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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are. -Mister Rogers

From 1968-2001, Mister Rogers put on his cable knit cardigan, changed into his sneakers and calmly reassured us that it was such a good feeling to know we’re alive.  For 31 seasons, he was a master at Children’s programming.  

Born in 1928, Fred Rogers spent the first 11 years of his life as an only child until his parents adopted a little girl. Growing up, Fred led a quiet life playing with puppets and making music. Part of his childhood was difficult. According to FredRogersCenter.org, “He was overweight, somewhat shy, and introverted. Fred was sometimes homebound because of his childhood asthma, even kept inside in air-conditioning during the worst air congestion of the summer months.“

Fred spent a lot of time with his maternal grandfather who gave him great guidance and built his self esteem.  FredRogersCenter.org says “Fred’s own sense of loneliness and self-doubt taught him to be aware of the insecurities and needs of small children. What he learned about himself and life as a child—much of it from his loving grandfather—prepared him to help millions of young children later.” Things did start looking up for Fred.   Once in high school, he had more confidence. He was a good student and an accomplished musician. His popularity even grew grew and he was elected president of the student council in his senior year.

After graduating from high school, Fred spent a year at Dartmouth College before transferring to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he graduated with a degree in music composition.  It was there that he met Sara Joanne Byrd, the lady that would become his wife.  According to WQED.ORG, “Rogers was preparing to enter seminary school after graduation when he saw television for the first time in his parents’ home. He decided to pursue a career in the medium in order to improve it.”  The children’s television programming that Fred saw, he found appalling. He thought it was too simple minded and knew that there was potential for giving children something better and he was right.  While working in television, Rogers was also working on his seminary degree. He would take seminary courses during his lunch hour.  Fred Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister where he had the unique charge of serving children and families through television.

Fred Rogers was a pioneer in children’s television and a champion for children everywhere. Through the television, he was able to walk alongside children during some of history’s most traumatic events including the 1968 assassinations of both Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the 1970s Iran Hostage crisis and the 1980s Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. 

The last episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired on August 31, 2001 just days before the September 11th terrorist attacks.  This life altering event brought Mister Rogers out of retirement in order to release public service announcements aimed toward parents. According to Biography.com, “The post-9/11 videos Rogers made were meant to be viewed by adults, but his paramount concern was for children. He wanted to provide guidance to adult caretakers so they could ensure the next generation was not overly traumatized by such terrible events.”  

I’m sure we all have our favorite Mister Rogers memories.  In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you back to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I’ll ask you ten trivia questions from the series and then give you some fun facts about Mister Rogers.

In our fun facts segment,  find out which celebrity once had a job getting to run the trolley on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Find out why Mister Rogers sued the KKK.  Plus, find out how Mister Rogers basically saved the VCR. Those are just a few of the fun facts in this week’s episode.

Things mentioned in this episode:

-The Speedy Delivery Documentary

Fred Rogers 1969 Testimony before the Senate in Washington D.C.

Mister Rogers Message to adults after the 9/11 terrorist attacks

-Visit the John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh to see the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Exhibit

Watch episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

-The letter Mister Rogers sent my daughter

The Letter Mister Rogers Sent my Daughter

Spoiler alert! Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. For more Oscar fun, look back at some of our previous episodes!


Trivia Rewind Episode 48 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

[00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. From 1968 to 2001, Mr. Rogers put on his cable knit cardigan, changed into his sneakers, and calmly reassured us that it was such a good feeling to know we are alive. For 31 seasons he was a master at children’s programming. Born in 1928, Fred Rogers spent the first 11 years of his life as an only child until his parents adopted a little girl.

[00:00:44] Growing up, Fred led a quiet life playing with puppets and making music. Part of his childhood was difficult. According to FredRogersCenter.org, he was overweight, somewhat shy and introverted. [00:01:00] Fred was sometimes homebound because of his childhood asthma. Even kept inside in air conditioning during the worst air congestion of the summer months.

[00:01:10] Fred spent a lot of time with his maternal grandfather who gave him great guidance and built his self-esteem. FredRogersCenter.org says “Fred’s own sense of loneliness and self-doubt taught him to be aware of the insecurities and needs of small children. What he learned about himself and life as a child, much of it from his loving grandfather, prepared him to help millions of young children later.”

[00:01:36] Things did start looking up for Fred. Once in high school, he had more confidence. He was a good student and an accomplished musician. His popularity even grew and he was elected president of the student council in his senior year. After graduating from high school, Fred spent a year at Dartmouth College before transferring to Rollins College [00:02:00] in Winter Park, Florida, where he graduated with a degree in music composition.

[00:02:05] It was there that he met Sara Joanne Bird, the lady that would become his wife. According to WQED.org “Rogers was preparing to enter seminary school after graduation. When he saw television for the first time in his parents’ home. He decided to pursue a career in the medium in order to improve it.”

[00:02:26] The children’s television programming that Fred saw, he found appalling. He thought it was too simple minded and knew that there was potential for giving children something better, and he was right. While working in television Rogers was also working on his seminary degree. He would take seminary courses during his lunch hour.

[00:02:48] Fred Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister where he had the unique charge of serving children and families through television. Fred Rogers was a [00:03:00] pioneer in children’s television and a champion for children everywhere. Through the television, he was able to walk alongside children during some of history’s most traumatic events including the 1968 assassinations of both Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the 1970s Iran hostage crisis, and the 1980s Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. The last episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired on August 31st, 2001 just days before the September 11th terrorist attacks. This life altering event brought Mr. Rogers out of retirement in order to release public service announcements aimed toward parents.

[00:03:46] According to Biography.com, “The post 9/11 videos Rogers made were meant to be viewed by adults, but his paramount concern was for children. He wanted to provide guidance to adult caretakers [00:04:00] so they could ensure the next generation was not overly traumatized by such terrible events.”

[00:04:06] I’m sure we all have our favorite Mr. Rogers memories. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you back to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I’ll ask you 10 trivia questions from the series, and then give you some fun facts about Mr. Rogers. In our fun facts segment, find out which celebrity once had a job getting to run the trolley on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Find out why Mr. Rogers sued the Ku Klux Klan. Plus find out how Mr. Rogers basically saved the VCR. Those are just a few of the fun facts in this week’s episode. Are you ready for the trivia questions?

[00:04:47] Here’s question one. What was the name of the Speedy Delivery man who often visited Mr. Rogers home?

[00:04:58] Question two. [00:05:00] In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what was the name of the owl that lived in the oak tree and had trouble making decisions?

[00:05:09] Question three. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what was the name of the king?

[00:05:17] Question four. What is the name of the animal character in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe that lived inside of a clock?

[00:05:27] Question five. What are the two main colors on the neighborhood trolley?

[00:05:36] Question six. Was the name of the framed device that Mr. Rogers could project videos or slides through when he wanted to show us a video or film about how things were made?

[00:05:50] Question seven. What color cardigan sweater and what color sneakers were Mr. Rogers most famously known [00:06:00] for wearing?

[00:06:02] Question eight. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what is the name of the lady that lives in the Museum-Go-Round and often isn’t afraid to stand up to the king?

[00:06:15] Question nine. After arriving at his home each day, what pet would Mr. Rogers feed?

[00:06:24] And question 10. What was the name of the queen in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe?

[00:06:32] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. What was the name of the Speedy Delivery man who often visited Mr. Roger’s house? His name was Mr. McFeely. Actor David Newell played Mr. McFeely.

[00:06:50] Originally he was hired on as the program’s Public Relations Manager and Fred Rogers cast him as the delivery man. In [00:07:00] 2008, a documentary titled Speedy Delivery was released. It follows the life of David Newell and his role on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. According to MrRogers.org, Fred Rogers originally named the Speedy Delivery character Mr. McCurdy in honor of president of the Sears Roebuck Foundation that underwrote the Neighborhood programs. But Mr. McCurdy declined the honor, so Fred turned to his own middle name, which was also his beloved grandfather’s last name, McFeely.

[00:07:34] A fan of the program, when my daughter was little, she drew a picture of Mr. McFeeley and sent it in a letter to Mr. Rogers. Mr. Rogers wrote her back the nicest letter. He was known to write the children who sent him letters. According to Guideposts.org, “Responding to fan mail was part of Roger’s daily routine. According to Heather Arnet, an assistant on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, kids would send him [00:08:00] letters in which they expressed personal issues they were experiencing such as the loss of a family member or pet. Arnet says Rogers received 50 to 100 fan letters per day, all of which he took very seriously.” Another thing Fred Rogers took seriously, he did not like people referring to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a show, he preferred they use the word program.

[00:08:26] If you want more information on the Speedy Delivery documentary, visit TriviaRewind.com for a link. I will also post a picture of the letter there that Mr. Rogers sent my daughter.

[00:08:39] Question two. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what was the name of the owl that lived in the Oak tree and had trouble making decisions? His name was X the Owl. According to MrRogers.org X the Owl got the name X because he X-caped [00:09:00] from a cage. Fred Rogers provided the voice for X the Owl. X the Owl had appeared previously on a different children’s program called the Children’s Corner that aired on WQED.  Host Josie Carey worked with Fred Rogers to develop the program.

[00:09:19] While working on that program, Fred Rogers developed many of the puppet characters that you would later see on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, X the Owl being one of them. The Children’s Corner was the first program that would feature the puppeteering of Fred Rogers and it would pave the way for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

[00:09:39] Question three. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what was the name of the king? The king’s name was King Friday the 13th. King Friday was the ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. On the program The Children’s Corner, King Friday first appeared [00:10:00] where he ruled over the kingdom of Calendarland. Fred Rogers was the voice for King Friday.

[00:10:08] Question four. What is the name of the animal character in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe that lived inside of a clock? That character was Daniel Striped Tiger. Fred Rogers was the voice of Daniel Striped Tiger. He too was a product of the television program The Children’s Corner. Daniel was actually the very first puppet to appear on The Children’s Corner.

[00:10:34] In a video interview with the Television academy, Fred Rogers said they named Daniel Tiger after Dorothy Daniel, the general manager of television station WQED. A couple days Before the Children’s Corner went on the air, Dorothy Daniel threw a party for the program and passed out party favors. She gave Fred Rogers a little tiger puppet.

