Yes, a hallmark of Thanksgiving is abundant and delicious food. But, for many of us, the opportunity to share family stories is just as important as sharing family recipes.
But, when is the last time you sat down with your family, either your immediate family or your extended family, and intentionally and successfully launched an evening of family stories?
Yeah, probably not recently. Here at Daystar Retirement Village some of the best stories we hear are serendipitous. In the middle of a Big Band tribute, a resident might mention that she once met Benny Goodman. With a little prodding, the story of her brief meeting with an icon of Swing comes spilling out, with nearly the same teenage excitement that she felt 60 years ago.
Or another time, a discussion in one of our book groups will remind a resident of a childhood memory that triggers someone else’s memory and the next thing you know it, the book is forgotten and the personal stories are pouring forth .
The point is, the best stories surface often because someone is thinking about something else.
If you’ve got members of the Greatest Generation gathered around your dining table this Thanksgiving, here is a trivia quiz that just might get everyone thinking, and hopefully, all that thinking will lead to some pretty good stories.
Who directed “It’s a Wonderful Life”?
Was Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” first published before or after World War II? Before, 1940.
What was the other name used for Operation Overlord during World War II in 1944? D-Day, the landing of the allied troops at Normandy.
In 1948, NASCAR held its first race for modified stock cars where? Daytona Beach
In 1942, the minimum draft age in the U.S. is lowered from 21 years old to what? 18
(Bonus question: How many years before the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18? 29 years, in 1971)
In 1940, which world leader made the speeches “We Shall Fight Them On the Beaches” and “Never in the field of human conflict has so much…..”? Winston Churchill
What renowned crooner sang “I’ll Never Smile Again” and “Strangers in the Night” and “Only the Lonely”? Frank Sinatra
What year did Jackie Robinson join the National League? 1947
(Bonus question: Who did he play for? Brooklyn Dodgers)
What day did FDR die? Who becomes president on his death? April 2, 1945.Harry Truman.
When gas was rationed during World War II, how many gallons were people allowed, per week? Three.
Can you finish this Burma Shave jingle: The boy who gets/ his girl’s applause….?
Like Santa Claus
Hopefully this trivia quiz based on current events from the 1940s will get the seniors in the room remembering, and talking, about that remarkable period of American History. Even better if that discussion of American history leads to stories about your own family history.
Best wishes for a delicious and story-filled Thanksgiving, from all of us at Daystar Retirement Village