Saturday, September 13, 2014


September comes from the Latin word Septem, which means seven. September was the seventh month under the old Julian calendar, which started the new year with what is now March.

This was not known to anyone at The Puzzle Corner or The Free Choice E-zine until reading Joan Rivers' bio after her untimely passing.
What children's television program did Joan Rivers lend her talents to?

Although it's not considered "politically correct" by today's standards, what is represented by the image below?

We'll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let's open up THE ANSWERS BOX and grade our SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! QUIZ from September 6, 2014's Puzzle Corner.

01. When Schoolhouse Rock! 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?
A: Although the principles were explained in other songs, Multiplication Rock! never produced songs honoring the numbers 1 and 10.
02. Multiplication Rock! lessons were quickly joined in the weekly rotation
with Grammar Rock! What was the first lesson in that subject?
A: "Conjunction Junction".
03. What group of lessons was added in 1975 in time for the bicentennial of the United States?
A: America Rock!, teaching United States history and government.
04. What subject started debuting lessons in 1979 amongst the existing topics?
A: Science Rock!
05. Although the shortest subject because of the ever changing technology field, Computer Rocks! debuted in 1983 with what two recurring characters?
A: Scooter Computer and Mister Chips.
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 segments. Who was this character?
A: Schoolhouse Rocky, who was dressed in a modified version of the costume from "My Hero, Zero".
07. With the series revival, what new subject was introduced amongst the original episodes and new lessons in Grammar Rock!?
A: Money Rock! about financial matters.
08. 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?
A: EARTH ROCK! about earth sciences.

It is a shame that this wonderfully entertaining AND educational series of shorts is no longer actively shown or still in production.
To conclude this week's Puzzle Corner, courtesy of YouTube, here is the VERY FIRST Schoolhouse Rock! segment ever shown!
"My Hero, Zero"; Written and performed by Bob Dorough, as first shown on January 20, 1973. ENJOY!

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