Saturday, February 25, 2017


No one knows for certain who the Oscar is that the Academy Awards were named after.

By what name do we know Patricia Reichardt better as?

Because of its difficulty, there is only one subset this time, but there IS something in common between the two items. Do you know what it is?

{The Mills Brothers, The Grateful Dead} And yes we know they are both groups.

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from our Famous Firsts US Presidential Quiz in the February 18, 2017 Puzzle Corner.

01. To have previously served as Vice President?
John Adams, during the George Washington administration.
02. To serve without a Vice President?
James Madison, from April 10, 1812 to March 4, 1813.
03. To hold the office as an Independent? (And yes, it has been done.)
George Washington, for he never declared any political alliance, except to the fledgling United States of America itself. John Tyler has been the only other independent President (to date), resigning from the Whig party after disagreeing with their policies while in office.
04. To hold the office as a Democrat?
Andrew Jackson.
05. To hold the office as a Republican?
Abraham Lincoln.
06. To be born in the United States after it became an independent country?
Martin Van Buren. While everyone before him was automatically considered a citizen, he was the first born on American soil after the United States won its independence from Great Britain.
07. To not be born within the continental United States?
President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, although many tried to convince people otherwise.
08. To be born in a hospital?
Jimmy Carter, because his mother Rosalyn was on duty working in one when she went into labor with the future President. Otherwise, Richard Nixon would have been the first.
09. To physically live in the White House?
This is a trick question. While technically this honor might be considered John Adams’, for he and his family took occupancy while the White House was still under construction, officially Thomas Jefferson was the first to occupy the structure during his entire administration.
10. To work in the Oval Office? (The West Wing, where it resides, was a later addition.)
William Howard Taft.
11. To marry while in office?
Grover Cleveland, he was single when elected.
12. To remarry while in office?
John Tyler
13. To ever have his photograph taken?
This is another trick question. John Quincy Adams was the very first, but it was as a former President. James Buchanan is the first to be photographed IN office.
14. To ever use a telephone?
Rutherford B. Hayes, but Calvin Coolidge was the first to actually have a phone at his desk. Hayes made and received his calls at the White House switchboard, before direct lines were established.
15. To ever speak on radio?
Woodrow Wilson, predating Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous weekly "fireside chats".
Teddy Roosevelt on left with pilot.
16. To ever fly in an airplane?
Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.
17. To ever appear on television?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, during a demonstration of the device during the 1939 World's Fair.
18. To make a coast to coast television broadcast?
Harry S. Truman, on September 4, 1953.
19. To not deliver the annual State of the Union Address on time?
Ronald Reagan, because of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

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