Archive for the ‘Trivia’ Category

Calling Wes Craven! ! !

March 14, 2009

This is a great rumor.  Accoding to what a girl at the hostel told me that a part of the Channel Islands University campus used to be a mental hospital before it was changed to be part of the university.

Dunno know if it’s true or not, but we sure hope someone tells Wes Craven about this bit of  this school’s (possible) history.

Here is a link to the school’s web site

Santa Monica History

March 3, 2009

While we were in Canberra at the end of 2008, we heard the song about Santa Monica Blvd.  That made us wonder how many folks in Canberra knew that Santa Monica Blvd., used to be named Oregon Ave.?

The name was changed (according to this web page

in 1912.

There is an Oregon Ave. in Bekeley, CA, too.

Movie Trivia

February 28, 2009

One of the few times John Wayne sang in a movie he performed a song which was again sung (about 20 years later) in a different movie by Mick Jagger.  What was the song; what were those two movies?


In “The Quite Man,” John Wayne sang “Wild Colonial Boy.”  Later, in “Ned Kelly,” Mick Jagger was on the soundtrack album singing that same traditional ballad.

Ginmill History

February 26, 2009

The Palomino in North Hollywood was a legendary venue for country music artists.

What was its name before it became “the Pal”?

Reportedly it was the location for something called “The Mule-kick saloon.”

We tried to confirm this fact online but could not find any reference to this bit of trivia.  This blog tries to present material not found elsewhere online.

Main Ave.

February 25, 2009

Many US towns have a Main St., but Scranton Pa. was in Ripley’s Believe It or Not because (he said) Scranton was the only town in the USA to have a Main Avenue.

Dunno if that still holds true.

Tonight Show hosts

February 19, 2009

So you think you know the history of Tonight Show hosts?  OK!  Who was the host (for just five weeks) between Steve Alan and Jack Paar?

Did you say Al “Jazzbo” Collins?

“You are correct, sir!” as Ed McMahan used to say.