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It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1970s TV Show Trivia

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

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

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

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SPOILER ALERT! Trivia Rewind – 1970s TV Show Trivia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1980s TV

I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s and still remember being sprawled out on the green shag carpet of our family room watching TV show after TV show. We had one TV in the house. Yes, just one. Today it seems like every room in the house has a TV and since your smart phone can double as one, you can even watch TV while you’re sitting on the toilet! Wow have the times changed.

In the next episode of Trivia Rewind it’s all about the great shows of the 1980s. It’s always hard selecting just ten shows for the episode. I’m sure there’s always someone out there that wonders why I didn’t select this show or that show but hey, it’s my podcast. But really, I’d love your input on shows you’d like to see on future episodes that I’ll do about the 1980s. So be sure and visit our Contact page and let me know what you’d like to see on an upcoming episode of Trivia Rewind.

On Sunday when I drop the next episode, you’ll be able to find out what ten shows are on my list. Here’s a hint. We’ll talk about an alien that drinks alcohol. Now don’t go and Google it because you’ll want to wait until the episode to find that answer out!

Looking forward to hearing what shows from the 1980s were your favorites! And please subscribe to Trivia Rewind wherever you listen to podcasts. You won’t want to miss one episode!

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About Debi

It all started on the green shag carpet in front of her family’s one television set. No cable. No remote.

Debi grew up with a love for TV and entertainment. As a kid she dreamed of one day being in the movie or TV business. In the days before there were home computer of iPhones, Debi could only dream up in her mind what she wanted to do. She grew up and attended Baylor University and majored in Radio/TV/Film.

After Graduation

  • Debi worked on the PBS television series Wishbone. She came up with the tagline “Follow My Lead. Read!” Which came out on posters nationwide.
  • Debi was the About.com Guide to Classic TV and her site was mentioned in the National Enquirer as a top Classic TV Website.
  • Debi is the author of three TV and movie themed trivia books.
  • Debi is the creator and host of the Trivia Rewind Podcast.