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Chester Carlson was the inventor of photocopying. In 1936, he began to study law at night at New York Law School, receiving his LL.B. degree in 1939. He studied at the New York Public Library, copying longhand from law books there because he could not afford to buy them. He used his kitchen for his "electrophotography" experiments, and, in 1938, he applied for a patent for the process. He made the first photocopy using a zinc plate covered with sulfur. The words "10-22-38 Astoria" were written on a microscope slide, which was placed on top of more sulfur and under a bright light. After the slide was removed, a mirror image of the words remained.
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Chester Alan Arthur was the 21st POTUS, succeeding James Garfield after Garfield was shot by an assassin. Arthur was responsible for the rebirth of the U.S. Navy, among other things. He made a half-hearted run for another term in 1884, but failed to get the nomination. He died a year later.
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Actor Lorenzo Music was the original voice of the cartoon cat Garfield, in various animated TV specials and series from 1982 through 1994. Music also replaced Bill Murray as the voice of Dr. Peter Venkman when the movie Ghostbusters was adapted into a television cartoon series (The Real Ghostbusters).

Actor Bill Murray was the original Dr. Peter Venkman in the film version of Ghostbusters. Murray also provided the voice of Garfield the cat (a character originally voiced by Lorenzo Music) in theatrical films in 2004 and 2006.
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Nebraska's Big Rodeo will celebrate its 99th anniversary this year in Burwell, which is located in the least populous of the six counties named after President Garfield. The county has only 2,000 inhabitants.
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The remains of President James A. Garfield and his wife Lucretia are entombed at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio. The memorial is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar cleaning and repair project.

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Aside from being President, Garfield was a Major General in the Union Army during the American Civil War, and fought in the battles of Middle Creek, Shiloh, and Chickamauga.
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U.S. Grant was the only person promoted from major general to lieutenant general during the Civil War, when, in March 1864, President Lincoln raised him to field command of all U.S. Army forces in the field. Grant was the first officer to hold the rank of lieutenant general since George Washington. Several other generals had failed, over the previous three years, to decisively defeat the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia led by Gen. Robert E. Lee; Grant needed just over a year to do it.
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U.S. Grant was the only person promoted from major general to lieutenant general during the Civil War, when, in March 1864, President Lincoln raised him to field command of all U.S. Army forces in the field. Grant was the first officer to hold the rank of lieutenant general since George Washington. Several other generals had failed, over the previous three years, to decisively defeat the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia led by Gen. Robert E. Lee; Grant needed just over a year to do it.
Good trivia!

Lee Grant won an Oscar for Shampoo (1975).
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For his role as Lou Grant, Ed Asner is one of only two actors to win an Emmy Award for a sitcom and a drama for the same role, with the second being Uzo Aduba for her portrayal of Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Orange Is the New Black.
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Bud Grant is one of two NFL head coaches to lead their team to the Super Bowl.
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Bud Grant, who is now 92, is the most successful coach in Vikings history, and the third-most successful professional football coach overall (behind Don Shula and George Halas), with a combined 283 wins in the NFL and CFL, per Wiki.
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The Minnesota Vikings are the only other current professional sports team besides the LA Lakers to use the colors of gold and purple. The most famous Viking to wear the purple and gold #24 was Robert Griffith, who played on the team for seven seasons from 1994 to 2001.
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The Minnesota Vikings came into existence in 1960. The first general manager of the franchise was a man named Bert Rose. Rose chose the purple and gold colors, because those were the colors of the college he had attended, the University of Washington.

In their first ever regular-season game, the Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears, 37-13.
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Bill Clinton, Democrat of Arkansas, was President of the United States for most of Robert Griffith's Vikings career, having taken office on Jan. 20, 1993 and left office on Jan. 20, 2001.
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The Arkansas Razorbacks are the only major sports team in the U.S. with a porcine nickname (the Texas A&M–Kingsville Javelinas play in Division II). They were originally called the Cardinals until the student body voted to change the name in 1910, after Coach Hugo Bezdek referred to the team as "a wild band of Razorbacks" at a post-season rally following their unbeaten season of 1909 (another version of the story says Bezdek made the comment after a hard-fought battle against LSU).
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Hugo was the first movie by Martin Scorsese fully shot in digital.
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Victor Hugo was devastated and unable to write for years after the death of his eldest and favorite daughter, Léopoldine, who died aged 19 in 1843, shortly after her marriage to Charles Vacquerie. She drowned in the Seine at Villequier, pulled down by her heavy skirts when a boat overturned. Her husband, aged 26, also died trying to save her.

