Times Union team wins trivia title
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.