Now that the FRED Society has become an official question in the latest edition of Trivial Pursuit, we thought it important for our members to know their Fred Trivia. If you have any Fred Trivia you would like to share, send it to us. By the way, who is Fred C. Dobbs?
The character played by Bo Derrick in the movie 10 had an uncle named Fred. He was the same uncle who introduced her to Ravels Bolero, launching her life-long love affair with the sexy symphony. The rest is cinematic history.
The Beatles Yellow Submarine was piloted by Captain Fred.
Diamonds are a Girl's Best Fred:
In the movie Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts wore a $250,000 necklace created by Fred Joailliers of Beverly Hills, California. At one point in the movie there is a quick pan of the store front. But dont blink or youll miss it!
Freds a Sure Thing:
In the classic movie Night of the Iguana, Richard Burtons character, Reverend T. Lawrence, is heard to announce in a disappointing tone I had all my chips on Fred!
Did you know Santa Claus is Coming to Town was co-written by a Fred? The Christmas classic was authored by the team of J. Fred Coots and Haven Gilliespie.
In an early version of Dickens, A Christmas Carol, Bob Cratchits boy was called Little Fred. It was later changed to Tiny Tim. Thanks to Fred Wasser for sending us this Fred trivia.
Teen-age Slang Decifred:
Fred: An unattractive or unintelligent male, as in Fred Flintstone of the television show The Flintstones. Synonyms: Barney, as in Barney Rubble of the same show.
If you lived in Southern California in the late 50s and 60s then you might remember when Webers Bread put little red stickers on their loaves of bread. They said: Bring home the Webers Bread, Fred! Thanks to Fred Weber for this tasty trivia. Hey Fred! Are you any relation to the Webers Bread lineage?
Nothing worse could happen to Freds than to be completely understood. These wise words come from a fellow Fred and charter member, Fred Burton. As always, thanks for your input and insights.
The 1995 Guinness Book of Records reports that a goldfish died in 1980 at age 41. The fish was owned by A.R. Wilson of Worthing, Great Britain and was named Fred. Thanks to Joe Boyer for sending our trivia department this amazing fish tale.
Hes My Type:
For 40 years, Frederic Goudy worked to create one of the worlds most beautiful typefaces. Then in a single day, four decades of work was destroyed by fire. So he started over again, re-creating his typeface letter by letter. Other type faces created by Fredric Goudy still in use today: Goudy, Berkeley Oldstyle, Cooperplate, Hadriano just to name a few.
Get to the Points:
Did you know that make-up artist, Freddy Phillips was the first to fashion Dr. Spock's pointy ears on the hit television show "Star Trex?"
Santas Dream Team:
Fred was the name of the lawyer who defended Santa Claus in the movie Miracle on 34th Street. Thanks to Gayl Biondi for this trivial tidbit as well as her continuing support of the Fred cause.
Second Door on the Left:
At one time, a certain common bathroom fixture was referred to as a Fred. Yes, in the 1920s, you might have overheard someone asking, Hey buddy, wheres the Fred? It seems before the toilet became the John, it was the Fred. Luckily for us, the name Fred was flushed.
The Fredly Skies:
We all know of the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart on July 2, 1937. But rarely mentioned is that there was another person on board that fateful day. It's true! Her navigators name was Fred Noonan.
UFOs (Unidentified Fred Objects):
The forerunner of the Frisbee was invented shortly after WWII by Fred Morrison. This earliest prototype was made of metal and called Morrisons Flyin Saucer. Too heavy to fly well, it was a commercial dud! A company by the name of Wham-O bought Morrisons invention in 1955, renamed it the "Frisbee" (after the name on the bottom of similarly shaped pie tins), and made millions. We wonder if Fred did, too.
Give Peace a Chance:
Frederic Passy (1822-1912) was named Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 1901 the first year the prize was awarded!
On the television series Cheers, Diane Chambers (aka Shelly Long in real life) had a stuffed animal named Freddy Frogbottom.
Shame On Us:
There has never been a United States President named Fred.
Krig og Fred:
In Norwegian and other Scandanavian languages, the word "Fred" means "Peace." To Scandanavians, "Fred" is the opposite of war, unrest and terror. Not to mention Tolstoj's "Krig og Fred" = "War and Peace." What a glorious name "Fred" is! Thanks to Ivar Tvede for this info.
On the hit television series Mork and Mindy, Mindys father was named Fred. We didn't know much more about this Fred until we heard from a Friend of the Freds, Leslie Chapman. She found this obscure information about Mindy's dad and sent it to us: Television character's full name: Fred McConnell. He owned a music store. Actor who played Fred: Conrad Janis. Leslie, thanks for your hard work in finding out this Fred info.
Take it Off, Fred:
Fast Freddy was a forerunner in the male stripping field along with his partner Sexy Rexy. Their popularity peaked in the mid 70s as they strutted their stuff in the town of Coldwater, Michigan.
Hey Fred, Can You Loan Me a Dime?
Freddie Mac is the nickname for the Federal Home Loan Corporation. It is a stockholder-owned corporation chartered by Congress in 1970 to create a continuous flow of funds to mortgage lenders in support of home ownership and rental housing. Today, Freddie Mac has opened the doors to home ownership for one in every six home buyers plus has enabled two million renters to be housed.