Nostalgia City Mysteries

Mark S. Bacon

1970s trivia quiz answers

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How well do you remember the 1970s? Here are the answers to the Nostalgia City trivia quiz.

1. a. In 1971 the 26th amendment to the U.S. Constitution lowered the voting age in federal elections to 18.

2. c.  Mel Gibson starred in the 1979 post-apocalyptic action movie Mad Max.

3 b. Patty Hearst was  kidnapped in1974.

4. c. Gerald Ford became president of the U.S. when Richard Nixon resigned.

5. d. Blondie recorded its first hit, Heart of Glass, in 1979.

6. d. Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall starred in Laverne and Shirley.

7. b. Eye of the Needle, the World War II thriller novel released in 1978, was written by Ken Follett.

8. c. On May 4, 1970 four people died and others wounded at Kent State University when National Guard troops opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War.

9. a. The London Bridge was disassembled, transported to the U.S. and rebuilt. It was dedicated in 1971 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

10. d. In 1978 more than 900 cult members died in a mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. The Rev. Jim Jones lead the cult.

11. b. In July of 1973 the Sears Tower in Chicago was completed. It was the tallest building in the world at that time.

 12. b. Tickle Me Elmo was not a fad in the 1970s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know your nostalgia? Take this 1970s trivia quiz

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Newly released Dark Ride Deception, like the previous novels in my mystery series, is based in Nostalgia City, a sprawling  theme park that recreates an entire small town from the 1970s.

This latest book travels to Florida where ex-cop Lyle Deming uses a variety of false identities to investigate other theme parks. The future of the retro Arizona park, however, remains the center of the story. And to maintain the park’s theme—and authenticity—I used  news items, songs, product names and other touchstones of the 1970s.

In that spirit, here’s a 1970s trivia quiz. You’ll find the answers to some of the questions in the pages of Dark Ride Deception.  And all the answers will appear in this blog, via email, on Wednesday,  Dec. 29.   If you’re not a follower, you can join by simply entering your email address in the box below.  (No fair looking up the answers  on Google.)

1. On July 1, 1971 the 26th amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect.  What did it do?
a. Lowered the voting age in federal elections to 18
b. Legalized early term-abortions
c. Lowered the federal drinking age to 18
d. Ended the Vietnam War

2. Who was the star of the 1979 post-apocalyptic action movie Mad Max?
a.  Kurt Russell
b. Jean-Claude Van Damme
c. Mel Gibson
d. Chuck Norris

3. What famous heiress was kidnapped in 1974?
a. Nancy Sinatra
b. Patty Hearst
c. Paris Hilton
d. Elizabeth Smart

4. Who became president of the U.S. when Richard Nixon resigned?
a. Ronald Reagan
b. Jimmy Carter
c. Gerald Ford
d. Bob Dole

5. Which rock group had its first hit, Heart of Glass, in 1979?
a. Jefferson Starship
b. ABBA
c. The Bangles
d. Blondie

6. Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall were stars of what TV show?
a. Charley’s Angels
b. Mork and Mindy
c. Dallas
d. Laverne and Shirley

7. Eye of the Needle was a World War II thriller novel released in 1978.  Who was the author?
a. Frederick Forsyth
b. Ken Follett
c. John le Carré
d. Scott Turow

8. On May 4, 1970 four people died and others wounded when National Guard troops opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War. Where did this happen?
a. The D.C. Capitol Mall
b. University of California – Berkeley
c. Kent State University
d. University of Alabama

9. The London Bridge was disassembled, transported to the U.S. and rebuilt. It was dedicated in 1971 in what US city?
a. Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
b. Laughlin, Nev.
c. New London, Conn.
d. Las Vegas, Nev.

