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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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TV Commercial Slogans

Well, we just checked another Super Bowl off the list and for a lot of people, the game isn’t the only thing they tune in for. It’s the commercials. So what did you think of the commercials during this year’s Super Bowl?

How about that one for Frito-Lay. I loved the whole “Twas the Night Before Super Bowl.” My favorite probably was the Doritos commercial featuring everybody’s favorite nice guy, Matthew McConaughey, as a flat 2-D version of himself. That was genius.

Then there was the Cheetos #ItWasn’tMe commercial featuring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Shaggy. Good stuff there. It seems like the chip companies were on top of their game this year.

In the week preceding up to the Super Bowl the talk was all about John Travolta and his daughter Ella dancing together in the Scott’s Miracle Grow commercial. Was that one all you hoped it would be?

This is the one time of year I love watching commercials. You may or may not have noticed, but during this year’s 2021 Super Bowl, some of the usual big spenders on Super Bowl ads opted out, instead donating money to COVID-19 relief efforts. One advertiser to do this was Anheuser-Busch. For the first time in 37 years, there was not a Super Bowl commercial about Budweiser. No clydesdales or chirping frogs this year.
According to NASDAQ, even though Budweiser was dropped from the roster Anheuser-Busch did plug several other brands during the game. For those ads, they purchased four minutes of advertising time.

Coca-Cola and Pepsi also chose not to run ads for their flagship products according to NASDAQ. Pepsi did however sponsor the halftime show. Companies like Coca-Cola have been hit hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to US News and World Report, “Coca-Cola has been hit hard since half of its sales come from stadiums, movie theaters and other usually crowded places that have been closed during the pandemic. It announced layoffs in December and said it wouldn’t advertise this year to ensure it’s investing in the right resources during these unprecedented times.”

One company made its Super Bowl debut this year. That was Chipotle Mexican Grill and its ad titled “Can a Burrito Change the World.” This ad focused on the role of farmers. A few other smaller brands made their debut at this year’s big game as well.


Have you ever wondered how much a 30 second ad costs to run during the Super Bowl? Well, this year that price tag was around $5.5 million. Anheuser-Busch donated part of what they would have spent on a 30 second ad instead on Coronavirus vaccination awareness efforts.


So do you know what the very first television commercial was? Well, this year marks the 80 year anniversary of the very first television commercial. It all happened on July 1st, 1941 on NBC’s WNBT TV and the ad only lasted 10 seconds. The ad aired before the beginning of a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The ad was for the watch brand Bulova and the ad only costs $9. $4 of that went to the airtime charges and the remaining $5 went to station charges. Wow have time’s changed in 80 years.

On this week’s episode of the Trivia Rewind podcast, it’s all about television commercials.  I’ll give you ten slogans or taglines and you will have to guess which product it goes with. As I promised in the podcast, I’m going to list the taglines here with links to videos of each of the commercials.

SLOGAN 1. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?Watch the commercial

SLOGAN 2. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT ITWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 3: THINK DIFFERENTWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 4:  BECAUSE YOU’RE WORTH ITWatch the commercial/History about it

SLOGAN 5: THE BEST PART OF WAKING UPWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 6: I CAN’T BELIEVE I ATE THE WHOLE THINGWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 7: YOU DESERVE A BREAK TODAYWatch the Behind the Scenes story

SLOGAN 8: GREAT TASTE, LESS FILLINGWatch the commercial

SLOGAN 9: 15 MINUTES CAN SAVE YOU 15% OR MOREWatch the commercial

QUESTION 10: THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINEWatch the commercial

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 35 – Super Bowl and TV Commercial Slogans

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins : [00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners. It’s Debi here with another new episode. Well, we just checked another Super Bowl off the list and for a lot of people, the game isn’t the only thing they tune in for. It’s the commercials. So what did you think of the commercials this year?

[00:00:29] How about that one for Frito-Lay. I loved the whole “Twas the Night Before Super Bowl.” Another one I loved was the Doritos commercial featuring everybody’s favorite nice guy, Matthew McConaughey, as a flat 2-D version of himself. That was genius. Then there was the Cheetos #ItWasn’tMe commercial featuring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Shaggy. Good stuff there. It seems like the chip companies were on [00:01:00] top of their game this year.

[00:01:02] In the week preceeding up to the Super Bowl the talk was all about John Travolta and his daughter Ella dancing together in the Scott’s Miracle Grow commercial. This is the one time of year I love watching commercials. You may or may not have noticed, but during this year’s 2021 Super Bowl, some of the usual big spenders on Super Bowl ads opted out, instead donating money to COVID-19 relief efforts.

[00:01:30] One advertiser to do this was Anheuser-Busch. For the first time in 37 years, there was not a Super Bowl commercial about Budweiser. No clydesdales or chirping frogs this year. According to NASDAQ, even though Budweiser has been dropped from the roster Anheuser-Busch will continue to plug several other brands during the game. For those ads, they purchased four minutes of advertising time.

[00:02:00] [00:01:59] Coca-Cola and Pepsi also chose not to run ads for their flagship products, according to NASDAQ. Pepsi did however sponsor the halftime show. Companies like Coca-Cola have been hit hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to US News and World Report, Coca-Cola has been hit hard since half of it’s sales come from stadiums, movie theaters, and other usually crowded places that have been closed during the pandemic. It announced layoffs in December and said it wouldn’t advertise this year to ensure it’s investing in the right resources during these unprecedented times.

