New Jersey doesn’t have state song
Despite being the birthplace of Count Basie, Whitney Houston, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Frank Sinatra, New Jersey is the only U.S. state that doesn’t have an official state song. Apparently, Garden State lawmakers can’t pick just one. They’ve tried many times over the years including in 2016, when a bill was proposed designating five separate songs (none by the abovenamed artists) as “official.” The idea was voted down.
Which performers are the subjects of the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys”?
A) The Drifters
B) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
C) Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
D) Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Answer: “Jersey Boys” is a jukebox musical about Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.
Rules for women meeting pope
Although rules have been relaxed a bit in recent years, it’s traditional that women granted a private audience with the pope dress in demure black. That is, unless they happen to be Queen Sofia of Spain, Queen Paola of Belgium, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Queen Letizia of Spain or Princess Marina of Naples. Those Catholic royals are permitted to invoke the Vatican tradition of “privilege du blanc” and dress in white to meet the pope.
Who was the first woman to run for vice president of the United States on a major party ticket?
A) Shirley Chisholm
B) Geraldine Ferraro
C) Winona LaDuke
D) Sarah Palin
Answer: Democrat Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman to be a vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket.
Jackson statue a historic first
The Andrew Jackson equestrian statue that stands in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., isn’t merely a heroic likeness of POTUS No. 7; it’s a feat of engineering. It was the first equestrian statue in the world whose weight — all 15 tons of bronze — is balanced entirely on the horse’s two back legs. Sculptor Clark Mills used his own horse as a model for Jackson’s horse in battle, Duke.
What made Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson and Martha Quinn newsworthy in 1981? A) American hostages freed from Iran B) Eurovision song contest winners C) First MTV veejays
D) Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts
Answer: Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson and Martha Quinn were the first MTV veejays.