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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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The Brady Bunch

If I say the words Groovy and 1970s, what television show comes to mind?  The Brady Bunch of course. I was born in the early 70s and this was one of my favorite shows growing up.

The Brady Bunch was created by Sherwood Schwartz, known for creating shows like Gilligan’s Island.  So how’d he come up with the idea for The Brady Bunch?  A New York Post article lets us in on the story.  They say, “In 1966, he happened across a newspaper article stating that 29 percent of families now included a child from a previous marriage. The stat got Schwartz, who had created 1964’s ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ thinking. He began crafting a show about a blended family that would serve as a parable for his personal belief that different people could always learn to live together.”  When he shopped the idea around, networks weren’t really crazy about it and it was shelved. Then, in 1968 along came a Lucille Ball film called Yours, Mine and Ours, a film about a blended family.  The ABC network called Sherwood Schwartz and gave him the go ahead for The Brady Bunch and the rest is history.  

The Brady Bunch premiered on the ABC network on September 26, 1969. The show could be seen on Fridays during its five season run.  It may be hard to believe but when the show was in its first run, it didn’t get the greatest reviews and it wasn’t even nominated for any awards.  The series ended on March 4, 1974 after 117 episodes.  In September of 1975, the series went into syndication and that propelled it into a new found popularity. Between 2003 and 2007, the show was both nominated for and won several TV Land Awards in various categories. 

One thing that makes The Brady Bunch so iconic is that opening theme song.  Who could forget all the character’s faces in a checkerboard grid looking around at each other.  That was called a Multi-Dynamic Image Technique, a technique created by Canadian filmmaker Christopher Chapman. Some have referred to this as the “Brady Bunch Effect”.  This opening was so popular that in a 2010 issue of TV Guide, the show’s opening title sequence ranked number eight on a list of TV’s Top-10 Credits Sequences, as selected by readers.  The theme song lyrics were written by show creator Sherwood Schwartz.  The opening musical sequence for the pilot was performed by The Peppermint Trolley Company. Then, a trio of session singers sang the theme for the rest of the first season. When the second season rolled around, the Brady kids took on the theme for the rest of the show’s run. 

Another recognized part of the show was the house seen in exterior shots. The house was built in 1959 and is located in Studio City, California.  One reason show creator Sherwood Schartz chose this house was he thought it looked like the kind of home an architect would live in. (Remember, Mike Brady was an architect)

In 2018, the Brady house hit the market and HGTV purchased the home for what would become their original series A Very Brady Renovation. The HGTV show aired in September of 2019 coinciding with The Brady Bunch’s 50th anniversary.   

When The Brady Bunch was made, the interior shots were not filmed in that house we see in the exterior photos. (As a kid, I never liked hearing that. I wanted to believe that house really was where they were filming the show.) Interior shots were filmed on a soundstage.  When HGTV bought the home, they did a complete renovation on it to make the interior look like what we all pictured it to look like based on what we saw on the show. All six of the Brady kids were part of this HGTV series and it was really quite cool to watch.  It really made for a special reunion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show.

So were you a fan of the Brady Bunch?  In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I have 15 trivia questions for you that span the five seasons of the series.  After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers plus some fun facts about the stars of the show.

Find out which actor was about to be written out of the show because he couldn’t get along with the producers. Find out which child star’s parents hated The Brady Bunch. Plus, find out about some hair drama that took place with more than one of the stars!

During the episode, I mention some things that I send you here to find. Those items are:

  1. Maureen McCormick in one of the commercials she did
  2. Christopher Knight’s Furniture Products
  3. The Brady Kids singing “Sunshine Day”

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Trivia Rewind Episode 40 – The Brady Bunch

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. If I say the words groovy and 1970s, what television show comes to mind? The Brady Bunch of course. That’s the topic of this episode of Trivia Rewind. The Brady Bunch was created by Sherwood Schwartz known for creating shows like Gilligan’s Island.

[00:00:40] So how’d he come up with the idea for the Brady Bunch? A New York Post article lets us in on the story. They say, “In 1966, he happened across a newspaper article stating that 29% of families now included a child from a previous marriage. That stat [00:01:00] got Schwartz who had created 1964’s Gilligan’s Island thinking. He began crafting a show about a blended family that would serve as a parable for his personal belief that different people would always learn to live together.”

[00:01:15] When he shopped the idea around, networks weren’t really crazy about it and it was shelved. Then in 1968 along came a Lucille Ball film called Yours, Mine and Ours, a film about a blended family. The ABC network called Sherwood Schwartz and gave him the go-ahead for the Brady Bunch and the rest is history. The Brady Bunch premiered on the ABC network on September 26th, 1969. The show could be seen on Fridays during its five season run. It may be hard to believe, but when the show was in its first run, it didn’t get the greatest reviews and it wasn’t even nominated for [00:02:00] any awards.

[00:02:01] The series ended on March 4th, 1974 after 117 episodes. In September of 1975, the series went into syndication and that propelled it into a new found popularity. Between 2003 in 2007, the show was both nominated for and won several TV Land Awards in various categories. One thing that makes the Brady Bunch so iconic is that opening theme song. Who could forget all the characters faces in a checkerboard grid, looking around at each other?

[00:02:38] That was called a Multi Dynamic Image Technique, a technique created by Canadian filmmaker, Christopher Chapman. Some have referred to this as The Brady Bunch Effect. This opening was so popular that in a 2010 issue of TV Guide the show’s opening title sequence ranked number eight on a list of [00:03:00] TV’s Top 10 Credit Sequences as Selected by Readers.

[00:03:04] The theme song lyrics were written by show creator Sherwood Schwartz. The version for the pilot was performed by The Peppermint Trolley Company. A trio of session singers sang the theme song for the rest of the first season. When the second season rolled around the Brady kids took on the theme for the rest of the show’s run.

[00:03:26] Another recognized part of the show was the house seen in exterior shots. The house was built in 1959 and is located in Studio City, California. One reason show creator Sherwood Schwartz chose this house was he thought it looked like the kind of home an architect would live in. Remember, Mike Brady was an architect.

[00:03:48] In 2018, The Brady Bunch house hit the market and HGTV purchased the home for what would become their original series, A Very Brady Renovation. The [00:04:00] show aired in September of 2019 coinciding with The Brady Bunch’s 50th anniversary. When The Brady Bunch was made, the interior shots were not filmed in that house we see in the exterior photos, they were filmed on a soundstage. When HDTV bought the home, they did a complete renovation on it to make the interior look like what we all pictured it to look like based on what we saw on the show. All six of the Brady kids were part of this HDTV series and it was really quite cool to watch.

[00:04:33] It really made a special reunion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show. So were you a fan of The Brady Bunch? In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I have 15 trivia questions for you that span the five seasons of the series. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers plus some fun facts. Are you ready to get started?

[00:04:59] Here’s [00:05:00] question one. In season one, which Brady kid nominated their father for the Father of the Year Award?

[00:05:10] Question two. In season one, Cindy’s doll Kitty Karry-All goes missing. Who does she discover the culprit is that took her doll?

[00:05:22] Question three. In season two, what does Alice win after entering a contest?

[00:05:31] Question four. In season two, which Brady breaks Carol’s vase?

[00:05:40] Question five. In season two, which Brady sister wore a wig to a party only to be laughed at?

[00:05:51] Question six. In season two, which Brady is upset because they are the only person in the family to have [00:06:00] never won a first place trophy?

[00:06:04] Question seven. In season three, Marsha is the president of her school’s fan club for what musician?

[00:06:14] Question eight. In season three, what character said the line “pork chops and apple sauce?”

[00:06:24] Question nine. In season four, what happens that causes Marsha’s nose to get bruised and swollen?

[00:06:34] Question 10. In season five, Bobby tells his friends that he knows which football star?

[00:06:43] Question 11. In season five what does Bobby save Peter from in their backyard?

[00:06:52] Question 12. In season four, the Brady kids enter a talent contest. [00:07:00] What do they call their group?

[00:07:03] Question 13. In season five after thinking she has no talents, what does Jan find that she’s actually good at?

[00:07:14] Question 14. In season five, what is the high school mascot that Greg helps steal and then hide in his bedroom?

[00:07:26] Question 15. In the series finale, Bobby sells Neat and Natural Hair Tonic to Greg and it turns Greg’s hair what color?