[00:10:59] In the interview [00:11:00] with TelevisionAcademy.com, Fred Rogers described how he came up with the idea to make a slit in the set and he could just poke the stuffed tiger through the slit. It just so happened that a clock was part of the set and Fred Rogers said he made a little slit in the clock and put Daniel Tiger in it.

[00:11:19] His intention was to only have Daniel appear once, but the people ended up liking Daniel so much that he stayed. He said the program was never expecting to use puppets, but this ended up being the start of puppeteering on his programs. According to Grunge.com, “As a staple of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel would tap into the uncertainty and insecurity that so many children feel growing up, but in a way, Daniel was Roger’s inner child.” Daniel Striped Tiger would later go on to be Daniel Tiger’s dad in the PBS kids program, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

[00:12:00] [00:11:59] Question five. What are the two main colors on the neighborhood trolley? Those colors are red and yellow. According to PittsburghKids.org, when Mr. Rogers was young, there were lots of trolleys in Pittsburgh, and he liked riding on them. When he began Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he decided to use a trolley as a transition between the real and pretend segments of each episode. On the program, the trolley was considered an actual character named Trolley.

[00:12:32] You may remember that he’d move back and forth and make bell noises as if he were communicating with King Friday, for instance. One celebrity once helped on the set and even got to operate the trolley. Actor michael Keaton, former Pittsburgh resident was once a stagehand at WQED in Pittsburgh and had the opportunity to help out on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on occasion. In 2018, Michael Keaton hosted a 50th [00:13:00] anniversary tribute program on PBS called Mr. Rogers, It’s You I like.

[00:13:06] Question six. What was the name of the framed device that Mr. Rogers could project videos or slides through when he wanted to show us a video or film about how things were made? That device was called Picture Picture. One of my favorite parts of the program was having Mr. Rogers show us how things were made. As a child growing up in a small town, there wasn’t much to see. I was fascinated with how things were made and by Mr. Rogers taking us to factories, a whole new world was opened up to me.

[00:13:41] Speaking of videos, did you know that Fred Rogers practically helped save the VCR and public television? Back in 1969, a $20 million grant was headed to PBS and President Nixon threatened to slash it. [00:14:00] Doing so could have destroyed educational children’s programming. A relative newcomer to TV at the time, Fred Rogers headed to Washington to defend public television.

[00:14:12] A CNN article says, “When the government wanted to cut public television funds in 1969, the relatively unknown Mr. Rogers went to Washington. Almost straight out of a Frank Capra film, his five to six minute testimony on how TV had the potential to give kids hope and create more productive citizens, was so simple but passionate, that even the most gruff politicians were charmed. While the budget should have been cut, the funding instead jumped from nine to $22 million. After the speech Senator John O. Pastore, the chairman of the subcommittee had this to say, “I’m supposed to be a pretty tough guy and this is the first time I’ve had goosebumps for the last two days he said. [00:15:00] Looks like you just earned the $20 million.”

[00:15:04] A decade later, Fred Rogers would give testimony once again, this time defending the VCR in what is known as the Betamax case. Eventually that court case went before the Supreme Court and in their decision, they cited Fred’s testimony and that testimony ultimately helped save the VCR. That same CNN article said, “Rogers also spoke to Congress and swayed senators into voting to allow VCRs to record television programs from the home. It was a cantankerous debate at the time, but his argument was that recording a program like his, allowed working parents to sit down with their children and watch programs as a family.”

[00:15:49] According to Rollins.edu, the case has served as a precedent for other popular recording and streaming technologies, including iPhones and [00:16:00] Netflix. If you’d like to watch Fred Rogers give his testimony, visit TriviaRewind.com for a link to the video.

[00:16:08] Question seven. What color cardigan sweater and what color sneakers were Mr. Rogers most famously known for wearing? Well, he was famous for wearing a red cardigan sweater and blue sneakers. While Fred Rogers were a lot of different colored cardigans, the red one is his trademark cardigan. The sweater now belongs to the Smithsonian Institute. However, it’s not currently on display. All of those iconic sweaters that Mr. Rogers wore were made by his mother who had a gift for knitting.

[00:16:44] The blue sneakers Mr. Rogers changed into at the beginning of each program were made by Sperry and they were the men’s Captain CVO style. Have you ever wondered why he changed into the sneakers? According to Pbs.org, [00:17:00] “Fred began wearing sneakers in the studio so he could run behind the set from the organ to the puppet area without being heard. He later made that an important part of his program opening.”

[00:17:12] Question eight. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe what is the name of the lady that lives in the Museum-Go-Round and often isn’t afraid to stand up to the king? Her name is Lady Elaine Fairchilde. Fred Rogers provided the voice for Lady Elaine. The character was named after his sister, Elaine Rogers. While Lady Elaine wasn’t afraid to stand up to the king, in real life Fred Rogers wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believed in either.

[00:17:43] Did you know that in 1990, Fred Rogers sued the Ku Klux Klan? They had been using his voice and the effects of his program to spread racist ideologies on one of their hotlines. According to AllThatsInteresting.com, a federal [00:18:00] judge ruled that the KKK must stop using the messages and ordered a temporary restraining order on the recordings a day after the suit was filed. As a result, the three men agreed to stop playing the hateful messages on the hotline and to destroy the recordings.”

[00:18:18] Question nine. After arriving at his home each day, what pet would Mr. Rogers feed? That pet was fish. The fish tank didn’t become a part of the program until after the first year. Of course in Mr. Rogers fashion, he wanted to show kids how to take care of a pet and having a fish tank would do just that. According to MrRogers.org. “It became so much a part of his routine that sometimes he’d feed the fish without saying what he was doing. Times like that disturbed a five-year old blind girl whose father put her thoughts in a letter. ‘Please say when you are feeding your [00:19:00] fish, because I worry about them. I can’t see if you were feeding them. So please say you are feeding them out loud.’ And so he did.”

[00:19:09] In one episode of the program, Mr. Rogers discovers that one of the goldfish in his tank is dead. On episode 36, titled Death of a Goldfish, Mr. Rogers walks kids through the process of taking the dead fish out of the tank and burying it. He talks with the television audience about how when he was a kid, his dog died. He discussed the grief process of losing a pet.

[00:19:37] And question 10. What was the name of the queen in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe? Her name was Queen Sara. The character Queen Sara voiced by Fred Rogers. The character was named after Fred Rogers’ wife, Sara Joanne Bird, who went by the name Joanne. The two met while attending Rollins [00:20:00] College. The two both had a love for music. According to the Los Angeles times, Fred proposed to Joanne via letter while the two were both working in separate states.

[00:20:11] Joanne Bird received a bachelor of music degree from Rollins college and went on to earn her master’s of music degree from Florida State University. The two were married for over 50 years when Fred died in 2003. In January of this year, Joanne Rogers died at the age of 92.

[00:20:32] Fred Rogers made a huge impact on children’s television. Over the years, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood won for Daytime Emmy Awards. Fred Rogers won a George Peabody award in 1993 and a Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1997. He was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Over his [00:21:00] lifetime, Fred Rogers received numerous awards, honors and dozens of honorary degrees.

[00:21:07] If you’re ever in the Pittsburgh area, visit the Senator John Heinz History Center. On the fourth floor, you will find the Special Collections Gallery, which houses the largest collection of original items from the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television set on public view. I’ll give you more details on TriviaRewind.com.

[00:21:29] If you’re interested in taking a trip back in time to watch some of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes, you can head on over to MrRogers.org. According to the website, full length episodes will be posted on the first and third Monday of every month. The selections will be feature programs from the theme weeks library from 1979 to 2001. I’ll post the link on TriviaRewind.com.

[00:21:56] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. You [00:22:00] can visit Trivia Rewind on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and at TriviaRewind.com. Visit the website to find all the links mentioned in this episode. Thanks for taking the time to listen and go be a good neighbor.

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TV Moms

“Now Wally, I want you to go in the living room and pick up those orange peels that you left on the coffee table. If your father comes home and sees them he’ll be in a terrible mood all through dinner.” – June Cleaver

Just turn on the TV and you’ll find a TV mom. Over the decades we’ve seen quite the variety of moms. We’ve seen moms that wear pearls and high heels when cleaning the house. We seen working moms, moms with blended families, single moms, moms that have adopted children, the list goes on.  While TV moms may have started out exemplifying perfection, as the decades went on, TV moms became more in tune with reality. 

“Honestly, there should be a museum for the two of you. It’ll be called the Schmoopie Center for Cuteness and I will be the curator, and people will line up for blocks just to delight in your deliciousness.” Beverly Goldberg

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you ten trivia questions about various TV moms over the decades.  In our fun facts segment, find out why one TV mom really wore pearls and high heeled shoes. It’s not the reason you think. Find out which mom word was not allowed to be said on one classic TV show back in the 50s.  Plus, find out which TV mom actress is younger than than her co-stars that play her adult kids.  Those are just a few of the fun facts in this week’s episode. 

“We are very fortunate to have the children, Cliff. Otherwise we would never know the joy of leaving them at home.” Clair Huxtable

Spoiler alert! Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. For more Oscar fun, look back at some of our previous episodes!

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 47 – TV Moms

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. This week, we’re going to talk about TV moms. Over the decades, we’ve seen quite the variety of moms that go anywhere from moms that wear pearls and high heels while cleaning, to working moms, to moms with blended families, single moms, moms that have adopted children, the list goes on.

[00:00:37] While TV moms may have started out exemplifying perfection, as the decades went on, TV moms became more lined up with reality. Whether or not we like the TV moms on the list this week, each one probably speaks to someone. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you 10 trivia questions about various [00:01:00] TV moms over the decades.

[00:01:02] After I ask you the 10 questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out why one TV mom really wore pearls and high heeled shoes. It’s not the reason you think. Find out which mom word was not allowed to be said on one classic TV show back in the fifties. Plus find out which actress that plays a TV mom now is actually younger than her co-stars that play her adult children. Those are just a few of the fun facts in this week’s episode. Are you ready?

[00:01:41] Let’s start with question one. I live in the 1950s. I have two sons and I’m happily married. I’m dedicated to my family and you’ll often see me wearing pearls and high heels while cleaning the house. My youngest son often gets himself in [00:02:00] trouble but we always work it out in the end with a good lesson to be learned. Who am I?

