Friday, January 18, 2008

Flashbacks from the quiz: Gargano, Stuckey, Marty

The best part of the Atlantic Yards Quiz last night was the segment with audio samples, thus bringing us:
--Empire State Development Corporation Chairman Charles Gargano, halting and evasive on the Brian Lehrer Show regarding "friendly condemnations"
--Forest City Ratner executive Jim Stuckey, also on the Brian Lehrer Show, declaring, in defense of the company's pursuit of profit, "It is, after all, America"
--and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, in an interview with the Brooklyn Paper, asserting that Atlantic Yards opponents "feel that Atlantic Yards is more important than the issue of Osama Bin Laden and terrorism."

At Rocky Sullivan's in Red Hook, quizmaster Scott Turner replayed the 15-item audio round and offered well-timed running commentary. There could have been another 15 more memorable samples.

Results

Oh, though I was favored to win, I came in second by a point to a strong five-person team associated with NoLandGrab: Lumi Rolley, Eric McClure, Amy Greer, Steve Soblick, and Geoff Zink. (Credit the hive mind and the free drinks served at the event I attended before the quiz.) The Brooklyn Paper team came in tied for third.

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