It’s ‘Trivia’ Weekend At Lawrence University


by Jingo
The Appleton Post-Crescent, May 2, 1969.

Annual WLFM Contest Can be Called A Happening; It Lasts for 51 ½ Hours

Yes, by Jingo, there’s a Lawrence campus tonight. Beginning at 10:30 p.m. – and running through Sunday until happening about to happen on the witching hour of midnight – Radio Station WLFM will be broadcasting its fourth annual Midwest Trivia contest.

It’s crazy, it’s completely unserious and it’s fun, they say. Particularly if you like this sort of goings on and it seems many people both in and out of the University do.

Founded in 1966 as strictly a campus competition, word got around and by 1967 the contest had spread out into the community.

Manager Explains

For those unacquainted with this curious institution, Frank Duchow, general manager of the student-run station, explains it like this:

“The contest consists of questions asked about such categories as old “rock” records, old radio and TV shows, old movies, comic books, and a few miscellaneous topics such as classical music, sports, and current trivial-type events.

“Questions are asked after each record during the all-night and morning hours and on a spot basis during regular WLFM programming hours. Points are then awarded to those groups of persons or individuals, which call the station in the allotted time.

“Running scores are kept over the 51 ½ hours of continuous music and contest. Winners are announced Sunday night in two categories on-campus, for Lawrence University associated groups, and off-campus for everyone else.

Even Has a Board

“Acting chairman of this year’s Trivia Board of Control is Bruce Iglauer. He follows in the footsteps of such great trivial minds as; Rick Walsh (’68), David Pfleger (’67), and the Grand Master, James B. DeRossette (’66), the contest’s founding father.

Assisting Iglauer in question writing this year will be Chris Atkinson and David Fremon.

“Last year’s results found Phi Gamma Delta fraternity the on-campus champion, narrowly shading a dormitory group.

Off-campus laurels went to the Institute of Paper Chemistry.

Judging from preliminary reports, the US-Fox Valley Campus, WSU-Oshkosh, St. Norbert College, and several local high schools are challenging the Institute team.

Appleton Xavier placed highest among area high schools last year.

The Trivia Board of Control invites all persons in the northeastern Wisconsin area to listen in at 91.1 FM, either to participate or to make a late-night case of insomnia a little more enjoyable.

Nearly 1,000 trivial questions await answers at the Lawrence affiliated FM station (incidently, the fourth largest student operated educational station in the world) prepares to air the 1969 edition of the Midwest Trivia Contest.

You’ll never know if this is your thing until you tune in for a while. Jingo suggests: “Oh, go ahead!”