January quiz: Thanks for the memories

By Nancy Wheeler | December 29, 2023

Can you identify these actors, singers and sports figures who shared their talents with us before passing away in 2023? The answers appear below.

1. What basketball coach led the Indiana Hoosiers to three national championships before moving to Texas Tech?

2. What daugther of a “king” released her debut album, To Whom It May Concern, before suffering a suspected cardiac arrest at age 54?

3. What actress starred opposite Penny Marshall as Laverne in a popular spinoff of “Happy Days”?

4. Who was considered one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, composing hundreds of pop songs including “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”?

5. What American model and actress became an international sex symbol during the 1960s for her appearance in both “Fantastic Voyage” and “One Million Years B.C.”?

6. Known as the Queen of Rock and Roll, who became a global rock superstar with songs like “What’s Love Got to Do with It”? 

7. What controversial religious television personality and “700 Club” host co-founded the Christian Coalition?

8. What velvet-voiced crooner had a string of popular hits in the mid-1950s including his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”?

9. What animal rights advocate and television personality hosted the longest-running game show before turning the reins over to Drew Carey?

10. What American musician and singer-songwriter was best known for his tropical rock music including “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” and “Margaritaville”?

11. What fierce and famous linebacker for the Chicago Bears went on to become a fixture in football-themed films and commercials?

12. Whose big break came when she landed the role of Chrissy Snow on the ABC sitcom “Three’s Company”?

13. Who entertained us for many years in his role as Chandler Bing on the television sitcom “Friends”? 

Nancy Wheeler has been creating quizzes for The Active Age since 2020.




1. Bobby Knight

2. Lisa Marie Presley

3. Cindy Williams

4. Burt Bacharach

5. Raquel Welch

6. Tina Turner

7. Pat Robertson

8. Tony Bennett

9. Bob Barker

10. Jimmy Buffett

11. Dick Butkus

12. Suzanne Somers

13. Matthew Perry