Here are the America Jeopardy! questions, er, answers.

The following are the correct responses to the prompts for “America Jeopardy!” published in this column on July 10, 2017. How many did you get?

1. Who is James Martin, S.J.? Martin recounts his journey from corporate America to the Jesuits in his book In Good Company: The Fast Track From the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience.


2. Who is Florence Henderson? Henderson played Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” which ran on the ABC network from 1969 to 1974.

3. Who is Frank Sinatra? Ol’ Blue Eyes wrote a letter to the editor in 1990 to thank George W. Hunt, S.J., for the “many kind and wonderful words” in a recent Of Many Things column.

4. Who is Eamon de Valera? At the time of the dinner in 1919, de Valera was considered an enemy of the British government. In retaliation, President Wilson allowed the British government to briefly ban America magazine in Ireland.

5. Who is John McLaughlin?After losing his 1970 Senate bid, McLaughlin left the Jesuits and the priesthood and joined the Nixon White House staff. His long-running TV show, “The McLaughlin Group,” premiered in 1982 and ran until his death in 2016.

6. Who is Sidney Lumet? Gail Buckley continues to write for America.

7. Who is Sir Gilbert Levine? In 1994, St. John Paul II made Levine a papal knight. “60 Minutes” then produced a profile of Levine called “The Pope’s Maestro,” leading many people to think that the CBS newsmagazine gave Levine the nickname.

8. Who is Mary McGrory? McGrory was the author of America’s popular Washington Front column. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of Watergate.

9. Who is Jerzy Kosinski? The Polish-American novelist was a frequent guest at America House. Tragically, he took his own life in 1991 at the age of 57.

10. Who is Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J.? As a Jesuit in training, O’Hare was assigned to the Philippines, then a mission of the New York Province. It was there that the famous duet took place.

11. Who is Avery Dulles, S.J.? Avery Dulles was the nephew of Allen Dulles, who served as C.I.A. director. He was also the son of John Foster Dulles, who served as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s secretary of state.

12. Who is Bobby Jindal? As a young man, Jindal wrote three times for America.

13. Who is Richard Nixon? Then-Vice President Richard Nixon attended America’s anniversary celebration in 1957, presumably to court Catholic votes for his 1960 presidential bid. Senator John F. Kennedy was invited but did not attend, presumably to avoid drawing attention to his Roman Catholicism.

14. Who is Martin Scorsese? The films are “Raging Bull,” “Taxi Driver” and “Goodfellas.”

15. Who is Eugene McCarthy? A devout Catholic, McCarthy spent nine months as a Benedictine novice at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., before leaving to pursue a career in politics. He died in 2005.

16. Who is William Peter Blatty? William J. O’Malley, S.J., a frequent contributor to America, had a part in the film adaptation of The Exorcist.

17. Who is Robert Wood Johnson II? Johnson became a Catholic after their mutual friend Evelyn Waugh introduced him to Martin D’Arcy, S.J., a British Jesuit.

18. Who is J. Edgar Hoover? The (in)famous F.B.I. director would later bug Martin Luther King Jr. and engage in all manner of surveillance activities that are arguably characteristic of a “secret police.”

19. Who is Edith Kermit Roosevelt? The granddaughter of T.R., Roosevelt was a newspaper columnist. In my first job after college, I worked for Mark Roosevelt, great-grandson of T.R. and Edith’s first cousin once removed, in his unsuccessful bid to unseat William Weld as governor of Massachusetts. At the time, Weld was married to Susan Roosevelt, who was Mark’s first cousin and also a T.R. great-grandchild.

20. Who is Fulton J. Sheen? Bishop Sheen’s television show competed directly with the popular “Milton Berle Show.” When Sheen won the Emmy award, he gave credit to his writers: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

21. Who is Evelyn Waugh? This was the only time the author of Brideshead Revisited wrote for America.

22. What is the Democratic National Convention? Schroth has one of the longest associations with America in its history. He first wrote for the magazine as a young Army officer stationed in Europe in 1957.

23. Who is Hilaire Belloc? The controversial Catholic polemicist had one of the most prolific literary careers of the 20th century.

24. Who is Matt Malone, S.J.? Good question. I’m still asking it.

Matt Malone, S.J., editor in chief;

Twitter: @Americaeditor.

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Kathleen Perry
4 months 1 week ago

I got 17 of 24 correct. This was a fun summer exercise.

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