In most trivia contests about jugglers, we obviously focus on their juggling achievements. However, many jugglers have been successful in other endeavors or have a family member who is particularly noteworthy. Here are the questions and answers to the recent trivia contest focusing on the non-juggling achievements of jugglers or their close family members.
A. What IJA Champion has won a coveted Academy Award / Oscar?
The answer is Michael Kass, who was the IJA Individuals Champion in 1980. He won an Academy Award for his groundbreaking work in creating physically-based clothing and hair animation software that was used in various Pixar films.
B. What jugglers have written five stage musicals together, one of which has been performed across the United States and in the UK?
David Cain and Scott Cain
C. What regular IJA Fest attender has written dozens of songs for the famous children’s show Sesame Street?
D. What famous juggler’s father coached Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) in the 1960 Olympics and also coached the 1976 U.S. Men’s Olympic Soccer Team?
E. What famous juggler appeared in a featured role in the 1974 horror movie It’s Alive?
Check out the trailer for the movie below and see if you can spot a young Daniel.
F. What juggler was better known as the “Father of Information Theory”?
G. What juggler went on to become a movie star, Governor of California, and the President of the United States?
H. What former IJA competitor went on to become a top television and movie star in the USA?
I. What legendary juggler was one of the first people to get a German pilot’s license?
J. What famous juggler witnessed the Hindenburg disaster in person?
Gil Dova, whose father was a passenger on the Hindenburg
K. What famous juggler was offered a recording contract by Polydor Records as a singer, but turned it down to continue his juggling career?
L. What juggling group opened the zoo in Les Sables d’Olonne in France when they retired from performing?
M. What famed juggler became the head of the property department at Columbia Pictures Corporation in Los Angeles, California after retiring as a juggler?
N. What juggler found fame as the top Argentine Tango musician in the UK after retiring as a juggler?
O. What famous juggler is also known as the top trainer of house cats in the world?
P. This talented juggler has also worked as a drummer for such well known acts as Lewis Capaldi, Lily Allen, Take That, and Leona Lewis.
The answer is Freddy Sheed.
Q. This juggler won the title of top classical music teacher of the year in the UK in 2013.
R. This German juggler was married to one of the top female European music acts of the 1950s and 1960s.
Eric Van Aro, who was married to Italian singer Caterina Valente
S. This juggler was married to Italian movie star Liana Orfei.
The first person to correctly answer all of the above questions was Steve Bags. He will receive a free one year membership to the IJA and a $20 gift certificate to the IJA Store. Congrats, Steve.