Times Union team wins trivia ti­tle

Albany Times Union - - AROUND THE REGION - Staff re­port

The Times Union scored brag­ging rights and $5,000 for its Hope Fund on Wed­nes­day night, when a five-per­son team beat back 30 com­pet­ing squads to win the Cap­i­tal Re­gion’s Smartest Com­pany trivia con­test.

Se­nior writer Steve Barnes, se­nior ed­i­tor Gary Hahn, sports ed­i­tor Leif Skod­nick and copy ed­i­tors Akum Norder and Joe Stalvey rep­re­sented the TU in the com­pe­ti­tion, which was hosted by SEFCU and held at Peter D. Kier­nan Plaza in Al­bany.

The Times Union team was “thrilled” to par­tic­i­pate on be­half of the Hope Fund in the an­nual fundraiser for lo­cal char­i­ties, said di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment Char­maine Ushkow, who or­ga­nized the TU’S par­tic­i­pa­tion. “The win­nings from this event will be re­dis­tributed into the com­mu­nity for kids in need.”

This marks the first win for the Times Union since its vic­tory at the in­au­gu­ral con­test in 2015. In the sub­se­quent two years it fin­ished sec­ond.

Or­ga­nized in sev­eral rounds, this year’s event opened up with a rash of soap opera ques­tions that “nearly sunk us,” said Hahn. But the team re­cov­ered in sub­se­quent rounds, cor­rectly an­swer­ing ques­tions on moun­tains, snakes, first names and base­ball sta­di­ums.

The de­cid­ing ques­tion: Which dance did Ru­fus Thomas urge Amer­i­cans to do in 1970? “’The Funky Chicken’ -- that’s what de­cided it,’” Stalvey said.

The tro­phy, a shiny plaque stand­ing about a foot tall, will re­side in the cen­ter of the news­room un­til the ti­tle is de­fended next Oc­to­ber.

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