In a more heated-than-expected event held Wednesday afternoon, the group sponsored by National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) was equally quick with the buzzer and with their cable lore, beating out teams sponsored by three other cable orgs: Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) , Cable Positive , and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).
Think you can match trivia wits with this group? I jotted down some of the questions asked during the event, and here's a sampling. The answers are further below.
- What did NAMIC originally stand for?
- When was WICT founded?
- In which city did some cable brass spawn the idea for CTAM?
- What year was cable TV born?
- What did the "CATV" acronym originally stand for?
- What was the first movie to be shown on HBO?
- ESPN's original acronym
- What is QUBE?
- What is "Docsis" an acronym for?
- National Association of Minorities in Cable.
- The provided correct answer was New Orleans, but the crowd, including a couple who were actually there, argued that the idea for CTAM was spawned at the Hilton at the Chicago O'Hare airport... So I guess we'll go with that.
- Community Antenna Television.
- Sometimes a Great Notion
- Entertainment and Sports Program Network
- The first interactive television service, which happened to feature a quirky-looking remote control.
- Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification – yes, engineers, not marketers, came up with that one.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News