TRIVIA ANSWERS!

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Here are the correct answers to the five trivia questions from our first Metuchen Matters Trivia Contest! How many did you get right?

 

1.       How did Metuchen receive the title of the Brainy Boro?

        Metuchen attracted an influx of artists, literary figures and noted intellectuals during the late 19th century, including Harper's Magazine editor, Henry James Alden. The Alden home became the site of many cultural activities attended by the likes of Mark Twain and Joyce Kilmer. Alden's stepdaughter, Aline, married Kilmer in 1914. Glen Ridge challenged Metuchen to the title of "Brainy Boro," and after each community listed its celebrities, Metuchen won easily.        

 

2.       Which former Governor currently makes Metuchen his home?

         THERE HAVE BEEN TWO!

         James "Jim" Florio, the 49th Governor of NJ,  is the current resident AND       

       George Sebastian Silzer (April 14, 1870 - October 16, 1940) served as the 38th Governor 

 

3.    What is the name of the restaurant that occupied the Variety Village location?     

      Costa Cottage.  (A red-checkered-table-cloth, small family restaurant that specialized in a locally made ice cream.  Costa Ice Cream was a Woodbridge company.)

 

4.       What was the birth name of Metuchen born magician David Copperfield?

        David Seth Kotkin 

 

5.       Who is Metuchen's representative in the State Senate?

        Barbara Buono

 

Thanks again to winner Dave Irizarry who donated his winnings to a family in need!

7 Comments

Yes I am the King! Elvis lives!

The house on Main at the corner of Spring is also Victorian and is painted multiple colors but is quite lovely and not at all shocking.

I've read that the famous San Francisco Victorians are much brighter now than they would have been at the time.

Garish? It's Victorian. That house was restored to amazing grandeur. Lovingly. Not nice to talk about someone's home that way just because you don't like it. Are you the king of style? I'll look for you walking around town with your crown.

Oy, you are crabby. It's interesting none the less and I'm glad the reader pointed it out.

The question asked which former governor was here currently. Silzer died in 1940.

Thank you Tyreen - that is right! We've had two former Governors!

Across the street from the garish house.

Don't forget that Metuchen was home to another NJ Governor: George Silzer! He and his family lived in the large white house at the very beginning of Graham Avenue, near the footbridge.

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