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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

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Ron Howard

Season 2 – Episode 2

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

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

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

Thanks for listening!

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Steve Martin – A Wild and Crazy Guy

Season 2 – Episode 1

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

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

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

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

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

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Fun Facts, Trivia or Both

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

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50th Episode Extravaganza

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

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


TRANSCRIPT: Trivia Rewind Episode 50 – 50th Episode Extravaganza

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From Athlete to Actor

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

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

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

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

Links mentioned in the episode:

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

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


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I Need a Doctor, STAT!

Over the years there have been numerous television shows about doctors, hospitals and the medical community as a whole.  When looking into the history of medically themed TV shows, it looks like 1961 was the year that medical dramas really took off. In 1961 both Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey debuted.  Dr. Kildare ran for 5 seasons and actor Richard Chamberlain had the role of Dr. Kildare.  Ben Casey also ran for 5 seasons and actor Vince Edwards had the role of Dr. Ben Casey. 

In 1969, Marcus Welby M.D. started airing on television and introduced us to the friendly family practitioner played by actor Robert Young. This series ran for 7 seasons. During the 1970-1971 season, this show became the first ABC show to make it to the number one spot in TV’s Nielsen ratings.

Those shows paved the way for the medical series that would fill the networks in the years to come. Some of those medical shows set records.

When the M*A*S*H finale aired in 1983, it became the most-watched and highest-rated single television episode in US television history, at the time. Grey’s Anatomy is TV’s longest-running primetime scripted medical drama series. Ever. In 2008, House became the world’s most watched fiction show on television at the time. When St. Elsewhere series ended, the finale caused quite the stir and opened the biggest can of worms ever. The list goes on.

So why are we so intrigued by medically themed television shows? A BBC article from 2012 offers some insight. Philippa Roxby, a health reporter for BBC News writes, “Without doubt, medical science is a rich source of stories and intrigue. The popularity of all forms of medical-based drama suggests that we love to watch and read about people dealing with pain and discomfort, facing problems we fear we might face too at some point in our lives. Prof George Ikkos, president of the Royal Society of Medicine’s psychiatry section, says it is more to do with learning about ourselves from other people.”

Whatever the case, people worldwide love medical shows and the popularity doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon.

In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I give you ten trivia questions about various medically themed television shows. After I ask you the questions, I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which actress from a medical drama was in the bathroom when her name was announced for an Emmy Award.  And speaking of bathrooms, find out which television writer and producer came up with the idea for his medical drama while sitting on the toilet.  Those are just two of the fun facts from this week’s episode.  

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 43 – TV Doctors

[00:00:00] Hi, this is Debi Jenkins, the host of Trivia Rewind. Over the years, there have been numerous television shows about hospitals and doctors. When looking into the history of medical TV shows, it looks like 1961 was the year that medical dramas really became popular. In 1961, both Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey debuted.

[00:00:36] Dr. Kildare ran for five seasons with a total of 191 episodes. Actor Richard Chamberlain had the role of Dr. Kildare. Ben Casey also ran for five seasons and actor Vince Edwards had the role of Dr. Ben Casey. In 1969, Marcus Welby MD started airing on television [00:01:00] and introduced us to the friendly family practitioner played by actor Robert Young. This series ran for seven seasons. During the 1970/71 season, this show became the first ABC series to make it to the number one spot in TV’s Nielsen ratings.

[00:01:21] Those shows paved the way for the medical series that would fill the networks in the years to come. In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you 10 questions about medically themed television shows. After the questions, I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which actress from a medical drama was in the bathroom when her name was announced for an Emmy Award. And speaking of bathrooms, find out which television writer and producer came up with the idea for his medical [00:02:00] show while sitting on the toilet. Those are just two of the fun facts from this week’s episode. Let’s get started with this week’s trivia.

[00:02:11] Question one. This show first aired in 1994 and followed a group of doctors, one of which was head surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Geiger. What was the name of the show?

[00:02:28] Question two. This show first aired in 1990 and followed a doctor sent to a small Alaska town where he became their general practitioner. What was the name of the series?

[00:02:44] Question three. What is the name of the medical drama that features Dr. Doug Ross, a pediatrician?

[00:02:53] Question four. This physician grew up in her mother’s shadow and at one [00:03:00] point in her career committed insurance fraud in order to help a young girl’s father pay for his daughter’s surgery. What is the name of the doctor and what show is she on?

[00:03:14] Question five. What is the name of the medical series that features an autistic surgical resident named Dr. Shawn Murphy?

[00:03:24] Question six. What is the name of the medical drama that features a physician dependent on pain medication and is the head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine?

[00:03:37] Question seven. What is the name of the medical television series that’s set during the Korean War?

[00:03:46] Question eight. What is the name of the medical series that takes part at Sacred Heart Hospital and focuses mainly on the hospital’s interns?

[00:03:58] Question [00:04:00] nine. What is the name of the medical series set at St. Eligius hospital located in Boston?

[00:04:10] And question 10. Which medical show features a doctor that graduated from Princeton University at the age of 10 and was a physician at age 14?

[00:04:23] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts.

[00:04:28] Question one. This show first aired in 1994 and followed a group of doctors, one of which was head surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Geiger. What was the name of the show? That show was Chicago Hope. This medical drama aired for six seasons. Actor Mandy Patinkin had the role of Dr. Jeffrey Geiger, a hot shot surgeon. In 1995 Patinkin won an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Primetime Emmy Award [00:05:00] for his role as Dr. Geiger. Actor Christine Lahti played cardiac surgeon, Kate Austin. For this role, she won both a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award. Her 1998 Emmy Award win included a bit of potty humor. Literally. When her name was announced as the winner, she wasn’t there.

