Looking Back July 3

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

Here is a look back at entertainment through the years. It's a holiday weekend and a great time to enjoy family and friends. See how well you and yours can do on this hodgepodge of trivia questions. There are 31, one for every day of the month of July. Enjoy!


1. How many times has Wile E. Coyote caught the Roadrunner?

2. What future comedian sent his resume to Carol Burnett when he was only 10 years old?

3. In the history of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, what role did Johnathan Lee Iverson play?

4. Who was was the first female motion picture performer to be honored with the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute (AFI), the highest honor given for a career in film.

5. In its early years, rock and roll music was believed to make teenagers crazy, drug-deranged, and/or promiscuous. A newspaper in Los Angeles printed a story that announced that rock music "tightens the cow's glandular system and deters milking," with a strange headline that claimed "Rock 'n' Roll Makes Cows Tighten Up." What year was it?

6. "Man - woman - birth - death - infinity" were the opening words of what television series in the 1960s?

7. Approximately 800,000 feet of what scenes were deleted from American movies released in Japan in 1926?

8. What was Lassie's salary in the 1950s?

9. The Top 10 box-office stars in Hollywood were from 1 to 10: Burt Reynolds, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda, Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Sally Field, Sissy Spacek, Barbara Streisand, and Steve Martin. What year was it?

10. Tickets for Frank Sinatra's first solo performance at the Paramount Theatre in New York City in 1942 sold for what price?

11. TV's popular cartoon duo Rocky and Bullwinkle represented a number of General Mills cereals from 1959 to 1970. Can you name at least two of them?

12. Warren Beatty's first job came at age 17. What role did he land at the National Theater in Washington, D.C.?

13. What do Harry Anderson, Cindy Crawford, and (Weird) Al Yankovic have in common?

14. What comedy team, legends in the history of Canadian entertainment, appeared a record 67 times on The Ed Sullivan Show?

15. Who was a mortuary cosmetologist and a bricklayer before becoming an actress?

16. In the TV sitcom "Cheers," what was the legal capacity of the bar? Hint: It was shown in a notice posted over the door.

17. In the U.S., prime-time westerns on TV reached their peak in 1958-59. At that time, how many westerns were on the air?

18. It was reported that director James Cameron desperately wanted a particular person to play the title role of the killer humanoid alien in the first "Terminator" film in the 1980s. Cameron held out to the very end, but ended up being "stuck" with then little-known Arnold Schwarzenegger. Who was his first choice?

19. Who dubbed Miss Piggy's singing voice in "The Muppet Movie"?

20. Lulu, the Scottish singer, is best known for her moving rendition of the title song of the film "To Sir, With Love" (1967). Lulu also sang the title song for a James Bond film. Which one was it?

21. Marilyn Monroe said her favorite male singer was Frank Sinatra. Who did she say was her favorite female singer?

22. More than 150,000 feet (28-plus miles) of film was used just to film the screen tests of potential actresses for the lead role of what movie?

23. In 1956, who was the highest paid film star in the world?

24. What was the first movie to have its own sequel released in the same year?

25. Why does Star Trek's Mr. Spock have a green cast to his skin?

26. After Spencer Tracy won the 1937 Best Actor Oscar for "Captains Courageous," the gold statuette was sent out to be inscribed. When it was returned to the actor, how was it engraved?

27. Burt Reynolds grew up in Palm Beach, Fla. What was his father's occupation?

28. What is Chevy Chase's real first name?

29. Children's author Shel Silverstein, who wrote the 1981 bestseller "A Light in the Attic" (which was on The New York Times best sellers list for 182 weeks), as well as the children's classics "The Giving Tree" (1964) and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1974) had other creative talents as well. He wrote a 1969 hit song for Johnny Cash that took two Grammy Awards. What song was it?

30. Over the decades, the Coca-Cola company signed on some big names in the entertainment industry to push its bubbly beverage. Recording artists who have endorsed Coke include Roy Orbison and Diana Ross. Can you name others?

31. In the Abbott and Costello "Who's on First" routine, what was the pitcher's name?


1. Once, May 21, 1980

2. Jim Carrey

3. In November 1998, he became the youngest (age 22) and the first black ringmaster in the 129-year history of that world-famous circus.

4. Bette Davis, 1977

5. 1959

6."Ben Casey"

7. Kissing -- It was considered unclean, immodest, indecorous, ungraceful and likely to spread disease.

8. $5,000 per week

9. 1980

10. 35 cents each

11. Jets, Trix, Cocoa Puffs and Cheerios

12. The place was plagued by rats. Desperate for a job in the theatre, Beatty convinced the management to hire him as the official rat-catcher.

13. They were all valedictorians.

14. Wayne & Shuster

15. Whoopi Goldberg

16. 75

17. 31 ... by 1964-65, that number had plummeted to seven.

18. O.J. Simpson

19. Johnny Mathis

20. "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974)

21. Ella Fitzgerald

22. Scarlett O'Hara of "Gone with the Wind" (1939)

23. John Wayne

24. "King Kong" and "Son of Kong" (1933)

25. Spock has traces of copper and nickel in his blood, giving it a greenish tint.

26. To "Dick Tracy" (A replacement was quickly made)

27. He was the police chief. FYI: Reynolds now owns a house in Jupiter, Fla., that was once used by Al Capone as a hideaway.

28. Cornelius

29. "A Boy Named Sue"

30. The Temptations, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, The Drifters, Jan and Dean, The Moody Blues, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and The Guess Who ... just to name a few.

31. Tomorrow.