[00:02:40] One company made its Super Bowl debut this year. That was Chipotle Mexican Grill and its ad titled “Can a Burrito Change the World.” This ad focused on the role of farmers. A few other smaller brands made their debut at this year’s big game as well.

[00:03:00] [00:02:59] Have you ever wondered how much a 30 second ad costs to run during the Super Bowl? Well, this year that price tag was around $5.5 million. Anheuser-Busch donated part of what they would have spent on a 30 second ad, instead on Coronavirus vaccination awareness efforts.

[00:03:22] So do you know what the very first television commercial was? Well, this year marks the 80 year anniversary of the very first television commercial. It all happened on July 1st, 1941 on NBC’s WNBT  TV and the ad only lasted 10 seconds. The ad aired before the beginning of a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The ad was for the watch brand Bulova and the ad only costs $9. $4 of that went to the airtime charges and the remaining [00:04:00] $5 went to station charges. Wow have time’s changed in 80 years.

[00:04:06] Well, on this episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about television commercials. I’ll give you 10 slogans or taglines and you will have to guess which product it goes with. After each slogan I’ll pause a few seconds and then give you the answer and some fun facts. After you listen to this episode, head over to triviarewind.com, where I will post links to videos for each of the commercials.

[00:04:34] So are you ready? Let’s get started with slogan one. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

[00:04:43] This line comes from a 2001 Verizon advertising campaign. You may remember actor Paul Marcarelli saying the, “can you hear me now” line in the Verizon commercials. In these commercials, he was known as the [00:05:00] “test man.” Due to this commercial, he became an instant pop culture sensation.  He was the face of this advertising campaign for nine years, until Verizon decided to take their advertising in a different direction.

[00:05:15] While this was quite the gig to get, he said it did come with a price. A Hollywood Reporter article says, “He tells The Atlantic how at his grandmother’s funeral, a family friend whispered, ‘can you hear me now’ as her body was being lowered into the ground?” Ouch.

[00:05:35] Supposedly Marcarelli was paid up to $6,000 per commercial when working with Verizon. After his time with Verizon, he then became the spokesman for Verizon competitor Sprint. His debut with Sprint was during the 2011 NBA Finals when Sprint launched its “Paul Switched” ad campaign.

[00:06:00] [00:06:00] Slogan two. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT 

[00:06:05] This was an advertising slogan for American Express. It all started in the mid 1970s. When the commercial first aired the ad starred Karl Malden known from his role in The Streets of San Francisco TV drama that aired in the 70s. In the commercial, he talked about American Express traveler’s checks.

[00:06:29] Some of my listeners will have no idea what a traveler’s check is. Back in the day, if you were going to go on vacation, mainly out of the country, you’d go to the bank and get what were called traveler’s checks instead of taking a stack of cash with you. If you lost traveler’s checks or they were stolen, they could be easily replaced. Obviously you can’t replace cash. The tagline initially was “Don’t Leave Home Without Them,” [00:07:00] meaning the traveler’s checks. Later, the American Express credit card took precedence over traveler’s checks and the tagline changed to “Don’t Leave Home Without It.”

[00:07:13] Slogan three. THINK DIFFERENT

[00:07:18] This slogan goes with Apple computers. At the time the computer company IBM had a slogan that just said, “THINK.”  Many say this Apple computer tagline was used in response to IBM’s. Pretty smart if you ask me. On August 8th, 1997 the “Think Different” slogan was announced by Steve Jobs at the Mac World Expo. In 1998, the “Think Different” commercial won a Prime Time, Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding commercial.

[00:07:55] Slogan four. BECAUSE YOU’RE [00:08:00] WORTH IT

[00:08:01] This tagline goes with L’Oreal Paris. This slogan has evolved over the years. Way back in the early seventies, the slogan started out as “Because I’m Worth It” and it coincided with the women’s rights movement. Then came the, “Because You’re Worth It” tagline sometime in the nineties. Most recently they’ve changed it too, “Because We’re Worth It.” L’Oreal  has a video out about the history of this commercial. I’ll post a link to it on triviarewind.com.

[00:08:36] Slogan five. THE BEST PART OF WAKING UP

[00:08:41] Well, for some people, the best part of waking up is Folgers in their cup. While the coffee itself has been around since the early 1900s, “The Best Part of Waking Up” tagline was in Folgers commercials starting in 1984. Over the [00:09:00] years, there have been a lot of parodies for this jingle as well as memes. I have never been a coffee drinker, but if I hear this slogan, I definitely know what product it goes with.

[00:09:13] Slogan six. I CAN’T BELIEVE I ATE THE WHOLE THING

[00:09:20] If you did eat the whole thing, you would want Alka Seltzer. This antacid product came to the market in 1931. Their advertising campaign containing this tagline is considered a classic when it comes to television commercials. The commercial with the, “I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing” tagline first aired in the 1970s.

[00:09:45] Ad man Howie Cohen explains how this commercial tagline came about in a Los Angeles Times article. “He says the crew was celebrating the wrap of a commercial shoot in London. There were 20 of us around the table [00:10:00] and director Milos Forman ordered for everyone – chicken, steaks, lobster. I’m a nice Jewish kid from the Bronx so I ate everything until I couldn’t fit one more thing in my body. I leaned back in my chair and said, ‘I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.’ And my wife said, ‘there’s your next Alka seltzer commercial.'” And there you have it.

[00:10:25] Slogan seven.  YOU DESERVE A BREAK TODAY

[00:10:30] If you feel you deserve a break today, then maybe you’ll head on over to your nearest McDonald’s. This catchy slogan was first used in 1971. This commercial was so popular that Ad Age Magazine rated at the top advertising jingle of the 20th century.

