Sunday, June 1, 2014

Paperback 783: The New Pocket Quiz Book / Slifer & Crittenden (Pocket Books 255)

Paperback 783: Pocket Books 255 (1st ptg, 1943)

Title: The New Pocket Quiz Book
Authors: Rosejeanne Slifer and Louise Crittenden
Cover artist: I doubt it

Yours for: $8


Best things about this cover:

  • Well … is it the New Pocket Quiz Book or not?? Do I have to guess? I guess Yes.
  • Why don't these ladies get their first names on the cover? I BLAME THE PATRIARCHY!
  • If you enjoy WWII-era trivia, this is the book for you. Question: "In flying, which is the stronger tendency, to climb or to dive?" I would've thought that depended on your mood / sanity. Interesting.


Best things about this back cover:
  • I like this cover's predilection for lively phrases like "Bone up!" and "Quiz-whiz!"
  • "Do not under any circumstances send this to a girl in the armed forces. Anywhere."
  • I don't remember seeing this exact Pocket Books logo before. The joey acts as a kind of book stand. Levenger should be all over that.

Page 123~

Who ran and ran and ran but never became president?

Answer: Jesse Owens


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Anonymous said...

Harold Stassen?

DemetriosX said...

Must be Stassen. He was synonymous with it and 1943 is too soon for the possibility that they mean Adlai Stevenson.

Rex Parker said...

A. I have no idea who that is
B. the real answer is Bryan


DemetriosX said...

Harold Stassen was a perennial candidate for the Republican nomination for president. He became something of a byword for it. In total, he ran for the nomination 13 times and never got it. But while checking the details, I see that his first run was in 1940, so he wouldn't have been notable for it when this book was published. Bryan actually was the Democratic nominee three times, so I'll give them that. But the question is a little vague.