The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
Trivia Challenge # 7
1. Name the comedian who parodied Michael Jackson's "Beat It" with the "Eat It" track on his Dare to Be Stupid album.
2. Name the 1985 Cold War thriller that starred Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines.
3. Alex Karras and Susan Clark starred as the adoptive parents of Emmanuel Lewis in the ABC sitcom ____________.
4. What New Wave band did the theme song for the TV sitcom Square Pegs and had a hit with "I Know What Boys Like."
5. In what year did the United States celebrate the 100th birthday of the Statue of Liberty?
6. Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Word, Joe McIntyre and Jon and Jordan Knight were members of what musical group?
7. Sony made the Walkman, a portable cassette player. What was Sony's portable television called?
8. He-Man was the hero and Skeletor the villain in which '80s cartoon series?
9. Which of the following films did NOT win a "Best Picture" Oscar in the 1980s: Terms of Endearment, Platoon, The Color of Money or Rain Man?
10. Name the NBC TV series in which Courteney Cox played one of a group of teenagers who possess superpowers.
11. In 1983 the German magazine Stern claimed to have found 62 volumes of what famous person's secret diary?
12. President Reagan presented Michael Jackson with an award for allowing one of his hit songs to be used in anti-drunk driving ads. Name that song.
13. What was the nickname given Sydney Biddle Barrows, who ran a $1,000-a-night call girl ring and later wrote a book about her enterprise?
14. Which prime minister of India was assassinated in 1984 by two bodyguards?
15. Who was the Israeli official who sued Time Magazine for claiming he had encouraged the 1982 massacre of Palestinians in Lebanon?
16. Sean Penn met Madonna on the set for the video for which of her hit songs?
17. After losing her bid for the vice-presidency in 1984, Geraldine Ferraro was reportedly paid half a million dollars to appear in an ad for which soft drink?
18. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch bought 50% of which Hollywood studio in 1985?
19. A 1985 confrontation between police and a radical black group called MOVE resulted in a fire that destroyed 61 homes and claimed 11 lives in what city?
20. Who was the private detective sentenced to life in prison for conspiring with his brother and son of conspiring to spy for the Soviets?
21. While running for the presidency in 1988, George Bush suffered from what some reporters called the "____ factor."
22. Name the CIA Director who was replaced in 1987 by William Webster after being incapacitated by brain surgery.
23. Name the chief justice of the Supreme Court who in 1986 received the highest negative vote of any confirmed justice.
24. Name the Paul Simon album that spent 97 weeks on the Billboard LP chart beginning in September 1986.
25. Name the professional football league that filed an antitrust suit against the NFL. Bonus Point: What was the dollar amount of the judgment awarded the plaintiff in that case?
26. Who was named the first U.S. poet laureate in 1986?
27. In 1985, President Reagan revealed that his "dream Cabinet" would include Clint Eastwood as Secretary of Defense, Jack Benny as Secretary of the Treasury, and ____ _____ as Secretary of State.
28. Who was the manager fired four times by George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees?
29. What member of the Reagan administration had once been an FBI informant?
30. Who bought the publishing rights to the entire Beatles song catalog in 1985?
31. Nicolas Cage uttered the line: "I'm taking this box of Huggies, and whatever cash you got" in what 1987 comedy film?
32. "Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk" is a line from which 1984 hit song by Nena?
33. Bret Michaels and C.C. DeVille were members of which hard rock band?
34. Deniece Williams had a hit with "Let's Hear It For The Boy," from the soundtrack for which 1984 film?
35. Name the star of a popular TV crime drama who had a Top 10 hit with the song "Heartbeat" in 1986.
36. The series Booker (1989-90) was a spin-off from what Fox Network crime drama?
37. In 1981, First Lady Nancy Reagan caught a lot of flak for spending $209,508 of donated funds for what?
38. Judge Joseph Wapner presided over small claims cases in what TV program that debuted in 1981?
39. What were the first names of the two princes born to Prince Charles and Princess Diana during the Eighties?
40. Name the head of the Unification Church who was convicted of tax evasion in 1981 and sentenced to 18 months in prison?
41. Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" was the theme for which Rocky film?
42. In 1986, Britain's Prince Andrew took a young woman named "Fergie" as his bride. What was her real name?
43. Marvin Hamlisch composed the song "He's Our Man" for the 77th birthday of what political figure in 1988?
44. In the Eighties, commercials for what car rental agency featured O.J. Simpson running through an airport concourse?
45. Did the Supreme Court rule in favor of the preacher or the porn-king in its 1988 Falwell v. Flynt ruling?
46. The cousin of 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis won a Best Supporting Actress for her role in Moonstruck. What was her name?
47. Who was Geraldo Rivera interviewing when he said: "You're a murdering dog, Charlie. You're a mass-murdering dog"?
48. After Congress voted against Robert Bork for the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987, who did President Reagan nominate for the vacancy?
49. Madonna made her Broadway debut in 1988, in what play?
50. Speaking Out was the White House memoir of Reagan's press secretary. What was his name?

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