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It's time for a Yesteryear quiz

Bob Cox • Dec 23, 2017 at 10:19 PM

Today's Yesteryear feature is a challenge to see if Press readers can determine what year is common to all 21 references listed below. Make an educated guess for each of the 21 and narrow them down to one. The answer is revealed at the end:

1. The New Chevy Monza, while small and efficient, was also big on sport and spirit.

2. Henry Winkler, known as "The Fonz," and Lucille Ball, known well as "Lucy," were interviewed by Barbara Walters for a television Thanksgiving special.

3. Commercial: "Kodak's Color and Kmart's Discount. Yours in an instant."

4. The Bionic Woman (Lindsay Wagner) showe "Another Side of Me." She fractured the crowd with her favorite laughter fantasies in this one-hour special.

5. "Tonight from the Met! Live!" was by Rigoletto, with Conductor James Levine and Host Tony Randall. It was simulcast on stereo FM in many cities. The sponsor was Texaco.

6. Great Movies Are Great Anytime! Monday Thru Friday at 6:30 p.m.: "Love Me Tender" (Elvis Presley), "The Hot Rock" (Robert Redford), "Mrs. Sundance" (Elizabeth Montgomery), "Terror on the Beach" (Dennis Weaver) and "Countess Dracula" (Ingrid Pitt.)

7. The host proclaimed, "Right or wrong can make her rich or poor." It's "The $128,000 Question," a quiz show that began earlier as the more-popular $64,000 Question.

8. "The Fan Club Corporation of America," advertised the Official Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Fan Clubs. A one-year charter membership to each fan club cost $5, however, subscribing to both brought a free door banner for his or her room.

9. "Meet the Press" — Vice President Walter F. Mondale was interviewed on television's longest-running interview series as it observed its 30th anniversary.

10. This week at 8 p.m. featured five movies: "Move Over Darling" (Doris Day), "Popeye & Pals Go To The Movies," "Once Upon A Time In The West "(Charles Bronson), "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" (James Mason, Pat Boone) and "Bandolero" (Raquel Welch).

11. A 90-Minute "Peanuts" movie television premiere: Charlie Brown has just (sob!) lost his best friend in “Snoopy, Come Home." 8-9:30 p.m. CBS.

12. The privilege of meeting Muhammad Ali in a title match awaits the winner of tonight's heavyweight elimination between the division's two top-ranked contenders: Ken Norton and Jimmy Young. (9 p.m. on ABC, telecast from Las Vegas).

13. Fred Kirby came on the air every Sunday that year at noon with a film classic of "The Little Rascals," followed by a variety show from Virgil Q. Wacks. Do you remember them?

14. Saturday morning entertainment included "Mr. Magoo," "Casper," "Batman," "Superman," "Bugs Bunny," "Road Runner," "The Three Stooges," "The Jetsons" and "Space Academy."

15. Kathryn Willis had a cooking show over WJHL from the old Power Board building on North Roan Street. The show routinely substituted ice cream desserts with mashed potatoes because the studio was too hot for the real thing.

16. "The Gong Show," madcap Chuck Barris was host of this zany "talent show." The gong was conveniently used to immediately send pathetic performers packing.

17. "Sha Na Na": The name was taken from a part of the long series of nonsense syllables in the doo-wop hit song "Get a Job" by the Silhouettes. It went "Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip, Sha na na na, Sha na na na na."

18. Donny and Marie hosted a one-hour show on Friday nights at 8 p.m. One show featured Bob Hope, Cheryl Ladd and comic Ruth Buzzi (from Rowan and Martin's "Laugh-In.")

19. One writer from the mystery year lamented that he missed Lucille Ball's weekly struggles with the over-sudsy dishwasher and the chocolate-factory assembly line. (A nice hint.)

20. In her later years, Lucy lamented that the secret to staying young was to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age. She further declared that every man once in his life was entitled to fall madly in love ... with a gorgeous redhead.

21. Times may change, but the fun remains the same. "Mayberry R.F.D. Weekdays."

The single year that is common to the above 21 references will be listed at the end of the article. I hope you enjoyed this little nostalgic excursion down "memory lane." SPOILER ALERT: I purposely left out a giveaway clue that a famous, handsome singer unexpectedly passed away that year. That would have been a giveaway. I hope you enjoyed your journey down memory lane.

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