This perpetually trying year has scrambled a lot of traditions for everyone. Usually, my beloved college radio alma mater stages its biggest fundraiser — which happens to also be one of the biggest community events of the year — every April. For obvious reasons, plans changed. The event was rescheduled for October and, when the public health emergency showed no sign of abating, was significantly reconfigured. And so, this coming weekend, I’ll participate in The World’s Largest Trivia ContestTM. As we do around these here digital parts, this week is filled with idle reminiscing about memorable answers in past years.
Trivia rewards patience, or at least our version of the contest does. Although participants are welcome to tap into the wealth of web-based resources overspilling with trivial information, to be among the contenders requires some diligent documenting of details that even the most fervent wiki writers wouldn’t think to capture. And so it was, many years previous, that our team dutifully took down notes on My Best Friend’s Wedding, the dandy 1997 romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts. It seemed the exact light, popular (but not too popular) fare that often figured in Trivia.
That cataloging of minutiae went largely untapped until last year, more than twenty years later, when the question came across the radio, asking us to identify the business name on the truck Julianne Potter uses to pursue Michael O’Neal when he’s pursuing Kimmy Wallace. And there we had it: Cornucopia Bakery. In the contest scoring that delivers more points the fewer teams answer it, our long-ago efforts netted us a respectable haul in a year when we needed every point we could get as we made a run at one of the trophies bestowed on teams that managed a finish in the top ten. It was worth the wait.
More info about 90FM’s Trivia can be found at its official website or at the radio station’s online home. There’s also a feature documentary about the contest, but it’s fairly hard to come by these days. To see how my team is faring over the weekend, Twitter is probably the best bet.