Looks like the University of Illinois! by Egantx7

Champion(s):

UllspergerA


Runner(s)-Up:

SteveWilliams


Quiz Description

Driving south from Chicago, after one passes the last vestiges of civilization, one may find themselves suddenly in a college town in the middle of nowhere that, despite the challenges of having virtually nothing but academics to attract people, has managed to attract its share of scholars, movers, shakers, and assorted persons of interest; an institution known to most of the world for terrible football, underachieving basketball, and a strong quizbowl program. Here are a dozen questions about some of the people (and their work) who call the big school in Urbana, Illinois their alma mater.

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Questions:

In 2000, 53 years after graduating from UIUC, Jack Kilby received the Nobel Prize in Physics. It was a rare award because rather for a discovery, Kilby won the Prize for inventing what (it was not the hand-held calculator, which he also invented)?

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(silicon) integrated circuit (aka "the microchip")

This guy ended up taking a job as a reporter and feature writer at the Chicago Sun-Times, in order to support himself while taking PhD classes at the University of Chicago, but left school when he was given the retiring Eleanor Keane's job in 1967, a job he would have until his 2013 death. He would be the first member of his profession to win a Pulitzer Prize, a profession he had dabbled in with an article about Fellini's La Dolce Vita in an October 1961 edition of The Daily Illini.

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Roger Ebert

First & Last name needed This guy was an influential English teacher at Columbia for 4 decades, where students Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac cited this man as one of their strongest influences. This guy's collected poetry earned a 1940 Pulitzer Prize, and at least once wrote a collaboration with his brother, Carl. Identify this man who, sadly, may be best remembered today because his son, Charles, got caught cheating on the television game show 21. In the film Quiz Show, this guy was played by Paul Scofield who earned an Oscar nomination for playing this poet.

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Mark Van Doren

This man earned his degree from UIUC in drama, but since his command of English was not good enough, he turned from acting to directing. His first major films were Pushing Hands, The Wedding Banquet and Eat Drink Man Woman, collectively called the Father Knows Best Trilogy. The success of these dramas led him to be offered direction of Sense and Sensibility. Among the other works of this two-time Oscar winning director are The Ice Storm, Lust, Caution and Hulk. Identify this two-time Oscar winning director. (edited at 1:47 pm, January 31, 2016 (EST))

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Ang Lee

This woman got her BA in 1970, and made her New York stage debut and feature film debut in Godspell. In The Warriors, only her mouth appears as the ominous DJ tracking the gang's movement through the city, and in Lean on Me she played a mean mother standing up to the meaner principal, Joe Clark (played by Morgan Freeman). Her last role was as the judge in Anger Management. Identify this Tony Award winning actress known to a generation of kids for playing "The Chief" on one of the greatest game shows of all time: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

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Lynne Thigpen

Alumnus C├ęsar Pelli is a renown architect who designed or aided in the design of the TWA terminal at JFK airport in New York, the Business Building at UIUC, and the Brookfield Place Financial Center across the street from the former WTC complex. However, his best known work is this structure, which took the title of world's tallest building from the Sears Tower when completed in 1998. Identify this Kuala Lampur landmark, which is now the 11th tallest building on Earth, after being the tallest from 1998-2004.

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Petronas Towers

This guy supposedly transferred to UIUC from Kansas after Wilt Chamberlain left, and he learned "The Stilt" would not be a teammate. At one point, this man owned the Phoenix Suns, the Phoenix Mercury, the Arizona Rattlers, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Since 2005 this man has been the Director of USA Basketball. Identify this guy who, in 2015, was appointed by the NBA as Chairman of Basketball Operations of the Philadelphia 76ers in an attempt to clean up that trainwreck of a franchise.

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Jerry Colangelo

Ed Boon has a degree in Maths and Computer Science from UIUC. His one undisputed contribution to western culture was as programmer and designer of this game, released in 1992, which very quickly became one of the primary exhibits in a Congressional investigation headed by Joseph Lieberman. Bill Clinton publicly stated, incorrectly, that this game likely contributed to the Columbine massacre. Identify this game in which actor Ho Sung-Pak played both Liu Kang and the villain/final boss Shang Tsung.

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Mortal Kombat

This guy got his BA in 1949, and on the plus side, led fundraising to restore the dilapidated "Hollywood" sign. On the not so good side, he has been a big contributor to his friend Jenny McCarthy's antivax movement. His daughter Christie took over this man's empire for many years, having retired to his Los Angeles estate. In 2012, at age 86, this man married his current wife Crystal Harris (she was 26). Identify this businessman and civil rights crusader, who saw over 100 people become ill after the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease was found in one of the whirlpools in the world famous "grotto" found on his estate.

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Hugh Hefner

Give the person's name. Nancy Brinker (1968, BA) served in the State Department, briefly serving as Ambassador to Hungary and then as Chief of Protocol, but she isn't really remembered for those things. Instead, she is remembered for founding this charity, which once was regarded among the more respectable charities in the world, but since Brinker's departure has been embroiled in controversy. Give the current name of this charity, now simply named for Nancy Brinker's sister.

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Susan G. Komen

Tomlinson Holman (BS, 1968) can credit his colleague Dr. James A. Moorer for "composing" Deep Note, which generally accompanies the appearance of the logo for this invention of Holman's. This invention is a quality assurance system which was initially created in 1983, but was spunoff from its parent company in 2002. Among the requirements to pass this quality assurance are the use of non-parallel walls, floating floors, and walls with baffles or some other acoustical treatment. Name this system which is something of an homage to a 1971 science fiction film as well as the inventor.

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THX (Tomlinson Holman crossover)

This guy graduated in 1940, and was still acting as an assistant basketball coach while he was playing for Cleveland. A seven-time All-Star, at age 25 this man became Cleveland's player-manager, a role he rettained through his 1948 AL MVP season, which culminated in Cleveland's final World Series Championship. A 0.295 career batter, his 23.4 career dWAR is still in the top 25 among all position players (he led AL shortstops in fielding percentage eight times). Identify this Hall-of-Famer from Cleveland's golden age, the inventor of his eponymous "shift" against Ted Williams, and the only UIUC baseball player to have his number rertired.

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Lou Boudreau