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Archive for February, 2013

Trivia Question 2/28/13 – Color Television

SMPTE Color BarsOn this date in history… On February 28, 1954 the first all electronic consumer color television went on sale in the United States.

QUESTION:

How much did the first color television set cost in 1954?

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Trivia Question 2/21/13 – The Telephone Book

Walking FingersLast week we had a Trivia Question about telephones and I thought I’d continue along that stream this week as we say Happy Birthday to the Telephone Book.

QUESTION:

Born on February 21st in New Haven Connecticut, how old is the Telephone Book?

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Trivia Question 2/14/13 – The Last Switchboard

SwitchboardToday is Valentine’s Day, a day when a lot of people probably make a lot of phone calls to distant loved ones.  And speaking of phones, that’s the subject of today’s trivia question.

In 1923 telephones were installed on Catalina Island with an undersea cable connecting them to the Mainland.  To make a phone call, you picked up the receiver and turned a crank on the phone to ring the operator at a switchboard.  The operator would then connect you to your party using a patch cable on the switchboard.

It turns out Catalina Island was the last site in the AT&T telephone system to do away with operator service, install dial telephones, and go to a direct dial switching system.

QUESTION:

In what year was the last AT&T operator switchboard shut down on Catalina and the system converted to direct dial?

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Trivia Question 2/7/13 – Monopoly

Uncle PennybagsToday we say happy birthday to Rich Uncle Pennybags, Jake the Jailbird, and Officer Edgar Mallory.  Where can you find all these people? On February 7, 1935 the board game Monopoly was published by Parker Brothers.

QUESTION:

How much money is supplied to use in a modern standard Monopoly set?

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