[00:07:38] Well, those were our 15 questions. Let’s go back. I’ll review them, give you the answers and a whole lot of fun facts. Question one. In season one, which Brady kid nominated their father for the Father of the Year Award?

[00:07:55] Well, that was Marsha. Actress Maureen McCormick played Marcia on the [00:08:00] show and actor Robert Reed played her step-father, Mike Brady. Maureen McCormick got her television start in TV commercials in the 1960s where she appeared in Barbie commercials and Chatty Cathy commercials, just to name a few. I’ll post one of the commercials on triviarewind.com if you want to take a look.

[00:08:20] Before being cast as Marcia, Sherwood Schwartz considered casting her in the role of Jan Brady. However, he ended up changing his mind and giving her the Marsha role on The Brady Bunch. The Father of the Year episode was one of Maureen McCormick’s favorite episodes. In a New York Post article, she said, “I always looked up to Bob as a father figure and my father was just such an important part of my life. So that meant a lot to me.”

[00:08:48] Actor Robert Reed was not happy in his Mike Brady role. In the book, Brady Brady Brady, the Complete Story of The Brady Bunch as Told by the Father Son Team Who Really Know, written [00:09:00] by Sherwood Schwartz and his son Lloyd Schwartz,

[00:09:02] it was mentioned that Robert Reed was reluctant to even be in the series. In the book, Sherwood Schwartz said, “He objected to just about everything. Bob saved his anger and resentment for me and my son Lloyd, who was the Producer of the series. We both shared the brunt of Bob’s constant anger and resentment for as long as we worked with him.” While Robert Reed didn’t get along so great with Sherwood and Lloyd Schwartz, he did love the kids and they loved him, according to Sherwood Schwartz.

[00:09:34] When I hear stories like this, I often wonder why actors take roles like this in the first place. Surely he had read the script before agreeing to be Mike Brady. Well, I’ve read that he only expected the show to last half a season and I’m sure in his mind, he thought he could stick it out for a small amount of time.

[00:09:52] However, it went well past half a season. Things got so bad that he was written out of the script for the [00:10:00] season five finale. If the show had been renewed for a sixth season, Lloyd Schwartz said that they would have written Robert Reed out of the show. The kids have nothing but good things to say about their TV dad though.

[00:10:14] Robert Reed died in 1992 after being diagnosed with colon cancer. Robert Reed’s biographer, Ted Nicholson said that in 1991, Robert Reed was diagnosed with colon cancer and being HIV positive, attributed to his early death.

[00:10:32] Question Two. In season one, Cindy’s doll, Kitty Karry-All goes missing. Who does she discover the culprit is that took her doll? Their dog Tiger took the doll. Actress Susan Olsen played the role of Cindy on the show. Who could forget that cute little curly haired blonde girl. She was one of the very first actors to be cast for the show. A New York Post article says “Susan Olsen was [00:11:00] chosen out of 454 hopefuls Schwartz personally interviewed to play youngest daughter, Cindy.

[00:11:07] She won the part because of her charming lisp that had her pronouncing “horse” as “horth” in her audition.” In a different New York Post article, Susan Olsen talks about how the show influenced her career. She said, “The whole attitude was, Oh, you were on that show? Like, as if I had written it. It just wasn’t taken seriously. It was totally disrespected and as a result, we were disrespected.” In an interview for “Oprah: Where are They Now” Susan credits her good parents and her strong family foundation for getting her through the child star phase. Like many child stars, she had her ups and downs with drug addiction, but she came out on top.

[00:11:51] After her time in acting, Susan Olsen went on to become a graphic designer. She’s also an artist and at one point around [00:12:00] 2011, had a curated collection of art designed with Marshmallow Fluff. That sounds like a pretty cool thing to see. In 2005, VH1 released their list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars of Television and Film and Susan Olsen ranked number 34.

[00:12:20] If you’re interested in hearing the backstory on the Brady’s dog Tiger, check out my recent Trivia Rewind episode, titled Famous TV Pets. You’ll find out about Tiger’s tragic death on the studio back lot.

[00:12:36] Question three. In season two, what does Alice win after entering a contest? Well, Alice wins a stereo system.

[00:12:47] The character Alice is portrayed by actress Ann B. Davis. Ann grew up in the Northeast and had a twin sister. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann first majored in pre-med [00:13:00] with aspirations of being a doctor. But after seeing her brother perform in the musical Oklahoma! She switched her major to drama.

[00:13:09] She had rolls and film, television, and on stage. She even had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame years before The Brady Bunch. While we may know her most for her role as Alice, Ann B. Davis had previously won two Emmy Awards for her role on The Bob Cummings Show. Did you know that Ann B. Davis was only one of three to appear on every single episode of The Brady Bunch?

[00:13:35] After The Brady Bunch was over, Ann moved from Los Angeles to Denver. Once in Denver, she joined an Episcopal community and devoted much of her time to her religion. Ann B. Davis died on June 1st, 2014 and received a standing ovation at her own funeral. A Morning Call article talks about her Memorial service, where Lloyd Schwartz says, [00:14:00] “Dad didn’t create Alice. She was Ann B’s own creation,” he said. “He just wanted a funny housekeeper, but he got a whole lot more. America got a whole lot more. I got a lot more. I got a lifetime friend.” In the article, William Frey, retired Episcopal Bishop and friend of Ann B. Davis talked about Ann’s faith and how her pastor in Hollywood expanded her faith and she started paying more attention to the Bible.

[00:14:29] The article said “She accompanied Frey for a few years on his visitations to do ministry in hospitals and other settings, including churches, where members stopped her for autographs. Her rule was she’d only sign her name on church bulletins. If people wanted to show the autograph off, they had to admit they’d been to church.”

[00:14:52] Davis was never married because she never found a man who was more interesting than her career. She told the Chicago Sun [00:15:00] Times, “By the time I started to get interested in finding someone, all the good ones were taken.”

[00:15:07] Question four. In season two, which Brady breaks Carol’s vase? Well, that person was Peter. Actor Christopher Knight played Peter Brady. In an interview for Oprah: Where Are They Now? Knight revealed that his family hated The Brady Bunch. He said his parents believed that real actors didn’t do television and that television was just a place you had to go to earn money because real actors worked on stage.

[00:15:37] He said his family was financially unstable and when he took on the role of Peter Brady at the age of 10, he became the breadwinner for the family.

[00:15:47] Florence Henderson played Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch. Florence Henderson was the youngest of 10 children so being mom to six on The Brady Bunch probably looked like a piece of cake.

[00:15:59] Florence [00:16:00] Henderson’s father was a tobacco sharecropper and by the age of eight, she was helping her father in the fields. At two years old, she could sing. The Brady Bunch came along and soon Florence Henderson would be known as everyone’s favorite TV mom. According to deardoctor.com “When Henderson took the role in 1969, she wanted to make Carol a bit more realistic, begging the studio to let the character have a job. But her request was refused.” Yes, that was probably very unrealistic in the seventies to expect normal moms to have a live-in maid. Moms everywhere probably wondered what they had to do to get a live-in maid like Carol Brady had. Florence Henderson was only one of three people to appear on every single episode of The Brady Bunch.

[00:16:50] In an article with Fox, Susan Olsen discusses Florence Henderson and says, “She not only got along well with the cast members, but everyone on the [00:17:00] set- electricians, makeup, everyone was a respected team member and one of her goals was to get everyone home to their families as soon as possible.” Over her career, Florence Henderson not only shined on television, she had a successful Broadway career and had some film roles as well.

[00:17:19] She was also widely recognized as the spokeswoman for Wesson Cooking Oil between the years of 1974 to 1996. The article in deardoctor.com says “Florence attributes much of her success to hard work and lessons from her childhood. From her mother, she learned how to be a survivor and from her father, well, the faith he instilled in her, plus his words of wisdom that still guide her today. Joseph Henderson taught all of his children that a person’s character and reputation can never be taken away but rather you give that away.”

[00:17:55] On Thanksgiving day in 2016, Florence Henderson died of a heart [00:18:00] attack. The death was completely unexpected and a shock to everyone as she had not been sick. Just a few days prior, she was at a Dancing With the Stars taping, where she cheered on her TV daughter Maureen McCormick, a contestant on the show.

[00:18:16] Question five. In season two, which Brady sister wore a wig to a party only to be laughed at? That person was Jan. The role of Jan was played by actress Eve Plumb. Actress Eve Plumb started her career at age six, acting in commercials and on television. In The Brady Bunch, she played the character that will be forever known as the sister that said Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

[00:18:44] Sound Clip: [00:18:44] All I hear all day long at school is how great Marsha is at this or how wonderful Marsha did that. Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.