[00:10:49] The slogan was used in commercials all the way through the 1980s. In the mid nineties, they tweaked it a little and made it “Have You Had Your Break Today?” [00:11:00] Some say that this tagline mentally gave people permission to indulge in McDonald’s fast food. Not everyone was happy with the message in the jingle. An article in ChildhoodObesityNews.com titled “Did McDonald’s Invent the Most Lethal Slogan Ever,”  they say “The underlying message is, the universe recognizes what an exemplary human being you are and wonderful people like you must be rewarded. Food is a reward so go eat some.” Well, whatever you believe about McDonald’s and their food, that slogan worked well for the fast food giant. If you want a great behind the scenes look on the story of this commercial, I’ll post a link on triviarewind.com.

[00:11:45] Slogan eight. GREAT TASTE, LESS FILLING

[00:11:51] This slogan goes with Miller Light beer. The advertising campaign featuring this tagline began in [00:12:00] 1974 and went on to be one of the best campaigns in advertising history according to Advertising Age Magazine. At one time Ad Age ranked this as the eighth best campaign in advertising history. This campaign featured many celebrities and athletes over the years where one person would say “great taste” and the other would chime back with “less filling.”

[00:12:27] Slogan nine.  15 MINUTES CAN SAVE YOU 15% OR MORE

[00:12:35] Well, we all know that this goes with Geico. I’m sure you’ve heard this slogan a million times. Over the years, Geico has made great use of their advertising. The “15 minutes can save you 15% or more on car insurance” tagline is just one of the many they’ve had success with. In 2010 the Direct Marketing Association honored Geico at the annual Marketer of the [00:13:00] Year award ceremony. Geico spends a lot of money on advertising. That’s one reason this tagline is so ingrained in our minds. In 2018, 27.9% of the money spent on television auto industry ads was spent by Geico.

[00:13:20] And slogan 10. THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE

[00:13:26] This slogan is for BMW and first started being used in the early 1970s. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, BMW went with a new advertising campaign, titled “Joy” and used a new slogan, “Sheer Driving Pleasure.” Surprisingly, this caused quite the uproar with people thinking they were dropping their tagline, “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” Some called that advertising campaign a complete failure.

[00:13:57] So by 2012, the original [00:14:00] loved slogan was back. Well, the COVID-19 pandemic took a strike on BMW sales. BMW said it saw an 8.4% drop in vehicle sales in 2020.

[00:14:15] I hope you enjoyed a look back at some of television’s most memorable television commercial slogans. What’s your favorite commercial slogan?  You can share with me on Instagram at trivia_rewind. Don’t forget to visit triviarewind.com to see video clips of all the commercials I discussed. Thanks for listening and I will be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind. [00:15:00]

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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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Advertising Slogans Trivia

TV commercials. You can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. TV advertising is what makes it possible for television networks to financially operate. Every once in a while, an advertising agency does such a good job coming up with a product slogan that people remember the product decades later. I can still remember the slogans and catchy jingles from my hours of childhood TV viewing. And today, there are some that I find myself singing to myself during the day. When done right, advertising works.

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, all the questions revolve around advertising slogans. I’ll give you ten slogans and you’ll have to guess which product the slogan goes with. In our fun facts segment, you’ll find out which brand changed their successful slogan because of Covid-19. (I will call them CHICKEN for doing this)  Find out which superstar athlete came out with a special edition soda. Plus lots more fun facts.  And as promised in the episode, here’s a link (Don’t go there until after listening to the episode) to a French commercial that uses their version of a popular slogan that I discuss in the podcast.

After you listen to the episode, come back here and watch the slogans in use in some various commercials. I’ll list the slogans below by number as mentioned in the episode instead of by name so that there are no pre-listening spoilers.

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What’s your all time favorite commercial or advertising slogan? Share it with me!

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Trivia Rewind Episode – Advertising Slogans

Debi Jenkins 0:03
Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this episode of Trivia Rewind it’s all about those memorable slogans from television commercials. You know an advertising agency did a good job when just a few words remind someone what product or company the slogan goes with. In our Fun Facts segment, you’ll find out which brand changed their successful slogan because of Covid. Find out which superstar athlete came out with a special edition soda. Before we get to the questions, I’ll review how this works. First, I’ll give you 10 slogans. Then I’ll go back and review and give you the answers and some fun facts about each product. Are you ready to see how much you know? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

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Here’s slogan one. “Where’s the Beef?”

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Slogan two. “Snap! Crackle! Pop!”

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Slogan three. “Mikey Likes It.”

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Slogan four. “Finger Lickin’ Good.”

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Slogan five. “When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best.”

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Slogan six. “Breakfast of Champions.”

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Slogan seven. “Obey Your Thirst.”

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Slogan eight. “The Quicker Picker Upper.”

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Slogan nine. “Good to the Last Drop.”

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And slogan 10. “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hands.”

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Well, those are our 10 advertising slogans. Let’s go back and see how you did. Slogan one was “Where’s the beef?” Well, this slogan is from the fast food chain Wendy’s. In 1984 this slogan was introduced in a television commercial for Wendy’s. Eighty One year old actress Clara Peller became famous overnight for saying those three words that instantly became a popular catchphrase. That slogan ran from 1984 through 1986 but it’s so memorable that people even today associate this slogan with Wendy’s. This line was even brought up in the 1984 U.S. presidential election when Walter Mondale directed the phrase to competitor Gary Hart. Mondale said, “When I hear your new ideas, I’m reminded of that ad, Where’s the beef.” The current slogan for Wendy’s is “We Got Y ou.” Not real catchy in my opinion.

