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Many Moons Ago


picture of Google today

Today's Google homepage picture reminded me that today is the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing, the summer of 1969. That was the summer before my freshman year of college — yes, my 40th high school reunion is later this summer! And I'm not going to be able to attend. πŸ™ Most of us alive at the time the first men walked on the moon can easily remember where we were, in front of a TV watching the historic event. I was working at Boes' Pizza in downtown Fostoria, Ohio, and business was extremely slow that evening! Almost everyone was glued to a TV, and fortunately my boss had brought a television to the pizza shop so that I could watch it too. Thanks, Ronnie, if you ever read this. πŸ˜€

You "oldsters" might enjoy taking the quiz below as a trip down nostalgia (nausea?) lane, and you "young things" might have a hard time answering some of the questions correctly and learn a few things in the process. I got 18 out of 20 right. YIKES!

At the end of this post, I will tell you about my interview yesterday on WYFF channel 4's Spotlight Blog and embed the two video segments that aired live. Those of you who have never met me now have a chance get to know me a little.

Before the quiz, you older readers might enjoy this bit of humor from our childhood. You younger readers can ask one of us to explain it to you.

picture of Honeymooners cartoon

Geezer Qualifying Quiz

(Everyone over 50 should have a pretty easy time with this quiz. If you are under 50, you can claim a handicap.)

Select one answer for each question. No fair answering wrong if you know the right answer, and no fair looking at the answers below until you've answered all the questions!

1. In the 1940's, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?
a. On the floor shift knob
b. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch
c. Next to the horn

2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it used?
a. Capture lightning bugs
b. To sprinkle clothes before ironing
c. Large salt shaker

3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?
a. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce milk
b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled
c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.

4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?
a. Blackjack
b. Gin
c. Lotto

5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none were available due to rationing during W.W.II?
a. Suntan
b. Leg painting
c. Wearing slacks

6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn't tell whether it was coming or going?
a. Studebaker
b. Nash Metro
c. Tucker

7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
a. Strips of dried peanut butter
b. Chocolate licorice bars
c. Coke bottle shaped wax with colored sugar water inside

8. How was Butch wax used?
a. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up
b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing
c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust

9. Before in-line skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?
a. With clamps, tightened by a skate key
b. Woven straps that crossed the foot
c. Long pieces of twine

10. When you were a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
a. Consider all the facts
b. Ask Mom
c. Eeny-meeny-miney-mo

11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940's?
a. Smallpox
b. AIDS
c. Polio

12. "I'll be down to get you in a/an ________, Honey"
a. SUV
b. Taxi
c. Streetcar

13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pet pony?
a. Old Blue
b. Paint
c. Macaroni

14. What was Duck-and-Cover?
a. Part of the game of hide and seek
b. What you did when your mom called you in to do chores
c. Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill

15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
a. Princess Summer Fall Winter Spring
b. Princess Sacajewea
c. Princess Moonshadow

16. What did all the really savvy students do when tests printed on a spirit duplicator were handed out in school?
a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you high
b. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window
c. Wrote another pupil's name on the top, to avoid your failure

17. Why did your mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?
a. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs,which tasted like bubble gum
b. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items
c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos

18. Finish this sentence: Praise the Lord, and pass the _________.
a. Meatballs
b. Dames
c. Ammunition

19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song "Cabdriver" a hit?
a. The Ink Spots
b. The Supremes
c. The Esquires

20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?
a. Tony Bennett
b. Xavier Cugat
c. George Gershwin

(Scroll down for answers, only after giving it your best shot....)

ANSWERS:
1. b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in Europe, took till the late '60s to catch on.

2. b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing. Who had a steam iron?

3. c) Cold weather caused the milk to freeze and expand, popping the bottle top.

4. a) Blackjack Gum.

5. b) Special makeup was applied, followed by drawing a seam down the back of the leg with eyebrow pencil.

6. a) 1946 Studebaker.

7. c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.

8. a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.

