Augusta Christmas Quiz

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1. HOLIDAY NAMES
In 1960 the Christmas Day Chronicle featured a 10-year-old Augusta pupil with a very unique holiday name.

A. Yule Brenner

B. Marion Joseph

C. Harold Angel

D. Merry Christmas
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MERRY CHRISTMAS
ANSWER: 1. D – Merry Christmas was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Christmas, who must have been in a holiday mood when they named their first child in 1950. She changed her name to Merry Peel when she married and worked for many years at Augusta College.
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2, FAVORITE CHARITY
This Holiday charity is an Augusta tradition, which for 84 years has brightened the smiles of children on Christmas morning.

A. Empty Stocking Fund

B. Mayor’s Magic Elf Fund

C. The Fantasticks

D. The 12 Bands of Christmas

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EMPTY STOCKING FUND
2. A - For more than eight decades The Augusta Chronicle Empty Stocking Fund has helped children, care-givers and others less fortunate.

The fund was developed in 1930 during the Great Depression and initially modeled off a similar effort in Albany, Ga. In the past 20 years it has raised more than $2 million in charitable donations.
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3. 'MERRY CHRISTMAS'
The first year the phrase “Merry Christmas” was published in The Augusta Chronicle. (Hint: the U.S. president was from Virginia)

A. 1796

B. 1803

C. 1818

D. 1842
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YEAR TO REMEMBER
3. D – 1842 ... and John Tyler was the president.
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4. NAME THE SINGER
Known for many songs including "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree," this talented artist was “discovered” while performing in Augusta.

A. Minnie Pearl

B. Ross Bagdasarian (Alvin & the Chipmunks)

C. Little Richard

D. Brenda Lee
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BRENDA LEE
4. D – Brenda Lee. Born outside Atlanta, the story goes that she and her mother moved to North Augusta in hopes of getting a break singing on local TV.
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5. WHITE CHRISTMAS?
Number of times Augusta has had a “white Christmas” of measurable snowfall on Dec. 25.

A. Never

B. Once

C. Twice

D. Three times
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NO SNOW
5. A - Although almost any old-timer will swear they remember one ... there’s no measurable record, according to the Weather Service.

But if it did snow, it might look like this scene on U.S. 1 in 1973.
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6. PRESIDENTIAL CHRISTMAS
This incoming U.S. president spent Christmas in Augusta and made many cabinet choices while here.

A. Warren Harding

B. Woodrow Wilson

C. William McKinley

D. William H. Taft
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BIG MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE
6. D – Taft (shown with former Augustan Woodrow Wilson). He stayed at the Terrett Cottage, since torn down up on Milledge Road.
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STAR COMES OUT
Christmas Day 1868 featured not one, not two, but three performances by this international celebrity at the Augusta Concert Hall.

A. William Makepeace Thackeray

B. Tom Thumb

C. Edwin Booth

D. Mark Twain
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A SHORT PERFORMANCE
7. B – Tom Thumb, stage name of Charles Sherwood Stratton, a “little person” who visited Queen Victoria with his mentor P.T. Barnum.
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8. HAIL TO THE HOLIDAY CHIEF
This president spent his first Christmas in office by traveling to Augusta with his grandchildren.

A. Woodrow Wilson

B. George Bush (the first one)

C. Dwight Eisenhower

D. Gerald Ford
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WE LIKE IKE
8. C – That would be Dwight Eisenhower.

He stayed in accommodations at The Augusta National Golf Club
Things were quiet.
Wife Mamie had a cold
... and he played a little golf.
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9. CHRISTMAS 1951
The talk of the town at Christmas 1951 was:

A. Richmond school desegregation.

B. Santa Claus appearing on local TV.

C. A radiation leak at the nuclear plant in Aiken County.

D. Explosion of the city gas plant.
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IT WAS A BLAST!
9. D – The Dec. 16 explosion of the city gas plant at Eighth and Calhoun (now Walton Way) kept Augustans working in overcoats for a week before Christmas.
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10. MALL SANTA
For years children sat on Santa’s knee each Christmas at numerous stores along Broad Street. The first year they could visit Santa at the malls was:

A. 1976

B. 1977

C. 1978

D. 1979
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ANOTHER YEAR TO RECALL
10. C -- 1978

Say ... why not click through to our Bonus Question?
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BONUS QUESTION!
You can give yourself up to 10 points if you name the beloved entertainer who died on Christmas Day 2006.
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A GIFT FROM THE GODFATHER
If you somehow guessed it was JAMES BROWN, give yourself 10 points ... and
PLEASE,
PLEASE,
PLEASE
have a Merry Christmas!

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