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Slogan two. “Snap! Crackle! Pop!” Rice Krispies is the home to the Snap! Crackle! Pop! slogan. This slogan has been a part of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies for decades. In 1928, this cereal was released to the public. The snap, crackle and pop name has to do with the sound the cereal makes when the milk hits it in the bowl. See if you can picture this in your mind. In a 1939 Life magazine advertisement there’s a picture of a little boy with a speech bubble above his head with the words “Say mom, hear that snap, crackle, pop?” Next to him is his mom and her speech bubble says “Yes, Bobby. Only Rice Krispies make that sound. They’re so crisp.” Have you ever thought about how different languages say snap crackle pop. Remember those words have to do with the sound the cereal makes when the milk hits it. So instead of using a straight translation of the words, they use something called onomatopoeic sounds. Well, what that means is that they form a word to match a sound. For example, many animal noises we make fall under this. Here’s how the Canadian French say their version of snap, crackle, pop. They use the words “Cric! Crac! Croc!”. I’ll post a link to the French commercial on our website. Cartoon characters named Snap, Crackle and Pop have represented the brand for years. They were the first cartoon characters to represent a Kellogg’s product.

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Slogan three. “Mikey Likes It.” This slogan goes with Life cereal. You might have to be a certain age to remember this commercial. In the commercial you see two little boys talking about the bowl of Life cereal in front of them and how it’s supposed to be good for you, yet none of them want to try it. So what do they do? They give it to their younger brother Mikey. He doesn’t like anything. Well, Mikey tries it and he likes it. The Gilchrist brothers John, Michael and Tommy were the stars of the commercial that aired in the 70s. John Gilchrist had the role of Mikey. John was three and a half years old when he appeared in the commercial. And in an article with Newsday, he said he doesn’t even remember it being that he was so young. He may not remember but everyone that has watched the commercial knows how iconic it is. In the 1999 list of TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Commercials Of All Time, this commercial ranked number 10.

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Slogan four. “Finger Lickin’ Good.” Everyone knows that Kentucky Fried Chicken is finger lickin’ good. This popular catchphrase was first used by Kentucky Fried Chicken in the 1950s. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed things at KFC. In a CNN Business article from August of 2020, it was announced that KFC had decided to pause using the slogan. I guess they didn’t want to encourage people to be licking their fingers during the middle of a pandemic. But I’m under the thought that if you wash your hands before you eat, why can’t you lick your fingers while eating? The article quotes the chief marketing officer as saying “the slogan will return when the time is right.”

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Slogan five. “When you care enough to send the very best.” Well that slogan goes with Hallmark cards. This slogan first started being used by Hallmark in 1944. Ed Goodman, a Hallmark sales and marketing executive is the one that wrote down this phrase on a three by five card and it ended up becoming the slogan for the Hallmark company. Hallmark was founded in 1910 by JC Hall. If you ever visit Kansas City, Missouri, you can go to the Hallmark Visitor’s Center at their headquarters and see exhibits about the company’s history.

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Slogan six. “Breakfast of Champions.” That product is Wheaties. This cereal has been the breakfast of champions since 1924 when it was first introduced to the marketplace as Washburn’s Gold Medal Whole Wheat Flakes. In 1927 Wheaties started associating itself with sports, first through minor league baseball. The first time the breakfast of champions slogan was used was at the ballpark where the minor league team the Minneapolis Miller’s play. A Minneapolis advertising agency employee named Knox Reeves came up with the slogan and it was put on a signboard inside the ballpark. In 1934, photos of athletes started appearing on the Wheaties boxes, with Lou Gehrig being the first. His photo actually appeared on the back of the box. In 1936. Jesse Owens was the first black athlete to be featured on the back of the box. In 1958, the first athlete to appear on the front of the box was Olympic vaulter Bob Richards. The first female athlete to appear on the front of the box was Olympian Mary Lou Retton in 1984. In October of 2020, it was announced that basketball superstar LeBron James will be the next athlete to grace the front of the Wheaties box.

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Slogan seven. “Obey Your Thirst.” The soft drink Sprite is the product that goes with. Sprite was actually developed with a different name in West Germany in 1959. I won’t attempt to try and pronounce the German name but the translation is Clear Lemon Fanta. The drink came to the United States in 1961 and was called Sprite. Sprite is part of the Coca Cola company and Coca Cola wanted to have a lemon lime drink to compete with 7-UP. If you hear Sprite described as having a lymon flavor, that means it’s both lemon and lime flavored. For decades Sprite has been associated with youth. In 1994, the “obey your thirst” slogan was first used and a new advertising campaign featured hip hop artists. In 2014, LeBron James partnered with Sprite and came out with his own limited edition Sprite drink called Sprite Mix 6. It was Sprite infused with cherry and orange.

Debi Jenkins 9:42
Slogan eight. “The quicker picker upper.” This slogan goes with Bounty paper towels. Bounty was introduced in 1965. Their 2-ply towel was touted as thicker, softer and more absorbent than any other paper towel on the market. The quicker picker upper catchphrase was said in Bounty TV commercials starting in the 1970s. Actress Nancy Walker played a waitress named Rosie in the commercials. In 2020 there was a paper towel shortage. Due to people hoarding paper towels, Bounty paper towels saw a massive surge in sales. The company was not expecting there to be a run on paper towels, so they were left unprepared. This year Amazon has been accused of price gouging when selling paper towels from their website.

