Showing posts with label fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fun. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

frozen bananas à la Bluth

What are you going to be eating on May 26? This has been the topic of many conversations in our house. On that date, Season 4 of Arrested Development will be released, all at once, on Netflix. 


We talked about a few possibilities for our family viewing party: hot ham water, candy beans, juice...but really, there is only one sensible choice, and that is frozen bananas. The banana stand is at the heart of the Bluth Company, after all. And while no one in our family would really enjoy cornballs or mayoneggs, there is no one who doesn't like frozen bananas.

Chocolate-Covered Frozen Bananas


You need: bananas, chocolate, butter, popsicle or caramel apple sticks and (optional) nuts. Ideally, the bananas would be slightly riper than shown here. The stick will split a green banana, but will sink in nicely to a lightly freckled one.

We have one child who loves almonds, and one who doesn't like nuts at all, so I alternate between both plain and crunchy bananas (ie, nuts and no-nuts).
Cut the bananas in half, push the stick up the base, and place them on a tray to freeze for at least half an hour, and up to overnight.
Meanwhile, chop the nuts. 
When the bananas are frozen, melt the chocolate over a double boiler (or in a pot nestled in a larger pot) and add enough butter to bring it to the consistency of, say, mayonnaise. Chocolate melted alone will be too thick to coat easily.
Because I don't have a dipping pot, I spread the chocolate on the bananas with a frosting spatula, seen above. Then, depending on your preference, you can either roll the banana in nuts or place it back on the tray to freeze again. But work quickly, as the frozen banana starts the process of hardening the chocolate almost immediately.
That's pretty much all there is to it. Whether or not you watch Arrested Development, a frozen banana is just about the perfect treat on a hot summer afternoon.



Friday, January 4, 2013

downton abbey trivia quiz

Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How many ways can one dork out to Downton Abbey? Season 3 is just about to premiere in the States, so we are learning that there are many, many ways indeed.

There's the Downton Abbey cocktail series at The Kitchn (the Bittersweet Mr. Bates came out this morning).

The Downton Abbey Cooks blog.


There are old favorites like Downton Abbey portrayed by dogs, the Fresh Prince of Downton AbbeyDownton Sixbey and Uptown Downstairs Abbey.

There's a list of Downton Abbey goofs.

And then there are quizzes, quizzes galore. Google "Downton Abbey quiz" and see how many of the 1.5 million results you get through.

But yes, I made one, too. The show just calls out for a trivia quiz, what with all the richness of detail in the costumes, setting and storyline. I was scribbling down interesting facts as we watched it through once, then started to formalize it for team trivia when it was rerun. As it turned out, we didn't end up playing this one at New Year's so I offer it here for a few series-besotted friends, and perhaps for you, as well.



Downton Abbey Trivia Quiz

1. What is the name of the real castle where Downton Abbey is filmed?

2. Who is the first character Julian Fellowes wrote, after reading a history set in the 1880s and 90s?

3. In which month and year does Season 1 begin?

4. Who is the first character we see in the first episode of the series?

5. What is the name of the pub in town where Carson meets the other Charlie?

6. Who invented the swivel chair?

7. Which Downton Abbey actor shares the same name as a former US President?

8. Where does the first scene of Season 2 take place?

9. What is the name, and breed, of Robert's beloved dog?

10. Complete the Lady Violet quotes.
What is a ___________?

I couldn't have electricity in the house. I wouldn't sleep a wink. All those ___________.

Your quarrel is with my daughter, Rosamund, and not with me. So ___________.

"I'll take that as a compliment."
"Oh, ___________."

Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very ___________.

Printable here. Answers here.



Saturday, December 22, 2012

ukulele reindeer antlers

If only I could stop at the ukulele santa hat, I wouldn't feel quite so insane. But no ukulele Christmas is complete without a round of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and that calls out for a matching headpiece. 

Uh, doesn't it...?

This was just a couple of chenille stems wrapped around the headstock and with a glittery red pom-pom glued to the front. I wanted to be able to take it on and off, so started with a little hook, which was formed around a ruler.


The chenille was wrapped around the headstock horizontally, caught on the hook, and bent up and over the top—


—and twisted around the other side.


Nose glued on.


Antlers formed from another stem any old how.


The Flea headstock is rectangular, but the majority probably have this pointed tip in the middle. For those, a different configuration might work better:


DH saw these and cautiously asked if I were planning on making ukulele hats for every holiday. He said it in the tone of someone who has their foot halfway out the door, so I reassured him: No, of course not. These are just for the party.