[00:05:24] She happened to be in the bathroom. A 2017 People Magazine article reminisces this moment with her and says,  “The moment became one of the most memorable in pop culture history as the crowd waited for Lahti; Robin Williams even came up on stage to entertain for a few minutes. Lahti finally came on stage and jokingly finished wiping her hands with a towel before saying ‘I was in the bathroom, mom.’ The actress now explains that it was the first thing she could think of.” Do you want to see this humorous Emmy [00:06:00] moment? Visit triviarewind.com for a link.

[00:06:04] Question two. This show first aired in 1990 and followed a doctor sent to a small Alaska town where he became their general practitioner. What was the name of the series? That show was Northern Exposure. Northern Exposure ran for six seasons and starred Rob Morrow as Dr. Joel Fleishman. For his role on the show, he was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and two Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. This series was created by the same duo that created another popular medical series, St. Elsewhere.

[00:06:45] In the fall of 2020, Deadline discuss the Vulture Festival where the cast of Northern Exposure appeared in a panel where they reminisced about their time on the show. Actor Barry Corbin said, “The casting fit, the [00:07:00] location fit, the music fit. Everything fit.” Well, a revival of the show has been in the works for several years and it’s still unknown if that will actually happen.

[00:07:12] Question three. What is the name of the medical drama that features Dr. Doug Ross, a pediatrician? Well, that show was ER and the actor that played Dr. Doug Ross was George Clooney. Before his role on ER, George Clooney had an extensive background in television. However, his big break came with ER .This role launched him into stardom.

[00:07:39] In the book titled Top of the Rock, Inside the Rise and Fall of Must-See TV, one of the producers, John Wells said, “George Clooney begged me for a part. George was the first person to audition.” He went on to say, “Our second day in the office, George showed up and wouldn’t leave until I let him [00:08:00] audition.”

[00:08:01] Well talk about persistence. I would say that his persistence paid off. Here’s a fun fact about George Clooney from Elle.com. The article says, “Ever noticed that Doug Ross spends a lot of time looking down at patients in their hospital beds, at clipboards or hanging his head? That’s because Clooney developed a technique for remembering all of his complex medical dialogue which involved writing his lines on props so that he could consult them during scenes. According to PBS’s Pioneers of Television, he started doing this while shooting ER and movies at the same time in order to deal with the workload.”

[00:08:42] ER first aired in September of 1994 and went on for 15 seasons. It’s the second longest running prime time medical drama in American television history. According to Nbc.com, “The highly acclaimed drama [00:09:00] series holds the distinction of being recognized as the most Emmy nominated series in the history of television with 124 nominations.” George Clooney left the series in 1999 but returned in 2009 for one last goodbye to the ER.

[00:09:19] The screenplay for ER was written in 1974 by author Michael Crichton. He based it on his personal experiences as a medical student. Before ER became a TV series, Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton considered making ER into a two hour movie. However, nobody picked it up so the script was shelved for 20 years. Eventually they decided to make a two hour pilot for television. And the rest is history. They pretty much used that 1974 script word for word, but they did make a few changes to characters by adding a black doctor and a [00:10:00] female doctor, instead of all white male doctors.

[00:10:05] Question four. This physician grew up in her mother’s shadow and at one point in her career committed insurance fraud in order to help a young girl’s father pay for his daughter’s surgery. What is the name of the doctor and what show is she on? Well, the character is Dr. Meredith Grey and the show is Grey’s Anatomy. Talk about a successful series. Currently Grey’s Anatomy holds the record for the longest running American primetime medical drama series. The show has been going strong for 18 seasons and even today, new episodes are airing.

[00:10:48] The series was created by Shonda Rhimes. In 2007 Rhimes was named on the list of Time Magazine’s 100 People Who Helped Shape the World. [00:11:00] Shonda Rhimes is also the creator and producer of Private Practice, a spinoff from Grey’s Anatomy.

[00:11:07] According to an article in the Hollywood Reporter, “In its 17th season, Grey’s Anatomy remains a massive asset for ABC and Disney. The series ranks as ABC’s number one drama series among total viewers and the all-important advertiser-coveted adults 18 to 49 demographic. The series is a global phenomenon and broadcast all over the world. It’s also become a cash cow with a rich streaming deal at Netflix where it ranks as one of the company’s most watched acquired shows.”

[00:11:44] Question five. What is the name of the medical series that features an autistic surgical resident named Dr. Shawn Murphy? That series is The Good Doctor and actor Freddie Highmore plays Dr. [00:12:00] Sean Murphy. This series first aired in September of 2017 and is currently in its fourth season. The show is actually based on a South Korean series by the same name.

[00:12:13] Actor Freddie Highmore was born in London and has roles in numerous films and television shows. Before The Good Doctor he had a riveting role as serial killer Norman Bates in the psychological horror drama television series, Bates Motel. In a USA Today article from 2017, he is asked about his new role on The Good Doctor and he’s quoted as saying, “It’s nice to save people after years of killing them.”

[00:12:42] Freddie Highmore does such a good job playing a character with autism that some have asked if he really is autistic in real life. Well, he isn’t. The show has an autism consultant that helps them make sure they get his character just right. [00:13:00] In a 2019 article with Digital Spy, Freddie Highmore says, “Aside from continual research or working with the consultant that we have, I’m also talking to people who feel that they have a personal connection to the show through autism and are pleased or thankful that the show is seeking to raise awareness in that way.” Highmore was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role on The Good Doctor. The series is currently airing on ABC where you can watch new episodes.