[00:02:07] Question two. I live in the 1950s and my husband is a musician. When I told him I was pregnant, I did it with a note during one of his concerts. We named our son after my husband. Who am I?

[00:02:25] Question three. You saw me on TV in the eighties and early nineties. My doctor husband and I have five kids. We live in Brooklyn, New York. I am an attorney. Who am I?

[00:02:41] Question four. You saw me on TV in the seventies. I am the mom of a blended family. I have six kids, three are boys and three are girls. I don’t know how I’d make it without our live in maid. Who am I?

[00:03:00] [00:03:00] Question five. I’m on a show that premiered in 2016 and the show is still on the air. I am the mom to three children referred to as “The Big Three.”.

[00:03:15] Question six. I was on TV in the early 2000’s. I am a single mother to a teenage daughter who is very intelligent. She often acts more grown up than I do. Later in the show she ends up going to an Ivy League university. Who am I?

[00:03:34] Question seven. The show I was on started in the 2000’s and is still airing new episodes. I am the mom to three kids and I will do whatever it takes for them, even if it means showing up at their school in my flashy sweaters, trying to solve their problems even when they don’t want me to. Who am I?

[00:03:58] Question [00:04:00] eight. I was on TV in the early 2000’s and by the end of the series, I have five children, none of which I can really handle. To help pay the bills I work at a drug store. Our house is a huge mess and it doesn’t look like anyone has ever taken care of our yard. Honestly, I don’t care. I’m just trying to get by. Who am I?

[00:04:25] Question nine. My show was first on TV in the late eighties. I’m part of a very blue collar family and have quite the mouth on me. I’m loud, obnoxious, sloppy and I yell at my kids quite a bit. Who am I?

[00:04:43] Question 10. I was on a show in the mid 2000’s. My family is upper middle class and I am bi-racial. My husband is African-American. I am an anesthesiologist. Who am I?

[00:05:00] [00:05:00] Well, those were our 10 questions about TV moms. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. I live in the 1950s, have two sons and I’m happily married. I’m dedicated to my family and you’ll often see me wearing pearls and high heels while cleaning the house. My youngest son often gets himself in trouble but we always work it out in the end with a good lesson to be learned. Who am I?

[00:05:30] I am June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver. Leave it to Beaver debuted in October of 1957. TV mom June Cleaver was played by actress Barbara Billingsley. Those of us that didn’t grow up in the fifties wondered, did moms really wear pearls every day? Surely moms didn’t really clean the house and cook in high-heeled shoes. Well in an interview with The Archive of American Television, [00:06:00] Barbara Billingsley explains why she wore pearls and high heel shoes. She said that she has a hollow in her neck and she wore the pearls to hide it.

[00:06:10] In an interview with The Washington Post, she said, “In those days, cameras and the film weren’t as good as they are today so I used to wear different kinds of jewelry around my neck to hide that spot. So no matter what I was doing, cleaning, cooking, or answering the phone, I had those darn pearls on.” And the high heel shoes? Well she wore those because the boys grew and the producers didn’t want her to be shorter than the kids. In that same Washington Post article, she said, “The high heels also had a reason. In the beginning of the series, I wore flat shoes, but then Wally and the Beaver began to get taller. That’s why they put me in heels. The producers wanted me to be as tall or taller than the kids. Sometimes I would stand on the stairs [00:07:00] for a scene so I could have some more height.”

[00:07:03] In a 1997 TV Guide Magazine interview, Barbara Billingsley described her character as “The ideal TV mother.” She said, “Some people think she was week-ish, but I don’t. She was the love in that family. She set a good example for what a wife could be.” And here’s something interesting about the night that Leave it to Beaver premiered. According to Metv.com “As Leave it to Beaver was premiering on CBS on October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union was celebrating the launch of its Sputnik 1 satellite.”

[00:07:41] Question two. I live in the 1950s and my husband is a musician. When I told him I was pregnant, I did it with a note during one of his concerts. We named our son after my husband. Who am I? I am Lucy Ricardo from [00:08:00] I Love Lucy.

[00:08:01] Lucille Ball had the role of TV mom Lucy Ricardo. Lucy’s real life husband Desi Arnaz played her TV husband, Ricky Ricardo. Would you believe that when the show was on the air, the censors would not let them use the word “pregnant.” Lucy and Ricky couldn’t even sleep in the same bed. It all started when they shot the premiere of the show.

[00:08:26] Lucille Ball was actually pregnant with their first child, Lucy Arnaz. While you can tell that she’s pregnant in the show, there is no mention of it in the storyline. During the second season, Lucille Ball becomes pregnant again and this time they wrote it into the storyline of the show. A USA Today article says, “In a TV fantasy world, Lucy Ricardo’s pregnancy prompted by the real life pregnancy of Lucille Ball, was a major risk. The plot worried [00:09:00] CBS, which was afraid viewers might pause to consider how Lucy got pregnant, a thought process the twin beds were designed to circumvent. But the show was allowed to proceed with one stipulation. The word “pregnant” was never uttered. Lucy was “expecting.” When those expectations were fulfilled and Lucy gave birth, the show’s ratings hit their peak and a major barrier between TV and the real world collapsed.”

[00:09:33] According to The Huffington Post, “When Little Ricky was born on I love Lucy on January 19th, 1953, coinciding with Ball’s real life delivery of Desi Arnaz Jr. via scheduled Caesarean section, more than 44 million viewers tuned in.”

[00:09:52] Question three. You saw me on TV in the eighties and early nineties. My doctor husband and [00:10:00] I have five kids. We live in Brooklyn, New York and I am an attorney. Who am I? I am Clair Huxtable from The Cosby Show. Actress Phylicia Rashad had the role of TV mom Clair Huxtable. Not only is she the wife of her physician husband, she is the mother of five children and an attorney.

[00:10:23] She showed how a woman could be both a mom and have a career outside the home. She was able to get it all done without outside help. During the third season of the show, Phylicia Rashad  became pregnant in real life. The producers didn’t want to add another child to the Huxtable family so they had to get creative, hiding her growing belly. People Magazine told us one way that they did it. The article says, “The most clever was having Rashad fall ill and hollowing out a piece of mattress so that she could lie in the bed without showing her growing [00:11:00] belly.” Other ways they hid her belly were by one time having her hold a huge teddy bear while sitting on the couch or having her stand somewhere strategically placed so that her stomach wouldn’t show.

[00:11:13] Question four. You saw me on TV in the seventies. I am the mom of a blended family. I have six kids, three are boys and three are girls. I don’t know how I’d make it without our live in maid. Who am I? Well, I am Carol Brady of The Brady Bunch. Actress Florence Henderson had the role of TV mom Carol Brady. Carol Brady was more of a progressive mom when it came to classic TV moms. In a People Magazine article, she discusses how when producers wanted her to do something she may not agree with, she’d often have to put her foot down.

[00:11:51] The article says, “She insisted Carol was painted as a relatable character for young mothers out there and pushed for [00:12:00] progressive scenes not often seen on television.” The article quotes Henderson as saying, “For instance, I would never wear an apron,” she said. “They tried to make me wear an apron.”

[00:12:12] Florence Henderson has said that she used to beg the producers to give her character a job. It wasn’t until a reunion show that she finally had one. She was a realtor.

[00:12:24] Question five. I’m on a show that premiered in 2016 and the show is still on the air. I am the mom to three children referred to as “The big three.”

[00:12:39] I am Rebecca Pearson from This Is Us. Actress Mandy Moore plays Rebecca Pearson. In This Is Us, Mandy Moore’s character Rebecca takes on a myriad of parenting topics that range from the pregnancy of triplets, stillbirth, multiracial adoption, the death of a [00:13:00] spouse, single motherhood, and so on. We get to see Rebecca being a mother for decades.

[00:13:06] Here’s a fun fact that you may not have known about Mandy Moore. Did you know that she’s the youngest of her co-stars? All of the adults that play her children in the series are older than her in real life. The hair and makeup crew do a great job of taking her through all the age transitions on the show which have been from the twenties to the sixties.

[00:13:30] For her older age, it takes three and a half hours in the makeup chair for her to make the transition to older mom and grandmother.

[00:13:39] Question six. I was on TV in the early 2000’s. I am a single mother to a teenage daughter who is very intelligent. She often acts more grown up than I do. Later in the show she ends up going to an Ivy League university. Who am I? I am Lorelai [00:14:00] Gilmore on the Gilmore girls. Actress Lauren Graham plays mother Lorelai Gilmore. Because she had her daughter Rory at the young age of 16, the two’s relationship was often more of sisters or friends rather than mother daughter. The mother daughter duo was so popular that the two even made it onto Entertainment Weekly’s list of The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years.

[00:14:27] When the show was over, Lauren Graham found out in the strangest of ways. In an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, she said, “We shot the last episode and we had no idea. There was some back and forth about what was going to happen. I was in a restaurant and I had turned off my phone. So the waiter comes to the table and he was like, “Are you Lauren Graham?” And I was like, “yes.” He goes, “Your agents on the phone.” I thought I was in a forties movie or something. I was walking to the house [00:15:00] phone and I was like, “Hello.” And he goes, “It’s canceled.” and that’s how I found out it was the end.”

[00:15:08] Question seven. The show I was on started in the 2000’s and is still airing new episodes. I am the mom to three kids and I will do whatever it takes for them, even if it means showing up at their school in my flashy sweaters, trying to solve their problems, even when they don’t want me to. Who am I? Well, I am Beverly Goldberg of the Goldbergs. Actress Wendy McLendon-Covey has the role of the ultimate eighties TV mom Beverly Goldberg. She’s over-protective, manipulative and often embarrasses as her kids, but she does it all in love. When talking to her kids, she’s known to address them as “schmoopie.”

[00:15:53] She asks them for “huggies” and “nubbies.” In real life. Wendy doesn’t have any children. [00:16:00] An article on Bustle says, “Though McLendon-Covey doesn’t have children of her own, she says of Beverly’s parenting style, “I wouldn’t be any different. I would be just as annoying cause you know, it all comes from love.” But doesn’t mean her time as the ultimate mom on the Goldbergs has influenced her in real life. “It’s fun to play, but it also makes me think, yeah, I made the right decision not having kids. This is exhausting,” she says.

