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Thursday, November 18, 2004
Remember the 1970s Answers

1. What TV game show featured a gigantic pinball machine? The Magnificent Marble Machine, hosted by Art James.

2. What sports franchise in the big four sports (baseball, football, basketball & hockey) won the most championships in the 1970s? The Montreal Canadiens won 5 Stanley Cups in the 1970s, beating out the Pittsburgh Steelers' four Super Bowl victories and the Oakland A's' three World Series wins.

3. When DC Comics brought back the 1940s-era Newsboy Legion in the 1970s, they redesigned Gabby's face to look a little less like what famous person? Gabby was made to look a little less like the President, Richard Nixon.

4. True or False: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won a playoff game during the 1970s. True. The Buccaneers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in a 1979 playoff game and actually hosted the NFC Championship that year (which they lost to the Los Angeles Rams).

5. Who revealed the existence of tapes of White House phone conversations and meetings to the Watergate Committee? Alexander Butterfield, a White House aide, revealed the taping system.

6. Who was the daytime host of Wheel of Fortune in the 1970s? Chuck Woolery was the host of Wheel of Fortune.

7. Who wrote the stories in National Lampoon that were adapted for the screenplay of Animal House? Chris Miller wrote many tales of Delta House for NatLamp.

8. What band was chosen to play the final show at the Fillmore East? The Allman Brothers' Band, which had recorded a highly successful live album at the Fillmore East, were chosen to close the venue in 1971.

9. Excluding the center, what four NFL players (arguably) touched the ball during the play that became known as "The Immaculate Reception"? Terry Bradshaw, Frenchy Fuqua, Jack Tatum (disputed) and Franco Harris all touched the ball during The Immaculate Reception.

10. Who quarterbacked the Miami Dolphins for most of their undefeated 1972 season? The Miami Dolphins' quarterback for most of the 1972 season was Earl Morrall. The starter, Bob Griese, suffered a broken ankle early in the season and did not return until the second half of the AFC Championship Game. Ironically, four years earlier Morrall had taken over for an injured Johnny Unitas and been the NFL's MVP for the 1968 Colts, another team regarded as among the greatest of all time.

11. True or false: No team won back to back NBA Championships in the 1970s. True. The Knicks, Celtics and Lakers were the only team to win two titles in that decade, but did not win in consecutive years.

12. Name the Chicago Cubs' outfielder whose mad dash rescued an American flag from a couple of intoxicated fans who intended to burn it in centerfield at Dodger Stadium. Rick Monday snatched the flag from the hands of the fumble-fingered fans before they could set it on fire.

13. Speaking of mad dashes, why did Astros' baserunner Bob Watson race at full speed around the bases on May 5, 1975 after a teammate's home run? Watson raced around the bases because he had the opportunity to score major league baseball's one-millionth run. Reportedly, Dave Concepcion also dashed around the bases after hitting a solo shot at almost the same time, and ended up scoring run #1,000,001.

14. Who was George McGovern's first announced selection for his running mate in 1972? Why was he replaced? McGovern's original running mate was Thomas Eagleton of Missouri, who was forced from the ticket when it was revealed that he had suffered from depression and had undergone electro-shock treatment for the condition.

15. True or false: The 1971 issues of Green Lantern where Green Arrow's sidekick Speedy became a junkie were distributed without the Comics Code Authority Seal on the front cover. False (although commonly reported as true). In early 1971 Marvel had decided to tackle the subject of drug abuse in their popular Amazing Spider-Man comic. Although drug abuse was portrayed in a strongly negative manner (with one kid falling off a roof under the influence) the CCA refused to certify the three issues in which the drug theme was mentioned. The world did not end, retailers did not refuse to stock the comic, and the CCA was in danger of being revealed as a paper tiger. As a result, when DC came up with a much more nuanced storyline a few months later with a major character addicted to heroin, the CCA buckled and sent it out with their imprimatur.


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