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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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TV Reruns – 1950s – 1990s

Over the decades, we’ve all watched a lot of memorable television shows.  Some of the shows may have been before our time but thanks to reruns, we are able to watch shows that we weren’t around for. Much of my TV viewing as a kid was in the form of reruns. I can remember loving shows like Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show….the list goes on. I think having such a wide variety of television shows from different years helped give me a love for television. 

Back in the early years of television broadcasting, shows were live and not recorded.  The time zone difference between the east and the west was one reason for studios deciding to record shows.  For example, if a network broadcast a television show in New York at 7pm eastern time, people on the west coast may not get to see it because they’d still be at work at 4:00.  They were out of luck. 

The other day I thought to myself, I wonder who even invented the concept of reruns? Well, I found the answer. Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball are who we have to thank for reruns.  According to Entrepreneur.com, “Arnaz and Ball offered a simple solution: produce the show on film and dispense with kinescopes altogether. CBS wasn’t exactly thrilled with this suggestion. Using film would double production costs. To offset the added cost, Arnaz and Ball agreed to cut their joint weekly salary from $5,000 to $4,000 on the condition that Desilu retained all rights to the show. CBS agreed, and in one fell swoop Arnaz and Ball invented reruns, paved the way for syndication, and pulled off what would become one of the most lucrative deals in television history.” 

The article goes on to say “By insisting that “I Love Lucy” be recorded on film, which could be easily stored and broadcast over and over again without any degradation of picture quality, Desi Arnaz initiated the industry practice of airing reruns, which made summer hiatuses possible and opened up a new market for the sale of film rights.” The first television series to be rerun was I Love Lucy. Thanks to Desi and Lucy for paving the way!

Today, thanks to streaming services, we have quite the menu of shows we can watch from every decade of television. Imagine a few decades ago someone telling you that in the future, you could watch TV shows on a telephone that fits in your hand while on the go. We’ve come so far!

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I have 10 trivia questions for you about television shows that aired between the 1950s and the 1990s.  Maybe you watched them in real time. Maybe you watched them as reruns. Whatever the case, these were some great shows. After I ask you the ten questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers plus some fun facts. The fun facts are always my favorite part!

In our fun facts segment, find out which actor recently made the news touting his “stay-awake-spray” and commenting that it may have helped Tiger Woods avoid his recent accident.  Find out which TV couple couldn’t stand each other in real life and why that was.  I’ll tell you which young actress’ controversial film role and topless photos got her in trouble with her TV dad. Those are just a few of the fun facts I will tell you about in this episode. 

And as promised in the episode, here’s the trailer for the new series Bel-Air. I’m looking forward to this new television show where Will Smith is one of the producers.

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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Trivia Rewind – Episode 41 – TV Reruns – Shows from the 50s to the 90s

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hey there, I’m Debi Jenkins, the host of Trivia Rewind. Over the decades, we’ve watched a lot of memorable television shows. Some of the shows may have been before our time but thanks to reruns, we are able to watch. In this day and age, the concept of reruns is definitely taken for granted. Back in the early years of television broadcasting, shows were live and not recorded.

[00:00:39] The time zone difference between the East and the West was one reason for studios deciding to record shows. For example, if a network broadcast a television show in New York at 7:00 PM Eastern time, people on the West coast may not get to see it because they’d still be at work at [00:01:00] 4:00 PM and they would be out of luck.

[00:01:04] Well, thanks to Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, they came up with a solution. According to Entrepreneur.com, “Arnaz and Ball offered a simple solution. Produce the show on film and dispense with kinescopes altogether. CBS wasn’t exactly thrilled with this suggestion. Using film would double production costs.

[00:01:29] To offset the added cost, Arnaz and Ball agreed to cut their joint weekly salary from $5,000 to $4,000 on the condition that Desilu retained all rights to the show. CBS agreed and in one fell swoop Arnaz and Ball invented reruns, paved the way for syndication, and pulled off what would become one of the most lucrative deals in television history.”

[00:01:59] The first [00:02:00] television series to be rerun was I love Lucy. The article goes on to say, “By insisting that I love Lucy be recorded on film, which could be easily stored in broadcast over and over again without any degradation of picture quality, Desi Arnaz initiated the industry practice of airing reruns, which made summer hiatuses possible and opened up a new market for the sale of film rights.” So thanks to Desi and Lucy for paving the way.

