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  1. 1. The concepts of these of several of these questions must be credited to Jeff Gordiner and his book - X Saves the World - How Generation X Got The Shaft But Can Still Keep Things from Sucking and Howe and Strauss and their books on American generations and millennials. Contents This PDF document contains questions and score sheet for three contestants to play in your office. Download the Presentation The companion PDF, Powerpoint or Keynote presentation is online within the TargetX iThink Blog at http:// or at our Slideshare page at Questions about this presentation? Jeff Kallay Experience Evangelist TargetX 877-715-7474 x.110 Score Key - Question #1 - Childhood 1
  2. 2. Score Key Score Key - Question #1 for Contestant #1 - -Part one Five points possible (Sesame Street Star) _____________ -Part two Five points possible (Big Bird) _____________ Question #1 for Contestant #2 - -Part one Five points possible (Brady Kids) _____________ -Part two Five points possible (Brady Parents) _____________ Question #1 for Contestant #3 - -Five points possible (School House) _____________ -Five points possible (School House) _____________ 2
  3. 3. Score Key - Question #2 - Youth Question #2 for Contestant #2 - -Part one Five points possible (MTV) _____________ -Part two Five points possible (VJʼs) _____________ Question #2 for Contestant #3 - -Part one Five points possible (Wolverines) _____________ -Part two Five points possible (War Games) _____________ Question #2 for Contestant #1 - -Five points possible (Cosby/Dad-Doctor) _____________ -Five points possible (Cosby/Mom-Lawyer) _____________ 3
  4. 4. Score Key - Question #3 - Rising Adulthood Question #3 for Contestant #3 - -Part one Five points possible (Heathers) _____________ -Part two Five points possible (Reality Bites) _____________ Question #3 for Contestant #1 - -Part one Five points possible (Christ/Dave) _____________ -Part two Five points possible (Seattle) _____________ Question #3 for Contestant #3 - -Five points possible (Smelly Cat) _____________ -Five points possible (Dr. Drake Ramora) _____________ TOTALS Contestant #1 ______________ Contestant #2 ______________ Contestant #3 ______________ 4
  5. 5. Question #1 for Contestant #1: Childhood Itʼs a photo clue 1969 - Sesame Street hits the airways Sesame Street, one of the longest running shows on television, will celebrate itʼs 40th anniversary this fall on November 9, 2009. The early episodes of Sesame Street are now available on DVD. Make sure you screen them before you let your kids watch them though. Apparently our parents didnʼt love us enough and let us watch this filth. The masonry on the dingy brownstone at 123 Sesame Street, where the closeted Bert and Ernie shared a dismal basement apartment, was deteriorating. Cookie Monster was on a fast track to diabetes. Oscarʼs depression was untreated. Prozacky Elmo didnʼt exist. Itʼs amazing that some of us came out normal. The old “Sesame Street” is not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for softies born since 1998, when the chipper “Elmoʼs World” started. Anyone who considers New York a tidy, governable place — well, the original “Sesame Street” might hurt your feelings. 5
  6. 6. For five points name the comic/actress who appeared on the first episode, starting a long list of celebrities to make an appearance: -Lucille Ball -Carol Burnett (answer) -Mary Tyler Moore For five points tell us just tall is Big Bird? 8ʼ2” (answer) 8”6” 8ʼ8” 6
  7. 7. Question #1 for Contestant #2: childhood Itʼs a video clue 1969 - The Brady Bunch debuts Americaʼs first large blended family, the Brady Bunch aired from 1969-1974, a time in America when divorce and remarriage was seeing a surge. The showʼs producer Sherwood Schwartz wanted Florence Hendersonʼs character to have been a divorcée. The network objected to this, but a compromise was reached whereby no mention was made of the circumstances in which her first marriage ended. But many assume she was widowed. The newly-formed juvenile sextet, parents, live-in housekeeper Alice, and the boys' dog Tiger settled into a large, suburban home designed by the Brady father, an architect. Episodes in the first season chronicled the family learning to adjust to its new circumstances and become a unit, as well as typical childhood problems such as; dating, rivalries, and family squabbles and the fact that their house had two bedrooms and one bath for six children. Tragically as young Generation X adults, we dealt with the real life death of Mr. Brady, when the actor Robert Reed who played this patriarch died of AIDS related causes. 7
  8. 8. For five points, tell us the first names of all six Brady children: Marsha Jan Cindy Greg Peter Bobby For five points tell us the first names of both Brady parents: Carol Mike 8
  9. 9. Question #1 for Contestant #3: Childhood Itʼs an audio clue 1973 - School House Rock ABCʼs School House Rock ran on Saturday mornings from 1973-1986. It was developed by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner then Vice President of the networkʼs childrenʼs programming. School House Rock supplemented a luckluster public education for many of Generation X. After a building boom for Boomers, Generation X was hit but school system downsizing and school closings. Perhaps Generation X applied many lessons from School House Rock when they finally made it to college and found limited access to financial aid due because the program was previously abused by Boomers. Weʼre listening to Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here from School House Rockʼs Grammar Rock. Other categories include: Multiplication Rock, Science Rock, America Rock, Money Rock and Scooter Computer & Mr. Chips. 9
