Senior Citizen Trivia

Reliving the past can be fun, especially when you can compete against your friends. Take our little quiz and share your score with your friends and family. How many questions can you get right? Who do you plan on asking?

Note: We put the answers below…but no cheating.

1.In the ’50s, if you had a flat rear tire, you often had to remove the …?
a. Necker knob
b. Curb feeler
c. Fender skirt

2. What color flash bulbs did Dad use for color film?
a. Blue
b. Pink
c. Plaid

3. What was the “parking brake” called when you were a kid?
a. Emergency brake
b. Pull ‘n’ Stop
c. Breaker. Breaker.

4. Way before Air Jordan, what was a kid’s shoe of choice?
a. Buster Brown
b. PF Flyers
c. Old Stinkers

5. In what year did “Dewey Defeat Truman” according to the Chicago Tribune?
a. 1946
b. 1948
c. 1952

6. Before the Orkin Man, what technology was part of most homes’ bug deterrence?
a. Shoe Fly
b. Fly paper
c. 50 mm Phlit gun

7. Dixie cups had what printed on their tops?
a. Secret decoders
b. Movie stars
c. WW II propaganda slogans

8. What was the prevailing method of birth control in the ’50s?
a. Heavy lifting and cold showers
b. Fear
c. Girdles and crinoline petticoats

9. Jimmy Durante said what at the end of every show?
a. “Aloha, my friends.”
b. “Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”
c. “Remember, wherever you go, my nose will get there first.”

10. “I’m Popeye the sailor man; I’m Popeye the sailor man. I’m strong to the finish, _ _ _ _ _ _ _ , I’m Popeye the sailor man.”
a. “’cause I eats me spinach”
b. “my dad was big and Finnish
c. “isn’t the music a bit tinnish?







1. c) Fender skirts, attached to the rear fenders, covered fully half the wheel streamlining the car.

2. a) Blue

3. a) Emergency brake. We grew up in much more dramatic times.

4. b) PF Flyers. BF Goodrich patented the Posture Foundation insole, an innovation in comfort and performance, and began adding the new technology to its action shoes. Goodrich shoes with Posture Foundation became known simply as “P-F” in 1937. Fashion trends in the Forties and Fifties saw PF Flyers escaping gyms and ball fields to become fashionable active footwear for everyone. “Everything you do is more fun with PF” read one 1947 magazine ad. In 2001, New Balance acquired the rights to the brand.

5. b) It was November 3,1948, when Truman upset Republican Thomas Dewey in the first postwar presidential election. Trib publisher Col. Robt. R. McCormick got the news late.

6. b) Sticky fly paper hanging from kitchen ceilings was common in American homes until insecticides like Flit became available in ’40s.

7. b) Most people over 55 recall with nostalgia the Dixie Cup ice cream picture lids that appeared all over America from 1930 to 1954. In the final year, the lids were in 3D, full color, and styled in left and right action poses. These were used in stereo card viewers for the 3D effect.

8. c) This is a tough one. But I’m going with girdles and crinoline petticoats. Worked for me.

9. b) “Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”

10. a) “cause I eats me spinach”

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