On Feb. 25 I participated in the 15th annual trivia night for Special Olympics in Fort Smith. It was my first time to attend the event and I was not really sure what to expect and neither was my team. I think our lack of experience was well reflected in our name “Knerds of the Round table”. Because, as it turns out, all of the tables are rectangular. We had our clocks cleaned pretty good. We were unprepared. I mentioned to Cinda Bell, with the Osborn Agency, that I was competing in the event mere hours before hand and she informed me that people prepare all year for this competition. Also there is the matter of the bribes. I thought this was a joke when I read it on the flier but as it turns out it was not. You spend $10 and if you are not strong in a particular subject, let’s just say Fort Smith history for example, you can use your bribes to skip questions. We are not a wealthy group and only managed to scrape together $100.


The team consisted of myself, Daryl Johnston (the ring leader), Joe Stephens (showed up with a purple Mohawk), Dale Olson (so nerdy that he writes fan fiction), Mark Bier (was right about Alan Shepard hitting a golf ball on the moon, but no one listened to him), David Griffin (whose knowledge of Disney films frightened me a bit), Two young guys named Joshua Casey and Caleb Mullis (saw we were in trouble and abandoned us after the second round), Joshua Pense (had a cane) and Karl Ervin (I didn’t get to talk to him so I have nothing to put in this bracket).


I was not the most helpful team member. I know a little about a lot but not a lot about a little. Daryl tried to stick me with the title “Ringer” when putting the team together but I declined it. His false confidence comes from the fact that I am pretty good at Trivia Crack.


Trivia Crack is geared towards people like me that have a broad, but not deep, knowledge across many subjects. I have won about 1,500 games, lost about 500 and I have a score of at least 80% in all categories. I have not played much lately. I used to play almost constantly and had one rival that I always tried a little harder against; her name was Monica Heiss and she like me was very competitive. I always tried my best to beat her in the first couple of rounds because there was rarely a third round with her. I did not know her personally only through the game. She would occasionally send me a message on Trivia Crack to tell me she hated losing to me but loved the challenge. I always watched to make sure I had beaten her more times than she had me. Then one day a game between us expired and that had never happened before. Out of curiosity I checked her Facebook page and learned that she had been in a car accident and had passed away.


It is not quite the same now and since then a lot of my games have lapsed. While writing this I checked her Facebook page again, which is still up thanks to her family. I learned another thing about my friend; she was an organ donor. Monica’s kidneys, liver and lungs were able to be transplanted and a part of her still lives on today in the people she was able to help. People still visit her page and leave messages for her. You can tell that she is missed and must have been a very special lady.