[00:13:32] Question six. What is the name of the medical drama that features a physician dependent on pain medication and is the head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine? That show is House and the doctor’s name is Dr. Gregory House. English actor Hugh Laurie plays Dr. House. The series ran for eight seasons and premiered in November of 2004. According [00:14:00] to an AFT article in 2008, House was the world’s most watched fictional program on TV. By the time the series was done airing, it had been nominated for over 160 awards. Hugh Laurie won two Best Actor Golden Globe Awards for his role.

[00:14:18] In a USA today article from 2004, Hugh Laurie discussed one reservation about playing his doctor character. He says, “One of the things that makes me feel guilty about playing this role is that my dad was a doctor. He was a very gentle soul and I think a very good doctor. And I’m probably being paid more to become a fake version of my own father.” In 2011, Hugh Laurie made it into the record books. The Guinness World’s Records listed him as The Most Watched Leading Man on Television as well as one of the highest paid actors in a television drama.

[00:14:59] Question [00:15:00] seven. What is the name of the medical television series that’s set during the Korean War? That show was M*A*S*H and in case you didn’t know, M*A*S*H is an acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. M*A*S*H first aired in 1972 and ran for 11 seasons. When the series ended, its finale was the most watched television program in history. It took a Superbowl to take that record away from the series.

[00:15:32] During the show, they had to come up with a lot of names for the patients that would come through their unit. For the seventh season, they used a names from the 1978 Los Angeles Dodgers roster. And talk about stretching the war out. In real life the Korean War lasted just over three years. However, the series stretched out that war for 11 years. Thank goodness the real thing [00:16:00] wasn’t 11 years long.

[00:16:02] Question eight. What is the name of the medical series that takes part at Sacred Heart Hospital and focuses mainly on the hospital’s interns? That show is Scrubs. Scrubs first aired in 2001 and ran for nine seasons. The first eight seasons of the series were narrated by the character, Dr. John Michael “JD” Dorian portrayed by actor Zach Braff. The show had 17 Emmy nominations. Since you’re listening to this episode of Trivia Rewind, I know you’re a fan of podcasts in general. So in case you didn’t know, Scrubs co-stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison started their own podcast in 2020 called Fake Doctors, Real Friends, where each week they take one episode from Scrubs and discuss it.

[00:16:56] Braff tells Entertainment Weekly, “It’s almost like DVD [00:17:00] commentary. We’ll sit around and talk about funny stories and things we remember behind the scenes.” You can find that podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.

[00:17:11] Question nine. What is the name of the medical series set at St. Eligius hospital located in Boston? That is St. Elsewhere. Do you know why the hospital was nicknamed St. Elsewhere? It got that nickname for housing the rejects of the more prestigious hospitals in town. St. Elsewhere first aired in October of 1982 and ran for six seasons. St. Elsewhere was ranked number 20 on TV Guides 2002 list of The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

[00:17:47] In a 1983 issue of TV Guide, they ranked it the best drama series of the 1980s. Many people thought that the series finale was mind boggling, weird, [00:18:00] strange, you name it. A BBC News article titled TV’s Strangest Endings says, “The show was over except for a spooky last scene in which the entire six years of the drama were revealed to have been imagined by Dr. Westphall’s autistic son.” Watch the last minute of the finale and decide for yourself. I’ll post the link to it on triviarewind.com. The series was nominated for 62 Emmy Awards and won 13. It was also nominated for and won multiple other awards.

[00:18:35] And question 10. Which medical show features a doctor that graduated from Princeton University at the age of 10 and was a physician at age 14? That show was Doogie Howser, MD. Doogie Howser MD first aired in September of 1989 and aired for four seasons. Actor Neil Patrick Harris [00:19:00] had the role of Doogie Howser. Steven Bochco created the series. In an interview with the Archive of American Television, he tells how he came up with the idea for the show.

[00:19:11] He said he was sitting on the toilet reading an issue of New York Magazine and the article was about gifted kids and that gave him an idea. He said by the time he was finished with his shower, he had the whole idea for Doogie Howser thought out. He said it only took 30 minutes for him to have it all laid out in his head.

[00:19:34] He wrote the first script with David E. Kelley. Bochco said the network was very reluctant after they saw the pilot. However, after it went on the air it was an instant hit and he said the network was stunned. Thanks to the show, the name Doogie Howser went on to be used many times in the news whenever someone young excelled at something.

[00:19:57] In an Orlando Sentinel article, [00:20:00] a reader wrote in and asked, “The kid on Doogie Howser MD seems to have grown a lot over the season. Has he gotten taller in real life?” The newspaper’s answer was, “Indeed he has. Neil Patrick Harris, the 17 year old star of the show grew so much that his shoe size changed five times and they went through several wardrobes during the eight month course of filming the ABC show.”

[00:20:27] And here’s another fun fact, an Entertainment Weekly interview with Neil Patrick Harris tells what they used in the suture scenes. Harris says, “They gave us suture packs and told us to go to Ralph’s and get a chicken breast. And actually, we would use raw chicken on set. They’d cover all the edges of it with gauze and such so it looked essentially like skin.”

[00:20:51] Fans of the show will be glad to hear that supposedly Disney+ is working on a reboot of the show that’s set to be released in [00:21:00] 2021. The reboot will feature a female Doogie that 16 years old and it will be set in Hawaii. The show is called Doogie Kamealoha MD. So be watching for that sometime this year.

[00:21:16] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode all about television’s medical shows. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. You can visit Trivia Rewind on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and all the links mentioned in this episode can be found at triviarewind.com, where I will also post a transcript from the show.

