It’s about weather, movies, fake news and real news.
How well do you remember what happened locally in 2017? Check your memory with this trivia test.
1. The month of February saw eight straight days of (A: a wind chill factor of below zero degrees. B: temperatures in single digits. C: one inch or more of snow. D: temperatures above 60 degrees).
2. Thomas Flynn, a 1973 graduate of Lima Central Catholic, wrote the screen play for a Disney movie called (A: “The Prodigy.” B: “Gifted.” C: “Kramer vs. Kramer.” D: “The Smart Girl.”)
3. At the age of 40, Elida native Michael Dew was named (A: president of the University of Florida. B: Commander of the Florida State Patrol. C: chief executive officer of Disney World. D: Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation.)
4. True or false: Actor Bill Murray — Mr. Ghostbuster himself — was spotted eating in the Kewpee after his car broke down on Interstate 75.
5. This sports personality, who defended the rights of NFL players to protest, once worked at The Lima News. (A: James Brown; B: Robert Kraft; C: Jemele Hill; D: Mike Greenberg.)
6. Cory Lee, of Spencerville, won the inaugural Kewpee Hamburger Eating Championship during the Star Spangled Spectacular by (A: eating eight Kewpee hamburgers in 10 minutes. B: eating a cheeseburger, large fries, pecan pie and a malt in one minute, 28 seconds.)
7. True or false: A former Lima basketball player is now in his second year in the NBA.
8. Readers of The Lima News voted this business tops for customer service in the annual Best of the Lima Region voting.
9. True or false: More deer were killed during deer-gun season in Allen County than a year ago.
10. What was Lima Mayor David Berger’s margin of victory in the 2017 election?
1. D: The month of February saw eight straight days of temperatures above 60 degrees. The high was 72 degrees on Feb. 24.
2. B: “Gifted,” Thomas Flynn’s movie about a child prodigy, opened in April. It had a $7.1 million budget and grossed $42 million at the box office.
3. D: Michael Dew is Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation. After just a few months on the job, he found himself overseeing evacuation efforts during Hurricane Irma.
4. False, as in fake news. The Bill Murray visit was reported by the KNR6 News website. However, after you get past all the ads on the website telling you how to fix your sagging, wrinkling face, there is a rather large disclaimer stating knr6.com is a satirical news website and none of the articles are true.
5. C: Jemele Hill was a summer intern at The Lima News in 1994 following her freshman year at Michigan State. Not only could she write, but she covered a lot of ground in center field on the company softball team.
6. A: The question is how long will this record last?
7. True: Tyler Ulis, of the Phoenix Suns, grew up in Lima and played for Shawnee through eighth before moving to Chicago. He is in his second year for the Suns and is averaging 8 points per game.
8. Casa Lu Al restaurantof Lima. Open since 1960, its great service is matched only by its good food.
9. False: Allen County was the only county in the region that saw fewer deer harvested during deer-gun season than last year, with 341 killed in 2017 compared to 363 in 2o16.
10. Mayor Berger defeated Keith Cheney, 52 to 48 percent. It was the mayor’s closest margin of victory during his 28 years in office.
• 9 to 10 correct: You get a high five and a pat on the back.
• 7 to 8 correct: Just a pat on the back.
• 6 or less: You’re a sucker for fake news, aren’t you?
COMING NEXT WEEK: 2017’s Best of Roses and Thorns. (Tuesday, Dec. 26)
Have a Merry Christmas!
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News.