  10. 10. For five points each name any two of the other 49 School House Rock titles other than Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here Multiplication Rock My Hero, Zero 0 Elementary, My Dear Three Is a Magic Number The Four-Legged Zoo Ready or Not, Here I Come I Got Six Lucky Seven Figure Eight Naughty Number Nine The Good Eleven Little Twelve toes Grammar Rock Unpack Your Adjectives Conjunction Junction Interjections! Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla Verb: That's What's Happening A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing Busy Prepositions The Tale of Mr. Morton 10
  11. 11. Science Rock The Body Machine Do The Circulation Electricity, Electricity The Energy Blues Interplanet Janet Telegraph Line Them Not-So-Dry Bones A Victim of Gravity The Weather Show America Rock Elbow Room Fireworks The Great American Melting Pot I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College I'm Just a Bill Mother Necessity No More Kings The Preamble The Shot Heard 'Round The World Sufferin' Till Suffrage Three Ring Government 11
  12. 12. Money Rock Dollars and Sense Making $7.50 Once a Week Where The Money Goes Tax Man Max Walkin' On Wall Street This For That Tyrannosaurus Debt The Check's In The Mail Scooter Computer & Mister Chips Introduction Computers Hardware omputer Hardware C Software Computer Coftware Number Cruncher Computerized Statistics 12
  13. 13. Moving down the line - Question #2 for Contestant #2: Youth Itʼs a photo cue 1981 - I want my MTV! On August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m., MTV: Music Television launched with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll!” Those words were immediately followed by the original MTV theme song, a crunching guitar riff, playing over a montage of the Apollo 11 moon landing. MTV producers used this public domain footage as a conceit, associating MTV with the most famous moment in world television history. But, at the moment of its launch, only a few thousand people on a single cable system in northern New Jersey could see it. But, the country soon demanded, “I want my MTV.” Commercials ran without audio, and MTV actually played videos. Itʼs said youʼre no longer young when MTV stops caring about you. And, in the mid-90ʼs MTV stop caring about Generation X. The Real World began the reality revolution and on those rare occasions when MTV showed videos it was by Millennial boy bands and manufactured mid-driffs like; Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and Christine Aguilera. 13
  14. 14. Itʼs common knowledge that appropriately, the first music video shown on MTV was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. For five points name the second video shown. Was it: Pat Benatar's "You Better Run." (answer) Tina Turnerʼs “Whatʼs Love Got To Do With It” The Clashʼs “London Calling” For five points name any of MTVʼs first five original VJʼs or Video Jockeyʼs, all of whom except one who died in 2001, are now on the XM/Sirius Satellite Radio and one of which started the podcast revolution: Nina Blackwood Mark Goodman Alan Hunter J.J. Jackson Martha Quinn 14
  15. 15. Continuing down the line Question #2 for Contestant #3: Youth Itʼs a video clue Nuclear themed pop culture Growing up in a Cold War. A situation over which Generation X had no control, Perhaps it was this always looming pending apocalypse, that fueled the Generation X slacker angst. “Why stress so hard over school and career when the world may blow up tomorrow?” As Ronald Reagan outspent the “evil” empire of the Soviet Union on Star Wars and other military endeavors, the threat of nuclear war was a constant not only in the news but in pop culture. Like this 1984 song, 99 Luftballons by German artist Lena who herself grew up sandwiched between the two super powers. Nuclear exchange and itʼs post-apocalyptic aftermath permeated Generation X literature, television and movies. Titles like DefCon 4, A Boy and His Dog, Threads, Loganʼs Run, The Day After, Red Dawn and countless others all packed “nuclearrific” plots. 15
  16. 16. For five points A popular date movie in 1984, “Red Dawn” featured a star-studded cast including: Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, and Jennifer Grey. The WWIII (three) themed movie features the Soviet Union and Cuba invading and strategically nuking the United States. A group of Generation X teens in a small town in Colorado form a resistance organization and help the US win WWIII. They took their name and battle cry from their high school mascot. For five points what as their “group” name? Was it: Wolverines Wolf Pack Cougars For five points name the 1983 movie starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy as two Seattle teens who unknowingly hack into War Operation Plan Response or “W-O-P-R” supercomputer and accidently start the countdown to World World Three. War Games 16
  17. 17. Question #2 for Contestant #1: Youth Itʼs an audio clue 1984 - Counter-Stereotypical programming on television. In itʼs earlier decades, television wasnʼt kind towards minorities. It often relied and promoted stereotypes. Women, Southerners, African-Americans, and others cultures werenʼt always presented in authentic or flattering light. NBC first aired The Cosby Show in the fall of 1984 and for a total of eight seasons Generation X watched the antics of the Huxtableʼs, an upper-middle class family living in a Brooklyn brownstone. Originally ABC passed on the pilot saying, America wasnʼt ready to see upwardly mobile African Americans. But NBC took the risk and Generation X embraced this counter-stereotypical programming and soon all the networks hopped on the counter-stereotypical programming bandwagon. Shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, A Different World, Designing Women, and Ellen changed the face of television forever. 17