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Slogan nine. “Good to the last drop.” Well, that goes with Maxwell House coffee. Maxwell House was introduced in 1892 and until the late 1980s, it was the highest selling coffee brand in the USA. Want to know where the Maxwell House name comes from? Well, back in 1884, a wholesale grocer named Joel Cheek worked out a deal to sell coffee to the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Six months later, they agreed to let him name the coffee Maxwell House. In 1907 President Teddy Roosevelt visited the hotel and had some coffee. Some say that President Teddy Roosevelt said that the coffee was “good to the last drop.” There’s no proof but it makes for a good story, especially when trying to sell coffee. Maxwell House created an ad claiming Teddy Roosevelt said it was “good to the last drop.” In 1961, on Christmas, the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville burned down.

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And slogan ten. “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands.” That slogan goes with M&M’s, that colorful chocolate candy that originated in 1941. One of their first customers was the U.S. Army. During World War II the candy was very popular among soldiers because they could take chocolate with them without it easily melting. The “melts in your mouth not in your hand” slogan was first used in 1949 and trademarked in 1954.

Debi Jenkins 12:21
Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram. And all the links can be found at triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening. And I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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That’s What She Said

Do you remember which television series the line “That’s what she said” comes from? That line is one of the quotes in this week’s Midweek TV Quotes episode of Trivia Rewind.

Here’s how this episode works. I’ll give you five quotes from TV shows.  After the quotes, I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts.  You’ll find out which actress bought an oceanfront home in Malibu at the young age of 11 years old.  And one of the shows we’re talking about was nominated for 62 Emmy awards.  One actor from that show had his first gig in a ketchup commercial. I won’t give away who so don’t watch this commercial until after you listen to the episode.

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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 – Midweek TV Quotes

Debi Jenkins 0:04
Hey there. This is Debi Jenkins, your host of Trivia Rewind. It’s time for another bonus episode of Midweek TV Quotes. Here’s how it works. I’ll give you five quotes from TV shows. After the quotes, you’ll get some fun facts. This week, you’ll find out which actress bought an oceanfront home in Malibu at the young age of 11 years old. And one of the shows we’re talking about was nominated for 62 Emmy Awards. Are you ready to play?

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Here’s quote one. “How you doin’?”

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Quote two. “The truth is out there.”

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Quote three “You got it dude!”

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Quote four. “Marsha, Marsha Marsha.”

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And quote five. “That’s what she said.”

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Those are our quotes. Let’s go back, review, get the answers and fun facts.

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Quote one. “How you doin’? “This quote comes from this sitcom Friends and is said by Joey Tribbiani played by actor Matt LeBlanc. In over 10 seasons and 236 episodes, Joey said this line less than 20 times. The first time he said it was halfway through season four. Matt LeBlanc was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his role as Joey on Friends. In high school and then into trade school, LeBlanc studied carpentry with plans of becoming a carpenter but his dreams turned to acting. His first acting gig was in a Heinz ketchup commercial. I’ll put the link to this commercial on the Trivia Rewind website if you’d like to see Matt LeBlanc trying to sell ketchup. Friends was on for 10 seasons and was nominated for 62 Emmy Awards. Fans will be happy to know that a Friends reunion special is in the works with HBO Max. It was supposed to shoot earlier this year but the Covid pandemic stopped that from happening. The special will bring all six of the cast members back together for the first time since Friends wrapped in 2004.

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Quote two. “The truth is out there.” This quote comes from the show The X-Files and is said by FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder played by actor David Duchovny. David Duchovny has quite the education to brag about. He graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. He then received a Master of Arts degree in English literature from Yale University. He was working on his doctoral degree when he decided to go full time with his acting career. He is the author of several books and is a New York Times best selling author. In the year 2000, David Duchovny was the first celebrity to appear on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Celebrity Edition.

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Quote three. “You got it dude!” This quote is said by Michelle Tanner on the sitcom Full House. Michelle Tanner was played by two people, twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Due to child labor laws, the show used the twins who could take turns doing the role of Michelle. When Mary Kate and Ashley were nine months old, they started their role on Full House. Fans got to watch them grow for eight seasons of the show. When it came time for college, the duo attended NYU. After a year and a half Mary Kate dropped out. Ashley only had a year and a half left before she was set to graduate when she dropped out. The two have made the news in recent years for their smoking habit. The magazine In Touch Weekly has an entire article devoted to their chain smoking. Not the way we want a picture Michelle Tanner that’s for sure. The two jointly own their own company called Dual Star. And here’s something you wouldn’t expect. The last I heard they don’t have social media. In 2016 Netflix released a sequel series called Fuller House and most of the original actors are back except for Mary Kate and Ashley.

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Quote four. “Marsha Marsha Marsha.” Well this one should be super easy. It’s said by Jan Brady on the Brady Bunch. Actress Eve Plumb plays the role of Jan. This line from the Brady Bunch is iconic, but did you know it was only said one time during the series run? The line was said in season 3 episode 10 in the episode titled My Sister’s Shadow. In the 1995 Brady Bunch movie, Jan uses this line multiple times. Actress Eve Plumb started her career at age six. Here’s something you don’t hear every day. At the age of eleven, Eve Plumb (with the help of her parents) bought her first home, an oceanfront property in Malibu, California. And talk about a good investment. When she purchased the house in 1969 it was just over $55,000. In 2016, she sold it for $3.9 million. For the past few decades, Eve Plumb has been a painter with her work being shown in galleries. She also occasionally has small roles on television shows.

