Thursday is Elvis Presley’s birthday, which should be a national holiday. The King would be 80 years old.
Of course, Elvis is not really dead, because there are so many people keeping him alive.
Today’s Monday Morning Trivia includes a token Elvis question in honor of the birthday boy, so pay attention.
1. The Macon City Auditorium, with one of the largest copper domes in the world, opened in 1925 at the corner of First and Cherry streets. What other significant development came to Cherry Street that same year?
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(A) Macon’s first traffic signals. (B) A pink line was painted as the center stripe. (C) The original cherry trees were planted. (D) The Big “O” Burger was introduced at The Rookery.
2. Before there was Elvis, there was John. Thursday also marks the anniversary of the birth of John Pemberton in Crawford County on Jan. 8, 1831. What was Pemberton’s gift to the world?
(A) He developed the polio vaccine. (B) He created the Monopoly board game. (C) He invented the formula for Coca-Cola. (D) He patented the bulletproof vest.
3. Which of the following is NOT true about Frank S. Horne, who was president at Fort Valley High and Industrial School, which later became Fort Valley State University?
(A) He was the uncle and one-time guardian of singer Lena Horne. (B) He was a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Black Cabinet” with the U.S. Housing Authority. (C) He was a Harlem Renaissance poet and one of the earliest members of the NAACP. (D) His work in blood plasma research led to the formation of blood banks.
4. Macon is mentioned in the song, “Guitar Man,” written by Jerry Reed. It was later recorded by which famous artist in 1967, then re-released in 1981 after his death, climbing to No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts and No. 28 on the pop charts?
(A) Jimi Hendrix. (B) Otis Redding. (C) Jim Morrison. (D) Elvis Presley.
5. Bethesda Academy, located near Savannah, was founded in 1740 and holds what distinction?
(A) It was started as a colonial orphanage and is the oldest child care institution in the U.S. (B) It was the first prep school in America. (C) It has the most difficult entrance exam in the country. (D) It boasts the smallest student-teacher ratio in Georgia.
6. When Middle Georgia College and Macon State College merged to become Middle Georgia State in 2012, students from both schools voted for Knights to be the school’s mascot. What were the other two choices on the final ballot?
(A) Raiders and Spartans. (B) Thunderbirds and Thrashers. (C) Lions and Tigers. (D) Whoopee and Whippersnappers.
7. What action movie, starring Aaron Paul, was released last year and had a number of scenes filmed in downtown Macon?
(A) “Dukes of Hazzard.” (B) “Godzilla.” (C) “Dumb and Dumber To.” (D) “Need for Speed.”
8. John F. Kennedy Jr., son of the 35th president, was married in a private ceremony in 1996 on which Georgia island?
(A) Jekyll. (B) Cumberland. (C) Amelia. (D) Sapelo.
9. Laurens County is named after Lt. John Laurens, who served as an aide to what famous general?
(A) George Patton. (B) Norman Schwarzkopf. (C) George Washington. (D) Robert E. Lee.
10. A 76-ton block of Georgia marble, the largest ever quarried, was used in the construction of which landmark?
(A) Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (B) Gateway Arch in St. Louis. (C) Buckingham Fountain in Chicago. (D) Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami.
ANSWERS: (1) A. (2) C. (3) D. (4) D. (5) A. (6) B. (7) D. (8) B. (9) C. (10) C.
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