[00:02:33] In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I have 10 trivia questions for you about television shows that aired between the 1950s and the 1990s. Maybe you watched them in real time. Maybe you watch them as reruns. Whatever the case, these were some great shows. After I ask you the 10 questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which [00:03:00] actor recently made the news, touting his stay-awake spray and commenting that it may have helped Tiger Woods avoid his recent accident.

[00:03:09] Find out which TV couple couldn’t stand each other in real life. I’ll tell you which young actress’ controversial film role and topless photos got her in trouble with her TV dad. Those are just a few of the fun facts I’ll tell you about in this episode. Well, if you’re ready, let’s get this started with the first question.

[00:03:33] Question one. On the 1960s sit-com The Andy Griffith Show, what town was Andy Taylor the sheriff of?

[00:03:43] Question two. On the 1970s series Happy Days, what was the name of Richie Cunningham’s best friend?

[00:03:54] Question three. On the 1950s series I love Lucy, [00:04:00] what were the names of Lucy and Ricky’s landlords?

[00:04:04] Question four. On the 1970s series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, what was the name of Mary’s boss at the TV station?

[00:04:16] Question five. On the eighties series, Magnum PI, what kind of car did Thomas Magnum drive?

[00:04:26] Question six. On The Love Boat, a series that started in the 1970s, what was the name of the ship’s bartender?

[00:04:38] Question seven. On the 1970s series, Little House on the Prairie, what was the name of the former professional football player that played the character Jonathan Garvey?

[00:04:52] Question eight. On the nineties sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, from what city did Will [00:05:00] Smith’s character move from in order to live with his aunt and uncle?

[00:05:06] Question nine. On the late sixties, early seventies series, The Brady Bunch, what was the name of Alice’s boyfriend?

[00:05:16] And question 10. On the 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show, what was the name of the college that Denise attended?

[00:05:26] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and review, I’ll give you the answers and the fun facts.

[00:05:34] Question one. On the 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, what town was Andy Taylor the sheriff of? Well, everybody knows that he was the sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina. Andy Griffith had the role of Andy Taylor and from the looks of it, being a sheriff in Mayberry was about as easy as drinking lemonade on the front porch. [00:06:00] According to Andy Griffith, the show’s creator Sheldon Leonard didn’t want the show to be set in North Carolina. He wanted it in the South, but not there. Griffith didn’t like the town names they were tossing around. One of the ideas was to call the town Mt. Pilot. Many say that Mayberry is meant to be Mt. Airy, North Carolina. Things were quite laid back in Mayberry, well for the men at least. When the show started, none of the female characters wore pants, just dresses or skirts.

[00:06:33] The first character on The Andy Griffith Show to wear pants was Andy’s  love interest, nurse, Peggy McMillan. The show ran for eight seasons with a total of 249 episodes. Only seasons six through eight were in color. And the show always ranked very high in the ratings. In 1991, actor Andy Griffith was inducted into The Television [00:07:00] Hall of Fame. In 1997, he won a Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album. He even has a highway named after him. In 2005, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The list goes on. Sadly in 2012, Andy Griffith died of a heart attack.

[00:07:24] Question two. On the 1970s series Happy Days, what was the name of Richie Cunningham’s best friend? Well, his best friend was Potsie Weber. On the show, Ron Howard had the role of Richie and Anson Williams had the role of Potsie. We all know that Ron Howard today is an award-winning film director, but what is Anson Williams up to? After he left Happy Days, he started a career in directing television shows. Coincidentally, when I was doing the research for this [00:08:00] episode, I saw that he was just in the news for something totally unrelated to entertainment.

[00:08:05] It turns out he is the second cousin to Dr. Henry Heimlich, the man we credit for what’s known as the Heimlich Maneuver. Heimlich is also Anson’s real last name. Well in a Page Six article, it says “Six years ago, his cousin told him to keep awake during long drives, a squeeze of lemon juice acts as a bolt of instant adrenaline. They quote him as saying, “I called Henry and I said, Why don’t we put citric acid in a spray, and he said that would save more lives than the Heimlich Maneuver. I promised him we’d get it done. He passed away four years ago and he made me promise to get it out.” Then the topic of Tiger Woods’ accident came up and they quote him saying With Tiger Woods, the forensic experts feel that he fell asleep.