[00:16:31] One of the coolest things about this series is that it is based on the real life of series creator Adam F. Goldberg. One thing the character Beverly Goldberg is known for is her over the top themed sweaters that you can see her wear on each episode. Many of those sweaters actually belong to the real life Beverly Goldberg, Adam’s mother. Costume designer Keri Smith gets the fun job of dressing the over the [00:17:00] top TV Beverly. A Chicago Sun Times article says, “When the show first aired in 2013, the real Beverly shipped boxes of sweaters and accessories she’d saved for decades, to Smith. Many have made appearances on the show.” You can even find the real Beverly Goldberg on Twitter sharing her real life Beverly Goldberg moments.

[00:17:26] Question eight. I was on TV in the early 2000’s and by the end of the series, I have five children, none of which I can really handle. To help pay the bills, I work at a drug store. Our house is a huge mess and it doesn’t look like anyone has ever taken care of our yard. Honestly, I don’t care. I’m just trying to get by. Who am I? Well, I am Lois from Malcolm in the Middle. Actress Jane Kaczmarek has the role of Lois. Lois is far from [00:18:00] the perfect TV mom. Some might even call her unconventional.

[00:18:04] However, it’s not all Lois’ fault. She has some wild kids that really make her job as a mom difficult. But in the end, the kids always get caught and Lois wins. When Malcolm in the Middle first came out, the Orlando Sentinel did an article about the show and said this about Lois. “She not only altered our perceptions of the perfect television family, but redefined the role of the sainted television mom as well.”

[00:18:36] When asked about TV moms, they quote her saying, “The TV mom I identify most with is Donna Reed, because I grew up in that era. What I really like about Lois is that she has depth. Mothers on television tend to not grow, they tend to be kind of wise, nodding, influencing kind of funny moms. Lois isn’t that. She yells and is [00:19:00] kind of the mouthpiece for the family. She’s just kind of normal.”

[00:19:04] Regardless of all the chaos that goes on in her household, Lois loves her kids. During the first season of the show Kaczmarek was pregnant and she had to hide her pregnant belly. She told TV Guide Online, “If you check out the shows, you can see me indulging in the fine art of keeping my tummy off camera.”

[00:19:26] She told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that she was forced to hide behind chairs, frying pans, and refrigerator doors. She was also pregnant for a second time on the show in real life. Jane Kaczmarek has been nominated for multiple awards for her portrayal of Lois.

[00:19:45] Question nine. My show was first on TV in the late eighties. I’m part of a very blue collar family and I have quite the mouth on me. I’m loud, obnoxious, sloppy, and I yell at my kids quite a [00:20:00] bit. Who am I? I am Roseanne Conner on the show Roseanne. Actress Roseanne Barr plays TV mom Roseanne Conner, mom to four kids. The show centers around a lot of family dysfunction.

[00:20:15] However, the show addresses a broad range of issues that you may not see other TV mom’s take on. Judine Mayerle, professor of television at Marquette University and author of a 1991 essay on Roseanne in the Journal of Popular Culture, said this about the series. “It has broken new ground on the prime-time television stage where the players can never be too rich or too thin, where children and relatives are charming. It has given us instead, characters who are just getting by financially, who are overweight and not concerned about dieting and exercise, whose children and relatives are not always pleasant.”

[00:20:57] A 1997 Baltimore [00:21:00] Sun article quotes Sheri Parks, an associate dean and professor who teaches courses in television at the University of Maryland saying, “It was the first show I ever saw where people were talking about bills and wondering how they were going to pay them. Bills are not something TV families talked about.”

[00:21:20] Roseanne Barr won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of TV mom Roseanne.

[00:21:27] And question 10. I was on a show in the mid 2000’s. My family is upper middle class and I am bi-racial. My husband is African-American. I am an anesthesiologist. Who am I? I am Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson from the TV show Black-ish. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross plays TV mom Bow Johnson, mother of five children. Not only is she an anesthesiologist, the [00:22:00] Detroit News describes her as “A mom of five, struggling to provide a sense of cultural identity for their kids as the only black family on their upper middle-class Los Angeles block.”

[00:22:14] Essence calls her “The perfectly imperfect TV wife and working mom.” In the series when she is pregnant with her fifth child, Ross had to wear a prosthetic bump which was actually quite heavy. Heavy enough that she ended up at a chiropractor with neck pain. In the season three finale, the show branched out and went where most TV shows don’t go when it comes to pregnancy. 40 year old Bow was experiencing dangerously high blood pressure caused by preeclampsia and two months before her due date, she had to have an emergency C-section.

[00:22:53] An article on Refinery29 says, “On TV, pregnancy is often idealized and [00:23:00] treated like an experience that everyone goes through in the same way. It almost always ends in an overdramatized, but complication-free delivery scene with a healthy (and usually three months too old) baby to show for it. While it may not be a common scenario to see on a family comedy, life-threatening complications during pregnancy can and do happen.”

[00:23:25] And speaking of moms, here’s a fun fact about actress Tracee Ellis Ross. Her mom in real life is none other than singer Diana Ross. Tracee Ellis Ross has won multiple awards for her role on the series.

[00:23:41] Well, that was a look at just 10 TV moms. Each of those TV moms has a unique trait that makes them special to some TV fan out there. As we close out this episode, I’d like to wish all of the moms, a Happy Mother’s Day, including my own.

[00:24:00] [00:24:00] You can find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and at triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening.

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Little House on the Prairie

In 1974, the series Little House on the Prairie first aired and served up a fresh batch of wholesome television viewing for the whole family.  The series was an adaptation of the popular best-selling series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Television producer Ed Friendly is responsible for bringing the series to television. Not only did he create the television series, he was the Executive Producer alongside Michael Landon.  Michael Landon also wrote and directed many episodes in addition to playing the role of Charles Ingalls, known also as Pa.  

Unfortunately things got off to a bit of a rocky start between the two. It was actually more than rocky!  They weren’t on the same page about a lot of things. It was a battle over who had creative control of the show. In one instance, after the pilot episode, Ed Friendly wanted to see the children running around dirty and barefoot but due to the extreme heat outside where they filmed, Michael Landon was against it. When Michael Landon told the studio he couldn’t work that way, he gave them an ultimatum and said either Ed Friendly does the show or he does the show.  The studio ultimately sided with Michael Landon even though it was Ed Friendly’s money that bought the show.  From that point on, Ed Friendly was never allowed on the set.  Michael Landon took over and was even quoted in the Los Angeles times saying “I have a thing about control. The only times in my life when I was unhappy is when I didn’t have it. I like to have it.”  Ed Friendly did however continue to get paid and made a good bit of money from the series.  

Little House on the Prairie ran on the NBC network for nine seasons and had over 200 episodes plus a few television specials.  This was one of the most watched television series of the 1970s and early 1980s.   Even today, the show can be seen in reruns and is quite popular. Little House and the Prairie has never been off the air since its debut in 1974.   

In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, we are taking a trip back to Walnut Grove.   I will give you ten trivia questions from the show and a lot of fun facts.   Find out who got grounded for telling Melissa Gilbert that she got the role of Laura when it was supposed to be kept secret. Find out about the awkward moment when Melissa Gilbert had to do her first onscreen kiss on the show.  Plus, find out what horrible thing happened to the Little House on the Prairie set at the end of the series.  It will blow your mind!  Those are just a few of this week’s fun facts.

Links to things mentioned in the show:

  1. Watch Melissa Gilbert’s Audition with Michael Landon
  2. The research behind Mary’s blindness
  3. Allison Arngrim’s work with The National Association to Protect Children
  4. The explosion of the Little House on the Prairie Set
  5. Take a road trip to Walnut Grove
  6. See the Little House on the Prairie Cast Then and Now

Spoiler alert! Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. For more Oscar fun, look back at some of our previous episodes!

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Trivia Rewind Episode 46 – Little House on the Prairie

[00:00:00] Welcome to Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. Well in 1974, the series Little House on the Prairie first aired and served up a fresh batch of wholesome television viewing for the whole family. The series was an adaptation of the popular best-selling series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Television producer Ed Friendly is responsible for bringing the series to television.

[00:00:39] Not only did he create the television series, he was the Executive Producer alongside Michael Landon. Michael Landon also wrote and directed many episodes, in addition to playing the role of Charles Ingles, also known as Pa. Unfortunately, things got off to a bit of a [00:01:00] rocky start between the two. It was actually more than rocky.

[00:01:04] They weren’t on the same page about a lot of things. It was a battle over who had creative control of the show. In one instance, after the pilot episode, Ed Friendly wanted to see the children running around dirty and barefoot, but due to the extreme heat outside where they filmed, Michael Landon was against it.

[00:01:25] When Michael Landon told the studio he couldn’t work that way, he gave them an ultimatum and said either Ed Friendly does the show or he does the show. The studio ultimately sided with Michael Landon, even though it was Ed Friendly’s money that bought the show. From that point on, Ed Friendly was never allowed on the set.

[00:01:48] Michael Landon took over and was even quoted in the Los Angeles times saying “I have a thing about control. The only times in my life, when I was unhappy is [00:02:00] when I didn’t have it. I like to have it.” Ed Friendly did however continue to get paid and make quite a bit of money from the series. Little House on the Prairie ran on the NBC network for nine seasons and had over 200 episodes plus a few television specials.

[00:02:20] This was one of the most watched television series of the 1970s and early eighties. Even today, the show can be seen in reruns and is quite popular. Little House on the Prairie has never been off the air since its debut in 1974. In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, we are taking a trip back to a Walnut Grove.

[00:02:46] I will give you 10 trivia questions from the show and a lot of fun facts. Find out who got grounded for telling Melissa Gilbert that she got the role of Laura when it was supposed to be kept a secret. [00:03:00] Find out about the awkward moment when Melissa Gilbert had to do her first onscreen kiss for the show. Plus find out what horrible thing happened to the Little House on the Prairie set at the end of the series. It will blow your mind.

[00:03:16] Those are just a few of this week’s fun facts. So if you’re ready, let’s get started with the trivia. Here’s question one. What were the names of the Ingles family’s first three children?