  18. 18. For five points tell us the profession of dad Cliff Huxtable, played by Bill Cosby: Doctor For five points tell us the profession of mom Clair Huxtable, played by Phylicia Rashad Lawyer 18
  19. 19. Moving next down the line Question #3 for Contestant #3 - Adulthood Itʼs a photo clue Late 80ʼs and early 90ʼs - Angst and Anger on the big screen In the late 80ʼs and early 90ʼs. Winona Rider lead a cast of foursomeʼs in two movies that expressed the post-yuppie boomer influence, isolation and angst placed on Generation X. 19
  20. 20. For five points name the 1989 dark comedy movie starring Ryder, with co-stars Shannon Daugherty and Christian Slater. Its plot centers around a powerful and ruthless cliche of rich girls at fictitious Midwestern high school where student life is so vicious it symbolized with Rottweliers as their high school mascot. (Critics refer to the 2004 Lindsey Lohan movie “Mean Girls” as a millennial, cleaner, sanitized version.) Three members of the cliche share a common Generation X girlʼs name for which the movie takes itʼs name. Name this movie. Heathers For five points name the 1994 coming of age comedy starring Ryder with co-stars Janeane Garrofalo, Ethan Hawke and Ben Stiller about recent college graduates who can only seem to find “McJobs.” Ryderʼs character, an aspiring documentary film maker, chronicles her Generation X friends challenges to fit into a Boomer created world. But she wonʼt compromise her artistic principle for commercial success. Name the movie with itʼs popular soundtrack. Reality Bites 20
  21. 21. Question #3 for Contestant #1: Rising Adult hood Itʼs a video clue Itʼs 1991 - Here we are now, entertain us In 1991 the first members of Generation X entered their 30ʼs. Frustrated at the “Grey Ceiling” in the work place (a seemingly unbreakable barrier reinforced by older Boomers that limited promotion), an early-90ʻs economic recession recession, and the Gulf War; Generation X found itʼs voice in Nirvanaʼs music. Their second album Nevermind launched them and alternative music into the mainstream. Itʼs the sound of a generation setting aside for once its ambivalence The album exerted its mutinous influence on the pop charts and the national psyche. But in true Generation X form, Nirvanaʼs reign only lasted three short years. Throughout the 90ʼs Generation X became media darlings with the term popping up everywhere, but just like Nirvana this media focus was short lived. It ended abruptly when the media became obsessed with Boomerʼs offspring; the first cohort of Millennials had arrived in full force along with manufactured, “in sync” boy bands and mid-driff girls singers clones. Millennial music is polar opposite of Generation X. 21
  22. 22. For five points We all know Kurt Cobain was the conflicted lead singer of Nirvana who committed suicide. But, name one of the other two members of Nirvana, one of which is also a founder of Foo Fighters. Krist Novoselic or Dave Grohl For five points name their hometown, the city that became ground-zero for grunge, the poster child for all things Generation X, and was host to the 2008 NACAC National Conference. Name Nirvanaʼs home town: Seattle 22
  23. 23. Finishing it up: Question #3 for Contestant #2 Itʼs an audio clue 1994 - They were our FRIENDS Like all creative members of generations before, Generation X gravitated to the big city. And in the 90ʼs the nation (and the world) watched six Generation X “Friends” live, love, lose and learn to find their place in the world. 23
  24. 24. For five points name the song by coffeehouse singer/ massause Phoebe Buffay that producers wanted to make into a hit, but she like other members of her generation she wouldnʼt sell out her integrity. This song tells the story of an animal and itʼs affliction, name it. Smelly Cat Friends character Joey Tribiani, like others members of Generation X, experienced boom and bus during the 1990ʼs. While many X-ers, were hoping to find their dotcom fortune, Joey found fame and fortune and then lost it all playing what character on Days of our Lives. For five points name this Days of Our Lives character Joey played? Was it Dr. Daniel Jonas Dr. Colin Murphy Dr. Drake Ramoray 24
  25. 25. Possible Tie Breaker Vast members of Generation X learned their moral lessons from a single source: the 1971 movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Five children win a golden ticket to tour Willie Wonkaʼs magical chocolate factory. Each are approached by the evil Mr. Slugworth who promises them a fortune if they steal Wonkaʼs new amazing candy. The lessons of gluttony, narcissism, selfishness, lack of civility and pride bridge the movieʼs storyline. But one of the five children is good and is rewarded as heir of the factory. For five points name either of the childrenʼs name or the amazing new candy they are asked to steal. Charlie Bucket Mike Teavee Augustus Gloop Violet Beauregarde Veruca Salt Candy: Everlasting Gobstopper 25
  26. 26. Note: The concepts of these of several of these questions must be credited to Jeff Gordiner and his book - X Saves the World - How Generation X Got The Shaft But Can Still Keep Things from Sucking Questions about this presentation? Jeff Kallay Experience Evangelist TargetX 877-715-7474 x.110 26