When the house of George and Jennie Sodder caught fire and burned to the
ground on Christmas Eve night 1945, five of their children seemed to have gone
up in smoke. Although the fire had not burned long enough or hot enough to
consume their remains, nothing was found in the ashes to indicate the children
had died.  Yet they were never seen again after that night.

A series of odd events leading up to the disaster caused George and Jennie to
believe the children may have been kidnapped. Shortly before the blaze, Jennie
had been awakened by a wrong number, a call from a woman asking for a name
Jennie did not recognize. Getting up to check the house, she discovered the front
door open, the curtains open, and the lights on in the living room below.  After
locking the door, drawing the curtains, and turning off the lights, she heard
something crash onto the roof, followed by a rolling sound.  Then she smelled

The Sodders immediately realized that five of their children were missing, and
probably trapped in the burning house.  In trying to reach their second story
bedroom, George discovered his ladder was missing.  He could not move his
truck against the house to use it to reach the upper floor because it would not
start.  The water in the rain barrel was frozen.

The Sodder's 17-year old daughter Marion tried to contact the fire department
using a neighbor's phone, but no one answered. A neighbor saw the blaze and
tried to phone them from a neighboring tavern, but again no one responded.  
The neighbor drove into town and personally alerted the local fire chief who
sounded the alarm, but the fire department did not reach the house until 8 am
the next morning, long after the house was burned to the ground.  No remains
were ever found in the ashes.  The fire was attributed to faulty wiring, although
George had just had the wiring inspected by the local power company that had
told him it was fine.

Despite the couple's many efforts to enlist the help of the FBI and the local
authorities, the case was closed.  They hired a private detective, but he produced
This was definitely a different kind of quiz.  Instead of using a photograph for
the quiz, we used the audio of the famous Italian tenor Enrico Caruso singing
the well-known aria Donna E Mobile (Women are Fickle) by Puccini.  We asked
readers to identify the singer, the aria, and to tell us what "first" the singer
participated in with other singers.

Most readers liked the concept of an audio quiz as a change of pace, although a
few people said they preferred a regular photo-quiz.

Caruso was perhaps the most famous tenor of all time, and had many firsts
associated with recording and broadcasting opera.  He participated in the first
Public Radio broadcast in 1910, and was the first to make a recording of any kind
that sold over a million copies. Caruso's debut at the Met was in a new
production of Rigoletto on November 23, 1903. A few months later, he began a
Judge Spencer Williams, after many months
of depositions, interviews and footprinting of
the adoptees by the United States
Immigration and Naturalization Service,
dismissed the case, stating that is was not a
class action suit but rather 2,000 separate
cases. The Judge sealed the records, and
forbid contact with the Vietnamese familie to
let them know where their children were.

Readers Carol Farrant and Rebecca Bare
were personally involved with Operation
Babylift and commented on their experiences.

Special mention goes to Sharon M. Levy for
the brilliant work she did in researching this
Operation Babylift was a US rescue operation that evacuated orphans from
Cambodia and Vietnam in 1975.  The orphans were first flown to Clark Air Force
Base in the Phillipines after which they were brought to either Oakland or Los
Angeles to be adopted by American parents.  

The picture shows several of the 330 orphans on board Flight MAC 1965 –WA
#748 that left from Clark bound for LAX on April 12, 1975.  Upon arrival, many
of the children were taken to the hospital, suffering from a variety of ailments,
including dehydration and measles, with one case of chicken pox.  One child died
en route.