[00:18:52] Debi Jenkins: [00:18:52] In an interview with The New York Post, Eve Plumb credit’s a Saturday Night Live skit for making that line become a viral [00:19:00] catchphrase for the show. While that line from The Brady Bunch is so iconic, did you know that it was only said one time during the series run? That line was said in season three, episode 10 in the episode titled My Sister’s Shadow.

[00:19:17] And here’s something you don’t hear every day. At the age of 11 Eve Plumb, with the help of her parents, bought her first home, an ocean front property in Malibu, California. And talk about a good investment. When she purchased the house in 1969, it was just over $55,000. In 2016, she sold it for $3.9 million.

[00:19:44] Question six. In season two, which Brady is upset because they are the only person in the family to have never won a first place trophy? That person was Bobby. Actor Mike Lookinland had [00:20:00] the role of Bobby Brady on the series. Before landing his role on The Brady Bunch, Mike appeared in various television commercials. Lookinland as a huge fan of The Grateful Dead and has been to over 100 of their concerts. In an interview with Convention Junkies, Lookinland said that the very Brady renovation on HGTV was by far his favorite reunion show that he’s ever done. He commented that way back in the day, they were worked hard and not paid well, but with HGTV, it was the opposite. He said they were treated like royalty.

[00:20:38] So what’s he up to now? Well, Mike Lookinland runs a company that makes decorative concrete. Thanks to all the publicity from his appearance on HGTV, he said business is booming.

[00:20:51] Question seven. In season three, Marsha is the president of her school’s fan club for what musician? [00:21:00] That was Davy Jones. In 1997, this episode titled Getting Davy Jones was ranked number 37 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. Over the years, Maureen McCormick had roles on many television shows. She even made her Broadway debut in Grease in 1994. In 2008, she released an autobiography titled Here’s The Story, Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice. The book made it to the number four spot on the New York Times Bestseller List.

[00:21:39] In the book, she revealed her addiction to drugs and how she turned her life around. In a Us Weekly article, she credits her parents and her now husband Michael Cummings for helping her get clean. In the article, she also gives advice to those suffering with addiction and says, “I recommend anyone who’s struggling is to throw [00:22:00] that phone book out and do not, do not hang out with anyone who’s using”, she said. “I had to literally say goodbye to so many people that I was hanging out with.” Her addiction even interfered with one audition that could have resulted in a role in one of Steven Spielberg’s films.

[00:22:18] A Fox article mentions how she reportedly turned up to an audition for Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, completely messed up after being awake for several days on drugs. “If there was coke, I had to stay up and do every last flake even if it meant going without sleep for days,” she wrote. “Nothing else mattered.” It is so great to see the Maureen McCormick has turned her life around and can offer a message of hope to people suffering with addictions.

[00:22:47] In March of 2021, McCormick will have been married to her husband Michael Cummings for 36 years.

[00:22:55] Question eight. In season three, what character said “Pork chops and apple sauce?” . Well, [00:23:00] that was Peter Brady. Actor Christopher Knight had the role of Peter Brady. In addition to Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, this is one of the most remembered lines said by the one of the kids in The Brady Bunch. In an article with Forbes Magazine, Christopher Knight says, “I’m asked to say it once a month or twice a month,”

[00:23:19] he admits. “As I’ve gotten older, I think it’s become a little less comfortable for individuals to ask a 60 year old man to say pork chops and apple sauce. But when I was younger, it would be requested of me quite frequently.”

[00:23:33] Question nine. In season four, what happens that causes Marcia’s nose to get bruised swollen? Well, Peter’s football accidentally gets thrown at Marsha’s nose. That sounds pretty painful. According to MeTV, “When Christopher Knight couldn’t throw the football at the target, producer Lloyd Schwartz said he stepped in and threw a perfect spiral, right at Maureen McCormick’s [00:24:00] nose.” So, what has Maureen McCormick been up to in recent years?

[00:24:04] In 2016, it was announced that she would be one of the celebrity dancers on the 23rd season of Dancing With the Stars. She and her dance partner came in eighth place. Just this year, McCormick has a new show on Discovery+. Designer Dan Vickery and Maureen McCormick overhaul homes stuck in a time warp.

[00:24:24] According to HGTV, “Dan brings the structure up to date while Maureen decorates with decade specific pieces to give the homes a refreshed, look with a nod to their original era.”

[00:24:38] Question 10. In season five, Bobby tells his friends that he knows which football star? Well, that football star was Joe Namath.

[00:24:50] If you can remember that episode, it was titled Mail Order Hero. In one scene, we see Bobby in bed dreaming of playing football in his backyard with Joe [00:25:00] Namath. Joe Namath throws him a strong pass, one that he catches for a touchdown. Well, back in the seventies, Joe Namath was quite famous and episode director Bruce Billson knew he couldn’t pull one over on football fans.

[00:25:15] So he had to make the throw look realistic. But how was he going to do that on a stage that was way too small for a Joe Namath pass? In an interview with The Archive of American Television, Bruce Billson said “There was not enough room. So I sent the prop man way up in the rafters and I said, throw it to him. Namath did as directed, chucking the football with full force skyward.” In an article with Fox, Susan Olsen shared a funny story that took place when filming this particular episode. She said, “When Joe Namath was our guest star, we were filming the scene where he says goodbye to the Brady family. In one take, Florence threw her arms around him [00:26:00] and shouted, Joe, please take me away. I’m so sick of these kids. Joe didn’t miss a beat. He picked her up and carried her off screen.”

[00:26:10] Question 11. In season five, what does Bobby saved Peter from in their back yard? Well, he saved him from a falling ladder. So what is Christopher Knight, the actor that played Peter up to nowadays? Well, he is the successful business owner of Christopher Knight Home.

[00:26:31] According to his business website, “Christopher stays closely connected to his brands by converging his interests in business with his life as an actor and celebrity. In November of 2012, this purposeful effort took shape as Christopher Knight Home, Christopher’s introduction to the world of his online furniture brand. Over the past eight years, Christopher Knight Home has grown into a leader in online sales of indoor and [00:27:00] outdoor home furnishings.” You can find his products at places like Target and Amazon. Visit triviarewind.com for a link to his website, where you can find out more about his products.

[00:27:12] Question 12. In season four, the Brady kids enter a talent contest. What name do they call their group? They call their group the Silver Platters. How’d they come up with that name? Well, for several months, the kids had saved up to buy their parents, a silver platter for their parents as an anniversary gift. Jan, without telling her siblings takes the silver platter to get it engraved and misreads the price. In order to pay for it, she enters them into a talent contest, hoping they can win the $100 prize. So the Silver Platters turns out to be the perfect name for this little scenario they’re dealing with.

[00:27:56] When they auditioned for the talent show the kids sang [00:28:00] Sunshine Day. I mean, who didn’t love that song? If you want to hear it over again, I’ll post a link to it on triviarewind.com. And yes, those Brady kids did sing.

[00:28:11] Over the years, a few different albums were made by the Brady kids. Their debut album came out in 1970 and was called Merry Christmas from The Brady Bunch. Their second album was released in the spring of 1972 and titled Meet the Brady Bunch. Album number three was called Kids From The Brady Bunch and it came out in the winter of 1972.

[00:28:35] A compilation album came out in 1993 and was called It’s a Sunshine Day, The Best of The Brady Bunch. Their fourth and final album came out in 1973 and was titled The Brady Bunch Phonographic Album. Eve Plumb, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick and Barry Williams all dabbled in music without the group.

[00:28:59] Currently [00:29:00] Barry Williams, AKA Greg Brady lives in Branson, Missouri, and has his own musical group, Barry Williams and the Traveliers. Previously, he produced and wrote a live variety musical show called Seventies Music celebration, starring Barry Williams, which ran for six years in Branson, Missouri.

[00:29:21] Question 13. In season five, after thinking she has no talents, what does Jan find that she’s actually good at? Well, she found out she was good at painting. And how ironic, because in real life, Eve Plumb is an accomplished artist. Her work can be found at various galleries across the United States.

[00:29:44] According to her website, eveplumb.tv, she works out of her home and studio in New York City. For the HGTV special, A Very Brady Renovation, Eve Plumb painted a replica of one of the pieces of art found on the wall in the [00:30:00] girl’s bedroom on The Brady Bunch. When finished, she signed the painting Jan B.

