Trivia: How much do you know about the 1950s and '60s?

February 9, 2014 

BEACON recently revved up Doc Brown's time-traveling DeLorean to take trivia lovers back to the future at its annual gala at St. Augustine Church in Belleville.

Baby boomers were in the catbird seat during a night devoted almost exclusively to the history, sports, music, movies and TV of the 1950s and '60s. At what time of day did the Grass Roots make confessions (midnight); what award did Rowan and Martin give to honor dubious achievements (the flying fickle finger of fate) and what Hispanic civil rights leader led a boycott of grapes (Cesar Chavez) were just a few of the questions that hopefully brought back good memories.

About to celebrate its 17th anniversary, Belleville Ecumenical Area Caring for Our Neighbors brings together members from dozens of area churches to help those in need. In 2012, it provided nearly a quarter million dollars in goods and services to more than 2,600 area families.

If you'd like to help, send a check to BEACON, P.O. Box 23468, Belleville, IL, or donate online at The group also seeks donations of furniture, appliances and bedding (222-8942). If you need help, call 222-8842.

1. His real name is Robert Weston Smith, but with just one sound of his gravelly voice we would recognize him as what famous disc jockey?

2. What beloved puppeteer introduced us to Kermit the Frog for the first time in 1955?

3. Remember Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) in "Family Vacation"? What was the named of the 1960s science-fiction TV show in which she starred?

4. In 1964, the MVP award in both the National and American leagues went to third basemen. Who were they?

5. In 1954, what nation divided itself into north and south, ominously enough?

6. What song became Elvis Presley's first No. 1 hit on April, 21, 1956?

7. What morning-sickness drug did the FDA refuse to approve in 1961 because it was causing horrendous birth defects elsewhere?

8. For what 1969 movie did Goldie Hawn win her only Oscar?

9. What St. Louis Blues legend led the team in goals during the team's first three seasons?

10. Which pope became the first to visit the United States in October 1965?

11. In a famous TV interview, what woman once said that she wasn't some little woman standing by her man like Tammy Wynette?

12. What U.S. secretary of defense had earlier been the driving force behind introducing the Ford Falcon?

13. Mr. Ed, the talking horse, offered on-air endorsements for which brand of automobile in 1961?

14. On Jan. 18, 1964, what song debuted at No. 35 on the Billboard chart and launched the British rock 'n' roll invasion?

15. Arthur Miller used the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s as an allegory for which of his Tony Award-winning plays?

16. What hairstylist created the short, smooth bob with bangs look for the Swingin' '60s?

17. What Harvard professor's creed was "Turn on, tune in, drop out"?

18. Which orchestra leader, born in Italy but based in Britain, became the first artist to sell a million stereo albums?

19. Name either opponent whom Jimmy Connors defeated to win his first two title at Wimbledon in 1974 and 1982.

20. Robert Stroud is the protagonist in "Birdman of Alcatraz." In what state did he commit his first murder?


1. Wolfman Jack

2. As a college student, Jim Henson used a piece of his mom's coat and two ping-pong ball halves for eyes to fashion what would become Kermit for his show on WRC in Washington, D.C.

3. "It's About Time" (CBS, 1966)

4. Brooks Robinson of Baltimore - and the St. Louis Cardinals' Ken Boyer

5. Vietnam

6. After switching to RCA Victor, Elvis shot to No. 1 with "Heartbreak Hotel" for the No. 1 song of the rock 'n' roll era.

7. Thalidomide, now used in treating cancer, leprosy and Crohn's disease.

8. As Toni Simmons in "Cactus Flower"

9. Red Berenson (22-33-35 goals)

10. Pope Paul VI made a plea for peace in Vietnam at the United Nations.

11. Hillary Clinton on "60 Minutes" on Jan. 26, 1992

12. Just weeks after Robert McNamara became president of Ford, John Kennedy chose him for the cabinet post.

13. Studebaker

14. "I Want to Hold Your Hand"

15. "The Crucible" In 1957, Miller was found in contempt of Congress for refusing to name people who he had seen at various political events.

16. Vidal Sassoon

17. Timothy Leary

18. Annunzio Mantovani

19. Ken Rosewall and John McEnroe

20. In 1909, he killed a barman in Alaska.

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