As a result of the airlift, there was a class action lawsuit filed on April 29, 1975,
in the Federal District Court in San Francisco, California on behalf of
Vietnamese children brought to the United States for adoption.  The suit alleged
that several of the Vietnamese orphans brought to the United States under
Operation Babylift had stated that they were not orphans and that they wished to
return to Vietnam. The suit wanted to halt adoption proceedings until it would be
determined whether the parents or appropriate relatives in Vietnam have
consented to their adoption or that these parents or relatives could not be found.
The hope was to reunite these children with their living families.
First Honorable Mentions
The entry to the Orbiter
Processing Facility for the Space
Shuttle Endeavor was last used
by astronauts to enter the Space
December 9, 2012
Quiz #378
Having a Schutzpass like the one
shown in this quiz photo placed the
bearer under the protection of Sweden
during the Holocaust. Such documents
were authorized by Raoul Wallenburg
in Budapest, enabling him to save
thousands of Jews from certain death.  
Wallenburg disappeared after he went
Schutz Pass
October 7, 2012
Quiz #370
December 23, 2013
Quiz #380
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In the first few decades of the Twentieth Century, the roads made motorcycle
touring a rugged sport. Before concrete interstates and blacktop secondary
roads, most roads were dirt or gravel trails. Venturing far outside the city
required a flair for adventure, a lot of stamina and a rugged machine. The fact
that men ventured forth under those conditions was unquestioned, but for the
women to do the same caused a great deal of attention, because of their
presumably passive role.

Even among these exceptional female motorcycle pioneers, some stood out... like
a Waco, Texas, woman named Della Crewe. On June 24, 1915, she set out to see
America by motorcycle, after rejecting both the train and steamship as being not
only too expensive but also uninteresting. With only 10 days of riding experience
on her 1914 Harley-Davidson V-twin, she filled her sidecar with 125 pounds of
baggage, including her dog, appropriately named Trouble, and began her tour.
Despite warnings from friends that she would get held up by hobos or kill herself
in an accident, she wanted the freedom and mobility offered only by a motorcycle.

From Waco to Milwaukee to New York City with numerous side trips, Della and
Trouble logged 5,378 miles and their motorcycle performed flawlessly. As Della
stated after completing the journey, "I had a glorious trip. I am in perfect health
and my desire is stronger than ever to keep going."

This quiz appealed to the biker babe among our Quizmasters!
no leads.  Meanwhile, the couple erected the sign
shown in our quiz photo on Route 16 near their
home in Fayetteville, WV to solicit information
from the public about the whereabouts of the

In 1968 the couple received a picture of a young
man in the mail with a note on the back indicating
he was their lost son Louis. The envelope did not
have a return address. They were not able to
confirm the identity of the man.

George Sodder died later in 1968; Jennie Sodder
died in 1989.  They were never able to determine
what happened to the five children.  The case
remains unsolved.
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A day in the Life for its historical content and photo analysis.                  Mike Dalton

Lots of clues and lots of approaches. Still didn't solve it - but so fun trying!
Debbie Johnson
A moment in time captured.                                                                
Talea Jurrens
Building. It makes one appreciate current traffic laws. What remains of the film
is available for download from the Library of Congress' American Memory

From the San Francisco Call / Saturday, April 20, 1907. Page 9.


Record-Breaking Applause and Tears Are Caused by Kinetoscope

A view of Market street before the fire, from the front of a cable car traveling
from Castro street to the ferries, was shown by the moving picture machine at
the Orpheum theater Thursday night and won the greatest applause that the
Orpheum has known since its reopening, the enthusiasm being mingled with
tears of many in the audience who knew and loved the busy thoroughfare
depicted on the screen before them.
Who dunnit?  Frances Glessner Lee of course!

In the 1940s, Ms Lee, a Chicago heiress to the International Harvester fortune,
built the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, composite crime scene models
recreated on a one-inch-to-one-foot scale. These macabre dioramas were
purpose-built to be used as police training tools to help crime scene investigators
learn the art and science of detailed forensics-based detection.

Like the children of other wealthy families of the times, Franics and her brother
were educated at home. Her brother went to Harvard, but she was not permitted
to attend college and instead married a lawyer, Blewett Lee, who later divorced
her. When she expressed interest in forensic pathology years later, she was
emphatically discouraged. She had to wait until a year after her brother's death
in 1930, when, aged 52, she begn her career in forensic science.

She was the founder of the Harvard University Dept of Legal Medicine, as well as
the Harvard Associates in Police Science, a national organization for the
furtherance of forensic science, one division of which is the Frances Glessner
Lee Homicide School. The Harvard program influenced other states to change
over from the coroner system. Her colleague George Burgess Magrath, became
the department's first chair.
This quiz inspired some of the best quiz-teamwork we've seen.  Tynan Peterson,
Sharon M. Levy, and Ida Sanchez went the extra quiz-mile to identify many of
the landmarks visible in this unique photo landscape of San Francisco. Carol
Farrant even traveled to Bernal Heights to compare the view from the hill with
that seen in the photo.  It was a match.