[00:30:06] And Eve Plumb should also be flattered that Eve’s Plumb, a New York grunge band named their band after her. According to bandnamesexplained.com, “The actual source of inspiration is from tame television series The Brady Bunch. In this series, the role of Jan is played by Eve Plumb. One of the band members is said to have been in Eve’s circle of friends.”

[00:30:33] Question 14. In season five, what is the high school mascot that Greg helped steal and then hide in his bedroom? Well, that was a goat named Raquel. Actor Barry Williams had the role of Greg Brady. In a New York Post article, he discusses what his favorite episode is. He said, “When we went to Hawaii for the trilogy episode, Hawaii bound. [00:31:00] The only thing I’ve been longer than a Brady is a surfer. I had to talk them into letting me do my own surfing. That was an extraordinary teenage experience, which has become a lifetime memory.”

[00:31:13] It’s also probably well-known that Barry Williams was romantically interested in co-star Maureen McCormick. TV brother Christopher Knight addressed this topic in a Forbes Magazine article. The article says, “The middle brother also found himself caught in the middle of a budding romance between Williams and McCormick. Knight would spend another hour or two a day with McCormick in the car since his mom drove them both to the set. Most of those conversations were about what Barry had said that he wanted Maureen to hear or she was telling me that I needed to tell Barry, Knight reminisces. Barry was doing whatever he could to get Maureen’s attention.”

[00:31:53] In his memoir Growing Up Brady, Barry Williams admits to also having a crush on his TV [00:32:00] mom, Florence Henderson. They even went on a little date with Barry’s brother driving the two. However, the rumors that they were romantically involved were completely fabricated. An Outsider article says, “The whole thing with Barry got blown way out of proportion. Henderson wrote on her website, I guess, in a sense it was a date because Barry thought it was, but of course I had no idea that his intentions were to date me. It has made for a good story though.”

[00:32:31] In 1989, Barry Williams was honored with The former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th Youth in Film Awards.

[00:32:41] And question 15. In the series finale, Bobby sells Neat and Natural Hair Tonic to Greg and it turns Greg’s hair what color? Well, it turned Greg’s hair bright orange. How ironic that in this episode they have Bobby [00:33:00] be the one to sell the hair tonic. Mike Lookinland, the actor that played Bobby had a hair color that didn’t match the hair of his TV brothers. So the production team died and straightened his hair for the show. It wasn’t until the last two seasons of the show that they allowed his natural hair color to show.

[00:33:19] Interestingly enough, Susan Olsen also had her hair colored. According to mentalfloss.com, “they ordered eight year old Olsen’s hair to be bleached regularly to give her that adorable toe head look. When her hair began falling out in clumps during the second season, a tearful Susan complained to Sherwood Schwartz who immediately ordered the staff to leave Cindy’s hair alone.” And more hair drama. According to mentalfloss.com Florence Henderson “was forced to wear a wig during the first season because her own hair had been cropped short when she co-starred in an off-Broadway revival of South Pacific.”

[00:34:00] [00:33:59] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. That was a lot of Brady. I hope you enjoyed it. If you’re interested in keeping up with the actors that played the kids on the show, most have a strong social media presence. Just yesterday, I saw a Maureen McCormick post an Instagram photo where she was having dinner with a few of her Brady’s siblings.

[00:34:23] Well, thanks for listening to this episode. You can find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Visit triviarewind.com to find links mentioned in the series as well as transcripts for each episode. I’ll be back next time with another episode of Trivia Rewind. [00:35:00]

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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. 

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 36 – Cartoons of the 80s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[00:05:31] His bear’s name is Pooky.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Mandalorian

So have you seen the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian yet? I’m sure you’ve seen that cute little guy that everyone is calling Baby Yoda. You don’t have to be an avid fan of the Star Wars franchise to enjoy this new series.  On November 12, 2019, when the Disney+ streaming service launched, the first season of The Mandalorian was released. This hit series is based on the Star Wars franchise.  The second season of The Mandalorian premiered on October 30, 2020 and a 3rd season is now in the works. 

So how did Disney end up creating this new edition to the Star Wars franchise? George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars sold his LucasFilm production company to Disney in 2012.  He founded LucasFilm in 1971 and this acquisition by Disney was one of the largest entertainment industry acquisitions of the last 30 years. 

In a statement, George Lucas said, “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars series. The story begins five years after the events in the Return of the Jedi film.  In the Star Wars movie series, Mandalorians were never mentioned by name.  However they have been mentioned in books, video games, comics and TV. You’ll find the first mention of the word Mandalorian in the 1983 comic, Star Wars number 68.  

The Mandalorian series was created by none other than Jon Favreau, the director of films like Iron Man,  Elf, and the 2019 Lion King movie just to name a few of his previous projects. I’ve talked about him in some of our previous episodes.

Something cool about The Mandalorian is that groundbreaking LED stage production technology was created for this series.  The motion picture visual effects company ILM -short for Industrial Lights and Magic came up with their new StageCraft technology with the help of Epic Games.

The Mandalorian does not use massive sets or studio backlots for their production. Through this new technology, the locations are brought right to the actors without leaving the studio.  They use a large soundstage with a full ceiling and a 360-degree view.  Twenty foot tall LED video screens create fully digital environments that they use as in-camera sets and backdrops. 

Imagine having a big LED screen backdrop behind you and you can choose whatever location you want. The show doesn’t have to travel off to some location that looks like another universe, they can create it all right in the studio with this new technology.   This series of rear-projected LED screens act as a real-time green screen.  

And how is this for coolness, The Mandalorian’s directors and cinematographer use virtual reality headsets so they can pre-vizualise scenes. Talk about a fun job!  Watching how they do this is really pretty amazing.  Check out this video titled, The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One. It’s so interesting to see how they use this new technology. You can also check out this video titled, Real-Time In-Camera VFX for Next-Gen Filmmaking.

While George Lucas isn’t involved in the Mandalorian series, he has offered technical advice or pointers when asked, said Dave Filoni, who not only is an executive producer but directs some of the episodes. George Lucas has even visited the set during the filming of seasons one and two.  You have to wonder what George Lucas thinks about the series since Star Wars was like his baby that he conceived decades ago.  Wonder what he thinks when he watches the Mandalorain from the point of view of a viewer, not a creator or director of the series?  According to Dave Filoni, Lucas didn’t give a whole lot of feedback about season one. In an article with the Hollywood Reporter, Filoni says “I think he’s enjoyed the show, and he said once [that] now he gets to watch it as a fan and watch it as a viewer.”

In 2020, The Mandalorian was nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards including a nomination for Outstanding Drama series.  

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll give you ten trivia questions about The Mandalorian series.  After I give you the questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers plus fun facts.  Plus, find out what fellow podcaster and avid Mandolorain fan Jeff Hunt, host of the podcast Jeff Needs Help, says is his favorite part of the Mandalorain series.

In our fun facts segment, find out which actor in the series had never even seen one episode of Star Wars when he took his role. Plus, find out which episode caused quite the controversy on Twitter!  These fun facts and more await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind. 

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind! 

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 34  -The Mandalorian

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. So have you seen the Disney+ series The Mandalorian yet? I’m sure you’ve seen that cute little guy that everyone is calling Baby Yoda. You don’t have to be an avid fan of the Star Wars franchise to enjoy this new series. On November 12th, 2019 when the Disney+ streaming service launched, the first season of The Mandalorian was released. This hit series is based on the Star Wars franchise. The second season of the Mandalorian premiered on October 30th, 2020 and a third season is now in the works. So how did Disney end up creating this addition to the Star Wars franchise?

[00:00:58] Well, George [00:01:00] Lucas, the creator of Star Wars sold his LucasFilm production company to Disney in 2012. He founded LucasFilm in 1971 and this acquisition by Disney was one of the largest entertainment industry acquisitions of the last 30 years. In a statement, George Lucas said, “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me. And I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

[00:01:44] The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars series. The story begins five years after the events in The Return of the Jedi film. In the Star Wars movie series, Mandalorians were never mentioned by name. However they have been mentioned in [00:02:00] books, video games, comics, and TV. You’ll find the first mention of the word Mandalorian in the 1983 comic, Star Wars number 68.