But we'll see.



ukulele santa hat


When opening the Christmas decorations box this year, I noticed a little Santa hat that probably sat on a doll's head in years past. This year it looked perfect for the ukulele, so that's where it went.

And then I realized I couldn't stop there. We had an ukulele club Christmas party coming up.

I didn't think to start photographing the process until I was nearly done, but it isn't brain surgery and I'm sure you'll be able to adapt it to your own needs.

I eyeballed the hats into isosceles triangles, making them roughly 3" wide, which was the width of my headstock. I was using leftover knit fabric from the Santa hat I made last year, but it should be about the same whether you use fleece or felt or fake fur—anything that has a small amount of stretch to it. Running the warp of the fabric vertically from the peak to the center of the brim will help with the stretch (in other words, the selvedge should run parallel to the silver ruler, below).


A quarter-inch seam took the width down to where it would fit snugly.


All the trim was glued on. I used fabric adhesive because it gave me a little bit of extra control winding that feathery trim, but you could also use a glue gun or anything else that can attach fabric to fabric.



The final, and I think somewhat critical, step was gluing the tops down so that the hats could sit compactly on the headstock when the ukes were in playing position. I folded right over the seam and just added a dab of glue above the trim.


And here's the new, mass-produced version for my club friends. I actually like it a little better than the original due to the softer materials used.


Corny? Very. But also fun, and fun is what we're after when we play.



Friday, September 7, 2012

wikis

This past summer I noticed a handful of unpublished posts still sitting on this blog. After going back and forth, I decided not to dither any longer but to either purge or publish. This is the first one I looked at. If memory serves, I was waiting to incorporate some additional material but never got round to it...so now, a full year (!) later, it is just going out as found:

Some time back I started compiling a list of all the interesting wiki pages I ran into, thinking...well, I don't know what I was thinking, really.

My interest was probably piqued because I live in a place which generated one of the earliest city wikis:
Davis, California
There are several more city wikis—and of course, where better to find a list than good old Wikipedia:
largest city wikis
A lot of wikis are hosted on Wikia: Harry Potter, The Office, Lord of the Rings, camerascoffee, vintage sewing patterns, to name just a few. Pick a popular movie, a game, or a tv show, and see if you can't find it here.

Homeschooling? Try Wikijunior or Wikiversity.

Interested in the world and its people? There's Wikitravel, Nativewiki, and one whose name made me laugh when I first stumbled across it: Sikhiwiki.

Like anyone reading this, I suppose, we use the computer for a lot of instant research. And let me add that I'm aware there is controversy over the dependability of the web in general, and wikis in particular, as reliable information content. But with appropriate caution in place, we've had fun wandering the stacks of these wikis when a particular question arose relating to:
Audio Recording
Chickens
iPhones
James Bond
Knitting
Minecraft
Second Life
Tea
I have even started two wikis in the past: a general wiki for our local homeschooling group, and a specific class wiki when some of our kids were learning about countries of the world together. Wikis are a great community learning tool, given that their very nature is based upon community input; but they are dependent upon people being willing to learn to use the site and taking time to share their knowledge, whatever it may be. Here are a few sites that let you create your own wiki:
Google Sites
PBworks
Wetpaint
Wikidot
Wikisite
Wikispaces
Zohowiki
If you have a hosted site already, you can also use software to create a wiki:
DokuWiki
MediaWiki
MoinMoin
PMWiki
TikiWiki
My favorite wikis, however, are not information wikis but project wikis. What's better than to see cool things that people have made themselves?
Instructables
Make Projects
How about you? What are your favorite wikis?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

happy birthday, julia child

This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook—try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!
~ Julia Child
She may have gone to Smith, but Julia Child had the heart of a born unschooler. Today would have been her 100th birthday and if there were ever a reason to eat a good meal and appreciate every bite, this is it.

I don't own Mastering the Art of French Cooking, nor any other books by Julia Child. I love her mainly because I have memories of coming home from school and watching her show. She fascinated me because she was both extremely knowledgeable and kind of silly. She was sloppy and playful and skilled all at once—a reassuring model for any child.