The Steiner Building was the hardest to identify.  It is the tower in the
background right of the quiz photo. It was initially identified as the Coit Tower
and for a while I believed it could be part of the Embarcadero. But cooler heads

The landmarks we identified included the following:

Mt. Tamalpais
Golden Gate Bridge
USF (Lone Mountain)
St. James Church (Guerrero at 23rd)
Mission High School
Mission Dolores
New U.S. Mint
Alta Plaza
2500 Steiner (apts)
Golden Glow Beer sign (atop apts at 3100 Mission)
Sears building (Mission at Cesar Chavez, formerly Army Street)
What do you learn from the quizzes?
How is your life enriched by them?
This quiz asked readers to identify the chess players and to provide the date and
location it was taken. Many readers recognized Douglas Fairbanks Jr as the
player on the left, and Charlie Chaplin as the player on the right.  The boy in the
center was identified as the seven-year-old chess prodigy Samuel Rashevsky,
who was visiting Los Angeles in 1921 for an exhibition at the Athletic Club.  
Further confirmation of the date came from Fairbank's costume, worn for his
starring role as D'Artagnan in the Raleigh Studio production of
The Three

Several Quizmasters went above and beyond the call of quiz-duty to determine
the date and location.  Nelsen Spickard actually sat through videos of
The Mark
of Zorro
(1920), Three Musketeers (1921) and Robinhood (1922) to identify
Fairbank's costume, and to place the photo on the set of
The Three Musketeers.  
Sharon M. Levy and Marcelle Comeau pinned down the exact date as June 27,
1921 through research into newspaper articles on Rashevsky's visit to California
and a description of Chaplin's meeting with Rashevsky 4that appears in
Chaplin's autobiography. Sharon also made use of the fact that Rashevsky and
his parents were Jewish who were Sabbath observant, indicating the tournament,
and the scene in the photo, had to have taken place on a Monday.

Our readers get a lot of credit for solving this puzzle in spite of the
misinformation about it on the Internet.  Although many sites state that the
photo was taken on the set of
Zorro, the correct answer, as confirmed by
Chaplin's autobiography and Fairbanks' costume, is the set of the
The Three

A devastating event. I was just researching it the other day. The 9th
Ward never really did recover.
Molly Collins

This quiz was an immediate trip back to August 29, 2005. I will
never forget that date. I left Biloxi the Friday before (had been there
that week for work, teaching a class to officers). I went to my
family's home in central MS. After it started we had no power, I
could not return to work for 2 weeks. The eeriest feeling is
knowing it's coming and just waiting for it. The power goes out,
everything is very quiet, except the wind. And you just wait. The
worst feeling is knowing people need help and there is nothing you
can do for them. My law enforcement "family" staged for response
in Jackson and Hattiesburg, as those were the safest 'furtherest
south" places, although the staging area for Hattiesburg flooded
unexpectedly. Law enforcement friends already on the coast had to
stay, and none of us knew how they could've possibly survived the
storm surge. We ended up creating a sort make shift system for
information and requests, as communication systems were mostly
Kim Richardson
Shuttle for a flight was on May 16, 2011.  The walls bear the
autographs of various NASA personnel (including astronauts)
who have used the facility.
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January 12, 2014
It is hard to believe that this beautiful
doll is the precursor to the
programmable computer.  Designed in
about 1870 by the Swiss watch
company Jacquet Droz, it is an
automata that can write any phrase
that is forty characters or less, thanks
to a set of removable cams nested in
his interior. As the boy changes lines
and dips his quill into the inkpot on his
desk, his facial expressions follow.

