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The Ultimate East Bay Quiz

Put your East Bay Expertise to the Test with 20 Tough Questions


1 At what still-popular East Bay recreation spot did Clark Gable film the ill-received 1931 movie Sporting Blood?
a. Lake Del Valle, Livermore
b. Tilden Park, Berkeley
c. Rock City at Mount Diablo State Park
d. Heather Farm, Walnut Creek

2 Which of the following is the true story of the birth of a famous cocktail?
a. The Bloody Mary was first concocted in 1896 at Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon in Oakland by bartender Mary McMasterson after a bloody brawl between fishermen.
b. The martini was originally mixed on the streets of Martinez for the great-grandson of town founder Don Ygnacio Martinez.
c. The mai tai, thought to be a Hawaiian/Polynesian invention, was actually the brainchild of Oakland restaurateur Vic Bergeron, of Trader Vic’s.
d. All of the above.

3 How many parking spaces are offered at Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza parking garage?
a. 9
b. 957
c. 2,593
d. 5,169

4 While conducting research for its 2003 blockbuster, Finding Nemo, what East Bay animal nirvana did Pixar Animation Studios frequent?
a. Lindsay Wildlife Museum
b. Valley Children’s Zoo at Oakland Zoo
c. Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation
d. Angels West Angelfish Hatchery in Walnut Creek

5 Which famous film director once sold grapes to Livermore’s Cresta Blanca winery?

a. Alfred Hitchcock
b. Billy Wilder
c. Charles Laughton
d. Francis Ford Coppola

6 Which one of these native Mount Diablo flora is not considered a “rare and endangered plant” by the California Native Plant Society?

a. Northern California black walnut (Juglans hindsii)
b. Ohlone arrowhead tulip (Thisone isbogus)
c. Chaparral harebell (Campanula exigua)
d. Mount Diablo fairy-lantern (Calochortus pulchellus)

7 Through the 2005 season, which UC Berkeley varsity sports team had won 14 of the previous 15 collegiate national championships?
a. Women’s lacrosse
b. Men’s golf
c. Men’s rugby
d. Women’s swimming

8 John “Grizzly” Adams, a 19th-century hunter who became the inspiration for a fictional 1970s TV show, spent much of his life roaming the rolling foothills of Mount Diablo. Which of the following fantastic stories is a tall tale, and not true of Adams?

a. In 1855, somewhere in the East Bay wilderness, he fought a gruesome duel with a giant grizzly. The bear punctured a hole the size of a silver dollarin his forehead, an injury that never fully healed.
b. He slaughtered 47 grizzlies
in the Mount Diablo foothills in one year.
c. He sauntered the streets
of San Francisco followed by full-grown grizzlies.

9 Match each professional athlete with the high school he attended.
a. Jason Kidd, NBA all-star point guard, New Jersey Nets
b. Dontrelle Willis, MLB all-star pitcher, Florida Marlins
c. Ken Dorsey, NFL quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
d. Randy Winn, MLB
outfielder, Seattle Mariners
1. Encinal High, Alameda
2. Miramonte High, Orinda
3. Saint Joseph Notre Dame, Alameda
4. San Ramon High, Danville

10 Which East Bay town as named one of the fivemost walk­able small cities in America by Walking Magazine in 1998?
a. Lafayette
b. Clayton
c. Danville
d. Pleasanton

11 The late Glenn Seaborg, advisor to nine presidents, cofounder of the Lawrence Hall of Science, and onetime UC Berkeley chancellor, won the 1951 Nobel Prizein chemistry for discovering plutonium. Which of thefollowing elements did healso discover?
a. berkelium
b. nobelium
c. einsteinium
d. all of the above

12 Fill in the blanks: According to her book Every Secret Thing, Patricia “Patty” Hearst lost the 1976 trial that sent her to the Federal Correctional Institutein Pleasanton because her famous lawyer, ________, looked ________ during his closing arguments.

a. Alan M. Dershowitz, like a Muppet
b. Marvin Belli, like a pirate
c. William Kuntsler, as if he were constipated
d. F. Lee Bailey, as if he had wet himself

13 How many cities are incorporated in Contra Costa County?
a. 15
b. 17
c. 19
d. 22

14 Which one of these East Bay businesses does not offer a public tour?
a. Fortune Cookie Factory, Oakland
b. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore
c. Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Oakland
d. Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Berkeley

15 The dam on which of these East Bay reservoirs fractured and slumped during its 1927–1929 construction, leaving it short of its planned height by nearly 500 feet?
a. Briones Reservoir
b. Lafayette Reservoir
c. San Pablo Reservoirand Watershed
d. Chabot Reservoir

16 Which of these Northern California landmarks can be seen from Mount Diablo’s summit on a clear wintermorning?
a. Golden Gate Bridge, 28 miles away
b. Farallon Islands,70 miles away
c. Half Dome in Yosemite,130 miles away
d. Mount Lassen, 165 miles away
e. All of the above

17 Which publication dubbed Concord’s gone-but-not-forgotten Spirit Poles “the ugliest sculpture in the United States” in the early 1990s?

a. Metropolis
b. The National Enquirer
c. Newsweek
d. Harvard Design Magazine

18 True or false? The property on which the Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley now stands was the prize in a game of checkers at the old Athenian Club in Oakland.

19 The Blackhawk Museum is home to some seriously swanky celebrity cars. Whichof these priceless automobiles can not be seen on a visit tothe museum?
a. “The World’s Greatest Entertainer” Al Jolson’s 1929 Mercedes-Benz Model S Tourer
b. The 1942 Lincoln, V-12 Presidential Limousine, used by presidents Harry S. Truman
and Franklin D. Roosevelt
c. Quintessential leading
man Clark Gable’s 1935 Duesenberg, Model JN Convertible Coupe
d. Rebel Without a Cause
star James Dean’s 1955 Porsche Spyder 550

20 How many world champ­ionships have East Bay sports franchises (A’s, Warriors, Raiders) won?
a. 3
b. 5
c. 7
d. 9

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