The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
Trivia Challenge # 2
1. In the mid-Eighties, members of a championship pro football team had a rap music hit entitled "The Super Bowl Shuffle." Which team was it?
2. George Michael was one-half of the pop sensation duo, Wham! What was the name of the other member of duo?
3. __________ wrote Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society and founded Parents' Music Resource Center, which advocated parental advisory labels on albums, cassettes and CDs.
4. In 1984 the Motion Picture Association of America created a brand new movie rating. What was it?
5. The Latin American rebels President Ronald Reagan likened to our Founding Fathers were more commonly referred to as ______.
6. In the hit TV series ________________ (2 words), private eye Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) created a mythical boss whose name was inspired by an electric razor and the name of Pittsburgh's pro football franchise.
7. The hit single ______________ by INXS (off the 1987 Kick album) was a protest song against Reagan's proposed Strategic Defense Initiative.
8. A band commonly referred to as OMD had a big hit in the Eighties entitled "If You Leave." What does OMD stand for?
9. Deregulation led to increased competition which caused the failure of which major airline in 1981? Choices: American, Braniff, Eastern, Continental.
10. In 1982 Bruce Feirstein wrote a bestselling book which railed (in a humorous way) against society's expectation that men should be sensitive and vulnerable. The title of the book was Real Men Don't Eat _____.
11. ___________ was the real name of Pee-Wee Herman, who had a big screen Big Adventure and a Saturday morning kid's show in the 1980s.
12. ___________ were a group of white guys from Brooklyn who had a hit rap album named License to Ill in 1986.
13. Michael Jackson starred in a 3-D sci-fi film made by George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, and which could be viewed only at Disneyland and Disney World. What was the name of that film?
14. In the Eighties what famous actor became mayor of Carmel, California?
15. What 1987 TV miniseries starring Robert Urich and Sam Neill depicted an America taken over by the Soviets?
16. What was the title of the first R-rated film produced by Disney and released in 1986? (Hint: It starred a dog named Matisse.)
17. Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic presidential candidate, was previously governor of which state?
18. Britain and Argentina had a dispute that turned into all-out war over the _____________ in the South Atlantic.
19. "Go ahead, make my day," was a famous Clint Eastwood line from what Dirty Harry movie, released in 1983?
20. In the early Eighties California had an infestation of a bug that devastated its orange groves. Name that pest.
21. In 1982 an album of classical music set to disco beats was a big hit. What was its title?
22. Name at least one of the two short-lived Pepsi products introduced in the 1980s. (Hint: Marty McFly asked for one of them at a 1950s soda fountain in the film Back to the Future.)
23. ________ was the term used to describe random acts of violence by groups of young people in the late Eighties. (Hint: The term caught on after the 1989 beating and rape of a woman known as the Central Park Jogger.)
24. Probably the worst serial killer of the decade was Wayne Williams, who in 1980 and 1981 killed over 20 black kids in and around the city of _____________.
25. An explosion at a Union Carbide chemical plant in _________ killed 3,500 people in 1984.
26. Ronald Reagan's favorite Russian phrase, which he often used in arms negotations with the Soviets, was "Doveryai, no proveryai." What does that mean?
27. What televangelist told his followers in 1987 that if they didn't pledge millions of dollars to his ministry that God would "call him home"?
28. The __________________ (3 words) was a group of young men who devised a scheme to murder wealthy people (including their parents) after forcing them to sign over all their holdings.
29. What was the name of the proposed constitutional amendment that failed to survive the ratification process in 1982?
30. In the 1980 presidential campaign, candidate ______________ called Ronald Reagan's economic program "voodoo economics."
31. Stuntman Dan Goodwin dressed up in a Spiderman outfit and climbed to the top of which Chicago skyscraper in 1981? (Hint" It was the tallest building in the world at the time.)
32. According to the Ayatollah Khomeini and his Iranian devotees, what nation was "The Great Satan"?
33. Which actress was described in a 1983 Us magazine as having the perfect female body? (Hint: She also had a bestselling fitness book.)
34. What was the name given the little girl who was rescued after being trapped for more than two days in a Midland, Texas well?
35. Who said "I hear hard work's never killed anyone but I figure, why take a chance?"
36. In 1987 the longest running TV musical program was cancelled (after 30 years.) What was the name of that program?
37. What was the minimum wage in 1981? (Bonus point: What was it in 1989?)
38. What did architecture student Maya Ling Yin design? (Hint: It opened in Washington, D.C. in 1982).
39. What covered 14 acres when it was unveiled in Washington, D.C. in 1989?
40. What was the name of the talking, high-tech Trans Am that Michael Knight drove in the TV series Knight Rider?
41. Who said "Sometimes you have to go above the written law"? (Hint: She was a secretary who testified before Congress.)
42. The Hannibal Lector character first appeared on the big screen in what 1986 film, based on the Thomas Harris novel, Red Dragon?
43. "Out on the road today I saw a DEADHEAD sticker on a Cadillac" are some of the lyrics to what 1984 hit single by Don Henley?
44. While starring in TV's Moonlighting, Bruce Willis had a Top 40 hit with a remake of what song?
45. Clara Peller became famous for the line "_______________" (3 words) in commercial spots for Wendy's.
46. Which of the following did NOT serve as a leader of the Soviet Union during the 1980s? Choices: Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov, Yakov Smirnoff, Konstantin Chernenko, Mikhail Gorbachev.
47. Jefferson Starship's hit song "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" was on the soundtrack of which 1987 movie? (Hint: The film starred Kim Cattrall and Andrew McCarthy.)
48. Name the only state Ronald Reagan did not win in the 1984 presidential election.
49. __________ was the headband-wearing lead singer for the
rock group Loverboy, belting out such tunes as "Working for the Weekend."
50. Duran Duran did the theme song to which James Bond film? (Hint: It was released in 1985 and featured Christopher Walken as the villain and Tanya Roberts as 007's chief love interest.)

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