The Writer is not an only child - he
has two siblings.  The Draftsman can
be programmed to draw pictures of
Louis XV and  "My Pooch".  Their
sister, the Musician, plays a type of
organ with two stops of flutes.  Unlike
other automata, she actually plays the
instrument, instead of placing her
fingers over automatically controlled

The three Jaquet-Droz automata have
been guests of all the courts of Europe,
visiting Paris, Brussels, London, Kazan
(Russia), Madrid, Austria, Germany
and Denmark. In 1906, the Neuchâtel
Society of History and Archaeology
acquired the trio for 75,000 gold francs
and bestowed them to the Neuchâtel
Museum of Art and History, where
they have become well-visited
November 9, 2013
Quiz #419
Fairbanks in The
Three Musketeers
Rashevsky, Chaplin and Fairbank
in another pose.
From a research perspective, this was definitely my favorite.  Each answer led to moe
questions that in turn had to be researched and clarified.  The content was important.
Sharon M. Levy
Anything with Chaplin and Fairbanks together is worth a million buck!  And realizing I
had to go into Fantasyland instead of Reality land was fun.
Ida Sanchez
This was just pure fun!
Marcelle Comeau
Old Hollywood is one of my own areas of research, so I like the not-so-easy quizzes
that involve a few layers of investigation.  Great time period..
Tynan Peterson
It was fun to track this one down.
Dianne Abbott
It was fun trying to decide what movie it was.
Nancy Nalle-McKenzie
Automatic Writing
September 22, 2013
Quiz #412
The Jacquet Droz Automata
It was very interesting to learn that automated dolls were developed so early in
history. I also like dolls.
Nancy Nalle-McKenzie
Hard to solve but ingenious
Jim Kiser
I was impressed with how intricate and complicated the clockwork figures are.
Janice M Sellers
I enjoyed this one and was overwhelmed at these amazing robots created back in the
late 1700's. I had no idea such amazing creations existed all those years ago.
Cynthia Costigan
Fly the Friendly Skies
October 27, 2013
Quiz #417
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This quiz was so interesting to do, and the subject was so important and worthy,
such a humanitarian endeavor. I was quite moved by it. I knew nothing of this baby
rescue beforehand.
Mary Turner
Team Fletcher
From a research prescriptive, this was definitely may favorite. Each answer led to
more questions that in turn had to be researched and clarified. The content was
Sharon M. Levy
I felt another connection with this, since I know a family who wanted to adopt one of
these children.
Rebecca Bare
More a personal reason than everything else. It was the very first quiz I participated
in. I found out I was good at it. It led me to keep being engaged in it, and it was very
rewarding to find out the exact date of the picture, the name of the photographer, etc
and going beyond what was being asked.
Ida Sanchez
Singer of Note
November 16, 2013
Quiz #420
lasting association with the Victor Talking-Machine
Company. He made his first American discs on
February 1, 1904, having signed a lucrative financial
deal with Victor. Thereafter, his recording career
ran in tandem with his Met career, the one
bolstering the other, until he died in 1921.