[00:02:11] The Mandalorian series was created by none other than Jon Favreau, the director of films like Iron Man, Elf and the 2019 Lion King movie, just to name a few of his previous project. I’ve talked about him in some of our previous episodes. Something cool about the Mandalorian is that groundbreaking LED stage production technology was created for this series. The motion picture visual effects company ILM short for Industrial Lights and Magic came up with their new Stagecraft technology with the help of Epic games.

[00:02:49] The Mandalorian does not use massive sets or studio backlots for their production. Through this new technology, the locations are brought right to the [00:03:00] actors without leaving the studio. They use a large soundstage with a full ceiling and 360 degree view. Twenty foot tall LED video screens create fully digital environments that they use as in-camera sets and backdrops.

[00:03:18] Imagine having a big LED screen backdrop behind you and you can choose whatever location you want. The show doesn’t have to travel off to some location that looks like another universe. They can create it all right in the studio with this new technology. This series of rear projected LED screens act as a real-time green screen.

[00:03:40] And how is this for coolness the Mandalorian’s directors and cinematographer use virtual reality headsets so they can pre-visualize scenes. Talk about a fun job. Watching how they do this is really pretty amazing. If you’d like to get a behind the scenes look at this new virtual [00:04:00] production technology, I’ll post a link to a video on triviarewind.com. It’s pretty cool to see how they do it.

[00:04:07] While George Lucas isn’t involved in The Mandalorian series, he has offered technical advice or pointers when asked, said, Dave Filoni who not only is an executive producer but directs some of the episodes. George Lucas has even visited the set during the filming of seasons one and two. You have to wonder what George Lucas thinks about the series since Star Wars was like his baby that he conceived decades ago. Wonder what he thinks when he watches The Mandalorian from the point of view of a viewer, not a creator or director of the series? According to Dave Filoni Lucas didn’t give a whole lot of feedback about season one. In an article with The Hollywood Reporter, Filoni says, “I think he’s enjoyed the show, and he said, once now he gets to watch it as a fan and watch it as a viewer.

[00:04:58] In 2020, [00:05:00] The Mandalorian was nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, including a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. Recently I asked fellow podcaster and avid Mandalorian fan Jeff Hunt, host of the podcast Jeff Needs Help, what he thinks of The Mandalorian series.

[00:05:19] Here’s what he had to say. “I got to say my favorite thing without a doubt about the Mandalorian series so far has to be just the fact that how many ancillary characters and you know worlds that they’ve, they’ve brought to life. You know, I, I grew up on Star Wars. Most of these things were, were toys or things that were, were, were just in our imagination that we dreamed up of how they would have, how they would have acted, how they would have talked, you know, the battles that they would have had. And they’ve really leaned into that, you know, to see, you know, the Mandalorian actually use a jet pack, you know, to see all these other characters, you know, brought, brought to life on the big [00:06:00] screen after so many years of just the Skywalker universe. It’s just been awesome. And is, it is literally like, um, you know, bringing my childhood imagination to life. And, uh, I, I it’s, it’s one of my favorite series that has ever been made.” It’s so great seeing fans get excited about this new series.

[00:06:21] Now that I’ve given you a little background on this highly acclaimed series, let’s get to the trivia and fun facts. In this episode of Trivia Rewind I’ll give you 10 trivia questions about The Mandalorian series. After I give you the questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers plus fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which actor in the series had never even seen one episode of Star Wars when he took his role. Plus find out which episode caused quite the controversy on Twitter. These fun facts and more await you on this episode of Trivia [00:07:00] rewind. Are you ready for the questions?

[00:07:03] Here’s question one. What is the birth name of the character known as the Mandalorian?

[00:07:12] Question two. In season one, the Mandalorian, a bounty hunter is given a job to collect a 50 year old asset. What is the asset that he is assigned to collect?

[00:07:27] Question three. What is the other name for Mandalorian iron, the material that makes up the armor of the Mandalorian?

[00:07:39] Question four. What is the name of the Mandalorian’s ship?

[00:07:46] Question five. What does The Client say he will give Mando if he brings the 50 year old bounty back alive?

[00:07:58] Question six. [00:08:00] In season two of The Mandalorian, The Child eats some unfertilized eggs out of a container that belong to which character?

[00:08:11] Question seven. What is the real name of The Child?

[00:08:18] Question eight. What is the name of the former MMA fighter that plays ex-Rebel Shock Trooper Cara Dune?

[00:08:30] Question nine. What is the name of the leader of the Bounty Hunter Guild?

[00:08:37] And question 10. In the episode titled Chapter 16: The Rescue, who arrives to take The Child to be trained as a Jedi?

[00:08:50] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and the fun facts. Question one.  What is the birth [00:09:00] name of the character known as the Mandalorian? Well, that is Din Djarin. The Mandalorian’s birth name is not revealed until the season one finale. To most he’s known by his nickname Mando. When creating the Mandalorian character, Jon Favreau, the creator of the series was inspired by Clint Eastwood and his “Man with No Name” character seen in the old  spaghetti western films. While seeing the Mandalorian’s face would be a rarity, the man behind the Mandalorian is actor Pedro Pascal. And let me point out here that the way I’m pronouncing his name is how he said it’s supposed to be pronounced when he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

[00:09:46] To me, I associate him most from his role on the Netflix crime series, Narcos, where he plays DEA agent Javier Pena. He’s also known as Oberyn Martell, [00:10:00] a character from the fourth season on Game of Thrones. At a Star Wars Celebration Chicago event in April of 2019 Pascal talked about what it was like having the lead role.  In a Starwars.com article, they say “Star Wars was an important part of his upbringing and he had trouble putting into words how it feels to be part of the franchise he’s loved for so long. ‘I was shaped by these movies.’ He said, ‘fantasy fulfillment. That’s what it’s like. I imagined that would be the dream of a lot of kids that grew up with the Star Wars franchise.'” The first time we see Pedro Pascal’s face as the Mandalorian is in the final episode of season one.

[00:10:48] Question two. In season one, the Mandalorian, a bounty hunter is given a job to collect a 50 year old asset. What is the asset that he is assigned to [00:11:00] collect? He is to collect a child that looks like a Yoda species. While fans everywhere refer to this character as Baby Yoda, at this point in the series he’s only referred to as The Child. It isn’t until the episode titled Chapter 13: The Jedi that we find out his real name. According to Deadline.com, “The actual puppet used on the streaming show costs $5 million to make and uses two technicians to control its movements.”

[00:11:35] The puppet was designed by special effects studio, Legacy Effects. In a Hollywood Reporter article, Jon Favreau says, “He’s mostly a puppet. When it’s CG, we try to make him obey the same physical laws that he would if he were a puppet. I think a lot of times CG makes itself too obvious where you don’t create parameters creatively that allow [00:12:00] the character to keep the same identity and charm.”

[00:12:03] The team went out of their way to make sure and conceal this Baby Yoda character until the moment the episode revealing him was released. They kept him out of pre-release marketing and he wasn’t one of the original toys released for the series. In a Hollywood Reporter article Favreau says, “I think that part of what people really value is to be surprised and delighted, and I think that’s becoming all too rare. It’s very difficult to keep secrets about projects you’re working on. By holding back on that one product, we knew that we may have had the disadvantage of not having toys available day and date, but what we got in exchange was an excitement surrounding the character because everybody felt like they discovered him together. That emulated more what my experience growing up was like.”

[00:12:56] Well, I’d say it worked because fans went crazy when the [00:13:00] character was revealed and people couldn’t get enough of this Baby Yoda character. When the baby Yoda products hit the market they flew off the store shelves.

[00:13:09] Question three. What is the other name for Mandalorian iron, the material that makes up the armor of the Mandalorian? Well, it is called Beskar Steel. Beskar steel is a blaster-resistant steel. In the book titled “The Jedi Path,” Beskar is also described as being lightsaber-proof. In The  Mandalorian, Mando is often paid with Beskar for his bounty assignments.

[00:13:41] Question four. What is the name of the Mandalorian’s ship? The name of his ship is the Razor Crest. It’s a former military gunship. The people at Industrial Lights and Magic  created the Razor Crest and got [00:14:00] inspiration from military style aircraft. When coming up with a design, a model was 3-D printed and making it was quite the undertaking. For a look inside Industrial Lights and Magic as they create the Razor Crest, check out triviarewind.com where I will post a link to the mini documentary titled, Inside ILM: Creating the Razor Crest. This was some old school Star Wars that’s for sure. It’s been years since ILM filmed with models like this. Lego recently came out with a Razor Crest Lego kit and for $129 and 99 cents, you can build your very own Lego Razor Crest. That is however if you can get your hands on one. At the time of this recording, they were temporarily out of stock in the Lego Store. With the popularity of The Mandalorian, who knows how hard it will be to keep those in stock.

