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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.

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Cartoons of the 80s

If you grew up in the 80s, there was one thing and one thing only on your mind when it came to Saturday mornings and that was binge watching Saturday morning cartoons.  Kids today have no idea what life was like in the 80s.  Children’s television was not available on demand at all hours of the day and night like it is today.  Saturday mornings were your prime viewing opportunity for cartoons. 

On one of my typical childhood Saturday mornings, I totally remember sprawling out on our green shag carpet with a bowl of the latest sugary cereal and watching my favorite cartoons.  For a large majority of kids back then, there were no calendars full of sports activities or classes to go to. We could just relax and be kids until our parents said enough TV and sent us outside to play.  Saturday mornings belonged to the kids.  

In the late 80s, the decline of Saturday morning cartoons began.   Along came cable and satellite TV where Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network provided cartoon viewing around the clock.  People started getting VHS players and could rent or buy shows to watch whenever they wanted.  Slowly Saturday morning cartoons faded into the past.

When I was a kid, some of my favorite cartoons were reruns from the decades prior.  Shows like The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Tom and Jerry were up there on my list.  Did you see that later this month, a new live-action/computer-animated Tom & Jerry movie is coming to theaters as well as HBO Max?   It’s set to debut on February 26th.  Thanks to archival voice recordings, William Hanna, Mel Blanc, June Foray and Frank Welker voice everyone’s favorite cat and mouse duo, Tom and Jerry. It’s pretty cool that they can use the archival voice recordings to keep the voices we all grew up hearing on the cartoon.  

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you on a trip down memory lane where I’ll give you 20 trivia questions about cartoons that we watched during the 80s. 

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 36 – Cartoons of the 80s

[00:00:00] Intro: [00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:07] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:07] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. Well, if you grew up in the eighties, there was one thing and one thing only on your mind when it came to Saturday mornings and that was binge watching Saturday morning cartoons

[00:00:34] KIds today have no idea what life was like in the eighties. Children’s television was not available on demand at all hours of the day and night like it is today. Saturday mornings were your prime time viewing opportunity for cartoons. On one of my typical childhood Saturday mornings, I totally remember sprawling out on our shag green carpet with a bowl of the latest sugary [00:01:00] cereal and watching my favorite cartoons.

[00:01:03] For a large majority of kids back then there were no calendars full of sports activities or classes to go to. We could just relax and be kids until our parents said enough TV and sent us outside to play. Saturday mornings belonged to the kids. In the late eighties the decline of Saturday morning cartoons began. Along came cable and satellite TV where Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network provided cartoon viewing around the clock.

[00:01:34] And people started getting VHS players and could rent or buy shows to watch whenever they wanted. Slowly Saturday morning cartoons faded into the past. When I was a kid, some of my favorite cartoons were reruns from the previous decades. Shows like The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Tom and Jerry were up there on my list.

[00:01:57] Did you see that later this month, [00:02:00] a new live-action/computer animated, Tom and Jerry movie is coming to theaters as well as HBO max. It’s set to debut on February 26th. Thanks to archival voice recordings, William Hanna, Mel Blanc, June Foray and Frank Welker voice everyone’s favorite cat and mouse duo Tom and Jerry. It’s pretty cool that they can use the archival voice recordings to keep the voices we all grew up hearing on the cartoon.

[00:02:32] In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you on a trip down memory lane where I’ll give you 20 trivia questions about cartoons that we watched during the eighties. Before we get to the questions, I will review how this particular episode will work. Usually I give you the questions and then some fun facts. This week, it’s a little different. I’m giving you 20 trivia [00:03:00] questions with no fun facts. So after I read you the question, I’ll wait a few seconds, then give you the answer before moving on to the next question.

[00:03:10] So pretend that you’re still in your pajamas and have your bowl of sugar cereal, and let’s see what you remember about cartoons from the eighties. Are you ready?

[00:03:24] Here’s question one. In the eighties animated television series The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, what were the names of the four Ninja turtles?

[00:03:37] They were Donnatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

[00:03:45] Question two. In the cartoon The Smurfs, what was the name of the cat that belonged to the Smurf’s sworn enemy the evil wizard Gargamel?

[00:03:59] His [00:04:00] mangy cat was named Azrael. 

[00:04:04] Question three. In the cartoon, The Transformers what was the name of the leader and warlord of the Decepticons who had a purple face-like insignia?

[00:04:19] His name was Megatron.

[00:04:23] Question four. In the eighties cartoon series GI Joe: A real American Hero, the GI Joe elite strike force is fighting against the terrorist forces of which group?

[00:04:39] The group they are fighting against is called Cobra.

[00:04:44] Question five. On the eighties cartoon Thunder Cats, on what planet do these cat-like humanoid aliens live?

[00:04:57] The name of their planet is Third [00:05:00] Earth.

[00:05:02] Question six. In the eighties cartoon Inspector Gadget, who leads the criminal organization that Inspector Gadget tries to stop?

[00:05:15] Well that bad guy’s name is Dr. Claw.

[00:05:21] Question seven. In the eighties cartoon, Garfield and Friends, what is the name of Garfield’s Teddy bear?

[00:05:31] His bear’s name is Pooky.

[00:05:35] Question eight. In the eighties cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, what does Prince Adam have to say when holding his sword up in order to be turned into He-Man?

[00:05:50] He has to say, “By the power of Grayskull .”

[00:05:56] Question nine. In the eighties [00:06:00] cartoon, Alvin and the Chipmunks, what was the name of the group that consisted of three female chipmunks and the sometimes girlfriends of the Chipmunks?

[00:06:12] They were the Chipettes and consisted of Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor Miller.

[00:06:20] Question 10. In the eighties cartoon The Incredible Hulk, what was the name of Bruce Banner’s sidekick and friend?

[00:06:31] His name was Rick Jones.

[00:06:36] Question 11. In what animated series would you find the Fraggles, Doozers, Gorgs and Silly Creatures?

[00:06:47] That show was Fraggle Rock.

[00:06:51] Question 12. What is the name of the animated series that featured Jerrica Benton, the owner and [00:07:00] manager of Starlight Music where her alter ego was the lead singer of a rock group?

[00:07:08] That show was Jem and the Holograms.

[00:07:13] Question 13. In the animated show Speed Racer, what is the name of the car that Speed Racer drives?

[00:07:25] That car was Mach Five.

[00:07:29] Question 14. In Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers, what is the name of Chip and Dale’s main nemesis, a cat?

[00:07:41] His name was Fat Cat.

[00:07:45] Question 15. In the animated series Danger Mouse, what kind of animal is Penfold, Danger Mouse’s sidekick?

[00:07:58] He was a [00:08:00] hamster.

[00:08:01] Question 16. In the Looney Tunes cartoons, who is always after the road runner?

[00:08:12] That would be Wile E. Coyote.

[00:08:16] Question 17. In the Yogi Bear Show, what is the name of Yogi Bear’s sidekick?

[00:08:27] That was Boo-Boo Bear.

[00:08:31] Question 18. In the cartoon The Flinstones, what is the name of Fred’s best friend and next door neighbor?

[00:08:42] That was Barney Rubble.

[00:08:46] Question 19. On the cartoon The Jetsons, what is the name of the Jetson’s maid?

[00:08:56] Her name was Rosie.

[00:09:00] [00:08:59] Question 20. In the animated series Scooby Doo Where Are You, what is the name of the van that the gang travels in?

[00:09:12] That van was called The Mystery Machine.

[00:09:16] So how did you do on all those questions? Did you remember all those cartoons? I’d love to know what your favorite cartoon was back in the eighties. Visit us on Instagram and come tell me about it.

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Denzel Washington Movies

On this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, the topic is Denzel Washington and ten of his movies. Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He was named after his father, Denzel Hayes Washington and his father was named after the doctor that delivered him, Dr. Denzel. 

Growing up, Denzel Washington has said that as a child, he was not allowed to watch movies. In a Hollywood Reporter article, he says “My father was a minister in the Church of God and Christ,” said Washington. “My mother was a singer in church, so we weren’t allowed to watch movies.” The actor was only allowed to watch certain Christian films. “King of Kings, Ten Commandments and that’s about it,” Washington added. “I never went to the movies as a child, ever.“

In a GQ article from 2012 Denzel says that his first job was as a paper boy around the age of 9 years old. When he was 11, he started working in a barbershop.  In the article he says, “Working in that barbershop, learning how to tell stories…I learned how to act.”   