To help those readers who are not opera buffs, we
included a picture of Caruso's funeral as a hint.  
Caruso died at the Hotel Vesuvio in Naples from
peritonitis on August 2, 1921 at the age of 48.  The
King of Italy, Victor Emmanual III opened the
Royal Bacillica of the Church of San Francesco di
Paola for Caruso's funeral, which was attended by
thousands of people.
Audio quiz so you had to start off using a different sense than sight.
Edna Cardinal
Find the answer by listening
Rebecca Bare
Loved the audio quiz & would love to see (or hear!) more
Dianne Abbott
Although I balked at doing this one, I am glad that I did. I enjoyed the music and
learning about Caruso.
Nancy Nalle-McKenzie
Musical quiz - ready for more like this one, please!
Grace Hertz
Team Fletcher
Well, I'm a musician, so I had to get it immediately,
Ida Sanchez
Left my Heart
November 24, 2013
Quiz #421
San Francisco--this is my home turf, but I didn't feel like I had an unfair advantage
because the photo was such an odd angle that it took some serious sleuthing to orient
the POV. (And a few of my first guesses were wrong!) I worked on establishing
trajectories and I figured out the Steiner apt. house by using Google Earth for the first
time to "fly" over the city. How cool is that? I love architecture and building histories.
Tynan Peterson
It was interesting and challenging
Dianne Abbott
This made for fun day. I enjoyed getting in the car with my friend and going on the
hunt for the vantage point and the tall building.
Carol Farrant
Second Honorable Mention
October 14, 2012
Quiz #371
Having been a voracious crime fiction reader my entire life, this one really appealed to
me, both from the research point of view and the subject matter.
Marcelle Comeau
Interesting way to solve a crime.
Carol Farrant
I love forensic science and was fascinated with her tableaux. I want to see them in
person one day.
Janice Sellers
No Sodder Story
February 10, 2013
Quiz #386
I learned about fire, about kidnapped, and DNA. it was a very sad story.
Gus Marsh
Even though I was not able to answer this, I still think about this story. The mystery
of what happened to those children is very haunting.
Rebecca Bare
I now work with victims of violent crime.... This story grabbed my attention. I talk
with families every day who have lost family to homicide. Kidnappings/unexplained
missing persons cases are rare, but they're the only cases (in the violent crime arena)
you feel like you have at least a chance to be proactive rather than reactive. This story
is just so unusual... And the photo shows a one-of-a-kind monument to the event.
The desperation of the parents is expressed so visibly in such a haunting way, and it's
physically there... You cannot choose to not see it. In today's world, they would have
set up a website and you could choose to view it or not and distance yourself simply
because of the type of media used to communicate the story.
Kim Richardson
Biker Babe
August 4, 2013
Quiz #405
My first quiz--I'll never forget my first quiz! Love the photo, women's history, the
time period, and the newspaper articles.
Tynan Peterson
I liked the subject matter, the accomplishments of women.
Marcelle Comeau
It was interesting to learn about a woman cyclist. Also, the fact that she went through
the city near my hometown is intriguing
Rebecca Bare
Once I got to do the weekly quizes, I started going backwards and trying to solve the
previous ones. This one got me trying to find out more stuff every time new clues
unfolded. I like early 20th century pics, I guess.
Ida Sanchez
No description required!
Such a clever idea.
Collier Smith
Loved the entertainment of the Halelujah Chorus.
Judy Pfaff
What's not to love? This was charming.
Carol Farrant
Street Scene
February 3, 2013
Quiz #385
The quiz featured a picture of
Dartmouth Rd, St. John, Forest Hill,
London. The latest date the picture
could have been taken is based on the
fact that the theatre along the left side
of the street, originally the Forest Hill Picture Theatre, was renamed the Empire
Theatre on April 6, 1911. The pub on the right with the barrel-shaped sign in The
Bird in the Hand.  It is still in business, located at 35 Dartmouth Rd, St. John,
Forest Hill, London.
I love the city scenes that you have something to figure out.
Betty Chambers
I like looking at old street scenes
Rebecca Bare
Boating Pic
March 10, 2013
Quiz #390
There are lots of clues in this picture
to indicate that it was taken on the
River Thames, about 1910.  The
photographer (Peter Amsden's
grandfather) was on the south bank of
the river, looking north by northwest
at Romeny Locks, visible crossing the river in the left background.
We really like England, first of all. This was not immediately solved, and the
search brought up all kinds of wonderful English information and photos! That is
second. And third, my husband, Jamey Turner, who also did it, and I decided we
want to do a boat trip from one end of the Thames to the other! Many thanks! Also,
fourth, the scene in the photo is just plain charming and fun!
Mary Turner
One Half of Team Fletcher
Just love outdoor photos with lots and lots of clues.
Grace Hertz
The Other Half of Team Fletcher
Sophie's Choice
December 15, 2013
Quiz #423
This picture depicts the monument to
Die Weisse Rose (The White Rose), a
non-violent, intellectual resistance
group in Nazi Germany, consisting of
students from the University of
Munich and their philosophy professor.
It is embedded in the street at the
Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.  The sixth and last anti-Nazi leaflet the
group produced was smuggled out of Germany to the Allies, who printed millions
of copies and air-dropped them over Germany as propaganda towards the end of
Learning about a little known aspect of life inside of Germany during WWII
Edna Cardinal
This one was very moving and I was able to learn about a group I never knew existed.
Nancy Nalle-McKenzie
Showed aspects of our human spirit in the face of overwhelming odds that spoke to
Sharon M. Levy
I am constantly amazed at the bravery and ingenuity of some individuals in the face of
insurmountable challenges. Amazed at bravery of individuals & groups in the face of
certain death.
Marcelle Comeau
English River scene for difficulty in pinpointing exact location, evidenced by one
comment and few winners.
Mike Dalton
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to a meeting with the Soviets on 17 January 1945.  His fate has
been the source of speculation for decades.

