Delaware Today 50th Anniversary Quiz

Let’s see who’s been paying attention with this random sampling of Delaware trivia from the past 50 years, mostly from the entertainment and recreation worlds. Answers will be posted online in mid-April at

  1. In the 1970s, singers/songwriters Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne both performed at which Delaware high school auditorium?


  2. In the early 1960s, what type of family entertainment could be had at the corner of Kirkwood Highway and Farrand Drive, where a Wendy’s and a Taco Bell now stand?


  3. Name three of Delaware’s drive-in movie theaters operating in the 1960s.


  4. What was the name of the teen dance club located in Stanton in the 1970s?

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  5. What was the original name of the Chase Center on the Riverfront?


  6. And what was the first exhibit shown there?


  7. The Delaware State Fair in Harrington was originally known by what name?


  8. Long before Out & About and Spark, what was the name of Wilmington’s entertainment newspaper (in the 1980s)?
    And who founded it?
  9. Actor Robert Mitchum lived on his grandparents’ farm during his early school days in which Delaware town?
  10. Name one of the television shows in which actor and native Delawarean John Gallagher Jr. appeared in the 2000s before his performances in Broadway’s “Spring Awakening” and “American Idiot.”
  11. Which of Delaware’s many festivals began in 1966?
  12. One of the oldest names in the Delaware automotive community (still in business today) was the inspiration for the name of the main characters of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender is the Night,” which Fitzgerald worked on while living in Delaware in the 1920s.
  13. What movie was a staple at the State Theater in Newark?
    And what year was the State demolished?
  14. Singer/songwriter Loudon Wainright III graduated from which Delaware school?
  15. Dover Downs opened in what year?
  16. What form of gambling was started in Delaware in 1975?
  17. What was the name of the movie theater (closed in the ’90s) on Centerville Road near where Walmart now stands?
  18. What was the name of the drive-in restaurant with locations on Maryland Avenue and Miller Road in Wilmington in the early 1960s?
  19. Delaware is one of only seven states that doesn’t allow what on Sundays? (Keep it clean.)
  20. If it still existed today, which venue (located on Lancaster Pike) would possibly be voted “Best Milkshakes” by Delaware Today readers and critics?
  21. At which Rehoboth Beach restaurant/music venue did George Thorogood appear?
  22. Which family entertainment option (near Prices Corner) first took off in 1982?
  23. What was the first name of the tall, blond-headed cook at the Post House on Union Street in the 1960s and beyond?
  24. Which two punk rockers met at Sanford School?
  25. Hearn’s restaurant on Market Street in Wilmington was known for what sweet treat?
  26. Actor Chuck Connors (1960s-era TV’s “The Rifleman”) played for which Wilmington sports team?
  27. The Deluxe Luncheonette on Main Street in Newark was known fondly as what?

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