There was another time in Denzel’s life that he will always remember and look back on. In a Parade Magazine article from 1999, Denzel Washington is quoted as saying “I’ve felt the hand of God on my life, no doubt about it. I remember sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on March 27, 1975, and in the mirror I kept seeing this woman looking at me.” Washington was then 20, a student at Fordham University in the Bronx. “I was doing so bad in school, and this woman said, ‘Somebody give me a piece of stationery! I’m having a prophecy!’ I still have that piece of paper. ‘You’re going to speak to millions of people,’ she said to me. ‘You’re going to do great things!’ And I thought, ‘Yeah, right. When’s that going to start? On Monday? I’m flunking out of school. Later on, I asked my mother, ‘Who was that woman?’ She said, ‘It’s Ruth Green, one of the elder sisters in the church, who’s been known to have the gift of prophecy.’” He paused, then added, “That fall I started acting.”

Washington graduated from Fordham University in 1977 where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama and journalism. While in his junior year at Fordham, he played the leads in a few university productions. It was there that he developed a love for acting.  His first professional on-screen acting job was in 1977 when he starred in a TV movie called The Wilma Rudolph Story.  It was during the filming of this movie that he met his future wife, actress Pauletta Pearson. 

After graduating from Fordham University, he spent a year training at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California.  After that, he moved to New York City and worked off-Broadway. In 1982, he was part of the cast to win a Distinguished Ensemble Performance Obie Award for his role in A Soldier’s Play. Then he headed back to California and had his breakout role as Dr. Phillip Chandler on the hit television series St. Elsewhere. That role lasted for 6 years.  His career only went up from there. 

In the Parade Magazine article, Denzel says “I’ve been fortunate as an actor,” he said. “I’ve made some interesting films, and I think some of the work I’ve done has touched people. Maybe it sounds corny, but I try to do things for goodness’ sake—to send a good message. I think we did that with Glory, with Philadelphia, and we do that with The Hurricane, a movie which says it sometimes takes suffering—unfortunately, even prison—for some people to realize that hate, hatred for yourself, for other people, will confine you, but love can set you free.”

In 1991, Denzel Washington was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from his alma mater, Fordham University. In 2007, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Morehouse College. And In 2011 he received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2016, the Golden Globe Awards honored him with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”

In November of 2020, Denzel Washington ranked number one on The New York Times’ prestigious “25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century” list.  A touching moment can be seen in an Access Hollywood interview when Denzel is told what his son said about his father being named the number one actor on that New York Times list.  Denzel’s son said “”It’s about time….I think he is one of the greatest to ever do it, so it was a very proud moment for our entire family.”  When told this, Denzel teared up and said he was speechless. You can tell how important family is in the Washington household. 

What’s up next for Denzel? Recently, I was at the movie theater and saw a preview for his upcoming film called The Little Things where he stars alongside Oscar winners Rami Malek and Jared Leto. The movie will be released on January 29, 2021 in theaters and will temporarily stream on HBO Max.  And let me tell you, if you haven’t been to the movie theatre since the Covid-19 Pandemic hit, I can tell you that it was so great being back in a real theater seeing a movie. There’s nothing like movie theater surround sound. I look forward to  seeing Denzel’s new movie IN the theater. 

Now that I’ve given you a little background on this amazing actor, head on over to your favorite place to listen to podcasts where I’ll give you ten trivia questions about some of Denzel Washington’s movie roles?  After I give you the ten questions,  I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie.  

On this episode, you’ll hear me mention a link to a few videos. Here’s the link where Oprah talks with Denzel and his wife Pauletta. I also mention a link where you can watch Denzel on Jimmy Kimmel where he talks about Pauletta and their first date.

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind 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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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

Trivia Rewind Episode 33 Denzel Washington

[00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners. This is Debi Jenkins and I’m back with another new episode. This week, our topic is Denzel Washington. I’ll be talking about 10 of his movies. But first let’s talk a little bit about Denzel.  Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on December 28th, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York.

[00:00:36] He was named after his father, Denzel Hayes Washington and his father was named after the doctor that delivered him. Dr. Denzel.  Growing up, Denzel Washington has said that as a child, he was not allowed to watch movies. In a Hollywood Reporter article he says, “My father was a minister in the Church of God in Christ” said [00:01:00] Washington. “My mother was a singer in the church, so we weren’t allowed to watch movies.” The actor was only allowed to watch certain Christian films:  King of Kings,  Ten Commandments and that’s about it, Washington added. I never went to the movies as a child.”

[00:01:17] In a GQ article from 2012, Denzel says that his first job was as a paper boy around the age of nine years old. When he was 11, he started working in a barber shop. In the article he says, “Working in that barber shop, learning how to tell stories…I learned how to act.” There was another time in Denzel’s life that he will always remember and look back on.

[00:01:44] In a Parade Magazine article from 1999, Denzel Washington is quoted as saying,  “I’ve felt the hand of God on my life, no doubt about it. I remember sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor in Mount Vernon, New York on [00:02:00] March 27th, 1975 and in the mirror, I kept seeing this woman looking at me.” Washington was then 20, a student at Fordham University in the Bronx. “I was doing so bad in school  and this woman said, somebody give me a piece of stationary, I’m having a prophecy. I still have that piece of paper. You are going to speak to millions of people, she said to me, you are going to do great things. And I thought, yeah, right. When’s that going to start, on Monday? I’m flunking out of school. Later on, I asked my mother, who was that woman? She said it’s Ruth Green, one of the elder sisters in the church who’s been known to have the gift of prophecy.” He paused then added, “That fall. I started acting.”

[00:02:49] Denzel Washington graduated from Fordham University in 1977, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama and journalism. [00:03:00] While in his junior year at Fordham, he played the leads in a few university productions. It was there that he developed a love for acting. His first professional on-screen acting job was in 1977 when he starred in a TV movie called The Wilma Rudolph Story. It was during the filming of this movie that he met his future wife, actress Pauletta Pearson.

[00:03:26] After graduating from Fordham University, he spent a year training at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California. After that he moved to New York City and worked off-Broadway.  In 1982 he was part of the cast to win a Distinguished Ensemble Performance Obie Award for his role in A Soldier’s Play. Well, then he headed back to California and had his breakout role as Dr. Phillip Chandler on the hit television series St.  [00:04:00] Elsewhere. That role lasted for six years. His career only went up from there.

[00:04:08] In the Parade Magazine article, Denzel says, “I’ve been fortunate as an actor.” He said “I’ve made some interesting films and I think some of the work I’ve done has touched people. Maybe it sounds corny, but I try to do things for goodness’ sake, to send a good message.  I think we did that with Glory, with Philadelphia and we do that with The Hurricane, a movie, which says it sometimes take suffering, unfortunately, even prison for some people to realize that hate, hatred for yourself, for other people will confine you, but love can set you free.”

[00:04:46] In 1991, Denzel Washington was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater Fordham University.  In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Morehouse [00:05:00] College. And in 2011, he received an honorary doctor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, the Golden Globe Awards honored him with the Cecil B DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

[00:05:25] This past November of 2020 Denzel Washington ranked number one on the New York Times, prestigious “25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century” list. A touching moment can be seen in an Access Hollywood interview when Denzel is told what his son said about his father being named the number one actor on that list. Denzel’s son said, “It’s about time. I think he is one of the greatest to ever do it. So it was a very proud moment for our entire family.” When told this, [00:06:00] Denzel teared up and said he was speechless. You can tell how important family is in the Washington household.

[00:06:07] So what’s up next for Denzel? Well, just a few nights ago, I was at the movie theater and saw a preview for his upcoming film called, The Little Things, where he stars alongside Oscar winners, Rami Malek and Jared Leto.  The movie will be released on January 29th in theaters and will temporarily stream on HBO Max as well. And let me tell you, if you haven’t been to the movie theater since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I can tell you that it was so great being back in a real theater seeing a movie. There’s nothing like movie theater surround sound.  I look forward to seeing Denzel’s new movie in the theater.

[00:06:50] Now that I’ve given you a little background on this amazing actor are you ready to get into the 10 trivia questions about some of his movie roles? [00:07:00] After I give you the 10 questions, I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie. So are you ready?

[00:07:10] Here’s question one. In what 1995 film does Denzel Washington star alongside Gene Hackman as Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter, Executive Officer of the USS Alabama?

[00:07:28] Question two. In the 1993 film The Pelican Brief, Denzel Washington’s character Gray Grantham does what for a living?

[00:07:42] Question three. In the 2014 film The Equalizer, what condition does Denzel Washington’s character suffer from?

[00:07:54] Question four. In the 2010 post-apocalyptic [00:08:00] western film, The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington’s character is in possession of what book?

[00:08:08] Question five. In the 2001 crime thriller Training Day, who kills Denzel Washington’s character Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris?

[00:08:21] Question six. In what 2000 film does Denzel Washington play a high school football coach at a newly integrated high school?

[00:08:34] Question seven. In what 1987 film does Denzel Washington’s character play black activist Steve Biko?