9. a) With clamps, tightened by a skate key, which you wore on a shoestring around your neck.

10. c) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

11. c) Polio. In beginning of August, swimming pools were closed, movies and other public gathering places were closed to try to prevent spread of the disease.

12. b) Taxi. Better be ready by half past eight!

13. c) Macaroni.

14. c) Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

15. a) Princess Summer Fall Winter Spring. She was another puppet.

16. a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get a high.

17. b) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded for household items at the Green Stamp store.

18. c) Ammunition, and we'll all be free.

19. a) The all male, all black group: The Ink spots.

20. a) Tony Bennett, and some say he sounds just as good today.

SCORING:
17- 20 correct: Not only are you older than dirt, but obviously gifted with mind bloat. Now if you could only find your glasses. Definitely a Geezer!
12 -16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but your mind is definitely muddy.
0 -11 correct: You are either a poor excuse for a old geezer or you are younger than springtime!

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Well, how did you do? In the comments, give your age and your score.

Now about my interview yesterday on WYFF channel 4's Spotlight Blog feature of Sound Off South. Though I think the interview went fine yesterday, I'm much more comfortable in my classroom or at this keyboard. Kelly Coakley and Keisha Kirkland were genuinely nice people, and it was interesting to watch an entire hour long newscast. Here's a picture I took with my cell phone of the two of them right before they went live.

picture of WYFF studio

Here are the two three-minute segments, one during the first half hour and the other during the second half hour of the morning newscast.

First segment:

Second segment:

quotations about travel to the moon...

"Men might as well project a voyage to the moon as attempt to employ steam navigation against the stormy North Atlantic Ocean." - Dr. Dionysus Lardner, Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, University College, London, 1838

"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances." -Dr. Lee De Forest, inventor of the vacuum tube and father of television

Back in the 1970s we didn't have the space shuttle to get all excited about. We had to settle for men walking on the crummy moon. - Russell Beland, from a Washington Post contest, in which readers were asked to tell Gen-Xers how much harder they had it in the "good old days"

=^..^= =^..^=
Rob

"For centuries, people thought the moon was made of green cheese. Then the astronauts found that the moon is really a big hard rock. That's what happens to cheese when you leave it out." an anonymous six year old


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58 Comments on “Many Moons Ago”

  1. #1 Jerry Torok
    on Jul 20th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Nice job, Mr. Loach!!
    How on earth you made in on TV before me, I will never know. πŸ˜‰

    I am proud of you, and you looked great.
    God Bless!

  2. #2 Ruth
    on Jul 20th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    I’m 24 and I got 16 correct.

  3. #3 Barbara H.
    on Jul 20th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I’m 51 and I am relieved to say I only knew 7 of the answers. πŸ™‚ I did get the cartoon, though.

    Great interviews! I’m glad you had the opportunity to do them.

    .-= Barbara H.’s most recent blog post … It’s beginning to sink in… =-.

  4. #4 James
    on Jul 20th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I’m 26 and managed to get 16 correct πŸ™‚

    .-= James’s most recent blog post … β€œTake up the whole armor of God” – because God does! =-.

  5. #5 Jessica
    on Jul 20th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I made it through school because I make good guesses. πŸ˜‰ I’m 24 and got 13 correct.

  6. #6 Megan T.
    on Jul 20th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I’m 25 and I got 13. I must have been paying attention when my grandparents told stories. πŸ™‚

  7. #7 Dave Talbert
    on Jul 20th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I don’t know, Rob … I got 15 of them right, and I’m 27. πŸ™‚

    .-= Dave Talbert’s most recent blog post … Nine things I did not expect to happen when I became a father =-.

  8. #8 Kathleen
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 3:59 am

    Whoa… At 16, I got 15 of these right! Does that make me a good guesser? At least I didn’t get the cartoon. πŸ™‚

  9. #9 Chris
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 5:27 am

    I’m 33 and got 14 right.

    .-= Chris’s most recent blog post … The Brick Side Returns! =-.

  10. #10 Sandrew
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I got 19 right–and IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT MY AGE IS!!!

