Family Day Quiz Results


In last week’s quiz we asked you about a range of things from dancing to cinema.  The list is too long to put in here, but if you click this link you can read the responses to the first four categories.  Next week we’ll cover the others.

1a     What is your favourite type of dancing?

  • Waltz
  • Jive
  • Disco
  • Rockabilly
  • Cheek to cheek
  • Macarena
  • Free form dancing
  • Polka, step-dancing
  • Square dancing
  • Line dancing
  • 1920s


  • I loved to watch my parents dance.
  • Met my husband at a dance in the 50’s and we danced throughout our marriage, anywhere we could. We weren’t fancy, but we had a lot of fun dancing.
  • Thought I’d like to be a backup dancer to some musical star.
  • Took ballroom dance lessons – achieved international gold standard. Congratulations!
  • Our dad taught us to dance – he did a lot of dancing growing up in Argentina.

1b     Did you take dance lessons growing up?

  • Ballroom dancing, as an adult
  • Ballet
  • Scottish country dancing – especially mastering the “Diamond Pousette”
  • Tap

2a     When did your household get a TV? Microwave? Home computer?

The earliest TV was reported in 1948.  One reader noted that they had the first colour TV on the block – it came from  the offices of Expo 67.

Some early adopters were playing with their microwave in 1979.

The earliest report of a home computer was 1984.

Other firsts:  Washing machine! Air conditioner!

2b     What was the first thing you remember watching on TV?

  • Mighty Mouse
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Ed Sullivan – Topo Gigio, Bill Hailey & the Comets
  • BBC Children’s Programmes and News
  • Hockey Night in Canada
  • Ding Dong School
  • The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
  • I Love Lucy
  • The Honeymooners
  • The Howdy Doody Show
  • Chez Helene
  • Dressup
  • Friendly Giant
  • Roy Rogers
  • Don Messer
  • Sea Hunt with Lloyd Bridges
  1. What was your favourite lunch as a kid?
  • Grilled cheese & tomato soup
  • PB & banana sandwiches
  • Heinz beans on toast
  • Chef Boyardee Spaghetti O’s
  • Chef Boyardee Ravioli
  • Vegetable soup
  • Spaghetti
  • Tuna
  • Soup and sandwich – any soup, any sandwich
  • Hot ham & cheese on a bun in the high school cafeteria
  • Salmon sandwiches with mustard
  • Mock chicken on white with mustard and mayo
  • Hot egg salad sandwiches – a real treat
  • Salmon sandwich – not because I liked it, but because I would trade it to the boy across the aisle, for his Hostess cupcakes
  • Pea soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Favourite school lunch – goulash; favourite home lunch – tuna casserole
  • Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, cheese melted on toast with a dill pickle
  • Cream of potato or cream of celery soup and cheese sandwich
  • Walking home from school on a cold day and having Campbell’s Vegetable soup and a toasted p/j sandwich, with milk and homemade chocolate chip cookie,
  1. Did you have a favourite toy growing up? Do you still have it?
  • Teddy bear – still have it – several responses like this
  • Pull along wooden train
  • Building blocks
  • Miniature doll house – still have it
  • Books – especially Nancy Drew mysteries
  • Electric train set
  • Marbles – still have them
  • Wind-up robot
  • Hula hoops
  • Roller skates with keys
  • Stuffed monkey named Bimbo – never knew anyone else who ever had one – Editor’s Note: I Did! And
  • My favourite toy was a stuffed monkey. He travelled to Canada with us with his own little suitcase and new clothes.
  • Toy tiger – still have it
  • Doll I got for Christmas with brunette hair like mine
  • Susie Steps Doll
  • Scotty dog rocker – arrived in 1941 – has been enjoyed by 3 generations – cost $2.62
  • Stuffed dog pajama holder
  • Big rubber doll that could be washed in a tub of water. She was hollow inside and when you squeezed her she would either pee or spit.  Her name was Rubber Mary.
  • A blue hippopotamus (ordered from the back of a cereal box) – still have him and he is treasured by little cousins
  • A white teddy I bought for 25 cents at a school fun fair – still have it
  • Smallish plush rabbit shaped like a rabbit sitting down – still have it
  • Enjoyed my books the most and still retain quite a few of them
  • Toy stuffed tiger
  • Loved my dolls
  • My bicycle – don’t have the original, but still have one
  • A wooden wagon which we used for many activities
  • Rubber balls, skipping ropes and elastics to make yogis to jump over
  • Waiting for me in my crib after I was born was a stuffed Panda Bear. Christened Pandie, he became my friend and confidante. Worn thin over the years the “fur” has been replaced several times but the plastic face is still the same. He is still my companion.
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