During this same time my neighbor was going to college in Cambridge, where Julia lived and worked. She remembers occasionally catching glimpses of the green VW Beetle with a spoon or a spatula (she doesn't remember which) wired to the antenna; everyone in town knew it was Julia's car. She and her friends gathered every week to watch The French Chef as it was broadcast, then again on the weekend to cook the dish Julia had made on tv. Apparently Julia's favorite corner butcher shop always ran out of the cut that was featured in the recipe, so savvy Cambridge residents would get there as soon as possible after the show.
Remember, 'No one's more important than people'! In other words, friendship is the most important thing—not career or housework, or one's fatigue—and it needs to be tended and nurtured.
                                                                                                      ~Julia Child

I suspect that cooking was merely a medium for Julia's particular joie de vivre. She loved food because she loved living. She loved to cook because she loved eating with people. And likewise, we love her not for her beef bourguignon, but for her huge and inquisitive spirit.

Last night some friends and I paid our own kind of tribute. The movie Julie and Julia played in the background while we assembled salade niçoise, warmed up quiche and mixed upside-down martinis.
Dessert? There were two: chocolate mousse, and reine de saba cake, complete with birthday candle and singing.
Whether or not you are inclined to make a special meal, I hope today that you eat well, try something new, tend to friendship, and above all, have some fun.

And if you do any one of these things, give a little nod to Julia Child.



Thursday, April 19, 2012

the bookulele (cigar box ukulele)



Tori, Natalie, and Jen all guessed correctly. I'm impressed! 
It's a bookulele. It had to be called that, right? In fact, I think I may have decided to go ahead and make it when I realized how easily 'lele' attaches to 'book.' And when I saw this title at the library sale, the whole project was sealed.

There are several cigar box ukulele documentations out there, but a couple really inspired me to try my own. One was this shoeboxulele (it had to be called that, right?), which despite being made of a cardboard box, some scrap wood and toothpick frets, sounds pretty good:


The other video doesn't allow embedding, but here is the link. Learning that I could buy a neck, thereby avoid having to measure frets, and then just bolt it on, helped fuel things along. It meant that essentially the project would entail turning the book into a box, finishing and adding the neck, and stringing it up.

I'll document in more detail soon but add that the uke does play, albeit with a rather dampened, muffled sound. It turned out to be a good little travel uke, though, since it can be played in the car or in the room without disturbing anyone.

That may in fact be all it's good for, but I'm enjoying it for now.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

guessing game

I've had this photo on facebook for the last two days, but no one has guessed at what it is. Maybe it's because I rarely use facebook and have no identity there.


Might my twitter and blogging friends recognize this partial object for what it is...?



Sunday, March 25, 2012

riding segways


As the boys get older, we continue to look for ways to spend time together as a family. It's a continually changing gig, always dependent on their ages and interests; but day trips are usually a good bet. Seems everyone likes to go and see something new.

Last year I purchased what I thought would be a fun way to get us out of town: a Living Social deal for a Segway tour of San Francisco. Busy weekends and bad weather prevented us from booking it until last Friday, a day that was forecast first for rain, then for clouds—but which turned out to be as clear and lovely as any day in the city can be.

Learning to ride is surprisingly easy. It's the most intuitive machine I've ever been on. Lean forward, and you roll. Lean back, and you stop. Keep leaning back, and your machine goes backwards. The Segway almost feels like an extension of your body after awhile.

But let's face it: there's no way to ride these things and not look like a big dork, as the writers of Arrested Development well know.
Still, it was great fun. We rode around the north end of the city: Municipal Pier, Cow Hollow, the Marina District, the Palace of Fine Arts.
Near the St. Francis Yacht Club we had a beautiful, fogless view of the Golden Gate Bridge:
Along the way, as with any good tour, we saw and learned things that were new to all of us: The Heritage, a retirement home designed by Julia Morgan; the origin of the term "sugar daddy" in Alma Spreckels' pet name for her much older sugar heir husband; and many stories about the San Francisco World's Fair of 1915, for which much of the land in the Marina was reclaimed. (Side note: it was at the Hawaii Pavilion at this fair where the ukulele was introduced to Americans at large, setting off the first great ukulele craze.)

After the 3-hour tour (cue theme to Gilligan's Island), we turned around to get C to his band's gig that evening. But we all agreed that we would try to take another segway tour as soon as possible.

Do you have any favorite day trips?



Sunday, March 4, 2012

happiness



One of these days, I'll move from my ukulele kick to something else, but I love this video for the sheer joy it captures. I also love the way all those lampshades look onstage, and the fact that they managed to get a full opera house to do the wave.

Ukuleles=happiness



Monday, February 13, 2012

blukuleles in February (for Kay)

Today was Galentine's Day* and by happy coincidence, it was also our monthly Blukulele playalong. Food, music and laughter: is there any better way to celebrate?