    Great iv, Lob! Understood the cartoon et al. Ha. Good interview as well. How early was it that morning? (You were a wee bit subdued in comparison with your usual conversations.)

  11. #11 LeAnne Solt
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Age: 25
    # correct: 12

    (learned some of them by conversations with my grandparents growing up)

  12. #12 Deb
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Hi Rob ~ just viewed the segments…congratulations on being featured!

    I love fun quizzes that I know the answers to! But I think with only Macaroni and the Inkspots tripping me up…that means I’m an old geezer at 57! Thanks for the memories of those wax coke bottles and skate keys!

    .-= Deb’s most recent blog post … Pickled Beets =-.

  13. #13 Matt
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Um, 30 and got 18/20? I’ll just label myself as a mature in spirit. πŸ˜€

  14. #14 Kathy
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Yep…I knew my mind is getting muddy. πŸ™‚ This 40 year old knew 15 without guessing.

  15. #15 Jkopp
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Wow…I had to guess on every question. I consider this a good thing.

    .-= Jkopp’s most recent blog post … Intentional Booing =-.

  16. #16 Kathy
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 8:29 am

    One thing for sure — I know as little about pop culture of the 50’s as I do about pop culture of the now. However, at 59 I got 18 right — missing only the Ink Spots and “Taxi.” Guessed at Macaroni for the pony and Princess SPring…..etc. (We had no TV until I was in high school πŸ™‚

    Will check out your videos later.

  17. #17 Lisa Arnold
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 8:37 am

    I am 46 and got 17 right! I was 6 years old, and we were visiting Grandma. She took me outside, pointed to the moon and told me to remember that today was the day men walked on it. I still remember the way the moon looked that night!

  18. #18 Laura
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I’m 22 and got 11 right… some of it from guessing, some of it (including the cartoon) from remembering things my dad would say when I was growing up. πŸ˜‰

    Great interview!

  19. #19 Sarah
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I’m 22, and I got 15 right. I love to read Reminisce magazine, so a lot of those questions were familiar because of that. πŸ™‚

  20. #20 Katie
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I’m 25 and got 16 right, but most of those were just from guessing. No answers from experience here (but maybe some hints from old TV shows, history books and relatives).

  21. #21 Janet O'Brien
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Muddy-minded and 47 here! I had to guess a few, but we had those RC cola bottles in my childhood home, I learned to drive in a car with the light control on the floor, and my mom used to tell me about painting the seam down the back of her legs! Oh, and those little wax bottles would double as chewing gum. . . for a few minutes anyway.

    I remember the moon landing well. My grandmother, who had been alive when the Wright brothers took their first flight, watched it with me. She said over and over that it was all a trick. Until her death, she could not believe that man had landed on the moon. It was just too big of a technological jump for her!

  22. #22 Jenni
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 9:54 am

    What? I’m a geezer? I got 18 correct too. I must have been paying attention to my grandparents/parents stories too!

  23. #23 Michael
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I missed 4. Interestingly, I turned 37 about 2.5 hrs ago. M’sieur, you may know the place where I started breathing. It is a hospital named after a type of boat which is located fairly close to your regular place of work.

    .-= Michael’s most recent blog post … Morning Shots | July 21, 2009 =-.

  24. #24 Patty
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Congratulations on the TV interview! I enjoyed watching the clips. =)
    As for the Geezer Quiz, I got 18/20 (I’m only 25) – I learned many of those things from family members or from reading about them. =)

  25. #25 Rob H
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I am 33 and got 11 right. Guess I truly am young at heart. πŸ™‚

  26. #26 Sharon
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I’m 39 and I got 17 correct.

  27. #27 Julie Rich
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Ted and I both took the quiz at the same time. We each got five wrong, so we’re not quite dirt yet (he’s 41, and I’m younger than him!). LOL This was a fun quiz…I remember my folks and grandparents talking about some of this stuff (like the Butch-wax). Thanks for faithfully posting good, clean humor!

