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The Jeopardy-style James Dean Trivia Game

There was a good turn-out for the first annual Dean trivia contest at noon on Saturday. Lenny Prussack had spent an entire year working on the questions, but says he won't run out. There will be plenty of new questions for the coming years. There was a fourteen question elimination round, open to anyone present.

Pre-game crowd  scene

David hands out pencils, with Heidi, Laura and Truly Lover in the background. At the tables, Bernie, Rose and Santa and the Lesniewskis, all from Illinois. We had to keep the pages face down until everyone could start at the same moment. This was a brief test with everyone gnashing teeth at the names just on the edge of our memories, and the few simple questions that gave everyone a feeling of competence.

Mark Kinnaman and Joe Schulte ranked one and two on the prelims, with a three way tie for third, settled by drawing cards from a deck. Berniece Racinowski won the draw. (The other two were her friend Rose Roback and the wife of "Santa" from Illinois or Charlotte from Vermont. Who can tell us)?

More fans

Standing: Adam and Sue Pelletier with Lenny and David. More contestants are awaiting the signal to start the elimination round. Lenny was the M.C. but I didn't get his picture, because I was so involved in the game. Here is a photo of Lenny, taken at Rockabilly Rebel Weekend in June:

Four Cool Cats

In this never-before-revealed portrait, Steven, Lenny, Clint and Donnie sport Fifties clothes outside Fountain Square Theatre. See lots more Fifties ideas from David Loehr's annual Fifties Weekender, Rockabilly Rebel Weekend. (Those pages will be finished after the Fan Week pages are finished.)

Mark Kinnaman

The Marion Chronicle sent a reporter and a photographer to our contest. The newspaper then printed a darling picture of Mark Kinnaman, shown above, with his mouth wide open in a shout of delight when he won. We call it The Big Gulp, or He Swallowed A Goat. Here he is just grinning. He swore he would win. He studied for a solid week, watching all three movies and making notes on everything. But there was some feeling that he had a tiny advantage by getting the whistle to blow, instead of the handbell or the other noisemaker. So next year everyone will have an easier noisemaker. Level the playing field a bit.

Next year Mark has to defend his title, but Phil Ziegler and Bob Rees will be in the running. This year they held back, not entering, to be polite. Next year, no holds barred. And who knows who else may turn up!

Finalists As seen on the opening page of this weekend's report, Mark Kinnaman, Bernie Racinowski and Joe Schulte.

Adam Pelletier Adam revealed the questions on the excellent wall chart. Ready for some examples? Lenny said to go ahead and publish these, as he won't run out of ideas.

Some of the Questions

Questions we could remember from the elimination round:

Main Game Questions

In the first round, I could only write the answers, so maybe Lenny will let me have the questions. Heidi kept score, and Sue Pelletier was the judge in who-rang-first disputes.

The first round categories were Rebel Without A Cause; Dean's Friends; Biography Authors; Giant; Dean's Teachers. The questions that I could remember are:

Round Two

Categories included On Broadway; TV co-stars; Rock and Roll; Wannabes; East of Eden.

Final Question

Well, here came the final question. Mark had $7,500 in pretend money and wagered $100.00.
Bernie had $3,700 and wagered $500.
Joe had $2,800 and wagered all of it.
Mark was the only one to answer the question correctly. The final jeopardy category was "Television" and the question was "In this TV show, Jimmy plays Jeffrey Latham."
Mark won a $50.00 gift certificate from David Loehr for the James Dean Memorial Gallery; Bernie and Joe won $10.00 gift certificates.

Thanks to Magdalin Leonardo for the Jeopardy final question!

And thanks to Lenny for sending me the questions after he saw this page! That is so helpful, because, hooray, he sent the answers too. Read the answers to the main part of the game on the Answers Page. David Loehr     Thanks to David Loehr for the concept of this Fan Appreciation Weekend, for the Jeopardy game, for the three great meals and the rest of the entertainment. Thanks for caring, David. We love you.

The Answers

How about if I get the questions and answers from Lenny and post them on a separate page? It is more fun to just have the questions, for now.... Right? Drives you nuts, though.... better bookmark this page.

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The Mercurys at the James Dean Run car show in Fairmount, Indiana. Info on how to register has just been added.
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