2017-03-02 / Columns

Peninsula’s team trivia scene is fit for a president; congrats, Jack Joyce

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Things are a little quiet as we hold our breath either waiting for spring to actually arrive, or for a little more snow to enjoy some winter activities. One thing that keeps a number of people entertained every week is Team Trivia, which is played in five locations around Leelanau County, and some teams manage to make more than one location. On Mondays, Team Trivia is at Knot Just a Bar – Omena; Tuesdays you have a choice of Leland Lodge or the Village Inn Tavern; Wednesday is Team Trivia at Tucker’s in Northport; and Saturday is the Bluebird.


In the weeks leading up to President’s Day, there were some interesting questions about presidents. Here are three, with the answers later in the column. I always figure that any time I don’t know the answer, I learn something – and most of the time, I’m learning something.


Who was president when the first hot air balloon flight took place in Philadelphia?

Who was the first president that was born in the United States?

Donald Trump is our 45th president, but 44th different president, since Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president. How many different vice presidents have there been?


Jim Wickemeyer was in town this past week and joined Omena’s McTrivia team on Monday night.


Congratulations go to Jack Joyce and to his mother, Diane. Jack is a Webelos Cub Scout in Pack 131. They recently competed in the Pinewood Derby. Jack had the fastest car in the Webelos Den, and his mother had the fastest car in the “supportive grown up/ parent/grandparent/...” category. The Pinewood Derby is a national event racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts build their own cars from wood, often from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels, and metal axles.

The first Pinewood Derby was held on May 15, 1953 at the Scout House in Manhattan Beach, California. The pack master’s son was too young to participate in the popular Soap Box Derby races, so he came up with the idea of racing miniature wood cars. The Pinewood Derby had a sensational first year. The idea spread rapidly, and competitions were held across the country, mainly with recreation departments and nonprofit organizations. Of all that early enthusiasm, however, only the Boy Scouts of America made it part of an official program. Within a year, the Boy Scouts of America adopted the Pinewood Derby for use in all Cub Scout packs.


Many of us enjoyed the Northport- Omena Chamber of Commerce Winter Carnival on Feb. 18. Many people and businesses in the area made that fun day possible. Thanks go to the volunteers and event sponsors. The volunteers included Ben Crow, Mark Kellogg, Eric Alchin, Neil Wetherbee, Mimi Heberlein, Will Harper, Tracy Glidden, Gary Fredrickson, and Greg Fredrickson. The sponsors of the event were Team Dakoske Remax, Tucker’s of Northport, Deeps Corner Store, Northport Building Supply and Ace, Century 21 Northland, Dolls and More, and Pennington Collection.

Many thanks also to Leelanau Tree Service which provided the fire wood, and to Amalie Ekaterina, who captured the event with some great photography that we were also able to share in last week’s Enterprise.


And, now, back to the answers. Amazingly, George Washington was president, and in attendance, when the first hot air balloon in the U.S. went up in 1793, piloted by Jean Pierre Blanchard from France. The Montgolfier Brothers had made the first hot air balloon flights in France in 1783. Blanchard made his first flight in 1784, and was the first to cross the English Channel in 1785.

The answer at Team Trivia to who was the first president born in the United States was Martin Van Buren. However, if you Google the question, there is more than one possible question. Martin Van Buren, born Dec. 5, 1782, was the first born after the Declaration of Independence. Zachary Taylor, born Nov. 24, 1784, was the first born after Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris. John Tyler, born Mar. 29, 1790, was the first born after the Constitution went into effect on Mar. 4, 1789. According to the Constitution, only a natural born citizen or citizen of the U.S. at the time of adoption of the Constitution is eligible to become President.

There have been 48 Vice Presidents of the United States. This is a combination of six presidents who had more than one vice president (FDR had three); two vice presidents, George Clinton and John Calhoun, who served under two different presidents; and four presidents – Tyler, Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, and Arthur – who succeeded to president from vice president and were not re-elected. Until the 25th Amendment in 1967, there was no replacement of a vice president when the position was vacated.


The Grand Traverse Lighthouse and the Leelanau State Park are the sponsors of the History Snow Shoe hike this Saturday starting at 10 am.


Happy Birthday to Alison Biskupski, Molly Smith, Kay Nolen, Bev Gaudette, and Marian Electa Powell. Happy Anniversary to Kanda and Harold McKee.

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