[00:08:46] Question eight. In the 2016 film Fences, Denzel Washington’s character Troy Maxson is promoted in his job and gets to do what? In doing this job he becomes the [00:09:00] first African-American to do this in Pittsburgh.

[00:09:04] Question nine. In the 1989 film Glory starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington, what reason does Denzel Washington’s character Private Trip give for going AWOL?

[00:09:21] And question 10. In what 1999 film does Denzel Washington play a former middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted for a triple murder?

[00:09:35] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back, get the answers and fun facts.

[00:09:41] Question one. In what 1995 film does Denzel Washington star alongside Gene Hackman as Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter, Executive Officer of the USS Alabama?  That movie was Crimson Tide. This film reunites the [00:10:00] production team from Top Gun. It was produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and it was directed by Tony Scott. This film was produced without the assistance of the U.S. Navy. The production team was hoping for their involvement, but there were a few reasons the Navy didn’t want to be a part of it. One was that the Navy didn’t like that in the story, there was mutiny on the ship. They also didn’t want it suggested that the Navy could ever make a mistake about firing a nuclear weapon.

[00:10:31] So director Tony Scott had to get creative when shooting one particular scene for the movie. In order to get one of the shots he wanted for the film, Tony Scott and his crew waited at Pearl Harbor for a submarine to go out to sea. When one left port, they basically chased it with boats and helicopters to get the footage they needed for the film. Since they were in open water, there was no law against what they were doing. This shot was the only shot in the movie that [00:11:00] featured a real submarine. This scene is at the beginning of the film when you see the USS Alabama submerging.

[00:11:08] While the Navy wouldn’t help, Retired Navy Captain Skip Beard, former Commanding Officer of the Alabama Blue Crew was a technical advisor. In a Deseret News article from 1995 it says “Beard spent five months teaching Hackman, Washington, and the rest of the actors to salute, operate technical controls, and generally look like submariners.” He did admit that his Navy buddies would probably spot errors because if you were to make a real movie about submarining, people would walk out of the theater. A lot of liberties were taken with Navy regulations and realities. Another technical advisor was Captain Mal Wright, Retired Former Commanding Officer of the Alabama Gold Crew  and he worked with the screenwriter.

[00:11:58] The article also pointed out [00:12:00] that Tony Scott, the director of the film was surprised at the Navy’s lack of cooperation. His movie Top Gun was such a hit with the Navy that he thought he had his foot in the door, but I guess not. The ship in the movie, the USS Alabama was created on two Hollywood sound stages at Culver studios in Los Angeles.

[00:12:21] In a Morning Call article, Denzel Washington said that after doing the movie, he had a new found respect for America’s military. They quote him as saying, “One thing I learned from this film is that this is not a country to be messin’ with. We have the hardware. That’s why nobody, with the exception of terrorists, does.”

[00:12:42] Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer composed the score for the film. In 1996 it won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.

[00:13:00] [00:13:00] Question two. In the 1993 film The Pelican Brief, Denzel  Washington’s character Gray Grantham does what for a living? He is a reporter with the Washington Herald. The film was based on a 1992 novel by author John Grisham. Denzel Washington plays reporter Gray Grantham and Julia Roberts plays young law student Darby Shaw. Supposedly when John Grisham was writing the novel, he wrote the part of Darby Shaw with Julia Roberts in mind.

[00:13:36] They filmed some of this at George Washington’s Mount Vernon home, on the east lawn; they used it as a backdrop for one of the film scenes. According to Mountvernon.org, the producers made a sizable contribution to Mount Vernon for the privilege of filming on the estate.

[00:13:53] There have been some questions about why Denzel Washington didn’t kiss Julia Roberts in the movie. [00:14:00] This is addressed in a cheatsheet.com article. The issue was the interracial kiss. The article says, “Apparently Washington was worried about the way an interracial kiss would be received by movie goers. He had previously received criticism from black women during a test screening of 1989’s The Mighty Quinn – which included a love scene between him and Mimi Rogers  – and decided not to play into Hollywood’s beauty ideals, per Newsweek. Black women are not often seen as objects of desire on film” he said.  “They have always been my core audience.” Being that that quote was from so many years ago, I wonder how Denzel Washington would feel about it today? If he would say the same thing?

[00:14:46] Question three. In the 2014 film The Equalizer, what condition does Denzel Washington’s character suffer from?  His character Robert McCall suffers [00:15:00] from OCD, also known as obsessive compulsive disorder. This film was based on the 1980s television series The Equalizer. At one point, Russell Crowe was going to be part of the film and have the role of Robert McCall, but Denzel Washington ended up replacing him. According to Internet Movie Database, Denzel Washington’s earring holes were digitally edited out for close-ups. However, near the end of the movie, you can see the earring hole in his left ear lobe. If you watch the film, see if you can find that. Did you know that in The Equalizer, Denzel Washington’s character Robert McCall never carries a gun of his ow?. He may take guns from people in the movie, but he never carries his own.  In 2018, a sequel to The Equalizer came out. Equalizer 2 was the first sequel in Denzel Washington’s career.

[00:16:00] [00:16:00] Question four. In the 2010 post-apocalyptic western film The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington’s character is in possession of what book? He is carrying the last remaining copy of the Bible. The Book of Eli, directed by the Hughes brothers, is set in a post-apocalyptic America and was shot in New Mexico. In a collider.com  article Denzel Washington is asked about what it was like filming in New Mexico. And he is quoted as saying, “Well, I definitely know what a tumbleweed is now and I know what a windstorm is. But it was the right place I think for this film and the people there have been very nice to us.”  Denzel Washington performed all of his own stunts in this action packed film.

[00:16:51] We can thank his son for encouraging him to be in this movie. In a PalmBeachpost.com article it mentions that his son [00:17:00] John David Washington pushed for his dad to be in this movie. The film was written by screenwriter Gary Whitta. In a CBR.com article they discussed the religious undertones of the film.  The article says, “Unfortunately for Whitta, the studio continuously asked him to tone down the religious aspects of his script, to the point that he no longer felt comfortable with the film he was making and was ultimately replaced with a different writer. Thankfully, Denzel Washington, who was attracted to the project for those very elements, came to Whitta’s rescue and demanded that he be brought back aboard, allowing him to see the script through to the very final stage.”

[00:17:44] The article quotes Whitta as saying, “A lot of people, particularly people of faith contacted me and I got so many touching messages. Some people said I haven’t picked up my Bible in 10 years and this movie made me want to do that. Not to [00:18:00] sound grandiose, but I felt like if I never wrote anything else, I will have left behind something that people really really like and that means the world to me.”

[00:18:10] Denzel’s son, John David Washington was an Associate Producer for The Book of Eli and how he got the job is a pretty interesting story. An Esquire article says, “In between seasons, Washington accompanied his father to a meeting for the 2010 film The Book of Eli. Co-director Alan Hughes was struck by the young football player’s input and asked his father if he would mind if Washington joined the project. Denzel said he didn’t mind and Washington gave it a shot. It was a chance to get back onto a movie set and to remain safely behind the camera. While being the child of a star has its drawbacks an undeniable advantage is access. Getting onto that set was a first step into the business that most people could only dream of. But once he was there, he had to prove his worth.”

[00:19:00] [00:19:00] In addition to John David, Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta have three other children. At the NAACP image awards, Denzel Washington won an Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award for his role in The Book of Eli.

[00:19:17] Question five. In the 2001 crime thriller Training Day, who kills Denzel Washington’s character, Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris?  Well, the Russians kill him. The director of Training Day was Antoine Fuqua. He insisted on shooting the movie on location as much as possible and in some of Los Angeles’s most dangerous neighborhoods. A Kingroom.com article says,” At first, the filmmakers were told they could not shoot in Imperial Court for safety reasons but the response from the community was so great, permission was granted. The people living there really wanted this, notes Joel Silver. [00:20:00] They told us, we need the attention and we need the work. We hired a lot of them and it was a great experience. Here we were in a place where you would normally be scared just to drive down the street and we were sitting around drinking coffee and feeling totally comfortable.

[00:20:15] The article went on to say Fuqua also cast  bit parts and extras right out of the neighborhoods where they were shooting. They quote, Fuqua as saying, “I met with gangs and cops and even went into crack houses and said, I want to shoot here. I wanted people who had real scars, real bullet holes who deal with the cops every day.”

[00:20:37] Denzel Washington won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in this film. At the NAACP Image Awards, he won for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

[00:20:48] Question six. In what 2000 film does Denzel Washington play a high school football coach at a newly integrated high school? That movie was [00:21:00] Remember the Titans. Remember the Titans is loosely based on a true story and is often ranked as one of the top football movies of all time. Supposedly Denzel Washington was a little hesitant to take the role, but thanks to his wife Pauletta he ended up taking it. A Washington post article also quotes director Boaz Yakin as saying, “Denzel walked onto that set and I was like, Oh, right. That’s what a movie star is. You literally feel the air bending around him. It’s really quite something to see.”

