KIRK: "Since the days of the first wooden vessels, all shipmasters have had one happy privilege.
That of uniting two people in the bonds of matrimony."
An odd way to begin a King Trivia Recap, one might ponder. But Quizmaster Lou thinks it is
appropriate. The line is from Star Trek, the original series' standout episode entitled
The Balance of Terror. The scene opened the show by having Captain Kirk perform a wedding
ceremony aboard the starship Enterprise. On Thursday nights, the Lion & Crown Public House
is sometimes QM Lou's starship, where I get to command the KTPQ; And while my happy privilege
wasn't actually performing a wedding last night, it was the next best thing. I got to
participate in a marriage proposal! Since Star Trek pops up a lot in trivia... You get the
Last week, Kyle from the Ninja Turtles, approached me after the game and enlisted my help in
"springing" the question on his lovely girl friend, Evelyn. Together, we concocted a ruse
where an introduction to pop the question would come from the quiz itself. We selected the
GUESS WHO round as the perfect vehicle to do so. It worked! Only myself, Kyle and a few of
the Ninja Turtles were in on the gag. I decided the best way to "spring the ambush" was to
start with a false Round Four. It went something like this...
QM LOU: For ten points. She was born in 1994 in the United Kingdom. Both of her parents
were professors. After moving to America, she studied science at university before taking a
year off to "find" herself. She took an interest in movies after seeing Jurassic Park and one
of her favorite foods is pizza.
These were all facts about Evelyn that Kyle gave me and I put them into the clue in a true, yet
broad way so that she wouldn't suspect it was about her. Surely, she'd notice some similarities,
but would that blow our cover? No. Evelyn was making notes as Quizmaster Lou read out the
clue! In fact, to lend even more credibility to the canard, Team Helos made a guess! What
could I do? I announced their choice was correct! Not only was Evelyn fooled, but now the
entire pub was conned! All was made right when I read the next clue, though.
QM LOU: For eight points. Currently, she competes in the King Trivia Pub Quiz at the Lion &
Crown Public House in Allen, Texas. As part of the Ninja Turtles, she has helped her team to
victory many times. On this particular night, her fiancee, Kyle, will ask her to marry him.
You should have heard the gasps! It was beautiful! And QM Lou was there with his trusty
digicam to capture a couple of candid proposal shots. (See above) The happy couple posed for
a quick shot in front of the crowd, who gave a rousing hand of applause and forgave ole QM Lou
for pulling the wool over their eyes. After all, a joy like that is shared by all!