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And quote five. “That’s what she said.” This quote was said by character Michael Scott on The Office. Michael Scott is played by actor Steve Carell. Life Magazine once named Steve Carell America’s Funniest Man. Before getting into acting, Carell went to college and got a degree in history. He even considered law school. Like a lot of people he felt he owed it to his parents to have a serious career. In an NJ.com interview he said that his parents sat him down and said, “look, you need to do what makes you happy.” He then started off on his acting career and the rest is history. Bob Odenkirk the star of Better Call Saul was almost cast to play Michael Scott. While the roll went to Steve Carell, Odenkirk did have a guest role in the last season of the show. Remember Michael Scott’s realtor girlfriend Carol? Well, the actress is Nancy Carell, Steve Carell’s real wife. They have been married since 1995. Currently you can see Steve Carell on Netflix in the series Space Force. He also has a series on Apple TV+ called The Morning Show and stars alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

Debi Jenkins 7:20
Well that’s it for this week’s Midweek TV Quotes. I hope you had fun and learned something new. Please subscribe and leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. And visit us online at triviarewind.com where you’ll find links to our Instagram and Twitter pages. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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No More Great Pumpkin on Network TV?

Just add this to the #2020 list. One of October’s greatest TV traditions is going away…kind of. Ever since 1966 when It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown first aired on network television, you could count on seeing it every year on CBS until ABC bought the rights in 2001. There was just something special about watching it that one night it aired on TV each year.

Well it looks like someone has sold out. This is the first year that you will only be able to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on a streaming device. (Of course you can watch it on VHS or DVD but that’s not the same) In 2020, this beloved classic will only air on Apple TV+. Is this some marketing ploy to get more Apple TV subscribers? Probably. We’ve all fallen for those tactics before. Who hasn’t signed up for a free trial of a streaming app just to watch some special anticipated show?

Many fans are disappointed mostly because it’s a matter of principle. When traditions are frequently going by the wayside, little 25 minute pieces of enjoyment like this TV special mean more than most would think. Sure, how hard is it to get a free subscription to Apple TV and watch it that way? Well, not everyone has access to streaming devices so that cuts out a portion of the population.

With all that’s going on in the world, it seems like a mundane thing to complain about. But many, including myself just want a little piece of history to cling to. Can some things just stay the same?

If you’re a fan of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, come see what you remember about this beloved show and listen to the Trivia Rewind episode devoted to this iconic special. This Trivia Rewind episode was released the same day the change in venue news hit social media.

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“Friends Don’t Lie”

Which TV series does the quote “Friends don’t lie” come from? That’s one of the quotes in this week’s Trivia Rewind episode called Midweek TV quotes. The past several weeks our quotes episodes have been about movie. This week, I’m switching things up and all the quotes are based on TV shows.

Along with the five quotes, you’ll learn some interesting facts to go along with them. Find out which actress is deaf in one ear plus you’ll never guess which TV tough guy is afraid of flying.  Challenge your friends and family and see who can guess first. After listening, please leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Don’t look below unless you’ve already listened to the episode because you’ll find the answers below.


Trivia Rewind – Midweek TV Quotes – Friends Don’t Lie

Debi Jenkins 0:04
Hey there Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. It’s bonus episode time. Our last few bonus episodes have been about movie quotes. This week it’s all about television quotes. You’ll learn some fun facts about the actors who said the famous lines that we will discuss. I had fun doing all the research and now it’s your turn to have fun playing Trivia Rewind. Here’s how it works. I’ll read you five quotes from TV shows. Then I’ll go back and give you the answers and fun facts. When the episode is over, I’d love it if you’d go to Apple podcasts and write a positive review about Trivia Rewind. Are you ready to play?

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Here’s quote one. “Friends don’t lie.”

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Quote two. “Winter is coming.”

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Quote three. “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

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Quote four. “No soup for you.”

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And quote five. “Rut roh!”

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Those are the five quotes. Let’s go back and I’ll give you the answers and fun facts. Quote one. “Friends don’t lie.” This quote is said by the character Eleven on the show Stranger Things. Eleven is played by British actress Millie Bobby Brown. First of all, can you believe she’s only 16 years old. She was born in Spain, but her nationality is British. Millie Bobby Brown is deaf in one ear after being born with hearing loss. Her role as Eleven on Stranger Things was a huge springboard for her acting career. This breakout role earned her Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. When she took on the role, she didn’t realize she was going to have to shave her head but she went right along with it. Not only did she have to shave her head, she had her first kiss on the show when she had to kiss her co-star Finn Wolfhard. At the young age of 16 she already has her own production company, her own skincare line and she is the youngest person to ever be appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She’s definitely on her way up.

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Quote two. “Winter is coming.” This quote comes from this series Game of Thrones. “Winter is coming” is 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 on the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. 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 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. 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.

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Quote three. “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” This line comes from the show Friday Night Lights. Coach Eric Taylor says this line. Eric Taylor is played by actor Kyle Chandler. Unlike most shows, Friday Night Lights was filmed on location. The only thing made for the show was the locker room. All five seasons were filmed in the Austin, Texas area. Peter Berg the executive producer required that the show be filmed in Texas. It has been reported that the actors never rehearsed their roles. They just went for it. The producers wanted the acting to be authentic. Actor Kyle Chandler and his family must have liked Texas because they left their Los Angeles home and bought 33 acres in Dripping Springs, Texas, where he’s even been a volunteer firefighter.

