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a. Atoms for Peace is a supergroup, containing Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck’s Joey Waronker, and Mauro Rofosco. The remaining person is also their lead singer. Name him.
b. Which non-physicist sang the lines “It’s poetry in motion. And when she turned her eyes to me. As deep as any ocean. As sweet as any harmony”.
c. Tommy Tutone is mostly remembered for giving out Jenny’s phone number. What is it?
d. The death of Howie Epstein, prompted the return of one of the original members of which Gainseville, Florida band?
e. A 2011 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this prolific and multi-genre artist took his turn at composing movie music for the 1982 Francis Ford Coppola film One From The Heart?
f. Originally left off an album, Poor Tom appeared on this British powerhouse’s “Coda”?
g. In 1983, Peter Schilling revisited which fictional astronaut?
h. This Bay Area folk group had their first hit in 1958 with “Tom Dooley”.
i. Geddy Lee’s song about this Mark Twain character is likely his band’s most famous song.
j. Tommy Gun is a 1978 song about terrorists by this legendary British punk rock group.
The man is a self-described Sex Bomb. That’s right, the one and only Tom Jones. Name one of his pre-1980 single s that reached the Top 15 of the charts in the United States. (11 possible answers)
Perhaps one of the most famous Thomases was a disciple of Jesus Christ. Name another disciple (that was present at The Last Supper; thanks Vermonter & bpmod!) (11 possible answers)
Below are various quotes from films starring, you guessed it, Tom Cruise. Identify the film. In each case, Cruise’s character is speaking. The year of release is given in parentheses to help (hopefully).
a. “Get with it. Millions of galaxies of hundreds of millions of stars, in a speck on one in a blink. That’s us, lost in space. The cop, you, me . . . Who notices?” (2004)
b. “Even in my dreams, I’m an idiot who knows he’s about to wake up to reality.” (2001)
c. “I feel the need – the need for speed.” (1986)
d. “I got a trig midterm tomorrow and I’m being chased by Guido the Killer Pimp” (1983)
e. “Show me the money!” (1996)
f. “That man right there is my brother and if he doesn’t get to watch People’s Court in about 30 seconds, he’s gonna throw a fit right here on your porch. Now you can help me or you can stand there and watch it happen” (1988)
g. “Evildoers are easier, and they taste better.” (1994)
h. “Ain’t nobody gonna call the fuzz in this neighborhood ‘cause they know better” (1983)
i. “In this life, it’s not what you hope for, it’s not what you deserve – it’s what you take!” (1999)
Another well-known Tom is the best-selling writer Tom Clancy. His most famous character is CIA-man and future president Jack Ryan. Name one of the titles in that series (HINT: Two were turned into films starring Harrison Ford; this list doesn’t include the Jack Ryan, Jr. series)(10 possible answers)
I will provide the title of a famous literary work (not all are novels) you will provide the author:
a. Jude The Obscure
b. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
c. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
d. Inherent Vice
e. No Man is an Island
g. Red Dragon
h. The World is Flat
i. Le Morte d’Arthur
j. Doctor Faustus
i. Strega Nona
On the smaller screen, Tom Bosley visited America’s living rooms as the character Howard Cunningham on the show Happy Days. Name one of the other main/recurring characters, fist name only needed, nicknames are fine (must have been in at least 60 episodes) (10 possible answers)
a. When he became mayor of Los Angeles, this man became the second African-American mayor of a major American city. He went on to serve for twenty years, marking the longest-serving mayor of Los Angeles.
b. This Texan Congressman became House Majority Leader, later resigned amid allegations of violating election law (he was later acquitted), and was a contestant on Season 9 of Dancing With the Stars.
c. This man married Martha Wayles Skelton, served as United States Minister to France and later became the country’s first Secretary of State under President George Washington.
d.This fellow started off as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, was appointed Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Education Department, and President Reagan made him Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
e. This activist has been described as “a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination”. He wrote “Agrarian Justice” and introduced the concept of guaranteed minimum income.
f. This Hoosier survived an assassination attempt by anarchist Eric Muenter and served as vice-president under Woodrow Wilson.
g. This Viennese politician served twelve years as President of his native country.
h. This Pennsylvanian became the first Secretary of Homeland Security and was thought to be a strong contender for presidential hopeful John McCain’s running mate in 2008.
i. In 2004, this man became the first Senate party leader to lose a bid for re-election in fifty years, when he lost by 4,508 votes to John Thune.
What would a trivia quiz be without a question on Star Trek? Tom Paris served as the Helmsman aboard the U.S.S. Voyager. Name one of the other primary crew members. (I know I’m going to get flack for trying this question, but I’m willing to give it a shot) (9 possible answers)
We met Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Do him proud and name another of Steinbeck’s novels (does not include novellas: The Red Pony, Of Mice & Men, The Pearl, Burning Bright) (11 possible answers)
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a. This feller started his silent film career with the Selig Polyscope Company in 1909 with “The Cowboy Millionaire”. He later went on to appear in more than 290 films.
b. Tom Servo was a robot on the cult classic series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Joel Hodgson was an astronaut also appearing on the show, but which character later replaced him? (first AND last name, please)
c. “Genius of Love” was a 1981 hit song by this American New Wave band, founded by The Talking Heads’ own Tina Weymouth & Chris Frantz.
d. What’s a quiz without a sports question? Tom Brady has led the New England Patriots to a stunning six Super Bowls, but how many Super Bowl MVP awards did Brady merit?
e. Tom was the cat. Jerry was the mouse. When they met, much hilarity ensued. But who created them?
f. The Reverend William Awdry came up with a popular series of books, out of a desire to entertain his son, starring whom?
g. This Iowa governor was later appointed to a Cabinet position by President Obama.
h. This “lovely” device has gone by such nicknames as “Trench Broom”, “Chicago Piano”, “Chicago Organ Grinder” and “ Trench Sweeper”.
i. This American cartoonist gained fame for his humorous work on the pages of Life magazine , usually depicting animal & ethnic caricatures as well as political cartoons.
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