Test Your Knowledge of 1990

Do you know your 1990 trivia?

In "The Early Show"'s continuing "Time Machine" series, the anchors tested their knowledge of the year.

Blast to the Past, 1990, with "The Early Show"
Remembering 1990
Photos: Back to 1990
Artifacts of 1990
Chilling with Vanilla Ice
Cast of "Murphy Brown" Unite

Question #1:
Which one of the following celebrities did not appear in 1990 commercials?
A. Harrison Ford
B. Brad Pitt
C. Adrien Brody
D. David Duchovny

Answer: Harrison Ford

Question #2:
Who was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1990?
A. Kevin Costner
B. Tom Cruise
C. Patrick Swayze
D. Richard Gere

Answer: Tom Cruise

Question #3:
Who won Time magazine's "Person of the Year" honors in 1990?
A. George H.W. Bush
B. Mikhail Gorbachev
C. Ted Turner
D. Nelson Mandela

Answer: George H.W. Bush

Time Magazine's cover read "Men Of The Year" and featured two photographs of George H.W. Bush with the caption "The Two George Bushes." The headline of the article read: "A Tale of Two Bushes: One finds a vision on the global stage; the other still displays none at home.

Question #4:
What was the top grossing film of 1990?
A. "Pretty Woman"
B. "Ghost"
C. "Home Alone"
D. "Dances with Wolves"

Answer: "Home Alone"

"Home Alone," starring Macaulay Culkin was the top grossing film of 1990, raking in $285,761,243 at the box office. "Ghost," "Dances with Wolves" and "Pretty Woman" came in second, third and fourth respectively.

Question #5:
What were the most popular male and female baby names of 1990?
A. David & Sarah
B. Matthew & Brittany
C. Joseph & Lauren
D. Michael & Jessica

Answer: Michael & Jessica

Question #6:
Introduced to the masses in 1974, this communications device was extremely popular in 1990, with more than 22 million people using it. What was it?

Answer: A pager

According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the first pager-like system was used in 1921 by the Detroit Police Department. In 1949, the very first telephone pager device was patented by Al Gross and used by the Jewish Hospital in New York starting in 1950. These were not consumer units. Al Gross' device did not win FCC approval until 1958. The term "pager" was first used in 1959, referring to a Motorola radio communications product: a small receiver that delivered a radio message individually to those carrying the device. The first consumer pager (as we are familiar with them today) was Motorola's Pageboy I, introduced in 1974. It had no display and could not store messages, but it was portable and notified the wearer that a message had been sent. By 1980, there were 3.2 million pager users worldwide. Pagers had a limited range, and were used in on-site situations, i.e. medical workers within a hospital. By 1990, wide-area paging had been invented and over 22 million pagers were in use. By 1994, there were over 61 million pagers in use and pagers became popular for personal use.

Reflections on 1979

Question #7:
Name the popular piece of kids jewelry that was banned in some schools in 1990 due to the possibility of injury.

Answer: Slap bracelets

Slap bracelets are 9-inch flexible stainless steel bracelets covered by fabric. Slap bracelets were "snapped" on your wrist and it would coil around. But in some cases, kids who were slapping it on too much that the fabric wore away or some were even taking the fabric off, exposing the bracelet which then had the potential to cut a child's hands and arms. At an elementary school of Chappaqua, N.Y., a student needed three stitches in her hand after she was cut by an exposed bracelet edge.