This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Adam Pfeiffer about the free ’90s Trivia Night on Twitch.tv hosted by the Albright Memorial Library.
Educational and professional background: Master’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University; teaches computers and information technology to all ages
Title: Computer lab coordinator at Albright Memorial Library, Scranton
A: Earlier in the year, we had several virtual trivia nights that were very popular. Most of the other trivia nights were movie- and TV-themed. We have done Harry Potter, “Lord of the Rings,” “Hunger Games,” “Twilight,” Disney animation, “The Office” and “Friends.” Knowing that many people will be missing family and friends this year, we thought it was a good time to have another trivia night. It will give people a way to meet up and relax virtually.
Q: How does the virtual event work?
A: The event is open to anyone who has a Twitch.tv account (it’s free). Our Twitch page can be found at twitch.tv/scranton_libraries. Questions will appear on screen and be read by the host (with) four multiple-choice answers. Players click on what they believe is the correct answer and are awarded points based on if they were correct and how quickly they answered. The trivia contest will have 50 multiple-choice questions. Twitch has built-in messaging that allows participants to communicate with text messages. The event will be hosted by me.
Q: What topics will be included?
A: We will have a variety of questions from the ’90s, including sports, music, history, movies and TV.
Q: What were some of your favorite movies and television shows during the ‘90s?
A: Some of my favorite ‘90s shows include “Dragonball Z,” “Star Trek — The Next Generation,” “Frasier” and “Space Ghost Coast to Coast.” Some of my favorite ‘90s movies are “The Matrix,” “Fight Club,” “Happy Gilmore” and “Dogma.”
Q: What age group are you hoping to attract with this event?
A: The event is for all ages and is for anyone that grew up in, remembers or enjoys ’90s pop culture.
Q: Why is community support important at this time?
A: This has been a stressful year, and people need ways to meet and talk to other people. I know for me, the night before Thanksgiving has always been a time to see friends and family from out of town. Everyone’s lives have been impacted by COVID-19, and events like these give people a safe, fun alternative to meeting in person.
Laura Rysz is the features copy editor and calendar editor at The Times-Tribune and runs the Talk of the Times column, which focuses on local fundraisers and other events. She also writes Chef’s Table that profiles restaurants around the region. Additionally, Laura curates events online on AccessNEPA.com. Laura is involved in the special Mother’s Day edition and curates occasional features Marry Memories and Times Travelers. She is a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School, New Jersey, and earned an English professional writing degree with a minor in mass communications from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. She also earned a certificate in Social Media Marketing from Rutgers Business School. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5228.