These five famous Americans, representing five corners of the nation, all share the most patriotic of birthdays, and give the goo game some added fireworks this week.



William Goldsmith

publication date: Friday, July 8, 2011

category: Music

clue: the beating heart of Seattle's rock scene

explanation: Goldsmith was the drummer ("beating") of Seattle-based bands Foo Fighters and Sunny Day Real Estate. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, and Laurie Laczkowski


Gina Glocksen

publication date: Thursday, July 7, 2011

category: Music

clue: the first idol to try twice came from Chicago

explanation: Glocksen was a contestant on American Idol from the Chicago area, who appeared on the sixth season after being cut during the preliminary round of the fifth season. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Scott Horowitz


Nathaniel Hawthorne

publication date: Wednesday, July 6, 2011

category: Literature

clue: helped Salem confront its history

explanation: Hawthorne was a writer from Salem, Massachusetts whose writing helped deal with the city's oppressive past, perpetrated in part by his own ancestors. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Scott Horowitz, Elaine Beckland, and Laurie Laczkowski


Floyd Little

publication date: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

category: Sports

clue: Denver's tiniest running back

explanation: Little was a very successful running back for the Denver Broncos from 1967 to 1975. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Scott Horowitz, Elaine Beckland, and Laurie Laczkowski


George Steinbrenner

publication date: Monday, July 4, 2011

category: Sports

clue: owned New York's most patriotic sports team

explanation: Steinbrenner was the owner of the New York Yankees from 1973 to 2010. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Scott Horowitz, Elaine Beckland, and Laurie Laczkowski

trivia: This goo was originally created for GooCon: Champions Gate.


Other Themes in Summer 2011

Mystery Men

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Hog Wild

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Get a Clue

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Tennis Club

Grab your racquet and hit the court! The more you know the sport of tennis, the better you'll be able to name these five major players. Lob your guesses over the net, and good luck. Go »

Poe-pourri

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Five Guys

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South of the Border

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Summer 2011 Tournament

There can be only one! Many players have entered the tournament, but they'll be paired off in brackets until only one remains in the end to win the season. These goos are a little harder than usual, but they're still playable by all. Go »

Summer 2011 Bonus Goos

Until the Fall 2011 season begins, enjoy this assortment of goos too offbeat to include in one of the themes from the regular season. The winner is already decided, so these goos are just for fun. Go »