Anniversary Time! The Alameda Journal, accompanied by my humble efforts, began 26 years ago this week. This column was called Bay Views at first, but Thoughts on the Run seemed a better fit.

You can share the glory of this one by answering the following:

1. Which was invented first? A) the telegraph; B) barbed wire; C) the air brake for trains; D) the steamboat.

2. Alameda's Willie Stargell is in baseball's Hall of Fame. Name his position and team. A) pitcher for Yankees; B) catcher for Chicago Cubs; C) shortstop for Cleveland; D) first base for Pittsburgh.

3. It's worth the trip to Florence to view the Statue of David which was sculpted by: A) Bottticelli; B) Garibaldi; C) Michelangelo; D) da Vinci.

4. Which warring powers were going at each other in the Punic Wars? A) Carthage and Rome; B) Athens and Sparta; C) Greek city-states and Persia; D) Crete and Malta.

5. While her sister was writing about the troubles of Jane Eyre, she was describing a fellow named Heathcliff in her book, "Wuthering Heights:" A) Mary Shelley; B) Emily Bronte; C) Elizabeth Browning; D) Sadie Marx.

6. All were famous fashion designers except A) Oleg Cassini; B) Giorgio Armani; C) Coco Chanel; D) Lattei Bruno.

7. The belief that an employee will tend to rise to the level of his or her incompetence is known as A) Pavlov's conditioning; B) the glass ceiling; C) the Peter Principle; D) Murphy's roller coaster. See answers below.


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In memoriam: John Kennedy claimed most Americans living at the time would remember exactly what they were doing when they heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the death of Franklin Roosevelt (not knowing his own ill-fated assassination would be added).

On April 12, 1945, I was in the Army Air Corps' radio tech school in Sioux Falls, S.D. The class instructor was called from the room. Tears filled his eyes when he returned to tell us Roosevelt had died.

The only president I had ever known from the time I first learned there was such a person until I was nearly 19 was gone -- two and a half weeks before Hitler checked himself out and less than a month before Germany threw in the towel, ending the war in Europe.

Though he looked weary and shaken at the earlier Yalta Conference, the shock was felt by just about everyone in the country. The man who assured our nation's radio audience that we would achieve the inevitable victory had passed away just before it was realized.

Quiz answers: 1-D, 2-D, 3-C, 4-A, 5-B, 6-D, 7-C.

Remember our judging system: All seven in the win column ranks you as a Renaissance Person for spring. Six correct deserves a high-five. Five right OKs a slight smugness. Four is sorta good. Three is a hmmmm. And two or less means ... well ....

Contact Joe King at alamedanews@bayareanewsgroup.com.