*I was unable to find a succinct definition of Galentine's Day, so here's mine: it's a holiday invented by Leslie Knope which falls on February 13th and celebrates female friendship. Galentine's Day is a direct counterpoint to Valentine's Day and the idea that one needs a relationship to be happy. In at least two episodes, Leslie is seen at brunch with her mom and coworkers, handing out gifts and toasting with champagne. Leslie's description: "It's like the Lilith Fair, minus the angst...plus frittatas."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

the blukuleles—or how to form a group to learn anything

When one is prone to impulsive, hare-brained ideas like buying a blue ukulele with a dolphin jumping across it simply because it is adorable—
—is it a good or bad thing to have friends who are equally loony enthusiastic?
One way to learn something—anything—is to form a group for it. We were all once active homeschooling moms, so it only took a bit of idle talk and a few phone calls to get this thing going. There were no meetings, no person in charge, just a mutually understood agreement that we were going to learn together in a way we knew worked well. Here is how our little learning collective is set up:

  1. We have a name so that everything related to this experience can be easily tagged and recognized.
  2. We share resources with each other, in person and via a shared Dropbox folder.
  3. We have two experienced musicians who can lead us through the process. This was just luck, but I certainly recommend having expert guidance whenever possible.
  4. Early on we set the rule of no self-deprecation. Women, especially, can be prone to saying things like, "You sound so good. I sound terrible..." Not with us. Such statements get quashed immediately by everyone else in the room.
  5. We have fun—admittedly, a given with the ukulele—but are also serious. Meeting times are held to. There is no off-topic chatter. We move fast and try to have a plan for each meeting.
  6. We set goals, ranging from learning a particular song, to playing onstage in one's existing band, to joining other area playalong groups.
  7. And we check in and track our progress: chords learned, songs memorized, patterns recognized, skills built. In this way we can see the concrete results from each practice session.
Group learning isn't for everyone or everything, but it can work very well in the right situation. Years ago, I used this same idea in setting up a knitting class—a class which has since turned into an ongoing knitting group for the last 13 years. And it's the concept behind Young Makers and most every homeschooling cooperative activity. When you're committed to a group, you're less likely to make excuses about practice time and more likely to just find a way to make it happen. If you do fall behind, you are motivated to catch up so as not to slow others down.


Most importantly, a group has multiple eyes, ears and hands. As each person shares a new song, a fingering tip or a video they've discovered, we amplify the learning process for everyone.


It's a cliché, but energy truly is infectious. A good group will encourage progress, cheer each step, and solidify your identity as an ukulele player (or whatever you choose). With our little blue ukes, we are on our way—





Tuesday, January 10, 2012

blog game/ukulele

Sarah was kind enough to tag me with a versatile blog award. I hope you'll go and look at her blog and at the other blogs she named.


And then please forgive me while I cheat on this post. I recently did a similar one here, and that seems like enough stray information about myself for the moment.


Okay, I can add one new fact: I've recently started playing ukulele.


Just like everyone else, right? I'm no musician, but it's pretty hard to resist an instrument that has such a low threshold of entry. Sure, there are amazing virtuosi like Jake Shimabukuro or Peter Moon, but it's also possible for the average doof like me to play simple songs pretty quickly. I love that.
This is one of my mom's ukuleles. She grew up in Maui in the '40s and '50s and had at least 3 soprano ukes in the house when I was growing up. This one is the Duke Kahanamoku model—which sounds impressive, until you learn that Duke was actually a surfer whose name was on the nightclub where Don Ho rose to fame. Knowing how crazy my mom was about Don Ho in the '60s, my guess is that on a trip back, she and her sister went to Duke's where she bought this ukulele in the gift shop.


This was made in Taiwan, and there seem to be a gazillion of them in existence. You'll see them listed for lots of money, but the two most recent sell prices I found on eBay were on one side or the other of $100. Still, it sounds nice and bright to my newbie ears and tends to be the one I pick up to play. This last week, however, it's been on loan to a friend so I am playing Mom's other ukulele, which I will show you in another post.





Saturday, December 10, 2011

white christmas quiz answers

Answers to this quiz.

1. Holiday Inn

2. longing to be up north

3. Fred Astaire or Donald O'Connor. Astaire turned down the role. O'Connor was under contract to make Francis the Talking Mule films and had caught a disease from his mule co-star.