[00:08:58] I’m so glad he is going to be [00:09:00] okay, but he’s bringing attention to this major problem. He continued. If you take this little spray (Alertdrops), you’re up, you’re alert, it’s safe. It’s natural. It’s really Dr. Heimlich’s legacy. He was a beautiful human being.” The article said that Anson Williams is still close with his Happy Days friends and even recently dined with 92 year old Marion Ross, the actress that played Mrs. Cunningham.

[00:09:30] Question three. On the 1950s series I love Lucy, what were the names of Lucy and Ricky’s landlords? Their landlords were Fred and Ethel Mertz. William Frawley had the role of Fred and Vivian Vance had the role of Ethel. While the two meshed together well on the show, in real life, not so much. Supposedly they hated each other.

[00:09:58] Why? [00:10:00] Well, a MeTV article says “It all started on the first day of rehearsals when Vance found that Frawley, 22 years her senior had been cast as her husband. He’s old enough to be my father, she complained. Unfortunately, Frawley had been within earshot when she made the remark and the battle lines were drawn.”

[00:10:21] Both William Frawley and Vivian Vance were nominated for multiple Primetime Emmy Awards for their roles on the show. Frawley was nominated five times for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy and Vivian Vance was nominated four times and won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

[00:10:43] Question four. On the seventies series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, what was the name of Mary’s boss at the TV station? Her boss was Lou Grant. Actor Ed Asner played Lou Grant on the show. [00:11:00] After The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ed Asner went on to star in a spin-off of the series called Lou Grant. In 1996 he was inducted into The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

[00:11:13] From 1981 to 1985, he was the president of the Screen Actors Guild. Ed Asner holds the record for being the male performer with the most Emmy Award wins. He has a total of seven Emmys. Ed Asner is still going strong. In 2020 he had several roles in television and film. This year Asner will be 92 years old.

[00:11:40] Someone else that auditioned for the role of Lou Grant was Gavin McLeod. It ended up that he was better suited for a different role on the show. He played Murray Slaughter, the head writer of the news.

[00:11:53] Question five. On the eighties series Magnum PI, what kind of car did [00:12:00] Thomas Magnum drive? I’m sure we can all picture it in our minds, but it was a Ferrari 308.

[00:12:08] Actor Tom Selleck starred as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator. According to ScreenRant.com, Tom Selleck was too big for the sports car and some modifications had to be made. They said that the car “had to have padding removed, tops cut into, and seats permanently removed so that he could fit in comfortably.” Ferrari experienced a big boost in sales after the series began gaining popularity. The show was set in Hawaii, but that wasn’t always the plan. In 1980, CBS ended production of their show Hawaii Five-O. They had a great production facility created for the show and didn’t want to shut it down. I’m thinking maybe some executives wanted an excuse to be in Hawaii.

[00:12:54] So it was decided that Magnum PI would be shot in Hawaii and utilize the production [00:13:00] facilities that CBS had there. The series went on for seven seasons and had a series finale where everyone assumed Magnum died. Supposedly fans were so upset, that Tom Selleck agreed to come back for a short eighth season where we find out he really didn’t die. In 2017, Insider did a piece about The 20 Most Watched TV Show Finales of all Time and Magnum PI ranked fifth.

[00:13:29] Tom Selleck was nominated for multiple awards for his role and he took home one Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. And here’s an interesting fact. Tom Selleck could have been Indiana Jones, but he was already contractually committed to the Magnum PI series.

[00:13:51] Question six. On The Love Boat, a series that started in the 1970s, what was the name of the ship’s [00:14:00] bartender? That popular bartender was Isaac Washington. Actor Ted Lange had the role of Isaac. In addition to acting, Ted is also a director and screenwriter. He even directed some of The Love Boat episodes and was a screenwriter for some as well.

[00:14:17] According to Mashable.com, “When Ted Lang’s agent told him he should play the part of a bartender on a new television series set on a cruise ship, he thought it sounded boring. And that part, which was minimal in the beginning, wasn’t worth it. My agent says, have you ever been on a cruise? Well think of it as a vacation, you’ll get a chance to see Mexico, Lang told Mashable. And it was fantastic.”

[00:14:44] The Love Boat had 250 episodes and Ted Lange was only one of three actors to appear in every single episode. Ted Lang’s Isaac Washington character went well beyond the series. His character [00:15:00] appeared in Charlie’s Angels, Martin, Weird Science and Love Boat the Next Wave. I imagine this show did a lot for the cruise industry. I can remember watching the show as a kid and dreaming about what it must be like to go on a cruise.

