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SUPERMAN

People young and old have been fans of Superman for decades. He is widely recognized as the first major superhero.  So how did he get his start? The Man of Steel is the topic of this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. You’ll get ten trivia questions plus fun facts. Available wherever you listen to podcasts.

From the Show:

  1. Superman & Lois Opening Scene Clip

2. Metropolis Superman Celebration – Visit Event Website

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Batman and the Actors Who Played Him

Batman is known as one of the most iconic superheroes of all time.   In this episode of Trivia Rewind, find out how the character came into existence.  One man used to take the credit and after years of fans trying to right that wrong, two men now share that honor.  After a brief look at how it all got started,  I’ll give you ten trivia questions about Batman films and the actors who played Batman.  Plus, get lots of fun facts.  

You can find Trivia Rewind wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Thursday Throwback: It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

With October here I wanted to bring back a couple of our Halloween themed episodes from 2020.

This week, I’m taking you back to our episode all about It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.   In 2020, TV viewers no longer could watch this yearly tradition on network TV as it was only available on Apple TV+. Fans were not happy about this change in tradition.  This year, the show is still available on Apple TV+ for subscribers but it can also be seen back on network television, this time on PBS.  The special is scheduled to air on PBS and PBS Kids at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 24.

I hope you enjoy listening to this episode whether it’s your first time or you’ve already heard it. Thanks for listening.

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The Jetsons

If you were a kid in the 60s, 70s and 80s and beyond, you know all about The Jetsons, that family from the future.  In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you back to the future with that tech savvy family the Jetsons.  I’ll give you some history on the show and discuss how some of the technology they dreamed up became a reality. Plus, you’ll get ten trivia questions about the original series as well as some fun facts. 

Here’s a look back at The Jetsons theme song written by Hoyt Curtin.

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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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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.