The Spinning with Rotarians Edition of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz Newsletter


Dear Friends of the Pub Quiz,


What fun we had Saturday Night! My friends at Sunrise Rotary organized an annual “Trivia for a Cause” fundraiser that took place at the spacious Davis Senior Center, and I got to host! My duties included writing and putting on a pub quiz, offering a live auction of clues for the trickier questions (some hints went for as much as $60), and talking up the different local charities that the teams were playing for. By the end of the evening, I was out of breath, and my head was spinning.


A visit to reveals the Rotarian’s primary motto: “Service Above Self.” We are lucky to live in a city whose good will and investment in education have resulted in an overabundance of citizens who recognize service to others, such as my own service to my students, as an important element of a fulfilling life. Service and outreach are foundational goals of our town’s land grant university, and the Rotary folks apply those principles even more vigorously than most of the rest of us. It should be recognized in what author Gary Vaynerchuk calls our “Thank You Economy” that there is wisdom in the Rotary motto that “One profits most who serves best.” One of the best ways to do well is to be good.


I’ve benefited tremendously from the support of friends, family, and associates in Davis. 2017 is an exciting time for me: my 25th year of marriage to Kate, and the beginning of my sixth decade on earth. Kate is throwing me a birthday party Friday night. If you are not a Facebook friend of Dr. Andy and would like to know more, feel free to ask me about the birthday gathering when we see each other tonight at the Quiz.


As you can tell from my habit of giving away valuable swag every Monday night, we are trying to get RID of stuff, rather than accumulate it in the form of birthday presents. As a result, if you want to do something kind for me on my 50th birthday, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Smith Lemli Opitz Foundation, an organization that supports medical research into a rare syndrome that is well known to our family and the families of many people whom we appreciate and adore. Find details at


Tonight’s Pub Quiz will feature questions on voters, people named Alexa, silver bullets, the trees found in Chinese swamps, Texas, Romans, the Philippines, horseshoes, provincial life, nightmarish arachnids, threats to our Superiority, beautiful losers, superheroes, occupations in common, the Truman question, persistent wrongdoing, 18 points in Scrabble, periodic painting, piano music, evil shape-shifters, bald antiheroes, unusual and hasty pets, subunits, also-rans, bad habits, Centennials, and Shakespeare. Three of the questions have not been written.


Happy birthday to occasional Pub Quiz participant Grammy Jo. Jo won’t be able to join us tonight, but you yourself should not let the gentle rain and cold temperatures keep you from competing in the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz. See you at 7!


Your Quizmaster


Here are three questions from last week’s quiz:


  1. Sports. What is the name of the Buffalo NHL team?


  1. Science.   Snoring during sleep may be a sign, or first alarm, of OSA. What do the letters OSA stand for?


  1. Great Americans.  Of what state was the current Vice President most recently governor?



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