Are You Smarter Than a Sixty Year Old? A Fun Quiz…

I was listening recently to Emmy Rossum from Showtimes’s “Shameless.” She was talking about being older than the other members of the cast. Rossum is 28 and the next oldest “sibling” in the show’s dysfunctional family is 15. Rossum remarked how the young ones on set have never heard a dial tone. They know nothing of rewinding a movie to watch it again. Heaven forbid they would recognize an eight track. With that in mind, I thought we could do something fun before the work of Thanksgiving dinners, endless football games, and Black Friday shopping consume all our energies, as well as our brain cells. Try this test of your knowledge of pop culture.

Are You Smarter Than a 60 Year Old?

This is designed for those who might actually remember a bit history, simply because they lived through it or their parents have spoken of these events often enough that they have second-hand knowledge of the events. Have some fun my sharp-witted friends. This is a test for us ‘old kids’! The answers are printed below, but don’t cheat.

06-11--The Lone Ranger Unsmasked01. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, Who was that masked man? Invariably, someone would answer, I don’t know, but he left this behind. What did he leave behind?________________.

02. When the Beatles first came to the U.S. .In early 1964, we all watched them on The _______________ Show.

03 ’Get your kicks, __________________.’

04. ’The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to ___________________.’

05. ’In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ________________.’

06. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we ‘danced’ under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the ‘_____________.’

07. Nestle’s makes the very best . .. . . _______________.’

08. Satchmo was America ‘s ‘Ambassador of Goodwill.’ Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was _________________.

09. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? _______________.

freddie-244x30010. Red Skeleton’s hobo character was named __________________ and Red always ended his television show by saying, ‘Good Night, and ‘________ ________.’

11. Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their______________.

12. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW. What other names did it go by? ____________ &_______________.

13. In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, ‘the day the music died.’ This was a tribute to ___________________.

14. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit.The Russians did it. It was called ___________________.

15. One of the big fads of the late 50’s and 60’s was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist. It was called the ________________.



01..The Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet.
02.The Ed Sullivan Show
03.On Route 66
04.To protect the innocent.
05.The Lion Sleeps Tonight
06.The limbo
08.Louis Armstrong
09.The Timex watch
10.Freddy, The Freeloader and ‘Good Night and God Bless.’
11.Draft cards (Bras were also burned. Not flags, as some have guessed)
12.Beetle or Bug
13.Buddy Holly


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Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and contemporary novels.
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7 Responses to Are You Smarter Than a Sixty Year Old? A Fun Quiz…

  1. I missed out on 1 & 2, I don’t think the Ed S show ever came to Aus. and I was a bit old when TV came to Aus to watch childrens cowboys shows. I don’t know if Timex watches ever came to Aus Tissot & Omega got the nod here; and I couldnt stomach Red Skelton that being so I guessed right the second part of that question so I finished with 12.5 correct.

  2. I got 7 1/2 correct. I’m over 60! After reading the answers, some of the others came back to me. Thanks for the fun Regina.

    • I am 67, Eileen. It is fun to revisit some of these. I laughed at my son who just turned 30. He teaches Principles of Business. Last week, he used the new car commercial that speaks to nostalgia. It has the toys the 30 something had as children: He-Man, GI Joe, Strawberry Shortcake, JEM, etc. None of his students recognized the toys. He felt very old. LOL!

      • I’m 65 and missed much of the toys that would be the play things of my children, because we were living in Saudi Arabia at the time. With no grandchildren, I’m just not hip, anymore! Hugs.

  3. carolcork says:

    I got 10 right and some of the others I did know as soon as I saw the answers.

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