Saturday, August 28, 2010


Last weekend's Puzzle Corner sparked some interesting comments from readers, most sharing their own fond memories of watching Schoolhouse Rock! when they were younger.
So since a lot of schools will be back in session soon if they're not already, this weekend we present the SCHOOLHOUSE ROCKS! POP QUIZ!
Yes, I hear the groans in the background, but this will be fun.

1. When Schoolhouse Rocks! first debuted in 1973, they began with Multiplication Rock!, covering the table from "My Hero Zero" to "Little Twelvetoes". But what two numbers were skipped?
2. Multiplication Rock! lessons were quickly joined in the weekly rotation with Grammar Rock! What was the first lesson in that subject?
3. What group of lessons was added in 1975 in time for the bicentennial of the United States?
4. What subject started debuting lessons in 1979 amongst the existing topics?
5. Although the shortest subject because of the ever changing technology field, Computer Rocks! debuted in 1983 with what two recurring characters?
6. Sadly, the series went off the air for a while starting in 1985, but when it returned in the early 1990s, it gained a mascot to introduce the segment. Who was this character?
7. With the series revival, what new subject was introduced amongst the original episodes and new lessons in Grammar Rock! ?
8. Sadly, the series went off the air again in 1999 and has only been on DVD (and YouTube) since then. What new subject was covered in a straight to DVD release in 2009?

We'll reveal all next weekend. But for now, let's peek into THE ANSWERS BOX for the results from our 19th Amendment quiz from last weekend's Puzzle Corner.

1. NO, the United States of America was NOT the first country to acknowledge a woman's right to vote.
2. New Zealand was in 1853, but they did not acknowledge ladies the eligibility to run for office until 1919. The 19th amendment does both.
3. Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States at the time when the 19th amendment became official, although he was personally against it.
4. 36 of the then 48 states had to approve the measure for it to officially become part of the Constitution. Illinois was the first to say "yes" on June 10, 1919.
5. Tennessee was the last state needed to make the amendment official. They said "yes" on August 18, 1920 and the measure officially part of the Constitution on August 26, 1920, making this past Thursday the 90th anniversary.
Connecticut adopted the measure on September 14, 1920.
Vermont did the same on February 8, 1921.
Delaware did to on March 5, 1923!
Virginia finally recognized the measure on February 21, 1952.
Alabama on September 8, 1953.
But Maryland remained silent on the matter until February 25, 1958!
Alaska and Hawaii accepted the United States Constitution as is when they both officially became states in 1959.
Yet Florida didn't formally acknowledge the 19th amendment until May 13, 1969!
Georgia finally followed suit on February 20, 1970 with Louisiana joining the party on June 11 of that year.
North Carolina adopted the measure on May 6, 1971, and Mississippi finally accepted the 19th amendment on March 22, 1984!

Connecticut, Vermont, Alaska, and Hawaii I can understand. But the rest?
If any historians in the audience care to shed some light upon this subject, feel free to contact this e-zine with the information.

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