One of the Museum's staff members has been working forever on a project that has taken her through every single issue of the San Joaquin Historian, the Society's historic periodical, ever since its creation in 1963. And she's done it several times. Last week, I suggested half-seriously that she knew enough to put together the authoritative San Joaquin County edition of Trivial Pursuit.
I might as well have invited her to pull out her toenails. Her reply was swift and firm: No way! I think I detected more than a hint of exhaustion in her voice. She may have actually rolled her eyes as she turned away.
But, come on, why not? Really. Why don't those of us with a passion for San Joaquin County and its history pool our talents and create our own special edition of Trivial Pursuit? I can't imagine a more entertaining way to build community and quicken aging synapses. The exercise might even be educational.
I'm willing to prime the pump with a few questions of my own. Here we go:
1. What was Tillie Lewis's unofficial title? a. Potato Queen; b. Tomato Queen; c. Delta Queen; d. Dairy Queen; e. Tillie who?
See how much fun this could be? Here are a couple more questions:
2. French Camp got its name from: a. French mercenaries; b. Canadian trappers; c. tasteless European art; c. a nearby POW facility.
3. Which presidential candidate won the popular vote in San Joaquin County during the election of 1860? a. Richard Nixon; b. John C. Breckinridge; c. Nobody; California wasn't part of the United States; d. Abraham Lincoln.
You get the idea. The possibilities are endless. I also like the idea of a wiki devoted to San Joaquin history. But I doubt that misguided entrepreneurs could resist the temptation to use it as a billboard for selling discounted Viagra.
What do you think? If a special edition of Trivial Pursuit charms you, send me some sample questions at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll try to share them with our resident San Joaquin County history expert. Maybe she can be persuaded to look them over if we promise not to harm her toes.