[00:21:33] There were a lot of people that thought that because Disney produced the movie, the racial relations aspect was way too toned down and not as true to life as it should be depicted.  A New York Magazine article said “The story is based on real incidents but the uplifting tone is laid on so thick that it’s difficult to believe a minute of it.” At the 2001 NAACP Image Awards Denzel Washington took home the [00:22:00] award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and the film won the award for Outstanding Motion Picture.

[00:22:07] Question seven. In what 1987 film does Denzel Washington play black activist Steve Biko? Well, that movie is Cry Freedom. Cry Freedom was set in late 1970s South Africa. When Cry Freedom was being filmed, there was so much political turmoil in South Africa that they had to film parts of it in Zimbabwe instead. Kenya was another location they used to shoot the film. Some people called Cry Freedom a “white savior” movie. A Salon.com article from 2013 titled, “Oscar Loves a White Savior” lists 10 white savior films that have received major Hollywood award nominations and Cry Freedom was on the list.

[00:22:54] The article quotes movie critic Roger Ebert as saying, “The problem with this movie is similar [00:23:00] to the dilemma in South Africa: whites occupy the foreground and establish the terms of the discussion, while the 80% non-white majority remains a shadowy, half-seen presence in the background.”

[00:23:13] Denzel Washington earned his first ever Oscar nomination for this movie. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the film. This movie earned him his first Golden Globe nomination as well. He won an NAACP Image Award in the category of  Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. The National Board of Review listed Cry Freedom as one of the top 10 films of 1987.  It came in sixth out of 10 in their rankings. While speaking of South Africa, in 1995 Denzel and his wife Pauletta renewed their wedding vows in South Africa where Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiated. They once even had the late president of South [00:24:00] Africa, Nelson Mandela over to their house for dinner.

[00:24:03] Watch a clip of Oprah talking with Denzel and Pauletta. They talk about their trip to Africa and their wedding vow renewal. I’ll post the link on triviarewind.com. In the clip, Oprah jokes that she’d one day like to play Denzel’s wife in a movie. I will also post a clip of Denzel talking with Jimmy Kimmel about his and Pauletta’s very first date.

[00:24:28] Question eight.  In the 2016 film Fences, Denzel Washington’s character Troy Maxson is promoted in his job and gets to do what? In doing this job he becomes the first African-American to do this in Pittsburgh. He was the first to drive a garbage truck. Not only did Denzel Washington star in this film, he produced it and directed it.

[00:24:52] The movie is based on August Wilson’s book titled Fences. In a 2010 Broadway revival of this [00:25:00] play, Denzel Washington had the lead role in starred alongside Viola Davis. They both won Tony Awards for their work in the play. How fitting that both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reprised their roles for this film. 

[00:25:14] In 1987, Paramount Pictures purchased the rights to turn Wilson’s book into a film. Wilson had one request, that Paramount hire a black director. In an Indywire.com article, Wilson talks about one point when a white director really wanted to direct the film. But he wasn’t black. The article quotes Wilson as saying, “I accept that he is a very fine film director, but he is not black. He is not a product of black America culture – a culture that was honed out of the black experience and fired in the kiln of slavery and survival and he does not share the sensibilities of black Americans.”  The film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar as [00:26:00] well as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. Viola Davis was the only one to go home with an Oscar. The film and actors were nominated for numerous other awards as well.

[00:26:16] Question nine. In the 1989 film Glory starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington, what reason does Denzel Washington’s character Private Trip give for going AWOL? Well, Trip left to find shoes because his men were being denied basic supplies like that. In the film Washington’s character is flogged for going AWOL. When his shirt is off and he’s being flogged, you can see that his back is covered in scars from his time as a slave.

[00:26:50] This scene inspired another actor, Michael B. Jordan for his Black Panther role. In an Entertainment Weekly article it mentions that Michael B. [00:27:00] Jordan was speaking at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Gala in honor of Denzel Washington and is quoted as saying, “I remember hearing stories about you and I heard stories that when you were huddled around the campfire in that film, you weren’t supposed to be shirtless, but you still had the scars put on your back so you could feel it, so you can know what your character’s been through” said Jordan. “I tell you right now tonight, brother, that’s the only reason why Killmonger, when I played that role, I had those scars, even when I wasn’t shirtless because of you. So I want to say thank you for that.”

[00:27:39] It’s been reported that Denzel did receive some real lashings to his back in the movie. Internet movie database says “Edward Zwick, the director of the film said that for the flogging scene, Denzel Washington was lashed at full contact with a special whip that would not cut his back, but still stung.” Denzel [00:28:00] Washington won a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for his role in this movie. He also won a Golden Globe for his role, as well as an NAACP Image Award.

[00:28:11] And question 10. In what 1999, filmed does Denzel Washington play a former middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted for a triple murder? The name of this film was The Hurricane and Denzel plays the character, Reuben “The Hurricane” Carter. The film was based on a true story. In order to play the role Denzel lost 60 pounds and trained for over a year with a boxing coach. When Variety interviewed the real life Ruben “The Hurricane” Carter and they asked him what he thought about Denzel Washington portraying him they quote him as saying, “I didn’t know I was that good looking.”

[00:28:52] After the movie was released, many criticized it for its inaccuracies. Universal Pictures was one of the companies that was [00:29:00] sued over this. Joey Giardello, the real life opponent of Reuben “The Hurricane” Carter sued them for defamation of character because of the way that he was portrayed in the film. Denzel Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and he won a Golden Globe award in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama category and an NAACP award.

[00:29:24] Denzel Washington has such an amazing career and continues to inspire people on and off the screen. Not only is he an award-winning actor, he’s a man of faith. In a 2015 commencement speech at Dillard University in Louisiana, he told the audience,  “Put God first. Put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me, everything that I’ve accomplished, everything that you think I have, and I have a few things, everything that I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. [00:30:00] It’s a gift.”

[00:30:01] Denzel Washington also has close ties with the Boys and Girls Club of America where at one time he was the spokesman for the organization, a group that he grew up with while living in Mount Vernon.

[00:30:14] The entertainment business has become a family affair so keep your eyes open for what his four children are up to. They are making names for themselves in the industry as well. You can tell how proud their dad is when you watch him in interviews and the topic of his kids come up. They have a great role model to look up to.

[00:30:34] While I’ve only talked about 10 of Denzel’s movies in this episode, he has many more that have touched people worldwide. Movies like Malcolm X, Philadelphia, and American Gangster to name a few. He’s had quite the career. Do you have a favorite Denzel Washington movie? Come share about it on our Instagram page. You can also find Trivia Rewind on Twitter and Facebook.

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Famous TV Pets

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m talking TV pet stars. Over the years, a lot of shows have given us memorable pets from the fluffy to the scruffy.  Here’s something you probably don’t know about me.  My very first job after graduating from Baylor University with a TV/Film degree was with the PBS television series Wishbone. Remember that little Jack Russell Terrier that would delve into classic literature?  That’s him.   The dog that played Wishbone was named Soccer. He was quite the star on set. I still remember that the entire cast and crew of Wishbone celebrated Soccer’s birthday with a big cake. He was treated quite well.  Sadly, Soccer died in 2001.  

Dogs are quite popular on TV.   Lassie has been ranked as the best TV pet of all time. But in this episode, it’s not just dogs I’m talking about.  If you look back over the decades of television you’ll find pets like Mr. Ed the horse, Flipper the dolphin and even Aristotle the octopus.  We love our pets both in real life and on screen. 

In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll give you fifteen trivia questions about TV pets. After I give you the questions, I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts about each pet.  Find out which TV pet was tragically killed on a television studio’s backlot when hit by a delivery vehicle. You’ll even find out which TV pet had a net worth of 3.2 million dollars. Those and so many more fun facts await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind.   

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Trivia Rewind Episode 32 – Famous TV Pets

[00:00:00] [00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:06] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins. In this episode, I’m talking TV pet stars. Over the years a lot of shows have given us memorable pets from the fluffy to the scruffy. Here’s something you probably don’t know about me. My very first job after graduating from Baylor University with a TV/Film degree was with the PBS television series Wishbone. Remember that little Jack Russell Terrier that would delve into classic literature? That’s him. The dog that played Wishbone was named Soccer. He was quite the star on set. I still remember that the entire cast and crew of Wishbone celebrated Soccer’s birthday with a big cake. He was treated quite well. Sadly soccer died in 2001.