[00:03:34] Question two. What was the name of the first dog that belonged to the Ingles family?

[00:03:42] Question three. What is the name of the man that Laura married?

[00:03:48] Question four. According to her doctor, what was the cause of Mary’s blindness?

[00:03:57] Question five. [00:04:00] What were the names of Nels and Harriet Oleson’s children?

[00:04:06] Question six. What was the name of the Walnut Grove doctor?

[00:04:14] Question seven. What was the name of the busy city that Charles Ingles often had to make deliveries to or where they’d go if they needed a doctor that could do more than their town doctor?

[00:04:28] Question eight. What is the name of the Ingles family friend that had troubles early on with alcoholism and depression after losing his wife and child to Smallpox? He was a good friend of the family, especially to Laura and he would often sing the song Old Dan Tucker.

[00:04:50] Question nine. When Laura needed cheering up after her porcelain doll broke, Mary brought her home an animal that Laura [00:05:00] named Jasper. What kind of animal was Jasper?

[00:05:05] And question 10. What was the name of the only general store in Walnut Grove?

[00:05:14] Those we’re our 10 questions. Let’s go back review, get the answers and fun facts. Question one. What were the names of the Ingles family’s first three children? The names of their first three children were Mary, Laura, and Carrie.

[00:05:32] Their fourth child, Charles Jr. died as an infant and then they had a daughter named Grace. The Ingles later adopted three children, Albert plus James and Cassandra Cooper. Out of all the children, the character Laura appeared in the most episodes. Actress Melissa Gilbert had the role of Laura. She was born on May 8th, 1964 and given up immediately for [00:06:00] adoption. The next day she was adopted by film and television actor Paul Gilbert and his wife, actress Barbara Crane, the daughter of the creator of The Honeymooners, Harry Crane.

[00:06:12] Her first steps into acting were in commercials where she was as young as two years old. In one commercial for Alpo dog food, she appeared with Lorne Greene the TV father of Michael Landon on the show Bonanza. Then along came the opportunity to audition for the New series, little House on the Prairie. 500 kids auditioned and Melissa Gilbert knocked it out of the park. Michael Landon knew that she was the one to play Laura. He was so convinced that he only sent her screen test to the producers.

[00:06:47] Watching her audition with Michael Landon really shows you how she was made for the part. If you visit triviarewind.com, you can see the actual audition. She was just nine years old when she [00:07:00] started her role as Laura. There’s a funny story about how Melissa Gilbert found out that she got the role of Laura.

[00:07:06] It just so happened that she went to the same school with Leslie Landon, the daughter of Michael Landon. Well, Leslie found her at school, introduced herself and couldn’t help but tell her that she got the role of Laura. Gilbert ran to the school office and called home to tell her family the good news.

[00:07:27] In a cheatsheet.com article they quote Melissa Gilbert saying “Leslie had told me even before my agents knew and boy, did she get grounded for that one.” What’s Melissa Gilbert up to today? She’s enjoying life with her husband, Emmy Award-winning actor Timothy Busfield, probably known most for his role on the show Thirtysomething. You can follow her on Instagram to keep up with what’s going on in her life.

[00:07:56] Question two. What was the name of the [00:08:00] first dog that belonged to the Ingles family? His name was Jack. Michael Landon fell in love with a dog named Barney and Barney took on the role of Jack. According to producer Kent McCrae, “The dog had a bigger contract than some of the actors did, but that was just the way it worked.” Sadly, in the fourth season of the series, Jack dies. Laura then gets a new dog named Bandit.

[00:08:30] Question three. What is the name of the man that Laura married? His name was Almonzo Wilder. Actor Dean Butler had the role of Almonzo and to Melissa Gilbert, a man he was. Things were a little awkward for her when it came to Dean Butler.

[00:08:50] When he arrived on the series, she was only 15 and he was 23. Then came the part in the series where they had to really [00:09:00] kiss, not just a peck on the lips. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Melissa Gilbert said, “I was kissing a man who had to shave that morning and I hadn’t even ever shaved my legs. It’s bizarre. I mean, he was a grownup person with a car. He golfed.”

[00:09:18] In one interview. Dean Butler said, “It was a big moment, but I don’t know if this was her first kiss or one of her first kisses in her life, but it was certainly treated as if it was her first kiss ever. Which certainly added a bit of responsibility to the whole thing.”

[00:09:35] Well, the whole thing had to have been a little weird. Supposedly Melissa Gilbert’s mother was standing on the set, crying my baby, my baby so hysterically that she had to be consoled. At the 2006 TV Land Awards, the kiss between Dean Butler and Melissa Gilbert won for most memorable kiss.

[00:09:56] Question four. According to her doctor, what was [00:10:00] the cause of Mary’s blindness? Well, her doctor said that Scarlet Fever weakened to the nerves in her eyes, thus causing blindness. Well, back in 2016, CNN health had an article about Mary’s blindness. Researchers weren’t convinced that her blindness was caused by Scarlet Fever. The researchers dug through old letters and newspaper accounts from the time and came to the conclusion that the real cause of Mary’s blindness was Viral Meningoencephalitis. Reading those letters really paid off for their research. Of course, we’ll never really know for sure, but the fact that doctors actually researched this is pretty interesting. Actress Melissa Sue Anderson, known on the set is Missy had the role of Mary Ingles. She was 11 years old when she got the role.

[00:10:52] At the 1978 Primetime Emmy Awards, she was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series [00:11:00] Emmy for her role on the series. She was the only person on the show to be nominated for an acting Emmy. Unfortunately, she decided to leave the show early. A UPI article quotes her saying “The writers have exhausted all the possibilities for Mary. First of all, she became blind. Then she had a miscarriage. She lost her mind. Another baby died in a fire. She’s had all kinds of diseases. It’s just a matter of moving on for me. I’ve done about everything I can do with the character.” Melissa Sue Anderson wasn’t friends with any of the other kids on set.

[00:11:39] It had been reported that nobody really was close to her and that she was standoffish. There has been speculation that her over-protective mother could have had something to do with it. You can find more information about their research into Mary’s blindness on triviarewind.com.

[00:11:57] Question five. What were the [00:12:00] names of Nels and Harriet Oleson’s children? Well, their children were Willy and Nellie later in the series, they would adopt Nancy. Actor Jonathan Gilbert had the role of Willie. Did you know that in real life, Jonathan Gilbert and Melissa Gilbert are brother and sister. Unfortunately, the last I read, they haven’t seen each other for years. In her memoir, Melissa says that when Jonathan turned 18, he left and dropped contact with the family. Occasionally over the years, he might turn up. He left acting to pursue an MBA in finance.

[00:12:41] Alison Arngrim had the role of Nellie when Alison auditioned for Little House on the Prairie, she actually auditioned for several of the roles, including Laura before finally getting the role of Nellie Oleson. Alison’s character Nellie was known for those perfect blonde curls.

[00:13:00] [00:12:59] Well, that was actually a wig. After a few weeks of filming the show, they realized that it would be too time consuming and painful for Alison if they had to curl her hair each time. So a wig it would be. Unfortunately, she still had to endure some pain. Metal hair pins were used to attach the wig to her own hair and often the hair pins would dig into her scalp and cause it to bleed. More than the curls, the character Nellie was known to be someone you couldn’t stand. On the show, Nellie was a character that most people found detestable. She was spoiled, bratty and unkind. Alison Arngrim has stated before that in real life, people would treat her as if she really was Nellie Oleson.

[00:13:46] She was once in a Christmas parade and someone threw a can of soda at her head. In the series, Laura and Nellie were enemies. However, in real life, they were best friends. As soon [00:14:00] as they met on the set they bonded. They would get together outside of the show and have sleepovers and tons of fun together. They were quite the pranksters on set too.

[00:14:09] In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Alison Arngrim said that her TV parents were great and like her second set of parents. She said that if any one of the actors was most like their character, it would be her TV dad Nels Oleson played by actor Richard Bull. She said he was calm and a sensible guy.

[00:14:31] Playing Nellie Oleson was actually therapeutic for Arngrim. As a child, she was abused by a relative. In a Huffington Post article, she says, “So here I was playing this girl that everyone was afraid of. And it’s great. I’m paid to play this person who screams, yells, throws things, vents her anger, just lets it out, doesn’t care who’s looking. Shows all the worst parts, makes terrible faces and doesn’t [00:15:00] care how awful she looks. It was absolutely therapeutic” she said. Nowadays, Alison Arngrim is making quite the difference, in a good way. She is the president of the National Association to Protect Children and has devoted her life to this effort.

[00:15:18] Visit triviarewind.com to find out more about The National Association to protect children. Their organization is doing some amazing things.

[00:15:29] Question six. What was the name of the Walnut Grove doctor? Well, his name was Dr. Baker. Actor Kevin Hagan played Dr. Baker also referred to as Doc Baker or just Doc. While we all probably remember Doc Baker as the kind, quiet town doctor, many of Hagan’s other roles were quite the opposite.

[00:15:54] He loved playing the villain. Not only was Doc Baker a doctor [00:16:00] to the people in Walnut Grove, he was also the veterinarian. A great piece of dialogue from the series is when Harriet Oleson asks, “What are you, a doctor or a veterinarian?” Doc Baker so perfectly responds, “Looking at some of my patients, sometimes I get a little confused myself.” A nice little jab at Harriet Oleson. Sometimes the quiet person can say it best.

[00:16:30] Question seven. What was the name of the busy city that Charles Ingles often had to go to, to make deliveries or where they go if they needed a doctor that could do more than their own town doctor? That town was Mankato.

[00:16:47] Another town he often traveled to was Sleepy Eye. Mankato is a real town in Minnesota and is about 90 miles from Walnut Grove. If you’re ever in [00:17:00] Minnesota and want to visit Walnut Grove, you can make a stop at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. None of the show was filmed in Minnesota. It was filmed in California.

[00:17:11] Interior shots were filmed at Paramount Studios. When they lost their lease at Paramount, the indoor scenes were moved over to MGM Studios. For the outdoor scenes, filming took place at The big sky Ranch in Simi Valley. This location was a very hot and a few of the actors fainted from the extreme heat.

