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1. Singer, actress, TV hostess Dinah Shore was born Francis Rose Shore, February 29, 1916. She developed polio at age two, but overcame it to become one of the most popular radio singers of the 1940s. She became even more popular in the '50s on TV, but saved her biggest coup for her last TV hosting gig, "A Conversation with Dinah" (1989-1992). On it she got the first post-White House interview with which former first lady?
2. Tony Robbins was born February 29, 1960, in the Golden State of California. His writings have appeared in magazines such as GQ, Time, Business Week and Newsweek. He has also appeared on multiple network and cable TV shows and stations. For over 30 years he has earned a very good living as an author and speaker. For what type of speaking and writing is he best known?
3. Did you ever hear of Johnny Leonard Martin? I didn't think so as he is better known by his sobriquet "Pepper" Martin, the great baseball star of "The Gashouse Gang", the St. Louis Cardinals of the mid-1930s. That team had greats like Paul and Dizzy Dean, Joe "Ducky" Medwick and their fiery player/manager Frankie Frish. By what other nickname was Pepper Martin known?
4. John Holland is not a name or face many people would recognize. Nonetheless, he did change the face of warfare with a major invention. Before becoming an engineer, he was a teaching member of The Christian Brothers, but illness caused him to leave the order in 1873. He then started work as an engineer and eventually developed the first submarine to be commissioned by the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy. Where was this talented inventor born?
5. Gretchen Christopher, born in 1940, was the founder of The Fleetwoods, one of the most popular singing groups of the 1950s and 60s. She and two of her Olympia (WA) H.S. schoolmates, Barbara Ellis (a fellow cheerleader) and Gary Troxel, comprised the trio that began performing in 1958. The original name of the group had been Two Gals and a Guy.
Success was not long in coming when in 1959 they had two songs that both hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 List. "Come Softly to Me" was the first. What was the second?
6. Are you ready to hear some great jazz, dixieland or big band music? Well, I have just the right guy for you. His name is Jimmy Dorsey, one of the most popular musicians and bandleaders from the 1930s-1950s. He was born in 1904, and as early as 1913 was playing trumpet in public. He is half of the famous Dorsey Brothers Orchestra. What is the name of his younger swingin' sibling?
7. Let's leave America's "Roaring '20s" and travel back a few hundred years to the time of the Italian Renaissance. On February 29, 1468 a man (actually a baby) named Alessandro Farnese was born. On October 13, 1534 he would become the 220th Pope of the Catholic Church. His Papacy would last until November 10, 1549. Which of the following statements about him is NOT true?
8. On February 29, 1936 a child named Alexander Petricone Jr. entered the world in Cambridge MA. He would grow up to become a most versatile actor known as Alex Rocco. He is best known for his portrayal of Moe Greene in the 1972 movie blockbuster "The Godfather". Although he never won an Oscar, he did win an Emmy for his work on the small screen. What was the show for which he earned that award?
9. One of the classiest players of his time, Henri Richard (born in 1936), was a National Hockey League (NHL) center for 20 years. His career ran from 1955-1975 and in that time he was instrumental in leading his team to 11, count them, 11 NHL Stanley Cup Championships. In 1966 his overtime goal won the Cup for his squad. For which franchise did he play his entire career?
10. Dorris Alexander Brown was a noted historian and author. Better known as Dee Brown, he grew up in Little Rock, AR during The Great Depression and would go on to write about the great repression of the American Indian in his most famous work. "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" (1971) describes the massacre of a group of the Lakota-Sioux tribe. In what state did the "battle" take place?
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