That film was Million Dollar Baby. Actress Hillary Swank had the role of Maggie Fitzgerald and this was her second Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:07:52] Question 12. In what 2013 film would you find the character Ron Woodruff? [00:08:00] That film was Dallas Buyers Club. Actor Matthew McConaughey had the role and this was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:08:13] Question 13. In what 2009 movie would you find the character Otis “Bad” Blake? That film was Crazy Heart and actor Jeff Bridges had the role. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:08:36] Question 14. In what 1990 film would you find the character Annie Wilkes? That film was Misery. Actress Kathy Bates had the role and this was her first Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:08:55] Question 15. In what [00:09:00] 1993 film would you find the character Andrew “Andy” Beckett?

[00:09:07] That film was Philadelphia and actor Tom Hanks had the role. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:09:18] Question 16. In what 1980 film did the actress win a Best Actress Oscar for portraying Loretta Lynn? Well, that film was Coal Miner’s Daughter. Actress Sissy Spacek had the role and this was her first Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:09:42] Question 17. In what 2014 film did the actor win a best Actor Oscar for portraying Stephen Hawking? That film was The Theory of Everything. Actor Eddie [00:10:00] Redmayne had the role of Stephen Hawking and this was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:10:08] Question 18. In what 2018 movie did the actress win a Best Actress Oscar for portraying Anne Queen of Great Britain? That movie was the Favourite. Actress Olivia Coleman played Anne Queen of Great Britain and this was her first Best Actress Oscar win.

[00:10:32] Question 19. In what 2018 film did the actor win a Best Actor Oscar for portraying Freddie Mercury? That film was Bohemian Rhapsody. Actor Rami Malik had the role of Freddie Mercury. This was his first Best Actor Oscar win.

[00:10:56] Question 20. In what [00:11:00] 2011 film did the actress win a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher? That film was The Iron Lady. Actress Meryl Streep had the role of Margaret Thatcher. This was her second time to win a Best Actress Oscar.

[00:11:24] Well, over the years, some brilliant actors and actresses have played roles that have won them Best Acting Oscars. Some have made history in the process. Currently the actress that holds the record for the most Oscar wins is Katherine Hepburn. She was nominated for 12 awards and won four. The actor that has the record for the most Oscar wins is Daniel Day Lewis. He was nominated for six awards and won three.

[00:11:57] Other actors and actresses have set [00:12:00] records for things other than the amount of wins. Sidney Poitier  was the first black male to win a Best Actor Oscar. That was for his role in the film Lilies of the Field. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to ever win an Oscar. Her award came from her performance in Gone With the Wind. Just this year, Steven Yeun is making history by being the first Asian American ever to have been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. He’s nominated for his role in the film Minari. We’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out if he won.

[00:12:45] Well that’s it for this week’s episode. You can go to Trivia Rewind.com to find out more about the upcoming Oscar ceremony and you can find a transcript to this episode, plus more. You can [00:13:00] also find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

[00:13:04] Thanks for taking the time to listen and I’ll be back next time for another episode of Trivia Rewind.