Runners-up, Bridesmaids, & Second Bananas
by Bill Owen
It’s easy to research winners but for those who wonder who or what was second biggest, oldest, fastest, etc. can be a time-consuming challenge. Now, for the first time ever you can quickly look up number two in virtually any field such as science, sports, literature, entertainment, and history. This book advances Trivia to Significa!
Bill Owen has found the key to making learning fun! Since he co-authored with Frank Buxton the first encyclopedias of old-time radio in the 1960s (Radio’s Golden Age and The Big Broadcast 1920-1950) he has entertained millions in print, in lectures, and on radio and television with an endless stream of fun facts and nostalgia. It has been said of Bill that he radiates a burning desire to share all the wonders of the world that he has uncovered with everyone he meets. Anyone who ever enjoys looking things up needs this book of the shelf!
To all those filled with an insatiable curiosity and who want an authoritative answer quickly. It’s not difficult to find the fastest, oldest, and biggest of most things but determining the second fastest, second oldest, second biggest, etc. is often a major challenge. We hope this book will prove to be not only interesting and entertaining but will serve as a useful tool for both researchers and those who often sometimes say to themselves “I wonder who is the…”
A tribute to the many people, places, events, animals, and assorted things that are often forgotten or overlooked despite playing a major role in the story of our planet. Being second is an incredible accomplishment that deserves to be spotlighted.
Being the first or the best is often the ultimate measure of success. Players of a losing team may leave the field or arena with heads down feeling totally unsuccessful. Yet is it not a high honor just to have made it to the World Series or a major bowl game? Isn’t runner-up at Wimbledon or the Masters or a state championship hockey game an accomplishment unto itself? There’s no reason for head hanging by any athlete who has done his or her best even if it’s just a Little League game. There is no end to the list of runners-up, without which there could be no champion.
Bill Owen’s new book is unique, useful and fun, bringing together also-rans and second placers in a first class selection of Americana. It’s easy to research or fun to browse.
— Max Morath, entertainer and writer
Here’s a valuable book that belongs on every research shelf, bulging with facts and information not ordinarily available.
— Herb Oscar Anderson, renowned radio personality
I’ve been listening to Bill Owen for many a year. He is indeed the reigning King of Trivia!
— Les Paul, popular recording artist and inventor of such electronic features
as sound-on-sound, reverb, delay, multitrack, and the Les Paul electric guitar
Bill Owen has entertained millions with his trivia on radio and TV for years. Now, happily, here he is in print!
— Kitty Kallen, star vocalist with such hits as “Little Things Mean A Lot”
Bill Owen invented the Trivia Boom…the Trivia Pursuit Empire was inspired by him. Bill survives and endures as the Best of the Best!
— Joe Franklin, America’s longtime radio-TV King of Nostalgia