(1) Name all five of Riverview's roller coasters.
Bobs, Sliver Streak, Comet, Fireball (formerly the Blue Streak), and Flying Turns. (No, the Wild Mouse was not a real rollercoaster.) I didn't know any of these either.
(2) What was the former name of Martin Luther King Drive?
South Park Avenue.
(3) How many times was Richard J. Daley elected mayor?
Six times. 1955, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1971, and 1975.
(4) Identify any two of the candidates who ran against Richard J. Daley for mayor.
Any two of these will suffice: Merriam, Sheehan, Adamowski, Waner, Friedman, Hoellen. But here's an exhaustive list from the Chicago Public Library.
(5) What is an alewife?
A type of fish. The Chicago connection is that great numbers of these fish turned up dead on the shores of Lake Michigan, as this Time Magazine story from 1967 recounts.
(6) What did Jack Brickhouse yell when the Cubs hit a home run?
Hey Hey! If you look close, you can see it's even on his monument just off Michigan Avenue. Cub fans forget that, at one time, Brickhouse also broadcast White Sox games on WGN Television. And, of course, he did the Bears games on radio for many years.
(7) Name, in order, the three papers Mike Royko wrote for.
The Daily News, the Sun-Times, and the Tribune. Royko called me a "yuppie" once when we were at the Billy Goat. But he took it back. Some time I'll tell that story.
(8) What gasoline chain had Dino the Dinosaur as a mascot?
Sinclair. The Sinclair chain must still exist outside of Chicago, or at least it did a few years back. I was with Middle Son going to a baseball tournament in western Illinois and we bought gas at one. I carried the receipt with me until it disintegrated.
(9) Which of Bill Veeck's legs was the peg-leg?
The right one. As I recall, it had an ashtray in it.
(10) Identify Resurrection Mary.
A famous Chicago area ghost. Here's a link to more information about her. At least one 1950's teenage tragedy song rips off this legend.
(11) Why was 1340 North State Parkway a famous address?
This was the original Playboy Mansion.
(12) Who was Uncle Johnny Coons?
The host of a children's TV show. I knew this, although he was before my time.
(13) What car dealer was the "Home of the Backward K?"
Nickey Chevrolet. (Sing along with me now: Nickey, Nickey, Nickey Chevrolet.)
(14) Name the announcer of TV bowling at Faetz-Niesen.
Whispering Joe Wilson. I recognize the name, but I didn't know this one at all.
(15) What was a Green Hornet?
(16) Where were the Stock Yards located?
Halsted, near 43rd. This is one I marked wrong on my score sheet because I was a couple blocks off.
(17) What type of store was Morris B. Sachs?
A clothing store.
(18) When he wasn't doing Riverview commercials, what was Two-Ton Baker's profession?
Band leader. I got this one wrong, too.
(19) What Catholic archbishop has a suburb named after him?
The town of Mundelein is named for George Cardinal Mundelein.
(20) What business had the phone number MOhawk 4-4100?
CET for Television. Are you singing along with me? I didn't go to amusement parks but I watched a lot of TV as a kid.
(21) Identify one Chicago street that was part of U.S. Route 66.
Ogden, Adams, or Jackson. I'm embarrassed to say I missed this one.
(22) Name the sponsor of TV wrestling who was killed by an unhappy customer.
Sid Forhman. I'm not embarrassed to have missed this one.
(23) What was the last home stadium of the Chicago Cardinals?
(Updated 2/2/09) This is a trick question. Although Chicagoans of a certain age remember the Cardinals playing at Comiskey Park, an article in the Sports section of the January 25, 2009 Chicago Tribune confirmed that, in their very last season in Chicago, the Cards played four games at Soldier Field. They also played two games that year in Minnesota.
(24) Name one locally-brewed Chicago beer. (Recent brew-pubs do not count!)
Old Chicago, Meister Brau, Tavern Pale, Drewrys, Edelweiss, etc. I had a brain cramp on this and couldn't remember any of these.
(25) Before Circle, where was the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois?
Navy Pier. These days you're not supposed to say "Circle" either; you're supposed to say the University of Illinois at Chicago.
(26) Where did the Beatles perform on their first trip to Chicago?
(27) Which defunct grocery chain gave S & H Green Stamps?
National. I remember the Green Stamp books. My mother collected.
(28) Name the boxing champ who gave his name to a local milk company.
Joe Louis. Another one I got wrong.
(29) Where was the Army Induction Center located?
Van Buren and Des Plaines Streets. Didn't know this one either.
(30) How many inches of snow fell in the January 1967 blizzard?
27. That's the number I remembered too, but I've also seen 23.1 bandied about. We're celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1967 blizzard this weekend. If "celebrating" is an appropriate word. I was just a kid and remember it fondly -- but I doubt I'd have the same attitude today.
(31) Who wore an Uncle Sam suit, and was always a losing candidate for public office?
Lar "America First" Daly. Regular visitors should have gotten this one right.
(32) What public building was often called simply "Eleventh and State?"
(33) Where did Andy the Clown hang out?
Comiskey Park. You know, I'm wondering if whoever came up with this quiz was from the South Side -- with the Riverview questions just there to throw people off the trail. Andy's cry: "Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooo White Sox!"
(34) Name the TV show that was the source of the local catch-phrase: "Right Here, Harv."
Bozo's Circus. I watched this show for years. I just don't remember this as a catch-phrase that people used.
(35) Who were the Lincoln Park Pirates?
Lincoln Towing. They were the subject of the Steve Goodman song, "Lincoln Park Pirates" which, I believe, was popular in places besides Chicago as well. Are you singing along with me yet?
The streetlamps are on in Chicago tonight/ And lovers are gazin' at stars/ The stores are all closin' and Daley is dozin' and the fat man is counting the cars/ And there's more cars than places to put 'em, he says/ But I got room for 'em all....
Not singing along? Maybe it's my voice. I hope Simon doesn't hear me.
And, yes, I know that's not the right album cover. But it was the best picture I could scrounge.
(36) What was the old name of the Brown Line 'L?
(37) Where was Skip's located?
North Avenue near First Avenue. Another one on which I had no clue either.
(38) What do the call letters of Channel 11 (WTTW) stand for?
Window To The World.
(39) Where was Skid Row?
Madison Street, from Clinton to Halsted. I'd say this is too narrow a location, although certainly accurate.
(40) Name two Illinois governors who served time in prison.
Otto Kerner, Jr. and Dan Walker.
How did you do?