I am constantly amazed at the bravery and ingenuity of some
individuals in the face of insurmountable challenges.
Marcelle Comeau

Because the German's were fooled by their very own bureacratic
ways and many people saved by Raoul Wallenberg. I didn't know
anything about his story and the amazing things he did.
Judy Pfaff

The mystery of what actually happened to Wallenberg really needs
to be solved some day.
Janice Sellers
Hurricane Katrina was the
deadliest and most destructive
Atlantic tropical cyclone of the
2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It
Big Kat
June 30, 2013
Quiz #402
was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five
deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. This
picture shows the remnants of a house in the Lower Ninth ward
of New Orleans that was condemned.

This was such a fascinating bit of history, which I knew nothing
about. It was great examining the uniforms of the men and all their
accoutrements! Very stimulating quiz!
Mary Turner
Team Fletcher

Okay, I also like looking at people in black and white photos.
Rebecca Bare

I always like quizzes that make you think and try to figure clues in
the photo
Jim Kiser
This photo was taken on the
occasion of the funeral of King
Edward VII of England on May 20,
1910 at Windor Castle.  It is the
May 12, 2013
Quiz #396
a photograph of nine kings of Europe, including the kings of
(back row) Norway, Bulgaria, Portugal, the German Empire,
Greece, Belgium, (front row) Spain, Great Britain, and

I just like octopi. Coolest animals in the sea.
Collier Smith

I did not  that an  octopus could do that. Lesson learned: take your
time and pay attention to the details.
Mike Dalton

From a content point of view, I enjoyed Quiz #414, October 6,
2013, Now You See Me, Now... Optocus/Cephalopod camouflage)
for the shear amazement and wonder of the world we live in.
Sharon M. Levy
This quiz featured a still from the
Ted Talk video "Underwtaer
Astonishments by Dr. David Gallo.
It illustrates the ability of  
Now You See Me, Now You...
October 6, 2013
Quiz #414
a cephlopod to camouflage themselves by changing the color,
texture, and shape of its skin.  Believe it or not, there is such a
creature hidden in mid-right section of the bush. In case you
missed the quiz, you can see the video by clicking

It took me a while to really think about thispicture.  It was a portal
to another space, appeared to be a hatch andthen the light bulb
came on - Astronaut enter to the space shuttle.
Tom Collins

very hard to find just the right answers. I learned alot about NASA
and the Mobile Quarantine Facility.
Judy Pfaff

From a content point of view, I enjoyed Quiz #414, October 6,
2013, Now You See Me, Now... Optocus/Cephalopod camouflage)
for the shear amazement and wonder of the world we live in.
Sharon M. Levy
The New York Times Building
was the focus of an
unprecedented New Year's Eve
celebration in 1904.  The
tradition is still carried on today  
March 31, 2013
Quiz #392
as the famous ball drops along the face of the building at the
stroke of midnight to herald the new year.

Lots and lots of hidden clues. Keep up having the wonderful street
Grace Hertz

Gotta love vintage NYC.
Molly Collins

I used google earth and maps to establish the line of sight for the
photo. and then searched for GW Bridge view of Manhattan.  
Identifying the buildings in the skyline was fun.
Tom Collins
This picture of the New York
skyline was taken from the New
York Tower of the George
Washington Bridge.  Many
famous landmarks, such as
Greater Heights
May 26, 2013
Quiz #398
the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, can be
seen in the distance.

Why I like the quizzes: discovery of heretofore unknown details
about various people, events, subjects by looking at the photos.
Sometimes  I am familiar with the photo subject  but it is a matter
of using right search words and asking the right questions.

