Summer's
Last Fling
(songs and movies)
Tech Savvy
The 20th Century's Last Hurrah
Songs by the Numbers
Dream On (Heartthrobs)
100

“(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the [missing word]” by Otis Redding includes the sound of waves crashing on the shore.

Answer: What is “Bay”? Fun fact: Redding was banned from a talent show in his hometown of Macon, Georgia, after winning 15 times in a row.

100

We used to say one of these keeps the doctor away and now use it when talking about a computer company.

What is Apple? Their computers are branded under the Mac name. In addition, they have an entire i-line of devices, such as the iPhone and iPad.

100

In 1995, the murder trial of this former NFL player was dubbed the “Trial of the Century.”

Who is O. J. Simpson? Johnnie Cochran, one of the defense attorneys, said, “If it [the bloody glove found at O. J. Simpson’s house] doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” Many people believe this is how he won acquittal for Simpson.

100

This is a Beatles tune: “[number] Days a Week.”

What is “Eight”? According to Paul McCartney, the title came from his chauffeur. The chauffeur told him that he had been working hard—eight days a week. Later, it was claimed that Ringo Starr came up with the title.

100

This Osmond brother was a teen heartthrob in the 1970s.

Who is Donny? He had an Ipana smile. Do you remember those Ipana commercials?

200

The female lead of the 1960s Beach Party movies is this Funicello.

Who is Annette? Some of the films are Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, and Muscle Beach Party.

200

We used to spend time with friends; today we might never meet them, but we collect them on this type of media.

What is social? Some examples of social media include Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

200

In August 1997, this British royal’s death shocked the world.

Who is Princess Diana? She died in a car crash in Paris.

200

This Clovers tune was covered by the Searchers in 1965: “Love Potion No. [number].”

What is 9? The original album version ends with, “I had so much fun that I’m going back again; I wonder what happens with Love Potion No.10!”

200

After Saturday Night Fever, this male lead became a heartthrob.

Who is John Travolta? Before the film, he was Vinnie Barbarino on Welcome Back, Kotter.

300

“See You in [this month]” by the Happenings was a favorite summer tune.

What is “September”? 

It starts: “I‘ll be alone each and every night While you’re away, don’t forget to write Bye-bye, so long, farewell Bye-bye, so long."

300

This is currently the largest online retailer. They have no brick-and-mortar stores that you can visit.

What is Amazon (or Amazon.com)? Their e-commerce net sales were upward of $73 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.

300

In 1998, this American president was impeached.

Who is President Bill Clinton? He was impeached for lying to a grand jury and obstructing justice. The U.S. Senate acquitted him on both counts.

300

When going on field trips or camping trips, kids sing this tune about bottles of beer on the wall, and it starts with this number.

What is 99? The whole song goes, “99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of beer of the wall.” Then you start over with 98 and continue until you reach zero.

300

This cute member of the Monkees with the last name Jones also appears on The Brady Brunch.

Who is Davy? His Beatles haircut was a bit longer in the back. He plays a love interest of Marsha on The Brady Bunch.

400

The 1973 film American Graffiti stars Richard Dreyfuss and this actor who once played Opie.

Who is Ron Howard? Dreyfuss and Howard play high school grads the night before leaving for college.

400

These mobile devices were once used strictly for making calls; today, you can access the internet, take a photo, play games, and much more.

What are smartphones (or cell phones)? They became more widely known as smartphones when internet connectivity and other features were added.

400

In 1999, this currency made its debut in many countries in Europe, the U.K. being a major exception.

What is the euro? It was initially adopted by 11 nations of the European Union.

400

Jimmy Buffett’s song “A Pirate Looks at [this age]” is about a real pirate he met when he first arrived in Key West.

What is 40? Buffett released “A Pirate Looks at 40” when he was 27 years old.

400

Shirley MacLaine’s brother was a heartthrob and confirmed bachelor until he married Annette Bening.

Who is Warren Beatty? He stars in Bonnie and Clyde along with Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman.

500

These run in place of regular primetime TV shows that take the summer off.

What are summer replacements (or reruns)? There are fewer summer replacements these days, and we often get reruns.

500

We once recorded television shows on VCRs; today we record them on these.

What are DVRs? It stands for digital video recorder. VCRs were analog devices.

500

In 1997, this cloned sheep was introduced to the world.

Who is Dolly? She was the first successfully cloned mammal from an adult stem cell, and she was cloned in Scotland at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.

500

Paul Simon wrote the hit “[number] Ways to Leave Your Lover.”

What is 50? Paul Simon wrote it to teach his son how to rhyme: 

Slip out the back, Jack Make a new plan, Stan You don’t need to be coy, Roy, just set yourself free.

500

He is the male lead of the Beach Party movies.

Who is Frankie Avalon? His tune “Venus” hit No. 1, and he has six additional Top 40 hits.

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