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Trivia - Potpourri

  1. Because of its housing stock, Worcester was known as "the city of _____ _____."
  2. What Worcester businessman and big name hunter donated the African wild animal collection at the Science Center?
  3. The facade of Mechanics Hall is made from what material?
  4. Which major rock group, formed by WPI students, had national hits with "Freeze Frame" and "Give it to Me?"
  5. What structural features of Boston's Tremont Hotel were relocated in Institute Park?
  6. What is the name of the local council of Girl Scouts?
  7. What two institutions were located side-by-side on Elm Street before moving to their present locations?
  8. What did the phrase "1800 and froze to death" refer to?
  9. In the 1920's what was the first language of the neighborhoods of Grafton Hill and University Park?
  10. True or False: At one time, silver was mined in Worcester.
  11. Name the occupation of Al Banx, after whom a room at the Worcester Public Library is named.
  12. In what year was the Worcester Airport dedicated; 1847, 1954 or 1959?
  13. What does the name "Worcester" mean?
  14. What song's lyrics almost caused Cole Porter to be expelled from Worcester Academy?
  15. What is the oldest country club in Worcester County?
  16. What was the first reservoir to supply water via pipes?
  17. What TV show filmed part of an episode at the DCU Center?
  18. What theatre group occupied the former Friend Meeting House on Oxford Street?
  19. What couple hosted the radio program "The Breakfast Club" on WTAG in the '50s?
  20. The first meeting of the Worcester Mickey Mouse Club was at the Fox-Poli Theatre on Elm Street in 1930, 1955 or 1978?
  21. What appears with Washington in his portrait at Mechanics Hall?
  22. The American flag at Lincoln Square once shared a distinction with only two other American flags. What was it?
  23. In what year did St. Paul's Church become a cathedral: 1940, 1950 or 1960?
  24. In what year was Worcester's first Latino Festival held - 1900, 1947, 1986?
  25. "The Shell Room" featuring shell-shaped seat backs was part of what diner on Millbury Street?
  26. What grinning graphic design created by Harvey Ball for $25 achieved world-wide popularity?
  27. Why can't Worcester's anniversary as a city be accurately observed each year?
  28. Who gave Bancroft Tower to the city?
  29. What do the letters G.A.R. stand for in the G.A.R. Hall?
  30. Which local patriot died in debtor's prison?

Answers:

  1. Because of its housing stock, Worcester was known as "the city of _____ _____."

    Three-deckers.

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  2. What Worcester businessman and big name hunter donated the African wild animal collection at the Science Center?

    Robert Stoddard.

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  3. The facade of Mechanics Hall is made from what material?

    Cast iron.

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  4. Which major rock group, formed by WPI students, had national hits with "Freeze Frame" and "Give it to Me?"

    J. Geils Band.

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  5. What structural features of Boston's Tremont Hotel were relocated in Institute Park?

    Stone columns.

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  6. What is the name of the local council of Girl Scouts?

    Montachusett Council.

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  7. What two institutions were located side-by-side on Elm Street before moving to their present locations?

    The library and YMCA.

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  8. What did the phrase "1800 and froze to death" refer to?

    Unusual weather swings of 1816 when it snowed every month.

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  9. In the 1920's what was the first language of the neighborhoods of Grafton Hill and University Park?

    French.

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  10. True or False: At one time, silver was mined in Worcester.

    True.

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  11. Name the occupation of Al Banx, after whom a room at the Worcester Public Library is named.

    Telegram & Gazette cartoonist.

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  12. In what year was the Worcester Airport dedicated; 1847, 1954 or 1959?

    1954.

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  13. What does the name "Worcester" mean?

    Station or camp under hill.

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  14. What song's lyrics almost caused Cole Porter to be expelled from Worcester Academy?

    "The Bearded Lady."

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  15. What is the oldest country club in Worcester County?

    Tatnuck Country Club, built in 1898.

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  16. What was the first reservoir to supply water via pipes?

    Bell Pond.

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  17. What TV show filmed part of an episode at the DCU Center?

    Spencer For Hire.

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  18. What theatre group occupied the former Friend Meeting House on Oxford Street?

    New England Repertory Theatre.

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  19. What couple hosted the radio program "The Breakfast Club" on WTAG in the '50s?

    Andy and Julie Chase Fuller.

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  20. The first meeting of the Worcester Mickey Mouse Club was at the Fox-Poli Theatre on Elm Street in 1930, 1955 or 1978?

    1930.

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  21. What appears with Washington in his portrait at Mechanics Hall?

    A white horse.

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  22. The American flag at Lincoln Square once shared a distinction with only two other American flags. What was it?

    It was allowed to fly at night.

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  23. In what year did St. Paul's Church become a cathedral: 1940, 1950 or 1960?

    1950.

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  24. In what year was Worcester's first Latino Festival held - 1900, 1947, 1986?

    1986.

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  25. "The Shell Room" featuring shell-shaped seat backs was part of what diner on Millbury Street?

    Messier's.

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  26. What grinning graphic design created by Harvey Ball for $25 achieved world-wide popularity?

    The yellow smiling face.

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  27. Why can't Worcester's anniversary as a city be accurately observed each year?

    Worcester was incorporated on February 29, 1848 (Leap Year).

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  28. Who gave Bancroft Tower to the city?

    Trustees of the Worcester Art Museum.

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  29. What do the letters G.A.R. stand for in the G.A.R. Hall?

    Grand Army of the Republic.

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  30. Which local patriot died in debtor's prison?

    Timothy Bigelow.

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