[00:14:57] Question five. What does The [00:15:00] Client say he’ll give Mando if he brings the 50 year old bounty back alive? He will be given a full container of Beskar steel. The client is played by German actor, Werner Herzog. Herzog has quite the career as a film director, screen writer, writer, actor, and opera director. Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau approached Herzog directly about being on the show. Can you believe that when he took the role, the 77 year old actor had never even seen an episode of Star Wars?

[00:15:36] In a Variety article he’s asked about this and here’s his reply. “I was not tossed into unknown territory. I was very well briefed. I knew what was expected of me. I knew the interior landscape of the character and I knew the exterior landscape. You shouldn’t feel upset that I haven’t seen the Star Wars films. I hardly see any films. I read. [00:16:00] I see two, three, maybe four films per year.”

[00:16:05] Question six. In season two of the Mandalorian, The Child eats some unfertilized eggs out of a container that belong to which character?? Well, that would be the Frog Lady. The Frog Lady appears in chapters 10 and 11 of the series.

[00:16:24] When she appeared on the series, she immediately became a fan favorite. After the episode where we see The Child eat some of the Frog Lady’s unfertilized eggs, fans went nuts on social media. People couldn’t believe the normally well-behaved child would do such a thing. An Insider.com article discusses a tweet by the LucasFilm creative arts manager, who after the episode issued a clarification about the Frog Lady’s eggs. They quote him as saying that the eggs “are unfertilized, like the chicken eggs many of us enjoy.” I do have to [00:17:00] admit I was a little disturbed by the fact that The Child was sneaking around eating her eggs.

[00:17:04] There may be a reason why they had The Child do this. A Vanity Fair article titled “How the Mandalorian Fought to Keep Baby Yoda from Being too Cute” talks about how Jon Favreau didn’t want The Child to be overly cute. The article says, “avoiding the cutesy trap was something of an uphill battle for Favreau who found that the classic “Disney proportions” – think big round eyes and cuddly features- kept being applied to a character he wanted to keep as weird as possible.” So the incidents with the child eating the eggs looks to be an attempt at making the character a little less lovable.

[00:17:44] The Vanity Fair article says “The frog swallowing may only be the beginning of the gross things the show will let The Child do in order to underline the idea that in the end, he’s still an animal. ‘It’s like a stray [00:18:00] dog or having a little baby alligator or something,’ Favreau said, ‘then again, a baby alligator probably never sold this many toys.'”

[00:18:10] Question seven. What is the name of The Child? Well, his name is Grogu. Well, after months of people calling this cute little guy Baby Yoda, fans could finally call him by his real name, which was revealed in the episode titled Chapter 12: The Siege. The character Grogu was created by Jon Favreau. In a Hollywood Reporter article, Disney CEO Bob Iger had this to say about Grogu. “The scale of the reaction is beyond my expectations by a wide margin, says Iger. That said, the moment I laid eyes on the character, I had a strong feeling that it was going to connect with audiences. So cute. So interesting. So compelling, so [00:19:00] familiar and yet so new.”

[00:19:02] He is right about that. From the moment fans saw Grogu, The Child, everyone was in love. Imagine the amount of money being made off Grogu products.

[00:19:14] Question eight. What is the name of the former MMA fighter that plays ex-Rebel Shock Trooper Cara Dune? That is Gina Carano. The Cara Dune character is an ex-Rebel Alliance Shock Trooper turned mercenary.

[00:19:33] You may recognize Gina as Crush from the 2008 series American Gladiators. After retiring from mixed martial arts, she pursued a career in acting. She’s had several movie roles. When discussing her Mandalorian role in a Starwars.com article, she said this production called for the most secrecy of any job in her career.

[00:20:00] [00:19:59] On the series, she did most of her own stunts. A Starwars.com article quotes Jon Favreau as saying, “The only person that didn’t have any fun was Gina’s stunt double,” Favreau joked, “because they hardly got to work.”

[00:20:16] Question nine. What is the name of the leader of the Bounty Hunter Guild? His name is Greef Karga. Actor Carl Weathers plays Greef Karga in this series. You probably recognize Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed from the Rocky films. Before acting, he was a professional football player. He was once a free agent with the Oakland Raiders, where for one year he played linebacker. He then played a few seasons in the Canadian Football League.

[00:20:47] During the off season, Weathers went to San Francisco State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama. When he signed on to play Greef Karga in The Mandalorian, he told Jon Favreau [00:21:00] that he’d like to direct an episode. Well, Favreau made good on that request. Weathers is the director of the episode, Chapter 12: The Siege. When asked about his experience at a question and answer session at the Star Wars Celebration Chicago event in April of 2019, Starwars.com quotes Weather’s saying, “Of all the things I’ve been involved with, I don’t think anything has come close to this. This is insane.”

[00:21:29] And question 10. In the episode titled Chapter 16: The Rescue, who arrives to take The Child to be trained as a Jedi? Well, to everyone’s surprise that person was Luke Skywalker. In the final episode of season two, it was a huge surprise to see Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker character show up at the end. This wasn’t the older version of Luke Skywalker that we’ve seen in recent Star Wars movies. It was the younger one, like we saw [00:22:00] in A New Hope.

[00:22:01] So how they do it?  Well, it’s likely a combination of body doubles and CGI. After the episode aired and fans went crazy on social media, Mark Hamill sent out a few tweets about the episode. One tweet said, “#NoWords. Seeing fans reaction to Luke’s return is something I will cherish forever” Hamill wrote. Adding that the experience was “overwhelming” and “very moving.” And “I’m a fan myself. So I knew true fans would love it, but to see them thrilled beyond belief with the exuberance of children, whooping it up, screaming in ecstasy, the tears of sheer joy… it’s a roller coaster of emotions I’ll never forget.” I will say this was my son’s favorite part of the series so far.

[00:22:51] Mandalorian fans everywhere will be on the edge of their seat waiting for season three. When will that be you ask?  Well, [00:23:00] I’ve heard answers that range from December of 2021 all the way to sometime in 2022. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. So what’s your favorite part about The Mandalorian series?  Let me know. Email me at triviarewind@gmail.com or visit Trivia Rewind on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or on triviarewind.com.

[00:23:25] Thanks again to my guest Jeff from Jeff Needs Help, a podcast where he discusses random subjects from entertainment to sports and just about everything else in between. You can find Jeff Needs Help wherever you listen to podcasts.

[00:23:41] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening and I will be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind. [00:24:00]

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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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Guess the Christmas Movie

It’s almost Christmas and time to wrap up our month of  special Christmas episodes. This week, I have something new for you.  This episode will be a little different than what you’re used to.   In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m going to describe 30 Christmas movies or TV specials and you have to guess what movie or TV special the clue is based on.  There will be no fun facts on this episode, just 30 straight clues.  Here’s an example of what you’ll find.

My neighbors are mad at me because I won’t put the plastic Frosty on our roof.  My wife feels like she has to hide in our own house because the neighbors won’t leave us alone about it!  Why am I being so stubborn about this neighborhood tradition?  What movie am I in?

Here’s how it will work. I will read you the question and then I’ll wait a few seconds before giving you the answer.  So, if you’re playing this with friends or family, you can pause after each question if you want to have more time to guess the answer before I reveal it.  This will be fun! 

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The background Christmas Music heard on the episode is by JuliusH from Pixabay

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Trivia Rewind Episode 28 – Guess the Christmas Movie

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[00:00:05] Debi Jenkins : [00:00:05] Merry Christmas, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host for Trivia Rewind. It’s almost Christmas and time to wrap up our month of special Christmas episodes. This week, I have something new for you. This episode will be a little different than what you’re used to. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m going to describe 30 Christmas movies or TV specials, and you have to guess which movie or TV special the clue is based on. There will be no fun facts on this episode, just 30 straight clues. It should be a lot of fun.

[00:00:38] Here’s how it’ll work. I’m going to read you the question and then I’ll wait a few seconds before giving you the answer. So if you’re playing this with friends or family, you can pause after each question if you want to have more time to guess the answer before I reveal it. So are you ready? Let’s play.

