These ten goos, major achievers in their own right, have first names linking them to former Presidents of the United States. If you can't identify the celebrity, perhaps figuring out their presidential namesake will help?



Madison Brengle

publication date: Friday, April 11, 2014

category: Sports

clue: She has won five singles tournaments and five doubles tournaments, but she hasn't enumerated that many rights in law.

explanation: Brengle was a champion tennis player, and namesake of James Madison. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, and Mike Rothstein


Tyler, The Creator

publication date: Thursday, April 10, 2014

category: Music

clue: It must have seemed like an odd and uncertain future when a vice president seized power.

explanation: Tyler, The Creator performed with the group Odd Future, and was the namesake of John Tyler. more…

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


Arthur Conan Doyle

publication date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

category: Literature

clue: It doesn't take a master sleuth to deduce the importance of the Pendleton Act in fighting corruption.

explanation: Doyle wrote many stories featuring brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes, and was the namesake of Chester Arthur. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, and Mike Rothstein


Washington Irving

publication date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

category: Literature

clue: His characters Rip Van Winkle and the Headless Horseman made him the father of American folklore, if not the father of his country.

explanation: Irving wrote Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and was the namesake of George Washington. more…

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


Wilson Pickett

publication date: Monday, April 7, 2014

category: Music

clue: His songs "In the Midnight Hour" and "Land of 1000 Dances" were popular across an entire league of nations.

explanation: Pickett was the namesake of Woodrow Wilson. more…

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


Harrison King McCann

publication date: Friday, April 4, 2014

category: Business

clue: His company's creation of the modern Santa Claus left an imprint on society lasting much longer than one month. Who's the king?

explanation: McCann founded an influential advertising firm, whose clients included Coca-Cola with their holiday advertisements that introduced the modern version of Santa Claus. He was the namesake of William Henry Harrison (as well as Benjamin Harrison). more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm and Samir Mehta


Jefferson Davis

publication date: Thursday, April 3, 2014

category: Government

clue: How ironic that the man who failed to lead his confederates in a successful free nation shared his name with the author of the Declaration of Independence.

explanation: Davis was the only president of the Confederate States of America, and the namesake of Thomas Jefferson. more…

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


Jackson Browne

publication date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

category: Music

clue: The expression "running on empty" is a sad metaphor for the Trail of Tears.

explanation: Browne was a rock star whose hits included "Running on Empty." He was the namesake of Andrew Jackson. more…

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


Truman Capote

publication date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

category: Literature

clue: His books Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood changed literature, but not as much as two nuclear bombs changed warfare.

explanation: Capote was the namesake of Harry Truman. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, and Mike Rothstein


Taylor Swift

publication date: Monday, March 31, 2014

category: Music

clue: This young singer of hits "You Belong with Me" and "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is many years away from a nickname like Old Rough and Ready.

explanation: Swift was the namesake of Zachary Taylor. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, and Erik Bates


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Spring 2014 Bonus Goos

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