The following is intended to be a “fun” blog that tests your knowledge of various topics from pop culture to American history.  See if you can identify the person described.  I tried to find a middle ground where you will be tested but not frustrated.  I hope I succeeded.

  1.  My real name was William, but I was known by my nickname.  I was a straight man in one of the most famous comedy teams ever.  I performed in vaudeville, on the radio, on tv and in the  movies.  My most famous comedy skit was about baseball.
  2. I had the shortest tenure of any US President.  I was the last president to have been born a British subject.  I was the grandfather of another president.  I was a renowned Indian fighter.  My most famous victory came at the Tippecanoe River.
  3. My real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.  I am a famous singer, but also an accomplished songwriter and actress.  I have won six Grammys and a Golden Globe.  I was Billboard’s “Woman of the Year” in 2015.
  4. I was born in PA, but I was constantly moving, seeking what I called “more elbow room.”  At one time I lived in what is now Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio , Missouri and Kentucky, among other places.  I was a famous explorer, pioneer and woodsman in the early 18th century.  I blazed the “Wilderness Road” through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains from Tennessee and North Carolina to Kentucky.  I was among the first white men to explore and settle in Kentucky.
  5. My real name is James Todd Smith, but everyone calls me by my famous nickname.  I have achieved notoriety as rapper, actor on tv and in the movies.  In one of my movie roles I jumped out of an airplane.  Currently, I am starring in an action show based in LA.
  6. My real name was Harry Lillis ******, but I am known by my distinctive nickname.  I was the best selling recording artist of the 20th century.  I was an Academy Award winner.  I co-starred in several “road” movies with a well-known comedian.
  7. I was a renowned bandleader, actor, producer and director.  I am best known for performing with my real life wife and two sons in a popular TV show that ran in the 1950s and 60s.  One son became a recording star in his own right.
  8. I was one of the founding fathers.  Before, during and after the Revolutionary War I was a valued diplomat, particularly in France.  Among my many inventions were a stove, which is named after me, and bifocals.  One of my famous quotes was “We must all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
  9. My birth name is Cornelius Crane *****.  I am known by my nickname, which is the same name as a well-known town in Maryland.  After hitting it big on Saturday Night Live, I left to go on “vacation” with Beverly DeAngelo.
  10. I am the only person to have served as both US president and vice president without having been elected to either office.  Although I was often portrayed as being clumsy, I was actually an accomplished athlete in my youth.

ANSWERS:  1) Bud Abbott (Abbott and Costello).  2) William Henry Harrison (campaign slogan – “Tippecanoe and Tyler too”).  3) Lady Gaga.  4)  Daniel Boone; 5)  LL Cool J.  6) Bing Crosby. 7)  Ozzie Nelson; 8)  Benjamin Franklyn.  9) Chevy Chase. 10)  Gerald Ford.


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