[00:00:57] Here are the questions. Question [00:01:00] one. My name is Kate and I work as an elf at a Christmas shop in London. Several years ago I had a heart transplant. What movie am I in?  The answer is Last Christmas.

[00:01:20] Question two. I’m a Netflix original and the two kids in my movie set up a trip wire and a hidden camera to try and catch Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. What movie am I?  The answer is The Christmas Chronicles.

[00:01:39] Question three. On Christmas morning, I opened my presents and the one thing I wanted most wasn’t under the tree. Yes. I’m a little disappointed, but my dad secretly hid one last present and when I opened it, there it was, the exact thing I wanted. [00:02:00] What movie am I in? The answer is A Christmas Story.

[00:02:08] Question four. My neighbors are mad at me because I won’t put the plastic Frosty on our roof. My wife feels like she has to hide in our own home because the neighbors won’t leave us alone about it. Why am I so stubborn about this neighborhood tradition? What movie am I in? The answer is Christmas with the Kranks.

[00:02:35] Question five. My wife died and all I want for Christmas is for my grown kids to come home for the holidays and get along. What movie am I in? The answer is Almost Christmas.

[00:02:52] Question six. I did a house swap over Christmas. Someone used my house in Los Angeles and I [00:03:00] used their house in London. Both of our lives changed for the better that Christmas. What movie am I in? The answer is The Holiday.

[00:03:13] Question seven. My brother dreamed of leaving town and one day going to college and traveling the world. However, he gave me the money that was supposed to be for him to go to college. I went instead and I even fought in World War II where I earned the Medal of Honor. But in the end I call my brother the real hero. What movie am I in? The answer is It’s a Wonderful Life.

[00:03:43] Question eight. I discover a reindeer in the woods and hide him in the shed to protect him. What movie am I in? The answer is Prancer .

[00:03:58] Question nine. [00:04:00] Santa gave me a bell, but when I first got it, I couldn’t hear it ring when I shook it. Eventually I did here it ring. Santa, let me keep it so I put it in the pocket of my robe to take home. What movie am I in? The answer is The Polar Express.

[00:04:21] Question 10. I am a department store Santa and I tell someone that they can get the item they want at a competitor’s department store. People don’t think I’m really Santa and they try to have me committed. What movie am I in? The answer is Miracle on 34th street.

[00:04:45] Question 11. In my movie, I feature love stories about couples five weeks before Christmas. What movie am I? The answer is Love [00:05:00] Actually.

[00:05:02] Question 12. All I wanted was to reconcile with my wife and I ended up taking down a bunch of bad guys on Christmas Eve. What movie am I? The answer is Die hard.

[00:05:20] Question 13. I really hate Christmas and I can’t stand all the singing. I have reached my breaking point and I’m going to try and stop Christmas. What movie am I in? The answer is How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

[00:05:40] Question 14. I heard a noise during the night and went outside to investigate. Santa fell off my roof. That was the end of him. Why did I put on the Santa suit? What movie am I in? The answer is The [00:06:00] Santa Clause.

[00:06:02] Question 15. I thought I’d go to Chinatown and buy my son a Christmas present. What a mistake that was! Worst gift ever. What movie am I in? The answer is Gremlins.

[00:06:22] Question 16. My dad can’t handle the Santa’s duties any longer. One child’s toy has been lost. That’s unacceptable. My brother wants the job. Even though I’m kind of clumsy my dad ends up giving me the job instead of my brother, because my dad sees that I really do care about others. What movie am I in? The answer is Arthur Christmas.

[00:06:52] Question 17. My boss fired me on Christmas Eve and with the little bit of money he paid me, [00:07:00] I bought Christmas dinner for my family. My boss has a big change of heart that night and the next day he re-hires me and even buys my family a Turkey. What movie am I in? The answer is A Christmas Carol.

[00:07:19] Question 18. I really messed up and want to buy my son a Turbo Man toy for Christmas. I never should have waited until the last minute. What movie am I in? The answer is Jingle All the Way.

[00:07:38] Question 19. My family accidentally locked me in the attic on their way to the mall. I pass the time by watching old family movies. I even shed a tear or two. What movie am I in? The answer is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

[00:08:00] [00:08:00] Question 20. I thought I picked out a good Christmas tree, but my friends sure didn’t think so. I’m not going to let commercialism ruin my Christmas. What Christmas show am I in? The answer is A Charlie Brown Christmas.

[00:08:20] Question 21. I don’t want to be an elf and make toys and Santa’s workshop. I want to be a dentist. I’m outta here. What show am I in? The answer is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

[00:08:39] Question 22. An angel is sent to help me at my church. Through the whole ordeal, I realize that my family really is the most important thing in my life. When the angel leaves, he gives my family a decorated Christmas tree. What movie am I in? The answer is [00:09:00] The Preacher’s Wife.

[00:09:03] Question 23. You would think that there would be snow in Vermont at Christmas time. Well, there was no snow when we arrived here to put on a show. We’re going to do something special for our former General, General Waverley. What a surprise it will be. Oh, and can you believe it finally snowed? What movie am I in? The answer is White Christmas.

[00:09:31] Question 24. Thank goodness my family keeps a lot of junk in the basement. All that stuff really helped me fool some bad guys. What movie am I in? The answer is Home Alone.

[00:09:47] Question 25. The shower at my apartment wasn’t working so I decided to shower at work. I’m singing a classic Christmas tune and the next thing I know, I hear some guy singing along with [00:10:00] me. What movie am I in? The answer is Elf.

[00:10:06] Question 26. My TV station has a live production of A Christmas Carol to shoot on Christmas Eve. I’m making everyone work. Who cares that it’s Christmas Eve. What movie am I in? The answer is Scrooged.

[00:10:25] Question 27. I give my son a harmonica and jokingly tell him it’s magical. After I die in a car accident, you won’t believe what happens when my son builds a snowman and plays that harmonica. What movie am I in? The answer is Jack Frost.

[00:10:48] Question 28. You know, I was known as the Christmas guy in town before that new guy with his trophy wife moved in. Now he’s trying to take over my title. [00:11:00] By the end of this movie, our wives have had it with us. What movie are we in? The answer is Deck the Halls.

[00:11:11] Question 29. I have a lot going on in my life. First, my son is on the naughty list for vandalizing the school with spray paint. His principal is not happy. And to make matters worse, I need to get married before Christmas Eve or my life will change as I know it. What movie am I in? The answer is the Santa Clause 2.

[00:11:37] And question 30. I got myself into a lot of trouble in the big city. Thanks to a pigeon lady who I become friends with, she helps me out of the mess. At the end of the movie, I give her a ceramic turtledove as a token of our friendship. What movie am I in? The answer [00:12:00] is Home Alone 2:  Lost in New York.

[00:12:05] Well, that was our last question. I hope you enjoyed this special edition of Trivia Rewind. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Don’t forget that there are a lot of Trivia Rewind episodes that you can go back and listen to over the holidays. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links can be found triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening and 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.

Slogan 1

Slogan 2

Slogan 3

Slogan 4

Slogan 5

Slogan 6

Slogan 7

Slogan 8

Slogan 9

Slogan 10

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

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind!

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Trivia Rewind Episode – Advertising Slogans

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

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

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Slogan two. “Snap! Crackle! Pop!”

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Slogan three. “Mikey Likes It.”

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Slogan four. “Finger Lickin’ Good.”

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

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Slogan six. “Breakfast of Champions.”

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Slogan seven. “Obey Your Thirst.”

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Slogan eight. “The Quicker Picker Upper.”

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Slogan nine. “Good to the Last Drop.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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That’s What She Said

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

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

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Trivia Rewind – Midweek TV Quotes

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

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Here’s quote one. “How you doin’?”

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Quote two. “The truth is out there.”

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Quote three “You got it dude!”

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Quote four. “Marsha, Marsha Marsha.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1980s TV Show Trivia

This week we are going back to the 1980’s. There are so many great television series that aired during the 80s and we’ll talk about ten this week. One of the shows we’ll talk about was listed as the top television show of all time by TV guide. And during this decade one actor was given the Guinness book of worlds records title of THE most watched man on television of all time. So let’s rewind a few decades and see what you remember! I’ll give you ten questions, the answers and then some fun facts about each show!

