“Trivia is a game played by those who realize that they have misspent their youth but do not want to let go of it.”

Edwin Goodgold (attributed author of the above quote) may have his opinion but the trivia played tonight at Trivia Bowl XXII hosted by the Asian American Journalists Association, Los Angeles Chapter (AAJA-LA) was anything but child’s play.

This ultra-competitive, team quiz-style event drew hundreds of people including journalists, lawyers, and other members of the Asian American community to go through 5 rounds of 20 trivia questions ranging from surprising easy (What is the name of the default friend on myspace.com?) to obscure. Most questions (not all) were tied to some sort of current event. Hosted by David Ono, each round was punctuated with his “biting wit” and raffle/auction/fundraising efforts done by other well-known folks such as Tamlyn Tomita, Ted Chen, Susan Hirasuna, Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls), and others. In the photo I took (below), you’ll see Tamlyn auctioning off a lunch with David Ono (winning bid… $50… if it’s lunch WITHOUT David Ono).

AAJA Trivia Bowl 2006 - Tamlyn Tomita and David Ono

This is my second time competing on the KTLA team (though next year I could be pursuaded to defect!) and our goal was simply: do not go home with the Ramen Cup (last place). That distinction went to City News Service with a final score of 12 (out of 100). First place went to the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) with a final score of 77.

A recreation of some of the questions… (try to answer them with no help from the intarweb)
1. Current Events – A team of Russian and American physicists says it has created three atoms of a new element. The as-yet-unnamed element, element 118, is the heaviest yet discovered. What other element did scientists bombard with billions of calcium ions to create this new element?

2. History & Geography – The Michelin Man was created as a mascot for Michelin tires. What is his name?

3. Arts & Entertainment – Ronald S. Lauder, the art collector and cosmetics heir, bought a 1907 Gustav Klimt painting for a record $135 million last June, making it the world’s most expensive painting. What is the name of the painting?

4. Science & Literature – On September 1, 1914, the last known passenger pigeon species died at the Cincinnati Zoological Garden. What was its name?

5. Sports & “California Living.” – Located in Landers, California, structure is described on its website as “acoustically perfect tabernacle and energy machine sited on a powerful geomagnetic vortex.” What is its name?

Answers at my post at blogging.la

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24 Responses to ““Trivia is a game played by those who realize that they have misspent their youth but do not want to let go of it.””



  • AAJA is a great organization with excellent conventions. I used to have so much fun with my fellow journalists. :)


  • I know the answer to #2 is “Bip” but that’s about it for this dummy.


  • Sorry, Nez. #2 is “Bibendum.” Not sure if “Bip” is a valid nickname!


  • tamlyn tomita…yumm


  • Argh! I ment BiB not Bip. Blame the jetlag.

  • DIANNA KIM, RPH


    DAVID ONO ZHANG FU…..! :)

    WHY THERE AREN’T MORE PICTURES OF THE GAME……

    SOME PEOPLE DID NOT ATTEND THIS EVENT….FOR EXAMPLE, ME! :) THIS EVENT WAS FULLY ATTENDED?

    CAN YOU PROVIDE MORE PICTURES?

    DIANNA KIM, RPH


  • DAVID,

    PEOPLE DON’T KNOW…..THE REAL DAVID ONO!:)
    REAL DAVID ONO….IS CASUAL…LESS FORMAL……
    REAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GUY!
    A TRUE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GUY!

    WE HAVE TO DO THE EMCEE TOGETHER SO THEY SEE THE REAL DAVID ONO….:)

    I LOVE YOU ZHANG FU!

    YOUR FAVORITE LADY,

    DIANNA KIM, RPH


  • David Ono,

    I know you rock….David Ono! :)

    Yoko Ono….I don’t know…
    David Ono….rocks…..! Special Lady!

    Special Lady,

    DK, RPH


  • ……Hmmmmmmmmm


  • Every 10….every month….!
    So so so so so…..of course…..!
    DOJ…….and SL………!

    All allllllllll goooooodddddddd!
    Hmmmmm…..DOJ….yumyum…….!

    DO


  • WO AI DAW ONO…..!

    DAW ONO…..IS…SEXY!!! :)

    AIREN,

    DIANNA KIM, RPH


  • Hi David Ono!!

    You get my email???? :)
    My news stories and korean language…..david ono gija???
    Oh…..!! :)

    You know our secret…..you give…and you take…!
    Oh….you get david on…..and you take….???? :)

    Funny….huuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmm????? David Ono gija??? :)

    Miss you SOOOOOOO MMMMMUUUUUCCCCCCHHHHHHHHH David Ono gija!
    David Ono Sexy Jap reporter…..!!:)

    Sexy…..Fan!!!

    dianna…..!:)


  • David Ono gija….

    David Ono….(not only)….get, take, get….!:) haha…
    Also, AAJA-LA Chapter! Your organization too!! :)
    Your organization get membership fee and I use 1 time.
    AAJA-LA Chapter don’t like me so said I can’t use aaja-la chapter meetings but give no refund.

    Ya! I use only 1 time but your organziation got 1 year membership fee…..Thief!!!

    I hate your organization….FOB Korean bitches….no English…!! Haha…. BAD BUSINESS…AAJA-LA Chapter!!!!

    It’s Business soooooooo refund…..?!?!?!?!?

    What you say….David Ono????:)

    I love you David Ono!!!:)

    Sexy…Fan,

    Dianna Kim, RPH

  • Possility was there?? Dianna Kim,RPH sexy and smart... new anchor???


    Hey people,

    I am getting in there again…..another AAJA-LA chapter…:)
    They gonna get me a refund…

    Miss all…???!!!???!!!! HAHA….!:)

    I love David Ono…Jap Anchor!!

    dianna kim, rph

  • Konnichiwa Pharmacist :)


    Daw Ono Sexy Anchor!!!!!!

