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October 31, 2013

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Guest Trivia Question:
Name the Rice alumnus who was the production manager for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) which will be shown tonight at 7 pm at the Rice Media Center.  For a bonus point, name his Rice roommate who suggested the title The Texas Chainsaw Massacre instead of Leatherface as the script was called.  Email your answer here.

October 30, 2013

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Guest Trivia Answer:
First, thanks to former Rice LHP Scott Wise for the guest trivia question!

LHP Howie Pollet, a member of the 1946 World Series champion St Louis Cardinals, worked out with the Owls in the 1950s and was a volunteer pitching coach at Rice under the late Doug Osburn in the late 1960s. 

From former Rice LHP Billy Arhos:  “Howie Pollet said to me: ‘OK, here comes a curve.    Stand in there, I’m not going to hit you!’    Easy for him to say.    The first baseman shook hands with it before it became a strike.    Forget hitting it.    Teach me how to THROW it.” 

Way to go, John Wolda, Jim Woodruff, Jimmy Disch, Bill Eiland, Peter Fasullo, Guy Jackson, Tim Holder, Bob Reinhold, Billy Arhos, Richard Gerlach, David Ownby, Rod Boane, Doug Nicholson, Mike Ross, Guy Rollins, Gary Wendel, Sallie Schwall, Bev Schorre, Rick Sheridan, Bryant Wilkinson, Betty Bixby, Ann Bixby, Nancy Burch and Melinda Clark!

A Texas Chainsaw Massacre trivia question tomorrow!

October 29, 2013

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Guest Trivia Question:
Name a member of the 1946 World Series champion St Louis Cardinals who later served as a volunteer pitching coach at Rice.  Email your answer here.

October 26, 2013

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Trivia Leaderboard (top ten plus ties):
78  Ann Bixby, Betty Bixby
77  Mike Ross
76  Peter Fasullo
73  John Wolda
72  Rod Boane, Bob Reinhold, Bryant Wilkinson
67  Melinda Clark
65  Nancy Burch

October 25, 2013

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Trivia Answer:
In 1946, Eddie Dyer ‘36 managed the Cardinals to a World Series win over the Red Sox.  Click here for a very interesting blog entry by Melissa Kean about him.  Also, his son, Eddie Jr, graduated from Rice in 1952.

So far this postseason, Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA.  Interestingly, on March 5, 2011, Rice blanked Texas A&M, 1-0, in the Houston College Classic, with Austin Kubitza the winning pitcher and Michael Wacha taking the loss.  (Thanks, Bryant Wilkinson!). 

Way to go, John Wolda, Bob Reinhold, Dan Hyde, Joe Welsh, Tre Fischer, Rod Boane, Ted Richard, Bev Schorre, Kathleen Boyd, Ann Bixby, Rick Sheridan, Sallie Schwall, Jim Woodruff, Betty Bixby, Bryant Wilkinson, Peter Fasullo, Bruce Baker, Guy Jackson, Terry Wolfe, Steve Brown, Kyle Frazier, Kerri Barber, Melinda Clark, Richard Gerlach, Barney McCoy, Gary Wendel, Mike Ross, Pat Martin, Rilda Whitmire, David Ownby, Kirwin Drouet, Nancy Burch, Harvin Moore and Hugh Welsh! 

Trivia Leaderboard tomorrow and next trivia question next Tuesday!

October 24, 2013

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Trivia Question:
In 1946, the Cardinals beat the Red Sox to win the World Series.  Who managed the Cardinals?  Email your answer here.

October 23, 2013

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Trivia Answer:
Boston reliever Craig Breslow,  who graduated from Yale with a double major in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, pitched in the MLB playoffs last week.  Click here for a recent MLB.com story entitled “Smartest man in baseball knows how to pitch also”. 

Also, there are two Boston pitchers with Rice connections.  Starter Clay Buchholz is related to Tommy Alexander ‘71 and reliever Brandon Workman pitched against the Owls as a Longhorn on March 11, 2008.

Way to go, John Wolda, Melinda Clark, Tre Fischer, Rick Sheridan, Ann Bixby, Kathleen Boyd, Ted Richard, Steve Brown, Bob Reinhold, Rod Boane, Billy Arhos, Bev Schorre, Guy Rollins, Peter Fasullo, Betty Bixby, Bryant Wilkinson, Justin Antweil, Mike Ross, Barney McCoy, Sallie Schwall and Nancy Burch!

Next trivia question tomorrow!

October 22, 2013

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Trivia Question:
Name the Yale graduate with a double major in molecular biophysics and biochemistry who pitched in the MLB playoffs last week.  Email your answer here.

October 19, 2013

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Trivia Leaderboard (top ten plus ties):
76  Ann Bixby, Betty Bixby
75  Mike Ross
74  Peter Fasullo
71  John Wolda
70  Rod Boane, Bob Reinhold, Bryant Wilkinson
65  Melinda Clark
63  Nancy Burch

October 18, 2013

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Trivia Answer:
Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith (NMSU ’65) has received two technical Academy Awards (1996, 1998).  Read more.

Way to go, John Wolda, Kathleen Boyd, Tre Fischer, Bev Schorre, Ann Bixby, Sallie Schwall, Ted Richard, Bryant Wilkinson, Rick Sheridan, Guy Rollins, Betty Bixby, Peter Fasullo, Bob Reinhold, Rod Boane, Melinda Clark, Carl Henry, Mike Ross and Nancy Burch!

Trivia Leaderboard tomorrow and next trivia question next Tuesday!
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