  28. #28 Carrie
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    At 37 I got 15. Like Sarah, I’ve learned a lot from Reminisce magazine. Great job on the interviews. :o) I loved the 6yo’s comment about leaving green cheese out so long.

    .-= Carrie’s most recent blog post … Wash Me =-.

  29. #29 Sarah Brown
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    At the store where I work (zebs.com), we sell Blackjack gum and wax bottles. (Also, Teaberry gum, Glee, Clove, Beeman’s…we have Squirrel nuts, mint juleps, Mary Janes, peanut butter logs, etc.) We get a lot of people exclaiming over this nostalgic stuff. πŸ™‚

  30. #30 Vikki
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I LOVE the comic of Alice on the moon. I see Ralph finally carried through on his threat!

    This quiz does bring back memories! I only missed the Howdy Doody Show one. For whatever reason, I never saw the show growing up. I’ve often wondered if our station didn’t carry it because we had a local kids show that we always watched.

    Here’s some others that were brought back to mind: Chatty Kathy dolls, Rin Tin Tin, wax lips and penny candy in general, glass pop bottles, rabbit ears, poodle skirts, pony tails, TV repair men, Brylcream, A&W drive-ins, car hops, Alfred Hitchcock (β€œGood evening”), flash bulbs, Mickey Mouse Club, Keds, letter sweaters, Lassie, playing marbles, pop and cap guns, Beany & Cecil, Ovaltine decoder rings, push mowers (without engines), only 3 TV channels, crew cuts, Ralph Nader, fender skirts, five and dime stores, three on the tree, gas station attendants, Tab cola, Dobie Gillis, TV test patterns and signing off, Hi-Fi’s, jacks and ball, playing cops and robbers, and soda jerks. Man, did I just date myself….

  31. #31 Laura
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    17 correct @ age 40. Hmm . . . that means I was barely born when you graduated from high school?!? I could credit some of the right answers to being a regular reader of the blague, though.

    I don’t usually do online video with the dial-up connection we have, but we waited, and it was GREAT. Hope you get a lot more traffic as a result. Keep the IV’s flowing!

  32. #32 Ian Nething
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    WOW… i felt terrible… i got 13 right and im only 16…. didnt get the cartoon tho

  33. #33 Ian Nething
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    My dad did it too… he just turned 50 and only got 16 right so hes not quite a geezer YET… he did get the cartoon

  34. #34 Tammy
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I am 50 and got 14 correct!

    I was in Rhode Island watching the moon landing.

  35. #35 Alice
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I’m 64 and I got 16 right. I definitely understood the moon cartoon. “To the moon Alice, to the moon”.

  36. #36 Roy Hooper
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    14 out of 20. I am 53 with muddy mind. 2nd day in a new job. My mind is overloaded possibly fried but not from the ink on a spirit duplicator. But it was fun (the quiz I mean). Would have missed the one on polio but my wife (a former RN) knew the answer.

  37. #37 Steve N.
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Hey, Rob! 18 right, and being “around your age,” it was all first-hand knowledge, of course! (Even got a little misty-eyed remembering my mom “sprinkling” clothes with the pop bottle!) As Mr. Hope would say, “Thanks for the memories!”

    Super interview…are you enjoying a readership spike as a result?

  38. #38 Ann
    on Jul 22nd, 2009 at 5:00 am

    61 and only missed 1 πŸ™‚ “Geezer” minds are good for something!

  39. #39 Duane
    on Jul 22nd, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Some catch-up comments:

    Good interview! Thanks for your work on IVman. The church bulletin bloopers brought tears to my eyes!

    BTW, when my son, Ryan, and I were in Cincy we stopped at Skyline Chili. It was great. Thanks.

  40. #40 Nancy
    on Jul 22nd, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    My grandmother used to say that a woman who will tell you her age will tell you anything. I’m pretty sure she meant things like my score on this quiz.

    Did you get extra steps by swiveling on the stool? Just wondering.

  41. #41 Lynnette
    on Jul 22nd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I’m 22 and I got 16/20.

