Coeur d’Alene Trivia from Rhythms & Muse, part 1

The back cover of Rhythms & Muse features a Lake Cd’A photo. Click on image to enlarge. ©2005 ANVidean

A significant portion of my Rhythms & Muse women’s fiction novel takes place in 1970s Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Spokane Wash., so it seemed natural to create a trivia blog entry or two about some of the places and activities mentioned in the book. Do you know the area? How many answers can you get correct?

Cd’A Trivia Questions, part 1

1. The stately old junior high building, demolished after 65 years of service in 1975 and alluded to in the Rhythms & Muse storyline, stood at what Coeur d’Alene cross streets?

2. Coeur d’Alene High School, at least in the 1970s, had a small group of singers selected from among the Concert Choir members who performed pop, jazz, and other popular songs. What was this small group’s name?

3. In the novel, the heroine Alexandra Lauren’s locker number is #77. Why is that number significant to the author?

4. The novel’s hero, Matt Roberts, lives in one of the large historic homes across from a beach, the public/private rights for which have just recently been resolved. What’s the name of that beach?

5. Is there really a “secret” meadow above the shoreline of Casco Bay as detailed in the novel – a verdant green grassy patch formed from spring run-off and surrounded by pines?

6. Inspiration for Matt’s lake cabin and his children’s music camp in the novel came from cabins owned in the 1970s by two of the author’s neighbors in Fairway Hills. What were the last names of those two families? (Hint: The cabins sat next to one another on Casco Bay directly in view of downtown Cd’A.)

7. The characters in the novel record a hit single at a famous crooner’s home on Hayden Lake. Although that blue-eyed singer did actually own a home on the lake, did it really have a built-in recording studio?

More Cd’A trivia (part 2).


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You can find these and more Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Spokane, Wash., references in my Rhythms & Muse novel and music CD:

Cultural trivia from Rhythms & Muse, part 4

Here are the last trivia questions based on cultural references from my Rhythms & Muse novel. See how many you know.

Trivia Questions

22. What 1927 prose by Max Ehrmann ends with, “Be cheerful. Strive to be happy?”

23. What daily newspaper was the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in circulation in the United States in 2008?

24. What museum with three locations in greater Los Angeles exhibits primarily American and European contemporary art created since 1940?

25. What Revlon fragrance personified the independent woman of the 1970s, and was the first perfume ad to feature a woman wearing pants?

26. What American singer, songwriter, and pianist wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists during the 1960s, many of which have become standards? Hint: She had a recurring role as a music-store owner in the 1990s’ Gilmore Girls TV series.

27. What Apple product, according to PC World has “altered the landscape for portable audio players?”

28. One of the most popular American singers of the 20th century, this cultural icon is often referred to as “The King.”

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You can find these and more cultural references in my Rhythms & Musenovel and music CD:

Cultural trivia from Rhythms & Muse, part 3

Here are the next few trivia questions based on cultural references from my Rhythms & Muse novel. How many can you answer correctly?

Trivia Questions

15. What classic play and movie features a Dr. Doolittle who did not work with animals?

16. What musical variety show had the same host, Dick Clark, from 1957 until its final season in 1989?

17. What Robert Crumb iconic pop culture image of optimism in the 1970s featured an amblin’, big-nosed, suit-wearing guy?

18. What slogan used by the American counterculture movement during the early 1970s was a symbol of passive resistance and nonviolent ideology?

19. What television show, which aired its final episode in May 2011, showcases the life of a superhero as a young boy growing up in rural Kansas?

20.What weekly American magazine, published by Time Inc., covers celebrity and human-interest stories?

21. What Mac-based software allows users to create music or podcasts?

Answers below in comments.

You can find these and more cultural references in my Rhythms & Musenovel and music CD:

Cultural trivia from Rhythms & Muse, part 2

Can you answer a few more trivia questions, all based on cultural references from my Rhythms & Muse novel?  :D

Trivia Questions

8. What Disney movie featured two bumbling dog-sitters?

9.  What fictional character is the “Fairest in the Land?”

10. What 1970s slogan, now recognized worldwide, uses a symbol as its second word?

11. What 1970s show featured famous actors vacationing under the social direction of “Julie McCoy?”

12. What recognizable 1967 superhero cartoon-show theme song used in a 2002 film and then rerecorded by Michael Bublé for the 2004 sequel?

13. What tissue-worthy 1970s movie featured a poignant romance split by the characters’ political views and convictions?

14. In what 1970s movie is a sinister truth behind the all-too-perfect behavior of the female residents?

Answers below in comments.

You can find these and more cultural references in my Rhythms & Muse novel and music CD:

1970s Culture “To The Max”

In my research supporting the 1970s flashback sections of Rhythms & Muse, I made “far out” cultural notes. These “rad” tidbits about the 70s “totally” helped me add a realistic sense of time to the novel.

“Yowsers!” what memories these notes bring back…

Charm holders
Elvis passes
First test-tube baby born
John Paul II becomes Pope
Jonestown Massacre
South African anti-apartheid leader Steve Biko tortured to death

A Star is Born

Olga Korbet
Saturday Night Fever
Star Wars
Welcome Back, Kotter

Barbra Streisand
Billy Joel
Cat Stevens
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Elton John
Fleetwood Mac
John Denver
Pablo Cruz
Peter Frampton
Phil Collins
Roberta Flack
Rod Stewart
The BeeGees
The Eagles
The Guess Who
The Pointer Sisters
Toys in the Attic

Drool buckets
Fur sure
Gag me!
Munching out
Oh my God
Rap session
Sock it to me
To the max!

Candies (shoes)
Cherokees (rubber wavy soles)
Cowl necks
Dorothy Hamil haircut
Espedrils (canvas shoes)
Feathered hair
Gloria Vanderbilt design
Knee socks
Lettermen’s jackets
Platform shoes
Ralph Lauren
Satin disco pants

What other cultural phenomenon got you “stoked” in the 1970s?