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They've been in Montreal!
"I thought I'd make a comeback quiz about my home town. We're all proud of all the famous (and infamous) visitors who have left their mark through history in this lovely but somewhat obscure city. How many of them do you know?"
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This young American was the a member of an illustrious family of actors and a star in his own right. However, during 1864-65 he spent quite a bit of time off-stage in Montreal plotting murder with some murky fellow-conspirators, the self-styled 'Knights of the Golden Circle'. Local legend has it that he returned to the city after the fateful night of April 14, 1865. Who was he?
John Wilkes Booth
A broken man after he was released from prison in 1867, he brought his family to live in Montreal with his in-laws. Not many of his neighbours on Mountain Street saw him much, as he kept to himself. He did spend a lot of time sorting through documents stored in the vaults of the Bank of Montreal for a great history and self-justification he planned to write. Who was this son of the Confederacy?
Robert E. Lee
Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson
In 1859, she went to work as a governess to the children of a very important man who fell in love with her. The romance fizzled and her last years were spent in Montreal. The sensational books she later wrote about her life eventually spawned a play, film and musical. She might have wanted to 'whistle a happy tune', but her life story underwent revision when a biographer found out some seamy truths while 'getting to know her'. What was the name of the famous musical about her?
Sound of Music
The King and I
Guys and Dolls
'This is the first time I was ever in a city where you couldn't throw a brick without breaking a church window. Yet I was told that you were going to build one more. I said the scheme is good, but where are you going to find room? They said, we will build it on top of another church and use an elevator. This shows the gift of lying is not dead in the land.' Who was the great American author and humourist taking the mickey out of Montreal here?
In Chicago in the early 1920's, Dean O'Banion of the North Side Gang was proud of the genuine Canadian beer he supplied his customers. His lieutenant, along with his Montreal girlfriend Josephine Simard, spent a lot of time in Montreal smuggling the stuff down. That lieutenant later tried to become O'Banion's avenger of after the St. Valentine's Day massacre. Author of the famous statement 'We'll take him for a ride'...who was he?
George 'Bugs' Moran
Earl 'Hymie' Weiss
Al 'Scarface' Capone
In 1928 Montreal formed a baseball team - the Montreal Royals. By 1945 they were a triple-A affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers and in that year they signed a young, talented and highly controversial player. Who was he?
It's March 15th, 1964. We're in a private room at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Sherbrooke Street. It's 2:30 and the minister's there, the groom and 11 guests (mostly employees of the bride and groom) too, but the bride is late. The groom's drunk and snarls, "Isn't that fat little tart here yet?" Who's the happy couple?
Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Tiny Tim and Miss Vicky
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
It has to be one of the shortest trips to Montreal by a notable in this quiz, but possibly the one with the greatest impact. On July 24, 1967, he was on the first lap of a Canadian tour and didn't realize yet that it was about to be his last. He stepped out on the balcony of the Montreal city hall and roared "Vive le Quebec libre!" (Long live a free Quebec) to an enthusiastic crowd. This got him a one-way ticket outta there. Who was this rash man?
Charles de Gaulle
During the last week of May in 1969 the cream of 60s counter-culture nobility, including Dr. Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, and Tommy Smothers, were in Montreal. They were there to pay their respects to John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who were staging their famous bed-in for peace at the Queen Elizabeth hotel. On May 31, everyone in the room recorded a song. What was it?
Give Peace a Chance
The Ballad of John and Yoko
Happy Christmas (War is Over)
She started out as a skier, but got out from behind the Iron Curtain and went to Montreal to be with her boyfriend. While there she started modelling with the Audrey Morris agency and in 1976 she was sent to New York to promote the Montreal Olympics. One night she walked into a restaurant there and met her destiny. Famous for making a silk purse from a sow's ear and turning reality into reality TV, who is this sharp beauty?
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