4. Brown v. Board of Education

5. The Nutcracker ballet, which opened in February (!) of that year

6. The film opens on Christmas Eve, 1944, somewhere in the European theatre of WWII

7. Playing Around

8. Carl Switzer, who played Alfalfa in the Our Gang comedies

9. Rosemary Clooney. (Singer Trudy Stevens sang most of Vera Ellen's songs in the movie, but Rosemary Clooney sang both parts in the Sisters number.)

10. 21 inches. Ellen suffered from anorexia, which caused her health problems later in life.

11. Pine Tree, Vermont

12. to count her blessings

13. George Chakiris won the 1961 Academy Award for playing Bernardo in West Side Story.

14. Casablanca

15. Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmations

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

white christmas (with quiz & lyrics)


Cover of

I've mentioned previously that when I was young, the Bing Crosby movie White Christmas was broadcast every December 24th. My older sister and I watched it together every year; so much so that once we had both left home for other countries, one of the pangs I would get around Christmastime was that I couldn't watch this movie with her. No one else in the world can make me laugh simply by saying, "Mutual, I'm sure" in a nasal voice. And no one else can exclaim, "That waist!" or "That dress!" and instantly convey a history of conversation—because as predictably as a sequence of scenes, we would often have the same comments at the same points in the movie.

I have since introduced White Christmas to my own family. C got it immediately, while D and S have merely tolerated it; but everyone knows we'll be watching it come December. We have crowded friends into the living room to view it together, and we have gone to the theatre to watch it on the big screen. (If you ever get a chance to see it like that, do: there is nothing like a roomful people laughing at the same silly gags and singing White Christmas in unison. It was like sitting with my sister...times three or four hundred.)

Last year I ran the dvd with Rosemary Clooney's commentary while making Christmas dinner. That inspired me to jot down some trivia questions, which I planned to share at a White Christmas screening this year. But this cough has persisted, and I am laying low trying to shake it.

I had become resigned to shelving the quiz until Karen suggested a group viewing over twitter. This is why I like her! She chose a date and time:

Saturday, December 10th
6pm Pacific Standard Time

—and suggested we hashtag our tweets (#whitechristmas) as we watch the movie. We may be a minute or two out of sync, but it'll be close enough. For me, I'm planning to hit the "play movie" button as soon as the clock turns. Please consider joining us—the more, the merrier.

The quiz is below, and here it is in printable .pdf format, in case you want to host a White Christmas screening of your own. You could also print lyric sheets of the songs for a singalong…and drat, because I'm such a dork and found that there is no site with all the song lyrics compiled together, I've gone and done that, too—just click here.

May your days be merry and bright.



White Christmas Trivia Quiz

1. The song White Christmas originally appeared in a 1942 movie which also starred Bing Crosby. Name the film.

2. The opening bars of the song are not heard in this film. Complete the verse with five words:

The sun is shining, the grass is green,
The orange and palm trees sway.
There's never been such a day
in Beverly Hills, LA
But it's December the twenty-forth,
And I am ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

(Extra points if you can sing it!)

3. Danny Kaye was the third choice to play Phil Davis. Name one of the other two stars originally tapped for the role. 

4. White Christmas opened in 1954. Which landmark 1954 Supreme Court case ended school segregation that same year? 

5. Also in the same year, what tradition did George Balanchine begin in New York City?

6. In what year does the first scene take place?

7. What is the name of the Broadway musical that Wallace & Davis are performing in Florida?

8. Wallace & Davis meet the Haynes sisters purportedly via a letter from their army buddy Benny Haynes, "the dog-faced boy." Which former child star's photo was used for Benny?

9. One of the Haynes sisters was played by Rosemary Clooney, a singer. The other was played by Vera-Ellen, a dancer. Which famous singer dubbed Vera-Ellen's voice in the duet Sisters?

10. My sister could never get over Vera Ellen's tiny waist. How big around (in inches) was it?

11. What is the 2-word name of the fictional Vermont town to which Wallace and Davis follow the two Haynes sisters?

12. When Betty and Bob meet at the lodge late one night, what advice does Bob give her for her insomnia?

13. One of the male dancers in the film went on to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1961 (also a musical). Name either the actor or the film for which he won.

14. The director of White Christmas was a Hungarian-American named Michael Curtiz. Which 1942 Academy Award-winning drama did he also direct?