[00:17:33] It was at this location where they constructed the town of Walnut Grove that we saw on the television show. What happened to the pretend Walnut Grove when the show was over will blow you away. According to Wide Open Country, “Producers agreed with the land owners before the first season that they would restore the land to its original condition after the series wrapped. At Michael Landon’s suggestion, [00:18:00] they just blew it up. However, that is not quite how Melissa Gilbert said things went down. In her memoir titled Prairie Tale, she tells what really happened. She said, “Michael Landon didn’t find out that Little House on the Prairie had been canceled from the network, he found out from her. For this reason he was furious.”

[00:18:22] So supposedly as payback, he wanted all the sets blown up and what a better way to do that than to work it into the storyline of the last episode. I don’t even think I saw that particular episode. I’m going to have to see if I can find that. In the very last postseason movie episode, 10.3 titled The Last Farewell, the town’s people see that a greedy railroad tycoon is going to take over their town, so they take matters into their own hands and dynamite the place. Everything except the church and the little house at Plum Creek were blown to smithereens. Well, that’s one way to [00:19:00] end a series. Actress Karen Grassley told Entertainment Weekly,” I thought it was a shame. We could have done annual specials about the characters, but once you blow up the town, you can’t do that.” Regardless of which reason it was, blowing up Walnut Grove definitely took it to the next level. If you’d like to see one of the pictures from this explosion, visit triviarewind.com.

[00:19:24] If you’d like to make a summer road trip and visit Walnut Grove, you can also visit triviarewind.com for more information and about the museum.

[00:19:33] Question eight. What is the name of the Ingles family friend that had troubles early on with alcoholism and depression after losing his wife and child to Smallpox? He was a good friend of the family, especially to Laura and he would often sing the song Old Dan Tucker. That person was Isaiah Edwards, also known as Mr. Edwards. Actor Victor French had the role of [00:20:00] Mr. Edwards. French’s father was a stunt man who appeared in many westerns. French followed in his father’s footsteps. It was his work on Bonanza where he met Michael Landon.

[00:20:11] When Michael Landon went off to work on Little House on the Prairie, he wanted Victor French to have a part. In a Cheat Sheet article, they quote Victor French saying, “The network wanted a name actor, but Michael stood by his guns.” According to a 1989 Los Angeles Times article, he said “That role changed my career. Michael is really my angel.” After the Little House series was over, French went on to star in another series with Michael Landon, Highway to Heaven.

[00:20:45] Question nine. When Laura needed cheered up after her porcelain doll broke, Mary brought her home an animal that Laura named Jasper, what kind of animal was Jasper? Well, Jasper was a [00:21:00] raccoon. Thanks to Pa, he allowed Laura to keep Jasper for a while until Jasper got unruly and bit not only the family dog Jack, he also bit Laura. Laura’s Pa wins the dad of the year award for letting her even keep a raccoon as a pet. Charles Ingles always tried to do what was best for his family, but a pet raccoon may have been at borderline bad decision. On TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Dads of all Time, Charles Ingles comes in fourth place.

[00:21:32] Michael Landon was loved for his role as Charles Ingles. The actors have said that although he meant business on the set, he also had a lot of fun. The crew was like a family. Michael Landon was born in 1936 and was actually given the name Eugene Maurice Orowitz. When he started acting, he chose a screen name. The way he chose the name Michael Landon was quite interesting. He found the [00:22:00] name in the phone book.

[00:22:01] Michael Landon did not like coming across as short. While he was five foot nine, he wanted to be taller. So in the series, he wore boots with four inch tall heels. Many say that’s what gave him that swagger when he walked. Melissa Gilbert had a falling out with Michael Landon after he left his wife for the show’s makeup artist. Melissa Gilbert’s family and the Landon family were quite close and this action really upset her. It wasn’t until right before his death, that she visited with him and they reconciled. In a CheatSheet.com article, they quote her saying, “He pulled me toward him and we hugged,” she said. “Nothing else needed to be said. That hug was more than enough. That’s all he wanted.” In April of 1991, Michael Landon found out he had pancreatic cancer and on July 1st of that same year, he died at the [00:23:00] age of 54.

[00:23:01] Question 10. What was the name of the only general store in Walnut Grove? Well, that was called Oleson’s Mercantile. Nels and Harriet Oleson were the owners of Oleson’s mercantile. They actually had the nicest house in town. It was attached to the store. In season eight, episode one, Nels and Harriet Oleson adopt a girl named Nancy. Just when you thought there was no child as bratty as Nellie Oleson, along comes Nancy. She was quite the disaster. Actress Alison Balson had the role of Nancy.

[00:23:40] Well a lot of young actors and actresses appeared on the series that would later go on to have big acting careers of their own. Jason Bateman had the role of James Cooper Ingles, the boy that would be adopted by the Ingalls family. He appeared in 21 episodes and would go on to have a successful career in shows [00:24:00] like Arrested Development and more recently, Ozark.

[00:24:03] Shannon Doherty had the role of Jenny Wilder in season nine. She was the little girl adopted by Laura and her husband. She’d go on to be known for her role in Beverly Hills 90210.

[00:24:16] Willie Ames appeared in one episode, he later went on to star in Eight is Enough. Todd Bridges appeared in one episode as the character Solomon Henry. He’d go on to be known for his role on Diff’rent Strokes. Sean Penn had an uncredited role as an extra, and that was his small screen debut. Those are just a few of the actors that appeared on the show that later went on to do great things.

[00:24:44] Just this past December, it was announced that a Little House on the Prairie reboot is in the works. I’ve read that it’ll be a one hour dramatic series adaptation and Ed Friendly’s son trip will be the executive producer. Not everyone is sure [00:25:00] that it’s a good idea. Actor, Dean Butler said, “The fact that it’s been so beloved for so long and it’s never gone off the air since 1974, it has been on the air somewhere around the world constantly, I think that says to a lot of people, this was done really well and why mess around with it?” Butler said, “The show is more beautiful now than it was when it was new. Why mess around with it? Why change it? Why do it again? I’m sure it will happen and we’ll all be watching closely to see how they do.”

[00:25:33] For a fun look at how the actors looked then and now, visit triviarewind.com. Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. I hope you enjoyed this look back at Little House on the Prairie. You can visit Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can visit triviarewind.com for more information about things that I mentioned in the episode. I also post a [00:26:00] transcript there. Thank you so much for listening. I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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TV Cop Shows

Ahh, police shows. The good, the bad and the ugly. For decades TV viewers have been drawn   to shows that take us inside the life of police officers and crime filled cities. Often the role of a police officer is glamorized while other times it’s shown as a depressing gritty job. 

One show paved the way for all others. In 1951 the radio series Dragnet first made its way to television and aired until 1959. In 1967, the series was revived. The Dragnet franchise was created by Jack Webb who also played the lead role of Los Angeles police Sgt. Joe Friday in the television series.  Many call Dragnet the most influential police procedural drama in media history.  For some they would say the influence was good while others would say the influence was bad. 

In 1954, Time magazine wrote, “Americans have “gained a new appreciation of the underpaid, long-suffering ordinary policeman” and their “first rudimentary understanding of real-life law enforcement.”

In a 2017 article from Timeline.com, author Jacqui Shine writes, “When we see a cop on TV, we’re seeing the legacy of Dragnet. Everything we think we know about crime and law enforcement — and everything we believe about the police — bears the imprint of the show. It did no less than fashion the idea of modern policing in our cultural imagination. And, as viewers were reminded each week, all of it was true. But what most of us don’t know is that Dragnet was also calculated propaganda: the Los Angeles Police Department did far more than provide technical assistance, essentially co-producing the show.”

After Dragnet, Police shows continued to become more and more popular. Just think of all the police shows on television today alone.  This episode of Trivia Rewind is purely entertainment and devoted to just 10 classic police shows from years past.   I’ll give you ten questions about some of television’s classic cop shows. 

In our fun facts segment, find out which two TV cops didn’t get along in real life causing one to leave the show. Find out which TV cop tried to sabotage his job and even set his underwear on fire in an attention getting movie. Plus find out which TV cop thought his cop car looked ridiculous, like a tomato.  Those are just a few of the fun facts that await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind.

Stick around to the end of the episode to find out where you can learn more about what’s been going on over the past year to try and make police shows more accurate in their portrayal of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. 

Here are the links mentioned in the podcast.

  1. Hear both versions of the CHiPs theme song. Version 1 and Version 2
  2. Listen to the Hill Street Blues theme song
  3. Watch Johnny Depp talk about his experience in television
  4. The report from USC’s Norman Lear Center titled, Normalizing Injustice – The Dangerous Misrepresentations that Define Television’s Scripted Crime Genre: A Comprehensive Study of How Television’s Most Popular Genre Excludes Writers of Color, Miseducates People about the Criminal Justice System and Makes Racial Injustice Acceptable.

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

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Trivia Rewind Episode 44 TV Cops

[00:00:00] Recording: [00:00:00] Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

[00:00:28] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:28] Ah, police shows. The good, the bad and the ugly. Welcome to this episode of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, the host of the show. For decades, TV viewers have been drawn to shows that take us inside the life of police officers and crime filled cities. Often the role of a police officer is glamorized while other times it’s shown as a depressing gritty job.

[00:00:55] One show paved the way for all others. In [00:01:00] 1951, the radio series Dragnet first made its way to television and aired until 1959. In 1967, the series was revived. The Dragnet franchise was created by Jack Webb, who also played the lead role of Los Angeles police Sergeant Joe Friday in the television series. Many call Dragnet the most influential police procedural drama in media history. For some, they would say the influence was good while others would say the influence was bad.

[00:01:35] In 1954, Time Magazine wrote, “Americans have gained a new appreciation of the underpaid, long suffering, ordinary policeman and their first rudimentary understanding of real-life law enforcement.” In a 2017 article from Timeline.com, author Jacqui Shine writes, “When we see a cop [00:02:00] on TV, we’re seeing the legacy of Dragnet. Everything we think we know about crime and law enforcement and everything we believe about the police bears the imprint of the show. It did no less than fashion the idea of modern policing in our cultural imagination. And as viewers we’re reminded each week, all of it was true. But what most of us don’t know is that Dragnet was also calculated propaganda: the Los Angeles Police Department did far more than provide technical assistance, essentially co-producing the show.”

