Twin City Quiz Bowl teams struggle with questions such as the name the official Alaska State insect.
As posters, media, and print ads likened the inaugural Twin Cities Quiz Bowl between Kenai and Soldotna to a Mohamed Ali vs. Joe Frazier heavyweight title bout, Mayors Pat Porter and David Carey strategically selected their teams of five members each for last weeks event from residents within their city limits. As friends, family, and countrymen gathered at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Mall last weekend it was apparent that the team leaders were not above using political tactics to buy support and soon the audience was divided into those who accepted Cracker Jacks from Mayor Porter and those who got strung along with Red Vines from Mayor Carey. Then there were the lobbyists in the crowd who accepted both Kenai Cracker Jacks and Soldotna Super Star Red Vines.
When Triumvirate Theatre president Joe Rizzo took the stage for introductions and rule explanations stating that there would be nothing democratic about the evenings event the crowd became restless. He further stated his intentions to dictate all final rulings and challenges to any of the questions which had been researched and developed by the staff of the Peninsula Clarion. The Quiz Bowl was moderated sin microphone by JR “Jimmy” Kitchens, from the old school of radio, quiz shows, and hecklers. The score keeper was Pauline Rizzo.
The winning Soldotna team of Dan Genzel, Mayor Dave Carey, Tom Boedeker, Gregory Weissenberg, and Dave Johnson receive the Twin City Quiz Bowl plaque.
Kenai jumped out to an early lead answering the first question correctly, but soon the Soldotna team found their buzzers and began to dominate. The bonus question to name the Alaska State insect went unanswered by both teams and was revealed by the audience to be the Dragon Fly. After three thirty minute periods of answering questions from categories that ranged from history and literature to entertainment and Alaskan geography, the Super Stars held off a comeback rally from the Kenai Cracker Jacks to maintain a ten point margin and claim the first Quiz Bowl title by a score of 36 to 26. “We decided to let them win because next year they loose the plaque and we take it back they will feel twice as bad,” Mayor Porter told the Dispatch.
The mayors were asked if there was any truth to the rumor that the Quiz Bowl was actually a camouflage for the first step to unification, “Oh my! That was not one of the questions so I have no comment on that,” exclaimed Mayor Porter. “I think that sounds like a bonus question and I’ll need to confer with my team before answering,” replied Mayor Carey. The cities certainly showed that they knew how to have fun together at the event sponsored by the Triumvirate Theatre, “We’ve planned a series of seven annual Quiz Bowls with the winners having the esteemed plaque to hang at their city hall until the next year’s event,” said Rizzo.
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