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80s Trivia Night a Blast from the Past

Humorously hosted by Patti Gibson May, who was dressed to the nines in 80s duds and accompanied by a musical playlist from the era, this virtual edition of Trivia Night—championed and designed by President-elect Darcy Veneziale, CPSM, of The Lighting Practice—was a huge hit with the 32 players whose memories and knowledge were creatively challenged.

The 1980s theme was selected because SMPS Philadelphia was founded in the decade marked by big hair, shoulder pads, MTV, technology leaps, homely dolls, and burning questions such as “Who shot J.R.?” The event, which was sponsored by long-time supporter O’Donnell & Naccarato, benefited ACE Mentors of Greater Philadelphia, which will receive a $500.00 donation from the Chapter. Acentech sponsored the prize to the winning team: $250.00 covering five $50.00 gift cards to each team member.

Competing for the prize were six teams, whose members were pre-selected and then ushered into separate chat rooms to come up with unique team names reflecting the era. And creative they were: Punky Power, A-Team, Members Only, Risky Business, Acid Wash Allstars, and Ruby Cubes. Through four rounds of five questions each, each team showed off their knowledge and all performed well. It was a really close win, but Members Only took the prize. One of the most hilarious moments of the evening occurred in response to a head-to-head tiebreaker round question, when the group broke into song with “867 5309.”

Wonder how you would have fared in the contest had you played? Test yourself with the following questions:  1) What year was SMPS Philadelphia founded? 2) Name three of the Six Domains of Practice. 3) Name the first video ever shown on MTV.

Contributed by Darcy Veneziale, CPSM, The Lighting Practice and Dorothy J. Verdon, CPSM, Bright Bunny Communications

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