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The Seine, which is 482 miles long, is the second-longest river that flows entirely through France. The longest is the Loire, which is 630 miles long.
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The Loire River passes by a number of major towns, including Saint-Etienne, Orleans, Tours and Nantes, finally reaching the ocean at Saint-Nazaire. The valley is known as the Garden of France because of the many vineyards, fruit orchards, and vegetable farms.
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Six French departments have a derivation of the Loire River in their name: Loire (department), Indre-et-Loire, Haute-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire and Saône-et-Loire,
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It was ten years ago today that Sampiro began the original Trivia Dominos thread: https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...4#post12075694).

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It was ten years ago today that Sampiro began the original Trivia Dominos thread: https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...4#post12075694).

Huzzah!
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The Loire River, the longest river in France, flows for 634 miles and has the Château de Chambord along it. In 1939, shortly before the outbreak of World War II, the art collections of the Louvre and Compiègne museums (including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo) were stored at the Château de Chambord. An American B-24 Liberator bomber crashed onto the château lawn on 22 June 1944.

gMap, Château de Chambord, Château, 41250 Chambord, France >> https://goo.gl/maps/opEMmuryxEmwvRj18

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It was ten years ago today that Sampiro began the original Trivia Dominos thread: https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...4#post12075694).

Huzzah!


From searching, it appears Sampiro has not posted to SDMB anywhere since May 2019.

His last post in this game is here, from May 2017 >> https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...2#post20194022

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In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade the sultan of the fictional desert country of Hatay is offered a chest of stolen valuables in compensation for allowing the Nazis to seek the Holy Grail in his land. He ignores them but makes it known he will fully cooperate in exchange for the "Rolls-Royce Phantom II. 4.3 litre, 30 horsepower, six cylinder engine, with Stromberg Downdraft carburetor. Can go from zero to 100 kilometers an hour in 12.5 seconds. And I even like the color." Clip.
The base price of a 2016 Rolls Royce Phantom was approximately $417,000.
Thanks again, Sampiro, and thank you Elendil’s Heir for noticing and sharing the 10th Anniversary date.
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The writer Henry James once visited the Château de Chambord and remarked afterwards, per Wiki, that "the towers, cupolas, the gables, the lanterns, the chimneys, look more like the spires of a city than the salient points of a single building."
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The poem "Disobedience" by children's author A.A. Milne would later be put to music and recorded by the Chad Mitchell Trio as James James Morrison Morrison.
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While A.A. Milne is best known for his Pooh books, he was a well-known playwright and screen writer prior to that. The actual toys that inspired the Pooh world still exist (except for Roo, who was lost when Christopher Robin was a child) and are on display at the New York Public Library Main Branch.
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The New York Public Library is officially chartered as The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. Its famous pair of lion sculptures, named Patience and Fortitude, sit on either side of the main entrance and can be briefly seen in the opening scenes of Ghostbusters.
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Patience and Fortitude were originally called Leo Astor and Leo Lenox, after The New York Public Library founders John Jacob Astor and James Lenox. Later, they were known as Lady Astor and Lord Lenox (even though they are both male lions). During the 1930s, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia named them Patience and Fortitude, for the qualities he felt New Yorkers would need to survive the economic depression.
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John Glenn joined the US Army Air Corps before he joined the US Marine Corps.
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In 1974, John Glenn was elected to the US Senate. He served as a Senator until 1999. In 1984, he made a failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In 1998, Glenn made history (again) by becoming the oldest space traveler. At age 77, he rode the space shuttle Discovery for nine days. During this time, the shuttle orbited Earth 134 times.
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John and Annie Glenn met when they were toddlers and were high school sweethearts; when John Glenn died they had been married 73 years. Annie Glenn is a longtime advocate for people with speech disorders and in 1983 received the first national award of the American Speech and Hearing Association for her meritorious service. In 1987, the National Association for Hearing and Speech Action awarded the first annual Annie Glenn Award for achieving distinction despite a communication disorder. Glenn presented the award to James Earl Jones as its first recipient. She was inducted into the National Stuttering Association Hall of Fame in 2004.
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During his stint in the Marine Corps, Glenn flew combat missions in World War II, China and Korea. He shot down three MiG-15s, and was awarded six Distinguished Flying Crosses and eighteen Air Medals.
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During the relatively short Korean War, nearly 5 million people died. More than half of these were civilians. This was about 10 percent of Korea’s prewar population.
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John Glenn was nicknamed "Magnet Ass" in Korea because of the number of flak hits he took on low-level close air support missions.
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Sportscaster Chris Berman for his for his use of odd nicknames. His most famous one was pitcher Jim "Two Silhouettes on" DeShaies, who is now the Cubs TV-caster. I believe it all started with the natural Damon "Blue" Berryhill.