My life has been enriched by research and the roads traveled to do
the research.
Mike Dalton

It really is hard to pick favorites as all the quizzes that I worked on
become part of my favored remembrances.  I enjoy finding out new
information, doing it myself and that AHA! moment that comes
when I solve the mystery.  Thank you for all your work in
providing these quizzes.

I learn about things I wouldn't have encountered in any other way. I
know that I look at photographs with a much more critical eye. My
observations skills are much richer for having been involved in
these quizzes.
Judy Pfaff

Makes me research areas that I would not normally look into or just
know about in passing. Any new knowledge enriches one's life and
gives you more experiences to draw on. Helps keep the mind active
and provides a break from the daily routine.
Edna Cardinal

What I do know is that there are lots of things I don't know. The
quizzes are educational and some are just plain enjoyable. And, the
Operation Babylift quiz was a trip down memory lane for my friend
and me.
Carol Farrant

We can see the world at different times and stages.
Betty Chambers

I almost always learn some new facts. At the beginning, I learned
some new techniques for solving them, but lately not so much.
Collier Smith

I am better at research my family from England and Poland, I don't
give up so easy anymore.
Gus Marsh

I constantly learn new and interesting things, which make for some
great conversations sometimes. Thank you, Colleen for doing this.
It is so much fun!!!
Cynthia Costigan

I learn all sorts of stuff, because the quizzes cover such a wide
range of topics. I also learn how to refine my search techniques.
Janice Sellers

Of all the quizzes in this group, there were only five that I could
identify something in the photo I recognized, all the others I had to
research "from scratch". So honing research skills is at the top of
the list!

Learning about many events, people, places, challenges,
architecture, "things" that I wouldn't normally be exposed to is also
a big plus. After all, "woman can't live by genealogical research"
Marcelle Comeau

It is very interesting to take the quizzes. I really do learn a lot and
sometimes I am very surprised.
Molly Collins

Every quiz as led me to learn something about History, mostly
within the 20th Century. If I was to give a modern History class, I
would use this website as a resource or at least the model (different
quiz pictures each week so the students can find it out on their
own). Since I wasn't born here, I've learnt a lot about the US in the
Ida Sanchez

I learn all sorts of random trivia, not to take "facts" as "facts" right
away, and what my well-worn research ruts are. I get lots of
practice using my searching skills as well as paraphrasing and
abstracting (without plagarizing), and it feels so good when I
"know" I have the right answer!!!! It's very addictive. Thank you,
Tynan Peterson

I learn interesting facts that I would not otherwise hear about.
Rebecca Bare

My life is enriched by the intellectual stimulation and by learning
about new things or about new perspectives on familiar topics
Dianne Abbott

I learn so much history, little stuff that should be taught, but
probably not enough time. I also hope to be increasing my
researching skill. The quizzes cover all aspects exposing me to
more knowledge about something I never knew existed. Knowledge
enriches my life.
Nancy Nalle-McKenzie

The quizzes are informative, stimulating, helpful. They often take
me to areas I have known nothing about before. so often my
searches bring up other photos which pique my interest as well,
usually on unrelated topics! Best of all, I'm doing them  
simultaneously with my sister, and we have a great time discussing
the results! Oh, and she has given me wee clues from time to time,
especially when I have been really late in the week in doing the quiz!
Lots of fun!

Thank you Colleen!
Mary Turner
Team Fletcher

I learn HOW to research. I learn what to look for, what to ask
about, how to see the details. I love that they're challenging my  
brain to solve the puzzle. Actually doing the work teaches me to
unravel the story bit by bit.
Kim Richardson

Each quiz is different in that they are opportunities to discover more
about the fascinating world we live in. Thank you.
Sharon M. Levy

It has been so much fun to put on my "Nancy Drew" cap and
stretch my brain a bit to solve each week's puzzle. It is always a
great feeling to solve another super challenging quiz each week!

By the way, Fearless Leader, didn't you know that once you turn
50, then you go back in age so you are getting closer to being 40
years old everyday!
Grace Hertz
Team Fletcher

Hey, it's like doing crossword puzzles. I think the brain is like a
muscle; Use it or Lose it.

Go to gym three times a week but I use my brainiac muscle every
Jim Kiser