Starter question. What famous jazz musician had the Christian names Ferdinand Joseph de la Menthe?
If you were concerned with Hooke’s Law, would you be more likely to be a student of church history, a statistician, a manufacturer of braces, or a pirate?
From Shakespeare, which character said (and in which play)? “In sooth, I know not why I am so sad”.
Can you guess which quiz show sent these specimen questions to Bradford students? No conferring!
Yes, it could only be University Challenge, the famously fast-moving and difficult quiz for teams of students, first broadcast in 1962.
In 1966, Students’ Union official Roger Iles contacted the programme’s producer, Douglas Terry, and its maker, Granada Television, to ask whether Bradford Institute of Technology (BIT) would be able to take part in the programme. BIT was after all just about to become a “University”. His enquiry was welcomed and Bradford was invited to put together a team for the autumn series. BIT was thus the first College of Advanced Technology turned University to be recognised in this way.
The 3 February 1966 issue of Javelin shared the good news and the call for entries. The specimen questions were included to help students decide if they were up to the standard of the competition. Answers at the bottom of this article (No googling!).
It took a few years, but Bradford University did eventually become University Challenge Champions.
Other stories from the 3 February issue:
Five students living in Revis Barber Hall of Residence had jointly hired a television set which was “capable” of receiving a hazy BBC-2: a slightly more “highbrow” channel than the existing BBC and ITV programmes, and with a remit including arts, culture and education. Assuming the set could in practice receive the channel, the students would have been able to watch Playschool, Horizon, and (the following year) the unmissable Forsyte Saga.
Students were asked to stop stealing glasses from the Union Bar and were rebuked for using “vulgar language” in the “conveniences” on Richmond D Floor. This had upset a member of staff and meant students were banned from the only toilets on the same floor as the Bar – inconvenient!
Ad of the Week
Excel Bowling (Canterbury Avenue). Ten-pin bowling had become really popular in Britain during the 1960s. Excel was a large chain of bowling alleys.
- Jelly Roll Morton
- A manufacturer of braces (i.e. interested in the properties of elastic).
- Antonio, in the Merchant of Venice.