The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
Trivia Challenge # 4
1. What popular band of the Eighties named themselves after the villain in the Jane Fonda film Barbarella?
2. "Wax on, wax off" is a line from which 1984 film?
3. In 1982 Disney opened the EPCOT Center in Orlando, Fla. What does the acronym EPCOT stand for?
4. In 1986 an Austrian-born musician named _____ had a #1 hit with the song "Rock Me Amadeus."
5. In a famous 80s pinup poster, Nastassja Kinski wore what animal -- and nothing else?
6. Name the bearded physician who was the U.S. Surgeon General during most of the Eighties. (Hint: He raised the hackles of many fundamentalists by promoting the use of condoms.)
7. Name the American track star who won four gold medals in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
8. Name the NBC sitcom (1981-83) starring Tony Randall as a gay commercial artist who takes in a single mom (Swoosie Kurtz.)
9. During the 1980s, who was the principal spokes-animal for 9-Lives cat food?
10. Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze and Rob Lower starred in what 1983 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola? (Hint: It was derived from a novel by S.E. Hinton.)
11. Courteney Cox appeared in the video for a Bruce Springsteen song. Name that tune.
12. Name the long-running 80s sitcom that President Ronald Reagan said was his favorite television show.
13. Dirk the Daring tried to save a princess in ______ ____ (two words), the first laser disc arcade game.
14. Name the film that won the most Academy Awards in the 1980s.
15. President Reagan once identified House Speaker Tip O'Neill (D-Mass) with which of the following -- Rainbow Brite, Pac Man, a Transformer, My Buddy, or Fat Albert?
16. What was the name of the national newspaper that was nicknamed "McPaper" and debuted in 1982.
17. On 7 September 1985, songs from motion pictures held the first three positions on Billboard's Top 100 -- the first time this happened in the rock era. They were "Man in Motion" (John Parr), "The Power Of Love" (Huey Lewis and the News) and "We Don't Need Another Hero" (Tina Turner). Name at least two of the three movies from which these hits came.
18. In 1980, Kenny Rogers had a hit song that was the first to place on all four Billboard singles charts -- Top 100, Country, R&B and Adult Contemporary. Name that tune.
19. O.J. Simpson was considered for the title role of what 1984 sci-fi film? (Hint: Arnold Schwarzenegger got the role instead.)
20. What was the comedian Richard Pryor doing on 9 June 1980 when he suffered burns over 50 percent of his body.
21. Name the Wall Street arbitrageur who in 1986 was fined $100 million after being convicted of insider trading.
22. George Michael wrote the word monogamy in lipstick on his lover's back in the 1987 video to what hit single?
23. Name the actor who played Ricardo Tubbs in the NBC drama series Miami Vice.
24. Who did the U.S. hockey team beat to win the gold medal during the 1980 Winter Olympics?
25. When Republican George Bush was running for president in 1988, Texas Governor Ann Richards said he was born with a silver ____ in his mouth.
26. What company pulled out of a $5 million endorsement deal with Madonna in 1989 because of her "Like A Prayer" video?
27. "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams" was Robin Leach's sign-off line when he hosted what popular TV show?
28. What famous researcher was killed in Rwanda in 1985? (Hint: Sigourney Weaver played her in the 1988 film Gorillas in the Mist.)
29. What country won yachting's coveted America's Cup in 1983, much to the dismay of Americans?
30. Which Eighties musical artist had seven consecutive #1 singles, setting a new record previously held by the Bee Gees and the Beatles?
31. Who said, "What a waste it is to lose one's mind, or not to have a mind," when trying to recite the United Negro College Fund slogan "A mind is a terrible thing to waste?'
32. Who was the star of the 1984 TV series Good Sex!?
33. In 1985 a million people gathered for a ticker-tape parade in New York City to honor the veterans of what war?
34. Who described himself as a "smut peddler who cares" when announcing he was a candidate for president in 1984?
35. "I dare you to knock this _______ off my shoulder," said tough guy Robert Conrad in ads for what product?
36. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) spawned two sequels in the Eighties. Name them both.
37. "There is freedom within, there is freedom without / Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup" are lyrics from what 1987 hit song?
38. In 1985 Sylvester Stallone married his 22-year-old costar during the filming of the movie Cobra. What was her name?
39. In a parody of a scene in the Tom Cruise movie Risky Business, who danced in his underwear on Saturday Night Live in 1986?
40. What refugee arrived in Hawaii in 1986 with 3,000 pairs of shoes and 500 black bras?
41. "I'll go anywhere I want to go, anytime I want to go," said a defiant Frank Sinatra in 1986 after being criticized for performing at the Sun City resort in what country?
42. What TV action star was chosen to be 1983's White House "Santa" and got a kiss on the top of the head from Nancy Reagan as a bonus?
43. True or False: John Hinckley, Jr., who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
44. As Christmas 1983 approached, the federal government announced plans to distribute 30 million pounds of surplus ______ to the poor.
45. Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke won a Pulitzer Prize in 1981 for her story about a young heroin addict. Why wasn't she allowed to keep the Pulitzer?
46. Who wrote The Butter Battle Book (1984), an antinuclear story featuring the Yooks and the Zooks?
47. Name the cola that was unveiled in 1986 with, it was claimed, "all the sugar and twice the caffeine" of other colas.
48. "Ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?" was a line from what 1989 hit film?
49. Name the Eighties sports legend who played pro baseball with the Kansas City Royals as well as pro football with the Los Angeles Raiders.
50. Michael Jackson's Thriller album produced seven Top Ten singles, a record shared with two other Eighties albums. Can you name at least one of the others? (Add a Bonus Point if you can name both.)
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