It’s Game Time

If you’re anything like me, I have always wanted to appear on a game show. Yeah, I’d enjoy “Wheel of Fortune” or “The Price is Right” (despite Bob Barker’s departure), but the true test of game show mastery would be a winning on a quiz show, like “Cash Cab” or “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Not only do both of these game shows take place within “The Big Apple” but they also cover a wide variety of topics.

So how does a game show lover live big outside of New York City? The answer is quite simple: Pub Quiz. Twice a month, Hastings Public Library holds a trivia-based quiz at local pubs for prizes. Small groups compete each second Wednesday or final Thursday at Keno and Murphy’s (respectively). Each team answers 30 questions either spanning a variety of topics or covering just one. The excitement and camaraderie from each quiz is a great way to live big and enjoy what Hastings has to offer. Plus, if your team does win the whole thing, you may receive a gift card to pay for your drinks.

One Thursday evening last summer, my group played a special ‘90s edition of Pub Quiz. We answered 30 questions involving sports, pop culture, fads, and more from the 1990’s. We were sure we had done quite well—and we had—but it ended up that we and another group needed to have a tie-breaker. For the win, we had to name all of the Spice Girls & Backstreet Boys. Needless to say, I was no help and we ended up taking second place. Second was a harsh mistress and we have yet to receive the grand prize. Next time…

At any rate, those of you game show lovers: Try a Pub Quiz. It is absolutely free to play, fun, and informative if you don’t know the answers. I would recommend it since I attend anytime I do not have to work. The questions may even be good practice for any of you, like I, who want to appear on a game show. I certainly used it as practice for my audition to appear on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” But that’s still to come…


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About the author: Josh Wooster

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where I attended Millard West High School. I chose Hastings College because it gave students personal attention, extracurricular options, and music ensembles better than those of other colleges in the state. I am currently the leader of 1-2-5, the men’s a-cappella singing ensemble, while also being a part of the Hastings College Choir and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the men’s music fraternity. Other commitments include being an intern for the Hastings Chamber of Commerce and membership in the Student Environmental Action Coalition and Society for Collegiate Journalists. “Free time” for me involves arranging music for 1-2-5, working at the Lochland Country Club, and searching for a job. I am a jovial spirit with a diligent attitude towards work, and a keen eye for detail. I hope to stick around Hastings after college to work and give back to the city and college that have offered me so much.

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