By Caitlin Kelly
Last week I went back to defend our title in the Asian American Journalists Association annual trivia contest, which The New York Times won last year, beating The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and others.
Each company can bring a team of ten, and the goal is to raise funds for scholarships and other AAJA programs. Being a trivia fiend who once qualified for Jeopardy, this is my kind of night!
It was held in a beautiful ballroom on Broad Street, at very southern end of Manhattan, a half a block from the New York Stock Exchange. It’s a part of the city I never visit, where all you can see are thin slices of sky barely visible above the narrow, steep canyon walls of skyscrapers. Guys with gelled hair in costly suits stride past, weary from a day of moving millions, or billions, of dollars.
It also reminded me, sadly, how terrifying 9/11 must have been down there as thousands of people ran as fast and far as they could from the huge dark cloud of dust and debris that chased them through those narrow streets.
The event brought out a combined team from CBS/ABC, from General Motors (the main sponsor) and others, including AARP, who were nothing if not consistent — dead-last in 8th. place the whole evening.
We were tied for fourth through the first four rounds, suddenly ascending after the fifth round to second place — but losing by (shriek) three points. But we had a blast, got to know some new people and are even more determined to re-claim the Tea Cup next year.
The raffle prizes must have been bid on by our table alone as we kept winning them. I scored a $450 three-month health club membership for my $20 worth of tickets. Cool!
So, my dears, here are some of the 60 questions lobbed at us.
Which actor has won the most Academy Awards?
What is the best-selling album of all time?
What is the longest-running scripted show on American television?
From which novel did the company Starbucks get its name?
How many oceans are there?
What is the capital of West Virginia?
Pluto was re-classified as a planet to….?
Which dinosaur turned out not to be real after all?
What is the name of the spacecraft that landed on the moon?
Which two lawyers argued the Scopes monkey trial?
Which designer currently heads the Fashion Designers Council of America?
What was the 48th. state?
What is the only even prime number?
What country lies directly north of Germany?
Who is the founder of Standard Oil?
Which President is the only one to have held a patent?
Which American athlete has won the most Winter Olympics medals?
Which fashion designer took over after the death of Alexander McQueen?