[00:02:38] Well after Dragnet, police shows continued to become more and more popular. This episode of Trivia Rewind is purely entertainment and devoted to just 10 classic police shows from years past. Here’s how this episode will work. I will give you 10 questions about some of television’s classic police shows. [00:03:00] After the trivia questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which two TV cops didn’t get along in real life, causing one to leave the show. Find out which TV cop tried to sabotage his job and hated being a teen idol. Plus find out which TV cop thought his cop car looked ridiculous.

[00:03:25] Those are just a few of the fun facts that await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind. Stick around to the end of the episode to find out where you can learn more about what’s been going on over the past year to try and make police shows more accurate in their portrayal of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

[00:03:45] Now onto the trivia. Here’s question one. In the 1977 series CHiPs, what was the last name of Ponch’s partner John?

[00:03:58] Question [00:04:00] two. In which police procedural drama that first aired in 1982, did two women play New York City police detectives, one of which was a married working mother?

[00:04:14] Question three. On the 1980s police show Hill Street Blues, what was the catch phrase often said by Sergeant Phil Esterhaus?

[00:04:26] Question four. On NYPD Blue, a police series that debuted in 1993, who was the only regular cast member that appeared in every single episode of the show? If you don’t remember the actor’s name, what was the character’s name?

[00:04:45] Question five. On what 1980s police drama did actress Heather Locklear play officer Stacy Sheridan?

[00:04:55] Question six. On what police series that first aired in [00:05:00] 1987 did Johnny Depp play officer Tom Hanson?

[00:05:06] Question seven. What is the name of the police show from the seventies that focused on two detectives that had a bright red Ford Gran Torino with two white vector stripes on the sides?

[00:05:21] Question eight. What is the name of the police series that first aired in 1984 and had a huge influence on men’s fashion, such as making wearing a t-shirt under pastel sports coats fashionable?

[00:05:37] Question nine. What is the name of the short-lived police series that debuted in 1987 and starred actor Pat Morita?

[00:05:48] And question 10.  This crime drama first aired in 1971 and the homicide detective’s catchphrase was “Just one more thing.” What was [00:06:00] the name of the show?

[00:06:02] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. In the 1977 series CHiPs, what was the last name of Ponch’s partner John? John’s last name was Baker.

[00:06:19] Actor Erik Estrada had the role of officer Frank “Ponch” Poncherello and actor Larry Wilcox had the role of officer John Baker. These two motorcycle officers were part of the California Highway Patrol. According to Internet Movie Database, “The word “Chippie” is slang for California Highway Patrol officers and dates back to the 1950s or earlier, but was rarely used until popularized by this show. The word CHiP was coined by the producers after the network balked at the name “Chippies.” In real life, Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox did not get [00:07:00] along. The grudgefest lasted for years. In 1980, People Magazine did a story on Larry Wilcox’s second marriage, where Wilcox revealed that he didn’t invite Erik Estrada to the wedding.

[00:07:13] He said, “I gave it a lot of thought and decided not to invite him. There’s no point going around telling people Erik is my best chum” he confides “because he’s not, and never will be. After all,” Larry continues, “Erik didn’t invite me to his wedding four months ago, nor to his recent birthday party. I wanted to show more class and invite him anyhow, but it went against my grain.” In the article, it says, “Wilcox admits CHiP’s appeal is due primarily to Estrada’s latin-lover looks.”

[00:07:47] Larry Wilcox was the first of the two to be hired for CHiPs and felt that Estrada was hired just for being photogenic. In the article, he says, “You had two competitive [00:08:00] actors needing to say, Hey, my talent’s bigger than yours. It was an ego problem. That first year we talked our problems over sober and drunk. We’d get things squared away for a week or two then the whole thing would start over.” I’m sure the producers got tired of the feud because for the last season of CHiPs, Larry Wilcox was no longer part of the show. In 2019 Antenna TV interviewed Larry Wilcox and from the sound of it, he and Erik Estrada have gotten past their differences. He said they’re older now and they don’t care.

[00:08:36] If anything memorable lives on from the series, it’s the iconic seventies theme song. The theme was written by John Parker and there were two different versions of the song. Not everyone liked the song though. In an article with AVClub.com, actor Colin Hanks, son of Tom Hanks said,

[00:08:56] quote, “I cannot get it out of my head. [00:09:00] To be quite honest, this has gone beyond a hatesong. I’ve gone through so many different emotions dealing with it that for better or worse, it’s just part of me now.” Want to get the song stuck in your mind? Visit triviarewind.com for a link where you can hear both versions and decide which version you like better, or if you hate it.

[00:09:24] Question two. In which police procedural drama that first aired in 1982 did two women play New York City police detectives, one of which was a married working mother? That show was Cagney & Lacey. Some have called it a quintessential show for working women. Cagney & Lacey aired for seven seasons.

[00:09:47] We probably all remember actress Tyne Daly as Mary Beth Lacey and Sharon Gless as detective Christine Cagney. Both women won multiple awards for their roles on the series. But did you know [00:10:00] that Sharon Gless didn’t always play detective Cagney? In 1981 when the TV movie pilot aired, the role of detective Christine Cagney was played by actress Loretta Switt.

[00:10:12] At the time she was starring in M*A*S*H and due to contractual obligations, couldn’t continue on with a role in Cagney & Lacey. In season one, actress Meg Foster played detective Cagney and from seasons two through seven, actress Sharon Gless took over the role. If you haven’t watched the show since the eighties, you may have forgotten that Martin Kove of Karate Kid and Cobra Kai fame had a role in Cagney & Lacey where he played the character Victor Isbecki in 113 episodes.

[00:10:46] Cagney & Lacey was almost canceled twice. The first time the series was about to be canceled, viewer protests stopped it from happening. The second time, a letter writing campaign saved the [00:11:00] show. It was finally canceled after its seventh season.

[00:11:05] Question three. On the 1980s police show Hill Street Blues, what was the catch phrase often said by Sergeant Phil Esterhaus? That phrase was “Let’s be careful out there.” Actor Michael Conrad had the role of veteran cop Sergeant Phil Esterhaus. For his role in the series he won two Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy Awards. Hill Street Blues received critical acclaim and in its first season won eight Emmy Awards.

[00:11:38] When the show first aired, it wasn’t recorded with the typical studio TV cameras that most television series used. It was shot with handheld cameras, something viewers had to get used to. In an NPR article it says, “Hill Street Blues sounds like almost every excellent drama series that’s on our must-watch list [00:12:00] today. But back then it broke new ground, although it took a year and a batch of Emmy Awards before it caught on. Before that, the show had a much tougher time getting viewers accustomed to its unusual narrative style.”

[00:12:16] Not only was the series popular, the theme song was too. If you were an eighties kid that took piano lessons, I bet that somewhere you once had the sheet music for this very theme song. I know I did. It was definitely the thing back then. In November of 1981, the song made its way onto the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart climbing up to number 10. Mike Post, the composer of the hit theme song has quite a few memorable theme songs on his resume. He has composed the theme songs for Law and Order SVU, The A-Team, NYPD Blue, Renegade, The Rockford Files, LA Law, [00:13:00] Quantum Leap, and Magnum PI to name a few. Post even won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for his Hill Street Blues theme song. Visit triviarewind.com where I will post a link to the theme song.

[00:13:16] In 1993 Hill Street Blues was named the All Time Best Cop Show by TV guide in its issue that celebrated 40 years of television. In 2013 when TV Guide came out with their list of The 60 Greatest Drama Shows of All Time, Hill Street Blues came in at number one.

[00:13:37] Question four. On NYPD Blue, a police series that debuted in 1993, who was the only regular cast member that appeared in every single episode of the show? And if you can’t remember the actor’s name, what was the character’s name? Well, the actor is Dennis Franz and he played [00:14:00] detective Sergeant Andy Sipowicz. When the show creators came to Dennis Franz to see if he’d be interested in their new police drama, he was hesitant at first because he had already played 27 cops.

[00:14:14] Did you know that he was in 44 episodes of Hill Street Blues playing Lieutenant Norman Buntz? A New York Post article interview Dennis Franz in 2015 and asked him if he was comfortable with his legacy as Sipowicz. His reply was, “I’m completely flattered when anyone says hello and remembers me from anything and that’s Sipowicz nine times out of 10. I was always flattered and honored to have the opportunity to explore that character and find whatever success I found. Personally, I’m good with that for the rest of my days. A lot of people don’t even know my name, they only know me as Sipowicz and I’m flattered.” For his role on NYPD Blue, Franz won a Golden Globe [00:15:00] Award, three screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Primetime Emmy Awards.

[00:15:05] The series definitely made headlines and created quite the stir when it first aired. 57 ABC affiliates refused to show the series premiere due to nudity and cursing. Things didn’t get any tamer. A 2003 episode of NYPD Blue got ABC in hot water with the FCC and they were fined $1.2 million for showing a naked rear end. In 2011, a New York appeals court overturned a Federal Communications Commission ruling against ABC.

[00:15:40] Question five. On what 1980s police drama did Heather Locklear play officer Stacy Sheridan? That show was TJ Hooker. Heather Locklear appeared in seasons two through five of the show. She was quite busy at the time because not only was she starring in [00:16:00] TJ Hooker, she also had a role on the hit show Dynasty. Actor William Shatner had the lead role in the series and played Sergeant TJ Hooker. He was the only main character to appear in all seasons of the show.

[00:16:15] The series was created by Rick Husky and initially the intention of the show was to rework the seventies police series The Rookies and call the new version The Protectors. However, after William Shatner’s character TJ Hooker was decided on to be the main focus, they named the series TJ Hooker. TJ Hooker ran for five seasons. Four of those years, the show aired on ABC. Its last season aired on the CBS network.

[00:16:46] According to Metv.com Shatner didn’t set the best example when it came to wearing a seatbelt. They say, “In early seasons, Hooker sets a bad example for drivers and passengers. The [00:17:00] tough cop rarely wears a seatbelt. He buckles up a little towards the end of the third season and by the time the character was cruising on CBS he was far more safety conscious. It’s a curious detail that can help you date an episode.”