  42. #42 Ann B.
    on Jul 22nd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I’m 51 and I got 15 right. Muddy at best!

    .-= Ann B.’s most recent blog post … Never Steal Again =-.

  43. #43 Kathie
    on Jul 22nd, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I had fun doing the quiz with my 72 year old Dad. The only question he missed was the one about Inkspots. Not bad!

  44. #44 Vikki
    on Jul 23rd, 2009 at 8:52 am

    It looks like lots of people did pretty well on the quiz. One thing I noticed is that some of us did well because we actually remember these things from our childhood while others did well because they’ve heard about them and to them it’s fun trivia.

    By the way Rob, what’s the most comments a single posting ever received? This one’s got to be up there!

  45. #45 Brian
    on Jul 23rd, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I’m 46 and got 13. And I still own a car that has the dimmer swith on the floor! Sorry I missed you live on the interview. Can I have your autograph?

  46. #46 Rob
    on Jul 23rd, 2009 at 11:31 am

    @All commentators so far – Wow! I’m amazed at the wide spectrum of the results — older folks did from very well to not so well and younger folks did from very well to not so well. I don’t know who wrote the quiz, although I know who tweaked several of the items. πŸ˜‰ I would have said that the quiz was weighted heavily in favor of geezers’ doing well and would have been discriminatory against young people. I think I need to defer to that “wise Latino woman,” Judge Sonia Sotomayor, to decide the validity of this quiz as to whether it was discriminatory.

    Thanks to all for the thoughts about the interview. As I said in the post, it was very interesting to watch the execution of an hour-long newscast. Several noted in the comments or in person that my nervousness showed through in my swiveling back and forth in my chair. Kelly, if you read this, you might want to switch out that chair to one that doesn’t swivel for any future interviewees who would swivel without even realizing they are doing so. πŸ˜€

    To those who asked about a spike in traffic to my blog, it was mainly on Monday, and much of that was probably people coming to the blog to watch the videos. I’ve had a few more than usual come from soundoffsouth.com but not majorly more. Yesterday’s stats were pretty much normal again.

    It’s been interesting to hear how many have said in person that they hadn’t known why my blog is called ivman’s blague ‐ either the iv part or the blague part, or both. It’s like Dorothy’s ruby slippers … right there all along. Just click on the about tab at the top of any page. Another tab up there tells the most commented blog posts, in descending order, and the stats of most viewed posts in in the sidebar.

    When I get a chance I’ll reply personally to several of the comments that cry out for a personal answer or rejoinder. πŸ™‚

    My next post (this evening’s) is in the works … ingenious, recent inventions. Stay tuned….

  47. #47 Dave
    on Jul 23rd, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Hey Rob! Looks like the interview got you a few new readers!

    I thought the interview was good, but I have to give you the news that the only chairs in the studio are swivel chairs πŸ™‚

    I’m glad the interview went well and I’m looking forward to your next post!

  48. #48 Kris Stephens
    on Jul 24th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Age – 37
    Score – 15
    It would have been 14, but I remember my father telling me that my grandpa used blackjack gum to help him quit smoking before I was born. He put blackjack gum in his shirt pocket where his cigarettes used to be and when he would instinctively go to his shirt pocket for cigarettes he made himself chew a stick of blackjack gum instead. I guess my grandpa was a few years ahead of those “use-gum-to-help-you-quit-smoking” programs!

  49. #49 E. Bruce
    on Jul 24th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks so much for your fun post this week. Your interview was great — congratulations!

    I (age 27) tried out the quiz and got 15 correct, though I guessed on a few. As some of the other commenters mentioned, I enjoy Reminisce magazine. πŸ™‚

    I got hooked on your IV’s several years ago when Sandy S. started forwarding the e-mails to me. It’s a highlight in my week to read your new posts and the comments.