[00:00:54] Dogs are quite popular on TV. Lassie has been ranked as the best TV pet of all time. [00:01:00] But in this episode, it’s not just dogs I’m talking about. If you look back over the decades of television, you’ll find pets like Mr. Ed the horse,  Flipper the dolphin and even Aristotle the octopus.

[00:01:13] We love our pets both in real life and on screen. In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll give you 15 trivia questions about TV pets. After I give you the questions, I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts about each pet. Find out which TV pet was tragically killed on a television studio’s back lot when hit by a delivery vehicle. You’ll even find out which TV pet had a net worth of $3.2 million. Those and so many more fun facts await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind. This should be a lot of fun. So are you ready?

[00:01:51] Here’s question one. What is the name of the dog on the classic TV series The Brady Bunch?

[00:02:00] [00:02:00] Question two. What is the name of the dog seen on the television  drama series Lost?

[00:02:10] Question three. On The Gilmore Girls what is the name of Lorelai’s dog?

[00:02:19] Question four. On the sitcom Friends what is the name of Ross’s pet monkey?

[00:02:27] Question five. On the animated television series SpongeBob Square Pants what is the name of SpongeBob’s pet snail?

[00:02:37] Question six. In the 1980s series Miami Vice what kind of pet did Don Johnson’s character Sonny Crockett have and what was his pet’s name?

[00:02:51] Question seven. What is the name of the dog owned by Paul and Jamie on the nineties sitcom Mad About You?

[00:03:01] [00:03:00] Question eight. What is the name of the Jack Russell Terrier on the sitcom Frazier?

[00:03:08] Question nine. What is the name of the Tanner’s dog on the sitcom Full House?

[00:03:16] Question 10. What is the name of the pet greyhound that belongs to the Simpson family on the animated series The Simpsons?

[00:03:27] Question 11. In the 1970s series Baretta, what kind of pet did Robert Blake’s character have and what was the pet’s name?

[00:03:40] Question 12. In the 1960s series Green Acres what was the name of their pet pig?

[00:03:48] Question 13. On the sixties television series Gentle Ben, what kind of pet was Ben?

[00:03:57] Question 14. [00:04:00] What is the name of the cat on the eighties sitcom ALF?

[00:04:05] And question 15. What is the name of the French Bulldog on the sitcom Modern Family?

[00:04:14] Well, those were our 15 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. What is the name of the dog on the classic TV series The Brady Bunch? Well, his name was Tiger and he was played by a dog with the same name. We all may know that Tiger was a dog on The Brady Bunch, but did you know that he only appeared in 10 episodes?

[00:04:39] I guess that dog house in their backyard made us think of him even when he wasn’t there. So what happened to Tiger? Well, the news isn’t good. According to metv.com the dog that played Tiger was hit by a delivery vehicle on the Paramount Studios lot. This tragic event happened when the [00:05:00] show was filming the episode titled “Katchoo.”

[00:05:03] The article talks about how the trainer found a replacement dog at the pound but he was not trained like the original Tiger. The trainer tried to replace Tiger without telling the actors or producers but it soon became obvious that the dog they were trying to work with was not the original Tiger. In an article on cheatsheet.com, Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz once addressed this topic. Schwartz asked, “You put an untrained dog in the center of a set and we’re filming?” The trainer simply replied, “I was hoping it would work.”  If you watch season one and season two and look at Tiger, you’ll be able to tell that there was more than one dog used to play him. The fur color is different for one.

[00:05:50] Barry Williams, the actor that played Greg Brady confirmed the sad tale about Tiger’s untimely death years ago in his 1992 memoir [00:06:00] titled, Growing up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg. Another book titled The Encyclopedia of TV Pets discusses the dog situation in more detail and reveals that five dogs in total were used on The Brady Bunch.

[00:06:16] Even though he was only around for a short time Tiger was memorable enough for fans to remember him. Tiger ranked 50th in Animal Planet’s 2003 television special 50 Greatest TV Animals.

[00:06:31] Question two. What is the name of the dog seen on the television series Lost? Well, his name was Vincent. A Hawaiian dog named Madison played Vincent on the series. Madison is a female Labrador Retriever. She was in 16 of the shows 24 first season episodes and was the dog of the character Walt. In an article in Pittsburghlive.com they [00:07:00] once interviewed Kim Stahl, Madison’s owner and trainer who said, “She loves being the center of attention. She loves all the commotion. What people see on television is one thing but if the camera were to turn 180 degrees, so people could see what was going on behind the camera, it’s really quite amazing. She loves being in the middle of that.” The article also says, “Stahl said her highlight of the first season was in the finale when Madison had to swim out after a raft the survivors had launched. Stahl hid on the raft to get Madison to come to it.”

[00:07:36] In an article from the website called All Labs they quote Madison’s trainer as saying,  “The attention that Madison gets while she’s at work is paycheck enough for her, which is why she does not manage her own career.” Stahl added with a laugh. Fans of the show will remember the series ending when Vincent truly proves he’s man’s best [00:08:00] friend.

[00:08:01] Question three. On the show Gilmore Girls, what is the name of Lorelai’s dog? Her dog’s name was Paul Anka. The name of the dog that played Paul Anka was Sparky. Paul Anka was adopted by Lorelai Gilmore in season six of the series and is a Polish Lowland Sheep Dog. Paul Anka remained a part of the series through the final season.

[00:08:29] For those younger TV viewers out there, they may not know that there is actually a real Paul Anka. He was once a successful Canadian-American singer songwriter who wrote and performed the 1960 song “Puppy Love.”  Paul Anka even made an appearance on The Gilmore Girls in the episode titled “The Real Paul Anka.”

[00:08:52] Question four. On the sitcom Friends what is the name of Ross’s pet [00:09:00] monkey? His name is Marcel and he has sometimes been referred to as the seventh Friend. Marcel was a white headed Capuchin monkey. According to The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, two female Capuchin monkeys played Marcel. They were named Katie and Monkey.

[00:09:21] Marcel appeared through part of the second season of Friends. Katie was used in the more action-oriented scenes and Monkey was used for the sitting still scenes. In the summer of 2000 the pair shared duties as the rally monkey for the Los Angeles Angels baseball team. Katie was also in the movie Bruce Almighty as well as other productions.

[00:09:46] In a Today.com article they share what Friends star Matt LeBlanc had to say about Marcel. The article says, “LeBlanc remembered one time when the show’s stars were shooting on the soundstage and Marcel decided to make [00:10:00] a run for it, climbing the stage lights until she was high above everyone else. The monkey just goes whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, right to the ceiling.” LeBlanc recalled “and just disappears into the blackness of the stage.”  LeBlanc and his co-stars were forced to stop shooting while the monkey’s handlers tried to capture the tiny diva.”  In The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, it notes that the monkeys seem to like Matt LeBlanc the most, even though he wasn’t the Friend that had the monkey as his pet.

[00:10:31] There was one actor that didn’t like the monkey so much. A 1995 Entertainment Weekly article revealed who that person was. They quote David Schwimmer, the actor that played Ross as saying, “I hate the monkey.” And he says, “I wish it were dead.” I’m assuming he’s joking. He went on to say,  “The trainers won’t let me bond with it.” Schwimmer explains. “They’re really, really possessive. It’s like [00:11:00] land on your marks. Do your job. Don’t touch or bond with the monkey. It’s a bummer.”  Last I heard Katie the Capuchin has a new job. She has been cast as the monkey on the upcoming FX series Y: The Last Man.

[00:11:15] Katie now in her thirties is doing quite well. Capuchin monkeys in the wild have a lifespan of 15 to 25 years. However, Capuchins in captivity have been known to live as long as 50 years. Hopefully Katie has many more years ahead of her in her entertainment career. The show Y: The Last Man is slated to stream on FX on Hulu in 2021.

[00:11:43] Question five. On the animated television series SpongeBob Square Pants what is the name of SpongeBob’s pet snail?  SpongeBob’s pet was a sea snail named Gary who meows like a [00:12:00] cat. Actor Tom Kenny provides the voice or I guess you’d say the Meow for Gary. He is also the voice of SpongeBob.  In 2018 and 2019 Tom Kenny won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program. He got his start as a standup comedian.  Well, actually before his standup comedy work a TV Guide biography on Tom Kenny said he bagged groceries at Price Chopper for six years before leaving his hometown to pursue a comedy career.

[00:12:33] Originally in SpongeBob Square Pants, Gary was just a background character. But as the show went on, Gary’s personality flourished and on March 22nd, 2000, he became one of the 10 main characters.

[00:12:49] Question six. In the eighties series Miami Vice what kind of pet did Don Johnson’s character Sonny Crockett have and [00:13:00] what was his pet’s name? His pet was an alligator named Elvis. While Elvis wasn’t a snuggly sidekick he did keep things in line on Sonny Crockett’s boat. A South Florida Sun Sentinel article from 1985 mentions that Elvis’s owner was named George Harwell of Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida.