    Beijing Olympics 2008!
    China, and other Asian countries are doing a good job!!!!!!!

    They show mostly swimming!

    People are so excited because this year summer we have
    China Olympic Games!!! Get your remote control out and watch long hours of tv……Olympic Games summer months!

    TV is still on…..got friends, family, and of course pigout…..FOOD, FOOD, and more FOOD !!!!

    Soon, this is all over…..back to our boring lives~?

    I got David Ono everyday…..So, it’s not too bad! :)

    David Ono is Yingjun……zhen yingjun, daw ono!!! :) I love watching David Ono on a big screen tv. Davod Ono can do many acts and his acts get people confused. haha !!!!! :)
    haha..haha….:)

    Sexy Jap Bro…..you are not a “Nice” guy…!!!:) YOu know…Daw Ono!!! haha..haha….

    David Ono is not for “NICE” girls…!!!!! You got a messed up mind???? Like to play “games”????? haha..haha….

    LOVE is not there…right, David Ono????haha..haha…!!!!!:)

    I LOVE DAVID ONO B/C IT’S NOT ‘LOVE’……

    ‘LOVE’? LOVE? LOVE? LOVE? LOVE? I DON’T AND WILL NEVER HAVE THIS? HAHA :)
    DON’T TALK ABOUT ‘LOVE’..so boring! everybody say, love, love, love…BORING! …HAHA..HAHA….!!!!:)

    I LOVE YOU DAW ONO…jap broadcast journalist/anchor!!!!!

    dianna ono:)

  • Konnichiwa Pharmacist.....Konnichiwa David Ono!!!!:)


    Beijing Olympic Games…..over!!!!
    September SOON….Fall!!!!!

    October is US Presidential Election month?
    Who is USA vote for??????
    USA…..next president is??????

    October is also….Halloween..:)
    November is Thanksgiving month!!! December is Christams!!!:)

    Food, Family, and Money……also Presents….for Oct, Nov, and Dec….!!!!!:) hahah..ahha…haha….!

    I love you Daw Ono…We celebrate everything together….Rob, me, and David Ono…WE ARE FAMILY!!!!!:)

    WE ARE FAMILY!!!! :)

    I LOVE ROB!
    I LOVE DAVID ONO…ZHANG FU!!!!:)
    WE ARE FAMILY!!!!!:)

    I MISS YOU DAVID ONO ZHANG FU!!! SEE YOU SOON DAVID? :)

    FUFU…Dianna Ono :)


  • DAW ONO TAI TAI…!:)

    CYBER? RELATIONSHIP? IS THERE? RELATIONSHIP?
    WEEKEND WHERE WAS DAW ONO TAI?
    TYLER? SHOPPING? MALL? HAHA..HAHA….!:)

    CYBER???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    RELATIONSHIP?

    CYBER……………………………………………….

    DAW ONO…I GO TO WORK HOSPITAL SOON!
    I LOVE YOU TOO DAVID ONO TAI…TAI…!!!!!

    FAN….!

    DIANNA KIM, RPH

  • KONNICHIWA PHARMACIST...:)


    Daw Ono Zhangfu…!

    i love you david ono….!
    soon, i get a piece of the Hollywood Forever Land.
    next, i visit seoul grave. very busy……i am~

    i got listing….anchor/reporter jobs….!!!!!
    maybe we work together daw ono zhangfu?!?!
    chinese~ korean~ english~ possible?!?!?! haha..ha…!:)

    wo ai ni daw ono zhangfu…:)
    I LOVE YOU TOO DAVID ONO….!

    SEXY & HANDSOME & INTELLIGENT & ARTICULATE~~~~~
    MY FAVORITE NEWS ANCHOR DAVID ONO!!!! :)

    I LOVE YOU TOO DAVID ONO!

    konnichiwa pharmacist~~~


  • ok, crazy lady, you DO realize that david ono doesn’t write this blog, nor does he probably read it? so leaving comments here is kind of pointless–why don’t you go stalk him somewhere else?


  • you DO know David Ono? David Ono is busy and he does not read this blog! you gonna move ON? DO move ON?

    tif~


  • Dianna (aka tif),

    I’ve allowed you to write your crazy comments all over my blog without complaint, but don’t come here if you are going to pretend to be someone else.

    Don’t forget, I can see who you are “tif.” I see your email address, I see the IP addresses you’ve written from.

    I don’t know why you keep commenting here, but you are officially not welcome here for being a bitch to yoshi.

    That’s right, a bitch.

    Go away.


  • david, they got a new co-president…aaja-la chapter? two people are co-presidents?? they got you a co-vp too david? hehe! :)so, when is aaja-la christmas party? r u going david? next year, christmas party i am going too with david!!!:) yeah…yah! this year some people were nasty so i quit aaja-la but next year…NOT! :) haha.ha…! i am a pharmacist and i earned my degree….aaja-la what they did was…it was DISRESPECT david? right david? i watch you everyday david ono…4pm & 6pm! :) i love you david ono! Merry Christams…my favorite news (smile david) anchor!

    RPH :)


  • TO: TOO MUCH TIME AND NO FRIENDS YOSHI & JOZJOZJOZ (U ARE A DOG?),

    U got a name??? No DOG NAME…..! PEOPLE name????
    U know me????
    I know DAVID ONO! U get your life!!!
    I LOVE DAVID ONO! DAVID ONO DO NOT WANT DOGS! :) hahah!

    Dianna Kim, RPH


  • i heard that David Ono is dating tamlyn tomita, is that true? Also just curious, does anyone know how tall he is? They look pretty close in height and she is only about 5’2 I believe.
    thanks!

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