[00:15:15] Question seven. On the 1970s series, Little House on the Prairie, what was the name of the former professional football player that played the character Jonathan Garvey? That person was Merlin Olsen. Merlin Olsen played in the NFL for 15 seasons. He was a defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams. He even played in the Pro Bowl for 14 of those years. He’s a member of The Pro Football Hall of Fame. After his football career, he appeared in a few films and TV series when Michael Landon approached him to be on Little House on the Prairie. Olsen had the role of Jonathan Garvey, the father of one of Laura’s friends. Olsen [00:16:00] appeared in over 50 episodes.

[00:16:02] A close friend of Michael Landon, Merlin Olsen gave the eulogy at Landon’s funeral. In 2010, cancer took the life of Merlin Olsen.

[00:16:13] Question eight. On the nineties sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from what city did Will Smith’s character move from an order to live with his aunt and uncle? He moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

[00:16:29] Actor Will Smith had the role of the character named Will Smith on the show. On the show, he played a fictionalized version of himself. The show ran for six seasons and had 148 episodes. In real life, Will Smith was part of a hip hop duo called DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. They too hailed from Philadelphia.

[00:16:53] When Will Smith started his role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he was way over his head in [00:17:00] debt and owed the IRS $2.8 million in back taxes. According to the book Will Smith: A Biography, for the first three years he was on the show, the IRS took 70% of his paychecks. The book quotes Will Smith saying, “There’s nothing more sobering than having six cars and a mansion one day and you can’t even buy gas for the cars the next.”

[00:17:27] Things have definitely improved for Smith. According to WealthyGorilla.com, in 2021 his net worth is $350 million. I have a feeling he is much better at budgeting money now. And did you hear that a new Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is on the way? The new series is called Bel-Air and one of the executive producers is will Smith. This version leaves the comedy behind and it will fall into the drama category. I’ll post a [00:18:00] trailer for it on triviarewind.com.

[00:18:03] Question nine. On the late sixties, early seventies series The Brady Bunch, what was the name of Alice’s boyfriend? Well, his name was Sam Franklin. Actor Allan Melvin had the role of Sam the butcher on the show. While it feels like we all know Sam so well, did you know that he actually only appeared in eight episodes? While appearing in hundreds of various television episodes over the years, many remember him for his role as Sam. That innocent butcher even made his way into the lyrics of a Beastie Boys song. You’ll hear him mentioned in the lyrics to their 1989 song Shake your Rump. Allan Melvin also had several roles doing voice work. One of those roles was the voice of Magilla Gorilla on the sixties animated television series, The Magilla Gorilla Show.

[00:19:00] [00:19:00] And question 10. On the 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show, what was the name of the college that Denise attended? Well, she went to Hillman. On the Cosby show, actress Lisa Bonet had the role of Denise Huxtable. When the storyline of the show sends Denise off to Hillman, supposedly there was a reason for sending her off. There came a point when Lisa Bonet got on the bad side of Bill Cosby. She co-starred in the movie Angel Heart, a horror film that almost had an X rating.

[00:19:36] Then Bonet appeared in topless photos, leaked to the media. According to MentalFloss.com, “Cosby had her much younger TV siblings to consider. Denise was the most popular Huxtable according to the fan mail so Cosby solved the problem by spinning her off into A Different World, a series set at Hillman College. Bonet [00:20:00] only appeared for the first season of A Different World.

[00:20:03] In 1987, the year A Different World started, Lisa Bonet married musician Lenny Kravitz and in 1988 announced she was pregnant. The producers of A Different World didn’t want a pregnant college freshmen so she was let go. She later appeared back on The Cosby Show during season five, where her character left the country to go on a photography assignment. In 1993, Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz divorced. In 2017, she married Aqua Man star Jason Mamoa.

[00:20:41] That’s it for this week’s episode. The next time you watch a rerun, think of Lucy and Desi. We owe it all to them. For more visit Triviarewind.com on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and at triviarewind.com. Thank you [00:21:00] for listening and be back next week for another episode.

