Monday trivia is back like a boomerang from the holidays and determined to knock the rust off all gray matter.
So here is the first opportunity of the new year to test your local knowledge and impress your friends.
1. Sunday would have been Elvis Presley’s 77th birthday. What did Elvis do the afternoon before his concert at the Macon Coliseum on June 1, 1977 -- 11 weeks before his death?
A. Bought a new pair of blue suede shoes at the Macon Mall.
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B. Went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.
C. Got stuck in an elevator at the Hilton Hotel.
D. Accidentally dropped his key to the city into the Ocmulgee.
2. Which of the following is NOT true about the city of Byron?
A. It is located in Peach County, although part of the city limits is in Houston County.
B. It was home of the Atlanta International Pop Festival in 1970, which drew an estimated 500,000 music fans -- the largest event in state history prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
C. It was named after 19th century British poet Lord Byron.
D. It will host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
3. Which of the following is NOT true about Colleen Farrington, who was born in the community of Davisboro in Washington County?
A. She was the first female police officer in nearby Sandersville.
B. She is the mother of actress Diane Lane.
C. She was a fashion model in New York City.
D. She was Playboy magazine’s “Playmate of the Month” for October 1957.
4. What are the average high and low temperatures for Macon in January?
A. 69 and 43.
B. 77 and 59.
C. 58 and 35.
D. 93 and 71.
5. What was the real name of the famous “Goat Man” from Twiggs County?
A. Fred Sanford.
B. Paul McCartney.
C. Ches McCartney.
D. Harry Beard.
6. Joanna Troutman, who lived in Crawford County, is famous for what in history?
A. She caught a record trout in Ulcohatchee Creek.
B. She lived to be 106 and became a silent film star.
C. She was the first woman elected to the state bar association.
D. She designed the “Lone Star” flag and became known as the “Betsy Ross of Texas.”
7. Which of the following is NOT true about Emory Gordy Jr., who graduated from Middle Georgia College in Cochran in 1964?
A. He wrote the song “Do Wacko Do,” which was recorded the following year by Roger Miller.
B. He toured with Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris and John Denver.
C. He helped launch the career of country singer Patty Loveless, who later became his wife.
D. He won a Grammy for Bluegrass Album of the Year in 1989.
8. What did the famous Eakes sisters of Warner Robins -- Sandra, Sharon, Bobbie and Shelly -- have in common besides their last name?
A. They made up 80 percent of the starting lineup for the Warner Robins High girls basketball team.
B. All four competed in the Miss Georgia Pageant. (Sandra won in 1979, and Bobbie in 1982.)
C. They each became real estate agents.
D. None of them have ever watched the soap operas “The Bold and the Beautiful” or “All My Children.”
9. Which Middle Georgia city is the home of Georgia’s official state vegetable?
A. Fort Valley (peach).
B. Cordele (watermelon).
C. Plains (peanut).
D. Vidalia (sweet onion).
10. Which three people tied for first place in the voting for Macon’s “Person of the Century” by Telegraph readers in January 2000?
A. Ronnie Thompson, William Fickling Sr. and Viola Ross Napier.
B. Harley Bowers, Damon King and Carolyn Crayton.
C. Peyton Anderson, Kirby Godsey and William A. “Gus” Bootle.
D. The Rev. Jimmy Waters, Gen. Robert Scott and W.L. “Young” Stribling.
Answers: 1. B. 2. D. 3. A. 4. C. 5. C. 6. D. 7. A. 8. B. 9. D. 10. C
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