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March 31, 1986 | By Ewart Rouse, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphians make a very unflattering case study. Consider, for instance, the following insights, gleaned from a two-year study of the Philadelphia-area lifestyle: We eat more pasta than the residents of every other major U.S. region except New York, and consume more spaghetti sauce and gravy than anyone else. We drink more blended whiskey, ale and tea than anyone else. But we hate to jog. Specifically, there is less jogging going on in Philadelphia than there is anyplace else in the 10 largest metropolitan areas.
NEWS
March 4, 1986
Contrary to the Feb. 9 "Personalities" section of the Inquirer Magazine, Irene Dunne never appeared in a television series I Remember Mama (which was actually entitled Mama), although she did appear in the movie version that bears the full name. In the television series, Mama was played by Peggy Wood. The only television series that Irene Dunne appeared in was the Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, a dramatic series of the 1950s that she hosted for a while. Richard A. Schutz Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 4, 1990 | By Cynthia Mayer, Inquirer Staff Writer
By now, you've heard it all: The Blue Route is progress. It's long overdue. It's had its problems, but it's almost here - due to open in the summer of 1991. It's going to change the face of Delaware County. OK, but how come no one ever talks about the really important stuff about this highway? Like where the speed traps will be. Like how many movie theaters will be within a 30-minute drive. Or who's going to make a bundle off that vacant piece of land - it seems like the last one for miles - right off the Baltimore Pike interchange.
NEWS
August 29, 1988 | By Theo Lippman Jr
Gilbert Sandler dropped by and asked, "Do you know the name of Rutherford B. Hayes' vice president?" I threw my mind into trivia gear. Nothing. He said, "Bob Embry said you wouldn't know. It was William Almon Wheeler. Embry knew. " A chill went up my spine. I've been in the political trivia business a long time. I've been the best in the territory. Lots of others could come up with answers to such questions as "name the last man to run for vice president twice with different presidential candidates" (Charles Fairbanks, with Theodore Roosevelt and Charles Evans Hughes, 1904 and 1916)
NEWS
February 24, 1988 | BY JACK MCKINNEY
As the Inquirer's Edgar "Ted" Williams might observe, you know time is marching on when you see former fighter Irish Eddie Woods in a business suit, his face still youthful, but now crowned with a mane of gray hair. Woodsy - as he was known to patrons of Kensington's famed "Blood Pit," the Cambria A.C. - personally figured in a pair of trivia questions that continue to separate true boxing cognoscenti from mere pretenders. To wit: 1. What box-office-record fight movie based its dramatic climax on an actual event in Woodsy's career?
NEWS
August 20, 1989 | By John P. Martin, Special to The Inquirer
It started as a game. Name the three future United States Supreme Court Justices who fought for the Confederacy. A harmless game. Which Confederate state was the least populated? Between two friends. Name the play Lincoln was watching when he was shot. But after years of trying to stump each other on Civil War-era trivia, Frank Young and Dan Rossi decided to let others play along. That was about four years ago. The upshot was The Civil War Trivia Board Game, a mixture of strategy, history and trivia that the pair created in Young's basement in Berwyn.
NEWS
October 22, 1987 | By Diane Russell, Special to The Inquirer
Dave Traini didn't know that Roger's last name on the television sitcom What's Happening!! was Thomas, nor did he know that Tutankhamen became king of Egypt when he was just 9. But he did know that The Cosby Show comes on at 8 p.m. and that Elaine Joyce is the hostess for The All-New Dating Game. The Washington Township Middle School science teacher - an undefeated champion of the TV game show Jeopardy! - went through some unexpected mental training yesterday during a trivia challenge that his students hoped would help him bone up for the forthcoming "Jeopardy Champion of Champions" playoff.
NEWS
December 22, 1996 | By Natalie Pompilio, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Even Old St. Nick called the Garden State home at some point. "And he probably still does," said author and historian Russell Roberts. "Everyone lives in New Jersey. " The jolly old elf most people associate with Christmas - the man with the long white beard, red suit and chubby cheeks - was the invention of Morristown resident Thomas Nast in the early 1860s. Before Nast's cartoon version of Santa became the standard, St. Nicholas was pictured wearing a variety of garb from Arabian prince-style robes to an overcoat and pants.
NEWS
October 1, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
  PHILADELPHIA Pat Hines is not a particularly sentimental guy. The 20th anniversary of his life-altering gift to Philadelphia's beer-drinking public approaches, and how does he plan to celebrate? "My wife and I will probably reminisce," he said. And where will they do this rollicking reminiscing? Belfast, Northern Ireland. About 3,700 miles from the site where he led his first Quizo contest. Hines is the undisputed founder of the bar trivia game Quizo in Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2003 | By Jane M. Von Bergen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The pigeon-droppings question gets them every time. "They usually don't know that one," said David Seltzer, the master of ceremonies for this week's Philadelphia trivia contest hosted by Leadership Inc. for 110 of Philadelphia's top or up-and-coming business and nonprofit leaders. Maybe your question is what pigeon droppings have to do with power in the city, with grooming rising executives to assume the mantle of civic leadership, to sit on boards, to raise money, to apply business acumen to bettering society.