[00:17:16] Question six. On what police series that first aired in 1987 did Johnny Depp play officer Tom Hanson? That show was 21 Jump Street. According to the book Johnny Depp, A Biography, the show was originally called Jump Street Chapel. Depp turned down the role to play officer Tom Hanson so the role was given to another actor. After a few weeks of shooting, the show’s creator knew it was not going to work out and what they really needed was Johnny Depp. The show was renamed 21 Jump Street and Johnny Depp’s agents were able to get him to read for the part and Depp [00:18:00] decided to take the role.

[00:18:01] There were a couple of reasons why he had a change of heart. One was that his agents told him the series probably wouldn’t even last one season. The second and probably most luring part was the money. He would earn $45,000 per episode. One thing he probably regretted later was that he was required to sign a five-year contract. The series made him a teen idol and he was recognized everywhere. During the series run, he graced the cover of several magazines. His biography says that in the show’s second season, Depp was receiving over 10,000 pieces of fan mail a month. One source claims that it was 10,000 per week.

[00:18:44] Johnny Depp did not like being labeled as a teen idol. During the series, Depp made his way into tabloids. In one instance, he got into an altercation with a security guard, spit in his face and was arrested. [00:19:00] As the series went on, his bad attitude towards the show started showing. His biography says that it was rumored that one day on set when in a bad mood, he set his underwear on fire. He even trashed his trailer. Watch Johnny Depp talk for a few minutes about how he felt working in a television series and how he tried to get fired from the show. I’ll post the link on triviarewind.com.

[00:19:27] After four seasons, Depp was released from his contract. When it was all said and done, Depp had 57 episodes in the books and a negative reply about what it was like to work on a television series. He called it quote, “Assembly-line stuff that to me was borderline fascist.” After Johnny Depp left the series, 21 Jump Street aired for a fifth season.

[00:19:53] Question seven. What is the name of the police show from the seventies that focused on two [00:20:00] detectives that had a bright red Ford Gran Torino with two white vector stripes on the sides? The name of that series was Starsky & Hutch. Do you remember their call sign? It was Zebra Three. Actor Paul Michael Glaser had the role of Detective Dave Starsky. Actor David Soul played detective Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson.

[00:20:25] While the show may be known for that car, one of the actors admitted to hating the car. In an article on Telegram.com, Paul Michael Glaser said, “It was a particularly ugly car. It had terrible suspension, terrible acceleration. Excuse me for saying so, it was a Ford, and the idea of a detective driving around in a red car with a white stripe is kind of ridiculous.” In the article Glazer went on to say, “When Aaron Spelling walked us out onto the parking lot and showed us this car, [00:21:00] I said, “What is this?”

[00:21:02] He said, “That’s your car.” And I said, “It looks like a striped tomato and I turned to David and said, I’m going to destroy that thing,” Glazer recalled. “It was good to have something on the set that you could take your frustrations out on.” Well, do you want to know what happened to that car? In a GQ Magazine article, it says the Gran Torino continued rolling out of Ford’s factory gates until 1976 though its chassis was used on other Fords, including the Thunderbird, until the end of the decade. In its final year, Ford produced  1000 Starsky & Hutch replica cars. All of them were two door coupes, but could be had with any of the available (at this point all V8) engines. The red used on the TV car had been discontinued but was brought back for the special edition, though Ford painted each car white [00:22:00] first before masking the iconic stripe off and spraying the rest in its distinctive crimson. It was a color scheme as iconic as any in TV history.” In 2014, a 1976 Ford Gran Torino that was claimed to have been one of the original cars used in the filming of the show, sold at an auction for $40,000. In Street Muscle Magazine’s list of The Top 50 TV Cars of All Time, the car from Starsky & Hutch came in fourth place.

[00:22:34] Question eight. What is the name of the police series that first aired in 1984 and had a huge influence on men’s fashion, such as making wearing a t-shirt under a pastel sports coat fashionable? Well, that show was Miami Vice. Miami Vice centered around the Miami Dade Police Department’s main characters, Sonny Crockett played by actor Don Johnson and [00:23:00] Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs played by actor Philip Michael Thomas. This was one of the most expensive shows to produce at the time. Before getting the Miami Vice title, the show was once going to be called Gold Coast.

[00:23:15] We all know that fashion was a huge part of this show. An article in Time says, “On a typical episode, Crockett and Tubbs wear from five to eight different outfits, always in shades of pink, blue, green, peach, fuchsia and the shows other approved colors from such chic designers as Vittorio Ricci, Gianni Versace, and Hugo Boss. The concept of the show is to be on top of all the latest fashion trends in Europe says costume designer, Bambi Breakstone who had just left for a trip to Milan, Paris and London to pick outfits for the coming season.”

[00:23:56] Thanks to the show, the sales of Ray-Ban shades skyrocketed [00:24:00] when fans saw Don Johnson wearing them. The company After Six Formal Wear even created a line of what they named Miami Vice dinner jackets. And all of the sudden it was fashionable for men not to wear socks with their shoes. Some didn’t think the show went that deep and focused more on the flashy. In the Time article it says, “Not everyone is so enthusiastic about the direction Miami Vice is taking TV. Miami Vice is a cop show. Very well done and stylish, but still a cop show, says Bruce Paltrow, the executive producer of St. Elsewhere. It’s hip and glib but not very deep.” For a minute I forgot we were even talking about cop shows.

[00:24:49] Question nine. What is the name of the short-lived police series that debuted in 1987 and starred actor Pat Morita? [00:25:00] That show was Ohara. Pat Morita had the role of Lieutenant Ohara. Ohara was one of the first television series to have a Japanese-American actor in the leading role. Pat Morita was actually one of the creators of this series that only ran for two seasons. Just three years prior to this, fans everywhere grew to love Pat Morita in his Mr. Miyagi role in the Karate Kid movie. He won an Oscar for that role. According to Internet Movie Database, in Brazil, the series was titled Karate Kid Ohara, taking advantage of the success of Pat Morita in the 1984 movie. Due to declining ratings, Ohara was canceled after its second season.

[00:25:46] And question 10. This crime drama first aired in 1971 and the homicide detective’s catchphrase was “Just one more thing.” What was the name of the show? [00:26:00] That show was Columbo. Actor Peter Falk had the role of Lieutenant Columbo a role for which he won four Emmy Awards. His character was known for his khaki colored raincoat and his cigar smoking. Remember he never had a match and was always asking for a light for his cigar? A New York Times article comments on his look saying, “In his portrayal, Mr. Falk has created a true everyman character in the sense that every man is a bit of a schlump — an antihero who is also anti chic, even if he went to a lot of trouble to look as if he didn’t care about his appearance.” The Times article even did some digging to find out whose idea it was for that coat. They say, “According to a spokeswoman for the show, the famous raincoat was purchased in Manhattan by Mr. Falk himself who misread the [00:27:00] original script which called for an overcoat. Mr. Falk also wore his own suits, ties and shoes in the early episodes, proving himself a highly cost-effective actor.”

[00:27:14] You may have noticed that actor Peter Falk looks like he’s squinting with one of his eyes. It’s one of his trademark looks. Well when he was three years old, his right eye was surgically removed due to Retinoblastoma. In a Cigar Aficionado Magazine interview, Falk shares one funny memory about his glass eye. He says, “I remember once in high school, the umpire called me out at third base when I was sure I was safe. I got so mad I took out my glass eye, handed it to him and said, try this. I got such a laugh you wouldn’t believe.” Prior to the first season, there were two pilot episodes of Columbo. On September 15th, 1971 [00:28:00] the first episode of season one debuted and it was directed by none other than Steven Spielberg. This episode titled Murder by the Book was ranked number 16 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes Of All Time. The series ran for 10 seasons. In 2006, Peter Falk released his autobiography aptly titled Just One More Thing: Stories From My Life. Faulk died on June 23rd, 2011 at the age of 83.

[00:28:33] Today was a fun look back at 10 classic TV cop shows. There were so many other great cop shows over the years I’m sorry we couldn’t include them all today. Lately police brutality has been on the front page of major newspapers everywhere. Many feel that what is depicted in police shows do not reflect reality. According to a 2020 article in Variety, [00:29:00] “CBS Television Studios has signed an exclusive agreement with law enforcement and public safety advisory group 21CP Solutions to consult with the writing staffs of CBS crime procedurals and legal dramas, Variety has learned exclusively.

[00:29:17] The move comes in the wake of national protests against police brutality, and in Hollywood, discussions about entertainment’s role in how law enforcement is perceived by the public.” The article goes on to say “R. Scott Gemmill, showrunner and executive producer of NCIS: Los Angeles says he is very excited about the CBS 21CP Alliance. Having an audience of millions of viewers each week comes with a great deal of responsibility, he said. This new partnership will help us ensure that our storytelling continues to produce accurate portrayals of law enforcement and will hopefully allow us to play a small part in the ongoing reform [00:30:00] moving forward.”

[00:30:01] Well, do you feel that the cop shows of this day and age reflect reality? If you’d like to dig deeper into this matter, in 2020, the Norman Lear Center at USC released a report titled, The Dangerous Misrepresentations that Define Television’s Scripted Crime Genre: A Comprehensive Study of How Television’s Most Popular Genre Excludes Writers of Color, Miseducates People About the Criminal Justice System and makes Racial Injustice Acceptable. I will post a link to this report on triviarewind.com.

[00:30:37] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. Thanks for taking the time to listen and support this podcast. Visit Trivia Rewind on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. All the links mentioned in this episode can be found at triviarewind.com. Have a great day and as Sergeant Phil Esterhaus would say, “Let’s be careful out there.” [00:31:00] And as Columbo would say, “Just one more thing,” come back for more Trivia Rewind. . .

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TV Reruns – 1950s – 1990s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

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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.

[00:09:29] You can also visit Trivia Rewind on Twitter and at triviarewind.com. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind. [00:10:00]

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

Trivia Rewind Episode – 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.

Debi Jenkins 0:54
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.”

Debi Jenkins 1:46
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.

Debi Jenkins 2:49
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.

Debi Jenkins 4:31
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.”

Debi Jenkins 6:24
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.

Debi Jenkins 10:35
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.

Debi Jenkins 11:44
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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