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Old 08-17-2012, 09:04 AM   #1
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trivia 8/17

trivia 8/17
More than 1 billion people speak Mandarin Chinese, making it the most widely spoken
language in the world.

1. Name the actress who, over the years, was married to Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra,
and Artie Shaw.
2. What is Goldie Hawn's real first name?
3. In which movie did Clint Eastwood give us the immortal line, "Go ahead...make my
day!" ?
4. What Broadway musical, later a movie, was based on Thornton Wilder's comedy, "The
5. What kind of bird was the custodian of the secret word on the old quiz show, "You Bet
your Life"?
6. Can you name the eight other (besides the USA) members of the "Nuclear Club; that
is, those who are known to have conducted nuclear tests since 1945?
(You'll need to name them all for a correct answer.)
7. What famous TV actor played the voice of Charlie on the "Charlie's Angels" TV
8. Which country has the highest peak in South America?
On the "Welcome Back, Kotter" TV series featuring the group of misfits called the "Sweathogs",
The nickname reflected the fact that the remedial classes were held on the very top floor of the high school,
which was not air conditioned.
1. Ava Gardner
3. "sudden impact"
6. Russia, France, The United Kingdom, Israel, China, India, Pakistan and North Korea
8. Argentina
The show starred comedian Gabe Kaplan as the title character Gabe Kotter, a wisecracking teacher
who returns to his high school alma mater—the fictional James Buchanan High in Brooklyn,
New York—to teach an often unruly group of remedial wiseguys known as the "Sweathogs."
(The nickname reflected the fact that the remedial classes were held on the very top floor of the high school.)
The school was based on New Utrecht High School which was used in the opening credits, and also the high school that Kaplan attended. The school's principal was perpetually absent, while the uptight
vice principal Michael Woodman (John Sylvester White) dismissed the Sweathogs as worthless
hoodlums and only expected Kotter to attempt to control them until they inevitably dropped out.

However, Kotter had attended the same remedial classes when he himself was a student at Buchanan
and was a founding member of the Sweathogs. Recognizing that he was his students' last chance to learn enough to survive beyond school, he soon befriended them while they learned to recognize and appreciate his commitment and faith in their potential. His devotion to the class was such that his students often visited his Bensonhurst apartment, sometimes to the chagrin of his wife, Julie (Marcia Strassman).
Most of the major characters of Welcome Back, Kotter were based on people from Kaplan's teen years as a remedial high school student in Brooklyn. As a stand-up comic, one of Kaplan's most popular routines was "Holes and Mellow Rolls", in which he talked in depth about his former classmates. The names of three of the four major characters in Holes and Mellow Rolls were changed for the television series: "Vinnie Barbarino" was inspired by Eddie Lecarri; "Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington" was inspired by Freddie "Furdy" Peyton; and "Juan Epstein" was partially inspired by Epstein "The Animal"; only "Arnold Horshack's" name remained unchanged.
Incidentally, Ron Palillo, who played Horshack, died this week at age 63...........
"Holes and Mellow Rolls" routine -

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