My best boss ever, Richard Battin, used to spice up the Friday news meetings in our old joint with a quiz. It was just a way to enliven a long, otherwise horrible 40 minutes with a little brain-teasing — car names, lines from movies, that sort of thing. (I always thought he should publish them or syndicate them, or something. Editors everywhere would thank him.) He gave one at this time of year testing your knowledge of Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe.” In his honor, then, let’s have our own Friday fun, shall we?
No fair Googling. And when you’re done, check your answers against this fine performance by Bobbie Gentry:
That’s all for today, folks.