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Quote four. “No soup for you.” Well, this line comes from the sitcom Seinfeld, and it is said by the Soup Nazi. Actor Larry Thomas played the Soup Nazi on the popular show. The character was inspired by a real life soup vendor in New York City. Supposedly the vendor made it known that he was quite offended, saying the whole Soup Nazi thing ruined his life and he demanded an apology. However, something good did come out of the Soup Nazi character. Actor Larry Thomas has used his celebrity status to help homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Larry Thomas was nominated for an Emmy Award for his guest performance on the show.

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Quote five. “Rut Roh!” This quote was actually heard on two different shows. The very first show was The Jetsons and the second show was Scooby Doo. On The Jetsons it was said by the dog Astro. On Scooby Doo, it was said by Scooby himself. Both Astro and Scooby were Great Danes. Don Messick was the voice actor for both Astro and Scooby. Astro from 1962 to 1963, and Scooby from 1969 to 1996. Over the years, he voiced many characters in over 100 programs. When he was a young teenager, he taught himself the art of ventriloquism where he learned to do many of his voices. In 1944 when drafted into the Army, he took along his ventriloquist dummy and entertained the troops.

Debi Jenkins 6:41
Well, that’s the end of our Trivia Rewind bonus episode. I hope you had fun and learned something new. Please subscribe and leave a positive review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen. And visit us online at triviarewind.com where you’ll find links to our Instagram and Twitter pages. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

When October hits so does a major childhood memory. Back when we didn’t have cable TV or streaming devices, we had to wait an entire year for our favorite TV specials to air. One of those specials was It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. In this episode of Trivia Rewind we’re talking about this classic Halloween television tradition.  There’s just something special about the anticipation of watching it live on TV. 

The show was created in 1966 and aired on the CBS network. In 2001 ABC picked up the rights and continued the annual tradition.  All our trivia questions this week will revolve around the Great Pumpkin TV special.  In our Fun Facts, find out why kids nationwide were sympathetic towards Charlie Brown and what they mailed to the studio.  Find out which US president said he identified with Charlie Brown.  Plus find out which of the voice actors spent time in jail and what he said about Charlie Brown fans.

Do you have a special memory from watching this special? Share your memory on the Trivia Rewind Instagram page.

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SPOILER ALERT! Trivia Rewind – It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Trivia

Debi Jenkins 0:04
Hello trivia rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins your host. Well, it’s that time of year when we wait for the Halloween television classic It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, we are talking about this classic TV tradition. If you’ve been around a few decades, you know that every October It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown airs on network television. There’s just something special about the anticipation of watching it live on TV. The show was created in 1966 and aired on the CBS network. In 2001 ABC picked up the rights and continued the annual tradition. All of our trivia questions this week will revolve around the Great Pumpkin TV special. There will be some interesting fun facts. Find out why kids nationwide were sympathetic towards Charlie Brown and what they mailed to the television studio. You’ll even find out which US President said he identified with Charlie Brown.

Debi Jenkins 1:16
But before we get to the questions, here’s a quick review of how Trivia Rewind works. First, I’ll ask you 10 questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about the show. Are you ready to play Trivia Rewind?

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Here’s question one. Which Peanuts character was the only one to believe in the Great Pumpkin?

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Question two. When Lucy bobbed for apples at Violet’s Halloween party, who did she accidentally touch lips with?

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Question three. While several of the kids dressed up as ghosts for Halloween, what did Lucy dress up as?

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Question four. What does Snoopy dress up as for Halloween?

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Question five. While the other kids got handfuls of candy, what did Charlie Brown keep getting in his bag while trick-or-treating?

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Question six. When the character Schroeder plays the piano, which character leaves Violet’s party crying?

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Question seven. Which character skips out on the trick-or-treating and the other Halloween festivities to wait with Linus at the pumpkin patch?

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Question eight. When Linus sees a shadowy figure at the pumpkin patch he thinks it’s the Great Pumpkin. Who was it really?

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Question nine. What item does Lucy yank away from Charlie Brown? Something that becomes one of her signature moves.

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And question 10. During the Halloween party, some of the girls asked Charlie Brown to model for them. He feels flattered until he finds out that they want him to model what?

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Well, those are the 10 questions. Let’s go back and I’ll give you the answers and the fun facts.

Debi Jenkins 3:27
Question one. Which Peanuts character was the only one to believe in the Great Pumpkin? That was Linus. Linus believed that every year the Great Pumpkin would bring toys to believing children…Kind of like a spin-off from Santa Claus. In the television special Linus is seen writing a letter to the Great Pumpkin. Do you remember how he was able to get the mailbox open so he could drop his letter in? He used his blanket like a lasso to pull down the mailbox handle. This was the second holiday themed Peanuts special. It was 25 minutes long. The first Peanuts holiday special was A Charlie Brown Christmas. The Christmas special ended up being so popular that 45% of homes were watching it when it debuted. TV executives were hoping to have another blockbuster with It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and they did. One of the producers and the director of the special was Bill Melendez. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz only trusted Melendez to direct the specials. Melendez worked on every single Peanuts special.

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Question two. When Lucy bobbed for apples at Violet’s Halloween party, who did she accidentally touch lips with? That with Snoopy. Lucy yells out “Yuck, my lips touched dog lips.” Somehow Snoopy had snuck into the apple bobbing tank. In the show Charlie Brown was very excited to get an invitation to Violet’s party. He said this was the first time he was ever invited to a party. Lucy had to go and ruin it by telling him he must have been on the wrong list…the list of who not to invite to the party. She was such a bully. The actor that provided the voice for Charlie Brown was named Peter Robbins. As an adult, he spent some time in jail for making criminal threats against people. In an article with a Fox TV station, he revealed that he suffered from bipolar disorder and urged people who have that disorder to seek help. He is quoted as saying Charlie Brown fans are the greatest fans in the world.