15. In addition to the four leads, White Christmas features several standout supporting performances. One of these is Mary Wickes' housekeeper, Emma. In the days before rotoscoping and motion capture, Wickes served as the live-action reference model for which Disney villain?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

7 things

I go on a lot about twitter, but it's really expanded my life in a way I couldn't have imagined three years ago. For example, I met Stuart Dunstan through twitter. Stuart is an animator and homeschooling dad. I know him as a friendly and intelligent person, yet have no idea what he looks like—I tend to think of him as the green cyclops avatar on his blog and twitter account


Stuart's tapped me in a blog game to write 7 things about myself and pass the game to some other homeschooling bloggers. I see now that it has taken me nearly 6 weeks to think of those 7 simple things, so without further ado...


1. My favorite dessert is not chocolate. I would much rather have something like this:
Picture taken by me in September, 2006.Image via Wikipedia
2. And this is my favorite breakfast:
Roti Prata - Geylang, SingaporeImage by Backpack Foodie via Flickr
extra points if you can identify it (hint: savory, not sweet)
3. Despite not being religious now, I grew up in a churchgoing family. My father was a lay minister in the Methodist church he was raised in, and we often came home from church and read more scripture aloud in the afternoon.
John Wesley (1703-1791), founder of Methodism
John Wesley (Image via Wikipedia)
4. I like to say that I am related to John Lennon, as Carrie Fisher puts it, "by scandal." According to family stories, one of my great-grandfather's girlfriend's grandchildren was May Pang, the woman who lived with Lennon during his "lost weekend" year. Whether she is a blood relation is not clear to me.
The cover of Loving John.
Image via Wikipedia
5. I have a huge pet peeve about parking and traffic tickets. It's something that can send me on an instant rant.
Angry Penguin
Image via Wikipedia
6. However, I don't mind spiders and spiderwebs so you may find them in the corners of our house.
7. I have been known to enlist the services of psychics, seers and communicators from time to time and find them helpful.


Now, I'll pass this on to:


Elizabeth at Sattvic Family


Jen at Home With Heart


Karen at One More Tyme


Lisa at Lisa Nalbone


Sam at Ninth Street East

Thursday, November 10, 2011

answers: to kill a mockingbird trivia quiz

These are the answers to the quiz here.

1962 ... 'To Kill a Mockingbird'Image by x-ray delta one via Flickr


  1. 1960. Though the story is set in the 1930's, it is told from the point of view of a grown Scout and therefore was written, and published, later. The film came out soon after, in 1962.
  2. Monroeville, Alabama. Director Robert Mulligan wanted to film the movie on location in Monroeville, but found the town so changed with postwar development that they opted instead to use a backlot at Universal Studios, with a replica of the Monroeville courthouse for the trial scene.
  3. Amasa Coleman Lee. Harper Lee's mother's maiden name was Finch, Atticus's surname.
  4. Alice Ghostley. Esmerelda was the nervous, vanishing maid on Bewitched (1969-72), but Ghostley was a well-regarded Broadway actress at the time she was cast in the movie.
  5. Robert Duvall. Duvall was recommended by the screenwriter Horton Foote, who had been impressed by his performance in a Foote play a few years earlier. They were to work together often over their careers.
  6. Banana Boat Song (Day-O) by Harry Belafonte. Peters later became known for roles in Star Trek and Soylent Green.
  7. Truman Capote. I thought this fact was better known, but only one person in our group got it. Harper Lee later helped Capote with the researching of In Cold Blood, as noted in the movies Capote and Infamous.
  8. Rock Hudson. Astounding, isn't it? But Hudson was a huge star and box office draw in 1962. It was eventually decided that Hudson was too young at 36, and the part was offered to James Stewart. Stewart rejected the part, believing the film to be too liberal and controversial.
  9. great acting
  10. Jean Louise. You knew it wasn't Thelma Louise, right? :)
  11. a freestanding closet. The chifforobe figures prominently in the trial, where Mayella Ewell testifies that she asked Tom in to help "bust up a chifforobe. " Tom later testifies that he had broken up the chifforobe months before, but that she had asked him in to reach something on top of a different chifforobe.
  12. all of them. This was included so that everyone will get at least one answer correct.
  13. Best Actor—Gregory Peck, Best (Adapted) Screenplay—Horton Foote, Best Art Direction (Black & White)—Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen and Oliver Emert.
  14. Brock Peters. Any of them might have been a possibility, however. Peck remained close with Badham and Lee to the end of his life. He was also friends and neighbors with Michael Jackson, frequently riding horses with him at Neverland. Jackson helped plan Peck's funeral service.
  15. none. Except for the movie, whose set she visited and which she publicly admired, Lee has rejected all commercialization of her novel.
Tie-breaker Question: It is ranked number 25 on the AFI's 10th anniversary list of greatest American movies of all time.

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