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The Sound of Music

In 1965, a classic was born.  That movie was The Sound of Music. This musical drama was an adaptation of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical of the same name.  In November of 1966, The Sound of Music became the highest grossing movie of all time AND it took home 5 Academy Awards, one of which was for Best Picture. 

Some say The Sound of Music saved Twentieth Century Fox from going under after their movie Cleopatra didn’t earn enough to cover the cost of making it.  To put things into perspective, it cost around $42 million to make Cleopatra and the budget to make The Sound of Music was just over $8 million. The Sound of Music really raked it in and saved Twentieth Century Fox. 

While the movie was a commercial success, some movie critics didn’t have the nicest things to say. One was movie critic Pauline Kael who wrote a review of the movie for McCalls Magazine and said the film was “the sugar-coated lie people seem to want to eat” and that audiences have “turned into emotional and aesthetic imbeciles when we hear ourselves humming the sickly, goody-goody songs.”  Well, that comment didn’t bode well with the female readers of McCalls Magazine and according to a New York Times article from 1966 she was fired as their movie critic. 

She wasn’t the only one that had issue with one. One of the main stars of the film hated it for years and years and even called it horrible names such as “The Sound of Mucus.” In my podcast, find out which actor this was and if they ever changed their tune!

On the movie’s 50th anniversary, critic Leonard Maltin said the film is timeless and he said the opening scene with Julie Andrews is hard to beat. 

Not only was the movie a hit in the United States. It was a hit worldwide.  In the Philippines the crowds trying to get tickets got so unruly that police had to be called in.  

On February 29, 1976, viewers were able to watch The Sound of Music for the first time on television.  ABC had the rights to air the movie one time and the viewership that night was high.  In 1977, NBC acquired the broadcast rights and for twenty years aired it annually.  It still airs yearly on various networks and you can find The Sound of Music on multiple streaming platforms.  For me as well as millions of other fans out there, we’ve seen the film numerous times thanks to television.

This film showed people how beautiful Salzburg, Austria is. Fans from around the world travel there each year (well, before Covid) and take tours of the sights seen in the film. Since most of us can’t hop on a plane tomorrow and go take that tour, I found an online tour for you. And it’s free!

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll ask you ten trivia questions from the movie and give you some amazing fun facts. 

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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March Movie/TV Quotes Madness

Have you seen any good movies this week? There are a lot of movies and TV series over the years that leave us with one good quote that makes it forever memorable. That’s the topic of this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. It’s all about movie or TV quotes.  I’m bringing back some of our Midweek Movie/TV Quotes segments. In previous episodes, I would read the quote. This time I’ll play a clip from a movie or TV series and you’ll have to guess which movie or series the quote comes from.  After I give you the quote and answer, I’ll give you some fun facts.

Speaking of good movies, I do have a lot of movies I consider favorites but last week, I had to pick just one. I was a guest on the podcast called Your Next Favorite Movie. I discussed one of my favorite movies with Josh, the host of the show. If you have a chance, go listen! There is a special reason why the movie I discuss is one of my favorites and I share that personal reason why with Josh.

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. 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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Trivia Rewind Episode 39 March Movie/TV Quotes Madness

[00:00:00] [00:00:00] Movie Clip: [00:00:00] Todo, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

[00:00:18] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:18] Hey, welcome to Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins. Have you seen any good movies this week? There are a lot of movies over the years that leave us with one good quote that makes the movie forever memorable. And that’s the topic of this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. It’s all about movie quotes.

[00:00:40] This time with a twist. I’m bringing back some of our Midweek Movie Quote segments, where you’ll listen to the quote from the movie and you’ll have to guess which movie the quote comes from. On our past Midweek Movie Quote episodes, I would read you the quote. This time you get to hear it from [00:01:00] the movie.

[00:01:01] I’ll give you some fun facts about the movie after I give you the answers. Stick around to the very end and I’ll tell you about a podcast that I recently appeared on as a guest, where I shared about one of my favorite movies. I’ll tell you where to tune in and listen to that episode. If you’re ready, let’s get started.

[00:01:23] Movie Clip: [00:01:23] Uh, this is Houston. Uh, say again please. Houston. We have a problem. We have a main bus B undervolt.

[00:01:33] Debi Jenkins: [00:01:33] That is from the movie Apollo 13. In the film, you will hear actor Tom Hanks say the line. This popular quote is actually not quite the correct quote from the actual Apollo 13 mission. Astronaut Jack Sweigert first says, okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here.

[00:01:54] And then when NASA asks them to repeat, astronaut Jim Lovell says, [00:02:00] uh, Houston, we’ve had a problem. Well, the screenwriter made the change because the original verb tense wasn’t as dramatic. And I say, I’d have to agree because I recently went to YouTube and watched this part from the movie and I watched the NASA recording.

[00:02:17] The movie definitely was more dramatic, but that would probably have to do with the acting and the dramatic score that went along with it.

[00:02:28] Movie Clip: [00:02:28] I will go up to the sixth finger man and say, hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to die.

[00:02:42] Debi Jenkins: [00:02:42] Well, this well known movie line is from the movie The Princess Bride. This line was said by actor Mandy Patinkin as character Inigo Montoya, a Spanish fencer. Mandy Patinkin has told people [00:03:00] this was his favorite movie role. Patinkin attended Julliard and actor Kelsey Grammar was a classmate of his.

[00:03:15] Movie Clip: [00:03:15] Hey doc, you better back up. We don’t have enough road to get up to 88. Roads, where we’re going we don’t need roads.