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Question three. While several of the kids dressed up as ghosts for Halloween, what did Lucy dress up as? Lucy dressed up as a witch? Well, how fitting was that? Charlie Brown went a little overboard with the scissors on his ghost costume. It’s easy to pick him out of the crowd. Here’s a fun fact. There is a continuity mistake regarding Charlie Brown’s costume. In the scene when the group is about to go trick-or-treating, there’s one point when Charlie Brown shows his costume full of holes and admits he had a little trouble with the scissors. Then he is seen holding the door for Snoopy and his costume only has two holes. Then once outside his costume is back to having multiple holes. Next time you watch see if you can find the mistake.

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Question four. What does Snoopy dress up as for Halloween? Snoopy dresses up as a World War I flying ace. This was the first time on TV that Snoopy was seen as the flying ace. In a Washington Post article, Executive Producer Lee Mendelson says this animated scene was one of the most memorable ever. NASA really got on board with this side of Snoopy. The crew of the Apollo 10 mission took a painting of Snoopy as the flying ace into space with them as a good luck charm. They actually used the picture to calibrate their cameras. Those cameras recorded the first color TV feeds that were sent from space back down to Earth. The 1969 Apollo 10 astronauts actually named their lunar module Snoopy and the Apollo Command Module was named Charlie Brown.

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Question five. While the other kids got handfuls of candy, what did Charlie Brown keep getting in his bag while trick-or-treating? Well, he got rocks. Have you ever wondered why he got rocks? Not only are his friends mean to him, the adults in his neighborhood are too. Poor kid. Lee Mendelson, one of the producers said that he didn’t really like the idea of the rocks but Charles Schulz and Bill Melendez really wanted to do it. He said Schulz saw it as a lesson for kids in showing that you’ll survive if you don’t get what you want. A lot of kids felt sorry for Charlie Brown because he was given rocks in his trick-or -treat bag. Kids from around the United States actually mailed candy to the TV studio addressed to Charlie Brown. I’m still trying to figure out how they’d give that candy to a cartoon character but it’s the thought that counts. If anything, maybe all the meanness towards Charlie Brown taught kids to be empathetic.

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Question six. When the character Schroeder plays the piano, which character leaves Violet’s party crying? That would be Snoopy. Schroeder was playing World War I songs and they got the best of Snoopy. It was too much for him and he had to leave. A drawing of Charles Schulz’s dog was the first item that Schulz ever had published. He was 15 years old. That dog was Charles Schulz’s his inspiration for the character Snoopy. Snoopy even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, right next to Charles Schulz’s star.

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Question seven. Which character skips out on the trick-or-treating and the other Halloween festivities to wait with Linus at the pumpkin patch? The answer is Sally. Sally had quite the crush on Linus so of course she would stay back with him. However, later she was bitter that she missed out on the fun and Linus got quite the earful. Kathy Steinberg, the little girl that did the voice of Sally, she had a close call during the making of this movie. Her tooth became loose and her mom panicked. If the tooth were to fall out, she would have a lisp. Her mother phoned the studio and they rushed her in to finish her lines. Guess when her tooth fell out? During her very last line.

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Question eight. When Linus sees a shadowy figure at the pumpkin patch, he thinks it’s the Great Pumpkin. Who was it really? Well, it was Snoopy. Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip, almost named the dog Sniffy had it not been for another comic strip already using that name. When he was a child Schulz had a dog named Spike who was the inspiration for his Snoopy character. While Snoopy doesn’t talk he does make noises. The director Bill Melendez provided those sounds for Snoopy in the television special.

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Question nine. What item does Lucy yank away from Charlie Brown, something that becomes one of her signature moves? Well, she yanks away a football. Poor Charlie Brown. Every time he attempted to kick that football, Lucy yanked it away from him. While the football yank was seen in the comic strip, the first time this antic was animated was on the It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown special. In a Southern Living article, it was noted that President Ronald Reagan once told Charles Schulz that he identified with the Charlie Brown character. Who would have thought that a leader of the free world would identify with a character like Charlie Brown.

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And question 10. During the Halloween party some of the girls asked Charlie Brown to model for them. He feels flattered until he finds out that they want him to model what? Well, they wanted him to model the back of his head. They use the back of his bald head as their model for drawing out how they want their jack-o-lantern to look. Of course this infuriates Charlie Brown, who as usual, is the butt of someone’s joke. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown was one of 45 specials that aired on TV. In 1967, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program. An NBC show titled, Jack in the Beanstalk took the Emmy home instead.

Debi Jenkins 12:28
Well, that’s it for this week’s episode all about It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Come share your favorite memory of this TV special by posting on the Trivia Rewind website at triviarewind.com. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts, and visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links can be found at triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening, and I’ll be back next time for another episode of Trivia Rewind.

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1970s TV Show Trivia

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

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

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

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SPOILER ALERT! Trivia Rewind – 1970s TV Show Trivia

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

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

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

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

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Question three. On what television series does John Ritter play the character Jack Tripper? 

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Question four. The long running series Little House on the Prairie was centered around what family? 

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Question five. In the sitcom The Jeffersons, what kind of successful business was George Jefferson the owner of?

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Question six. In what war was the television series MASH set? 

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

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

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Question nine. On the show The Brady Bunch, what is the name of the family’s dog? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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