10. In 1978 more than 900 cult members died in a mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. Who was the leader of the cult?
a. Abu Alaa al-Afari
b. Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson
c. David Richard Berkowitz, also known as the Son of Sam
d. Reverend Jim Jones

11. In July of 1973 the tallest building in the world at that time was finished. It was:
a. The Space Needle, Seattle
b. The Sears Tower, Chicago
c. The World Trade Center, New York City
d. The Burj Khalifa Tower, Dubai

12. Which was not a fad in the 1970s?
a. Streaking
b. Tickle Me Elmo
c. Mood rings
d. CB radios

Innocent clue leads Collins down a rabbit hole of death

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Frog in a Bucket (An Eddie Collins Mystery, Book 5)
Clive Rosengren
Kindle $5.99, paperback $14.99
Coffeetown Press   Aug. 2021
242 pages

Eddie Collins is working on a movie. He and other actors, dressed in suits, sit at banquet tables playing show biz trivia to pass the time. Finally, the filming is about to begin. An assistant director calls for quiet. The banquet speaker, played by veteran actor Tony Gould, his mane of silver hair in place, stands at the lectern, adjusts the microphone, then keels over.

The collapse is not in the script.  A doctor is summoned, then an ambulance.

Click the cover to go to the book’s Amazon page.

The shooting is finished for the day, and as the actor is carted off the hospital, Collins has time to ponder a small mystery with his wardrobe suit coat. That morning he’d noticed a tag sewn into the jacket with the name Ken Thompson on it and the words Crash and Burn. The name probably belonged to the actor who used the suit before, and likely the words identify the name of a movie. In the pocket of the jacket Collins finds a finds a key attached to a metal disc with the word Pandora engraved on it.

With just a little work, Collins discovers that Thompson did act in a picture called Crash and Burn.  Understandable, but Collins is skeptical.  Costume companies don’t usually stitch names into costumes. And what about the Pandora key?

An actor might not have enough curiosity or interest to carry his inquiry any further, but Collins is also a private investigator. Several years ago economic necessity prompted him to find supplemental work and his “tendency to stick my nose into places it probably shouldn’t belong” prompted him to open a detective agency.

Back on the set next morning, Collins gets two surprises.  The first is word that Gould has died. The second surprise arrives when he steps into the trailer that serves as his dressing room on the movie lot.  A white young man with grungy dreadlocks is snooping through his clothes. The man says he’s looking for a key.  He gives Collins double talk saying he was cleaning out Gould’s dressing room and was told that a key was missing.  Before Collins can pin him down, the guy dashes out the door and disappears in the bustling studio.

Is there a connection between Gould and Thompson? What does the Pandora key unlock? How did Gould die? Collins considers the questions while the production resumes temporarily and film executives debate a replacement for Gould.

Collins learns that Gould died of an insulin overdose; he finds that Gould and Thompson worked on Crash and Burn together; and a Burbank police detective appears on the set to ask questions about Gould’s death. The actor/detective is promptly dragged into a layered mystery involving a private production company and a decades-old missing persons case. 

Following Collins through movie sets and along Hollywood streets is a pleasure.  The story flows smoothly with author Clive Rosengren’s relaxed, easy first-person writing style and sense of humor.

A driver pulled up along side and then abruptly cut in front of me and roared off, blonde hair flying in the wind. I honked and flashed her a digital salute.

“You think that did any good?” Carla asked.

“Probably not, but it’s the gesture that counts.”

The story’s movie-set authenticity comes from  Rosengren’s 40 years as an actor, nearly half of that in Tinsel Town. Speaking of authenticity, movie buffs will appreciate some of the trivia questions Collins and his fellow actors trade during down-time on the set. Don’t expect any “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn” questions. These are for true movie aficionados .

And the story is not all laughs as you’ll be reminded of Hollywood’s real-life dark side. But Collins adroitly handles the bad with the good.  Follow along.  It’s a thoroughly entertaining and exciting trip.
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Clive Rosengren was an actor for nearly 40 years appearing on stage and in movies and TV. He is a multiple Shamus Award nominee by the Private Eye Writers of America.  His other Eddie Collins books include Murder Unscripted, Martini Shot, Velvet on a Tuesday Afternoon and Red Desert. He lives in southern Oregon.

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