[00:03:24] Debi Jenkins: [00:03:24] This memorable line came from the 1985 movie Back to the Future. In the movie, Dr. Emmett Brown, the inventor of the time machine says this to Marty McFly. This line occurs at the very end of the film when Doc says he’s going to take Marty to the year 2015. Well, unfortunately in 2015, we still needed roads. Flying cars were not the thing.

[00:03:54] Movie Clip: [00:03:54] I do wish we could chat longer, but I’m having an old friend [00:04:00] for dinner. Bye.

[00:04:03] Debi Jenkins: [00:04:03] Well, I sure wouldn’t want to be the guest of that dinner party because that movie quote comes from the thriller, The Silence of the Lambs. The character Hannibal Lecter played by Anthony Hopkins says this line to Clarice Starling played by actress Jodie foster. This movie really cleaned it up at the Academy Awards. It took home five Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. In the year, 2003, the American Film Institute gave the character Hannibal Lecter, the honor of being named The Greatest Villain in American Cinema.

[00:04:49] Movie Clip: [00:04:49] Surely you can’t be serious. I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.

[00:04:53] Debi Jenkins: [00:04:53] This line comes from the movie Airplane and it said by Dr. Rumack portrayed by actor [00:05:00] Leslie Nielsen. Leslie Nielsen saw a boost in his career after this movie. Actor Leslie Nielsen was born in Canada and even enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

[00:05:12] After the movie Airplane, his roles took a turn toward slapstick comedy. Even in death, Leslie Nielsen left a bit of humor. On his tombstone are the words Let ‘er Rip, a reference to his favorite practical joke, a portable hand controlled fart machine.

[00:05:32] Movie Clip: [00:05:32] That’ll do pig. That’ll do.

[00:05:41] Debi Jenkins: [00:05:41] That is from the movie Babe. Farmer Hogget says  this line to Babe the pig in the 1990 film, Babe. Farmer Hogget is played by actor James Cromwell. James Cromwell received an Oscar nomination for his role as Farmer Hogget. [00:06:00] Because of the movie, he even became a vegetarian. In an article from The Vegetarian Times he’s quoted as saying, “I decided that to be able to talk about this movie with conviction, I needed to become a vegetarian.” This film was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

[00:06:24] Movie Clip: [00:06:24] You’re going to need a bigger boat.

[00:06:26] Debi Jenkins: [00:06:26] That line came from Steven Spielberg’s hit Jaws. In the movie, Sheriff Brody says this line to the character Quint. Roy Scheider played the role of Sheriff Brody. According to Scheider’s obituary, he ad-libbed the line. Supposedly the line was kind of an inside joke among the cast and crew. A large barge was used to house all of the equipment for the movie and only a small boat was used to support it.

[00:06:55] People would tell the producers “you’re going to need a bigger boat” and [00:07:00] whenever any problems would arise on set, that line would be used as a joke. So when Roy Scheider ad-libbed that line for the movie, imagine the laughs that must have produced among the rest of the cast and crew.

[00:07:13] Movie Clip: [00:07:13] I know this is hard for you, but winter is coming.

[00:07:23] Debi Jenkins: [00:07:23] This quote comes from the series Game of Thrones. Winter is coming as the motto of House Stark. The first time this line was used was by Ned Stark, the head of House Stark. This role was played by English actor, Sean Bean. Before game of Thrones, Sean Bean was widely recognized for his role as Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

[00:07:48] Bean has been married five times, has three kids, and is even a grandfather. Sean Bean should not be confused with the quirky character Mr. Bean [00:08:00] played by Rowan Atkinson. If you think that’s a ridiculous thing to say, it has actually happened multiple times when he’s received fan mail meant for the other Bean. And who would have guessed that this tough guy is afraid of flying.

[00:08:15] Supposedly during the filming of The Fellowship of the Ring, he would hike to their shooting location instead of going by helicopter with the rest of the actors. And he was in full costume when he made the hike.

[00:08:29] At the beginning of the show, I mentioned a podcast I recently appeared on as a guest. That podcast is called Your Next Favorite Movie. While I have a lot of favorite movies in different genres, the favorite I discuss in this episode comes from the following movie. See if you can guess the movie by hearing a small portion of it.

[00:09:07] [00:09:00] Movie Clip: [00:09:07] I have to find my way back home.

[00:09:10] Debi Jenkins: [00:09:10] That movie gets me every time. Hear my interview by listening to the podcast, Your Next Favorite Movie, which can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you for tuning in to Trivia Rewind, and I’ll be back next week with another episode. [00:10:00] .

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Betty White

Author Michael McWilliams said “If Lucille Ball is the Queen of Television, then its Princess is Betty White.” 

Betty White, everyone’s favorite leading lady, recently turned 99 years old. Just a few weeks ago, I watched a documentary on Netflix titled Betty White, First Lady of Television. It was a nice overview of Betty’s career and I did learn a few new things about her.  

Betty Marion White was born on January 17, 1922  in Oak Park, Illinois. She was an only child and admits that she was quite spoiled rotton.  In 1923 her family moved from Illinois to California.  She graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1939.  In the documentary she discussed how every summer she and her parents would hike into the Sierra Nevada’s for 3 weeks. They were a family that loved animals and wildlife. 

Growing up, Betty idolized singer and actress Jeanette Macdonald who was famous during the 1930s and 1940s.  Just a few months after graduating from high school, Betty White did her first test for television where she sang a Jeanette Macdonald song. 

