Sea Cows?

What animal’s nickname is the “sea cow”?

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks was an athlete in high school where he played football, baseball and ran track and field.  Heading to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater with a partial track scholarship, he threw and competed in the javelin from 1980 to 1984.

While he may not have had much success in javelin competition, Brooks is a music legend.  He is the only artist in music history to have released nine Diamond albums (certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), overtaking The Beatles’ previous record of six. His many awards include multiple Grammy Awards, American Music Awards and the RIAA Award for best-selling solo albums artist of the century in the U.S.

Will Rogers

“I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.”

Javelin Country

Which world renown country music artist threw javelin while attending Oklahoma State?

Ruth Handler Created Barbie & Ken

The first Barbie doll hit the market in 1959, the creation of Ruth Handler, the first president of Mattel (1945-1973) which she and her husband Elliot founded together. Born Ruth Marianna Mosko, she and Elliot were high school sweethearts who were married in 1938.

Watching her daughter, Barbara, the doll’s namesake, play with paper dolls inspired her to create a 3 dimensional doll, but when she pitched the concept to her husband and their then partner Harold “Matt” Matson, they were skeptical.  But when Ruth spotted a Lilli doll in Switzerland while on vacation, she brought one back and tasked Mattel’s head of R&D to adapt it for Americans.  Three years later, Mattel gave birth to Barbara Millicent Roberts, Barbie’s full name!

Ruth recounts much of this in her book, Dream Doll, published in 1994.

More Trivia:   “Matt” and “El” became the brand Mattel and the Ken doll, whose full name is Kenneth Sean Carson, was named after Ruth’s son, Kenneth!

Arthur Conan Doyle

“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.”

Barbie

What year was the first Barbie doll released?

Bonus: Who is credited with creating the Barbie doll?

Sophia Loren

“If you haven’t cried, your eyes can’t be beautiful.”