JOE WEBB AND CO. – THE WRITTEN WORLD

DWCG Quiz Game – Answers

Posted in Uncategorized by The Books Production Team on September 26, 2008

PRESIDENT, BOXER, OR SERIAL KILLER?

        Check out the paragraphs below to score your quiz in the inaugural installment of the DWCG Quiz Game!!!

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boston-stranglerThe Boston Strangler – Serial Killer.  Between 1962 and 1964, Albert De Salvo strangled 13 women with articles of their own clothing.  In 1967, he was sentenced to Life in Prison, only to escape a few months later from the Bridgewater Mental Institution.  Six years later, he was murdered in the maximum security prison at Walpole. 

The Brockton Blockbuster – Boxer.  Heavyweight Champion of the World from 1952 to 1956, Rocky Marciano retired with an undefeated career record of 49-0, including 43 wins by knockout.  He is the only Heavyweight Champion in history to never lose a fight.

grover-cleveland2The Buffalo Hangman – President.  Prior to being the first and only man ever elected United States President for two non-consecutive terms, Grover Cleveland spent the 1870s as first a Sheriff, then mayor, of Buffalo, New York.  While serving as Sheriff, he earned his “hangman” nickname when he personally hung two men.  Stop.  Wait a second and let that sink in.  It’s like Harvey Weingard’s choice in Entourage to join the marines as a young man because he wanted to know what if felt like to kill another man. 

The Butcher of Plainfield – Serial Killer.  While technically not exactly a serial killer (he is only known to have killed two people), Ed Gein earned a national reputation when it was discovered that he was digging up Wisconsin graveyards, performing experiments on dead people, and keeping their body parts as trophies.  Serial killers in the movies Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre all are based in part on this creepy dude’s life.  Now that’s a weird reputation. 

holmes-larry-77The Easton Assassin – Boxer.  Not to be confused with Serial Killer H. H. Holmes, boxer Larry Holmes earned his “assassin” moniker for pummeling opponents in his first 48 bouts – including wins over Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton, and James “Bonecrusher” Smith.  He was later knocked out by “Iron Mike” Tyson – and now resides in his hometown of Easton, Pennsylvania. 

The Galena Butcher – President.  On June 3, 1864, Ulysses S. Grant led an ill-fated charge against the forces of Robert E. Lee at Cold Harbor, where 7000 of his troops died.  Years later, Grant admitted that he always regretted this decision, and the fateful moniker – “The Galena Butcher” – that arose because of this choice. 

The Human Iceberg – President.  In addition to the  previously mentioned nickname “Kid Gloves,” president Benjamin Harrison was also known as “Grandfather’s Hat,” because of a caricature showing the staid statesman wearing an extremely large version of the hat of his grandfather president – William Henry Harrison, or, “Old Tippecanoe.”  He earned his third nickname, “The Human Iceberg,” because, evidently, in person, President Harrison had about as much personality as the big chunk of ice that sunk the Titanic. 

van-burenThe Kinderhook Fox – President.  “Fox,” has long been a nickname associated with political caginess, and in Martin Van Buren’s case, it was paired with his home, called “Kinderhook,” to produce this boxing-worthy epithet.  While it’s easy for me to imagine the notoriously fiery Van Buren throwing a none-too-kind left-hook at his Whig rivals, it’s much harder for me to imagine that people ever considered him politically cagey – particularly given his handling of the Amistad situation. 

The Living Death – Boxer.  Also known as the “Sweet Swatter from Sweetwater,” mid-century boxer Lew Jenkins earned his “Living Death” nickname for the powerful punch he packed into a lightweight frame.  Then again, “Living Death” could also refer to his post-boxing career.  Jenkins had a lifetime record of 72 wins against 42 losses – and it can’t be easy to walk straight, let alone talk in complete sentences, when you’ve been knocked out 42 times by professional boxers.

The Louisville Lip – Boxer.  Cassius Clay, who would later become Muhammad Ali, earned his first boxing nickname because he talked a lot of smack.  See Ali – starring Will Smith, where the champ engages Howard Cosell in repeated bouts of banter.  Clay is also cited as a precursor to the modern musical genre of rap.  

hearns-thomasThe Motor City Cobra – Boxer.  Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns also proudly responded to the handle of “The Motor City Cobra.”  Often considered the greatest Super Welterweight of all time, Hearns has gone on record (in my mind) as saying he would gladly now lend his former nickname to any of the CEOs of Detroit’s Big Three auto manufacturers – and, because they couldn’t afford it, would even neglect to charge them for royalties. 

The Nebraska Fiend – Serial Killer.  Not a ton of information out there about “The Nebraska Fiend,” but Stephen Richards was arrested in 1879 for taking the lives of nine women.  I think, however, it’s a great shame that the “Nebraska Fiend” nickname was never reassigned to one of the following people: Connor Oberst, Chris Kline, or Eric Crouch.

The Pied Piper of Tucson – Serial Killer.  In 1965, America was set on fire by the trial of Charles Schmid, known more commonly as the “Pied Piper of Tucson” – and his murders were chronicled in famous stories by Jack Kerouac and Joyce Carol Oates.  In 1966, a judge took pity on Schmid, commuting his death sentence to 50 years in prison.  Unfortunately for Schmid, his fellow inmates disagreed with this decision, and he was stabbed 47 times in a prison murder. 

The Red Spider – Serial Killer.  So, this guy’s not technically American, but I really liked his nickname – and thus I made him a contestant in our game show anyway.  Lucian Staniak – a sexual deviant who killed at least twenty women – is the most prolific serial killer in the history of Poland.  He was famous for leaving poetry notes at the scenes of his crimes, and was also a quite exceptional painter. 

The Tennessee Tailor – President.  And, last but not least, we come to President Andrew Johnson – and doesn’t “The Tennessee Tailor” just sound like a serial killer?  There’s something about professions that involve an inordinate usage of scissors that seem (or, in Johnson’s case, “seam”) a bit devious.  He was the first U.S. President to be impeached, but only because he wanted to fire the nation’s Secretary of War.  

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  1. Nathan Crook said, on September 26, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Damn, I would think your advice would be better delivered, as it is received by most students, through a substance-induced haze. Speak their language, my good doctor! Besides, I loves me some good ________ (you fill in the blank) –dialing/ -blogging.

    NC

  2. MS said, on September 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I never noticed an appendix on this site. Sure, there’s a table of contents/index-like list of lessons, but appendix, I think not. And why was it possibly dangerous to remove? And really, Wiz, it’s not that big of deal that it is gone. You don’t have to blur reality with pain killers to kill the pain of it’s being removed. I mean, most of us didn’t even realize it was here in the first place. It looks to me like you’re trying to justify an addiction gone sour.


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