The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
Trivia Challenge # 9
1. John Gotti became the boss of the Gambino crime organization after instigating the murder of what Mafia boss in 1985?
2. In June 1983, Sally Ride became the first woman to do what?
3. What was the name of the so-called "swami of sex" who owned a 64,000 acre ranch in Oregon, 93 Rolls Royces, and a pistol-packing secretary, and who was arrested and sent home to India in 1985?
4. With what words -- familiar to millions of Americans -- did Walter Cronkite end his final broadcast as CBS Evening News anchor in March 1981?
5. How old was Ronald Reagan when he was sworn in for his second term as president in 1985?
6. What publication was the target of a $50 million libel suit brought by Ariel Sharon, who claimed the publication had printed a defamatory article linking him with the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps in 1982?
7. In 1988 Yellowstone National Park was closed for the first time in 116 years. Why?
8. What video by The Go-Gos had the girls lined up on water skis? (Hint: The same scenario was used on an album cover.)
9. Name the 1985 television series in which the contestants lip-synched to current hits.
10. Which one of the following celebrities did not pass away during the 1980s? -- Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Fred Astaire.
11. Who was the star of the TV sitcom One Day at a Time who married the lead guitarist of the rock band Van Halen?
12. In the early '80s, Robert Culp was set to replace which star of the hit primetime soap Dallas when the latter waged a contract dispute with Lorimar Productions?
13. Ric Ocasek, frontman for The Cars, married the model who appeared in one of the band's videos during the '80s. What was her name?
14. Name the four actors who played the Ghostbusters in the 1984 hit film by that name.
15. What famous line does Cher deliver in the film Moonstruck (1987) after Nicolas Cage says, "I'm in love with you"?
16. "Say hello to my little friend," is a famous line uttered by Al Pacino in what 1983 film?
17. "Tommy Hanson""Doug Penhall", "Judy Hoffs" and "H.T. Loki" were the names of the lead characters in what '80s TV police drama? (Hint: It was the new Fox Network's first certified hit.)
18. In the hit '80s sitcom Perfect Strangers, what fictional country was the Bronson Pinchot character, Balki from?
19. Name the film star who hosted the TV series Ripley's Believe It or Not (1982-86).
20. What happened to Jon-Erik Hexum while he co-starred with Jennifer O'Neill in the series Cover Up (1984-85)?
21. In 1984 Loni Anderson of WKRP in Cincinnati fame teamed up with Lynda (Wonder Woman) Carter in what short-lived mystery series on NBC?
22. Where did President Reagan commemorate the 40th anniversary of D-Day?
23. (Fill in the blank) During a sound check, Reagan jokingly said: "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw ______ forever."
24. Name the star who, when she won the Best Actress Oscar in 1985 for Places in the Heart, uttered the immortal words: "You like me! Right now! You like me!"
25. L. Ron Hubbard, who died of a stroke in 1986, was the founder of what church?
26. Who was Clayton Lonetree and what did he do wrong? (Hint: He was a U.S. Marine.)
27. In 1984, forty pop stars joined together as Band-Aid to sing for famine relief. What song did they record?
28. "You're a candle in the window on a cold, dark winter's night" are lyrics to what hit 1985 song?
29. Name a horse that won the Triple Crown of racing (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont) in the 1980s.
30. Name the famous author who helped convicted criminal Jack Henry Abbott publish his jailhouse book, In the Belly of the Beast?
31. What Egyptian leader was assassinated in 1981 while reviewing a military parade?
32. Sylvester Stallone uttered the line "You're the disease, and I'm the cure" in what 1986 action flick?
33. Which member of the Reagan family wrote a novel called Home Front (1986) which featured a square father who happened to be president?
34. What was Robert Chambers accused of doing in Central Park in 1986?
35. Name the 1986 film that costarred high-profile couple Madonna and Sean Penn.
36. What was the name of the 1986 Paul Simon album that spent a total of 97 weeks on Billboard's LP chart?
37. Name the wife of a 1988 Democratic presidential candidate who admitted she suffered from a 26-year amphetamine addiction.
38. Which 1988 Democratic presidential candidate made the remarkable statement: "If I am elected I won't be the first adulterer in the White House."
39. What extremely popular weekly magazine did tycoon Rupert Murdoch purchase from Walter Annenberg for the tidy sum of $3 billion in 1988?
40. In what year did America's last Playboy Club close? BONUS POINT: Name the city and state in which that establishment was located.
41. Which Pat Benatar video featured a group of prostitutes dancing in front of a brothel owner?
42. What did Mark Goodman, J.J. Jackson and Martha Quinn all have in common?
43. A Man Called Hawk (ABC, 1989) was a spin-off from what popular television series?
44. Who was the actor who appeared in the films Red Dawn, Youngblood and Tiger Warsaw in the 1980s?
45. "I'll be taking this box of Huggies -- and whatever cash you got," is a line from what 1980s movie? (Hint: It starred Nicolas Cage.)
46.What was the first computer to utilize a mouse called?
47. In October 1980, Larry Holmes accomplished something no other boxer had done up to that time. What was it?
48. In 1988 the United States and the Soviet Union cooperated to free three ______ trapped in the ice off the Alaskan coast. Fill in the blank.
49. New Agers called the 1987 alignment of the planets -- the first time this had happened in over 23,000 years -- The ____________ Convergence. Fill in the blank.
50. Name the performer who, during a 1982 concert, bit the head off a bat.

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