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He was certainly entertaining, with his nicknames and funny sounds like WHOOP! and DOINK!.


Chris Berman joined ESPN in 1979, just one month after it was created. Along with Bob Ley, he is one of ESPN's longest-tenured employees. Berman and Ley are the only remaining SportsCenter anchors from 1979.
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Other notable nicknames coined by Chris Berman are John Mayberry 'RFD', Frank Tanana 'daiquiri', Jeff 'brown paper' Bagwell, and, my personal favorite, Bert 'by home' Blyleven.
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British economist John Maynard Keynes, although very talented, did not foresee the Stock Market Crash of 1929, and his fortune was almost entirely wiped out. He was able to built it back up again, however, and by the time he died in 1946 left an estate valued at the 2018 equivalent of more than US$27 million, per Wiki.
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The Stock Market Crash of 1929 is the worst crash in US history. Over a four day period, the Dow Jones dropped 25%.

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Until 1965, Dow Ale was the most popular beer in Quebec. But then it introduced an additive that was blamed for about 50 illnesses, the rest of the stock was dumped into the St, Lawrence, and that was pretty much the end of Dow Ale
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Dow Jones is a combination of the names of business partners Charles Dow (1851 – 1902), editor of The Wall Street Journal, and statistician Edward Jones (1856 - 1920). They were minors during the American Civil War, and neither of them lived long enough to see the Great Depression. “The Dow”, founded in 1885 as the Dow Jones Average and in 1896 as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is a stock market index that measures the stock performance of 30 large companies. Because it only includes 30 large cap companies, it is not weighted by market capitalization, and it does not use a weighted arithmetic mean.
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Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the Potomac River on January 13, 1982, killing 74 people. Edward "Ted" Kennedy Jr. was delayed on his drive to the airport and missed being on that plane by about ten minutes.
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In Jeffrey Archer's 1977 political thriller Shall We Tell The President?, Ted Kennedy defeats incumbent President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 Democratic primaries, and then defeats Republican challenger Ronald Reagan that fall, becoming President on Jan. 20, 1981. His running mate was Dale Bumpers of Arkansas.
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Jim Bishop (1907 - 1987) was an American newspaper journalist and author. He wrote the bestselling book The Day Lincoln Was Shot. The book was released in 1955 after Bishop had worked on it for 24 years.

Other books written by Bishop include The Day Christ Died, The Day Christ Was Born, and The Day Kennedy Was Shot.
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Jim Bishop was on Richard Nixon's Master list of political opponents, along with a whole lot of other people.
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The chess piece known in English as the bishop has a wide variety of names in other languages. In Sanskrit and in Middle Eastern languages the piece is the Elephant; in Mongolian it is the Camel; in many Germanic languages it is called the Messenger / runner; in several Slavic languages it is the marksman, shooter or hunter; in French and Romanian it is the Jester or fool.

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In Don McLean's song American Pie, the "Day the Music Died" refers to the 1959 plane crash in which Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died, which McLean confirmed many years ago. Although fans had long tried to interpret and identify other references in the song's lyrics, McLean had always steadfastly refused to comment.

However, in 2015, when the original manuscript for the song was auctioned off, McLean finally revealed several of the song's references (in large part confirming fans' theories):
- "The King" is Elvis Presley
- "The Jester" is Bob Dylan
- The song's fifth verse refers to the violence at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert

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The Traveling Wilburys was a rock band formed in 1988. Members of the group included Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty. The band released two albums, one in 1988 titled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, and the second in 1990, titled Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3. The first album won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

Sadly, only Dylan and Lynne survive.
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Jim Keltner, the session drummer and percussionist, was not listed as a Wilbury on either album, but was given the nickname "Buster Sidebury".

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Cleveland third-baseman Ken Keltner made two scintillating plays to rob Joe diMaggio of hits, in the game that ended his record streak of hitting safely in 56 consecutive games.

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