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1970s TV Show Trivia

Let’s go back to the groovy decade of the 1970s. If you grew up in this decade, you’ll remember having to wait until Saturday morning for cartoons to come on. And speaking of the TV, we didn’t have a remote. WE were the remote. That meant we had to get up and turn the dial.  We also had to adjust the antenna to get the show to come in clearer.  Times have sure changed. But some of the TV shows that came out of that decade are unforgettable.  And that’s what we’re talking about on this episode of Trivia Rewind.

Do you know what TV series had the first audible toilet flush?  You’ll find out the answer in our fun facts!   Find out what show Jason Bateman was on as a little kid, way before his popularity on shows like Ozark.  When you’re finished with this episode, I know you’ll leave knowing something new.  

Here’s how Trivia Rewind works. I’ll give you ten questions, the answers and fun facts. I hope you enjoy this episode!  Listen on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind!

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Debi Jenkins  0:04  
Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. This is Debi Jenkins your host. Let’s go back to the groovy decade of the 1970s, shag carpet. If you grew up in this decade, you’ll remember having to wait until Saturday morning for cartoons to come on. And speaking of the TV, we didn’t have a remote. We were the remote. This meant we had to get up and turn the dial ourselves. We also had to adjust the antenna to get the show to come in clearer. Times have sure changed. But some of the TV shows that came out of that decade are unforgettable. And that’s what we’re talking about this week on Trivia Rewind. 

Debi Jenkins  0:50  
Here’s a quick review of how Trivia Rewind works. First, I’ll read you 10 questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers as well as a few fun facts about each show. Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind. 

Debi Jenkins  1:09  
Question one. The TV show All In The Family discussed many controversial topics and character Archie Bunker was always at odds with his son-in-law nicknamed what?

Debi Jenkins  1:22  
 Question two.  In the 1972 series, The Waltons, what famous line from the show is said in the sequence that closes out each episode?

Debi Jenkins  1:37  
Question three. On what television series does John Ritter play the character Jack Tripper? 

Debi Jenkins  1:47  
Question four. The long running series Little House on the Prairie was centered around what family? 

Debi Jenkins  1:58  
Question five. In the sitcom The Jeffersons, what kind of successful business was George Jefferson the owner of?

Debi Jenkins  2:11  
Question six. In what war was the television series MASH set? 

Debi Jenkins  2:20  
Question  seven. On the popular series Happy Days first telecast in 1974, what is the popular three word catchphrase that the character Fonzie would often say? 

Debi Jenkins  2:36  
Question eight. On the show Facts of Life, what is the name of the house mother at the Eastland School, an all girls boarding school? 

Debi Jenkins  2:49  
Question nine. On the show The Brady Bunch, what is the name of the family’s dog? 

Debi Jenkins  3:00  
Question 10. What spin off from Happy Days featured two roommates that worked as bottle cappers in the Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?

Debi Jenkins  3:14  
 Well, those are the questions. Let’s go back and I’ll give you the answers and fun facts. Question one. The TV show All in the Family discussed many controversial topics and character Archie Bunker was always at odds with his son-in-law nicknamed what? The nickname of his son-in-law was Meathead. Many consider All in the Family to be one of the greatest television shows of all time. Did you know that it was the first major American TV series to be taped in front of a live studio audience? Canned laughter was never used in this show. It was all the real thing. And here’s a history making event worth making noise about. All in the Family had the first audible toilet flush on TV. Before this show, the first time a toilet was even seen on TV was on Leave it to Beaver in 1957. 

Debi Jenkins  4:16  
Question two. In the 1972 series The Waltons, what famous line from the show is said in the sequence that closes out each episode? Well, the answer is, “Goodnight John Boy” and it was said by Elizabeth Walton, the sister of John Boy. After her line everyone else in the family was told goodnight but for some reason the goodnight John Boy is the only one that stuck. If you grew up in the 70s I’d be surprised if your family didn’t use that line at least once. I know ours did, more than once. Here’s a fun fact about The Waltons. A replica of The Walton house has remained on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, California. The exterior was used as the pre-renovated Dragonfly Inn on the show Gilmore Girls. 

Debi Jenkins  5:14  
Question three. On what television series does John Ritter play the character Jack Tripper? Well, that show was Three’s Company. This show ran for eight seasons. John Ritter was the only cast member to be in every single episode. Actor Billy Crystal tried out for the role of Jack Tripper. In the 1970s Three’s Company was considered a controversial show. It fell into a category called “jiggle television.” 

