Test your pharmacy PC IQ …

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
By: Cynthia McMullen

For the uninitiated, that means your pharmacy pop-culture intelligence quotient. Yes, it’s true, pharmacy has played a big part in this country’s pop-culture history. Did you know, for example, that both New Orleans and Fredericksburg, Va., claim to have had America’s first drugstore?

In honor of American Pharmacists Month 2009, test your own pharmacy PC IQ:

  1. Which 1946 Frank Capra film features a community pharmacist who nearly makes a fatal mistake when he finds out his son has been killed in the war?
  2. Do Joe and Terry Graedon, authors of the popular newspaper column, The People’s Pharmacy, actually have backgrounds in pharmacy?
  3. Which popular soft drink was developed by Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton in 1886?
  4. Which mid-20th century movie star, aka “The Sweater Girl,” was reportedly discovered at Schwab’s drugstore in Hollywood?
  5. Where did the 1989 film “Drugstore Cowboy,” starring Matt Dillon, derive its name?
  6. What major comedian of the time played a henpecked pharmacist in the 1933 film “The Pharmacist”?
  7. In the ubiquitous “For Dummies” series, is there a book called “Pharmacy for Dummies”?
  8. Who or what is East Village Pharmacy?
  9. Which highly rated current ABC television show featured a somewhat creepy pharmacist?
  10. Which famous short-story writer worked as a pharmacist before becoming an author?
  11. Which vice president of the United States previously worked as a pharmacist?
  12. On “The Andy Griffith Show,” which young star played Sheriff Andy Taylor’s pharmacist girlfriend, Ellie Walker?

And for extra credit …

What’s the name of the English pharmacist who invented the “friction match” by discovering that certain ingredients could be ignited by striking the mixture against a rough surface?

TO SEE THE ANSWERS, CLICK HERE. Give yourself 5 points per question and 40 points for extra credit.

If you score …

60-100, YOU are a pharmacy pop-culture genius and a shoo-in for “Jeopardy’s” Pharmacy Firsts category.

45-60, it’s time to catch up on your pharmacy pop history.

30-45, clearly you’re spending too much time studying or teaching or conducting research and not enough time watching TV or movies.

0-30, it’s time for an intervention. How will you ever win when Trivial Pursuit puts out a pharmacy edition?