T-J kicking off Trivia Mania; fun and prizes


Who was Middleburgh’s very first town supervisor?
What was the 37th state admitted to the Union?
When Schoharie County was first formed, how many towns did it have?
Questions like those––and some more difficult––will be in the Times-Journal’s T-J Trivia Mania that debuts in the April 7 edition next week.
The brainchild of T-J Sales Manager Bruce Tryon, Trivia Mania will feature 10 questions and offer cash and gift certificates to the winner.
“It’s something new and different for our readers,” Mr. Tryon said. “And it builds on the trivia craze that’s sweeping the country.”
The trivia craze is local, too. Chieftans in Cobleskill hosts trivia contests, and the Bull’s Head Inn, also in Cobleskill, will be doing so, Mr. Tryon said.
The Cobleskill Rotary Club also holds an annual trivia contest.
“And a lot of local people travel to Albany to compete in trivia contests as well,” Mr. Tryon said.
Trivia Mania will be published the first week of every month. T-J proofreader and historian Pete Lindemann devised the questions for the first one, which will be trivia from all fields.
Later editions of Trivia Mania will focus on more specific topics, Mr. Tryon said.
“They might be just Cobleskill or just Middleburgh or Schoharie,” he added.
The T-J will put up $50 for the cash prize, and businesses will provide gift certificates.
Readers will have more time to find answers than other T-J contests. Trivia Mania will be published April 7, but answers aren’t due in the T-J office until Friday, April 16.
If there’s a tie among readers with the correct answers, one will be drawn at random to be the winner.
The T-J will announce the winner in the April 21 issue. The issue of the 28th will promote the second Trivia Mania, which will be in the May 5 edition.