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SPOILER ALERT! Trivia Rewind – 1980s TV Show Trivia

[00:00:00]Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners, Debi here. This week, we are going back to the 1980s. There are so many great television series that aired during the eighties, and we’ll talk about ten this week. One of the shows we’ll talk about was listed as the top television show of all time by TV Guide. And during this decade one actor was given the Guinness Book of World’s Records title of The Most Watched Man on Television of all Time. So let’s rewind a few decades and see what you remember. Here’s a quick review of how Trivia Rewind works.  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. 

[00:00:54] Question one. Which 1986 TV series featured an alien from the [00:01:00] planet Melmac?  Question two.  The series Chips was about two California motorcycle cops who were partners. What were their names? Question three.  What 1982 series featured an artificially intelligent black car named KITT and what was KITT an acronym for?  Question four. In season two of Full House, what is the name of the morning show that character Danny Tanner co-hosts? Question five. In the series Cheers, what is the name of the character that sits in the same seat at the bar every day. And when he enters the bar, what does everyone say?

[00:01:51] Question six. In the series, Family Ties, what is the name of the [00:02:00] character played by Michael J.  Fox? Question seven.  In  the show, Growing Pains,  what is the name of Mike’s honors student sister? Question eight. In the sitcom Family Matters. what is the name of the Winslow’s nerdy neighbor? Question nine. The long running sitcom Seinfeld is described as a show about what?

[00:02:32] And for a bonus question, what is the name of Jerry’s neighbor with the trademark hairdo? And question 10. In the hit comedy, The Golden Girls, what were the names of the four characters that shared a house in Miami? And for an extra question, what dessert did those girls love to eat?

[00:02:59] Well, [00:03:00] those are our 10 questions. Let’s go back and review and I’ll give you the answers and fun facts. Question one. Which 1986 TV series featured an alien from the planet Melmac? That was ALF and ALF is the acronym for Alien Life Form. Here’s a fun fact.  In early episodes of the series you see ALF drinking alcohol. Well, NBC put the brakes on that because they wanted the show to be more family friendly.

[00:03:32] And here’s a cool fact. All of the episode titles are song titles, such as Wild Thing, and Come Fly with Me. How fun to be the person that got to pick a song title for each of the nearly 100 episodes of the series.

[00:03:48]Question two.  The series CHiPS was about to California motorcycle cops who were partners. What were their names?

[00:03:57] Well, their names were Ponch [00:04:00] and John. Ponch had the reputation of being a troublemaker and John was more straight-laced. During the filming of the series there was a lot of tension between the two actors. Their names were Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox. In season five, Erik Estrada, the actor that played Ponch, he went on strike over a monetary dispute and he was temporarily replaced by Bruce Jenner. In an ABC news interview

[00:04:27] Erik Estrada said that Ponch and John never drew their guns on the show. Why? Because of the time of day it was on. Many families watch TV during this time slot. When the show started, Erik Estrada had never written a motorcycle before. And here’s a hard fact to stomach. Erik Estrada turned 71 years old in 2020.

[00:04:53] Question three. What 1982 series featured an artificially intelligent black [00:05:00] car named KITT and what was KITT an acronym for? That show was Knight Rider. And KITT stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand. Here’s something you probably have no idea about .The Guinness Book of World ‘s Records gave star David Hasselhoff  the honor of being named The Most Watched Man on Television of all time. His two most popular roles were on Knight Rider and Baywatch.

[00:05:29] And speaking of KITT, KITT was a modified 1982 Pontiac Trans am. I bet you didn’t know that the voice of KITT was provided by actor William Daniels who played Mr. Feeney on Boy Meets World. I thought that was a pretty cool fact.

[00:05:48] Question four. In season two of Full House, what is the name of the morning show that character Danny Tanner co-hosts? The answer is Wake [00:06:00] Up San Francisco and his co-host was Rebecca Donaldson. Here’s a fun fact. The family’s dog in this series named Comet,  well, that was also Buddy in the original Air Bud movie.  And John Stamos, the actor who played Uncle Jesse, well, he has performed on tour with the Beach Boys. He can even be seen in their Kokomo music video.

[00:06:25] Question five. In the series Cheers, what is the name of the character that sits in the same seat at the bar every day? And when he enters the bar, what does everyone say? Well, that character is Norm Peterson played by actor George Wendt. Whenever he would enter the bar, everyone would yell “Norm!” Well, almost everyone. The barmaid Diane would call him Norman. Did you know that Norm is actually his middle name. His official first name was [00:07:00] Hillary, the same name of his grandfather. Have you ever wondered if Norm was drinking real beer? Well in a Fox News article, it mentions that he wasn’t drinking real beer, but instead something called Near Beer. It did have 3% alcohol.

[00:07:18]Well, not everything starts off on a high note.  The first week that Cheers debuted, it came in last in the Nielsen ratings. Because of this, the series was almost cancelled. It ended up running from 1982 to 1993 and in its last season, it placed first in the ratings and everyone knew its name. Ted Danson, the actor that played Sam Malone actually went to bartending school to prepare for his role as bartender in the show. The show’s creators did their part too. They visited bars to listen to conversations of bar patrons. Some of that dialogue was [00:08:00] actually used in the show’s scripts.

[00:08:03] Question six. In the series, Family Ties, what is the name of the character played by Michael J. Fox? The character’s name is Alex P Keaton.  In the series Alex was a staunch Republican while his parents were liberal ex-hippies.  For  his role Michael J. Fox won three Emmy awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Speaking of Alex, Matthew Broderick could have had the role of Alex, but he didn’t want to move to California. Family Ties was so popular that President Ronald Reagan once said that it was his favorite show. Maybe it had something to do with Alex being a Reagan Republican.

[00:08:50] Question seven. In the show Growing Pains, what is the name of Mike’s honors student sister? Well, her name is [00:09:00] Carol and she was played by actress Tracey Gold. Here’s a fun fact. Tracey Gold and Kirk Cameron, the actor that played Mike, had actually worked together once before.  They were in a McDonald’s commercial and in the commercial, they played brother and sister.

[00:09:18] Speaking of brother and sister, you probably already know this, but Kirk Cameron is the real life brother to Full House actress, Candace Cameron. The theme song titled As Long As We Got Each Other was so popular that in 1989, it made it to number seven on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

[00:09:41] And here’s kind of a gross fun fact. In an ABC interview, Alan Thicke, the actor who played Mike’s father. Well, he said that before each episode, the cast had a ritual where they’d stick their chewed up piece of gum in a pile. By the end of the series, that pile of gum [00:10:00] weighed 11 pounds. Now that is gross.

[00:10:03]Question eight. In the sitcom Family Matters, what is the name of the Winslow’s nerdy neighbor? Well, his name was Urkel and he was played by actor Jaleel White. The nerdy Urkel was cast to be a one-time character, but as you know, he ended up with a full time role on the series. The popularity of the character caused some division on the set between Jaleel White and the other cast members. Did you know that Family Matters was a spinoff from the series  Perfect Strangers?

[00:10:38] Question nine.  The long running sitcom Seinfeld is described as a show about what? And for a bonus question, what is the name of Jerry’s neighbor with the trademark hair? Well, Seinfeld is described as a show about nothing and Jerry’s neighbor is [00:11:00] Cosmo Kramer played by actor Michael Richards.

[00:11:03] Here are a few fun facts about the show. When Steven Spielberg was in Poland filming Schindler’s List, he would watch episodes of Seinfeld to help pull him out of the depression he often felt. And remember the episode with the puffy pirate shirt? Well, Jerry Seinfeld donated that shirt to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Seinfeld was ranked by TV guide as the best TV show of all time.

[00:11:35] And question 10 . In the hit comedy The Golden Girls, what were the names of the four characters that shared a house in Miami? And for a bonus question, what dessert did they love to eat? Well, these were the four Golden Girls. They were Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia, and they loved cheesecake.

[00:12:00] [00:12:00] Well, how’s this for souvenirs. The actress Rue McClanahan who played Blanche, well, she supposedly got to keep all of the outfits that she wore on the show. It was reported that she had a clause in her contract allowing her to do so. Well lucky her. And speaking of that cheesecake, during the filming of the series, the ladies ate over 100 cheesecakes. In real life, actress Bea Arthur, she’s the one that played Dorothy,  she actually hated cheesecake. So that was no treat for her.

[00:12:35] Well, those are our trivia questions for this week. I hope you enjoyed going back to the eighties. There are so many more shows from the eighties that we can do trivia about. So we’ll do some more on another episode sometime soon.

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