This week we asked you to tell us the real name of comic Jack Benny and why he picked that as his stage name. His real name, Benjamin Kubelsky, drew the attention of concert violinist Jan Kubelik, who felt a violin-playing vaudeville comic would damage his reputation. Kubelik threatened to sue unless Benjamin changed his name. So he did. To “Ben K Benny.” Unfortunately, another well known entertainer, Ben Bernie, also threatened to sue over the use of that name. So he decided to use “Jack Benny” and keep playing violin and, as they say, the rest is history.
Some of you may remember (or look up) the renown violin-playing comic who, together with his butler-friend Rochester, who had audiences roaring with laughter – facial expressions, comic timing and comedy – for decades. But as you might have guessed, Jack Benny wasn’t his real name. This week we want you to not just tell us his real name, but why he picked “Jack Benny” as his stage name?
Our last trivia question asked you to name six or more things you can wear on your feet that begin with the letter “s”.
Shoes, Socks, Sandals, Sneakers, Slippers, Skis, Snowshoes and Stockings.
Can you name six or more things you can wear on your feet that begin with the letter “S”? If you name eight, you win the Octopus!
The first couple to be shown in bed together on any prime time television program were Fred and Wilma Flintstone !
Name the first couple to be shown in bed together on any prime time television program.
The name Wendy was made up for the play and subsequent book “Peter Pan” by James M. Barrie.
Although there were Gwendolyns prior to Peter Pan, there was never a recorded use of the name Wendy before its use in the play!
What is the origin of the name “Wendy”?
The first book every written on a typewriter was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain (Samuel Longhorn Clements)
Back in April we gave you some trivia about the longest word in the English language that can be made using the letters on only a single row of the standard English alphabet keyboard: “Typewriter.”
Now tell us the first novel that was ever written on a typewriter?