In the 1940s, Betty had some work in radio.  It all started when she played a young orphan in the 1930s radio drama Empire Builders.   She also had roles in other radio shows during that decade. In 1949, Al Jarvis, a radio DJ started a television talk show called Hollywood on Television.  He asked Betty to join him as part of the show, a show that was live and aired six days a week.  It’s hard to believe but the show was around five hours long each day and and a lot of improvisation took place. Betty would also sing on the show. It was a great opportunity for her to showcase her array of skills.  She started out making $50 a week for her work. In 1951 Al Jarvis left the show and film star Eddie Albert became Betty’s co-host.  Eddie Albert only stayed for six months and then Betty took on the hosting role alone in 1952. This makes Betty White the first female daytime television talk show host. 

That same year, Betty co-founded Bandy Productions along with writer George Tibbles and producer Don Fedderson.  They created the television comedy Life With Elizabeth where Betty had the lead role and won a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her role.  Up against Betty White for that Emmy was Zsa Zsa Gabor.  In a People magazine article, Betty White says, “Zsa Zsa Gabor was also nominated and was at my table. When they came around to our award, Zsa Zsa got her purse out and powdered her nose and put her lipstick on. I didn’t think there was a prayer. I was just interested in seeing how it came out, but they announced my name instead of Zsa Zsa’s. I was just in shock. I could not believe it. And I don’t think Zsa Zsa could either.”

In 1954, Betty hosted the Betty White show, a variety show with a live band and live commercials. In the documentary, she said this was before there was tape. Everything was live.  Imagine that coordination it must have taken to have a live show and no saying “we’ll edit that out later.” In the documentary they interviewed singer and tap dancer Arthur Duncan.  He was the first African-American regular on variety television programs.  Unfortunately, there was some controversy surrounding his appearances.  Viewers in the south did not like having a black man on their television sets and people wanted the show cancelled. Thankfully, Betty White said “I’m sorry. Live with it.” Arthur Duncan credits Betty White for getting him into television.

In the 1970s, Betty had a much loved role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show where she played Sue Ann Nivens, the Happy Homemaker. The Mary Tyler Moore show had already been on the air for a few years before Betty White joined the cast. Her first appearance was on episode one of season four.  For her role, Betty White won two Emmy Awards in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category. The women that made up the show were Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, and Georgia Engel. Their final time all together on a television program was when Katie Couric interviewed them on her talk show Katie in 2013.  While on the show, the ladies all sang the Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song together. It was great to see them all together one last time.

Betty White always seems to be coming up with something new to keep her name in the spotlight. In 2010 she starred in a Super Bowl commercial that had everyone talking. That same year she made history when she became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live. And she’s not done yet. Next week, Betty White’s Pet Set, a series created 50 years ago will make its debut on digital platforms and DVD on February 23, 2021.

Betty White definitely is the “Princess of Television.” I hope you will listen to this week’s Trivia Rewind episode about Betty White. How many people can say at 99 years old, they still have work in Hollywood!

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. 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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Trivia Rewind Episode 37 – Betty White

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hello Trivia Rewind  listeners, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll be talking about everyone’s favorite leading lady, Betty White. She just turned 99 years old.  Author Michael McWilliams said, “If Lucille Ball is the queen of television, then its princess is Betty White.”

[00:00:36] Recently I watched a documentary on Netflix titled Betty White, First Lady of Television. It was a nice overview of Betty’s career and I did learn a few new things about her. Betty Marion White was born on January 17th, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois. She was an only child and admits that she was quite spoiled rotten. In [00:01:00] 1923 her family moved to California. She graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1939. In the documentary she discussed how every summer she and her parents would hike into the Sierra Nevada’s for three weeks. They were a family that loved animals and wildlife.

[00:01:20] Growing up Betty idolized singer and actress Jeanette MacDonald, who was famous during the 1930s and 1940s. Just a few months after graduating from high school, Betty White did her first test for television where she sang a Janette McDonald song. In the 1940s, Betty had some work in radio.  It all started when she played a young orphan in the 1930s radio drama, Empire Builders.  [RADIO DRAMA CLIP: Oh, how are you today hon? I’m a lot better, thank you.”] She also had roles in other radio shows during that decade.

[00:01:56] In 1949, Al Jarvis, a radio [00:02:00] DJ started a television talk show called Hollywood On Television. He asked Betty White to join him as part of the show. The show was live and aired six days a week. It’s hard to believe, but the show was around five hours long each day and a lot of improvisation took place. Betty would also sing on the show. It was a great opportunity for her to showcase her huge array of skills. She started out making $50 a week for her work. In 1951, Al Jarvis left the show and film star Eddie Albert became Betty’s co-host. He only stayed for six months and then Betty White took on the hosting role alone in 1952. This makes her the first female daytime television talk show host.

[00:02:51] That same year, Betty White co-founded Bandy Productions along with writer George Tibbles and producer Don Fetterson.  [00:03:00] They created the television comedy Life With Elizabeth where Betty had the lead role and won a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her role.

[00:03:09] [TV SHOW CLIP: “Betty White in Life With  Elizabeth, featuring Del Moore”]

[00:03:25] Up against Betty White for that Emmy was Zsa Zsa Gabor. In a People Magazine article, Betty White says, “Zsa Zsa Gabor was also nominated and was at my table. When they came around to our award, Zsa Zsa got her purse out and powdered her nose and put her lipstick on. I didn’t think there was a prayer. I was just interested in seeing how it came out, but they announced my name instead of Zsa Zsa’s. I was just in shock. I could not believe it. And I don’t think Zsa Zsa could either.”

