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Trivia is tonight. You really ought to play at least once in your Williams career. Announcement is below the fold, but the best line is:

Trivia. Pull an all-nighter without getting anything done.

Kudos to all the Ephs who keep this tradition going.

Awesome Sauce, last year’s winner and heir to the once-in-a-semester event
that is known only as “Trivia”, is pleased to announce that the

80th Semi-Annual
(provided we counted right)
Williams Trivia Contest
broadcast on WCFM Williamstown

will begin this Friday night, at 11:45 PM.

The contest ends at 8:00 AM, although you can play for whatever length of time
your stamina allows. Questions range from the cultural to the bizarre to the
academic to the utterly random. The rules are read over the air before the
game begins, so you don’t need to know everything ahead of time (although
omniscient beings are encouraged to play, too). To play, you will need:

* A radio tuned to 91.9 FM (WCFM), to hear questions and listen to music.
* A phone, to answer questions, and get hints.
* Optionally, some caffeine and sugar, depending on how late you intend to go.
* Ideally, some friends, because there are enough questions for everybody.
* A silly team name for the DJs to mispronounce at 5 AM.

If you’re looking for a team, you can get on the trivia@wso.williams.edu list
and ask around, but note that there is no shame in playing alone, either.

Trivia. Pull an all-nighter without getting anything done.

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#1 Comment By Ken Thomas ’93 On May 13, 2006 @ 12:13 am

Jon Howard ’91 introduced me to this tradition by grabbing my at about 11:45p one night and dragging me over to the “Oxygen is for Loosers” team in Currier.

About five hours later, I performed a near-perfect rendition of the “K-K..K.KK..Ken” scene from A Fish Called Wanda, complete with French Fries from the Snack Bar shoved up my nose. We could not find ketchup that night, and so used barbecue sauce instead, and I will never forget that smell.

We won the maximum points for that Hour Bonus, and the contest, and I have many fond memories of the years afterwards– nothing like searching for graves in the middle of wintry nights. My contribution to the next contest was the simple question, “who was the first and only US President to be born in a hospital?” (I believe the answer is the same today).

In ’96 or so, I made it about 40 minutes out of Boston before hitting a blizzard so heavy that even I would not go on– mind you I’ve driven back from Northampton clearing the windshield with my mittens, (or at least, my left mitten covered with a towel). By the time I made it back to Fandom House in Somerville, there was nothing on the Boston stations about bad weather in the state.

I drove to Williamstown early the next morning, rounding the hairpin turn on Route 2 to find the Purple Valley’s majesty enshrouded in close to a foot of fresh power, and Chris and Kate just finishing up another contest.

As for Williams Trivia, which Williams alum was crucial to ending the carpet bombing of Cambodia, why, and how? Too obscure and unknown for the trival contest– but a hint– Phil Wick told me the story about ’92, and we may also wonder about his tendency to exaggerate, to distort, and to ignore contrary information– and what value for our lives such tendencies have.

#2 Comment By David On May 13, 2006 @ 12:36 am

Don Gregg ’51 is one guess. Richard Helms ’35 is probably a better one.

What’s the super-bonus this hour?

#3 Comment By Awesome Sauce ’06 On May 13, 2006 @ 7:47 pm

Funny you ask, David.


#4 Comment By David On May 13, 2006 @ 8:33 pm

What was the correct answer for #89 and how many teams got it?