[00:13:23] The article says. “Elvis is dark green, about eight and a half feet long and weighs about 300 pounds. Elvis’ is stand-in Presley is a few inches shorter and a few pounds lighter.” Harwell says Elvis was chosen for the role because of his size, not because he was trained. He said you can’t train an alligator.

[00:13:47] Sadly Elvis is no longer with us. A 2011 article from the Sun Sentinel said that Elvis is buried on the property of Flamingo Gardens. There is no mention of when or how Elvis died.

[00:14:00] [00:14:00] Question seven. What is the name of the dog owned by Paul and Jamie on the nineties sitcom Mad About You? The dog’s name was Murray and he was played by a dog named Maui. His breed is a Collie mix.  Word is that a Hollywood animal trainer found the dog at a shelter. Maui started out his career by doing TV commercials and he was the understudy for the circus dog Bingo in the 1991 film of the same name. After being discovered Murray even once graced the cover of TV Guide.  On June 18th, 1994, both Murray and another popular Hollywood dog star shared the cover of TV Guide.

[00:14:47] Question eight. What is the name of the Jack Russell Terrier on the sitcom Frazier? That dog’s name was Eddie and he was played by a Jack Russell [00:15:00] Terrier named Moose. Moose appeared as Eddie for 192 episodes of Frasier. In a BBC article it says that during the height of Frazier’s popularity, Moose received more fan mail than any of his human counterparts.  On the show Moose played the role of Eddie for seven seasons and then his son Enzo had the role for the final four seasons. In a Reader’s Digest article titled “Millionaire Pets,” it’s reported that Moose made $10,000 per episode giving him a net worth of $3.2 million.

[00:15:40] Not only did Moose have the role of Eddie on Frazier, he was also in the 2000 film My Dog Skip where he played the older dog Skip. Eddie ranked fifth in Animal Planet’s 2003 television special 50 Greatest TV Animals. Moose [00:16:00] died in 2006 at the age of 15.

[00:16:04] Question nine. What is the name of the Tanner’s dog on the sitcom Full House? The Tanner’s dog was a Golden Retriever named Comet. Comet first appeared on Full House during season three in the episode titled “And They Call It Puppy Love.” Supposedly a rescue dog named Buddy had the role of Comet. Well, maybe. Some say it was a dog named Comet. I did find some controversy about this topic.

[00:16:37] One Buzzfeed article I found claims that the internet has it all wrong and that a dog named Comet actually had the role. The author of the article claims that Buddy did play the role of Comet in one episode only. An episode about basketball. It seems that the dog actors Buddy and Comet have gotten confused a lot over the years.

[00:17:00] [00:17:00] The dog named Comet also had a lead role in the movie Fluke. On Wikipedia they call this dog  Buddy and link to an article that calls the dog Comet. Wow. Can this get any more confusing? Buddy the dog is known for his basketball skills and he starred in the movie Air Bud. So that would make sense that he appeared as Comet in the Full House episode about basketball.

[00:17:25] Sadly cancer took the life of Buddy. He died on February 10th, 1998 at the age of 10. According to The Spokesman Review, “his leg had been amputated six months earlier in an attempt to save him. Luckily he lived out his remaining days peacefully and died in his sleep in his San Diego home. “Whether it was Buddy or Comet that played  the role of Comet, he was a loved dog by the Tanner family and fans alike.

[00:17:54] Question 10. What is the name of the pet Greyhound that belongs to the [00:18:00] Simpson family on the animated series The Simpsons? That dog’s name is Santa’s Little Helper. The little orange and Brown dog named Santa’s Little Helper appeared on the first episode of the Simpsons, the 1989 Christmas special titled “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.”  He is abandoned by his owner after coming in last place in a race at the dog track. Homer and Bart bring him home and he becomes the family’s pet. Santa’s Little Helper ranked 27th in Animal Planet’s 2003 television special 50 Greatest TV Animals. He ranked seventh in a 2008 poll by Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan, that determined the best loved television dog of all time. Supposedly, the name is a spoof of the Rolling Stones song “Mother’s Little Helper.”

[00:18:58] Question [00:19:00] 11. In the seventies series Baretta, what kind of pet did Robert Blake’s character have and what was the pet’s name? The character Tony Baretta had a pet cockatoo named Fred. The main cockatoo that played Fred was a female named LaLa and she was owned by famed animal trainer Ray Berwick. Other birds did sometimes help LaLa with stunts. A cockatoo named Harold sometimes did stunts and flying scenes for LaLa. After Harold had an untimely death, a bird named Flying Sweetheart helped with the stunts as well as birds named Pooky and Lion Country Sweetheart.

[00:19:43] The cockatoo Fred was detective Tony Baretta’s sidekick. In real life one of the cockatoos that played Fred had his own run in with some criminals. In 1990, one of the Fred cockatoos was stolen from the San Diego Wild Animal [00:20:00] Park. A UPI article says that “after his rescue, Fred was a bit upset by his recent experience and had some roughed and tattered tail, breast and leg feathers, but appeared fine otherwise” the zoo said. The article also said “police surmised that Fred’s abductors probably became fearful of apprehension following intense publicity over the bird’s disappearance and simply dumped him by the side of the road.” 

[00:20:29] In an article by Claire Britain-Warren she quotes a bird show trainer named Steve Martin who said “personally, I feel Fred did his fair share of harm to his wild counterparts. Many cockatoos were taken from their forest homes because people wanted to have a “Fred bird.” I did not realize it then but now I understand the impact that Fred had on wild populations of cockatoos and on all parrots in general.” After Baretta was [00:21:00] over trainer Ray Berwick showed off the birds in his animal show at the Universal Studios Tour in Southern California and the San Diego Wild Animal Park. There are a lot of white cockatoos out there named Fred whose names are inspired from the Baretta series.  According to tvbanter.net LaLa died at the age of 70.

[00:21:24] Question 12. In the sixties series Green Acres what was the name of their pet pig? That pig was named Arnold Ziffel and he was owned by animal trainer Frank Inn. Supposedly Arnold the pig was a mere piglet. Piglets don’t stay piglets for long so each year a new piglet had to be trained for the role of Arnold. According to his bio on Findagrave.com. “Arnold could write his name, change channels on a television set, play the piano, drink with a [00:22:00] straw, deliver letters and newspapers, play cricket with a bat while predicting weather with his curly tail. He attended school while carrying a lunchbox in his mouth. Arnold was the main contributor to the success of the show and its ratings. He received thousands of fan letters.”

[00:22:17] Starting in 1967, Arnold won three Patsy awards, an award that was originated by the Hollywood office of the American Humane Association in 1939.  Patsy is an acronym for Picture Animal Top Star of the Year. It’s kind of like the equivalent of an Academy Award that a human actor wins. There has even been an urban legend about Arnold the pig. Some say that when the show wrapped, the cast ate him. According to snopes.com that is false. According to The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, at one point, Arnold got more fan mail than the show’s [00:23:00] star Eva Gabor. One of the pigs that played Arnold is buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles and his date of death is reported as 1972.

[00:23:13] Question 13. On the 60s televivision series Gentle Ben, what kind of pet was Ben? Ben was a male North American Black Bear. Not a pet I’d want to snuggle up with on the couch. Originally the bear was owned by a man named Anthony Pelky who raised the bear from a Cub and while living with him, the bear was called Smokey. An animal trainer working on the upcoming series Gentle Ben bought the bear from Pelky for $600. Smokey wasn’t the only bear to play Ben. He was the bear seen in this series opening segment each week.

[00:23:54] Another bear named Bruno also played Ben in the series. Bruno came from [00:24:00] the Africa USA animal theme park. Bruno was known to love Coca-Cola. According to The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, a bear named Buck often was the double for Bruno.

[00:24:13] Question 14. What is the name of the cat on the 80 sitcom ALF? Well, that cat’s name was Lucky and its breed was American Short Hair.  ALF was an alien that lived with the Tanner family. He came from a planet where they ate cats. So imagine the Tanner’s family cat Lucky having to live with ALF who always desires to eat him but ALF restrained himself. According to The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, a cat named Sparks had the lead role of Lucky. Other cats would share the role and their names were Gordo, FatCat, Electra and Sparkle. Imagine being a cat that has to be trained to work with a [00:25:00] puppet .

[00:25:01] And question 15. What is the name of the French Bulldog on the sitcom Modern Family? That dog’s name was Stella. There were two dogs that played Stella. One was Brigitte and she was introduced in season two when the character Jay Pritchett played by Ed O’Neill gets a dog. The other dog was Beatrice and she took on the role in season four. In 2012, Brigitte won the award for Best Dog in a Television Series at the inaugural Golden Collar Awards. Sadly Beatrice died just days after the series wrapped.