  50. #50 Rob
    on Jul 25th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Now for some targeted responses…. πŸ˜€

    @Kathleen – The cartoon is an allusion to the old TV series from the 50s called The Honeymooners. Alice Kramden was never unruffled and never fazed by her husband Ralph’s constant threats to strike her with his fist and say something like “one of these days, Alice…Pow! Right to the MOON!”.

    @Sandrew – The interview was between 7 and 8 in the morning. I had to be there earlier than that to get ready for it.

    @Michael – Happy Belated Birthday! Yikes, you can’t be 37, can you?! When you told how long ago you were born, did you factor in the time difference between South Carolina and South Dakota?

    @several who thought I’d see a spike in readership – The only spike was on Monday, and that is attributable mainly to the traffic from people wanting to see the videos. I have really picked up next to no traffic from SoundOffSouth! as a result of the interview. A few more than usual, but nothing dramatic. I guess most people in Greenville were still sleeping at that hour!

    @Nancy – Your grandmother must have been a wise non-Latino woman, and if you, her granddaughter, had been a boy instead, you would be a wise guy … I think you might be one anyway…. πŸ™‚

    @Dave – I’m sorry to hear that all the chairs at WYFF are swivel. I was told by someone yesterday that I actually looked much less terrified and nervous than some of the interviewees. My biggest terror was the unknown – Kelly had told me several times that she might ask me something she hadn’t included in the questions she had sent me ahead of time. Several of my times of groping for an answer were after fielding questions I didn’t know were coming. Kelly had told me that 3 minutes would go by amazingly fast, which I knew from teaching and which was indeed the case. But time seemed to drag to a standstill when I was trying to come up with those answers!

    @Kris – When I was a kid one of our favorite uses of Blackjack gum was to cover up a tooth and then to smile.

  51. #51 Maria
    on Jul 26th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    32 yrs. old got 16 right! I also totally understood the cartoon – thanks to the Blakes’ Christmas party – video time.

  52. #52 Rob
    on Jul 26th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    @Maria – Do you have a lot of us geezers in your life? That’s quite a good score for a 32 year old! πŸ™‚

  53. #53 Ann
    on Jul 26th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I’m 56 and got 15 right. I have no clue what the cartoon is about. We grew up without television. The first time that my father had one was in the late 1990’s. My mother died in 1992 without ever having had a television.

    For those who said that they are good guessers, one of my biology professors at BJ never used multiple choice or matching questions as he said that it was putting the answer on the test and having the students guess which one it might be.

    I sent out the sign with arrows going out in all directions (as shown in the tv clip) in an e-mail. I told of my father’s very poor sense of direction and wondered if he encountered such a sign where he might end up. Someone responded saying that my father is probably the ONLY one who would end up in the right place!

  54. #54 Angela
    on Jul 27th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Age – 33
    Score – 14

    The result is a combination of accumulated trivia and clever guessing. I agree with the teacher Ann mentioned – I was always a very good guesser, and multiple choice questions were near-freebies – ESPECIALLY if questions and answers were even.

  55. #55 Heather
    on Jul 27th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I’m 25, but didn’t keep track of my answers since I remembered this quiz from your archives (in the pre-Evil Hacker days). The wide range of results makes me smile.

    In your interview, you mentioned things that should never have been put in print. I came across a note in a music magazine that made me lol:

    “This great theme (the Toreador song from Bizet’s _Carmen_) is from one of the most popular operas of all time. Unfortunately, the work was panned (sic) while Bizet was alive, and he died – some say of heartbreak – shortly after its premier.”

  56. #56 Brendon H
    on Jul 28th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    At 23 years of age, I scored an 11 — I’m just glad I am not labeled as a geezer or a muddy-minded person! πŸ™‚ Fun questionnaire!

  57. #57 Janiece
    on Aug 19th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    i got 13/20 right and i’m only 21. always been a good guesser though…

  58. #58 Ellen
    on Jan 4th, 2010 at 12:51 am

    I got 17 right, though I don’t know that that qualifies me as an old geezer. I think it’s more that I remember hearing adults talking about certain things while I was growing up as well as being a good guesser. πŸ™‚