[00:03:59] In [00:04:00] 1954, Betty hosted the Betty White Show, a variety show with a live band and live commercials. In the documentary she said this was before there was tape. Everything was live. In the documentary they interviewed singer and tap dancer Arthur Duncan. He was the first African-American regular on variety television programs. Unfortunately, there were some controversy. Viewers in the South did not like having a black man on their television sets and people wanted the show canceled. Well, Betty White said, “I’m sorry. Live with it.” He credits Betty White for getting him into television. It was now the end of the 1950s and Betty White’s career was off to a great start.

[00:04:47] In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you 10 trivia questions about Betty White. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some [00:05:00] more fun facts about the princess of television. Stick around to the very end because I’ll tell you what Betty White’s newest projects are. Just because she’s 99 doesn’t mean she’s done with the entertainment business yet.

[00:05:15] So are you ready for question one? Here it is. On which game show did Betty White appear numerous times where she fell in love with her future husband, the host of the show?

[00:05:31] Question two. On The Mary Tyler Moore show, what was the name of Betty White’s character?

[00:05:40] Question three. From what 1980s game show did Betty White become the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Game Show Host?

[00:05:56] Question four. On the TV series The [00:06:00] Golden Girls, what is the name of the character portrayed by Betty White?

[00:06:06] Question five. What is the name of the TV Land original sitcom where Betty White played the character Elka?

[00:06:17] Question six. During the 2010 Super Bowl, Betty White starred in a popular commercial whose slogan was “you’re not you when you’re hungry.” What product was the commercial advertising?

[00:06:34] Question seven. On May 8th, 2010, what popular show did Betty White host and at the same time become the oldest person to host that show?

[00:06:48] Question eight. In what 2019 animated movie did Betty White provide the voice for the character Bitey White?

[00:07:00] [00:06:59] Question nine. In what 2009 film starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds did Betty White appear in?

[00:07:11] And question 10. What is the name of the 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that Betty White appeared in with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt?

[00:07:24] Well, those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts.

[00:07:31] Question one. On which game show did Betty White appear numerous times where she fell in love with her future husband, the host of the show? That show was Password and the host was Allen Ludden. Betty White first appeared on Password in 1961 as a celebrity guest. In 2013 Password ranked number eight on TV Guide’s list of The 60 Greatest [00:08:00] Game Shows Ever.

[00:08:02] One thing I learned in the documentary about Betty White is that Betty loves word games. She’s a huge fan of playing the board game Scrabble. She also loves doing crossword puzzles. During her career she has appeared on a lot of game shows and is known to love games in general. Some have called her the first lady of game shows. In her book titled, “Here We Go Again. My Life in Television,” she wrote, “Mom and dad and I had always played games since as far back as I can remember. Some we made up as we went along – at the table, in the car, wherever – so playing on TV was a bonus. Where else can you spend a couple of hours playing games with nice people and get paid for it?”

[00:08:54] Question two. On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, what was the name of [00:09:00] Betty White’s character? Her character was Sue Ann Nivens, the Happy Homemaker. The Mary Tyler Moore Show had already been on the air for a few years before Betty joined the cast. Her first appearance was on episode one of season four. For her role, Betty won two Emmy Awards in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.

[00:09:25] The women that made up the show were Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White and Georgia Engel. Their final time all together on a television program was when Katie Couric interviewed them on her talk show Katie in 2013. While on the show, the ladies all sang The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song together. To find out more about that last appearance together, I’ll post a link to the story on triviarewind.com. In 2007, Time [00:10:00] Magazine put The Mary Tyler Moore Show on its list of The 17 Shows That Changed TV.

[00:10:07] Question three. From what 1980s game show did Betty White become the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Game Show Host? Well, the name of that game show was Just Men. Just Men aired on NBC. The basic object of the game was for the contestants, two women, to correctly predict answers to questions asked previously to a panel of seven celebrity men. Each correct answer would earn the lady a key. In the bonus round, the winner could see if one of the keys started a car that they could win. The announcer of the show Steve Day said “It’s the most unusual show in daytime and talk.” [00:11:00] Unfortunately, the show didn’t make it long. After 13 weeks of being on the air, it was canceled. Betty White did however make history with her Daytime Emmy win.

[00:11:13] Question four. On the TV series The Golden Girls, what is the name of the character portrayed by Betty White? Well, she played the role of Rose. Betty almost didn’t play the role of Rose. She was supposedly cast to play the character Blanche who was a similar character to her Sue Ann Nivens role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

[00:11:40] Actress Rue McClanahan was offered the role of Rose, a character similar to her role in Maude. In order not to be typecast, she and Rue McClanahan switched roles at the last minute. This hit show was nominated for 68 Emmy Awards and [00:12:00] won 11. On their 2013 list of The 60 Best Series of All Time, TV Guide ranked The Golden Girls number 54.

[00:12:12] Question five. What is the name of the TV Land original sitcom where Betty White played the character Elka? That show was Hot in Cleveland. Some people called the show a modern twist on The Golden Girls. Hot in Cleveland was TV Land’s first original series and it ran for six seasons.

[00:12:38] Originally Betty White agreed to do just one episode but ended up liking it so much that when they offered her a permanent role, she took it. She went on to appear in 128 episodes of the series. Betty White earned an Emmy nomination for her role on the show. In 2012, it won the People’s [00:13:00] Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy.

[00:13:04] Question six. During the 2010 Super Bowl, Betty White starred in a popular commercial whose slogan was “your not you when you’re hungry.” What product was the commercial advertising? Well, that highly popular commercial was for Snickers candy bars. I’m sure you remember this commercial. Betty White is playing football and gets tackled hard to the ground by one of the players.