[00:25:43] Well, there have been a lot of memorable TV pets over the years. In this episode, I decided not to include any pets that would give away the name of the show based on their name.  So that’s why TV, pets like Lassie, Wishbone, Flipper and Mr. Ed were left out of this. [00:26:00] So who’s your favorite TV pet? Come tell me on one of Trivia Rewind’s social media sites. You’ll find Trivia Rewind on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can visit triviarewind.com for links to our social media sites as well as more about this episode, including a transcript of the show. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening. I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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Pixar Animation Movie Trivia Part 2

Have you ever wondered which of our episodes is the most listened to?  Our episode titled Pixar Animation Movie Trivia is the most listened to Trivia Rewind episode to date. There are a lot of great Pixar movies out there so it’s no doubt this is a popular topic.  Since it is so popular, I decided to do a second Pixar episode.  More trivia and fun facts about all the great animated feature films brought to us by Disney Pixar. 

If you don’t know much about this history of Pixar, it’s been around for quite some time.  It all started in 1979 with George Lucas forming his LucasFilm Computer Division. In 1986 Steve Jobs purchased the Computer Division from George Lucas and turned it into an independent company named “Pixar.”  According to the Pixar website, “Pixar and Disney begin collaboration on CAPS, the Computer Animation Production System, which would revolutionize the creation of traditional animated films. The first check written to Pixar by a client after its incorporation is from Disney, for work on this project.” In 1991 Disney and Pixar agreed to make and distribute at least one computer-generated animated movie which would end up being Toy Story.  That film was released in 1995 and was the world’s first computer animated feature film. In 2006, the year of Pixar’s 20th anniversary, The Walt Disney Company purchased Pixar. 

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll give you ten questions about various Pixar feature films. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers plus some fun facts! In our fun facts segment, you’ll find out which actor has a voice part in all of Pixar’s 23 films. Find out how one Pixar staffer made a wrong click on the computer and deleted an entire Pixar film. I’ll tell you how they resurrected it. Plus, find out which Pixar movie’s lead character was voiced by the person who created the sound of the lightsaber as part of his long list of accomplishments in the film industry.  These fun facts and more await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind. 

In the episode, I talk about Ben Burtt and a video you can watch where he talks about the sound animation for the film he was involved in. Here’s the link to that video.

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Trivia Rewind Episode 31 – Disney Pixar Animation Movie Trivia Part 2

[00:00:00] Intro: [00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:06] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:06] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins. Have you ever wondered which of our episodes is the most listened to? Well, our episode titled Pixar Animation Movie Trivia is the most listened to Trivia Rewind episode to date. There are  a lot of great Pixar movies out there so it’s no doubt this is a popular topic. Since it is so popular, I have decided to do a second episode. More trivia and fun facts about all the great animated feature films brought to us by Pixar.

[00:00:41] If you don’t know much about the history of Pixar, it’s been around for quite some time. It all started in 1979 with George Lucas forming his LucasFilm Computer Division. In 1986 Steve Jobs purchased the Computer Division from George Lucas [00:01:00] and turned it into an independent company named Pixar. According to the Pixar website, “Pixar and Disney began collaboration on CAPS, the Computer Animation Production System, which would revolutionize the creation of traditional animated films. The first check written to Pixar by a client after its incorporation is from Disney and that was for work on this project.”  In 1991, Disney and Pixar agreed to make and distribute at least one computer generated animated movie, which ended up being Toy Story. That film was released in 1995 and was the world’s first computer animated feature film.  In 2006, the year of Pixar’s 20th anniversary, the Walt Disney company purchased Pixar.

[00:01:55] In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you 10 [00:02:00] questions about various Pixar feature films. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers plus some fun facts. In our fun facts segment you’ll find out which actor has a voice part in all of Pixar’s 23 films. Find out how one Pixar staffer made a wrong click on the computer and deleted an entire Pixar film. I’ll tell you how they resurrected it. Plus find out which Pixar movie’s lead character was voiced by the person that created the sound of the lightsaber. These fun facts and more await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind.

[00:02:41] So are you ready to see what you know about Pixar movies? Here’s question one. In the 2012 film Brave when Merida gives Elinor an enchanted cake, what does Elinor turn into?

[00:02:59] Question [00:03:00] two. In the 1982 film A Bug’s Life, what is the name of the circus ringmaster?

[00:03:10] Question three. In the 1999 film Toy Story 2, where is the museum located that Woody and some of his friends are set to be sold to?

[00:03:24] Question four. In the 2008 film WALL-E what is the name of the robot that WALL-E is smitten by?

[00:03:36] Question five. In the 2013 film Monsters University, what is the name of the fraternity that Mike and Sully reluctantly join?

[00:03:47] Question six.  In the 2006 film Cars, what is the name of the car that Lightning McQueen pushes across the finish line at the end of the film?

[00:04:00] [00:04:00] Question seven. In the 2016 film Finding Dory, what do Dory’s parents make a trail of to help her find her way back home?

[00:04:14] Question eight. In the 2009 film UP, a young wilderness Explorer named Russell is trying to earn his final merit badge which was a badge for doing what?

[00:04:29] Question nine.  In the 2018 film Incredibles 2, who removes the hypnotic goggles from Elastigirl which ends up saving the city from a yacht set to destroy it?

[00:04:44] And question 10.  In the 2003 film Finding Nemo, what is the  name of the pelican that often visits the dentist’s office and befriends the aquarium fish?

[00:04:58] Those were our 10 [00:05:00] questions. Let’s go back, get the answers and fun facts. Question one. In the 2012 film Brave when Merida gives Elinor an enchanted cake, what does Elinor turn into? Well, she turns into a bear. There are a lot of Disney princesses out there, but Merida is the first Disney princess created by Pixar.

[00:05:25] This movie also holds the title to another first. It was the first Pixar film to star a female protagonist. It was also the first Pixar film to have a female director. Her name is Brenda Chapman and she was co-director along with Mark Andrews. Supposedly due to creative differences Pixar took Brenda Chapman off the project.

[00:05:47] A New York times feature quotes her as saying, “When Pixar took me off Brave, a story that came from my heart, inspired by my relationship with my daughter, it was devastating.” The [00:06:00] article says Chapman does point out that ultimately her vision remained in the film and that she remains very proud of the movie.

[00:06:08] In the film, actress Kelly Macdonald provides the voice of princess Merida, but did you know that originally Reese Witherspoon was going to do the voice? She actually started working on the project but supposedly other movie roles got in the way and they had to find a replacement for her. However could leaving the movie be that she was unable to get the Scottish accent down? In a Cosmopolitan magazine article Reese Witherspoon is quoted as saying, “I tried to do a Scottish accent once. It was bad. I had to quit the movie.”  At the 85th Academy Awards, Brave won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. It also won a Golden Globe Award in the same category.

[00:06:53] Question two. In the 1982 film A Bug’s Life, what is the name of the [00:07:00] circus ringmaster? His name is P.T. Flea. John Ratzenberger is the voice of P.T. Flea. Ratzenberger has quite the record with Pixar. Did you know that he has provided his voice for all 23 of Pixar’s films? In Pixar’s newest film Soul, his off-screen voice role is however uncredited. To adults Ratzenberger may be best known for his role as Cliff on the sitcom Cheers.

[00:07:30] Not only did bugs feud during this film. In real life a feud took place between Jeffrey Katzenberg and Pixar’s Steve Jobs and John Lasseter. The three worked together at Disney.  Katzenberg left and formed Dreamworks SKG along with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. Their new Dreamworks SKG acquired a computer animation company called Pacific Data Images and guess what their first project together was? [00:08:00] It was the movie Antz.  Seems a little close to A Bug’s Life doesn’t it. An Entertainment Weekly article quotes Steve Jobs as saying, “There’s no disputing the fact that the day Jeffrey left Disney, he knew we were making A Bug’s Life. He knew what the story was and everything else.”

[00:08:20] In a Business Week article it discusses how John Lassiter claims he called Katzenberg and said, “Jeffrey, how could you. He claims Katzenberg, hemmed and hawed and that admitted he was making Antz. I couldn’t  believe it said Lassiter.”  A Bug’s Life and Antz were released within two months of each other.  So which film did better? According to a Huffington Post article, “both enjoyed critical acclaim and box office success though one more than the other. Antz took in more than $171 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo while A Bug’s Life more than doubled that with [00:09:00] $363 million. So it looks like the Pixar people won that one.

