Back in the early 80’s, when I was yet a child of the single digits, the morning show of
CFTR with Tom Rivers and Mike Cooper Brampton radio station CKMW ran a contest surrounding the hit new board game SuperQuiz. (Editor’s Note: Mum corrected me on the station and says she can’t remember the DJ’s name but does remember that he was very good looking! I think it was Russ SomethingOrOther…) My mother managed to get through on a regular basis and became one of the multi-show winners. One of the early prizes, of course, was the actual game. As the contest went on, Mum continued to win as did two other contestants. All three became finalists in one last game held at the centre court of the Bramalea City Centre. The grand prize was a brand new Commodore 64.
My father being a young electrical engineer, this was quite a coveted prize. In preparation, he and Mum spent their evenings memorizing every card and every question in the box. As a result, Mum was indeed crowned SuperQuiz Master and the computer came home with us that day with full fanfare from family and friends. Its arrival in our living room was a grand party – complete with pizza and flowing alcohol. The kids were spellbound and the adults jockeyed for position at the keyboard. I’m sure my sister and I were carried off to bed just before our eyeballs dropped from their sockets. The adults, meanwhile, stayed up learning all about BASIC, floppy disks and that oh so brightly coloured joystick. Everyone had a great evening. Except, of course, for the poor frog; he never did make it across the highway that night.