The Name Game, 2


Jeff. Davis


This topic may be familiar to you. The first “The Name Game” was posted by me on this blog on December 4, 2016. So, back by (my) popular demand is another edition. The instructions are the same, but the questions and answers are new.

This game is quick, simple, and enjoyable. If given a few clues, can you guess the names of two famous people? Remember: the LAST name of one famous person will always be the FIRST name of the other person.

For example: a) Who was the 3rd President of the United States? And: b) Who was the President of the Confederacy during the American Civil War?

Answers: Thomas Jefferson and Jefferson Davis (see  above).

This is a game, not a test for a grade or a contest to win money or prizes. Give these 10 pairs of questions a try. The answers will follow the 10 question combinations. I hope you have some fun.


  1. a) He is a director of films (eg, A Beautiful Mind, The DaVinci Code) and played Opie on “The Andy Griffith Show. And: b) He has a radio show on Sirius and was a judge on “America’s Got Talent.”


2. a) She is an actress; won Best Actress Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook”; was in “The Hunger Games” trilogy. And: b) He was an English actor who won Best Actor Oscar for “Hamlet” in 1948.


3. a) He is the best player in the NBA and has won 3 championships for 2 teams. And: b) He was the 4th President of the United States and his wife’s name was Dolley.


  1. a) He is a director (won an Oscar for “Annie Hall”), writer, and actor; he is famous for living in and writing about NYC. And: b) He was an important member of the Beat Generation and wrote the poem, “Howl.”


  1. a) He won 9 Gold Medals in track at the Summer Olympics (1984-1988-1992-1996). And: b) He wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”


  1. a) She is an Indy and NASCAR race car driver. And: b) He is an actor who starred in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “X-men” movies.


  1. a) He is an actor who starred in “Pulp Fiction” and “The Hateful Eight.” And:           b) He is a pop singer, is in the Rock and Roll and Song Writer’s Halls of Fame,and had an album/song entitled: “Running On Empty.”


  1. a) She wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird.” And: b) He was an actor who starred in “The Dirty Dozen” and “Cat Ballou” (for which he won the Best Actor Oscar).


  1. a) He was a British officer famous for serving in Arabia in WWI. And: b) He was the finest outside linebacker ever to play in the NFL; he played for the N. Y. Giants.


  1. a) He had a children’s TV program broadcast from his “neighborhood”. And: b) He was a great second baseman in the 1920s, playing mostly for the Cardinals; he had the 2nd best lifetime batting average ever in MLB.





1 = Ron Howard and Howard Stern.

2 = Jennifer Lawrence and Laurence Olivier.

3 = LeBron James and James Madison.

4 = Woody Allen and Allen Ginsberg.

5 = Carl Lewis and Lewis Carroll.

6 = Danica Patrick and Patrick Stewart.

7 = Samuel L. Jackson and Jackson Browne.

8 = Harper Lee and Lee Marvin.

9 = T. H. Lawrence and Lawrence Taylor.

10 = (Fred) Rogers and Rogers Hornsby.









About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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