[00:09:07] Question three. In the 1999 film Toy Story 2, where is the museum located that Woody and some of his friends are set to be sold to? That museum is located in Tokyo, Japan. Did you know that Disney originally intended on having Toy Story 2 be a direct to video sequel? Disney then changed his mind and decided to make it a theatrical release. This really sent Pixar’s team in a tailspin. Director John Lasseter wasn’t happy with the quality of the film that was intended to go to video. So in one weekend Lassiter and his team redeveloped the film’s plot. They only had nine months to finish what normally would take years for a Pixar film. Thankfully, all the hard work paid off because it was a huge box office success [00:10:00] and many said this sequel was better than the first. It even won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy at the 57th Golden Globe Award ceremony.

[00:10:11] And here’s a big lesson on taking it easy around the delete button. Can you believe a staff member at Pixar mistakenly ran a command that removes everything on the file system? Imagine how horrifying that must have been for everyone working at Pixar. According to an article in the Independent, it would take 30 people more than a year to recreate the erased work.

[00:10:36] So how’d they solve the problem? Well, the Supervising Technical Director had been working from home after having a baby and Pixar was able to get the missing files from her personal computer. Talk about helping save the day and Toy Story 2.

[00:10:52] Question four. In the 2008 film WALL-E, what is the name of the robot that WALL-E is [00:11:00] smitten by? Her name is EVE. Do you know what WALL-E and EVE are acronyms for? WALL-E stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth Class and EVE stands for Extraterrestrial Vegetation, Evaluator.

[00:11:21] In the film, Ben Burtt is the voice of WALL-E. Not only is Ben Burtt a voice actor, he’s also an award-winning sound designer.  You may remember me mentioning him in Trivia Rewind’s E.T. episode. He was the Sound Designer that created the voice of E.T. Burtt is also known for creating the voice of Star Wars characters R2-D2 and Chewbacca plus he created the sound that the lightsaber makes. Imagine being able to say you did that.  Ben Burtt is the recipient of four Academy Awards for his work in sound effects editing. Visit triviarewind.com for a link where [00:12:00] you can hear Ben Burtt talk about the sound animation for the film WALL-E.

[00:12:05] Making WALL-E was extremely complex. According to a Rotten Tomatoes article, “typically a Pixar film will have between 50 and 75,000 storyboards generated for the entire production. WALL-E was north of 125,000 drawings.” This was the first Pixar motion picture length film to use live action. At the 81st Academy Awards WALL-E went home with a Best Animated Feature Oscar. It was nominated for a total of six Academy Awards. Some thought the film should have been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

[00:12:45] Question five. In the 2013 film Monsters University, what is the name of the fraternity that Mike and Sully reluctantly join? Well, the fraternity was Oozma [00:13:00] Kappa. Remember Don, the middle-aged founding member of Oozma Kappa? The man that provides his voice is Joel Murray, the younger brother of actor Bill Murray.  Joel Murray was the voice of Chester Cheetah, the Cheetos mascot, from its creation in 1986 all the way to 1997.

[00:13:21] This was Pixar’s first time to make a prequel. The movie took place 10 years before Monsters Inc. Actor Billy Crystal is the voice of Mike Wazowski and John Goodman is the voice of Sully. This was both their third Pixar movie to be a part of. When the movie was released, it became the third highest grossing Pixar film at the time.

[00:13:45] Question six. In the 2006 film Cars, what is the name of the car that Lightning McQueen pushes across the finish line at the end of the film? Well, that car was Strip “The King”  Weathers, [00:14:00] a 1970 Plymouth Superbird. The person that provided the voice for Strip “The King” Weathers was none other than someone nicknamed “the King” himself, NASCAR driver Richard Petty. This character in Cars was partially based on him. In May of 2010, Richard Petty was inducted into the first class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  In 1992, president George Bush awarded him the Medal of Freedom. He was the first motorsports athlete ever to be given this award.

[00:14:32] Actor Paul Newman had his last feature film role in Cars as the voice of Doc Hudson. He died of lung cancer in 2008. According to Internet Movie Database, this was the highest grossing film of Newman’s career. Doc Hudson’s character is based on NASCAR legend Herb Thomas.

[00:14:53] Not only was Cars a box office hit, according to Apple Insider when Cars was released on DVD, [00:15:00] 5 million copies were sold in the first two days. Talk about racing off the starting line. The National Board of Review named Cars the Best Animated Feature Film of 2006. It was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar and  it won the highly coveted Best Animated Feature Annie Award, animation’s highest award.

[00:15:24] Question seven. In the 2016 film Finding Dory, what do Dory’s parents make a trail of to help her find her way back home? They make a trail of seashells. Finding Dory is a sequel or spinoff from Pixar’s movie Finding Nemo. Ellen Degeneres once again provides the voice for Dory.

[00:15:47] Have you ever wondered what kind of fish Dory is? Well, she is a Regal Blue Tang. This type of fish is commonly found in the Indo-Pacific. It is a very popular marine aquarium [00:16:00] fish. When finding Dory was released, it was a box office hit. It came in first place on the 2016 domestic box office charts. Right behind it was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Captain America: Civil War. The fish one that one.

[00:16:18] Originally the film had a different ending. Some of the characters were set to end up in a Sea World type of marine park. But after Pixar executives saw the 2013 documentary Blackfish, a film that centered around the dangers of keeping orcas in captivity, they decided to rewrite the ending, giving the fish the option to leave the marine park.

[00:16:40] Question eight. In the 2009 film UP a young Wilderness Explorer named Russell is trying to earn his final merit badge which was a badge for doing what? Well, he was trying to earn a badge for assisting the elderly.  Actor [00:17:00] Jordan Nagai provides the voice for Russell. Over 400 kids auditioned for the voice role. One thing Pete Docter, the director of UP liked about Jordan Nagai is that he wasn’t an actor. He was just a regular kid. He actually didn’t even try out for the part. He showed up at the audition with his brother who was the one trying out for the role. I wonder what it was like around that family’s dinner table after Jordan got the role his brother tried out for? That really must have been difficult.

[00:17:32] Jordan Nagai is the first East-Asian protagonist in a Pixar film. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans praised Disney Pixar for creating a character that is Asian American. Others praised the move especially for having an Asian character without any stereotypes. Pixar’s UP opened the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. It was the first animated film and first 3D film [00:18:00] to do so. UP took home two Academy Awards, one for Best Animated Feature and the other for Best Original Score. Those were just two of the many awards that this film won in the industry.

[00:18:15] Question nine. In the 2018 film Incredibles 2, who removes the hypnotic goggles from Elastigirl which ends up saving the city from a yacht set to destroy it? That person was Jack Jack. He is the one that removes the goggles from Elastigirl. Did you know that there were 14 years between Incredibles 2 and the original film The Incredibles? It sure didn’t seem that long. When the film hit theaters in 2018, it set the record for best debut for an animated film. Also at the time it became the highest grossing Pixar film and it was the longest Pixar film to date as well as the longest computer animated [00:19:00] feature film to date.

[00:19:01] Can you believe that there was even some controversy among avid fans that the sequel dropped the word “The.”  Instead of calling it “The Incredibles 2”  the folks at Pixar thought Incredibles 2 sounded better. I can think of a lot worse things to be upset about.

[00:19:18] This was the first Disney released movie to issue a seizure warning. In 2018 the Epilepsy Foundation issued a statement requesting that Disney Pixar post a warning on all its digital properties, including relevant websites and social media channels about what had been described as flashing and strobe lights and its Incredibles 2 movie. They said there should be a warning of the potential effects on people with visual sensitive epilepsy or migraine features. Some fans did suffer ill effects such as seizures from the portion of the movie that has the flashing lights. Walt Disney Pictures did send advisories to theaters asking [00:20:00] them to post notices warning audiences about the movie’s visual effects. Incredibles 2 was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award.

[00:20:12] And question 10. In the 2003 film Finding Nemo, what is the name of the pelican that often visits the dentist’s office and befriends the aquarium fish? His name is Nigel.  Australian actor Geoffrey Rush provides the voice for Nigel. He is one of the few actors that have the coveted triple crown of acting. He has won an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 2008, the American Film Institute released their list of the Top 10 Greatest Animated Movies and Finding Nemo came in at number 10. Another Pixar film made the list as well. Toy Story came in sixth place.

[00:20:58] This was the first [00:21:00] Pixar film not to be scored by Randy Newman. Instead, Finding Nemo was scored by his cousin, Thomas Newman. Hey, at least they kept it in the family. This was Thomas Newman’s first time to score an animated feature film. For this film he was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Score category.

[00:21:21] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. I hope you learned some new things about Pixar movies. If you haven’t listened to the first Pixar episode, it was our fifth episode and was released on September 13, 2020. You can go back and find it in our episode list. Do you have an idea for a Trivia Rewind episode? Let me know. Visit triviarewind.com to connect with me. You can also find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next week with [00:22:00] another new episode. You all have a great day.