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It's All Relative

written by: mwprods
The fourth version of a quiz that probes the depth of your fertile knowledge about the roots of some lustrous family trees.

Question 1:

What was special about the town of Columbia, MD where actor Edward Norton Jr. grew up?
It was created by Edmund Bacon, the father of his friend Kevin Bacon.
It was created by his maternal grandfather, urban planner James Rouse.
It banned cable television.
It was famous for its nude theater company.

Question 2:

Singer Etta James is not a billiards player, but she is very aware of the exploits of legendary pool shark "Minnesota Fats". Why?
None of these
Her father lost the family home in a gambling debt to "Minnesota Fats".
As a child, she appeared as an extra in the pool movie "The Hustler".
She believes that "Fats" was her father.

Question 3:

What do the sons of Henry Kissinger, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and former New York Times executive editor Max Frankel have in common?
They were fraternity brothers in college.
Their nicknames are all "Stinky."
They attended the same prep school in the suburbs of Washington, DC.
Each of them works as a TV/film director or producer.

Question 4:

Why does U.S. Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D-Illinois) have a keen interest in one major character on the HBO series "Entourage"?
His mother runs the show's craft services table.
His actress daughter plays character Vinnie Chase's press agent.
He worked his way through law school as a parking valet for Hollywood celebs.
His brother, Hollywood agent Ariel Emanuel, is the model for the agent character Arie.

Question 5:

What does President George W. Bush have in common with the 16th-century religious dissenter Anne Marbury Hutchinson?
None of these
Both are distant relatives of the Nixons.
Both are descended from an Irish warlord named Strongbow.
Both are distant relatives of the Kennedys

Question 6:

How is the movie "Casablanca" linked to the end of the "Curse of the Bambino" and the Boston Red Sox World Series victory in 2004?
David "Papi" Ortiz, the Red Sox slugger, who grew up in the Dominican Republic, learned to speak English by watching the movie on tape.
The brothers who wrote "Casablanca" are related to the general manager of the Red Sox.
The director of "Casablanca" also directed "Field of Dreams" with Kevin Costner.
Much of "Casablanca" was originally shot in Florida, spring home of the Red Sox.

Question 7:

What crossed paths connect Uma Thurman with psychologist Timothy Leary, the notorious Pied Piper of LSD, who died in 1996?
Leary and Uma's father, a Buddhist-scholar, shared the same mantra.
Timothy Leary was the godfather of Uma Thurman and Winona Ryder.
Leary's stepson is Ethan Hawke
Leary was once married to Uma's mother.

Question 8:

How are actor William Hurt and Henry Luce, founder of the Time-Life publishing empire, linked?
They were both once part of the trivia team "NY's Strongest."
Hurt's former wife, actress Mary Beth Hurt, is Luce's granddaughter.
Hurt's mother was married to Luce's son, Henry Luce III.
They both dated Marlee Matlin.

Question 9:

What do "The Alamo", "The Exorcist", and the classic TV series "The Honeymooners" have in common?
They all include characters named Ed Norton.
Relatives Jason Patric, Jason Miller, Jackie Gleason
Relatives Davy Crockett, William Friedkin and Audrey Meadows
Relatives Billy Bob Thornton, Ellen Burstyn, Art Carney

Question 10:

Who or what is the common thread among Bernie Williams, Hank Williams, Jr. and Vanessa L. Williams?
They've all served as judges in the Miss America Pageant.
Their skill in playing classical Spanish guitar pieces
They all played outfield professional baseball.
Only their last names


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