Debi Jenkins  5:49  
Question four.  The long running series Little House on the Prairie was centered around what family?  Well, that was the Ingalls family. In season one, the Ingalls family included Charles, Caroline, Mary, Laura and Carrie. A few other family members were added as the seasons went on. While the show looked real pure from your TV set, things going on behind the scenes were quite the opposite. There was a lot of drinking on the set. It was not uncommon for Michael Landon to be drinking vodka throughout the day. In her autobiography, Melissa Gilbert talks about Michael Landon and the crew abusing alcohol. Did you know that actor Jason Bateman was in 21 episodes of Little House on the Prairie. He played the character James. He was adopted by the Ingalls family after his parents were killed in a wagon accident. Today Jason Bateman is really pretty well known for his show Ozark which is on Netflix. 

Debi Jenkins  6:56  
Question five. In the sitcom, The Jeffersons, what kind of successful business was George Jefferson the owner of? Well, he owned a chain of dry cleaning stores. Here’s a fun fact. The Jeffersons is one of the longest running sitcoms with 11 seasons. Unfortunately, it was abruptly canceled and the lead actor Sherman Hemsley found out about the cancellation by reading about it in the newspaper. Real classy CBS. Actress Isabelle Sanford set records by being the first African American actress to win an Emmy Award in the category of Best Actress in a Comedy Series. 

Debi Jenkins  7:43  
Question six. In what war was the television series MASH set? That was the Korean War. While laugh tracks were all the rage back then, they agreed not to use a laugh track in the scenes that were set in the operating room. Probably a smart idea. Usually there isn’t much laughing going on in a surgical hospital in the middle of a war zone. MASH wasn’t the only time you’d see Alan Alda in the role of doctor.  In 1999, he was in five episodes of the hit show ER, playing Dr. Gabriel Lawrence. MASH was nominated for an amazing 100 plus Emmy Awards over its 11 year run. 

Debi Jenkins  8:31  
Question seven. On the popular series Happy Days, first telecast in 1974, what is the popular three word catchphrase that the character Fonzie would often say? It was “sit on it.” Happy Days ran for 11 seasons and was one of ABCs longest running primetime programs in the ABC network’s history. Seven shows spun off of Happy Days. They were Laverne and Shirley, Blanksy’s Beauties, Mork and Mindy, Out of the Blue, Joanie Loves Chachi, and then two animated series, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, and Laverne and Shirley with the Fonz. 

Debi Jenkins  9:16  
Question eight. On the show Facts of Life, what is the name of the house mother at the Eastland School, an all girls boarding school? Her name was Mrs. Garrett, and she was played by actress Charlotte Rae. Did you know that the Facts of Life was a spinoff from the Diff’rent Strokes television series. Mrs. Garrett was the housekeeper for the Drummond family on that series. One of the people that wrote the theme song for the series was actor Alan Thicke. You’ll remember him as Jason Seaver on Growing Pains.

Debi Jenkins  9:52  
Question nine. On the show The Brady Bunch, what is the name of the family’s dog? The dog’s name was Tiger. If you watched the pilot episode, you may have noticed the girls had a pet cat named Fluffy. Fluffy never appeared in any other episodes. The Brady Bunch was never nominated for any awards during its run, even though it seems like it was such a popular show and it is still watched today. Recently, the Brady kids reunited for an HGTV show called A Very Brady Renovation. They came together to renovate the actual house that was used for exterior shots in the 1970s Brady Bunch series. This HGTV series was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Structured Reality Program category. 

Debi Jenkins  10:48  
And question 10. What spin off from Happy Days featured two roommates that worked as bottle cappers in the Shotz brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin? The answer is Laverne and Shirley. The actors that portrayed Laverne and Shirley were Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. Here’s a fun fact. Penny Marshall’s brother is Gary Marshall, a creator and executive producer of the series. In 2013, the two actresses were reunited on the Nickelodeon show Sam and Cat. It had been 30 years since they were in a scripted show together and this show rekindled their friendship. 

Debi Jenkins  11:33  
Well, those were our 10 trivia questions about just a few of the great shows from the 1970s. The next time you hear a toilet flush, maybe you’ll think about the All in the Family series. I hope you enjoy Trivia Rewind. Please subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. And I’d love it if you’d leave us a positive review. Visit us at triviarewind.com for links to our Instagram and Twitter pages. Thanks for listening. Come back next time and join me for more Trivia Rewind.

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