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NEWS
January 7, 2016
ARDMORE The Ardmore Free Library, founded in 1899 and the dean of the six county libraries in Lower Merion Township, will host a grand reopening celebration on Saturday. The library, which was closed last January to undergo renovations that were part of a multiyear capital project to upgrade the libraries in the township, reopened for business this week. The official ribbon-cutting event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, and will feature a presentation of the library's history, a story time and magician for children, "mythological trivia" for young adults, and self-guided tours of the newly expanded facilities.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IF I had a dollar for every time I watched "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and thought to myself, "I could so kill this game," I probably would be a millionaire. While I get that this is not a particularly realistic way to achieve that financial status, I remained convinced that I could succeed on the venerable trivia game show, which airs locally weekdays at 12:30 p.m. on 6ABC. Actually, I did try out about 10 years ago, with the intention of writing a story for the newspaper I worked for at the time.
NEWS
October 1, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
  PHILADELPHIA Pat Hines is not a particularly sentimental guy. The 20th anniversary of his life-altering gift to Philadelphia's beer-drinking public approaches, and how does he plan to celebrate? "My wife and I will probably reminisce," he said. And where will they do this rollicking reminiscing? Belfast, Northern Ireland. About 3,700 miles from the site where he led his first Quizo contest. Hines is the undisputed founder of the bar trivia game Quizo in Philadelphia.
SPORTS
April 12, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE EARLY candidate for most interesting nugget from our boys down in Augusta was that Jack Nicklaus, for the longest time, never owned any of the green jackets he earned by winning six Masters. The club never seemed to have a 43 regular on hand, but in 1965 they gave him the one owned by Thomas Dewey, who is best known for the unfortunate 1948 Chicago Daily Tribune headline "Dewey defeats Truman. " The idea that Nicklaus has a closet full of green jackets also is a misperception.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
I TRACE MY roots back to 1862 (yes, during the Civil War) and railway legislation signed by Abraham Lincoln. Based in Omaha, I'm a top American transportation enterprise, with a railroad network spanning 23 states (mainly in the West) and more than 30,000 miles. I employ more than 40,000 people, use more than 8,000 locomotives and rake in more than $20 billion annually as I serve about 10,000 customers. My biggest customers include steamship lines, vehicle manufacturers, agricultural companies, utilities, intermodal companies and chemical manufacturers.
SPORTS
February 20, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Reconcile these two facts. One: Roy Oswalt has the 15th-best adjusted ERA of all-time among pitchers with at least 2,000 innings, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The first 10 already are in the Hall of Fame. The other four are Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay and Randy Johnson. Two: Roy Oswalt is unemployed as spring training camps open across America. The problem is, the former Phillie only wants to pitch near his home in Weir, Miss. Maybe he should take a ride across the state to Kiln and work out with ol' Brett Favre.
NEWS
July 10, 2011
To help get ready for Tuesday's Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Arizona, see what you know about past games. 1. The first All-Star Game was played in 1933. Where? a. Fenway Park, Boston. b. Comiskey Park, Chicago. c. Polo Grounds, New York. d. Wrigley Field, Chicago. 2. When was the first All-Star Game played in Philadelphia? a. 1943. b. 1953. c. 1967. d. 1976. 3. When was the last time the game was played in Philadelphia?
SPORTS
May 26, 2011
USUALLY AT 4 o'clock in the afternoon, the televisions in the Daily News Sports Department are either fixed on one of the local newscasts, whatever Comcast SportsNet is showing or the horse racing channel if a buddy of ours has passed along a hot tip. In honor of Oprah Winfrey's final show yesterday, we went with the horse racing. Even if she wasn't on our TVs all these years, the queen of talk's 25-year run is remarkable and laudable. Just think of the sports landscape when Oprah's Show debuted on Sept.
SPORTS
February 10, 2011
THERE'S A GOOD chance Ray Allen will break Reggie Miller's record for career three-pointers made tonight. This doesn't seem too extraordinary given that Miller was and Allen is two of the best marksmen of their generations. Still, when's the last time you looked at the list of all-time three-point shooters? If you have a life, that answer should be never. If you happen to tune into tonight's Celtics-Lakers game (TNT, 8 o'clock), the announcers will rightfully make a fuss about Allen's achievement.
NEWS
September 21, 2010 | By BROAD STREET BILLY as told to DAN GERINGER, geringd@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
I'M BROAD STREET Billy and, as I gobbled my way through Ashburn Alley last night, hoping that Red September's Chooch-smooching, Howard-powered Phillies diehards will inspire our Rolls Roys of a team to give us another Red October, I dreamt of another World Series after-party with 2 million of my closest friends. So help me get that parade vibe going by sending your favorite Fightin's stories and photos, fan-family histories, pin-striped kids, pets and man-and-woman caves to geringd@phillynews.
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