[00:13:34] One of the players says, “Mike, you’re playing like Betty White out there.” After eating a bit of a Snickers bar, Betty White disappears and turns into the character Mike. This commercial was a huge hit during the Super Bowl. If you haven’t seen it, check out triviarewind.com where I will post a link so you can watch this commercial.  Way back in the 1940s Betty had her [00:14:00] debut in a radio commercial where she said the single word “Parkay” as in butter. This was on the radio show called The Great Gildersleeve.

[00:14:12] Question seven. On May 8th, 2010, what popular show did Betty White host and at the same time become the oldest person to host the show? She hosted Saturday Night Live and she was 88 years old when she hosted it. How this all came about was actually pretty amazing. A fan in Texas named David Matthews started a grassroots Facebook petition wanting Betty White to host SNL. Within a few months, several hundred thousand people signed the petition and this got the attention of the people at Saturday Night Live. Not long after that she was signed on to host the Mother’s Day weekend episode of Saturday Night Live.

[00:15:00] [00:14:59] In part of her opening monologue she said she didn’t know what Facebook was and she said, now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. She got a lot of laughs for that. This was such a loved episode that it even won her her seventh Emmy Award, where at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards, she took home an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

[00:15:29] Question eight. In what 2019 animated movie did Betty White provide the voice for the character Bitey White? That movie was Toy Story 4.  In the film, Bitey White is a toy tiger teething ring and belonged to the character Bonnie when she was a baby. In an Entertainment Weekly article, it quotes Betty White saying, “I’m just lucky they asked me to be a part of it.” She was able to work with some [00:16:00] lifelong friends in this movie. Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner participated as one of Bonnie’s old baby toys as well. In the article Betty went on to say, “It’s a lovely group and they’re all friends of mine. It doesn’t get any better.” Playing a tiger was right up Betty White’s alley. Known to be an animal advocate, she said this about her Toy Story tiger role. “I’ve had the privilege of cuddling with lots of different animals and I’ll play with any animal” she says. “A current friend is a grizzly bear named Bam-Bam. So I’m delighted to be able to give a voice to a toy tiger.” Betty loves being an animal advocate.

[00:16:47] Question nine. In what 2009 film starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds did Betty White appear in? That movie was The [00:17:00] Proposal. In this romantic comedy, Betty White played the character Grandma Annie. The cast had a great working relationship. So much so that when asked who she’s starstruck by, other than Robert Redford, Betty White says Sandra Bullock. She’s quoted as saying, “Very close to the top of that one is Sandra Bullock. She’s the epitome of what a movie star should be. She’s not only gorgeous and talented, but she’s the most down to earth human being. I just can’t say enough about her.” At the 36th People’s Choice Awards, the film won the Favorite Comedy Movie Award.

[00:17:44] And question 10. What is the name of the 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that Betty White appeared in with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt? That movie was called The Lost Valentine. For her performance [00:18:00] in this movie, Betty received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie.

[00:18:12] Speaking of Valentines, Betty White has been married three times. Betty’s first husband was Dick Barker, a United States Army Air Forces aircraft pilot who she met while volunteering with the American Women’s Voluntary Services. They were married in 1945 and moved to her new husband’s chicken farm in Ohio. A People Magazine article quotes her as saying, “It was a nightmare.” That marriage didn’t last long. Before the year was over they were divorced.

[00:18:45] Betty’s second husband was Hollywood talent agent Lane Allen. They were married in 1947. Lane Allen wanted her to become a housewife and give up her career. So as you can imagine, that marriage [00:19:00] didn’t last long either. They were divorced in 1949.

[00:19:04] Her final marriage was to Allen Ludden, the love of her life. They met in 1961 when she was a celebrity player on the game show Password. Sadly, Ludden’s first wife had recently died of cancer. Ludden had three children with his first wife. In the Betty White documentary she talks about how Allen proposed multiple times and she kept turning him down over and over again.

[00:19:31] When she turned down the diamond wedding ring he proposed with, Allen wore it around his neck on a chain. He would not give up. She said that on Easter of 1963, he sent her a bunny stuffed animal that had gold leaves with a ruby, diamond and sapphire earrings hanging from its ears. She finally accepted his proposal. She joked about how it wasn’t the jewelry that won her over. It was the stuffed bunny. In the documentary [00:20:00] she said how she felt bad that she wasted so much time saying no to his proposals because that was a year longer that they could have been together.

[00:20:08] The two were married in 1963 and in June of 1981, Allen Ludden died at the age of 63. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer the year prior. In an interview with Larry King, she was asked if she would ever remarry and her answer was “Once you’ve had the best, who needs the rest.”

[00:20:32] So what does Betty White have going on right now at the young age of 99? According to PR Newswire, “Betty White’s Pet Set, a long unseen series created by and starring the sitcom legend will make its debut on digital platforms and DVD on February 23rd, 2021. [TV SHOW CLIP: Welcome to The Pet Set, starring Betty White.”] [00:21:00] This celebrates the 50th anniversary of this show. They quote Betty White sayin, “If I haven’t told you already, I will now. The Pet Set is one of my favorite shows. I’m thrilled it’s going to be seen again after all these years.” The show was executive produced by her late husband Allen Ludden. The show features celebrity guests and their pets. Betty is also working on a Christmas movie with the Lifetime Network where she plays the character called Santa Whisperer.

[00:21:34] Well, that is it for this week’s episode about Betty White. If you have Netflix check out the documentary about her. I’d love to hear what your favorite Betty White role is. Visit Trivia Rewind on Instagram and share with me there. Also don’t forget to visit triviarewind.com, where you can find the links mentioned in this episode.

[00:21:58] Thank you so much for [00:22:00] listening and I will be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind.