When it comes to holidays, hardly anyone gives a hoot and a half about Presidents' Day.
Originally a holiday to honor George Washington's birthday (Feb. 22), the only thing significant about it is that it gives many of us a three-day weekend in late February.
Well, let's add a bit of a spark to the day.
I've constructed a 10-question multiple choice quiz that asks which jobs these U.S. presidents held before they reached the White House.
Oh, did I mention that there are prizes involved? The 25 people with the highest scores overall who submit their answers no later than February 28, 2011 will win Pongo t-shirts!
All you need to do is submit your answers in a comment below, along with your email address. (Don't worry! Your email address will not be visible to anyone! But we need it so we can obtain your mailing address and shirt size should you win.)
I'll give the correct answers on Wed., March 2.
Here goes, and good luck!
Gerald Ford (38th president, 1974-1977)
(a) pro football player, (b) busboy, (c) bank clerk, (d) farmer
Franklin Roosevelt (32nd president, 1933-1945)
(a) bank president, (b) dishwasher, (c) Assistant Secretary of the Navy, (d) lieutenant governor
Ronald Reagan (40th president, 1981-1989)
(a) baseball pitcher, (b) newspaper editor, (c) actor, (d) carnival barker
Harry Truman (33rd president, 1945-1953)
(a) clothing store owner, (b) dishwasher, (c) governor, (d) engineer
Richard Nixon (37th president, 1969-1974)
(a) lawyer, (b) bookkeeper, (c) Army general, (d) judge
Bill Clinton (42nd president, 1993-2001)
(a) librarian, (b) law school professor, (c) lifeguard, (d) professional musician
Dwight Eisenhower (34th president, 1953-1961)
(a) insurance salesman, (b) newspaper reporter, (c) stockbroker, (d) university president
Lyndon Johnson (36th president, 1963-1969)
(a) schoolteacher, (b) governor, (c) taxi driver, (d) bartender
Herbert Hoover (31st president, 1929-1932)
(a) lawyer, (b) carpenter, (c ) geologist, (d) ferryboat operator
Jimmy Carter (39th president, 1977-1981)
(a) farmer, (b) diplomat, (c) school principal, (d) radio announcer
Take your time, maybe even do a bit of research on the web, and give us your answers below.
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
- All entrants must be 18 years or older.
- Only one entry per person.
- Open only to residents of U.S. and Canada.
- No purchase necessary.
- We will not contact you as a result of your participation unless you are a prize winner.
- All decisions of Pongo Resume shall be final.
- Allow 2 to 4 weeks for prizes to arrive. Prizes returned as undeliverable will be forfeited.
- Employees of Pongo, LLC, and Synthenet Corporation are not eligible to participate.
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